Episode 180: Nikki Rhodes | Unlocking Emotional Freedom through Sexuality


Life Athletes, hello and welcome to episode 180 of the Life Athletics podcast.

Today’s guest life athlete is Nikki Rhodes.

Nikki Rhodes is a passionate advocate for authentic relating and positive sexual education coaching both men and women. She has a degree in psychology, childbirth education and was a lecturer at the University of Auckland in Ancient Greek and Roman Medicine specialising on issues surrounding women's health and sexuality in the ancient world.  

A devoted traveller and student of life always, she continued her study of traditional Tantra in India earlier this year, as well as presenting workshops at Bali Spirit Festival, Byron Bay Spirit Festival and various retreats across Australia and New Zealand.

She is the co-founder of NZ Spirit Festival, an annual alcohol-free wellness, yoga, camping and music festival, Resolution NYE Festival and NZ Yoga Day under the events company NZ Spirit. She is the mother of three wild daughters and spends the Summer months in New Zealand and the Winter living in Bali.

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Episode 179: Matthew Solomon | All the Good Men

Life Athletes, hello and welcome to episode 179 of the Life Athletics podcast.

Today’s guest life athlete is Matthew Solomon.

Dubbed as the “coach for the modern soul,” Matthew has helped so many individuals unwrap their feelings toward the relationships they’re currently in and the way they communicate with the people surrounding them.

Matthew also contributes to the Good Men Project, which is a “glimpse of what enlightened masculinity might look like in the 21st century.” He has been quite vocal about his support for women, especially in the #MeToo movement, as well as protecting members of society against racism and sexism.

Connect with Matthew on www.coachwithmatthewsolomon.com.

Episode 178: Steve Wood | A Conversation with My Father

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Life Athletes, hello and welcome to episode 178 of the Life Athletics Podcast.

Today's guest life athlete is Steve Wood.

This episode is close to my heart, as aside from this being a birthday episode for me, the guest is also a special person in my life - my father.

Until a year and a half ago, my father and I weren't in speaking terms. Something cracked open at that time, and our relationship has been nothing short of wonderful ever since.

I was born in the year 1978, and I feel like it's timely to release this episode being episode 178 and my mother - who was also previously on the show - was on episode 78.

Again, I've never thought my father and I would arrive at this point where we share wonderful stories of how our lives have unfolded. Stev Wood is currently based in India, but we've kept close communication ties with each other since we started talking again. He has visited me here in Bali for my birthday last year, and I'm very happy to be sharing my birthday this year with him through this podcast.

You'll hear wonderful stories about my father's adventures, how he took me on some of them, and how those adventures more or less mirror the ones I've been on in this lifetime.


Episode 177: Andi X | Vitality Is Your Birth Right


Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 177 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Andi X.

Dr. Andrea Paige is a master of lifestyle medicine. Andréa travels the world empowering people to take their health back into their own hands. As a yoga teacher trainer and shaper of the future of Yoga, Andréa specializes in the physiological benefits of the advanced yogic practices.

“I don’t know if I am swept up in that whirlwind of excitement or am I noticing the tornado from afar…”

She is also the founder of the Micro-biome Think Tank, The Yoga Graduate School and her own campaign “Live For Vitality."

On this episode, Andrea openly talks about the importance of non-violent communication and even takes us through the 4-step process. Find out what it is by listening in to the conversation. She also shares how she’s always astounded day after day!

You can also listen to the past episode with Andrea Paige.

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Episode 176: Emily Utter | Don't Settle for "Good Enough"

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Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 176 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Emily Utter.

Emily Utter is a business coach for adventurous entrepreneurs -- meaning coaches, healers and service-based entrepreneurs who want to scale their "location independent" businesses and work from anywhere in the world!

“Be willing to see yourself as that next level.”

Emily works with coaches, healers, and consultants to get out of the hustle, stop over giving, and start growing sustainable income that supports a healthy and happy freedom-filled lifestyle.

“Don’t settle for good enough.”

On this episode, Emily talks to us about her experience with different types of people - how each one differs in terms of perspective, practice, and discipline. She also shares her journey to becoming a business coach.

Listen to the full episode for more inspiration!

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Episode 175: Renae Tate | Your Dream Life After Divorce


Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 175 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Renae Tate.

Renae is a certified life coach, clinical hypnotherapist & psychotherapist, NLP practitioner, Heal Your Life facilitator, and divorce coach. She has led so many programs that have made significant changes in people’s lives.

When asked where she pulls all this energy and motivation to help others get up and move on with their lives for the better, Renae says her own divorce has taught her so much and has inspired her to assist others in the transition.

Divorce is never easy, and others aren’t capable of or have no idea how to handle the situation. Renae tells us on this interview that she wishes others knew about timeline therapy and how there are other people who can actually help make a difference in their lives.

Other than being able to move forward and start a new life, Renae’s programs help individuals realize their own self-worth and will learn how to love themselves fully.

Listen to the full conversation for more inspiration.

Connect with Renae here:

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Episode 174: Nick Ward | Earth Heals and Self-care

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Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 174 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Nick Ward.

Nick is a self-confessed “big nerd” and self-care devotee.

He is also the founder of Earth Heals, an “enterprise made up of healers, entrepreneurs, artists and visionaries. “ It is based on an profit-sharing model for all team members and there will always be a path of ownership for anyone who devotes themselves to its mission and embodies their core values.

Such an inspiring person with a rich background - being that he is amazed with people and systems! It’s an honor to have him on the show.

Listen in to the full conversation today.


Learn more about Nick and Earth Heals here.

Episode 173: Dave Booda | Speaking Your Truth Without Fear

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 173 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Dave Booda.

Dave has been on my radar for quite some time, as he has at one point in his life lived in Bali as well. He’s been everywhere and has lived an interesting life.

“Hi, I’m an asshole. At least that’s what I’m afraid you’ll think of me.”

Upon landing on Dave’s website, this is what will greet you. He reads this back to me on this episode and explains why he chose to open himself up this way.

Dave has been a lot of things - a dating coach, has been in the Navy, featured in National Geographic… and so much more! Today, he’s a guy sitting down with another guy, talking about life, relationships, success, creativity, and so much more.

Make sure to listen in for more!

Connect with Dave:

Boodaism website
Instagram: @davebooda
Boodaism Facebook
Dave Booda Facebook

Episode 172: Ben Katzaman | Of Symbolism and Social Enterprises


Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 172 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Ben Katzaman.

I consider Ben as a genius.

He started off as one of my coaching clients, sharing about his struggles in business and how he needed more energy for his business to thrive. He was almost ready to give up.

But he didn’t.

Ben took matters into his own hands by removing the blocks and working toward his goals, eventually crushing the business he started with the local Balinese community.

It’s true that when you take on a mindset shift (and putting in a lot of hard work), things can become better. Business improves. Your entire life unravels to show you what you’re good at and what will help you skyrocket toward your goal.

Ben founded the social enterprise called Wanderer Bracelets - after getting lost in the Balinese jungles and stumbling into talented artisan carvers. He asked them to make bracelets for him to bring back to friends at home. In time, he discovered that this could be something that could work really well - both for him and for the locals.

He loves supporting the artisans and helps them by understanding exactly what they need and what their struggles are, and how he can make their lives better by providing them a sustained, long-term livelihood that the can actually get income on a daily basis from.

Learn more about Ben’s amazing “wandering” journey and get ready to be inspired.

Connect with Ben here.

Get your own Wanderer Bracelet here.

Episode 171: Kyle Lipton | Be In Constant Courtship with Yourself


Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 171 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Kyle Lipton.

Kyle is an embodiment coach and speaker who focuses on the importance of reconnecting with your heart.

“I am not going to leave me behind.”

Kyle has gone through so many struggles and challenges in life - but what has kept him going is his love for life, and his trust for self. More than anything else, Kyle tells us to focus on our self-worth.

On this episode, Kyle takes us on his life journey and how he ultimately crushed all roadblocks by believing in himself.

“You can only trust other people to the level that you trust yourself. You can only trust yourself to the level that you know yourself.” 

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Episode 170: Deniz Reno | Music, Goals, and Self-Love


Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 170 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Deniz Reno.

Deniz Reno is an internationally acclaimed singer songwriter, entrepreneur and Canadian film industry scenic artist. 

She is one of the most sought after voices in contemporary electronic music and has lent her artistic talents to over 30 major feature film productions in the past decade. In 2017 Reno founded her own boutique eco accessory brand Beach Loot @beachloot with a focus on designing conscious wearable art while while focusing on women's empowerment and environmental conservation.

On this episode, Deniz shares her story - her journey through the music industry, and what it feels like to actually be doing the thing she loves most: music. She talks about her work as a visual artist for movies, her passion project, some really touching and emotional stories about love and life.

With her musical talent and can-do attitude, Deniz founded her own music label, Taksu Records. Deniz definitely is bound for greatness!

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Episode 169: Jacob Orak | Crushing Goals One Ethnotek Bag at a Time

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 169 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Jacob Orak.

"I found myself stressed and burned out in paradise."


Jake is from Minnesota, USA, studied industrial design and runs a social enterprise called Ethnotek with his wife Cori. Ethnotek collaborates with artisans in Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia & Vietnam to combine their traditional handmade textiles with functional laptop and travel bags. Jake has been through the Life Athletics program twice and says that it has definitely helped him level-up in all areas of life and business.  

"You can’t fail if you’re trying."

On this episode, Jacob takes us through his entrepreneurial journey and what it means to run a successful social enterprise, how it's helping local, traditional weavers.

Listen in to the conversation today!

Connect with Jacob:

Support Jacob's Kickstarter Campaign here 
Instagram: @ethnotekbags

Episode 168: Elizabeth Grojean | Building Businesses Outside the Comfort Zone


Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 168 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Elizabeth Grojean.

Elizabeth Grojean is the founder of Baloo Living, a product company founded on principals of self-care and holistic wellness. After 15 years in corporate America, she left it behind to ask, who am I I'm not what I do?

"I take time in the morning to be with myself and be quiet."

With only $9,000 in savings, Elizabeth made it a mission to build a sustainable business - and what better way to learn the ropes than by actually meeting and getting tips from people who have actually done and seen success in the Amazon FBA industry.

So she left for Bali.

After a one year sabbatical she emerged from Bali to launch Baloo's first product, a weighted blanket, and is on track to gross 250K in her first six months in business. 

Her journey, though, is not perfect - from delivering disappointing news to former business partners to flying to China (and getting into some immigration hiccup) to fix product inspections. Listen to how she faced all the struggles and challenges and emerged victorious.

Check out Baloo Living here.



Episode 167: Colin O'Brady | What's Your Everest?

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 167 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Colin O'Brady.

“Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.” 

At 22, Colin thought his life was over when what seemed like harmless fun in a remote village in Thailand turned into a nightmare. He was participating in a fire dance with a jumprope; the next thing he knew, his feet was entangled in the rope and he was burning up to the neck. 

Doctors told him that he would not be able to work properly again.

Yet here we are with Colin, speaking to us about stories from completing a triathlon and Snapchatting from the peak of Mt. Everest.

“Us humans have these reservoirs of untapped potential inside of us and we can achieve incredible things, particularly when we focus our mind and we commit to the process, and more importantly, when we believe they are possible.”

Colin tells us that all things you really want to enjoy in life require some sort of challenge. Not being one to back down, Colin - with the encouragement of his very supportive mother - got up and began breaking ceilings. Since the accident and since getting back in shape, Colin has conquered The Explorers Grand Slam and went on to break two world records.

“We aren’t experts, but we are curious enough to wake up every day and keep taking a few more steps.”

He's not stopping at all of his achievements. Colin wants others to take a challenge and break records too. So he started a non-profit called Beyond 7/2, which aims to raise awareness and funds to inspire kids and their communities to lead active, healthy kids and pursue their biggest dreams.

Join Colin and Nik on this very inspirational episode today.


Episode 166: Clementina Esposito | Feel Good About Walking Your Talk


Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 166 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Clementina Esposito.

“The hardest thing to do is taking those first steps - but it will all evolve from there.”

Clementina Esposito is the CEO and founder of the Clementina Collective--A collaborative created to help writers, speakers, entrepreneurs, and visionary leaders advance their causes & their careers by mastering the communication skills necessary to create positive change, healthy relationships, lasting growth, and engaging writing and speaking.

Trusted advisor to Tedx, former Heroic Public Speaking faculty, and a lifetime of experience teaching business and creative writing have given her ample experience helping people tell their stories in service to their audience and a sound success strategy.

“Just because it feels clumsy doesn’t mean you’re not doing it. Keep moving forward.”

On this episode, Clementina shares her most exciting experiences in working with clients in her business - such as when people enlist her help to write their bio. She emphasized that it doesn't only have to be good to read on paper, but it should be great to listen to when spoken out loud.

Listen in for more inspiring nuggets of wisdom!


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Episode 165: Patricia Young | Awaken to Life

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 165 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Patricia Young.

"When we continue living from that place of being disconnected and on autopilot, we're not REALLY aware of how we're running our lives."

Patricia Young is a Certified Professional Coach and Certified Holistic Coach, host of the Awakening to Life podcast, founder of Inner Prosperity Academy, and author of the #1 Amazon Bestselling Book “Awakening to Life: Your Sacred Guide to Consciously Creating a Life of Purpose, Magic, and Miracles.”.

 With her keen insights, nurturing energy, and proven strategies Patricia has worked with hundreds of people in her coaching practice and online programs, supporting sensitive and growth-oriented women to lead more meaningful lives.  She helps her clients connect with their inner courage and confidence, and identify their highest life vision, so they can make braver decisions and take action to bring their vision into reality—personally and professionally.

"We want to inspire people to really drive their own lives... because no one is going to do that for you."

On this episode, Patricia talks about her own struggles and how she overcame them - from grief of losing a close friend to finding a coach who helped her untangle the emotional turmoil she was going through.

Listen in to be inspired with his deep, meaningful conversation.

"It's my hope that our conversations inspire other people to get clarity or take one baby step - or do something to bring them a bigger, fuller life!"

Connect with Patricia:

www.innerprosperityacademy.com . 
Listen to the Inner Prosperity Podcast here
Get Patricia's book here

Episode 164: Miro Heyink | Manifest the Life You Want to Live


Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 164 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Miro Heyink.

Miro is the founder of Manifest X. He works with people to allow them to live their 10 out of 10 life.

“You’re not gonna get a yes, unless you’re willing to get a no.”

On this episode, host Nik Wood and Miro talk about making conscious decisions, acknowledging yourself for all the hard work you've put in, and celebrating life by building communities that make an impact in the world.

“Saying something positive about yourself is frowned upon - but that’s unnecessary.”

Miro opens up about a time when he was doing everything "right." His career was flourishing, his personal relationships were going great, he was earning well, and everybody was congratulating him. Deep inside, though, he felt quite the opposite. He was deeply unfulfilled.

He knew that he needed to make a shift. Miro then decided to work on himself more - and now, he's paying it forward by helping others get through their struggles.

“If I have a day that I am grateful for, that’s a win.”

Listen in to the conversation to learn more about "Miro the Hero" and how he shifted his focus from the negative to the positive and what type of impact that made on his life.

As mentioned, Miro loves to pay it forward - and today, THREE lucky individuals will be chosen to hop on a FREE one-on-one coaching session with Miro! Make sure to be visible to the Life Athletics team by engaging in the comments.

Connect with Miro

Episode 163: Winston B. Clements | Resilience and Lessons on Self-Acceptance

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 163 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Winston B. Clements.

"You can learn from everybody."

Winston Ben Clements was born with a condition known as Brittle Bones disease, medical term Ostegenesis Imperfecta. An obvious characteristic is his small stature and his use of a wheelchair, which does not tell the story of the frequent and painful bone fractures that disrupted much of his childhood.

"My most important routine is my morning routine - because this puts me at the correct happiness and energy level."

Nonetheless, Winston graduated with BSc Honours in Computer Science and has built up a successful Technology career, working primarily within Management Consulting and the Financial Services. In addition to this, Winston is the Founder of an online platform known as “Positive Spin UK” with a mission of “Creating a world where nobody feels limited in what they can achieve.”

On this episode, Winston talks about how he stays resilient and very inspired to push forward, even when he is being viewed differently by everyone around him. In addition, he talks about his habits and goals - all of which makes him a great life athlete!

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Episode 162: Nik Wood | Interview with the Energy Matters Podcast

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Life Athletes, hello and welcome to another episode of the Life Athletics podcast!

For this episode we have something a little different for you. For those of you new to the show I’m Nik Wood,  Host of the Life Athletics Podcast. Typically I interview Amazing people from around the world who Are clear on what  their game is in life and are winning.

“Be an athlete to inspire other souls”

This time, I’m not the interviewer but rather the interviewee.  I was recently interviewed for the “Energy Matters” Podcast and it was a pleasure to talk to hosts David and Cody about what I’m up to and I thought it was a great chance to share that with you now. I apprise them the reason of “Life Athletics”, I talk to people who in my estimation are winning the game.


“Mold a character to people's minds”


Whatever we’re up to in life we can benefit by listening to someone who’s really doing what they want and what they love - and that's exactly where I am at this point.

Learn more about how I handle my day-to-day life as a life coach - what I do to manage my time, how I overcome stress, and the reason behind my coaching.

Today we discuss choosing the game you’re playing. As usual, I find it fascinating that we can find ourselves playing in guilt, love, compassion, or the growth.



Episode 161: Dean Powell | Winning Against Addiction


Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 161 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Dean Powell.

Dean is a Addiction Recovery Mentor, Quantum Shift Facilitator, Beta Release Practitioner, Counselor, Educator, Relationship Coach and Author of ‘Shoot Up’ – an autobiographical story from rock bottom to enlightenment.

"You can be addicted to something without even realizing it."

Dean is an experienced and sought after relationship Coach, author, educator and counselor with over twenty years’ practical experience working with individuals, couples, and groups.

Growing up, Dean was regularly exposed to, and on the receiving end of, violence and abuse. He left home as a teenager, and over time, became severely drug addicted. This later lead to alcoholism.

Dean’s addictions placed him in countless dangerous situations, made him incapable of sustaining intimate relationships, and left him suffering undiagnosed depression for many years. Dean has seen aspects of life and been spared from the kinds of harm that many of us only hear and fear about.

On this episode, Dean opens up about his own addiction, how he overcame it, and how he has made it his life advocacy to help others win against addiction.

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