My guest for this episode is Justin Wright: performance coach and athlete. Justin and I talk about his journey from dedicated high school wrestler to CrossFit Games team athlete. In addition, we talk about the dark period of Justin’s life where his athletic career took a precipitous fall do to his own mindstate and mental approach. As a result, Justin invested in his own mental game and now seeks to spread that knowledge with others on a mission of service.
My guest this week is professional poker player David Paredes. David has played in multiple World Series of Poker Main Events, won the 2015 Borgata Poker Championship, and was involved in the unmasking of an online poker scandal in 2008. David also has an elite educational background, starting with his admittance to Hunter College Elementary school, Harvard for undergrad, and graduate school at NYU in Creative Writing and Law. David had many conventional doors open to him in life, but chose to play his hand in an unconventional way. Episode is available on iTunes, Stitcher, or here: http://makingkairos.libsyn.com/the-game-of-life-with-david-paredes
My guest this week is Mike Dunford. Mike was introduced to drugs and alcohol at an early age and the progression of addiction took off from there. Mike bounced from job to job and soon found himself having experiences with the wrong side of the criminal justice system. Mike eventually found sobriety, one day at a time, through the drug court system, a half-way house, the recovery community, and the chance at an honest job. Over the years, Mike worked his way up through the ranks professionally, went back to school to get his bachelor’s degree, and is now attending law school with the aim of practicing as a public defender. Mike’s life has come full circle and he is a powerful example of Redemption at any time in life. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, or listen here: http://makingkairos.libsyn.com/redemption-with-mike-dunford
My guest this week is Michael Gropman, Deputy Superintendent of the Community Service Division of the Brookline Police Department. In addition to his over thirty years of law enforcement experience, Michael also holds his Doctorate in Education and Human Development, was part of the founding team for TEDxBeaconStreet, teaches leadership skills to police and security officers, and founded both men’s and women’s community hockey associations. He is a thoughtful, caring man who is deeply dedicated to community. Available on iTunes and Stitcher.
My guest this week is Jessa Lemoine. Jessa is an athlete, coach and teacher. Each of these identities has shaped her. After growing up as a competitive gymnast, Jessa’s world was turned upside down when she was forced to abruptly stop gymnastics due to injury. Jessa went on to compete in track and field at the University of Georgia and then transitioned to life as a competitive CrossFit athlete, competing in the CrossFit Games as an individual and as a member of a team. After leaving her competitive life behind, Jessa focused on coaching and helping others to better themselves. Now, Jessa is continuing her journey as a Physical Education teacher in the Boston Public Schools system. We talk about each of these transitions and living through passion. Available on iTunes and Stitcher. More show notes available at makingkairos.com.
And by Camp, I mean a space to love yourself and create. My guest this week is Kevin Rice. Kevin has worked The Hole in Wall Gang Camp for nearly twenty years providing “opportunities for children with serious illnesses to experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand-in-hand with camp.” Kevin talks about the honor, responsibility, and joy of working with children and families in health crisis. Kevin also shares his story growing from a young gay kid in a small town in the eighties to a man with a profound sense of self love and caring for others. Kevin is a bright spot in the lives of all who know him and I’m happy to be able to share a piece of him. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, or here:
Iona Holloway started out life as a classic all-around overachiever. Despite excelling in school, art, and athletics, playing field hockey at a national level in Scotland and an All-American level at Syracuse University, she developed a crushing eating disorder. While keeping up external signs of achievement, Iona suffered in silence until she could take it no more. Today we discuss her ongoing path to recovery. If you know someone struggling, please share. Available on iTunes and Stitcher. Listen here: http://makingkairos.libsyn.com/being-worthy-with-iona-holloway
Today my guest is My Friend Bill, Bill Mather. Bill has been a professional musician for fifty years and shares his experience playing music, entering the professional world, and recovery from alcoholism. I met Bill in my first year of sobriety as someone who idolized rock musicians from the sixties and seventies for both their playing and excesses. He was a great mentor for me to meet.
Today’s episode is with Brookline Police Department Lieutenant, Thomas Ward. Tom not only has over thirty six years of service experience as a police officer, but is an author, poet, and artist. He is an example of a man pursuing a life well lived.