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#30 Chad Moses: You are not alone in your mental health struggle

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You don’t want to miss my conversation with Chad Moses from the organization TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS. TWLOHA is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. 

It is one of the most powerful conversations about mental health I have ever had. We talk about depression, suicide, substance abuse and the power of sharing our struggles with another so we can get the help we need. Because NONE of us are meant to go through this alone. 

Through Chad’s personal story which he so bravely tells our listeners, we can all find common ground, whether we have struggled with some of the same things, or know someone who does. 

He also helps us be safe places for those who need someone to believe in them and help them change the negative narrative they are believing about themselves. 

All in all my desire is that this conversation brings so much HOPE and comfort to the thousands who struggle with mental health or have a loved one who does. 

If you are struggling and need help please visit

There you will find resources in your area. 


Instagram: @TWLOHA


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#29:" Be. Love quick tip:" Trying to Raise Confident Kids

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Hey ya’ll, every now and then we are going to be dropping little quick “be. love tips” on our podcast. Little shorts about loving others well. A 5-10 minute quick recording.

 It could be a story of someone we know that inspired us to act, something we did as a family that touched us, but just little “be love quick tips,” that might help all of us throughout the day. 

Simple things that may make us open our hearts and spread a little love in our busy days. Because I know I need a good reminder every single day that my purpose is to love this world well. 

Today’s QUICK TIP is brought to you about the award my daughter received at camp that gave me pause. It made me think about raising confident kids.

Confidence means knowing WHO you are and WHOSE you are. For our kids, to start knowing who they are and accepting who they are in the little years and keeping that truth as they grow older is exactly what I want them to put in their heart. But if they don’t see their mama exemplifying that, then my kiddos are not going to model it. 

I talk about how if we are wanting our kiddos to grow up to know they are worthy of love and confidence then we have to believe this about ourselves. This is such a hard thing to do, but we are never to old to start. 

Raising confident kids in this day and age is an intentional process and something we are ALL going to fail at more than once, and that’s ok.  I give a few ways of how we are trying to speak confidence over our kids, their character traits and how we are trying to model this no matter how hard it can be. 

I hope these little tips help you, and as always share your tips and tricks. You can find us on @bestrongstory on instagram and facebook, and if these little quick tips inspire you, please let us know, share with your friends, leave us a review. All these little things help us tremendously and helps this movement spread.  Let’s go love the world, you guys!

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#28: Liz Bohannon: Author, Founder and Co-CEO of Sseko Designs

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This week we have Liz Bohannan back on our podcast. She has become one of my favorites, you know those people you can just sit with over a cup of coffee for hours and it still not be enough time, that’s Liz.  She is kind and passionate, and cares about others, AND she just wrote one of my favorite leadership books of the year called Beginner’s Pluck: Build Your Life of Purpose and Impact Now. 

I would give this book to any person who wants to be a part of change in this world. She made me think of leadership in a totally different way, and gave me freedom to pursue something by just starting, not waiting for something to happen. 

You hear speaker after motivational speaker say, “find your passion,” but she says things like, “ create your passion, own your average, and dream small.”

Liz is passionate about others, and started an entire company, Sseko Designs, after her heart was broken wide open for women in Uganda who had a desire to go to University but couldn’t afford it. She turned their dreams into reality with a couple failed ideas and then landed with Sseko Designs which is celebrating its 10th year of providing women overseas and in the states, jobs and education. She is also a sought after speaker and storyteller. She is on the Forbes list of popular speakers. I can’t wait to share our conversation. You will have a smile on your face the entire time. 

How to connect with Liz:




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#27: Terence Lester: Author, Activist, Non-profit leader, Founder of Dignity Museum and Love Beyond Walls

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Today’s guest is a kindred heart. He loves those that many people see as invisible. He spends a lot of time with the homeless and gives us tips to keep our eyes open to others who many just disregard. We talk about the years when someone gave him a chance when he was a young boy and in poverty himself. We talked about when he lived on the streets so he could truly understand those he was going to serve. Get ready for your hearts to be open. 


Terence Lester is  an author, non-profit leader, activist, and founder of LOVE BEYOND WALLS and THE DIGNITY MUSEUM, and just released his latest book, I See You: How Love Opens Our Eyes to Invisible People. 

His awareness campaigns have been featured on MLK50, USA Today, NBC, and so many others. They have been viewed by millions of people worldwide. In 2018, Terence led the March Against Poverty as he walked from Atlanta to Memphis (386 miles). He finished the march and spoke at the historic Lorraine Motel for the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s assassination.

Terence’s unique approach combines storytelling and digital media to help illustrate social justice issues and holistic approaches to solving these ailments.

In 2013, Terence founded the non-profit, Love Beyond Walls, and has helped hundreds of individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty rebuild their lives. They also have just started  the Dignity museum which is an interactive museum for people to understand homlessless. 

We have so much to learn from Terence, I am excited for him to teach us about poverty and how we can open our eyes to Invisible people.

Learn more about Terence and the non-profits he leads:

Seriously check them out, they will change your heart.

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#26: Melissa Radke: Author, Star of the Radkes, Speaker

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This week we have the hilarious Melissa Radke (comedian, author, viral video sensation, and star of the show Radkes on USA Network.  I am so excited to share this interview. She is not only everyone’s immediate best friend because of her realness, but she teaches us about persevering when others have torn you down. Melissa grew up as a talented singer, but after multiple producers turned her down and told her awful things about her appearence, she fell into a depression. And then when she turned 40 she had a change of heart. She was making a commitment to live ONE WHOLE YEAR of BRAVE, no matter what, she wrote the  best selling book EAT CAKE, BE BRAVE out of her experience. 

Her hilarious videos have been viewed more than 40 million times worldwide and her family just finished with the first season of The Radkes on USA network. 

She inspires us to be unapologetically ourselves. She teaches us to be brave even when others try to keep us small.

I promise you will laugh out loud after listening, but also be encouraged to be the you, the you were always created to be. 

This week’s sponsor is Meg Delagrange. She’s a designer and marketer for small to medium-sized businesses who want to grow and make a difference. She does logos, ad campaigns, and websites. She also does marketing consultations when you just need someone to brainstorm with. Meg even made our very own BE LOVE PODCAST LOGO.  She is offering a 30 minute free consultation for anyone who mentions Be love podcast.

Melissa Radke

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Facebook: Melissa Radke

Twitter: msmelissaradke

Sponsor: Meg Delegrange (Designer of websites, logo, all things branding and marketing)

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Get Melissa’s Book: Eat Cake, Be Brave


This week’s sponsor is Meg Delagrange.  She’s a designer and marketer for small to medium-sized businesses who want to grow and make a difference. She does logos, ad campaigns, and websites. She also does marketing consultations when you just need someone to brainstorm with. Meg even made our very own BE LOVE PODCAST LOGO.  She is offering a 30 minute free consultation for anyone who mentions be love podcast.

#25: Kristi Hayes Founder and CEO of Bestongstory and host of be. love podcast

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Today’s podcast is a little different. Many of you asked if we would have someone interview us and tell our story, so we said, “Sure”.  Today my friend Kari Sowers is interviewing me. We had such a fun interview, with some kids interrupting, snoring dogs and meowing kitty cats. We talked about how our company and podcast came about. How a little lunchbox note changed our families’ life, became our family mission, and inspired our company and podcast. We talk about my former jobs that had nothing to do with what I do now, think White House, and fitness trainer, but how they all have prepared me for what I do now. 

We talk about kids of course, and how we are trying to raise good, loving humans and not psychos. Time will only tell (sarcasm).  We hope you enjoy our interview. We love being your host, but it was fun having the tables turned. 

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#24 Megan Tamte: Co-founder and Co-CEO of Evereve

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“Tiny Behaviors that can change a life.”

Today I talk with Megan Tamte who is the founder and Co-CEO of Evereve a fashion brand she created because of a disastrous trip to the mall soon after having her baby. So she created a place for mothers to feel beautiful and special. Evereve’s tag line is “with heart,” we talk about how loving others is the most important part of their business. They hire people who love fashion but who love people more!

We take leadership lessons and the “tiny behaviors” they teach their employees, and how we can train this behavior in our own life and pass on to our children. They are ways we can see people the way they need to be seen. Simple behaviors like remembering a name or looking someone in the eyes and being genuinely concerned for others.

She talks about teaching her kids about empathy, how they can think beyond themselves, and see others as masterpieces. She has some amazing nuggets for parents about showing her kids that they are loved no matter what they do, or what they achieve. Instead of celebrating the accomplishments of her kids, she just celebrates who they are.

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Instagram: @megantamte

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Instagram: @evereveofficial

#23: Dave Hollis: CEO Hollis Co.

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This was our very first podcast! We are re-airing our favorites this summer! Happy Announcement! We passed over 10,000 downloads a couple of weeks ago, that is so encouraging for a new podcast. SO THANK YOU!

Please keep writing reviews and subscribing wherever you listen to podcasts! It helps a ton!

Today I am talking with Dave Hollis, CEO of Hollis Co. He is just as down to earth as you may think he is. We had such fun talking about what it was like this year as his wife Rachel’s book Girl, Wash Your Face, was a topseller and what that felt like. He really shares his HEART, his heart behind all they do. His heart for his family and for a world that produces empathy.

We talk about what it looks like to have patient trust, their journey of adoption and fostering, and how that experience set them up for what they are doing now. We share our heart for helping our kids get out of their comfort zone so they can be exposed to other people’s stories, and show love and empathy for those who have a different experience.

We also discuss something he has never talked about which is the Hollis Co. Foundation and how they are giving back with their success.

3 ways they are showing up for different communities:



Children in Care (foster care)

Did you know that you can PRE-ORDER his new book NOW! And if you get it now, you get 30 minutes of the audio book for FREE, which he is reading!

GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY: A skeptics guide to growth and fulfillment.

You are gonna love Dave, I was so nervous for this interview, but it definitely became one of my favorites!

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Some of my favorite quotes!

15:10 “Anything we have done with a component of giving or philanthropy has always involved a component that has had our kids with us in that experience. “

15:50 “ For our kids to also expose them to people who had a different kind of experience in their life so they have and appreciation for the things that they have, but also some empathy for the things that other people have gone through….so they can show up for them as a friend or as an advocate or ally.”

You won’t want to miss this one.

We look to the future and see what is coming down the pipe for Hollis Co. and Rachel Hollis this year.







Get Out of Your Own Way by Dave Hollis

Girl, Wash Your Face

Girl, Stop Apologizing (Now available)


Book: Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker

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15:50 (Speaking about kids) “to also expose them to people who had a different kind of experience in their life so they have and appreciation for the things that they have, but also some empathy for the things that other people have gone through….so they can show up for them as a friend or as an advocate or ally.”

15:10 “Anything we have done with a component of giving or philanthropy has always involved a component that has had our kids with us in that experience. “

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#22: Becky Conzelman: A life well lived

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My dear friend Becky Conzelman is on the podcast today. She is the co-founder of Faith Rxd.

We recorded this podcast a few months ago, and since this podcast aired,Becky has suffered a brain aneurysm and passed away. I wanted to air this podcast again, because I think it was one of the most powerful interviews, because I want people to remember the legacy of my friend, passionate non-profit leader, amazing wife, mom, friend, sister, daughter, 5x Crossfit games athlete, pro-cyclist, and overall lover of others. Becky put her heart ALL IN everything she did and all of us can learn from her grit and faith.

We know that she would want others to be encouraged in their own journey of uncertainty and pain. I did life daily with Becky and get emotional when I hear her talk, but her heart shines through this podcast and I hope you are all encouraged and ask yourself big questions after this interview. One of my favorite sayings she said, a week before she suffered this aneurysm and had no idea the path her life would take is:


Here are some things I would love for you to think about after this interview:

  1. What if it was my last year on earth?

  2. Am I living with purpose?

  3. Am I ALL IN with your relationships, things that matter?

  4. What do I need to do to live like Becky did?

Becky was a pro-cyclist and her dream was to go to the Olympics, but because of a random rule, she did not make her dream ofthe Olympics. We talk about keeping our faith when our dreams are crushed. When we have worked so hard for something and it doesn't shake out like we planned. Becky was also a 5x Crossfit Games athlete and Grid athlete. She has an amazing resume, but her heart for others and her faith in God is what truly sets her apart.

She has a burden for the Crossfit community to know Christ and that is what Faith RXD does. They merge faith and fitness.

You won’t want to miss our interview, I promise.

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#21: Jessica Honegger: Founder Noonday Collection (Reair)

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Today I talk with Noonday Founder and CEO Jessica Honegger.

She is so fun and funny to talk with. We talk about how she is courageously accepting herself and in turn that helps her celebrate others well. Celebrating our own flaws and loving our whole selves helps us have freedom to love others well.  

We laugh a lot, but there are so many nuggets of truth about loving ourselves with authenticity so we love others well.

We talk about rest and hustle, and she tells a great story of loving others intentionally when we may feel insecure ourselves. We talk about staying in the uncomfortable and being vulnerable.

She gives us some practical steps to accept ourselves and others.

Jessica has written a book all about this called Imperfect Courage which is one of my favorite books of the year.

“Leadership is about creating space for other people to step in and lead, and about doing less as a leader and entrusting others to do those things.”

“I really tried to own the gifts that I have.”

“I am choosing to focus on what I have been given and what I have, and when my attention is on that, it is completely changing the energy I have and what I am bringing to people. I feel like I am showing up for my life.”

“We don’t arrive at a place of joyfully celebrating others without intentionality.”

“To be authentic in celebrating others, I had to believe in the places in me that are worth celebrating.”

“It’s a lot easier to celebrate others when you can celebrate what you have to give and what you have to give matters, then you can run in your lane, and be in awe of people that run in their lane.”

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#20 Lauren Carpenter: Co-Founder Branded Collective (Empowering survivors of sex trafficking)

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Today I interview Lauren Carpenter who is a breath of sweetness and compassion to others. Lauren is Co-founder of Branded Collective, a jewelry company that partners with those who are survivors of sex trafficking. Listen in as we dive into how each of us can use our talents, maybe the ones we didn’t even know we had, to help others. 

We talk about the power of encouraging one another and recognizing the gifts of others and telling them about it. 

Some other things she talks about:

  • Not being afraid to jump into something new, to use your skills in creative ways. 

  • The skills she learned along the way lent themselves to what she does now, but she needed someone to nudge her and encourage those.

  • When you actually know the story and know the person it changes you. 

  • Sometimes it just takes one person to call out our gifts and change the trajectory of our lives. 

  • Gratitude check-in

We talk about the signs of sex trafficking and how this happens right in our own neighborhoods. It’s not just a far away thing.  She tells of staying aware and keeping our eyes open to others, so we can notice when things may seem “off”. We dive into why it’s so important to research and come alongside those who are doing work in the trenches.There are many forms of sex trafficking and we talk about the signs and what to do when something feels “off”.

If you see a woman or child who doesn’t seem like they belong with who they are with: 

Call Human Trafficking hotline:

1 (888) 373-7888

Books and Websites:

Branded Collective:
Get their jewelry and impact a survivor of sex trafficking:

Half the sky:

BOOK: Half the Sky

End Slavery in Nashville Tennessee:

Connect with Lauren and Branded:

Instagram: Brandedcollective

Lauren Carpenter: laurenhcarp

Facebook: Branded Collective

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#19 Emma Hicks: Founder of Camp Cimb

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Emma Hicks is a 27 year old powerhouse who wears many hats: wife, mother of 3, entrepreneur, chef and baker (solely for her family ;), aunt, Rising Tide Society QC Tuesday's Together co-leader, antique picker, and 1st generation hobby farmer.

She is the host and founder of Camp Climb (a retreat for females with a creative business or looking to pursue a creative passion) and Iowa Gathering (highly curated, intimate vintage market; brought to life because of HGTV). Craving a disconnection from the online world, building ‘in real life’ relationships, creating experiences, and being a part of positive community, she bet on the fact others were hungry for it too. She acknowledged her gifts, talents, and expertise: planning/coordinating, bringing together communities, running a small business, and igniting powerful connections. After countless brain dumps and a few sketchpads later, she is climbing her mountain to make an impact.

Today Emma is teaching us how to build on behalf of others. How to leverage our gifts and talents to build beautiful things that can help  others too.

She teaches us about leveraging an open arms mentality to relationships, family and even business.

Emma is a breath of fresh air, someone who understands what it’s like to run a business, but also knows how to unplug an enjoy the simpler things in life. She balances both really well, which is so hard to do in the age of constant technology and social media.

Listen and be inspired to do what you are gifted at, stay present, and unplug so you can stay recharged to build your life on behalf of others.

Connect with Emma’s retreats: Camp Climb

Connect with Camp Climb on instagram:

Facebook: Camp Climb

Connect with Emma: hicks_emma

#18 Branden Harvey: Founder, GOOD GOOD GOOD CO.

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Branden Harvey is a storyteller focused on the good in the world.

If Branden’s learned one thing from his work, it’s this: There's no shortage of good news in the world. You just have to know where to look. He's the host of the podcast Sounds Good, the creator of the Good newspaper, a printed newspaper full of good news, and has built an online community over more than 250,000 world changers. He's helped brands like Disney, Square, Southwest Airlines, and (RED) tell meaningful stories with heart all over the world. He's been written about and featured by media including The Washington Post, Seventeen Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and Mashable.

Branden looks for the helpers, he celebrates the helpers, and his company gives us all tangible steps to get involved.  In this episode Branden helps us look for the helpers and be the helpers.

Branden was a humanitarian photographer where he traveled the world hearing others stories and seeing others perspectives. He gives us tangible steps of how to get involved in our community and find the things that break our hearts so we can do something about it.


“When we take action towards the injustices of the world that’s the ultimate antidote to cynicism and apathy. “

I see a lot of pain, what can I do?

t takes all of us to move the needle.

We talk about how it’s important to know what is going on in the world. Reading the news and being impacted by stories that might not affect us personally, but should affect us.

How can we be affected by others stories and also be a solution to their injustices.

It’s complicated but also simple.

It’s ok, to let these stories break your heart.

“You cannot selectively numb emotion.” Brene Brown

He talks about how he used to reject pain, but now lets it penetrate his heart.

We talk about our brains internal negativity bias and how we can change this bias. So many times we forget to savor the good news.

Allow your heart to break

Look for the helpers

Be a helper

Don’t go it alone.  

You will be inspired by this conversation to be a helper. To find those who need help and be the one who does good for those who need it.

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#17 Heather Boersma: Author, Speaker, Mama of 3

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Heather Boersma Episode 17

Searching for Worth and Significance

Our guest today is Heather Boersma, a speaker, author and life coach who loves to adventure with her husband Alex and their three kids Cohen, Claire and Byron. She has been speaking to teen girls and women for the past 12 years in Canada and the USA. She has  recently published her second book, Letters from a Big Sister, where she collaborated with other authors like Jamie Ivey, Jessica Honegger who was on our show and Jenna Kutcher, to share letters of advice they would write to their younger self.

Today we talk about what we would say to our younger self now. All the struggles we went through as teens and how sometimes those insecurities and struggles follow us into adulthood. We discuss the cycles that all of us deal with when it comes to how we find our worth and significance. How can we  remind ourselves daily that we are worthy and significant.

We talk about the difference between rest and striving. She gives us her red flags for when she needs rest and needs to stop striving. She teaches us ways to see our own red flags.

We talk about identity and what we are all searching for,  how we search for worth in all the wrong places.

Who am I?

Am I accepted?

Am I worthy?

She talks about her struggles with bullying and how those struggles inspired her to write a book for young girls, as well as living her life on behalf of others to know they are valuable and worthy.

Some quotes I loved:

“Leading with Vulnerability creates connection.”

“I am not moving forward unless it’s with TEAM.”

“You don’t have to work for love and significance, you can LIVE from love and value, just because God dreamt you up. Just because YOU are!”

It’s the difference between walking into a room and saying, “Here I am”, and instead staying,” There you are.”

“Who can I find today that I can bless and hear their story?”

“I focus on finding others who need someone to listen.”

“Live from LOVE and not FOR love.”

“You actually have to love yourself in order to love others.”

We also talk about online time for teens and adults. We talk about safeguards you can create as parents for your child as they start to engage on social media.

Connect with Heather.

Instagram :Heatherboersma


Get Heather’s book: Letters from a Big Sister

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#16 Danielle Strickland: Speaker, Author, Founder of Amplify Peace, Brave Global, Infinitum, Women's Speaker Collective

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This has to be one of the most important interviews I have ever done. Danielle gives us practical ways to listen and learn from those we may have never known. Whether it be refugee, homeless, those in foster care, etc... Danielle’s goal is to live a life of love and she gives us very practical ways in how to take the first steps in becoming love in our communities.

Today we are talking to one of the best, when it comes to caring for those in the margins. She defines the marginalized as those who are not in the main narrative. Some people can be obvious and some not as much.

Danielle talks about no matter where we live or what we do it is our responsibility to find and learn from those who have been pushed out of the main story.

”We have to go out of our way to get in the way.”

“We have to be willing to let go of knowing everything, and humble ourselves and learn from others.”

She gives us the steps to




As a 20 year veteran of the Salvation Army, Danielle has fought for those who are marginalized or have felt less than. Danielle Strickland is currently based in Toronto, Canada. Her aggressive compassion has served people firsthand in countries all over the world. From establishing Justice Departments for The Salvation Army, to launching Global anti-trafficking initiatives, to creating new movements to mobilize people towards transformational living. Danielle trains, advocates, and inspires people to live differently.

Danielle is the author of 5 books with her most recent being The Ultimate Exodus: Finding Freedom From What Enslaves You and The Zombie Gospel: The Walking Dead and What it means to be Human. She is host of DJStrickland Podcast, Co-founder of Infinitum, Amplify Peace, Brave Global and Women Speakers Collective. Danielle is a mom of 3, wife to Stephen Court and has been affectionately called the "ambassador of fun".

Some things we talk about:

+There is no such thing as a stupid question, when it comes to understanding those we many not know.

+When you serve someone it’s not about you, it will be uncomfortable.

+Change doesn’t happen without disruption.

+How to change the Story:

  1. Become the learner

  2. Look for those who are not in the main story and get into their story.

  3. Be a voice for those in the margins.

+Be humble and curious

+The stages of listening

+Healthy rhythms for life well lived.

+How to practice listening

She mentions:

The four forms of listening

Adam Kahane

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#15 Rian Smoak: IRONMAN triathlete Founder of Tri DAT

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Today I am interviewing Rian Smoak. Rian is a Triathlete and has competed in multiple marathons and triathlons, including the Ironman Championships in Hawaii, which is the Mecca of all Ironmans. After Rian crossed the finish line in Kona he knew he needed to provide an opportunity for someone else to have that feeling, who maybe couldn’t finish on their own. This started the partnership with his teammate Bryce. Bryce has Cerebral Palsy and is in a wheelchair. CP makes him unable to walk or use his legs. Through an incredible friendship they are taking the triathlon world by storm. Rian is giving Bryce the opportunity to cross finish lines. Rian and Bryce have competed in multiple races together. This consists of Rian pulling Bryce in a boat on the swim portion, pulling Bryce behind his bike, and pushing him in a race stroller on the run.

This Saturday they will be tackling a FULL Ironman at IM BOULDER.

You will be so inspired to hear Rian talk about why he knew he had to use his passion for racing to help someone else, how he changed his attitude when it comes to competition. How a friendship formed between two very different but similar men, and how Bryce is teaching us all to be grateful, inspired, and being present is what life is all about it.

We also talk about how we can treat others with special needs, and how Bryce can teach us to treat everyone with kindness and respect even if they may seem different.

Connect with Rian and Bryce:

Instagram: tridat365

Facebook: Rian Smoak

Follow them at Ironman Boulder this weekend!

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#14 Michelle McKinney: Founder of Dreams Unleashed, Life Coach

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Michelle McKinney is our guest today and she brings the FIRE and inspiration to know what our purpose is and live in it. She helps women design, define and bring their God-given dreams to life. She believes that every woman can fulfill her God-given purpose, and she is on a mission to help them get there. That’s why she started her company,  Dreams Unleashed, to help others pursue their dreams.

My favorite piece of advice is when she says, “Our dreams are never about ME, they’re always about others”.

When we live into our gifts and purpose we are making others better and serving others.

She talks about advocating for ourselves which in turn helps us advocate for others.

If you are squelched in your dreams or don’t know what your purpose is, this is the podcast for you. And if you know your purpose this podcast will inspire you to stick with it.

Michelle gives us some tangible ways to know our gifts and steps to live into them.

She is literally coaching us through this podcast and you can use many of the tips she talks about RIGHT NOW.


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Books we reference:

Good to Great by Jim Collins

Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

#13 Justin Kruger: Founder of Project Kynd

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Justin Kruger founder of Project Helping and KYND KITS talks about how his struggle with mental illness helped him be passionate about serving. Justin hospitalized himself twice without a soul knowing. He even won the sales rep of the year at his former business the same year he went into the hospital and no one knew. 

We talk about the stigmas of mental illness, why it is so hard to talk about it, and how some silently struggle for years. 

After years of struggling silently Justin went on a service opportunity with his then new girlfriend, only because he didn’t want to look like a jerk for not going. After he experienced serving others is when his whole world changed. It led him to lead a life of service and use that passion to help heal others with the same struggles he had. 

This is a beautiful story of the silent struggles many of us face and how one man came through the other side and is helping others along the way. 

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Connect with our guest:

Instagram: @ProjectHelping

Connect with Justin Kruger

Instagram: @Justin.kruger.81

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Allergy Free Baking Company

Today we wanted to thank our sponsor, Allergy Free Baking Company. They are a dedicated gluten free and nut free bakery specializing in flavorful and unique baked goods that everyone can enjoy. They are locally owned and are located off of C-470 and Quincy in Morrison. They are passionate about making natural and wholesome alternatives.

#12 Jennifer Peters: Founder of JUST BE Kitchen

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Jennifer accidentally became a restaurant owner when she was researching for a school project. It was something she loved and realized that she could create a space that was nourishing for others bellies, but also for their soul.

She has created JUST BE KITCHEN, a place for overall wellness for body and soul. Just BE Kitchen is a 100% gluten, grain, & refined sugar free fast-casual committed to nourishing guests with PALEO, Whole30, KETO & AIP friendly comfort food!

Jennifer talks about her self-discovery and turning her pain into passion which helped her create a space for others to connect belong. It is much more than a place to get great food.

From her past and fear of abandonment, she teaches us how to turn our pain into passion and how to bring our vulnerable selves out into the world.

I know so many of you will resonate with her stories of a place of self-love and self-discovery. She talks about nourishing our whole self by learning to love ourselves first because we were all made for connection.

This episode is about putting yourself out into the world, learning about nourishing your whole self, and using your pain to fuel passion and well-being in others.


Instagram: @justbekitchen
Facebook: @justbekitchen

Some quotes we loved:

  • When you are in a place of self-discovery, when you are healing wounds from the past, all these others parts of wellness you can’t unknow, because you start to learn other ways to take care of yourself, and know better ways of worthiness.

  • It really starts from a place of self-love and self-discovery. You can't undo what you learn on that journey.

  • I had to put a piece of who I am out there.

  • The minute you put something that is a part of you out into the world it is a vulnerable feeling.

  • I wanted to create a place of belonging and connection a place that people could come and be mindful. She got resistance on all of this, but she kept her mission of making people feel comfortable and the overall well being of her customer at the heart of things.

  • Every person is made for connection.

  • My goal is to have them feeling really nourished, satisfied, and cared for.

  • There has always been this thing about eating healthy about lack and stripping back. But being well nourished is not just about lack or sacrificing good food. They wanted to create a menu that was nourishing to your tastebuds as well as healthy for your body.

  • When I am taking care of myself I feel better, and I take care of others better too.

  • I wanted to create a space that I felt inspired.


We talk about how to nourish our whole self, where do we start?

24:00 When we heal wound from the past and come to place of self-discovery we can’t unlearn things along the way.

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#11 Jeremie Kubicek: Founder Giant World Wide

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Welcome friends, today we are talking about one of my favorite topics, LEADERSHIP.

You can tell how excited I am because I am talking SO fast the whole time I am interviewing our guest Jeremie Kubicek.

His former companies and current company GIANT WORLDWIDE has the mission to raise up liberating leaders who change their leadership culture in every sector. He is one of Incs  top 100 leadership speakers.

No matter if you are leading a company or one person, all of us are leading in some way or another. We talk about how a title doesn’t mean much, but influencing others is what leadership is all about.

He talks about his near death experience that changed everything for him. It changed his entire definition of leadership. You will have goose bumps after this story.

We talk about how a leader is  someone who fights for the highest possible good of the person they lead.

We talk about the 100X leader, which is his new book and blueprint to help us understand our health as a leader.

He takes us through how to lead ourselves mentally, physically, spiritually, and how we can assess if we are a healthy leader.

He calls it the health index…he uses me as an example. Follow along and see where you end up.

At the very end he leads us through the 5 circles of leadership.


It’s important to find people who are for us, and finding people who are fighting for our highest good.

Connect with Jeremie:


Jeremie’s company


100x Leader:


5 GEARS: How to be Present and Productive When There is Never Enough Time.

5 VOICES: How to Communicate Effectively with Everyone you Lead.

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