February 21 - No one has it all figured out - This show really dives into the truth that there is no playbook in life. And that everyone has struggles and hardships, even if they appear to have it all. Many people suffer in silence. So understanding that not having the answers to all those why's, what if's and could be's . . . it levels that playing field for all of us on our interconnected journey.
July 12 - Walk a mile in a refugee’s shoes - Mark and Kristie talk to members of the Coalition for our immigrant neighbors, and discuss their upcoming event…Walk a mile in a refugee’s shoes. The event is as follows:
Today, we are seeing the highest number of people forcibly displaced from their country of origin since World War II - 65 million people. A staggering 21.3 million of those displaced are refugees with over half of whom are under 18 years of age.
While it's impossible to fully comprehend what it's like to be forced from your home and to live as a refugee, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, has developed a unique program that provides individuals and families an opportunity to begin to understand the frustrations, disappointments and hopes that face refugees around the world.
Walk a Mile in a Refugee's Shoes is an hour-long simulation that allows participants to assume the identity and role of a refugee. Through the simulation you will be given the opportunity to learn what experiences a refugee is faced with once forced to flee their country. You will encounter seven stations meant to mimic the process a refugee would encounter. We hope that you walk away from this experience enlightened on refugee reality and what steps you can take to advocate or a desire to get involved.
April 18 - Transformational Leadership - This week's show we take a close look at connection. How important is it to have with each other. And how embracing the five steps in the transformational leadership philosophy at home and at work can model the way for healthier relationships and more authentic connection with those in your life.
December 4 - Questions we should ask ourselves - There are Times in our life we take a look back with regrets and things we wish we would have done differently and ways in which we wish we would have shown up a bit better. In this show Mark and Kristie take a look at some questions we can ask ourselves that might just help us make a difference right where we are in the moment we are living.
February 14 - Vision Quest - Today's show was a request on the ancient Indian tradition of the Vision Quest. Mark and Kristie will take a look at not only the Vision Quest but other traditions of finding one's self. They will look at how, and why cultures have put a priority on spending time in solitude, getting out in nature and finding one's purpose and fit within a community. They will take a look at the past and some current ways that people strive to find their place on this planet. And that each person's journey is unique.
April 3 - Morality in History - Mark and Kristie talk to American Historian, Dr. Wesley Bishop, on the topic of morality in history. If you think that the facts in history are absolute truths . . . maybe not. Since history has power we need to ask what parts of history do we want to represent our present.
March 27 - The Many Ways Pets Enrich Our Lives - Mark and Kristie have guest Dr. Jennifer Finnegan, DVM to talk about how having pets in your life can improve your quality of living. They talk research and real life stories of how sharing your life with four-legged friends improve your overall health and leads to a happier and longer life.
November 29 - Travel Safety - This show was a request from a listener and they wanted Kristie to give some travel tips. The show not only covers Kristie's three rules of travel but is really about safety in general. The tips are good traveling around the world or just simply going to your local downtown for some shopping.
April 12 - The Art of Motivation - At the end of every show we are listeners for requests for future shows, so today’s show was a request. Motivation is an art not a science. Why do we get right up and complete a task when one person asks us but we drag our feet for a week when another asks? Dr. Stewart will explain the Expectancy Theory of motivation and how it is implemented in both management and leadership. She will also challenge you to see management and leadership not just in business terms but seeing how we manage and lead within our everyday life and how using the very simple three steps explained in the expectancy theory we can understand what motivates us and what doesn’t and why. Understanding ourselves and why we do and don’t do certain things can lead to a happier life and far less feelings of failure and judgement of ourselves and others.
October 11 - How to stay in the good . . . through the bad - The past few weeks have been emotionally tough for many of us. So next week returning as our guest is Dr. Michele Omara. She will share some tools to help us deal with life's difficult and unpredictable times in which we live.
March 15 - Communicating through our Dreams - This show is a bit more fun and lighthearted. Mark and Kristie are going to share a dream, and their guest Mark Littlefield is going to interpret those dreams. Mr. Littlefield will explain why your dreams matter and what they represent.
September 27 - 7 Keys for Inspired Living (Part II) - Richard Brendan is back with Mark to finish bringing the remaining 3 keys for living an inspired life. They will address the importance of forgiveness, bringing love into the world and living in the present moment.
September 25 - If a dog was our teacher. . . Mark and Kristie share some life lessons we can learn from watching our furry friends.
June 28 - Best Vacation ever… - Today’s show was a request for Mark and Kristie. They were asked with as much as Kristie travels to share their favorite and least favorite vacations and why. So, they share their picks and are joined today with Kim Kuntz to outline their favorite vacation together. They took a week and traveled from Vegas via route 66 to hike the Grand Canyon to Havasupai Falls.
Las Vegas – www.vegas.com/downtown
Williams Arizona… www.williamsaz.gov
Day 3 and 4
Grand Canyon… www.nps.gov/grca
Route 66… historic66.com
Day 6 and 7…we would add at least one or two more nights camping
Havasupai Falls… http://theofficialhavasupaitribe.com/
Las Vegas and home (not mentioned in show but visit Ethel M. chocolate factory)
August 8 - This week Mark and Kristie take a look at history, or at least how history repeats itself. They look at the 4000 year Chinese history and the dynastic cycles and how those four stage directly relate to US generational history. Does history repeat itself because we don't learn from it or because history has an unbreakable pattern that we are doomed to repeat?
December 19 - Merry Christmas - Mark and Kristie take a look at the history of Christmas, some crazy traditions throughout the world and maybe a few things you never knew about Santa himself.
December 11 - Questions about Syria
February 1 - Living on Purpose - Kristie and Mark are going to discuss their definitions of Living on Purpose and give some examples of future shows.
October 2 - If a dog was our teacher. . . Part 2 - Mark and Kristie continue exploring what life lessons we can learn from our dogs.
May 3 - Pieces of Wisdom from an aardvark - That’s right an aardvark. They will be talking with Guest Chris Stringfellow and offer up Ardy’s 10 pearls of wisdom from his travels. These timeless pearls will help us all take a look at what is really important in life and how we can take some lessons from an aardvark on showing up in the world from a more loving and compassionate place.
10. Success is measured by you and no one else.
9. Life can be hard but the small stuff is just that...small stuff. Decide if it’s really going to be worth worrying about tomorrow.
8. Patience really is a virtue and jealousy is the root of all evil.
7. “What if’s” really don't matter in the now. Move forward and do it better.
6. Life is about the relationships you cultivate. Make the most of the moments.
5. Listening is an art...practice it more often.
4. Aside from all the BS going on in the world you’ll find most people are more the same than different. Concentrate on the similarities and embrace the differences.
3. Assumption and perception are close to the same thing and we should probably not do either.
2. A broken heart is better than having no heart at all.
1. Never miss a moment to tell someone you love them. It may be the last thing you say or the last thing they hear.
Never miss a moment to tell someone you love them. It may be the last thing you say or the last thing they hear.
February 6 - Behaviors to Build Trust - This week's show was a request on the topic of trust in our relationships. Why is trust so important and what happens when we lose it. And we will talk about some specific behaviors to build trust in your relationships at work and at home.
July 10 - Mark and Kristie have another request show. They will be looking at the list of 20 interesting facts about human behavior. According to the learning mind.com. I think you will find their list pretty interesting.
November 22 - Surviving Thanksgiving - Happy Thanksgiving. In today's show Mark and Kristie talk about how to get through some of those tough Thanksgiving family times. Knowing the difference between an annoyance and someone just being hurtful. They also look at some pretty fun facts about the Thanksgiving holiday that you might not know.
May 15 - 10 Life Lessons - This week was another request. We go through the list of the 10 life lessons people should learn. I think they are all things that if we don't choose to learn them, life has a way of teaching us..
July 19 - Life Defining Moments - Mark and Kristie talk today about life defining moments. What are those points at which the essential nature or character of a person is revealed or identified? And how is the movie Wonder Women a great model for living life on purpose and identifying those life defining moments.
February 15 - Meaning of Life - This show is going to be the first in a series of Kristie and Mark 's investigation of what is the meaning of life. They will present their thoughts and a framework for exploring such a vast and individual topic.
January 15 - Pay Attention to your Patterns - When we ask ourselves "why does this keep happening to me, "it always ends this way", and questions like this, we need to investigate the patterns in our life. This week Mark and Kristie take a look at patterns in our lives and how important it is in identifying them. We all have them. . . we all struggle with them.
June 19 - Mark and Kristie interview Jenni White, the director of Trinity Haven here in Indy. Trinity House is a new homeless shelter for the LGBTQ community. They will discuss some very troubling statistics on percentage of homeless gay and transgendered youth and how Indianapolis is starting to address this problem by opening its first homeless shelter to this needed population.
May 2 - This week Mark and Kristie are going to do something a little different. They are going to take a look and listen to an amazing song by Nashville recording artist Cheley Tackett and her song "Magic Still Happens". By realizing that being loving, compassionate, and giving . . . well that is how we make the magic happen every day.
March 4 - What is the Electoral College - Mark and Kristie has back one of their favorite guests, Dr. Wesley Bishop. With Super Tuesday next week and the upcoming elections they get the history of the electoral college and finds out if it is still needed today.
November 15 - Viking Law - the Vikings were a very interesting people. Today's show Mark and Kristie will take a look at the Viking Laws. I think most will be surprised that the progressive thinking of the Viking's culture, especially as it related to women. None of these laws will be new ways of thinking and in fact really resemble many current western values.
January 9 - Blue Butterfly - This show was a listener request for Mark and Kristie to take a look at what colors mean in our life and specifically the symbolism of the blue butterfly. What can you learn about a person's personalty by the colors they surround themselves and what color car they drive.
January 16 - Who Said That - This week Mark and Kristie are going to take a look at those old sayings and where they came from. This show was a request of who said it and why. Some may just stump you and you may not want to use once you find the raciest history.
March 18 - Game Changing Choices for 2020, Part 1 - Throw out the new year's resolutions and make real changes in this new 2020. Mark and Kristie take a look at some game changing choices we can make to move into the 2020's with greater success and a happier life.
March 25 - 10 Game Changing Choices for 2020, Part 2 - Throw out the new year's resolutions and make real changes in this new 2020. Mark and Kristie take a look at some game changing choices we can make to move into the 2020's with greater success and a happier life.
February 28 - Being Happy - Mark and Kristie did a show on why we are so unhappy - in this show they are going to talk about steps we can take to be happier. Mindfulness and gratitude are two big ones, but some may surprise you . . . that the optimal temperatures is 57 degrees. and a good short term tool might just be eating chocolate and drinking a glass of milk.
March 21 - 12 Laws of Karma - This show was a request because of Kristie's love of lists. Mark and Kristie will take a look at the Karma, where did the concept come from and how it is similar and different in religions. They will take a specific look at the 12 Laws and how what one did yesterday can affect our life today.
August - Why We Sabotage Ourselves - Mark and Kristie take a look at ways that we sabotage our lives. How if we just shifted our paradigm just a little we could start seeing these things and managing them at the time or better yet cutting them off before they become issues.
August 30 - Just for FUN - Mark and Kristie talk with Mary Pivarunis on why having fun in our life is important. So many adults don't see the value nor make time to have fun. They talk about ways to not only have fun but to make life more fun and the physical and emotional benefits to being a little silly.
August 9 - Man’s Best Friend
Today Mark and Kristie are going to talk with Dr. Bruce Mclaughlin about our four legged friends and how veterinary medicine, and over all views of our pets have changed throughout the years. We are even going to get him to tell us about how he brought home a horse as a kid.
June 7 - Criticism as Communication - Mark and Kristie will discuss how using criticism as communication can be effective and destructive. Mark will ask Kristie some questions relating to criticism in both business and personal settings. Since misunderstood words can damage or end relationships, understanding how to deliver negative information and judgements is really an important skill to understand.
May 17 - Richard Brendan will be our guest this week.
Richard Brendan...Bringing Love to Life is positive and inspiring talk radio that serves as a voice for a movement for loving ourselves, one another and the Earth. On the air for 14 years, the program empowers listeners as it explores many of today's top social issues. As Executive Producer and Host, Richard artfully weaves compelling, down-to-earth conversations with today's leading Social Change Artists. Richard will be sharing his thoughts on the topic of Illusion of Separation.
July 18 - What one can accomplish when they don't know they can't - Othello Bach - This week Mark and Kristie interview 7 time best selling book writer, Othello Bach. This woman has an amazing story of overcoming adversities in life. She couldn’t read till the end of the 8th grade but was topping the best selling books list by her 30’s. Join us this week for an amazing story by an equally amazing person.
January 31 - 18 Rules for Living from the Dalai Lama - In past shows we have brought you Albert Einstein, Star Wars and even Wonder Woman. But today they are to share the wisdom from his holiness the Dalai Lama. We are going to address each of his 18 rules for living. None are new ideas but all can be tough, especially in tough times.
January 29 - Child Trafficking - Mark and Kristie talk with Dana Priyanka Hammond who was child trafficked and ended up in the USA. She is now sharing her story with us. Interesting story of hope and longing to accept the past.
December 26 - Happy 2019 - Mark and Kristie talk about the history of the New Year and how is is linked to pagan Celtic religion traditions and how the new year had changed over time. Everyone will be interested in how other countries' traditions celebrate the new year, for example; in Denmark they jump off chairs and break plates against family member's houses.
May 23 - Memorial Day, an American Holiday.
Mark and Kristie take a look at what Memorial Day stands for, why it is so important in our culture. and of course we are in Indianapolis and no bigger weekend in Indy than race weekend. Mark and Kristie ventured to Stout Field Military Base here in Indy to get a better perspective on what Memorial Day represents and how we can be more honoring the American Soldier.
February 8 - Camino de Santiago
Kristie and Mark will discuss finding one's life purpose by completing a sacred pilgrimage. Joining them will be guest Donna Richardson to share her experiences of the Camino de Santiago
December 12 - The Othello Bach Show - Mark and Kristie interview the host of Indie Air Radio's newest show . . . Othello Bach. She has written 85 books, had 7 best sellers, written music that has been recorded on Broadway, is an amazing painter, she is a Hypnotherapist, Seminary Graduate and most all a Mom. In this show they get a sneak peak at her show that is starting January 2nd right after Living on Purpose Show.
March 20 - Things to Remember When You're Overthinking - This week's show I think most of us can relate and that is overthinking. We all get in a place of getting stuck in our yesterday and worrying about our tomorrow and that leads us to overthinking and losing our now moment. Mark and Kristie take a look at some things to practice to get ourselves unstuck and stop when we get in that overthinking cycle.
August 23 - Get Out of Your Own Way - In today's show Mark and Kristie will talk about how we stand in our own way of success and happiness. They talk about several very common ways that we sabotage ourselves at work and at home. What are some of the most common things that we say to get in our own way. And how to be the cause of your life not live in the effect.
May 8 - Fake News - In our current state of affairs in this country, Mark and Kristie take a different look at "fake news". They have guest Wesley Bishop, an American Historian. This show takes a look at some of those things about America that we believe to be true but that are not. Example: That Columbus discovered America when in fact he never set foot in the USA. And some new things that are completely different from our high school history class. Which leads to the question of "fake news" and what is "real news" . . . and do we really know the difference?
September 19 - Getting Involved and Vote - Julie Vaughn - This week Mark and Kristie interview Julia Vaughn from Common Cause Indiana and they talk about how gerrymandering is changing our political landscape and give some interesting insight on how most politicians and their negative advertising is all about getting us not to vote and sadly how it's working.
September 11 - Remembering 9/11 - Mark and Kristie are going to remember the events on September 11 and talk about some facts of the day that many don't know. They tell some real life stories about heroism and two guide dogs that saved over 1000 lives.
December 27 - Leadership Secrets of Santa (walkthetalk.com) - Mark and Kristie interview Mrs. Claus and talk about Santa's leadership and management secrets on running a year round mega business. How does Santa keep engaged? And the big question is how did Santa deal with hiring Rudolph to lead the sleigh over more experienced pullers like Dasher and Dancer? Is it possible to have happy employees under such pressure of change and expectations of the whole world?
May 22 - Memorial Day, an American Holiday.
Mark and Kristie take a look at what Memorial Day stands for, why it is so important in our culture. and of course we are in Indianapolis and no bigger weekend in Indy than race weekend. Mark and Kristie ventured to Stout Field Military Base here in Indy to get a better perspective on what Memorial Day represents and how we can be more honoring of the American Soldier.
October 25 - The Art of Living and Dying - Richard Brendan is back with Mark sharing amazing stories of how we can all live more fully by understanding and embracing death. The greatest lessons of losing those we love can be learning how to love more completely and authentically.
September 26 - Cheley and Tera Tackett Interview - Mark and Kristie had fun with this show. They interview Nashville recording artist Cheley Tackett and her wife Tera. Interesting to hear the behind the scenes account of a very exciting and successful life and how sharing your dream with your wife just makes the journey that much sweeter.
November 1 - The Art of Living and Dying - Richard Brendan is back with Mark sharing amazing stories of how we can all live more fully by understanding and embracing death. The greatest lessons of losing those we love can be learning how to love more completely and authentically.
July 3 - 4th of July
August 1 - This week Kristie and Mark interview an amazing actor and storyteller, Jenni White. She is one of the top actors here in Indy and her lead performance in Rainmaker is opening August 3, 2018. Jenni has an amazing gift of taking words written on a page and transforming them into a mesmerizing story that unfolds live right in front of you.
May 10 - One step beyond the fear - Sally Hillman is going to be the guest this week and share some enlightening concepts on how to live your life to the fullest even into your 70’s. Sally has walked a half marathon, climbed the Camino de Inka in Peru, repelled down a rock face in South America, bailed a boat as it was sinking and tried hang gliding all after the age of 68. She made a decision to stay one step ahead of fear and to live her life on her terms. Even though she is battling Parkinson’s she has a trip planned to Norway in just a few months. It’s never too late to live everyday of your life. And Sally is a true example of this refusal to give in to age or circumstance. You may have to modify but you can still accomplish those things that you want to do. Never give up.
February 22 - Law of Attraction - Mark and Kristie will explore with special guest, Dr. Michelle Omera, how we radiate our energy into the world. This is referred to as the Law of Attraction. They will explain the Law of Attraction and give some tools to help you live the most productive and happy life possible, by manifesting what you want and putting your positive energy out into the universe. www.michelleomera.com
April 25 - Follow the walking signs - This week's show we are going to take a walk. Take a look at walk signs that is... believing that everything and everyone in your life is there for a reason if you literally and figuratively follow those walk signs on life you will always be right where you are supposed to be. We interview a pretty amazing guy on his own life vision quest. Brewster is a guy that has a unquestionable faith in following one's path and trying to see all those walking signs in life.
February 19 - Acting on Ambition
July 5 - Perfection is in the practice - Mark and Kristie talk about if perfection is possible and if perfect practice makes perfect. If practice is about repetition then what things in our life outside of sports do we practice? If on average 76% of our self-talk is negative then what are we affirming to ourselves?
July 31 - Habits - Mark and Kristie honor another show request and take an in-depth look at Habits, those acquired modes of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary. Those repeated behaviors or beliefs that really dictate the direction of our lives.
August - Chinese Proverbs - Mark and Kristie are going to talk about some Chinese proverbs and how they impact our lives today.
December 6 - Feminism Today - Mark and Kristie interview Dr. Marion Wagner and get an education on the history of feminism, where we are on women's issues today and where we need to go in the future. And interestingly it seems Mark is more of a feminist than Kristie.
August 22 - Sticking with a goal - Suzana Rodriguez-Griffin - This week's show Mark and Krisite talk to Susana Rodriguez Griffin. She was the 2009 Women’s National Golden Gloves Boxing Champion. The #2 boxer in the world and an all around badass. She currently is one of the top trainers in Indianapolis and lives out her personal motto of "Inspire Passion, Attract Success" and "Think positive thoughts, get positive results." an enlightened conversation on just how to stick to your goals and be the best you can be.
July 26 - The American Dream Revisited
Mark and Kristie talk with Gary Sirek and his newest book: The American Dream Revisited: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Results.
This book is a book of real stories from people of all walks of life, covering four continents, and doing incredible things and how they did them. It is a book of hope, optimism, and teaches people the value of determination and grit.
September 20 - 7 Keys for Inspired Living (Part I) - Richard Brendan is back as co-host with Mark and they will talk through the first 4 keys for having an inspired life. They will talk about the importance of gratitude, being authentic, having a heart of playfulness and the importance of perseverance.
November 28 - Europe on Foot - Kristie talks with Mark this week on how sacred pilgrimages are really a form of self-care and can help people reconnect to nature and their spiritual beliefs. Kristie is back from two months hiking the Via Francigena and the Canterbury Trail in Europe. She will tell us all about the ups and downs of walk almost 1000 miles.
September 4 - Superstitions
March 1 - Coming to America - Mark and Kristie are going to address the very hot topic of immigration. They conduct an interview with Paul Andrei, Paul legally came to the USA from Romania, he will explain why he came to the USA as opposed to another country, what it took to get and stay here. This show sheds light on a topic that is misunderstood and with so many false facts circling they will investigate the myth from the truth on the topic of legal immigration. They will also address some myths on illegal immigrants
* This show was recorded before our new president's temporary ban on immigrants.
March 6 - Betty turns 100 - Mark and Kristie interview Betty Wolf, who just celebrated her 100th birthday. Betty enlightens all of us that life is really not all about us and how so many things have changed over the last 100 years and what things have stayed the same. Very interesting and fascinating conversation with an incredible woman.
July 17 - Differences in Being Positive or Negative Part 2 - Mark and Kristie take the request to finish up their two-part series on looking at the differences between being a positive and negative person. That we all have aspects of positive and negative and we all can get stuck in the negative..
February 7 - A Year in Review - It has been a full year since Mark and Kristie started this podcast. They will take a look back at what were their goals and what new way did the show take. They will look inward and how the show has helped to improve their lives personally. The over-riding theme in the beginning was to get people to think about what they think about. And they will share that no one has met that challenge more than they have
May 16 - Decision-Making process
We make thousands of decisions everyday...or do we. How many decisions are we making that are just emotional reactions versus actually critically thinking a process through and making the possible decision based on all different alternatives. We will take an indepth look at the 8 steps of the decision making process and maybe shed some light on why sometimes we make good decisions and other times...well we could have made a better choice. And that embracing our emotions in our decision making might not be such a bad thing.
January 22 - Ways to keep improving - This week Mark and Kristie take a look at ways to keep improving. So many times we let life get in the way of keeping us stuck or failing to move forward. In this show they give some tips on how to keep your life moving forward.
February 5 - Three years on the air - Mark and Kristie are celebrating three years as show hosts and podcasters. They have a unique show of call-in guests. They hear from some of our biggest show guests as well as some favorite ones.
June 14 - Easier said than done - This is going to be Living on Purpose's 20th show. Mark and Kristie are going to look at many topics that they have covered in the previous 19 shows. They will answer some questions posted to them and clarify on a few topics that they seemed to leave up in the air or people wanted to hear more detail. Addressing many topics that are just easier said than done to actually live and follow thought. They created this show to get people thinking about what they do and don't really think about. Accepting that we show up in our not so best self at times and pivoting toward making changes that lead to better outcomes. Doing the best we can and accepting those days when we didn't quite show up as the difference we want to be in the world. What are those things in our life that make life worth living that we don't give as much attention to as need or we would like. What is living on purpose? Have we gotten any closer in 19 shows of figuring that out? What are new questions they are asking themselves and maybe sharing some questions that have been presented.
May 30 - Goal Setting
This week's show we take a look at goal-setting. Most of us could be better at setting goals and actually following through on those goals and this week we are going to take an indepth look at how to set better more achievable goals and how to stay motivated to not let small perceived failures detour us from accomplishing what we set out to accomplish.
December 19 - Merry Christmas - Mark and Kristie give some great history of Christmas and all its holiday traditions. How they came about and can't miss how other countries celebrate Christmas and the crazy things they eat.
December 13 - To be a Jedi - Mark and Kristie take a look at the cultural impact from the Star Wars empire. On the eve of the new Star Wars movie release they look at how the move has impacted the world, its link to ancient religions
and even Christianity. They give some background facts that you just might not know and review some Yoda lessons that can help us live a life with purpose if we just keep them in the forefront of our thinking.
August 28 - History of Labor Day with guest Dr. Bishop - This week is another holiday show. Mark and Kristie interview Dr. Westley Bishop and learn some interesting facts about Labor Day. Who knew Labor Day goes all the way back to the Romans!
March 29 - Hunger in Community -Today’s show is going to address a topic that is affecting 17 million people living in the USA…hunger. We are the wealthiest country in the world and 17 million people, including children, college students and seniors don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Mark and Kristie will interview Rev. Dr. Chris May and Kitty Seeling and discuss individuals hunger for food, but also their hunger for community. The One World Everybody Eats organization is offering support to pay-what-you-can café’s in local communities. These cafe’s are allowing communities to give a “hand up”, to those in their communities with dignity and respect. Kitty is opening a café in Indianapolis, Indiana and together they share statistics, business models and real life stories of how these cafés are making a difference in the lives within local communities.
July 11 - Pam Bolen - This week Mark and Kristie are going to interview a very interesting person - Pam Bolen. They discuss life and how life purpose changes over time and how sometimes life takes a different turn that you didn’t expect.
But always searching for that rainbow will help you to keep moving forward and staying positive.
November 21 - Happy Thanksgiving - Mark and Kristie explore the actual history of Thanksgiving and trace it back to its Celtic roots. They also look at the traditions surrounding the holiday.
April 10 - How to Deal with Toxic People - Mark and Kristie are going to start a short series on how to deal with difficult people.They are first going to take a look at those toxic people: the narcissist, the compulsive liar, and if you are not familiar with the term gaslighting . . . well that is an ever-growing problem in our world today that everyone should be familiar with the tactics.
October 10 - Simple Formula for Living 1 - This week Mark and Kristie are going to talk about a few things that we can all easily do that are a simple formula for living. They take a look at how living below your means and stop blaming other people can really make a difference in our happiness.
January 1 - Today is a fun show giving some background on the traditions of the new year. Some statistics about our new years resolutions and how other countries ring in the new year.
May 31 - Blue-Eyed Lie. Today's show Mark and Kristie are going to look at the topic of lying. You may be as surprised as they were on all the different types of lies and all the justification that lying is not ok but it is a necessary truth to living a happy life and keeping friends. Of all types of lying the Blue-eyed lie seems to be the most destructive to ourselves, others and our relationships to the world. This show really presented some new ways of think about lying and its meaning to both of them. Do you know on average how many times we lie everyday? Who do we lie most too? Why do we lie and how easy is it to justify it? You may just walk away with a different perspective on lying.
April 23 - How to deal with Difficult People - Mark and Kristie continue their series on how to deal with difficult people. This week they are going to talk about how situations can create scenarios that we all show up as difficult. How do we deal with people in our lives that are difficult and how we can see when we are the difficult ones.
October 16 - Borders and borderlands with guest Dr. Betty Bruther - Mark and Kristie expand the thinking of a previous show on the Mexcan/US wall being built and talk to Dr. Betty Bruther about the borders and borderlands that these walls are created to separate.
August 29 - 10 Things that Require Zero Talent - This week Mark and Kristie will take a look at a list by Molly Fletcher on ten things that require zero talent that we could all practice that would help in becoming more successful in all our relationships.
April 11 - Life Balance - Today’s show we are going to talk about the concept of balance. Our guest Dr. Deborah Mills will help us see some interesting ways we can balance some of those hard topics...including balancing different religious beliefs and how those fit with the concepts of spirituality and the supernatural.
November 20 - Words Matter - Mark and Kristie welcome Guest Marcia Eppich-Harris to talk about words and how we use them. We have heard the phrase that words can hurt but we need to also understand that words have all sorts of meanings and using them correctly is vitally important in communicating.
May 29 - Those 6 People - This week Mark and Kristie are going to talk all about friendship. Who are those common friends and who are those 6 people that stand out from all the rest. Those people that see us for who we are, allow us to be vulnerable, and give us a safe place in this sometimes difficult world we are living.
January 3 - New Years Resolutions - WOW a new year. Who makes New Year's resolutions? Do they work? And where did the whole concept come from?
September 12 - Conscious Capitalism - Nathan Bobay - Mark and Kristie interview the co-founder of Conscious Capitalism here in Indianapolis and how they are planting the seed of change in how business is viewed. Embracing the philosophy that businesses have a higher purpose to create value and provide opportunities for social cooperation and human progress.
November 7 - Marginalization and Intersectionality with Dr. Barbara Ann Caruso. This week Mark and Kristie talk to Dr. Barbara Ann Caruso on a topic that they struggle with, marginalization, and how our world view is influenced by our location and unexamined prejudice.
October 31 - Happy Halloween Everyone - This show is all about Halloween and Mark and Kristie take a look at the history of Halloween and its similar roots as Christmas and New Year's. And how pumpkins are really not part of the Halloween history, that would be the turnip! And how bobbing for apples well that just may tell you who you are going to marry.
January 30 - Pray for Understanding - Today we will have guest Othello Bach back with us and we are going to talk about prayer in our life and the role that faith and what we believe in plays in praying for understanding.
March 7 - No, No, No - In this week's show Mark and Kristie are going to talk about that two letter word that is so difficult. . . how to say no. One way to make it easier to say no is in the choice of words we use. They also look at the challenges to not saying no. Why we need to say no, and some ideas on not only saying no . . . but most importantly being able to stick with no.
June 20 - Life Lessons from Disney Movie - This week's show we are going back to our childhood and looking at the 20 life lessons from Disney movies. That's right the 20 best quotes to living a life on purpose from those timeless classics.
January 2 - Life Lessons from Harry Potter - Mark and Kristie are going to take a look at how the 20 years of the book and movie series Harry Potter has influenced the world and provided many examples of how to live your life on and with a purpose. In this show they take a look at a few of those life lessons and how we can strive to have a more fulfilling life with better relationships just by exploring some of the overriding themes from the books.
July 4 - 4th of July - Next Wednesday is Independence Day, the 4th of July and we are going to refresh everyone on the Declaration of Independence. What it stands for and some fun facts and figures that represent this Federal Holiday. One of those facts is how much our favorite place, DisneyWorld, spends a day on fireworks.
October 23 - Common Excuses - Mark and Kristie have another show request...they will take a look at some of the most common excuses that we make that complicate our lives.
June 27 - Understanding Adoption - This week's show we are going on a journey of adoption with guest Lori Baxter. We will investigate how the new adoption law going into effect July 1st could possibly change thousands of lives here in Indy. Anyone affected in adoption should tune in to this week's show.
October 31 - Halloween - Mark and Kristie share some of the history behind Halloween, they separate the myth from the reality of the stories we hear, and explain how it really is a religious holiday. They also give some fun facts about how other countries celebrate Halloween.
March 22 - Perception of Failure - Mark and Kristie are going to talk through the topic of failure. This show may give you a new way to look at the perception of failure, how you can redefine it, not get stuck in it and plan for it. They will present the idea that failure is just a perception and part of a process. They share personal examples and try to give the listener a new way of looking at what failure is and what it isn't.
August 21 - Nothing (small) Lasts Forever - Mark and Kristie take a look at some of those big things in our world that are resilient and adaptive enough to last forever and those small things that we spend way to much effort that won't matter six months from now.
August 2 - Symbolic/ambiguous loss - Mark and Kristie talk with guest Mary Pivarunis on the topic of loss and grieving those symbolic and ambiguous losses that we don’t perceive as vitally important to grieve. How we minimize loss that we don’t think is that important. Some examples can be loss of a job, growing older and loss of ability to do what one has always been able to do, even moving from a long-standing home. When these losses are able to be grieved it can be freeing and healing when people know its ok to grieve these types of losses.
October 24 - Camp Tecumseh - Mark and Kristie talk with the marketing director for one of the largest YMCA camps in the country. How they are using creative tools to help kids get to know themselves and take new found leadership skills back into their own communities. How the camp embraces the moral values it was founded upon and helps kids and adults be the best they can be!
April 4 - Rising of the Phoenix - In today's show Mark and Kristie give another tool in one's tool belt for dealing with difficult times in life. One symbol that throughout history has brought hope is the mystical belief in the phoenix. The phoenix fiery death and rebirth from the ashes and its healing powers has given the hope for a brighter future for over a 1000 years. You might be surprised of how often you come in contact with this symbol around the world. And how keeping a focus on the ancient beliefs of this bird can provide comfort that "this moment shall pass" and that it can't rain forever.
October 17 - Via Francigena - Donna Richardson - This week's show Mark has guest Donna Richardson just back from hiking across Europe with Kristie, she is going to talk about their completion of the Via Francigena and getting their certificate of completion inside the Vatican.
September 5 - Coburn Place - Jenni White - This week Mark and Kristie talk to Jenni White. She is Vice President of Mission Impact for Coburn Place right here in Indianapolis. They explore how intimate partner violence is affecting our society and how important transitional housing is for a long term healthy life.
June 12 - We all have areas that we don't feel worthy, so this week Mark and Kristie are taking an in-depth look at identifying areas of low self esteem and ways we can start to build it up. Our life goes according to what we believe so we need to start seeing our own extraordinary potential.
February 13 - Words to Live By - Mark and Kristie in honor of Valentine's Day are going to take a look at the life and sayings of one of the most loving people to walk this earth . . . Mother Teresa. Her entire life was a teaching moment for all of us in how to be more loving to each other.
September 6 - Time Management - with guest host Kirsten Ranly. Today Mark and guest host will discuss time-management and how it affects our life when you do it well and how it can be a huge detriment when this skill set is not as good as it could be.
February 26 - Fun Home - Tim Spradlin and a couple of his fellow co-actors are in the studio to talk about his new upcoming play here in Indy, Fun Home. Time tells us how it is being back on the stage after 5 years of directing to now.
June 26 - Mark and Kristie are going to take a look at differences between positive and negative people. We all get stuck in negativity from time to time or forced to be surrounded by negative people. This list of comparison might just help in dealing with those difficult situation.
March 13 - Today's guest is therapist Ron Bernard and he takes us through a journey of relationships. When an elephant acting like an elephant and we desperately want it to be a giraffe. How wanting to change someone is never going to make up happy.
April 17 - Happy Easter - Mark and Kristie take a look at the historic and culture significance of the holiday of Easter.
January 17 - The Ethics of it all - Mark and Kristie take a look at ethics, morals and our core values and how these change depending on education, socioeconomic status, and geographic location. They also explore our current political state and how we can understand things a bit better understanding how ethics, morality and core values impact our decisions.
November 8 - 10 Lessons from Albert Einstein - Albert Einstein is known as a master at physics but doesn't get much credit for his mastery in philosophy. Mark and Kristie will take you on a journey through the 10 life lessons from Albert Einstein.
July 24 - Interesting Facts of Human Behavior Part 2 - Mark and Kristie finish looking at the list of interesting facts about human behavior. These are things that most of us have issues with from time to time that kind of even the playing field for everyone. Even though we all know we struggle some are just easier than others to get stuck.
October 18 - Resistance to Receiving - The art of giving and receiving can being joy and happiness between the parties. We know that for the giver to be able to give there must be a receiver, so why are we so reluctant to receive. Do we not feel worthy, do we think there will be a cost at some point, or is just getting the attention something that makes us very uncomfortable. Some people receive graciously and some people will fight the process. But understanding that receiving really is a form of giving by allowing others the gift of giving.
January 8 - Impeachment - This week Mark and Kristie have a very interesting show with guest Wesley Bishop. They investigate the topic of impeachment. What it is and what it isn't. Where did the process come from and what does it mean for our country.
January 10 - Why are we so unhappy - Mark and Kristie look at some new research on why we as Americans are so unhappy. And is social media contributing to our unhappiness? Happiness is in the present, by staying in the past of forcing so much on the future we lose the now moment. And how do we find that place, person or thing that helps us slow down and enjoy our life.
January 24 - Credibility and Trust: does it really matter? - In today's show Mark and Kristie look at what is credibility and does it really matter if people think you are credible to living a life with purpose. What are those characteristics that people look for and can you lead an authentic life if people don't trust you.
May 9 - Natural-Born Leaders Academy
This Mark and Kristie are going to talk to Milita Carter about her organization, the natural born leaders academy, right here in Indy. An organization that is going into our schools and teaching critical thinking and a variety of other topics to marginalized youth. This show sheds some light on the major issue in this country of addressing all types of generational poverty.
March 14 - This week we interview Dr. Deborah Mills. And we are going to talk about totem animals, what they are and how understanding your own 9 totems can give you another tool in your tool belt in understanding ourselves and how we interact with nature and each other. And how Mark and I both share owl totem.
February 27 - The Wall - Mark and Kristie interview Dr. Betty Bruther, a medieval historian and tackle the idea of separating people throughout history by literally building a wall. This has been done over and over again and they will look at if building the wall separating the USA and Mexico is likely to be successful based on other civilizations throughout history success or failure.
March 8 - Who are you people? - Guest Donna Richardson will be back with Mark and Kristie as they explore how living a life authenticity and with transparency can lead to some interesting conversations with strangers. How do we live a life that the ancient teachings of Confucius and the Buddha refer to as effortless magnification of self? Do we live a life that is virtuosos? How would one know if we did? How do we show up when we think no one is watching? Do we even realize what observers see in our interaction with others? Do we care how we show up in the world? They will give some funny real life stories that bring this topic to life.
January 23 - 7 Cardinal Rules of Life - Mark and Kristie will take a look at Steven Covey's 7 Cardinal Rules of Life. None of which are new topics to the show but they take a different take on something familiar.
September 13 - Performance by choice: Nuts
Guest Tim Spradlin
Today Mark and Kristie are going to talk with an amazing singer, actor, director and entrepreneur extortioner. Tim has been sharing his talent with the world his whole life and now is in production of his newest show, Nuts at the Buck Creek Players and is opening September 29th and runs Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sunday afternoons for two weekends. Tim is going to share his story of how music and acting have shaped who he is and how he decides what new project to direct and how that whole process of sharing your talent with the world takes on new meanings depending on which side of the stage you are on.
December 25 - History of Christmas - Mark and Kristie take a fun look at the history behind Christmas. Where the traditions come from and what other countries do and eat for Christmas
June 6 - Not My Circus, Not My Monkey
This week Mark and Kristie are going to take a look at the polish proverb, not my circus not my monkey. They interview guest and licensed therapist, Susan Callen to help them wad through how to not get emotionally charged on someone else's circus.
March 11 - Things to Always Remember - In times of struggle Mark and Kristie present a list of things that if we can always remember, life will be a little simpler.
June 13 - Being kind...well it's good for your health
Mark and Kristie take a different look on why it's good to be a kind person. They look at some research that explores how being kind and compassionate can affect us physiologically. They did a past show on why we strive to be good people according to religion, history and philosophy but this week they are going to explore how being kind...well it is just flat out good for your health.
July 25 - Rainmaker - Tim Spradlin - Rainmaker is an amazing play directed by Tim Spradlin. Tim shares why he picked this play and how the theater can teach us so many life lessons and how random life occurrences can help us figure out just who we are.
October 4 - Norway - Mark and Kristie will be joined today with guest Sally Hillman, Donna Richardson and Sandy Mulinaro and give a recap of their trip to Norway and Iceland.
June 21 - Intention Matters - The topic of intention has been an ongoing theme throughout the first 20 shows. Does intention matter? What place does impact play in the overall perception of an intention. What responsibility do we have in having honorable intentions and following through with our intentions. How to be forgiving and understand that our greatest intentions can lead to hurting the ones we care about...this is part of being human.
February 20 - Yank - Mark and Kristie have back their good friend, Tim Spradlin, singer, actor, director, producer and all-around nice guy. He is going to talk about his new play here in Indy, Yank. The play addresses the topic of being gay in the military during WWII.
December 5 - Precursor to Change with Susan Callan - This week Mark and Kristie talk with Susan Callan on a topic we all hate and that's change. They take a look at the 7 precursors to change. None of us like change but understanding the process using this handy checklist might just reduce our stress as we implement changes in our life.
April 5 - Practice of Mindfulness - In today’s show Mark and Kristie will interview Linda Coutant and discuss the art of mindful meditation. Offering a wide range of options to find your own path to living in the moment. Linda will present The Tree of Contemplative Practices. The tree is an illustration of ways one can use meditation that is individualistic. She talks about how this practice of mindfulness is taking root in education, and helping corporate America offer creative ways to find work-life balance for employees. The concept of mindfulness and living in the moment is an eastern philosophy concept that is helping to slow down the fasted paced world in which we live.
April 19 - A New Hope - This show was another topic that was requested by a listener.We were asked about the topic of Hope. Why some people stay in a place of having hope for a good outcome no matter what life throws at them and some people just stay in a hopeless place no matter how life goes their way. Is hope intrinsic or modeled? Or maybe a bit of both. This show was a bit of a challenge for Mark and Dr. Stewart and it may leave you with more questions than answers. We HOPE that you tune in and just maybe get a new perspective on a topic that would seem pretty simple on the surface but when you really start to think about it…is quite complicated.
March 28 - Perspectives from a millennial - Today we talk to the next Howard Stern...yes that's right the self proclaimed prince of radio. The amazing 21-year old millennial has his own morning show and has big dreams for his future. Like his fellow millennials he wants to make his mark on this world. Mark and Kristie have a very interesting conversation on how one's life experience can really help make sense of your dreams of the future.
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May 1 - Differences in People - And this week we conclude our series on how to deal with difficult people. We take a look at how personality and value differences can create conflict in relationships and how we can compromise or create work-arounds in communicating with people that are different than us.
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August 16 - Self Care - Mark and Kristie talk with guest Mary Pivarunis on the topic of self-care. So many people minimize the need to take care of themselves. Often time these self-care activities are not our everyday activities. One must make effort to find ways to rejuvenate your spirit and make actionable steps in providing oneself with care rather than waiting for others to provide it.
September 18 - Annoyances - This week is another show request. . . Mark and Kristie are going to talk about those annoying things that we realize as we get older.
everyone will be in agreement that as we get older we just have to shake our heads about some things.
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May 24 - Why be good
On this show Mark and Kristie are going to look into that age old question of: why be good? Where does it come from inside us that we have a desire to be and be seen as a good person. They will look at the influence of religion, history and science in forming our beliefs around what being good means and why it is important to some more then others.
February 12 - History of Valentine's Day - Kristie loves the holiday shows so in this show they take a look at Valentine's Day and who knew it goes back to the Romans? Fun show with facts, figures and some really interesting stories.
August 15 - Team Building - Neal Morehead - This week Mark and Kristie talk to Neal Morehead about the importance of team building and leadership. Neal gives examples of how creating an environment to learn critical thinking skills and how that directly relates to more self-awareness and how that skill set can ripple into the rest of our lives and be more successful at work and at home.
November 6 - Reasons why we get stuck - Mark and Kristie will be talking about ways in which we get stuck in our own life and some new habits that we can practice to get unstuck and keep ourselves moving forward.
October 3 - Just Breathe - This week we are going to take a breath - We are going to talk to Susan Callan about how using our breathing can help us stay in the present moment and stay in control of our decisions.
November 27 - Thanksgiving - Happy Thanksgiving everyone. This show gives the historic view of how Thanksgiving was started and some common statistics about this day.
November 14 - Simple Formula For Living 2 - This week Mark and Kristie are going to continue to talk about a few things that we can all easily do that are a simple formula for living. They take a look at how living below your means and stop blaming other people can really make a difference in our happiness.
June 5 - This week Mark and Kristie are going to look at self-confidence and the importance it makes in being successful. How confident are you in your own abilities? They are going to take a look at answering that question and providing some helpful hints on how to improve your self-confidence.