Meaning

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.

Education

Higher Education and Its Role In Finding Meaning with Molly Worthen

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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 […]

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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 […]

Education

Aaron Dworkin On Making Art into a Career

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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.

Message

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.

Education

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

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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 […]

Education

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?

Relationships

Leaving A Legacy with Merle Saferstein

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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.

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How A Big Life Change Sent Ken Budd On A Journey To Find Purpose

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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.

Education

Nature Is Essential To Learning: A Conversation with Stephen Payne

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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.