Kristine Carlson — From Heartbreak to Wholeness

After the tragic and unexpected loss of her husband, Kristine Carlson resolved to find hope in the midst of heartache and her life has never been the same since. Kristine Carlson is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and leader in the field of transformation. After collaborating with her late husband Dr. Richard Carlson to create a publishing industry phenomenon with the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series, Kristine is emerging as a profound teacher in the areas that matter most to the human heart: how to heal and how to love. In this conversation, she shares about her forthcoming book, From Heartbreak to Wholeness: The Hero’s Journey to Joy, and offers a process for healing that goes beyond common prescriptions for getting through the pain of loss.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Rob Lawless — The Untapped Value of Human Connection

Rob Lawless set out to meet 10,000 people for 1 hour each in November of 2015. He wanted to learn about others’ lives and see what comes of opening doors for no particular reason. Leaving behind his career in finance and tech sales, Rob took a huge risk and made the bet that creating human connection is currently a more important foundation for his future than building his savings account. In this conversation, Branden and Rob lean into his journey that has revealed the human epidemic of loneliness, social agendas, and our deep need for connection.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Grace Bonney — Building Communities with Curiosity

Founder of Design Sponge, Grace Bonney, has lived into this question and found the answer in curiosity. Her daily blog, Design Sponge, attracts over 1 million readers per day while focusing on the creative community, with the goal of making the art and design world personal. She’s the author of two best-selling books, Design Sponge at Home and In the Company of Women and just released her newest project: a magazine called Good Company Today, shares her journey of building her business and why there is power in meaningful curiosity and embracing our differences.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Miles Adcox — Why Empathy and Self-Awareness Change Everything

Miles Adcox lives by these ideas: Empathy over action, love over agenda, and grace over advice. He is a speaker, writer, and CEO/Owner of Onsite — an extended care center for emotional trauma & co-dependency. He’s spent his life in and out of specializing in communication, personal growth, and mental health consultations to the music and entertainment industry. In this conversation, Miles shares about his journey toward self-awareness and empathy — and ultimately, how he got a PhD in himself in order for true healing to take place in his life.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Anjali Pinto — What Grieving Teaches Us About the Human Story

After photographer Anjali Pinto’s husband died suddenly at age 30, she didn’t turn inward. She turned to Instagram. Over the course of the past year and a half, those Instagram posts—one a day, every day—have become a kind of documentary project: a tribute to Jacob and an unfolding of Pinto’s grief. Anjali garnered the attention of more than 50,000 followers and eventually hosted an art show dedicated to memorializing the life of Jacob that made a profound impact on it’s viewers. In this episode, she shares her story of loss and grief and how sharing her story publicly has revealed the nuanced, complicated beauty of humanity.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Scott Hamilton — How Adversity Paves the Way for Our Purpose

Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton’s wake-up call came at the breaking point of his life — losing his mom to cancer. Today, the most recognized male figure-skating star in the world, Scott Hamilton has won 70 titles, awards and honors including an Olympic gold medal, an Emmy Award nomination, and induction into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. He further inspires others as a speaker, humanitarian, and as a cancer and pituitary brain tumor survivor. In this conversation, Branden and Scott talk about his newest book and dive deep into the truth that adversity and perseverance can shape you for good — discovering that both can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Tiffany Mitchell — Creating as an Act of Radical Vulnerability

Tiffany Mitchell is a photographer, writer, visual storyteller, and advocate for the power of vulnerability. She started her now well-known Instagram account (@tifforelie) at a season of her life where she struggled with depression and debilitating anxiety — living with chronic pain that confined her to her house for 2 weeks out of every month between the ages of 19-27. She reached her rock bottom when a divorce, miscarriage, and death of a loved one left her feeling like she’d lost herself entirely. During this time, she had put down a lot of the things that used to give her joy. It wasn’t until she started slowly creating again that she found her voice as well as her own inner-healing.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Justin Zoradi — How to Build, Empower, and Let Go of Work That Matters

Award winning social entrepreneur Justin Zoradi’s important work began the day he decided to no longer deny opportunities to others that he demanded for himself. This realization was sparked while working in South Africa in 2006, where he met several bright students who wanted to go to college but couldn't afford it. Ever since then, his international education nonprofit, These Numbers Have Faces, has been investing in Africa's brightest young people to lead and empower their countries. In this episode, Justin shares his life’s story of empowerment, responsibility and clarity as a compassionate leader trying to make a difference in the world.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Ali Nelson — The Messy Magic of Making Things

Multidisciplinary artist, entrepreneur and creative activist Ali Nelson didn’t always think of herself as an artist. But in 2008, everything changed with a series of tragic events — a divorce before the age of 23, a death of a close friend, a car crash with a drunk driver that led to a brain injury — that would change her life’s trajectory forever. Losing up to 60% of her verbal and cognitive abilities, she started making things, creating piece after piece in an attempt to process it all. In this episode, she shares the unfolding of finding her voice and the process of discovering the magic portal of making things.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Allison Fallon — Becoming a Force of Love and Change in the World

Author and speaker Allison Fallon is someone who has lived into this idea that telling the truth about yourself is the hardest thing we can do, but the beginning of something really beautiful. Her newest book tells the shocking, personal story of a marriage that didn’t go as planned, the truth that shattered everything, and the beautiful unfolding around the realization that saving her marriage wasn’t worth losing herself. She talks about this more on the show today.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Theron Humphrey — Creating Out of a Place of Belonging

Do you believe that a broken heart could be the catalyst for most things we create and move toward in our lives? For photographer and world-traveler Theron Humphrey, this statement has been one of the truest statements for the trajectory of his life. And it’s been a wild one. Theron is well-known on social media for his adventures with his coonhound Maddie. He’s a photographer who has also published two delightful books — capturing the hearts and imaginations of dog and adventure lovers all around the world. 

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Ilwad Elman — Passing Down a Legacy of Peacemaking

In 2010 the conflict in Somalia was raging heavily and the majority of Mogadishu and the South Central Regions of Somalia were lost to the control of the Al-Qaeda linked terrorist group al-Shabab. Ilwad Elman, living in Canada at the time, left the safety of her new home in North America to return to her home country of Somalia. Even in the midst of terrorism, conflict, and violence — She has remained in Somalia ever since. In this conversation, Branden and Ilwad discuss the opportunity we all have been give to live with intentionality and the opportunity to serve our communities. 

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Kristi Karrenbrock