Season 02 – Episode 06 – Courtney Barber




Courtney Barber is an Australian entrepreneur, having founded both Glam Today Magazine and Perfex Laboratories, a beauty and health supplement company based in Los Angeles, California. Courtney is also Miss Nevada International 2016 and a former Miss Australia Galaxy 2011.

Among her on-camera work she’ll be appearing in season 3 of HBOs’s series, “Ballers” which comes out in July 2017 and in “Haz” Dulull’s faux-documentary sci-fi thriller, “The Beyond”.

Courtney resides between both The Gold Coast in Australia and Los Angeles.

On this week’s episode of the “5 Things That Changed Your Life” podcast Courtney discusses…

  1. Coming from a farm in the “outback” in Australia to moving to LA – The WOW moments of always watching movies about Los Angeles and Beverly Hills and then actually ending up living in L.A. years later.
  2. Becoming a Celebrity fitness writer for Perez Hilton – How I started sending out proposals from my apartment in Australia to all of the biggest media publishers in the USA at age 24… and then after chasing them for months and months, finally got booked!
  3. Winning and Competing as Miss Australia in 2011 – Coming to the USA and doing my first pageant in Chicago. Everything you think about pageants is true and then some!
  4. Starting my own Fitness Magazine in the USA at age 25 – How that grew and all the experiences I had doing that, meeting celebrities and my own little empire.
  5. Going back to Australia for a extended break in 2015 after “burning out” – Finding myself again, my sense of balance and true self. The best few months of my life.
  6. Winning Miss Nevada 2016 – Being off the stage for a few years and then deciding that I wanted to get back on stage and give it a go, despite a lot of people telling me otherwise (you are too old, what have you got to prove etc). Ended up placing Top 10 out of all the states in the USA at the national competition and winning the “Best Body // Miss Fitness”
  7. Doing an epic road trip with my youngest brother and trekking through Cambodia and Vietnam with the other one.

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Season 02 – Episode 05 – Steve Harper



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Steve Harper is a television writer, playwright, and creativity coach. Credits include the ABC series, “American Crime”, and USA Networks, “Covert Affairs”. His web series, “Send Me,” has won multiple awards and garnered an Emmy nom for its lead actress.

On this week’s episode of the “5 Things That Changed Your Life” podcast Steve discusses…

  1. Trading in my electric typewriter for a Mac: During college (and then after) I drank the Apple Computer kool-aid and eventually spent 10 years teaching computer skills to people of all ages.
  2. Discovering The Actors Work Program: As a broke actor, I stumbled into the Actors Fund and found this social-services division that taught me how to expand my skill-set and my resume to get “meaningful sideline employment”. Today I do all kind of work even as I pursue by art in many abundant ways.
  3. Hosting a Baltimore Kids Show: I was hired in the early ‘90s to co-star in, co-produce and co-write a wacky kids show on the Fox affiliate in Baltimore and used more of my creative juices that I had previously used on one project.
  4. Creating a web series: After writing on a TV show for a few years, I decided to create my own series for the web with a crazy premise (about time travel to the days of slavery) – without really having a game plan before I started. We ultimately got nominated for an Emmy.
  5. Doing the ManKind Project Weekend: I took the leap to follow a friend’s advice and participated in this weekend workshop around emotional literacy for men and my life took a turn for the better.

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Season 02 – Episode 04 – Dana Middleton



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For season 2, episode 4 of the “5 Things That Changed Your Life” podcast Alan and I sit down with children’s author and creative coach, Dana Middleton, where she discusses…

  1. Moving to a Farm: When I was 16, my family moved to a farm in North Georgia and it has really shaped who I am as well as influencing what I write about.
  2. Went to the Academy Awards: Was producer of Oscar nominated Short Film. Went to Oscars. Experienced the highs and lows of Hollywood.
  3. Went to an Energy Clearing seminar: Which unexpectedly changed my life and led to the coaching work I do today. And I really believed opened up my creative life.
  4. Wrote a kid’s book and then another: Found myself through writing for kids even though for a long time no one was publishing me.
  5. Got an agent: Will never forget waking up to the email of publisher, Susan Hawk, who loved my book and getting a two book deal. And it’s awesome to be a published author now.

Dana’s first book, The Infinity Year of Avalon James, is currently available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and at many book retailers. and is working on her next book, Open If You Dare, which arrives online and in stores in October 2017.

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Season 02 – Episode 03 – The Gentle Barn’s Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner



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We have a special dual guest episode as we’re joined for season 2, episode 3 of the “5 Things That Changed Your Life” podcast with wife/husband duo, Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner. Ellie is the founder and Jay the co-founder of the national nonprofit organization, The Gentle Barn.

Ellie and Jay discuss:

  1. Mr. Olaf and a supermarket’s rotisserie
  2. Rescuing Scout (Jay’s first GB rescue)
  3. Finding a goat; The start of Ellie’s dream
  4. How we think we’re saving the animals when they’re actually saving us
  5. Animal communication and Ellie learning to embrace her gifts
  6. Disgruntled volunteers, betrayal, and the biggest lessons learned
  7. Going national and realizing that a Gentle Barn in every state is possible
  8. Having children and running a rescue… Not the easiest thing to do

The Gentle Barn (www.gentlebarn.org) is a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1999 as a safe haven and place of recovery for severely abused animals. The Gentle Barn offers their unique philosophy of rehabilitating animals and connecting their stories of survival and healing to the personal experiences of inner city, at-risk and special needs children who have suffered physical, mental or emotional trauma. By interacting with The Gentle Barn’s approximate one hundred and eighty animals and taking a hands-on role in their welfare, those who participate in the programs at The Gentle Barn learn empathy, trust and forgiveness. The Gentle Barn’s mission is simple: “Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and Our Planet.”

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Season 02 – Episode 02 – Heidi Rose Robbins



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For season 2, episode 2 of the “5 Things That Changed Your Life” podcast, I sat down with HEIDI ROSE ROBBINS where she discusses:

  1. Declaring “I’m a poet with a map of the heavens in my pocket” – Reclaiming and naming myself an artist/poet and not just/ only an astrologer/teacher.
  2. An audition at Age 11 in Fargo North Dakota – facing fear, discovering true devotion and passion, my first experience of artistic community.
  3. Meeting Sofia Diaz – my teacher even today – blasted me open- embodiment of fierce love
  4. A very scary plane trip off the coast of Australia- my warrior friend and I face the possibility of a crash
  5. Discovering personal retreats – as a mother of young children, started to take time alone – changed everything, the power of solitude, removing myself from the chaos of everyday and My first Radiant Life Retreat – tiny group, sheer determination to birth this new offering

Heidi Rose Robbins is a poet dedicated to helping others embody the experience of love. Those who read her poems and attend her readings and retreats often speak of feeling woken up to the best parts of themselves, of rediscovering a vitality and tenderness long-buried. In 2013 Heidi published her first book of poetry, Beckoning Ceaseless Beauty.

In 2007, she and five other like-minded “love warriors” embarked on the Hello Love Experiment, a radical year-long tour of sparking discussions of love and connection throughout the US. Following Hello Love, Heidi created Radiant Life Retreats to help grow a capacity for love through the communal exploration of poetry, movement, and friendship.

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