Jessica Ngo: There is No Place Like the United States of America

I am thrilled that right now, the eve of our election day here in the USA, this episode with my friend Jessica Ngo dropped… such a strong and authentic human being. Tune in now to learn why she loves America, why she believes there is no place like the United States of America, and why gratitude and a person’s character is so important.

Jessica, thank you for sharing your heart and wisdom with all of us. You are truly an inspiration just being the real and awesome person that you are – and I appreciate how you reminded me (and our listeners as they tune in) of just how good we have it here in the USA.

As I put together this blog post, we are hours away from a very important election day. Many of us are on edge…. I encourage everyone to listen to this ccnversation I had with Jessica – no matter what side of the political aisle you identify with. I believe the spirit, energy, and love here represents all of our citizens. And to anyone outside of the USA who is tuning in: we are glad you are here and when you can – come visit us!

Thank you Jessica. God bless you, all of our friends who are tuning in (and the many who are not)- and yes, god bless America.

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Stephane Paganuzzi and Beautiful Switzerland

This was so fun reconnecting with my old friend, Stephane. When I was a 19 year old college student, I had the pleasure to spend an entire summer in his home town of Neuchatel, Switzerland. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Stephane agreed to join me here on Wonder Around the World. Listen in as we hear about his beautiful corner of the world.

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Stephane and his wife Valerie
Beautiful Swiss Mountains
Swiss Lake

Another podcast is live! Rhett Farber talks about life in China, Joggling, and more.

I would like to thank my friend, Rhett Farber, for being a guest on my new show, Wonder Around the World. Rhett has lived an interesting life and has spent many years abroad living in China.
Tune in here and learn about what inspired him to live in such a far away place….

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First Podcast is Live! Featured Guest Martial Arts Master Quynh Ngo

I am so excited to announce that our first show is live! Thank you so much to my first guest, Quynh Ngo. When I first announced to friends and family that a new podcast concept was in the works, Quynh reached out to me and said: “Debbie DiPietro, give me a call”!

I could not have asked for a better guest. Quynh has lived an interesting life from the time his family fled Vietnam when he was a young boy, to being the leader of an international Martial Arts style, and running his own motivational speaking and coaching business. To learn more you can visit his websites: https://www.cuongnhu.com/ and http://liveandexcel.com/

Together, Quynh and I touched on many topics including why America is such a great country, the importance of living with an open heart, and the opportunities we all have if we are willing to work hard.
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I think many of us are tired of the division we are experiencing within our community. This show’s aim is to be a positive alternative. I wonder what would happen if we listened to each other with the goal of understanding? What if we were open to other viewpoints and found a way to mend those bridges (with love)? I wonder…. Enjoy!

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Podcast Coming Soon!

I am excited to announce that we just recorded our first round of shows. The first episode will air next month, on October 5th. As we get closer I will share more information with you…

We had a wonderfully diverse group of guests today… one is a gentleman who is the head of an international martial arts style and businessman and whose family fled communist Vietnam on a tiny boat in the 70’s when he was a 12 year old child…

Another guest is a young 22 year old college student who is in Florida now and grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Our third guest we spoke with today is a Florida resident who has spent decades living in Taipei and Shanghai.

Lastly, I had a reunion of sorts with an old friend who I met 34 years ago when I was a young American college student spending her summer in Switzerland. He called in from Neuchatel, Switzerland and we had such a fun talk.

We are working on some details for the show, and it will all be coming together soon. So stay tuned!

If you would be interested in being a future guest, book a recording session now! I promise that once this is under way the slots will fill up fast.

It has been a year since I last hosted my podcast, Courageously Go! and I had almost forgotten what a fun medium this is.

Her’s to keeping wonder alive and appreciating what we have in our won backyards while learning about and visiting again one day other cultures.

Cheers!

Debra

Keeping the Wonder Alive

I am excited about this new project of ours! Tomorrow is our first recording session for the podcast. I have four awesome guests lined up…. One is a gentleman whose family fled Vietnam in the 70s in a tiny boat. One is a friend of mine who has spent decades living in places like Shanghai, China and Taipei. The third guest is my daughter’s former college roommate, a young woman who is studying here in Florida and is from St. Petersburg, Russia. Lastly, my old friend from Switzerland who has lived in many fascinating places around the globe and is now back home in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

I will keep you updated of course when the shows are available to listen to.

With all of the stress, fear, negativity, and division going on right now, how do we keep wonder alive? At a basic level, that is really what Wonder Around the World is about.

One of my favorite out of the box thinkers and authors is Osho and he wrote in his book Courage The Joy of Living Dangerously, ” Don’t call it uncertainty, call it wonder”.

There is certainly a lot of uncertainty in today’s world right now (how is that for a sentence)?

Many of us are so challenged with what is going on as it relates to our careers, our kids’ education, our health, social lives, finances, and missing all of the things that have been cancelled that we enjoy doing. Rather than get depressed, what can we do to energize our minds, hearts, and spirits? I believe the answer is connection. Connection with ourselves and something bigger than ourselves. I believe in our global community. We are here for one another and we need each other. The world is crying out right now for some openness, love, and unity.

Let us keep our minds open, ask questions, and learn from one another. I would love nothing more than for us all to get back and maintain that sense of wonder we all had as little children. Remember?

To be continued…. (we are going to have some fun)!

Debra

Welcome to Wonder Around the World!

 

Quite a remarkable document.

The inspiration for Wonder Around the World has come during a particularly stressful time. The pandemic arrived last spring and I unexpectedly lost my job like millions of others around the globe. To keep my sanity and to challenge myself, I decided to study for the Florida Bar exam. I have a law degree but never practiced law (but that’s a conversation for another day)…

As I began studying the constitutional law section of my bar review course, I was reminded of what a remarkable system our founding fathers came up with for my country, the United States of America. Whether one is happy with the current state of affairs or not, I am in awe of the government that was set up and remains today.

Again, this is a stressful time here in the USA and around the world. I began revisiting a book I have owned for quite some time: Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret the Power. The entire premise can be broken down into three words: focus on love. I thought to myself, “what if we focused on what we love about our country instead of bashing the folks on the other side of the political aisle”? Wouldn’t it be fun to do a new podcast about what we love about our country (instead of all of the negativity that permeates the media these days)?

Let’s make it even more interesting… instead of just talking to my fellow Americans, why not talk to people from around the world? I know I would love to hear about their countries and cultures. What do they love about their country? What would they change if they were in charge? If I were to visit their country for the first time, what would they recommend for me? What should I see, do, eat? What should I avoid?

This new platform is based on these eight beliefs:

  1. I believe in the power of love.
  2. I believe in keeping an open mind.
  3. I believe in actively listening and seeking to understand.
  4. I believe that the world is a wonderful place. It just depends on what we focus on and keeping a certain perspective.
  5. I believe in learning and always growing.
  6. I believe there is no greater classroom than to travel (and these days if we can’t physically travel, let us do some armchair travelling together).
  7. I believe we need each other.
  8. I believe that together, we can heal the world.

A final prong of why I am inspired to start this new platform now, is a book I recently had picked up at my local library, Rick Warren’s What On Earth Am I Here For?. In one weekend, I read all 338 pages. I could not put it down and the book was written and organized in a way to be a daily reading for 42 days. Ha!

As I mentioned earlier, I was unexpectedly laid off from my job, which led me to study for the bar exam… I am a bit at a crossroads right now in terms of my career and working on reinventing the next chapter of my life (which I suspect many of us are doing right now).

I have to say, at age 53 (turning 54 in 24 days but who is counting)? lol 😉 – this, if I let it be, can be a somewhat daunting prospect. I have been doing my best to take care of myself and keep a positive attitude. I liked the message in Rick Warren’s book that I am here to serve God and I am open to God’s plan for me. It’s all still a work in progress but I do know I have the ability to write and facilitate conversations (podcasting is a wonderful medium and I thoroughly enjoyed my two years of hosting my show, Courageously Go)!

We will see where this new adventure leads us. I am thankful to have this inspiration and creative energy. I believe God wants me to use my talents, abilities, and passions to serve the world.

Thank you God and thank you to all of you for being here. May we continue to be blessed and learn from each other. May we never stop listening or being curious. Let us enjoy this adventure of appreciating what we have in our own backyards while we get the delightful opportunity to learn about other places in the world.

Keep Wondering and Growing my friends!

In Peace,

Debra

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