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 ( 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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5 Things That Changed Your Life is a 12-episode multi-season podcast where guests share 5 stories, events, or experiences that had an impact on their lives. Hosted by Loren Kling.



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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5 Things That Changed Your Life is a 12-episode multi-season podcast where guests share 5 stories, events, or experiences that had an impact on their lives. Hosted by Loren Kling.



Season 02 – Episode 01 – Sam Christensen

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On the season 2 premiere of the “5 Things That Changed Your Life” podcast, my guest, SAM CHRISTENSEN discusses:

  1. Being told he might make a great VP if he tried hard
  2. Getting a unique gift from his grandpa
  3. Learning the most valuable lesson from violinist Isaac Stern
  4. The end of the TV series M*A*S*H
  5. The Actors’ Center of Los Angeles and developing “The Sam Christensen Process”.
Sam is a former casting director for Broadway theatre, feature films, and television, including one of the most popular TV series of all-time, MASH.
Today, at “Sam Christensen Studios” in North Hollywood, California, and in classes around the World, he teaches “The Sam Christensen Process” to thousands of actors, artists, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and CEOs.
As a graduate of… “The Process”, I like to describe it as this…
Imagine you’re at a job interview or a casting audition and the person behind the table says, “Describe yourself”. What would you say?
Since taking the class in 2011, I’ve been able to easily and confidently say, “I’m an onion ring in a bag of fries.”

Can’t get more clearer than that!



Season 02 – Episode 00 – Hello (Again) World!

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Hi, Everybody.

I’m Loren Kling, host of the podcast series, 5 Things That Changed Your Life.


Like the previous season, we’re going to bring you 12 guests who will share 5 stories, events, or experiences that had an impact on their lives. Paths altered by a person, a place, or a moment in time.

The format of the show is unique in that my guests have already thought about the questions (what are the “5 Things” that changed their lives) as well as the answers (why those moments are important to them) before we ever sit down to chat.

All 12 episodes of SEASON 1 (plus a recap show) are available now on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and here at

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