Living the Dream with Curveball
Summary: On the living the dream with curveball podcast I interview guests that teach, motivate, and inspire others. On every episode I interview ordinary people telling extordinary stories about how they contribute to the world to try and make life better for others. I interview a wide range of indivisuals such as authors, singers, actors, athletes, coaches, Etc. When you listen to living the dream with curveball prepare to be motivated and inspired to stop at nothing to achieve your dreams.
Lori Lynn Ahrends’ vast knowledge of reading readiness has been informed by her quarter-of-a-century spent as a preschool teacher along with a decade of university teaching, state consulting, training and speaking, all in the early education realm.Hers is a message or reassurance for people who care about young children and worry about whether they are doing enough or have fallen behind during the pandemic.Her children’s book, I Am A Pig, was inspired by a song she wrote for her sons when they were preschoolers; today they are in their early thirties. Lori Lynn grew up on a farm and has always loved pigs!She has been a keynote presenter to ministers of education at seminars in Ghana, and West Africa, as well as a returning speaker at the Young Child Expo in New York City.www.overallbuddies.com
Author Bee Bloeser knows what it is like to live under a dictatorship in total social isolation. Her family lived on an island cut off from the outside world run by a murderous dictator who burned all the boats, censored mail, and dictated with whom you could socialize. Bee offers an unblinking look at what it was like to represent the U.S. abroad and be an eyewitness to what many experts said couldn’t be done: nations working together to end a pandemic that threatened the world. “Vaccines and Bayonets: Fighting Smallpox in Africa amid Tribalism, Terror and the Cold War,” details Bee’s time in Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea (where she was one of only two American women), including brushes with a brutal dictator and a heartbreaking humanitarian crisis unknown to the outside world. Pulitzer Prize-nominee Pamela Alexander says, "Bee Bloeser’s story reads like a political thriller, women’s history, and African adventure rolled into one....she brings insight and humor to a dark tale of disease, corruption and genocide that unfolds around her, her husband, and their two small children. Riveting.”www.beebloeser.com
Monique is a Happiness Strategist who teaches students and corporations around the world how to master their lives. She has spent the last 25 years studying the mind and its relationship to happiness and suffering.Over 70 universities and colleges use her program The 10 Minute Mind®. Her 8-week online course, The Happiness Baseline, has a 100% success rate in raising the mental wellness for every student who has completed it.Monique hosts the daily In Your Right Mind podcast, where she discusses how a series of small habits determine our well-being. In 2010 Monique received a nomination for the prestigious New Zealander of the Year Award.It's not often that you get to interview someone who has lived a life as fascinating as Monique has. At the age of 19 Monique ended up in a hospital, having tried to end her own life. She then went on a journey that took her all over the world to discover why some people suffer as she did and why some people are happy. Monique wanted to know if it was possible to run her life around. Not only did Monique achieve this goal, but she also lived an extraordinary life along the way. Now Monique teaches everything she learned and is one of the foremost teachers of Happiness Strategy. The Highlights Reel· Travelling the world as a professional musician playing for crowds of up to 10,000 people a night· Opening two European tours for Chuck Berry· Being one of only a few westerners ever to be asked to perform in the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan (Mick Jagger also performed there) performing for the Dalai Lama· Being one of only a few westerners ever to be asked to perform in the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan (Mick Jagger also performed there) performing for the Dalai Lama· Collaborating with prominent spiritual teachers, including Thich Nhat Hahn, Ekhart Tolle, and Pema Chödrön on the Heartbeats album, which she also produced in partnership with Sounds True.· Producing a platinum-selling charity album in New Zealand in association with Sony Records· Being nominated for New Zealander of the Year in 2010 for her charity work starting and running her own successful business· Riding a motorcycle through India for 4 years alone · Two solo retreats in the Himalayas where she spent 2 weeks at a time alone in a room meditating with no distractions· Having her program The 10 Minute Mind in every public university and college in NYCwww.moniquerhodes.com
John BramblittAfter losing his sight in 2001, John decided to pick up a paintbrush. He never expected anyone to see any of his paintings; he just knew he needed to reconnect with the visual world he had lost. Since then John’s work has been featured in major news outlets and traveled the world. He has worked with celebrities such as Tony Hawk, Jeff Bridges, and Lyle Lovett, among others. In 2017 John partnered with Delta to paint a Boeing 737 promoting the Rock-in-Rio concert. John has received three presidential service awards for his innovative multi-sensory art workshops and has been named a Cultural Ambassador to the US. Not only is John ranked as the #1 blind painter in the world, but he is also now the only blind muralist having completed projects in New York, Dallas, and Fort Worth. John has shared his story with audiences around the world for the past ten years, energizing organizations and motivating people to exceed their limits. John’s unique journey from the dark has enabled him to connect with a visual world and act as a beacon for others experiencing struggles. www.bramblitt.com
I'm a former educator and a crime victim/survivor who now educates the public on how to cope with and even heal from aggressive stalking, death threats, cybercrimes, religious cults, and the weaponization of the courts by stalkers (including religious cult leaders). I've written my first book, Fighting for Justice: Religious Fraud, Mental Illness, and the Collapse of Law & Order, that details the origins and continuation of my four older brothers' abusive behavior, the failures of our government and our courts to adequately address severe mental health problems and criminal actions, my hard-won successes to get judgments and injunctions against the worst of my brothers, and I offer very practical, good sense solutions. From childhood, my four brothers have subjected me (and others) to decades of abuse, including abuse by stalking me (and others) through the courts by filing pro se (without an attorney) utterly meritless lawsuits for no other purpose than to defame, harass, and cause distress. Abusers often file their lawsuits pro se, and the courts enable and empower these abusers as they weaponize the courts to damage victims emotionally and financially due to the victims' need to hire attorneys to dismiss these abusive lawsuits. I work with legislators to propose and enact better, more protective laws for victims, and I educate people about the political ideology that has created a criminals' paradise that affects every aspect of everyone's life. www.stopabusivelawsuits.com website.www.stopreligiousfrauds.comwww.fightingforjusticebook.com
Daniel HessA filmmaker and self published author in Baltimore, Maryland. Daniel has been working in the creative, corporate, and event spaces of video production since 2009. Many of his life experiences have gone into his first book, a collection of poetry called "Just a Boy Blaming Himself," in which he took an unfiltered look back at his life personally and professionally especially over the last five years. Daniel is currently working on obtaining his Masters Degree in Film Studies and work with two separate production studios as well as a web marketing firm.www.totonyproductions.com
Sophia Demas did not want to get married, have children, or write a book; the Universe, however, had other plans. In this penetrating memoir, Sophia examines the events in her life that at first seemed to be a series of coincidences, but upon further consideration were building blocks of the miraculous. The Divine Language of Coincidence chronicles the extraordinary events experienced by an ordinary woman, asserting that miracles are not only possible, but far more common than we may realize. Sophia has enjoyed three diverse careers: a decade in architecture that included working with notable 20th century visionary Dr. R. Buckminster Fuller, running her own couture fashion business, and working as a mental health therapist in private practice. She also created Living a Fearless Life, a twelve-workshop program designed to help society’s most at-risk women increase their self-esteem, which was piloted in the Philadelphia Prison System and implemented with groups of ex-trafficked and ex-homeless women and women in recovery. Writing a book was never on Sophia’s radar, but once she realized the truth about her miracles, she knew she had to tell the world. The book is a Readers' Favorite 2021 gold award winner.www.sophiademas.com
Judith Kaluzny has Over 43 years as a lawyer and mediator for divorces–now “dissolution of marriage” in California--, she found many clients had not understood the financial consequences of marriage. And very few people realized they could write financial agreements during marriage, post-nups, that is. Intelligent, educated people thought everything they owned before marriage became community property upon marriage. Why a Marriage License Handbook? Ignorance is bliss, some say. The full true saying is, “where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise.” In making a life commitment as in a marriage, ignorance ‘tis folly. So upon reading Michael Pollan’s experience with a hunting license, then thinking about a driver’s license, Judith thought a handbook of the rules for marriage, like the DMV handbook of rules of the road, would be a good idea. That, and a test for one’s knowledge and understanding of the rules.www.marriagelicensetest.com
David Schechter, MD, is a family/sports medicine physician in private practice in Culver City, California. He has authored several books (including Think Away Your Pain) that explain the connection between stress and persistent or unexplained physical symptoms, such as back pain. In addition, he is the author of The MindBody Workbook, which has helped tens of thousands of people process emotional tension by writing about it (journaling). Dr. Schechter graduated from Princeton University and NYU Medical School and completed his residency at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)/Santa Monica Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in sports medicine. He has been named a “Top Doctor” by several publications, including Men's Health, U.S. News & World Report, Hollywood Reporter, and Los Angeles Magazine. Dr. Schechter’s websites are: www.MindBodyMedicine.com, and www.SchechterMD.com He has published research in this area and is on the board of a non-profit devoted to this work (the PPDA). He recently launched an online course, “The MindBody Healing Journey”, accessible through his website.
Naturopath, yoga therapist, Karma Master, Holistic Health teacher/author/producer with over 30 years experience, internationally recognized author and speakerDoctor Lynn a Naturopath and Yoga therapist has authored multiple book series and has been published in major publications such as Reader’s Digest, Shape, SELF, SPRY, The Chicago Times, Huffington Post, Thrive Global and Redbook. She was featured as one of the “hottest” fitness professionals over fifty in Spry Magazine. She has made quest appearances on several, CBS and NBC TV Shows, cable and podcast. She has been a guest speaker at various conventions and venues including the Deepak Chopra Center and the Motion Picture Wellness Center. She is the creator and producer of Doctor Lynn’s Anti-Aging Workouts for Every Body with international distribution.She has also created and produced Doctor Lynn’s Functional Fitness for JLTV.TV and her You Tube Channel. Please see her products page for her other classes: Karma Yoga, Sex Matters and How to Prosper with a Purpose. Doctor Lynn is a wife, mother and grandmother. Her greatest joy in life is her grandchildren.Originally from Maine; Doctor Lynn relocated from Los Angeles to Sarasota, with her husband Dan; where she teaches her online cases and continues to write. She is a mother and grandmother - her grandchildren are her greatest joy.www.doctorlynn.com
Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942, Michael Dorfman has been residing in Mexico for more than 40 years, including the last 6 in San Miguel de Allende and the previous 30 in Cancun. Because of his growing interest in Eastern philosophy, Michael decided to become a vegetarian in 1976. For health reasons, in 2008, Michael chose to make the change to a Whole Food Plant Based diet. What he has learned from his experiences and in-depth research on nutrition and specific lifestyle changes during these past 14 years has made a significant impact on his life and led to his decision to not only strive to achieve optimal health for his self but to support others with the same goals in mind. In 2018 Michael created his Facebook page, Go Whole Food Vegan, which has more than 2500 followers. In 2019, Michael published “The Thriving Vegan,” which is available on Amazon. Michael also created and administer the local San Miguel Facebook group, “The Vegan Wave SMA” (400+ members), and another Facebook page (in Spanish), “La Ola Vegana” (500+ followers). In 2020 Michael began publishing weekly articles on nutrition and lifestyle for “Atencion,” the local newspaper. Before the pandemic, Michael gave conferences at local venues, book clubs, and vegan festivals and summits. In 2019 Michael received a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies through Cornell University. In 2021 Michael created his latest website, www.michaeljdorfman.com where he regularly post articles and videos on plant-based foods and healthy lifestyle practices.
Indiana-born model/actor turned self-taught filmmaker Bo Roberts, was driven to filmmaking through his interest in psychology. On the heels of 17 short films, Roberts took the opportunity during 2021 to make a feature film, "The Great Awakening," which was acquired by Filmhub and is currently available on multiple streaming platforms, including tubiTV. From the pages of GQ, Cosmo, and Esquire, to the silver screen ("300: Rise of an Empire", "Mindy Project," etc.), Indian-born, ISU-grad, former corrections officer/CERT Team member, filmmaker Bo Roberts elevated his photography hobby to a career as a filmmaker. The director/cinematographer's debut (short) feature film (60min), "The Great Awakening" is a thriller with science-fiction elements.
Wellness/Resilience Coach, Kundalini Yoga Instructor, Registered Nurse. Patricia Lambert Gent is the founder of Resiliency Reframed. Her mission is to create a space to revitalize and reconnect through mind, body and spirit. She helps high achievers prioritize themselves and create a life of BALANCE & ALIGNMENT. Through coaching, kundalini yoga and the akashic records she has empowered clients to tap into creativity and create a life in FLOW. Her experience includes being a Registered Nurse, Master’s in Leadership & Management and Lean Sigma Green Belt. This balance enables her to interweave these practices into realistic goals that bring about subtle shifts to create lasting change. She recently published a book entitled Legacy Speaks and is currently living in New Jersey with her husband, and pug Bailey.www.resiliencyreframed.com
Wanda Davis is an accomplished educator (B.Ed. 2002) having worked with the Thames Valley District School Board as a high school teacher since 2002. Her focus is working with students with special needs, whether that is a learning disability or someone with a physical or communication disability. She has strong interpersonal skills dealing with youth and adults, outstanding presentation and training skills and uses many strategies that increase engagement and learning.Wanda is the business owner of Elements (2011) that focuses on spiritual self-discovery, stress reduction and mental wellness. Wanda is a Certified Coach Practitioner (2016) with a focus on helping people navigate life transitions, work on personal growth and helping them reach their potential and goals with less stress. As a Reiki Master/Teacher (2005) and Access Bars Facilitator (2015) she has a large breadth of knowledge on stress reducing techniques, such as meditation and energy work.Wanda Davis has a strong science background having earned her Master's of Science (McMaster University, M.Sc. 1990, B.Sc. 1986). With her expertise in this area Wanda is able to explain body health and medical conditions and relate teachings to effects on the body. Wanda was a Program Coordinator with Let's Talk Science (2003-2005) and a Research Science Technician at University of Western Ontario (1990-2001).Wanda has just released her first children's book, From Head to Heart. This powerful book is for children, teachers, parents and grandparents to open discussions about feelings and asking for help.https://www.wandadavis.ca/
Bryan Gillette is a former Silicon Valley human resource executive, founder of his own leadership consulting business, and amateur ultra-endurance athlete. He has ridden his bike across the United States and run 205 miles around Lake Tahoe. Bryan knows how to connect with both the business leader or the amateur athlete to help them reach their peak and achieve the impossible. The skills and behavior, as he learned, are the same.After interviewing 100 leaders on how they reach their peak and from his own experience in both roles, he wrote EPIC Performance: Lessons from 100 Executives and Endurance Athletes on Reaching Your Peak. In his speaking engagements and podcast interviews, he talks about the key aspects to push oneself and one’s team further.www.epicperformances.com