The Unfolding

Dr. Melissa Bordogna

On the Road of Life, the Journey IS the Destination.

Join Dr. Melissa Bordogna and guests for conversations about the unfolding of life, the lessons learned and the wisdom earned at each twist and turn. Explore how being aware of your own life's unfolding offers inner strength and foresight to venture consciously and with purpose into and through life's next season.

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Episodes

Saying Yes to Life with Dr. James Sodt
Jan 14 2024
Saying Yes to Life with Dr. James Sodt
“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn, and you will.” –Vernon Howard Join me in this episode of The Unfolding as I talk with retired professor, Community Fellow in Constructive Theology and my dear friend, Dr James Sodt about: Being curiousStaying present and·Taking risks About Our Guest (in his words): Okay, so we need a bio. Let’s start with education. I received my bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. When I started, the question was what major to pursue. The choices were nuclear engineering, mathematics, or literature. I wound up leaving as an award-winning poet with a teaching certificate. I experienced several pedagogies that impressed me, especially R.D. Johnston, who struck us like a whirlwind; John Weigel, who was more like a volcano; and a Professor Jabker, who created an environment of data and invited us to act as professionals within it. My first master’s was at SUNY-Brockport, near Rochester, New York, where I studied American and contemporary literature. I remember most of all “Fitzgerald” (actually, Robert Fitzgerald, I think – but he was sort of shrouded in mystery – and was mostly known by one name). His ability to invent different learning experiences within the form of a graduate class bordered on the magical. I especially remember a seminar with twenty-five students in it that actually functioned as a seminar. It was around this time that I realized my reading was ranging from semiotics to social and behavioral sciences to engineering, physics, and math – all of which fell under the sprawling umbrella of communications. So off I went to Syracuse to study that. My second master’s was really a degree in one person – Bill Ehling. He was a communications theorist; I simply took everything he taught. In one class, I recall he handed out the final exam on the first day. Ten questions. We spent the rest of the semester coming up with our answers to them. That was intense. My doctoral work started with an interest in designing information support systems for members of Congress. It evolved into something we would call today behavioral economics and decision theory. Next, we come to work. Leaving Syracuse, I went to the University of Kentucky in Lexington. I mostly taught social science research methodologies and information systems – here I was nominated for the university’s great teacher award. But the high point was being a co-teacher of the Deans’ Seminar in Information and Communications Policy. Because of this class, I was invited to join AT&T as a strategist. I was part of a team that hoped to plan the largest voluntary corporate reorganization in the history of American business. The key word in that sentence is “voluntary.” Because at the invitation of the US Department of Justice, anti-trust division, we embarked instead on one of the (if not the) largest involuntary reorganizations in the history of American business. Other areas at AT&T included product design for pre-Internet information services, market management for higher education, and global market management. Hoping to return to academia, I left AT&T to join the faculty at Susquehanna University as the Charles B. Degenstein Distinguished Professor of Communications. Eventually, I became the Director of the University’s Honors Program and was honored with the university’s highest teaching award. While there, I also was a founding faculty of the Thomas Edison State College’s Master’s of Arts in Professional Studies program where I taught the history and philosophy of technology. Presently, I am retired from teaching. I’m not altogether mummified, however, and am now a Community Fellow in Constructive Theology at the Theological Seminary at Drew University. I’m presently working on a non-platonic metaphysics based on neuroscience and self-psychology.  Connect with Jim: Email: jsodt@drew.edu Don’t forget to Rate, Review and Subscribe!
Harness Abilities & Lighting Up Your Life with Alison Warner
May 12 2022
Harness Abilities & Lighting Up Your Life with Alison Warner
Summary: “Don’t you know yet? It is your light that light the world.” ― Rumi In this episode of the unfolding, I speak with bestselling author and 2021 Business Coach of the Year, Alison Warner about: What Lights You UpHarnessing Your Abilities andGiving Life, Time to Unfold About Our Guest: Alison Warner is the UK’s leading business coach for the Trades and Construction Industry and was named Business Coach of the Year in 2021 during the Best Businesswoman Awards. A former troubleshooter for global brands such as Starbucks, Alison founded Evolve and Grow coaching company in 2010, and has since transformed the fortunes of trades and construction businesses across the UK dramatically increasing turnover. She hosts a podcast specifically for the industry and in January 2021 set up the first business growth academy for trades and construction SMES to popular acclaim. Alison is the author of the Amazon Bestseller "How to go from Tradesperson to Managing Director in the Construction and Trade Industries" and is a regular contributor to the trade press, and national and broadcast media, including the BBC. Connect with Alison: Website: https://evolveandgrowcoaching.com/ Email: alison@evoloveandgrowcoaching.com Facebook: @evolveandgrow Instagram: @alisonwarnercoach Twitter: @evolveandgrow Curious about her book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Build-Grow-Tradesperson-Construction-Industries/dp/1781332789 Don’t forget to Rate, Review and Subscribe! JOIN the Community! https://goto.myunfolding.life/epic Connect: https://goto.myunfolding.life/connect More Info: https://goto.myunfolding.life/innerodyssey
Acting on Divine Guidance with Brenda Adelman
Apr 13 2022
Acting on Divine Guidance with Brenda Adelman
Summary: “Hold yourself back, or heal yourself back together. You decide.” ― Brittany Burgunder After living for several years in the aftermath of a family tragedy that took her mother’s life, Brenda Adleman found herself losing the will to live until a close friend helped her tap into her love for her mother. From that moment, Brenda was able to step outside of her pain and realize that her mother would want her to thrive. So, she decided to stop living in the past, stop hiding and that it was time to share her story. In this episode of The Unfolding, I speak with Brenda, an award-winner actor and creator of the critically acclaimed one-woman show, My Brooklyn Hamlet, about the importance of: Acting on Divine GuidanceDoing the Inner Work to Heal Your Soul andSharing Your Story About Our Guest: Brenda Adelman is an award-winning actor, recipient of the Hero of Forgiveness award, has been interviewed on CBS, NPR, Fox TV News and over 200 podcasts, publications, radio and TV shows She’s performed her critically acclaimed one-woman show, My Brooklyn Hamlet, based on her life story for over 12,000 people on stages worldwide and now virtually. She teaches solopreneurs how to create an impact and income with their own successful Ted style talks, and in their videos through unforgettable storytelling. Connect with Brenda:  The Story Lounge http://members.tellyourstorychangetheworld.com/ Facebook http://facebook.com/brendaadelman Instagram https://www.instagram.com/brendaadelman/ Don’t forget to Rate, Review and Subscribe! JOIN the Community! https://goto.myunfolding.life/epic Connect: https://goto.myunfolding.life/connect More Info: https://goto.myunfolding.life/innerodyssey
Life is What You Make It with Cindy Wright
Apr 5 2022
Life is What You Make It with Cindy Wright
Summary: “Health and well-being are best regarded as skills.” – Professor Richard Davidson Cindy Wright discovered her love for physical activity at a young age after the death of her father and her brother’s move to university. As the Wellbeing Director for Gettysburg College, Cindy’s love for movement inspired her passion for supporting others to have healthy, meaningful and long-lasting lives. In this episode of The Unfolding, I speak with Cindy Wright the Well-being Director for Gettysburg College. Cindy and I speak about: the notion of wellbeing as a skill,the tools to support your wellbeingand the importance of articulating your life’s mission statement. About Our Guest: Cindy Wright has three decades of experience at Gettysburg College. She first came to the College in 1990 as the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation and as an adjunct instructor in the health sciences department. From 1993 to 1999, she served as the Director of Campus Recreation. In 2016, Wright was promoted to the Director of EES Student Success and Well-being. As an instructor in the health sciences department, Wright has received a bevy of awards. She was named Outstanding Professor in the Sciences by the Order of Omega in 2003, 2004, and 2006, received the Student Senate Faculty Appreciation Award in 2008, was voted Favorite Professor at Gettysburg College by the Class of 2008, and in 2010 she was chosen as the speaker for baccalaureate. Recently, Wright was voted by the alumni as one of the top five current employees who had the biggest impact on their Gettysburg experience. Connect with Cindy: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cindy-wright-0125947   Don’t forget to Rate, Review and Subscribe! JOIN the Community! https://goto.myunfolding.life/epic Connect: https://goto.myunfolding.life/connect More Info: https://goto.myunfolding.life/innerodyssey
The Path Least Expected with Darius Lukas
Apr 5 2022
The Path Least Expected with Darius Lukas
In this episode of The Unfolding, Dr Melissa Bordogna speaks with entrepreneur and samurai-in-training, Darius Lukas about:  Pivoting pathsFollowing your intuitionBeing open to the unexpected Having completed a degree in theatre at one of the most prestigious schools in London, Darius found himself drained of life and motivation. It was only after travelling to Singapore and spending time with a millionaire with radically different life views that he realized life was filled with endless possibilities and adulting was only as hard as you make it. About Our Guest: Darius Lukas is an entrepreneur, writer, mentor and samurai-in-training. He helps brands tell compelling stories through their products and services by uniquely combining the Wealth Dynamics system, samurai battle strategies and his experience as a professional theatre director. Living between Asia and Europe, he runs a Singapore based company that specialises in online education platforms that currently include language and writing schools. He also spent 5 years working as a storyteller for multi-million-dollar brands such as Entrepreneurs Institute, GeniusU and Entrepreneur Resorts. He read English literature at the University of East Anglia and trained as a theatre director at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, UK. Connect with Darius: Instagram: @DariusLukas Facebook: -Darius Lukas Website: www.dariuslukas.academy/  Don’t forget to Rate, Review and Subscribe! JOIN the Community! https://goto.myunfolding.life/epic Connect: https://goto.myunfolding.life/connect More Info: https://goto.myunfolding.life/innerodyssey
Blessons and Crafting Your Sacred Space with Sandy Newton
May 7 2021
Blessons and Crafting Your Sacred Space with Sandy Newton
In this episode of The Unfolding, Dr Melissa Bordogna speaks with Holistic Organizer and Creature of Change, Sandy Newton about: -Creating a sacred space -Honoring the divine masculine and feminine -Following your intuition -Listening to your sentient home  As an expert Holistic Organiser and Creature of Change with 27 years of experience in Holistic practices, Sandy is a keen secret student of myths and old traditions intermingled with an enduring love of the study of Masculine & Feminine wisdom teachings and Quantum field work. About Our Guest: Known for her laid-back medicine and unique approaches to women's wisdom Sandy transforms homes and shares practices that teach about the connection between the home of a Woman and the heart of a Woman. She’s worked in over 100 homes. A keen secret student of myths and old traditions intermingled with her love and studies of Masculine & Feminine wisdom teachings and Quantum field work. She is dedicated to unveiling the unique medicine that is found within each woman, her heart and her home. She is a Worldbridger of beautiful change. Bridging a Woman's world from within and without. She is dedicated to sharing what she knows and has learned over the last 27 years. Sandy’s mission and calling is to resuscitate and teach organic feminine wisdom by creating offerings for Women to share the SECRETS of the SACRED.   Connect with Sandy: Email: sandyselflove@gmail.com Website: www.organisingempress.com Instagram: -@Organising Empress -@Creatures of Change Facebook: - Organising Empress -Creatures of Change   Don’t forget to Rate, Review and Subscribe! JOIN the Community! https://goto.myunfolding.life/epic Connect: https://goto.myunfolding.life/connect More Info: https://goto.myunfolding.life/innerodyssey
Forging Your Own Path with Jessica O'Dell
Apr 10 2021
Forging Your Own Path with Jessica O'Dell
In this week’s episode of The Unfolding, Dr. Melissa Bordogna speaks with the founder of Virtual One Branding, Jessica O’Dell about: -Forging your own path -Believing in yourself -Setting Boundaries -Building a village  For many people, the pandemic has provided an opportunity to slow down and reassess the direction of their lives and my special guest Jessica O’Dell did just that. After 17 years in the corporate world, Jessica ventured out on her own and founded Virtual One Branding in the midst of the pandemic. Through her new venture, Jessica aims to help organizations improve their virtual employee engagement through targeted use of branded promotional products. During our time together, Jessica shares the importance of forging your own path, believing in yourself and setting boundaries. About Our Guest: Jessica O’Dell is the founder of Virtual One Branding, a company designed to help organizations improve their virtual employee engagement through targeted use of branded promotional products. Prior to launching Virtual One Branding, Jessica spent 17 years in the corporate world, and found her passion within Human Resources, spending 10 years leading high impact teams in both sales and recruiting spaces. Jessica holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation and is a Certified Professional with the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). She believes in the power of a strong village of supporters and is known for her transparent, creative approach to work and life. In her free time, Jessica enjoys practicing yoga, finding joy through adventure, and hiking with friends and family. She especially enjoys volunteering in youth leadership roles within her community. Jessica is grateful to reside in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee with her two school age boys, Reed and Grant, and husband, Matt.    Connect with Jessica: Email: info@virtualonebranding.com Website: www.virtualonebranding.com LinkedIn: Jessica O'Dell Virtual One Branding LinkedIn: @virtualonebranding Instagram: @virtualonebranding Don’t forget to Rate, Review and Subscribe! JOIN the Community! https://goto.myunfolding.life/epic Connect: https://goto.myunfolding.life/connect More Info: https://goto.myunfolding.life/innerodyssey
Bloom Where You're Planted with Dr. Thyonne Gordon
Apr 1 2021
Bloom Where You're Planted with Dr. Thyonne Gordon
In this week’s episode of The Unfolding, Dr. Melissa Bordogna speaks with Emmy-nominated Producer and Master Storyteller, Dr Thyonne Gordon about how to: -Bloom where you are planted -Embrace your soul's poises -Listen to your inner calling -Leave a legacy Caught up in a life of doing, Dr. Thyonne lost focus of purpose as a human BEING. After going through many, of what Dr. Thyonne calls, ‘soul poises’, she finally realized her ultimate poise as a storyteller. She has since helped individuals, nonprofits and other organizations prosper by crystalizing and sharing their own stories.  About Our Guest: Dr. Thyonne Gordon is an accomplished Organizational & Human Development Expert, Writer and Emmy-nominated Producer. Her work with 501c3 organizations and for-profit businesses has created growth-oriented businesses, strong board governance, productive teams and sustainable fundraising strategies. With a passion for Business Development, she founded the company, Beyond Story Strategies to train and develop business professionals nationwide. Known as the Story Strategist, Dr. Thyonne brings foundational principles to light with her with her proven methodology of the S.T.O.R.Y. Accelerator™. Dr. Thyonne is requested for advisory council throughout corporate and nonprofit sectors and resides in Los Angeles, CA. She encourages youth and adults alike to “bloom where you’re planted.”    Connect with Dr. Thyonne: Website: www.beyondstory.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drthyonne/    Don’t forget to Rate, Review and Subscribe! JOIN the Community! https://goto.myunfolding.life/epic Connect: https://goto.myunfolding.life/connect More Info: https://goto.myunfolding.life/innerodyssey
Magickal Lands Within with Marie Ruzicka
Mar 25 2021
Magickal Lands Within with Marie Ruzicka
After an unfulfilling stint in the corporate world, my guest said enough is enough and began her journey to rediscover her Genius. In this week’s episode of The Unfolding, I speak with Best-Selling Author and Wealth Dynamics Mentor, Marie Ruzicka about: -What it means to rediscover your genius. -How do you use your genius to determine your next steps? -Why happiness is a choice. -The importance of embracing sensuality. “We're going to be enhancing your Genius, Passion, Pleasure, and Wonder with a sprinkle of Awesome.” - Marie About Our Guest: “We are all born a genius but the process of life de-geniuses us” - Buckminster Fuller. Imagine what it would look like to rediscover your Genius and live from that place? You are in your Genius when synchronicities happen easily, so much so that they appear as Magick. This is the playground where Marie Ruzicka has frolicked for over thirty years. Marie is a Wealth Dynamics Mentor and Flow Consultant, International Transformational Storyteller, and Best-Selling Author.  Connect with Marie: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/magickallandofawesome (This link has sassy, sensual erotic tones. You must be 18 to dive in…choose wisely…cause you’ll never be the same…) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marie-ruzicka/ Website: http://www.magickallandofawesome.com/ Podcast: http://bit.ly/MagickalLand Don’t forget to Rate, Review and Subscribe! JOIN the Community! https://goto.myunfolding.life/epic Connect: https://goto.myunfolding.life/connect More Info: https://goto.myunfolding.life/innerodyssey Want to be a guest on The Unfolding? We'd love to hear your story, contact us at letschat@melissabordogna.com
Priorities, Pivots & Following the Breadcrumbs with Karen Moloney
Mar 14 2021
Priorities, Pivots & Following the Breadcrumbs with Karen Moloney
In this episode of The Unfolding, I speak with the founder of Blue Bean Media, Karen Moloney about: Re-evaluating purpose and perspectivesAligning values with prioritiesFollowing the breadcrumbs of passionsPivoting careers A self-proclaimed geek, Karen loves simplifying the complex. She even applied this skill to her own life when her very successful e-learning business began to overshadow her role as a mum. Stressed and overworked, Karen recognized the need to sit back, take stock and re-evaluate where she was and where she was going. Join me for The Unfolding of Karen’s journey. Guest bio: Through Blue Bean Media, Karen combines nearly 30-years' experience in online education with her passion for business and technology. As a Certified Digital Marketing Strategist, Karen helps service-based business entrepreneurs get digital done by simplifying and automating their digital marketing activity. As well as setting up systems and processes for easy digital marketing, she specialise in repurposing content so her clients get more leads and sales while getting more time back in their business and life. Connect with Karen: Email: hello@bluebeanmedia.com.au Website: https://bluebeanmedia.com.au/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenmoloney/ Don’t forget to Rate, Review and Subscribe! JOIN the Community! https://goto.myunfolding.life/epic Connect: https://goto.myunfolding.life/connect More info: https://goto.myunfolding.life/innerodyssey