Leading with Vision: A Discussion with The Hon. Jan Tinetti about Ending Period Poverty & Making New Zealand the Best Place to be a Child

When Lynne Golodner heard that the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, was spearheading a nationwide effort to provide period products in all K-12 schools, she wanted to hear her story. So, she reached out to see if the Kiwi leader might consider coming on the Make Meaning Podcast. Of course, a Prime Minister is rather busy, and when she declined the interview, she suggested instead that Lynne speak with the Hon. Jan Tinetti – a member of Parliament for the Labour Party who is Associate Minister of Education and Minister for Women.  Tinetti was a guest on the […]

Conservationist John Hartig on Connecting with the Ecosystem

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John Hartig has dedicated his life to improving the quality of the Great Lakes and waterways throughout Michigan. A childhood passion turned into his life’s purpose, and in the 81st episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, he tells host Lynne Golodner how others can follow a similar path. Hartig, a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor, believes that connecting with nature will spark a more conscious effort to protect our planet. In a similar way, his connection to his personal ecosystem stimulated his passion and turned it into a meaningful […]

Designing Meaningful Spaces with Sabrina Colosimo

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Sabrina Colosimo loves what she does for a living, and she’s on a mission to help others mold careers that speak to their soul. A creative entrepreneur based in Toronto, Canada, Sabrina runs an offbeat urban design business called Sunday Creative.  She specializes in reupholstering vintage furniture with bold fabrics, bringing exotic decor from worldwide travels to create unique designs for clients. Sabrina was featured as a guest on Episode 95 of the Make Meaning Podcast, when she spoke to host Lynne Golodner about how she started her company, and how she helps others find meaning. A Bold Path to […]

Behind the Scenes with the Make Meaning Podcast

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What is the meaning of life? It’s an age-old question that has no answer, but one Lynne Golodner is compelled to keep asking through her writing, her podcast and her work as a marketing and public relations entrepreneur.

As host of the Make Meaning Podcast, Lynne is driven by finding answers to existential questions.

Higher Education and Its Role In Finding Meaning with Molly Worthen

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 […]

Finding Your Calling with Patrick Hicks

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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 […]

Story Can Set You Free: Releasing your Inner Writer with Jim Reese

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Jim Reese believes writing helps people process who they are and what they’ve done. Whether he’s working with prison inmates or college students, he finds everyone has a story to tell – and that story can be the key to unlock the person they are meant to be. The author and college professor was interviewed by Lynne Golodner on Episode 73 of the Make Meaning Podcast. In the conversation, Lynne and Jim discussed his work teaching creative writing in federal prison as well as his tenure as a professor at Mount Marty University in Yankton, South Dakota.

On Pivotal Moments & Career Realities: Dr. Sibrina Collins, STEM enthusiast

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 […]

Is Work-Life Balance A Myth?

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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?