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Now I Live with John Polo

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Now I Live with John Polo

One of the positive aspects of social media is connecting with individuals with unique and beautiful stories. That’s how this show came to be. Jane noticed several posts from a young man who was writing from an authentic, raw, powerful but simplistic place. She reached out, he said yes, "I’d love to tell my story.” In 2016 John Polo was only 31 when the love of his life, his wife Michelle died from cancer. He didn’t care to go on with living until one day he decided that if he was to find hope again he needed to stay in hope. John rose up and is now helping other’s to shine. He is a coach, speaker, and author of three books.  This is a tender story of perseverance, grace and hope this week on The Next Room.

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John_Polo_313644766.jpgJohn Polo is a coach, author, speaker & podcast host. At the age of 31, John lost his wife, Michelle, to cancer.  From the rubble of everything that he once knew, somehow John was able to pick up the pieces of his broken life and slowly, he rebuilt. 

Today John helps others through his social media, books, coaching, workshops,  speeches and podcast.  From grief to dating, self-growth and everything in between, John offers a style of coaching that is not only effective, but also very personal and unique. John is the author of three books and has worked with clients on thousands of coaching sessions. He has been featured on, NBC, The Huffington Post, Yahoo, Fox and more. 

Despite suffering from some life-long social anxiety, John’s favorite aspect of his career is the public speaking. “I mean if I’m being honest I feel like I am going to throw up every time, but once I get out there the magic happens. Or so that’s what I tell myself lol.” In his free time John enjoys spending time with his step-daughter, sitting in the sun, kicking MS’s ass and making people (mostly himself) laugh. 

He currently resides in Illinois, but has plans of living by the beach one day soon.  “I have been broken so many times in my life, and yet here I am even after thinking that I could never go on. It is possible to rebuild. Yourself, and your life. My goal is to help people through their pain and struggles, so that they can create - and enjoy - a better tomorrow.” 


About Jane Asher:

Jane Asher has always been a natural connector who has enjoyed a successful career in media and the music industry, most notably at major radio stations in San Diego and Santa Barbara. Several years ago, she stepped away from terrestrial radio when Empower Radio reached out and asked her to create a show about her passion. The Next Room podcast was born.

Demystifying death daily, she interviews professionals and practitioners from diverse backgrounds about death, dying, grief, beliefs and cultural traditions surrounding the journey we all must ultimately make. The show airs across 11 platforms and has connected her with extraordinary people throughout this community. The Next Room has recently become the official podcast of the Beautiful Dying Expo.

Jane is also passionate about being involved in mission work. She has been part of a team for over five years that has built homes in Tijuana for families in need through Lutheran Border Concerns. She has traveled to El Salvador to feed the homeless, Malaysia to help build a school on Borneo, and Armenia to work with women and children in the small village of Amre Taza. Most recently, she was on a humanitarian mission in the Dominican Republic. 

Her book, The Next Room is a story transcending space and time, of a relationship between mother and daughter that grew stronger through death. Written together, by initially enlisting interpretation through a psychic medium, The Next Room takes us on a daughter's journey through learning eternal life lessons on forgiveness, grief, grace, gratitude, and the limitless love of all, God.

Jane lives in San Diego with her husband, Tom. She is now answering her passion-filled purpose and writing daily alongside her puppy and muse, Mamba.