Radical Lifestyle Redesign III: Time to “Burn The Boats” (Or, Your Moment of Confirmation)

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Many people want to change their lives, but few actually do – why is this? Perhaps it’s because they aren’t truly “all in”. What then separates those who succeed from those who don’t? Virtually everyone we have spoken with on the Ownstream Podcast, or just in the flow of life, who has pulled off of the mainstream path creating something truly their “own” have done what we call “burn the boats”. In other words, they have taken irrevocable, and often dramatic, action in the direction of their life’s calling. This sometimes means leaving a job, moving across the world, selling everything and traveling or some other radically different, out of the box, act. In this article, we discuss why this is so and break down the specific steps to successfully designing your own “burn the boats” (or “confirmation”, as we call it) moment.

OS28: Stacie Malkus – The Healing Power of Oils + The Rise of Network Marketing

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Stacie Malkus never saw herself in sales, much less network marketing. So, when an opportunity to become a rep with an essential oils business came her way, she balked. That is, until she saw how powerful the oils were when she used them to help her daughter’s sleep. After Brooklyn took a 3-hour nap, mommy became a believer. Now, she oversees a 40K member team, selling healthy essential oils to those craving an alternative to the mainstream path of medicine and drugs. This episode began as an exploration of these oils and how wide-ranging and beautifully effective they are in treating all manner of illness and injury. But, along the way, we realized that this episode was also about the return of network marketing as a viable, powerful business for those who’d rather not sit at a desk all day. In the last couple of years, Stacie has grown her business to becoming the lone bread winner in her family (she “retired her husband” a few years ago), and now their family enjoys more time together, enjoying the outdoors (surfing in particular), traveling and more. For those seeking ways to treat pain and illness more holistically AND for people who desire an elegant alternative to working 9-5, then this podcast is for you. Enjoy!

OS25: Chess Edwards – From Betrayal to Awakening & The Adventure Within

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The spirit of adventure has always come naturally to Chess Edwards. For many years, he has taken small groups into the remotest corners of the world, hoping that the outer environs would shake them loose from the mundane patterns of the mainstream path. His desire was that people would return from a trip, and review their life through a broader lens making dramatic changes in their world steering always towards more power, vitality…and joy. Chess blends this spirit of outer adventure with a powerful and deep meditation practice, exploring all forms of life’s edges – both inner and outer. His message is clear – the true adventure is within, in the frontier of consciousness. In this incredibly candid interview, Chess discusses his feelings of betrayal at the promises of the mainstream path (media, education, family etc) and how he rose above this. Learn his stunning definition of the ego and the “illusion” and how people can disidentify with the false, and align with the truth uncovering true joy, meaning and purpose. His life, and this epic conversation, is a shining testament to the powerful spiritual channel he advocates of alignment and surrender. Enjoy!

OS24: Kimberly & Theo Hanson – How They Beat Cancer & Got Busy Living

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It might be the most dreaded word in the western world – cancer. Many live in sheer terror at receiving this diagnosis from their doctor, certain it means death or a highly compromised life going forward. Modern medicine’s approach is to remove the tumor and then, by way of radiation and chemotherapy, eliminate any remaining cancerous tissues before these toxic treatments kill the person. A race, in other words, where only the strong survive. Many now are finding different approaches to this dreaded condition and finding not only success in reversing the disease, but a wildly new and vibrant lease on life. Enter Kimberly and Theo Hanson, who used a special juicing protocol to reverse her breast cancer and help him to lose over 100 lbs. The two of them now are on a mission to share their powerful message, inspire others and change the conversation about cancer from treating the symptom (tumors) to changing the toxic lifestyle which creates these frightening symbols of a culture gone awry. Enjoy!

OS23: Ayanna Mojica – Mysticism, Feminine Power & Wealth Attraction

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Ayanna Mojica was down to her final $125. She was heartbroken, suicidal, she could barely move. Within days she had a new business and had over $5K in coaching clients, within a few weeks she had hit 5 figures and hasn’t looked back since. This is the magic of hitting bottom, and it’s the power of using a heart-centered approach to business, entrepreneurship and life. Ayanna Mojica calls herself a Priestess, meaning she bridges the sacred (invisible) and the tangible (visible). Her aim is to empower women to own their financial birthright. She wants women happy, radiant and wealthy. In this episode, she discusses how important this is in our culture today, how to actually use law of attraction (and how “The Secret” was incomplete), how she helps women become mega successful and she candidly reveals some of her most powerful, spiritual experiences. For anyone (man or woman) who is interested in the intersection between wealth and spirituality, this episode is sure to fascinate. Enjoy!

OS21: Cara Thomas – “Serenflipity” & How Choosing Adventure Can Change A Life

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Cara Thomas was stuck. She was tired of her day job, her relationship had just ended, New York was wearing her out. She knew that life could be more than this, so like more and more people, she dropped it all and headed to Asia. She purchased a 1-way ticket to Mumbai, and did not look back. Prior to her departure, inspiration struck – ask her closest friends to give her small challenges to do along the way, enabling her to both pursue adventure but also invite serendipity and spontaneity into her daily experience. Since she loosely planned to be away for 90 days, she asked for (and received) 90 cards. These actions ranged from paying it forward by purchasing a treat for someone behind you in line to asking a stranger for a mantra. So, of course one of these led her to meeting Steven Tyler in a Bangkok hotel and the other…to connecting with us in a cafe in Ubud, Bali. We’ve been pals ever since, and we’re honored to share her wonderfully organic entrepreneurial journey with you. She shares here how “Serenflipity” has naturally grown into a full-blown business, how travel helped her get unstuck in her life, her 90-day structure to life experiments and how serendipity is less “magic” and more a state of mind, available to anyone, anytime. Enjoy!

OS19: Khe Hy – On Leaving Wall St, His Happiness Quotient, “Rad Reads” & More

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Khe Hy had it made (so to speak). He was a rising star at a major firm on Wall St, was receiving regular bonuses he simply couldn’t possibly spend and was admired by anyone who met or knew him. And yet…he wasn’t happy. On Khe’s scale, he was about a 6 or 6.5 out of 10. Much to his surprise, money did not equate to happiness. So, he did what virtually no one does in that position – he quit. Nowadays, some two years later, the Khe Hy happiness quotient floats around 9.5 out of 10 on most days, he makes plenty of money (though not nearly as much as before) and he shares valuable content via his rapidly growing “RadReads” list, talks to millennials on SnapChat daily and dotes on his daughter, wife and friends. He has realized one of life’s best kept secrets: happiness is a choice, and from it stem all sorts of wonders. Khe’s life now reveals this truth, and his story is sure to inspire anyone loaded down in a career or life path that doesn’t truly excite them. We are honored to include Khe’s story on this episode of the Ownstream Podcast. Enjoy!