Welcome to the LYS Podcast. Today’s episode is one of my favorites of the year because it celebrates what you, the listeners, enjoyed most over the past year. I love looking at the top 5 episodes because it tells me about our past year, what resonated with everyone - which episodes lifted your spirits, connected with you, gave you what you wanted to create your best life story.
But I also love this episode because it’s a fun listen - you get to hear little teasers of the favorite shows, and decide which ones you may want to go back and listen to or share.
Click the link to find out the top 5 listener-favorites for the year.
So let’s get started with the top 5 episodes of 2022.
Coming in at #5 is Episode 214 - Walking on Water. In this episode we discuss the deep importance of us of learning to walk with faith, of coming to understand what it is, why it’s important, and how to develop and use it in our own lives. I share clips from 3 excellent women who are expert on the topic and we talk about how we have to have more faith in our why, in ourselves, and in our supportive universal purpose and God, than we have in fear.
In this clip I have just grabbed a little piece from the first of these women. Take a listen.
Having the faith to take action in your life is a HUGE step to making things happen, but one of the next most powerful steps in creating a peaceful life is the ability to see how our trials help us to grow - to be able to recognize that the shit of life is the fertilizer….
I’ll add in this little thought as well. I was reading a symposium paper on why bad things happen, and there was a wonderful section that talked about how we CANNOT learn to forgive without being hurt and having someone to forgive. We cannot learn patience without having to struggle with the shortage of time, we can’t gain understanding and empathy without knowing a particular pain - someone who has struggled with illness can understand another who struggles with this also. etc.. While our desire to avoid pain is strong, growth, understanding and the development of Christ-like qualities comes only through knowing the opposite side of it.
Which takes us to #4 - Episode 227, my interview with Carrington Smith, the author of Blooming: Finding Gifts in the Shit of Life
Here’s a clip from listener favorite #4: (Tune into the audio program)
You can find the whole episode that includes her numerous personal stories of rape and abuse and how she comes to claim her story. Episode 227.
Now, What is #3 for 2022? The 3rd most downloaded episode is: Episode 218 - Life Engineered with Rusty Lindquist.
I’m loving this countdown, because each of the top downloads, as it turns out, are all super life tools.
#5 - Having the faith to step out and take action
#4 - Understanding that our trials and failures are really our greatest tools for building our character and refining us.
And now, in #3 - Creating our life with intention - Engineering the life you want on purpose
Tune into the audio program to hear a clip from my interview with Rusty Lindquist.
To listen to the entire episode, pull up episode 218 on your app or on loveyourstorypodcast.com
Now we are to #2 - The second most downloaded episode this year was:
Episode 212: Domestic Violence: Interview Brielle Cotterman and Melissa Haenchen
Brielle Cotterman shared her attempted murder story, and Melissa Haenchen of the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition shared tips for escaping a domestic violence situation in this episode.
In this clip you’ll hear part of her story, but the larger episode goes into a lot more detail about grooming, what to watch out for, and how to seek help. Here’s a taste of the #2 favorite for 2022.
To listen to the entire episode, find episode 212 and listen as these two women share so many good pointers gained from their own experiences - with Brielle having experienced it herself, and with Melissa working with so many woman with so many stories.
We are finally to #1! The most downloaded show of 2022 was: Episode 211: Healthy Co-Parenting - my interview with Jae Behrman and Amanda Louder.
This episode was fascinating because it’s not very often that you get to speak with both a husband and a wife, who have divorced, and who take responsibility for their parts in the dissolution of the marriage. It was such an interesting interview because Amanda was very clear in calling out Jae’s abuses, but Jae was incredible in claiming them, learning from them, and sharing how they had both grown. No Jerry Springer drama….though it certainly could have been.
Before I share the clip, let me just say, I love the topic of this episode because taking about healthy co-parenting is not something you hear very often, and yet it is a topic that should get a lot more air time because so many of us need to know how to do it, and need to do better at it. So, definitely take in the whole episode if you missed this one, especially if you co-parent in a divorce situation.
This number 1 episode with Jae and Amanda stands out because of their honesty with the audience and with each other. It stands out because we are talking about something that doesn’t get talked about enough - healthy co-parenting, and it stands out because it’s so unique to have people claiming their responsibility for breaking things, and being able to share appreciation for growth in relationships that have caused so much pain. Jae and Amanda set a great example for all who do or will walk the path of broken marriage and co-parenting. Thanks to them, and thanks to all who have been on the show this year!! I’m deeply grateful to all of you for what I have learned and for your courage.
As we end the show - I want to thank YOU for being here. Really! Thank you for sharing this time with me.
And, thanks to all who have hopped on and left a review for the show. I appreciate you very much. Please do now, if you haven’t. I want to share a review we got from jla1206 from United States. JLA 1206 says:
Title: Lori creates a safe place for all of us
I was not always been comfortable with my story. This podcast has helped me see the beauty, depth, joy, richness, and compassion available to me regardless of how hard my story seemed at times. I love every interview and insight offered. And feel like Lori does an exceptional job at creating a safe place for all of us to discover and fall in love with our stories. Thank you Lori for sharing your gifts with us!
Have a wonderful close out of 2022 and a wonderful New Year! A quick reminder about LIFE - Living Intentional and Fearless Everyday - the 21 Life Connection Challenges. If you still need Christmas gifts, this book is more than a gift - it’s a path to living life with more connection, self-care and possibility, and what could be more wonderful than that? It spells out all the 21 Challenges - 21 Life Hacks that are fun to implement, but provide you with so many tips for living your life on purpose. You can find it on Amazon or go to LoveYourStoryPodcast.com for a link that will take you there!!
Please come back and join us in 2023 for another year of brave stories, insights, lessons, struggles and successes. Happy New Year!