Live Your Best Life

Live Your Best Life

Teach. Motivate. Inspire. These are the themes that run through my conversations on “Live Your Best Life with Liz Brunner”


September 18, 2023 15 mins
In full transparency, I'm not a whiskey drinker, nor am I an expert on such spirits. But John Sorgini’s story from my one-time corporate lawyer to retired Air Force Colonel to spirit entrepreneur has me intrigued. He's created many career chapters for himself, and they are deeply rooted in his passion and commitment to integrity, and the endless search for excellence. “...You know, I thought about this for years. I visited other d...
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If you were told you lack gravitas, how would you respond? When Lisa Sun got that feedback in her first review as a business consultant in a global management consulting firm, it sent her on a two decades quest to uncover what it means to have gravitas, to be truly confident and know your own value. No longer a burned out consultant, Lisa is a noted fashion entrepreneur, founder of the lifestyle brand “Gravitas,” and now the author...
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September 4, 2023 25 mins
If you've ever asked yourself, “Is it too late to switch careers?,” you are not alone. And whether you're in your 30s or beyond, Suzy Welch says the answer to that question is, “It's never too late.” Suzy is enjoying many career chapters from reporter to best-selling author to television commentator, to professor at New York University's Stern School of Business, where she teaches a methodology on how to discover your authentic car...
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July 3, 2023 20 mins
Christina Pardy admits she did not grow up saying she wanted to be an entrepreneur, far from it. In fact, she went into sales for a tech company. But this millennial turned her side hustle into a million dollar bonafide business. Christina Pardy is the founder of STIK (“Shit that I Knit”), an apparel company that offers sustainably sourced, beautifully hand-knit products. She now has partnerships with many professional sports teams...
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June 26, 2023 19 mins
It may have taken Donna Martin 30 years to make the huge decision to leave her corporate job as a chemist and follow her passion, but she did it. In her words, she went from working the dream to living the dream as the owner of the Mill River Winery. “Winemaking is a combination of wine, science, and love to make good wine...As you go through your life…your priorities kind of change and my career…the love of chemistry and the scie...
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June 19, 2023 21 mins
We've all heard the phrase laughter is the best medicine, and Amy Lyle would no doubt agree. She's a former recruiter from one of the largest staffing firms in the world but chose to follow her passions, and is now an author, stand up comedian, actor, TEDx speaker and a screenwriter. “...never thought about being a stand up comic necessarily but I was, you know, popular at dinner parties…What I found is vulnerability, and kind of ...
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June 5, 2023 16 mins
Meghan McFerran followed her dream to New York City and into the world of being a professional dancer. A world filled with hustle and grind of audition after audition. She finally landed her dream job, only to discover that it brought with it so many confidence and body issues that she knew she had to make a change. And she did. Today she's an entrepreneur and dance fitness trainer with her own classes and fitness app called, “Glis...
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May 29, 2023 18 mins
Monisha Patel left her job in software sales and turned her side hustle into a thriving business. The hustle? Custom charcuterie arrangements, workshops and catering. “I have had a lot of ideas that I have been too scared to attempt, too scared to start…There was always some reason not to do it. And this started so organically and so slowly and it grew into what it is today. So there were no more excuses. It already happened. It h...
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May 22, 2023 24 mins
Think back to a time when you felt you were at your best, on top of the world. What if you could feel that way over and over and over again. Eric Boles says it is possible. He's a former wide receiver in the NFL who had natural talent and ability. But between injuries and what he says were his own mental roadblocks he got dismissed and became a janitor to make ends meet. Through his experiences, he learned how to unleash his own po...
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May 8, 2023 21 mins
From psychotherapist to fashion stylist, my guest has risen above a traumatic childhood, to learning how to trust herself and live her best life. When I learned about Tara West’s story, I knew I wanted the world to know more about her because of her courage to transform her life and create a next chapter. “There's a lot of psychology that comes to play when I'm working with people, whether it's hiding a certain thing, or working w...
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May 1, 2023 18 mins
Growing up in the Netherlands, Celine Charlotte was told by her parents to live a “normal life,” which meant marry a rich man, stick to the rules and follow the status quo. But that is not what she wanted. Instead, she left everything behind, moved to America and went from no money in the bank to becoming a self-made millionaire and she wants to show others how they can do it too. “I choose the career of being a journalist, mostly...
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April 24, 2023 17 mins
From the Peace Corps to pizza, that was the pivot Conor Cudahy made during the pandemic and followed his passion. Conor is the founder of Lala’s Neopolitan-ish Pizza, first as a mobile, pop-up pizza food truck to his first brick and mortar establishment. “It was really just a hobby for me at the beginning…it never seemed like…a stable way to make a living. I think the pandemic really just showed everyone that there really is no st...
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April 10, 2023 22 mins
If you fear that you have stayed in a job too long, but you're not clear on what to move on to, you are not alone. Tammy Gooler Loeb says it is possible to find your way to greater career satisfaction, and she can help you put a plan in place. After years of her own unfulfilling professional career chapters, she found her calling by working from the inside out. “...I'm not suggesting that people throw all caution to the wind, empt...
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April 3, 2023 20 mins
Gabriela Salas is a former figure skating champion who represented her home country of Mexico. Upon moving to the United States, she not only shared her competitive skating skills as a coach, but she has gone on to her next chapter as a Latina entrepreneur, aviation strategist, and a global PR brand developer. “I decided to create a culture around branding…15-20 years ago, the emotional marketing and experiential marketing didn't ...
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March 27, 2023 19 mins
What do two brothers—who happen to both be former professional football players—do once they've hung up their cleats? Besides giving of their time and talents to their favorite charities, Rob Gronkowski and his brother Chris have created their next chapters by becoming entrepreneurs. In fact, it's an all-around family affair with a number of different business ventures. “...The hard work that you learn, the long hours that you put...
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March 13, 2023 23 mins
What does a national journalist do when she’s simply tired of feeling like all she ever does is report on bad news? Michelle Figueroa knew exactly what to do and created her own movement of good news stories. “...I pitched good news stories, and they were amazing. I was thinking people need to know these stories and they would get turned down to many hard news stories…I was sick of getting kicked to the curb. So I created my own p...
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March 6, 2023 21 mins
After more than a decade on the radio, Jack Lepiarz left his safe job as a well-known news anchor in Boston to become a full time circus performer. “...Being on stage since I was six years old, it has made me very comfortable with things not necessarily going according to plan and things going awry…and so when I was a reporter for WBUR, I basically became our breaking news guy…if you need someone to go…and be ready to talk live wi...
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February 27, 2023 18 mins
My guest knows what it's like to hit rock bottom. He's a former US Marine Corps veteran who upon returning home, lost everything and was living out of his car. Today he's risen from homelessness to being a renowned fitness trainer for some of Hollywood's elite. “...It's pretty surreal to be where I am now because growing up as a normal kid, you always watch the movies, you see the iconic movie, movie stars, and then all of a sudde...
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February 13, 2023 20 mins
Lisa and Benjamin Shield say there are five essential shifts that you can make to attract the right partner into your life and find the guardian of your soul. Their proof? They have been happily married for more than 20 years. “... ‘Guardian of your soul’ is a verb. ‘Soulmate’ is a noun, it's a thing, it's an objective, but a ‘guardian of your soul’ is a way of being with each other, a way of treating each other so it's a very dif...
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February 6, 2023 25 mins
Jeffrey Shaw has never ever had a “real job” nor a traditional paycheck. From selling eggs door-to-door at the age of 14 to becoming a renowned portrait photographer, today he is considered the “go to” expert for the self-employed, helping small business owners get the results they want. “I think we have to pay attention to what's the energy of these titles that we give ourselves and what are in the real world the benefits and dow...
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