51: “Nothing is an overnight success.” - My Followup Interview with Author and Entrepreneur, Deanna Novak

April 5, 2017
In this, the 51st episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview author of My Heritage Book and founder of the publishing company Kids Heritage, Inc., Deanna Novak.
 
“Nothing is an overnight success.” During the first six weeks of my budding show, I was privileged to interview Deanna Novak after seeing her at work in EPCOT Center in Walt Disney World. In 2004, she took her passion for writing and desire to share her family heritage with her daughter and turned it into a business empire. Spending a year and a half in active development, Deanna created a very unique personalized children’s heritage story in the form of My Heritage Book.
 
From there, her story is one of true entrepreneurship and taking any chance she could to spread the word of her book, for she heeds: “Your biggest regret will be not saying yes to an opportunity.” After all, walking through the doors opened to her brought her to working in Walt Disney World and spreading her knowledge of heritage and love of writing with all who ventured into EPCOT Center.
 
In my initial interview with Deanna, we go into great detail about her background and how she came up with My Heritage Book, and today, nearly a year later, I followup with her on all that she has accomplished as well as some big changes and even greater growth coming to her and Kids Heritage, Inc. For a listen to that original interview, you can listen back to episode 6.
 
I want to thank Deanna for speaking with me yet again, and I hope that you all enjoy my interview with an entrepreneur who always figures out a way to make things happen, Deanna Novak.
 
For more information on Deanna, visit http://www.myheritagebook.com/ and follow her on Facebook and Instagram @MyHeritageBook and on Twitter @KidsHeritageInc.
 
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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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50: “You only regret the runs you don’t go on.” - My interview with the creators of the “How was you run today?” podcast, Bryan Gould and Peter Villa

March 29, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview creators and hosts of the “How was your run today?” podcast, Peter Villa and Bryan Gould.

 

Today I would like to thank all of my wonderful listeners for tuning in and staying with me for almost a full year! On this very exciting Wednesday, I invite you to celebrate the release of my 50th episode. To take part in this excitement with me, fellow podcasters and athletes, Peter Villa and Bryan Gould, are my featured guests. These two comedically inspiring individuals model their lives based upon the truth of their own advice: “you only regret the runs you don’t go on.”

 

Understanding the pang of remorse you feel when you don’t pursue a daily goal is something I’m sure we can all relate to, and putting it into the context of something as relatable as a run makes it even more real. Spurned by a love of running, a love of talking, and a love of talking about running, Bryan and Peter launched the “How was your run today podcast” in 2015 and never turned back. Using their own running experiences as the basis for each episode, Peter and Bryan quickly expanded to featuring other runners on their show to broaden the scope in which they relate to their audience. The reach of their message and the real enjoyment they bring to their listeners grows every week, and I am honored to have had the chance to speak with them.
 
About midway through this episode, my dog unfortunately begins barking and I had to leave my desk to put him up. My initial intention was to delete this portion of the show, however, while editing I discovered that Peter and Bryan just continued to talk while I was away, and it was too good not to leave in. So while I apologize for the yipping of my little dog, I hope that this episode’s added bonus of the banter of Peter and Bryan simply adds to your podcasting experience.

 

So lace up and listen in to my interview with the goofy and incredibly motivating dynamic running duo of Bryan Gould and Peter Villa.

 

Thank you guys for celebrating 50 weeks of continuing to move forward with me today. If you love running and are looking for some inspiration and comedic relief in your day, make sure you visit http://howwasyourruntoday.com/, subscribe to “How was your run today?” on iTunes, and follow Peter and Bryan on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @HowWasYourRunToday. I promise you won’t regret it.
 
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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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49: Invincible - My Interview with Former Philadelphia Eagle and Inspiration for Disney’s “Invincible”, Vince Papale

March 22, 2017

"Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true!"

 
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview motivational speaker, former Philadelphia Eagle, and inspiration for the Disney film Invincible, Vince Papale.
 
If you guys are inspired by the stories that my interviewees and I share with you each week, please consider becoming a patron of my podcast at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Of course, all episodes will still be free both on iTunes and at http://keepmovingforward.us/, however, if you would like to ensure my future success, your support would be much appreciated. 

"Don't tell me I can't." Driven by his will to succeed and unrelenting tenacity to prove himself, Vince Papale transforms any negative force in his life into a positive one in order to propel him down the path to victory.

As a standout athlete in his youth, Vince understood the importance of hard work and that the only way he could make it on top and stay on top was through ceaseless hustling. This drive granted him the opportunity to compete at the highest levels in track and field in college and then later in life as a professional football player. The mentality instilled within him by his parents paired with the one he developed himself as an athlete shaped him into the unstoppable force that he became and still is today.

His story is one of pure work ethic and determination and it is sure to inspire you to never give up on your dreams. I am so thankful for the opportunity to speak with him and I hope that you enjoy my discussion with the invincible man, Vince Papale.
 
If you would like to learn more about Vince, visit http://www.vincepapale.com/ and follow him on Facebook @VincePapale, on Twitter @83Invincible, and on Instagram @VincePapale83. Of course, you’re going to want to watch the Disney film Invincible, too, as it documents Vince’s journey to becoming a Philadelphia Eagle as he shows you that giving up certainly is for rookies.
 
Don’t forget, if you enjoy my podcast and the content that I give to you each week, please consider becoming a 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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48: “I believe in everything.” - My Interview with Grammy Award-Winning, Internationally Acclaimed, Singer, Songwriter, and Producer, Peabo Bryson

March 15, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview Grammy Award-winning, internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, and producer, Peabo Bryson.
 
If you guys are inspired by the stories that my interviewees and I share with you each week, please consider becoming a patron of my podcast at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Of course, all episodes will still be free both on iTunes and at http://keepmovingforward.us/, however, if you would like to ensure my future success, your support would be much appreciated.
 
“Through music, anyone can be reached.” This belief rings true for rhythm and blues icon Peabo Bryson, whose ability to carry the passion of a song has remained unmatched since his career began years ago. Recognizing his divine gift from God at a young age, Peabo determined that he would become a successful singer, and, as we all know, he did just that. Among many other notable accomplishments in his career, Peabo is a 2x Grammy Award-winning artist, being honored with these titles after his musical performance on two Disney movies: Beauty and the Beast in 1991 and Aladdin in 1992.
 
Peabo’s story is one that is sure to inspire you to never give up and pursue your dreams with everything that you have, because, just as his parents instilled within him, he epitomizes the belief that nothing is out of reach, so long as you are willing to work hard enough for it. So come with me, if you will, and let’s soar together into a whole new world with the unrivaled Peabo Bryson.
 
If you would like to learn more about Peabo, visit http://peabobryson.net/ and follow him on Facebook @PeaboBrysonOfficial and on Twitter @PeaboBryson2. Don’t forget, if you enjoy my podcast and the content that I give to you each week, please consider becoming a 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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47: Faithfulness - My Interview with Inspiring Christian Author and Speaker, Esther Fleece

March 8, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview inspiring Christian author and speaker, Esther Fleece.
 
If you guys are inspired by the stories that my interviewees and I share with you each week, please consider becoming a patron of my podcast at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Of course, all episodes will still be free both on iTunes and at http://keepmovingforward.us/, however, if you would like to ensure my future success, your support would be much appreciated.
 
“It’s going to be hard, but what is on the other side is more beautiful than you can imagine.” Throughout her life, Esther Fleece became a master in closing off her feelings. She believed that if she simply shut out the traumatizing memories of her past, that she could live a normal life. However, it would seem that the simple shutting off of feelings would not help Esther lead a successful life at all.
 
As adulthood crept in, Esther realized that this failure to accept the bad from her past would simply not do. She was not living an authentic life, but she did not realize it until she finally began to lament. She discerned that she could no longer pretend as if everything was fine when it really wasn’t. With the help of God and a real support system, Esther allowed herself to grieve and lament her past. Only then was she able to truly keep moving forward in a positive and successful way with her life.
 
Speaking to Esther was a privilege to say the least. She has wonderful advice to give and will help you through any season, if only you let her words enter your heart. I want to thank her so much for taking the time to speak with me and I hope that you all enjoy my interview with the ever-inspiring, Esther Fleece.
 
If you would like to learn more about Esther, visit http://estherfleece.com/ and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @EstherFleece. In addition, make sure you purchase her book No More Faking Fine to read all about her journey and learn how she lives today and every day by being truly honest with herself.
 
Don’t forget, if you enjoy my podcast and the content that I give to you each week, please consider becoming a 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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46: Persevere - My Interview with Grammy-Nominated Pianist and Composer, John Burke

March 1, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview Grammy-nominated pianist and composer, John Burke.
 
If you guys are inspired by the stories that my interviewees and I share with you each week, please consider becoming a patron of my podcast at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. This week, I want to give a special shoutout to my newest patron, Crystal! Thank you so much for supporting my podcast and helping to ensure my future success. If you would like to receive a shoutout just like Crystal, feel free to become a patron yourself!
 
“You are your own worst enemy.” Award-winning pianist and composer, John Burke, understands firsthand the weight of this truth. Having a deep connection with music from the time he was young, John understood that your mind is the most powerful of tools, with the ability to either make you or break you. Citing his own conscience as the biggest obstacle he’s ever had to overcome, John determined that the only way he could succeed was through channeling his negative thoughts into positive ones, to fuel him towards his musical pursuits.
 
From a young age, John was drawn to the piano, a love that was inspired by his musically-inclined father. In 2008, John began attending Oglethorpe University where his piano skills really developed and his adoration for those 88 keys grew to an entirely different level. As a post-grad, it didn’t take long for John to determine that being a musician was his life’s calling, and set out to turn his passion into a lucrative career.
 
This impressive artist has released four albums thus far, and we can certainly expect more great things from him. In fact, his latest album Orogen, was nominated this year for a Grammy, an incredible feat for any artist, let alone one so early in his career.
 
As a fellow Oglethorpe graduate, I really am so thrilled to have had the opportunity to speak with John. He is an incredibly driven and entrepreneurial-minded person, and I know that his story and his advice will inspire you to go the distance. I sincerely hope that you all enjoy my discussion with John Burke.
 
If you would like to learn more about John, visit http://www.johnburkemusic.com/ and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter all @JohnBurkeMusic. In addition, be sure to subscribe to John’s YouTube Channel and take a listen to his work on Spotify and SoundCloud. Also, head on over to iTunes and purchase his latest album, Orogen, to support this incredible talent.
 
Don’t forget, if you enjoy my podcast and the content that I give to you each week, please consider becoming a 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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45: “Everything is Possible.” - My Interview with Athlete, Author, and Motivational Speaker, Jen Bricker

February 22, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview athlete, author, and motivational speaker, Jen Bricker.
 
If you guys are inspired by the stories that my interviewees and I share with you each week, please consider becoming a patron of my podcast at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Of course, all episodes will still be free both on iTunes and at http://keepmovingforward.us/, however, if you would like to ensure my future success, your support would be much appreciated.
 
“Everything is possible for the one who believes.” This Bible verse, from the book of Mark, chapter 9, verse 23, defines Jen Bricker’s life. Though she was born without legs, Jen knew that she was limitless. She was raised to believe that she could accomplish absolutely anything that she set her mind to, and she did and continues to do just that. Jen is now an acclaimed aerialist, a renowned motivational speaker, and an inspiring author, and she certainly isn’t done yet.
 
It was such a privilege to speak with such an uplifting individual and I have no doubt that as you listen in, Jen Bricker’s tale will convince you that giving up really is for rookies, because if you believe...everything is possible.
 
If you would like to learn more about Jen, visit http://jenbricker.com/ and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @JenBricker. In addition, make sure you purchase her book Everything is Possible to read her complete story and be inspired beyond what you ever thought possible.
 
Don’t forget, if you enjoy my podcast and the content that I give to you each week, please consider becoming a 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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44: “You have influence right where you’re at.” - My Interview with Christian Entrepreneur and Author, Jess Connolly

February 15, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview Christian entrepreneur and author, Jess Connolly.
 
If you guys are inspired by the stories that my interviewees and I share with you each week, please consider becoming a patron of my podcast at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Of course, all episodes will still be free both on iTunes and at http://keepmovingforward.us/, however, if you would like to ensure my future success, your support would be much appreciated.
 
“You have influence right where you’re at.” You don’t have to be the most successful or most recognized person in the world to be influential. You have influence right where you are at in your life, right at this moment. You have the chance to either positively or negatively impact the lives of those around you simply by being you. So, Jess Connolly wants to know, how will you use that influence? As an entrepreneur, Jess has started a number of different businesses, all aimed at improving the lives of others and giving them the tools to keep moving forward every single day. From co-founding The Influence Network, which gathers a community of Christian women and teaches them how to use their influence every single day, to  co-founding She Reads Truth, an online forum for women to study the Bible together, to founding Naptime Diaries which eventually became the Amen Paper Company, which began as a small Etsy shop selling scripture prints, to co-authoring her first book Wild and Free, Jess is a champion in imparting upon individuals the power they have with their own voice and actions.
 
It was so inspiring to speak to Jess about all that she has accomplished and the lives she has changed, simply by being a positive light to others. It was an honor to speak with her, and I hope that you all enjoy  my discussion with Jess Connolly.
 
For more information about Jess, visit http://jessconnolly.com/, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @JessAConnolly. Furthermore, head to https://theinfluencenetwork.com/ and follow on Facebook @TheInfluenceNetwork and on Instagram and Twitter @InfluenceNet; visit http://shereadstruth.com/ and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @SheReadsTruth; and check out The Amen Paper Company at https://amenpapercompany.com/ and on Facebook and Instagram @AmenPaperCompany and on Twitter @AmenPaperCo. In addition, pick your copy of Wild and Free up today in preparation for Jess’ next book coming out soon!
 
Don’t forget, if you enjoy my podcast and the content that I give to you each week, please consider becoming a 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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43: “Question what you are capable of.” - My Interview with Author, Athlete, Ultra Ambassador for The Herren Project Runs, and Recovering Addict David Clark

February 8, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview author, athlete, ultra ambassador for The Herren Project Runs initiative, and recovering addict, David Clark.

If you guys are inspired by the stories that my interviewees and I share with you each week, please consider becoming a patron of my podcast at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Of course, all episodes will still be free both on iTunes and at http://keepmovingforward.us/, however, if you would like to ensure my future success, your support would be much appreciated.

“Question what you are capable of.” That is how David Clark ultimately found himself on the road to recovery and saved his own life. In his 20s, it seemed that David had it all. He swiftly climbed the corporate ladder and became an impressively successful businessman. However, beneath these successes David hid a dark secret: an addiction to alcohol, drugs, and food. At his lowest point, David weighed 320 pounds, he had a heart condition, 2 herniated discs, was pre-diabetic, and even eventually lost his 8 million dollar per year company.

David knew that it was time for a change, so he turned himself around and found refuge in the sport of running. In 2006, he ran his first marathon and has now competed in a number of endurance competitions around the world. In the pursuit of restoring his own life David aims to help others do the same as the Ultra Endurance Ambassador for The Herren Project Runs initiative, created to help raise funds for and awareness about addiction. To raise money in another way for The Herren Project, David is even competing in an UFC match later this year.

The only way David was able to come out of his addiction on the other side was because he constantly tested the limits of his own body. He found that if he was determined and driven enough, he truly could accomplish anything that he set his mind to. David continues to question what he is capable of on a daily basis and encourages others to do the same. His insight on life will leave you inspired to tackle any obstacles in your path and will make you see that you truly are capable of so much more than you ever imagined possible. I hope that you all enjoy my discussion with David Clark.

For more information on The Herren Project, visit http://www.theherrenproject.org/ and follow on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @Herren Project and follow @THPRuns on Instagram. To get in touch with David, head to http://www.wearesuperman.com/ and follow him on Facebook @DavidClark and on Twitter and Instagram @WeAreSuperman. In addition, don’t forget to read his book “Out There: A Story of Ultra-Recovery” to learn more about the story of this incredible man.

Don’t forget, if you enjoy my podcast and the content that I give to you each week, please consider becoming a 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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42: “I don’t have to run, I get to run.” - My Interview with Recovering Addict, Ultra-Marathoner, and Director of The Herren Project Runs Initiative, Pam Rickard

February 1, 2017
In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview recovering addict, ultra-marathoner, and director of The Herren Project (THP) Runs initiative, Pam Rickard.
 
If you guys are inspired by the stories that my interviewees and I share with you each week, please consider becoming a patron of my podcast at https://www.patreon.com/keepmovingforward. Of course, all episodes will still be free both on iTunes and at http://keepmovingforward.us/, however, if you would like to ensure my future success, your support would be much appreciated.
 
“I don’t have to run, I get to run.” If you were to ask her, Pam Rickard would say that this is her life’s motto. After having running nearly stripped away from her at the pinnacle of her alcohol addiction, Pam discovered what it really meant to appreciate the sport upon which she based her wellness. As an alcoholic and an athlete for most of her life, Pam knew exactly how she could justify her daily addiction: so long as she could run at least 3 miles a day, she determined that she was okay. Attempting to ignore her problems, no matter how severe they became, Pam continued with her regular training. She even completed 7 marathons while still an active alcoholic.
 
After struggling for years with this heavy burden Pam decided to take control of her life. On April 17, 2006, she entered rehab at the Farley Center in Virginia and set her life in the right direction. In 2007, Pam ran the New York City Marathon as a fully sober athlete, and in 2009, she ran her first Boston Marathon, a long time goal of hers, solidifying the fact that she was successfully leading a clean life.
 
In leading a life as a newly sober runner, Pam found herself presented with the opportunity to work for an organization called The Herren Project, aimed at helping individuals just like herself. Chris Herren, a former professional basketball player and addict, whose story can be seen on the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “Unguarded”, founded The Herren Project in 2011 to answer the calls of those in desperate need of help with their addiction and to increase education and public awareness on the issue of substance abuse. Pam was asked to head up a new side of this organization called THP Runs, aimed at raising awareness and raising funds for The Herren Project through the running of road races, marathons, ultra-marathons, and Spartan Races. Today, she is the director of this program and takes her role to heart, considering it to be a blessing in her life.
 
Pam’s energy is contagious and her positive outlook is sure to leave you inspired and ready to take on any challenge that comes your way. I hope that you enjoy my discussion with Pam Rickard.
 
If you would like to see more of Pam, you can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @PamRickard. To learn more about The Herren Project, head to http://www.theherrenproject.org/ and follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @HerrenProject. For even more information about this organization, you can also follow @THPRuns on Instagram.
 
Don’t forget, if you enjoy my podcast and the content that I give to you each week, please consider becoming a 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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