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Alison Hadden's battling terminal cancer, but she's focused on living her best life - as her best self - every day. Join her as she chats with resilient adventures, seekers, trailblazers, and exceptionally good humans as they explore what it means to live fully, because there's "No Time to Waste" - for all of us. | More at www.notimetowasteproject.com
 
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Atticus is the anonymous poet and New York Times Bestselling author of Love Her Wild, The Dark Between Stars and The Truth About Magic. Dubbed “The World’s Most Tattoo-able Poet” by Galore Magazine, he has been featured in Time Magazine, Elle, The Guardian, Fast Company, Publisher’s Weekly, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, worked wit…
 
Brian Kelly aka The Points Guy has become one of the top influencers and experts in the travel and hospitality space. Anyone in my close circle knows how passionate I am about travel, my first true love, and my borderline obsession w points. I think I’ve visited 21 countries now and wouldn’t be surprised if guy’s been to the remaining 175. Brian’s …
 
Grandma Joy (of “Grandma Joy’s Road Trip” fame) is a spunky 91-year-old adventurer who’s been traveling the country with her grandson, Brad for the last chunk of years. Their goal has been to try and visit all 63 U.S. National Parks and they’ve only got one to go now!After you hear some of Grandma Joy’s pearls of wisdom, you’ll see why she’s become…
 
Writer Gretchen Rubin is widely known as an expert on Happiness and Good Habits. Few know that she actually started her career in law, as Editor of the Yale Law Review and clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court. One day Gretchen came to an important conclusion about her life: It was time to move off this path because she real…
 
Kate Bowler is a religious historian and Professor at the Duke Divinity School. She’s also a witty, warm, wildly successful author, wife and mom living with Stage IV Cancer. Much of Kate’s early work was focused on the Prosperity Gospel - the belief that if you had the right faith, and prayed the right prayers, God would reward you with health, wea…
 
Sunita Puri is the Medical Director of Palliative Medicine at the Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center of the University of Southern California. She’s also the author of 2019 bestseller That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour. Not since Suleika Jaouad’s Between Two Kingdoms have I experienced such poignant and elegant writing that…
 
Sister Aletheia was profiled by the NY Times in “Meet the Nun Who Wants You to Remember You Will Die” reviving the Memento Mori movement. Memento Mori is the practice of intentionally thinking about our own death as a means of appreciating the present and living a better life now. Sister Aletheia’s path to the convent was anything but conventional.…
 
BJ Miller is a Hospice & Palliative Care Doctor with a unique path that brought him to this work. As a sophomore at Princeton, while goofing around one night with his buddies, BJ climbed on top of a sleeping commuter train and was immediately electrocuted by 11,000 volts. As a result, BJ lost both his legs at the knee and one arm making him a tripl…
 
Writer and Comedic Actress Annabelle Gurwitch has a story I first read about in the New York Times in November that caused my own jaw to drop. Last summer, Annabelle walked into an Urgent Care Clinic in a mini mall for a COVID test...and walked out with a Stage IV lung cancer diagnosis. She shared her story along with how she’s managing life her no…
 
Greg McKeown is a bestselling author and the host of the popular podcast What’s Essential where he talks to a wide range of guests about prioritizing what matters most in life. Yes, we hit on his new book Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most a follow up to his first NYT bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less but the…
 
Sheryl Sandberg’s professional career is nothing short of legendary. In the early days at Google, she scaled ad sales from 4 to 4,000 people. Then she was handpicked by Mark Zuckerberg to become the COO at Facebook - a title she still holds. In 2013, Sheryl published her first book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead which sparked a global mo…
 
Meet my personal palliative care nurse, Cecilia Benns. If you don’t know what that is job is, or you associate it with hospice care for people who are like days out from dying, you’re not alone, and we’re here to help. Hoping people walk away with some new knowledge - I myself had no idea about these kinds of resources for people in my situation - …
 
Dr. Martin Inderbitzin is a world-renowned Swiss-German Neuroscientist and Mindset Specialist whose previous research focused on stress, emotions and understanding how the brain and the body processes it all. Then 9 years ago, he received a gut-wrenching pancreatic cancer diagnosis which forced him to take his life’s work and put it into practice f…
 
Brad Ludden was a young professional whitewater kayaker whose life was first touched by cancer at 12 years old when his aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. By 18, he was sharing his passion for kayaking with pediatric oncology patients and soon after, founded First Descents to help young adults in the cancer community experience the adventure an…
 
I’m sure you know Matthew McConaughey. He’s an Academy Award-Winning actor, a proud Texan, a Philanthropist, a new owner of Austin’s MLS team and most recently, a NYT bestselling author for his memoir, Greenlights. What Matthew and I talked about in our conversation hit deep. We talked about my current cancer situation and how I’m doing what I can …
 
Oceana Sawyer is a former corporate trainer at companies like HP and Levi Strauss now turned death doula. Just like birth doulas who help bring babies into this world at the beginning of life, a death doula helps actualize the emotional and spiritual wishes of the dying at the end of life. For anyone who’s ever wanted to know what dying’s like, in …
 
There’s so much behind the 10,000 kilowatt smile of media mogul Katie Couric. More than just sunshine, Katie’s known tragedy and loss in her personal life and gained wisdom in hindsight from those experiences. After her first husband passed away from colorectal cancer, Katie founded Stand Up to Cancer which has since raised over $600M for cancer re…
 
We’re going to take a little hiatus from the weekly podcast production machine which has been churning and burning for 6 months now. I don’t imagine it will be too long because #notimetowaste but follow @notimetowasteproject on IG for updates. I shared a personal update and then announced an exciting new partnership with AKTIV Against Cancer led by…
 
I only recently got introduced to Maggie Smith - the poet, not the actress - when I stumbled upon her book Keep Moving that I really loved. Whereas most books about navigating grief and loss have a somber, self-reflective tone, hers included short motivational quotes with more of a Ted Lasso vibe. Maggie was not the tortured creative soul I expecte…
 
I genuinely believe my dad embodies much of what No Time to Waste is all about. I’ve witnessed first-hand his zest for life, his sense of adventure, his desire to help people and his evolution as a self-aware human. And I’ve realized only in recent years how proud I am to be my father’s daughter. We talk about his non-linear career path from flower…
 
Chelsea Handler is a Comedian, television host, best-selling author and activist whose humor and candor have established her as one of the most celebrated voices in pop culture today. She hosted E!’s top rated Chelsea Lately for seven years, launched docuseries Chelsea Does and talk show Chelsea on Netflix, and penned five #1 NYT bestsellers includ…
 
Rabbi Steve Leder heads up one of the largest Jewish congregations in the country at the Wilshire Blvd Temple in LA. In his most recent book “The Beauty of What Remains”, he shares his thoughts on navigating grief and loss through the lens of not only a Rabbi who’s shepherded thousands of families through loss of their loved ones, but also as a son…
 
Rich was once an overweight, hard-drinking corporate attorney who lost touch with the star swimmer he was at Stanford. Fast forward 20 years and now he’s a sober, plant-powered ultra endurance legend, a devoted family man who lives on a farm and meditates, and the host of one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Hear us talk about how this tr…
 
Thas is the CEO of Omelet, an LA-based advertising agency, after working her way up the ranks as a brilliant strategist. We met years ago when I was her client and we both recognized quickly that we were each others’ people. Thas was forced to confront mortality when her dad was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer a few years back. And since losing a cl…
 
Erin Foster might have been born into a famous family (her dad is music mogul David Foster) but she didn’t have the charmed upbringing you might expect. Far from the shallow, superficial Hollywood celeb focused on all the wrong things, Erin’s got a hell of a work ethic and a desire to give back. Comedian, writer, actress, entrepreneur, and investor…
 
Megan Taylor is a kickass DJ who gets that music is the soundtrack to our lives. In fact, we met when she was hired to play the afterparty for my company’s event years ago. Her beats were solid, her sneaker game on point, and once we got to talking, I realized I was talking to someone who knew they were a spiritual being having a human experience. …
 
Adrian is a Peloton tread instructor with a fanatical following called the Thunder Squad that I am personally proud to be a part of. Intensely fit with a beaming smile and a heart of gold, he has the ability to motivate and inspire those who take his classes. But it was Adrian’s strength in vulnerability that was on display during our conversation …
 
Tope Awotona is the founder of tech unicorn Calendly which makes scheduling calls + meetings so delightfully simple. I’ll never waste any more of my precious time with the old-school back and forth! To get the company off the ground, Tope maxed out credit cards and high interest loans in lieu of taking outside funding, essentially pushing in all hi…
 
Ethan Zohn won Survivor: Africa back in 2002 but he’s also survived cancer - twice. We talked about his life before Survivor (playing pro soccer in Africa), life after (living the dream at 27), and then the impacts - mental, physical, emotional - of getting diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma (pretty terrible), beating it, only to have it come b…
 
In 2017, prominent ultrarunner and North Face athlete Hillary Allen fell 150ft off a ridgeline during a skyrace in Norway. She was presumed dead, broke 14 bones in the fall, and had to relearn how to walk again. Shockingly, Hillary was back to winning races less than a year later. But more recently, she learned the hard way that recovering from tha…
 
Amy Elisa Jackson lost her husband when his 34 yr old heart stopped suddenly while on an annual friends’ trip to Sundance in Park City back in 2016. Just weeks away from the five year anniversary of his death, we talk about how she trudged through the muck and messiness of that grief, and the pride she takes in now guarding and growing Jeremiah’s p…
 
Andy is the co-founder and voice behind Headspace, the leading mindfulness, meditation and sleep app that seeks to improve the health and happiness of the world. He’s also an ordained Buddhist monk who spent 10 years training all over the world, a cancer survivor, and a compassionate, humble human with a lovely British accent. Andy and I talked abo…
 
The modern voice of all hard things ,Nora McInerny, is back for the conversation I originally envisioned - the harder one - that I wasn’t forced to have the first time around. Remember, Nora knows what it's like to get dealt a crappy hand. At 31, her unborn baby, father, and husband all died within the course of six weeks, and her work has since fo…
 
Entrepreneur Jen Gurecki is a mover, a shaker, a hustler, and above all else, a modern day feminist who lives a purpose-driven life where SHE makes the rules - not society - and she’s been marching to the beat of her own drum since birth. At 26 years old while doing her masters’ research work in Africa, Jen founded nonprofit Zawadisha which provide…
 
We all know who Lance Armstrong is - what he’s known for, and what he’s not. I just wanted to talk to him about the cancer that almost took his life 20+ years ago. When I got diagnosed back in September 2018 one of the first things I did was go buy his book, “It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life.” I needed to know how Lance beat the adv…
 
Justin Grunewald is the Chairman of the Brave Like Gabe Foundation, part of the legacy of his late wife, runner Gabe Grunewald, who passed away last year in 2019 at the age of 32 after a long and very public battle with a rare cancer.Justin is also a lifelong runner himself, recently transitioning his talents from the track to the trails, and a doc…
 
Molly MacDonald is the Founder + CEO of The Pink Fund, a scrappy non-profit that provides “Real Help Now” to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients by directly paying bills like housing, utilities and insurance to take the tasks off their plates and not have to worry about paying taxes on the financial donations - totaling $4.5 MILLION to date in d…
 
Think you’ve had a rough month? At 31, Nora McInerny aka @noraborealis miscarried her second baby and lost her father and then her husband to aggressive brain cancer - all within a few weeks. As soon as I heard her 2018 TED Talk about the experience of moving fwd (vs moving on) through this grief with wit and realness and truth, I realized I’d stum…
 
It all started at musical theater camp in Upper Darby, PA with Tina Fey (yep, dead serious). Chris Heuisler and I spent our middle school summers surrounded by fellow theater nerds basking in the glow of all day rehearsals, absolute freedom, and Dairy Queen, just feelin’ so cool. Life took us down different roads but over time, our identities as at…
 
Caroline’s one of the most accomplished ski mountaineers in the world and a passionate activist for the environment and gender equality. But we didn’t hit on any of that in this interview. Instead, we talked about her experience being forced to confront mortality - first when she was 15 and her half-brother died in an avalanche, later when she lost…
 
US Women’s Soccer legend and host of ESPN’s “Laughter Permitted” Podcast, Julie Foudy just led the charge in successfully bringing a professional women’s soccer team to LA as part of the NWSL along with a group of 30 star-studded investors. Hear us talk about Angel City, donuts, doodles, real leadership and how to stay grateful and interject joy in…
 
US Paralympics Team Member Roderick Sewell became the first bilateral above-the-knee amputee to conquer the Ironman World Championships in Kona - on two blades! Listen to this gem of a guy talk about the challenges on the path to Kona, his goal of becoming a two-sport athlete at the 2021 Paralympic Games and his penchant for giving back. NOTE: This…
 
Jacky Hunt-Broersma aka @ncrunnerjacky is a 20-yr cancer survivor, amputee, and professional ultrarunner who most recently broke the World Record for completing 100 miles as an amputee in under 24 hours...on a treadmill! Hear her story of grit and resilience and marvel at her lovely British accent. NOTE: This episode was originally recorded on IG L…
 
Passionate about showing women what the trails can offer and championing gender equality in the sport of ultrarunning, Gina Lucrezi has a great spirit and a mission build around inclusion and participation. Hear her journey of founding Trail Sisters which has exploded since launching in 2016 with local chapters in the US, Canada, and Europe and an …
 
“I’m a big, burly, beard-growing, fisherman, hunter, former All-ACC college football player that swims with swordfish, the baddest fish in the sea. If I can get breast cancer being this type of guy, then any man can get it, and it doesn’t matter how tough you are.” Hear Zac Yarbrough’s story and learn how he’s using his crappy hand as an opportunit…
 
After going through his wife’s double lung + heart transplant journey battling Cystic Fibrosis, resilient family man Ryan Kaltenbach has a deep appreciation for life, endless gratitude and a desire to give back now through fostering that embodies the No Time to Waste spirit. NOTE: This episode was originally recorded on IG LIve (never meant to beco…
 
No Time to Waste Founder Alison Hadden opens up to share a highly personal update regarding the progression of her metastatic breast cancer as she grapples with an updated prognosis that brings new meaning to the phrase “No Time to Waste.” NOTE: This episode was originally recorded on IG LIve (never meant to become a podcast) so the audio is not id…
 
The inaugural episode of the No Time to Waste podcast kicks off with 5X Olympian and one of the most decorated XC skiers in the sport, Kikkan Randall. Hear her story of getting diagnosed with breast cancer just three months after winning Gold in 2018 and after completing a year of grueling treatments, finishing sub-3 hr at the NYC Marathon. NOTE: T…
 
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