10 Podcasts That Can Help You Achieve The New You

Learning from the Experts Series

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Christmas dinner is finished and the gifts are all unwrapped. While you are chilling, and reflecting on what a crazy last few days it’s been. And while you look forward to starting your New Year, fulfilling your resolutions and all that. Consider these podcasts that may assist with creating, implementing, and fulfilling your goals and dreams going forward.

Whatever your resolutions.  Whatever your goals, dreams or bucket list.  The below list of podcasts is a great starting point to help you pivot in the direction you so earnestly seek.

One of my goals is to start a podcast.  While I prepare my first 3 episodes, I listen to the below experts.  I hope you find them as inspiring as I have.  You will receive a lot of useful information from them.  And, you will be tempted to just start anywhere.  But you have to start from the beginning.  Episode 1. Otherwise you will lose the value of the entire series.

More importantly, you will miss the essence, the very heart and soul of these podcast hosts.



  1. The Charged Life by Brendon Burchard.  Author of New York bestseller The Motivation Manifesto among others, coach and what you could call a younger version of Tony Robbins but so much more.  This guy has almost 4 million likes on his Facebook page!
  2. The Portfolio Life by Jeff Goins.  Author of the Art of Work and You are a Writer. Jeff’s podcast demonstrates how to intertwine various skills and passions into a cohesive profession.  He also teaches writing online.
  3. Achieve Your Goals by Hal Elrod.  Founder of the Miracle Morning principle. Author of The Miracle Morning book series.  Hal is witty and uses the interview format.  He has overcome extreme odds. His courage is undeniable.
  4. This is Your Life by Michael Hyatt.  This one contain my favorite Intro   music.  Former Thomas Nelson Publisher CEO and NYT best selling author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.  Another great source for help in writing and getting published.


Blogging for fun

And resolving to enjoy the life I have

I love blogging

I’ve spent the last couple of months or so wondering why I’m blogging.

It’s not that I didn’t have good intent when I started.  It’s not that I didn’t know what I was doing. As a matter of fact, I was really excited about writing, blogging, whatever.  I loved to get a thought, have an experience or bump into a new discovery I can share. I envisioned I could share something that either helped or entertained.

Either way.  It was my way to serve in a fun way.

But somewhere, something not so pleasant happened.  I think I got way too serious.

I started listening to the podcast “gurus” and reading what they were all writing.  I basically drank the Koolaid.  I began to worry about subscription lists and niching down to my underwear.  I didn’t feel “serious” enough about what I was doing.  I was spending lots of money and way too much time trying to “engage”.  Why wasn’t I as “successful” as “they” said I should be?

Also, I was overwhelmed by the tens of thousands of unread emails in my blog’s inbox. I know I would never get to them. Not to mention the multiple “come hither” invitations to subscribe or to buy a course in this or that.

It wasn’t bad enough that I was being targeted multiple times a day by the same people.  I was also getting emails introducing me to the same people I was getting the multiple emails from. It’s insane!


On My Bookshelf: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Books I'm Reading to Improve my Life

The Miracle Morning

I just finished reading The Miracle Morning: The Not-so-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8:00am by Hal Elrod for the second time.  Hal is one of my favorite influencers.

His story is inspiring.  His method is simple. I practice The Miracle Morning (TMM) but use it more as a catalyst for good daily habits.

What is TMM? It is a series of morning rituals you can practice to gain more clarity in your life.  It’s a way to practice habits that bring your goals into focus.  Say for example you are a writer.  Hal’s TMM gives you a strategy to practice writing every morning for about 20 minutes.

Here’s how it works: He uses the acronym S.A.V.E.R.S. to keep us in tuned with the strategy. Silence. Affirmation. Visualization. Exercise. Reading. Scripting (writing).  By incorporating this series of activities into a daily morning routine, you can bring yourself to a higher consciousness while doing activities that further your practice.

Hal has built his platform on TMM. His podcast, Achieve Your Goals is one I listen to regularly.  The Best Year Ever Blueprint is a live event.  These are just two of the ways in which he spreads his message to those who are interested in taking their life to a higher level.

I am grateful to use not only my successes, but also my failures, to help others in a way that can empower them to overcome their own limitations and achieve more than they ever thought possible. Hal Elrod

If you are feeling sorry for yourself this might be the perfect book for you right now.  Because Hal has overcome an amazingly devastating personal tragedy.

If you are searching for a way to discover your purpose then you will need to read this book.

“Damien Ellison’s Release of “Desperate””
by Damien Ellison

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September 4, 2015

Damien single


Full disclosure: this is my son.


What I’m Reading — The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard

& Is Fear Your Anchor

Reading by JRosemrie

I’m reading a lot more lately. Multiple books at a time.  If I really like the book, I will download the audio version, if available.

So I try not to complain too much about the subway delays because that’s an advantage to an avid reader like myself.  As you can imagine, I’m getting a lot of reading time lately.

The Motivation Manifesto – 9 Declaration to Claim Your Personal Power takes you through what seems like a sermon, a declaration, if you will.  Sometimes I feel like I’m reading the scriptures. Other times I feel like I’m listening to Abraham Lincoln reading the Declaration of Independence.

Regardless, by reading this book I’m able to visualize my possibilities.  But enough about the book. Read it if you want.

My current hunger for knowledge came when I realized a few months ago that life was happening to me.  I didn’t seem to have any control over decisions that affected me.  Not at home. Not in my personal space. And definitely not at work.

What is someone lacking the option only available to the well educated to do?  Do I just cower away, keep my head down and hope nobody notices me?

A big HELL NO! to that.

I began to do what I love. I began to read.

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker;  The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard; The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod; The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey; Working Out Loud by John Stepper; The Passion Test by Janet & Chris Atwood;  How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie; 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller; Quitter by Jon Acuff.  I could keep going, but I hope you get the point. (more…)

Are You Feeling Weak at Work? Or Lame in Life?


Then it’s time to work out loud.  But first, you will need to read “Working Out Loud: For a Better Career and Life”, by John Stepper.

I first met John Stepper a couple of years ago at a business roundtable event. John participated in a panel on career management.  I must admit I do not remember the exact topic.

However, I do remember that he mentioned the term “working out loud” in response to the moderator’s question.  I was very intrigued by this term as I was searching for my life’s purpose at the time.

  • What is it?

Working Out Loud it turns out, is the art of managing your life and/or career to get noticed.  The book, Working Out Loud: For a Better Career and Life, is an encyclopedia, of sorts, on personal branding.

Yet, the concept of Working Out Loud is not only applicable to the work that you do.  It is also suitable for setting lifestyle goals as well  — the life that you live, if you will.   John’s ideas are practical.  Techniques are simple yet can have lasting impact if you make “working out loud” a part of your life.  He provides tips on how to connect with others by forming Circles.  He also shows you how to get help along the way by serving others.

In addition, “You’ll leverage principles for building meaningful relationships as well as modern abilities to share your work, get feedback, and interact with others who share your interests”.  John Stepper.

  • My own Circle

I have the pleasure of participating in a Working Out Loud Circle with a couple of my good friends.  Right from the start, we could see the benefits of meeting to discuss our personal and professional goals.  The book is a great resource.  This is one of those books I carry with me all the time because I use it as a reference.  It is useful to me because  I’m currently building a platform.

There are many books on careers and lifestyle enhancement.  Working Out Loud is your personal coach, taking the reader through his/her own journey to greatness. It is “Your Guided Mastery Program”.

So, if you feel weak at work. Or lame in life.  Pick up a copy of Working Out Loud today.

As a result of John’s work and his book, Working Out Loud Circles are forming all over the world. For more information visit: www.WorkingOutLoud.com.  John also blogs at www.johnstepper.com.

Start living. Start Working Out Loud.



8 Stress busting activities that can help calm your nerves

Battery Park

Battery Park, NY. Looking at New Jersey. Photo by Damien Ellison on iPhone 6+


“Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the culprit.”  Stress Symptoms: Effects on your body and behavior. Mayo Clinic.
For many, stress is a normal part of life.  However, mothers and especially single mothers may experience unusual stress levels, due in part to the enormous responsibility of caring for young, innocent lives, solo.  Whether you are a single mother or not, there are many things you can do to reduce stress and possibly eliminate the symptoms from your daily life.  Below are some of the activities I have used to help manage stress in my life.


Taking a Leap of Faith to Blog my Passion


Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.  Brian Tracy.
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I took a hiatus from my blog recently to contemplate my next move.

Actually, I decided that in order to truly follow my passion — blogging about my personal experiences while providing a helpful resource to my audience — I needed to move to self-hosting. Sensing I was just “blogging” and not writing my heart, I took a leap of faith into the world of self-hosting on WordPress.org.

First, I scoured through some online resources on blogging such as the article by Susan Gunelius,  10 Steps to Start a Blog with WordPress.org.  I also did some reading on the WordPress.com support forum about transferring a blog.  WordPress does a very good job in providing easy to follow instructions for its users.

Next I watched this video by Christina Warren HOW TO: Transfer Your Blog From WordPress.com to WordPress.org [VIDEO].  I found this post quite useful and informative.  I was able to get a sense of what I was in for just enough to take the plunge.  But if I thought it was going to be an easy process, I was a bit mistaken.  I took the following steps based on my research:

1.  I created a Bluehost web hosting account and attempted to transfer my domains (I own both the .com and .co version of my web address). My domains were being hosted by iPage. I could not, however, at the time move my .com address because due to a billing mishap, my ownership was reset to May 2015.  And, because of  ICANN rules, you cannot transfer your domain from one host to another unless you have owned that domain for more than 60 days.

So I proceeded to transfer my .co domain.

2. After generating my EPP code, I went on to transfer my domain, which included changing my name servers.

3. I “exported” my blog files to my desktop computer.  Incidentally, if you are using a Mac, you will need to create a folder first and then download your files to that folder.  This is because the MAC platform unzips the files and you end up with a mish-mash of files instead of one neat folder.  I obtained this little nugget from Tyler Moore’s video.  He’s a bit obnoxious but if you cut through the drivel, there is some very useful information there.

4. This is where things got a little complicated.  I purchased a new “responsive” theme from Mojo Marketplace, Bluehost’s site partner.  I also asked Mojo to install the theme to look like the purchased theme (cost: $149).  This is because these types of themes seldom looks like the original.  Completion time promised was 1-3 days.  However, after 3 days, nothing was done.  It took a few phone calls, and emails before I was able to get a reply from Mojo.  Further, it took 5 days instead for my blog to become live.

I’m relating these details so others may not make the same mistakes I made.  I have no issues with Mojo now and I will definitely use their service again. I didn’t use the Wunderful theme I paid for.  That is because it was more difficult to customize than other themes I could obtain for free…anything but wonderful.  A very expensive lesson indeed!

Takeaways from this experience:

1. WordPress.com does keep the “yoursitename.wordpress.com” so basically your original site is still fully operational.  I didn’t know this at the time which caused me some obvious angst.

2. Choose a free “workable” theme, when you first transfer your blog.  There are so many free themes, you are bound to find one that works immediately until you feel comfortable enough to move up to one of the more “powerful” themes.

3. Having continued access to my old account on WP.com made the process more comfortable….a bit like moving into a new house while still having full access to your former house.

Though still a work in progress, I’m basically satisfied with my blog.

So as stated earlier, the main reason for this major change is that I want to blog my passion.  I’ve always wanted to tell stories that reflect my life experiences with the wish that it would help other single mothers.  I feel this moved has enhanced my ability to do so.

Finally, I agree that “…blogging gives you a voice in this world. What you say can make an impact on someone else. You have a message. Your message is needed in the world”. quote by Jonathan Milligan in his book, The 15 Success Traits of Pro Bloggers: A Proven Roadmap to Becoming a Full-Time Blogger.  

I don’t want to waste this opportunity.