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Life Against The Current

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Life Against The Current is about stories and truths that go against traditions, societal norms, family/friend's opinions, a boss' suggestion -- anything against the grain.We focus on the atypical parts of stories showcasing that non-traditional and unconventional paths that led to something successfully. This show is driven by two twenty-something year olds on a quest for non-traditional and unconventional avenues for success while making our way through the world. Elaine Vargas - Founder and CreatorAlexandra Stepanov - Editor in Chief and Coordinator

Latest Episodes

Living, Working and Networking Purposefully (Ft. Quinn Tempest)

"What impact do I want to make in my life? What is the deeper "why" that drives me? These are some of the questions Quinn Tempest, digital marketing guru, keynote speaker, entrepreneur and Founder of "#CreateYourPurpose", asked herself during a very pivotal moment in her life as she transitioned from a job to a purposeful career and life. In this episode, Quinn talks about the importance of living an intentional life and how she was able to reach this level of mindfulness. Hint: it wasn't easy. She talks about leaving the career she had always dreamed of and even majored in, theater arts, for the stability and livelihood of marketing. Ultimately, Quinn offers great insights for those who are living, working, and networking without a purpose by addressing some very important questions -- questions that she asked herself during her transitional period to living an intentional life. Bonus: Elaine asked Quinn how she deals with the butterflies of coming up on stage and presenting in front of hundreds of people at a time. Public speaking is scary but important, y'all. Enjoy! "Creating a job you are passionate about and a life you love takes brutal honesty and a healthy dose of mindfulness." - Quinn Tempest IG: @quinn.tempest

39 MINSEP 17
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Living, Working and Networking Purposefully (Ft. Quinn Tempest)

Evolving into a Team in My Marriage (Ft. Hugo Torres)

What’s a sacrifice you’ve done for your partner? Did you challenge any societal norms with this sacrifice? In this episode of LATC, Hugo Torres talks about overcoming a few cultural obstacles his decision of being a stay-at-home dad to let his wife pursue her career brought to their lives. They actually do this interchangeably every few years and empowers their partnership and parenting values. Hugo also talks about his fear of having the history of his abusive father repeat itself in his decision-making process of having children with his wife.

39 MINSEP 2
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Evolving into a Team in My Marriage (Ft. Hugo Torres)

When an Accident Leads to an Inspiring Job (Ft. Chanel Masses)

How do you move forward when your health is in jeopardy? After thinking she’d never be able to walk again, Chanel Masses found help through yoga. Now, she spreads the hopes that yoga gave her to anyone she can.

39 MINAUG 19
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When an Accident Leads to an Inspiring Job (Ft. Chanel Masses)

Animals Are Here With Us, Not For Us (Ft. Amy Sevilla-Parrales)

Is being Hispanic and leading a plant-based life an oxymoron? What is it really like to switch to plants when your culture is meat-based? On the first episode of season 2, we turn to Amy Sevilla-Parrales to answer this question. After transitioning from meat to vegetarianism, and finally just to plants, she describes the rewards and challenges of her lifestyle among her family and co-workers.

45 MINAUG 5
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Animals Are Here With Us, Not For Us (Ft. Amy Sevilla-Parrales)

Season 1 Finale: What Has Been, What Is, and What’s to Come for LATC

With the end of LATC’s first season, the girls are back together! Elaine and Alexandra give a recap of the season, answer listener questions, and talk about what’s to come, all on this special episode. We’ll be highlighting our favorite moments from each episode and lessons we’ve learned from podcasting. We’ll also be talking about something really important - Season 2. We’ll share why and how we’ve decided move forward with LATC. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed making it. We’ll see you on August 5th, 2019 for Season 2!

47 MINJUN 24
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Season 1 Finale: What Has Been, What Is, and What’s to Come for LATC

Meet Marcy Chavez!

Internet of Things? More like Internet of money! Meet Marcy Chavez, your non-traditional millennial. Marcy’s story is about realizing school wasn’t really for her after meeting her mentor, and together, being on the road to building a six-figure passive income. She also talks about perception and reality within her family, and the importance of aligning your values with your long-term goals — even if it means making difficult choices.

37 MINJUN 11
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Meet Marcy Chavez!

Meet Victor Rivas!

Do you believe or stand by something your friends and family aren't particularly fond of? Victor and I discuss his journey as a conservative -- even while living in one of the most conservative states: Texas. *Life Against The Current does not take a stand on any political matters. The ideas in this episode are not representative of the Life Against The Current brand*

27 MINMAY 27
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Meet Victor Rivas!

Meet Barbara Estrada!

“90% of our graduates are already employed” says the dean of the Barbara’s university. Well, what if you’re one of the 10% of those who come college graduation day didn’t have a job secured. Or, what if your first job out of college takes months to arrive, and it’s not what you expected? Well, this is Barbara Estrada. But, don’t worry, there’s definitely a great ending with lots of insights.

29 MINMAY 13
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Meet Barbara Estrada!

Meet Hannah Combe!

Hannah, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and former Fulbright Teaching Assistant, shares how she learned the need to let go of labels for herself and get out of her comfort zone when traveling through Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

31 MINAPR 29
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Meet Hannah Combe!

Meet Ricky Arenas!

Ricky not only shares his Life Against The Current story which includes swimming through a dysfunctional family where he had to pay a mortgage at just 16 years old, to creating a healthy and beautiful family of his own, but also conveys powerful insights on how to live through the strong currents of life.

38 MINAPR 15
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Meet Ricky Arenas!

Latest Episodes

Living, Working and Networking Purposefully (Ft. Quinn Tempest)

"What impact do I want to make in my life? What is the deeper "why" that drives me? These are some of the questions Quinn Tempest, digital marketing guru, keynote speaker, entrepreneur and Founder of "#CreateYourPurpose", asked herself during a very pivotal moment in her life as she transitioned from a job to a purposeful career and life. In this episode, Quinn talks about the importance of living an intentional life and how she was able to reach this level of mindfulness. Hint: it wasn't easy. She talks about leaving the career she had always dreamed of and even majored in, theater arts, for the stability and livelihood of marketing. Ultimately, Quinn offers great insights for those who are living, working, and networking without a purpose by addressing some very important questions -- questions that she asked herself during her transitional period to living an intentional life. Bonus: Elaine asked Quinn how she deals with the butterflies of coming up on stage and presenting in front of hundreds of people at a time. Public speaking is scary but important, y'all. Enjoy! "Creating a job you are passionate about and a life you love takes brutal honesty and a healthy dose of mindfulness." - Quinn Tempest IG: @quinn.tempest

39 MINSEP 17
Comments
Living, Working and Networking Purposefully (Ft. Quinn Tempest)

Evolving into a Team in My Marriage (Ft. Hugo Torres)

What’s a sacrifice you’ve done for your partner? Did you challenge any societal norms with this sacrifice? In this episode of LATC, Hugo Torres talks about overcoming a few cultural obstacles his decision of being a stay-at-home dad to let his wife pursue her career brought to their lives. They actually do this interchangeably every few years and empowers their partnership and parenting values. Hugo also talks about his fear of having the history of his abusive father repeat itself in his decision-making process of having children with his wife.

39 MINSEP 2
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Evolving into a Team in My Marriage (Ft. Hugo Torres)

When an Accident Leads to an Inspiring Job (Ft. Chanel Masses)

How do you move forward when your health is in jeopardy? After thinking she’d never be able to walk again, Chanel Masses found help through yoga. Now, she spreads the hopes that yoga gave her to anyone she can.

39 MINAUG 19
Comments
When an Accident Leads to an Inspiring Job (Ft. Chanel Masses)

Animals Are Here With Us, Not For Us (Ft. Amy Sevilla-Parrales)

Is being Hispanic and leading a plant-based life an oxymoron? What is it really like to switch to plants when your culture is meat-based? On the first episode of season 2, we turn to Amy Sevilla-Parrales to answer this question. After transitioning from meat to vegetarianism, and finally just to plants, she describes the rewards and challenges of her lifestyle among her family and co-workers.

45 MINAUG 5
Comments
Animals Are Here With Us, Not For Us (Ft. Amy Sevilla-Parrales)

Season 1 Finale: What Has Been, What Is, and What’s to Come for LATC

With the end of LATC’s first season, the girls are back together! Elaine and Alexandra give a recap of the season, answer listener questions, and talk about what’s to come, all on this special episode. We’ll be highlighting our favorite moments from each episode and lessons we’ve learned from podcasting. We’ll also be talking about something really important - Season 2. We’ll share why and how we’ve decided move forward with LATC. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed making it. We’ll see you on August 5th, 2019 for Season 2!

47 MINJUN 24
Comments
Season 1 Finale: What Has Been, What Is, and What’s to Come for LATC

Meet Marcy Chavez!

Internet of Things? More like Internet of money! Meet Marcy Chavez, your non-traditional millennial. Marcy’s story is about realizing school wasn’t really for her after meeting her mentor, and together, being on the road to building a six-figure passive income. She also talks about perception and reality within her family, and the importance of aligning your values with your long-term goals — even if it means making difficult choices.

37 MINJUN 11
Comments
Meet Marcy Chavez!

Meet Victor Rivas!

Do you believe or stand by something your friends and family aren't particularly fond of? Victor and I discuss his journey as a conservative -- even while living in one of the most conservative states: Texas. *Life Against The Current does not take a stand on any political matters. The ideas in this episode are not representative of the Life Against The Current brand*

27 MINMAY 27
Comments
Meet Victor Rivas!

Meet Barbara Estrada!

“90% of our graduates are already employed” says the dean of the Barbara’s university. Well, what if you’re one of the 10% of those who come college graduation day didn’t have a job secured. Or, what if your first job out of college takes months to arrive, and it’s not what you expected? Well, this is Barbara Estrada. But, don’t worry, there’s definitely a great ending with lots of insights.

29 MINMAY 13
Comments
Meet Barbara Estrada!

Meet Hannah Combe!

Hannah, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and former Fulbright Teaching Assistant, shares how she learned the need to let go of labels for herself and get out of her comfort zone when traveling through Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

31 MINAPR 29
Comments
Meet Hannah Combe!

Meet Ricky Arenas!

Ricky not only shares his Life Against The Current story which includes swimming through a dysfunctional family where he had to pay a mortgage at just 16 years old, to creating a healthy and beautiful family of his own, but also conveys powerful insights on how to live through the strong currents of life.

38 MINAPR 15
Comments
Meet Ricky Arenas!