The Life Design Podcast

The Life Design Podcast

This weekly podcast is about designing your life in order to live it to it‘s fullest. Your hosts, Carlos & Susanne Hidalgo, have been applying Life Design principles for the last four years and will share the lessons they have learned, the approaches they take to continually design the life they want and also feature guests who have designed their lives and are living life to it‘s fullest.


October 28, 2022 49 mins

What would change for you if you decided to live your life as a great story? This was one of the many things that Carlos & Susanne discussed with Alex Shootman.

Shootman is a husband, dad, and CEO of Alkami and he shared his perspective on living your best life in this episode of The Life Design Podcast. He shares his own story and what he has learned along the way about being the best version of himself.

Shootman encourages us all...

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In order to live a full life, you need to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit. However, this can be easier said than done. For others, they find this for themselves and then make it their mission to help others find the same. Such is the story of Pilar Gerasimo.

Gerasimo is the Founding Editor of Experience Life Magazine, author, podcast host, and international speaker. In this episode of The Life Design Podcast, Pilar shares her ...

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Tiffany Krumins was awarded $50,000 on the PILOT episode of Shark Tank. Tiffany's brainchild was inspired by a sweet-natured boy with Down syndrome who struggled to take medication. As his nanny, Tiffany tried her best to soothe his anxiety. With lightning creativity, she combined fabric, sponges, and a medicine dropper, and breathed life into her creation by embedding a recordable sound chip from a greeting card. Ava the Elephant ...

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"Some days the only thing you'll improve about your situation is your outlook on it. And that's okay." This is one of the many outlooks on life that Jesse Noyes has adopted and shared in this episode of The Life Design Podcast. 

As a husband, dad, and marketing executive, Jesse Noyes shared this outlook and others including his outlook on managing work stress, why it is necessary to have brutal honesty in your marriage, why it is b...

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For 16 years, Kel Haney was a Theater Director in New York City. Working in a job she loved with big dreams until the pandemic changed it all.

Most often you cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your response to it and what you make of your circumstances. So instead of waiting for life to happen, Kel and her husband made the decision to create a life for themselves that was more in flow.

This included leaving New...

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All of us have had our fork in the road moments. Those times when we are faced with key decisions that we have to make as well as those times when life throws things at us that we could have never expected. What would those times look like if we allowed ourselves to sit in the quiet and imagine if? 

"Imagine If" has been the ethos for Rachel Downey for the last number of years starting with the premature birth of her daughter. In t...

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For Alan Thomas, there was a day not that long ago when time stood still. He was 55 and as he looked down at the scale the number 304 lbs looked back at him. As he looked down at the scale, there were three thoughts that he had - he could not recall ever meeting a 65 year old man that was more than 100 pounds overweight, meaning that he likely had less than 10 years to live.  He would likely be known as his wife's first husband, si...

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There is much that has been written about mindfulness, but few have studied it and explain it as well as Elaine Smookler. 

As a registered psychotherapist (RP), corporate trainer, teacher, and writer, Elaine is on faculty at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies where she teaches many programs including Mindfulness for Beginners, MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy), and MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). She is also a f...

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Many take the normal everyday things in life for granted. However, when our health impacts our quality of life, it provides a new perspective and provides us a chance to savor the normal and puts a higher value on things like a simple meal or a conversation with a loved one.

This is the experience of Lee Odden. Lee is a CEO and agency co-founder and four years ago he was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN), a chronic nerve pai...

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According to the latest research, professional burnout is at an all-time high. Some reports show that more than 70 percent of professionals state that have recently experienced burnout.

Author, CEO, and burnout prevention expert, Davida Ginter has made it her mission to help companies and their employees avoid burnout and shared her thoughts on this episode of The Life Design Podcast. 

Davida talks about the power of setting bounda...

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A tech marketer by day and rock-n-roll photographer by night, Jason Miller is always looking to make the most of what is right in front of him. He also encourages others to do the same.

In this episode of The Life Design Podcast, Miller talks about how he does not believe in work-life balance, how it comes down to asking yourself how bad you want it, and the importance of always looking for something to keep you inspired. Jason als...

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Bo & Emilie Totten admit that they do not have it all figured out. However, they knew that when they looked at their life that something had to change if they wanted to design a life that they loved.

Bo & Emilie talked about these changes and the impact it has had on their family in this episode of The Life Design Podcast. They openly talk about Emilie's work as a marketing executive and Bo's focus on creating art and his role as a...

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In a culture where work becomes the central point of so many lives, Angela Santi is on a quest to challenge that notion and teach others how to live La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life).

In this episode of The Life Design Podcast, Angela shares how the Italian culture is something that all of us can learn from. That work is something we should take seriously and at the same time, we should give the same priority to rest, pleasure, and ta...

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Since she was two years old, Dr. Angela Mulrooney had a dream of being a dentist. Fast forward two decades later and not only had she realized that dream, but she was at the top of her game with a booming dental practice and the utmost respect from her colleagues.  And then, in the blink of an eye, it was gone. 

In the middle of dental surgery, her hands stopped working and after months of trying to find answers, she realized that ...

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Jaime Romero is a husband, father, aspiring author, and marketing executive. Like many, he looked at the pandemic as a chance to realign his focus and has adopted a "family first" philosophy.

In this episode of The Life Design Podcast, Jaime shares his journey to the executive suite, the misconceptions of work-life balance, how we are conditioned to believe certain things, and his healthy approach to work. Additionally, he gives a ...

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Tabatha Perry thinks that the idea of a routine often gets a bad rap. She may just be right! She does believe that establishing a routine is not at all confining. In fact, it actually is something that can help unlock your creativity and unleash your talents. 

In addition to this insight, Tabatha shares her two "small edits" for achieving your own life design. She also discusses the impact that our limiting beliefs have, the power ...

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There is always more to the person than what you see at a conference or a video. This is especially true for the energetic and insightful Andrew Davis. As a boater, learner, thinker, best-selling author, and incredibly talented speaker, Andrew sat down with Carlos and Susanne on this episode of The Life Design Podcast as they covered an array of topics. 

In this episode Andrew shares his insights on relationships, what he wishes he...

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February 3, 2022 39 mins

In a job she loved as an executive in a high-tech company, she stepped away from it all to begin living a life in service to others.

This is the story of Margaret Agard, author, speaker mother of eight, and step-mom of seven. She spoke with Carlos and Susanne and shared her story and the role her spiritual life plays in developing and finishing her "to-do" lists.

Margaret also believes one of the shifts everyone should make to begi...

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After going from $150,000 in debt and stressed Robert Raymond Riopel decided to make a change and it started with him and his wife accepting responsibility for their life circumstances. 

Robert shares this and other stories with Carlos and Susanne. He also discusses the impact of dreaming too small and the four currencies of life which include Money, Time, Fame, and Experience. 

It is this experience and the influences in his life ...

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From all appearances, Kara Bitar was wildly successful. She had achieved her childhood dream of becoming a lawyer with a law degree from Duke University. She was on the partnership track at one of the most prestigious law firms in the Southeast. She had money, a great house, and success.

But, she was unhappy and went in search of answers.

Kara shared her story with Carlos & Susanne including her process of searching for answers, wh...

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