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Inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and meaning-drenched life. From iconic world-shakers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Seth Godin and Gretchen Rubin to everyday guests, every story matters.

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Five days into filming his first movie - Dazed & Confused - some 28 years ago, Matthew McConaughey’s dad, a towering force in his life, suddenly died. Matthew had to figure out a way to keep showing up, to keep going. His mantra became “just keep livin,” which has become a guiding ethos, a sort of lens through which he lives his life.Now, nearly three decades later, an Academy Award-winning actor, icon in the industry, married father of three, a master raconteur, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and endless creator of moments and adventures, Matthew lives life as an eternal amateur. Fiercely himself in all parts of life, ever-curious and open, he seeks experiences, wisdom, and insights, always learning, always asking, always seeking, that give him some semblance of understanding what makes life worth living. Much of his journey, his take on life, fatherhood, acting, love, family and contribution is offered up in his beautiful and moving new memoir, Greenlights (https://greenlights.com/). It’s a philosophical and poetic window into the experiences and moments that shaped him and continue to awaken him to what matters most, drawn from 50 years of living, and some 36 years of diaries.That quest - to figure what a life well-lived looks like - is one we both have in common, and it’s probably why in today’s conversation we jump into the deep end of the pool fast, exploring everything from nature and solitude to family, love, struggle, character, uncertainty, creation, the sacred nature of being in the spaces in between devastation and wild success, how the moment we’re all in has shifted his thinking and what the future we all being called to co-create might look like, and so much more.That’s what you’ll hear. But here’s what was happening that you couldn’t see. As we spoke, Matthew sat at his desk, reading glasses on, and pen and paper in hand. Minutes into the conversation, he began writing, taking notes, regularly jotting down ideas, phrases, and insights, piecing together puzzles in real-time. Ever the seeker, a perpetual student of life, present in the moment, and open to whatever it might bring.You can find Matthew McConaughey at: Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/officiallymcconaughey/)Check out offerings & partners: Plushcare: PlushCare.com/GOODLIFE.Glossier: Glossier.com/podcast/GOODLIFE - 10% off your first orderAir Doctor: airdoctorpro.com - code GOODLIFE - 35% off
Ozan Varol is a rocket scientist turned award-winning professor and bestselling author.A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Ozan Varol grew up in a family of no English speakers. He learned English as a second language and moved to the United States by himself at 17 to attend Cornell University and major in astrophysics. While there, he served on the operations team for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers project that sent two rovers–Spirit and Opportunity–to Mars. He built stuff that went to the red planet and wrote code that snaps photos of the Martian surface. He was on track to built a powerhouse career as a literal rocket scientist.Leaving Cornell, though, Ozan pivoted and went to law school, graduating first in his class, earning the highest grade point average in his law school’s history, then became a law professor, teaching at Lewis & Clark Law School in his twenties, becoming the youngest tenured professor. While teaching law, there was always a deeper driver, the rocket scientist in him was on a mission to share the scientific process and mindset to influence others to make giant leaps on Earth. He shares philosophy in the wonderful book, Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life (https://tinyurl.com/yyr3g6kf)You can find Ozan Varol at: Website (http://weeklycontrarian.com/)Check out offerings & partners: KiwiCo: kiwico.com - Get 50% off your first month plus FREE shipping on any crate line with code GOODLIFEThe New Yorker: NewYorker.com/GOODLIFE - Get 12 weeks of The New Yorker for just $6 - plus, you will receive an exclusive tote bag - free.Man Crates: ManCrates.com/GOODLIFE
Sara Hendren was drawn to painting as a kid, studied it in college, then began to build her body of work and career as a fine artist, focusing on painting. Then, a series of experiences sent her in what, from the outside looking in, may have seemed like a very different direction, but from the inside looking out, what a completely organic and aligned expression of her blended passion to see, to create, to design and to be of service.Now an artist, design researcher, writer, and professor at Olin College of Engineering, Sara describes herself as a humanist in tech, focusing on the intersection between disability - or the perception of it - and what she calls the built world, or how the world is designed to either support or dismantle freedom and autonomy based on our bodies and their capabilities. And if you’re thinking “well, this isn’t about me,” you’ll quickly discover how well-intended, yet misguided that assumption is likely to be. It’s about all of us.Sara’s work over the last decade includes collaborative public art and social design that engages the human body, technology, and the politics of disability: things like a lectern for short stature or a ramp for wheelchair dancing. She also co-founded the Accessible Icon Project, co-created a digital archive of low-tech prosthetics, and her work has been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, The Vitra Design Museum, the Seoul Museum of Art and other venues and is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Her new book is What Can A Body Do? How We Meet the Built World. (https://tinyurl.com/yy8r8wwc)You can find Sara Hendren at: Website (http://sarahendren.com/)Check out offerings & partners: KiwiCo: kiwico.com - 50% off your first month plus FREE shipping - code GOODLIFETotal Gym: TotalGymDirect.com/GOODLIFE - 30-day in-home trial on the Total Gym Fit for Just $1. And an ADDITIONAL 20% OFFSleep Number: sleepnumber.com/GOODLIFE - save 50% on the Sleep Number 360® Limited Edition smart bed
Growing up in Israel, Tal Ben-Shahar wanted to be the best squash player in the world. He turned pro at a young age and quickly rose up the ranks. Then a strange thing happened, he achieved his dream, but crashed hard, realizing it didn’t make him feel how he thought it would. That experience set in motion a lifelong journey into the science of happiness that led him to study at Harvard, then eventually teach what became the most popular course at Harvard on happiness. Tal is now a bestselling author and lecturer, working with executives in multinational corporations, everyday humans, and at-risk populations exploring leadership, happiness, education, innovation, ethics, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages and have appeared on best-sellers lists around the world. Tal is a serial entrepreneur and is most recently the co-founder and chief learning officer of Happiness Studies Academy, bringing together the thinking of the world's leading scholars and the latest scientific research on happiness, then educating leaders who are themselves dedicated to personal, interpersonal, and communal flourishing.You can find Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar at:Website: https://www.happinessstudies.academy/cihs/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happiness.studies.academy/Check out offerings & partners: 1800Flowers: Join the conversation with a community of individuals seeking ways to improve their life, offering advice and engaging with others as they navigate life's journey. And it’s free! Visit 1800FLOWERS.com/COMMUNITYNutrafol: Improve hair growth with added sleep and stress benefits. Go to Nutrafol.com and use promo code GOODLIFE to get 20% off. Plus FREE shipping on every order. 
Carla Hall | Say Yes!

Carla Hall | Say Yes!

2020-11-1201:06:581

Growing up in Nashville, Top Chef star, Carla Hall, was surrounded by soul food, especially dishes cooked by her beloved grandma. She loved eating it, but she had no interest in cooking it. In fact, she headed into the world of business, building a career in accounting when, in a moment of awakening, she took a hard left turn that took her through runway modeling in Europe, cooking and catering, and eventually onto Bravo’s Top Chef where he amazing, joyful energy and sense of possibility captures the hearts of viewers. That launched her into the world of not just food and restaurants, but media, books, with her latest cookbook, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration, and TV, with many appearances all over and a run co-hosting The Chew, and now podcasting with her hit show, Say Yes! with Carla Hall : https://pod.link/1530065734Carla is also very active with a number of foundations that reflect her passion for causes close to her heart, Like Helen Keller International, and she’s the Culinary Ambassador for Sweet Home Cafe at the Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. where she brings attention to the history of the food that has inspired the café.You can find Carla Hall at:Website : https://www.carlahall.com/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/carlaphall/Check out offerings & partners: Glossier: Glossier.com/podcast/GOODLIFE - 10% offAir Doctor: airdoctorpro.com - code GOODLIFE - 35% offIndeed: Indeed.com/GOODLIFE - $75 CREDIT
The Hug | Part 2

The Hug | Part 2

2020-11-0901:11:392

Today, we’re sharing part 2 of our special series, The Hug. Last week, we aired part 1 of the Hug, with six beautiful stories. Today is part 2 next, think of it as the other arm in our audio hug, wrapping us all in the arms of stories that remind us of our shared humanity at a time we need it most. So, sit back and enjoy these stories in part 2 of The Hug. If you haven’t yet listened to Part 1 of The Hug (https://tinyurl.com/y2f5y2eh), be sure to download it and listen now. And if these stories have warmed you up, or reconnected you with a sense of shared humanity and possibility, even just a bit, maybe you know someone else who might need to hear them, too. Right now. Especially now. If there were ever episodes we’d love you to share with friends and family, it’s these Hug episodes. We all need stories that remind us of the good side of human beings, more than ever. And, if the stories have moved you and you’d love us to do more episodes like this, let us know on instagram, email or in a review on your fave listening app. Thanks for listening.You can find our storytellers at:Marsha Shandur: https://www.instagram.com/yesyesmarsha/Megan Devine: https://www.instagram.com/refugeingrief/Yvonne Ator: yvonneator.comIN-Q: https://www.instagram.com/inqlife/Jennifer Pastiloff: https://www.instagram.com/jenpastiloff/Dan Stones: https://twitter.com/monobisco/status/1320530648977866755Erin Moon: https://www.instagram.com/mooneybooksCheck out offerings & partners: Theragun: Theragun.com/GOODLIFEShipStation: ShipStation.com - code GOODLIFE - FREE 60-daysPowerXL Air Fryer: TryPowerXL.com - code GOODLIFE - 10% OFF plus free shipping & cookbook.
Earning his living in a past life as a fashion model, Light Watkins, began yoga and meditation in-between casting calls in New York City during the late nineties. Something he never saw coming happened. It opened him to a different worldview and set of practices that would change not only the trajectory of his career, but also his path in life. Deepening his practice, traveling and spending time in India and then apprenticing with his Vedic Meditation teacher, Light became, well, Light. He actually changed his name to better reflect his emerging identity. He then became a full-time Vedic Meditation teacher in 2007. Light now travels the world, albeit virtually these days, speaking on happiness, mindfulness, inspiration, and meditation. His most recent book, Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying (https://amzn.to/2qvpXvj) invites people into meditation in a very accessible way. In Before Times, he also produced a global pop-up inspirational variety show called The Shine, with a mission to inspire that actually started as a local dinner gathering. We figured, right about now, we all need a little Light, so I’m excited to share this moving Best Of conversation with you this week.And, be sure you’re subscribed because part 2 of our special guest-storytelling series, The Hug, about moments that remind you of the goodness in people will be dropping next week. I’ve heard the stories and trust me, you do NOT want to miss this. You can find Light Watkins at:Website : https://www.lightwatkins.com/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/lightwatkins/Check out our offerings & partners: Reliefband: reliefband.com - code GOODLIFE - 20% offTempoFit: Tempo.fit - code GOODLIFE - $100 offBoll & Branch: BollAndBranch.com - code GOODLIFE - $50 off
Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Magic and Eat, Pray, Love, City of Girls and other awesome books. She’s also just a straight-up genuine, wise, deeply-feeling human with a lens on life that is incredibly kind and real. Since her last appearance on the podcast, Liz’s life has been turned upside-down and back again. She has navigated profound awakening, unbelievable love, loss, transition, reclamation and, along the way, continues the practice of finding her way back into the light. That’s a skillset and a lens we could all use right now. We explore all of this, in detail, in today’s deeply honest and powerful conversation. So excited to share this Best Of conversation.You can find Elizabeth Gilbert at:Website : https://www.elizabethgilbert.com/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/elizabeth_gilbert_writer/Check out our offerings & partners: AquaTru: AquaTru.com - code GOODLIFENetsuite: NetSuite.com/GOODLIFE
The Hug | Part 1

The Hug | Part 1

2020-10-2901:06:012

Today, we’re doing something we’ve never done before. We’re about to head into a week like never before in the US and, well, around the world. And we kinda wanted to wrap it, and you, with one big, beautiful, audio hug that reminds us all, people are good, they can be kind, even to total strangers, in ways we never imagined.So, we’ve created a two-part series for you we’re calling The Hug, where we’re sharing a bunch of heartwarming stories, told by friends of the pod and some past guests who, now that I think about it, are friends now, too. Each story shares a moment or experience where a little bit of kindness, a little bit of sweetness and, just maybe, a little bit of lightness and laughter, touched their lives, and reminded them how good people can be. I feel like we all need a little of that right now. So, today is part one of The Hug, the first 6 stories for you. We’ll air part 2 next week, right after the election with the intention of wrapping us all in the arms of stories that remind us of our shared humanity at a time we need it most. So, sit back and enjoy these stories in part one of The Hug. You can find our storytellers at:Gabra Zackman: Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/audiobookgoddess/)Rick Charlie: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/rick.charlie)Rebekah Taussig: Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sitting_pretty/)Neil Pasricha: Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/neilpasricha/)Jeff Harry: Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/jeffharryplays/)Susan Piver: Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/susan.piver/)Check out offerings & partners: Nutrafol: Nutrafol.com - code GOODLIFE Azlo: Azlo.com/GOODLIFE.
Rebekah Taussig is a Kansas City writer and teacher with her doctorate in Creative Nonfiction and Disability Studies. For the last five years, she’s grown a global community on Instagram, where she crafts these “mini-memoirs” that take you into her world, experiences and identity, a part of which includes her near lifelong relationship with physical disability and the wheelchair that has given her freedom and mobility and much more. Rebekah’s memoir in essays, Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body (https://amzn.to/3mgFNEw) takes you into her life, creating an eye-opening, funny, and insightful portrait of a body that looks and moves differently than most. In today’s conversation, we dive into all of this. I learned so much not just about Rebekah, her family, life and mindset, but also her passion for writing and creativity and people. You can find Rebekah Taussig at:Website : https://rebekahtaussig.com/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/sitting_prettyCheck out offerings & partners: The New Yorker: NewYorker.com/GOODLIFE - 12 weeks for $6 - 50% offPowerXL Air Fryer: TryPowerXL.com - code GOODLIFE - 10% off & free shipping & cookbookAir Doctor: airdoctorpro.com - code GOODLIFE - 35% off
My guest today is former, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, mayor of San Antonio, Texas and presidential candidate, Julián Castro. Today’s conversation is personal. Growing up in San Antonio, his love of the city, example of his grandmother’s devotion to family and hard work and his mom’s commitment to social justice and activism instilled a deep reverence for public service. He’d eventually head to college and then law school with his twin brother, Joaquin, before returning to San Antonio to immerse himself in the pursuit of making the city he loved the best, most equitable and inclusive place possible. He eventually became the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city at the time, before rising up in the world of politics, But, for him, it wasn’t about politics, it was about service, about honoring the examples of his mom and nana to help others. Much if this story is shared in Secretary Castro’s memoir, An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream. He currently hosts Lemonada Media's hit podcast, Our America with Julián Castro. We dive into all of this in today’s moving, wise and open conversation about the role of family, service and connection.You can find Julián Castro at:Our America podcast : https://smarturl.it/ouramericapodcastInstagram : https://www.instagram.com/juliancastrotx/Check out offerings & partners: Nutrafol: Nutrafol.com - code GOODLIFEReliefband: reliefband.com - code GOODLIFE AquaTru: AquaTru.com - code GOODLIFE
My guest on today’s Best Of conversation, Cleo Wade, is a community builder, artist, activist, and the author of the books, Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life (https://amzn.to/2Ltivce) and Where to Begin: A small about book your power to create big change in our crazy world. She has been called the poet of her generation by Time Magazine and one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company. Cleo sits on the board of The Lower East Side Girls Club, the National Black Theatre in Harlem, the Women’s Prison Association. Her art ranges from short, hand-written posts to collaborations with major brands and large-scale public art installations, including a 25-foot love poem in the skyline of the New Orleans French Quarter titled “Respect.”In today’s conversation, we explore her younger years, growing up as a biracial kid in the famed New Orleans French Quarter with two fiercely-creative parents influenced, how Hurricane Katrina changed everything, what led her to New York for many years, how she walked away from a career as a rising star in fashion to rediscover and cultivate a deeper, artistic voice as a writer and artist, sharing her work online and in public spaces and leveraging her influence for social justice. Be sure to listen to the end, where Cleo reads a moving poem from Heart Talk.You can find Cleo Wade at:Website : https://www.cleowade.com/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/cleowade/Check out offerings & partners: Azlo: Azlo.com/GOODLIFEFactor 75: factor75.com, code GOODLIFE
In 2010, folk-singer and songwriter Zoe Boekbinder (http://zoeboekbinder.com/) visited New Folsom Prison for the first time. What they thought would be one interesting day turned into a decade-long collaborative project. Boekbinder visited the prison often over the next five years; performing and teaching music workshops quickly turned into the beginnings of collaborations with writers and musicians who were incarcerated within New Folsom's walls. Boekbinder collaborated on the first of these songs with Alex Batriz, and following that, was approached by many more writers about collaborations. This was the seed for the Prison Music Project and the culminating album, Long Time Gone, produced by Ani DiFranco. Out now on Righteous Babe Records, the album features work by nine incarcerated (and formerly incarcerated) writers.The profits of Long Time Gone (https://amzn.to/31Y5phb) sales will benefit communities impacted by mass incarceration and the funds will be administered by the Southern Center for Human Rights. The contributing writers will decide, collectively, what projects will be funded. The writers own their work and will profit from royalties.You can find Prison Music Project at:Prison Music Project Website : https://www.righteousbabe.com/pages/prisonmusicprojectCheck out our offerings & partners: PowerXL Air Fryer: TryPowerXL.com - code GOODLIFEIndeed: Indeed.com/GOODLIFEFactor 75: factor75.com - code GOODLIFE
Question - how do you talk to friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances about things that matter - hard things - in a way that leads to each person being seen, heard, acknowledged, and treated with dignity? How do you get to a resolution, and sidestep the hurt, the wounding, the rage, and reactivity? How do you have conversations, in work and life, that lead to genuine understanding and change, and leave you feeling respected and at-peace, even when you still disagree? That's where we're going in today's conversation with Alexandra Jamieson & Bob Gower, partners in business and life and co-authors of Radical Alignment: How to Have Game-Changing Conversations That Will Transform Your Business and Your Life (https://getradicalalignment.com/book). Alexandra Jamieson is the bestselling author of five books, and co-creator / co-star of the Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me. She is a highly-sought-after success mentor and motivational guide for thousands and has made it her mission to empower women to create epic lives. Bob Gower is a New York-based consultant, writer, and speaker. He contributes to Inc. magazine, has lectured at Columbia University, NYU’s Stern School of Management, the Berlin School, and worked with leaders at Chanel, Ericsson, Ford, and GE to non-profits like New York Public Radio, the Studio Museum, and the Wikimedia Foundation.Learn more at: Radical Alignment website : https://getradicalalignment.com/Check out our offerings & partners: TempoFit: Tempo.fit - Use code GOODLIFE for $100 off.Calm: ​CALM.COM/GOODLIFE - 40% off a Calm Premium subscriptionShipStation: ShipStation.com - FREE for 60 days, use code GOODLIFE.
Andrea Gibson is one of the most stirring and influential spoken word artists of our time. Best known for their live performances, in which they regularly sell out large capacity rock clubs and concert halls, Gibson has changed the landscape of what it means to attend a “poetry show” altogether. Gibson’s poems center around LGBTQ issues, gender, feminism, and mental health, as well as gun reform and the dismantling of oppressive social systems. Their live shows, in which they are often accompanied by musicians, have become these loving and supportive ecosystems for audiences to feel seen, heard, and held through Gibson’s art.Gibson is the author of six books, including Lord of the Butterflies (https://amzn.to/33CzaGc), which won the Independent Publisher’s Award in 2019 as well as a Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist. Take Me With You, an illustrated collection of Gibson’s most memorable quotes, was also a Goodreads Finalist. In 2019, they co-authored their first-ever non-fiction book, How Poetry Can Change Your Heart.In addition to their publishing accolades, Andrea has released seven full-length albums, combining their socially active spoken word with musical collaborations. They are the winner of the first-ever Women’s World Poetry Slam Championship (2008) and frequent World Poetry Slam Finalist. You can find Andrea Gibson at:Website : http://andreagibson.org/Instagram : http://instagram.com/andrewgibbyCheck out our offerings & partners: Sleep Number: sleepnumber.com/GOODLIFEFactor 75: factor75.com, use code GOODLIFE at checkout.
Poet and publisher Kevin Coval is the recipient of the 2018 Studs Terkel Award, the 2017 John Peter Altgeld Freedom of Speech Award. He is the author of over a dozen books including; A People’s History of Chicago and Everything Must Go (https://amzn.to/3cXMojM), editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, and the play, This is Modern Art, co-written with Idris Goodwin, which premiered at Steppenwolf Theater. Coval is also the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, which won a MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions, and the founder of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, the world's largest youth poetry festival, now in more than 19 cities around the world. He co-hosts the podcast The Cornerstore on WGN Radio and his work has appeared on The Daily Show, 4 seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, CNN and Poetry Magazine. He is editor of BreakBeat Publishing an imprint of Haymarket Books dedicated to publishing radically fresh voices.You can find Kevin Coval at:Website : https://youngchicagoauthors.org/about/team/kevin-covalInstagram : https://www.instagram.com/kevincoval/Check out our offerings & partners: Netsuite: NetSuite.com/GOODLIFE
In many circles, Angela Duckworth’s name has become synonymous with the word grit, this elusive trait that fuels the sustained action-taking in the face of relentless adversity that leads to big achievements. Her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, and Duckworth is founder and C.E.O. of Character Lab, a nonprofit that uses psychological science to help children thrive. She is also the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change for Good Initiative, and faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics. A 2013 MacArthur Fellow, Angela has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 C.E.O.’s, and her TED talk is among the most-viewed of all time. And, she now also co-hosts the new podcast 'No Stupid Questions' with Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics.You can find Angela Duckworth at:Website : https://angeladuckworth.com/No Stupid Questions Podcast : https://freakonomics.com/nsq/Check out our offerings & partners: Athletic Greens: athleticgreens.com/goodlife Air Doctor airdoctorpro.com, promo code GOODLIFE
Ashley C. Ford lives in Brooklyn by way of Indiana, and she has a lot of jobs. She’s currently writing her memoir, Somebody's Daughter (https://amzn.to/36dFO7M), hosts The Chronicles of Now podcast, and is the former host of seasons one & three of Mastercard’s Fortune Favors The Bold, as well as PROFILE by BuzzFeed News, and Brooklyn-based news & culture TV show, 112BK. Ford has written or guest-edited for The Guardian, ELLE, BuzzFeed, OUT, Slate, New York Magazine, Allure, Marie Claire, The New York Times and tons of other places. She's taught creative nonfiction writing at The New School and Catapult.Co, and had her work listed among Longform & Longread's Best of. While working as an executive for Matter Studios, Ashley developed a web series and documentaries. She was also the host of the first season of Audible.Com's literary interview series, Authorized. was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media, Brooklyn Magazine's Brooklyn 100, and Variety’s New Power of New York (2019). Simply put, she is a force. But, she is also just a straight-up joyful, real, fiercely creative, purpose-led, alive, and deeply kind human being. That’s why we wanted to share this deeply honest and inspiring Best Of conversation with you today.You can find Ashley C. Ford at:Website : http://www.ashleycford.net/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/smashfizzle/Check out our offerings & partners: Peloton: onepeloton.comGreen Chef: GreenChef.com/goodlife80, promo code: goodlife80
The Most Reverend Michael Curry is the first African American individual to serve as Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, Chief Pastor, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church.Born in Chicago, in the 50s, with a father who was an Episcopal priest, his mom died at a young age and he, along with his sister, was raised by his father and his grandmother. Early in life, he was introduced to social activism through his father’s leadership and his own dedication to righting a broken world. Eventually ordained himself in 1978, Bishop Curry grew increasingly active on issues of social justice, reconciliation, immigration, and marriage equality, often taking positions that were counter to broader tradition, and never shying away from opportunities to invite people to challenge convention in the name of creating a more inclusive community that welcomed all with love and dignity.In May of 2018, Bishop Curry delivered a moving sermon on the redemptive power of love at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, then just months after, served as the officiant for the state funerals of Senator John McCain and President George H.W. Bush in the Washington National Cathedral. Bishop Curry has also written 5 books, his newest is Love is the Way: Holding Onto Hope in Troubling Times (https://amzn.to/3h5JPO5), which expands upon his focus on love as the centerpiece for a new way to live and find meaning and peace, even at time where they can seem so hard to access. We explore all of this in today’s conversation.You can find Bishop Michael Curry at:Website : https://episcopalchurch.org/presiding-bishop-michael-curryInstagram : https://www.instagram.com/pb_curry/Check out our offerings & partners: Trends: A premium weekly report that helps you understand market trends poised to skyrocket and how you can pounce. Right now you can get your first two weeks for just $1! Go to Trends.co/GOODLIFE to start your $1 two-week trial.Reliefband: Reclaim your life from the fear of nausea. Go to reliefband.com and use promo code GOODLIFE you’ll receive 20% off.  
As a kid, all David Fajgenbaum could think about was football. It consumed his life, being the quarterback on a top college team was his singular mission. And, he accomplished that, landing a spot on Georgetown’s team. But, fate would soon step in, when the loss of his mom to aggressive brain cancer would change his focus and inspire a new devotion, to help find a cure and support families moving through loss. But his dance with illness was just beginning. In the blink of an eye, Fajgenbaum went from being a beast-like college quarterback to receiving his last rites while in medical school and nearly dying four more times battling a rare disease, with no known cure, that ravaged his body with a cytokine storm that essentially set his immune system up to attack every other system in his body. To try to save his own life, and realizing nobody was coming to save him but him, David spearheaded an innovative approach to researching his own cure, launching the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN) and discovering a treatment that has put him into his longest remission ever. This alone, is an incredible story. But, that thing I mentioned was killing him - a cytokine storm - well, you’ve likely heard that phrase many times this year. Because it is at the heart of the immune system meltdown that makes the Covid-19 pandemic so lethal. David is now focusing this same approach to other diseases ('His method could save millions,' CNN) like COVID-19, turning his lab and collaborative global network loose on identifying drugs that might be lifesavers when used “off-label” to treat the disease. His powerful story is beautifully documented in his book, Chasing My Cure (https://amzn.to/39XgMtq), which has been translated into five languages and named one of the “Best Non-Fiction Books of 2019” by Next Big Ideas Club.You can find Dr. David Fajgenbaum at:Website : http://www.chasingmycure.com/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/dfajgenbaum/Check out our offerings & partners: Green Chef: Use code goodlife80 to get $80 off your first month plus free shipping on your first box! Go to GreenChef.com/goodlife80 to redeem and for more details.
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Laura Barber

Loved this episode with Dr Tal Ben-Shahar! So many of us are struggling with "happiness", especially right now. Personally, this has come at a perfect time. Many things for me to think about. Glad to know I'm not the only one who hates it when they hear What is your life purpose? Finding purpose in what we do rings true. Like I said, Lots to think about! Thank you for another great episode!

Nov 17th
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Colleen Craig

Beautiful episode, thank you Ashley for sharing your story and hope. I related more to your story than any other podcast before. You are an incredible storyteller, with an authentic yet calm voice. Thank you again!

Sep 30th
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Kinny Ramoeng

love!

Jun 30th
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This name sounds very familiar to Dr. Sanjay Gupta.Anyone know why ?

Apr 14th
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Alucard

absolutely amazing , such insight.... stunning.

Apr 12th
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mona kad

thank you very useful

Mar 15th
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Cheri Anderson Phillips

Just some constructive feedback.. Dr. Hayes's low throat, almost lazy voice, makes it hard to stay awake while listening.. The topic is exciting....make it sound that way.

Mar 11th
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Cheri Anderson Phillips

Her constant use of the word "like" quickly becomes annoying and makes this hard to listen. It's a bad habit she may not even be aware she has. I recommend she try to overcome it. She's a woman of words....but that's one she needs to stop using.

Mar 11th
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Gisele C S P

Amazing ! Thank you ☺️

Feb 10th
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Douglas Smith

thinking about the third lie, the Easy Life: funny thing us, when we Master a skill, life does become easier, but it has to get harder first. in some ways our jobs are to become masters of living.

Jan 26th
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hosna 1379

AMAZING. between all different podcast , I just listen to yours ... that's amazing

Jan 20th
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Marziye Goudarzi

☘️

Jan 10th
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gbelle430

I have never heard my experience with depression and anxiety identified and explained so well. Really great podcast, especially for starting 2020 on a positive vibes and for putting words on feelings that are tough to identify!

Jan 1st
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Loli M

I really like this episode it made think about what I do in my life and how to make it better

Dec 26th
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Andrea Curtis

India culture and people i think are beautiful.

Dec 24th
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Douglas Smith

I'm not sure who said this but this podcast reminds me of this quote: "You can do anything you want, you just can't do everything you want" In other words, life is about making choices and prioritizing those choices.

Sep 30th
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Karthik Onteddu

I definitely needed this ... thnx. ♥️

Jul 25th
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jackieblue361

really great one!

Jul 10th
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sage Sage

So powerful, so touching, so honest. Thank you for sharing. I am so looking forward to seeing Elizabeth speak in person in the next few days.

Jun 18th
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Bee Stone

I don't know what the Times Sq pimp told him, but the PATH train was $1.50 in 2005.

May 5th
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