Exploring the Lightness of Being (RR 015)

Kïrsten explores the meaning of BEing in this world

Kïrsten is the creator and host of the excellent Chapter BE podcast, where she explores and examines how to navigate or create change to live authentically to your true self. To BE who you want to be in each chapter of your life.

After her (Bill O’Reilly-induced) passion for education led her down a path of attaining her masters degree, work as an educator, public education reform in Washington DC, and work at a non-profit, she burned out.

As Kïrsten explored her options on what to do next through speaking to others, she found that she not only loved hearing other people’s stories, but they were also very helpful in understanding her own. Thus the Chapter BE podcast was born.

Since our podcasts share a lot of interests, intent, and curiosities, we decided to team up for a collaboration and chat about what we’ve learned to hopefully others with their journey to find purpose and passion in their lives.


Show notes:

ChapterBE links:


Teaching Life-Changing Fearlessness Thru Art (RR 014)


Artist, educator Chad Attie: Art is a “foreign language” that provides skills for life

Chad feels ruled by his senses, and had a realization at a very young age that he loved and wanted to pursue art. He says however that he felt like an “alien” in his own family that was primarily made up of doctors and lawyers.

He had an illness in 8th grade that served as a game-changer for him, and had a very strong impact on his life to this day. Nothing was going to stop him from pursuing his passion from that point forward.

Now as an artist and educator, he works to impart the perspective of an artist on his students, as he feels it has the capability of teaching a fearlessness that can change the way they look at things in life.

He also talks about an important key factor that he credits to his passion-filled life – supportive parents.


Show notes:
Chad’s website: chadattie.com
Twitter: @slipslipblack
Instagram: @chad_attie
Pinterest: The Pink Lion


Other things discussed in this show:
Artist Chaim Soutine
El Greco
Vik Muniz – peanut butter and jelly Mona Lisa
Nijinski (Russian ballet dancer)
Bruce Lee – “Be Water My Friend”


Empowering Moms to Turn Their Sh*t Show Into Their Mojo (RR 013)


Laurie Joy: Helping moms reclaim their mojo

Education is highly regarded in Laurie’s family, so she was headed down a path of being a career educator in the traditional sense.

Then one day as she was taking a photo of her husband and her son, she suddenly realized something was missing from that photo: her. That moment led her to a journey of self-discovery and self-care.

Emerging from the other side, she felt so great that she had to share her knowledge with other moms who were going through the same thing. Her mission is to help moms find their mojo, which in turn helps raise more well-rounded, confident kids – the kind of kids that will make positive impacts in the world.

Show notes:

The Mojo Mama site (check out her free top tips to get organized in 10 minutes or less)
Mojo Mama on Facebook
Mojo Mama on Instagram

Adventures in Unschooling and Self-Directed Learning (RR 012)


Blake Boles: Author, Educator, Traveler

Blake had done a bit of traveling as a kid, and was headed down the traditional path of life. As a straight A student he went to college to study astrophysics b/c he was best at math and science in high school (plus he loved the Jodie Foster movie Contact).

He soon realized in college however that he did not love math as much as he thought he did. Instead of paying attention to his professor during lectures he found himself memorizing as many digits of Pi that he could because they were displayed in his classroom.

Around the same time however he was introduced to a book called “A Different Kind of Teacher” by John Taylor Gatto.

Gatto, who after teaching for 30 years and winning both the New York City and New York State Teacher of the Year awards in the same year, resigned and wrote an op ed in the Wall Street Journal saying that he was retiring from teaching because he “didn’t want to make a living hurting kids anymore.”

Combined with his past experiences, that was the catalyst that inspired Blake to pursue a path of alternative education and his passion to educate youth of self-directed learning through travel and exploration.

Show notes:

Blake’s travel company: Unschool Adventures
Blake’s books:

Other books and resources we talked about:

Aiming For Gold: Audrey sets her sights on 2020 Olympics (RR 011)

Audrey Hong

Junior Olympian Audrey Hong (photo: USA Archery)

Audrey tried a lot of different things growing up – art, sports, musical instruments.  Then when she was 8 years old, her dad took her to check out some free archery lessons at the local public park for fun. All of a sudden she found herself super interested, and asking lots of questions.

Now at age 17, she’s focused on her goal of competing in the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. But that goal requires making sacrifices, including for her mom and dad who had certain expectations for their daughter.

Show notes:

Audrey’s Instagram

U.S. Archery Coach Ki-Sik Lee
Joy Lee Archery Academy
Chula Vista Olympic Training Center
2016 Rio Olympian Mackenzie Brown

Dad and Daughter Rebels By Necessity, Not By Choice (RR 010)


Dad & daughter rebels: Drishti and Amarpal

Growing up in India, Amarpal knew early on that he wanted to pursue a different path than the one his family was pushing him towards. He became a rebel by necessity and not by choice when his parents passed away when he was a teenager. Taking a different path than what was expected of him has provided him with a perspective that he now passes on to his kids.

His daughter Drishti is a recent high school grad. While surrounded by friends who have chosen to take the more conventional path, she’s appreciated her dad’s thoughtful approach to questioning and analyzing things when making life decisions.

Together they have formed a strong parent child partnership to help Drishti pursue a meaningful and purposeful life.

Mom and Daughter Just Say Hello to the Homeless (RR 009)


Rory and Jennifer spread compassion and hellos

Jennifer has never been content with the jobs that she has had. She would find something that she was interested in, master it to a degree, then inevitably reach a point of where she needed to move on. Service and community have always been important values for her, so she became a social worker. Yet even with her masters degree in hand, low wages combined with difficult work while helping at risk people began to take its toll over time.

She searched for something different, so she decided to take her daughter on a 4 month adventure of traveling to volunteer at shelters across the country to help raise awareness for the homeless.

Their adventure so far has provided them with some beautiful moments, and a once in a lifetime experience for them both.  They are now sharing their stories and of the people they meet on their website and on Facebook, and are letting people know that just by saying hello, it can make a tremendous difference for a person to not feel invisible, if even for just a moment.


Show notes (links can also be found at RaisingRebellion.com):

Just Say Hello Tour website

Make a contribution to their tour! All donations go first and foremost to paying for food, water, socks, and toiletries that are donated to those who are homeless as they go from city to city
Just Say Hello Donations Page

Follow Jennifer and Rory’s tour on:

Accountant to Lifestyle Passion Business Designer (RR 008)


Steven Briginshaw helps people design passion businesses

Steven experienced a life-changing event at the age of 4 years old when his father passed away. He was then told that he was the “man of the house” now and along with that the responsibility to take care of his mom and sister. He credits that experience with his hard work ethic.

As a teenager he became antsy and fed up with the “system” of (high) school. He remembers a realization he had that tests were about how well your memorization skills were, not whether you learned the material or not.

So he decided to forego college and jump into the working world. Now a successful businessman and award-winning entrepreneur, he helps others to create “lifestyle passion businesses,” and is teaching his kids his entrepreneur ways.

Steven also talks about his legacy goal of creating an Entrepreneur University.


Show notes (links can also be found at RaisingRebellion.com):

Steven’s book:
The Profits Principles: The Practical Guide to Building an Extraordinary Business Around Doing What You Love

Steven’s website

Follow Steven on:
You Tube

The Engineering of a Photography Entrepreneur (RR 007)

Steven Li

Engineer turned travel photographer Steven Li

Steven has an interesting story of how he got to where he is today. He didn’t know what he wanted to do, so he chose engineering because he was good at science and math (important note here: he did not feel he was good at art, more on that in a minute).

He went to college, and then started working in the engineering field. His job wasn’t providing him with much fulfillment other than a paycheck, so he began to travel and explore which opened his eyes to the greater world around him.

His dad gave him an old camera that he started to play with, and he started to become fascinated with how he could manipulate the results by using its different settings. Later a day came where he was laid off from his job, so he seized the opportunity to try and start a photography business.

He now absolutely loves what he’s doing, and is an awesome photographer.

Just don’t ask his parents about it …


Show notes (links can also be found at RaisingRebellion.com):

Steven Li Photography
Free Life Experiment

Follow Steven on:

Hollywood voiceover artist’s “I can do that” moment (RR 006)

Bill Ratner headshot

Hollywood voiceover artist Bill Ratner

Bill is one of Hollywood’s A-List, elite storytellers. Not only is he a voiceover artist for movie trailers and commercials, but he’s also a 9-time champion of The Moth Story Slams competitions.

He talks about what happened when he realized that his voicing of action star G.I. Joe was actually “part of the problem” of toy companies marketing directly to kids, what he did in response, and how that led to his writing a book on responsible parenting in the digital age.

Bill also shares a super important moment – he talks about his “I can do that” moment, a big milestone that we rebel parents seek to help our kids find in life.