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The Unhustle Podcast

The Unhustle Podcast

By Milena Regos
Unhustle Podcast Host Milena Regos want to inspire you to redefine success. She rebels against the cult of Hustle Culture and burnout. Her mission is to inspire and equip leaders, entrepreneurs and execs to design a new way to live, work and play by creating sustainable LIFEWORKPLAY DESIGN. She finds provocative thought leaders, innovators, pirates and game-changers to speak on topics of joy, well-being, flow, peak experiences, peak performance and how we can replace Hustle Culture with Human Culture. More details at
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Ep.33 - "Why do you get up in the morning?" A Conversation about Purpose with Richard Leider

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Your Mental Health Is Everything With Mental Health Expert Petra Velzeboer
Petra is a renowned mental health expert, TedX speaker and CEO of mental health consultancy, PVL. She captures, surprises, and inspires audiences with her incredible story of transforming adversity into advantage, and challenges them to take responsibility for their mental health. In this conversation we talk about: - What really is mental health and why it matters, especially now - How entrepreneurs, start-up founders, and leaders can take care of their own mental health before they can lead the conversation with their teams - Science-based tips for burnout prevention - How do we deal with loneliness in a remote and hybrid work - The business case for making mental health a "must-have" not "nice to have" Tune in and leave a comment with your biggest insight. Connect with me at Connect with Petra at: Website: Instagram: @petra.velzeboer Linkedin:
April 20, 2022
Quit Repeating Yourself With Jaime Jay
No one wants to keep reinventing the wheel, especially in business. Today's guest is Jaime Jay, the Owner of Bottleneck Distant Assistants and author of Quit Repeating Yourself: How Today's Leaders Are Using Systems and Processes to Grow Their Business The Right Way. In this episode, Jaime joins Milena Regos to chat about his book and share insights and tips for leaders on how to optimize their processes. It can start with something as basic as having your email set up for maximum efficiency. Tune in for useful, actionable tips to get your business moving with the right processes and workflows.
April 06, 2022
Sabbaticals: A Necessary Disruption For Better Outcomes With Doug Mackaman
The concept of a sabbatical becomes more foreign as the years go by, and people just don’t have the resources to take a year off work. Doug Mackaman has offered a bespoke solution for the new generation. Doug is the Founder, CEO, and Disruptor-at-Large for Sabatigo. Their mission is to provide a transformative, mindful, intentional yet compressed journey for leaders and peak performers to regenerate new fuel and perform better. In this episode, Doug chats with Milena Regos about how they're achieving their mission and breaks down their itinerary designed to make the most of your travel. Tune in to learn more about their disruptive and innovative concept to battle burnout in the modern work arena.
March 30, 2022
Purpose Over Paycheck: Taking The First Step To Personal Freedom With Ruchika Sikri
How do you define your work? Is it something you’re truly passionate about, or is it just a means to survive? Ruchika Sikri has found her purpose and has chosen to live above and beyond the fulfillment a paycheck offers. She is the former head of wellbeing and mindfulness at Google. After a successful corporate career, she follows her life's purpose and mission to create a better world by supporting mindfulness, compassion, and wellness. In our first episode, she joins Milena Regos to talk about her new sense of determination and freedom. Listen in as they discuss how self-care and self-awareness can lead you to a greater purpose.
March 23, 2022
Sit Down To Rise Up: Learning Through Your Failures With Shelly Tygielski
Sit down to rise up. Stop trying to force yourself into something you're not. Take care of yourself so that you can find what you're really passionate about. Look for a community that'll help you find success. This is what Shelly Tygielski did. She quit her job as a corporate executive to spread positivity in the world, which she learned to harness through self-meditation. Shelly is the Founder of the global mutual aid movement, Pandemic of Love. She is also the author of Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World. Join Milena Regos as she talks to Shelly on her career-defining journey.
March 16, 2022
Burnout To Peaceout: Turning Stress Into Success With Jen Fisher
Is burnout the end of a productive work streak? Or is it the starting point for growth? Dealing with burnout entails more than its discovery. Milena Regos sits down with Jen Fisher, the Chief WellBeing Officer at Deloitte, to talk about how she turned her burnout into an opportunity. Jen takes us through her personal detox experience and how she managed to distinguish her purpose from her job. Listen in to learn more about Jen’s top tips for integrating well-being into the workplace and your personal life.
March 09, 2022
Season 2: Trailer
Hustle is canceled in 2022. Unhustle is the way forward.  Most people think the only way to succeed is to hustle. You catch up on work on Sundays, fill your schedule with meetings, work 12-hour days, eat lunch at your desk, skip vacations, and put work before your health and family - AGAIN. You feel guilt and shame when taking time off, your mind still at back in the office. We glorify being busy and listen to social media GaryVee type influencers but end up disillusioned, overwhelmed and burnt out. The way we're working isn't working: 77% of people globally are burnt out worse for women. (Source: Deloitte.) People working 55 or more hours each week face an estimated 35% higher risk of a stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease. (Source: WHO) Many studies show that productivity is higher when you work less than 40 hours per week. 24/7 Hustle is Killing our Humanity,  Health & Human Potential. You can fit your work into your good life, not the other way around. The Great Resignation or The Great Discontent shows half of American employees looking to change jobs (seeking well-being, flexibility, and purpose.) (Source: Gallup & LinkedIn.) We can replace Hustle Culture with Human Culture and create sustainable LiveWorkPlay Design. In an age of burnout, nothing is more important than your wellbeing. In an age of distractions and overwhelm, nothing is more valuable than your focus and presence. In an age of uncertainty, nothing is more urgent than having the courage to unlearn old beliefs and behavior and relearn new ones so that you can redefine success on your terms with freedom, joy and flow. Your humanity and worth are so much more than your ability to hustle. You may be burnt out but you're not broken. You need courage to make a change. The future belongs to those who can create a meaningful life and a fulfilling career, without sacrificing one for the other. "Hustle is not the most important word ever". Human is the most important word. Have the courage to rebel to work and live well. In a world addicted to hustle, unhustle is a superpower. You can start by subscribing to 3 Ways to Unhustle Sunday Newsletter, listening to The Unhustle Podcast with thought leaders and game-changers or joining The Unhustle U Community. 
February 18, 2022
Ep. 48: World Unhustle Day, Dec 29, 2020 with Melani Gordon
What: A day to pause, rethink and begin a new way of living. When: Dec 29, 2020 Where: The world – share how you #unhustle online. Why: The current way of working and work addiction is costing our humanity. It’s time for a reset. Who: World Unhustle Day Dec 29, 2020 is for everyone who needs to bring more balance in their lives. Entrepreneurs, start up founders, executives, and leaders from around the world who need to bring a little more balance, well-being, and sanity in their lives. How: Tell us how you plan to celebrate. Take a day off (or 5 min off) to do something for you. Show us on social media by tagging us in your images and videos with @unhustle. We’ll pick 3 three people at random for a 90 min FREE Unhustle Strategy Session. We are gearing up to celebrate World Unhustle Day on Dec 29, 2020.  Here's how you can get involved, see what other people are saying and take the pledge to a new way of living: Additional Resources:  During the pandemic we are working 3 extra hours: Impact of COVID on mental health: Mental health crisis among entrepreneurship: CNN documentary Almost Human: Take the pledge:
December 10, 2020
Ep.47 Bite-Size Unhustle U: Reframe
How do you get unstuck and shift your situation from a negative into a positive? By reframing. 
December 03, 2020
Ep.45: How one millennial redefined modern life to achieve success on her terms with Isabel VonZastrow
Today on the Unhustle podcast I connect with Isabel VonZastrow, a professional kiter and surfer who challenged society’s norms of what she “should” be doing, redefined modern millennial life and moved to Baja California Sur so she can surf, live her life and tap into her creative flow. Website: Instagram:
November 08, 2020
Ep.44: Preventing chronic stress and burnout and achieving peak performance with Bryan Smith
In this episode on the Unhustle podcast, I talk with Bryan Smith, the Co-Founder of Leon. We discuss burnout especially as it relates to start-up founders and employees. We get into specific strategies to prevent and treat stress and burnout so you can achieve peak performance, a similar approach to achieving top performance among athletes. Why burnout is an important topic? 75% of Americans are burnout. It’s costing the workforce an estimated $1 trillion in lost productivity each year. Bryan is the founder of, the world’s first-ever, AI-powered employee performance platform. To connect with Bryan: Website: Linkedin Profile
November 01, 2020
Ep. 43: Is lockdown good for productivity and focus with Julian Birkinshaw
Lockdown helps us focus on the work that really matters. We are spending 12% less time drawn into large meetings and 9% more time interacting with customers and external partners. Lockdown helps us take responsibility for our own schedules. We do 50% more activities through personal choice — because we see them as important — and half as many because someone else asked us to. During lockdown, we view our work as more worthwhile.  We rate the things we do as valuable to our employer and to ourselves. The number of tasks rated as tiresome drops from 27% to 12%, and the number we could readily offload to others drops from 41% to 27%. Listen in as Julian and I discuss the good and the bad from lockdown.  Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Deputy Dean at the London Business School. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the Academy of Social Scientists (FAcSS) and the Academy of International Business. Julian is a recognised expert on innovation, entrepreneurship and renewal in large corporations. He has written fourteen books, including Fast/Forward, Becoming a Better Boss, Reinventing Management, and Giant Steps in Management, and over ninety articles in such journals as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Strategic Management Journal and Academy of Management Journal. He is regularly quoted in international media outlets, including CNN, BBC, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Bloomberg Business Week and The Times, and he speaks regularly at business conferences in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. In 2015, he was ranked 43rd on the Thinkers 50 list of the most influential management thinkers in the world. Links:
October 21, 2020
Ep. 42: Lead Like a Woman with Deborah Pegues
Did you know recent polling has shown only 5% of women occupy the highest positions with the top 500 companies listed in the New York Stock Exchange? Even though women make up nearly half the workforce in the United States and hold over half of the country’s middle management positions, female CEO’s are still extremely rare. As an African-American woman who has served as VP for a Fortune 500 company, Deborah Smith Pegues has witnessed firsthand the importance of diversity in a business’s upper level leadership and wants to empower more women to embrace their potential as leaders and confidently break into a male-dominated world. In her upcoming book, Lead Like a Woman, Deborah teaches women how to hone their natural gifts as well as sharpen other important leadership traits, such as developing a strong intuition, sharp interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate concisely. She also counsels women against habits that hold them back such as downplaying their abilities and competence, pursuing perfection to the detriment of their own success, and viewing female colleagues as rivals rather than teammates. Deborah and I had fun. Listen in.  Links:
October 14, 2020
Ep. 41: Work Life Boundaries and Improved Performance with the Human to Human Movement Founder Bryan Kramer
Bryan Kramer is a renowned business strategist, global keynote speaker, executive trainer and coach, two-time bestselling author and Forbes contributor. As former President and Co-Owner of PureMatter, a Silicon Valley global marketing agency since 2001, he sparked the Human-to-Human H2H movement that set out to humanize business through simpler communication, empathy, and celebrating our imperfections. His TED Talk on the subject in 2014 featured a TED “first – allowing mobile devices during the event to share the experience to illustrate his belief. Noted as the “Zen master to Digital Marketers” by Forbes, named a “Top 3 Thought Leadership Speakers You Don’t Want to Miss” in Forbes and in “The Top 100 Most Influential People on Twitter” by Business Insider, Bryan teaches speakers, executives and audiences how to up-level their storytelling and how to be more compelling and clear. With more than 350,000 social fans and followers, Bryan believes that being human is our competitive advantage because of our ability to leverage our emotional intelligence alongside technology to scale, in order to share stories in a human way – not corporate speak. But in this conversation, we talk practical ways to improve your focus while you work from home.  LINKS:
October 08, 2020
Ep. 40: Niching down to scale fast with Hailey Rowe
Hailey niched down so she can scale her business with ease and flow.  Hailey works with health coaches and helps them with mindset, marketing and growing their business. And here are some of the ways she's realized that less is more.
October 01, 2020
Ep. 39: Female empowerment in data with Sadie Lawrence
Women in Data is an empowering community of doers all striving to be trailblazers in the field of data science. We learn and grow together feeding off of each other's expertise in our given fields. When women band together and support one another, not only can we uplevel the workforce, but we increase the potential for data to change the world. Listen to the conversation with Sadie Lawrence, founder of Women in Data.
September 24, 2020
Ep.38: Play and Rest are Critical Components to Work with Alex Pang
In this Unhustle episode, I talk with Alex Pang on the philosophy of integrating rest and play into your work to achieve higher performance.  Alex Soojung-Kim Pang studies people, technologies, and the worlds they make. His latest book SHORTER explains how companies all over the world, in a variety of industries, are shortening their working hours while improving productivity and profitability. LINKS Strategy+Rest: LinkedIn: Twitter and Instagram: @askpang
September 16, 2020
Ep.37 The five hour work day with Stephan Aarstol
Stephan Aarstol decided to put his entire team from TowerPaddleboards on a five-hour workday yet paying his team the same. Crazy right? But the results are showing that it was an incredible success.  Do you live to work or work to live?  Do you live your brand values?  Listen to this podcast and find out the positives and negatives from this experiment and see if it will help you gain a competitive edge right now.  TowerPaddleaboads NoMiddleMan
September 08, 2020
Ep. 36 Working 4 Days a Week Can Radically Change Your Life + Give You a Competitive Edge with Andrew Barnes
I invited Andrew to speak about the 4 day work week experiment he conducted in New Zealand. He put his company Perpetual Guardian on a 4 day work week while continued to pay his employees the same. This experiment turned out to be a huge success - stress went down, productivity went up. Andrew formed the 4-day week nonprofit global campaign and he wrote a book, The 4 Day Week about the experiment. Now, is a good time to reassess how we work and live. Andrew is getting phone calls from 83 countries, asking him about the 4-day work week in support of the effort. Unfortunately, this worthwhile effort may end up costing Andrew his own 4 day week. The way we work today isn’t fit for the 21st century. And thanks to Andrew and others this conversation has gone mainstream. We like being busy at work. But there’s a difference between busyness and productivity. The average worker is productive about 3 hours a day. Why do we need to spend 8 hours in the office? Because we measure productivity by time. Listen to this conversation about how we can change our work culture. If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests. For past guests, please visit Sign up for Milena’s email Unhustle newsletter. Interested in sponsoring the podcast? Please fill out the form at Follow Milena/ Unhustle: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: YouTube:
July 22, 2020
Ep.35 From Burnout Teacher to Thriving Entrepreneur with Garrett Carlson
Garrett followed his passion to teach. But that passion ended shortly after he experienced burnout. Garrett was dealing with addictions. He was tired. Exhausted. Overweight. He had enough. One day, he decided to make a change. Garrett founded, a men’s magazine that champions introspection and vulnerability in men. If you are feeling overwhelmed and burnt out, maybe it’s time to reconsider your life too. Listen to this conversation about lifestyle and business design. You may find inspiration. If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests. For past guests, please visit Sign up for Milena’s email Unhustle newsletter. Interested in sponsoring the podcast? Please fill out the form at Follow Milena/ Unhustle: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: YouTube:
July 16, 2020
Ep.34 Declutter Your Life to Open More Space for What Matters with Kathi Lipp
Kathi Lipp, best-selling author of Clutter Free, is known for helping women discover that peace is possible in every area of their lives, even their out-of-control homes. Lipp hosts the popular podcast Clutter Free Academy and is often featured in Woman’s World as one of their “Ask the Experts”, as well as a number of other media outlets around the country.  In this episode we talk about living clutter free.  Now is a good time to get rid of that clutter - physical and digital and open more space and time for what really matters.  You can connect with Kathi Lipp here: Her Clutter Free Podcast is here: To listen to my interview on the Clutter Free Podcast, go here: You can check out all of Kathi's books here: Tag me on Instagram @unhustle and let me know what you are taking away from this podcast.  If you want to receive email notification about future podcasts, sign up for the Unhustle email newsletter.  Happy Decluttering! 
July 02, 2020
Ep.33 - "Why do you get up in the morning?" A Conversation about Purpose with Richard Leider
Richard Leider is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected executive coaches, and by the Conference Board as a “legend in coaching.” Widely viewed as a global thought leader of the purpose movement, his work is featured regularly in many media sources including PBS public television and NPR public radio. His PBS Special – The Power of Purpose – was viewed by millions of people across the U.S.  We talk about purpose and his napkin test of figuring out your purpose in less than 5 min.  Best selling Author Richard Leider brings the Power of Purpose to life. One of the world’s pioneering thought leaders, Richard’s forward-thinking ideas and bestselling books are reshaping how people live, work, and lead with purpose. There's no better time than the present to connect with your purpose.  To connect with Richard Leider:
June 18, 2020
Ep. 32 Get Rid of Social Media Addiction Once and For All and Improve Your Mental Health - Solo Podcast
Hi,  In this solo podcast, I talk about how to get rid of our social media addiction and reclaim our time and mental health.  I used to be a social media addict.  This is what I did.  Connect with us at 
June 05, 2020
Ep. 31 The origin story of Wanderlust and bringing wellness to 1 billion people with legendary entrepreneur Jeff Krasno
Jeff Krasno is the founder of Wanderlust and now Commune.  We talk about how the idea for Wanderlust came to him and dive into various other topics from holistic way of living, to inspiration, happiness, capitalism, and business.  I went to the first Wanderlust event at Squaw Valley and fell in love with it.  Jeff attended The Hotchkiss School and received his BA in 1993 from Columbia University. In 2008, Jeff created the concept for Wanderlust, a series of large-scale events combining yoga & wellness with the arts. Wanderlust has become a global wellness platform with 65 events in 20 countries. Jeff serves as Chairman. In 2018, Jeff founded Commune Media, an online learning platform for personal and societal well-being. As CEO, Jeff focuses on talent relationships, business development and building a stellar team. He also hosts the Commune podcast, interviewing a wide variety of guests from Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson to Brendon Burchard and Russell Brand. You can connect with Jeff Krasno: Commune: Wanderlust:
May 22, 2020
Ep.30 Using Flow to Build a Thriving Business with Instagram Star Kat Coroy
Kat Coroy experienced complete burnout, which put her in a hospital. When she came out, she was determined to create a sustainable life and business for herself. She quit her corporate job and became a thriving entrepreneur by listening to her body and taking naps when she needs to. Disagreeing with the whole notion of Hustle Culture, Kat has taken her life and income in her hands. “You can’t be in a flow state and do your best work when you are tired.” - says Kat Coroy. Her advice for people right now: “Can you take the time you are not working to envision your dream business?” We talk about building self-confidence and dreaming big. “WHY CAN’T IT BE YOU?” is a question Kat poses to all want us who dream of working less, making more and living fully. “You can figure stuff out and make it work for you. You can create your dream business.” Kat built one of the most successful online courses on the Internet by working 7 am - 4 pm, four days a week, by getting into a state of flow to avoid working hard. How does she do it? Kat’s tips for getting into a state of flow: Contrary to what we think about productivity Kat gets to her email first.  That’s because she gets a lot of love from her clients. It makes her feel good. Use Dragon Naturally Speaking to get out of typing. Use Evernote to create templates. Work in a block of time by setting up 50 min blocks to get it all done. Think about concepts, not tasks. Meditate and keep in a good state in mind to stay happy. When inspiration comes, write it down. Have “little” systems in place to save time. Eliminate the distractions - Kat’s phone is on “airplane” most of the time. “I don’t let my phone rule my life.” Use Facebook Business Manager for her Instagram and Facebook communication. Create a beautiful space to work. Take time for yourself when you need it. Take care of what you eat / exercise. Right now is a great time to be online. If you want to move forward with your business, what can you do online? Entrepreneur Takeaway: Think about what you really want. What makes you thick? What would make you happy? What can you do to Unhustle? How can you automate your income? Kat runs a super successful online course (only one) on 2 hours a day.  What can you do? Kat Coroy is an online educator, designer & brander that has worked with the Big Brands in London for 20+ years. She now empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners to find their unique Brand Soul Essence, finally, crack the social media code & become Instagram Rockstars. She teaches business owners how to confidently and powerfully express their unique gifts and talents on Instagram with authenticity, design, truth, and soul to soul marketing so they can finally get their messages out into the world, impact lives, become successful and create the business of their dreams. To connect with Kat:
April 22, 2020
Ep. 29 "Unplug the Drug" with digital wellbeing expert Jess Davis
Named a 'Limit Breaking Founder' by Arianna Huffington, Jess Davis is a multi-platform storyteller at the crossroads of humans, real life and the modern world. Her company, Folk Rebellion, was named the 2018 Wellness Trend of the Year by Well+Good, and Jess's work as a creative brand strategist earned her a coveted '40 Under 40' award. Jess is a digital wellbeing thought leader, editor in chief of Folk Rebellion and renowned creative strategist. Her writings on technology, digital detox, entrepreneurship and parenting-in-the-modern-world have been featured in Inc. Mag, Thrive, Whalebone, the Guardian and more. Jess’s international speaking engagements include Vice, Forbes, Lululemon, Soho House, BBDO and Grey Advertising. She's also a guest lecturer at Columbia Business School and New York University and is proud to have her work be recognized as an ambassador for both lululemon and Discover Outdoors. Innately curious, Jess lives a rebellious life that is inspiring a counter-culture movement, encouraging a plugged in world to raise hell and live well. Jess lives in Brooklyn with her giant son Hays and their equally as giant dog, Kylian. To connect with Jess Davis: Instagram:
April 06, 2020
Ep.27 Finding joy in a digital world with Christina Crook
This episode was recorded before the coronavirus outbreak and is even more applicable right now. Christina Crook has been called the “The Marie Kondo of Digital” —Harper’s Bazaar Christina Crook is a pioneer and leading voice in the field of digital well-being. As the author of the best-selling book The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World and the leader of the global #JOMO movement, she regularly shares her insights in major media outlets and interviews other mindful tech leaders as the host of the JOMO(cast) podcast. Christina and I talk about the importance of finding joy, especially valuable in these difficult times of pandemic and challenging economy.  Connect with JOMO: Instagram:
March 17, 2020
Ep. 26 Finding grace and space with Sasha Shillcutt
This interview was recorded before the coronavirus outbreak.  Sasha Shillcutt is a Physician, Gender Equity Researcher, Speaker, Author Between Grit and Grace (Coming Feb 2020 Pre-Order on B&N Book) & Founder/CEO of Brave Enough. She's a mom to 4 amazing kids, wife to the love of her life, & a Cardiac Anesthesiologist. She's a lipstick & shoe addict, extrovert, & writer. Her favorite days: watching her kids play sports, helping very sick people & speaking across the country to women.  She founded Brave Enough because after a successful career climb as a clinical scientist and national expert, she found herself empty & isolated.  So…she started a tribe. Her greatest passion is empowering & encouraging women to be #braveenough in their professional & personal lives. She believes leadership & lipstick are not mutually exclusive; & women need each other. She has inspired thousands of women to believe the same & lead the best tribe ever! Connect with Sasha Shillcutt: Twitter: Instagram: Linkedin:
March 17, 2020
Ep 25: How to overcome workaholism and learn to chill with Bryan Robinson
Are you driven or are you drawn? Bryan was a workaholic, chain-smoking, wild man working 24/7. He used to zoom on what had to be done, ignoring everything else.  Then, he learned how to #chill. In this episode, we talk about mindfulness. We talk about how we are driven my “musturbation”, the shoulds and should nots. When research actually shows that you move slow, you are going to be more productive, get more done and have a more enjoyable life. When you take care of yourself, mind, body and spirit you can climb the ladder faster. Don’t believe it, listen to the conversation. #Chill and #Unhustle share very similar principles. Chill uses a lot of C words: Calm Curious Creative Compassionate Connected And a few more Using these concepts, Bryan wrote the book #Chill: How to turn off your job and turn on your life. To connect with Bryan Robinson: To purchase the book.
February 28, 2020
Ep.24 Why is Finland the happiest country in the world with Katja Presnal
Research says Finland is the happiest country in the world. Is it true and why? Today on the podcast, I invited Katja Presnal. A born Finn who lived abroad for 20 years and returned to Finland, Katja is an award-winning digital marketing strategist, an entrepreneur and a mom of 3. We talk about the Nordic way of life, the stress in America and in Finland, and what makes the Finns happy at the end of the day. We also talk about work ethics, how doing less is actually more in business, parenthood, and minimalism. We cover a lot of topics in this interview. This interview is longer than most but worth listening to. Connect with Katja Presnal: Her digital marketing agency: Her lifestyle business:
February 07, 2020
Ep.23 Connecting with your purpose with meditation teacher Lou Redmond
Lou Redmond is a popular meditation teacher on Insight Timer. He went from alcohol and drugs to finding his purpose in meditation and mindfulness for schools. He shares his transformational story and the power of connecting with your higher calling. He also created a special meditation for the Unhustle Community which is available on the podcast, under Episode 18. Connect with Lou at Lou’s additional project:
January 30, 2020
Ep. 22 On staying humble and finding your truth with Andy Demille
Andy Demille was a tech entrepreneur living in fast-paced LA until his car accident. That experience changed his life. Andy is now a yoga instructor and lives a much slower and much more fulfilling life. He shares his journey and how he was able to connect with his purpose and find happiness. 
January 23, 2020
Ep. 21 Cultivate courage with Cindy Solomon
For more than two decades, widely admired leadership expert, author, and keynote speaker Cindy Solomon has helped Fortune 1000 companies around the world cultivate Courageous Leaders and customer-focused cultures. Connect with Cindy at:
January 16, 2020
Ep.20: Create your own life road map with Tim Rhode
Tim Rhode went from a hustling real estate agent to founding 1Life Fully Lived to connect with his passion for serving others. 1 Life Fully Lived is a non-profit that teaches people of all ages how to connect their passion, purpose, and direction by following a personal road map to master vision-planning, relationships, finances, and wellness. Connect with 1 Life Fully Lived:
January 09, 2020
Ep.19 Purpose Before Profit with Carlos Hidalgo, Entrepreneur and Author of the "UnAmerican Dream"
Carlos Hidalgo is an award-winning entrepreneur and author. Carlos used to be a workaholic. In this honest and humble conversation, Carlos talks about the pains and sacrifices facing entrepreneurs and the consequences that come with Hustle Culture. Carlos tells his story and describes the toxicity of Hustle Culture in his book the “UnAmerican Dream”. This is his story of transformation and how he woke up to life, saved his marriage and achieved personal and professional success. You can buy Carlos Hidalgo book “The UnAmerican Dream” on Amazon.
January 02, 2020
Ep.18: Meditation with Lou Redmond: "Finding the balance between doing and being"
Struggling with always having too much to do?  I asked the popular meditation teacher from Insight Timer,  Lou Redmond to create a special meditation for the  Unhustle community on "Finding the balance between doing and being".  He graciously agreed.  Listen and practice with Lou.  Enjoy. Connect with Lou Redmond at
December 29, 2019
Ep.17: How to deal with expanding work, constant change, and limited resources with Rebecca Zucker
Rebecca is an executive coach working with leaders from all sectors and functions. We talk about the amount of work that we deal with, adequate resources, constant change and shifting directions all the time. We discuss how leaders and executives can set boundaries to achieve more. Rebecca has coached leaders across the globe, from high-potential managers to C-level executives. Rebecca’s clients include Amazon, BNP Paribas, Clorox, DocuSign, Dropbox, eBay, Expedia, First Republic Bank, Genentech, GI Partners, Google, The Irvine Foundation, Lending Club, Norwest Venture Partners, Nielsen, Morrison Foerster, The Skoll Foundation and Stanford’s Distinguished Careers Institute, among other organizations. She has conducted hundreds of workshops on leadership and career development, is a contributor to Harvard Business Review and Forbes. She’s is frequently quoted in the press on career and leadership issues. Twitter: @rszucker Website: Leadership Development Resource List: Coaching:
December 28, 2019
Ep:16: How to go from being a workaholic fully absorbed in Hustle Culture to mindful living with Justine Bloome
We talk about workaholism, hustle, values, intention, family and mindful living Justine Bloome is a certified meditation teacher, a magnetism marketing strategist, founder of The Mindful__, speaker, podcast host, and connector of people. She guides people home to themselves, so they may discover the simple, liberating and practical ways to enjoy a more meaningful experience of their life, their relationships, their career, their business or their soul’s purpose. Connect with Justine Bloome: The Mindful Series
December 20, 2019
Ep.15: Dealing with stress and anxiety with Rebekah Lyons
Rebekah Lyons is a national speaker and the bestselling author of You Are Free and Freefall to Fly. An old soul with a contemporary, honest voice, Rebekah shares her personal battles of overcoming anxiety and depression and invites others to boldly pursue their purpose. In this podcast, we discuss Rebekah's personal story of dealing with stress and panic attacks and finding peace and purpose.  Learn more about Rebekah Lyons. Rebekah's new book: Rhythms of Renewal- Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose. 
December 20, 2019
Ep.14: How to get into a state of flow – the secret to achieving high performance for athletes and entrepreneurs with Alexandra Borbolla
Flow is an altered state of mind, being “in the zone”, experiencing timelessness, selflessness, and feeling connected. Everything seems effortless. Your creativity and productivity increases in this state, your focus increases you have more clarity and feel ecstatic. Instead of using your brain, you actually use less of it. You are 100% immersed in what you are doing. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined the term in 1975 and it has been widely referred to across a variety of fields. It’s a Zen-type attitude about it of being one with your activity, where your inner critic disappears. Alexandra experiences this when she rides her horse and I do the same when I go kiteboarding. But how can you achieve the same state of flow into your work environment? Listen to the podcast episode and learn how to sync your body and mind, achieve flow and use it to become better at what you do in life and in work.  To learn more about Alexandra, connect with her at:
November 22, 2019
Ep.13: Ego to Values Based Living with Chip Conley
In this episode, we talk about living a life based on your values. When Chip flatlined he decided he needed to change his life. This led to the founding of Modern Elder Academy.  "If you don't like change, you'll like irrelevancy even better" says Chip Conley, founder of Modern Elder Academy.  Rebel hospitality entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author, Chip Conley is a leader at the forefront of the sharing economy. At age 26 he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV), transforming one inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. After running his company as CEO for 24 years, he sold it and soon the young founders of Airbnb asked him to help transform their promising start-up into the world’s leading hospitality brand. Chip served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy for four years and today acts as the company’s Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership. Chip’s five books include PEAK and EMOTIONAL EQUATIONS and are inspired by the theories of transformation and meaning by famed psychologists Abraham Maslow and Viktor Frankl. In his new book, WISDOM@WORK: The Making of a Modern Elder (September 2018), Chip shares his experiences – as both mentor and unexpected intern – at Airbnb, and why he believes the intergenerational exchange of wisdom is critical to the modern workplace and our society. Chip is the founder of Modern Elder Academy in Baja California Sur. 
November 12, 2019
Ep.12: Amie Engerbretson, a professional skier on self-care practices, dealing with fear and the importance of smiling
Amie Engerbretson is a professional skier, producer, and host. From skiing steep pitches in Alaska to filing with Warren Miller, Amie’s heart is in the mountains. A professional athlete, Amie has learned how to deal with stress, saying Yes to everything and taking care of herself. She’s grounded in what makes her happy at the end of the day. After being buried alive in an avalanche, Amie has learned how to deal with fear in her life. A modest, down to earth individual with an infectious smile, Amie is a role model for people in a world of hustle, competitiveness and striving for more. Follow Amie’s adventures: Amie Engerbretson Website: Instagram account:
October 14, 2019
Ep.11 Dealing with stress through mindfulness with Rod Francis
I had the pleasure to interview Rod Francis. Rod is the leading authority behind the Human Potential Program. He went through a dramatic change in his life to find his passion for coaching and human potential. Rod is professionally credentialed with the International Coach Federation (ICF)‡, an associate member of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and a professional member of the American Mindfulness Research Association (AMRA). Rod is also CFM Qualified MBSR Teacher with the Center for Mindfulness at UMass and has attended the MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine Professional training with the program’s founder Jon Kabat-Zinn. He’s also completed Google’s in-house Search Inside Yourself  mindfulness and emotional intelligence (EI) leadership program. To connect with Rod: Rod Francis Website: Human Potential Institute Be Unlimited
October 10, 2019
Ep10 Life Lesson from a Dear Friend
This is an emotional episode that I recorded 2 hours after hearing about a dear friend passing away. The life lesson is worth sharing. 
October 01, 2019
Ep.9: Get Equalized with Shane Borza
Shane and I both got certified from the Human Potential Institute at the same time. I value Shane's approach to holistic living and invited him to talk about what we learned from our program and exchange ideas and approaches.  In this episode, we discuss a few critical skills for living a complete life, including:  Presence  Mindfulness Movement  Gratitude  Recovery  Relationships  Nutrition  Sunlight  Grounding  To connect with Shane Borza:
September 27, 2019
Ep.8: Slow Life Down with the God Father of the Slow Movement Carl Honore
  I had the pleasure to interview Carl Honore. Carl has been known as: "The global guru on the Slow Movement." - Globe and Mail "An in-demand spokesman on slowness." The Wall Street Journal "The godfather of the Slow Movement." ABC TV News In addition, he’s just a really awesome human being.  Carl Honoré is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and TED speaker. As the voice of the Slow Movement, he travels the world to teach people how to thrive in a fast world – by slowing down. Carl has been featured in a series for BBC Radio 4 called The Slow Coach in which he helped frazzled, over-scheduled Britons slow down. He presented a TV show (ABC 1) called Frantic Family Rescue where he did the same for families in Australia. His TED talk on the benefits of slowing down has been viewed 2.8 million times. Before spearheading the Slow Movement, Carl spent a decade working as a journalist. He covered Europe and South America for the Economist, Observer, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Time, National Post and other publications. His first book, In Praise of Slow, examines our compulsion to hurry and chronicles a global trend toward putting on the brakes. The Financial Times said it is “to the Slow Movement what Das Kapital is to communism.” Carl has written 4 books so far and has presented two Ted talks.  His first book, In Praise of Slow, examines our compulsion to hurry and chronicles a global trend toward putting on the brakes. The Financial Times said it is “to the Slow Movement what Das Kapital is to communism.” His second book, Under Pressure, explores the good, the bad and the ugly of modern childrearing – and offers a blueprint for change. It was hailed by Time as a “gospel of the Slow Parenting movement.” Carl’s third book, The Slow Fix, explores how to tackle complex problems in every walk of life, from health and relationships to business and politics, without falling for superficial, short-term quick fixes. Carl’s latest book, Bolder: Making The Most Of Our Longer Lives, is about ageing – how we can do it better and feel better about doing it. It’s also a rallying cry against the last form of discrimination that dare speak its name: ageism. Connect with Carl, read his books, watch his Ted talks and follow his journey at And most importantly, remember to Slow Down. 
August 19, 2019
Ep.7: Follow your dream with Alenka Vrecek who biked 2,700 miles from Lake Tahoe to Baja
Alenka is hard core. She traveled on her bike from her Lake Tahoe home to her Baja home alone. Leaving behind her business Tahoe Teas, her husband and her dog, Alenka defeated her fears and connected deeply with herself. What revealed in this journey for her is a lot more than self confidence and fulfilling her dreams. Alenka is an inspiration for people and I loved interviewing her.  Connect with Alenka Vrecek on her personal blog: Business:
July 24, 2019
Ep.6: Declutter and simplify your life. Start with your wardrobe with image consultant Kathleen Audet
   I hired Kathleen a few years back to help me find my authentic style but also help me minimize the time it took me in the morning to dress up. What happened after that is amazing. It completely transformed my life. I went on a journey of simplifying and minimizing my life and ultimately started Unhustle. This very first simple act of going through my wardrobe ended up in so much more in life.  To connect with Kathleen Audet:
July 24, 2019
Ep.5: Life redesign with entrepreneur Melani Gordon – from burnout to digital nomad
     Melani is a hard working entrepreneur who decided to make a change in her life and see if she can work from her camper for 3 months. Along with her husband and pup, they are traveling the US while managing their team remotely. I’m so excited to interview Melani who says Phil and I inspired them to take a hard look at their life and make a change.  Follow their adventures on Instagram:
July 24, 2019
Ep.4: Ashley Graber on addiction, mindfulness, meditation, and finding your life passion
   Ashley Graber went from doing real estate and drinking too much to working in psychology and being a mindfulness teacher. Ashley defines mindful living and how we deal with the 50,000 thoughts our minds deal with on everyday basis.  Connect with Ashley Graber:
July 24, 2019
Ep.3: Erica Ziel on Running a Business and Avoiding Burnout with Self Care and Movement Practices
   An interview with Erica Ziel, an expert core specialist + Pilates instructor on being an entrepreneur, working hard, finding time for family, balance, movement, ways to avoid burnout and so much more.  Connect with Erica Ziel:
July 24, 2019
Ep.2: On the road with Barefoot Expedition
   We recorded this episode while in Baja. Although the audio is not ideal, I love the message Curtis and Arlene want to share with the world.  Have you ever dreamed of selling your house, quitting your job and hitting the road? Well, these guys did it. We had a casual conversation in Baja and even though the audio is not perfect, the message is strong and I couldn't keep it away from you. Get inspired by Curtis and Arlene to follow your dream and do it now. When you decide to do it, everything is possible!  Connect with Curtis and Arlene on their youtube channel. 
July 24, 2019
Ep.1 Jane Votka, a retired Naturalist on the healing powers of nature
Jane spent her entire life introducing people to nature, before forest bathing and forest medicine were a concept. She now shares her life experience with us from the comfort of her Baja home. An inspiring conversation to get people to connect with nature, be silent, observe and destress. 
July 15, 2019