The Life Boss - Sarah Ramsden, Episode 8

Episode 8 – Sarah Ramsden

Sarah Ramsden is the leading Personal Coach helping people who’ve recovered from major health issues, make the most of their second chance in life. As good as it is to feel better, life doesn’t always go back to the way it used to be, because major health issues change more than medical records, they change YOU, and that’s what her work is all about. As a brain tumour survivor and someone who manages multiple sclerosis naturally, she knows EXACTLY where her clients are coming from!

Sarah shared with us in this episode her journey with her career and her illness and how this ended up changing the trajectory of her career. She was a high-level graphic designer when she was diagnosed, and inspired by her illness and the impact on her life she became a nutritionist and holistically-minded.

She truly believes that when you’ve fought a big fight – you need to go live a BIG LIFE. She helps people redesign their life to make it exactly what is right for them now.

You get to choose who you want to be. Health issues don’t just change who you are on your medical records, but they truly change YOU.

Sarah shares with us tips on how to reduce the stress in your life, and other suggestions on improving your business, whether you have dealt with an illness in your past or not.

Your health is the foundation of your business.

Important Links


Post Recovery Coaching | Fearless Fermentation

Social Media:
Twitter: @sarahramsden_ | Facebook | Instagram: @sarahramsden_

The Life Boss Episode 7 - Dai Manuel

Episode 7 – Dai Manuel

Dai Manuel is a digital thought leader and lifestyle mentor empowering people to lead a ‘FUN’ctionally fit life through education, encouragement and community. Dai models his work on the basis of 5 pillars: Fitness, Family, Finances, Faith with an overarching roof of ‘FUN’ built on a solid foundation of health.

Dai is also a dad, dating his wife, founding partner and former COO of Fitness Town Inc, keynote speaker, award-winning blogger, CrossFit athlete, co-founder of the #YVRDads support group for fathers, a BC Children’s Hospital Grind For Kids Ambassador, and published author of the Whole Life Fitness Manifesto book.

Now that we got the formal stuff out of the way, let me tell you about Dai. The man you see today? Know that he hasn’t always been fit. Matter of fact, he was obese as a child, back when childhood obesity wasn’t the epidemic that it is today. He was depressed and had suicidal thoughts. At 14, he made a decision to overcome it, and he has devoted his life in one form or another to helping others do the same.

Dai works to help people change their lives with his Whole Life Fitness Manifesto – you can join now too for the next 28-day Power 30 Program! It’s time to invest 2% of your day in yourself and adopt the #JustDidIt attitude.

His family is currently living a life in transition – along with his wife and their two daughters, along with their dog, they have taken off on the road in an SUV, getting rid of their home in Vancouver, BC. Dai shared about this experience of traveling and working on the road with us on this episode as well.

The things that are so important in our right now are never our regrets later. No one, at the end of their life, wish that they had worked harder and made enough to buy a mansion. They wish that they had spent more time with their loved ones, doing the things that they loved.

Following your dreams requires that those closest to you are supportive, and you have to learn to shut out the negative feedback of the naysayers.

Dai also shared with us the perspective of being the COO of a company and now being an army of two with his wife running his business. There is a lot that we can learn from his wisdom!

Important Links

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing by Bronnie Ware

Dai’s book: Whole Life Fitness Manifesto (also available at Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, Amazon)

Dai’s website:

28-day Power 30 Program

Social Media:
Twitter: @daimanuel | Facebook | Instagram: @daimanuel | Pinterest | Snapchat: @daimanuel

The Life Boss Podcast - Episode 6, Amber Lilyestrom

Episode 6 – Amber Lilyestrom

Amber Lilyestrom is a Transformational Branding & Business coach and host of The Soul Fueled CEO Podcast. Amber helps entrepreneurs take their passions and turn them in to heart-centered brands and thriving businesses.

Amber shared her journey as an entrepreneur, which started in early childhood. She is a natural born leader, mentor, and coach – it is woven throughout her life as an athlete, team captain, and in her corporate work at her alma mater.

Standing for something has always been a part of who she is.

Then her life took an unexpected turn when she stopped breathing on the delivery room table the day her daughter was born. She took everything she had learned up to that point, and created the business of her dreams, instead of abandoning herself out of fear.

  • The universe gives you permission slips to stop living in a space of fear.
  • Know your numbers – want to leave a corporate job? How can you make it happen?
  • Do you value the results you provide to clients? Are you telling yourself that people can’t afford you?
  • Knowing the things standing in your way can be scary, because then you have to do the work.
  • How far away are you from the life you wanted to create? Are you caught in the swirl? Are you listening to yourself? (You’re not alone – we all get in to the swirl. Even me.)
  • Each day, no matter what, carve out time for yourself. You need it every day. Make it a non-negotiable.
  • Nobody lays on their death bed and says, “You know what? I wish I had made more money…” What will you wish for? It’s never about the work at the end.
  • What message matters to you? What do you really want to put out in the world?
  • Nothing exciting happens when you’re wading around in the kiddie pool.
  • Are you Cirque du Soleil’ing in your business?
  • A brain surgeon can’t do his own surgery. Serena Williams can’t be an elite athlete without a coach. Tony Robbins has a coach. Support is paramount.

Amber shares great tips for letting go of the fear that is holding you back, and the importance of slowing down. Do you take the time to listen, to slow down?

Ask yourself the deep question – what does my soul need to hear today? What does my soul need right now?

Important Links

Interested in The Brand You Business Plan? Sign up for Amber’s free training here.


Podcast: The Soul Fueled CEO on iTunes

Facebook Group: Brand Like a Boss

Social Media:
@AmberLilyestrom | Facebook | @AmberLilyestrom | Pinterest | Snapchat: @AmberLilyestrom

The Life Boss - Episode 5 - Jennifer Dopazo

Episode 5 – Jennifer Dopazo

My guest today is Jennifer Dopazo of Jen helps business owners transform their vision into empires by creating memorable brands, building great websites and marketing strategy support. In addition to Candelita, she has launched The Fabricant Way, to help you write your own blueprint for your creative business.

Jen & I discuss building a website for your business, and the process she uses to avoid tech overwhelm for her clients.

Her goal is to help clients understand their own goals when they say that they “just need a website”. Your website is the storefront of your business and how people know what you sell, what they can buy, and how they can work with you.

The best way to have a successful experience with a designer? Know what your goals are.

We then switched gears and talked about Jen’s passion project, The Fabricant Way. She was burned out, and she decided to test out things that she didn’t normally do. Getting out from behind her computer, she went out to have conversations with other entrepreneurs in her area. She discovered that they all have such interesting stories, and that there are more ways to building your own business and what success looks like. (YES!)

She went out and talked to people, and decided to create videos because of the power to share the stories in their own words.

The Fabricant Way is a series of interviews with entrepreneurs with the mission of helping you learn the story behind the story.

The project made her excited about her work again, and it also connected her with her ideal clients.

We all have amazing stories to share.

How we feel in our life impacts our business, and how we feel in our business impacts our life.

When you’re not a great fit for the clients that you’re working with, you’re not happy. Jennifer has decided that she needed to be more protective of her business because it is her life. Her business grew in a way that she would not have achieved without the conversations that she has had with other entrepreneurs.

Passion Projects can grow out of what you love and what you want to do, but the side effect can possibly grow your business and show potential clients exactly what you truly stand for; it doesn’t have to be all business all the time. You can be personal in your business.

We crave connections.

The key of being bold is being vulnerable; it can be a quiet whisper. It doesn’t have to be a loud shout.

The Fabricant Way podcast is launching soon; there is a launch party coming up in Bushwick as well.

Takeaway tip: You can set up your day to be successful for yourself. For Jennifer, that looks like starting her day off in the morning leisurely at home by making breakfast and relaxing, and then spending a few hours in the afternoon in the studio working for a few hours in a more focused manner. If there is a project that you want to do, grab 30 minutes every day and make it happen. Find your own way of what works for you. Identify your most productive time and make the most of it.

Important Links

You can find Jennifer’s agency at, and her passion project at

Social Media:
@jenniferdopazo | Facebook | @candelitalab | Pinterest

Thank you for tuning in! If you’ve enjoyed the show, please subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

The Life Boss - Episode 4 with Whit Honea

Episode 4 – Whit Honea

Joining me for today’s episode is my guest Whit Honea. He is the author of “The Parents’ Phrase Book,” co-founder of Dads 4 Change, handles social and community management for the Dad 2.0 Summit , and contributes to a number of popular websites and magazines. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, their two boys and a bunch of pets.

Whit & I first met thanks to the Dad 2.0 Summit in Houston, which was *not* in 1987. (If you look through the internet archives, there are mullet photos of Whit.)

Whit & Carter Gaddis first started Dads4Change (don’t let the name fool you – it is great for anyone; they just happen to be dads, and they wanted to make a change) as a platform to tell the stories of social good that is being done in the online parenting space. They also want to encourage you to get involved and find things that you’re passionate about.

Their goal is to tell stories and share the passion behind doing good.

Kids also want to do social good, and the Kids4Change section of the site developed out of that to encourage you to find a way to help your kids get involved with making the world a better place.

Whit shared about Camp Kesem and the upcoming Dads4Kesem walk of 84 miles along England’s Hadrian’s Wall to raise funds for a new Camp Kesem Chapter in honor of the late Oren Miller, a dad blogger friend of ours who we lost to cancer in 2015.

If you’ve never heard of Camp Kesem, it is an amazing thing — a camp for kids who have parents with cancer, so that they can have a chance to get away, yet be with other kids who understand what it is like to have a parent with cancer. Their flagship program, FREE summer camps in over 80 locations, will serve over 6,000 children from coast-to-coast in 2016.

We also discussed the changing view of fatherhood and parenting, and the realities of self-employment. Millennials are a big part of that shift, and we discuss how the internet has open up the world to us in a completely different way.

Whit also shared the work that Dads4Change has done with St. Jude & Disney’s Club Penguin. You can see more on the Dads4Change website. They have worked with a number of other charities, which you can see on their website.

Whit’s book, The Parent’s Phrase Book, was written with the goal of helping parents bridge the conversations that can be challenging to have with your children. He suggests viewing it as a guide to empathy. It is broken down in to situations, with tips of what to do and what not to do. (And he admits, he has done a lot of the “what not to do” tips himself.)

We wrapped up with discussing blogging about your children, and the long-term impact it could have on your children. Your story is yours up to the line where it is someone else’s story.

Important Links

Whit Honea – The Honea Express
Dad 2.0 Summit

Twitter: @whithonea | Facebook | Instagram: @whithonea | Pinterest

Twitter: @dads4change | Facebook | Instagram: @dads4change