Stretch Podcast is an anchor as you brave the experience of change. We all share the same fears that keep us from living a purposeful life. Big changes require you to take small steps since they require you to change the way you think and act. The host, Alison Kuhlow, provides narrative highlighting the connection and commonalities to our lives in the stories shared. Broadening your perspective and encouraging you to stretch as you work to reach your next goal.
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Today was the fifth morning in a row my dog woke me up and would not let me go back to sleep. He implored me to get out of bed and take him for a walk. He is subtle at first. He begins by pacing around the bedroom yawning loudly. Each yawn leading into a small yelp. Typically, he sees no reaction from me and steps it up a notch by softly whining until he sees movement. The scene escalates once I look at my phone for the time. At this point he knows I’m alive and awake and now nothing will stop him until my feet hit the floor. I can’t pull the blankets over my head because he will just paw at my face beneath the sheets. In his excitement he’ll change tactics and jumps off the bed poking his wet nose under the blanket, aggressively sniffing to see how awake I truly am. Seeing I have no choice but to be annoyed I get up. Now he knows he’s got me.
This week marked the end of summer for me. My kids went back to school and I buckled down to complete the first season of my podcast. It was a great summer, admittedly the right length, and now I need to get back to work.
I spent the summer seeking inspiration from various sources and stumbled upon the Audible version of Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography Born to Run. I was in search of a good autobiography to meet the required reading for a storytelling class I was taking in June. Not only did I stumble upon a great read/listen in Born to Run, the course professor ended up being a HUGE Springsteen fan.
As with everything, I don’t think I could have predicted my desire to launch a podcast. Especially one that talks about change and how looking at something in a new way can help that change go easier. One thing that does make sense to me is the broadcasting of my voice over the airwaves for others to hear. This desire had a simple beginning.
I learned in junior high that I loved to talk into a microphone – or at least something I could pretend was a microphone. Each night I sat at my desk to do homework. I can recall sitting in my room completing math problems, studying vocabulary lists and diagraming sentences. I didn’t enjoy doing homework until it came time for the reading assignments. When the time came I would crack open the book and turn to the start of the passage we were to read. I would then swivel, twist and turn my desk lamp so that it would mimic a microphone, pulling the shade close to my face to pick up every sound my voice would emit.
I’m currently in graduate school at Gonzaga University, studying Organizational Leadership. This past spring, I took a class on Transformational Leadership. The class explored the lives of Malcolm X, Gandhi, and others. I set a hypothesis at the beginning of the class – to be a great leader, you must undergo some sort of transformation. Believing that transformation leads us to understanding ourselves better, opens our minds to other experiences and thoughts and allows us to interact with others without judgment. And that those who see life in that light are the type of people who make good leaders. This melded perfectly with my purpose in life which to help others achieve their goals. From that the message for the podcast started taking shape.