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Welcome to Day 30! Today Kate Brenton is taking over the role of host and I'm in the hot seat as we look back over the 30 Days of Inspiration. We are talking about where the idea for 30 Days came from, the up's and down's of the project, and what's next. If you stay to the end you'll also learn about a special 2019 calendar and transitioning the 30 Day project into a weekly video podcast starting August 1st!
I'd also like to take a moment and thank the 29 inspiring people that took the time out of their busy schedules to create with me. Big love and thanks
Day 1 Rachel Trachtenberg, Day 2 Mary Theresa Longo, Day 3 Sarra Kaufman, Day 4 Hank Finkel, Day 5 Ashley Rufo, Day 6 Ari Halbert, Day 7 Brittany T Policastro, Day 8 Jennifer Schelter, Day 9 Rachel Cordua & Daniel P. Cordua, Day 10 Maura Manzo, Day 11 Jennifer Ciarimboli, Day 12 Miles Turner, Day 13 Kate Brenton, Day 14 Emma Kate Keller, Day 15 Jason Blau, Day 16 Jamie Colleen, Day 17 Molly Weingart, Day 18 Noah Julian, Day 19 Erik Burling, Day 20 Caitlin Kelly, Day 21 Elizabeth Sitzler, Day 22 David Hem, Day 23 MJ Heart, Day 24 Barry Eichner, Day 25 Natalie Levin, Day 26 Anthony M Penzarella, Day 27 Robert Sturman ~ Artist/Photografía, Day 28 Lisa Bardarson, Day 29 Amy Angelo
Welcome to Day 29 today I'm talking with Amy Angelo. Amy and I went the route of conscious uncoupling before it was the cool way to divorce. But, seriously Amy and I were married for a couple of years in the early 2000's and if it wasn't for Amy I would not be the man I am today. So I thought it was important to have a conversation with Amy for 30 days because of the impact she had on my life, and because she came up in so many of the 30 day conversations.
This is by far the most emotional conversation that I had over the 30 Days. I opted to leave in a couple of uncomfortable pauses, and some tears because it's real and important for people to see. I joke about conscious uncoupling but it is truly what we did, and it why we are still connected and share a love for each other. The marriage may not have worked but, we worked really hard on ourselves so we would be able to not only love ourselves love each other as well.
Enjoy the conversation and a little walk down memory lane with Amy.
Welcome to Day 28 of 30 Days of Inspiration. Today I'm talking with Lisa Bardarson about yoga, dance, movement, bodywork, Zero Balancing, and practice. You will become amazing at whatever you practice if you practice worry you will be amazing at worrying if you practice love you will become amazing at loving!
This session was also the first timehttp://lisabardarson.com/about-lisa/I met Lisa, we had a couple of phone conversations planning the session. I had the idea that I wanted to talk to Lisa for this project, but I also didn't ask her till we arrived at our location. I'm so happy that I did because Lisa is super inspiring. Enjoy our conversation and if you are in need of bodywork head over to Lisa's site for more information and to schedule a session with her. LISABARDARSON.com
Welcome to day 27 of 30 Days of Inspiration
Today it's my joy to talk to my good friend and photographic legend Robert Sturman. Robert is not only an amazing photographer, more importantly, he is an amazing human with a huge heart. He is an artist with a camera who paints with light, and I am blessed to call him my friend.
Roberts work is a celebration of human potential and yoga is his way of photographing the whole world. Enjoy our conversation and head over to Robert's website, view his work, buy a print, hit the donate button and send him some cash to help keep his amazing work going.
More about Robert
Artist with a Camera ~
The subject of two New York Times articles, Robert Sturman’s art captures the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana. A dedicated yoga practitioner himself, Sturman's work has increasingly gestured at something beyond the physical, something transcendent. His stunning repertoire runs the gamut from yogis perched on rocks surrounded by the Pacific ocean, to African orphans practicing yoga in Kenya, to breast cancer survivors, bare-chested and scarred.
Sturman’s portraits, whether set in the lively streets of Manhattan, the expansiveness of Malibu's beaches and canyons, the timeless elegance of Walden's New England, or the bleakness of San Quentin Prison, remind us that there is beauty everywhere.
In his own words "I often think of Rumi: 'I can't stop pointing to the beauty.' That feels right to me."
A native Southern Californian, Robert Sturman lives in Santa Monica with his dog, Chai.
Credentials: Official Artist 47th Annual GRAMMY AWARDS, 2010 FIFA World Cup Artist Representing the U.S.A., Official Artist 2007 United States Olympics.
Welcome to Day 25 of 30 Days of Inspiration with Natalie Levin
Natalie is one of my all-time favorite souls on the planet, listen to our conversation and you'll understand why. We go really far out into the universe with our conversation and deep into a bucket of KFC
If you don't know Natalie give her a follow on.
Facebook at Natalie Levin Yoga Opera Glitter and enjoy all that is Natalie.
Instagram at - natalielevinyogaoperaglitter
Native Philadelphian Natalie Levin has had an extensive opera performance career. She completed her undergraduate degree at Columbia University in New York City and then went on to earn her Masters in Opera from Manhattan School of Music and Northwestern University. Natalie has sung leading and supporting roles with the Central City Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Bronx Opera, MidAmerica Productions, the Virginia Opera, Opera Lyrique en Mer, One World Symphony, and she was the mezzo soloist in Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall. Highlights of Natalie’s opera career include singing the lead role in Bizet’s Carmen and Azucena in Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Natalie is a versatile performer and loves to sing recital repertoire. She has sung many recitals around the world. She speaks fluent Italian, French, German, Spanish, and a bit of Russian. Natalie’s other talents include oil painting, ballroom dancing, and teaching yoga.
Welcome to Day 24 of 30 Days of Inspiration
Happy Friday! Today I'm talking with Barry Eichner about photography, skin care, following your bliss being your true self and allowing others the freedom to do the same.
Barry is also Co-Founder of Lipgloss + Aftershave a digital media company and online magazine specializing in skin care and wellness for the modern woman and man.
Welcome to Day 23 of 30 Days of Inspiration
Today I'm talking with MJ Heart about moving to Philadelphia and celebrating her 30th Birthday with an amazing month long trip around most of the word.
MJ is a Philly yoga teacher. dog momma. hallows seeker. modern-day philosopher. Enjoy the images and our conversation.
Follow MJ on Instagram at @mjheart
Welcome to Day 22 of 30 Days of Inspiration
Today I'm talking with David Hem the hardest working man in yoga. Well, that's my personal opinion. I met David three years ago just when he started teaching. Right from the start, David had this beautiful personal style, not only with his appearance but with the way he taught his classes. Daves classes are fun, alive, and challenging and filled with love.
Our talk is all over the place from yoga to selecting our all-star team to save the country and the world. David also just kicked off a GoFundMe to help Dave get to Cambodia to reconnect with family he's never met and to share his love of the yoga practice. If you can please head over to the GoFundMe page and help out.
Welcome to Day 21 of 30 Days of Inspiration
Happy Monday! Today I'm talking with Elizabeth Sitzler about you guessed it... Yoga, work ethic, dedication and staying true to yourself
Elizabeth and I have been creating for about three years now, and I thought it would be great to sit down with Elizabeth to share her story and practice with you.
Elizabeth is a devout student, practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga. Her main teachers are Jörgen Christiansson and Sharath Jois. She is the Mysore Director at Prana Das Yoga Therapy & Healing Arts Center.
While she was studying history and political science, applying to law school, and competing as a Division 1 tennis player, her father persuaded her to try yoga for the first time, thinking it might help her manage stress. The dynamism of the practice instantly drew her in and she quickly fell in love with the beauty of linking movement, breath, and mindfulness. Soon enough, she was practicing yoga every day; experiencing positive transformations in mind, body, and spirit.
As she delved deeper in the practice she discovered Sri K Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga Yoga, the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia, and her first teacher: David Garrigues. The integrity and structure of the Ashtanga Yoga system was a perfect and natural fit for her. Elizabeth taught at and helped run David’s School, AYS Philadelphia, from 2013-2017 before opening her own program at Prana Das.
Elizabeth is always a student, striving to learn more about herself, the practice, and how she can guide others through their own journey.
Welcome to Day 20 of 30 Days of Inspiration
Today I'm talking with Caitlin Kelly and Monty the Poo about healing from an eating disorder, moving forward and helping others heal. A couple of years ago Caitlin and I created some images in Eastern State Penitentiary, we thought it would be fun to try and recreate some of the image concepts for this 30 Day project.
Check out those images RIGHT HERE
Caitlin Kelly is a Philadelphia based Yoga teacher and Reiki master. Caitlin found yoga at a young age after being introduced to it by her mother, and has been drawn to learning and deepening her practice ever since. Caitlin is an elementary school Health and Physical Education teacher, so learning and teaching are the roots to Caitlin's practice. Caitlin strives to create a loving and safe space for all of her students, whether it is their first time on the mat, or they have been practicing for 20 years. Caitlin's classes are lighthearted and dynamic, and are rooted in the philosophy of Yin and Yang. Having a healthy balance of energy and movement with stillness and calm is the key to remaining steady and balanced on and off the mat, for deepening the connection of mind and body, and creating space for healing.
Welcome to Day 19 of 30 Days of Inspiration
I'm so excited to share this conversation with Erik Burling Co-Founder Roots Yoga Philly. From start to finish Erik shares inspiring wisdom about yoga, meditation and doing what you love because the world needs you.
Follow Erik on Instagram at @zenwarrior39
And check out all the events and classes happening at Roots Philly Yoga
Welcome to Day 18 of 30 Days of Inspiration Today I'm talking with my good friend Noah Julian. Noah and I have been creating images for the last 7-8 years and over the years we have become great friends. So I thought it would be fun to chat with Noah about life, yoga, meditation, and billboards. Yes, billboards.
Why, billboards? Because they are ridiculous and people think they actually work for advertising. News flash they do not, it's 2018 and everyone is looking at their phones.
Maybe we go off on some rants but its all in good fun.
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Today I'm talking with Molly Weingart about the power of starting over when it was not your decision to start over.
Molly is an artist, dancer, yogi, on her way to becoming a Physical Therapist and Breast Cancer Survivor
Follow Molly on IG at @mbird_116
With a background in community engagement in the arts and technology, Molly is in the midst of fulfilling the necessary prerequisite coursework to apply to graduate school in Physical Therapy. The new field will allow her to continue to engage people in new experiences that hopefully bring them to a more healthful, creative way of living.
She spends her free time practicing yoga, taking dance classes and enjoying her dog, Mindy Sparkle.
Welcome to Day 16 of 30 Days of Inspiration Today I'm talking with professional MMA fighter Jamie Colleen about finding her passion for being a professional fighter, training and enjoying the journey.
Find out more about Jamie and her next fight right HERE.
Article from UFC Offical Website
When and why did you start training for fighting?I've been competitive my whole life. Gymnastics, volleyball, cheerleading, and track throughout my school years. When that was over, I wanted to feel that competitive drive again. When I was 19, I tried my first kickboxing class and never stopped training after that day. I awakened a passion that I never knew existed and realized that I was pretty good at it as well. I wanted to see how far I could take it. Over the years, as I evolved more into MMA, my mentality evolved as well. Aside from the fact that my overall dream is to become a world champion, once I gave birth to my daughter, she became the driving force behind why I do what I do.
What ranks and titles have you held? Former King of the Cage Strawweight Champion.
Do you have any heroes? My mother and my daughter
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? To fight in the UFC means the world to me. It's a complete validation of everything I have worked so hard for in and out of the Octagon. It means that I now get to continue to pursue my dreams while being able to fully support and give my daughter the best life that I possibly can. She deserves everything I never had and more. It also enables me to be an even stronger role model and advocate for Women Against Abuse. This opportunity gives me an even larger platform to bring more awareness to Domestic Violence.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
What was your job before you started fighting? My amateur career started at the age of 20, so I held lots of odd jobs over the years - mostly in the restaurant industry. After I had my daughter, I was a nanny for many years before I jumped back into fighting again.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? IKF Southeast Regional Champion (Muay Thai)
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Blue belt in jiu-jitsu
Favorite grappling technique: Armbar
Favorite Striking technique: I like to mix it up with kickboxing combos
• Pro since 2013
• Went 1-1 in two bouts with UFC vet Danielle Taylor, knocking Taylor out in 2015
• Three wins by KO
• Has never gone the distance but has gone into the fifth round twice and the fourth round once
Welcome to Day 14 of 30 Days of Inspiration today I'm talking with Jason Blau owner of Sit Meditation Space about you guessed it meditation, why meditation, and how to be direct with the God when manifesting.
More about Jason
Jason Blau is the founder of Sit Meditation Space, a guided meditation studio in Lafayette Hill, PA. Jason spent over 15 years in Medical Device sales, a very high pressure, faced paced and extremely stressful environment. Jason’s meditation journey began in early 2016 when he needed to find a way to cope with the moment-to-moment stresses of life, and to slow down. After receiving his Masters degree and becoming a dad he wanted to make a change. Since attending his first class, Jason’s passion for meditation grew and inspired him to want to teach in hopes of bringing the power of this practice to even more people. Shortly thereafter, Jason completed the Awaken to Stillness Meditation Teacher Training, which afforded him the opportunity to deepen his own practice and to gain the knowledge and tools to be able to share the gift of meditation with others. Jason is also certified to teach the practice of Vinyassa yoga and completed the Svadhayaya 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. Jason is deeply grateful for the loving wisdom his teachers have shared with him.
Find Jason at his studio, Sit Meditation Space.