TC335 – Transformation Cafe – Best of 2016

TC335 – Transformation Cafe – Best of 2016

In this episode host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost take a look back at 2016. Below is a list of the programs that you may want to listen to again or review if you missed them the first time. We did about fifty shows in 2016; here are some of our favorites.

Setting Your Intention

TC 283 – Letters To My Future Self – In this episode we talked about writing a letter to yourself in the future, inspired by the “Letters To My Future Self” diary. It contains writing prompts such as “where do I want to go”, “all the things I’d like to try someday”, “I promise myself to”, “I never want to forget this”, and other topics for self-reflection. You date the letter to be opened at whatever future date you specify, a year or two in the future. Then when that day arrives, you open the letter and can see how far you’ve come.

Being a Lifelong Seeker

TC 285:  On Being a Lifelong Seeker – In this episode we talked about how we are each lifelong seekers of wisdom, knowledge, spirituality, and other aspects of becoming a complete person. As Amy observes in tonight’s episode, that is who we are, and who we believe our core audience to be. We don’t have “a path”, or claim that we have “the answer”. Our goal is to present great books, amazing speakers, and introduce anyone who is interested to new information that we’ve discovered, and share our thoughts about what we’ve learned. We invite you to dialogue with us so we can learn from each other as we continue on our journey.

Cafe Book Club presented Presence by Amy Cuddy

The series on Presence ran from the end of January through March, so there are a number of really great episodes. Links to each episode are provided below.

TC 286: Cafe Book Club – Presence by Amy Cuddy – In this episode we kicked off the second book in our Cafe Book Club series: Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy, PhD, Social Psychologist and Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

TC 287: Cafe Book Club – Presence by Amy Cuddy  Part 2 – In this episode we discussed chapter 2 of Presence: “Believing and Owning Your Story”.

TC 288: Presence Part 3 – How Presence Begets Presence – This chapter is titled “Stop Preaching, Start Listening: How Presence Begets Presence”. It features a very moving story of how a group of pastors were able to address very serious problems of gang violence by being fully present.

TC 289: Presence Part 4: I Don’t Deserve To Be Here – In this chapter of Presence titled “I Don’t Deserve to Be Here”, Amy Cuddy explores the Impostor Phenomenon. Robin, Amy, Dr. Kymn and Michelle discuss how this mind set affects them, and suggest ways of dealing with self doubt.

TC 290:  Presence Part 5: How Powerlessness Shackles the Self – Robin and her guests discuss chapter 5 titled “How Powerlessness Shackles the Self (and How Power Sets It Free)”. Learn how Priming and nudges can build your personal power.

TC 291: Presence Part 6: The Language of the Body –  Robin and Amy Frost discuss the chapter titled “Slouching, Steepling, and the Language of the Body”.

TC 292: Presence Part 7: Pose for Presence –  In this episode we talk about how research has demonstrated that your emotional state follows the actions of the body. If you smile, you’ll feel happier. If you furrow your brow and grit your teeth, you’ll start to feel angry. And, as we’ve already seen, if you assume a power pose you’ll feel more confident.

TC 294: Posture, Technology, Starfish! –  Robin and her guests discussed posture, the benefits of Yoga and dance positions, and what research tells us about high- and low-power poses.

TC 295: How to Pose for Presence and Self-Nudging –  Highlights chapters 9 – 11 of Presence. This section summarizes some of the main points of this great book and shows us how we can apply what we’ve learned.

Living the Charged Life and The Happiness Quotient by Brendon Burchard

TC 297: Living the Charged Life and The Happiness Quotient – Robin, Amy, and Carolyn Ortman discuss Brendon Burchard’s work on living a Charged Life, and his High Performance Academy.

The 30-Day Sobriety Solution by Jack Canfield and Dave Andrews

TC 296: The 30-Day Sobriety Solution – This is Part 1 of a 2-part discussion of The 30 Day Sobriety Solution: How to Cut Back or Quit Drinking in the Privacy of Your Own Home by Jack Canfield and Dave Andrews. Part 2 of the discussion can be found in episode TC 299.

Healthy Narcissism?

TC 298: Healthy Narcissism? – This episode was one of our most popular shows. Seems that many people have a narcissist in their life (or are one themselves).

Helping our Veterans

TC 293: Healing PTS through Yoga and Breath Work – This episode discussed treating veterans that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Many veterans do not want to be treated with drugs or go to therapy, but until now there have been few alternatives to get the help they need.

TC 310: Trauma and TFT – Robin and Amy  interviewed Suzanne Connolly and Kristin Miller about TFT – Thought Field Therapy – as a treatment for Post Traumatic Stress.

In-person Interview with Mark Nepo

TC 301: The Transformational Journey – Interview with Mark Nepo – Robin interviews Mark Nepo, a best-selling author, poet, teacher, and philosopher. This episode was recorded at a special retreat that Mark held at Pine Manor, a unique facility nestled in the Cleveland National Forest near Lake Elsinore in Southern California.

Robin with Mark Nepo

Cafe Book Club presented Frientimacy by Shasta Nelson

Another book in the Cafe Book Club in 2016 was Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness by Shasta Nelson. Studies have shown that friendship is a key to happiness. Shasta shows us how to cultivate friendships, deal with fear of rejection, jealousy, envy, and other roadblocks to intimacy, or what she calls “Frientimacy”. 

TC 302: Cafe Book Club: Introducing “Frientimacy” by Shasta Nelson

TC 303: Frientimacy: The Intimacy Gap

TC 304: Frientimacy: The Frientimacy Triangle, Intimacy Gaps, and Positivity

TC 305: Frientimacy: Consistency and Vulnerability

TC 306: Frientimacy: Doubting our Self Worth and Fear of Rejection

TC 307: Frientimacy: The Toxic Friend Trend

TC 308: Frientimacy: Envy, Jealousy, and Holding Ourselves Back

TC 314: Interview with Shasta Nelson, author of Frientimacy

Interview with Katherine Masiewicz of KEM Cosplay

In this episode we talked to Katherine Masiewicz (Robin’s daughter) about the fascinating world of Cosplay.

TC 311: The Culture of Cosplay: Bringing Art Alive

Katherine Masiewicz as “Carmalita”

Cafe Book Club presented “Passion, Spirit, Purpose” by Ana Weber

Another book in our Cafe Book Club. We had a chance to interview author Ana Weber, cover her book Passion, Spirit, Purpose, and then circle back with her again at the end. Ana is a prolific and interesting person, as you’ll see in the episodes below.

TC 315: Passion, Spirit, Purpose – Interview with Ana Weber

TC 316: Passion, Spirit, Purpose – Chapters 1 -2

TC 317: Passion, Spirit, Purpose – Chapters 3 – 7

TC 318: Passion, Spirit, Purpose – Chapters 8 – 12

TC 319: Passion, Spirit, Purpose – Chapters 13 – 17

TC 320: Passion, Spirit, Purpose – Chapters 18 – 21

TC 321: Interview with Ana Weber – Author of Passion, Spirit, Purpose


As you can see by this list of highlights, 2016 was packed with great guests, some terrific books, and a plethora of topics related to personal transformation. Amy Frost went from an occasional guest to co-host, and brought her insights and experience into the mix. Robin and Amy together make a great team (but I admit I am a bit biased!).

If you have any suggestions for topics you would like to see in the future, including any books you would like us to consider for the Cafe Book Club, then please leave a comment and let us know your thoughts. Our goal is to build a community and get more people involved in the conversation.

Thanks to all of you in the Transformation Community. We appreciate your support and hope that you will continue to journey with us in 2017 and beyond.

Happy New Year!

1 Comment

  1. Amy Frost
    Jan 9, 2017

    Andrew what a thorough and helpful synopsis of the great work we have done during 2016!!! I know many, many people are benefiting… Your legacy keeps growing. An honor to work with you! Thank YOU!

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