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Mind the Gap - Awakening with Stephanie Filardi

Feb 15, 2021

In this week's episode, Stephanie interviews special guest James Kennedy to talk about what it means to really let go and take a leap of faith when making significant life choices. He ought to know about having faith --- in addition to being an outdoor enthusiast, he is also an Emergency 1st Responder, NCAA Coach, and Professional Rock-Climbing Instructor to name a few...

In this eye-opening conversation, James shares about his decision to take the path less traveled - and a leap of faith when he and his wife decided to build a tiny house (300 square feet!) in the mountains to raise their 2 kids. Be sure to watch the video as he gives us a tour!

James talks about what it really means to let go and face our fears in order to follow the beat of our own drum. He shares many "gold nuggets" of wisdom that include feeling the fear and doing it anyway. His approach to life is refreshing - he demonstrates what it means to walk in faith and focus on things we can control, rather than things we can't.

Perhaps what Stephanie loves most about James is his ability to hold space for others to let go, be themselves, and discover what path works for them. When she met him a few weeks ago he was leading an outdoor adventure that put her face to face with a fear of heights + letting go -- when she jumped off a platform 50 feet from the ground in the middle of the woods. The whole time, Stephanie was literally shaking with fear and he allowed her to feel the discomfort -- to "stew in the soup" so to speak. James didn't force her to make the jump -- or make her feel bad about her choice if she decided not to. He accepted her fear and even the possibility that she wanted to back out.  

Stephanie ended up making the jump -- one of the most terrifying experiences of her life. His ability to create safe space and also let her "be" was powerful. It was a reminder that whether we are jumping off a platform, or walking into a room of strangers, we all face fear. Accepting fear is part of life. It's what we do with the fear -- let it stop us -- or use it to move us forward - that gives life meaning.

No matter what you are facing in life - you will want to tune into this inspiring episode! It's rich and enlightening in the best way.

To connect with James, you can reach him at: or on IG @mrfitjc