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Practice Your Way into Belief and Acceptance

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Jesse Giunta Rafi is a psychotherapist and certified success coach who’s helped hundreds of young adults who feel lost find clarity and direction in their lives. As a teenager, she struggled with anxiety, depression, and chronic self doubt. Through her own emotional journey, she developed the tools and methodology that have helped her empower her clients.

Jesse’s primary motivation and deepest satisfaction lies in the transformation she sees her clients achieve through their own dedication, self discovery, and strengths. She recently released her book Life Launch: A Roadmap to An Extraordinary Adulthood. You can find that wherever books are sold. Jessie lives in California with her husband, Mark, and you can learn more about her work by visiting her website and that link will also be in the show notes.

This interview was recorded on Oct. 2, 2020.

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Finding Purpose in Immigration Law to Make an Impact

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Tahmina’s website is https://taminawatson.com

In this episode, I have the great pleasure of interviewing a special guest. Tahmina Watson is a Seattle based immigration attorney, podcaster and activist. For her community work, Tahmina was recently recognized as a 2020 Woman of Influence honoree by the Puget Sound Business Journal [PSBJ]. She is the founder of Watson Immigration Law and founder of the Washington Immigrant Defense Network.

Tahmina works with leading national publications as a commentator and columnist and speaks around the country on immigration law and social justice issues. She serves as a national spokesperson for the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the chair of the response committee of the Washington chapter of AILA.

Tahmina also serves as a trustee of the board of King County Bar Association in Washington, a past president of King County Washington Women Lawyers, and a former board member of both the Asian Bar Association of Washington and Washington Women Lawyers.

In addition to being recognized for her work by PSBJ, she’s a recipient of the 2019 AILa president’s commendation award. Tahmina Talks Immigration Podcast is available on Apple podcast and wherever you listen to podcasts. I listened to some of her episodes earlier today. Legal Heroes in the Trump Era is Tahmina’s second book, which was released this past week.

You can find her and additional information by visiting watsonimmigrationlaw.com and that link and all the things we talk about will be in the show notes .

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Make a P.A.C.T with Yourself to Find and Pursue Your Purpose

In this episode, I’m speaking with David Hennessy. Twenty years ago, David created a holistic personal development program called the WONDER Technique that has continued to evolve over the years. He has presented the technique at hundreds of workshops and seminars, and has recently created an online personal development program.

David has formal training in psychology and nutrition. He has traveled to over 20 countries and lived in three long term. His goal is to give the fundamental tools of personal development to everyone on the planet.

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Building a New Life Living with MS

Kim Curry got his first gig through his dad who was a radio guy. Thirty-three year later, when running the most listened to radio station in Miami, Kim was forced into retirement with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. In this conversation, I speak with Kim to learn about his journey and how he’s managed this significant change in his life.

Kim is the author of Come Get Me Mother, I’m Through! and The Death of Fairness. The second book was published after our interview on June 11, 2020.

Contact and follow Kim at krcurry.com, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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I’m taking a holiday for the next few weeks, but I will be back in your feed with a new episode of changes big and small after that. In the meantime, feel free to go back and check one of the previous episodes.

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Educate Yourself and Decide Who You Want to Be

Samira is a 26 year old mixed race girl born in Czechia. She now lives in London. She is in Prague right now, and she actually came over for us to have the chat. You can see more about her on Instagram at afrikakidsczsk and also at darealsamira.

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Fighting Racism Frame by Frame with Bryon Summers

Currently, I’m focused on a special series exploring equality, justice, and anti-racism. Today, I’m speaking with Bryon Summers who lives in New Jersey. I contacted Bryon after seeing this photo on Instagram. I explained to him that this is why I contacted him. The podcast starts with his response to my confirmation.

Bryon Summers has honed his craft as a portrait photographer, capturing classical images of guests of the hip hop and culture podcast, “The Combat Jack Show”, in addition to hosting two of his own weekly photography based podcasts, “We’re Getting Better” and “Shooting With Shooters”.

Since moving to New York in 2013, Summers has worked on personal photography projects that eventually led to art exhibitions in New York and Washington, DC after taking the stage at a Creative Mornings New York event, Bryon was bitten by the speaking bug. Since then he has used his experiences in media, fine arts and personal life to share with audiences.

In addition to creating ‘We’re Getting Better”. Summers has held educational workshops at universities and agencies about diversity in the media. In 2016, Summers has turned his attention to helping to change the negative narrative of black men with the goal of photographing 1000 men and boys with the “We Love You” project. The series was installed as a mural in DC, as well as online with the Google Cultural Institute.

Amongst other topics, Bryon and I talk about social change movements, being a black man in America and racism, demonstrating and other forms of activism.

Find more work from Bryon including his social links via the weloveyouproject.com and bryonsummers.com.

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Finding Joy in the Time of Coronavirus ep. 32

In this episode, I share an update from last week’s guest as well as several responses from previous guests on how they are finding joy during coronavirus.

Last week, I shared an interview that I recorded in March with Deirdre Nelson. I reached out to her to find out how life has changed over the past two months, to find out what life is like for her during coronavirus.

I also got some updates from some other previous guests on Changes BIG and small. Here’s a voice memo that Kim Cofino, my first guest on the podcast, shared:

To read all the written responses, visit the show notes page. The same themes show up again and again.

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Life in the time of Coronavirus – Lindsay Pinchuk ep. 30

In this episode of Changes Big and Small, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Lindsay Pinchuk.

Lindsay Pinchuk is the CEO + Founder of Bump Club and Beyond. Bump Club and Beyond is the largest social event company in the country connecting moms and moms-to-be with the best information, resources, experts, products and most important—with each other—through social media and dozens of premier events around the country every month. Lindsay and her husband, Daniel, live in the northern suburbs of Chicago with their two daughters. For more information visit bumpclubandbeyond.com.

It was my first time meeting Lindsay and she was just so authentic and welcoming throughout our conversation. Listen for some great tips about running a business and managing a family, especially during coronavirus. She has some great ideas that you can use in your own home. While we focus the conversation on moms, there is great general advice for any parent and every entrepreneur. I hope that you will enjoy listening to my interview with Lindsay and check out all the great resources available on her website.

This is the third in a series of episodes where I interview people to find out what their experience is during the time of the current Corona virus pandemic. I hope that you enjoyed listening to this episode. Please go to changesbigandsmall.com, to connect with me or to apply to be a guest on the podcast. You can find all the past episodes there as well and subscribe to automatically receive new episodes every week. If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend or family member. I am sending you best wishes for good health and happiness. Have a great week.

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Use a Growth Mindset to Learn Anything ep. 7

This week’s guest on Changes BIG and small is Praveen Selvasekaran. Praveen and I have a meandering chat, discussing some of the changes he’s made in his life, from moving away from home, to moving to Canada with his wife, where they are building their family. It’s impossible to resist Praveen’s energy, and hard to imagine how he survived months of not being able to communicate in school as a pre-teen.

Be inspired to make changes in your life. Listen til the end for two great book recommendations that have helped Praveen encounter change gracefully.

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Say Yes to Finding the Possible

On this episode of Changes BIG and small, I’m chatting with Ryan Mallonne. Ryan currently works as a classroom teacher at an international school in Prague. He loves teaching Grade 4. Having lived in several countries since his early twenties, Ryan shares some fascinating experiences such as serving in the Peace Corps and his two week silent retreats in Thailand. Listen on to find out his thoughts about change and why he thinks he can live in a cardboard box. 

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Find the Courage to Be Yourself ep. 4

This week, Changes BIG and small welcomes Annie Koshy. Annie is an award-winning media professional, a multi-talented media and events personality, a trained elite speaker and emcee. As a model with one of the city’s premier modelling agencies, Annie has garnered mainstream attention through her commercial work. Most recently, she was featured in a lead role in a short film. A documentary on her life is currently being filmed and she is the proud author of the book, How to Be your Badass Self, A Guide to Using Your Inner Energy for Brand Success. Annie is also part of the mainstream radio station, Sauga 960am, as part of their weekend fixture, The Source, where she engages in lighthearted banter and conversation.

See the shownotes at https://changesbigandsmall.com/2019/11/05/4-annie-koshy-finding-the-courage-to-be-yourself/‎

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* Correction: A Bloody Mess is a short film, not a documentary.

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How Community Can Support You with Change ep. 3

On this episode of Changes BIG and small, I’m chatting with Rossana Menezes. Rossana is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic. Listen to hear about Rossana’s distributed family, her approach to travel, and how she systematically made two dramatic changes in her life. There is so much that we can learn from Rossana to make changes in our own lives. Whether you’re looking to travel, change jobs or something else, Rosanna has some invaluable tips that you can use, even if you’re not a fan of spreadsheets.

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