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Creative Spirits Unleashed
Creative Spirits Unleashed is about becoming more of who you really are by changing your relationship with mistakes, pressure and criticism and adding more balance to your life.
Jun 12, 2020
The Lessons My Daughter's Addiction Taught Me
Navigating addiction is never easy. In this mother-daughter conversation, we share some of our stories, dilemmas and uncertainties as Jen went through a series of life and death decisions on her road to recovery. Some of the most fun parts of this conversation happened when we learned some never-revealed things about what was going on behind the scenes for both of us.
1 hr 7 min
May 21, 2020
Warwick Schiller, Performance Horses, On listening, Presence, Curiosity and going from knowing to learning.
Every now and then, you find someone who pierces through the noise of all the people vying for our attention with a message that is so clear and compelling, you just have to stop and listen. I found that person a few years ago in Warwick Schiller. Yes, in his videos he was talking about horses. But lots of people are on the internet talking about horses. Warwick is different. He’s really talking about listening, presence and being. He’s sharing his personal transformation. Moreover, he’s not just talking – he’s showing and embodying something invisible that creates a change. That’s what made me reach out to him for this conversation. Most of the conversations on this podcast are with people I know. Most of the people who invite Warwick on their podcast are people who make a living in the horse world. This conversation would be between two people from different worlds who don’t know each other. The question going into the conversation was “where would we find the common ground?” and it did not take long. While a lot of people who listen to this podcast are in the horse world, I believe anyone who is on a journey of becoming a better version of themselves will find this conversation both deeply satisfying and perhaps challenging. You will notice throughout that Warwick challenges himself both during the conversation and in the stories he tells. And he is super skilled at weaving lessons and themes into a meaningful narrative. Perhaps his most powerful lesson was taught to him by the horse who showed him he did not know what he was doing. With a curious mind and a commitment to listening, he discovered what a horse could teach him about himself. In that way, this conversation is a master class in self-awareness.
2 hr 28 min
May 14, 2020
Corey Vaughn; Putting a life jacket on self-doubt to live his dream as a pro water skier
From the minute we started the conversation, it was evident that Corey Vaughn is a philosopher. He also calls himself the “hippie husband” of his wife Amelia. It was almost surreal to reconcile the deep thinking man I was speaking to with the fact that he’s one of the best in the extremely intense sport of water skiing. And he is a really, really good water skier. He’s one of only a handful of skiers to have run all 6 buoys in the most difficult (41 off) pass, and he’s been on the podium in countless tournaments from Nationals to Pro Tour events. He knows a thing or two about performance under pressure and after learning that you can get burned out even when working on a passion, he’s pretty darn good at balancing his life. In this episode, he shares his practices on dealing with pressure, working through self-doubt and what it takes to keep showing up.
2 hr 26 min
Apr 23, 2020
In the Hot Seat with Podcast Host Julianne Neal and Bruce Anderson of Whinny Tales
In this special episode, we turn the microphone around and Julianne Neal of Whinny Tales interviews Lynn Carnes, executive coach and Bruce Anderson of Natures View and founder of Natural Humanship™. Real change only happens with pressure and discomfort. It’s a natural human reaction to turn away from both. In this episode, we break down the steps to turn into the sensations of pressure and discomfort so that we build a new personal foundation of inner strength. Using the horse as a mirror and a teacher, we recount Lynn’s experience of building her mental tools (which she calls the Invisible Tools) over two years of practice, training, failing, recovering, and doing it all over again. The is the first episode in a series of three.
1 hr 1 min
Apr 16, 2020
Chelsea Mills World Ranked Water Skier Talks Failure as the Only Path to Success
When Chelsea Mills decided to take up tournament water skiing in her 20’s, most people would have said she was a decade too late. She is now ranked number 8 in the world and still improving. She is also a high level tennis coach. Her window into the world of elite sports has given her some powerful insights into the difference mindset can make. She shares many of her insights with us in this episode.
1 hr 23 min
Apr 9, 2020
Nikki Porter, Equestrian Mindset Coach on Leadership, Energy and Truthfulness
The ironic thing about developing self-awareness is that we often need others to hold up the mirror so we can see what is really true about ourselves. Nikki Porter, is the host of “Take the Reins, a weekly personal growth podcast for horse owners.” She effortlessly weaves the parallels between the relationships we have with horses and humans. The lessons apply to how we show up as leaders, the way our energy impacts others and the value of genuine truthfulness. We cover a lot of ground in this conversation about the places we have extraordinary power over our choices, even when facing the biggest pressures and changes of our lives.
1 hr 22 min
Apr 2, 2020
Chris Braund and Karen Van Sickler A Playbook for Adversity
Early 2020 promised to be the year newly minted entrepreneurs Chris and Karen would break through in their business Pampered Pets Inn. After spending most of their careers in the corporate world as project managers, they were thrilled to apply the principles of leadership, process and controls to a business that was just waiting to take off. Then the corona virus swept in and shut down the travel business. Almost overnight, they were forced to pivot on a dime and face realities no entrepreneur wants to face. Listen in this episode about how they evaluated the unfolding situation, navigated their emotions and made their decisions in this active and fluid environment.
1 hr 16 min
Mar 26, 2020
Tammy Tappan Equestrian Artist: Take The Leap and Figure It Out on the Way Down
If you have ever wondered how to take the leap and learn to fly, this episode is for you. Tammy Tappan starts with a story of “doing the mature thing and taking my toys home” after a business deal fell through. Driving a leaky RV through the desert, she followed her inner voice to seek out an art workshop. Her life has never been the same. In this episode, we dissect the methods Tammy used to breakthrough her fear and take chances, even with nagging self-doubt. The artwork resulting from her bravery is nothing less than stunning.
1 hr 34 min
Mar 13, 2020
David Benzel The Sports Family Coach talks influence, culture and becoming.
“If you know how you got there, you can create culture.” David Benzel guides parents, coaches and leaders on the world of influence. From the earliest moments in his career, he has been helping people grow, change their habits, acquire new habits and gain skills. This conversation is packed with wisdom on leadership, change and dealing with the discomfort of going from point A to point B. His special gift is helping parents of elite athletes positively impact their children in a world where the pressure to perform can test the strongest relationships. As a an elite athlete and parent of two elite athletes, he has an insider’s perspective on how to best equip the parents to be at their best. His lessons translate to every domain where performance counts.
Feb 17, 2020
Natallia Berdnikava first woman to jump over 190 feet
Playing on the world stage as an athlete requires a tough mental game, deep work ethic and resilience. Natallia Berdnikava, world champion water skier and the first woman to jump over 190 feet, exemplifies all of these qualities and she’s willing to share her best thinking on performance. We talk in depth about everything from how to control your negative thoughts, how to visualize success, the keys to making experience count and the value of recovery. Plus, this conversation has a bonus, as she compares living in Belarus to the freedom of living in the United States. Enjoy the many useful insights you can take away from this conversation.
1 hr 21 min
Feb 5, 2020
Let Pressure Teach You to Become Who You Were Born To Be
If you have pressure in your life, Bruce Anderson has a message for you: Pressure can help you become more of who YOU really are. But first, you will have to give up perfection. Bruce is the founder of Nature’s View and he calls his work “Natural Humanship”. On the surface, Bruce looks like a “horse-whisperer” and I found him through a friend in the horse world. But it’s his work with people working with horses that I find unique. Bruce’s method uses the pressure created by the horse to rewrite our scripts on how we deal with all pressure. It’s life changing stuff! In this podcast, we not only talk about his method, we actually use it when we have a huge distraction less than 10 minutes into our conversation. This conversation gets really deep into what makes us act the way we do as humans, how we can change it for the better and how horses can help us save the planet.
2 hr 7 min
Jan 21, 2020
In Defense of Management
Today’s guest Steve Snyder has been a leader in many domains, first in the Military as a Naval aviator and Commanding Officer, then in Business and now in Academia. We get into how the different contexts in each domain makes a difference in how you lead – and in the contrast between Leadership and Management. Steve is also an athlete and entrepreneur. He has truly learned to flex his skills by being a lifelong learner. There are so many layers in this conversation. Steve shares his secrets of serving in all of these capacities, and especially in a management capacity, which he believes is an essential element to success that is all too often overlooked.
1 hr 44 min
Dec 30, 2019
The 4 P's: Passion, Pets, People and Photography
Welcome to the first podcast of Creative Spirits Unleashed, the podcast for people who want more from life than just work. Our first guest has two encore careers and is a master of work/life balance. Julie Gould is the principal of J. Gould Consulting in Washington, DC, a consulting firm for affordable housing and the genius behind the camera of Bright Eyes Photos, capturing magic moments of your beloved pet. Julie's specialty is capturing the essence of what matters in her every endeavor. Our conversation ranges far and wide, from how to say no to seeing the catch lights in the eye of your pet - or the people in your life.
1 hr 37 min