Podcast

Episode 7: Being Brave is Funny

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What do you get when you mix spunk, humor, and a great pixie hair cut? You get a comedian from Brooklyn with an insatiable hunger for life.

Chani Lisbon is one of eleven Jewish Orthodox children, and her affinity for comedy stemmed from an innate curiosity to poke and prod and ask “What would happen if?” What would happen if I wore lipstick on a Saturday? What would happen if I turned the light on when it’s supposed to be dark? What would happen if I did this? Or that?

What WOULD happen?

By following the answers, Chani’s story teaches that no matter how far away you may go, your roots may always lead you home again.

Listen in at ShapingSapiens.com

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/shapingsapiens
iTunes: http://apple.co/27kLANw
And YouTube shortly. xo

Photo credit: Madeline Vu

Episode 6: The Fire Still Burns

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They say when you have a dream, the whole universe will conspire to make that dream a reality. And at first, that dream can feel SO RIGHT, so seductive, so sure… as in: “YES, this is my calling. THIS is my passion. This is the direction I’m going to take and nobody can stop me!”

Especially when you’re a 20-something know-it-all die-hard rock-and-roller  🙂

But, inevitably, life has a way of throwing around obstacles, and the dreamer is forced to either hold on or grow up.

Diego Del Pozzo is our guest today, and his story teaches us that if a dream really is meant to be, then it won’t matter how much time has passed, because if that inner fire is still burning, we will surely find our way back home once again.

Listen in at ShapingSapiens.comSoundcloud, and iTunes. And shortly on YouTube. xo

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Episode 5: This is Not About Cancer

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How do you fight cancer? With vengeance? Tears? Love? Determination? Prayers? Blame?

My aunt chooses to fight it with fire.

What you’ll hear today is a conversation that takes place just a few hours after receiving her 6th chemotherapy treatment for her third breast cancer diagnosis. I wasn’t even sure if she’d be up for doing it. But after we got home from the treatment center, she went into her room and came back out, freshly dressed, make-up on, and a bright, colorful hair turban in place and said: “Let’s do it.”

My aunt is the epitome of what it means to be brave and proves that just because you’re going through cancer, does not mean it gets to define who you are.

After we finished recording, she looked at me with eyes blazing. She pointed at our audio file and said: “This is not about cancer. This is about hope.”

I smiled. Because she was right.

Listen in at ShapingSapiens.comSoundcloud, and iTunes. And shortly on YouTube. xo

Episode 4: Mountain Lion Time

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I first met Hope Ruiz two years ago at a writing retreat in the Texas Hill Country. We bonded over our shaved heads and her tale of an encounter with a mountain lion in Colorado. But, that, of course, was just the beginning — the tip of her extraordinary life story. From a life as a young monk to a landscape artist to a love story on the Mexican/American border and the inevitable battle with U.S. Immigration, Hope proves that no matter the plan (A, B, C, D, or E), the next big leap may turn into the greatest, most rewarding adventure of all.

Listen in at ShapingSapiens.com and Soundcloud.

And iTunes and YouTube, shortly. xo

Photo Credit: Jöshua Barnett

Episode 3: #MomLife

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Who knew 10 years ago these two girls would be sitting down together one day to talk about MOTHERHOOD and the relentless pursuit of honoring our teenage dreams despite all the sharp twists and turns of life?!
 
Not I. 🙂
 
In this special Mother’s Day episode of Shaping Sapiens, I get to sit down with the indelible Lauren Halcik and learn all about the last decade of her life from promising opera singer to young mom, wife, feminist, business woman, and now, homeschool “crunchy” mom extraordinaire. Lauren’s story proves that throughout all the detours of life, with enough grit, love, and determination, the road may always rise up to meet you.
 
Listen in at ShapingSapiens.com
 
 
And iTunes and YouTube later today. 🙂
 
The mother in me honors the mother in all of you. Happy Mother’s Day, y’all. xo

Episode 2: Great Expectations

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Have you ever had a friend that when you’re with them, it feels as if you can conquer the entire world together? That anything you can possibly dream really can come true?

I’m fortunate to have a friend like that, and her name is Mechi. Though we started out as polar opposites, she has become one of my greatest teachers. One who was crazy enough to invite me along on a 5,000 kilometer road trip across South America for one of the greatest lessons of my life: a crash course in letting go and learning to let the Universe in.

Now, a year later our story is Episode #2: Great Expectations on Shaping Sapiens! Who knew all you needed to drive across a continent was faith, trust, and a little bit of Mechi dust? 😉 We’re ready for your earbuds on ShapingSapiens.com, YouTube, and Soundcloud. And on iTunes and TuneIn tomorrow.

Happy #TBT, y’all! xo

 

 

Shaping Sapiens: My New Podcast Series!

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It is with great pride and a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and hair grease, that I am pleased to officially announce the launch of my new podcast series: Shaping Sapiens! Currently available on Soundcloud, YouTube, and this RSS feed. And coming (very) soon to iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and TuneIn, and other podcasts stations near you.

I won’t promise it’ll be great. I won’t promise it’ll be the podcast to end all podcasts. But, I CAN promise it will be real. As real as I can possibly be, featuring some of the greatest humans to walk the planet. If you’ve liked anything I’ve written, or like me even just a little, then you may like “Shaping Sapiens.”

Every once in a while, you come across a person who has a story that is so extraordinary, it feels like they’ve lived a life destined to become an Academy Award-winning movie. Last September, I had the honor of hearing Barbara Abelhauser tell her story at Fresh Ground Stories in Seattle and, immediately, HAD to meet her afterwards. Lucky for me, she became my friend, and it was because of her encouragement and trusting spirit that this podcast is even a thing. Thanks for being my first story, Barbara, and thank you for showing me how a life lived outside the ordinary is a life that is always worth pursuing. Her story is featured as the very special, very first episode: “Comfort Zone.” Now available for your listening pleasure at ShapingSapiens.com.

To find out more about Barbara, follow her blog, The View from a Drawbridge.

Thank you for joining me here, friends. And I hope you’ll join me on this new storytelling adventure, too. This is me, doing my part, to make America Great Again.

love, Love, LOVE. Always.

Amelia