What Constitutes a Life Well Lived?

podcast Nov 03, 2020

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Hey Dethroners!  Today I would like to talk about what constitutes a life well lived, because I think there are a lot of people who are confused about what it really means-- they think once they reach their goals, that is when life will be good.  I speak with so many people who are  unhappy either because they have hopes, dreams and ambitions that they have all but given up on, or because they are still not where they think they “should’ be.   And the sad thing is, it’s not due to any fault of their own. It is certainly not because of stupidity, or laziness, or negative thinking, or a deprived childhood, or a chemical imbalance in the brain. It is simply because they do not know that they are separate from their Inner Critic, and therefore are fused with their automatic thoughts and mistaking them for the truth.   Those automatic thoughts that make them feel inadequate, unfulfilled, thinking that...

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How to Seek the Silver Lining

podcast Oct 13, 2020


 What is this week's episode about?

Today Joanna has María Tomás-Keegan, a Career & Life Coach for Women that  specializes in transitions and who is also an award-winning author of Upside Down to Right Side Up: Turning Transition into Triumph. They are discussing how to take the challenges you face in life and how to view everything from a different perspective.

Here are this week’s reflection questions: 

  • Can you take your challenge today and ask yourself what if it was your idea?
  • What do you value most in life and what is your vision of the future?
  • What is it that you want to create and why?

Want to connect or learn more about Maria? You can find her here:

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We Are All Puppies!

podcast Oct 06, 2020

Hey Dethroners!  Ok so we are now 7 months into the pandemic and the issues we were dealing with pre-pandemic have multiplied exponentially. 

We are going to be ok once we learn what we’re supposed to learn from all of this--but we don’t know that yet. And not knowing is killing our logical brain. Because our Inner Critic mind wants predictability and wants to make sure that we are never uncomfortable or in any emotional pain moving forward.  

So what does our Inner Critic focus on? Well, it focuses on all the potential dangers and all the things that aren’t right with ourselves, in our family, in the world, and we think we’re not yet who we’re supposed to be, and this isn’t the way life is supposed to be. But did you ever think about where we got these ideas for who we’re supposed to be and the lives we’re supposed to be living? Why are we always thinking that there is something wrong with who we are now?


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What can Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s life can teach us about confidence

podcast Oct 02, 2020


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Hey Dethroners!  This week, Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at 87 years old.  And I have been doing a lot of thinking about not just the legacy that she leaves with all of her incredible accomplishments in the fight against gender discrimination, and the rights of minorities and the LGBTQ community, but also the legacy for all women to step into their power and own their ambition.  

Now, I doubt there was ever a time in RBG’s career when she thought about quitting, or that she didn’t believe in herself and her potential. But I wonder if she, like so many women, ever struggled with fear, doubt, uncertainty, ambivalence, and the insurmountable challenge of balancing motherhood and her career. I have been thinking about how women like RBG are able to have a profound impact on our world because of their ability to override their Inner Critic mind.  Because I suspect that even an extraordinary...

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The Journey of Achieving Purpose in Life

podcast Sep 29, 2020


Today Joanna has Juliette Nelson, the Founder and CEO of JUNURI, a company that equips students, professionals, and business owners, with the tools and resources to be successful in the different areas of their lives. They are talking about how you can stay true to yourself and still chase your dreams.

Here are this week’s reflection questions: 

  • How do you feel about where you are right now in your life?
  • What opportunities can you work towards to make you feel more fulfilled?
  • How does your way of thinking about yourself impact your life?

Want to connect or learn more about Juliette?  You can find her here: &

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How To Make Your Life Work

podcast Sep 22, 2020


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Hey Dethroners! Why is it that for most of us, even when our lives are great, we find reasons to be unhappy? And yes, you can feel relieved to know that this is not just you that feels this!  

This is all of us. And that is because our Inner Critic mind is hard-wired to anticipate the worst outcome. That is rooted in our primitive survival mechanism, which is how our Inner Critic mind was created.  

At 2 years old, you might have figured out that the way to get what you wanted was to scream and yell, and try to power trip your parents. At 2 years old, that is the only power that we have. As we get older, we try to figure out how we can get what we want. Beginning at about 3 or 4 years old, we’re trying to figure out how we get other people, beginning with our parents, to love and value us.  And these early beliefs create lifelong patterns.  

As you got older, you began to find other...

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How to Enjoy the Journey of Life

podcast Sep 15, 2020

What is this week's episode about?

Today Joanna has Jesse Guinta Rafeh, a psychotherapist and success coach, who specializes in helping young adults create the kind of lives they want. They are talking about how to appreciate the little steps in life and how to be happy in this moment instead of always worrying about the goal you are looking to achieve.

Here are this week’s reflection questions: 

  • How do you create the life you are going for even when you have fear present?
  • What steps can I take right now to move towards my goal?
  • What is holding you back from enjoying your life now?

Want to connect or learn more about Jesse? You can find her here:

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Life Is Happening for Us, Not to Us

podcast Sep 08, 2020

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Hey Dethroners!  Today, I want to talk about taking this concept that everything in our lives is actually happening FOR us. 

Imagine if EVERYTHING in your life as it is right now is the way that it is because it is actually a mirror to show you something about YOU.  See, this is the only way we change our lives---when we are looking at everything in our lives through the lens of personal responsibility. And I do mean EVERYTHING!  

The question to ask is: What is this current circumstance here to teach me and show me about ME? 

I know that is a hard pill for most people to swallow. The areas in our lives where we are dissatisfied, frustrated, unhappy, or overwhelmed are all there to teach us to be more of who we truly are. What this journey of life is really all about, is about waking up to the fact that everything that we say we want, we can only find WITHIN us--not outside of us. 

This is a lesson that...

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How to Change Your Mindset and Build Your Dreams

podcast Sep 01, 2020


 What is this week's episode about?

Well today Joanna has Violette De Ayala, Founder of FemCity®, and International Best-Selling Author of The Self-Guided Guru© Lessons for Everyday Humans, on the podcast to speak about how women need to have grace and forgiveness while building their own empire. They dive deep into how the inner critic plays a role in keeping you from achieving the life you dream of. 

Here are this week’s reflection questions: 

  • How do you get into the mindset of knowing that you have everything already to be successful and fulfilled?
  • How do you unhook from the old narrative?
  • What steps will you take today to achieve your dreams?

Want to connect or learn more about Violette? You can find her here:

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Use Your Pain to Create Your Freedom

podcast Aug 25, 2020

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Hey Dethroners!  Today I want to talk about why your painful and uncomfortable emotions are not only necessary but actually crucial in learning to rewire a new mind. And because anything you want to create differently in your life is only possible with a new mind, it is imperative that you know how to use your pain to create your freedom. 

I talk a lot about your Inner Critic’s addictions. These are the demands and needs that your Inner Critic says must be met for you to feel good. You need to make sure no one is disappointed in you. You need to make sure you aren’t judged or rejected. You need to make sure you find a job, or else you’re a loser. You need to make sure you find a relationship so you can feel valued and important. You need to make sure you lose weight or else you are not good enough.  

Now remember, your Inner Critic mind is only focused on the past or the future. So all of those...

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