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The Next Chapter with Charlie

For the last 20 years, I was an Executive Coach to CEO’s of larger corporations. Now I am moving on to MY Next Chapter. I invite you to join me in this journey. It makes no difference if you are retiring or making any significant change to your life. We are all on the same path. So tune in and tag along as we give insights and inspirations on how you can create your own NEXT CHAPTER. We will talk about “what you can do next.” It might deal with transition, desire, curiosity, loss, or anything else that has to do with our Next Chapter in Life.
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Dec 27, 2017

We are about to spend time with my friend, Gregg… hmm, let’s call him Gregg W. because… he and I met at a 12 Step Meeting that both of us regularly attend. Gregg’s story is especially fascinating, comedic, and tragic, but… in the end, it’s a story of redemption. For that reason I’ve titled this show From Headlines to Breadlines and Back Again.

Gregg W. actually was once a multi-millionaire and then he discovered something even more appealing than money… and that be… drugs and alcohol. Tragically, Gregg’s story is so common in our stressful society today. That is, folks that have lost the ability to live any kind of normal life because of the devastation caused by addiction.

The sad truth is that many, many people never find a way out, but Gregg did and that is what we plan to chat about today.

 

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Dec 20, 2017

Today’s show will be a first. I’m here with Dena Crowder, my guest last week, and we are about to attempt something on my interview-centered podcast that is quite unique.

One of the processes Dena uses to coach her clients is the use of role-play. From role-play Dena discovers personal attributes that can be hidden or unclear to her clients. Last week I asked Dena if we could do a role-play with me on the show. She said “Sure!” And so here we are. 

If, after the show, you would like to do role-play or coaching with Dena you can do so easily from her website. The URL is below.

I’d like to remind you of Dena’s credentials:

Dena Crowder is known as the most innovative strategist and consultant for creators and leaders.  She's worked privately with Grammy, Emmy and Humanitas prize winners, CNN Heros, founders, writers, performers, educators, and upstarts from every industry. 

Dena’s amazing resume includes child acting, journalism, broadcasting, Mater chef (where she graduated top of her class at Le Cordon Blue) and now her current role as mentor to her tribe

 

You can reach Dena at www.denacrowder.com

 

For more with Charlie Hedges please visit www.thenextchapter.life

Dec 13, 2017

Boy, are we in for a treat today. My special guest today is mentor, coach and what I call Lifestyle Architect, Dena Crowder.

Dena Crowder is known as the most innovative strategist and consultant for creators and leaders.  She's worked privately with Grammy, Emmy and Humanitas prize winners, CNN Heros, founders, writers, performers, educators, and upstarts from every industry.  Her specialty is helping people get into they position desire, or uplevel their current role so that they increase their impact, without selling out, burning out, or turning to the Dark Side.

In addition Dena holds an amazing resume, which includes child acting, journalism, broadcasting, Mater chef (where she graduated top of her class at Le Cordon Blue) and now her current role as mentor to her tribe (which we will speak about later.)

Dena and I chat at length about redefining and discovering Pure Power: the kind that offers influence with wisdom and compassion.

 

You can reach Dena at www.denacrowder.com

 

For more with Charlie Hedges please visit www.thenextchapter.life

Dec 5, 2017

My guest today is our good friend, Terry Hershey. If you’re a frequent listener of show then you’re familiar with Terry Hershey, who is a regular guest on the show. Terry is a prolific writer, conference keynote speaker, renowned landscape architect, and spiritual advisor.

Today, I want to chat with Terry about a Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning. I just reread it about a month ago. This book was first written in 1946 a mere few weeks after Frankl was released from a Nazi concentration after 3 years. It took him between 8-11 days to write the book and it is ranked as the 7th most influential book ever written.

So let’s tune in on Terry as we continue the conversation about Man’s Search for Meaning.

You can reach Terry at www.terryhershey.com

For more with Charlie Hedges please visit www.thenextchapter.life

Nov 22, 2017

Today my guest is an old friend, Steve Hreha. We’ve known each other for nearly 40 years? Man that’s a long time. I think I was 30 when we met and I’m 68 now… so do the math. 

Steve is the founder and president of Steve Hreha Plastering, Inc. Steve and I talk about how he began his business and what is going to happen when he decides to shut it down.

We talk about Steve’s wisdom regarding starting a new company and options for baby boomers looking to retire. This show is a great discussion with “the guy next door.” It’s totally practical and full of challenging questions. Enjoy!

 

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Nov 7, 2017

 

My guest today is Lisa Komisza, fitness expert extraordinaire who describes herself as a peak performance personal fitness trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist, certified by the National Association of Sports Medicine. 

Lisa and I talk a lot about how to stay fit when you hate gyms! You’ll still need to exercise and watch your diet, but Lisa gives excellent feedback on staying fit without trying to be a body-builder.

As an advanced trainer working with clients of all ages and athletic ability, Lisa was recognized company-wide as “Trainer of the Year” for all The Sports Club LA locations nationally for Four consecutive years. She is consistently the top ranked trainer at a highly exclusive club in Orange County and received the “Lifetime Achievement” award for ten plus years of excellence.  

Lisa’s areas of expertise include bodybuilding, body sculpting, eating disorders, weight loss, peak athletic performance, endurance, corrective exercise, increased energy and overall wellness. And I might add unofficial psychologist—which we will talk about later.

She creates a personalized training program that allows her clients to reach their fitness goals in the shortest period of time, while creating healthy habits that will last a lifetime. 

Finally, Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and is passionate about guiding her clients through a holistic approach to health and wellness with an emphasis on the integration of both physical and mental fitness.   

You can learn more from Lisa at www.Executivefitnesspros.com

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Oct 30, 2017

It’s good to be back from a fabulous trip to Peru where we visited Machu Picchu and other Inca Ruins. We then spent 8 days in Buenos Aires, including a 2-day side trip to incomparable Igauzu Falls.

But, more on that later.

After this trip I thought I’d like to review a few traveling tips for those considering foreign travel. So today will be a “solo-sode” we me sharing from my multiple travel experiences and then more particularly on my recent trip to South America.

After all, the Next Chapter with Charlie is the place to discover how you might more knowledgeably move on to your next chapter—even it if it’s a little1-3 week holiday.

Before You Leave

Preparation

  1. Highly planned
  2. Loosely planned
  3. Accommodations: Hotel, apartment or Airbnb

Packing: You are allowed 50 lbs check-in

  1. International flights allow you one check-in bag that cannot exceed 50 lbs. That is heavy!
  2. So, Pack as light as you can
  3. Know this: You will always pack too much shit! In this last trip the weather forecasts predicted cold in Peru and warm in Argentina, seemingly requiring two different types of clothing.
  4. 3 pants max; 1 jacket; 1, 2 sweaters max, t-shirts, 2 nicer shirts, 7 underwear and socks. All different colors. That way you still have cool outfits. I’m into clothes.
  5. Let’s talk about Electronics: adapters vs. converters AND a an international power strip that allows three plugs and a USB port
  6. Computers: notebook vs. iPad or I take both, iPad is easier to vary around town for me to write.
  7. Backpacks??? I’m not into them. They make you look like a tourist; unless it’s a very small backpack
  8. Be sure that your wallet, fanny pack or passport holder that hangs around your neck is RFID. [EXPLAIN]
  9. Protect your passports: store in a safe if you can: a few countries require that you carry you past passport although in the last four years I have visited 20-30 countries and never needed to carry one
  10. Carry wallet and phone in your front pockets to avoid pickpockets
  11. Make copies of all documents and cards: Passport, driver’s license and credit cards. Copy front and back
  12. Books: electronic is the best or small light books
  13. Emergency bag if luggage is lost: CRITICAL 

After You Arrive

Get your Bearings

  1. Understand where you are and the distance to places you may want to see. I’m not a car guy so I use taxi’s, ubers or mass transit when I can figure it out. Mostly I walk: 4-7 miles per day.
  2. Make out a brief itinerary for your stay. I can be as simple as the places you want to visit each day.
  3. I like to find a local café to hang out. I try to make a friend at a local café shop. I work it so I get the same server every time.
  4. For the best trip be prepared to walk about 5 miles each day 

Adapt, Adapt, Adapt

  1. Don’t get pissed when they rake forever to give a check at a restaurant—YOU HAVE TO ASK FOR IT. Meals are to be savored, not devoured, esp with good company. In the US we seem to be hard-wired to do everything in a hurry. Especially eating. We often don’t even sit to eat or we eat on the job.
  2. Tipping is different in every country—from nothing to about 10%
  3. Ask a local what is expected
  4. Try to act like a local. Dinner is often very latte in Latin countries. Restaurants generally don’t even open until 6 or 7. 10-11 is the busy time. So if you make a 7 o’clock reservation you will be either alone or in a very parse crowd. Depends on how you feel about night life.

Make “Nothing You Have to Do Days”

  1. Plan days with no agenda. Sleep late. And just walk around your neighborhood. Or, go out alone without your traveling companion for a different experience. My wife goes shopping and I go to coffee bar to write or read or chat with the staff. It keeps us from killing each other.
  2. Be led by your gut 

My Trip

Peru

  1. The food
  2. Cusco
  3. Machu Picchu
    1. Structures: stone temples with no mortar
    2. Pachmama
    3. The tragedy of the Spanish Inquest
  4. Sacred Valley and Maras and the salt mines

Argentina

  1. There are two districts that are recommended by the travel guides: Palermo and Riletto. We stayed in Palermo but... So I would suggest you stay in the district called Centro: it’s the city center. Otherwise you taxi for 10-20 minutes to get to city center, so why not just stay there?
  2. Unless you have special plans I think 3 nights and 4 days would be plenty in Buenos Aires. It’s a big city of 13 million people
  3. Plan one night and 2 days to go to Igauzu Falls. It was the highlight of our trip: 1.7 miles of falls that drop 2-300 feet and you can get about 100 feet away from the crashing of one of the falls.

Final Thoughts

  1. Journal daily
  2. Sometimes a sleeping pill can help you get acclimated to the new time zone 

You can get more information and regular updates from Charlie at thenextchapter.life

Oct 25, 2017

My guest today is Fr Robert Edwards who is the Reverend Canon of St Margaret’s Church in in San Juan Capistrano, CA—my home church. Robert, I have a question: You are the Reverend. Is there such a thing as a irreverent priest? Sorry, my cynicism emerges on radio.

Robert Edwards is one of the most creative theologians I know. While still maintaining the true and simple fundamental orthodoxy of Christianity, Robert still thinks way out of the traditional Christian box offering ideas for connection with God and the universe and any kind of spirituality that invades the heart of the seeker of truth and wisdom in life. 

Let’s see what he has to say.

 

You can reach Nick Jordan at robert.edwards@stmarg.org

 

 

You can get more information and regular updates from Charlie at thenextchapter.life

Oct 18, 2017

My guest today is our good friend, Terry Hershey. If you’re a frequent listener of show then you’re familiar with Terry Hershey, who is a regular guest on the show. Terry is a prolific writer, conference keynote speaker, renowned landscape architect, and spiritual advisor.

Today, I want to chat with Terry about a quote I read from Epicurus: “The fool, with all his other faults, has this also, he is always getting ready to live.”

Instead of a long explanation of our subject I want to jump right into it.

You can reach Terry at www.terryhershey.com

For more with Charlie Hedges please visit www.thenextchapter.life

Oct 12, 2017

About 3 weeks ago I returned from a trip to Uganda with a group of supporters of Wells of Life, a non-profit bringing clean drinking water to nearly 300,000 people in in the Central African country. I left the trip a changed man. “Giving” has always played a big role in my life but nothing like what I felt after this trip.

After spending 10 days in the rural 3rd world I am a changed man. I’ve become a trustee with Wells of Life in Uganda, and currently I’m discussing an opportunity to become a Board Member. Wells of Life builds wells that deliver clean water. To date we have nearly 300 wells providing clean water to more than 300,000 people.

Today I’m doing my second interview with Nick Jordan, Founder, Wells of Life, Inc. to discuss how charity and giving will “change your life.” Nick Jordan is a perfect example. He was uber successful in commercial real estate when a combination of life changes, the 2008 recession, and a trip to Uganda changed his life in what we called on our first podcast as his move “From Success to Significance.”

Born, raised and educated in Ireland, Nick holds a bachelor’s degree from University College, Dublin.  After fundraising for schools in Uganda in 2008 Nick witnessed overwhelming poverty and lack of clean water. In 2009, he founded Wells of Life to begin bringing clean water, beginning with work in Uganda. 

You can reach Nick Jordan at http://www.wellsoflife.org/

You can get more information and regular updates for Charlie at thenextchapter.life

Oct 4, 2017

Hi Paul, it's nice to be here with you and I'd like to welcome all our listeners to The Next Chapter with Charlie. I'm Charlie Hedges and this is the show where we deconstruct ideas and tactics you might use to move on your Next Chapter in Life—large or small.

My guest today is TV personality Michelle Margaux who is a member of the FOX Sports San Diego (FSSD) team where she primarily covers the San Diego Padres. She hosts of the network’s weekly TV show, Padres POV or Pont of View. Additionally, she serves as fill-in Sideline Reporter for FOX Sports San Diego’s Padres telecasts in which she interviews players and anyone else that might be of interest to Padre fans. In fact, I was honored to do a couple of 30 sec to 1-minute interviews with Michelle. (I guess one minute of me is all they felt they could handle. I don’t blame them.)

Michelle, a California native and graduate of the University of San Diego, most recently worked as a Sports Anchor/Reporter at KRIS, an NBC affiliate in Corpus Christi, Texas. During her time there, she served as a Multimedia Journalist and co-host of the "Friday Night Fever" football show, as well as covered the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Houston Astros’ Double-A affiliate.

I’m not sure if today’s interview with Michelle Margaux is about her next chapter or her first chapter, because she graduated USD and soon found herself in Corpus Christi, TX to broadcasting with an affiliate of NBC. A pretty cool first job.

  

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Sep 13, 2017

My special guest today is professional golfer Ray Carrasco. In High School Ray was touted as one of those “can’t miss kids” to play golf professionally and that is just what he did.

Ray has played two US Opens and one British Open in the PGA and then as a senior he played in 10 British Opens in addition to several other tournaments. On the Senior tour he won the 2002 Senior Masters at Wentworth, the 2003 Jamaica Senior Classic and the 2004 Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open. 

Ray is currently been the ambassador tour player and instructor at the Shady Canyon Golf Club in Irvine, CA. He feels that as a persevering player he has been able to inspire and enliven golfers to try to bring their game to the next level.

In this interview we talk about golf and overcoming major setbacks. 

For lessons you can reach Ray at:

sdrayc@hotmail.com 

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Sep 6, 2017

Two days ago I returned from a charity trip to Uganda where we drill water wells. 1 in 5 children die from drinking contaminated water. So far we have drilled enough wells to supply water for more than 300,000 people. So today I have decided to bring Uganda with me.

My guest today is Fr Maximus Ssekiwala, pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic parish in Mityana Uganda. St. John’s was instituted in 1998 and serves close to 9,000 people in the rural villages of Uganda. 

Max is a fascinating man moving from one “Next Chapter” to another. Born and raised in Uganda, Max has a dual citizenship from the Uganda and the USA. He did his studies in Illinois where he went to seminary and then became a priest, after which he received a Masters in Social Work and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago.

Max is the Wells of Life Ambassador in Uganda where he works with the drilling of more than 300 water wells by end of 2017. He is one of the kindest and most professional men I have ever met. I can’t wait to talk about his journey from Uganda to the US and back to Uganda again to do his work of ministry. 

You can reach Fr Max at: kampala1927@gmail.com

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Aug 15, 2017

My guest today is Mike, a Vice-President at Citizens Business Bank. Mike has been involved with finance and banking for more than 25 years. The division he guides today at Citizen’s Bank continues to increase sales dramatically every year under his leadership.

But leadership nor banking are our subjects today. No, today we are going jump into Mr. Peabody’s “Way Back Machine.” Surely you remember the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.

Well, whether or not we are going back to the 1980’s and before when Mike was a baseball player, both in youth ball and in pro ball. What I want to talk about today are the mostly unknown trials of Minor League Baseball.

Mike played baseball his entire life, that is, until he didn’t play any more and THAT is what I want to talk about today. This is one man’s story of the kind of life you probably never knew really existed—the journey to professional baseball.

 

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Aug 1, 2017

Today my special guest is Karen Hill. With more than 20 years experience in leading corporations and individuals, Karen is passionate about enabling individuals to realize their full potential.

Karen is a multi-gifted consultant, with past positions of Vice President, Department Head, and consultant with companies like General Motors, Hughes Aircraft, and Right Management (an international talent management company).

In 2012 Karen started her own consulting firm, develop inc. She is passionate about people and their development but two things objectives seem guide her many talents: (1) Enabling Individuals to realize their full potential, and (2) Corporate Social Responsibility.

I’d like to devote half of our time to Corporate Social Responsibility. I think with the influence of the Millennials, many companies are moving toward that noble cause. 

You can reach Karen at:

kmhill.develop@gmail.com

 

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Jul 24, 2017

Today I’m visiting with our good friend, Terry Hershey. If you’re a frequent listener of show then you’re familiar with Terry Hershey, who is a regular guest on the show. Terry is a prolific writer, conference keynote speaker, renowned landscape architect, and spiritual advisor. 

Today, I plan to chat thoughtfully about “The Meaning of Life.” So many people struggle with it as have I for the last few years. But I’ve come to the conclusion it’s not all that complicated. That’s what I want to talk about today.

In his blog, Sabbath Moment, Terry quoted Joseph Campbell saying, “Life itself has no meaning,” Joseph Campbell wrote. “However, each of us has meaning, and we bring it to life.”

With that quote we begin. We end with only 2 things you need to do to find meaning in your life.

 

You can reach Terry at www.terryhershey.com

 

For more with Charlie Hedges please visit www.thenextchapter.life

 

 

Jul 19, 2017

My special guest today is author and entrepreneur Jim Palmer. Jim is the Founder of the Dream Business Academy as well as the host of Dream Business Coach TV and a weekly podcast titled Dream Builders Radio. If I count correctly he has authored eight books. Today I want to talk about his latest book, “Just Say Yes.”

Although Jim’s primary audience is small business owners and entrepreneurs, his insights on living “a life that matters” are remarkable. I read “Just Say Yes” and quickly decided I have to get this guy on The Next Chapter with Charlie. I’d like to talk about “Just Say Yes to the Life You Really Want” and I can’t wait to hear his amazing insights.

You can more on Jim at www.getjimpalmer.com

For a copy of his book go to www.justsayyesbook.com

Also take a tour of the boat he lives on at www.ourfloatinghome.com 

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Jul 12, 2017

After our show last week with Shane Roberson our studio Producer, Paul Roberts, challenged our guest on the validity of the newest corporate initiatives around Corporate Culture. Paul was so impassioned about the subject that it prompted me to suggest a Round 2.

I have no idea what will happen today as we have asked Paul to share his concern. We’re doing this today because I don’t think Paul is alone. Is the popular notion of improving “Corporate Culture” just the latest version of “The Mission Statement?” 

My guest today for the second consecutive week is Shane Roberson. Shane is a corporate consultant for a consulting firm named TAG—an organization deeply committed to improving corporate culture. 

You can reach Shane at:

sroberson@tagconsulting.org

https://www.tagconsulting.org/

 

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Jul 5, 2017

My guest today is Shane Roberson. I first met Shane a couple years ago with our good friend Terry Hershey. Shane is an expert in leadership and organizational development with more than 20 experience.

But Shane’s passion and the topic of our podcast today is all about crafting thriving organizational cultures. He comes alongside individuals, teams, and organizations to understand “why they exist” as a means to make an impact on the organization.

Today I want to talk about organizational, family, and individual cultures. What works and what doesn’t.

Oh… one more note: Shane is also co-author the book, Your Intentional Difference which taps into the differences he seeks to bring out in everyone he encounters.

You can catch Shane at:

sroberson@tagconsulting.org

https://www.tagconsulting.org/

 

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Jun 28, 2017

My guest today is Kevin Fehrman. Kevin is a wills, trusts, and probate attorney that started his own business nearly 40 years ago. His is also a popular public speaker and renowned singer. He has sung the National Anthem several times for the Los Angeles Angels, opened with song at an event in which Dr. Laura was the main speaker, and has sung at scores of civic and public events, churches and weddings. 

In fact I invited Kevin to sing for me at my very first major speaking event to more than 2,000 people about 30 years ago. Then a few moths later I performed his wedding. He has now been married to his wife Nancy for 30 years. That means I was married for only 1 year when I did his and Nancy’s wedding. Man Kevin… we’re getting old.

Kevin works as a personal one-on one lawyer for "mainstream or middle Americans,” what he refers to as “hard-working, family-loving individuals.” So today we just might get into wills and trusts just a bit.

But our main subject will be about Kevin and Nancy’s decision to simplify their lives by moving from Orange County with more than 3 million people to Boise, Idaho with a population of just over 200,000. Moving away from the insanity of the big city is something most all of us have considered at one time or another, especially as we grow older.

Let’s discover the process Kevin and Nancy used to make that decision.

 

You can discover more about Kevin at:

Website:      www.livingwillstrusts.com
Email:             kevin@kmflegal.com

 

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Jun 21, 2017

My guest today is Duff Harold, and boy, are you in for a treat of enthusiasm and optimism. Duff is a cameraman in the live sports network television broadcast industry. Now in his forties you would think that Duff has been in the entertainment industry for decades but he actually only got started 3 or 4 years ago. He was teaching school at Coronado High School when he "fell into" an opportunity to totally change careers after he was forty. 

Duff started at the bottom of the industry and very quickly reached the status of the Top 100 Sports Camera Operators in the country. Discover Duff’s never ending journey to discover joy and meaning in his life, a journey that began in high school as a drug dealer with the Mexican Mafia to college to lifeguard to special education teacher and now as a highly regarded sports cameraman.

Warning: You may want to take a Xanax first—Duff’s energy is contagious:)

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May 31, 2017

My guest today is someone I’ve been trying to get on the show for months but we just couldn’t schedule it. Finally, we were able to connect today. Her name is Shauna Sopko. Shauna is a mid-thirties single mother of 2 children… who has discovered how to live a full life of adventure and service, while, at the same time, maintaining her primary job- which being a great mom.

With 20 years of sobriety, Shauna works 45 hrs a week in a treatment facility, as well as owning a massage therapy and healing business. Motherhood is so important to her that she gave up a lucrative modeling career just to focus on being the mom her kids needed.

I’ve watched Shauna from afar for a few years. As you will discover, she is quite simply an amazing woman.

Shauna’s life story is so compelling. She has successfully overcome tragedy, death, and abuse… and yet she has discovered how to stay happy and compassionate, while pursuing her passion for foreign travel and adventure.

For that reason I am titling this show: Unstoppable-One Woman’s Determined Journey from Dregs to Dreams.

 

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May 30, 2017

 

My guest today is someone I’ve been trying to get on the show for months but we just couldn’t schedule it. Finally, we were able to connect today. Her name is Shauna Sopko. Shauna is a mid-thirties single mother of 2 children… who has discovered how to live a full life of adventure and service, while, at the same time, maintaining her primary job- which being a great mom.

With 20 years of sobriety, Shauna works 45 hrs a week in a treatment facility, as well as owning a massage therapy and healing business. Motherhood is so important to her that she gave up a lucrative modeling career just to focus on being the mom her kids needed.

I’ve watched Shauna from afar for a few years. As you will discover, she is quite simply an amazing woman.

Shauna’s life story is so compelling. She has successfully overcome tragedy, death, and abuse… and yet she has discovered how to stay happy and compassionate, while pursuing her passion for foreign travel and adventure.

For that reason I am titling this show: Unstoppable-One Woman’s Determined Journey from Dregs to Dreams.

 

Check out Charlie’s website at thenextchapter.life for blogs and all podcasts. Subscribe and get these directly every week!

 

May 23, 2017

Today I’m feeling a need to talk about a subject that haunts just about all of us: Fear and Self-Doubt. Successful real estate mogul Sanford Coggins once told us on this podcast that, in his experience, “self-doubt” is the primary roadblock to achieving your dreams in life. Fear is mostly certainly holds its own as the other roadblock.

I think we learn far too early that failure is tragic, embarrassing, and proof that you are “Less Than.” Which is simply untrue. Neil Gaimen in his famous college graduation speech encourage the graduating seniors to “make mistakes, make lots of mistakes, make HUGE mistakes.”

That’s because mistakes are a marvelous tool that can lead you to eventual success. First of all, if you make a mistake, it means YOU TRIED! You were “in the game.” That alone is worthy. And, in addition, there are all the things you learn along the way.

But often, instead of learning helpful tools we learn to be afraid and doubt our ability. Therein lies the tragedy.

 

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May 16, 2017

 NOTE: Some minor sound distortion in the beginning.

Our topic today is titled, “A Life Well Lived.” This show will offer most interesting ideas on living boldly from the heart.

Today I’m visiting with Suzanne Barber. Suzanne Barber is a practicing Certified Holistic Nutritionist, an artist, teacher and creator of extremely popular gift cards offered at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, CA. But I must admit, I am mostly attracted to Suzanne because she is a fearless adventurer.

Suzanne has recently put together Picture Book of serenity and excitement. Yes, both fit together. The book has two titles: For guests at the Montage Resort it is titled A Life Well Lived and for the mass audience she has titled it A Vibrant Life.

My favorite Suzanne Barber quote is, “Living straight from the heart may not be the safest way, but it is my way.”

You can reach Suzanne at suzannebarberdesigns.com

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