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“It’s very important to see dating as something that happens over time. You’re allowing time to let the connection unfold.” -Crista Beck Crista Beck, is a dating expert who teaches single people who are seeking a healthy and long-term relationship how to attract quality dating partners, increase their confidence, and take the actions necessary to have the love they deeply desire. She is regarded by her clients as a “romantic healer” due to her holistic and conscious approach to finding a meaningful relationship in the era of hookup culture and online dating. Her message has been heard by over a million people globally. Crista Beck has been featured on ABC, FOX, and TEDx. With over 20,000 hours of meditation as well as an award winning violinist, Crista brings pure love to her 10+ years as a love & dating coach. For more info go to www.cristabeck.com While Crista coaches both men and women alike, she specializes in helping smart and successful single people who want a secure relationship, but struggle with the fear of picking the wrong partner again. Through her one-on-one and group coaching programs they can stop struggling with the overwhelm of dating and finally feel at home in the relationship they always wanted. Actively building her dating advice and coaching business since 2009, she has played an active role in the love and relationship industry, advising and helping thousands of single people around the world. She is the co-creator of the Jumpstart Your Heart Process™, and creator of the Sure-Fire Dating Formula™ focusing on helping people identify and release their hidden barriers to love, become the kind of person that is open to love, and feel empowered and at ease on the dating scene. In this episode, Crista lets us in on her best tips that she shares with her one-on-one consulting and group coaching clients. Read the full show notes with links to resources here: https://loveintently.com/blog/crista-beck-dating-coach To work with Crista: http://cristabeck.com/contact/ Follow: @cristabeck Follow: @love.intently Follow: @sophkwok   What’s Your Dating IQ? If you want to… -Take your dating life to the next level and find a great partner -Set your love life up for success -Know what to avoid so you don't make common mistakes on the dating scene Take Crista Beck’s Dating IQ quiz and predict your success in finding love AND learn secrets to having a fulfilling dating life, so you can experience fun, connection,  and passion both day–to–day and long–term. Crista’s Dating IQ Quiz will illuminate the 4 disciplines that make the difference between a healthy, and powerful dating life vs. one that's in despair, and struggling. This 4 minute quiz exposes what to pay attention to and specific actions you can take, so your love life THRIVES. Invest in your love life and take the free quiz now: www.DatingIQquiz.com P.S. In the “Referred By” section put “Love Intently” to be entered to win an Attract Love Breakthrough One-on-One Session with Crista.
“I fell in love on Skype because it was pure communication, all you can do is talk and learn about each other.” Brooke Hamilton How did a girl from Michigan and a guy from New Zealand end up happily married? This week, Brooke and James Hamilton share their incredible love story and their journey of James' professional snowboarding career. Brooke is the writer of the popular blog A Girl and a Kiwi, where she shares her best New Zealand traveling itineraries and tips for saving money to travel, as well as DIY home improvement projects. James is a retired Olympic snowboarder turned home inspector and handyman, how cool is that?! Listening to them talk is magical because you can hear in their voices how in love and happy they are together, it is truly inspiring. We talk about the positives and negatives being in a long (really long) distance relationship, how they are still learning and growing in their marriage, the legalities of immigrating to a new country, what love intently means to them, and more! If you are thinking of starting up some DIY home improvement projects, or trying to save money to travel, or traveling to New Zealand any time soon, be sure to check out Brooke's blog, A Girl and a Kiwi at: http://agirlandakiwi.com/ To view the full show notes and other resources, click here: http://www.loveintently.com/blog/long-distance-love-new-zealand FOLLOW: https://www.instagram.com/brooke_hami/ FOLLOW: https://www.instagram.com/love.intently/ FOLLOW: https://www.instagram.com/sophkwok/
As college winded down, the last thing Kelly and Lou thought they’d want is a relationship. Lou was moving to San Diego and six months later, Kelly decided to follow, moving in with him. A while after, they decided to break up as things got hard between them. At the time, Lou was your typical frat bro with drugs and partying until a life changing moment. Within four days he decided to quit his job to pursue a higher calling. People called Kelly frantically thinking he was going to end his life, and within 24 hours they found themselves engaged. You don’t want to miss their full version of this. Lou and Kelly have certainly had their fair share of nontraditional milestones. Join us this week as Lou and Kelly share their unique story, their advice for building the life you dream of, and their recipe for individual growth within a relationship. You can find more Kelly and Lou at: https://www.instagram.com/liveagreatstory/ https://www.instagram.com/louredmond_/ https://www.instagram.com/kellymargerum/ https://www.facebook.com/liveagreatstory/ For more info on what the subscription accountability journals Kelly has been working on with Live a Great Story https://liveagreatstory.com/ Check out Lou’s meditation specifically for couples here: http://insig.ht/gm_37786Read more on Lou at Louredmond.com and https://mindfulnessforteachers.com/
Hunter caught Sarah’s eye first when they were 12 and she would sneakily find ways to spend more time with him….for instance, she signed up to be a soccer trainer on his soccer team. Then Sarah started dating his best friends, and Hunter realized… “Oh shoot, she’s not going to wait around forever…” Finally, when they were 17, they became official. Hunter knew Sarah was going to be more than just a girlfriend when he decided to attend the University of Texas with her. Somewhere along the way, Hunter picked up a camera and never put it down. He started with weddings, and as his craft grew, one day by accident on a whim, they became overnight Instagram influencers because of a random trip to Canada and a photo of their beloved pup, Aspen. They share the details behind this story of building a following of close to half a million followers on this podcast episode. Since then, they have been featured in National Geographic, CNN, Instyle, Mashable, and People to name a few. Contrary to popular belief, it has not been a quick journey to becoming full-time content creators and storytellers. It took them almost five years of hard work and intentionally treating their business, as a business to go full time on The Lawrence House. Sarah and Hunter share the details of their journey of becoming full-time storytellers in both domestic and international locations through photography, film, writing, and experience curation. Staying connected while building a stainable business together hasn’t always been easy. They share practicals on what’s worked for them and how they draw boundaries to leave room for their marriage to thrive. Links: https://www.thelawrencehouse.com/ https://www.instagram.com/hunter_lawrence/ https://www.instagram.com/sarah_michelle_lawrence/ https://www.instagram.com/aspenthemountainpup/ Shownotes: www.loveintently.com/blog/sarah-and-hunter-lawrence
Parham met Jen during grad school and were friends for quite a bit of time before they ever dated. Let’s just say he knew way before she did that he was going to marry her. Jen played a critical role in the growth of their company which enables them to be acquired eventually. Parham is a seasoned entrepreneur and author of perfect pain, Where he shares his journey of pursuing the American dream. After fleeing Iran as a child, he had built the perfect life for himself: a multi-million-dollar business, his dream home, a loving wife, and three beautiful children all while nursing a secret $2000 cocaine addiction. Eventually, his wife finds out, and Parham commits to seeking help. What follows is the hopeful memoir of a man searching to find his most authentic self. Perfect Pain is the story of becoming reacquainted with yourself when your childhood is smeared by trauma, of being willing to open the darkest doors and look inside, of the joy that comes when you recognize that nothing was enough, but you are enough. On this episode, Parham discusses his journey of overcoming his cocaine addiction, depression, and recovery all while being a successful entrepreneur and father. Jen shares her side of the story of keeping a multi-million dollar business afloat while raising their beautiful children and supporting Parham through his recovery journey. www.loveintently.com/blog/parham-parastaran-and-jen
Alora Rachelle Brown and Ken Brown are a precious couple met as kids and slowly became best friends. He first professed his love for her, and she freaked out leading to a summer of not talking. Luckily, that summer Alora realized she really liked Ken too. Alora is a self-made top-rated wedding photographer in Michigan. She has a massive heart to see other people rise with her and to empower other women to step into their calling, whether it be a full-time mom or something else or both. She’s the kindest and truest overachiever you’ll ever meet. Ken is an automotive engineer and an incredibly supportive husband and father. In this episode, he redefines what providing for your family as a man means, and it really struck home with me. We’ve talked about the enneagram quite a bit on this episode, if you don’t know what that is, go back and listen to the episode with Brandon and Ashley Hill, we go way more into depth there. For those of you that do know, Alora is a 3w2, and Ken is a 5, and if you know what that means it totally shows in this episode. https://www.instagram.com/alora.rachelle/ https://www.alorarachelle.com/ https://www.loveintently.com/blog/alora-rachelle-brown-and-ken-brown
On this episode, Jen and Jonathan Lewis share how they make both work and love work! They just had their first baby girl, who is the most precious sweet angel. They are frank with the evolution of their relationship as they have pursued making an impact and entrepreneurship. They have the relationship they have and do the work they love because... they have because they’ve worked on it not because it just came to them quickly. That’s what we find to be most true, it isn’t just happily ever after. It's let’s choose to make this happily ever after every day, which they do and share wisdom nuggets of the "how" behind it all. Jen is the founder of Purse & Clutch a socially conscious handbag brand working to break the cycle of poverty by connecting you to talented artisans in Guatemala, Mexico & Ethiopia. Their mission is to help support sustainable, long-term employment for men & women with limited opportunities. They know the names of the men & the women who are making their handbags. Their commitment to ethical fashion starts at the very beginning of the process & ends with you carrying the most beautiful bag in the room. Jonathan is the director at ThinkTiv, he also teaches at Austin Center for Design, where Sophie went to graduate school and also where Love Intently was birthed. Go back to episode one for all the details about that. https://www.purseandclutch.com/ https://www.instagram.com/purseandclutch/?hl=en https://thinktiv.com Shownotes link: www.loveintently.com/blog/jen-and-jonathan-lewis
“How did I speak for 8 hours to a guy I didn’t have anything in common with?” Teresa Kwon has an epic love story to share. A native Texan and Korean-American, she describes her life as a “Korean drama” and we can see why with this gripping tale that will leave you hanging on her every word to hear what happens next, especially if you’re not familiar with Korean culture and customs. After you pick up your jaw from off the floor, stick around because you’ll hear insightful leadership and team-building advice for entrepreneurs. Teresa is the Founder of Daringly Great Leadership, where her mission is to inspire, educate, and mentor impact-driven entrepreneurs to become global transformational leaders who build and cultivate healthy, human-centered, high-performing teams. Links and Resources: Daringly Great Leadership website: https://www.daringlygreat.com/ Hiring Roadmap: https://daringlygreat.kartra.com/page/hiring-roadmap Instagram: @daringlygreatleadership Instagram: @love.intently Full show notes: https://loveintently.com/blog/daringly-great-leadership-teresa-kwon
The recent global pandemic has surfaced some of our deepest fears. Between the layoffs, social distancing, and no true end in sight, it’s hard to keep level headed. This is a solo episode with our founder Sophie Kwok going through her tips thriving while being home 24/7. She shares her experience of staying sane and connected to her partner through these weird times. Disclaimer: This is geared towards couples without children. Parents, we admire y’all. Connect with us at loveintently.com Find us on Instagram: @love.intently @loveintentlypodcast @sophkwok
Mark Crandall's story shows us that no matter what your circumstances are, you are capable of achieving whatever you want in life if you can just look within and change your mindset. He is living proof. Homeless for four years and incarcerated for seven years, Mark's earlier years were filled with trauma, tragedy and drug addiction. He experienced a pivotal moment while in prison that changed his life forever. Now, he is a best-selling author, highly sought-after speaker and transformational coach, and host of his own podcast. But it didn't come easily. Mark had to overcome an immense amount of self-limiting beliefs. All of us have self-limiting beliefs to overcome, no matter what our past is. But if we can change our mindset from "this is happening to me" to "this is happening for me", and take actions to disprove our limiting beliefs, we can overcome them and come into our purpose. This is what Mark's book and podcast are all about. The book is called Embrace Your Past, Win Your Future. He wants to change the way society views trauma, and empower trauma victims to break free from the mindset they've been living in. The podcast is called Purpose Chasers Podcast, which highlights stories of people overcoming self-limiting beliefs to pursue their purpose. In this episode, Mark shares the incredible story of his past, the moment everything changed, and how he's been able to shift his mindset and help so many others do the same. We also discuss how lacking purpose negatively impacts your relationships and how to find your purpose, and the beautiful story of how Mark and his wife met. For full show notes, click here: https://www.loveintently.com/blog/how-to-find-purpose-after-trauma-and-tragedy Connect with Mark: Follow @purposechasers Visit https://markcrandall.net Connect with Love Intently: Follow @love.intently Follow @sophkwok Visit https://loveintently.com
Tiffany and Joseph Kong are a true model of married couple #goals for so many people. Together they create content and resources to help thousands of other couples through their marriage journeys, available on their blog, Discovering We. What started out as a private way for Tiffany to document her learnings and growth on her own marriage journey, turned into an amazing resource for young married couples who are feeling stuck, looking to connect, and need practical tips to deepen their marriage. Head to their website discoveringwe.com to check out the Organized Wife Binder Bundle, a downloadable PDF with 14 different templates to help you stay organized and intentional in your life and marriage. Included are templates for things like date nights, vacation planning, financial planning, meal planning, and more. In this episode of Love Intently, you will get to hear in detail the journey of growth for a couple who was long distance for five years, who describe themselves as total opposites, and who went through the heartbreak of a miscarriage. "Even though you go through something like a miscarriage, you will overcome it and there are other blessings coming your way, even if it may not be a child." -Tiffany "While we were dating I wish I knew how to cope with her feelings. I wouldn't know how to handle it if she came home crying. I had to learn I need to be a supporter, a shoulder for her to cry on." -Joseph "We had to realize early on that we're not each other's enemies. We're here to support, encourage and love each other so we can bring out the best in each other" -Tiffany "Love Intently means we're doing things for each other so we can grow our marriage for the future." -Joseph Resources: https://discoveringwe.com/ https://www.instagram.com/discoveringwe/ www.loveintently.com/blog/discovering-we  
Kristen and Jeff are like peanut butter and jelly, they compliment each other so well. Maybe we should call them Kristen and Jiff? But things weren’t always perfect in their marriage. Have you ever wondered if your spouse is having an affair? In this episode, they share how they went from a conscious relationship with open communication to assumptions, leading to Jeff wondering if Kristen was having an affair. She wasn't, but this experience reminded her of the important lesson of open communication within a relationship no matter how long you've been together! Kristen is very outspoken and takes the lead in answering our questions and Jeff has a quiet strength that you’ll see has led Kristen to many personal breakthroughs. Kristen Hartnagel is a Personal Brand Strategist with Brand Builders Group, a company founded by previous guests on the Love Intently Podcast, Rory and AJ Vaden. She is the creator of the upcoming Peace Purpose and Power podcast dedicated to helping people use their imagination and live into their vision. She is an expert coach and draws upon her dual degree in psychology and journalism as well as her many years of spiritual studies to impact her clients and help them live in alignment. She is a professional speaker, retreat facilitator, and a certified Infinite Possibilities trainer. As a Professional Singer, songwriter and recording artist, her favorite way to deliver her message is with keynote concerts. Throughout her career, Kristen has been part of 4 startups and is a founding member of Brand Builders Group working with NYT bestselling authors, award-winning talent management agents and celebrities as well as 7-figure influencers. She is leading a movement to help people release the past, live in the present, and take charge of their future. If you’re an entrepreneur or a couple who needs help building your personal brand and finding your unique voice in the market, Kristen wants to support you with a FREE strategy call! Fill out the form at Sophie.thebrandbuildersgroup.com for a free strategy call. Jeff owns a used sporting equipment store where their family is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, so if you’re ever in the area and are looking to play a pick up game, be sure to head to Play It Again Sports on Alpine Avenue in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kristen and Jeff’s story shows us the importance of loving yourself first, and being extremely intentional and clear about what you need and want in a relationship. In their story we see how a lack clarity and intention led to the couple drifting apart, ultimately leading to Jeff suspecting that Kristen was having an affair. Hear how Kristen and Jeff came out of this dark hole in their relationship by learning how to express their needs, and how their marriage and family life has been going strong ever since. For full shownotes and resources: https://love.intently.com/blog/how-to-express-needs-to-your-partner Follow: @khartnagel Follow: @love.intently Follow: @sophkwok
Ameerah is the brains and grit behind Brunch and Slay, a wonderful lifestyle company helping women and brands forge life-long relationships and partnerships. They offer courses, content, and experiences to help women build and win. Ameerah is a brilliant mind who has worked with incredible brands including Soul Cycle, Microsoft, Kendra Scott, and Kroger. On this episode, Chad and Ameerah talk both heart and practicals on how they’ve supported each other’s careers. They share what they’re dreaming and working towards. Adding kids to the mix can make entrepreneurship tricky, but they share some practicals on how they make it work. They share how they create healthy boundaries to the content they protect their space and the things they consume. They both met through serving in the military but their love story is rooted in their deep genuine friendship.   Links https://brunchandslay.com https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/straight-out-of-corporate-with-k-renee-ward/id1266388229?i=1000394525193&mt=2 https://brunchandslay.com/podcasts/ https://www.instagram.com/brunchandslay/
Clay Olsen was on a date when he first met his wife. Captivated by her presence and beauty, he convinces a friend to hack the school system to get her number and email… and that’s just the beginning! Clay Olsen is also the founder of Fight the New Drug, an organization devoted to educating our generation the impacts of pornography neurologically, emotionally, and globally. 88% of the most popular scenes in porn has physical, aggression or verbal harm towards women. Join us as we discuss how porn is shaping the way we view women, love, and intimacy. To Clay, Love is focus: giving people our time and attention and ultimately our focus. https://fightthenewdrug.org/about/   p.s. Curious about learning your love personality?! www.loveintently.com/beta
Ashley and Dan Behnke are the very definition of a power couple. Ashley is the CEO of SpotLoc8r, Dan is a non-profit founder and current college volleyball coach. They’re raising 2 beautiful children! Their relationship blossomed from a combination of business and volleyball, and they’ve been going strong ever since, working together to achieve both their marriage and business goals. Though they’ve had some obstacles thrown their way, they handle it all with grace and a great sense of humor. Join us as we discuss a huge range of topics - everything from tackling what comes with being in an interracial relationship to handling depression as a team to being supportive when one member of the relationship is an entrepreneur.   https://www.instagram.com/ashleybehnkedesign/ https://www.instagram.com/spotloc8r/ https://twitter.com/SpotLoc8r https://twitter.com/AshBehnkeDesign https://www.facebook.com/SpotLoc8r/ Sign up for the beta at https://spotloc8r.com/ Shownotes Blog post: www.loveintently.com/blog/power-couple-ashley-and-dan-behnke-tackle-hardship-together/2018/8/31
Heather and Aaron Hale are an inspirational couple - not only are they following their dreams as creatives (Heather is a designer and Aaron is a musician) - but they’ve also experienced the adoption process and are now raising two children. Though the path they took to get to where they are today wasn’t exactly a smooth one, they tackle their problems with a positive attitude and admirable openness - Heather kept a blog throughout the entire adoption process. They are truly #relationshipgoals!   Join us as we explore everything from the perfect first date to the challenges of being creatives with children to the triumphs and challenges of adopting a child.   https://www.instagram.com/heatherhale/ https://dribbble.com/halehouse https://www.instagram.com/aaronhale/ https://www.instagram.com/halehousecreative/ https://www.halehouse.co/ http://aaronghale.com/ https://twitter.com/AARONHALE Blog Post: www.loveintently.com/blog/heather-and-aaron-hale/2018/9/5
Marci Gleason is an associate professor of human development and family sciences at the University of Texas. She has been in the field for over a decade and shares her insights and learnings with us today. This episode we discuss the data and psychology behind the science and art of relationships. She breaks down her work with social support and what is actually helpful versus hurtful. She shares her personal insights around relationships and her learnings through her research over the last ten years.   Link to shownotes: www.loveintently.com/blog/marci-gleason
On this episode, Matt and Steph, share their journey together and how they’ve stayed intentional through the startup life and an acquisition. Matt is a classic serial entrepreneur. He’s had a few successes including an acquisition in his last as well as some failures, including a dating app called date while you wait. Matt is currently the founder of two startups, Optie and Arramu. Arammu is preventative maintenance for your personal and professional relationships. They believe in treating your relationships like you treat your body, with annual check-ups. Couples who have participated report higher levels of relationship satisfaction, intimacy, and healthy communication... with lower levels of conflict, divorce, and depression. Arammu has been featured on Rachel Ray, CNN, New York Times, and Oprah Magazine. Optie started as a frustration with ESPN's app has grown into a full-fledged AI based marketing platform helping companies build robust, smart profiles for their customers and better target them. Steph is currently in real estate, if anyone needs an agent to help find a home in Boston she’s your person. Additionally, on this episode, she bravely and openly shared her journey with ADHD and depression, and they share practicals on how to best support each other through these bumps in the road. Speaking of Arammu, we are partnering together to giving away one relationship check up to one of our lucky listeners. To find the details of our giveaway go to our Instagram and find the podcast release graphic of this episode for details to enter. You must follow both @relationshipcheckup and @love.intently to qualify. This has a $200 value we will announce giveaway winners in one week from the podcast release! https://www.instagram.com/relationshipcheckup/ For giveaway details go to www.instagram.com/love.intently and find the podcast release post for this episode. Be sure to follow both accounts to qualify! https://www.instagram.com/relationshipcheckup/ https://arammu.com http://optieapp.com www.loveintently.com/blog/arammu
Harris and Kate, are most known through their work as an illusionist, the Story conference and Istoria a collective of artists, producers, and storytellers who create and execute transformational experiences for some of the worlds biggest brands, including Chik-fil-a, Pinterest, International Justice Mission and the GRAMMY’s. They fell in love as teens, when Harris was already a full time traveling illusionist. Since then, they have traveled to hundreds of cities, creating transformational experiences through magic. From the start of their marriage, they had to learn really quickly how to navigate traveling full time together, being a team in both life and work. They shared gems of knowledge of their previous seasons, and how they are approaching the current season, they transition their business for less travel and to allow for more time with their kids. For more information on their incredible conference and community for creatives go to storygatherings.com. Shownotes Link: www.loveintently.com/blog/harrisiii-and-kate
We’re back! After a 4ish month break, we are back with two episodes this week. On this episode Sophie shares her journey over the last year and why she had to take a break. She was facing a massive creative and emotional burnout on top of health issues that sprung up on her. On this episode she will share her lessons through this break and whats to come from the Love Intently podcast. Additionally, there are two exciting events Love Intently is involved with this month. On Feb 13th, there will be a Live Love Intently Podcast recording with Elsa Moreck and Jessica Honeger. For more details go here: http://eventbrite.com/e/love-intently-live-podcast-recording-at-austin-proper-hotel-tickets-91243452623 Love + Culture Haven: a virtual retreat celebrating love across borders https://retreat2020.borderlessstories.com/?sc=kfM577PG&ac=IeOEUrp5 Instagram: @sophkwok @love.intently Link to Shownotes: https://loveintently.com/blog/wereback
One day you might look up to find yourself on a path of self-destruction. Everywhere you turn, you are met with another disappointed face from a friend or family member. You don’t want to hurt them but you don’t know how to stop. The allure of the temporary escape of our traumas override any logical reasoning. It is not until we reach our darkest moment, where we are faced with the decision to either keep doing what we’ve always done until we’ve lost ourselves completely, or to open our heart, turn within, and find the strength inside to take the first step forward. From ages 23 to 25, Brittany Parsons burned through $30,000 on alcohol and drugs. Her home that she bought was on the verge of foreclosure. She started to lose healthy relationships with friends and family, including her sister. By age 27, Brittany was told that her liver is dying. She was told she has a 60% chance of surviving if she continues down the path she is on. She went home, and picked up another bottle. Her friends tried to have an intervention. Her family tried to convince her to go to rehab, to no avail. Brittany couldn’t see herself sitting in an AA meeting, being part of a community she didn’t believe in at the time. She didn’t believe she had a problem. Finally, one night, she decided to go to the bar one last time. She called her dad drunk, and said, “I think this is my last drink”. In this podcast, you will hear how Brittany Parsons, certified CrossFit trainer and Breakthrough Life Coach rewrote her story. How she went from having nothing, and not believing that she deserved to have anything, to having everything her heart wanted. It took hard work, dedication, and courage. Now, she is a vision of strength for so many others trying to rewrite their own stories. For full show notes and links to resources, click here: https://loveintently.com/blog/crossfit-sobriety-life-coach-brittany-parsons If you're interested in working with Brittany, take the Rewrite Your Story quiz: https://rewriteyourstory.vip/0 Brittany's website: https://brittanyparsonscoaching.com/ Email Brittany: information@brittanyparsonscoaching.com Follow: @she_speaks_bravely_atx Follow: @love.intently Follow: @sophkwok
In this episode, we tackle the tough life questions of "Who are you?" and "How do you identify yourself?" These questions are not easy for anyone to answer. For our guest Heather Gallagher, her journey of understanding and owning her identity has been especially difficult as a third culture kid. She gives us a look behind the curtains into her world, where she is a Chinese-American who grew up in a predominantly black community, and is a CODA, which means she is the Child of a Deaf Adult. Imagine not having a common language with your mother. Imagine constantly feeling like you are misunderstanding and being misunderstood. When you're among other Asians, you don't feel Asian enough, and when you're among white people, you want to own your place as the minority, which means rejecting a whole part of you. These identity and culture clashes shaped Heather's childhood. Now, she's grown into even more identities like photographer, business owner, doula, spouse, new mother, and most recently, author. Her book will be the fascinating story of how she learned to communicate with her mother without words, writing, or sign language. Heather says, "You can be face to face with somebody and talking but not fully communicating. Your words can fail sometimes. What I hope people can learn from my story is that there there IS a way. Maybe it’s not the most direct route, but if you really care, you can find a way to connect. Maybe it’s not with words. Maybe you can create your own language." This is a story of hope, finding your identity and how Heather learned to create her own language with her mother. And let us not forget, she also has a crazy story to tell about how she met her husband from responding to an advertisement in a magazine! For full show notes: https://loveintently.com/blog/finding-identity-as-a-third-culture-kid Connect with Heather Heather is a full-spectrum Doula and family, birth and death photographer at https://www.lifesaspectrum.co/ Instagram: @lifesaspectrum Connect with Love Intently https://loveintently.com Instagram: @love.intently Instagram: @sophkwok
Zach Horvath is an adventurer, inspirational speaker, human, and the founder behind the movement Live a Great Story. In this interview Zach shares the powerful life lesson's he's learned by being the hero of his own story. We discuss his thoughts on failure, how he overcomes negative thoughts, and how he pushes himself outside of his comfort zone. Of course, there is a love story here too. Zach's love story is a perfect example of how if you do the work on yourself first and trust the process, the universe will respond with someone better than you could have imagined for yourself. “Through the pursuit of diving into our authenticity we can become more clear on who we are. We never “get there”, there’s never a finish line in figuring out who you are.” -Zach Horvath He has touched the lives of so many others in Austin and around the world as a community builder and inspirational speaker, including at the Ted X Youth Austin conference. He writes a blog at commonvandal.com on lessons learned through his amazing travel experiences around the world, and keeps us up to date on his personal Instagram page @commonvandal. If you want some inspiring Live a Great Story apparel and merchandise such as t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and stickers, head to https://liveagreatstory.com. You can also check out the Instagram page @liveagreatstory. The 2019 Live a Great Story Conference will be from October 25th to the 27th in Austin. It will be an amazing chance for entrepreneurs and creatives to connect with like-minded impact-driven peers and to have thought-provoking conversations. There will be 8 small group workshops designed for you to learn hands-on strategies, get peer feedback and develop an execution plan. Head to the website https://liveagreatstory.com to fill out the application to attend. For full shownotes and links: https://loveintently.com/blog/how-to-live-an-inspiring-life
The Love Intently Podcast with Sophie Kwok is centered around empowering a world that loves intently. Join us each week as Sophie brings first-class relationship experts, researchers, and couples to discuss what it takes to make modern love work today.
“I feel super, super blessed everyday that I married someone who is up for the adventure,” says CJ Casciotta of his wife Kelly. When CJ, speaker and author of Get Weird: Discover the Surprising Secret to Making a Difference, appeared on writer Kelly’s porch as the only stranger in a group of friends, they couldn’t possibly have foreseen the path that lay ahead of them. A year later, they found themselves on that very same porch as CJ proposed lifelong partnership. Since then, CJ and Kelly have been discovering and embracing their weird through the joys and hardships of marriage, navigating a miscarriage, entrepreneurship, and parenthood. Join us this week as CJ and Kelly share the fears of their early relationship, the bravery, faith and love that helped them overcome it and how discovering and utilizing your unique weird may just be the secret to becoming a better leader, partner and parent. Get a copy of Get Weird: Discover the Surprising Secret to Making a Difference at getweirdbook.com!
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Podcast Details

Started
Aug 7th, 2018
Latest Episode
Mar 4th, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
50
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
No

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