Carmel Clermont is a Haitian woman who was raised by her aunt in Haiti until she was 15 years old. She finally joined her parents in the US in 1986. She went to high school, and to college, got married and had 5 children, inherited 5 stepchildren and decided she was most at home when she was helping others, so she went to work to unofficially adopt 300 children in Haiti through the support of their orphanages. Tune in for stories of teaching sex education, child prostitution, single mother programs, schooling and food for all ages, and one woman who creates a story that affects so many others.
Every choice, every action creates ripples, creates responses, closes doors, open doors, hurts, helps, generates energy and creates your future. Will you start off choosing actions that make YOUR soul sing, or create love? Will you fight off fear that may loom about your day ahead? Will you yell at your kids, or take a run, or take someone for granted, or listen to an inspirational podcast that may trigger an action that will change up your day and maybe your story? Will you allow your inner critic to rip into you today, or will you manage your inner stories? The choices are endless – really, you could create anything. What will you create today? Right now? What is your storyline? Is it on autopilot or can you shake it up for a little novelty? Maybe just what you need today is to do something completely unexpected. Ooohhhhh – what might that be and where might that take you? Do it! Tune in for a scientific, as well as a pop-culture look at how we really do create our own experiences and how we can be in charge of that. I also have a guest interview with Taylor Proctor the host of the Happiness Abound podcast.
An origin story tells where you’re from and how you got to the place you are now. It often shows your journey of learning and thus helps others know you better, trust you more, and comprehend how they want to interact with you. Spiderman’s origin story is based in receiving his powers from a scientific accident. Batman’s origin story is based in the death of his parents and how this shapes his choices and the trajectory of his life. Wonder Woman’s origin story is one of being raised by all-female Amazonian warriors with a sense of responsibility to the world. Superhero origin stories are fun to look at and they ALWAYS play the major role in the character and their superhero path. As do the stories of our pasts, create for us the forward projection of our lives In today’s episode we talk about how your origin story can help you, and I throw in an interview with Will Schaub, a Vietnamese immigrant and how his origin story of coming to a country as a small child, losing his father, watching his mother struggle to learn a new landscape gave him the roots to overcome his own obstacles in life. Tune in.
Random Acts of Kindness are a thing. There are groups, websites, and people who rally others to get out and focus on acts of kindness and the creation of goodness and service on purpose. It’s a life story tool for creating good things in your story. I am one of those who has served as a herald to help rally others into the RAK movement. I created groups and get-togethers for people who want to use this life story tool for bringing some good into the world. During two of these meet-ups, I interviewed the people involved so we could get a real BOOTS ON THE GROUND retelling of what it was like. Hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration from their stories. The cover photo is a group in Ohio that I was a part of. We made a sign saying we were giving away free hugs and we stood in a shopping center for an hour. The guy in the middle is one of the people we hugged, a man who wanted a picture with us to remember others reaching out to him. Tune in to today’s podcast for interviews with those who were in the RAK groups. It may be a little surprising because it turns out that doing Random Acts of Kindness is an inside job. See first hand the resistance we encountered.
When a business defines its values it determines what it wants its governing value system to be with customers and employees. When we set our own personal value system it’s very similar. Actively choosing the values you wish to create your life around can give you direction, definition, and clarity as you make your day-to-day choices it also creates stories you can use to teach your children with. Stay with me today for some thoughts on the process of setting your own personal values that will guide your life story creation and why you want to do it. What are your values? Do you have stories of you living your values? If you don’t, maybe those aren’t really your values. Let’s talk about it.