Great Escape Podcast episode 17 - Maura Sweeney escapes her family's plans

Uncategorized Aug 03, 2019
 

- [Stuart] This is Episode 17 of the Great Escape Podcast, this week with Maura Sweeney.
- [Male Voiceover] We are go for lift-off in T minus 30. All systems are a-go. Hit it.
- [Stuart] So Maura started her life on a track into law and a professional life down that road, and one of the things that struck me when I first met Maura was the way that she decided that wasn't the life for her. So, Maura, welcome to the podcast.
- [Maura] Stuart, thanks very much for having me on.
- [Stuart] You are so welcome. So, tell us, tell us how you began to realize that this road you were being driven down by society and all of the pressures that were, sort of, external to you as a young person, how you suddenly thought, no, this isn't where I wanna go.
- [Maura] Well, I could tell you it was a slow, laboring drain. It came to a head when I was 23 years old, literally at the mid-point of my legal studies after graduating from university when, and I think that there was something in it in that I had...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 16 - a Little Escape on planning - too much or too little?

Uncategorized Jul 31, 2019
 

The sound quality for today's going to be really quite strange 'cause I'm using my handheld recorder, standing on Pambula Beach which is on the East coast of Australia, looking out over the rising sun over the ocean. There's nothing between me and New Zealand, I think, going that way. This morning, I've had breakfast sittin next to a pair of kangaroo just nibbling by the campsite. And we've had parakeets land on our van. And it's a stunning blue sky, hardly a cloud in the sky. Really lovely day. Something that's cropped up a couple of times in messages that you've sent me, and also in Angela's interview on Saturday on the last episode was about people who were trying to make changes, over-planning, especially when trying to start a business. And something that I found when I was working at the Henley Business School teaching entrepreneurship was that there is a clear gender difference in the way people approach making change and starting businesses. And that is that men tend to get...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 15 - Angela Marshall escaping from the shadows to find herself

great escape Jul 26, 2019
 

- [Stuart] This is the Great Escape Podcast, episode 14.
- [Announcer] We are go for lift off in T minus 30. All systems are a go.
- [Stuart] And today, I'm talking to Angela Marshall and I'm gonna introduce her in her own words. She said that she resigned from 20 years in the corporate world to embrace the purpose that has pursued her throughout her life. You know what, Angela, that's a hell of an intro. Tell us about--
- [Angela] Drop the mic.
- [Stuart] Drop the mic, yeah. Tell us about your life before you made that change.
- [Angela] So, I will say this. Coming from a former NFL wife background, I was a housewife steward until I was forced, well, not gonna say forced, until I made a couple of changes in my life and needed money, basically, to take care of myself and my children and I went into the corporate world around 1999. So, I was a documentations specialist for this pharmaceutical company. And, I actually have several promotion and progression steps during that time, 'cause I...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 14 - A Little Escape on community

 

- This is the Great Escape Podcast, episode 14: "A Little Escape" with thoughts on community.
- Several of my podcast guests recently, and some that you haven't heard yet because they're in upcoming episodes, have talked about the importance of being in a community; of having friends and family who they can talk to, who they can explore ideas with, who can encourage them, who can hold them to account or even criticize them. And that's had me thinking quite a lot about when I've been happiest in my life is when I've been in relationships with people, not necessarily big, serious relationships, just relationship, friendship or whatever it is; that have been positive and uplifting, sometimes challenging. But rarely sort of blindly critical. And the times when I've felt worst, especially times where my mental health has been at its worst; have been the times when I've been incredibly alone, even in the midst of a crowd. And part of that is my own doing, when I'm feeling down I tend to...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 13 - Joel Hawbaker - blended parenting and fixing my own attitude first

 
Joel Hawbaker is a high school teacher and soccer coach in Alabama. He is also a blended/step-family coach, working with families to help them live more cooperatively and positively. He is a divorced and remarried father of two amazing daughters, and he and his family also have two rescue dogs, Butterscotch and Bruiser. Finally, he is the author of the Amazon #1 book called 'Inverted Leadership: Lead Others Better By Forgetting About Yourself.'
 
 

- On today's episode we have Joel Hawbaker whose website reallifeleading.com. As usual we'll put all websites we reference in the show notes. And Joel's story of blended family life, step parenting, creating that whole new life, really has been something of an inspiration to me considering some of my story. Joel,...
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Great Escape Podcast episode 12 - A Little Escape - generosity

Uncategorized Jul 18, 2019
 

Little Escape episodes are recorded wherever I am and usually have a lower level of audio finesse.


I was talking with a friend the other day and in our conversation, the idea or concept of generosity came up. We both talked about stories we've heard of people having their restaurant bills paid for them by some anonymous donor, somebody else in the restaurant. This has actually happened to my family and myself. We were on holiday about10 years ago in Florida, my ex-wife and our three children, sitting in a restaurant in the middle of Florida enjoying a meal, and at the end of the meal we came to pay our bill and the waitress said,
"No, you're good to go, somebody else has paid your bill."

We were deeply blessed by that and very touched, it was a random act of kindness. It was a random act of kindness that we, it was a random act of kindness that we weren't expecting, that we weren't able really to say thank you to the donor or the giver. We said to the waitress, you know,

"Please let...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 11 - Me... part of my own story

Uncategorized Jul 13, 2019
 

In this episode I've decided to talk a bit about my own life, which in some ways is quite difficult because I don't think my life's anything particularly extraordinary. I lived it, it's what's happened. Well, I'm living it, not in the past tense. And in other ways I'm aware that some of the things that I've done have been relatively extraordinary. Some of them have been incredibly painful, both for myself and for other people involved, and it's quite difficult to talk about some of those things without being aware of who might be listening and what they might feel about my view of the world. So please, as you listen to this, be aware that some of the people I'm referring to are still alive, are still around, and their view of these events may be quite different to my view. I try to be fair, but we all see things from our own perspectives. And when I talk about some of the stuff that I've done in my life, as some of you will know I've survived a broken neck, which was a pretty...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 10 - A Little Escape - Tenacity

 

Little Escape episodes are recorded wherever I am and usually have a lower level of audio finesse.

- [Stuart L. Morris] This is The Great Escape Podcast. Episode 10.
- [Announcer] We are Go for liftoff in T minus 30. All systems are a Go.
- [Stuart] Well actually it's the 11th episode because I started counting from zero which is a bit of a geek joke and now I feel I have to continue it because it's too difficult to change and renumber all the episodes. Last time I was interviewing Michael Cordova who left his corporate job and started Floating Point Center just outside Reading in the UK. And he and his wife Tina have built a business that they run themselves, that they're passionate about, that they enjoy, and that is meeting the needs of their family as they expect the birth of their first child. As something that struck me particularly about Michael's story last time was how he said that he had ended up basically stalking me to the car park of the organization we both worked at at...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 9 - Floating with Michael Cordova

great escape Jul 06, 2019
 

- [Stuart] And today I'm talking to Michael Cordova, managing director of The Floating-Point Center, a flotation centre in Reading, in the United Kingdom, and we'll find out all about what floating actually is
'cause that's probably going to be the first question I'll ask. Michael and I met in I think about 2014, just as he was beginning the process of thinking how to leave his corporate life, and go floating. Michael, welcome to the podcast.
- [Michael] Thanks, for having me on to do it.
- [Stuart] You're very welcome. Okay, well I'll ask the question, Tell us what floating is.
- [Michael] Well, floating is is a way to achieve a deep state of meditation. Um, it's a good way to de-stress and relax. Uh, for those of- for many of those I guess who haven't seen a float-tank or float-tub before, the-they're going um, there's more-more of them appearing all over-all over the world. But essentially, they're a giant pod they're about the same size as a family car. So about 7 foot long by about...

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Great Escape Podcast episode 8 - A Little Escape on planning

 

Little Escape episodes are recorded wherever I am and usually have a lower level of audio finesse.

I'm on the road again today. Bright and early, glorious sunny sky. In fact, not a cloud in the sky as I crawl onto the M25, the motorway around London, which is always a bit of a car-park at this time in the morning. And today, although I've got a lot of driving to do, which gives me time in the car to listen to podcasts, and think, listen to some music, it also is a day when I'm doing what is absolutely essential to any successful project, which is thinking about that project, planning how the whole thing's gonna fit together, what we're going to do, how we're gonna make it work.

The idea of today is not to get it perfect, but just to get something down so that later on, as the project moves forward, that plan can be refined, and edited, and modified. But if there's nothing down, then I'm just making it up as I go along so there can't be any improvement. What I find really, really...

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