Restaurant owner and recent author of “The Adventures of Starry Kitchen”, Nguyen Tran, talks about his entrepreneurial path, which started with an illegal, underground restaurant in his North Hollywood apartment, which quickly became the #1 Asian fusion restaurant in L.A. on yelp, but was shut down by the health department. This failure inspired him to persevere and go on to open the very successful Starry Kitchen and Button Mash Restaurant in Los Angeles. Nguyen talks with honesty and humor how his upbringing taught him to dispute the notion that failure doesn’t happen to winners and that completion is more important than success. His entrepreneurial spirit is both inspiring and entertaining.
Learn more about Nguyen at: www.starrykitchen.com
Author, parenting advocate, creativity coach, and spiritual seeker Robin Finn talks about her journey as a mom. From raising kids with ADHD, to tolerating felling inadequate as a mom, to feeling judged by others, she found a way to warrior through it all-by writing about it. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, ADDitude Magazine, Disney’s Babble.com, and others, and she went on to write her first novel “Restless in LA”. Robin shares how her creative and spiritual journey allowed her to surrender from the expectation to be perfect and raise perfect children, and to accept the beauty in imperfection.
Learn more about Robin at: www.robinfinn.com
Sam Lamott, artist, writer, son of well known author Anne Lamott, talks about living and writing from a place of truth and vulnerability, after experiencing so much pain and struggle in his life. Whether it be failed relationships, addiction, depression, low self esteem, Sam is a storyteller of fear and courage. His most current vulnerability project, hellohumans.co, is a gathering place for writers to speak honestly about the quirky, flawed, and real life spectrum of humanity-the counterculture of the usual snapshot of perfection that people so often portray on social media.
Find out more about Sam at: www.hellohumans.co
Author and holistic living and joyful educator, who wrote the highly acclaimed article on “What if All I Want is a Mediocre Life?”, describes how she learned to accept her mediocrity, and how making peace with her limitations changed her view on failure.
Learn more about Krista at: www.alifeinprogress.ca
The writer and blogger known for her poignant portrayal as a failed widow-grieving for her deceased husband while also falling in love at the same time. Melissa speaks about how she failed society’s expectations of how to be a widow, and how powerful her written words have been in connection other’s who also grieve in different ways.
Find out more about Melissa at: www.widowish.com
And you can follow Melissa at: www.twitter.com/widowishwidow
Eighteen year old Eliza Rubin’s weekly podcast “Eliza Starting at 16” helps to reveal what teenagers are struggling with these days, in terms of pressure for perfection, self esteem, relationships, social media, and family life. She explores how failure is not something to be avoided, but rather a necessary part of learning to face challenges. Her honesty and insight lends an important perspective into the life of a teenager, a stage of development that society so often fails to understand.
Learn more about Eliza at: http://www.elizastartingat16.com
Follow Eliza at: https://www.instagram.com/elizastarting
Best known for her TEDtalk on the beauty of being a Misfit, Lidia Yuknavitch, writer and teacher, speaks poignantly about her abusive childhood, experience with alcohol and drug abuse, homelessness, time in a psychiatric ward, multiple failed marriages, and finally, the loss of her first child, all leading her to feel like she failed to fit in. Lidia’s storytelling of resilience is rich and inspiring, acting as a bridge to others. Her vulnerability, honesty and insight highlight how failure is actually a “portal” to reinvent oneself endlessly.
Connect w/ Lidia: https://lidiayuknavitch.net
Corporeal Writing site: http://www.corporealwriting.com
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a rock star, touring Europe first class and hobnobbing with the like of Coldplay, only to have your band fail and your career end? Chenjerai Kumanyika was just that. Join Morgan, Sara and Melissa in their conversation of how he recovered from his failure and became a college professor.
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Pediatrician Howie Reinstein and Psychologist Tom Brauner discuss how too much technology is failing our children, in terms of brain development, social relationships, and family dynamics. An honest conversation about how seductive technology can be to all, and yet how damaging the impact can be to children’s development, and what to do to manage our hyper-connection to technology.
Writers Mark and Carla share the dramatic ups and downs of selling all their belongings and moving to the Pacific island of Rarotonga with their young children and ultimately failing to make it work.
Follow Mark at: https://twitter.com/Frauenfelder
Follow Carla at: https://twitter.com/Carla_Sinclair