Monday, December 6, 2010

Success, Digital Stress and Answering Life's Questions: An Interveiw with Jennifer Louden

Best selling author and Comfort Queen, Jennifer Louden, has written a series of self help books starting in 1992 with The Woman’s Comfort Book, The Couple’s Comfort Book, The Pregnant Women’s Comfort Book, and Comfort Secrets for Busy Women, followed by The Woman’s Retreat Book, The Life Organizer Book and companion CD. Even though she’d published successful books, Jennifer still has problems seeing herself as a real writer. That inner critic was saying to her, “Well yes, you wrote a book and it sold hundreds of thousands of copies, but it’s a ‘self help’ book. It’s not a ‘real’ book. It’s not literature.”

Every book was a ‘self-help’ book for Jennifer. By looking for the answers to questions in her own life; Jennifer helped herself and many other people, too.

“I think that’s why so many of us write anything or create anything because we have a question. And somehow we are directed or constructed, or both, in a way that we don’t just do it for ourselves, said Jennifer.” “There’s something about the conversation that is huge for me. That’s what I love about the internet, and my blog, creating products and doing teleconferences, retreat calls or both, there’s feedback back and forth. And that sparks more learning and questions for me and then I get interested in answering questions for other people, too. But it’s got to be that sweet spot between the two.”

Hear the entire interview with Jennifer Louden as she talks about how she answers the questions of balance, success, digital stress and saving the world in the podcast on Voices of Living Creatively website.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Rising above his past: Dave Dahl ex con to successful businessman

Dave Dahl's life hasn't been easy. He was addicted to drugs. He was arrested. He spent time in prison. But he was determined to live a better life. So when he got out of prison, he contacted his brother who ran the family bakery business and started working his way up making dough.

His drive to make a better bread has led to a whole new life and a successful line of breads for the business. Dave's Killer Breads are made with organic, fresh, simple ingredients with no additives or preservatives like other breads. The "Killer Breads" have been so successful, the business has expanded and now, Dave wants to share the wealth by giving back to the community that helped get him back on his feet.

Hear how Dave changed his life and rose above his past in this podcast interview with Mike Turner on the website, Voices of Living Creatively.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Art and Liberation

(photo courtesy of Lora R Fisher)
An interview with artist, Jan vonBergen

“You can feel really good everyday of your life when you do what you love, whether it’s read or do art or walk or dance or whatever you love to do. It makes you feel alive, that feeds you and gives you what you need everyday.”

In the last 3 years, Jan’s life and art has changed. Her life used to revolve around full-time teaching and family with her art making fitting in whatever space was left. It was a fulfilling puzzle with many pieces. Retirement was a mystery at first and a word Jan dislikes, “It sounds deadening. I would call it liberation.”

You can hear the rest of the interview with Jan where she talks more about art, life and liberation on the website Voices of Living Creatively.

Monday, September 20, 2010

God or Grand Design?

How was our universe created? Was it God? Was it the big bang? Was it something completely different?

Physics Professors Steven Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow join forces to explain life, the universe and everything in their new book, 'The Grand Design'. You can listen to this fascinating 30 minute interview by going to our website, Voices of Living Creatively. You'll hear Mike Turner and Leonard Mlodinow discuss the questions about the beginnings of the universe and quantum physics as well as whether Douglas Adams had it right in, 'Life The Universe and Everything'.

Hint: The right answer might be a little bigger than the number '42'.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Being a happy corporate camper.

Ever wonder if you can go to work and be your real self? What if you're a little weird? At, that's just the type of people they want working there. They even have a question on their employment applications asking future employees to decide how weird they are on a scale from 1 to 10.

Tony Hsieh, CEO and author of "Delivering Happiness - The Path to Profit, Passion and Purpose" describes a brand new kind of corporate culture. A corporation that recognizes and celebrates each employee's personality and creativity. He says it's possible to make customers happy, employees happy and make a profit, all at the same time. Even though Zappos was purchased by Amazon, Tony has made sure that they haven't lost their focus on happiness as a business model and he's proud that is listed with Fortune 500 as one of the best companies to work for.

But that doesn't mean everything always goes the right way. Failure is part of the path to success, according to Tony. And his favorite quote from Thomas Edison says it all, "I've failed my way to success." Learn more about Tony's unique path to success and see how passion, creativity and maybe a little weirdness can help you be a happier, healthier corporate camper.

Also, in the same podcast, you'll hear an interview with filmaker Eric Byler about the immigration issue and the new documentary, "9500 Liberty". Exploring the issure of how the dollar doesn't discriminate, the economic impact of immigration laws on local businesses in Prince William county, Virginia.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The oil spill, diving and his father: A Conversation with Jean-Michel Cousteau

A Conversation With Cousteau
"The Sea is Everything"

Ever since his father pushed him into the ocean at age 7 on his first dive, Jean-Michel Cousteau has been in love with diving and the ocean. Now he dives for fun and for science, as did his famous father, Jacques Cousteau. His visit to the Gulf oil spill left him deeply saddened by the destruction of wildlife and the ocean itself. In this podcast on Voices of Living Creatively, you can listen to Jean-Michel talk about the disaster in the gulf as well as his famous father.

His new book "My Father, The Captain: My Life with Jacques Cousteau." is being released now as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of his late father's birth on June 10th 1910. The conversation reveals a complex and loving relationship between father and son who also worked together as captain and crew, boss and manager of the Cousteau Society.

Jean-Michel Cousteau, who is also President of the Ocean Futures Society and Executive Producer of Ocean Adventures on PBS, talks about the disaster in the Gulf and how to avoid future oil spills.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Denis Hayes: Founding the environmental movement

It was the smell of the pollution belching from the local pulp mill in his childhood home of Camas, Washington that started Denis Hayes on the path of his life work in the environmental movement. Today, Denis is President and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation in Seattle. As an environmental lawyer, he's published more than 100 articles, books and papers on energy and the environment.

But it all began 40 years ago, when he left his Harvard graduate studies to coordinate the first Earth Day in New York city. You can hear the rest of the story in Mike Turner's interview podcast with Denis Hayes at Voices of Living Creatively website.