107: “Do or do not. There is no try.” - My experience running the Walt Disney World Star Wars Half-Marathon

April 25, 2018
In the 107th episode of Keep Moving Forward I recap my weekend in Walt Disney World and my running of the Star Wars Dark Side Half-Marathon.
“Do or do not. There is no try.” I had a fear of running and competing again before I began my first half-marathon, because it is so easy to get swept up in it and revert back to my old mentality: putting every ounce of who I was into sports only to have my identity stripped away when my organized athletic career came to a close. But I realized, when forcing myself to slow down and take in every aspect of this Disney race, not allowing myself to get caught up in the competition and how to beat the person next me, just wanting to remember this experience, it helped to clear my head and appreciate the opportunity I am given to run. Because that’s what it is: an opportunity. The ability I have to put one foot in front of the other is a gift, and I never want to take that for granted. It’s easy to get caught up in the planning, the goal-setting, the process to achievement, that I often forget to live in the moment. It dawned on me that sometimes, I just have to slow down enough to watch the sunrise.
Thank you for listening in, I hope that you enjoyed this episode. Do you like my podcast and want to receive some daily motivation? Simply follow along 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 https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward.
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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106: “When who you are matches what you are doing, you can’t lose.” - My interview with Former DII Collegiate Basketball Player, Author, and Founder of Beast Athletics, Tuck Taylor

April 18, 2018
In the 106th episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview former DII Collegiate basketball player, author, and founder of Beast Athletics, Tuck Taylor.
 
“When who you are matches what you are doing, you can’t lose.” Last year, for episode 65, I had the privilege of speaking with Tuck Taylor about his experience as a collegiate athlete and how that helped him begin his own business. Today, I got the chance to catch up with him and all that he’s been up to. He offers some incredible insight and his growth and experience over the past year shine through. I hope you enjoy my interview with Tuck Taylor.
 
Thank you guys for listening, I hope that you enjoyed this episode. For more on Tuck and Beast Athletics, visit https://www.beastathletics.com/, follow Tuck on Facebook and Instagram, and follow Beast Athletics on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be on the lookout for Tuck’s book coming out soon.
 
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Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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105: “I never lost hope.” - My interview with founder of NZ Aromatherapy, pilot, and former professional Rugby player, Shannon Willoughby

April 11, 2018
In the 105th episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview founder of NZ Aromatherapy, pilot, and former professional Rugby player, Shannon Willoughby.
 
“I never lost hope.” Through all of the trials Shannon faced in her life, she maintained her never give up attitude and simply refused to quit fighting. From professional rugby player, to pilot, to entrepreneur, there is simply nothing Shannon can’t do. To say her story has inspired me is truthfully an understatement. It was such a privilege to speak with her and I hope you all enjoy my interview with the unstoppable, unbeatable, and unrivaled, Shannon Willoughby.
 
To learn more about Shannon, visit https://www.nzaromatherapy.com/ and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
 
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Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
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104: “It’s all about taking what you have to perform the task at hand.” - My interview with Associate Broker at Ackerman and Co. and former Wake Forest Football player, Kris Redding

April 4, 2018
In the 104th episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview Associate Broker at Ackerman and Co. and former Wake Forest Football player, Kris Redding.
 
“It’s all about taking what you have to perform the task at hand.” Use everything at your disposal, and make progress. That’s the way Kris Redding attacks every day. Leveraging everything he learned through a lifetime in athletics, Kris successfully transitioned out of the world of football and into the entrepreneurial world of real estate. Citing that, “God will find a way to sit you down if He is trying to tell you something, and some wonderful things can come about,” Kris has pushed through and continues to push through life’s obstacles in pursuit of his goals, and it was a privilege to help share his story.  To learn more about Kris, you can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
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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103: “Everything happens for a reason, and there are no negatives.” - My interview with former NFL player and current Franchise Owner and Trainer at Title Boxing Club, Bryan Scott

March 28, 2018

In the 103rd episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview former NFL player and current Franchise Owner and Trainer at Title Boxing Club, Bryan Scott.

 

“Everything happens for a reason, and there are no negatives.” It’s all about perspective. That is how Bryan Scott has always chosen to look at life. Focusing on the task at hand and how to achieve his goals, Bryan went from collegiate to professional football player and is now a franchise owner of Title Boxing. With a passion for helping people and making the most out of every single day he has the opportunity to be on this earth, Bryan internalizes his tenant: “I don’t like to have bad days. You can have bad moments, but don’t let those turn into bad days. Have your moment, then set it down and keep pushing.” As Bryan says further, “Iron sharpens iron and happy bounces off happy,” and his positive attitude certainly is infectious.

 

Listening in to Bryan’s story is sure to brighten up your week, and I hope you all enjoy my interview with Bryan Scott.

 

For more on Bryan, you can connect with him on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. You can follow Title Boxing on Facebook.

 

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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102: “Everything I have is a gift that’s been given to me by God.” - My interview with USA Triathlete and UGA Bulldog, Darr Smith

March 21, 2018
In the 102nd episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview USA triathlete and Georgia Bulldog, Darr Smith.
 
“Everything I have is a gift that’s been given to me by God.” Darr Smith ran, swam, and biked full speed into the calling placed on his life at a young age when he discovered the triathlon. Never taking the credit and recognizing where his talent comes from, Darr inspires so many, not simply because of his athletic aptitude, but because of his heart and spirit. This breakout athlete has been named the 2017 Junior Elite Triathlete of the Year, and is now an NCAA Division 1 track and field and cross country athlete at the University of Georgia. Darr is a light for everyone in his life, whether in the sporting arena or just walking around campus or church. He is already leaving a legacy as “someone who leveraged his life for something that matters more than his sport” and I know his story will continue to inspire so many. I hope you all enjoy my interview with Darr Smith.
 
To learn more about Darr, you can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To stay up to date on the UGA Bulldogs, follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and to learn more about Passion City Church, you can connect with Passion 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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101: Building the right team: My 20 week social media pursuit to get an interview with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

March 14, 2018

In the 101st episode of Keep Moving Forward, I discuss my road to The Rock and what I have learned over the past 20 weeks in my pursuit.

 

You might be thinking, where is episode 100? Though we are in the 100th week of Keep Moving Forward, today, episode 101 is coming your way. Skipping episode 100 because I know that I will get the interview with The Rock eventually. So, episode 100 is forever reserved for him. Therefore, today, I release episode 101 and will tell you everything I learned while on my journey here. 100 weeks into my podcast. The last 100 weeks on my journey to always keep moving boldly forward into the calling I feel pushed towards and drawn towards to carry out. Though the 20 weeks are up, my pursuit will never cease until we finally reach The Rock. Don’t worry, I will not clog your social media feeds with my pursuit anymore, but in the background, there will always be something going on to make this goal a reality.

 

My main takeaway from this 20 week journey is: people want you to succeed. The more known you feel, the more impostor syndrome sets in, the more people who will come out and support you...so long as you surround yourself with the right kind of people to begin with. Ask yourself, who is on your team? If you really are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, are the people on your team the ones who will help you to succeed? Or are they keeping you from fully attaining your goals and stepping into all you could be...all you are called to be. Or, are they wasting your time? Are you wasting their time? Are you helping to advance them with your presence and the way you live your life? Take stock of those you have the closest relationships with, if there is no advancement or possibility of advancement, you owe it to yourself to build a better team. You have one life on this earth to live, why would you waste any moment with the wrong people around you? You need a community who will build you up, and you need to be a member in that community who encourages, too. If should be a mutual effort.

 

If you have the right people around you, they will help you to succeed, because, truly, a win for you is a win for them. You are meant to be doing this. You are meant to be here. You have value right where you at. You will succeed...but you can’t do it alone.

 

Thank you all for supporting me over the past 20 weeks. The community I find myself to be a part of is amazing and I am so lucky to be have such incredible people surrounding me and wanting me to succeed. I would not have made it here without  you guys. Looking forward to next week’s episode 102 where I have the privilege to speak with American Triathlete and current Georgia Bulldog, Darr Smith, and help share his incredible journey through faith and athletics.

 

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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99: “Sometimes a smaller dream has to die for a bigger dream to be born.” - My interview with the Passion Students Director at Passion City Church and former tennis player, Grant Partrick

March 7, 2018

In the 99th episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview Passion Students Director at Passion City Church and former tennis player, Grant Partrick.

“Sometimes a smaller dream has to die for a bigger dream to be born.” Grant Partrick’s world turned upside down when he saw his professional tennis dreams die. After injury sidelined him, Grant did not know what he was going to do for the rest of his life. He felt aimless, lost, and alone. But, when he walked into a Passion Conference for the very first time, everything changed. Grant’s life all of a sudden took on a new trajectory, directed entirely by his faith. Though he did not know what life had in store for him without tennis, he put everything he thought he knew into God, praying, “If You have a plan for my life, then I’m in.”

Grant learned that every single thing he learned as an athlete would help carry him through the rest of his life. The tenant, “You don’t get to choose how much talent you get, but you do get to decide how hard you’re going to work”, stuck with him and took on a whole new form when he realized that his calling in this life went far beyond the tennis courts.

It was truly an honor to have the chance to speak with Grant. I have had the opportunity to hear him speak at Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA on multiple occasions, and I am so grateful that I was able to connect with him and share his story on my platform. And I know you all will learn what it really means to keep moving forward by listening in to the story of Grant Partrick.

To learn more about Grant, you can visit https://passioncitychurch.com/, follow Passion on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and follow Grant on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

This is it: week 19. Next Wednesday is our deadline to get The Rock on episode 100. I believe in us all, I know we can make this happen. We can will this to happen. Will you continue to help me? 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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98: “At the end of the day, I want to be remembered as a person who was always there to help others.” My interview with Regional Manager at the AJGA and former NCAA Golfer, Patrick Cansfield

February 28, 2018
In the 98th episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview Regional Manager of the Northeast at the American Junior Golf Association and former NCAA DIII Golfer, Patrick Cansfield.
 
“At the end of the day, I want to be remembered as a person who was always there to help others.” It seemed he faced roadblock after roadblock in the pursuit of his dreams to play golf at the highest level he could attain, but there was no obstacle too big for Patrick Cansfield to overcome. Walking boldly through every door opened to him, Patrick simply would not quit until his goals were achieved, noting that the closing of one door only meant the opening of another. I had the privilege of going to Oglethorpe University with Pat and witnessing a small part of his journey. His determination both in and out of the classroom was unmatched, and he is certainly a person who left an impact on our university as someone who always helped others. As he tells his story through athletics and beyond, his humility and the tireless work ethic he possesses shines through, and I know you will be as inspired as I am by the journey of Patrick Cansfield.
 
To learn more about the American Junior Golf Association, you can visit https://www.ajga.org/index-normal.asp and follow the AJGA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also follow AJGA Careers and Media on Twitter. If you would like to keep up with Patrick, you can follow him on Instagram and Twitter.
 
We are in week 18 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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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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