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Failing Forward Podcast
October 2021

After 100 Episodes, Here’s What I Know

Four and a half years ago, I would never have believed a spark of an idea about normalizing failure would turn into 100 podcast episodes with people I love, respect and admire. I was newly sober, still mourning the loss of my mom and had recently closed a business. The future seemed hazy, but here we are.

Recently, a friend asked me what thread runs through each person’s interview. I paused and thought, they all have a belief in something greater than themselves. For some people, it’s God. Others it’s community, and still others, it’s a principle, idea or value.

I’m not a religious person, but I am spiritual, and I do believe in something greater than myself. In fact, almost every episode has a little miracle associated with it. I never know what the universe will give me, but let me tell you, it is amazing when I discover it.

There is always something unexpected and more than coincidental. And it happens because I’m doing something that is my gift to the world. It’s not always perfect. I’m not always on point with interviewing, but I’m present. I’m listening, and I want to see the people I talk to—even if that happens on Zoom. And isn’t being seen what it’s all about? Isn’t that what we all desire and crave?

So if you see me around Cincinnati, or you want to hear about some of the miracles, reach out. But even more than that, I challenge you to think about this: How are you being your authentic self and seeing not only yourself, but also the people around you?

Here’s to being seen,

Recent Episodes

Henry Fenichel, Holocaust survivor and former college professor
Casey Hilmer Ward, Power Ryde co-owner and stabbing survivor
Episode 100: Henry Fenichel on surviving the Holocaust
Episode 101: Casey Hilmer Ward on fighting for her life 

Obsessions & Advice

The Source by Dr. Tara Swart

This book, by neuroscientist and former psychiatric physician Tara Swart, focuses on the power of positive thinking and how mindfulness and visualization can improve our lives. It’s been a game-changer for me, providing me with hope and a plan. And I think we always need both. 😉

Ted Lasso

There’s no way you haven’t heard of this show, but you might not have watched it. So, here’s your reminder. Watch it with your kids, partner, or parents. It’s a great show to remind us of the good—and the importance of demonstrating responsibility, forgiveness and kindness.

Tip of the Month

Be lazy! Well, not exactly. But as a recent episode of NPR’s Life Kit explains, laziness can actually help us understand where our priorities lie. When our motivation or energy lags, that can be a sign that what we’re doing doesn’t align with our values or interests. So pay attention when you are feeling drained and ask yourself why.

“When we turn our attention toward something that we want or toward something that we’d like to have in our life, we’re turning on our brain to start looking for those things in our environment.”
—Eisha Armstrong

Eisha Armstrong is the CEO of Vectris, a product innovation consulting company, and my partner in 0.0 LivingOn episode 102, she shares her journey to becoming alcohol-free and discusses how our stories and failures can show other people whats possible.

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Coming Up

This week, listen to our newest episode with Julie Conrad, an intuitive healer and founder of Blossom Wellness & Healing Center. Later, I interview author and journalist Ben Montgomery.

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