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013: From Rock Bottom to Millionaire with Steven Livoti

This Episode:

On this episode, I am joined by Steven Livoti.  Steven describes himself as someone with a big heart who appreciates the relationships he’s built. In this conversation, you will hear Steven share his experiences from the low points in his life to his work with Potter’s House in Guatemala.

In this conversation, you will quickly learn that Steven is an intentional person.  He shares how nutrition and diet play a role in his life.  Steven believes the ultimate goal is to have fulfillment and he has a passion for helping people, especially teenagers experience it.  I really enjoyed this conversation, and I believe you will, too!

 

Connect with Steven Livoti:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/stevenlivoti

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-livoti-988694b

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/stevelivoti11/

 

You’ll Learn:

  • [0:29] – Steven answers my important introductory question, “Who is Steven Livoti?”
  • [01:47] – Steven and I have only spent a few minutes together, but we feel a strong connection. He explains how nutrition could play a role in that.
  • [03:10] – Steven explains why these products are so important, even if we think we are eating healthy on our own.
  • [05:47] – Steven explains how these products have improved his energy, specifically in the area of sleep.
  • [07:52] – Steven talks about some of his low moments in life.
  • [10:07] – Steven shares how to avoid negativity.
  • [16:00] – Steven is reading Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo, and he talks about music in his life.
  • [19:57] – Steven describes how he handles situations when he does feel worried.
  • [21:24] – By following a system, Steven was able to remove other things, which led to him feeling better and having more awareness.
  • [23:04] – Steven believes the ultimate goal is to have fulfillment. He experienced the most amount of pain as a teenager, and he would like to spend time around teenage mentoring programs.
  • [27:20] – Steven shares that he went through the 12-Step Program and talks about finding the thing that makes your heart sing.
  • [28:45] – We talk about boys being told to not show emotion as they are growing up. Steven brings up the power of vulnerability.
  • [30:38] – Steven talks about feeling fortunate for being born in the United States, considering the tragedies happening around the world.
  • [32:48] – Steven explains why Ted’s stance towards drugs and alcohol is needed.
  • [39:37] – I ask Steven for his advice on a situation of one of my family members.

 

For more information like I shared with you today, pick up my book, 4 Minutes a Day, Rock ‘n Roll Your Way to Happy: Be Happier, Healthier, More Prosperous, and Life the Life of Your Dreams

 

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012: Life in the Eye of the Camera with Rocco Nugent

How cool is it when you get to learn from your kids?  That requires parents to take a back seat.  It can be humbling and enlightening to experience the world through the lens of a younger generation.  In this episode, you will hear an interview with my son, Rocco.  Rocco has lived an incredible life and has been in the eye of the camera since birth.  However, there is a downside of being the son of a rock star.  You will hear more about this in the interview.

In this conversation, you will hear Rocco share his experience growing up in tour buses and feeling like airports are home.  His love for basketball led to deciding to attend an inner-city school, and he talks about how his experience in that environment led to who has become today.  Rocco is now in Los Angeles and exploring his creative side in music and acting.  Rocco is a thoughtful individual that feels he has to change himself before he can change the world.

Connect with Rocco Nugent:

Website – RoccoMoon.co

Soundcloud – RoccoMoon

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:47] – Rocco introduces himself to us.
  • [03:03] – Rocco talks about a party with rock stars when he was a child.
  • [04:07] – Rocco explains how his childhood experience has impacted his view of the world.
  • [07:25] – Rocco shares his thoughts on the downside of the way he was raised, social isolation.
  • [10:57] – Rocco talks about the home-life, including a memory of the house being contaminated with mold and seeing his dad cry for the first time.
  • [13:35] – Rocco says that he preferred to live on tour buses.
  • [15:07] – Rocco talks about going to an inner-city school because of basketball. I share why this was a great experience for me.
  • [20:22] – Rocco shares an experience from his teen years, a peer being shot. He talks about this situation opening his eyes to his own safe and secure environment.
  • [25:13] – Rocco was able to host friends for ranch nights on our property.
  • [27:22] – Rocco then went to Las Vegas to train for basketball. This was when some sadness and depression set in.
  • [28:28] – A physical indicated that Rocco had a heart irregularity. A failed physical led to some interest in my poetry by a publisher.
  • [31:33] – At that point, Rocco moved to Los Angeles and got into music and acting. He talks about working with Nicholas Cage.
  • [34:46] – Rocco explains how he wants to change the world.
  • [40:48] – Rocco talks about his Peace Guardians experience and teaching four and five-year-olds.

For more information like I shared with you today, pick up my book, 4 Minutes a Day, Rock ‘n Roll Your Way to Happy: Be Happier, Healthier, More Prosperous, and Life the Life of Your Dreams

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007: Dealing with the Pain of Miscarriage

Sometimes life gets in the way.  To illustrate this, I share a story from my past.  I share a painful life experience that I went through and continue to go through.

While watching a YouTube video, I had feelings and pain surface over the loss I experienced through a miscarriage.  In this episode, I talk about that experience in my life and why I didn’t work through the emotions of that loss at the time.  After two decades, I work through this loss.

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:01] – At a point in my life, things were very busy. My husband was busy with his career, and I was immersed in my role as a mother.
  • [03:33] – I recently found out about Music.ly, and while investigating that app, I realized I have been missing something in my life.
  • [05:45] – After more than two decades, I missed my child that I lost. I would have named her Coco.
  • [06:34] – I wonder what Rocco would have been like as a sibling and what Coco would have been like.
  • [08:00] – I remember the subtle things from my pregnancy and share my miscarriage experience.
  • [12:45] – Life got busy, and I never had the opportunity to deal with this pain the way I should have, until now.
  • [14:26] – I explain why I wanted to share this story on my blog and here on the podcast.
  • [15:55] – I wonder why, as a culture, we treat miscarriages the way we do.
  • [17:00] – I talk about my need for helping others through charities.

 

For more information like I shared with you today, pick up my book, 4 Minutes a Day, Rock ‘n Roll Your Way to Happy: Be Happier, Healthier, More Prosperous, and Life the Life of Your Dreams

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011: Surviving the Corporate World with Jessica Higdon

I’m so excited to have best-selling author Jessica Higdon join me on this episode! 

A master of social media marketing, Jessica and her husband, Ray have travelled all over the world coaching leaders to be top income earners in network marketing.  Their business was recognized by Inc 5000 as one of the fastest-growing companies in America. 

Jessica talks about how she got into network marketing – in an effort to survive the corporate world.  If you are just starting in network marketing, or you’ve become frustrated, Jessica has some words of advice for you! She also talks about the importance of staying healthy and personal development. 

Connect with Jessica Higdon:

Facebook page: http://facebook.com/jessicahigdonpage

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:28] – Jessica shares her background with us.
  • [02:17] – Jessica explains how she got into network marketing.
  • [03:37] – Jessica describes a few of the mistakes people tend to make with network marketing.
  • [05:07] – Social networks are constantly changing and Jessica shares how things have changed since she started.
  • [06:00] – Jessica gives some advice to those of you just starting or frustrated with network marketing.
  • [06:59] – I share my own fear of talking in front of people.
  • [08:07] – Staying healthy is important, so Jessica explains how she stays active.
  • [09:13] – Jessica talks about her weakness when it comes to food.

For more information like I shared with you today, pick up my book, 4 Minutes a Day, Rock ‘n Roll Your Way to Happy: Be Happier, Healthier, More Prosperous, and Life the Life of Your Dreams

 

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010: From Foreclosure to One of America’s Fastest Growing Companies

Joining me on this episode is Ray Higdon.  Ray is a two-time best selling author and former #1 income earner in network marketing.  Ray got his start when he was in foreclosure, which is a motivation for his success today.  Ray and his wife, Jessica travel the world, coaching speakers and top income earners.  In fact, their coaching company was recognized by Inc 5000 as one of America’s fastest-growing companies.

Ray has a fascinating story, and he talks about one of the major breakthroughs that led to his success in the business world.  Through a seminar, he was able to identify what was holding him back, and Ray gives you a tip on determining what is holding you back.  Ray also shares his breakfast routine and his exercises.

Connect with Ray Higdon:

Website – http://RayHigdon.com/coldmarket

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:44] – Ray tells us WHO Ray Higdon is.
  • [02:03] – Ray shares his 60-second resumé and tells us his story.
  • [02:35] – Ray talks about hitting rock bottom and his quick turnaround.
  • [03:17] – When he was at rock bottom, Ray was invited to a seminar. He shares how this led to a breakthrough in his life.
  • [04:33] – The seminar Ray attended talked a lot about relationships. This prompted him to work on his relationship with his father.
  • [06:11] – Ray describes the forgiving process with his father.
  • [07:36] – If you are struggling with business, Ray suggests you may want to look at patterns in your life.
  • [09:15] – Ray determined to get twenty “no’s” a day.
  • [12:18] – Ray talks about his follow-up strategy.
  • [13:44] – Ray says there is no successful sales person that does not get “no’s.” If you don’t get that answer, you’re pre-qualifying too much.
  • [15:22] – Ray shares his breakfast routine and talks about his lack of desire to hunt.
  • [16:33] – Ray talks about his exercises, including primal walking.

For more information like I shared with you today, pick up my book, 4 Minutes a Day, Rock ‘n Roll Your Way to Happy: Be Happier, Healthier, More Prosperous, and Life the Life of Your Dreams

 

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009: My Birthday Episode!

I am now officially 55 years old.  When considering what I want for my birthday, I decided to make a list. That got me thinking, why don’t we celebrate every day like it’s our birthday?  On this episode of the podcast, I want to share my list of birthday bucket-list items for each day, not just my birthday.

I am taking control of my life and asking for things that I want. In this episode, you will hear how I am taking control in my life. I share a few stories how far I have come in the changes I am making.  I made my birthday bucket-list for every day. I would love to hear what’s on your birthday bucket-list. Email me your list at ShemaneHealthyHappy@gmail.com

 

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:40] – Have more fun, less heartache.
  • [03:02] – I don’t want to let haters bother me. I share my recent experience with my husband, Ted, Kid Rock, and Sarah Palin in the White House and Oval Office.  We received a lot of hate for this, and I share how it impacted me.
  • [09:13] – I go through several other items on my birthday bucket-list.
  • [09:53] – I would like to be more assertive. In my 20’s, I was a people-pleaser. I share a story with how I have advanced in this area of life.
  • [12:51] – I want to be healthy. My health has to be my priority, every single day.
  • [14:02] – I share an example of taking control of my life.

 

For more information like I shared with you today, pick up my book, 4 Minutes a Day, Rock ‘n Roll Your Way to Happy: Be Happier, Healthier, More Prosperous, and Life the Life of Your Dreams

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008: Journey to Peaceful Living


This Week’s Episode:
On this episode, I’m joined by my friend and business partner, April O’Leary. April wrote Ride the Wave: Journey to Peaceful Living, which is an amazing book. This episode was recorded in April’s car, as she took me to the airport.

In this episode, you will hear April, and I discuss her book. She explains how taking ownership of situations can help us overcome. There is a real danger in having a victim mentality. April got me started on Isagenix, and we also talk about the Isabody Challenge.

Connect with April O’Leary:
Website – http://apriloleary.com

You’ll Learn:
● [01:20] – April explains why she wrote her book, Ride the Wave: Journey to Peaceful Living.
● [02:53] – Shemane explains that none of us get out of life unscathed. April shares how ownership plays a role in overcoming these situations.
● [05:43] – April talks about the danger of a victim mentality.
● [07:30] – We talk about Isagenix and the importance of putting healthy and positive food in our bodies.
● [09:29] – April talks about the Isabody Challenge. She shares her incredible dedication to this challenge.
● [11:16] – April talks about sacrificing and swapping out foods.

For more information like I shared with you today, pick up my book, 4 Minutes a Day, Rock ‘n Roll Your Way to Happy: Be Happier, Healthier, More Prosperous, and Life the Life of Your Dreams

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006: 5 TIPS TO SHAPE UP FOR SUMMER

This Week’s Episode:

I hesitated long and hard about posting a photo of myself in a bikini at age 54, but I’ve paid my dues – in the form of sweat equity. I’ve worked hard at getting in – and staying in shape, and I’ve tried just about every diet imaginable. There will be haters who will say I’m not in the best shape, and they’re right, but I’m beyond thrilled that I can fit into a two-piece swimsuit and qualify for an AARP card at the same time!

The truth is, I’ve struggled with my weight nearly all my life – starving myself and wasting money on stupid diets and every imaginable exercise – from step, to Spinning, to slide, to kickboxing, Zumba, yoga and everything in between. All for the sole purpose of looking “ok” in a bikini. Trust me, I knew I’d never be a fitness model, or any type of model, I just didn’t want to embarrass myself if I had to jump in a pool at a party, if that ever happened.

But there’s another reason why I did it.

If you’re interested in my fitness and nutrition tips I’m happy to share. If you want to know what provoked me, read through to the end.

1. Be Selfish. Although I’ve been a group fitness instructor for more than thirty-five years, I can think of an absurd amount of excuses for why I don’t have time to exercise: There is work to do, errands to run, dust bunnies to vacuum, and Netflix shows to watch – (have you seen The OA or The Crown?!) The one thing that people with amazing physiques like Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, J-Lo, and other well-chiseled celebrities have in common is that they put in the time – they do the work – a LOT of it. If you really want to get in shape, spend an hour a day, five days a week exercising. At least. Many of us who are parents put the needs of our children first while sacrificing our own health. Of course, I’m not suggesting to throw out the baby with the bathwater, but carving out even a measly few minutes every day for YOU can make a significant change in your body, keep you healthier, happier, and teach your kids about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. If you’re an empty-nester, like me, it feels a little strange to put quality self-care at the forefront of your life, especially if you’ve spent twenty, thirty or even forty years taking care of others.

But you need to….

2. Schedule It. Make an appointment with yourself as if you had a doctor’s appointment and would be charged if you failed to show. Schedule time every single day to focus on planning healthy meals, snacks, and exercise. Four minutes a day can be the motivation you need to make significant change in your life. The secret is that four minutes can turn into 10, 20, 30 minutes or more. You have to start somewhere. Make a commitment and stick to it!

What exercises are the best?

3. Do Something, ANYTHING. It doesn’t matter what the exercise is or how well it works for others, if you don’t like to do it, chances are you won’t do it. However, you have to suck it up and do something, anything every day! Get in the gym, swim, bike or dance! Find the thing that makes your heart sing and you’ll do it more often. Make sure you combine these three elements in your weekly fitness regime: strength training, cardiovascular training and stretching. Working out at least 30 minutes a day five days a week is optimal. Obviously, a little more goes along way in this case. Take a look at HIIT Training: High-Intensity Interval Training is short bursts of intense cardiovascular training combined with small pockets of working-recovery, usually strength training, that will sculpt muscles and leave you sweaty in a short period of time. Many professional athletes and celebrities are using HIIT training. Mix it up! Dance, swim, walk, bike, lift weights, play with your kids or your dog. Anything to get moving! It’s important to strike your muscles in different ways to prevent injuries, increase flexibility and maintain cardiovascular fitness, decrease stress and increase bone density. Increase the intensity, duration and frequency with which you work out. Work out harder, longer, or faster!

What about food?

4. Trash the Junk. All the greatest workouts in the world won’t give you a lean and toned body if you’re only eating pop tarts, cheeseburgers and sodas. Fuel your body with superfood nutrition. Having struggled with my weight all my life, I think I have it figured out after 54 years of searching. I’ve gained and lost over one hundred pounds throughout the decades, but finally, I am at a weight with which I am happy. No starving or denying myself either! I have boundless energy, no cravings during that three p.m. lull, and yet I still have ice cream, cake and chips (on occasion). I owe it all to Isagenix. The system has simplified my life, while giving me incredible vitality and made losing that last ten pounds easy. Is the system a magic pill? For me, it sure does seems like it. For the first time in my life, I’m at my goal weight and have tons of energy throughout my day – especially during workouts.

For more information on the products that have changed my life, click on this link.

And finally….

5. Take a Selfie. Take a photo of yourself in just your undies. Is there something you don’t like? Guess who can change that?You can! Find a photo of someone who has a figure that is similar to what you’d like to achieve. Put your selfie next to your goal photo. During the next 30 days, look at the two pictures every morning and whenever you’re hangry (hungry + angry). Imagining the future can be a very potent prescription for positive change! Isagenix has a program called the ISA Body Challenge, which gives you daily motivation and inspiration to stick to your goals and get in shape.

With nearly half of the American population dancing toward obesity, and health-care costs sky-rocketing, staying physically fit isn’t just about looking good, it’s about feeling good, too. We can’t afford to take our health for granted, as those of us who’ve had life-threatening illnesses know.

Why I did it.

Fifteen years ago I was sucking on oxygen, barely able to crawl up a flight of stairs. Looking good in a bikini was not even a consideration. Living through the day, was. Having suffered with pre-emphysema caused by toxic mold exposure, I remember thinking once that I just wanted to be healthy enough to watch my son’s track meet. There was a time when the simple process of getting dressed, leaving the house, driving a car and climbing up outdoor bleachers was unthinkable. Now, I can run up and down the bleachers, and that’s all that really matters. So, now that I think of it, the best part of the bikini photo for me is the smile on my face. If you’re not healthy, you can’t be happy, and that’s really all that matters.

 

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005: 7 Steps on How to Fight at Cold

This Week’s Episode:

My husband, Ted Nugent, recently went on a trip and got sick.  I know that prevention is key to keeping sickness away.  I doubled up on my vitamins and made sure I got my greens.  Well, a few weeks later, Ted got sick again and this time, I wasn’t so vigilant.  I let my guard down and caught his cold!

In this episode, you are going to hear my seven steps on how to fight a cold.  Sure, it’s best not to get sick at all, but sometimes it happens, and these steps will help you recover from the illness.  For more information like I shared with you today, pick up my book, 4 Minutes a Day, Rock ‘n Roll Your Way to Happy: Be Happier, Healthier, More Prosperous, and Life the Life of Your Dreams

You’ll Learn:

  • [00:34] – Ted recently went on a trip and came home sick with a cold.  After recovering, he got sick again!
  • [02:03] – Step #1:  Note the day you first have symptoms. Write down the symptoms and when you first noticed them.
  • [02:36] – Step #2: Check with your doctor on the 2nd or 3rd day you have the symptoms of a cold. 
  • [03:25] – Step #3: REST!  Get caught up on some Netflix.
  • [04:54] – Step #4: Wipe down every surface.  This keeps you from reinfecting yourself and others in your household.
  • [05:11] – Step #5: REST!
  • [05:26] – Step #6: Be proactive with chicken soup, Kleenex, honey and lemon, chamomile tea, cough lozenges, and whiskey. 
  • [06:47] – Step #7: Don’t work out.
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004: Understanding Functional Medicine with Dr. Pamela Hughes

This Week’s Episode:

Dr. Pamela Hughes joins me on this episode of This Rockin’ Life.  I really enjoyed speaking with Pamela and I think you will get a lot out of our discussion.

In this conversation, you will hear Pamela’s backstory and how she ended up in Florida. She also explains how her husband’s injury led to her interest in functional medicine.  Pamela shares the joy that receives by getting people off drugs and getting them to feel well without that medication.  You will hear Pamela and I talk about the toxins we are putting our bodies and how techniques that The Hughes Center for Functional Medicine uses, like IV minerals and cleansing/detoxing through Isagenix can help people get healthy. 

Connect with Dr. Pamela Hughes:

The Hughes Center for Functional Medicine

You’ll Learn:

  • [00:40] – Pamela explains how she ended up in Naples, Florida.
  • [01:50] – Pamela describes herself.  She is determined and has a passion for people and medicine. This is a path that started in 8th grade.
  • [04:21] – I share how Pamela and I met. 
  • [05:17] – Pamela shares her experience in the military. This led to her interest in functional medicine. She describes her husband’s recovery through functional medicine.
  • [08:33] – We talk about the reasons to drink water out of glass.  We also discuss the dangers of chemicals that seem into the food and beverages we drink.
  • [11:29] – IV minerals are incredibly beneficial. I receive those treatments when I visit the Hughes Center and Pamela shares why these treatments are important. 
  • [15:30] – Pamela discusses stress and the seriousness of having stress in your life. 
  • [17:20] – Pamela and I share the products that we’ve recently started and how those are affecting our lives.
  • [22:05] – Pamela shares some of the common symptoms they treat at the Hughes Center for Functional Medicine.  Pamela talks about a wellness program she is putting together. 
  • [26:04] – Pamela explains why she likes to see people when they are healthy. 
  • [27:28] – Pamela talks about Isagenix, cleansing and detoxing.
  • [29:43] – Pamela shares the results she’s experienced with Isagenix.