Episode 20: Striving for Extreme Excellence — Interview with Sarah Piampiano

In this episode, Meghan and Lis talk with the 7th ranked female professional ironman athlete in the world, Sarah Piampiano. She tells us about her early life, moving from being an Olympic hopeful (in two sports!) into the world of finance, then leaving investment banking to become a professional athlete. Listen in as she not only awes us, but schools us on some lessons learned along the way.

Show Notes

  • A short discussion on the Women's March and facts (or lack thereof)
  • Lis breaks down the Whole30
  • Introducing Sarah Piampiano!
  • Being an Olympic hopeful in not one but two sports
  • From athletics to finance
  • Living life to the extreme, and loving it?
  • Doing a triathlon… on a bet?
  • Is it nature or nurture?
  • More on habits… can one just stop smoking on the spot?
  • Becoming more self-aware
  • Being a professional athlete vs. being in finance
  • Sarah’s life and career trajectory
  • Lessons learned from the pro

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Episode 18: Striking a Balance — Interview with Stephanie Pelser & Celine Chan

In today’s episode we talk with not one, but two amazing guests! Digital nomads Stephanie and Celine speak to us all the way from Osaka (so please, pardon the audio issues), and we discuss with them about how they found the courage to live the unconventional life and travel the world together full time. They tell us not only about their life of travel, but about living one’s own narrative, managing work / life balance, and treating yourself well along the way.

Show Notes

  • Catching up on the holidays
  • Introducing Stephanie & Celine!
  • An interview from Osaka
  • Becoming a nomad abroad
  • Finding the courage to quit
  • Why travel?
  • Traveling as a duo (and how not to kill each other)
  • Finding a common language
  • Figuring out the right path
  • The biggest challenge of life on the road
  • Getting unstuck… and going for it!
  • Meghan and Lis share a soul

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Episode 16: Reflections on 2016

Today, we take some time to reflect. We discuss some of the patterns we’ve seen on the podcast thus far, along with the lessons we’ve learned and what to do about them. Lastly, we look forward to 2017 and all that we have have planned, both for the podcast and ourselves. Thanks for an amazing 2016, everyone, and happy new year!

Show Notes

  • A discussion on driving in bad weather
    • “I wasn’t scared of the dying part…”
  • A trip back to the beginning
  • Reflecting on what we’ve learned so far
  • … and what to do with what we’ve learned
  • Thoughts on the feedback we’ve gotten
  • Seeing our guests’ secrets to success
  • What’s coming up in 2017? Resolutions, intentions and what’s next

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Episode 12: You Always Have an Exit — Interview with Gigi Griffis

In this week’s episode, Meghan and Lis speak with writer, content strategy entrepreneur and digital nomad Gigi Griffis. We talk about how Gigi found her path of full-time travel as well as how to create a sense of community when you’re not rooted in any particular place. We end the episode with sage advice on how to take that big leap from conventional life into the unknown. Enjoy!

Show notes

  • Introducing Gigi Griffis!
  • “What IS a digital nomad?”... and how Gigi became one
    • How Gigi manages to have a dog and still travel the world.
  • Yes, there are negative travel experiences
  • “How do you choose a place?”
  • A chat about the weather.
  • Creating a sense of community when traveling the world.
    • “Couchsurfing. Where you can get taken alone by a strange man to an empty fortress.”
  • Ho w do you take the leap? Acknowledge you have an exit.

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Episode 11: Finding Purpose — Interview with Kofi Aidoo

Today we are talking with Kofi Aidoo. Kofi is not only a father, husband and successful Information Architecture consultant (and Lis’ business partner), but he is also a life explorer who has seen and done a lot. Meghan and Lis discuss with him breaking down the big decisions, finding purpose in your work, meeting people where they are, and, best of all, finding inner consistency.

Show notes

  • Introducing Kofi Aidoo!
  • Kofi’s choice to seek a certain purpose
  • Breaking down making the big decisions
  • “What’s the longest you’ve ever lived in one place?”
  • Finding purpose in your work
  • Meeting people where they are
  • Freaking out, at scale
  • Figuring out your inner space - self reflection is key
  • Kofi Constanza’s it - Opposite Kofi
  • Always asking “What is my output?”

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Episode 10: A Life Untethered—Interview with Avery Roth

Today Meghan and Lis talk to entrepreneur, advisor, mentor, and adventurer Avery Roth. Avery breaks down her 12-year life in finance and the steps and motivations that moved her away from that career, into her current one. We discuss having the courage and confidence to step into the unknown, and try to uncover just what it takes to walk the fanciful, idealist, and “out there” path. Enjoy!

Show notes

  • “I’m not a survivor of anything, I just got hit in the face.”
  • Introducing Avery Roth!
  • What is a Pivot?
  • How Avery got to where she is today, including a 12-year trip through the world of finance.
    • Making it in Brazil
      • “Were you freaking out?!”
    • Returning to London, calling out sick from work, and quitting finance
    •  Then picking up photography
  • “Yeah, I’ve had run-ins with Scorpios. You’re an intense breed.”
  • Navigating away from “shoulds” to “wants”.
  • Defining the career that’s best for you.
  • “What I’m seeking is not outside me, but inside me.”
  • What about community and friends when you are making these life choices and moves?
  • When the REAL work starts
  • Getting out of the ergonomic chair and walking out into the world
  • “If it’s scary for you just face it, and you will not believe the spoils.”

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Episode 9: Some Thoughts on Power & Politics

Just in time for Election Day. In this episode, Meghan and Lis talk about Power, Politics, and a Punch in the Face! They dive into some of the pain and passion behind this year’s election, and also discuss different ways power plays out in today’s society.

Show Notes

  • "Are you, like, in shock?"
  • Meghan gets clocked in the face! (She’s ok)
  • Power & Politics
    • The election from hell
    • Perceived Pain versus Real Pain
    • Power versus Social Power
  • The Language of Male Dominance
  • “It’s been a little damaging to my personal relationships”
  • “We are getting constantly Gaslighted!”
  • A discussion on ‘Fear or a Feminist Future’
  • How do we live in these crazy times?

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Episode 8 - What's Your Impact?

Today we talk to Meghan’s friend Temi. He, unlike some of our other guests, lives a more focused and intentional life path, but one that is still very much on his own terms. Join Lis & Meghan as they talk with Temi about choosing one’s path, making small changes in order to make big changes, and measuring life’s impact.

Show notes

  • Introducing Temi!
  • “So you like this ‘one job’ thing?”
  • Choosing the path for you
  • “What drives you towards the goal?”    
  • Measuring life’s impact
  • Small change really does equal big change
  • Did dinosaurs REALLY exist? And other conspiracies (like Octopuses as “Extraterrestrial Beings”??)

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Episode 7 - "We just get sad sometimes."

In this episode Meghan and Lis continue their conversation on the Old Girls’ Network. They also express their thoughts and feelings around friends who become parents and motherhood. And, of course, they discuss what the universe is telling Lis today. Enjoy!

Show Notes

  • The Old Girls Network cont. - how we’re all just figuring it out
    • “Our only model is Samantha Jones from Sex in the City”
    • “Can we start the Old Girls’ Network?”
  • Two non-mothers talk motherhood
    • Our frustrations with friends who say they aren’t going to have kids, but then do
    • But yet, we love and support the moms of the world
    • Lis flips the script… but is she right?
  • What’s the Universe Telling You Today, Lis?!
    • “What’s a Druid ceremony?”

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Episode 6 - Being Full

In this episode, we talk to the amazing Helen Bui. She is not only a successful startup founder, board member and guest lecturer, but a great friend and a true inspiration! We’ll discuss how she has dictated her own life path which has taken her all the way up the corporate ladder, and then onwards to fulfilling her (and others’) dreams.

Show Notes

  • Introducing Helen Bui and Skylet!
  • A discussion on women and money
  • External versus Internal affirmations, and making the hard decisions
  • “Quitting was really hard”, and here’s how to do it
  • On creating the future for women
  • Being “fuller”
  • Feedback is a gift

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Episode 5 - On Consuming Art Ethically

In this episode of Adrift on Purpose, Lis and Meghan talk about how to consume art that may be on the edge of, or outside of, their moral grounds. They then introduce Lis's favorite new segment "Do You Know What I Hate?!", and once again, investigate messages from the Universe. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

Show Notes

  • Today’s edition of Consuming Art Ethically - Two White Ladies Talk About Rap Music!
  • Questions that help you consume art ethically, and could we live perfectly normal lives without listening to Chris Brown… or R. Kelly?
  • NEW SEGMENT! “Do you know what I hate?!”
  • Another look at "What is the Universe Telling You Today, Lis?"
  • Some all around life updates from Lis and Meghan
  • POST SHOW comments
    • From Meghan: "After we recorded, edited, and queued up this episode, I came across a Twitter thread about how rap and hip hop are so often held up as THE examples of misogynistic music when so many other genres also participate. Why not call out country music and the preacher's daughter trope, etc.? Why turn instantly to the genre dominated by black men? In doing so, we propagate the notion that black men practice a particular and heightened immorality. It's effectively the same as harsher criminal punishment for crack vs. cocaine. That's exactly what we did in this episode, and I regret this. I wish we'd had this perspective before going into the conversation so we could have talked about why we even have this impulse. Is the constant refrain of "bitches and hoes" any worse than "get her drunk enough to bone" or "women are purdy lil pieces of property"? I don't have answers, but we could have talked about it. Maybe someday we will, but for now, this nuance is lacking. And I apologize for that."
    • From Lis: "Not seeing the Twitter thread Meghan comments on above, I can't say I'm informed in that regard, BUT I do think the point is well said and something for us to keep top of mind in upcoming segments focused on consuming art ethically. Rap and Hip Hop are most definitely not the only art forms that are guilty of mysogyny. However, they are the ones most dear and near to my heart, as I'm such a fan of the art form itself (as you can tell from the podcast)."
    • For more on this topic, a listener recommended the documentary "Hip-Hop Beyond Beats and Rhymes". If you check it out, let us know! 

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