Quite often, the quest for freedom hinges on the clear realization of its opposite – slavery. For Steven Michaels, the pivotal moment came at a bank, when, as a young entrepreneur and husband, he sought to remove the last of his money to buy groceries. Last he checked, he had around 600 bucks. No money was there. After double-checking, the teller told him that his money had been removed by the IRS. Gone. From that moment of powerlessness, Steven made it his mission to maximize his understanding and experience of freedom and liberty in our modern world. It has been his sole focus for nearly 30 years. This quest to be “free in an unfree world” rather naturally created a strong interest for Steve in the rise of cryptocurrencies and, specifically, bitcoin. In fact, after much study and personal experience, Steve’s very simple position on this exciting new market is to invest only in bitcoin (and no other cryptocurrencies), as he feels certain that bitcoin will be the final “crypto” standing. In this deep and candid interview, Steve describes the many ways that we are not free in this society (ways we often may not even recognize or question), and the solutions he adheres to to defend and empower himself in this reality. Seeing bitcoin as a powerful and unparalleled new tool of self defense, he very clearly tells the now 9-year history of bitcoin, and its wide-reaching implications across our society. He talks about why it’s the best crypto out there for investors, and hints at how sky high he believes it eventually will go. While Steve’s general approach to life, freedom and empowerment is in many ways inspiring, a central aim we had with this conversation was to educate people about cryptocurrencies and, specifically, bitcoin. It is the belief of many, including Steve, that crypto’s hold potential for the most significant transfer of wealth in our lifetime, and we would like nothing more than for you to get in on this dramatic change. Enjoy!
For Natalie Sisson, doing anything which doesn’t feel good for too long sets off an internal alarm. So, some 10 years ago, after too many days of feeling “off” at a corporate job…she quit. What’s remarkable about her decision is that she didn’t have a solid plan for what to do afterwards, but took the leap anyway. What unfolded from there is truly epic: 70 countries in 7 years, multiple online programs helping other digital nomads, a very popular podcast, her own book and a vast array of experiences that many only dream about. And, as she describes in this week’s Ownstream Podcast, she mainly follows the simple breadcrumb trail of her excitement. She is comfortable not knowing what lays past the horizon. This outlook has given her the amazing ability to leap where others might balk. And, it has given her the conviction that others can do the same. She recently gave up the digital nomad lifestyle and now owns land in New Zealand and, with her partner, has a new vision of freedom and service. What’s wonderful about this conversation is that Natalie believes that anyone can do this. The path she has walked isn’t for the few. It’s for those who decide it’s for them. Consider yourself warned: this conversation might give you the clarity and motivation to decide to take the leap yourself. Enjoy!
Many dream of it, but very few actually do it: sell it all and move to paradise. For Nadine Pisani, it took her husband being hospitalized for 10 days for her to realize that their way of life as chiropractors in Pennsylvania wasn’t working. A short time later, they walked off a plane in Costa Rica and knew immediately they had done the right thing. Since that time, they have stopped working so much, fostered all sorts of other creative interests and have fallen back in love with life and each other. In this episode, we talk specifically about her transition from living in the US to a full-timer in Costa Rica. Included in this is how her writing career took off (she has now authored 4 books), how they built their own B&B near Tamarindo and their daily coffee dance (something about fresh, Costa Rican coffee…). What surprises or challenges awaited them? What was it like transitioning to an entirely different (and slower) way of life? What is it actually like now some years later – was it all worth it? If you have ever dreamed of leaving it all behind and moving to paradise, you will love this episode. Nadine Pisani and her husband Rob did it and found a flourishing, vibrant and joyful life awaiting them in paradise. It wasn’t always a straight path, but it has definitely been worth it. Enjoy!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!