018: Love God Hate Church? Dec19

018: Love God Hate Church?...

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/gcoyl/18-Jack_Love_God_Hate_Church_.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:30 — 24.3MB)Don’t like to go to church but want a deep spiritual life? Starting with his own journey, Jack Woloshun talks with Dr. Deb talk about faith, belonging and laying down your life as a gift to others. This is an affirming message for those who find they don’t fit into many current religious systems and therefore feel they have no place at the spiritual...

Generosity Dec18

Generosity

This is a short video produced by a communication company in Thailand. The message is universal…and always timely. Watch it and look for ways you can pay it...

Healthy Ramen

Healthy ramen; sounds like an oxymoron. But it doesn’t have to be. Ramen noodles are the most popular dish in Japan, a staple of cash-strapped college students, and an easy meal for busy Westerners. In fact, some 94 billion packages are consumed every year! They’re cheap and fast, loaded with carbohydrates and salt. But they don’t have to be bad for you. Toss in some goodness, and you can have an affordable meal that is both satisfying and nourishing. I watched the first episode of the TV series, The Mind of A Chef, where David Chang traveled to Japan to trace the history of the famous ramen noddle.” “The soup first appeared in Yokohama where the broth is fatty and salty. In Hakodate, the soup is pork and chicken based. In Sapporo, it’s miso-based. In Kitakata, the noodles are flat.” As the show when on to demonstrate, ramen is always being tinkered with and the center of new and experimental recipes. The dried instant noodles we know today were invented by Momofuku Ando in 1954 to help feed his war-torn country. What is unique about ramen is that they stay firm in a soupy base because of how they’re manufactured.** Asians would rarely think of eating ramen noodle by themselves.–even with the flavoring and microscopic vegetables that come with many brands. Ramen are meant to be consumed as part of a healthy meal with vegetables and protein (meat, seafood, egg or tofu). Eating ramen noodles by themselves may give you a little energy from the carbohydrates, but you will hardly be eating a healthy meal with the macro and micro nutrients you body needs! You don’t have to live in Japan or even visit an Asian restaurant to eat healthy ramen. Quick and Dirty...

017: How You Think Matters Dec10

017: How You Think Matters...

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/gcoyl/17-How_You_Think_Matters-Jack.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 22:07 — 20.3MB)Jack Woloshun and Dr. Deb discuss theological & philosophical views that determine how you live your life. How you view how the world works really does influence what you value and the choices you make. At the end we mention a documentary, Lord Save Us From Your Followers. You may find it a refreshing take on the faith, especially if you are one who has been hurt by the church or otherwise found that you no longer...

016: Living Intentionally Dec03

016: Living Intentionally...

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/gcoyl/16-Living_Intentionally_with_Jack_Woloshun.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:34 — 24.3MB)Jack Woloshun talks about his faith, friends, finding his core purpose and living intentionally. A former football coach, Jack is a father, grandfather, pastor, mentor, carpet layer and friend to many, many people. He has a knack for sharing truths in non-religious terms that is very refreshing. After you listen to this episode, you will KNOW...

Preparing for Christmas...

I have re-posted my article, What Is Advent? If you haven’t read it, check it out. This is the time in the church calendar when people of faith prepare for Christmas. It starts four Sundays before December 25th, starting on November 30th this year. This is a meaningful season for me, and has been since I started reading the church calendar lectionary for Advent a few years ago. It made Christmas so much more meaningful. However, I like to keep things fresh by trying new things, so I did a little looking and found some awesome resources for this year. You might do some looking around yourself, though here are some places to start: FIND ADVENT READING PLAN: If you use a digital bible (like on a tablet), check to see what Advent devotionals are offered. These range from a daily bible verse to extended readings as well as devotional thoughts written by pastors and spiritual directors. FIND ADVENT SMARTPHONE/TABLET APPS: I checked the Apple App store and found a few free apps I started using. There are even more app available if you’re willing to pay. “Advent 2013” has a daily psalm everyday from November 30th to January 5th (the day before Epiphany). I couldn’t find and equivalent for 2014, but decided I could just use last year’s. “Musical Advent Calendar” I found these for 2013 and 2014 that have different music. Click on the day and hear a sacred musical piece. These are perfect on a cold morning during your meditation or spiritual devotional time. “Advent Devotions” is a little app that includes a scripture reading, reflection and prayer through December 25th. The Android App store has several apps for Droid phones and tablets. FOLLOW ADVENT WEBSITES: Check out my friend Christine Sine’s...

What Is Advent?

Holiday music is playing in the stores.  Newspapers land on doorsteps swollen to twice their normal size because of ads. Boxes are pulled from attics and garages with adornments for the home. Special treats are prepared. And money is being spent on gifts that are needed or not. The Christmas season is upon us. The period of preparation in the liturgical church is called Advent. So what is it? The word advent comes from two Latin words: ad (to) and vent (come). Advent is a noun that means, “the arrival of a notable person, thing or event.” For example, we might refer to the advent of the Internet. Advent is a season that leads up to Christmas, when Christ-followers remember the coming of Jesus Christ, when God became human. The reason for Advent in the Christian church calendar is to prepare for the coming of Christ. But it has more than one purpose. While most may think it refers to the first coming of Christ (with images of the little baby in a manger), it also refers to the second coming of Christ. After 33 years on earth, Jesus sacrificed His life, then returned to His Father with the promise of coming again. Advent begins on the Sunday closest to November 30th and is celebrated during the four weeks leading to Christmas. It is often marked with special readings, prayers and candles. A popular European tradition is to mark each day with a special Advent calendar containing little windows or boxes that hold bible verses or surprises. Second best is to be distracted from the best. Madison Avenue and your local big box stores want your business. They have dressed up their windows, filled them with glittery stuff, and enticed you through bargains. These...

What Are You Thankful For?...

Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving today. It’s a time to reflect on what is most meaningful in our lives. What matters most? What are you thankful for? If you ask most people, they don’t think about the new big screen TV or how much they made in the stock market. They think about relationships–which really are the most precious things in our lives. Here are what some responses from people I asked: GABE: Family & friends. Hanging out with family. My new nephew. That my big brother didn’t marry a psycho. My  brother (currently serving with the Army overseas) and my new sister-in-law.   MELINA: (The new sister-in-law): My 2nd family. A really good (1st) baby      NOEL: Freedom to worship the Lord, the gift of life, family and friends.     ISAAC: Family and friends and all the things that keep us alive.     XAYA: Food, water, shelte, gymnastics. Everybody around me. Being able to live with the Lord.     CHRIS: Freedom, rights and family. Glad I’m home and not somewhere protecting your freedom (Chris is a Marine).      ERICK: Family and everything they do for me.      CHRISTINA: A husband that provides (the Marine). Always family.      OLIVER: My first Thanksgiving.     DEBRA: Family and friends around the world, a loving God who is not a monster, hot showers, electricity, running water, heat, easy transportation, the Internet, digital technologies, fun and fulillment. What a great time to be alive!     This is Thanksgiving Day. Don’t cheapen it to “Turkey...

Podcast Update

As of November 27th (Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.), the Get Control podcast series has 15 episodes available. If you don’t know what a podcast is, click here to find out. Podcasts are awesome audio (and sometimes video) programs you can access for free (from your computer or mobile devices) to learn about all kinds of topics. The Get Control podcast focuses on career, health and fitness, money, personal development, relationships and spirituality. All episodes are available on the website, iTunes and Stitcher. Here is the list of episodes  released so far! 001: Getting Beyond The Zombie Life 002: Living With Purpose 003: Living a Balanced & Healthy Life 004: Life Coaching 005: Get Moving 006: Growing With Friends 007: Giving Your Life Away 008: The Two Halves of Life 009: Living Creatively 010: Rate Your Life 011: Top Must-Have Phone Apps 012: Living Luxuriously on Any Budget 013: To Technologies to Get Control Of Your Life 014: Overcoming Adversity pt 1 015: Overcoming Adversity pt...

Just Get Along

“Can’t we all get along?” is a famous quote by Rodney King, a black man whose brutal beating by Los Angeles police during racial riots in 1992 was captured on video and spread around the world. Almost 2000 years earlier, the Apostle Paul wrote the same message to Christ-followers in the Greek city of Corinth: “You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common.”* Oh how easy it is to say. Oh how hard it is to practice. We get all worked up and fight to defend our position. Whether it’s Jews and Arabs, people in your workplace, or relationships in your family, people get so worked up and choose being right over being loving. It sucks. It stinks. It’s a terrible way to live. Here are some things that help give perspective: We all have limited perception. We perceive through our senses, but we can never get an accurate view of the whole story. We only see slices of reality—the ones we consciously pay attention to. We make judgment calls based on our limited experiences, culture and personality. These are always, by nature, tainted. We construct narratives in an effort to explain situations and the behavior of others. We engage in what academics call fantasy themes when we share those same narratives with others. Right or wrong, accurate or not, we collectively believe certain stories that cause us to pursue particular actions. We follow our fantasies. We commit to actions that end up rarely solving anything. All that’s left are broken relationships. It sucks. It stinks. It’s a terrible way to live. I have been involved in several of these “situations” in the past few years. We did not get along. We chose...

When A Bargain Isn’t A Bargain Nov25

When A Bargain Isn’t A Bargain

I love bargains. In fact, I have such a reputation among my friends, they sometimes ask me to help them shop; I truly am “Dealtime Deb.” I love the hunt of finding just what I need at the best price. I’ve written previously about practical ways to save money. It just makes sense to shop around to make your limited resources go further. However there are times, many times, when a bargain is not a bargain. I have stuff in my house I never use. I made the mistake of falling for a deal when I really didn’t need it or could not afford it. How do you know when a deal is a deal? Here are some reasons our justifications may not be justifiable at all: You don’t need it. Buying something because it seems like good deal—but is something you would otherwise not even consider purchasing—is no deal at all. Sometimes this involves saying no to a high-pressure salesperson. You get what you pay for, which often means “cheap.” Some things may be a good price, but their inferior quality means they will not last. Think back to something you were excited to get as a child, only to be disappointed when it broke. It’s often a better deal to spend a bit more for quality. You didn’t budget for it. Financial advisors like Dave Ramsey are sticklers about making a written budget and sticking to it. While I’m not so fanatic (perhaps I should be), I think there is wisdom in it. The idea in making a budget is that you set priorities. Rationally telling your money where to go each month is safer than giving in to situational temptation when walking past a store item or finding a deal online. The power of budgeting is that you spend your money on paper before you’re exposed to the emotions of a deal that just presented itself. You put it on a credit card or you cause your checking account to be overdrawn because you don’t have the money. Paying 10 or 20% interest or getting slapped with an overdrawn fee can easily eat up whatever savings you think you got on an item. A good principle is to live on last month’s income. When you put things on credit, you’re spending next month (or next year’s) income. While we rejoice in our perceived savings on a bargain, we too easily dismiss the interest we’re paying. Only use a credit card if you can afford the item and will pay off the bill when it’s due. You buy on impulse. The retail business knows you better than you know yourself. They know they can get you into a store or to a site with the offer of a “deal you can’t pass up.” However, once there, you find lots of other enticing products or services. Grocery stores know this too well, which is why they put candy bars and magazines by the checkout counter. If you see something you think you need at a killer price, sleep on it. You believe the deal will be gone. This is perhaps the most enticing temptation of all. The deal is for a limited time, and if you don’t get it now, you’ll never get such a deal again. This is rarely true. But we are emotional beings and start to believe we must get something now or we will have lost out. We rarely lose out by waiting. You deserve a break today. That was not only a McDonald’s ad campaign, it’s something we all battle with. We work hard. We’re stressed. We deserve that thing. Sometimes it is good to reward yourself. But buying things you can’t afford is not giving yourself a break; it’s often mortgaging your future. You don’t think about the long-term cost. For example, you could spend $5,000 on new furniture. Assuming you didn’t...

015: Overcoming Adversity pt 2 Nov24

015: Overcoming Adversity pt 2...

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/gcoyl/15-Carrie_Riffe_s_Story_part_2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:50 — 26.4MB)This is the 2nd part of an interview with Carrie Riffee, telling her story of pushing through adversity to get control of her life. We hear how she was accepted to Colorado College and Harvard, wrote state legislation and came back to work at the community college where she started school–all after surviving an abusive marriage and after living with her three kids under a...

Finding Fault

“…the disciples were finding fault with each other because they had forgotten to bring bread.”* Jesus’ followers were crossing a large lake when they realized they had no lunch. So they started pointing fingers to assign blame. No matter they had just witnessed Jesus multiply a few fish and loaves to feed thousands. There is nothing noble about finding fault in others. In fact, it’s likely the most common thing we do as humans. Of course there are faults in others! Da! We all have areas we can’t see—thoughts and actions we are blind to. (See article Know Thyself) So there’s nothing special about our ability to see them in others. There are faults in us too, for which we either feel guilty, choose to ignore or simply justify. But finding fault is a barrier to experiencing successful relationships. We want connections with others. We need those connections. And yet, as Richard Rohr points out, “Humans make hard and impossible the very things we most want.”** We are driven by a need to criticize others. As Rohr wrote, we seem to have a need to fear and to hate. Oh, if we would just let things go more often. We all have stuff to be anxious about. But where do we focus that anxiousness? Do we get a twisted sense of happiness by finding fault in others? Do you return the hate, dysfunction and shit that is thrown your way (or that you perceive, even if it’s not actually there)? Rohr continued: “Conscious love is the totally enlightened, and often entirely nonsensical way out of this universal pattern. Love has to be worked toward, received, and enjoyed, first of all, by facing our preference for fear and hate. But remember, we gather around the...

Letting Go

One of the ironies in getting control of your life is the need to let go of some things. Getting control of your life is not about becoming a control freak. People who have the need to order their world so much they must control others, are hard to be around. They fret or get angry when they don’t get their way. Their lives are so out of control, they feel a false sense of power by controlling others and trying to control situations. The exercise is usually fruitless at best, and devastating at worst. Emotional and physical abuse are extreme examples of trying to be in control. I’m reminded of a strategy once used to catch monkeys. Poachers would drill holes into a hollowed-out coconut hull and place an enticing bit of food inside. They would then chain the coconut to a tree. A monkey would smell the treat and put its hand inside to retrieve it. With the fist holding the food, there was no getting out. The monkey was trapped. All the monkey had to do to free itself was let go of the food to relax their hand. It was that impossible, yet that simple. We are like that. We think we will remain in control if we hang on tightly. But sometimes letting go is what will free us up. Franciscan Priest, Richard Rohr, thinks we have three primary areas for which we need to let go: Success The need to be right Power Getting comfortable with a degree of uncertainty is a sign of healt and maturity. We can’t know everything. We can’t predict how others will respond or act. We can’t even count on what the weather will do. Rohr explained the three in a recent devotional: “There...

Giving To Others

Comedian Michael Jr. likes to make people laugh. But one day he realized his big break, and it wasn’t what you would think. Giving to others happens in many ways. Watch this short video to see how Michael does...

014: Overcoming Adversity pt 1 Nov19

014: Overcoming Adversity pt 1...

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/gcoyl/14-Carrie_Riffe_s_Story_part_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:02 — 26.6MB)This is the first of a 2-part interview with Carrie Riffee telling her story of pushing through all that life threw at her to get control of her life. It’s a story that includes abuse, illness, homelessness, Harvard, writing state legislation and a deep commitment to helping others. If you have ever been victimized, discouraged or challenged to get past your “stuff,” Carrie’s story will surely inspire...

13: Top Technologies to Get Control Of Your Life Nov12

13: Top Technologies to Get Control Of Your Life...

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/gcoyl/13_Top_Technologies.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 36:39 — 33.6MB)Rodney Blevins and Dr. Deb talk about some of their favorite technologies that help them get control of their lives. (Some of these would make wonderful gifts!) Here are links to some of the items mentioned: Magic Bullet This single-serving blender is perfect for making breakfast smoothies. Start the day out right by drinking a healthy meal (on the go) with whatever you want to add. There are lots of recipes out there; Dr. Deb’s includes frozen blueberries, mixed fruit and banana, orange juice, whey protein powder, greens (like spinach, etc. if on hand; you won’t even taste them), lecithin and collagen. Audible books Awesome way to learn while on the go. Listen to audio books while driving, doing chores, gardening, waiting for appointments, etc. Is great for people who have trouble focusing or sitting still. A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage (audio book) An example of the many non-fiction books available from Audible. Kindle reading devices Dedicated ebook reading devices available from Amazon. Kindle reading devices include features that are unique, like 1 free checkout per month (with Amazon Prime) and (on the Fire), text to voice for listening. Kindle app Available for your PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. The app is free and allows you to access Kindle books from Amazon. I Love Kindle article by Dr. Deb An past article on the advantages of reading electronic books. Podcasts iOS (Apple) app Listen to free podcasts by downloading this app for iOS (Apple) devices. The app now comes standard with iOS8. Stitcher for Android and Apple Another app that makes it easy to access podcasts. Is probably the best choice for Android devices. iTunes Podcasts The iTunes library has more podcasts than any other service. Digital...

I Quit! Nov12

I Quit!

“Quitters never win and winners never quit.” So said American football legend Vince Lombardi in what has become conventional wisdom. But sometimes, conventional wisdom isn’t very wise. In his little book, the dip, Seth Godin claims that winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time. The dip is one of two books on quitting I’ve read recently. The other is Quitter by Jon Acuff. Both authors claim that quitting is not always wrong; in fact, strategic quitting can be fantastic! In the past year, I re-evaluated various aspects of my life, including my financial health, priorities, career and personal development. I was stuck and knew I needed to make some changes. I actually quit. I didn’t quit my job with a non-profit completely, but I quit doing things out of obligation. I changed from working harder to working smarter. I quit some things in order to start other things. For me quitting was not about giving up, but about making some changes in order to go forward. The implications have been phenomenal. I am more fulfilled, am making more meaningful contributions with others, and am financially more secure. In order to go forward, we often have to QUIT something. Seth Godin says that initiatives, jobs, hobbies and companies start out exciting and fun. After an exciting start, we experience “the dip,” a time when we get discouraged and feel like giving up. Make your own application. Is yours school? A relationship? A dream? The dip can be a temporary setback and will get better if you push through it. But it also might be a cul-de-sac (dead end) or a cliff that will be your certain demise. A key is knowing how to read the dips and respond...

012: Living Luxuriously On Any Budget Nov06

012: Living Luxuriously On Any Budget...

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/gcoyl/12-Living_Luxuriously.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:17 — 25.9MB)Rodney Blevins and Dr. Deb talk about financial principles to help you live on any budget but still feel like you can indulge in some luxuries. 1. Get on a budget (We recommend YNAB software to do your budget and keep track of all your accounts. Click here to try the desktop software free for 30-days & purchase it for $6 off. 2. Save for things you want; don’t buy them on credit when you don’t have the money. 3. Live simply, then little things become luxuries. 4. Pick your 2-3 luxury items that are important to you. These can be as simple as a quality brand of Ketchup to an awesome espresso...

Magic Eraser

Mr. Clean has a whole line of “Magic Erasers” that promise to remove dirt, scuffs, soap scum and other nastiness of life. But what if there was a product to erase a particularly difficult or painful time in your life? Would you use it? Would you use a magic eraser to make it as though the thing never happened? The past five years were very painful for me. It was filled with misunderstandings between working groups, relationship breakdowns, mistakes and regrettable moments. I hate those memories and wish they would go away. However, if I used a magic eraser to make them disappear, I would also lose the valuable lessons and personal growth I experienced. What about you? Would you implement a magic eraser if you could? Would you trade the pain-free memories AND the growth opportunities you experienced for the peace of mind that it never happened? Life is a series of changes, events, disappointments and pain. Shit happens. But life is also a journey of growth, faith, change and new opportunities. Think about this next time you wish an event or period of you life would just go away.   Mr. Clean® is a registered trademark of Proctor and Gamble. The name and image used in this article is used without permission and is neither an endorsement nor a criticism of the Magic Eraser of any of the P&G...

Wonder

The sea is a completely different world than we experience everyday. Perhaps that’s why so many people love to escape by diving or snorkeling. Check out this amazing underwater video; it’s probably unlike anything you’ve seen before. Relax. Get your eyes off yourself. Contemplate the wonder of the world and the person who imagined it...

011: Top Must-Have Phone Apps Oct28

011: Top Must-Have Phone Apps...

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/gcoyl/11-Rodney_-Top_Smartphone_apps-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 37:00 — 33.9MB)Dr. Deb chats with Get Control Of Your Life webmaster, Rodney Blevins, about their favorite smartphone apps that help them be productive, save money & have fun. Rodney’s List: (in no particular order) RunKeeper Google Maps Amazon Music Converter & Converter Plus Car insurance company app (like Geico) Local news station app (weather alerts, etc.) Walmart Savings Catcher Kindle Deb’s list: (in no particular order) Podcast (for iOS) or Stitcher for Android Sleep Cycle Bank apps (like 1st Bank & Wells Fargo) TV Guide Reminders (iOS) or other to-do apps like Tada NPR (or other news apps) Audible WeatherBug Grocery store app (like Safeway, etc.) YNAB (The app companion to the financial desktop software You Need A Budget. Click on the name to receive a $6 discount on purchase of the desktop...

Valuing Relationships...

Twenty friends had gathered to celebrate my birthday. What was lovely is that the evening was not all about me, it was about friendships. Some were new friends, some relationships went back more than 30 years. It was good because it was fundamentally human–to love and be loved, and to make connections with...

010: Rate Your Life Oct14

010: Rate Your Life

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/gcoyl/10-Rate_Your_Life-2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:47 — 12.6MB)We all need tools to help us measure our lives and track our progress. The Wheel of Life is a great tool that helps you rate career, health & fitness, money, relationships, personal development and spirituality. In this episode, life coaches Jeannette Slater and Dr. Deb discuss the usefulness of the wheel as a tool to rate six areas of your your life. We discuss how it has been helpful in our own lives as well as some of our coaching clients. Click here to access the wheel. Print it out and spend a few minutes to reflect on these aspects of your life. Rate each one by circling a number between 1 and 10. Then draw a line to connect all the circled numbers. It’s very difficult to make actual goals when you don’t know where you’re starting or where you want to...

How Successful People Think Oct13

How Successful People Think...

I saw a great movie. Well it wasn’t a great MOVIE, but it was a GREAT STORY about a GREAT MAN. The film was Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. Dr. Ben Carson is one of the most celebrated neurosurgeons in the world. He pioneered new surgeries, forcing himself to consider techniques that had never been thought of. In 1987 he successfully separated craniopagus (Simese) twin boys joined at the head, saving the lives of both infants. (All previous attempts by others had always resulted in the loss of one twin.) Dr. Carson’s road to a successful career at Johns Hopkins was anything but easy. He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth; his parents were not social aristocrats. Ben, in fact, was raised by a single illiterate mother who simply believed in her two boys and pushed them beyond themselves. As a kid, Ben was a handful; he made poor grades, had a terrible temper and suffered low self-esteem. Later his wife miscarried twins and he endured racism from medical colleagues. Though she was uneducated, Ben’s mother understood the power of education. While working as a housekeeper for an avid bookworm, she took a cue from his turned-off television veiled by stacks of books. She restricted TV-watching at home and  required her boys to read two books a week. That was life-changing. Ben’s grades improved and he developed a life-long passion for learning. In his book, How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life, John Maxwell shared six key lifestyle principles: Expose Yourself to Good Input. He wrote, “Good thinkers always prime the pump of ideas. They always look for things to get the thinking process started, because what you put in always impacts what comes out… Read...

009: Living Creatively Oct08

009: Living Creatively...

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/gcoyl/9-Living_Creatively-Avakian-2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:54 — 47.0MB)We are all creative. Though some of us have conformed to the status quo, thinking that made us good members of the group. But it’s the people who try new things, do things in a different way, and have fun in the process who often make very special contributions to the world. In this episode, graphic designer and visual linguist, Joseph Avakian, offers some thoughts on being creative in relationships, your career and life in general. Joseph mentioned Ken Robinson as one who contends our schools kill creativity. You can watch the video by clicking here. We discussed the importance of asking why. This is beautifyully articulated in a video by Simon Sinek titled Start With Why. Sinek has a book by the same titled. You can purchase it...

What Is A Podcast?

“Podcast” refers to audio or video content that is available through the Internet. There are thousands of podcasts (more than 115,000 in English alone) that offer content as diverse as comedy, news, tech talk, self-help, religion, trivia, hobbies, money, pop culture, and education. The name podcast combines the terms “iPod” (the original audio player developed by Apple) and “broadcast.” When the iPod was released, Steve Jobs said you could carry 1,000 tunes in your pocket. Soon all kinds of groups and individuals realized they could bypass traditional media like TV and radio stations and produce their own content to distribute as podcasts and make them easily available via the Internet. Now, with all sorts of audio players and especially smart phones (that have lots of storage capacity) you can carry so much more in your pocket! You can access all kinds of free content that you either stream or download and listen to it anywhere. And with built-in speakers on most devices, you don’t even have to wear headphones anymore! The most popular place to access podcast content is iTunes. In July 2013, Apple reported it hit 1 billion subscriptions via its iTunes store. That represents a LOT of content and interest. While you can listen (or watch) a podcast on your computer, it’s usually more convenient to load programs on a portable device, like a smart phone. Podcast audiences usually install a podcast app on their device to browse podcast categories and find content they like. Apple has its own podcast app. Android devices can download a variety of podcast apps including Stitcher and DoggCatcher. Once you find a person or topic you would like to follow, you subscribe to their particular podcast. Your app is then updated every time a new episode...

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...