013 Meet Ayla Hedrick, Aspiring Ten-Year-Old Author and Morning Practitioner



Ayla_20154In this first of its kind episode, I chat with a very special guest. Her name is Ayla Hedrick, and she is a ten-year-old morning practitioner! This ambitious little girl is in the process of writing her first novel, and in order to stay consistent to her commitment to finish her book, she has made the decision to get up each morning an hour before she has to go to school in order to make her dream a reality. 

Ayla gives us an inside look into what she does each morning, and says that her routine helps her to be more focused, feel happy, and enjoy her day even more at home, with her friends, and at school.



Ayla’s example will ignite your excitement to get moving every morning on your own creative writing endeavor.



012 Raw & Unedited in San Diego


Capture the sacred first few hours of the day that serve as a conduit for creativity.

On a recent trip to San Diego, I experienced that morning “spark” after an exhilarating run. In this unscripted, off-the-cuff episode, I reflect on a variety of things from my love for cycling, morning routines, and producing spontaneous episodes on-the-go.

In the past few episodes, I’ve been talking about my desire to focus on getting back to my WHY in regards to this podcast and my reasons for starting it in the first place.

For those of you who have followed me since the early days when this podcast started, my mission was to use the early morning hours as a “conduit for creativity” to capture creative intentions during this sacred time each day. My mission is to get back to those kinds of episodes and to allow them to spontaneously emerge.

011 Why You Should Start a Morning Routine in 2016



Create your sacred space and resolve to start a morning routine in 2016.


In this solo impromptu off-the-cuff episode, I share a quick story about how the Morning Cooldown started and why I’m coming back full circle and talk about why I started the podcast. I share why I feel compelled to get back to my roots and record episodes at the moment I feel most inspired, which is usually each morning after my morning workouts, recorded no-frills style, directly on my smartphone.  

This time around, I pick up from where I left off in episode 010 and ask the question: What would it take for you to start a morning routine in 2016 and what is the ONE non-negotiable thing you need to do to make this happen? 

Share it here in the comments… or just click on the player and leave your comment above. I can’t wait to start the convo!


010 The Morning Cooldown: Past, Present and Future




Nothing scripted. Just me with all the ums, ahs and ya knows.

behind the micThis short and sweet solo episode is a look back at the past year and a half since I began recording The Morning Cooldown. I take a hard look at WHY I started this podcast in the first place. My original approach was quickie, unedited and off-the-cuff recordings that I could capture on my smart phone while cooling down after a morning workout.  (more…)

009 Aimee J. Wants You to Chase Your Dreams




In this episode, I’m chatting with Aimee J., a software developer, podcaster, speaker, and Chief Dream Chaser on the Chasing Dreams podcast. Aimee began podcasting in 2013 and has launched multiple podcasts including Revisiting Haven, which discusses the TV show, Haven, and took her to Nova Scotia, Canada to interview the cast & crew on location.


Life is short. Wouldn’t you rather try and know that you did your very best, and fell short, rather than regret that you never gave chasing your dream a shot?

–Aimee J.