Challenging Prejudice and Building a Life of Purpose Episode 24

In this episode of Changes Big and Small, I chat with Avril Matsui. Born in the UK, Avril has lived in Japan for the past 26 years. We speak about race and prejudice, and what it’s like living as a black woman in Japan. She also shares her purpose and how she discovered it.

Listen to this episode to learn some great strategies for finding your purpose and making positive changes in your life. Avril inspires us with questions that we can ask to help us make sure that we are living full lives, in our integrity.

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Being Intentional and Building a Career to Make An Impact

In this episode of Changes Big and Small, I chat with Maria Xenidou. In our chat, Maria shares corporate journey and how change snuck up on her 2015. She explains how it took her 2 years to embark on a journey of discovering what would be next for her. We learn about portfolio career and impact learning. She shares how journaling and self-coaching helps her determine her path for making a change in the world. Listen to this episode for some concrete examples of how we can help people by making contributions that have impact.

Timeline of the Chat

2:00 – Maria introduces herself
2:44 – The decision to become a corporate scientist and her journey in that career
6:35 – On being intentional and learning from others
8:48 – How change snuck up on her and why she left her corporate career
11:55 – What is impact learning
13:08 – What is a portfolio career and how it connects to impact learning
16:06 – How Impact Learning started and finding collaborators for impact learning
19:31 – Advocacy and supporting organizations
21:22 – How we can contribute and help
22:08 – How Maria built Impact Learning
25:25 – Challenges on her journey and finding impactful work that matters
28:42 – What makes a good project and choosing what to work on
31:05 – How to build skills and avoiding overwhelm
34:35 – Maria’s role model and mentors
37:27 – Her approach to coaching and views on self-directed learning
41:18 – Book recommendations
45:08 – Where and how to connect with Maria

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Trust That Things Will Get Better

In this episode of Changes Big and Small, Angela shares her journey in the past few years.

Angela is open and vulnerable in this chat. We talk about the challenge of moving back to your parents home as an adult. We also discuss the difficulty of repatriation. Angela would like to move back to Canada, so we end by thinking through some of the possible ways that she can realize this dream.

Find the full shownotees at https://changesbigandsmall.com/2020/02/19/trust-that-things-will-get-better/

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Find Your Way to Represent Your Authentic Self

In this episode of Changes Big and Small, I chat with Sue. Sue is a librarian at a school in Tokyo, Japan. She shares about some of the leaps that she’s taken in her life and the challenge she is now facing.

How do you redefine yourself and put yourself first after years of living life by someone else’s rules? Sue shares her journey to help us consider the seasons of life, and how we might embark on a new chapter.

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Play for a Change

In this episode of Changes Big and Small, I’m chatting with Brandi Heather.

Brandi’s a sought after international facilitator and a speaker who helps organizations succeed by using accessible play to break down barriers and create more effective teams. She has dedicated countless hours building nonprofit organizations in adapted physical activity and accessible sport in Canada and around the world. Her unique combination of skills and expertise in accessible play an inclusive mindset set her apart from the crowd. As co-founder and Chief Knowledge Officer at Amped2Play, she is changing the conversation around diversity and inclusion in education, health and business.

Listen to this episode to learn why play is so important and how to incorporate more of it in your life.

For full show notes, go to https://changesbigandsmall.com/2020/01/21/play-for-a-change/

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Celebrate Progress to Build A New Habit

When was the last time that you celebrated your progress towards your goals? We get into the habit of always moving on to the next thing, but research shows that stopping and celebrating after completing a new action helps train the brain to repeat that action. We repeat actions and create new habits because of the benefits we perceive from that action. So when you stop and celebrate, you’re making sure your brain recognizes the benefits. You’re using gratitude and savouring to rewire your brain.

This episode of Changes BIG and small is is a CELEBRATION!

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