DE253 Savannah Morris, one of the 8 Nashville Natives, a Beautiful Energetic Sound
Welcome to the dHarmic Evolution Podcast, and joining us from the music city of Nashville, Tennessee is a local born, raised and made, Savannah Morris, with her own distinctive sound, and an energy that is hard to duplicate, take a listen to where she has been, and more importantly, where she is heading! Born in a musical family, Savannah feels the path towards her career in music was made the moment she took her first breath. Growing up around a supportive and inspirational environment of parents who were not just musically talented but local celebrities, went a long way in weaving the fate of Savannah and her brother as music proteges. As one of the 8 Nashville Natives, Savannah feels blessed both career-wise and socially by networking and linking with a lot of the Native locals in the music and entertainment industry, all of whom have supported and helped her evolve and get better with her music. Recalling her daily ‘SHEPF’ routine, which was Savannah and her brother’s daily after-school drill of having snacks, doing homework, exercise, and later on playing the piano and fiddle. Savannah admits that it all annoyed her, but nostalgically reminiscent, this routine was a key factor leading to her disciplined and passionate drive towards success in her music career. Growing up in a musical family has its pros. Savannah is a testament to this as she narrates the invaluable opportunities and chances she got from performing alongside her parents, gaining not just the much-needed confidence which was a “must-have” for her lifelong career in music, but she also got to meet great individuals and celebrities like Morgan Freeman. Quotes from Savannah You’re blessed to be an artist, you’re blessed to be doing music as a career, and although a lot of artists fail to see this as they’re blinded by their goals of becoming big and famous. It’s truly a blessing to do something you love, as you never work a day in your life – Savannah Morris Timestamps [1:50] Introduction. Getting to know Savannah [6:28] Listen to Kudzu by Savannah Morris [10:40] Savannah gets to the inspiration behind Kudzu [13:18] Savannah’s unique experiences growing up in a musical family [17:19] Listen to Lonely Happens by Savannah Morris [21:50] Savannah describes her experience growing up as a Nashville Native [26:30] Savannah work with local artistes [27:42] Savannah’s career gigging as a music artiste [30:56] Titbits and inside info of Savannah’s traveling hobby [33:15] Savannah dives into her experience producing Don’t Ya Think About Leavin’ [35:01] Listen to Savannah’s Don’t Ya Think About Leavin’ [39:55] Savannah’s favorite Nashville’s spots to perform [41:28] Savannah’s hobbies when she’s not performing [45:28] The inspiration behind Savannah’s song Ranger Wilder [47:08] Listen to Savannah’s song Ranger Wilder [50:43] Savannah’s bucket list for 2020 Connect with Savannah Morris Facebook
DE252 Road Rage, how it can entrap you, and how to get rid of it!
It’s undoubtedly growing and becoming a norm in our road and social culture. Today’s show is going to be a bit personal, as I share my 3 personal experiences, takeaways and lessons learned from road rage. My first engagement with road rage goes way back when I was only 7. This was back in the 60s and even though the term road rage hadn’t been coined yet, there were still a number of incidences happening. I remember traveling with my mom to see her mother (my grandmother) and as we turned down the street that my grandmother lived on, down the end of the crowded street, we saw a woman trying to back out of a driveway. As she did this, another car further down the street was speeding towards the woman. I could clearly tell that there was going to be a big calamity about to unfold before our eyes. My mom, however, in an attempt to stop the whole incident from happening decided to speed up our car, tearing down the street, and eventually positioning us between the woman trying to back out of the driveway and the incoming speeding car, in doing so, my mom blocked the incoming car. The man from the speeding car immediately sprung out of his vehicle and mad with rage, he began a series of yelling and screaming. That marked my first experience with road rage, and from it, I learned two important lessons, righteousness and bravery. Anyone in my mom’s position could have opted to mind their own business and let fate take its course. But not my mom though a petite 110-pound lady. She decided to put not just herself, but her 7-year-old son in harm's way for the sake of this total stranger’s safety. My second experience with road rage happened in 1980. I was working for an electrical contractor based in Essex County, New Jersey. It was Christmas Eve and my partner Paul and I was working on a certain contract in Newark, New Jersey (Newark was a pretty unsafe place to be back in the day). It was noon, and Paul and I had gone to grab some food as we get ready to call it a day. On our return to the truck, we found a small car that had just double-parked us. The car window was opened, so I jumped in, released the handbrake and we pushed the car across the street and out of the way. Out truck was now free. As we returned to our truck, the owner of the car we just re-parked showed up and started tearing into us with all manner of yelling and screaming. Paul tried cooling him down, assuring him that his car was fine. But Paul’s methods didn’t seem to work, as the guy looked like he was ready to take the confrontation to the next level and go all physical on us. Paul noticing what was about to happen, disappeared to the back of our track and showed up moments later with a conduit bender. All this time, I’m standing by the side. Mouth zipped and silent as a grave. They keep tearing into each other a bit more. I waited for a small break and decided to dive in, ‘’All right, let’s go home.’’ And I don’t know if it was the Holy Spirit working through me, but that’s all it took and the argument stopped. What I learned from this incident is that you shouldn’t get into confrontations with strangers. Because first of all, you don’t know what this person is capable of as far as doing something stupid and do you really want to bring that person into your life through a relationship filled lawyers, council, litigation or jail? My third personal experience involving road rage only happened about 3 – 4 weeks ago as I was driving west on Route 40, just out of Nashville. There was something on my mind that was really disturbing me. I was in the middle lane and had been driving for about 10 minutes when someone who was driving so aggressively cut right in front of me. This made me get so livid that I immediately switched to the fast lane, and to my surprise, I heard the sound of a screaming horn from my left side. I had just cut someone off! Just like that, I could have wrecked someone else’s car, day and life, all because I got tripped up. I learned that road rage is mostly a factor of being unconsciously tripped up into a situation that you’re fully aware of. It’s all about self-awareness. We all have our personal issues that trouble our hearts and minds, and funny enough they always seem to pop up even in the most unexpected times. When this happens, we should cast away such thoughts and remain in the present moment, focus on nothing but the driving. And remember to keep the golden rule, if you ever find yourself in a road rage situation, defuse it immediately, drive away. Wave politely, and don’t get into any sort of encounter with a complete stranger. Timestamps: [1:20] Love our show? Remember to subscribe and share it with your friends and family. [1:45] Introduction. Road rage. [2:14] My first experience with road rage [8:54] Cancer that is road rage. The news, facts, and incidents surrounding road rage in America Today. [11:22] my second experience with road rage [17:45] Anatomy of road rage. How does road rage develop? [19:36] My fiancée’s experience and thoughts on road rage [21:07] The danger of road rage, and why you should avoid it [22:50] My third and most recent experience with road rage. [26:05] How to avoid road rage [29:07] Listen to Jesus Teaches As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the
DE251 Dr. Nick Morgan, Author, Speaker, Thought Leader, Master Communicator
‘‘What humans care about is intent. What the other person means to us, and how we can communicate our intent towards them. And in the process, we unconsciously apply the use of body language to achieve this’’ – Nick Morgan Joining us on the show today is one of America’s top communication speaker, theorist, and coach. Nick Morgan is an ardent and dedicated teacher who is committed to helping individuals find and master precision and focus on their thoughts and ideas and executing them with a dash of charisma and confidence. His numerous accolades, successful speaking and communication-related careers, worldwide affirmation, and historic contributions have seen Nick leave his footprints in the sands of public speaking, storytelling, and communication industries. His reputation precedes him, and he is undoubtedly one of the most gifted and skilled communication theorists worldwide. Nick has authored books for Harvard Business Press, some of which include; - On running a meeting (2002) - Working the Room: How to Move People to Action Through Audience-Centred Speaking (2003) - Give Your Speech, Change the World: How To Move Your Audience to Action (2005) - Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact on (2014) Some of his other notable masterpieces include; - Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma (2008) - Steps to a Great Speech (2010) - How to Read Body Language (2011) - The King’s Speech (2014) - How to Tell Great Business Stories (2011) - How to Give a Great Presentation (2012) - Can You Hear Me? : How to Connect with People in a Virtual World (2018) When he was only 17 years, Nick was seriously injured from a toboggan injury. This life-changing accident would leave Nick in a coma where he died for 15 minutes. After being shocked back to life, the doctors and nurses ran tests to see if his brain was still functioning. He tested fine but had lost his ability to read body language. After so much struggle, Nick had to retrain himself step by step, by studying other people’s body language. His interest and expertise in the communications field grew every day, leading to his entry into a related career where he taught Shakespeare at the University of Virginia and Princeton University and wrote political speeches for the Governor of Virginia Charles Robb. Nick would go on to found his own communications consulting company in 1997. Timestamps [4:04] Nick describes the origin of his passion and life commitment towards his career in communication [8:30] Nick’s afterlife experience [10:38] Learn more about intimate, personal, social and public space. And how you can use it to your advantage [16:20] Nick’s different experiences as a teacher and speechwriter for the governor [21:15] Nick’s experience, advice and tips on storytelling [28:35] The virtual world and its effects on communication [30:00] A quick dive into Nick’s book world [31:20] Public speaking through Nick’s view [33:43] Ted talks [36:17] Nick’s favorite place for public speaking [38:13] Thought leadership [40:25] The challenge of focusing on one activity at a time. [43:24] Nick’s writing schedule Resources You can reach Nick through: Website
DE250 Dr. Laura Mattia, Author, Speaker, Thought Leader, Financial Empowerment, Here to Challenge and Inspire You!
Happy New Year everyone! And welcome back to the dHarmic evolution. Joining us on the first show of 2020 is Dr. Laura Mattia. So, sit back relax, get yourself a notebook and a pen, because this is going to be an action-packed, resourceful and informative podcast for all of you. Dr. Laura Mattia is a former corporate financial executive and has over 30 years of experience in Finance. She’s also the founder of The Women’s Money Empowerment Network – An educational Research program through the 501c 3 organization whose mission is to teach women to become financially engaged so that they can live life on their own terms, receive guidance and conduct research. Dr. Laura is also the author of Gender on Wall Street (A book uncovering opportunities for women in Financial services). She has currently dedicated her career in training the next generation of ethical, educated and inspired financial planners. Dr. Laura despite having Majored in Psychology, decided to take an MBA in finance and accounting in order to pay the house bills and support her family, this path would eventually lead her to the corporate world. It was while working as a woman in the executive world that she constantly got approached by women who requested help while handling financial matters in relation to issues such as divorce, workers' compensation, property management, etc. This would prove to be the root source of Dr. Laura’s eureka moment, where she decided to shift into the role of a financial adviser. Having experienced a lot of gender-based difficulties and obstacles while working as an executive. Laura helps women who are currently in similar situations to successfully overcome such hurdles and have more fulfilling careers. The gender problem, Dr. Laura describes, is rooted deep in our societies and cultures. It subconsciously affects both genders. That’s why we have so many women who have given in to less influential roles because they’ve bought into the stereotype of where women are supposed to be. Dr. Laura spends a lot of her free time running to keep fit. She has also been regularly meditating ever since she was introduced to the art by her father when she was 13. ‘’Is it nature or is it nurture? And as a Psychology Major and mother of four, I can absolutely tell you that a lot of things are natural.’’ – Dr. Laura Mattia Timestamps [4:13] Dr. Laura briefly describes a recent Ted Talk she did. [6:48] Dr. Laura talks about her vulnerabilities in relation to gender [8:40] Dr. Laura’s career experience in male-dominated industries and professions [11:22] The science behind gender-based discrimination in different life and work situations. [13:56] The influence and inspiration behind Dr. Laura’s book. [17:34] The discipline, time and work ethic behind writing The Gender on Wall Street [20:00] Tidbits on Dr. Laura’s hobbies [23:00] Dr. Laura describes her transition from the corporate world to her current workspace. [25:35] The experience of working with different clients. [29:16] Dr. Laura breaks down the fees charged on for her services [35:13] The financial literacy problem in America [40:22] Dr. Laura’s different Ted talks [43:08] The next big plans for Dr. Laura Resources You can reach Dr. Laura through: Website:
DE249 Cali Rivlin, Highlight Reel, Israel, London, what a beautiful musical combination!
I hope you all had a wonderful and most blessed Christmas experience! Wrapping up our highlight reel this month is Cali Rivlin. A skilled, talented and hardworking singer, I promise you’re all going to be fans of Cali once you’re done listening to the interview. Cali is a London based Israeli singer and pianist. She began her classical training at the Tel Aviv Music conservatory whilst in Israel at a tender age of only 8 years. She has had a passion and love for music since she was a toddler and always felt an attraction towards the art for as long as she can remember. Her journey towards her pianist career was a random act of fate. When she was 14, Cali’s friend moved to an apartment next door, and her piano wouldn’t fit through the doorway. Just for the general love of piano Cali always had, she decided to buy the piano from her friend. And thus, she began a lifetime love for the piano and its tunes (Cali still uses the piano to this day, and her latest album cover is a shot with Cali sitting on the piano!) [25:32] Cali’s opinion on T.V Reality Shows. Despite being approached several times, and by numerous scouts to feature in different T.V Reality shows, such as The Voice (London), The Voice (Israel), American Idol and so many others. Cali has always said no approaches. Cali feels that such shows only fulfill the purpose of tearing down the artistic “Olympus of inspiration” that music provides. And when this is done, it becomes like a modern-day gladiator arena where artists fight each other for the sake of winning, and, instead of being inspired by the music, everyone becomes a judge. ‘‘I wanted to achieve something that’s impossible, and my song at the time (Flying Through Water) sounded impossible to produce. And that’s what you set out to do in life, in art, and in everything. You set out to inspire others by achieving the impossible. – “Cali Rivlin” Timestamps [3:23] Cali describes her journey towards music [6:43] Listen to Cali Rivlin’s Flying through water [15:30] Cali gives an insight towards the production of Flying through the water [20:49] Listen to Cali Rivlin’s If you Want Blood [24:48] Cali describes the subject matter of her song If you Want Blood [25:32] Cali gives her strong opinion and thoughts on T.V Reality Shows [31:01] Cali describes how she grew how strong philosophy towards music [32:48] The oxymoron of Reality T.V [37:21] Listen to Cali Rivlin’s My Track [42:33] Cali describes her song My Track [45:15] Cali describes her experience of transitioning home from Israel to London [50:20] Cali describes the subject matter of her song, The Once and Future King [52:10] Listen to Cali Rivlin’s The Once and Future King [58:35] Cali’s preferred Piano [59:45] Cali describes how and where she does music recordings Resources You can reach Cali through: Website