Creative Directions for Living Podcast

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Persistence, Perseverance and Patience: Never Giving Up On Yourself or Others

Mary Jo Rathgeb and Melinda Holmes, Engagement Coach, talk about the importance of persistence, perseverance and patience in setting and reaching goals, and how these qualities help you help you engage better with other people and yourself.

Breaking Free from What’s Keeping You Trapped

Marian McSpadden and her husband own a multimillion-dollar company.

She crossed culture and escaped a religion cult in the dark. She wasn’t tied or caged physically, but her mindset was trapped. Her first biggest disappointment in her new place in life was that most people have something they are trapped in.

 Through her own experiences of learning not everything was going to work out in the way she expected and yet never quitting she developed a private coaching program and helps others break free from something that is not working.  Marian speaks to groups on how to become clear on who they are and to break free.

When things don't work out you don’t quit, because that's how you get to the payoff.

Making Use of Downtime

Whether you are self-employed or not, many of us experience downtime. This past year is a great example of people experiencing unplanned downtime. When you have downtime, how do you make the most of it?

Lydia F. Hall advises clients on communications and policy, empowering people and organizations to effectively tell their stories to the world. Recently, she's helped nonprofit clients win life-changing grants from prestigious foundations, edited a widely praised book on women's leadership, and taught English to elementary schoolers in China (among other projects). A veteran of the nonprofit sector, Capitol Hill, and K Street, Lydia received an M.A. in sociology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.A., cum laude, from Tufts University. Learn more at Hall, a self-employed communications and policy professional who shares her do's and dont's from her own experience.

Stop ‘Shoulding’ on Yourself!

As an International professional poker player, Donna candidly shares her intimate story of turning losses into wins by accessing the wisdom within those mistakes. She talks about the way most of us talk have an inner judgemental voice saying, 'I should do this, I should do that' and how changing our vocabulary can change our lives.

A MindShift coach and world-class speaker, Blevins uses her earthy down-home Appalachian humor and highly original voice to teach people Emotional Agility™, a term she coined and an evidence-based technology she created that has been life-changing for many, life-saving for some. Topping the list of her awards, she earned The Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Donna got the proof that her methods work in real time and on-demand when her speech was muted by a massive stroke. Her healthcare team said it would take 8-9 months before she could speak. Using her methods, she was able to speak clearly in three short days!

She now shares her techniques worldwide by way of virtual master classes and inside her community of influencers, who are ready to learn how to MindShift On-Demand™, the proven way to retrain the brain.


Fear: It’s a Good Thing

Nailah Beraki is a holistic healing arts professional, a counselor and Reiki Master. With over 3 decades of experience, Nailah Beraki has used laugh therapy, breathwork, and other processes to help people manage career & life transitions to find their purpose in life. She has a great understanding of the emotion of fear and explains that acceptance of self-inflicted fear can mean loss of income, health and relationships. Losing the ability to enjoy the basic activities of life. In her book, "Answering The Call" she explains the disconnect created by your fear-based belief systems that limit your life today fear in the right perspective - She says that you could save years of therapy using fear as a good thing!

Listen in to hear Mary Jo talking with Nailah about pivoting your current perceptions of fear that may be working against you rather than for you.

The New Business Paradigm

"My mission is to help women answer this question, breakthrough barriers of what they believe is possible, and live out their highest life vision - now." - Sloane."


Sloane is a former business attorney turned core beliefs consultant. Just a few years ago, she successfully scaled her boutique law firm in Santa Monica to over 400 happy clients while working 1,000 hours per year and traveling the world. 


She attributes her firm’s success to her delivering a superb client experience and being her client’s partner in business, not just a voice in legal expertise. Having been behind the scenes of hundreds of businesses – she had a unique vantage point to catch blind spots in profitability, operations, and her client’s mindset around it all. 


After coaching hundreds of clients to help them through their toughest business challenges – Sloane sold her firm to pursue her heart’s calling. She is now a core beliefs consultant to ambitious women who are ready to expand beyond conventional possibilities and live fully while creating even more success in business.


Nothing Changes Until You Decide for It To

In this podcast, my guest Tami and I talk about why you are not getting the results that you say you want and how you can change it.

Tami is a break-out growth expert, energy shifter, author, and speaker who inspires successful professionals who are dreaming to resign and do something new. Tami helps guide her clients through the sometimes overwhelming prospect of changing careers or starting a new business.


She has made it her mission to liberate independent success-minded professionals from the shackles of a corporate career so they can start, grow and scale their own business and not only replace their corporate income but exceed it.


The Art of Choosing Yourself

No stranger to life’s heartache and delight, Alicia Morrow has successfully navigated sickness and pain, violation and betrayal, disordered eating and addictions, a traumatic birth, near-death experience, and the intense health challenges thereafter, a painful divorce… and knows what it’s like to rebuild, celebrate, and trust life in the aftermath of it all. 


She is a visionary, coach, speaker, writer, rebel spirit, mother and artist. She has been in the world of healing, coaching and transformation for more than 20 years. She is an expert at holding deep, sacred, loving spaces for her clients where nothing is too big, too scary, or too taboo to redeem and transform.


Her highly intuitive and groundbreaking thought leadership helps women resurrect their confidence, regain their health, reshape their careers, reclaim their beauty and rebuild their lives from a place of wholeness, passion and power.


Listen to Mary Jo discussing her personal journey and what inspired her book "The Art Of Choosing Yourself" which discusses the lives of 12 women and their stories of struggle to find empowerment, and where they can be loving but not overgiving, appreciate life and contribute from that place of high self-esteem.

You Have The Power

In this Podcast Mary Jo talks with Julie Jakopic about power and how most do not realise the power that we have as individuals. As CEO/Founder of iLead Strategies and a social psychologist, Julie is one of the nation’s top organizational and leadership development consultants. A game-changer who’s shared the stage with luminaries like President Barack H. Obama. She empowers leaders to overcome the pressure and overwhelm that comes with carrying a great responsibility in working for change. She discusses how she has influenced people to increase opportunities for change and to do good. She is passionate about bringing her talents to be a leader in her community. Julie says “Open your own door, and get out of your own way.” To hear more tune into this powerful 'Creative Directions for Living' Podcast with Mary Jo Rathgeb and Julie Jakopic.

Leading Life With Positive Choices

In this podcast, I chat with Teresa Moerer, who is an author, coach, and speaker. Her work has included how to care for aging parents. Teresa founded a method to build the body, brain, and spirit to achieve the highest mobility and personal life level of function. We discuss our power to create better choices in our lives to help us have a fulfilling life, and that we sometimes need help with our motivation. With positive choices in our lives, we build our confidence and strength, which leads a more creative and fulfilling life.

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