More In Common Podcast
Yatish Joshi /// State Sponsored Smiles /// S1:E065

Yatish Joshi /// State Sponsored Smiles /// S1:E065

February 13, 2020

Today we are with Yatish Joshi.  Yatish is a family man who has traveled the world gaining amazing perspective about life, himself and the importance of going after what you want in life.  Born in India, Yatish came to the States 40+ years ago and lives in Indiana.

 

Yatish founded GTA Containers in 1988, which makes large scale water containers for the military.   In 2017 he decided to make a run for Congress in Indiana, and while the effort fell short, he gave a valiant effort and it has provided an amazing perspective on people that he shares with us.

 

We are thrilled to have Yatish as he truly represents what Season 1 is all about.

 

"If you don't listen to others how can you make change?" - Yatish Joshi

 

 

What we talk about:

  • Running for congress as an immigrant
  • The experience of running and reaching out to others across party lines
  • Politics
    • Two party system
    • The constitution
  • Liberal vs. conservative
  • How he was before he met his wife as he would say, "he is not a good person"
  • The power of believing in yourself
  • Impact of his family
  • Growing up in India
  • Solutions to improve the public education system
  • His business and how he got into running a large company

 

References:

 

Credits:

 

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Spoken Lioter Tips" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Athena Kavis  /// Catch it if you can /// S1:E064

Athena Kavis /// Catch it if you can /// S1:E064

February 6, 2020

Athena loves traveling, reading, and listening to podcasts born in Florida and now living in California.

 

She is a serial entrepreneur. Before moving out to California, at the age of 18 she started her first company, Swim Szn. She grew Swim Szn from ground zero up to making $25k in just the 5th month alone all by running Influencer marketing campaigns. A year later Athena decided to sell Swim Szn to pursue her passion for growing other businesses.

 

She started off her new company, Kavis Management Group (KMG) in January 2018 and quickly began offering her business expertise to clients to facilitate growth within their industries. 

 

Currently, Athena has designed over 50 different websites for clients, founded My Meraki LLC; a CBD company that’s in 55 retailers, and co-founded a new swimsuit company called Cammelly. She is the founder of the podcast Kavis Radio, a business podcast for both men and women to receive tangible business advice.

 

"Doesn't matter how old you are, young or old, it doesn't matter how much experience you have doing anything…if you want to make the shift to doing something entirely different…even if everyone is telling you not to…I'm telling you, you need to do it…for yourself."  - Athena Kavis

 

What we talk about:

  • Being an Entrepreneur
  • How it all started
  • Vision for life
  • Parental expectations
    • Positive Parental Influence
  • What success is for each of us
  • Making the decision to quit her full time job
  • Her move to L.A.
  • Perspective of political leanings outside of home states
  • Hiding age as a young entrepreneur

 

References:

 

Credits:

 

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "New Street Signs" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Nabie Fofanah  /// Dr. Smooth /// S1:E063

Nabie Fofanah /// Dr. Smooth /// S1:E063

January 30, 2020

Today we are with Nabie Fofanah…or The Speed Doctor.  Nabie is insightful, thought provoking and filled with opportunities for amazing conversation!  Nabie was born in Sierra-Leone and moved to Guinea at the age of 5. He spent his formative years in New York which led him to finding track at the age of 18.  Within a year of running track for the first time, and having one of the slowest times on the team in the 100 meter, he decided he was going to be an Olympian. 

 

Well, his mentality and mindset made that possible.  He ran for Guinea in the 2004 Olympics and then again in 2008.  By 2013 he becomes known as the #1 speed and muscle toning trainer in the New York area.  He has since trained with elite professional Athletes…Chris Paul, Todd Gurley, Patty Mills, Von Miller, Victor Oladipo and Antonio Brown.

 

His resume is impressive but his character is more impressive.  This conversation goes everywhere and it is a lot of fun.

 

"So the only way to beat that negativity…that's overtaking this person's whole aura is by showing them love… "  - Nabie Fofanah

 

What we talk about:

  • Listening First as it relates to his cultural experience
  • How his background has forced him to communicate
  • Communicating with love and understanding
  • His perspective on the U.S. and the rest of the world
  • How he grew up around the world and
  • What it was like growing up away from parents
    • Being sent to boarding school when he was 10
  • Perspective on maturing and developing youth in U.S.
  • Ego and the higher voice he listens to
  • Running and being an Olympian
  • Starting his own business

 

References:

 

Credits:

 

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Fresh Mango" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Nicole Davis /// Go for It /// S1:E062

Nicole Davis /// Go for It /// S1:E062

January 23, 2020

This conversation is with former Olympian Nicole Davis speaks on the importance of believing in yourself in times of stress and uncertainty. She pushes her audience to embrace uncomfortable moments as a catalyst to improve themselves in any facet of life. Davis is a retired two-time Olympian and two-time silver medalist. She spent 11 years on the USA National Volleyball Team and played professionally in eight different countries in Europe & Asia. She also helped lead her team in back-to-back NCAA Championships at USC in 2002 & 2003. Davis currently works as a coach and expert on high performance and cultural development at Compete to Create, a company co-founded by Pete Carroll and Dr. Mike Gervais. Her vision is to help accelerate the learning of others through her experiences in pursuing her best in her craft and on the world's stage. She is passionate about impacting others and has seen what people are capable of. There is now more science and language around the processes that allow people to really get after it in life and pursue their potential.

 

 

"…Everything we have is already within us, and if we can anchor more to the idea that when things don't go as planned that I can adjust, and do work to have great skill at adjusting rather than the incessant need to prepare and to be perfect we will probably perform better, feel more alignment and feel a lot more joy in the experience…."  - Nicole Davis

 

What we talk about:

  • Finding yourself
  • Self-Talk
  • Being an Olympian
  • Getting uncomfortable and inviting stress for excellence
  • How she found Volleyball
  • The influence of her parents
  • Taking risks and the limits we all have
  • Definition of Success
  • Challenging yourself
  • Accepting where you are and who you are
  • The impact of living with an abusive father
  • Processing Trauma
  • And So much more

 

References:

 

 

Credits:

 

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Reach out" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Ethan Sandler /// What is Ambition and Success? /// S1:E061

Ethan Sandler /// What is Ambition and Success? /// S1:E061

January 16, 2020

Today we are with Ethan Sandler.  Ethan is an Actor, Producer, and writer in Hollywood.  He has co-produced and written episodes of popular T.V. shows such as Man with a Plan and New Girl and has acted in, most notably, the TV series Crossing Jordan, The Princes Diaries and The Bourne Identity.  He is currently focused on his work researching monsters for his own idea and helping consult on Disney +'s new Monster's Inc. TV Series.

 

But, more importantly, he is a husband of 17 years and father of two.  We are excited to have him today!

 

"I'm unfortunately a little wobbly on what exactly my definition of success is.  I don't think I'm, honestly, pursuing success."  - Ethan Sandler

 

What we talk about:

  • Definition of Success
  • Pursuit of Success
  • Ambition
  • Growing up in Seattle
  • Importance of Family and having support for wife's ambitions
  • Having a Victim Complex
  • The things we remember that affect us
  • His current focus and work
  • Words we use
  • Being a Dad
    • Masculinity

 

References:

 

 

Credits:

 

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Decade Pop" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

2020 Season 1: Pursuit…A Sneak Peak /// E060

2020 Season 1: Pursuit…A Sneak Peak /// E060

January 10, 2020

We are so excited to start 2020 off with a season all about Pursuit!  We have amazing guests lined up and look forward to episode 1 starting 1/16/2020!

 

For today, we are bringing you some bonus content.  A little inside look into the extra content that never gets released.  A forward look at the guests coming in season 1.

 

And, we have been absolutely graced with the efforts by our former guest, Shye Eaze (Alex Harrell) and our amazing producer/editor, Ruf (DJ Rufbeats) Belhomme, who co-created our new theme song! 

 

Guests this Season: Pursuit

  • Ethan Sandler
  • Nicole Davis
  • Nabie Fofanah
  • Athena Kavis
  • Yatish Joshi
  • Erica Taylor Haskins
  • Bryan Carrol
  • Heather Newman

 

Credits:

 

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

Main Theme: by DJ Rufbeats and Shye Eaze co-created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

2019 Recap and 2020 Preview /// E059

2019 Recap and 2020 Preview /// E059

December 19, 2019

2019 was an amazing year for More In Common.  We released 24 episodes talking about many things such as Mental Health, Politics, Religion, and more.  We heard some amazing stories and got to know amazing people.

 

So, in this episode we keep it simple, having a lot of fun and closing up the year.  Our editor and producer, Ruf, joins us today to ask us questions. 

 

Learn more about our process, our behind the scenes thoughts, and what's to come in 2020!

 

 

What we talk about:

  • 2019 Review
  • Our process
  • The evolution of MIC
  • 2020 Preview

 

Credits:

 

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

Main Theme: "I dunno" by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/grapes/16626 Ft: J Lang, Morusqu

Megan Sherer /// Shame and Secrecy /// E058

Megan Sherer /// Shame and Secrecy /// E058

December 5, 2019

Today we are with Megan Sherer.  Megan is a Holistic Nutritionist and Wellness Expert. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University, and has a background in all things healthy living. She has extensively studied and been certified in Holistic & Sports Nutrition, Personal Training, Yoga, AcroYoga, meditation, breath-work, reiki, emotional transformation and eating psychology. She runs a private practice with 1:1 clients, a corporate wellness consulting program, and mental health focused wellness initiatives. 

She also founded a non-profit organization called Be More, dedicated to creating conversations & curriculum about how social media impacts self-esteem and mental health in teenagers. 

 

What we talk about:

  • Breaking down the stigma of Mental health and other conversations that matter
  • Her non Profit, Be More
  • Managing conversations about sex and sexual health with adolescence
  • Body Image
  • Her personal Experience with Body Issues and Eating Disorders
    • And how she navigated her way out of it
  • Eating disorders in woman and in men

 

References:

 

 

Credits:

 

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

Main Theme: "I dunno" by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/grapes/16626 Ft: J Lang, Morusqu

Guest theme:  by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Gina Choi /// Know Yourself /// E057

Gina Choi /// Know Yourself /// E057

November 21, 2019

Today we are with Gina Choi.  Gina was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but considers Los Angeles her home. She attended Pepperdine University and is currently an Advertising Account Manager at Microsoft. Her favorite author is F. Scott Fitzgerald. He is the author that fanned the flame for her love of reading after she finished school.

 

In 2018, she spoke at a TEDx conference on the topic of being open to new passions in life. When she isn't sitting at a desk, she spends her time taking photos, in some new workout routine, studying (enjoying) wine, and planning international travel in Excel spreadsheets.

 

 

What we talk about:

  • Reminding herself to live a childhood life
  • How she feels connected as an Over Achiever
  • How she managed through Anxiety and having Panic attacks
  • Moving around a lot growing up
  • Being a Korean American and what it means to her
  • Her core values and how she has developed them over time
  • Her Tedx and what passion is to her
  • The balance of having a job vs. pursuing entrepreneurship rooted in passion

 

References:

 

 

Credits:

 

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

Main Theme: "I dunno" by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/grapes/16626 Ft: J Lang, Morusqu

Guest theme: "Times a waiting" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Coach JJ /// Be Real, Be Empathetic, Be Loving /// E056

Coach JJ /// Be Real, Be Empathetic, Be Loving /// E056

November 7, 2019

Coach JJ was 65lbs + overweight, smoking 2 packs a day, and working 100+ hours per week.  He was drinking too much and did not have any balance in his life.

 

Then Coach JJ started working with Veteran Life Coach, Lori Anderson, and his entire perspective changed.  He lost over 70lbs in 8 months, started eating well, sleeping, and reducing stress - mostly thru MOVEment.  His favorite thing to do was RUN. That obviously had huge positive effects on every aspect of his life, changing how he approached life, career, family, and balance.

 

Currently he is a CLC (Certified Life Coach), pursuing his dream to grow the non-profit, Depression2Extinction, aimed to help those suffering from depression and anxiety disorders.  It offers anyone suffering from depression or anxiety a place to connect and begin the holistic approach to dealing with these debilitating disorders.

 

 "I'm a big fan of giving no advice.  I share experiences…" Coach JJ

 

Topics we cover///

  • Depression 2 Extinction Check In Process
  • How to manage situations when people do reach out with a Suicide Attempt
  • His work through Substance abuse
  • How we need to better connect with one another and change the way we communicate with each other
  • The difference between empathy and Compassion
    • How Toxic Masculinity plays into not being able to have Empathy
    • How he actually approaches things empathetically
  • Shame and what it means for him
  • His Journey to his current space and where this all started for him
    • His Dad and his dad having left early
    • His contributions to challenges in marriages
  • How D2E started
  • SO MUCH SO MUCH

 

References:

 

Credits:

 

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

 

Main Theme: "I dunno" by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/grapes/16626 Ft: J Lang, Morusqu

Guest theme: "Escape" by Scott Holmes freemusicarchive.org