Live a life by design with Colin Thompson

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by Michelle Lasley

Michelle Lasley is a mother, wife in Pacific Northwest learning to balance green dreams with budget realities.

October 7, 2020

Introduction to Episode

Colin Thompson has learned how to live a life by design. Hailing from double immigrants to creating a birthday ritual that leaves him energized for 364 days out of the year, he shares his story from coaching to diversity, and so much more.

Podcast Episode Summary

My guest today is Colin Thompson. Colin is a life coach who lives in China with his wife and young son. Colin discovered it was more effective to walk with people then motivate them one inspiring speech at a time. In this episode, he shares his journey as a son of double immigrants, where we can find inspiration, his lived experience of how various cultures have interacted with him, and his love/hate birthday ritual. 


“If you want to live a life of abundance, help more people live in abundance.” 

How to be an ally:

  1. Have difficult conversations with a person of color who you are close to. If you do not have a close friend who is also a person of color, that speaks volumes. 
  2. Know your intent and slowly develop your relationship with that individual. 
  3. Change only comes from those who are open to it. 
  4. Show up genuine and with humbleness. 

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