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The Life Shift - Stories about Life-Changing Moments

Matt Gilhooly

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What is your pivotal moment?

The Life Shift Podcast is a weekly podcast featuring candid conversations with people about the pivotal moments that changed their lives forever.


We all have our stories, but through these conversations, we discover communities. We learn that there are commonalities through the ups and downs that we all face. But most importantly, we learn that we are not alone. The Life Shift podcast highlights life-altering moments and humanizes the struggles and triumphs through them all.


Hosted by Matt Gilhooly


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Robin Hofmann is a certified behavior analyst and award-winning film producer, writer, and director.


"For the first time in my life, I felt in the right place."


In this episode, we discuss the following:

1. Robin Hofmann's experience as a parent of a child with autism and how it has helped her in her career

2. Her experience making her gluten-free recipes and how this led to her production of a baking show

3. Robin's experience making her first movie during the COVID-19 pandemic and how this led to a life shift for her into the world of filmmaking


"Making films is my passion and my purpose."


Robin Hofmann was always interested in film and TV but was discouraged from pursuing it as a career by her stepfather. Instead, she got a degree in psychology and spent 27 years working with people with disabilities. When Robin could no longer film her baking show due to Covid, she decided to write and produce her own movie. She has found her true passion in filmmaking and loves every minute of it.


Robin Hofmann is an award-winning writer, director, and producer. She started producing content to spread awareness and highlight individuals who may not have had a voice otherwise. Before getting into film, Robin earned her degree in Psychology and spent 27 years working with individuals with disabilities. Her film journey began with an online baking show focusing on gluten-free recipes and spreading awareness of disabilities. Shortly after, she began interviewing “ordinary people with extraordinary stories” on her online talk show, Chat with Me. These experiences brought her to the art of filmmaking, where she began writing, producing, and directing independent films. https://hoffysheartproductions.com/


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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thelifeshiftpodcast

Website: www.thelifeshiftpodcast.com


The Life Shift Podcast is now on Patreon - Get access to ad-free episodes released two days early and bonus episodes with past guests through Patreon.

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Danielle McCombs was in a moment of change, questioning her career path and what she should be doing with the next 20 years of her life.

"I realized, oh, the title and the money are not the things that drive me."

Danielle McCombs is a certified coach who helps people find clarity and purpose in their lives. She is passionate about helping people discover their true potential and create the life they want to live.

Danielle McCombs worked in commercial real estate for 20 years when she realized it wasn't her dream job. She started working with a coach in June 2020 to help her figure out what she wanted to do next. In August, her mother was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. This made McCombs realize that life is short and that she needed to do something she was passionate about. McCombs left her job in January 2021 and started taking classes to become a certified coach. She is now a certified coach and can work on her own terms.


In this episode, we discuss how:

1. Danielle McCombs was in a moment of change in her life and career when she was forced to reflect on what she really wanted to do with her life.

2. After her mother was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer, Danielle realized that life is short and that she needed to make a change.

3. Danielle decided to become a coach, and she is now in the process of making that change.


Danielle McCombs is a growth-minded individual that is constantly striving to improve herself and deepen her understanding of the world around her. After a 20-year career in commercial real estate Danielle decided to pursue her passion for inspiring others to be the best version of themselves. She is a Co-Active Institute-trained coach. Danielle is the host of the podcast "The Opposite of Small Talk", where she explores new ways to grow both personally and professionally with her friend Kristy.

www.daniellemccombs.com

www.theoppositeofsmalltalk.com


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Subscribe to "The Life Shift" wherever you listen to podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment to rate the show 5 stars and leave a review! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


The Life Shift Podcast is now on Patreon - Get access to ad-free episodes released two days early and bonus episodes with past guests through Patreon.

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Another episode you'll enjoy:

Finding Oneself after a Cancer Diagnosis | Tory Campbell


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"I said to myself, 'No, screw the universe.' And I ran off the train."


After years of dating in NYC, Jenny Wood takes matters into her own hands, running off a crowded subway train to give her business card to a stranger.


In this episode, you will learn:

1. How Jenny Wood met her husband

2. Why you should chase what you want

3. What Jenny is doing now, including her work with Google and her upcoming book


Jenny Wood is an executive at Google and the founder of the company's "Own your career" program. She is also an author, tap dancer, and pilot, among many other skills.


This is Jenny Wood's story...


Jenny Wood was on a mission to find her husband. She was riding the subway home from work and saw a good-looking guy standing across from her. She thought to herself, "If he gets off at my stop, then I'll talk to him." He got off at an earlier stop, so she ran after him and tapped him on the shoulder.

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Jenny Wood has grown from entry-level to an executive role at Google over her 15 years with the company, and she leads a large technical team that touches tens of billions of revenue per year. In 2021, she started a passion project within Google called Own Your Career. Through the program she founded, she’s trained 39,000 people on acing a job search, building relationships, personal branding, effective email writing, landing the right mentor, maximizing workplace influence, and most importantly, increasing confidence. A former Harvard Business Publishing writer, Jenny is now writing a book about going above and beyond to achieve your goals unapologetically. Jenny is an FAA-licensed private pilot, a daily hiker, an improv student, a tap dancer, a musical-theater lover, and a banana bread connoisseur. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her two young children and her husband, Jon. She met Jon by chasing him off the NYC Subway, and the New York Times featured their story.


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Finding "Home" Away From Home | Noelle Cheaib

Twists and Turns from Corporate Life to Dream Farm Life | Jenna Byrne


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Rebecca Lerch is a ballet dancer and a learning and development leader. She is also a single mother and hair loss advocate.


"If somebody's going to have a negative opinion of you because you're wearing a hairpiece or wearing a wig or shaving your head, then that's not somebody you need in your life."


This is Rebecca Lerch's story...


Rebecca Lerch was going through a difficult time in her marriage in 2016-2017. In early 2018, she decided to end her marriage and move out of her family home. Rebecca was also working on a big project at her job that required a lot of extra hours. Around this time, she started to notice that her hair was thinning. She researched online and found that many other women were going through the same thing. She found some inspiration in these women and decided to embrace her hair loss instead of trying to hide it. She bought a wig and started wearing it.


In this episode, you will learn the following:

1. How Rebecca coped with stress from a divorce, job, and parenting all at once

2. How her hair loss made her re-evaluate her relationship with her appearance

3. How Rebecca found strength in embracing her hair loss instead of trying to hide it


Rebecca is a learning & development leader and a professional, amateur ballerina. In addition to dancing and helping advance organizational learning, she is passionate about cats, dogs, and hippos and spending quality time with her family.


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Other episodes you'll enjoy:

Finding a Sense of Self after an Unexpected Divorce | Heather Torres - https://shows.acast.com/thelifeshiftpodcast/episodes/finding-sense-of-self-after-unexpected-divorce-heathertorres

Sometimes Things Shatter to Reveal Our Authentic Selves | Becca Berkey - https://shows.acast.com/thelifeshiftpodcast/episodes/sometimes-things-shatter-to-reveal-our-authentic-selves


Connect with The Life Shift Podcast:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thelifeshiftpodcast

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelifeshiftpodcast

YouTube: https://bit.ly/thelifeshift_youtube

Twitter: www.twitter.com/thelifeshiftpod

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thelifeshiftpodcast

Website: www.thelifeshiftpodcast.com



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Marisa Eikenberry started in web development when her instructor pointed out a career path she didn't consider. Years later, she began editing podcasts by accident (previous sound engineering training) and quickly realized she loved it. And when her co-worker asked her to co-host a new podcast, she said YES despite never considering that as a possibility.


"He was like, you should go into web development, forget sound, go into our emerging media program instead."


In this episode, you will learn:

1. The power of saying yes when others see things in us that we never considered before

2. Marisa's experience as a web developer, podcast editor, and co-host, including her thoughts on the podcasting medium

Marisa Eikenberry is a web developer and podcaster. She has a degree in web development from Ball State University and has worked in the field for over six years. She edits three company podcasts and also co-hosts the "Long-Distance Worklife" podcast about remote work.

Marisa has been developing websites for The Kevin Eikenberry Group since she graduated from Ball State University in 2014. She also provides tech support for her team and DISC Personality Testing, shoots videos, and edits podcasts like The Remarkable Leadership Podcast, Talk Like a Leader, and Long-Distance Worklife. She has been married to her husband, Parker, since 2016 and resides in Indianapolis. Outside of work, Marisa enjoys playing video games with her husband, cooking, and volunteering with an online church and her local Phi Mu Fraternity alumnae chapter, as well as making her way through her never-ending stack of to-be-read books.


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https://kevineikenberry.com/

https://talklikealeaderpodcast.com/

https://remarkablepodcast.com/

https://longdistanceworklife.com/


Other episodes you'll enjoy:

Chasing an Attractive Stranger Off the Subway - A Life-Changing Encounter | Jenny Wood


Connect with me:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thelifeshiftpodcast

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelifeshiftpodcast

YouTube: https://bit.ly/thelifeshift_youtube

Twitter: www.twitter.com/thelifeshiftpod

Website: www.thelifeshiftpodcast.com


The Life Shift Podcast is now on Patreon - Get access to ad-free episodes released two days early and bonus episodes with past guests through Patreon.

https://patreon.com/thelifeshiftpodcast


Subscribe to The Life Shift wherever you listen to podcasts. Please rate the show 5 stars and leave a review! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️



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After being forced to abandon his dream of becoming a police officer, Wayne Partello, a young, ambitious entrepreneur, is confronted with a daunting challenge: to prove himself without a college degree in the cutthroat world of media and professional sports.


"You have control of your story. It's what you want to be known for, and you have control of that." - Wayne Partello.


Wayne Partello is the co-founder and CEO of CUENTO Marketing, a marketing and brand consultancy based in San Diego. He is passionate about helping brands determine their story and bring it to life.


Wayne Partello learned to make decisions with purpose and tailor his life to what he wanted to do. He wanted to be a police officer, but after the police academy, he moved to Boston to become a DJ. As a requirement, he returned to Florida to work as a police officer. But when the city was restructured, Wayne realized he needed to make a change and decided to go to a trade school. While his friends were graduating college, Wayne felt the pressure to have a career but eventually ended up with the real-world experience that guided the rest of his career.


In this episode, we discuss:

1. Exploring the power of real-world experience, as opposed to a degree, to achieve success.

2. Examining the importance of re-evaluating career paths to find true purpose and fulfillment.


After over a decade of media experience followed by over a decade of NFL and MLB front-office experience, Wayne Partello decided it was time for a change. He needed to scratch the entrepreneurial itch that had been following him since his teenage years, but this time he wanted to use all the experiences he had gained through his journey to help brands identify who they wanted to be and how to make that a reality.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/waynepartello/

Website: https://www.cuentomarketing.com/

To listen to more conversations about pivotal moments that changed lives forever, subscribe to "The Life Shift" wherever you listen to podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment to rate the show 5 stars and leave a review! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


The Life Shift Podcast is now on Patreon - Get access to ad-free episodes released two days early and bonus episodes with past guests through Patreon.

https://patreon.com/thelifeshiftpodcast


Another episode you'll enjoy:

From Behavior Analyst to Award-Winning Filmmaker | Robin Hofmann


Connect with me:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thelifeshiftpodcast

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelifeshiftpodcast

YouTube: https://bit.ly/thelifeshift_youtube

Twitter: www.twitter.com/thelifeshiftpod

Website: www.thelifeshiftpodcast.com



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In this episode, we flipped the script so I could tell my story. Throughout the first batch of episodes, the guests (and listeners) asked when I would tell my story. So, in this episode, my first guest, Christin Lindley, leads the conversation as I share the pivotal moments that shaped my life and eventually led to The Life Shift podcast.


As a child, Matt faced his mother's sudden and unexpected death. At just 8 years old, he had to grapple with the grief and sadness that comes with such a tragedy. He was also forced to adjust to a new life in Georgia, where he had to start school as "the new kid." Despite all this, he found comfort in his grandmother's love and support. Unfortunately, she eventually got a lung cancer diagnosis, and it became clear that her time was limited. On her 82nd birthday, they had a wonderful celebration surrounded by family. During this time, they were able to have an honest conversation about their relationship and express their gratitude for each other. After she passed away, he took time off from work to process his grief and come out on the other side with clarity. He realized that he had been living his life to other people's expectations, but now he could live authentically for himself. He learned that it's okay to be sad but also happy for the experiences you shared together. Grief is something you never get over, but it's important to process it to move forward in life.


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Matt Gilhooly is a creator - podcaster, communicator, and educator. He is the creator, producer, editor, and host of The Life Shift Podcast. Spurred by his life-altering experiences, Matt helps others share the stories of pivotal moments that changed everything forever on The Life Shift Podcast.

He also enjoys designing content, such as communication materials, coloring books, digital art, pitch decks, and other forms of media. Matt has self-published over 10 coloring books on Amazon and released a children's book that celebrates individuality and confidence, "I Can Be Anyone: A Soul's Journey," in June 2021.

Matt earned his master’s in mass communications from the University of Florida in 2022 and an MBA from the University of Central Florida in 2004. He believes that we must take time to support the people around us to achieve success.


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Follow to "The Life Shift" on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment to rate the show 5 stars and leave a review! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


The Life Shift Podcast is now on Patreon - Get access to ad-free episodes released two days early and bonus episodes with past guests through Patreon.

https://patreon.com/thelifeshiftpodcast


Connect with me:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thelifeshiftpodcast

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelifeshiftpodcast

YouTube: https://bit.ly/thelifeshift_youtube

Twitter: www.twitter.com/thelifeshiftpod

Website: www.thelifeshiftpodcast.com



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In this episode, I speak with friend, mother, style guru, and physician credentialing specialist Erica Kelly.


Erica shares the story of her journey to creating a family with her husband, Ryan. After facing challenges, she and her husband opted for fertility treatments, resulting in their first daughter, Brooklyn. Then, knowing they wanted to have more children, Erica and her husband sought more treatments which brought them on a journey of having twins.

Listen as Erica tells us how she felt when she learned they were having twins. We talked about how she really felt versus what the world wanted her to feel. And then, we dive into the moments that they discovered that one of her twins would likely have special needs. Our conversation hits on the need for women to feel okay with whatever they are feeling at any moment despite what the world around them wants them to do.

Finally, hear what Erica would say to someone facing unexpected news through fertility treatments and building the “dream” family.

I hope you leave this conversation feeling inspired.


To listen in on more conversations about pivotal moments that changed lives forever, subscribe to "The Life Shift" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment to rate the show 5 stars and leave a review! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

For more information, please visit www.thelifeshiftpodcast.com.

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Erica is a wife & mother to three children living in South Florida. After battling infertility for several years, she eventually gave birth to one daughter in 2015 and then twins, a boy & a girl, in 2018. Balancing a full-time job as a physician credentialing specialist & full-time home “work” as a wife & mother, she’s also had to adapt to another title of special needs parent. Erica enjoys spending time with her family & friends, reading Colleen Hoover books, online shopping, and really enjoys a spicy margarita.



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Rob Cressy went from selling advertising on an obituary website to becoming a self-aware, growth-minded sports creator by design, not by default. This mindset helped him survive a near-death experience during a marathon run.


"I was working in a call center for a bank, making $10 an hour, when I realized I was living a life I didn't want. I was good at my job, but I knew I was meant for more. So I decided to take a leap of faith and quit my job to pursue my dream of working in sports. I was back at zero, but I was self-aware and had a growth mindset. I knew I could make today better than yesterday. And I did. I built a successful career as a sports podcaster and writer. Every day, I'm reminded that I am in control of my life and can be anything I want to be."


In this episode, you will learn:

1. How Rob went from unemployed and in debt to a successful sales career and eventually pursued his dream of working in sports full time

2. How self-awareness and a growth mindset can help you overcome adversity and challenges

3. How everything in your life can be by design if you are intentional about it


"I am no longer living that way. Yes, it's comfortable, yes, you make a ton of money. But to those things, I don't care. That does not matter to me."


Rob Cressy is a Personal Growth Coach. His work helps leaders build better mindsets, habits & routines to keep winning. From personal development to brand building & podcasting, his unique approach to growth creates a roadmap to freedom, happiness, and a life you love.


Connect with Rob


LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cressy/

Instagram: @Rob_Cressy

YouTube: /RobCressy/

Podcast: Best Year Ever

Facebook Group: /creativewildflowers/

Website: RobCressy.com


Other episodes you'll enjoy:

One Trip to the Mailbox Changed Everything | Shanna Benson

Perfect Timing at Life-Altering Crossroads | Chantal Watts


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Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelifeshiftpodcast

YouTube: https://bit.ly/thelifeshift_youtube

Twitter: www.twitter.com/thelifeshiftpod

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thelifeshiftpodcast

Website: www.thelifeshiftpodcast.com


Subscribe to "The Life Shift" on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.

If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment to rate the show 5 stars and leave a review! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️



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Are you feeling stuck in life and don't know where to turn?


“You know it's all of these moments that you it's when you don't think, and you don't over process that life tends to take you in the craziest and most amazing direction.”


When Liam was younger, he was too scared to get on a bus to school in the morning due to anxiety and insecurity. This caused him to miss a lot of school during important exam years. Eventually, Liam had a moment where he realized that he needed to make a change and decided to look up university applications at midnight on the day of clearing. This allowed Liam to apply for last-minute places on courses that couldn't be filled by universities through the normal application process.

Liam shares a few other instances where a little late-night curiosities and impulses led to big changes in his life. Through hard work and determination, he was able to find his place in the world.


This story proves that it's never too late to make a change and find your purpose. With the right mindset, you can take control of your life and create the future you want. So don't wait any longer - take that first step today!


Liam is an award-winning freelance podcast producer, Audio Director at The Podcast Boutique, and co-creator of Emmeline, a brand-new podcast network supporting female and non-binary podcasters. His passion for audio began in hospital radio, which remains to this day as he volunteers for the Hospital Broadcasting Association in the UK. In a past life, he was an Oscars expert, film critic, and banker, but now he is a proud husband and dad of two fur babies, looking forward to starting a human family as they go through the adoption process.


Twitter: @ThisIsTheHeff

LinkedIn: Liam Heffernan | LinkedIn


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To listen in on more conversations about pivotal moments that changed lives forever, subscribe to "The Life Shift" on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment to rate the show 5 stars and leave a review! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Life Shift Podcast is now on Patreon - Get access to ad-free episodes released two days early and bonus episodes with past guests through Patreon.https://patreon.com/thelifeshiftpodcast

Other episodes you'll enjoy:

The Power of YES! - How Others Helped Identify True Passions | Marisa Eikenberry

From Behavior Analyst to Award-Winning Filmmaker | Robin Hofmann


Connect with me:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thelifeshiftpodcast

YouTube: https://bit.ly/thelifeshift_youtube

Twitter: www.twitter.com/thelifeshiftpod

Website: www.thelifeshiftpodcast.com



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