Living Your Passion
Living Your Passion
DJ Waldow
Do you live to work or do you work to live? Are you passionate about what you do? DJ Waldow chats with everyday people about their passion - their path to getting there and how they maintain it. Learn how you can find - and LIVE - your passion. Ready. Set. Listen!
Toni Sicola on Gut Health
Today's guest, Toni Sicola (#47), is the sister-in-law of my good friend and former co-worker at Marketo ... Dayna Rothman! As it turns out, Toni's husband (Loren) messaged me on Facebook and suggested I chat with his wife - a person he felt was very passionate. Loren was right! Toni and I hit it off immediately. She had me at bone broth. Toni's passion: Helping People Heal their Gut (aka "Gut Health") In case you missed any of the previous episodes, you can catch them here by visiting the Living Your Passion landing page. Are you ready to learn more about Toni and her passion for GUT HEALTH? During this episode ... We talked about the percentage of people (99.9%!) who consume content yet never tell you - the creator of said content. Crazy! Toni shared how she uncovered her passion - through a personal struggle with her own health problems, specifically a life-long battle with acne. Toni talked about how after drinking homemade bone broth for two straight weeks ... her acne was gone. Literally gone. Cleared up entirely. As Toni said, this was amazing, especially "after 20 years of drama and who knows how much money" trying to cure her acne. Wow! Toni shared more about BONE BROTH ... and mirepoix! Toni talked about how she "discovered" bone broth. Toni discussed how she hopes - some day - to turn her passion into a business. We talked - briefly - about stress and wellness. More About Toni Sicola According to Twitter: Exploring wellness as a creative process, learning what works and doesn't work for mind, body and spirit -- food, nutrition, cooking, gardening, adventure. Learn more about Toni on her About Me page. Links Discussed In This Episode CultivatedWellbeing.com - blog Twitter Toni's entire "Gut Health" blog post series: Why Gut Health Matters: A Series on You Why Gut Health Matters: Your Gate Keeper Why Gut Health Matters: Your Mood Why Gut Health Matters: Your Weight Why Gut Health Matters: Your Skin Why Gut Health Matters: Your Stress Enjoyed this episode? Please consider subscribing (if you haven't already). Also, what would be really awesome? If you could rate and review the show ... and use those fancy social sharing icons below to tell the world! Alternatively, you can subscribe to the RSS feed or subscribe via email (scroll to the bottom). Finally, if you know someone who bleeds passion (or maybe it’s you), please email me at djwaldow at gmail dot com. Oh, and if you have a connection to LeBron James and/or Coach Jim Harbaugh (two guys who bleed passion), please let me know. #DeadSerious
Feb 27, 2015
26 min
Matt Miller on Helping Families Diversify, Helping Schools Raise Money, and Inspring Children to Read
I connected with Matt Miller (guest #46) thanks to a LinkedIn message he sent me at the end of 2014. He heard the episode I had published with John Lee Dumas on Inspiring Millions and asked to be on the show. Once Matt shared his story with me, it was a no-brainer. Matt is full of passion(s)! Matt's passions: helping families diversify, helping schools raise money, and inspiring children to read. In case you missed any of the previous episodes, you can catch them here by visiting the Living Your Passion landing page. Are you ready to learn more about Matt's ... passions? During this episode ... Matt shared what he learned years ago, "If you help other people, you'll be taken care of." Matt talked about how he continues to grow and diversify his various businesses. We talked a bit about the comic book industry - from back in the day and now today! Matt shared how being an Air Force Pilot made him realize that there was more to life then focusing just on himself! More About Matt Miller According to Matt's LinkedIn summary ... "I'm a former Air Force pilot and advertising executive, turned serial entrepreneur. My business expertise is in developing hassle-free fundraising programs for schools and secondary income streams for busy professionals." Learn more about Matt on LinkedIn. Links Discussed In This Episode School Spirit Vending and School News Guru raise hassle-free funds for schools across the country Comic book company Sticker Swarm Media Enjoyed this episode? Please consider subscribing (if you haven't already). Also, what would be really awesome? If you could rate and review the show ... and use those fancy social sharing icons below to tell the world! Alternatively, you can subscribe to the RSS feed or subscribe via email (scroll to the bottom). Finally, if you know someone who bleeds passion (or maybe it’s you), please email me at djwaldow at gmail dot com. Oh, and if you have a connection to LeBron James and/or Coach Jim Harbaugh (two guys who bleed passion), please let me know. #DeadSerious
Feb 20, 2015
27 min
Tim Hayden on Getting Uncomfortable
I have known today's guest, Tim Hayden (or THE Tim Hayden, #45) for years. And I love the dude. We speak the same language on many many MANY life issues. Tim is my go-to guy when it comes to finding the best restaurant in any city. Literally any city. From my recollection, he is 7/7 on recommending kick ass restaurants. Tim and I first met - first had a beer, that is - in Chicago several years ago. The rest, as they say, is history. Tim's passion: Getting uncomfortable. In case you missed any of the previous episodes, you can catch them here by visiting the Living Your Passion landing page. Are you ready to learn more about Tim's passion for getting uncomfortable? During this episode ... Tim shared that "beer seals the deal" when it comes to relationships. I could not agree more, considering I met my wife at a bar. Ha! I asked Tim what his passion was, and he ... well ... got into it. We boiled his passion down to "getting uncomfortable." We were joined by my son, Cal. #HomeSick. Like his dad, he likes to hear his own voice. We talked about parenting, of course, and taking your children everywhere. Tim encouraged folks to get out ... explore ... get uncomfortable. Tim talked about his family experience with The Sunday Drive. VERY VERY cool. We talked about "keeping up with the Joneses" from both a personal and business sense. Tim shared how he is personally getting uncomfortable. Tim gave some suggestions on how to mix things up, how to get uncomfortable. More About THE Tim Hayden According to Twitter, Tim is the ... co-Author of The Mobile Commerce Revolution (QUE, 2014). Empowering progress in the age of mobility, Husband, Dad, Son & Friend to more humans than robots. Follow [the] Tim on Twitter. Links Discussed In This Episode My podcast chat with Tim's friend and former co-worker, Cierra Savatgy-King THE Tim Hayden on Twitter My Insanity blog post Tim's business, TTH Strategy Enjoyed this episode? Please consider subscribing (if you haven't already). Also, what would be really awesome? If you could rate and review the show ... and use those fancy social sharing icons below to tell the world! Alternatively, you can subscribe to the RSS feed or subscribe via email (scroll to the bottom). Finally, if you know someone who bleeds passion (or maybe it’s you), please email me at djwaldow at gmail dot com. Oh, and if you have a connection to LeBron James and/or Coach Jim Harbaugh (two guys who bleed passion), please let me know. #DeadSerious
Feb 6, 2015
27 min
Casie Shimansky on Living Out Loud
Today's guest (#44) is Casie Shimansky.Casie as in "kay-cee" or "KC." As it turns out, Casie and I connected first through #Bufferchat (read the summary here). Casie is passionate, funny, witty, and has an interesting story to tell! Casie's passion: Living Out Loud In case you missed any of the previous episodes, you can catch them here by visiting the Living Your Passion landing page. Are you ready to learn more about Casie's passion for living out loud? During this episode ... We talked about how we first met (online, through a Twitter chat, of course). Casie dove into how a major (negative) life event - the sudden passing of her sister - led her to her passion ... living out loud. Casie shared that it took her nearly 5 years to get back on track after her sister's death. We talked a bit about depression - something I think way more people suffer from then we truly know about. Casie talked about how she tries to find "one small win" throughout the day to keep her going. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Casie described how her passion - Living Out Loud - looked in the beginning and how it evolved over the years. Casie shared some of the items on her bucket list (i.e., cage diving with Great White Sharks in South Africa) - things that are totally scary to her - that she will be doing soon! We discussed how Casie could turn her passion for living out loud into a career (spoiler alert: she's still trying to figure this one out)! More About Casie [kay-cee; KC] According to Twitter, Casie is all about ... Storytelling through Social | Jersey Born | Florida Livin' | Theme Park Roamin' | Yanks Fan | #StBaldricks Photographer & Team Captain | #StepUp | #LiveOutLoud." Follow Casie on Twitter. Links Discussed In This Episode Casie on Twitter The most awesome "finger warm up" video for a Twitter chat (#Bufferchat) EVER. Enjoyed this episode? Please consider subscribing (if you haven't already). Also, what would be really awesome? If you could rate and review the show ... and use those fancy social sharing icons below to tell the world! Alternatively, you can subscribe to the RSS feed or subscribe via email (scroll to the bottom). Finally, if you know someone who bleeds passion (or maybe it’s you), please email me at djwaldow at gmail dot com. Oh, and if you have a connection to LeBron James and/or Coach Jim Harbaugh (two guys who bleed passion), please let me know. #DeadSerious
Feb 3, 2015
25 min
Greg Hemmings on Connecting People Through Killer Stories
I met Greg Hemmings (guest #43) through a a Facebook Group I'm part of ... Marketers with Beards (I've since shaved my facial hair, but have not been kicked out of the group yet!). Greg posted an amazing video to the group of an awesomely-bearded gentlemen named Matt White (who turned out to be a Living Your Passion guest - listen/read here). Greg is a story teller ... a story SHARER, if you will. His medium: Film. And quite logically, Greg's passion: Connecting People Through Killer Stories In case you missed any of the previous episodes, you can catch them here by visiting the Living Your Passion landing page. Are you ready to learn more about Greg's passion for connecting people through killer stories? During this episode ... We talked about several of the past Living Your Passion guests having a common thread (or theme) of people ... and why this was the case. Greg shared some details about the new documentary he's working on: The Millennial Dream. Greg talked about how his documentary is exploring why millennials are more interested in making a positive impact versus just making a high salary. We explored why people are not happy at work. We talked about ... what if ... everyone was happy. Greg tried to slip in that he lived on a boat in the Caribbean for four years! I did NOT see that coming. Right? Greg talked about all of the cool (film) projects he's working on - living his passion! I basically told Greg that I'd LOVE to be on a project he's working on. Ha! More About Greg According to Twitter, Greg is a "television producer from Canada that produces a very strange and wonderful set of adventures." Follow Greg on Twitter. Links Discussed In This Episode Greg's company, Hemmings House Greg on Twitter Hemmings House on Twitter Greg's podcast, The Boiling Point (here is the episode I was a guest on!) Enjoyed this episode? Please consider subscribing (if you haven't already). Also, what would be really awesome? If you could rate and review the show ... and use those fancy social sharing icons below to tell the world! Alternatively, you can subscribe to the RSS feed or subscribe via email (scroll to the bottom). Finally, if you know someone who bleeds passion (or maybe it’s you), please email me at djwaldow at gmail dot com. Oh, and if you have a connection to LeBron James and/or Coach Jim Harbaugh (two guys who bleed passion), please let me know. #DeadSerious
Jan 30, 2015
27 min
Katy Widrick on Active Living
Katy Widrick (guest #42) and I first exchanged emails on December 19, 2010 (and I have the original email!). We had just met each other in person in Tampa, Florida after Jason Keath's kick ass event, Social Fresh (check out Jason's new podcast, Social Toolkit).  A lot has changed since then. We both are parents. I've had a few jobs. And Katy is now really, truly living her passion. Katy's passion: Active Living. In case you missed any of the previous episodes, you can catch them here by visiting the Living Your Passion landing page. Are you ready to learn more about Katy's passion for active living? During this episode ... We talked about how we met over 5 years ago at Social Fresh Tampa ... and all the lasting connections we made at that event. NETWORKING! We chatted about poop, boobs, diapers, and babies (of course). Katy shared how she was someone who lived actively for most of her life -- but also got into bad habits (eating more, exercising less, etc). Katy talked about the "turning point" in her life (her "ah-ha" moment), 7 years ago, when she realized she needed to (once again) live a more active life. Katy shared her 2nd "ah-ha" moment ... when she realized it was less about weight and more about health and fitness - building strength, getting more flexible, etc. We connected passion to fitness. Love it! I sang (rapped?) a bit. You may want to fast-forward that part. Ha. Katy advised people to "open their mind" ... try new things ... put yourself out there! We talked about P90X (Katy has done it 3 times - crazy). We did 10 pushups (with good form, of course) - at the end of the show! More About Katy Emmy-nominated producer @GROWINGBOLDER | blogger @HuffPost | #Fitfluential | #ZeroLimits | wife @nighthops | mama @BugChild | AFAA-certified | PiYo Strength. Follow Katy on Twitter. Links Discussed In This Episode Katy on Twitter KatyWidrick.com You can also find Katy @KWidrick ... just about everywhere! Enjoyed this episode? Please consider subscribing (if you haven't already). Also, what would be really awesome? If you could rate and review the show ... and use those fancy social sharing icons below to tell the world! Alternatively, you can subscribe to the RSS feed or subscribe via email (scroll to the bottom). Finally, if you know someone who bleeds passion (or maybe it’s you), please email me at djwaldow at gmail dot com. Oh, and if you have a connection to LeBron James and/or Coach Jim Harbaugh (two guys who bleed passion), please let me know. #DeadSerious
Jan 27, 2015
35 min
Matt White on Facial Hair and Mens Grooming
I was introduced to today's guest (#41), Matt White, through a video. But this was not just any video. It was a video about Matt ... and his facial hair. The more I chatted with Matt, the more I full understood - and appreciated - his ... obsession ... with facial hair. Matt's passion (of course!): facial hair and mens grooming. In case you missed any of the previous episodes, you can catch them here by visiting the Living Your Passion landing page. Are you ready to learn more about Matt's passion for facial hair and mens grooming? During this episode ... I shared how I was introduced to Matt ... and his facial hair. Matt described - in great detail - what his beard looked like on the day of the recording. Matt shared how he was the only human ever born with a full beard (kidding, of course!). Matt talked about how he has really always been fascinated with facial hair - how he could "hardly wait" to have a beard like his brother, twelve years his senior. And how he would sometimes dream about having a beard, only to wake up in the morning ... disappointed with his hair-less face. I told the story of my father's 80s style beard (which he grew in the 80s, of course). My sister and I freaked out when he shaved his facial hair! Matt shared how his passion/obsession with facial hair turned into a business. I compared Matt to Pai Mei (from the movie Kill Bill) - see pic. I suggested Matt partner up with Duluth Trading. More About Matt Matt is the founder and creator of Sussex Beard Oil, a company who sells beard oil, beard soap, (t-shirts!), and other facial hair related products. Follow Matt and his beard on Twitter. Links Discussed In This Episode Matt / Sussex Beard Oil on Twitter Sussex Beard Oil website Enjoyed this episode? Please consider subscribing (if you haven't already). Also, what would be really awesome? If you could rate and review the show ... and use those fancy social sharing icons below to tell the world! Alternatively, you can subscribe to the RSS feed or subscribe via email (scroll to the bottom). Finally, if you know someone who bleeds passion (or maybe it’s you), please email me at djwaldow at gmail dot com. Oh, and if you have a connection to LeBron James and/or Coach Jim Harbaugh (two guys who bleed passion), please let me know. #DeadSerious
Jan 23, 2015
26 min
Cierra Savatgy-King on Creating Extremely Unique Experiences That Make People Happy
Thanks to a terrible (yet effective) email introduction from my buddy, Tim Hayden, I was able to bring Cierra Savatgy-King (guest #40) on today's show. It took a "quarter-life crisis" to realize what Cierra's passion was, yet it was actually something she had been thinking about since she was a little girl. Cierra's passion: creating extremely unique experiences that make people happy. In case you missed any of the previous episodes, you can catch them here by visiting the Living Your Passion landing page. Are you ready to learn more about Cierra's passion for creating extremely unique experiences that make people happy? During this episode ... Cierra shared her childhood passion ... her long-time love for music. We talked about common thread. Cierra shared how she "kept her dream in a box" until she was about 25 years old. Cierra talked about how she put everything on the line and put her musical career on the front burner ... however, she didn't love it. In her words, "this rocked my world." Cierra realized after putting in 2+ years of work to release a CD that she did not love the music industry. She knew she needed to change and went down the path to uncover her passion. Cierra shared the process for finding - then living - her passion. Cierra talked about how her boyfriend and her decided to pack up their entire house, put everything in a storage unit, and live in vacation rentals in Austin. 18 months (and 18 different house) later, they began seeing the world differently. Cierra shared the details of her new venture, Reset Retreat - getting women together, get out of their comfort zone, grow, figure out what makes them happy, and more! More About Cierra @PigtailMedia founder-Social media for hospitality. Pop/soul singer. Lives on Airbnb & Home Away. Fan of exploring & handstands. Co-founder, @ResetRetreat. Learn more about Cierra on Twitter. Links Discussed In This Episode Cierra on Twitter Reset Retreat on Twitter Reset Retreat Website Blog post about Cierra and her boyfriend's travels on vacation rentals Enjoyed this episode? Please consider subscribing (if you haven't already). Also, what would be really awesome? If you could rate and review the show ... and use those fancy social sharing icons below to tell the world! Alternatively, you can subscribe to the RSS feed or subscribe via email (scroll to the bottom). Finally, if you know someone who bleeds passion (or maybe it’s you), please email me at djwaldow at gmail dot com. Oh, and if you have a connection to LeBron James and/or Coach Jim Harbaugh (two guys who bleed passion), please let me know. #DeadSerious
Jan 16, 2015
25 min
Amy Rueda on Being The Voice of Change For Safe Beauty
I was introduced to today's guest (#39!), Amy Rueda, through my good friends Courtney and Bryan Kramer. We were fortunate enough to record this episode live, in the Purematter office "studio." Thanks Courtney and Bryan for the space (and the coffee!). Amy's passion: Being the voice of change for safe beauty. In case you missed any of the previous episodes, you can catch them here by visiting the Living Your Passion landing page. Are you ready to learn more about Amy's passion for being the voice of change for safe beauty? During this episode ... We chatted about how we first met ... as I try to do with all guests! Amy shared how she defines "safe beauty." Amy was very open about her fight with cancer. Amy talked about an event - in her case, cancer - led her to uncover her passion. She also gave a great definition about passion (or her "truth") as she called it. Amy told us about her personal truth ... she admits that she actually gave herself cancer! Amy shared her story about how she started her company, Authentic Skin, and why she was able to turn her passion into a living. We talked a lot about the "quick fix" instead of preventative options. We talked quite a bit (too much!?) about deodorant! You don't want to miss this part! In the #NotSoSecretSecret portion of the show, we talked about WEEDS! More About Amy Amy is the founder and creative director at Authentic Skin Remedies plant based skincare. Learn more about Amy on her About.me page. Links Discussed In This Episode Amy on Twitter Amy's company, Authentic Skin My Common Thread blog post The Alchemist (great book!) Amy on Instagram Enjoyed this episode? Please consider subscribing (if you haven't already). Also, what would be really awesome? If you could rate and review the show ... and use those fancy social sharing icons below to tell the world! Alternatively, you can subscribe to the RSS feed or subscribe via email (scroll to the bottom). Finally, if you know someone who bleeds passion (or maybe it’s you), please email me at djwaldow at gmail dot com. Oh, and if you have a connection to LeBron James, please let me know. I think he’d be a great person to talk to about his passion for basketball. #DeadSerious
Jan 9, 2015
37 min
Hitha Palepu on Helping Everyone Pack Faster and Live Better
Today's guest, Hitha Paleupa (#38), is a Social Butterfly Guy email subscriber. It turns out one of my Waldow Weekly WhazzupDATES started a conversation that led to this recording. Boom! Hitha's passion: Helping everyone pack faster and live better In case you missed any of the previous episodes, you can catch them here by visiting the Living Your Passion landing page. Are you ready to learn more about Hitha's passion for helping everyone pack faster and live better? During this episode ... Hitha talked about how she's been traveling ever since she was a baby (first flight at 6 months old) - every two years they'd travel to India to see family. Hitha shared her vivid memory of how her mom would methodically pack for all trips - lay the suitcases out, get "special treats" to bring, and more! We talked about this scene from Slumdog Millionaire. Hitha shared how Hitha on the Go turned from a "hobby blog" to a full-time business. Hitha shared how she does "one-on-one" packing sessions ... via Skype. Cool, right? We chatted about how Hitha's "packing mistakes" led her to her starting a business about how to pack - a niche I'd argue she now owns! We discussed our biggest gripes in hotels: Mine - why is the beer in the wet bar not free? Hitha's - power outlet placement ... sucks! Hitha shared her thoughts on "Do What You Love | Love What You Do." We learned Hitha is pregnant (6 months when we recorded this; close to 8 when this episode goes live!) More About Hitha According to Twitter, Hitha is ... an entrepreneur. writer. traveler. wife. mama-to-be. eagles fan. taco lover. always down for a dance party. Want to learn more about Hitha? Check out her About page. Links Discussed In This Episode Her website/business, Hitha on the Go Hitha on Twitter Hitha on Instagram Hitha on the Go on Facebook Hitha (on the Go) on Pinterest Hitha's weekly travel tips series Enjoyed this episode? Please consider subscribing (if you haven't already). Also, what would be really awesome? If you could rate and review the show ... and use those fancy social sharing icons below to tell the world! Alternatively, you can subscribe to the RSS feed or subscribe via email (scroll to the bottom). Finally, if you know someone who bleeds passion (or maybe it’s you), please email me at djwaldow at gmail dot com. Oh, and if you have a connection to LeBron James, please let me know. I think he’d be a great person to talk to about his passion for basketball. #DeadSerious
Jan 6, 2015
29 min
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