Episode 110

From a High Paying Position to High Life Satisfaction

David Perrodin, PhD,  left a high paying, high-status position without a plan. That was quite a life change! And we are honored that David chose us and our podcast to talk about how that decision affected his life.life change

Many of us say that we want to change something. We dream of the move to the country – or the city as that may be. Or start our own business, travel the world or whatever strikes your fancy. But most of us do nothing about it. We want a life change but we stay in a situation which might even make us sick.

David was the Director of Student Services. The money was good, but the job never ended. The next emergency was just a phone call away. Many a time, he wanted to enjoy time with his family, only to be stuck on the phone to handle yet another emergency.


David’s Life Change

David’s doctor told him that at the age of 40 that his chance for a heart attack was pretty good. That is something you don’t want to have a high chance to get!!! But it took more than the health concern for David to leave the position he had worked so hard for.

Two things happened. David decided to go back to school to earn his PhD, and he got a new boss. While he felt the stress and the weight of responsibility of his job before, under this new boss, he was required to act against his inner convictions to fulfill his job. This, coupled with the realization that working and studying didn’t allow him any time to sleep, or for that matter, to spend with his family, gave him the incentive to quit his job.

Today, he feels that was the best decision he ever made!


David’s New Life

Every life change, good or bad, requires some adjustments. For David, the first couple of weeks felt like a vacation. But after that, what to do? If you are used to getting up and off to work at a certain time, every day, week after week, year after year – a life without a schedule is bewildering.Life Change Grave

David took to walking. Every day. Hours on end. First, his mind was racing. Then he found stillness, mindfulness during his nightly walks. And his health improved dramatically. Now, at 45, his chances of a heart attack are very, very low! His doctor is impressed!!

Besides walking, David enjoys riding his bicycle for long tours. This graveyard is one of his destination points and we talk about the symbolic significance this grave has for him on the podcast.





May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013 is a day David uses as his pivotal point. A day which reminds him what his life used to be like and what it is now.

It is the day he was asked to present on Public Television on School Security and Crisis.

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He came well prepared, including several pages to be read to introduce him. All his achievements were documented. Today, he introduces himself as a person – not as a sum of achievements. He calls that being delaminated.

David looks at himself in this video and sees a stressed and unhealthy person.

He is glad that he chose another path and much rather represents himself with a picture of him on his bicycle.


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More About David in His Own Words

David Perrodin, PhD, worked twelve years as a Director of Student Services before exiting the profession in 2014 to focus exclusively on researching school safety and high-stakes decision-making in conjunction with his doctoral dissertation at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  As an expert in safety preparedness and response, Dr. Perrodin has presented on television, in schools and at conferences.  In 2016, he partnered with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and producer David Obst to write and direct a script involving an intruder in an elementary school setting.  Dr. Perrodin produces a weekly safety show called “The Safety Doc Podcast”.  He is under contract with publishing house Rowman & Littlefield to author a book about the remarkable rescue of 500,000 people from Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001.  The book, titled “Lessons of Lower Manhattan” will be released in early 2018.


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Episode 108

The Power of Social Media

So many people complain that everyone and their grandmother is now building relationships on social media.

Real life friends have become a thing of the past, they say. And online friends are just not the same.

Not so, my friends. These two real life grandmothers whole heartily disagree!

Candy and I have become friends via social media and found a kinship during our interview which surprised both of us a little.

It was almost like we found our twin – living on opposite sides of the earth. Candy lives in Australia and I in California.Australia

But then again, we both are Geminis – do I need to say more!

Just one more thought on social media. When I was young, it was common to have a pen pal.

Often, and we have seen great examples in literature of this, pen pals never met in person but shared their intimate thoughts and feelings with each other.

These friendships were frequently deeper and more truthful than the relationships with people physically close.

Today, some of the social media friendships have the same depth and importance as the pen pal relationships of old.


Meet Candy

Meet Candida van Rood aka Candy Spender. She is the woman who, in her own words, enjoys amazing health at the 66 years of age.

Candy Spender

Candy is a woman who wears many hats. Mother, grandmother, and dancer. Artist, Astrologer and Tarot card reader. Lately, add transplant to the country and aspiring Permaculturist to that mix. And did we mention Meditation teacher?

No wonder that Candida is in amazing health. She started meditating when she was 16 and has practiced meditation in one form or another ever since. That is almost 50 years of meditation practice!!

view of the meditation garden

When her son was little, Candida found it hard to find the time and quiet space to keep up with a regular meditation practice. Anyone with a baby or toddler can relate!

Because of this break from her regular practice, she can say with authority that her life is different with meditation in it. She said,

“The difference between a meditator and a nonmeditator is space in the mind. The meditator does not react but responds. And that is a huge difference!”

Wisdom of a Teacher

One of Candy’s spiritual teachers said the following (paraphrased).

The whole world could change in a split second if we suddenly could fall in love with ourselves.Click To Tweet

Think about this. Breathe it in!

Isn’t it true that so many of us do treat ourselves so much more poorly than we would treat anybody else?Click To Tweet

Along the same lines, we discussed that fear of others – maybe others finding out about our doubts about ourselves – is a major cause of so many problems in this world.

We both work in our ways to contribute to a positive solution.

Candida offers meditation classes and so much more. You can reach her here.

Another Factor Contributing to Candy’s Amazing Health.

Amazing health is what we all want, right? Here are some more life style factors which might contribute to Candida’s well being.

A close relation ship with her family. In fact, Candy made the move from the city to the countryside to be closer to her family and to be part of her grandson’s life.

Candy's sonCandy and grandson

Candida moves her body every day. She is a dancer, practices Yoga and enjoys a swim in the beautiful ocean.

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Candy expresses her creativity in the many beautiful things she creates. Her studio is the place where a creative mess and chaos is welcome, allowing her to be free and her art to flow.

Candy's art studioA necklace Candy createdflowers on fabric

A garden produces beautiful fresh fruit and vegetables and Candy now has a 1/4 acre of land to turn into her own Sanctuary. The benefits of gardening and being in nature are well documented.

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If you listen closely to our conversation, you can hear the birds singing outside her window!!


There is no doubt in my mind that all these activities contribute to Candy’s ability to say that she is 66 and in amazing health.


To find out more about Candida van Rood aka Candy Spender

Candy Spender Jewels

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The Great Escape  Candy told us that her father, a prisoner of war, tried to escape 30 times. He was part of the Great Escape.

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