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Carpe Diem Connections

33 EpisodesProduced by Yvette FrancinoWebsite

Using Agile Philosophies to Live a Happy, Productive, and Meaningful Life

33 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Season 4, Episode 3: Dan Jaworski competing in Kona Ironman after getting early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis

June 21st, 2021


Short introduction of Dan Jaworski, who is participating in the Kona Ironman after receiving an early onset Alzheimer's diagnosis.  Full YouTube …

Season 4, Episode 2: Interview with Baroness Susan Greenfield - Plasticity and the future of Alzheimer's

June 12th, 2021


In this episode, I interview Baroness Susan Greenfield, a renowned neuroscientist about Brain Plasticity and the Future of Alzheimer's.

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Season 4, Episode 1 - Retrospectives for Learning

June 4th, 2021


One of the Agile "ceremonies" is called a Retrospective. This is a time in which we reflect on "What went well" "What could be better" and "What we …

Season 3, Episode 10 - Meaning with Shirley F. Rivera

March 9th, 2021


In Season 3 we are talking about the 10 Keys of Happiness defined by Action For Happiness. The 10th and final key is Meaning. Shirley F. Rivera is a trained Ikigai Tribe Coach and talks about what ikigai is - what …

Season 3, Episode 9: Awareness with Becky Burns

March 9th, 2021


This season we are talking about the 10 Keys to Happiness as defined by Action For Happiness, with the 9th Key being Awareness.  I'm rejoined by my co-host from Season 2, Becky Burns, who talks about her journey with …

Season 3, Episode 8 - Emotion with Meghan Baskerville

March 7th, 2021



In this episode we're talking about Emotion, the 8th Key to Happiness as defined by Action for Happiness.  My guest is Meghan Baskerville, a Communications major who I met through National Days Calendar's …

Season 3, Episode 7 - Resilience with Nic Friedman of ALS Never Surrender

February 28th, 2021



In Season 3 of Carpe Diem Connections we're talking about the 10 Keys of Happiness as defined by Action for Happiness.  On this episode we talk about the Resilience of Steph Courdin and his work on ALS Never …

Season 3, Episode 6 - Hannah Kane on "Direction" (Goal-Setting)

February 22nd, 2021



This week we're exploring the 7th Key to happiness: Direction. Each week I'm talking to a guest about one of the 10 Keys of Happiness as defined by Action for Happiness.

This week's guest is Hannah Kane from …

Season 3, Episode 5: Trying Out Travel with Kelly Bates

February 14th, 2021


Kelly Bates from Travel Souly talks about Trying Out - the 5th Key of Happiness from Action for Happiness.

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Season 3, Episode 4 - Award-winning podcaster Klaudia Mitura on Awareness and Mindfulness

February 7th, 2021



In this episode, I talk to the award-winning podcaster from the podcast, &Happiness., Klaudia Mitura. We talk about the 4th Key to Happiness as defined by the Action for Happiness: Awareness.  We talk about …

Season 3, Episode 3: Exercise with Fitness Coach Sarah Schwallier

January 31st, 2021


In Season 3 of Carpe Diem Connections, we're looking at each of the 10 Keys of Happiness as defined by Action for Happiness. This week we talk about Exercise with Fitness Coach Sarah Schwallier.

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Season 3, Episode 2: Wendy Chalmers Mill talks about Relating

January 24th, 2021


We're talking about the 10 Keys of Happiness as defined by Action for Happiness.  In this episode we chat with Wendy Chalmers Mill about social connections.

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Season 3, Episode 1 - Giving with Reddit Gift Exchange

January 18th, 2021


We start a new Season of Carpe Diem Connections in which we'll be talking about 10 Keys to Happiness as defined by Action for Happiness.  This week, I'm talking to Kelly Guyon who was my "secret Santa" for the Reddit …

Joy and Technology

December 27th, 2020


In this final episode of 2020 and of Season 2 of Carpe Diem Connections, we explore the topic of Positive Technology. We are following along with …

Finding Joy During the Holiday Season

December 19th, 2020


In this episode, Becky Burns and I talk about Finding Joy during the holidays during this challenging year. We discuss some ideas for creating …

The Joy Makeover Spinoffs - Joy and Food

December 11th, 2020


Join us for the next episode of Season 2 where we do a deeper dive into joy following The Joy Makeover found at

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Joy and Things

December 5th, 2020


This week, co-host Becky Burns and I continue our deep-dive into Joy.  We are discussing topics from The Joy Makeover and this week we talk about how order and decluttering might help us find inner peace and joy.

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Joy and Money

November 28th, 2020


Do you find more joy in spending money on experiences or things? Tune in as we continue with topics from The Joy Makeover, this week discussing the relationship between joy and money.

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Relationships and Joy during the Covid19 Holidays!

November 21st, 2020


This week Becky and I continue exploring the Joy Makeover where the topic is Joy and Relationships. We talk specifically about ways to connect with …

The Joy Makeover Spinoffs: Time and Joy

November 13th, 2020


We're participating in Ingrid Fetell Lee's, "The Joy Makeover" and this week, we're discussing our thoughts on Joy and Time.  

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Finding Joy in the midst of Election Anxiety

November 6th, 2020


Rebecca Burns has agreed to be my co-host as we talk about Finding Joy.  I've become enamored with Ingrid Fetell Lee and her recent Joy Makeover workshop. She offers a workbook and a very interesting set of interviews, …

Rick Davis - Author of "The Furnace of Leadership Development"

November 1st, 2020


Rick Davis from Impactus speaks about the importance of Integrity in leadership. Rick is an author, speaker, and trainer, and wrote, "The Furnace of Leadership Development."


Amy Sargent from Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence

October 25th, 2020


Amy Sargent, Executive Directory from the Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence, describes what Emotional Intelligences is all about and how understanding more about ourselves and our emotions can be …

Aparna Saligrama - Quiet Value Woman

October 18th, 2020


Aparna Saligrama recently started a new network called Quiet Value Woman: An intellectual lounge for women.  In this episode, Aparna talks about her …

Jonathon Stalls from Walk2Connect and Intrinsic Paths

October 11th, 2020


Jonathon Stalls talks about his journey as an artist, first walking across the country, and later forming Walk2Connect and Intrinsic Paths. Jonathon continues to share his art and explores ways of walking and connecting …

Patti Ashley - Authenticity Architects

October 4th, 2020


Dr. Patti Ashley, a licensed Professional Counselor is the creator of a unique process called Authenticity Architecture designed to help you create your authentic self and live your best life.

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Carlyn Shaw - Strangers to Friends

September 27th, 2020


After a diagnosis of MS and the deaths of two good friends, Carlyn was at a crossroads. She wanted to find people like her, but this was in 1997, before the days of social media. She created "connection cards" and …

Interview with Jennifer Fields from Thriving Solo

September 20th, 2020


Jennifer Fields, a writer and coach, talks about her coaching practice, helping singles live their best lives. So often society sends us messages that we need to be paired up, that we can feel like something's wrong if …

Rebecca Mullen of Altared Spaces Talks about 3 Roles Between Partners in a Marriage

September 11th, 2020


Rebecca Mullen from Altared Spaces is a master certified life coach. She typically coaches people through transitions but this month she's preparing …

Lawrence Coburn talks about the new app, Twine

September 5th, 2020


Lawrence Coburn, co-founder of Twine, talks about the new app that fosters deep meaningful conversations between two people.  Tune in to see the full …

Pamela Gail Johnson - Founder of Society of Happy People

August 28th, 2020


I'm thrilled this week to talk to Pamela Gail Johnson who founded the Secret Society of Happy People (no longer a secret!) in 1998.  Now you can find a community of happy people and join yourself at …

Tom Johnston Interview

August 22nd, 2020


Episode #2 is an interview with Tom Johnston of Ageless Explorers. Full YouTube interview can be found here:

Just Do It!

August 16th, 2020


This is the first episode of a new Podcast: Carpe Diem Connections, a podcast about living life fully and fostering deep social connections. I was …

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