008: The Two Halves Of Life Sep30

008: The Two Halves Of Life...

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/gcoyl/8-Two_Halves_of_Life-2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 17:55 — 16.4MB)Dr. Deb has another conversation with life coach, Jeannette Slater. We talk about the two halves of life: our younger self where we build our box (where we discover who we are and how we’ll spend our life) and our older self (where the focus and many priorities change, and we live out of our box). This is a concept made popular by Franciscan, Richard Rohr in his book, Falling Upward: A spirituality for the two halves of life. You can purchase the book from Barnes and Noble by clicking on the book title. It is a great concept to consider no matter which half of life you’re in. You can read more about Richard Rohr and access his many resources by clicking here to visit his...

007: Giving Your Life Away Sep24

007: Giving Your Life Away...

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/007-giving-your-life-away/7-Sean-p.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 15:12 — 13.9MB)Episode number 7 features an interview with Sean Lambert, the founder and director of a Youth with A Mission (YWAM) ministry called Homes of Hope. Sean and his volunteers began building homes for needy families in Mexico in 1990. Since then, they have built more 4500 homes in 16 countries. Sean talks about the principle that you get to keep only what you give away and encourages you to recalibrate your life by investing in others through volunteerism and living an outward-focused, relational life.  Sean invites you to learn more about Homes of Hope by visiting their web site at: http://ywamhomesofhope.org He referred to a Wall Street Journal article: Barrio Study Links Land Ownership To a Better...

Audio Books

We lead very busy lives. Packing in all we want to accomplish can be challenging. In addition, we all learn in different ways: some by seeing, some by touching/doing), and some by hearing. It’s important to know your learning style as it can affect when and how you learn best. This is the first of a two-part series on learning audibly—learning by listening. This one is on audio books. The next is on podcasts. While I do read books (paper and electronic), I’ve found it hard to sit still to read—not to mention finding the time! That said, I love to be exposed to new content and learn from others. I’ve found audio content to be awesome because I can listen while doing other things—like driving, cleaning house and gardening! I have been a fan of listening to audio content since the mid 1970s, (when I also ran a tape library). I loved cassette tape lectures and sermons I could listen to in my car on a portable device. Cassettes gave way to CD’s, another technology that was with us for a long time. I would get audio books or lectures and again listen to them in my car or while doing mindless chores like painting. Today the CD has gone the way of the audiocassette (almost dead). My new car can play neither; rather it has Satellite radio, an mp3 input, USB connections and Bluetooth. It is optimized for portable devices like an iPod or smartphone. So where do you get audio content? It’s available from multiple sources: The best source for a wide variety of classic and recent audio books is Audible. The company (now owned by Amazon) and is based on a membership model. Signing up will get you a free...

006: Growing With Friends Sep17

006: Growing With Friends...

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/gcoyl/GCOYL-006-Growing-With-Others-Braulia.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 15:21 — 14.1MB)In this episode, Brazilian powerhouse Braulia Riberio talks about personal growth through accountability groups and other personal connections. Braulia spent many years living in the Amazon rain forest working with remote tribes before moving to Hawaii. She talks about the expectations she felt growing up in a Jewish family and having to prove herself with the demands as the national leader of a non-profit ministry. The following are resources Braulia refers to in the interview: The Genesis Process (workbook): http://www.amazon.com/Genesis-Process-Change-Individual-Workbook/dp/B002MB1TLO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372984654&sr=1-1&keywords=genesis+change+groups Brene Brown’s  Ted Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_listening_to_shame.html Braulia’s...

Are You An Artist?

In his book Linchpin, Seth Godin shares a concept I think has profound truth. An artist is someone who gives life to another. Wow–someone who gives life to another! This thought was foremost in my mind when I saw a little video shared on Facebook. It shows a Chinese man making cotton candy. He doesn’t just whip out the confectionary treat as fast as possible. He takes time to add love and life. The nameless man is an artist. He takes something very ordinary—cotton candy—and turns it into art. His creation is art because of the life and love he puts into it, blessing all who witness his craft. “Art isn’t only a painting.” Godin wrote. “Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator…An artists is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artists takes it personally. You ability to be an artist does not depend on your ability to draw or paint. It rests on your desire to love and give life to others. You are capable of making a difference, of being bold, and of changing more than you are willing to admit. You are capable of making art.
– Seth Godin Painting by Kristina Storey. For more information on her work, visit her website at: http://kristinastorey.com Originals and prints of Kris’s work are available at: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/kristina-storey.html Linchpin is available from: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/linchpin-seth-godin/1100054084?ean=9781591844099 Check out Seth Godin’s blog where he shares daily insights at:...

005: Get Moving Sep10

005: Get Moving

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/gcoyl/GCOYL-005-GetMoving.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:28 — 24.2MB)In this episode, fitness instructor, Sandi Watkins, talks about creating an exercise routine that works for you. If you’re not exercising, Sandi will give you ideas and motivation to get you started. If you already have an exercise routine, she will challenge you to consider mixing up your workouts, maintaining good form, and strengthening your core. Sandi and Dr. Deb  discuss the importance of regular exercise for brain health and as key for being healthy in every aspect of your life. A book mentioned in Rewire Your Brain by John B. Arden. You can get more information and order it by clicking on the...

Are You a Busyologist?...

We are chronically busy. We are often tired. I choose to be active and tend to over-extend myself. But as I get older, I also give myself permission to take breaks from busyness to rest, restore my soul, and be with friends. That is exactly what I’m going to do next week when my college courses are on spring break. My friend and colleague Amy Roemer sent me this short article that is timely for me. I hope it is timely for you also. Just as I turned off the TV the other night I heard someone introduced as a “busyologist.” What? I listened a moment more and realized he was a physiologist. Still, it caught my imagination. So many of us can be described as busyologists. We do things just to stay busy. We over-commit because we’re afraid of having nothing to do (or for whatever reasons). If we happen to find a free moment, we fill it with Facebook or Pinterest or Angry Birds, or simply searching the web for anything we can think of. I think we take pride in telling others how busy we are. We are busyologists. No one seems to care what you do, as long as you’re busy. “Hi! Haven’t seen you in a while. How are you?” “Busy.” “Wow! I’m impressed.” Sounds silly when I put it into print, doesn’t it? Yet it’s so hard to get off the merry-go-round. If I take the time to sit and read for pleasure, I feel like I have to apologize for it. But no, I’m going to say it proudly, “I read a book today, just because I wanted to!” Are you impressed? You know what? It feels good to relax. It energizes you when you slow down...

3 Little Words

Grant James is a well-known actor and friend of mine from Dallas. In fact’ he’s in Dumb and Dumber To with Jim Carrey that will be released in November. Jim recently had a health scare with a bleeding ulcer than landed him in the hospital needed 4 pints of blood. This is a follow-up to his Seek and Serve article from July 19th. Three little words can make a difference. You may have thought the three little words I have in mind might be, “I Love You,” and they are probably a good topic for a future article on sometimes-meaningless phrases. But let me propose the words, “How are you?” can be powerful if there is true interest behind them. Other versions are, “How you doin’?” “You doin’ okay?” and “Howdy” (short for: “How do ye?”). Not too long ago (after I’d spent some time in the hospital) I ran into a maintenance man at our apartment complex. “How you feelin’?” he asked. And then he did an unusual thing; he waited for an answer! He really wanted to know! Obviously, he caught my attention. People ask this question in one form or other many times a day. But who is really interested? In fact, we are so used to others not caring, that we don’t even answer. Do you really care how I am? Did anyone really ask Robin Williams—ask in a way that he could honestly answer? Okay, some people thrive on telling you just how they are. Groan! One of the funniest actors I’ve ever worked with would answer with a full, up-to-date medical report. That’s extreme! I learned very quickly not to ask that person the three little words. But that’s an exception. Almost everyone we know is dealing with some pretty heavy issues—issues they...

004: Life Coaching Sep03

004: Life Coaching

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/gcoyl/GCOYL-004.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 23:11 — 21.2MB)In this episode, Dr. Deb and Jeannette Slater talk about the power of life coaching. A life coach is one who comes alongside you to help you clarify what your goals are. Then the coach helps you discern the next steps to reach your goals. They’re also there to cheer you on as you live out your plan. Coaching is all about helping you take what you hope for, dream, or imagine and making it become a reality. Jennette has logged more than 1700 hours coaching individuals and teams to be more effective at accomplishing their goals since 1995. Dr. Deb has recently completed a 1-year coach training program. You can read more about life coaching here. You can also request a coach through Get Control Of Your Life by clicking...

Christian Stereotypes...

“I hate when people assume certain things about me without getting to know who I am. You probably hate that too!” So said 20-something youth pastor and writer, Brett Shoemaker, in a recent online post. Brett enjoys challenging the status quo, being controversial and trying to think outside of the box. I like him already. Get Control Of Your Life is about generating great content to help you grow a strong and fruitful life. But it’s also about sharing other resources we find that contribute to the conversation and give us stuff to chew on. So today we share a link to “10 Christian Stereotypes I Hate” by Brett Shoemaker It might help you realize some of your stereotypes may need adjustments. Or it may help you escape the box you think you have to fit into. Royalty-free image by Michal Zacharzewski; retrieved from...