#216 Cara Raffele: Women’s Equality, Wellness and… Cannabis

November 24, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

Our guest today, Cara Raffele, comes to us with vastly diverse experience as a change agent and growth driver. Cara is sought after as a trusted adviser to CEOs, investors, and boards of directors. She has earned this authority and influence through the successful launch of more than 30 companies. Yes. 32 companies.

Cara began her career at the Orange County Register as a staff writer before diving into branding and communications for highly successful companies, including Ingram Micro, Toshiba America Information Systems, and City of Anaheim Public Utilities.

Currently, Cara is the founder of a fascinating inventive business named Altalunas, which is a management consulting and brand storytelling firm uniquely positioned to accelerate the growth of female-founded and women-focused wellness.

Today Cara and I will explore Women’s Equality and Wellness… and believe me, in this show Cara will introduce new frontiers for your Next Chapter.

For more on Cara Raffele go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/cararaffele/

Or https://www.instagram.com/cararaffele/?hl=en

You can email her at cara@altalunas.com


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“If Stillness is the Key, Action is the Door.”

November 20, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Most of us would be seized with fear if our bodies went numb, and would do everything possible to avoid it, yet we take no interest at all in the numbing of our souls. —EPICTETUS” ― Ryan Holiday, Stillness is the Key

Of the three books in Ryan Holiday’s trilogy of Stoic insights my favorite is the final book, Stillness is the Key. Although Ego is the Enemy and The Obstacle is the Way both offer brilliant insights, I believe the fullest life begins with intentional daily alone time, where stillness and contemplation are king.
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#215 Anne Michaud Why They Stay: Sex Scandals and Hidden Agendas of 8 Political Wives

November 16, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

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 We live in an unprecedented time of total disclosure of the personal lives of our politicians—male and female. But today we will discuss with Anne Michaud the stories of the wives of famous political men involved in serial sex scandals and deeply held personal agendas.

The question frequently asked about these women Is “Why do they stay with such philanderers?” Common responses range from weakness to a misguided drive for some sort of personal advantage.

Anne Michaud very aptly clarifies the motivations, strategies, and tactics of these women in her truly enormously insightful book Why They Stay: Sex Scandals, Deals, and Hidden Agendas.

In today’s thought-provoking and marvelously insightful chat Anne offers surprising conclusions on how certain women have dealt with the most difficult of husbands.

Anne is a renowned and highly credentialed journalist.

A veteran political journalist, Anne Michaud is an editor for Crain’s New York. She previously reported for the Wall Street Journal and wrote a nationally syndicated op-ed column for Newsday. Anne has won more than 25 writing and reporting awards and was twice named “Columnist of the Year” by statewide New York journalism associations.

Anne covered Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign, Anthony Weiner’s 2005 mayoral bid and Eliot Spitzer’s rise and fall as New York’s governor from 2006 to 2008. Her work has appeared in Ms., the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, BusinessWeek.com, Crain’s NY Business, Cincinnati Magazine and more. 

For more information on Anne Michaud please visit www.annemichaud.com

Please go to Why They Stay to review Anne’s book.

And go to American Czarina Melania Trump for a copy of her latest book.


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The Value of Discomfort

November 13, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.” John F. Kennedy

I went to a Gala—a significant fundraising event.

Men in stylish suits and woman dressed in high fashion. Dozens of enviable yachts adorned the view of one window of the ballroom and the rest decorated for the fine tastes of the elite. Although the room smelled a bit of big money it also carried the surreptitious odor of insecurity.
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Do You Have a Place?

November 7, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

Real places are never captured in words. There is always more.” Erin MorgensternThe Starless Sea

In his book The Teachings of Don Juan, Calos Castaneda, describes his medicine man/Shaman Don Juan, as instructing a new student not to leave the porch area of the retreat home until he finds “his spot.” No matter how long it takes. “Search and rest in various spots until you find yours,” commands the Shaman. As I recall it takes the searcher more than one full day find his spot—but he did

And I think we all have “a spot” or perhaps even a few of them, where we can find comfort in ourselves and with ourselves. There are spots in my home where I am most comfortable. But then there are also “places,” cities or regions that simply feel like you belong.
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