YOUNIVERSITY - Pursue Life Fearlessly
#61: Connecting During Coronavirus with Ashwath Narayanan and Ethan Somers

#61: Connecting During Coronavirus with Ashwath Narayanan and Ethan Somers

April 3, 2020

On this week’s episode, Annmarie checks-in with Ashwath Narayanan and Ethan Somers, students from George Washinton Unviversity and co-founders of Culture Media Co, on the Coronavirus pandemic and how it’s affected their lives and business.

They discuss our collective lack of freedom, how uncertainty is feeding fear and the role technology has played in helping us stay connected in a time of disconnection. They also walk us through some of their daily routines amidst the disruption, discuss the importance of getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and remind us that everyone else is in a similar state of disarray.

Culture Media Co: https://www.culturemedia.co

More Ashwath: https://www.instagram.com/ashwathhhh

More Ethan: https://www.instagram.com/ethanjsomers

#60: Paying attention to our elders with Viva Vita’s Carleigh Berryman

#60: Paying attention to our elders with Viva Vita’s Carleigh Berryman

March 27, 2020

Carleigh Berryman grew up in a family of wildly successful entrepreneurs who valued and appreciated the older generations. In college, Carleigh resisted the tempting urge and social pressure to pursue a lucrative Marketing Consultant path and instead successfully secured seed money for a unique virtual reality company for seniors.

In American culture, we spend very little time investing in our elderly populations. Her company - Viva Vita - is a tech-enabled services business that disrupts that impulse by selling virtual reality tours as an activity to retirement communities to bolster their activities calendar, appear attractive to future customers and to engage their populations in a novel way for better mental wellness.

In this interview, we discuss the formation of Viva Vita, what it takes to stand up for your idea (even when it’s not popular), the challenges of entrepreneurship, the value of a strong mentor and how to take care of yourself through all of that.

Carleigh is a rare breed, both a head and heart-centered leader who encourages people to be open to the world, embrace uncertainty, work hard with genuine passion and, most important of all, care deeply about your work. 

More Viva Vita: https://www.vivavita.org

More Carleigh: https://www.carleighberryman.com

#59: Eternally curious with change-maker Hawah Kasat

#59: Eternally curious with change-maker Hawah Kasat

March 19, 2020

Hawat Kasat has spent each moment of his life trying to leave the world a little better than he found it. He identifies as an Artist, Author, Educator, Yoga Instructor, Community Organizer, and Non-profit Leader; in our interview, however, he reveals that he most identifies with the label of Poet.

In this episode, Hawah tells us about his experiences on the front-lines of social activism early in his life, as well as the time he spent in India learning how to meditate. Both sets of experiences - the political and contemplative - created a visionary leader who now runs One Common Unity, a non-profit he co-founded over 18 years ago that supports peace education and the building of a non-violent culture through music and art.

We learn that the common threads in all of Hawah’s experiences are curiosity, consciousness and joy. And while he always feels like there is more to be done, there’s no question that he’s an example to us all for how to make a positive impact on the world.

More Hawah: https://hawah.us

#58: Listening to the voices in your head with How Do You Adult’s Fran Roth (Part Two)

#58: Listening to the voices in your head with How Do You Adult’s Fran Roth (Part Two)

March 13, 2020

This week, we continue our two-part conversation with Fran Roth, from the wildly popular Instagram account How Do You Adult? 

We start this episode by walking through Fran’s college experience and how she navigated that time with authenticity, vulnerability and, ultimately, a trusting relationship with her own feelings. Fran then opens up about her relationship with her boyfriend and gives us excellent advice about how to adult rin work and life. She closes with her definitions of success, happiness and a vision-cast for the future of her Instagram account.

Follow Fran: instagram.com/howdoyouadult

#57: Feeling your feelings with How Do You Adult’s Fran Roth (Part One)

#57: Feeling your feelings with How Do You Adult’s Fran Roth (Part One)

March 6, 2020

Fran Roth started sketching her feelings as a hobby and her friends told her what she was making was really good. As the doodles grew in popularity online, Fran followed her impulse to buy an iPad to create more digital drawings, got an instagram account and the rest is history. Her wildly successful account How Do You Adult? now has nearly 195,000 followers and that audience grows daily.

Annmarie and Fran talk about feeling your feelings, managing anxiety, the purpose of panic, how to communicate your desires with respect and creating space for our fullest and most authentic expression. 

Follow Fran: instagram.com/howdoyouadult

Season 2 Trailer

Season 2 Trailer

February 23, 2020

Mark your calendars - Season 2 of YOUNIVERSITY kicks off on Wednesday, March 4th with Part 1 of a two-part special episode featuring Fran Roth, the creator of the wildly popular Instagram page HOW DO YOU ADULT.

In the meantime, enjoy this trailer that looks back at last season and forward to what we're cooking up next.

#56: You deserve a break today. Are you playing enough?

#56: You deserve a break today. Are you playing enough?

November 29, 2019

One anecdote to stress, anxiety and overwhelm is to bring more conscious play into your day. This week we are talking about the importance of balance between work, rest and play! So many of us forget to play and think play is not important as grown-ups. We take everything so seriously!  We believe we don't have time to rest, relax, play, and chill out, so we push ourselves until we get sick, overwhelmed or exhausted. When we honor our need to rest, renew and play we re-charge and maximize our energy. We are then more available for creativity, innovation, well being and productivity. The play brings us back to a state of flow.

#55: Giving thanks and Thanksgiving. What does that really mean anyway?

#55: Giving thanks and Thanksgiving. What does that really mean anyway?

November 15, 2019

We are exploring appreciation and what it really means to pay attention to the things we are grateful for. What you appreciate grows or increases in value.  Listen in this week as I talk about the power of appreciation. I show you HOW to cultivate gratitude and talk about why it can help reduce the stress, overwhelm and anxiety we all experience. When we feel good, we are in a far better space to do good. Join us in the challenge. Take 2 minutes a day to sit quietly and reflect on ONE thing you are feeling grateful for.  Just ONE thing a day. And notice how you feel, and maybe let us know.

#54: The power of negative thoughts

#54: The power of negative thoughts

November 8, 2019

Annmarie and Adam talk about the importance of empowering yourself and getting friendly with your negative thoughts.

#53: Following your passion while working in the real world with musician and comedian Emma Seslowsky

#53: Following your passion while working in the real world with musician and comedian Emma Seslowsky

October 31, 2019

This week, we are back with Emma Seslowsky, who shares her journey from first-year to post-grad. In episode 52, Emma shared her struggle with anxiety and depression in her first year at Boston University. In this episode, we are back celebrating how she used her experience with anxiety to get to know herself better, shift and become a more honest authentic expression of her true self. Emma talks about coming out, being kind to yourself, and what it really means to be successful. Emma also shares advice for after graduation, and her formula for how to make time for your passions while working your day job.

#52: Overcoming anxiety, depression and negative thoughts in school and in life with BU graduate, comedian, singer-songwriter, Emma Seslowsky.

#52: Overcoming anxiety, depression and negative thoughts in school and in life with BU graduate, comedian, singer-songwriter, Emma Seslowsky.

October 24, 2019

This week, I want you to meet Emma Seslowsky, a Boston University grad living in Manhattan who is following her passions while working in the real world after dealing with pretty serious anxiety and depression in college. If you have ever had thoughts like “I’m not good enough, I’m the dumbest person here, I don't belong here. No one really likes me?” you will want to listen in this episode.

On this episode, Emma openly shares how those debilitating thoughts got in the way of her ability to function in her day to day life and what she did to overcome that, and she shares some great tips with us on how to deal with your negative thought patterns and turn them around to free you to be your best self in school and in life. This is a 2-part series, so enjoy part one with Emma…

#51: How to create more authentic relationships

#51: How to create more authentic relationships

October 17, 2019

We all say we want more genuine and authentic relationships, but are we really ready to step up and take responsibility for BEING genuine in our own life. It can be scary to show up with all our parts, good, bad, positive and negative. And when we are afraid, we tend to hide. While this makes perfect sense, it does not get us the thing we are ultimately seeking. Inspired by our conversation with Meredith, this week Adam and Annmarie talk about what it really means to BE genuine, and Annmarie shares some quick tips for how to show up more authentically in your life.

#50: Learning how to be genuine and authentic with A Genuine Girl, Meredith Mistrot

#50: Learning how to be genuine and authentic with A Genuine Girl, Meredith Mistrot

October 11, 2019

Meet A Genuine girl, TSU Sophomore Meredith Mistrot, who started A Genuine Girl podcast midway through her freshman year after realizing that while she seemed to be taking all the right steps and doing all the right things, she was not actually creating what she was most seeking: authentic and genuine friendships.

Meredith shares with us her path to realizing she was not really truly happy, why she left her sorority and how she put herself on a path to creating the authentic friendships that were right for her. We also talk about how following your 'shoulds' don’t always get you where you want to go and how listening to that still small voice within is a path to learning how to truly trust yourself in school and in life.

#49: How are you BEING with what is occurring?

#49: How are you BEING with what is occurring?

October 3, 2019

Inspired by how Emery Bergmann handled her messy roommate, Annmarie and Adam talk about the difference between context and content, and the value in knowing the difference.

If you are committed to success in your life, creating the conditions for you to truly thrive is vital. Where you live and who you live with matters, but HOW you are living together is fundamental to your ability to focus and succeed.

If you want to be able to put your energy on academics, career, relationships, health, and your well-being, you must protect home base. Having a place to go and feel comfortable, at ease and at peace is one key ingredient to a successful and fulfilling life.

On this episode learn why how you are being with those you live with can contribute to calm or conflict.

#48: How to avoid roommate drama

#48: How to avoid roommate drama

September 26, 2019

This week, Emery and I talk about how to be drama free with your roommates. Whether you are sharing your living space with a good friend or a perfect stranger, it can be hard to live with other people. Your living situation can make or break your quality of life, and ability to focus and succeed.

If you don’t have a place to go to feel comfortable and find some peace life can become very stressful. Emery shares her solution for managing a messy roommate and how she stayed sane, even with moldy yogurt hanging around.

#47: To rush or not to rush, that is the question

#47: To rush or not to rush, that is the question

September 20, 2019

In this mini-episode, Emery Bergmann and I discuss the pros and cons of Greek life and what she has learned about herself through the process.

Emery shares why she decided to rush despite her fear that Greek life was not for her and what it was like to be rejected by her first choice sorority.

Listen in to hear more about why staying open and curious about the process helped Emery land in just the right community.

#46: Cornell Junior, Emery Bergmann, on finding her posse and making friends in college and beyond

#46: Cornell Junior, Emery Bergmann, on finding her posse and making friends in college and beyond

September 12, 2019

Starting school or perhaps a new job? Finding your people, making friends and building community is a big task and can be scary. In this mini-episode, we revisit Emery Bergmann who shares her tips for overcoming fear and putting your best foot forward on the path to finding your people and creating a community you love in college and beyond. For more on the college transition with Emery, check out episode 3.

#45: Transitions, failure, courage, and the patience required to overcome it all

#45: Transitions, failure, courage, and the patience required to overcome it all

August 30, 2019

Do you stress about failing? What do you do when you freak out Tune is as Annmarie and Adam talk about the power of courage, patience and self-awareness in college and beyond.

 

#44: Ashwath Narayanan on leadership, failure, and balance

#44: Ashwath Narayanan on leadership, failure, and balance

August 22, 2019

Ashwath Narayanan is redefining success after recently returning to America to attend George Washington University. Ashwath discusses how necessary failure is to his growth as a young leader, defines what leadership is to him, and shares how self-awareness has had to his mindset. Ashwath chats about his experience so far, and explains how he tries, and sometimes fails, to balance all the opportunities he’s overwhelmed with. Most recently, Ashwath co-founded Culture Co, a creative agency focused on collaborating with impact-driven companies and nonprofits.

#43: Embracing confusion, moving through fear, and creating habits

#43: Embracing confusion, moving through fear, and creating habits

August 15, 2019

Tune is as Annmarie and Adam chat about embracing confusion, moving through fear and creating habits for success. 

#42: Exploring life’s big questions with rising freshman Ben Laufer

#42: Exploring life’s big questions with rising freshman Ben Laufer

August 9, 2019

Have you heard of the podcast Headscratcher? It was started a few months ago by 19 year old Ben Laufer. Perhaps Ben is just like you: a young college student with the perfect resume, a great high school education, and stable upbringing.

However, Ben felt like a cog in a machine and noticed early on that he was making decisions because they seemed like the right thing to do, not because it was necessarily the best thing to do for him. Ben courageously decided to buck the system and took a gap year to look for the answers to the questions we all often ask: who am I, what do I want to do and how do I get there?

Ben talks with Annmarie about why he felt he needed to do this, how he designed his gap year, what he learned about himself, and what he hopes to take with him as he enters his freshman year.

#41: Annmarie and Adam talk about trusting that it’s ok NOT to know all the answers and how to be comfortable in the unknown

#41: Annmarie and Adam talk about trusting that it’s ok NOT to know all the answers and how to be comfortable in the unknown

August 1, 2019

Annmarie and producer Adam Harris recap what it means to trust the unknown, why it’s important to take healthy risks, and the illusion of being comfortable with a "secure" job.

#40: Skye Deitelbaum on graduation, freedom, and travel

#40: Skye Deitelbaum on graduation, freedom, and travel

July 25, 2019

Recent graduate Skye Deitelbaum discusses her decision to travel, putting her sports broadcasting career on pause. Skye shares her relationship to the freedom and the unknown, and how she is continuing to create the best version of herself. Skye also reflects on her college experience, including an unhealthy relationship and how she failed to prioritize self-care.

#39: What does it REALLY mean to feel FREE?

#39: What does it REALLY mean to feel FREE?

July 18, 2019

Annmarie and Adam once again talk FREEDOM in school, career, and life. Listen in as Adam shares his next career move, how he figured it out, how it is getting there, and how it FEELS.

#38: I’ve graduated, now what?

#38: I’ve graduated, now what?

July 11, 2019

It’s all about transitions! From freshman year to graduation Brandon shares his college journey and all the ups and downs he encountered along the way.

This week, Annmarie talks with her nephew Brandon Harris shortly after his graduation from the University of Illinois this past June. Although Brandon is devoted to pursuing a career and life he loves and is passionate about, he talks openly about how his fears caused him to ignore what he was drawn to study freshman year and how that has impacted him today. He shares how and why he courageously rejected 3 great job offers in his field of study and what he plans to do next as he becomes a conscious creator of his life.