Choose: Exploring What's Possible



What choice may you make today? A simple choice matters and can have an impact. Imagine whats possible for you and for others based on a choice you make. During Choose: Exploring Whats Possible, Kim DeYoung brings you the stories of amazing people whove made a choice thats created a ripple effect that influences and impacts the lives of others. Listen in and become inspired by whats possible when you make a choice that matters to you. And, see what unfolds as a result.


  • Jane Deuber - Choosing to Stop Playing Small

    Jane Deuber - Choosing to Stop Playing Small

    31/08/2018 Duración: 40min

    I was heartbroken when I learned that my friend Jane’s 90-year old mom was in hospice. I’d had the pleasure of spending a few days with Ruth at her home in Florida a few years back and I was touched by her zest for life, her humor and her overall kindness. Jane shared with her community that she’d be honoring her mom’s request to slow down and would be taking a sacred sabbatical. There would be no weekly emails or offerings. Instead she’d focus on her own rest and rejuvenation. During our conversation Jane shared that it was her choice, made over 14 years ago, to stop playing  small that set her up to take the time off she needed to grieve, heal and rejuvenate. As Jane shared her story, I felt full body chills as her words about stepping out and playing bigger hit home. I’ve been hiding, keeping my work and message hidden. And, in honor of Ruth’s beautiful memory, I’m making a similar choice to stop playing small. Please listen to Jane’s words, see how they impact you, and what they inspire you to do for your

  • Kathe Crawford - Choosing to Share a Secret

    Kathe Crawford - Choosing to Share a Secret

    07/07/2018 Duración: 27min

    Kathe Crawford, the author of Unlocking Secrets: My Journey to an Open Heart, chose to share a secret she'd kept for 30 years.  This secret wound its tentacles around her mind and heart but she got to a point where she was ready to be set free. If you’ve ever struggled with whether or not you should share your secret, you’ll be captivated by her story. I’ve time stamped some of the highlights from our podcast below but you can click here to listen to the entire conversation. [02:34] Since I’m fascinated by choices I was struck with Kathe’s observation that there are lot of little choices that lead to the actual big choice – in her case revealing her secret. And when she made the choice to reveal her secret, the whole universe really did open up for her, including her new book. [05:36] Kathy reveals her secret, that her husband was diagnosed with AIDS in the mid-eighties. She lived with that, without telling a soul for 30 years! She shares how people responded when she finally opened up. We spoke about how so

  • Bill Donaldson - Choosing to Bring a Positive Message of Love to the World

    Bill Donaldson - Choosing to Bring a Positive Message of Love to the World

    17/06/2018 Duración: 30min

    Bill Donaldson is a veritable Clark Kent. Financial consultant by profession and founder of the non-profit Love Has a Home by passion. In October of 2017, Bill made a choice to bring a positive message of love to the world. He came up with the phrase “Love Has a Home Here,” and created  the logo printing it on various products such as t-shirts, lawn signs, hats, car magnets and other items that will spread the message wherever the product is seen.  Here are a few highlights from our conversation. [02:34] Bill shared how his inspiration came to him while he was driving. (So many people have told me that’s when they get their best ideas!) He noticed a lawn sign with a great message about non-hatred. But what struck him was the very word that the sign opposed was there; front and center. He wondered, “Do we really need this negative approach to solving problems?” He made the choice right there on spot to do something and shortly thereafter the phrase, “Love has a home here,” was born. [07:19] Bill shares h

  • Shelli Varela - Choosing to Say YES to Her Truth

    Shelli Varela - Choosing to Say YES to Her Truth

    08/06/2018 Duración: 38min

    Shelli shares her story about how 25 years ago she was hired as her city’s first female firefighter and made the choice to say yes to her truth. She was brave enough to rewrite her story and today she’s a coach, speaker (with a phenomenal TED talk), and author teaching others to say yes to their truth. Here are some of the highlights, but you'll definitely want to listen to her whole story. 1:  The world had labeled her an artist but it wasn’t fitting. [01:41] 25 years ago Shelli was a 108-pound manicurist ending high school and trying to figure out what to do with her life. She shares how it wasn’t until she shed the label of “Shelli the artist” to one that was “Shelli who likes art, and whatever else Shelli feels like liking” that she became free to explore other opportunities. 2: Three words that changed her life. [06:16]  She was intrigued by firefighting, but she thought, “I’m not big enough, brave enough, smart enough, and strong enough. There are no girls in firefighting.” But her friend who was a fire

  • Althea Branton: Choosing to Blow Up her World

    Althea Branton: Choosing to Blow Up her World

    27/05/2018 Duración: 27min

    After having her son, Althea made the courageous choice to blow up her life as she knew it and raise her child on her own. Her deep inner knowing allowed her to move forward with her choice. 

  • Finding Our Way Back

    Finding Our Way Back

    09/04/2018 Duración: 42min

    In this episode I'm taking you behind the curtain to my process in creating a new class that's evolved from my journey of exploring choices. My vision for Finding Our Way Back: Healing the Rift, is to give you the tools to listen without judgment and speak without anger to those you're in relationship with, who matter to you, whether it be a child, sibling, romantic partner or friend. It's for you if you care about the relationship you’re in, but it's not where you want it to be, and you crave a way to get there. In this episode I invite you to listen to a conversation I had with my writing coach, Elise, who supported me to pull the brilliance from me by asking intuitive questions and allowing me space to answer. If you've considered creating your own class or product, this process will hopefully be helpful to you.  A little back story on how this class came to be. It's  evolved out of my journey of writing my upcoming book, The Alchemy of Choice.  As I've been doing in-depth explorations about my key choices

  • Tova Mirvis: Choosing to Leave her Faith

    Tova Mirvis: Choosing to Leave her Faith

    03/04/2018 Duración: 24min

    Tova Mirvis, the author of A Book of Separation: A Memoir, made the choice to both divorce and to leave her orthodox faith and her community. Raised in an orthodox Jewish community in Memphis, Tennessee she grew up feeling like there was a set path for her; one that her family was part of and one that was always expected would be her own. She knew from a young age that to stay inside a religious community meant she’d always have this sense of community and identity of who she was supposed to be in the world. Trying very hard to be that person, she married at a young age, had children, and was part of a very religious community where every choice was mapped out for her. Yet, she had a quiet whisper of doubt for many years — Is this what you really believe? Is this who you really are? Afraid of what might happen if she let herself answer those hard questions, and how she’d change, she didn’t. Until she did. She experienced a growing awareness that who she was on the outside didn’t match who she was on the insid

  • Christa Doran: Choosing to Pledge to Local Charities

    Christa Doran: Choosing to Pledge to Local Charities

    02/11/2016 Duración: 27min

    Christa and her husband Mike chose to market their business while doing good. Instead of spending their marketing dollars to promote their business, they connected with their network and asked them to Check in for a Cause, so each time members of their gym Tuff Girl Fitness share their gym experience on social media, Christa and Mike donate to a local charity. For their first month, their innovative marketing efforts coupled with their desire to do good, will allow them to present a check to the Hamden Food Bank. 

  • Rebecca Timlin-Scalera - Choosing to Not Leave Women with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Behind

    Rebecca Timlin-Scalera - Choosing to Not Leave Women with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Behind

    24/10/2016 Duración: 31min

    At 43, with two young children, Rebecca was told she had Stage 4 Metastatic breast cancer and had 3 years to live. She feared for her kids and how they'd live without her. A month after her diagnosis she was "upgraded" to Stage 3 and could begin to seek a cure. But what about all the women she'd met who had Stage 4? What would happen to them? Her choice was to not leave these women behind. She stopped her neuropsychology practice and now devotes her time and energy to The Cancer Couch Foundation. Her choice has led her on a journey to partner with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York to generate funds for research projects specifically focused on Metastatic Breast Cancer.     

  • Eric Lingenfelter - Choosing to Live a Selfless Life Outloud

    Eric Lingenfelter - Choosing to Live a Selfless Life Outloud

    19/10/2016 Duración: 27min

    Eric, and his wife Amy, consciously seek out opportunities to help others by making an anonymous donation each year. They envision creating a book for their grandchildren that chronicles the stories of their random acts of kindness, hoping their book will be a family legacy allowing future generations to be bitten by the giving bug. After Eric learned that a single mom, who the family knew distantly, had to spend her scrupulously amassed Christmas savings to replace a totaled car, he and Amy filled an envelope with money. On Christmas morning, a trusted friend knocked on the woman’s door, handed her the stuffed envelope, wished her a Merry Christmas and walked away. Eric never heard anything more about the donation, but hoped he’d given the women great encouragement in a tough time.

  • Patty Lennon - Choosing to Speak 50 Times in 50 Weeks

    Patty Lennon - Choosing to Speak 50 Times in 50 Weeks

    02/10/2016 Duración: 34min

    Knowing she was meant to have a great impact via speaking, Patty Lennon chose to take on a challenge to speak 50 times in 50 weeks. In that process she overcame resistance to her fears, encountered all types of speaking experiences, and ultimately embodied that she's fully here to serve and can speak her message anywhere. Patty's choice to speak has led to the ripple effect of her now teaching others about the power of the transformation that will come for them when they take the leap to speak consistently, regardless of the hurdles.  Here are some timestamps for you so you can easily check out a few of her highlights. Make a tangible choice when life feels out of control. [00:05:57] Patty made her choice to do 50 speaking engagements in 50 weeks at an incredibly challenging time in her life -- she was helping her mom get through cancer treatments, supporting her husband who'd lost his job, and raising two toddlers. I was curious how making her choice gave her an element of control, and she responded that she

  • Pamela Wible - Choosing to Create an Ideal Medical Clinic

    Pamela Wible - Choosing to Create an Ideal Medical Clinic

    22/09/2016 Duración: 20min

    Pamela Wible is a physician who was disgruntled with the traditional medical paradigm. She chose to follow her dream and asked her patients how they'd like to be treated. The results were her creating of an ideal medical clinic that is now inspiring other medical professionals and becoming a grassroots movement across the US. 

  • Josh Yandt - Choosing to Not be Invisible

    Josh Yandt - Choosing to Not be Invisible

    24/03/2015 Duración: 17min

    Josh Yandt is known as The Doorman. As a young man, after being depressed and bullied, he chose to not be invisible and began holding open the door for friends at his new school.  He took the “small” action to hold the door open for all the students. At first the kids at his new school looked at him quizzically, unsure of his motives. But then, as others grew comfortable with his actions, and greeted his open door with a smile, his simple act of kindness changed the culture of his school.