The Magic of Letting Go

Change is not always easy. We live our lives conditioned to do the same things over and over because we are creatures of habit. Familiarity brings comfort. And yet change, if we are open to it, can bring about some very positive consequences.

This season of Life in HD is devoted to change. Getting out of our comfort zones, shedding old habits, and striving for growth. We start things off with a conversation with Courtney Carver, author of the book Soulful Simplicity: How Living With Less Can Lead to so Much More. She also publishes the blog Be More With Less where she writes about living a simple, clutter-free life.

This isn’t a conversation about freeing up counter space or organizing closets. Instead, it’s about getting your mind and soul ready to let go of all of the physical and emotional baggage. She has an amazing story to tell and I hope you’ll give this episode a listen. Hear her describe the 3 myths of ownership and tell us about the wake up call that inspired Courtney to change her life.

Music in this episode is “Wireless” by Lee Rosevere under creative commons attribution non-commercial license.

Feel free to share the changes that you are planning for your life in 2019. Perhaps it will inspire a future episode.

Making Peace with Anger

Holidays can be a joyous time of year filled with cheerful music, wonderful food, gift-giving, and family. 

It’s the family part of the equation that can sometimes be risky.  You can get over receiving an ugly tie as a gift…but a heated argument with Aunt Sadie might not be so easy.

Family gatherings CAN be a wonderful part of holiday traditions but they can also be heated, uncomfortable and filled with tension.  What if…you’re the problem?

Can YOU make peace with your own anger for a more harmonious Christmas?  The answer is…yes.  We chatted with a man who did exactly that. Meet Tom Corner, author of the book Borrowed Eyes and Feet: Finding Enlightenment After Rage. Tom carried anger with him for a while and that anger manifested itself in very self-destructive ways.  That is until he had a break through. Listen to find out how Tom broke through the anger, made peace with himself, and contributed to more harmonious family gatherings.

To learn more about Tom, his book, and his motivational speaking…visit Tom Corner.net. (We’ll have a link to his sit in the show notes at joeblee.com) Music that you’re listening to is Ride Out by Audiobinger under creative commons non-commercial use license

Letting Go of Painful Memories

Health & Wellness Series

Things happen in our lives that leave emotional scars that are difficult to let go of.  Past experiences that occupy our thoughts and keep us from living a fulfilled life.  As we continue the health & wellness series, Dr Susan Nicholas helps us understand what we are going through and how we can recondition the mind through introspection to let go of the painful past so that we can live in the present.

For more information on Dr Susan Nicholas visit her site here.

Music featured in this episode is:  “Sullen Faced” by Ketsa under creative commons license.

Fighting the Silent Killer

Over the next few episodes of Life in HD, we will focus on improved health for a better life.  There’s no question that declining health (physical, mental, financial) poses a threat to your quality of life.  And if we want to experience a rich life full of special moments and meaningful connections, we must make sure that we are physically, emotionally, and financially able to do so.

Nearly half of American Adults have hypertension..including me.  And most of us treat it with prescribed medications.  Those can often come with side effects that impact the quality of life.  In this episode, I speak with alternative medicine specialist Dr Steven Helschien, founder of Level 1 Diagnostics, a comprehensive testing program to detect and prevent cardiovascular disease.  He talks about the bad habits that lead to high blood pressure, the side effects associated with prescription meds, and alternative ways to address the issue.

Information on the “hand grip therapy” mentioned in this episode can be found at Zona.  (Mention of this product does not equal an endorsement).

Information on Level 1 Diagnostics can be found in the link in paragraph 2.

General information on heart health and hypertension can be found here.

Music in this episode is composed and performed by:  “Butterfly Peace” by Rod Hamilton & Tiffany Seal under Creative Commons License.

The Diaper Bank

Cayla Clark (left) Michela Hugo (2nd from left)

We take basic necessities like diapers for granted.  However,  what you and I consider a necessity millions of people in this country find to be a daily struggle.  About 15 million children in America live in families that fall below the federal poverty rate.  That’s 21% of all children.  Many of these families work but earn low wages or have unstable employment; leaving basic necessities like diapers difficult to come by.  And this can have a cascading affect on the health and well being of bother mother and child.

Young Violet helps her mom Cayla collect and distribute diapers.

I sat with two women to get educated on the issue and to find out what kind of work that the CNY Diaper Bank was doing to make an impact in our community.  In this episode of Life in HD you’ll meet Michela Hugo, founder of the local non-profit Diaper Bank, and Cayla Clark, volunteer and former board member.  Their work is inspiring.

For more information and to learn how you can help mother’s in need, visit the CNY Diaper Bank.

Music in this episode is courtesy of:

“Summer’s Grace” by Ketsa under Creative Commons License

Rise Above Poverty

There are roughly 1.3 million homeless school aged children in America.  And research has shown that children who experience homelessness face a wide range of challenges related to their health, emotional well-being, and safety.  In this episode of Life in HD, you’ll meet Reggie Kelley who is the founder and director for the charitable organization Rise Above Poverty.  Reggie’s organization collects basic necessities for homeless school kids to help them worry less about their physical condition and appearance and concentrate more on learning.  This is his story. To learn more about homeless school children in America, see this PBS article. Music featured in this episode is provided by:
  1. Nicholas Mackin – The Beginning or the End – under Creative Commons License
  2. Yan Terrien – My Algo2  – under Creative Commons License – no changes were made to the song.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present.  To be fully present and aware of one’s self is actualized living.  That’s according to Kirk Abner, author of the book Flower Dog Man.  In this episode of Life in HD, I chat with Kirk about how living an actualized existence saved him from a life of depression and meaningless pursuits.  I’ll also share 5 simple tips to help you cultivate more focused behavior on your journey to be fully present and aware of what’s happening in the moment.

Notes

Music featured in this episode – Warm Morning by Ketsa under Creative Commons License

Flower Dog Man by Kirk Abner

More information on Mindfulness can be found HERE.

Tips for practicing mindfulness mentioned in the episode can be found HERE.

I Chose Defiance – Part 2

This episode of Life in HD continues with Carol Barbour’s story of turmoil and abuse of power.  Her tumultuous year in DC public schools ended with her school being closed and no new administrative assignment.  She picks up the pieces and gets a fresh start in North Carolina only to return to PG County where her career began.  But PG County offered nothing but barriers to entry.  This episode explores how a woman, when faced with daunting obstacles, refused to give up and reclaimed control of her life.

Music for this episode includes:

  1. Lobo Loco  Deeply Dungeon – under Creative Commons license
  2. Cutside Rain Drop – under Creative Commons license
  3. AllIknow (Hip Hop) by Makaih Beats is licensed under  CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

I Chose Defiance by Carol Barbour is available at Amazon

I Chose Defiance with Carol Barbour

When a butterfly flaps its wings in New Mexico, it grants power to cause a hurricane in China.  The “Butterfly Effect” is one of the principles of Chaos Theory.   In this latest episode of Life in HD, author and educator Carol Barbour shares her intriguing story of how a personal relationship as a private citizen ultimately led to her being blackballed as a public school administrator.  A series of events that negatively impacted her career and caused her to consider ending her life.  But she stood her ground and fought back.  And she tells her story in her book I Chose Defiance.

We hear about blackballing all the time but the stories usually involve high profile people in the entertainment industry.  Most recent examples include Collin Kaepernick vs the NFL and Janet Jackson vs Les Moonves of CBS.   This is part one of a two part episode about an average citizen who accuses a school district from denying her opportunities for reasons beyond professional performance.  It’s an example of Chaos Theory playing out in everyday life.

Music for this episode includes:

  1. Lobo Loco  Deeply Dungeon – under Creative Commons license
  2. Cutside Rain Drop – under Creative Commons license

I Chose Defiance by Carol Barbour is available at Amazon

 

Uprising

BAFG

In  April 2015, 25 year old Freddie Gray died in while in Baltimore City Police custody after being severely beaten upon arrest.  On the day of his funeral, the city had had enough and erupted as riots broke out in protest.  In this episode of Living in HD, I speak with activist-journalist Sean Yoes who has authored the book Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.  The book features a carefully selected compilation of articles and editorials written by Yoes that chronicles the events of 2015 and the subsequent years after Freddie Gray’s death.  The focus of my story is how this native son of Baltimore uses his voice and platform to push for police reform and works to protect the narrative of the events surrounding Freddie Gray’s death and the healing in the aftermath of chaos.

Notes

Montage of voices in the open: Byron Pitts ABC News; former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake; Gray family attorney William “Billy” Murphy, Jr; and Sean Yoes.

Music:  Ketsa Incandesence licensed under Creative Commons; Drake Stafford Wierder licensed under Creative Commons

Reference to Forbes Most Dangerous Cities – Baltimore #7