What is the state of higher education today? Do today’s college students have the luxury to study life’s meaning and purpose? Or, are universities and institutes of higher education focusing more on professional skills and salary potential? Molly Worthen, associate professor of history at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, thinks there is a problem with our current higher educational system. She believes that in recent years, universities have not been able to properly guide students to ask and answer the big questions. Molly believes that they’ve lost their original mission. Her article, The Anti-College Is on the Rise, breaks […]
In order to find meaning in your work and purpose in your life, you must first pinpoint what you are most passionate about, then commit to pursuing it. Make Meaning Podcast host Lynne Golodner recently interviewed author Patrick Hicks about how important it is to identify your calling, then strive to incorporate your purpose into your life in ways large and small. Patrick says writing grounds him. On Episode 102 of the Make Meaning Podcast, he tells Lynne about his love not just for putting words to paper but everything around the process of writing – from research and connecting with readers […]
Is it possible to turn artistic passion into a sustainable career?
So many people say that when they turn their passion into the way they earn income, the passion becomes work. Artist, author and academic Aaron Dworkin believes it is possible to continue feeding one’s passion and also earn a living from it.
Let’s face it, many adults might dismiss teens as not-quite-ready to meet the real world. Lisa Damour doesn’t. A clinical psychologist, author, and the 55th guest on the Make Meaning podcast, Lisa has studied teenagers for her entire career. Her work has shown that teens actually have the ability to perceive situations with clarity and accuracy often missed by adults.
Katie Yamasaki is devoted to using art as a platform for dialogue building and storytelling. When Lynne Golodner interviewed Katie on Episode 103 of the Make Meaning Podcast, the muralist and children’s book artist opened up about using her artwork to give people — particularly vulnerable women — a platform.
Dr. Sibrina Collins has always been an impressive scientist and educator. But it was a disappointment on her career journey that led her to discover and embrace her purpose. After a heartbreaking denial of tenure, Dr. Collins shifted focus, thanks to the support and encouragement of her informal board of advisors – a group of other strong women scientists who would not put up with a pity party. Their rallying forced Dr. Collins to realize her true purpose: making STEM relatable, interesting and accessible to women and people of color. “And so it occurred to me that in my next […]
At Make Meaning, we strive to find purpose in work and help others do the same. We learn through Lynne Golodner’s interviews with inspiring people on the Make Meaning Podcast, and helping our clients at Your People LLC market with mission and purpose.
Ironically, the more meaning we find in our work, the more it grows, sometimes at the expense of personal goals and dreams. Responsibilities increase. Deadlines mount. Distractions multiply. Scope bleeds. Personal goals are pushed off and postponed. Which makes us wonder: Is Balance a Myth?
What does it mean to leave a legacy? When we are gone, how will we be remembered, and by whom? Merle Saferstein, the 61st guest on the Make Meaning Podcast, helps people create their life legacies through poignant workshops. These are some of the questions she routinely asks in her “Living and Leaving Your Legacy®” Class. She helps students with ethical wills, loving legacy letters, journals, memoirs, autobiographies, scrapbooks, and so much more. “When people think about legacy, they think about the financial piece,” Merle told Lynne Golodner on the Make Meaning Podcast. “For example, how much money they’re going to leave.
Is There Enough Time For Every Journey? 650,000 hours. That’s the average length of a human life span and the title of a website and newsletter launched by author, columnist, former AARP editor, and guest on the 56th Episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Ken Budd. Lynne knew Ken from her journalism days, as an editor at AARP for whom she wrote several articles. They stayed connected for years on social media, and when Ken launched his newsletter titled 650,000 Hours, Lynne invited him on the show to learn more about this purpose-driven endeavor.
Your People created a Waldorf Marketing Immersion Course to teach Waldorf/Steiner school personnel how to market their schools to grow enrollment. There are two offered in 2021, with the first beginning January 11, 2021. Click here to register. Education must be more than just learning in the head, according to Stephen Payne. As a guest on the 24th episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, he sat down to speak with Lynne Golodner about the importance of nature and education. We also need to focus on “the ability to do,” says the resident farmer and garden teacher at Sacramento Waldorf School.
The Same Feelings from 2008 Resurface in 2020 – How to Move Forward with Meaning. While the economic recession of 2008 and the 2020 COVID-19 crisis have very different origins, the consequences are extremely similar. Loss of jobs, loss of livelihoods and loss of certainty. Lynne Golodner remembers this feeling well. Lynne became a single mother of three young children at the onset of one of the worst financial crises in modern history, generating extreme uncertainty and unbridled fear. It’s exactly how many millennials and Gen Z-ers feel today.