A Joyful Rebellion

A Joyful Rebellion

This is a joyful rebellion. The podcast that explores the moment you realize the life and success you worked so hard to create didn’t come with all of the fulfillment you thought it would. Each week, we attempt to inspire bold answers to the question, “What do I do now to create a life I love?” If you are ready to start answering that question for yourself, you’re in the right place. Let’s start A Joyful Rebellion.


April 18, 2024 50 mins

I talk a lot about relationships on this podcast, and today is no different. Well, maybe a little. What’s your relationship with money? Does thinking about your bank or investment accounts leave you feeling stressed or excited? Do you consider money to be simply a tool, or did someone in your past twist that bible verse to convince you that it’s the root of all evil. What attitudes about money were you exposed to in your childhood ...

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Everyone you know is going through or has gone through a period of their life so challenging or negative, that it makes them question their faith or their purpose in this world. My guest today knows that feeling all too well and has earned what I think of as multiple PhDs from the school of hard knocks, and he’s come through those experiences with a stronger understanding of his faith and a commitment to use his familiarity with tr...

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April 4, 2024 26 mins

I love a good story where the hero overcomes some sort of adversity. A story without at least a little adversity isn’t much of a story at all, because we love to conquer the external forces holding us back from our dreams.

I’ve noticed recently though, that outside of dramatic weight loss stories, I don’t see many people shouting about how they overcame their complacency in different areas of their lives. I can tell you from experi...

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March 29, 2024 44 mins

Our relationships are a huge part of living our best life. So much so, that the very first episode of A Joyful Rebellion featured a guest who helps people find their forever person.

Today’s guest builds on that theme and this episode is for all of you married folks. Theresa DeWit is a relationship coach at joyfullymarried.com and author of the book Less Conflict, More Joy, and, side note- if you’re not looking for more joy in your ...

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March 14, 2024 49 mins

My guest today is Hilda Fainsod, who has spent the past two decades as a Top Executive Coach. She has nine international coaching certifications, and thousands of hours working with senior leaders from different industries.

She’s written a new book called Power UP: The Executive Roadmap to Transforming Life and Business.

We talk about self-sabotage, and balancing work with the rest of our life.  Toward the end, we identify the one ...

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March 6, 2024 30 mins

”Vibe” is a word that gets thrown around often, from casual verbal communication to t-shirts and home decor. It’s one of those words you hear a lot of people use, though few can articulate exactly what it is.

Jason Del Gandio has a PhD in Communication Studies and has studied "vibes" for 30 years. He is a published author, an award-winning teacher, and an engaged intellectual.

Throughout our conversation, Jason and I peel back the ...

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When you were a kid, how often did you think about what kind of career you wanted when you grew up? Work takes up a lot of space in our lives, and for many, that journey began by deciding if and where to attend college.

My guest today is Kelly Maclean, Founder of the Kelly MacLean Achievement Center. Over the last 11 years, Kelly and her team have helped over 5000 students select the right major and college, get selected for schola...

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February 22, 2024 48 mins

My guest today is Rick Clemons, Podcast host, and Author of the book, Frankly My Dear I'm Gay: A Late Bloomer Guide To Coming Out.

Rick explains that every one of us is in some sort of closet, and why coming out is our life’s journey toward living authentically. Oh, and spoiler alert, much of this conversation has nothing to do with sexuality and everything to do with unapologetically owning who you really are.


After all, isn't ...

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January 25, 2024 8 mins

Have you ever watched someone go from an assumption to a judgment, straight into being full-on offended in the blink of an eye? Yeah me too, and it used to make me uncomfortable, but if I found myself in that situation at this point in my life, I’d probably laugh out loud to see just how offended they can get.

Stick around, and I’ll tell you a story about how avoiding curiosity keeps you ignorant and looking like a total dweeb

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January 19, 2024 36 mins

Long ago, I read a quote that at the time was only slightly annoying, but since then, it has continued to gnaw away at my sense of complacency, while also letting me experience the fun feelings of self-directed shame and disappointment. I mean, who wouldn’t sign up that?!

The quote goes like this, “You’re either making progress, or you’re making excuses.” A lot of us have heard that, it’s not a new concept, and It’s a brutal truth ...

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January 11, 2024 48 mins

If you’ve listened to this podcast before, you know I like to explore topics of personal growth and living our best lives, and today is no exception. In today’s episode, I’d like to challenge you to sit ever so briefly in your discomfort as I talk with Michaelene Dowers about the one thing every living person has in common, and nearly no one wants to discuss.

Michaelene is a deathcare professional and professor who has spent the pa...

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January 4, 2024 40 mins

My guest today has an incredible story to share. Unlike most of us, Kathy McDaniel has experienced what it’s like to die.

Yeah, you heard that right. In 1999, while in a coma for over three weeks, she had a near-death experience that took her through hell, and then heaven, only to discover that at the time, neither place wanted her, which is why she’s back among us living folks and able to tell what she saw.

Her book is called Misf...

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December 7, 2023 47 mins

Today I’m talking with Mary Beth Robinson. For the past 20 years, she has used her intuitive abilities to help people discover where their true genius and power reside. She calls it a person’s superpower, and after our conversation, I realized there’s way more to it than you might think. At least there was for me after she told me about my own superpower.

We talk about why people might ignore or downplay their gifts, how your super...

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December 1, 2023 50 mins

Hang on to your handlebars because today’s guest is taking us on a wild adventure inside the tiny cult he escaped from after twenty years of not realizing he was ever in a cult, to begin with.

Peter Young is the author of the memoir, Stop the Tall Man, Save the Tiger. We discuss what it was like to be in a tiny religious cult, how he finally realized he was in fact in a cult, and how he got out.

Stick around to the very end, becaus...

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November 21, 2023 38 mins

You know those moments in life when you just hit a wall with your current situation? Where you look around, and even though you’ve followed the recipe for success, and the recipe came out as described, you’re still having a hard time feeling great about it? For a lot of successful people I talk to, that chain of events seems to be a trend, and it’s certainly true for today’s guest.

Amanda Rose is the founder of Gratitude Incarnate....

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August 6, 2023 63 mins

Susan Urban, a transformational coach and hypnotherapist helps her clients become the best version of themselves by overcoming anxiety, fear, career burnout, or that feeling I know I’ve experienced of being stuck in a rut. And of course, that’s only naming a few things that hold people back from leading their own joyful rebellion.

Susan has gone through a few Joyful Rebellions of her own throughout her life, and she brings that exp...

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June 28, 2023 15 mins

Nothing changes if nothing changes. If I decided on a whim to go out and get a tattoo right now, that’s what it would say. Don’t know where I’d put it, but i’d make damn sure it wasn’t hidden. That way I could remind myself and everyone around the fundamental truth behind the statement.

But wait, you’re probably wondering what’s it even mean, and why is it so important in my life? Sick around and I’ll tell you all about it.


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April 13, 2023 2 mins

This is a joyful rebellion. The podcast that explores that moment you realize the life and success you worked so hard to create did not come with all of the fulfillment you thought it would.

I’m your host James Walters and I know there are a ton of successful and driven people in the world who despite their achievements feel empty and kind of miserable. They focused their energy on doing what they thought, or what others told them ...

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April 7, 2023 45 mins

The people we surround ourselves with have a major impact on the quality of our life, and I know I’m preaching to the choir when I tell you that choosing a romantic partner can be one of the most crucial decisions we make.

My guest today is Addie Sellers of Circle of Love Coaching. She’s a matchmaker and relationship coach, who has helped hundreds of couples find love over the past decade.

We talk the good, the bad and the ugly of ...

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