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Jun 3, 2024

In this episode, I had the pleasure of hosting two incredible guests, Sarah Guthrie and Allison French, who shared their unique journeys and insights into finding joy and kindness in both personal and professional realms.

We kicked off the conversation with Sarah, an artist based in Seattle, who has dedicated her life to bringing joy through her art and writing. Sarah shared her early struggles as an immigrant and the societal pressures to pursue a more "traditional" career. Despite these challenges, she remained committed to her passion for art, eventually finding her niche in creating works that evoke a sense of calm and joy.

Allison, on the other hand, is a leadership coach and the owner of Alto Solutions, based near Washington, D.C. She detailed her winding career path, which included a stint at Deloitte and an unexpected downsizing that propelled her into entrepreneurship. Allison emphasized the importance of a growth mindset and how her experiences, even the downturns, helped her discover what she truly loves—helping leaders and organizations navigate change with kindness and joy.

A significant part of our discussion revolved around the concept of "failing to get better." Both Sarah and Allison agreed that failure is an essential part of growth. Allison introduced the idea of F.A.I.L. as "First Attempt In Learning," encouraging listeners to embrace their failures as learning opportunities.

We also delved into the importance of finding joy in everyday moments. Sarah shared her practice of asking people what brought them joy recently, a simple yet powerful way to shift focus from productivity to well-being. Allison echoed this sentiment, explaining how joy can be found even in challenging times, and how it can be a guiding force in both personal and professional life.

The highlight of the episode was the announcement of their upcoming workshop, "Own Your Journey, Reclaim Your Joy," scheduled for July 11th. This two-hour online workshop aims to help participants identify joy junctures—moments of joy in difficult times—and develop practices to cultivate joy in their daily lives. The workshop promises to be interactive, offering practical tools and activities to help attendees build a more joyful and fulfilling life.

In closing, both Sarah and Allison left us with inspiring messages. Sarah urged listeners to trust in their ideas and follow the joy, while Allison reminded us that failure is just a stepping stone to success. Their insights and experiences serve as a powerful reminder that joy and kindness are not just emotions but practices that can transform our lives.

Don't forget to check out the free gift they offered—10 practices to bring more joy into your life, available in the show notes. And if you're looking to infuse more joy and kindness into your journey, be sure to sign up for their workshop.







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