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Welcome to the Clear Choices podcast! This podcast is designed to guide you to make more conscious and powerful choices and inspire a positive change in your life. The podcast was borne from the emotional history of two holocaust survivors, Eva and Leslie Aigner, as told by their son and your Clear Choices host, Rob. Their harrowing yet inspirational journey provides essential historical context to the experiences of survivors. Also, it gives insight into how some of us make choices that can ...
 
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How can we bridge the gap and bring equality to education in America? How has COVID impacted students who live in low income areas? What can we do? My guest today, Frank Brown, heads up an organization that is answering the call for how to help those students who are most at-risk for falling behind and not graduating high school. He is Chief Execut…
 
When you hear the word racism do you ever think of Asian Americans and how they are treated? Since the pandemic, the rise in hate crimes and violence to Asian Americans has increased by 164%. That is a staggering number but this is not the first experience with racism that the Asian American community has endured in our country. Today’s guest, Lind…
 
Over the past two years, we all probably know someone who had a mild case of COVID but how about someone who barely survived it? My guest today, Rick Barde, joins us to tell us about his experience surviving and recovering from COVID-19. Rick is a recently retired school teacher who spent nearly two months in the hospital battling this disease. His…
 
Do you know what your purpose is? Do you love what you do and are you happy? The reality is that most people don’t. My guest today, Stu Massengill, is on a mission to change the statistic that 80% of people don’t love what they do. He wants to help people find their true passion in life and give them the beautiful gift of waking up every morning ex…
 
Our guest today, Terre Steinbeck, shares her story of riches to rags to riches again (and truly finding herself!). She was riding the real estate market wave back in the early 2000’s- driving a Range Rover, living in the best part of town, and wining and dining her friends and clients, when the market crash of 2008 hit. All of a sudden, she had no …
 
2020, COVID-19, Pandemic- these words have such profound meaning on our whole world and what we have all experienced this past year. For seniors in high school, this has meant a lot of change, disappointments, and loss. Their last year of high school has not turned out the way they had once expected it would. Today we are going to hear it straight …
 
Immigration. America is a country made up of immigrants. My parents are immigrants and probably many of your parents or grandparents are as well. It is an important topic and my guest today is the stories of immigrants. Sankar Raman, an immigrant himself who came to America to attend college, ended up working and retiring here. It was around the ti…
 
Get your pen and paper ready because you are going to want to take notes from today's episode! I am joined by another great guest who will surely motivate and inspire you, Chris Bello. Chris is a college graduate, who quit his corporate job after three years, wanting to take reins of his life and write his own story. After struggling with one side …
 
News is made and distributed faster than ever. Often, unfortunately, the news cycle is also more negative than ever. In the midst of this, how can we choose to focus on the positive and bring more light into the world? My guest today, Rabbi Yossi Mintz, has been able to do it and has advice for how we can do it as well. Rabbi Yossi is a renowned co…
 
Do you know someone who has been affected by war either by serving in the military or by getting caught in the crossfire? Have you heard their stories of how war affected them? My guest today, Ken Buckles, a retired high school teacher and football coach, has seen first hand the importance of hearing the stories from a diverse group of veterans and…
 
How hard do you need to work to conquer your goals and reach your dreams? Do you have the drive, determination, and discipline to do whatever it takes? Joining me today is a man who has done it. Ryan Sherriff is a Tampa Bay Ray who earned his right to pitch in the 2020 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Why is this important? Because he …
 
We all know the impact that COVID-19 has had on our lives. But have you ever wondered what the medical professionals are thinking when it comes to it? I want to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Brett Levine, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist in Southern California, who has seen first hand what this unpredictable disease can do, shedding his light from th…
 
It is an honor and privilege to bring you this episode with the college and professional football player who helped change the game of football forever. Joining me today is Sam “The Bam” Cunningham who played for the University of Southern California. On Sept. 12, 1970, his USC football team made history by becoming the first integrated team to pla…
 
How are your relationships doing and how is this pandemic affecting them? Do you feel closer to your partner or is spending so much time together wearing on you both? I’m thrilled to have clinical psychologist, Dr. Karen Stewart, on the show today to discuss the ripple effects the pandemic has had on our society and relationships as a whole. We’ve …
 
Welcome to 2021! To kick off this new year, I have my first return guest on the podcast ever, Paul Walker. If you haven’t listened to Episode 4, go back and take a listen. https://link.chtbl.com/paulwalker You will hear all about how he made the choice to sell his successful business of 20 years solely to run a youth soccer organization that helps …
 
For this final episode of 2020, I am excited to have an ideal guest to help us close out the year and bring into 2021 with a bang. Joining me today is Matt Teter who is the Director of Leadership Coaches for more than 50 MAPS (Mega Achievement Productivity Systems) throughout Keller Williams. So basically he coaches people who coach others. So, wha…
 
What are the effects that this pandemic is having on our children who are learning virtually? Is this increasing the disparity of quality education among socio-economic levels? What are some of the choices that need to be made? And could there be a silver lining to all of this? Today I am joined by Dr. Meria Carstarphen to discuss her perspective o…
 
How do people rise above their difficult circumstances and build a better life for themselves? My guest today, Natalie Taylor, is sharing how she did it and her journey to overcome. She went from being homeless at age 14 while living in Jamaica to graduating from college in the United States to working on Wall Street. And her struggles did not end …
 
Today’s episode is a bit different as I am turning the tables and instead of me interviewing a guest, I am the one being interviewed! My podcast producer, Krissy Meriwether, is interviewing me as we look back over this past year of the Clear Choices podcast. We discuss everything from how the show has evolved, to the many different guests that I ha…
 
With the recent loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I am honored to have two people on the show who are very much in alignment with her fight for gender equality. Andie Kramer and Al Harris are gender bias experts who have spent the past 30 years combating gender bias through writing, speaking and mentoring. We are talking today abou…
 
What does resilience mean to you? The online dictionary definition is “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.” While we are all going through difficulties and toughness right now, it is so important to remember that we can choose how we will react to these difficulties. We can choose to recover quickly and exemplify resilienc…
 
As we find ourselves in this new economic era, there is time to be thinking of how to grow your wealth and take advantage of some of the opportunities that may arise. We are joined today by Andrew Cushman, a real estate investment specialist, who is sharing his experience, ideas, and perspective on using real estate investment to build your wealth.…
 
Do you find purpose and fulfillment in your life? Most people are looking for ways to get closer to that goal. My guest today has not only helped countless people do so but has also had to overcome a major obstacle in his own life to do so. Are you living out your passion and living with joy? If your answer is no then having a coach may help you. I…
 
We have had some heavy subjects to deal with- in our lives, in the world, and on this show. I decided it was time to lighten things up so I am bringing a comedian onto the show. How ironic that I found a mental health comedian, Frank King, and he lives in Springfield, Oregon, home of my Oregon Ducks! Frank King is a Suicide Prevention and Postventi…
 
In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, the protests for social change, and the important Black Lives Matter movement, what choices can we make as individual’s and as a society to bring about social justice reform? Joining me today on the podcast is Dr. Laura Abrams, professor of Social Welfare and Department Chair at UCLA. Her studies and focus are …
 
With the current pandemic, the economic fallout, the political environment, and the social justice reform movement, we are all living in intense times and facing very difficult challenges. These are challenges that we would have never dreamed that we would face in our lifetime. Joining me today on the podcast to give us some wisdom and perspective …
 
DNA testing has opened a world of amazing possibilities for so many people around the world. From helping adoptees find their birth parents to helping the criminal justice system solve crimes and mysteries. There can be so much joy and self-discovery in DNA testing but these results can also bring up some very important ethical dilemmas forcing cri…
 
Are you a confident person? How do you handle pressure? Stress? Do you have a positive mindset? How is your self-talk? Building confidence and having a positive mindset can have a huge impact on our lives. My guest today, Tami Matheny, is a mental game coach who helps athletes (and non-athletes too!) build confidence to perform on the field and in …
 
Alex Lewis was just a normal guy. He was living in the United Kingdom with his partner and child when his life was turned upside down by disease that permanently altered the course of his life. In 2013, Alex came down with what he thought was a cold but quickly turned into a life-threatening Strep A toxic shock syndrome. In the course of the next s…
 
How is your relationship with money? Do you hoard it? Feel like you don’t deserve it? Spend too much of it? Gamble it? Don’t understand it? You worship it? Do you think more of it will make you happy? Did you know that how we feel about money directly impacts our current financial situation? With money being the # 1 source of stress in American liv…
 
In such an uncertain and stressful time, how can we bring joy, kindness, and happiness into our lives and others? Mari-Lyn Harris is a happiness coach and she joins us today to tell us how she infuses kindness into people’s lives in their workplace and at home. Listen in to hear how she helps toxic businesses grow in their kindness and become more …
 
Today we have the awesome privilege to hear from Travis Mills, a US Army Staff Sergeant, who in 2012 suffered a catastrophic injury that left him as a quadruple amputee. That’s right, he has no arms or legs and is one of only five servicemen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ever to survive quadruple amputee injuries. I reached out to him when …
 
Moving forward, every guest will not only share their expertise, but also their perspective and help us all grow through the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s guest, Alain Hunkins, is so dynamic that we have three themes to discuss and how all of these are relevant to what we are all going through as we try to stop the spread of COVID-19. Alain is the aut…
 
Today is a first for Clear Choices! I am introducing our first “mailbag” show which will feature me answering questions from you, my listeners. I have received some great questions from my website and the Clear Choices Facebook page with some specific clear choices that are being faced. Questions like how to better manage time, how to make better c…
 
The guest I have today has done something incredibly unique. It is not that he has lived an amazing life, which he has. It is not that he has had a successful career, which he has. What is so incredibly unique is that he made the choice that many of us fantasize about but never have the courage to act on it. Today’s guest, Brian Wilson, made the bo…
 
I am so excited to introduce to the show, Matt Aitchison, a 31-year-old powerhouse! He is a millennial entrepreneur, seven figure real estate investor, speaker, avid adventurist, and most importantly a proud husband and father to two beautiful girls who make his life a lot richer. He is the creator of The Rich Life planner and is the host of the po…
 
Joining us today on the podcast is, Melony Brown, an amazingly upbeat person who has a passion for life and makes a major difference in the world- all while she deals with the struggles of serious neurological issues. While she has her own story, she also has a ministry in which she shares how others have overcome challenges in an effort to inspire…
 
Welcome to the podcast, Diego Corzo! Diego is from Peru and came with his family to the United States as a tourist legally when he was nine years old. After his parents visa expired six months later, they stayed in the US as undocumented immigrants. Congress calls Diego and other's like him "Dreamers" as they came into the country with their parent…
 
It is a privilege to welcome another amazing guest, Beth Abrams, to the podcast! She has led a very inspiring life and has done things that many would like to do themselves. She went to Berkeley for undergrad and got her law degree from the University of Michigan. She was an Assistant US Attorney. She has been married for 23 years and is the mother…
 
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