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As someone who cares for sick and dying patients, hospice and palliative care physician Dr. Luyi Kathy Zhang has learned a thing or two about living. The good news is you don’t have to wait until the end or to lose someone you love to get a second chance at the life you truly want. With episodes covering topics like health, relationships, mindset, productivity, business, fulfillment and happiness, you’ll learn how to apply the lessons of the dying before it’s too late so you can create a lif ...
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After 2.5 years, The Purpose Filter podcast is coming to a close Whether it's a temporary or indefinite pause is TBD But what's most important is the journey we've taken together through 106 episodes, so THANK YOU for being here and listening along all this time Take a listen to hear the reasons behind this decision, some lessons learned from over …
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As the calendar days start flying by faster than you can keep up, an unsettling question might be poking around in the back of your head: "What have I done all year??" Well, this episode will surely rectify that for you! My husband and I have been doing this one particular year-end exercise for the past 6 years and it's a beautiful way to reflect o…
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If you're feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of your challenges and goals, constantly searching for the best strategies and solutions, only to end up frustrated and exhausted, then you are not alone! Despite your relentless efforts, you may be stuck in a cycle of overthinking, overcomplicating, and overanalyzing, hindering your progress instead …
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We know being grateful has positive effects on our body, mind and spirit But some of you are practicing gratitude as a way to deny or dismiss your emotions when you have legitimate reasons to be stressed, frustrated or upset The more you force yourself to be grateful, the more you feel suffocated by the weight of your unacknowledged emotions. Join …
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If you're feeling overwhelmed and frustrated by the constant arguments and tension that arise during family gatherings, then you're not alone! Luckily, I've learned a thing or two about managing large family gatherings during my time as a hospice doctor And in today's episode, I share with you the best tips and tricks to help you navigate a situati…
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This topic is one I get asked about every week, sometimes multiple times a week I've received both therapy and coaching and both were life-changing. I fully believe everyone should receive both and can benefit from both So here it is: the similarities and differences between coaching and therapy broken down into 4 categories and how to choose the r…
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Let's face it, life can really kick you in the teeth sometimes, usually when you least expect it too But what if I told you there's a way to not only navigate these unexpected challenges, but to actually thrive in the face of adversity? That's why this week's episode is all about the transformative power of intentional discomfort. Because sometimes…
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Since this would be our celebratory 100th episode of the podcast, you'd think that it would be brilliantly polished, snazzily produced and glitzy and glamorous Spoiler alert: it's not Double spoiler alert: I'm a flawed human, just like you And yet, I'm still quite proud of the episode Tune in this week to hear what you can do when reality doesn't m…
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Have you ever heard these myths about finding clarity and direction in life? Myth #1: You have to have everything figured out before you can make a change Myth #2: There's only one right path for you to follow Myth #3: The answers to your questions can only be found externally By the end of this episode, you'll hear 3 lessons I've learned that debu…
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There comes a point when you're so far behind on a project, to-do list or maybe in life that the "why bother?" feeling takes over Especially if you've ever felt like the day has just gotten away from you, you haven't made any progress and you're so off schedule, it's almost funny...if it weren't so demoralizing But what happens when you're hours, d…
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Travel is one of those things that makes me feel so alive and connected to my fellow humans that I feel it in my soul. If that sounds like you, this is a MUST LISTEN episode! Join me this week as we unlock the world of meaningful travel with physician and credit card rewards expert Dr. Devon Gimbel. She reveals the secret to leveraging points for l…
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Anne Frank's life story offers profound insights into human resilience and strength. Despite the gravest circumstances, she and her family kept faith and found moments of joy, teaching us the power of the human spirit. This resilience under adversity can serve as a beacon of hope for anyone facing their own challenges, reflecting the potential of i…
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What do Vincent van Gogh, a museum visit and the world of personal development have to do with each other? Well, as it turns out, a lot! Join me in this episode and discover the captivating world of van Gogh as I delve into his life and reveal the extraordinary lessons hidden within the ordinary, and what his struggles and triumphs can teach you ab…
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Have you ever felt like you're just going through the motions of life? Like you're trapped in a monotonous rhythm, just accepting things as they are without question? Well, let me share a story that will awaken your spirit and ignite the fire within you. It all started with a simple statement: "if you're unhappy with something, change it" But littl…
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As summer winds down and we head into autumn in the northern hemisphere, I hope you take some time for restoration and rejuvenation That's why The Purpose Filter podcast is taking a little break New episodes return on Wednesday September 20th, 2023! And as a reminder, there are no "should"s and there is no "supposed to" You are not your work nor yo…
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How do some people manage to work, spend time with their families, exercise, read, meditate, work on their business AND get a full 8 hours of sleep?? They probably know something about time that you don't And after listening to this episode, you'll be on your way to becoming one of those people Topics discussed: 5 common time management pitfalls to…
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Nothing and no person is perfect. And yet we beat ourselves up and strive for flawlessness only to feel anxious, overwhelmed, and even paralyzed when we can't live up to perfection What if I told you there's a way out that you can let go of the need to be perfect and EMBRACE your imperfections? This week, we're diving into perfectionism—examining i…
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This week's episode is specifically for those of you out there who have a goal and find your confidence wavering, self-doubt creeping in, wondering if you have gone so far in over your head, and whether you should just give it all up. Sound familiar? Cause, yeah, I've been there and done that and went around the block with it! I get brutally honest…
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You've been told to just "be confident!" and everything will fall into place. Sound familiar? But here's the truth: mere confidence alone isn't enough to achieve your dreams. And it's painful, isn't it? Pouring your heart and soul into your aspirations, only to be met with disappointment and frustration. In this short and quick episode, you'll lear…
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Do you have people dishing out negative comments and judgmental opinions about your life like they're giving away free samples at the grocery store? The old advice is to: (1) Just ignore them and they'll go away or (2) You can't change negative people, so just accept it But what happens when the criticism comes from the people closest to you, the o…
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Does this sound familiar? You're constantly focused on what's next, striving for more and pushing yourself to achieve greater heights. You've been told that the key to success is always looking ahead, never looking back. But here's the truth: that approach is ineffective and it's leaving you feeling unfulfilled. The vicious cycle of constant pursui…
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How much do you trust your intuition? If you're feeling trapped in a cycle of overthinking and analysis paralysis, constantly second-guessing yourself, and making decisions that leave you feeling unfulfilled and disconnected, you're not alone! In a world dominated by noise and opinions, it's easy to feel lost. But what if I told you there was a way…
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Have you ever heard the myths about adult friendships? The ones that say maintaining friendships gets harder as you get older, that distance will inevitably ruin your friendships, or (like in last week's episode) that making new friends is impossible? Well, I'm here to tell you that those myths are just that - myths. The truth is, with a little eff…
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Making new friends as an adult can seem intimidating and extremely challenging, especially if you're worried about being rejected or judged. Not to mention we're all busy people who barely have time for ourselves and socializing tends to take a backseat. Our friends will understand, right? It's time to flip that script! Study after study show that …
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What would you do if you found out you have 90 days left to live? You might discover a lot about life and what it means to be alive, and that's exactly what Nicole Holland shares with us in this powerful episode Living with a terminal illness can be a difficult and emotional experience, but it can also be a liberating one, encouraging us to live wi…
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If there's one thing I've learned while caring for the dying, is that life isn't good or bad per se It's BOTH And it's precisely the existence and contrast between the two that gives meaning to our lives. In this short & sweet episode, you'll hear how an experience of highs and lows in my own personal life helps to illustrate this concept and how y…
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Who doesn't love the hit Netflix show Queer Eye?? It's giving us fierce, heartwarming, inclusive and empowering vibes and we are HERE. FOR. IT. This week's episode delves into the transformative power of one of my favorite topics: personal identity BUT with the added twist of seeing it through the lens of the newest season of "Queer Eye" We'll expl…
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In this episode, we dive deep into the power of doing hard things and how it can create a ripple effect that transforms not only ourselves but also inspires those around us. We explore the benefits of pushing our limits, the impact it has on personal growth, and the profound influence it can have on others. Episode Highlights: The personal growth a…
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I'm willing to bet that if you're reading this, you're a busy person. Between work, home, family, health and relationships, there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get what we want done And yet, what if I told you many of us are actually ADDICTED to being busy? And that a simple Italian phrase can be the key to transforming our vitality,…
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Picture this: You're on vacation, walking in a strange but new environment. Your belly is full from a delicious meal and you're taking in the colors of the setting sun. You're finally relaxed and feeling at peace and suddenly, you're hit with a revelation about your life that you have been desperately searching for. Turns out it's exactly what you …
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Does it feel like nothing you do is getting you closer to better communication and stronger relationships? Have you been told to just listen more or be more understanding without seeing any results? Learn the secret to finally making a lasting impact with the three W statements: Worry, Wish, and Wonder! Little did I know that these three simple phr…
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After facing the life-shattering devastation of losing her father, Carolina Sotomayor found herself with overwhelming grief, leading her to question everything she thought she knew. What she didn't know at the time was how her unresolved grief was affecting her ability to conceive She then embarked on a journey to find peace and sought solace in va…
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If the question "what do you do in your spare time?" has you scratching your head or thinking "I wish I had spare time!" then this episode is for YOU So many of us feel disconnected from who we truly are, and are too focused on achievement and productivity to allow ourselves to do anything leisurely or even have hobbies. People often overlook the i…
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You know when you're partly through a book and you think, "OMG, this book is going to change my life!" Well, this week's episode is dedicated to one of those books: "What Happened To You: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing" In this episode, discover a groundbreaking book on trauma, resilience, and healing, and how it can help us navig…
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 Have you ever wondered what all the fuss is about meditation, or perhaps you've tried it once before, but you got too distracted wondering if you left the stove on and you never made it a habit? Well, that was exactly what I thought in the past, and in this episode I'm sharing with you the benefits of meditation and how to incorporate it into your…
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When was the last time you felt immense clarity regarding your identity, purpose and future? Well, this week's episode shares 3 simple yet profound questions to help you deepen your understanding of yourself. And it was actually inspired by a med school essay prompt back in 2010! So whether you're facing a period of uncertainty, going through a tra…
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After surviving a "widowmaker" heart attack, Adrian Jones is confronted with a life-changing irony: He must find his birth parents to fulfill his newfound mission of helping and inspiring others. His story is full of twists, turns and life-altering lessons that you can apply immediately to feel more present, connected to your loved ones and reinvig…
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Have you ever felt better just going outside and getting some fresh air? Well, there's a reason for that, and in today's episode, you'll discover why reconnecting with nature is such an incredible way to help us manage overwhelm, improve attention, ramp up productivity, regulate our mood and decrease stress In this episode, you'll learn: how spendi…
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 "Why am I ALWAYS such an idiot?" "Oh, my friends NEVER want to do what I want" "You literally do this ALL THE TIME!" If you are like most people, this is what your internal monologue sounds like or you've exchanged or received some of these remarks during a heated conversation These common and seemingly normal phrases are particularly dangerous fo…
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Do you constantly strive for flawlessness in everything you do, but you find yourself feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and even paralyzed by the pressure to be perfect? What if I told you there's a way out that you can let go of the need to be perfect and EMBRACE your imperfections? This week, we're diving into perfectionism—examining its origins, its…
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Are you feeling overwhelmed and unable to find a balance between your professional and personal life? Have you been trying to find a way to get more stress relief, peace, and balance with no success? If so, this episode is for you Learn how to maximize productivity, save time, money and energy with actionable strategies to give you back HOURS of yo…
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When Hilary Russo, a health and wellness journalist for over 25 years, receives a phone call from her father just hours before his unexpected death, she is compelled to use her superpowers of storytelling, amplification and connection to help those in need and ultimately find purpose and peace in her own life. "We have no idea what tomorrow will br…
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Failure SUCKS. Let's face it—no one wants to feel it and it's so painful that most of us will do ANYTHING to avoid feeling like a failure. Unfortunately for many, that avoidance of the feeling of failure is exactly what keeps us stuck. We don't want to risk failure, so we stay safe and don't step out of our comfort zones. Luckily, in this episode, …
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Have you ever wanted to feel happier but just didn't know how? Or when you do feel happy, it's temporary and just doesn't seem to last? You might feel like you're chasing little slivers of happiness and life is the daily slog that happens in between those moments. Well, the good news is it doesn't have to be that way This week, you'll hear about th…
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Has anyone ever told you that you seem to have it all together and that they never would have guessed you struggle with self-doubt from the way your carry yourself? Well, that's exactly what my friend and former podcast guest Katrina Mcghee said to me in a recent phone call And my immediate thought was "actually, I struggle with CRIPPLING self-doub…
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If you've ever set New Year's resolutions in the past only to break them by the third week of January, then consider this a sign to listen in so you can finally break that old habit for good! In this week's episode, we'll uncover FIVE wildly effective ways to make 2023 your BEST. YEAR. EVER! Topics discussed: the #1 reason why starting the new year…
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As we wrap up another year, I hope you take some time for restoration and rejuvenation this holiday season That's why The Purpose Filter podcast is taking a much needed winter break New episodes return on Wednesday January 11th, 2023! And as a reminder for the rest of this year, there are no "should"s and there is no "supposed to". This holiday sea…
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You learned last week on episode 62 about the 5 personality subtypes of impostor syndrome, so we’re taking you even deeper and discussing the 5 myths you NEED to know to finally stop feeling like the fraud that you’ve NEVER been Topics discussed in this episode: refresh of the 5 personality subtypes of impostor syndrome from episode 62 the 5 myths …
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How is it that every single time you try something new, imposter syndrome seems to rear its ugly head? Well, maybe because there's actually FIVE different personality subtypes of imposter syndrome! That's exactly what we'll be discussing in this episode so you can determine exactly which one of these personalities you resonate with the most, what p…
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What's something that has significantly makes us happier, healthier and more fulfilled, that the vast majority of people only do once a year? If you guessed gratitude (judging by the title), then you're absolutely RIGHT! We already know that gratitude has INCREDIBLE health benefits, like lowering the risk of major depression, generalized anxiety di…
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