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Space for Life

Space for Life

By Tommy Thompson
Space for Life is a podcast with honest conversations designed to help cultivate the space we need for a more fulfilling and abundant life. Despite our culture’s wiring for excess and overload, our souls desperately need the very opposite. Space for Life seeks to help you take small steps into a spacious life.
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Farewell Episode
Space for Life’s farewell episode.
41:49
November 11, 2021
A New Angle on Gluttony
In this episode, Tommy and Patricia take a fresh angle and approach to the topic of “gluttony”.
39:09
October 28, 2021
Corey Widmer
In this episode, Tommy sits down with friend and pastor, Corey Widmer. After graduating from the University of Virginia, Corey worked for three years in London, England as "Study Assistant" to Rev. Dr. John Stott, a pastor, author and speaker. After returning to the U.S. he attended Princeton Theological Seminary and received a Master of Divinity degree. In June 2005 Corey and his wife Sarah moved to Richmond into the north Churchill neighborhood. In early 2008, he helped launch and  then co-pastored for 7 years East End Fellowship, a multi-racial church in north Church Hill.  Since 2015 he has served as the Lead Pastor at Third Church. He also has a PhD in theology from the Free University of Amsterdam. When he’s not working, Corey spends time running, bird-watching, and driving his kids to soccer practice. But mostly he enjoys being with his wife Sarah and their four daughters, Sophia, Anna, Phoebe and Frances.
41:38
October 14, 2021
Reflections: Space to Breathe Again - Anniversary
Celebrate the 1 year Anniversary of Space to Breathe Again with a special sale and brief excerpt from the book
04:40
October 11, 2021
Reflections: Embracing Simplicity
Simplicity is harder and more complicated than it first appears. How can we find a life-giving way of embracing simplicity in a complex, overloaded world?
04:31
October 06, 2021
Space to Breathe Again
Tommy and Patricia reflect on practices from Space to Breathe Again as the book approaches its first birthday.
32:14
September 30, 2021
Pete Bowell
In this episode, Tommy is joined by longtime friend and co-founder of HOPE Church, Pete Bowell. Pete shares some of his story as well as encouragement for creating space and loving and caring for people really well.
56:10
September 23, 2021
30 Minutes to Your Best Week
In this episode, Tommy and Patricia talk about a 30 minute weekly routine that can drastically change the course of your life.
24:27
September 16, 2021
Stress as a Barometer of Health
In this episode, Tommy is joined by Patricia Clarke to talk about stress. For many of us stress has become a pillar of life – it has almost become life, death, taxes and stress. This episode questions whether stress is a healthy part of life, and how we can measure our overall heath by our stress level.
35:21
September 09, 2021
Shawn + Lauren Sweeney
In this episode, Tommy sits down with Shawn and Lauren Sweeney where they talk about marriage, owning businesses, and finding space and healthy balance.
48:16
September 02, 2021
Reflections: Even In Darkness
"Even in darkness, light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate, and righteous man." (Ps 112:4) Even in the darkest seasons of our life, when survival seems to be all we can hope for, God helps us with unexpected moments when light shines through.
02:53
August 30, 2021
Replay: Radical Punctuality (more than being on time)
Originally released on January 20, 2021, this episode dives into an age-old topic punctuality, but you may be surprised by what “radical” punctuality looks like. Hint: It’s way more than just being on time. The radical punctuality discussed in this episode leads to far more enjoyment, and a deeper experience of life. Our rushing is not necessary to be productive.
28:25
August 26, 2021
Reflections: Question - Who Do I Want to Become?
This question acknowledges that we are constantly changing, for good or for bad. Who do we want to become 10 years from now? Intentionally asking this question over the broad categories of our life will steer our becoming. Who do you want to become? Financially Relationally Spiritually As a Spouse As a Parent Vocationally In my Experiences Emotionally In my Character In my Health 
02:54
August 23, 2021
The Ingredients of a Beautiful Life
This week, Tommy and Patricia name their four core ingredients for a beautiful life. A healthy balance of these four elements can lead to human flourishing. The 4 Ingredients for a Beautiful Life: Experiences Reflection Purpose Relationships
26:24
August 19, 2021
Reflections: Question - What Do I Want?
Rarely do we take the time to answer this simple question. Yet, this question has the potential to reach to our heart's deepest desires. It has the potential to steer our futures.
02:26
August 16, 2021
Who is your…?
In this episode, Tommy and Patricia discuss how the people in our lives deeply impact us, and who are the people we need to surround ourselves with to foster growth. 5 People We Need for a High Quality of Life: Cheerleader Coach Faithful Friend Companion Inspiration
32:16
August 12, 2021
Reflections: Rest - Not a Necessary Evil
Rest is meant to be more than just a means to maximize productivity. How are you resting?
02:48
August 09, 2021
Growing Clarity and Focus
In this week’s episode of Space for Life Podcast, Tommy and Patricia reflect on how to approach life with growing clarity and focus. 
32:41
August 05, 2021
Reflections: The Power of Questions
Questions are powerful tools to gain clarity, promote reflection, and grow individually. Learn more about the power of questions in this brief Reflection.
03:31
August 02, 2021
Special Guest: Alex Peavey
In this episode, Tommy sits down with coach and counselor, Alex Peavey, and hears Alex’s moving story.
01:02:04
July 22, 2021
The Power of Restraint
Episode 43
29:10
July 15, 2021
David Dwight: The Anatomy of a Deep Friendship (Part 2)
In this episode, Tommy continues the conversation with longtime friend and pastor of Hope Church in Richmond, Virginia, David Dwight. In the second part of these 2 episodes, David and Tommy direct the anatomy of deep friendships.
38:42
July 01, 2021
David Dwight: Friendship, Ministry, and Finding Space (Part 1)
In this episode, Tommy has a conversation with longtime friend and pastor of Hope Church in Richmond, Virginia, David Dwight. In the first part of these 2 episodes, David shares a little of his own story as well as the ways he finds space while leading a large church.
37:03
June 24, 2021
What’s the Big Deal About the Bible
Patricia and Tommy continue the conversation about morning routines, but focusing on why the Bible is an important part of their time.
29:45
June 10, 2021
Morning Routine
In this episode, Tommy and Patricia discuss how they start their days off right with a morning routine. Although a morning time can highly individualized and personal, they share some routines that have been helpful in their lives.
32:06
June 03, 2021
Shawn Boyer: The Story Behind Snagajob (Part 2)
In this episode, Tommy sits down with Shawn Boyer – the founder of America’s #1 hourly marketplace, Snagajob. Shawn continues the story of his own journey and gets into how he is living into his purpose now.
21:42
May 20, 2021
Shawn Boyer: The Story Behind Snagajob (Part 1)
In this episode, Tommy sits down with Shawn Boyer – the founder of America’s #1 hourly marketplace, Snagajob. Shawn shares his own journey and the story behind creating Snagajob.
40:27
May 13, 2021
Jon-Marc Haden: Moving Towards People
In today’s episode, Tommy sits down with Jon-Marc Haden, Richmond Area Director for FOCUS. Jon-Marc shares his story and how it led him to how the ways he lives into his purpose today.
42:26
May 05, 2021
Habits | Habits & Identity (Part 4)
In this episode, Tommy and Patricia discuss how the ways we often view our identity in regards to habits.
34:06
April 29, 2021
Habits | Minimizing Willpower (Part 3)
Tommy and Patricia sit down for week three’s discussion around habits. In this episode they discuss how to remove willpower from creating habits.
31:45
April 22, 2021
Jeff Baietto: Changing for the Better
In this episode, Tommy is joined by special guest, Jeff Baietto. Jeff is the COO and Co-Founder of InJoy Global, a culture-shaping company dedicated to transforming the workplace. Jeff talks about how we can change for the better, and how it is often much simpler than we tend to make it.
53:00
April 15, 2021
Habits | Breaking a 30-Year Habit (Part 2)
This episode is the first part of a four episode series on habits. Listen in as Tommy and Patricia discuss breaking a 30-year habit.
28:32
April 08, 2021
Habits | Real Change (Part 1)
In this episode, Tommy is joined by Patricia Clarke to begin a 5-part series on habits. Today, they discuss experiencing real change in our lives. The type of change we really desire is something that happens from the inside out. Do we have the ability to change on the inside? Will we take the risk to believe we can change on the inside?
28:48
April 01, 2021
Michael Thaler: Faith-Filled Purpose (Part 2)
Today features part two of a two-part podcast conversation where Tommy sits down with entrepreneur and business owner, Michael Thaler. In this episode Tommy and Michael dive into purpose. Their conversation is both inspiring and challenging.
46:23
March 25, 2021
Michael Thaler: Faith-Filled Purpose (Part 1)
In this part one of a two-part podcast conversation, Tommy sits down with entrepreneur and business owner, Michael Thaler, to hear Michael’s unique story that led him to create both Equity Concepts and Effective Ministries. Michael has an amazing list of accomplishments, but most impressively, he lives into the purpose that God has for his life with tremendous faith.
36:14
March 18, 2021
Deb Crowe: Heart-Centered Leadership
Deb is an executive and business coach. She has 30+ years of global experience in top Fortune 500 companies in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, leading and coaching C-suite leaders, executive and senior management professionals, and their teams. In this episode, Deb shares some of her story and passion for heart-centered leadership. Tommy and Deb dive into the topics of leadership, self-care, and of course finding space.
40:47
March 04, 2021
Multiple Streams of Life
Tommy is joined by Patricia today, and they talk about finding multiple streams of life. They take the concept of multiple streams of income, and apply it to more facets of life. This episode helps us expand our views on faith, giving, joy, and helps us live more into the abundance God has for us.
24:12
February 25, 2021
Practice?! We talking’ about practice!
In this episode Tommy and Patricia take a look at practice. Yes, practice. Have you ever thought that all of life is practice? This episode challenges us to think about life and practice differently.
29:57
February 18, 2021
Designing Our Weeks
In this episode Tommy sits down with Steve Perkins to discuss designing their weeks. Have you ever thought about how much control you can actually have over your schedules? Listen in as Tommy and Steve share the current strategies they use to craft their weeks to support their priorities better.
38:36
February 11, 2021
Steve Perkins: Finding and Living into Purpose (Part 2)
Join us for today’s conversation where Tommy sits back down with Steve Perkins to continue Steve’s own story of living into his purpose. Today’s topics include entrepreneurship, creativity, finances, purpose, growth, career, faith, time and more!
43:35
February 04, 2021
Steve Perkins: Finding and Living into Purpose (Part 1)
In this episode Tommy sits down with Greenhouse founder, Steve Perkins, and talks about finding and living into our purpose. God does have a purpose for our lives. It doesn't need to be anything vast and glorious, an earth shattering purpose can be in the mundane purpose can be in the simple serving, but that there is purpose to life. And as we live into it, that's where we find joy and peace and passion.
31:52
January 28, 2021
Radical Punctuality (more than being on time)
This episode dives into an age-old topic punctuality, but you may be surprised by what “radical” punctuality looks like. Hint: It’s way more than just being on time. The radical punctuality discussed in this episode leads to far more enjoyment, and a deeper experience of life. Our rushing is not necessary to be productive.
28:25
January 21, 2021
Johanna Stamps: Peace from the Inside Out
Writer, author and coach, Johanna Stamps, shares her journey finding peace, purpose and unity with her inner and exterior being. She now helps mothers find their purpose, regain their passions and be more present for those they love.
31:02
January 14, 2021
5 Tips for Dealing with Stress
Stress isn’t always negative. The reality is stress can be a mechanism that helps us grow (eustress), but the goal is not to have a stress free life but to be able manage the debilitating stress. This episode dives into 5 tips to keep stress manageable.
26:03
December 31, 2020
Goal Setting Part III: Tailoring Goals to Fit You
The Simple Goals process is all about creating change and growth in your life. The goals you choose should be what facilitates growth in your life, not just what works for somebody else. In this episode, Tommy and Patricia work through her goals to demonstrate how your goals should be tailored for you.
31:30
December 10, 2020
Litt Thompson: 5 Components to Unlocking Your Life
Successful entrepreneur and business owner, Litt Thompson, shares his experiences running multiple businesses; and how he reclaimed his life in the most chaotic season. A journey of getting off the frantic freeway of life, and moving from crisis aversion to creating a life you want to live.
34:18
December 03, 2020
Goal Setting Part II: How to Set Goals
Goal setting has the ability to make a tremendous impact on our future, but many times we don’t know where to begin. In this episode, Tommy shares his strategy for creating his goals for the upcoming year.
32:24
November 25, 2020
Goal Setting Part I: Reframing Goals
What if goals were thought of as dreams of who we wanted to become instead of a restrictive boxes that eliminate spontaneity? Tommy discusses how goals are a phenomenal mechanism for growing and living an intentional life.
26:12
November 19, 2020
Nicole Unice: Finding Purpose, Calling, and Space in Each Season of Life
Popular author and communicator, Nicole Unice, shares her story finding purpose and calling throughout seasons as a young mom, counselor, pastor, coach, and more. Listen to hear how Nicole arrived at a life purpose of “connecting people to God and each other”.
26:55
November 12, 2020
Patricia Clarke: Apart but Together
Tommy is joined today by Patricia Clarke, who shares about what being “apart but together" truly means.
30:52
October 29, 2020
What’s a Spacious Life?
Space for Life is in name and action all about finding space, but what is a spacious life? A spacious life isn't self-indulgent, but is rather deeply connected to purpose.
33:45
October 15, 2020
Guard Your Heart
"Guard your heart" may be a familiar phrase, but what does it really mean, why does it matter to God?
31:56
October 01, 2020
What's the Big Deal About Margin?
Margin is a regular theme in Space for Life, but what's the big deal about it? What does it look like, and why does it matter?
38:22
September 17, 2020
Radical Giving
In this episode, Tommy shares a story of a complete stranger’s generosity, and how thought provoking and impactful that action was.
23:54
September 03, 2020
Cultivating Humility
This week, Tommy is joined by Patricia Clarke. The two discuss what humility actually looks like, as well as how to cultivate it in our lives.Here are 3 specific action steps discussed in the episode for cultivating humility:Do completely anonymous good...
29:39
August 20, 2020
How to Be An Adult Without Growing Up
How do you be responsible, and accomplished - but also seek child-like curiosity and fun?Listen in as Tommy and Steve discuss 12 ways that you can be an adult without growing up:Find your passionInvest your life in something that is bigger than you,...
44:04
August 06, 2020
11 Ideas for Dealing with Adversity
Tommy and Steve discuss 11 Ideas for Dealing with Adversity.11 Ideas:Understand seasons Turn outward not inwardIn good times, rejoice; in bad times, consider that God has made one as well as the other.Find joy in everydayFight anxiety with...
29:12
July 23, 2020
Psalm 23
Tommy and Steve discuss what Psalm 23 has to say about God’s economy.
22:40
June 25, 2020
The Winding Journey
Here's an episode where Tommy and Steve talk about the winding journey - life - and the ups, down, twists and turns it makes.Life has places for us to experience joy even in the midst of difficult times.In this episode, Tommy shares four key...
26:14
June 11, 2020
Mud Pies
In this episode Tommy and Steve talk about how God works far beyond the boxes that we tend to put Him in. The story of Jesus healing a blind man with mud pies can teach us that He works in the most unexpected ways, and when we we open ourselves to Him...
28:12
June 04, 2020
Space to Breathe Again
In this episode Tommy and Steve talk about Tommy’s upcoming book, Space to Breathe Again. They discuss the process of writing the book as well as the story behind in.No Show Notes
24:48
April 23, 2020
3 Approaches During Coronavirus
In this episode Tommy and Steve discuss ways to thrive in the midst of quarantine and Coronavirus. We are in a unique time and old ways of thriving may not work in our new normal. What are some practical ways of turning the tables and coming out the...
25:04
April 08, 2020