Bucket List Careers

Bucket List Careers

Join host Christa Lauri for Bucket List Careers, a new podcast that delves into cool jobs with the people who do them, the HOW behind their pivots, and secrets to successfully monetizing doing what you love. Christa was a New York-based news anchor, business show host, and reporter in the field for years. Now she's made her pivot to share stories that will inspire you to identify your purpose, remove roadblocks, and initiate the launch of your Bucket List Career!

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May 12, 2022 20 min

After graduating from The School of Visual Arts in NYC Jeff Provenzano was your average broke recent grad, except for the fact that he had one thing he couldn't keep off his mind... skydiving, a hobby he had picked up during his freshman year. Soon he moved out to Arizona to live at Skydive Arizona, the largest skydive center in the world, for what he originally intended to be a gap year before focusing on career. His first hom...

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Victoria Victory was a flight attendant with 3 kids in her thirties when she decided to go back to school to become a registered nurse - a bold move inspired by a life-threatening illness in college that had her paralyzed from the head down. Vicky shares how she fought her way back to health and how that experience shaped her mindset and ability to reinvent and relaunch - leaving the airlines to care for those facing health challen...

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When Chandler Bolt was at the College of Charleston in 2013 he co-authored and self-published a book on time management called "The Productive Person" and discovered the beauty of passive income. He soon dropped out of business administration studies and has since self-published six more best selling books and now teaches other people how to do it. He is the CEO of Self Publishing School and host of the 7 Figures Principles...

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Meredith Goforth had a thriving career as a Bookings Editor for several magazines in New York City when she left the industry to have her three children. They were "Irish triplets," or siblings all born within a year of each other. It was then that she realized the importance of organization for her busy Mom lifestyle, but it wasn't until her friend asked her how she organized her earrings that she had that "aha!...

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EvolveMe was designed to give women in midlife the program Judy Schoenberg and Linda Lautenberg wished they had when they were transitioning careers. Linda returned to full-time work after an 18-year break from a successful career in finance. Judy did the same after 15 years in a national non-profit executive role.  EvolveMe gives women over 40 the structure, community, and tools they need to be ready for new opportunities, while t...

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Two best friends of 30 years have created a business together out of a passion for healthful living after suffering from invisible illnesses. Their signature product is nonoPASTA™, a gluten-free, adaptogenic superfood. It's pasta that tastes like your beloved wheat pasta, but is gluten-free, corn-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and has added adaptogenic herbs like spirulina, cordyceps, hemp, turmeric, and more. In this episode we h...

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Juna Bobby, MD was a successful practicing radiologist specializing in women's imaging in New York City when a major life event, the loss of both her best friend and her mother in a short timespan, brought her to a crossroads in her career.  From her first-hand knowledge of thousands of people's bodies over the years, Juna noticed a pattern. Just three major lifestyle factors were the primary cause of disease in her patient...

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Designing and creating extraordinary gardens for a living is not what Lucy Berkoff started out doing.  But more than 6 years ago, when her youngest child was just a toddler, she launched her business after a friend hired her to do what she always loved.  Previously a designer at Waterworks before taking a career pause to raise her 4 children, now Lucy creates visually stunning and ecologically balanced gardens that are popular with...

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Ed Metzendorf is a self-proclaimed camp geek and it wasn't long before he walked away from a career in software to become a founder of the successful chain of Next Level Day Camps in the Northeast. However, his transition wasn't as unrelated as meets the eye. In 2000, he developed Bunk1.com, a summer camp technology company, which paved the runway for his big leap to doing what he loves most for a living. Listen in to this ...

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Exactly one week after graduating from Northwestern Law School, Emily Shaules was diagnosed with fibromyalgia (aka chronic widespread pain). Thereafter her career choices were made in an attempt to adapt to the condition. She left law, moved to her dream city of Asheville, North Carolina, and took up acting. While pursuing an acting career she also became a founder and CEO of an energy bar company before taking a pause. Even though...

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Ed Cunningham knows a thing or two about career pivots. He's worn many hats throughout the years as a professional football player, ESPN sports commentator, filmmaker, and now host of the podcast “Let’s Huddle”. In this episode Ed shares insightful stories from on the playing field and off. He played center for five seasons in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks and prior to his pro football career, Cunni...

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A COVID-related near-death experience catapulted entrepreneur Daniel Snead into a career pivot. Daniel jumped from running a successful international network marketing business to founding Best Bet Skills Academy, where he helps students and young adults develop the social trades skills they need to create the life of their dreams. In this episode, Daniel offers valuable insights into how young people can pursue fulfilling and lucr...

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Lauren DeFranco started her career in journalism at WFSB TV in Hartford, CT where she was an assistant to THE Gayle King (Oprah's bestie!) Lauren then landed at Channel 7 Eyewitness News in New York City, the top local station in the country, where she was a reporter in the field for 14 years. In this episode, we get to hear a behind-the-scenes perspective of what it's like to be a local TV reporter covering the biggest sto...

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Alex Patterson started out in corporate law at Davis Polk in New York City and then quickly jumped ship to be in-house counsel for the global obstacle course company Tough Mudder, which at the time was newly founded. After 5 years there, working in various positions, Alex felt ready to take his big leap. He knew he wanted to stay in the ticketed experiential space with a physical element like Tough Mudder, but also wanted to lean m...

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In the 11 years Joanna Rein has been running Soggy Doggy she’s been approached many, many times to sell, or take on private equity investment in order to expand. Despite the temptation, she says she’s remained committed to holding on to her pet products business and operating it as a low volume/high margin enterprise.  It's a structure that’s given this mom of four the flexibility she prioritizes, while contributing to the fami...

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Dr. Brian Giordano was told not to bother applying to medical school because he wasn’t “pedigreed enough” and while he suffered from imposter syndrome early in his journey, this successful NY-based orthopaedic surgeon has built a booming sports medicine practice focusing on achieving peak performance and resilience to injury.  He’s an Assistant Professor and founder of the Hip Preservation Program in the Department of Orthopaedics,...

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Growing up in the 80s and with over 20 years of experience in corporate marketing Chris Clews knew two things very well – 80s pop culture and business. So he combined the two and created “What 80s Pop Culture Teaches Us About Today’s Workplace”. He specialized in building brands, leading them through transition and spearheading sports sponsorships with NCAA Basketball, PGA, MLB, International Soccer and the UFC.  That skill set hel...

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To kick off 2022, in her first ever “solo” episode, Christa gets personal.  Along with highlights and reflections on guest wisdom from the first year of her show, Christa previews what’s ahead for the podcast, talking details about guests booked for the beginning of ‘22 and for the first time answers listener questions about her “why'' in moving from TV news anchor to podcast host. 

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Jaymee Sire currently hosts Food Network’s first and only podcast “Obsessed”, the culmination of her nearly 20-year career in TV and media. With most of her experience in sportscasting around the country, she helped launch and anchor the morning installment of ESPN’S SportsCenter. But Jaymee had always cultivated other passions.  She was into cooking from a very young age and had started slowly pursuing a career in food media while...

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Sports was Doug Rifenburg's world from birth. His father Dick was an All-American with Michigan's vaunted football program, he played for the Detroit Lions and became a pioneering sportscaster in Buffalo, NY. His mother founded one of the first NFL cheerleading teams. Doug himself was a three sport athlete in school, including football at University of Buffalo and in addition to working for 25 years in various forms of spor...

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