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Episode 20: Walking In The Snow: Doing Things When There Are Obstacles

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I have been walking in the snow this winter. Days when it is slippery, cold, wet and I still go ahead and walk anyway. This got me thinking about when life gives us obstacles to what we do.

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Episode 94: Changing The World

June 16th, 2019

2:08

"How do you plan to change the world today?" What a simple, yet complex phrase about our daily responsibility to affect change.

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Episode 93: Sometimes Good Enough is Enough

June 9th, 2019

2:25

Was working on a project, and came upon the realization that sometimes good enough is enough.

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Episode 92: Check Before You Paint

June 2nd, 2019

2:54

It is important to check before you paint, otherwise it may take you longer to cover up your mistake.

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Episode 91: By D Grace of God - A Story of Taking A Chance

May 26th, 2019

3:44

Ben of Pleasant Green took a chance on Joel. That chance changed the lives of Joel and his community.

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Episode 90: Creative Block

May 19th, 2019

3:47

How do we get past creative block? I share my thoughts and some of the things I do to get past it.

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Episode 89: Pre-Performance Nerves

May 12th, 2019

4:34

Whenever I perform, there is a bit of nervousness that comes along with it.

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Episode 88: One Scoop At A Time

May 5th, 2019

2:31

Sometimes we have projects that we don't want to do, but it can best if we tackle it more often, instead of letting it build up.

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Episode 87: Appreciating The One

April 28th, 2019

6:04

There was a birthday party where only 1 kid showed up. That kid saved my party.

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Episode 86: Our Initial Reaction

April 21st, 2019

3:47

It is a good idea to think about our initial reaction to things. Sadly one of my bad habits is I can get angry instead of saying the nice thing.

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Episode 85: The Fabrics of Our Lives

April 14th, 2019

2:49

Our lives are a fabric. Being woven together with the sum of all our experiences.

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Episode 84: Car Batteries

April 7th, 2019

2:58

I found inspiration this week from having my car battery replaced. Do we need to recharge or replace our batteries?

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Episode 83: I Think I Know

March 31st, 2019

2:45

Sometimes we think we know something, and then we realize that what we knew wasn’t correct.

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Episode 82: Content With Who I Am

March 24th, 2019

3:55

I turn 29 on Wednesday. I've been thinking about where I'm at and being content. Not comparing myself to others--otherwise I'll miss what's right in front of me.

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Episode 81: Diffidence

March 17th, 2019

6:25

It's easy to be diffident, not having confidence in who we are or our abilities. This will have an impact on what we do and say.

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Episode 80: Fear of Missing Out

March 10th, 2019

5:19

It can be easy to have a Fear of Missing Out. But what if we are always afraid, and end up missing out?

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Episode 79: A Squeak of Gratitude

March 3rd, 2019

2:48

A shampoo bottle squeaked and made me grateful. Grateful for the times I had with my dog.

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Episode 78: Our Part In The Story

February 24th, 2019

4:26

Each of us have a story. Sometimes we are given a chance to play a part of someone's story.

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Episode 77: Do We Irritate or Influence?

February 17th, 2019

5:10

My dad posed this question a while back. Do we irritate or influence? What do our words do to others? Does what we say make someone feel better or worse? What's the intent behind what we do?

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Episode 76: Seasons

February 10th, 2019

10:43

There are many seasons in our lives. Friends, hobbies, businesses, goals and many other things that come and go. We can learn from these seasons.

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Episode 75: Those Who Encourage Me

February 3rd, 2019

3:54

Was thinking this past week about those who encourage me. This includes those who are gone, but all of them have left their influence on me.

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Episode 74: Unknown Impact

January 27th, 2019

3:29

Sometimes we make an impact, but we may never know the results. What we say and do can make an unknown impact.

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Episode 73: Beautiful Mistakes

January 20th, 2019

4:07

I ponder about how mistakes can be beautiful, when we "Keep Moving Forward" like in the movie Meet the Robinsons.

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Episode 72: What Recharges You?

January 13th, 2019

3:16

What recharges you? What keeps you going? What brings you energy?

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Episode 71: How Do I Do That?

January 6th, 2019

3:32

I find one of the best responses to an idea or problem is to ask "How Do I Do That?"

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Episode 70: Focusing Our Goals

December 30th, 2018

3:22

2019 is coming and it is a great time time for focusing our goals on what we want to accomplish in our lives.

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Episode 69: Reframing Thoughts

December 23rd, 2018

3:35

I recently had a moment where something came up. I remembered a video I saw by my friend Ezra Friedel about reframing your thoughts to be positive.

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Episode 68: Don't Pre-Think

December 16th, 2018

3:23

I just took a test and I tried to go into it without worry. This made me think about the other parts of my life where I worry.

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Episode 67: Looking Back Through My 11 Year Old Hoodie

December 9th, 2018

4:39

I'm wearing an 11 year old hoodie. It has caused me to reflect on who I was when I first wore this hoodie.

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Episode 66: Confidence

December 2nd, 2018

1:58

Confidence is something I lack sometimes. This can affect my speech and my leading in dance.

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Episode 65: It Isn’t About the Numbers

November 25th, 2018

3:38

We can get so wrapped up in the number of people we impact on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc. It isn't about the numbers, it's about the quality of the impact.

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Episode 64: A Willingness to Fail

November 18th, 2018

3:43

Pedro Seminario, the Sound Supervisor at Blizzard, mentioned the phrase "Willingness to Fail" at a sound design panel at BlizzCon 2018. This phrase has stuck with me, as it embodies so much about creativity. That …

Episode 63: Overthinking

November 11th, 2018

4:14

There are times I overthink. This is when I'm thinking about something so much that I think over it so much. That is what happens when I overthink. I …

Episode 62: Sing Your Heart Out

November 4th, 2018

4:20

I attended a Drama Club performance a week ago. What amazed me most was the bravery of the kids to sing their hearts out. They did not let fear stop them.

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Episode 61: Opportunities For Learning

October 28th, 2018

3:33

Every problem can be met with frustration, or it can be an opportunity for learning. I find this is so true in my life.

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Episode 60: Can’t Go Back Again

October 21st, 2018

3:54

Thinking back on reunions and trying to revisit earlier moments in our lives. We can't go back, we can only move forward with what we gained from those experiences.

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Episode 59: Carry on - The Power of a Tradition

October 14th, 2018

2:22

In 1932, Zedo Ishikawa's accidental death inspiried the tradition of "Carry on". This is a powerful tradition and legacy that has brought together …

Episode 58: Don’t Forget to Drink Water

October 7th, 2018

3:39

With how busy we can get, it is important to take care of ourselves. In this episode, I talk about hydration and how it can be something that can be overlooked in my life, and the consequences of that.

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Episode 57: Refinement ON the Journey

September 30th, 2018

3:54

Everything requires constant refinement. We could wait to start until we have it all figured out, but then we may never begin. It’s about improving …

Episode 56: Repeat Performance

September 23rd, 2018

2:45

While getting ready for the recent dance showcase, I realized how important it is to keep practicing. The more you practice, the more the activity becomes ingrained in your mind.

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Episode 55: Missing the Goal

September 16th, 2018

2:55

I missed my step goal last Sunday. I look at my reaction to that, as well as what achieving my goal for 945 days in a row did for me.

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Episode 54: Good Intentions - Sometimes Not So Good For You

September 9th, 2018

3:16

Fiber One Bars can be good for you, and they can be healthy. Just....not in all circumstances.

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Episode 53: Ordinary - The Importance of the Small Things

September 2nd, 2018

4:27

One of my mentors, Jonathan Brush, told me the phrase "Be Extraordinary in the Ordinary" back in March. This has stuck with me. The importance of the …

Episode 52: Reflections From the Podcast Studio

August 26th, 2018

4:39

Today is the day of the annual dance studio showcase. That means it has been almost 1 year of Be Great TODAY. I reflect on what that year has taught me regarding consistency, writer’s block, risks and the big picture.

Episode 51: Having A Creative Outlet

August 19th, 2018

4:26

Having a creative outlet is a great way to feed your passion in something. I talk about why I believe having a creative outlet has been beneficial for me.

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Episode 50: Experience - The Way to Get Better

August 12th, 2018

5:16

What is the best way to get better at something? I found that I believe it is experience. Information and skill can only go so far, but it comes down to the practice of experience.

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Episode 49: Imposter Syndrome - Fighting That Negative Voice

August 5th, 2018

4:39

In everything I do, there is a voice that speaks to me. It tells me that I can’t do something, causes me to doubt my ability. As I’ve talked with friends and family, I feel this voice speaks to more people than just me.

Episode 48: Why YOU Should Start a Podcast

July 29th, 2018

5:29

You have a unique perspective on the world. I believe YOU should start a podcast! Starting a podcast is a great way to build your communication …

Episode 47: Keep Working Those Long Nights

July 22nd, 2018

4:06

Dave Jackson and Scott Johnson are being inducted into the Acadamy of Podcasters Hall of Fame this year! Think about the MANY long nights they've had to work to get to this point. I want to encourage us to keep working …

Episode 46: Hearing Voices - The Lessons of Voice Acting

July 15th, 2018

12:30

What is it like to take on different characters? Become someone else? How can voice acting help if your current career is different? I interviewed Skune of Slackers Studio Podcast on what they have learned from their …

Episode 45: Accountability with Avoiding the Sweets

July 8th, 2018

3:18

I have been working to maintain my weight loss. One thing that has helped me avoid the sweets is asking for accountability from those around me. I need others to help me, I can’t do it by myself.

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Episode 44: Just Do It - The Bucksnort Story

July 1st, 2018

15:11

Have you ever wanted to write a book? I know many people who tell me they wish they could or that they want to. Jim York and Craig Roberts did, they …

Episode 43: Just Keep Dancing

June 24th, 2018

4:38

What happens when things don’t go according to plan? What happens when we try new things and they aren’t going smoothly? We just keep dancing.

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Episode 42: Long-Lasting Influence

June 17th, 2018

6:01

This past week I was a volunteer at VBS. This was a time for me to reflect on the long-lasting influence of teachers, family, YMCA staff, VBS leaders …

Episode 41: From Awkward to Competent

June 10th, 2018

4:32

I was at a restaurant recently and there was a new employee. I watched how they worked compared to the more seasoned employees. What does experience teach us about going from awkward to competent?

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Episode 40: My Experience at the 3 Day Startup in San Antonio

June 3rd, 2018

5:05

Back in 2013, I was given the chance to participate in the 3 Day Startup at the Geekdom in San Antonio, Texas. I wrote a blog post in 2013 on my experience at the event. I wanted to share it this week.

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Episode 39: Yanny or Laurel - A Matter of Perspective

May 27th, 2018

3:48

The Yanny or Laurel internet sensation was fascinating to me. The same audio was heard differently by each individual. What does this potentially mean for other things in life? I look at the situation as a matter of …

Episode 38: Take Time to Smell the Coffee

May 20th, 2018

4:20

As I’m sitting here, sipping my coffee that I got on my walk, it made me think about taking time to smell the coffee. Taking time to walk for coffee, and just be away.

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Episode 37: Add Some Flair - Making Your Actions Fun

May 13th, 2018

4:34

This past week I ate at Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse. While I was there, I was mesmerized by the chef cooking the food in front of us. The whole time, …

Episode 36: Don’t Think About The Judges

May 6th, 2018

3:21

I was at a dance competition this past weekend. I performed my best, but only because I didn't think about the judges while I was dancing.

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Episode 35: Taking Risks

April 29th, 2018

15:02

This week I reflect on the risks that I have taken and how they have gotten me to where I’m at now. Each risk has added pieces to the puzzle of who I am.

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Episode 34: Eying My Imperfections - Focusing on What I Can’t Change

April 22nd, 2018

10:15

It is easy for me to focus on imperfections and bad news. Things that I can't control. This week I want to look at that and how it can have a …

Episode 33: What Once Was Difficult

April 15th, 2018

5:15

As we get better at things, we forget that it once was difficult. I reflect on some things that I once thought were difficult to do.

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Episode 32: Why Do I Dread Things?

April 8th, 2018

4:18

I am finishing up a course for college. I was dreading it beforehand, but now with a few assignments to go, why did I dread this course so much?

Episode 31: Thinking Foolishly - What Do You Believe About Yourself?

April 1st, 2018

4:37

It is April Fools Day in the United States. This got me thinking about how am I being foolish in the ideas that I believe about myself.

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Episode 30: Never Too Old or Too Young

March 25th, 2018

4:10

I am turning 28 on Tuesday. This got me thinking about the idea of not being too old or too young to do something.

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Episode 29: Fearfully Angry

March 18th, 2018

4:29

There is a part of me that I am not proud of. A side of me, that sometimes lashes out in fear.

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Episode 28: Writing & The Creative Process (Featuring Brandon T. Blaylock)

March 11th, 2018

28:06

I sat down this week to talk with Brandon T. Blaylock about writing, and the creative process. I had a great time talking with him. We talked about some of the struggles of creative writing, and about sharing your voice.

Episode 27: Looking Around - Making A Difference Where You Are at Now

March 4th, 2018

4:34

We are surrounded by people now that we can be an influence to. We don’t need to wait until later to make a difference.

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Episode 26: One Candle - Being A Light In The Darkness

February 25th, 2018

6:03

In our world, I find it is important to be a Light in the Darkness. I talked about being a Light, and how I keep my Light shining.

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Episode 25: Impacting Someone Else’s Life - The Big and Small Things We Can Do To Positively Affect Another Person

February 18th, 2018

3:56

I witnessed a kidney transplant last weekend. It got me thinking about how I can impact someone’s life in big and/or small ways.

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Episode 24: Nervousness

February 11th, 2018

4:09

Nervousness is something I believe all of us encounter. It can prevent us from succeeding in what we need/want to do. Listener Zephirah shared her experiences with nervousness.

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Episode 23: Don’t Let A Small Cold Stop You

February 4th, 2018

4:51

I recently had a cold that caused my voice to not return to normal for about a week. I never let it stop me. Life throws curveballs, and we can't let …

Episode 22: Waiting For Better

January 28th, 2018

3:50

In life, I find there are many things that may come across my path, but sometimes I have to wait for something better.

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Episode 21: Savor Each Bite - Enjoying Every Moment, Just Like Your Favorite Dessert

January 21st, 2018

3:36

Just like your favorite dessert, be it pumpkin pie, ice cream or any dessert you can imagine--it is beneficial to enjoy each moment.

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Episode 19: S.M.A.R.T. Goals

January 7th, 2018

8:28

I have learned a lot about S.M.A.R.T. goals. I discuss some of the goals I have set for myself, and how I have done with them.

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Episode 18: Saying Goodbye to 2017

December 31st, 2017

11:15

As we end 2017, I look back at two major positive things that have happened in my year.

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Episode 17: My Christmas Wish

December 24th, 2017

8:21

My wish this Christmas is to be able to enjoy each moment. To appreciate how precious life is!

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Episode 16: Commitment

December 17th, 2017

5:06

I reflect on my commitments, as well as the models of commitment in my life.

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Episode 15: Friendships

December 10th, 2017

5:11

What impact do our friends have on us? What effect do we have on them? Jonathan explores the seasons of friendships in his own life.

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Episode 14: What Do You Tell Yourself?

December 3rd, 2017

5:52

What do you tell yourself? What permission are you giving yourself on how you view who you are? Your self-talk may be affecting you.

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Episode 13: How to Fly a Firetruck to Belize

November 26th, 2017

21:00

What if you had a calling, but didn't know how to fulfill it? What would you do? Listen this week as James York III shares his inspiring story about …

Episode 12: Perspective

November 19th, 2017

5:32

What is our perspective of how we view the world? How does that affect our decisions, as well as the ways we relate to others? I explore perspective in this episode of Be Great TODAY!

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Episode 11: "Perfection" (Featuring Interview with Kaz, creator of the winning Hogger Cosplay at BlizzCon 2017)

November 12th, 2017

17:12

What is perfection? Why do we strive for it in what we produce? How do we see our work vs how others see our work? This episode contains an interview with Kaz, who won the BlizzCon 2017 Cosplay Contest as Hogger from …

Episode 10: What's Your Story?

November 5th, 2017

4:16

Your story and the story of those around you.

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Episode 9: Leaving Your Comfort Zone

October 29th, 2017

6:27

Sometimes in life, we need to step out of our comfort zone. This can be a painful experience, but it is necessary to move us to where we need to be.

Episode 8: Lead to Follow

October 22nd, 2017

3:40

Leading in ballroom dance has given me a perspective on leadership.

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Episode 7: Baby Steps

October 15th, 2017

7:34

When tasks seem daunting, I recommend taking Baby Steps.

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Episode 6: Haunted by Memories

October 8th, 2017

3:03

I recently visited a place that brought back many memories. I call these Emotional Ghosts.

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Episode 5: Leading Through Your Feelings

October 1st, 2017

7:07

How do we handle our feelings? Do we let them control us, or do we control our response to our feelings?

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Episode 4: Starting a Podcast (or a New Project)

September 24th, 2017

5:32

We all have projects we want to start. Here is my experience from starting a podcast.

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Episode 3: 10,000 Steps To Consistency

September 17th, 2017

7:38

What getting 10,000 Steps each day on my Fitbit has taught me regarding consistency in goals.

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Episode 2: Improv Is Life

September 10th, 2017

4:49

Improv has many techniques that can be applied to life. Thank you to scOtt summitt, my improv teacher, for the things he has taught me.

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Episode 1: Reflections From the Dance Floor

September 3rd, 2017

4:39

This past Sunday was my 5th Dance Showcase. I have learned a lot from ballroom dancing. There are things from dancing that can be applied to life.

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