97: “I can help give you everything you need, but I can’t work for you.” - My interview with former Canadian Football League player and founder of BATLX, Micah Brown.

February 21, 2018
In the 97th episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview former Canadian Football League player and founder of BATLX, Micah Brown.
 
“I can help give you everything you need, but I can’t work for you.” Using his relentless work ethic to carry him through every obstacle he ever faced, Micah Brown is uniquely qualified to prepare the next generation of athletes that he coaches for whatever life throws at them...but they have to be willing to work for it. Internalizing this advice his entire life, Micah simply refused to give up until his goals were achieved, determining that no matter what he started, he was going to finish.
 
His journey through athletics and entrepreneurship is sure to inspire you to persevere through the rest of your week, and I hope you enjoy my interview with Micah Brown.
 
For more on Micah, you can visit https://www.batlx.com/, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.
 
We are in week 17 of trying to get The Rock on episode 100, and I need your help. If you want to hear his story on my podcast, please share to social media the letter I wrote to him for episode 95 of KMF. Thank you so much for everything you’ve all done for me so far.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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96: “I just loved trying new things.” - My interview with professional basketball player, Tiffany Brown

February 14, 2018

In the 96th episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview professional basketball player, Tiffany Brown.

 

“I just loved trying new things.” There did not seem to be a sport that Tiffany Brown didn’t excel at. But when the time came and she had to decide what sport she would continue to pursue in college, her heart pulled her towards her true love: basketball. A stellar athlete at Georgia Southern University, Tiffany turned pro out of college and has been competing internationally ever since. Her story is one of grit and determination, and I am so grateful for the chance to have spoken with her. I hope you all enjoy my interview with Tiffany Brown.

 

For more on Tiffany, you can follow her on Facebook.

 

We are in week 16 of trying to get The Rock on episode 100, and I need your help. If you want to hear his story on my podcast, please share to social media the letter I wrote to him for episode 95 of KMF. Thank you so much for everything you’ve all done for me so far.

 

If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.

 

Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.

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95: It’s your move. The world is waiting for you.

February 7, 2018
"After all of that glory, all of that triumph, it was a short walk back to my room. Hundreds of parents and professors and coaches and students were still milling about as I stepped in and closed the door. I had already packed up most of my things. The walls were bare concrete blocks again. My bed was stripped. My desk was cleaned off and my duffel was full. I suddenly felt incredibly sad. I sat down on the edge of the bed and took a big deep breath. I didn’t want to leave. What the heck am I going to do now? I thought. For all of my big dreams, big goals, big hopes, I hadn’t spent any time thinking about what I was going to do once I graduated. I guess some part of me, right up until that moment when I stood up and cheered and threw my hat in the air, maybe some part of me didn’t fully believe that it was ever going to happen. I prayed for it to happen. I convinced myself that I knew it would happen. I willed it to happen. But now that it had, I sat there dumbstruck. I felt so happy, so fulfilled, so overwhelmed, so proud – and so lost. What am I gonna do now?"
-Rudy Ruettiger, Rudy: My Story
When I graduated college and my track and field career ended, I had no idea who I was and what I was going to do for the rest of my life. Did I peak at 22? Would I have to get a real job? That felt like giving up on everything I’d ever dreamed of…it felt like I was accepting the fate of disappearing into the world, being someone who would always be less than. I thought my one true calling in life was to go to the Olympics in the triple jump. That one thing I dreamed about every night, set goals for, focused on, never lost sight of. When reality set in, I was nowhere near that caliber of athlete. The furthest I’d ever jumped was five feet short of Olympic qualification.  I believed, though, that like Rudy, I could will this dream to come true. But, as my graduation from Oglethorpe University loomed closer and with real life fast approaching, I had to come to grips with the end of my organized athletic career and prepare to enter the corporate world.
Going on job interview after job interview after I graduated, I was both unexcited about the prospect of getting a real job and simultaneously overlooked by every employer I sat in front of. I believed that I would be set apart from other applicants simply because of my athletic background, but I wasn’t. Oglethorpe provided me with all the tools I needed to succeed post-grad, but I lacked any experience off the track and out of the classroom, because I chose to solely be a student-athlete. I didn’t have the necessary internships or jobs that would qualify me for the next phase of my life. These rejections had me feeling ill-equipped to even set foot on the path I was apparently supposed to be on next.
The truth of the matter was, I didn’t even want the jobs I was applying for. The only thing I ever wanted to be was an athlete. I felt valueless, lost, and completely ashamed, believing that what I had to offer the world died with the competitor I once was when I jumped my final triple jump.
I set on a long, painful, tear-filled, journey toward rediscovering myself, and it lead me to the world of entrepreneurship, the world of podcasting, and into the calling I realized I was meant to fulfill all along: to relentlessly keep moving forward through my life by helping those individuals stuck in the same rut I was in along the way. To do this, I created the Keep Moving Forward podcast, where I have the remarkable opportunity to interview current and former collegiate and professional athletes who successfully made the transition out of the sporting world and into the real world. Their paths there are riddled with obstacles, filled with tears and pain, but most importantly, their stories are marked with the undeniable truth that every single thing they learned as an athlete helped make them who they are today as a person and sustained them through whatever career path they’ve found themselves on.
From Mario Andretti to Sarah Quinn, the moral of the story holds true: your identity is not rooted in the athlete you are, but everything you’ve learned has helped shape you into the capable, driven, goal-oriented, passionate, valuable individual that you’ve become.

Which brings me to you, Mr. Johnson.

At the release of episode 80, I made the public declaration on social media that I wanted to interview you for episode 100 of my podcast, to be released on Wednesday March 14, 2018. Every single day since then, I have tagged you, commented on your posts, tried to gain your attention in any way possible. Since I began this pursuit, the incredible community that surrounds me has taken it upon themselves to help me. From my closest friends and family, to loyal followers of my podcast whom I’ve never met, these wonderful people have taken to social media and tried to reach you, simply because they want to see me succeed.
When it feels like one dream is shattered, one you believed you were always meant to achieve, if you learn to change your perspective and see the other doors opening up around you, you will find yourself on the path you were actually meant to walk. And your own journey through athletics, Mr. Johnson, is a testament to that fact.
You’ve said that your apparent failure to make it into the NFL was in fact the greatest thing to never happen to you. I feel the same about what was (at the time) the biggest let down of my life in recognizing my own athletic shortcomings when I graduated from college.
What I desperately want, what I know beyond a shadow of a doubt I was called into this world to do, is to help those student athletes just like me. Those who are about to graduate college, those whose worlds feel like they’ve come crashing down because they didn’t achieve the biggest goal of their lives. I am here to share the stories of individuals who can help the people struggling to transition into whatever life has in store for them next, going confidently forward knowing that everything they learned as an athlete will sustain them into whatever it is they choose to do next.
I am asking for 1-hour of your time to share the part of your story where you discovered how to use your athlete mentality to manufacture yourself into the unbeatable entrepreneur you are today.
I sometimes still can’t believe the people I’ve had the opportunity to speak with because of the Keep Moving Forward platform…people whom I’ve looked up to my entire life. From Rudy Ruettiger to Evander Holyfield, never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever be able to have conversations with these incredible human beings. But I have. So, the way I see it, I have a chance to get this interview with you if I work hard enough for it. At least, that’s something I’ve learned from watching you grow in your own career since I was young…because, as I preach to anyone who might take the time to listen in, giving up is for rookies. And even if episode 100 doesn’t work out, I will find a reason to keep going, to keep pursuing you, until you finally relent and allow me to help share your story.
Mr. Johnson, to say it would be an honor to speak with you is an understatement in the highest form, because it would be a dream come true not only for me, but for the community I am blessed to be supported by. Thank God He crushes some dreams, because that means those dreams are too small…and this truth lead me here.
When you are ready to share your journey with my listeners, I am ready to hep tell it. Just say when and, together, we can show the world how to keep moving forward.
 
Sincerely,
Katy Galli
www.keepmovingforward.us
Instagram: @keepmovingforwardpodcast
Facebook: @KeepMovingForward
Twitter: @KMFpodcast
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94: “The four most important words there are: how can I help?” - My interview with elite distance runner and founder of Thumbs Up Runner, Kaye Anne Starosciak

January 31, 2018
In the 94th episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview elite distance runner and founder of Thumbs Up Runner, Kaye Anne Starosciak.
 
“The four most important words there are: how can I help?”  Kaye Anne Starosciak embodies what it means to live out these essential four words. Not only has Kaye Anne risen exponentially through the ranks as an athlete, but she uses her background in dietetics in tandem with her newfound elite running status in order to inspire others through her company Thumbs Up Runner and give back to the community. Because, as she says: “Athletics is just a component of your life, but what you give back is what matters.”
 
I loved having the chance to speak with this entrepreneurial athlete and share her story. I hope you all enjoy my interview with Kaye Anne Starosciak.
 
If you want to learn more about Kaye Anne, follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
 
We are in week 14 of trying to get The Rock, truly, getting dangerously close to the home stretch. So if you want him to be a guest on Keep Moving Forward  as badly as I do, then let’s get to work. Just start tagging him on social media and tell him how much you want to hear his story. Be ready for another surge in this social media pursuit getting rolled out next week. I’d love any help you guys are willing to offer. Thank you so much for everything you’ve all done for me so far.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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93: “The athlete who wouldn’t break.” - My interview with professional American triathlete, Katie Zaferes

January 24, 2018
In the 93rd episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview professional American triathlete, Katie Zaferes.
 
“The athlete who wouldn’t break.” From a swimming and running star, to an NCAA D1 steeplechase National contender, to a pioneer triathlete, it seems that Katie Zaferes is an expert in transitioning and pivoting in life. Viewing whatever is thrown at her as an opportunity for growth and going full force with unwavering work ethic into whatever lies ahead on her journey.
 
I am excited to share her story with you and I know that you will learn how to develop an extreme mental toughness from the athlete who would not break, Katie Zaferes.
 
If you want to learn more about Katie, follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
 
We are in week 13 of trying to get The Rock, dangerously close to the home stretch. So if you want him to be a guest on Keep Moving Forward  as badly as I do, then let’s get to work. Just start tagging him on social media and telling him that he has to be a guest; tell him how much you want to hear his story.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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92: “Work ethic is something everybody can give.” - My Interview with MIT All-American Cross Country Runner, Musician, and Entrepreneur, Sarah Quinn

January 17, 2018
In the 92nd episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview MIT All-American Cross Country Runner, Musician, and Entrepreneur, Sarah Quinn
 
“Work ethic is something everybody can give.” Talent is beyond your control. Work ethic, though? That’ entirely on you. You simply have to decide how badly you want it...and if it means enough to you, you will do whatever it takes to reach your goals. Sarah Quinn is living proof of this fact.
 
A breakout high school cross country star turned NCAA Academic All-American at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sarah Quinn was an unstoppable force. But when faced with an unexpected bout of anxiety and depression that running could not fix, she rediscovered a new piece of herself in music. Through a trying journey strewn with obstacle after obstacle, Sarah refused to give up. She always figured out a way to keep moving forward, and with the support of her family and the unbreakable mental fortitude that shaped her as an athlete and a student, Sarah would not be beaten. Today, she continues to press on in her life in huge ways as a musician and entrepreneur.
 
I had the privilege of going to high school with the Mighty Quinn and to say I am honored that she chose to share her story with me is an understatement. I hope you are inspired and moved by the story of the unbreakable Sarah Quinn.
 
If you want to learn more about Sarah and stay up to date and everything she is doing, you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram at the links in my show notes. For her latest music, follow her on SoundCloud and Spotify.
 
We are in week 12 of trying to get The Rock, so if you want him to be a guest on KMF as badly as I do, then let’s get to work. Just start tagging him on social media and telling him that he has to be a guest; tell him how much you want to hear his story.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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91: “I was tired of always saying ‘I want to be a little stronger’, so I just decided to get stronger.” - My interview with CrossFit Games Athlete, Emily Bridgers Benson

January 10, 2018

In the 91st episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview CrossFit Games Athlete and co-founder of CrossFit Terminus, Emily Bridgers Benson.

“I was tired of always saying ‘I want to be a little stronger’, so I just decided to get stronger.” From collegiate gymnast sidelined by injury to professional CrossFit competitor, Emily Bridgers is an unstoppable athlete. Through unshakable mental fortitude and a pure love of sport, Emily forged ahead in her career and qualified for the CrossFit Regionals in her first year as a CrossFit athlete, an unheard of feat. Since then, Emily has competed in numerous CrossFit competitions, including 4 times at the Games and hopes to make that 5 in 2018.

Her resiliency and determination is truthfully amazing and I am so grateful for the chance to help share her story. I hope you all enjoy my interview with Emily Bridgers Benson.

If you want to connect with Emily, visit http://crossfitterminus.com/ and follow Emily on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

We are in week 11 of trying to get The Rock, so if you want him to be a guest on KMF as badly as I do, then let’s get to work. Just start tagging him on social media and telling him that he has to be a guest; tell him how much you want to hear his story. We have 11 weeks left. We got this.

If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.

Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.

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90: Are you better off than you were a year ago?

January 3, 2018

Well, are you? When you think back to the start of this year, which, to me, really doesn’t feel all that long ago, can you honestly say you are better off now than you were then? If not, why do you feel you can’t say you’re better off? What did you do or didn’t you do this year to move forward? Did you make progress? Did you find that great big beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of your days?

I want to thank you all so much for tuning in every week and helping me affirm without a doubt that I am better off than I was a year ago. This isn’t to suggest that I have everything figured out, because I certainly don’t. Or to say I am better off because I’ve achieved every single one of my goals, because I haven’t. But, when I look back on this year, I know I have made progress. Everyday was not the best day ever, but everyday I intentionally tried to move forward. Thanks to the incredible individuals and communities, friends and my wonderful family who have invested in me and rallied around me, I can honestly say I am so much better off today than I was on January 3, 2017.

I encourage you to look back and reflect on how far you’ve come. Look at the goals you set and examine the ones you achieved and the ones you didn’t. Look to see in which areas of your life you place the most value and set goals there, because you’ve already decided what matters most to you. Set the goals you need to achieve because they will really help you progress in the life you want; don’t set the ones you think look the best to others, because you won’t succeed in a life you don’t really want.

Here’s to hoping your reflection on 2017 helps you appreciate the growth you’ve made, and helps you make intentional steps forward to make 2018 that much better.

We are in week 10 of trying to get The Rock, so if you want him to be a guest on KMF as badly as I do, then let’s get to work. Just start tagging him on social media and telling him that he has to be a guest; tell him how much you want to hear his story. We have ten weeks left. We got this.

If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.

Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.

If you are interested in taking a  listen, here is the interview on Business RadioX that helped set me on a path that would unknowingly help me to achieve some more of my goals in 2017.

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89: “Try everything once, you never know where it will lead you.” - My interview with former Georgia Southern basketball player, Jessica Geiger

December 27, 2017

In the 89th episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview former Georgia Southern basketball player, Jessica Geiger.

 

“Try everything once, you never know where it will lead you.” It’s difficult to be fearless when the anxiety of performing at the peak of your athletic ability is constantly weighing on your mind. But Jessica Geiger knows that when you get into the game and you simply execute like you’ve practiced, day in and day out, for weeks on end, you will always come out on top. I don’t mean to suggest that your team will come out victorious every single time, but that you will always win that internal struggle within yourself because your discipline has taught you to never let that negative thinking win. From starter on the Georgia Southern basketball team, to marketing student of the year, to taking the fashion merchandising world by storm, Jessica Geiger is living proof of what the athlete’s mind is capable of. Jessica utilized every bit of what she learned as an athlete and applied it to her life beyond basketball, noting that “sports shape you and teach you so much about real life.”

 

I am happy to have had the chance to share Jessica’s story, and I hope you are as entertained by and engaged in her journey as I was.

 

For more on Jessica, you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

 

If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.

 

Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.

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88: “Everyone was once a rookie.” - My interview with Real Salt Lake City Women’s Professional Soccer player, Alexa Newfield

December 20, 2017
In the 88th episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview Real Salt Lake City Women’s Professional Soccer player, Alexa Newfield.
 
“Everyone was once a rookie.” Entering into every situation knowing that everyone has to start somewhere and with the perspective that hard work is the only way to truly win, Alex Newfield continually sets herself up for success. Falling in love with the sport of the soccer at 4 years old and having that passion grow within her after being immersed in the culture at such a young age, Alexa thrived as a young athlete and was catapulted into the world of NCAA DI soccer at the University of North Carolina and then into the professional realm by being drafted right out of college by FC Kansas City. Though her pro journey is far from over, Alexa knows the fragility of the career she is in, recognizing that an injury could end her time on the field at any moment. Because of this, Alexa ensures that her athletic legacy will live on long after she is gone, as she has entrepreneurial aspirations to help athletes in need.
 
It was an honor to speak with her about her journey and I hope you enjoy my interview with Alexa Newfield.
 
For more on Alexa and her upcoming inaugural season with Real Salt Lake Women, follow Alexa on Twitter and her new club on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
 
If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon.
 
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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