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Sep 27, 2018

Stephanie Szostak stars on A Million Little Things, a TV show that shares the story of a group of friends in the wake of suicide.

I'm honored to have Stephanie on the show to bring mental health into the light during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. We'll also talk about her life, inspiration, work (Dinner for Schmucks, The Devil Wears Prada, Iron Man 3!) and how she became a fan of the Live Inspired Podcast.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Take our survey to be entered to win autographed goodies from past guests! 
  • Stephanie shared that the director wrote A Million Little Things to honor his friend who died by suicide + hoped it would create opportunities to start conversations about this difficult topic.
  • "You only live once. It's an adventure! It will be great for the kids to see their mother pursue her dreams." The support her husband shared when taking a role that entailed commuting.
  • "You will always know what is right from wrong. You won't always do it, but you'll always know."
  • "Be curious and don't judge."
  • "Working on Iron Man 3 with Robert Downy Jr. was like doing a dance with an unbelievably talented and generous partner who led you. It was a really incredible experience." 
  • "Show your vulnerability. We think it makes us weak, but it makes us free. It is courageous."
  • What would you say to someone going through a hard time? Talking is helpful. Sometimes we don't want to open up or be a drag. Pick up the phone, go to therapy, speak to somebody, so that you can get a tool to brighten your day and change your mindset.

STEPHANIE SZOSTAK'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. It changed my life. And The Power of Now by Eckhart Toehl.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Playfulness, as a mom when I am caught up in the domesticity of life, cooking dinner and all this, I wish I would just let go and be more playful.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? The old family pictures on our book shelf and passports.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Bob Marly, Mick Jagger, Patty Smith and my brother! We're looking at the ocean. They're all such poets and free spirits the conversation just starts; life, creativity and love. And I am in heaven listening to all of them.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? To do the exercise called the Impossible Future. My husband and I went into different rooms and answered: "If there were no obstacles and anything was possible, what would every aspect of your life look like?" Then share it. It's a great way to get to know each other.

Also, give to each other without expecting anything in return or calling out what you did.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You don't know who you are yet. It's okay. Take your time and be curious.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? She did it her way and inspired others to do the same.


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Sep 20, 2018

Jonathan Cain is the keyboardist + songwriter for one of the most popular American rock bands of all time: JOURNEY. Jonathan shares about his life, his inspiration behind the song song Don't Stop Believin' and so much more. Stay until the end, Jonathan will play a mini-live concert for you!

This is our 100th episode, my friends, and it is an all-out celebration! Look for all of the special features in the show notes. Don't miss it!

100th EPISODE SHOW NOTES: 

  • Enjoy Live Inspired Podcast? Then you'll LOVE joining John for live inspiration via webcast as a member of his Live Inspired IN STUDIO membership community. Registration rarely opens; it's open NOW! For 2 days only. Register here.
  • Please take our 100th Episode Survey + be entered to win a package of autographed goodies from past guests! We want to know what you love, what you don't + what guests you'd like to see on the next 100. Thanks for listening!
  • This episode was recorded via Facebook Live. Watch the video here. (Stay until the end to see Jonathan play LIVE!)

JONATHAN CAIN SHOW NOTES

  • Order a copy of Jonathan's book Don't Stop Believin' here.
  • This article shares about the fire at Our Lady of Angels School.
  • If you get down on yourself and bitter, it's better to move away and get space. - Jonathan Cain
  • Hear how a conversation with his dad helped Jonathan pen the lyrics to Don't Stop Believin'.
  • "I just smile. If you write something like that, you did something pretty good." Jonathan about playing his hit Don't Stop Believin'.
  • See the video of JOURNEY meeting Kenny, the fan whose "Make A Wish" was to meet them.
  • What would you say to listeners who are struggling today? "There is a blessing beyond all of this struggle. Keep hope and let the Lord take you where you're supposed to go. Get yourself out of the way."

If you enjoyed hearing about the person behind music you love, check out episode #60 with Matt Maher, the wildly popular contemporary Christian musician, or Ep. #23 with Brian Vander Ark of the band Verve Pipe with 90’s hit Freshman.

JONATHAN CAIN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Power of Now by Eckhart Toehl. It took me awhile to get into, but it changed my life. I woke up the next morning looking at the world differently.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Hopeful. I was very hopeful. 

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My computer with my lyrics on it.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Abraham Lincoln. I'd ask him 'How do you write like that?' His wisdom and words resonate so strong.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Pay attention. Stay in the moment. I've seen a lot of people having a conversation that aren't in the conversation. My father would say, 'Are you really connecting with everyone you meet?' There is probably some wisdom you need to take. People don't meet by accident but for a reason.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You are not always who they say you are. You are uniquely unique, so don't be afraid. 

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Never stop believin' in who you are. You are uniquely you.


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Sep 13, 2018

Comic Adam Cayton-Holland's book Tragedy + Time is a tragi-comic memoir about his sister's death as a result of suicide. It was released just in time for Suicide Prevention Awareness month, September 2018.

Adam took pause in his favorite Denver park to join us for this personal conversation. Adam shares about life, family, comedy, anxiety and how his book helped him process losing his sister. Listen to live inspired and bring mental health into the light.  

SHOW NOTES:

  • Adam's book Tragedy + Time is a tragic story with moments of great joy, laughter, love + redemption. Warning, there are quite a few cuss words.
  • Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is September. Join the conversation, get involved + support at Suicide Prevention Lifeline or National Alliance on Mental Health
  • Goal of his book was to show that even in an idyllic family, mental illness can rear its head and take a family member.
  • "I felt stuff strongly." Adam Cayton-Holland on growing up with anxiety.
  • Getting his start in comedy, Adam did stand up in secret for 6 months. When he finally invited his friends, he bombed + had to figure out how to get back up on stage after bombing.
  • It's a a scary thing. Mental illness can come snatch a person away. When you have this one idea of life and then what truly matters is [taken from you] it is shocking, it is like the whole access of your being shifts.
  • "People work on their physical health and we pat them on the back. It should be the same for people working on their mental health. We should say, "Hey good for you! Going to a therapist... Bring it into the light. You don't have to be ashamed of feeling it or your family member who is feeling it." 

Continue the Suicide Prevention Awareness conversation with Ep. #46. Guest Dennis Gillan share how he's committed his life to reducing the number of completed suicides + removing the stigma around mental health after losing his own two brothers to suicide.

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ADAM CAYTON-HOLLAND'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Sometimes a Great Notion, by Ken Kesey who wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It's beautifully written.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Empathy. I've put up walls. We need pure empathy for everyone, we button ourselves up in our world. I need to do better.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Lydia. I'd say 'I miss ya. I miss the hell out of you.'

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? A beloved family friend died when we were young and my Dad tried to explain to us how to deal with grief. He showed us pictures of comets and black holes and just turned the pages, sitting with us kids and said 'Isn't this amazing. We don't know why any of this exists or what it means and we get to live in all of it.' That is my religion right there. I am not an atheist, I am agnostic. I'm a seeker.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Don't take yourself so seriously. You are going to be alright.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He died as he lived, with humor.


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If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe, rate & review wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday!

Live Inspired with John every day on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

If you like this podcast, you will love Live Inspired IN STUDIO. It's my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist.

Sep 6, 2018

Loneliness epidemic. Did you know we're currently experiencing this? A recent Harvard study found that 1 in 4 Americans feel they have no one to confide in. So, if you feel lonely or like you're lacking something, you are (ironically...) not alone.Today's episode can help.

Radha Agrawal shares simple tools from her new book, BELONG: Find your people, create your community & live a more connected life. My friend, the Live Inspired community is absolutely a place where you belong. My hope is that today's episode helps you strengthen the community where you live, too.

NOTES:

  • Check out these recent articles about the loneliness epidemic: New York Times, Washington Post.
  • Get a copy of Radha's new BELONG book.
  • Meaningful relationships are the key to a healthy, happy life. Isolation is as detrimental to your health as being an alcoholic; twice as detrimental as obesity, according to the same study noted above.
  • Learn more about Radha Agrawal on her site radhaagrawal.com.
  • The cornerstone of belonging is participating. Don't just be a bystander.
  • Begin architecting your community:
    1. Ask yourself: Who am I and what do I care about? 
    2. Write down the qualities you're looking for in a friend.
    3. Write down the qualities you do not want your friend to have.
    4. Realize you need to have the qualities you're seeking (i.e. less judgmental, listen well).
    5. Be gently self-aware of how you're showing up.
    6. Begin with "exploratory" phase (try new things, show up at new events, observe).
    7. Move into "participatory" phase: Which events would you like to go back to and push yourself to participate,  volunteer, strike up real conversation?
      • Stop asking questions like "what do you do." Ask bigger questions: What are you most excited about? What's a moment when you were most afraid?

  • Be patient in the process. It takes 80 hours to call someone a friend. Prioritize this.
  • ALL of our issues ladder down to one thing: NOT belonging.
  • It's exhausting to hang out with people who don't get you. Take the time to find community members who fill up your tank.
  • Sometimes, the more successful you are the more at arms length you are from people. It can be lonely on top.
  • We're often part of a community because we're born into it. Cultivate a sense of belonging; feeling of "I'm home. I'm happy."

Want to get started making new friends? Listen to Ep. #87, Mel Robbins' 5-second rule will hold you accountable to getting out of your comfort zone + making new friends.

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RADHA AGRAWAL'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Sapiens, by Yuval Harari. And a children’s book by Dallas Clayton, An Awesome Book.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I wish I was less combative and a better listener instead of beating my own drum.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? A video that my partner made of our engagement.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Sacagawea! She helped Lewis and Clark get across harrowing parts of the country while pregnant. I'd ask her what it takes to be such an incredible explorer.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Choose your friends wisely. You're as good as the 5 closest and the sum of all the friends you keep. Pick your friends and nurture them.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Stop trying to be so cool and relevant. This is your time to discover who you are.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? She helped bring people together, find more connection, feel a sense of belonging and fully express and shine their unicorn light.

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If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe, rate & review wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday!

Live Inspired with John every day on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

If you like this podcast, you will love Live Inspired IN STUDIO. It's my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist.

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