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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