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Lead Stories Podcast is the flagship podcast of Lead Stories Media. Co hosts and executive producers Jo Saxton and Stephanie Williams O'Brien tell tales of leadership and life with the aim to encourage, equip and empower. 

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Jan 2, 2017

It’s 2017! Today Jo and Steph are chatting about what it looks like to be intentional with looking backwards at 2016 and saying ‘hello!’ to 2017. It is not too late for you to embrace the process!


Saying goodbye to things in the previous year and saying hello to new things has been a process Jo has been embracing since way back in 1992! Listen in to hear her journey with the process.


The ‘Hello Goodbye’ process is a tool in response to New Year’s resolutions - it is not about fixing yourself, but intentionally, prayerfully turning away from certain things, whether good or bad, and turning towards other things.  Those things might be fun (like working out!) or they may be uncomfortable like embracing grief or forgiveness, but the focus is finding ways to be healthier emotionally, spiritually and physically.


Listen in to find out who said:

‘Why cry when you can eat fried chicken?’ and ‘It’s not an idol, it’s an ideal!’


You can get your free Hello Goodbye workbook at


Discussion questions:


1) What traditions have you had at New Years? Have you ever had any New Year’s resolutions? How did they go?


2) When you look at your life honestly right now, would you say you are living intentionally or surviving? How are your work-rest rhythms?


3) Have you already done a Goodbye-Hello process this year? What would you like to be held accountable on? If you haven’t done it yet, when are you going to take some time (let’s talk days and dates!) to actually do it?


You can get your free Hello Goodbye workbook at


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