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😳 Is disability a tragedy? 🤔 “We shouldn’t think of disability as a tragedy but it was that I could have died - which was the tragedy.” 💬 At 28 weeks of her pregnancy, Anja Christoffersen’s mom was told that her baby 👶 had no stomach and would not be able to survive. 17 years later, her beautiful daughter was walking the runway of Amsterdam Fashion Week. 💃 Between those two moments lie years of 🏥 👩‍⚕️ hospital admittances, surgeries, the fight for self-determination in Australia’s health care system … as well as the ordinary life 👧 of a happy, self-confident girl growing up. Anja was born without a normal stomach indeed. Affected by the rare complex of birth defects called VACTERL association, there was even more unusual about the newborn’s body 😧: an extra vertebra, missing bones, no anus but two vaginas, a hole in the heart, the food pipe leading into her lungs, just one kidney…  Reading this list of abnormalities, it is hard to imagine that this girl survived 💪 and keeps on defying all the hardships life throws at her. 24 surgeries, some as early as 5 hours post-birth, and 150+ hospital admissions helped her on this path. Anja is a champion. Being veered off her academic career path due to her health condition, she got on her feet again and created a different path for herself 🦄: As a model on international runways showing her scars, as a speaker and author, she has become for others what she lacked in her childhood: A role model who makes visible what you cannot see on the outside. Because behind every beautiful smile is a story, sometimes a story of disability and chronic illnesses. And behind every one of such stories is a champion. Today, Anja is the founder of Champion Health Agency 🥇, a 'talent agency' for lived experience representing people with disability, chronic illness and carers. Mentioned in the episode:Video by "truly":  "My Rare Condition Meant I Couldn't Eat Food | BORN DIFFERENT" (YouTube)Anja's book called: "Behind the Smile: An Inspirational Journey from Disability to Ability"Do you want to connect with Anja?Website: www.championhealthagency.comFacebook: @championhealthagencyInstagram: @championhealthagencyDo you enjoy WHYLD? Then get in touch! Quick one-stop-shop: Follow us on Instagram: @whyld.thepodcastFind us on Facebook: @whyld.oneOr visit our website:  Episode cover: photo courtesy of  Anthony Byron
🏝️ A life happening on land, a vacation on a boat - we have heard of that option before. But who says it can’t be the other way round? ⛵  Former electrical engineer Brian Trautman figured an 18-month sabbatical at sea would get him over a “freakout about life” 👻 when he left shore in Seattle back in 2009. He went all in, sold his house 🏡, his cars 🚗, his career 🕴️ – all in exchange for a 53-foot, 2-mast beauty called Delos and the promises of a vague future.12 years later, the land is where Brian retreats for a sabbatical whenever he feels like taking a break from sailing. For 12 years – impressive even for the most ambitious among globetrotters and sabbaticalists 😃 – he has rewritten what a “normal life” for him could look like: Diving, beach walking, collecting visa stamps in his passport, seeing the world’s most beautiful spots – and sharing it all with the community on YouTube 📹 for a living.Speaking of community, “SV Delos” ⛵ is more than just Brian. Over the years, many crews, including total strangers and sailing rookies, have enjoyed their time underneath the sails of Delos. Nowadays, it is mostly Karin 👱‍♀️, Brian’s wife and Swedish princess, as well as little 👶 Sierra, their daughter, who rock the boat alongside Brian. In this episode, Brian shares 💬with you his experience and practical advice on a number of topics, such as: 🌊 how to prepare for travelling the earth on a sailboat 🌊 what the perks and the nightmares of a life at sea really are 🌊 how to get over “I am not ready yet” 🌊 what to think about when planning to raise a child on a boat Now, what is a dream YOU have and risk forgetting until you retire (or maybe never)? Are you sure that this dream would stand in the way 🚧 of you creating a sustainable life for yourself… or could it well be the start of it? 🌈 Do you want to connect with Brian? YouTube: /svdelosInstagram: @svdelosFacebook: @svdelosWebsite: www.svdelos.comDo you enjoy WHYLD? Then get in touch! Quick one-stop-shop: Follow us on Instagram: @whyld.thepodcastFind us on Facebook: @whyld.oneOr visit our website:  
Do you get the sex you want? 🔥 Oops, what a bucket-of-cold-water type of question. 🥵😅 Especially for those of you who don’t usually find yourself in conversations about sex. Why should one even podcast about it? Well… I dare say, sex, love, and relationships are a vital part of everyone’s life. 🌱 ❤️ 🧑‍🤝‍🧑 This applies in some ways even to people who do not “practice” one or the other for any reason. There is no wholesome, authentic living without integrating 🔗 the body you have been given, your feelings, your desires, your connection to other people, your boundaries, your relationship with yourself. 🧘 This episode features a brave woman who might not even call herself that. 🦸‍♀️ But sharing your relationship and sex life on a podcast and social media, so that others feel that they are not alone, requires courage. Sex coach Alexa Bowditch, aka That Sex Chick, encourages us to let go of limitations, ask questions, and embrace what is true for us – because our pleasure is solely our own responsibility. 💪😀 Whether you currently consider yourself to be kinky or vanilla, mono or poly, single or partnered, straight or not 🌈 – Alexa and her colleagues at Sex & Love Co have your back in exploring what’s possible in love, in sex, in life. Do you want to connect with Alexa?Website: Facebook: @thatsexchickInstagram: @thatsexchickAlso mentioned in this (Sex & Love Co. - Instagram) @bryndaylor (Alexa's business partner and fellow coach @ Sex & Love Co - Instagram) @conscious.bro (Alexa's husband, men's coach @ Sex & Love Co. - Instagram) Do you enjoy WHYLD? Then get in touch! Quick one-stop-shop: Follow us on Instagram: @whyld.thepodcastFind us on Facebook: @whyld.oneOr visit our website:  
🏃‍♀️Running away from where it hurt? We all have done that. But walking back towards it? 🚶‍♀️Being rejected for who you are takes a toll on a soul. Especially so if the ones rejecting you are the very people you love most - your family, your community. 💔This happened to Meagan after being outed as a gay woman 👭. One day she is a valued member of the local athletic and Christian community ✝️, on the next her “choices” are condemned as sinful and appalling. She left Mississippi. 🧭 But after years of seeking a sense of self-worth away from home, Meagan decided that healing could only be done where it all had begun: home.In this episode, writer and speaker Meagan O’Nan shares her journey towards self-love, reconnecting with her community, and raising a child 👩‍👩‍👧 of two moms there. You’ll learn about Meagan’s take on the differences between authenticity and vulnerability and find out why she says: “Speaking vulnerably has changed my life."You can read more about and from Meagan in her 3 books:📚 Creating Your Heaven on Earth: Unveiling the Truth that Was Always There (2008)📚 Courage: Agreeing to Disagree Is Not Enough (2014)📚 Held and Free (will be published in September 2022) Do you want to connect with Meagan?Her website: www.meaganonan.comFacebook: /SpeakerMeaganONanYouTube: /UC4NWqDpzVc8WuH4HoLTqargInstagram: @megonanDo you enjoy WHYLD? Then get in touch!Follow the WHYLD Podcast on Instagram: @whyld.thepodcast   Find us on Facebook: /whyld.oneOr visit our website:  
🛑 When will you stop treating your passion as a hobby? 🛑  To Ady Parzentny, music is everything. Has been for decades. When the working day was over, he used to hit the rehearsal room and play the night away. 🎸 👨‍🎤 But making music for a living? 💰 Unthinkable. After all, is it really appropriate for a punk rocker to make money with his music?  Just when he got a taste of financial success through his music, the gravity of "ULP" (upper limit problem) would bring him back down. 🛬 Today, Ady lives his purpose as a music producer travelling the world full-time in his mobile record studio. 🚙 Without earning a dime from this particular project, he supports local artists in countries like Marocco, Armenia, and Israel by recording and shootings music videos with them. 🎙️ 🪕 🎻 🥁 🎬With all his generosity and modesty, is it still unthinkable for Ady to make a living out of his passion?Listen and find out what had to happen from Ady then, an overworked IT employee in Poland, to Ady now, living his dream and crashing Warren Huart’s couch in L.A…. 🤩Do you want to connect with Ady?  Ady’s website: Ady’s YouTube channel: HitTheRoadMusicStudio Ady’s Instagram: /hittheroadmusic/ Ady’s Facebook: /HitTheRoadMusicPl 🙏🏽  Thank you and credit to Ady and the respective artists for letting us use their productions. List of all artists mentioned (not all of which played in the episode): Andalucious IG: @andaluciousband YouTube Lala Tamar IG: @lala.tamar.official YouTube Zegro Band IG: @zegroband YouTube Izouran N-Sahara IG: @izourannsahara YouTube: /IzouranNSaharaBlues Noam Vazana IG: @nanisinger YouTube: /nanisinger Sun Followers IG: @sunfollowers.official YouTube  Jam House Studio IG: @jamhouse_studio  YouTube: /JamHouseStudio  Daraa Tribe IG: @daraatribes YouTube Bobby Legal (no online appearance)Also mentioned in the episode: Warren Huart’s (IG @warrenhuart) ”Produce Like A Pro” YouTube channel.~~~👉 👈
What if you chose YOU today? “By making that choice I became significantly happier. And from then on, every time I made a choice that literally felt authentic, I would gain freedom, I would gain happiness.” 🤗Those are the words of Sam Sheppard. A kind woman with a big heart and a beautiful warm laugh. A teacher👩‍🏫 all her life, a facilitator with engaging energy. An eloquent speaker who can lift you up by the craft of words.Also, a woman scarred by childhood bullying, having struggled all her life to feel “enough”, and later battling crippling anxiety. 😔 But she would not let you see this other side of hers.For many years, Sam felt like she had to be certain ways to be accepted, burying the Sam that she really was under layers of shame and people-pleasing. 🎭 Until, with all the resources consumed to hide and hold it all together, she had no more energy to get through the day.There was only one way out left… 💥 stop the pretence.As she leaned towards her truth, Sam started to heal.Today, she is still on a healing journey and 🤝 helping others embark on the same. 🌈  Do you want to connect with Sam? Join the This is Me: feel 'enough' and unleash your authentic self Facebook group: /thisismeclub Contact Sam directly on Facebook: /thisissamsheppardFind her on Instagram: @thisissamsheppardGo to Sam's website: Do you enjoy WHYLD? Then get in touch!Follow the WHYLD Podcast on Instagram: @whyld.thepodcast   Find us on Facebook: /whyld.oneOr visit our website:   
„Why do white people hate black people?” This is an honest question ⁉️ which people visiting Candidly Speaking events might seek answers to. In other contexts, (white) people might read this as an accusation and begin to push back – but not in the intimate space ❤️ Adolpha Cole & her team create for their participants.   Candidly Speaking is a concept for 💬 authentic conversations 💬 between people from all walks of life 🌈 - on topics that have the potential to divide as much as unite them. ☮️ The key is to listen without judgement, to invite and embrace someone else’s real experience. 👂🏽   Feeling the social tension in the US deepen, running in political trench lines and on the streets, where George Floyd 🌹 was killed by policemen in 2020, Adolpha needed to talk. And so did others.  Starting at a community library 📚 where people could 💬 listen and liberate and learn, Adolpha soon was encouraged to offer Candidly Speaking sessions 🚀 in schools, in companies, in government spaces.  The former writer for television and music productions heard the call and is now setting up an organization to do her part for 🌈☮️👨‍👨‍👧‍👦 unity and peace in the world.  Curious to experience a Candidly Speaking session for yourself?   Look out for the next issue of the free monthly online community events!  You can find the info here:  Instagram:  Facebook:   Do you enjoy WHYLD? Then get connected!Follow the WHYLD Podcast on Instagram:  Find us on Facebook:  Or visit our website:   
Have you ever, during your travels, had a conversation that was so beautiful, so rare, so impactful that you wished others could have witnessed it? A fleeting moment in time, sharing your universe with a person whom you will likely never meet again. The stranger at the café in Marrakesh, the trucker in New Zealand, the villager in Tonga. Sharing these precious opportunities of diving into another person’s world, learning about other ways of looking at and spending life is basically the reason why WHYLD Podcast exists.   For Erik Lorenz, it was his conversation with a German Lieutenant in Cambodia whose passion was to clear the soil from landmines. Erik sought a format to convey this and hundreds of conversations to follow with the world – and found it in podcasting.  A couple of years later, he is the creator of several very successful travel and adventure podcasts including “Weltwach” (German) and “Unfolding Maps”. He is also the author of more than a dozen books. Driven by passion, he did not plan to trade his job at a marketing firm for being a full-time entrepreneur. However, when you are on the path of purpose, you might involuntarily end up being too successful to not take a leap with it… Erik now lives in LA with his husband. From there, he roams our planet, physically or virtually, in search of inspiring voices and their stories about adventurous travels, humbling expeditions, cultural diversity, nature’s beauties and a mutual appreciation for all of this. Would you like to know more about Erik’s work?check out (German) or (English)  Do you enjoy WHYLD? Then get connected!Follow the WHYLD Podcast on Instagram: us on Facebook: visit our website: Finally, here is an article I published on LinkedIn that was inspired by the tech mishap in this episode: "Engine Failure in Podcasting" - about windy career paths, human error, agile product development, and how it all comes together in my personal podcasting journey.
How can you tell a season is ending? That’s a question I have asked myself for 19 episodes of WHYLD Podcast 😅 When I first started this podcast, I guess it felt calming to have a built-in drop out option, a natural end in case this creative endeavour was going nowhere. The opportunity to say anytime: “Hey, this is the last episode of Season 1… and you happen to have to wait for some 2 years for the next season to go live”. However, my mentality as a podcaster has shifted from boxed (season) mindset to growth mindset. And so after a while, it made no longer sense to keep adding episodes to a finite season. But when would be a good, organic point in time to end it? I had missed the exit of the first-year mark passing, so when if not NOW? 😃 Hence, with the end of 2021 approaching, after 20 episodes, a plethora of touching stories as well as learnings taken from them, this chapter is closing. And closing it is with fanfares (not literally), throwbacks and new insights (literally) by some of our awesome former WHYLD guests. What’s in store for you? Well, if you are curious… whether Romeo Salazar, musical theatre performer (Episode 15), found his way back onto the stage after Covid took it from him... how long Francesco Leone (Episode 7), a serial entrepreneur who does not at all like that title 😉, managed to endure life as a financially free, early retiree... what new challenges await Thomas Clemens (Episode 2), who spent 5 rather... linear months hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, in his nowadays multi-commitment business and family life... why trading high pay for high purpose worked out for Rebecca Huynh (Episode 6) as she blissfully drives ambulances these days... what Sarah Appelt (Episode 9) sees on the horizon for ex-pat life in India... … listening to this episode is how you’ll find out!Enjoy the podcast as well as a blissful end of the year!Much love – Tina  Some resources mentioned in the episode:the concepts “Be-Do-Have Model” and “Sharpen the Saw” in Stephen Covey’s book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”the notion of the “Personal Legend” in Paulo Coelho’s book “The Alchemist”mentions of Ashleigh Seymour (Episode 4), Sandra Winterbach (Episode 13), Delia Botea (Episode 19)If you want to get in contact with Romeo, Francesco, Thomas, Bek, Sarah or the other former WHYLD guests, check out the links on you enjoy WHYLD? Then get connected!Follow the WHYLD Podcast on Instagram: us on Facebook: visit our website: 
Who needs to do something about it?  For Delia Botea, the answer was “Me.” In Romania, a country where there are 600 000 stray dogs roaming the streets, waiting to be captured and very likely killed, Delia made a choice: If no one helps these poor, often malnourished, injured, sick, abandoned souls… she must do it. Once scared of dogs herself, she started rescuing one dog at a time and had all of her family members host one.  Soon she was running out of safe havens for her rescues, so she rented a warehouse to shelter them. Finally, she took a leap of faith and bought a piece of land in the middle of nowhere. With more hopes than funds, Delia founded CareForDogs Romania and created an impactful rescue center.  Until today, Delia has helped thousands of dogs stay alive, heal, trust again, find joy, and reach a loving forever home abroad. With their spaying campaign as well as educational efforts, Delia and her partner organizations work on shifting Romanian’s attitudes towards animals. Today, there are many more dogs who need saving than there is the capacity to help them. Delia envisions that through educational efforts, the generation of her sweet young son will grow up changing this for the better.For now though, there is hardly any time to rest. Dozens of times a day, Delia’s phone rings because another severely sick dog was found, abandoned by humans and left to suffer. The situation has increased dramatically since the onset of the Covid pandemic. There is not enough space to take in all dogs found. And funds are tight to ensure medical treatment and food for those in Delia’s care. YOU can help Delia spread the word and save lives.  This energetic woman, fueled by purpose, will inspire you to live beyond the 9-to-5 and make something greater out of your life. Would you like to help Delia rescue more dogs?Follow & share CareForDogs Romania on Facebook: on Instagram: their website:  If you don’t use Paypal, check out other options to donate on CareForDogs Romania’s website.If you are German, you might want to donate via Hunderettung Europa: resources:Check out the German partner organization that was mentioned: Hunderettung Europa, is "The Dodo" video of Walter (Instagram), the poor dog who had to eat wall paste to survive: you enjoy WHYLD? Then get connected!Follow the WHYLD Podcast on Instagram: us on Facebook: visit our website: 
Can you be the same person at work that you are at home? Before brushing off this question, pause and reflect. Why should you even ask yourself this? Why shouldn’t you be able to be yourself at work? Why should this be important, after all?  Workplaces are spaces in which we spend a whole lot of our time. It’s where we show up, challenge ourselves and others, learn, experience setbacks, laugh, fight, inspire, join forces, burn or bore out. It is an important space and we deserve to be seen, to be represented and included there. And to flip the coin: Workspaces are nothing without us, without our unique perspectives, without the momentum we start when we act with passionate authenticity. Unfortunately, many companies lose out on the people they need to thrive… and are not even aware this is happening. A story which this episode’s guest - diversity & inclusion expert Teagan Dowler - can attest.  Teagan founded the “Blue Collared Woman” after experiencing what it was like to be a woman working in the heavy industries in Australia. And despite early warnings of her mentors, Teagan’s career thrived rather than faltered when she started blogging out loud about the heavy industry’s diversity issues.  As an organizational and leadership coach, she now helps organisations understand the cultural changes needed to incorporate a powerfully diverse workforce. And what the benefits are - for all parties involved. Would you like to connect with Teagan?Visit the BCW’s website: Follow Teagan on Instagram: Or on Facebook: Connect with Teagan on LinkedIn:  Do you enjoy WHYLD? Then get connected!Follow the WHYLD Podcast on Instagram: us on Facebook: visit our website: 
Do you show your true self at work and in all your relationships?   You do not need to struggle with your gender identity to experience difficulties in answering YES to that question. Being ourselves first and foremost – and not what we think is expected of us in our many social roles – can be a courageous act. For Anastasia Biefang, the first transgender commander of the German Armed Forces, it took decades to stop pushing her inner truth back down. After many years of service, she took over her battalion in 2017 as a woman and with a film crew on her side. She shook and changed her fellow soldier’s attitude towards gender diversity, brought to fall one or two prejudices and helped build thus far lacking policies for those who come after her. She shows how excelling at a respectable, traditional leadership role and being colourful without holding back is no contradiction. Apart from her professional role in the military, she is passionate about changing Germany’s “Transexuals Act”, a law regulating the transition process of transgender people which is deemed to violate human rights and the German constitution.  In this intimate, fun conversation we talk about the queer community in Berlin, dreams for a diverse society, how great leadership is based on authenticity, and what Ana likes on her pizza.  Ana had waited to come out publicly up until a point where the damage of continuing to hide was bigger than the fear of what could be lost.  Her message to you? Be your true self or you won’t know what vast possibilities lie ahead when you do.   Resources - legal situation for trans* people: The documentary on Ana:  "Ich bin Anastasia" (“I am Anastasia“), 2019, documentary film by Thomas Ladenburger you like to contact Ana?  Find her on Instagram: on Facebook: Twitter: you enjoy WHYLD? Then get connected!Follow the WHYLD Podcast on Instagram: us on Facebook: visit our website: 
⁠Do you doubt you live up to people's expectations of you?Do you tend to belittle your own successes?Welcome to the club of many.⁠⁠Sometimes we call it modesty, sometimes we speak in the name of realism, sometimes we claim to acknowledge the support of others.⁠But frankly: oftentimes we simply cannot accept our own greatness.⁠⁠In this episode, we unpack the so-called IMPOSTER SYNDROME – a psychological phenomenon that has people feeling like they are a fraud. It disproportionately affects high-achieving individuals, who find it difficult to acknowledge their accomplishments.⁠⁠We also speak about STEREOTYPE THREAT– a rather nasty psychological effect that gives stereotypes a self-fulfilling power: If your environment puts a label on your forehead and you really want to disprove the negative stereotypes around it, this can weaken your performance and leave you even more doubtful of your capabilities.⁠⁠And we look at THINKING PATTERNS that encourage doubt in one’s own abilities, how these patterns negatively affect our health and our lives – and what we can do to unlearn them.⁠⁠A must listen if any of this reminds you of yourself. ⁠⁠You owe yourself the respect you think you do not deserve!⁠⁠☝️Tip☝️: ⁠Listen to EPISODE 4 with Ashleigh Seymour and to EPISODE 15 with Romeo Salazar to learn what these two beautiful souls had to say about the “imposter” topic.⁠Do you enjoy WHYLD? Then get connected!Follow the WHYLD Podcast on Instagram: us on Facebook: visit our website: 
Are you holding open the door for fate to enter or do you push it close? Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. Sometimes we hit obstacles, sometimes miracles lift us across them.  In this episode, musical theatre performer Romeo Salazar shares his experience of losing the stage to perform on during the Covid pandemic. In this juicy, textured conversation we contrast seemingly mere luck and helping fate find you through your active being and doing.  Filipino-born and Catholic-raised Romeo takes us back to his years growing up as a highly ambitious student and athlete who struggled to accept his love for men. While his parents foresaw an academic future for him, their rebellious son followed his north star first as a dancer on national TV. For 36 years now and counting, he has been working as a choreographer, dancer, singer, and actor on renowned stages such as London’s West End and musical theatres across Germany.   Equipped with life’s degree in gratitude, authenticity, and the courage to face potential rejection, he built this career on the foundation of no professional education in music whatsoever. In fact, he did not even know what a Top C was all the while chanting it away in one of his first auditions.  Romeo proves that as long as your heart and mind are open, you can achieve more than you can possibly see coming for yourself. And that rock bottoms along the way are not bitter obstacles or signs of failure. Although no one loves their presence in life, dark times are a necessary ingredient to becoming who you are capable of being. Accepting whatever is, and whoever you are authentically, is key to holding open the door for fate to come in and do its magic… You would love to continue this conversation with Romeo? You can contact him on Facebook: you enjoy WHYLD? Then get connected!Follow the WHYLD Podcast on Instagram: us on Facebook: visit our website: 
How much are you willing to sacrifice in order to hide your „imperfections“?  We all do it at times. We throw our energy, time, and an impressively creative charade of excuses onto the things we feel insecure about, ashamed of, or „not ready yet“ for. We willingly trade our dreams, opportunities, and belief in ourselves for a chance to hide our imperfections from the people around us. And for the peace in knowing that we cannot fail… because we decided not to try in the first place.  This episode is a personal one. One in which I, WHYLD Podcast creator Tina, share about my own fear of not being perfect, how it surfaces in the creation process of this podcast, and what it costs me.  I am obsessed with people communicating and living authentically, vulnerably, courageously. And this is not because I am an expert on the matter but because I am an eager student of it.  A part of me cannot stand being seen as a work in progress, as insecure, as imperfect. This is not because I would love to impress others by all means… In theory, I am happy to be wrong and have my weaknesses. In practice, it is simply scary to feel raw and really be seen in all my colours. But I realized this very part prevents me from being true to WHYLDs core values and giving as much as I possibly can.  It is too big a sacrifice... Listen to this episode to wrap your head around: Why worrying about how you perform in a conversation is a selfish act that does others a disservice. What hidden struggles I fight with in the creation process of this podcast (#letsgetreal). Why it is important to observe your reasons for not doing something – and to identify when it is your fear of not being perfect whispering nonsense into your ear.  A book on the topic mentioned in the episode: “Brave, Not Perfect” by Reshma Saujani Do you enjoy WHYLD? Then get connected!Follow the WHYLD Podcast on Instagram: us on Facebook: visit our website: 
Did you know that up to 1 in 4 recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage?This is something few know about. In school during sex education, we learn how to avoid pregnancies. However, the other side of the medal is rarely spoken about: How to deal with not being able to get pregnant or the child never making it through to being a new, miraculous life on this planet.What does it really mean to experience a miscarriage? What do hormonal contraceptives you took in the past have to do with your chances of getting pregnant today? What options do you have when the embryo inside you is declared unable to develop any further?Besides the need for information, these scenarios come with grief, helplessness, and a feeling to be “a failure”. Losing a child or the hope to ever have one is often kept under a veil of silence, leaving those who experience this fate on their own. Medical professionals offer help to “fix” things as if they were broken. But is there really something wrong with those concerned or are there things to understand and learn before pregnancy is working for a body?In this episode of the podcast, a woman who has gone through the emotional and physical roller coaster ride of family planning, fertility centres, and miscarriages opens up about her experiences. Sandra Winterbach, a life coach from Hamburg, Germany, seeks to be an ally for those finding themselves in similar situations by sharing what she has learned and what has helped her through this difficult time. Her intimate account offers valuable insight into the complex topic of fertility as well as guidance for those who seek help navigating its terrain. Want to get in contact with Sandra Winterbach? Connect with her on LinkedIn: her raw and inspiring blog: Are you interested in resources on the topic that Sandra recommends? (German podcast available) (German podcast available) (English) Do you enjoy WHYLD? Then get connected! Follow the WHYLD Podcast on Instagram: us on Facebook: visit our website: 
Can you imagine sharing life with more than one partner? Find the love of your life, get married, buy a house, have kids. This default notion of a desirable, successful path in life is a common theme in society. In this picture, a monogamous “escalator” type relationship plays a central role. However, vowing sexual exclusivity to, loving and living with one partner only is not the sole option. It is estimated that about 4-5 % of people living in the U.S. are practising a consensual non-monogamous lifestyle (CNBS News 2019).  In this episode, you’ll get to know three men who, this year, celebrate their 25th anniversary of living and loving together. We’ll talk about how Chris and Sven (also known as Kris) fell in love with Andy, got him to leave the UK and move in with them in Wellington, New Zealand. Here, they live in a beautiful, unique house in the so-called Wellywood Hills. For decades, they have been sharing their lively home with family, friends, travellers seeking bed and board in exchange for their helping hand, and holiday guests of their little homestay business (Koromiko Homestay). Their unusual lifestyle alongside their open nature has inspired many people over the years to be true to themselves and proudly lead a life on their terms. There is a lot to learn from the Koromiko Trio who, between one another, share a wide spectrum of passions ranging from conservation work, gardening, active outdoor adventures, music, community contribution, art & design.Whether to you, this brief description sounds like a life to be excited about or one you cannot imagine for yourself… jump on board for this conversation. An authentic, deeply fulfilling life does not necessarily require following societal norms - though this may take courage and earnest self-reflection. It is through the expansion of our comfort zones that we learn and grow the most.Get in contact with Chris, Sven & Andy on their website,, or on Facebook ( Also, check out Sven's design work:  Plato Design (   Do you enjoy WHYLD? Then get connected!Follow the WHYLD Podcast on Instagram: us on Facebook: visit our website: 
Have you ever questioned feeling pity for someone with a disability? This conversation might make you do just that. Kara Scott had been confronted for years with strange neurological symptoms and vague diagnoses that would make a spelling champion break a sweat. Her life changed for good when, on the flight home after a family vacation, paralysis hit from her chest down. She has got every reason to resent her fate, or so one might think. But she won’t buy that. This energetic mum of two will teach you a great deal about finding humour in grim situations and taking them head-on as an opportunity to grow. On Instagram, Kara reaches out to people as a role model for a positive, appreciative outlook on life no matter what. In doing so, she chooses to hide nothing, to be open and raw. In this WHYLD Podcast episode, Kara sheds light upon what impact her disability has on everyday life situations and on how able-bodied people interact with her. On the ride, we touch on topics like finding acceptance as a control freak, the nature of real compassion, carrying a child without sensing it, and why falling out of the wheelchair onto the bathroom floor is not so bad after all. Be prepared for an optimism boost. And remember – the glass is not only half full, but it does also provide plenty of space to capture every one of life’s gifts pouring in!Get in contact with Kara on Instagram:  Do you enjoy WHYLD? Then get connected!Follow the WHYLD Podcast on Instagram: us on Facebook: visit our website: 
Does your way of asking questions get you ahead or does it set you back?We pose questions all the time, out of a desire to understand, to connect, to get clearer on a course of action, to challenge others, and a million more reasons. Questions are such a basic component of our linguistic toolkit, rarely do we pay attention to their power. Yet, questions are far from being innocent or incidental. A question has the power to alter the course of a life, conjure up harm and hurt, trigger beautiful growth in a person, recalibrate someone’s world view - all in an instant. Asking a question is setting a direction, like beating a track into the jungle, preparing the recipient of our question to follow us in thought, emotion, and action.Knowing that it is our duty to measure carefully how we make use of this tool. But let’s not get dragged down by earnestness here – it is also our privilege to play with it and see how much value we can give by getting really good at asking questions! Whether it be in your family, your community, your company, your organization - you can help transform these environments by setting the right direction and starting healthy conversations for mutual growth.In this episode, you will learn how to turn the usual problem-solving approach upside down by not focussing on what’s currently not working. Instead, you will hear about the benefit of focussing exactly on what is or has been working for you, what strengths your company can draw on, on what is making you or your community special... in order to get to where you want to be.Hop on and enjoy the ride!The following books have been an inspirational source for this episode and are a recommended read:Appreciative Inquiry Handbook - David L. Cooperrider, Diana Whitney, Jacqueline M. StavrosSwitch - Chip & Dan HeathThe Power of Moments - Chip & Dan Heath Do you enjoy WHYLD? Then get connected!Follow the WHYLD Podcast on Instagram: us on Facebook: visit our website: 
Are you attuned to your inner voice?Can you relate to the feeling of not being able to be your true self in the circumstances you are in? To experiencing pressure, stress, and the resulting effects on your body and mind as you try to meet the expectations of yourself and others? Depending on how deep you are stuck in the rabbit hole, you might think that there is no way out, that you are just not enough to meet the demands, that you’ll have to continue to fight. But be mindful of the fact that in any given moment there are a plethora of choices available to you which can guide you out of the rabbit hole and into a life full of light and lightness. Sarah Appelt had originally aspired to become a doctor in Germany after school. But her body and soul had signaled to her that this path would not allow her to truly be herself and nurture her wellbeing. Luckily, she was aware and courageous enough to follow her inner voice to a different kind of life, in India. You’ll hear about her journey of recovery from an eating disorder to a fulfilled, self-directed life in the interview. Sarah is the founder of Chalo Travels, a company that organizes tailored active, adventure, and yoga trips across India. She teaches Yoga, loves adventuring about the Himalayas, and has earned her spot on the front cover of an Indian fitness magazine as a female semi-professional mountain biker in India. * Learn more about Sarah and Chalo! Travels  here: * Or on Facebook: * And Instagram: Do you enjoy WHYLD? Then get connected!Follow the WHYLD Podcast on Instagram: us on Facebook: visit our website: 
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