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Chasing Dreams with Aimee J.

Chief Dream Chaser Aimee J. brings you the people you never knew you needed to meet. Aimee talks to fellow dream chasers who share the story of their chase, the lessons they've learned, and have a good time doing it. Aimee wants people to live without regret because life is short. You need to make moves, take a chance, and chase your dreams.
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Aug 21, 2019

Brand is everything! Whether in your personal brand or your business brand, defining yourself to your audience is vital. You have to clarify who you are and how you want to be viewed, along with identifying your strengths and weaknesses. We are diving deep in today’s show in learning why your brand is a reflection of you.

Thalia Toha is a brand and business strategist for busy entrepreneurs looking to more strategically manage their business and grow their brand. Thalia is currently launching her website, where she shares practical techniques for entrepreneurs looking to get their brand strategically positioned without selling their souls to the expectations of social media. Unlike most brand experts, Thalia does not believe that social media is the be-all and end-all. In her free time, she loves exploring new food trends.

Becoming a brand expert

What are the brands that stand out in your mind? We can all think of certain brands that have a catchy logo, well-known tagline, or an unforgettable spokesperson. Thalia explains that her path to becoming a brand expert happened organically. Through her work in construction, architecture, and real estate, she was introduced to many national brands. She established relationships with executives and gained momentum through one-on-one work on their business strategy. She says that it’s the people attached to the brand names that make the difference because the brand is a reflection of the person behind the brand.

TWEET: “Honesty is a very important currency.” #chasingdreams

Defining yourself

How would you define yourself? The question isn’t an easy one to answer, but it’s the foundation of Thalia’s work as a brand expert. She describes the three-step process she uses with her clients. The first step is flash-lighting, which means you look to those who know you and see you regularly. Get feedback and information about who you are and what you need to do. The second step is highlighting, in which you look at the feedback received and highlight the aspects of yourself that you most want to display. Thalia says we shouldn’t overlook highlighting our weaknesses because they are the things that make us unique and different. The third step is spotlighting, in which we focus on others, what we have to offer them, and how we can help them be better.

TWEET: Just because you CAN do all things doesn’t mean you SHOULD do all things. #chasingdreams

When a weakness isn’t a weakness

Do you view your weaknesses in a negative light? Thalia says you have to identify and know your weaknesses, but that you shouldn't keep them hidden or be embarrassed about them. A weakness is only a matter of perspective. What you might view as a weakness in yourself might be something that others see in you as a strength. 

TWEET: ”Just start. Don’t wait until things are perfect. Movement creates momentum.” #chasingdreams

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take--”Just start. Don’t wait until things are perfect. Movement creates momentum.”

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [1:46] Let’s get to know Thalia
  • [9:03] The path to becoming a brand expert
  • [15:30] How to define yourself and your brand
  • [20:35] The skewed perspective of ourselves
  • [23:32] The significance of “spotlighting”
  • [26:16] Don’t be a “jack-of-all-trades”
  • [28:05] The clear WHY (not HOW or WHAT)
  • [30:38] The evolution of who you are
  • [32:20] Know your weaknesses
  • [35:32] Be what no one else is
  • [38:55] The importance of honesty
  • [42:05] How to show the other side
  • [44:03] Define yourself
  • [47:07] ONE action for a dream chaser

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Thalia on Facebook

Thalia on Instagram

www.youreachrevolution.com

Email Thalia for your free gift, the in-depth guide to her Three-Step Technique:  support@youreachrevolution.com   

Find Thalia’s Behind-the-Scenes interview on YouTube 

Fundathon Donation page:  http://aimeej21.com/donate

The Golden Circle Presentation by Simon Sinek: www.simonsinek.com  

TWEETS YOU CAN USE: 

TWEET: With a brand, business, or as an individual, you can’t be a “jack-of-all-trades.” #chasingdreams

TWEET: “In branding, if you try to do everything, then you’re not doing anything.” #chasingdreams

TWEET: The brand is a reflection of the people behind it. #chasingdreams

TWEET: The viewpoint we have of ourselves is skewed and limited.

 

Aug 7, 2019

Leadership--it holds such power. It can be used from one extreme to the other in lifting someone to the highest level or tearing them down to the lowest low. We hear a lot about leadership, but we don’t hear much about the role that emotions play in leadership. We are diving into this topic today with someone who has wisdom to share. 

Kingsley Grant is a national and international motivational speaker, leadership consultant, trainer, licensed psychotherapist, adjunct professor, podcaster, and published author. His newest book is The Emotelligent Leader: Succeed Where Others Failed. Kingsley’s focus is on helping business and team leaders create environments that motivate, engage, and inspire people to do great work at all levels, which ultimately affects the bottom line. Kingsley is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post, Addicted2Success, Thrive Global, and The Goodman Project. 

It’s never too late

Is age holding you back from chasing a dream? Kingsley says it’s never too late in life to do what you want to do. He proved it by going to graduate school later in life, even though he was the oldest student in the classroom. Many successful people who have become household names accomplished their greatest feats in midlife years or later. It’s normal to have a fear of failure, but by the midlife years, people have more wisdom and knowledge about life. You can “get there” faster if you’re older. 

TWEET: Emotions drive everything we do. #chasingdreams

Succeeding as a leader

Who are you leading? Many people are tempted to think they aren’t leaders, but there is always someone looking up to you or watching your life. Kingsley explains that a thermostatic leader gauges the temperature of those they are leading and sets the temperature for everyone. It’s important that a leader shows empathy and builds relationships with the people they lead. The key is to be a vulnerable leader and act human. A leader can’t be resistant to vulnerability or see it as a weakness.

TWEET: Don’t be afraid to launch into your dreams in midlife. You know better and can get there faster. #chasingdreams

The next generation of leaders

How do we change the perspective on leadership? Kingsley sees his book as the impetus to create a movement. He wants to get people to buy into the idea of being an emotelligent leader who will recognize, understand, and manage emotions in ways to become more skilled at relationships and making judgments. It takes education and training for those who are willing to take Kingsley’s message to heart, live it, and spread it far and wide. 

TWEET: Your dream won’t happen overnight. Surround yourself with the right people who will help move you along. Don’t go this journey alone.” #chasingdreams

 

 

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take--”Your dream won’t happen overnight. Surround yourself with the right people who will help move you along. Don’t go this journey alone.”

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [:36] Get to know Kingsley
  • [6:10] Kingsley’s book, The Midlife Launch
  • [11:03] Why Kingsley doesn’t get bored
  • [12:00] The art of succeeding
  • [14:10] Being a thermostatic leader
  • [16:55] The important role of a leader
  • [18:43] The emotelligent leader and the brick wall
  • [20:45] The vulnerable leader
  • [23:20] Leadership as collaboration
  • [25:46] Changing the next generation of leaders
  • [29:02] Examples of emotelligent leaders
  • [32:10] IQ vs. EQ
  • [35:48] ONE action for a dream chaser
  • [38:08] Rapid fire questions

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED

Kingsley’s website  

Kingsley on Facebook

Kingsley on Twitter

Kingsley on Instagram

Kingsley on LinkedIn

www.kingsleygrant.com/podcast

www.kingsleygrant.com/speaking

www.kingsleygrant.com/freeleadershipbook

Find Kingsley’s Behind-the-Scenes interview on YouTube

Fundathon Donation Page:  http://aimeej21.com/donate 

The Emotelligent Leader: Succeed Where Others Failed by Kingsley Grant

The Midlife Launch by Kingsley Grant

Find Kingsley’s other books at www.amazon.com  

TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

TWEET: Surround yourself with people who will help you get where you want to go.

TWEET: There is always someone looking up to you or watching what you do with your life. 

Jul 24, 2019

MC Vikram grew up in a very traditional, South Indian (specifically Malayalee) household where education and church were emphasized greatly. He developed a love for comedy at an early age and decided to take the risk, step out of his cultural comfort zone, and create his own material. Fear of how his content would be received led him to create anonymously, so he could just step away if the reaction wasn’t what he wanted. His leap of faith was worth it as his songs circulated around the world and became extremely popular, changing his life forever.

“Welcome to India”

Are you afraid to open yourself up to criticism? MC created the parody song, “Welcome to India,” back in 2002, which was the pre-social media generation and an entirely different world. Now, he’s making a comeback with a new generation. His comedy is something he loves doing, not just for himself, but to bring laughter and happiness to others. If you think about your next step too much, then you open yourself up to “analysis paralysis.” MC says that not everything you do will be a success, and the moment you put something into the world, you open yourself up to criticism. The key is to keep going.

TWEET: “Stop chasing money and start chasing happiness.” #chasingdreams

Outside the box

Are you comfortable in stepping “outside the box”? MC says that every culture has its expected norms, but Indian culture especially has strict expectations for achievement. His decision to use comedy, stereotypical accents, and rap music to highlight Indian culture was definitely outside the box of these cultural norms. Even though “Welcome to India” was clean, catchy, and something Indian kids could be proud of, MC had to endure his share of criticism. His intention was never to bring a negative light to Indian heritage, but to step out and take a risk with the talents God has given him. He believes that sharing your talents can lead to great things!

TWEET: “You have to think about failure as part of the formula for success.” #chasingdreams

Enjoy the failure!

Are you afraid of failure? MC wishes that people knew how to take baby steps in accomplishing their goals and didn’t dumb down the capabilities that they have. The fear of stepping outside of a comfort zone and the fear of failure keep many people in professions that they think are safe and secure, but they aren’t finding happiness. Failure is part of success, and it doesn’t define you! Stop fearing failure, take the steps forward, and enjoy the risk!

TWEET: “Some people aren’t living their true selves, but are living what’s defined for them.” #chasingdreams

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [2:39] How MC got in the game
  • [5:00] A flashback to 2002
  • [6:20] The fusion of comedy and rap
  • [8:35] Respect for the Indian culture
  • [10:50] Praise and criticism
  • [12:33] Making his dreams happen 
  • [14:30] Working on a comeback
  • [16:45] How MC kept going
  • [17:15] Being outside the box
  • [20:25] Why MC takes the risk
  • [22:43] The intent in moving forward
  • [24:37] What MC wishes people knew
  • [29:15] Don’t compare yourself to others!
  • [32:55] Motivation for the comeback
  • [35:33] Taking the chance
  • [38:33] Rapid Fire Round

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED

“Welcome to India” parody song 

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/officialmcvikram/

Fundathon Donation page:  http://aimeej21.com/donate

TWEETS YOU CAN USE: 

TWEET: “You’re never going to please everyone.” #chasingdreams

TWEET: “I wanted my own interests to come alive.” #chasingdreams

TWEET: “When you put too much pressure on yourself, you take away the fun of it.” #chasingdreams

 

Jul 10, 2019

It’s here! Episode 200! There are no words for the excitement I feel in reaching this milestone. Thank you for whatever part you’ve played in helping us get here, whether you’re a past guest, a faithful supporter, or a brand-new listener. I’m glad you’re on this journey with me!

As we wrap up Season 2 and look toward a new season, there will be inevitable changes as we move forward. One of those will be incorporating bonus material from our Behind-the-Scenes interviews into each show to help you get to know each guest a little better. As a prelude to this change, I’m beginning today’s show by answering some sample questions. You’ll hear what I wished I had learned in school, the number one item on my bucket list, who I would choose for TIME magazine’s person of the year, and what idea of mine might make $1 million one day. 

Speak up!

Are you a “feedback” kind of person? So many people aren’t! They think that they are just one voice that can’t possibly make a difference, but that is SO wrong. The very fact that this podcast has progressed to Episode 200 is a testament to the power of positive feedback. Let someone know if their creation in any form has helped, encouraged, informed, or inspired you. It’s so important, and it may be just the word they need to keep going. You may not think you can make a difference, but, trust me, having “feedback people” in your corner is a godsend. 

TWEET: There have been moments when I didn’t think anyone was listening to the podcast. #chasingdreams

Motivation, not money

Have you ever thought about what it takes to secure guests for a podcast? It’s not an easy thing to do! I noticed (on our way to #200) that I had an abundance of guests talking about their businesses, and I realized that that’s not what I intend the show to be about. I don’t want to have a guest simply for the sake of filling a spot on the show, but I want to feature people who are chasing their dreams---not just chasing money. My purpose is to highlight the motivation that it takes to pursue a dream.

TWEET: Financial accounting and management should be taught in high school, not college. #chasingdreams

Top 5 lessons from our guests

As we looked back over 200 episodes, what are the best pieces of advice given by our guests? We put together a list of the top 5---and here they are!

5. Mentorship: the need for someone to guide and help

4. (tie) Stay true to yourself: be honest about your dream

3. Write down your dreams: this makes it more real

2. Have courage: this is easy to say, but tough to do

1. Go for it: the world needs what you have to offer

TWEET: Every dream starts with a small step: don’t think you have to begin with a big jump! #chasingdreams

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [1:33] My answers to behind-the-scenes questions
  • [5:56] When I felt like quitting
  • [9:25] The journey to 200
  • [11:14] Chasing dreams--not money
  • [12:53] What I’ve learned from my guests
  • [21:35] A time and a season for change

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Aimee on Facebook

Aimee on Twitter

Aimee on Instagram

Aimee on LinkedIn

 

TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

TWEET: Compliments and feedback are fuel for the fire to keep going. #chasingdreams

TWEET: Rethinking and making changes are part of life. #chasingdreams

TWEET: It’s not about the destination, but about the journey and the purpose. #chasingdreams

Jul 3, 2019

One of the key components in chasing your dream is not to let yourself get distracted by the long-term vision or the successes that others may enjoy. Chasing YOUR dream means owning YOUR journey--however long that may be. 

Tiffany Southerland is a lawyer by training and a change agent at heart. As a career confidence coach and facilitator, she helps students and professionals leverage their stories and strengths so they can maximize their career success. Tiffany also hosts “How Does She Do It?” which is a podcast dedicated to sharing practical advice on the intersection of faith, personal growth, and professional development. Tiffany has been a featured TEDx speaker and has served as a panelist, moderator, speaker, and facilitator on topics including professional development, diversity and inclusion, career transitions, overcoming trauma, and balancing personal values and career goals.

Feeling the frustration

What drives your dream chase? Tiffany thinks back to a time when she was frustrated with her podcast back in March 2018. She wasn’t receiving any feedback and honestly didn’t think anyone was even listening. She questioned why she was even putting forth the effort, but then she realized she needed to shift her mindset. Her long-term vision stayed the same, but she had to change the way she viewed her target and the way she measured her success. Her advice is to adjust your lens, which can shift your perspective. Your vision is what keeps driving you.

TWEET: Your imperfections do not detract from your message the way it does inside your head. @tiffsouth #chasingdreams

Take the risk

Are you a risk taker? Tiffany explains that progress requires a certain amount of risk, which is something she learned from a mentor. To grow, we have to risk failure---and those are the moments in which we learn. We have to take chances. Not taking risks is a way of hiding yourself from what might happen on the other side of the risk. Fear hardly ever materializes the way we build it up in our minds. Tiffany says that the reward will outweigh the risk.

TWEET: There are people NOT doing what you are doing, which means you are already brave. @tiffsouth #chasingdreams

Your vision requires a choice

Are you ready to choose between your opportunities? Tiffany explains that a talented person will always have interesting opportunities, but at some point, a choice will have to be made. One thing or the other will begin to suffer. Tiffany recognizes that a decision will have to be made at some time in her future about which path she will follow, but one thing to guard against is comparing your path to someone else’s. Others may have success that we see, but we don’t see all the struggles and obstacles they have endured. She says, “We have to be mindful of creating our blueprint based on someone else’s building.”

TWEET: You have to run YOUR own race. @tiffsouth #chasingdreams

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take: “Take one step every single day and don’t let the brightness of your vision distract you.”

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [1:09] Catching up with Tiffany
  • [3:28] When you feel like detouring from your dream
  • [5:55] Maintaining your fire
  • [9:22] How to receive a compliment
  • [12:01] Stepping outside your comfort zone
  • [15:45] The fear of low results
  • [19:52] The impact of your authenticity
  • [21:41] Someone who has inspired Tiffany
  • [23:43] A mentor’s advice
  • [27:20] Don’t measure yourself by someone else
  • [31:19] You don’t see everything
  • [34:35] What’s next for Tiffany
  • [36:10] ONE action for a dream chaser

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Find Tiffany on social media:

https://twitter.com/tiffsouth

https://www.instagram.com/tiffsouth/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tiffsouth/

Find the Behind-the-Scenes interview with Tiffany:  https://youtu.be/qWE3c215-Uw

Find our Fundathon Donation Page:  http://aimeej21.com/donate[

TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

TWEET: You can’t make progress without risking something. @tiffsouth #chasingdreams

TWEET: I’m grateful and humbled to be able to chase my dream while balancing my career. @tiffsouth #chasingdreams

TWEET: You need to be thankful and receive the compliments that come your way. @tiffsouth #chasingdreams

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 26, 2019

Are you one of the many people mesmerized by beautiful lettering? Even if art and design aren’t your thing, you’ve probably seen Instagram photos or Facebook posts that feature amazing, stylistic handwriting, and you may have wondered, “How do they DO that?” Today’s show is about two people who have turned their passion for lettering into a business that teaches even the most skeptical letterer how to create something beautiful with basic markers and paper. 

 

Colin Tierney is the Chief Execraytive Officer and the guy behind Crayligraphy. He runs Tierney Studio, an independent design company specializing in lettering, calligraphy, illustration, and branding. Colin has worked with clients from all over the world, and his work has been published in several books, featured on the web, and recognized and awarded around the globe. 

 

Veronica Ruiz is an Educraytor and lettering artist based in Denver, CO. Drawing letters has been her passion since she was first exposed to the wonder of typography in her graphic design classes at the University of Central Florida. Veronica loves sharing everything she’s learned in her lettering journey with others through her Instagram and blog.

 

How Crayligraphy began

 

You are probably wondering, “What is Crayligraphy?” Colin explains it simply as “the art of stylistically writing with a marker.” You don’t have to look far to find it, feel its hypnotic power, and realize its popularity. From a blog that he started about 10 years ago to document his progress in learning hand lettering and calligraphy, he progressed to Instagram posts, tutorials, and workshops that feature what he calls, “Crazy Crayola Calligraphy”---”Crayligraphy.” The feedback he received led to requests to teach others his craft, so he started teaching and doing workshops. Now he has a website and a huge demand from people who want to learn from him, so there are Crayligraphy workshops all over the country, along with his trained team of “Crayligraphers,” like Veronica who hosts workshops in their cities.

TWEET: Crayligraphy is the art of stylistically writing with a marker.” @crayligraphy #chasingdreams

The creative community

If you’ve ever undertaken a creative endeavor, then you know the hesitancy most people feel in sharing their work. Colin and Veronica say that this is an important step in your journey because everyone starts out at the beginning. This community as supportive and focused on helping people improve. Crayligraphy supplies are affordable, and anyone can learn to do it well----with practice. Never be ashamed to let others see your work!

TWEET: “ Never be ashamed to let others see your work!” @crayligraphy #chasingdreams

Next on the agenda

What’s up next for Crayligraphy? The plan is to keep holding workshops all over the country but to expand to online courses to open the accessibility to everyone around the world. Colin and Veronica see Crayligraphy expanding into other creative endeavors also, with a book and their own special markers coming in the not-too-distant future! They emphasize that anyone can learn this art form with consistent practice of a mere 20 minutes/day, and an art and design background is NOT required!

TWEET: “We want to be the platform that introduces people to their next art form.” @crayligraphy #chasingdreams

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [:30] How the Crayligraphy movement began
  • [6:15] How Colin started the workshops
  • [11:24] The popularity of the workshops today
  • [13:42] How Veronica got into lettering
  • [15:19] The growth into thousands of followers
  • [18:22] Finding success in your creativity and passion
  • [21:52] Dealing with critics and trolls
  • [26:01] The next step for Crayligraphy
  • [28:35] The Crayligraphy guinea pig: Colin’s wife
  • [32:15] The reception Crayligraphy has received
  • [35:15] A common thread
  • [36:18] No art degree required!
  • [38:46] The target date for online courses
  • [39:40] New products coming soon!
  • [41:08] What’s next for Veronica

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Colin on Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/tierneystudio/

                            https://web.facebook.com/Crayligraphy/

Colin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TierneyStudio

                         https://twitter.com/Crayligraphy

Colin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tierneystudio/

                              https://www.instagram.com/crayligraphy/

                              https://www.instagram.com/veronicaletters/

Check out our Fundathon Donation Page:  http://aimeej21.com/donate

Find my Behind-the-Scenes interview with Colin and Veronica on YouTube:  http://aimeej21.com  

TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

TWEET: From the interest that’s out there, I knew I had to learn how to teach others to do this. @crayligraphy #chasingdreams

TWEET: When I had thousands of subscribers to my newsletter in just a few hours, I knew this was a big deal. @crayligraphy #chasingdreams

Jun 19, 2019

Everyone dreams of taking their passion and turning it into something profitable. It’s the situation in which your “work” becomes so much more than work. Such is the story of today’s guest. Listen in to hear how she turned a childhood hobby into a serious profession.

Tamara Thompson founded Serious Take Productions in 2012 and has built her creative video agency nationwide. She received her degree in filmmaking and pursued her passion for bringing stories to life in a creative, emotional, and impactful way. Tamara has won awards for her documentary films produced for large corporations such as Microsoft, Starbucks, Safeway, and Gabriel Cosmetics to working with musicians from top TV reality shows like American Idol and NBC’s The Voice. She is known for her attention to detail, her creative vision to help you pull the right story for your brand, and helping people gain the confidence to Broadcast Your Authority with video productions. Tamara enjoys cultivating relationships in the entrepreneurial space to provide meaningful introductions to influencers who are giving back. She lights up knowing each video her team has produced is meant to create a bigger impact and drive results by building rapport with an ideal clientele.

Turning passion into profit

What did you love doing when you were a kid? Tamara started playing around with her dad’s camcorder when she was about 7, and video has been a huge part of her life ever since. She figured out how to turn her passion into profit and found the strategies and systems she needed to put everything in place for her production company. She became a silly YouTuber in 2005 but wanted to be seen as a serious filmmaker. She went away from YouTube for a while but now helps her clients use it in “not-so-silly” ways. Film school taught Tamara how to make inspiring and emotional documentaries that focused on stories of people, along with epic brand-story trailers that share the story of her clients’ brands.

TWEET: Pause your life and take some time for yourself. @seriouspro #chasingdreams

Commonalities among people

What does it take to find someone’s story? Most of what Tamara does involves sharing people’s stories. She believes she is gifted in knowing when someone isn’t sharing enough of the back story. Some people have gone through traumatic experiences, and these are the stories that inspire others. Most of us fear being vulnerable in sharing our past, but telling our stories leads to authenticity and helps others see your WHY. Tamara has become experienced in asking the right questions that will dig deep and reveal the hidden parts of the story.

TWEET: I’ve become very purposeful in finding people who are in alignment with my mission. @seriouspro #chasingdreams

Manifesting your destiny

How much control do you have over your destiny? Tamara says that you have to take action by putting the vision out there in the future and create the action path to get there. Focusing on what you want to be a part of will help you set the intention. Having connections and building relationships are part of the pathway to success. She says to trust your intuition about who you need to connect and collaborate with. We all go further when we connect with others.

TWEET: What is it about your story that will resonate with others? @seriouspro #chasingdreams

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take: If something gets in your way, find your way around it. Find a way to get where you need to be. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [:07] Tamara’s passion
  • [4:29] Being inspired by documentaries
  • [7:16] Starting out on YouTube
  • [9:52] Videography as a creative outlet
  • [10:54] Making this “my future”
  • [16:26] Being vulnerable in sharing your story
  • [20:01] Finding truth in your story
  • [22:47] The power of manifestation
  • [27:02] Going farther by working with others
  • [28:17] Growing past “just” a production company
  • [31:32] Passion coming into fruition
  • [33:19] Balancing everything
  • [36:20] ONE action for a dream chaser]

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Tamara’s Website

Tamara on Facebook

Tamara on Twitter

Tamara on Instagram

Tamara on LinkedIn

Find the Behind-the-Scenes interview on YouTube

Check out our Fundathon Donation page: http://aimeej21.com/donate  

Vivid Vision by Cameron Herold

TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

TWEET: Some people are afraid to share the vulnerability of the WHY behind their story. @seriouspro #chasingdreams

TWEET: Turn your passion into profit. It is DO-able. @seriouspro #chasingdreams

 

Jun 12, 2019

Some of the most beautiful efforts in chasing dreams happen when you use your dream to help motivate others achieve theirs. Such is the story of today’s guest. Her dream has been a lifelong passion for basketball, and now that passion is the fuel that’s helping other young women become successful athletes.

Aquillin Hayes is a Harlem, NY native, University of New Haven women’s basketball standout, 2x Defensive Player of the Year, East Region Player of the Year, Championship MVP, UNH Athlete of the Year, and Finalist for Division II National Player of the Year. She played two seasons in El Salvador and led the league in total rebounds and points. Although Aquillin is still pursuing her dreams of professional basketball, she is using her talents to help others as CEO and Founder of IPF (Infinite Player Fulfillment) Academy.

Taking it to a higher level

What does it take to motivate you? Aquillin was a standout basketball player as a sophomore in high school when opposing teams pinpointed her weakness and exploited it to force her to have bad game after bad game. She realized that she would have to rise above, put in the work, and overcome her weakness to be the dominating player she was used to being. She refused to allow any opponent to have that kind of control over her career and her success. Being “offended” became her motivation to train harder and elevate her game to a higher level.

TWEET: “Rise above, put in the work and overcome your weakness in order to dominate again.” @que_hayes #chasingdreams

Giving back

Why would someone in Aquillin’s position take the time to start an academy for younger players? She says she saw that the level of competition was changing and young players needed to be trained to not give up. Many players feel defeated and don’t have a lack of urgency, but Aquillin says that young women need to demand more of themselves. It’s hard enough in a man’s world, but women athletes have to develop a culture of the level of intensity that doesn’t leave options for failure. The three pillars of IPF Academy are skill development, fitness, and nutrition; this is the message that Aquillin preaches to her young players.

TWEET: I can work hard to be the better player, but I look for every opportunity to become the better person. @que_hayes #chasingdreams

Feedback and criticism

We all like to get feedback on our efforts, right? Aquillin says she has received both positive and negative reactions to her IPF Academy. Some people are very supportive of what she’s doing and the emphasis on the three pillars. There has also been some opposition, though, because some people claim that this system won’t work with inner-city kids. The critics don’t understand why she has a vested interest in helping the younger athletes. The IPF athletes should be the ones to decide whether this endeavor is working! Aquillin vows to keep going because she loves to prove to people that it isn’t just luck that has gotten her to where she is today.

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take--”Be better than yesterday. You’re competing against yourself, so make sure you dominate tomorrow.”

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [:20] Aquillin’s dream of being an athlete
  • [1:25] Keeping up with the boys
  • [3:37] Learning how to put in the work
  • [7:11] A defining game during her senior year of college
  • [12:00] Why she started IPF Academy
  • [16:12] The focus of IPF on high school students
  • [18:58] The feedback about IPF and the mission
  • [22:32] Plans for the future of IPF
  • [25:07] Chasing dreams in El Salvador
  • [30:22] Aquillin’s favorite foreign country she’s visited
  • [30:51] What it’s like to be unsupported by your family
  • [34:38] ONE action for a dream chaser

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

http://aimeej21.com/donate Find out how to donate to keep the show going!

Find the behind-the-scenes interview for more with Aquillin: www.youtube.com

Aquillin on Facebook

Aquillin on Twitter

Aquillin on Instagram

IPF Academy on Twitter

IPF Academy on Instagram

IPF Academy on Facebook

TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

TWEET: The only thing that’s changed in my love for basketball is my perception of the hard work required. @que_hayes #chasingdreams

TWEET: The attitude of never giving up helps you overcome the underdog mentality. @que_hayes #chasingdreams

TWEET: I want to change the way the world views women in sports. @que_hayes #chasingdreams

Jun 5, 2019

It’s always a thrill to catch up with a former guest, especially one who has been super-successful in chasing dreams and achieving goals. Today’s guest appeared on Episode 18--way back in 2015. Let’s check in and see what’s new!

From the chauffeur seat to the C-suite, Tony Woodall has used his Goal Getting program to go from 50 to 32 in waist size and is in better shape now than he was in his 30’s. He’s become a master at achieving his goals and helping his clients do the same. As a coach, speaker, consultant, and the author of 9 Steps to Successful Goal Achievement, Tony proves that you’re never too old to achieve your goals and dreams. This host of the Goal Getting podcast has inspired and helped people reach their high-performance goals, and he’s worked with realtors, lenders, bankers, and other corporations to reach their potential and beyond.

Tony's Transformation

Making a commitment

Where have you made the biggest commitment? Like many people, Tony has battled weight gain for much of his life. Within the past year, he’s dropped from 300 lbs. to 185 and increased his level of physical fitness and overall health. Why has the weight loss process been different this time? Tony explains that the most significant difference has been the commitment he made to himself, most notably in writing a commitment letter, a promissory note of sorts, that he wrote to himself. The motivation for the letter was diabetes, high blood pressure, and other problems as his 60th birthday approached. He says that he wanted to take the money he spent on medications and use it for traveling, having fun, and enjoying life. The key was simple, although not easy: “Eat less, exercise more, and overcome bad habits.”

TWEET: “Eat less, exercise more, and overcome bad habits.” @TonyWCMB #chasingdreams

Every little step is progress

Does achieving a goal bring you happiness? We all know the joy and satisfaction that come from accomplishments. Tony acknowledged this happiness every time he met small goals along the way of his journey to better health. He says that the ability to grow and see progress is a need that humans have. Every little step toward a goal is a positive moment that deserves a reward. Seeing those small steps gives you the momentum to keep moving forward. Tony was even able to start running, which was something he never thought he could do. He says, “Once you realize what you CAN do, that’s when things change.”

TWEET: “Once you realize what you CAN do, that’s when things change.” @TonyWCMB #chasingdreams

No more excuses

Do you make excuses as to why you can’t accomplish specific goals? Tony was used to making excuses as to why he couldn’t do certain things because he was fat and overweight. As a result of chasing his weight loss and fitness goals, Tony now has the motivation to step out toward accomplishing other goals in his life. One example of that is in personal relationships. Tony now has the mentality to try something new as a ripple effect of the dreams he has already chased. 

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take: “Set your goal. Write it down. Don’t let anyone stop you. Your choice of decisions is what will rule your life.”

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [:33] The biggest accomplishments for Tony since 2015
  • [3:07] The challenge of weight loss
  • [6:46] “Taming the tiger”
  • [7:57] Overcoming obstacles
  • [10:14] Facing temptation head on
  • [12:12] Setting goals
  • [13:07] The correlation between accomplishing a goal and happiness
  • [15:37] Tony’s journey: past and present
  • [19:54] Taking on a new journey
  • [23:17] Making changes in other areas
  • [25:59] Don’t neglect the small dreams
  • [28:04] The impact we have on others
  • [30:39] The satisfaction we get from achieving our goals
  • [34:38] ONE action for a dream chaser

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

http://aimeej21.com/episode18   Hear Tony’s previous episode!

Tony on Facebook

Tony on Twitter

Tony on Instagram

Tony on LinkedIn

Find Tony’s Behind-the-Scenes interview on YouTube

Find out how to donate to help the show! http://aimeej21.com/donate

Find out how to pre-order t-shirts: http://aimeej21.com/store

TWEETS YOU CAN USE: 

TWEET: People want the reward of checking off their to-do list and goals.@TonyWCMB #chasingdreams

TWEET: When you find your WHY, then you find the motivation to change. @TonyWCMB #chasingdreams

TWEET: I will never stop creating new goals for myself. @TonyWCMB #chasingdreams

TWEET: The goal you accomplish creates a ripple effect for even more new goals! @TonyWCMB #chasingdreams

 

 

 

May 29, 2019

How many times do you take the “glass half empty” approach? What would happen if you adopted an abundance mindset instead of dwelling on what you lack? Today’s guest drops truth bombs left and right about how your mindset affects your accomplishments.

L’areal Lipkins is a success strategist, vision board extraordinaire, and author of the brand new book, A Woman With Vision: How to Fulfill the Goals and Dreams God Has Given You. After 10 years of doing sales training and consulting, L’areal left her corporate job to teach women how to elevate their mindset so they can actually execute their goals.

An abundance mindset

Do you love to play the victim? Unfortunately, our culture seems to give a sense of power in being the victim. When I play the victim, I can blame someone else, and I don’t have to take ownership of my actions, my results, and my life. L’areal says, “You can’t be the victim and win at the same time.” We all have a “before,” and L’areal teaches that we have to shift our mindset to get past that moment in time to get what we desire. Don’t live in the victim mentality!

TWEET: If I can blame someone else, then that means I don’t have to change. #chasingdreams

A vision board is not a dream board

Have you made a vision board? L’areal says that there is a huge difference between a vision board and a dream board. There’s nothing wrong with dreams, but your vision board should show what you are committing to do NOW. It’s a road map of things to be checked off. She says we shouldn’t rely on social media for our definition of success. In spite of social media, it’s a challenge to maintain our perspective. She explains the four components of a vision board: clarity, planning, execution, and mindset.

TWEET: I teach a different process to create a vision board, along with a different mindset. #chasingdreams

L’areal’s Aha moment

Have you had Aha moments in your life? When L’areal was going through a personal spiral, she came to the realization that who she was at THAT moment was not the person capable of accomplishing the goals she had. Personality traits, tendencies, and habits may have to change if you’re serious about reaching your goals. There is a constant evolving of who we are as our beliefs and behaviors align with the steps we need to take to “get there.”

TWEET: If your goals are random, your life will be random. #chasingdreams

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take: “Get clear about what you absolutely want, not what you think you deserve. Be 100% committed to making that happen.”

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [:33] An abundance mindset
  • [3:29] We all have a “before”
  • [4:32] You manifest your mindset
  • [6:32] Outgrow yourself
  • [8:53] The reality of change
  • [10:37] Social media as a vision board
  • [12:39] Clarity, planning, execution, and mindset
  • [15:25] Why execution is “the secret sauce”
  • [16:42] Who I must become
  • [18:57] Writing a book in 21 days
  • [20:59] What are you willing to work for?
  • [23:23] When you fall short
  • [27:41] This OR that vs. this AND that
  • [31:29] The turnaround for L’areal’s clients
  • [33:47] Getting unstuck
  • [35:02] ONE action for a dream chaser

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

www.aimeej21.com/episode194   Find the behind-the-scenes interview for more with L’areal.

http://aimeej21.com/donate  Find out how to join our Fundathon and help the show!

L’areal on Facebook

L’areal on Instagram

Find the Behind-the-Scenes interview for more with L'Areal on YouTube

TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

TWEET: A goal is not a wish; a goal is something that moves you forward. #chasingdreams

TWEET: Sometimes we’re more committed to where we are than where we are going. #chasingdreams

 

May 22, 2019

To continue highlighting Mental Health Awareness Month, today’s show shines the spotlight on someone who is truly making a difference in the mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health of many, many people. Her mission field is the homeless population, those to whom she refers as the “hopeful.” Her unselfishness and compassion are evident in the way she cares for the underserved and needy with her unique brand of fierce love.

Cynthia Brinkley Scott is the founder and organizer of Love the HopeFul, an organization that provides for the homeless, or “hopeful.” The mission is to give back to the community, including providing a free Farmer’s Market for the homeless on the third Saturday of each month. The market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, protein, bottled water, baked goods, haircuts, books, and more----all for free. In this episode, we talk about how this mission came about and how Cynthia became involved with what has become her life’s passion.

Be grateful for everything

Do you believe that the impossible is possible? Cynthia has seen miracle after miracle in securing food and goods for the homeless. She secured a partnership with Costco through a friend, and she was blown away with the volume of donated goods. She says she would’ve been happy with a case of water, but she received cartload upon cartload of goods. Cynthia operates on the principle that if you’re grateful for everything, then God will bless you in abundance, and this mantra has proven itself true over and over again. Now, she is usually able to bless up to 8 organizations in one day, just from what they receive in donated goods from Costco.

 

TWEET: My life purpose is to motivate and inspire people of all languages all over the world. #chasingdreams

Motivating and inspiring people

Are you still chasing the dreams you had when you were 18? Most of us have big changes to our dreams since the age of 18---but not Cynthia. When she was 18, she wrote out her life’s desire, which was to motivate and inspire people all over the world--people of all languages. This has become her mission and purpose statement, and she has always been geared toward giving back. When she prayed for God to help her, He said, “When you need help, go help someone else.” This has become another mantra by which she lives day to day. She shares about an intense personal crisis that resulted in many tears, which Cynthia views as a way to water the path to her future. 

TWEET: Love always comes first. #chasingdreams

Find a better word

Have you thought much about the negative words we use every day? Cynthia refuses to call the homeless anything but “hopeful,” because it’s her nature to always try to think of a more positive word for negative things. She says there is always a “better word” we can use. The word “hopeful” provides Cynthia with many opportunities to give back to the community. In our everyday life, we can flip the negative connotation to a positive perspective---and make a huge difference.

TWEET: Who are you gonna call: 1-800-FEAR or 1-800-FAITH? #chasingdreams

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take: “Be open and receptive to the plan God has for you.”

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [:33] How Cynthia and I were introduced
  • [3:15] Cynthia’s partnership with Costco
  • [5:25] Cynthia’s early life and dreams
  • [6:29] Giving back with your life purpose
  • [8:39] A personal crisis that turned it all around
  • [14:05] 1000 pairs of shoes
  • [16:42] Who are YOU gonna call?
  • [17:40] With God, all things are possible
  • [20:25] Why Cynthia calls the homeless the “hopeful”
  • [23:20] Changing negative connotations
  • [25:38] The point of no return
  • [30:09] Seeing the need and doing something
  • [33:17] How Cynthia believed and took action
  • [37:45] Growing and making a difference
  • [40:03] ONE action for a dream chaser

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Cynthia’s Website 

Cynthia on Facebook

Cynthia on Instagram

Join our Fundathon:  http://aimeej21.com/donate

Find my behind-the-scenes interview with Cynthia on YouTube!

TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

TWEET: I’m so honored and blessed to have a partnership with Costco for the work we do every day. #chasingdreams

TWEET: God is our president, chairman, and CEO. I’m just the organizer. #chasingdreams

May 15, 2019

How can your example of chasing your dreams help someone else? It all comes down to the motivation we feel when we see someone else overcome challenges and succeed. My guest is here to tell us why the world needs YOUR success!

Jonathan Jones is a social entrepreneur, best-selling author, and TEDx speaker. Jonathan serves and supports students and millennial entrepreneurs who believe in self-investing, monetizing their message, and leaving a legacy. He has been featured on CBS News and has spoken to thousands of students ranging from elementary school to college. Jonathan is the host of the Speak Your Success podcast and the author of Process: 14 Surprisingly Simple Behaviors to Skyrocket Millennials to Success.

Dream it and obtain it!

Are your dreams unreachable? Jonathan would absolutely say NO! His message to students is, “If your dream is big enough for you to dream it, then there’s a way for you to obtain it!” He teaches that God doesn’t give us dreams and desires without the abilities AND capabilities to walk them out. Sometimes we have to remove the fears and the people who hold us back (sometimes that can be our parents!) so we can get to the other side of what God has for us.

TWEET: “If your dream is big enough for you to dream, then there’s a way for you to obtain it!” @jonathanjSpeaks #chasingdreams

Tell your story

Can your success give hope and confidence to others? Jonathan says that there are millions of people who need to see your victory. Hearing your story gives other people courage, and living in your victory helps others chase their dreams. This is why social media has the far-reaching impact that it does, and why people watch so many motivational videos. People want to feel good and be on the winning team. When they see other people achieve, they want to emulate and follow their example. Bare your soul and help others learn from you.

TWEET: “There are millions of people who need to see your victory.” @jonathanjSpeaks #chasingdreams

Try new things

Are you afraid to try new things? Some people live in constant fear of the unknown, so they never take the risk to try something new. When you try new things, you’re forced to cancel out the fear that holds you back in doing something unknown that might turn out to be a great opportunity. Figure out what you’re good at, and keep yourself exposed to the ideas you have about new things and the future, even if they aren’t grandiose ambitions. Jonathan says that even a small dream is worth pursuing!

TWEET: “Even a small dream is a dream worth pursuing.” @jonathanjSpeaks #chasingdreams

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take: “Take ONE step toward your goal today. Write it down because you’re more likely to achieve it that way.”

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [:28] How Jonathan and I connected on social media
  • [1:45] Why Jonathan decided to be a motivational speaker
  • [3:40] Dream it and obtain it
  • [6:12] How mental health can be affected by fear
  • [7:12] Why others need to see your victory
  • [9:47] People want you to succeed
  • [11:52] Why people get caught up in social media and living other people’s lives
  • [16:26] Missing the moment
  • [18:50] How living in comparisons affects your mental health
  • [23:45] How we can slow the growth of cyberbullying
  • [27:49] The potential of new opportunities
  • [30:56] Even small dreams are worth pursuing
  • [33:14] Is it YOUR dream?
  • [37:14] What to do if you’re unsure or overwhelmed
  • [40:07] ONE action for a dream chaser

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Jonathan on Facebook

Jonathan on Twitter

Jonathan on Instagram

Jonathan on LinkedIn

Jonathan on YouTube

Jonathan’s Website

 

Find my behind-the-scenes interview with Jonathan on YouTube!

 

Process: 14 Surprisingly Simple Behaviors to Skyrocket Millennials to Success by Jonathan Jones

TWEETS YOU CAN USE: 

TWEET: Your purpose is sometimes found on the other side of fear. @jonathanjSpeaks #chasingdreams

TWEET: I was a problem-solver at a young age for all my friends. @jonathanjSpeaks #chasingdreams

TWEET: Motivational speaking was never my goal, but impacting students has been a long-term goal. @jonathanjSpeaks #chasingdreams

TWEET: Find the spots of light that you can shine on yourself. @jonathanjSpeaks #chasingdreams

TWEET: Time is more valuable than money, especially when it’s time poured into a youth. @jonathanjSpeaks #chasingdreams

 

May 8, 2019

Many of us battle with anxiety and its symptoms, but what’s most important is how we respond, and how we learn to cope. Do you use anxiety as an excuse for all the things you can’t do? Today’s guest shares his personal story with vulnerability, openness, and honesty about how he’s refused to let anxiety stop him! In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, my little brother is here, hoping his experiences can help others. 

Royce M is a 2nd-year seminarian at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, NY. Royce received his undergraduate degree in Information Systems at the University of Maryland, University College, (UMUC). Originally from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area, Royce has always been involved in church youth activities. In his free time, Royce likes to run and play sports, and he loves anything related to technology. Royce has always valued stepping out of his comfort zone, stepping into his fear, and working hard to conquer it.

Childhood struggles

Did you have any challenges to overcome in childhood? When Royce was just a baby, his parents noticed that he was growing at an unusually fast rate for his age. Doctors suspected a brain tumor, but further tests revealed a huge blood clot that was pressing on his pituitary gland, affecting his growth. After corrective surgery, Royce led a fairly normal life, but he had to wear glasses, worked slower in school than others, and was diagnosed with ADHD. These difficulties led to intense bullying in elementary school, which took a lot of effort to get through, with the help of a few close friends who helped create a safe space for Royce.

TWEET: There’s no other way to say it but that being bullied sucks. #chasingdreams

Hats off to guidance counselors!

Have you thanked a guidance counselor today? Probably not. Their work in schools is vitally important, but it’s a thankless job in many cases. When Royce saw his school guidance counselor, she was able to help him significantly. She had a toy dragon that she encouraged Royce to tell about his thoughts and feelings. She taught him that it was OK to feel his feelings and that he wasn’t alone. Ironically, on Royce’s regular summer trips to India, he met a dog that became his buddy---the one he could tell his thoughts and feelings. This practice (and it was the same dog year after year) helped Royce “clear the slate” each summer to prepare for a new school year when he returned to the US. 

TWEET: Finding a way to share your thoughts and feelings can help clear your mind and prepare you for bigger things. #chasingdreams

Learning to ask for help

How good are you at asking for help? Most of us are reluctant to admit that we need help, and sometimes we don’t know who to ask. Royce was motivated to finish his bachelor’s degree, even though it took several years of going down a crazy path. He had the dream of going to seminary but knew it couldn’t happen until he finished his undergrad degree. The game changer for Royce was admitting that he needed help and being willing to ask for it. He took proactive steps in seeing the doctor about his ADHD and asking the college guidance counselor about available accommodations because of his diagnosis. The bottom line is that everything improved for Royce when he asked for the help he needed.

TWEET: When you recognize that you need help and ask for the help you need, your life will dramatically improve. #chasingdreams

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take--”Ask yourself if you would still love what you do, whether or not you struggled to do it.”

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [:15] Royce’s childhood surgery
  • [2:50] Being held back
  • [5:27] Royce’s experience with being bullied
  • [8:35] The benefit of having a safe space
  • [10:02] How Royce addressed his ADHD
  • [16:05] Why Royce went off his ADHD medication
  • [17:59] Middle school: the peak of bullying and ADHD symptoms
  • [25:15] How high school was different because of a mindset shift
  • [29:05} An unconventional path in college
  • [31:24] Why Royce had to leave college
  • [37:00] Royce’s passion for going to seminary
  • [40:35] Royce’s fears that were in his head
  • [46:09] Where Royce is today
  • [49:15] Royce’s battle wounds
  • [50:35] ONE action for a dream chaser

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Find the Behind-the-Scenes interview for more with Royce on YouTube!

TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

TWEET: Getting off the ADHD meds was like having withdrawals from a drug. #chasingdreams

TWEET: We all go through some kind of struggle, so we have to accept it and ask for help. #chasingdreams

TWEET: The first step was admitting that I needed help---and that was the hardest part. #chasingdreams

May 1, 2019

Sometimes chasing your dream requires you to walk away from the path you thought was laid out before you and make a leap and take a risk. If you allow others to tell you what’s right for your life, then chances are that you’ll encounter anxiety. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re talking to someone who has learned how to find peace and purpose in life.

Jake Heilbrunn is a TEDx speaker and bestselling author of Off the Beaten Trail, endorsed by multiple NYT bestsellers. He has spoken across the US and internationally to 12,000+ people about replacing anxiety with purpose and creating a career you love. He is the co-founder of The Idea Collective, which helps thought leaders get their message out through speaking engagements and TEDx talks.

Conquering anxiety

When do you experience anxiety? When Jake went to college at age 18, he broke out with hives and rashes due to severe anxiety. Doctors couldn’t help, and he became depressed and questioned everything about his life. Jake left school with a backpack and flew to Guatemala, where he taught English and lived in the jungle for several months. When he learned mindfulness, meditation, peace, and purpose, he experienced a 180-degree shift. He soon learned that many young people are battling anxiety, so Jake felt the calling to help others through his speaking opportunities and writing his book.

TWEET: Anxiety was debilitating, so once I found out what helped mine, I knew I could help others with the same thing. #chasingdreams

Social media

How much time do you spend on social media each day? Statistics show that American teenagers spend an average of 4 hours daily on social media! It’s the place where dangerous comparisons are made, and each one of us can play a part in changing the narrative. Social media can be used for good, but we all fall into the trap of viewing others’ lives as “perfect,” because of the selective glimpses we get. We have to remember that we see what people want us to see, and much of it isn’t real. We can see the same post as thousands of people, but we may have a different perception. Jake explains how our brains can be changed because of the influence of social media.

TWEET: Social media plays a huge role in the lives of American teenagers, and it is changing their brains. #chasingdreams

Taking a leap

How do you know which path to follow? Jake didn’t know what career path he would follow after college, but he saw someone’s Instagram post about a meaningful trip to Mexico, and he decided to pay $1000 for a trip. Jake says the trip “called out to me.” As if the universe reinforced his decision, he won $1000 in an unrelated book marketing contest the next day. On his trip to Guatemala, he met the person who later became his business partner. Sometime later, they started The Idea Collective to help people develop TEDx talks. Their company has grown to a team of 13 people.

TWEET: Knowing you’re not alone means everything. #chasingdreams

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [1:03] What’s happened since Jake’s last appearance
  • [2:58] Jake’s journey to mental health
  • [5:23] How Jake’s perception has changed
  • [10:53] Positivity that can be negative
  • [12:56] What influences you the most
  • [16:05] Jake’s company and his role
  • [24:31] Following a gut instinct
  • [28:56] A place of positivity

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Jake is previously featured on Episode 63

Jake on Facebook

Jake on Instagram

Jake on LinkedIn

Jake’s Website

Jake’s TEDx--How to Replace Anxiety with Purpose

Jake’s Jack Canfield Interview

Jake’s Behind-the-Scenes interview

TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

TWEET: I felt a calling to help others come through anxiety and find their purpose. #chasingdreams

TWEET: Not knowing what you want to do is OK. #chasingdreams

TWEET: One of our core values is radical transparency. #chasingdreams

 

Apr 24, 2019

Sometimes all it takes are the right words from the right person to boost your courage and give you permission to take radical steps. Such is the experience of today’s guest, a dream chaser whose path has been anything but ordinary.

Diana Cheruvil is a dynamic and goofy human whose life has been a series of fortunate events. She’s passionate about connecting with people, understanding global perspectives with a focus on local community, and striving for the greater good. She loves to build and nurture relationships in ways that bring others’ most authentic selves to the forefront. Diana’s career spans 12 years of diverse communications and marketing experience that has taken her from Detroit to NYC to South America, and back to Detroit. She has an insatiable appetite for travel, loves her super cool friends and family, gives great hugs, and has very nice hair.

Following the shiny, bright object

When do you know it’s time to pivot? For Diana, it was clear. She studied pharmacy at the University of Michigan, and even though she loved the subject area, her heart was not into the academics. It was clear that a pivot was in order, and her parents made the decision for her to leave college and come home. Knowing this experience would NOT be the one to stop her, she explored, settling on communications and marketing for her next endeavor. For her, living and working in NYC was always the “shiny, bright object at the end of the tunnel,” so she ran toward it.

TWEET: If you fail, you fail - but fail forward. #chasingdreams

Taking a chance

Is it WHAT you know, or WHO you know? Diana moved to NYC (kinda on a whim), and her dreams became a reality. She says we need to realize that we don’t always have to follow a conventional path when it comes to jobs. Often it comes down to the connections you make that can be the most powerful and most impactful. Being backed by people who support you and believe in you makes ALL the difference. Creating strong relationships can help you get to where you’re going. 

TWEET: “It is NEVER too late. There is so much benefit in taking a leap because you never know what will happen.” #chasingdreams

What Diana learned from NYC and South America

Can you look back at steps in your life and recount the lessons learned? Diana had many lessons to learn as she worked her way up from an intern to be the head of a department. She learned that one person CAN change things and make a big difference. Spending almost 10 years in NYC left her stagnant and tired, and she was dissatisfied and burned out. Her dad advised her to have courage and be bold enough to give herself permission to change her life---so she did. She spent time in South America teaching English and traveling around. This time helped her change her perspective to one of desiring a simpler life and realizing that she is capable of SO much more than what she ever imagined. 

TWEET: It’s never about what you know, but it’s about the connections you make. #chasingdreams

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take--”It is NEVER too late. There is so much benefit in taking a leap because you never know what will happen.”

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [:38] What young Diana wanted to be
  • [3:24] Diverse career paths
  • [5:53] Diana’s adventures on the way to NYC
  • [9:00] Taking a chance
  • [9:44] The connections you make
  • [10:41] NYC: everything she wanted it to be
  • [13:44] What NYC taught Diana
  • [19:15] Advice from her dad
  • [20:41] Where you find joy
  • [23:24] How doors open
  • [26:16] How parents don’t always make it easy
  • [27:03] Taking the leap to South America
  • [28:58] Rejuvenated and evolved
  • [31:23] A simple story that’s not simple
  • [32:58] How people thought Diana was crazy
  • [35:10] Not allowing others’ opinions to stop her
  • [37:52] Diana today: in a season of growth
  • [38:42] ONE action for a dream chaser

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Diana on Facebook

Diana on Instagram

Diana on LinkedIn

To join our Fundathon: http://aimeej21.com/donate

 

TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

TWEET: I have a real appreciation for the things that really matter, and they aren’t fame or money. #chasingdreams

TWEET: I tried to identify where I find joy because that was what was lacking for me. #chasingdreams

Apr 17, 2019

Can a young person be the voice of motivation and empowerment in chasing dreams? Yes! Join me for an inspiring conversation with a dream chaser who is already making an impact and helping others find their purpose.

Marcus Roberts-DeLoach is a 22-year-old young adult empowerment writer, speaker, business owner, and radio talk program host from Philadelphia, PA. He is a former full-time student-athlete at Ohio State University-Lima and will soon be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. Marcus is the author of Bigger Than You: What is Your Purpose? Through his work, he expresses how important it is to help others live a purposeful life. He is a firm believer that current situations don’t define final destinations. His advice to people is never to let people tell you what you can’t do or that your dreams are impossible to achieve. Marcus believes that putting in the work makes anything possible for anyone. His vision goes far behind himself, and he believes that empowering other people is the key to truly changing the world.

Finding his gifts

What are your gifts? Marcus always knew that his gifts were basketball, talking to people, and making them smile. He started out in athletic training, then moved to business, and later on to communications. Early on, Marcus developed the mindset that he wanted to own his own business, and he knew the sky would be the limit if he concentrated on growing a better version of himself. It didn’t take long for Marcus to turn into a personal development guru because he knew it would be the key to a better future.

TWEET: Building your dream is hard, but being broke is also hard. @IamMarcusRD #chasingdreams

Finding a balance

Is everything more difficult when you’re young? Not really, but finding a balance in life and finding yourself can be more challenging when you’re young. Marcus admits that his concentration is not as good because he feels “all over the place.” He realized that he had to commit to his dream with consistency and learn to say NO to some people. The average 22-year-old isn’t doing the things that Marcus is. He looks forward to what his decisions will look like at age 25, 30, 35, 40--and so on.

TWEET: Average people wait, and winners create. @IamMarcusRD #chasingdreams

Finding mentors

If you don’t have a starting point, how do you figure out your gifts? Marcus says the first step is to find a mentor. Find someone whom you want to be like. We usually frown upon copying what someone else is doing, but it’s not wrong to copy someone else if you are molding and growing yourself. Two mentors that Marcus learns from every day are Jim Rohn and Steve Harvey. 

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take--”Nothing is as hard as it seems. You can apply that to anything.”

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [:09] Marcus’ accomplishments and young dreams
  • [2:50] Discovering gifts
  • [6:23] Finding the balance
  • [9:41] Passions, gifts, and purpose
  • [11:45] How to figure out your gifts
  • [14:15] The reception to Marcus’ book
  • [16:21] What’s next for Marcus?
  • [18:40] Why people struggle with chasing their dreams
  • [20:45] Why people are happy when they find their gift
  • [22:55] Why it’s important to see others chase their dreams
  • ]25:59] Marcus’ mentors
  • [28:54] Age is just a number
  • [30:52] ONE action for a dream chaser

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Marcus on Facebook

Marcus on Twitter

Marcus on Instagram

Marcus on LinkedIn

Order Marcus’ book on Amazon: bit.ly/BiggerThanYou

http://aimeej21.com/donate  Donate through our Fundathon!

TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

TWEET: The average 22-year-old isn’t interested in the same things as I am. @IamMarcusRD #chasingdreams

TWEET: The key to a better future for me is me. @IamMarcusRD #chasingdreams 

TWEET: A few years ago, my only focus was to go to college and play basketball. @IamMarcusRD #chasingdreams

TWEET: Don’t allow yourself to be stuck in a small space. @IamMarcusRD #chasingdreams

 

 

Apr 10, 2019

Who doesn’t love a good story? Whether you’re reading, watching, or listening---you can be drawn in before you realize it. My guest today knows the power and magic of storytelling---and he’s sharing some of his secrets with us.

 

Shannon Cason has told stories all over the country with The Moth, Snap Judgment, and his own podcasts, Homemade Stories, and The Trouble. He is the chief educator for the Brutally Honest Storytelling Workshop Series and has worked with several companies, including WBEZ, WDET, and Spotify. He is originally from Detroit, and he’s gracious enough to come on the show to share his knowledge and experience as a dream chaser.

 

The magic of storytelling

 

Can you feel it? I’m talking about the moment when you hear a story, and you know whether someone is “putting on a performance,” using a gimmick, or being honest and open. The first thing Shannon noticed about storytellers is that people are drawn to you when you’re authentic and are yourself, especially when polarizing issues are involved. People simply relate more to truth and real life, and we’re drawn to that in stories because it allows us to see ourselves in the story or the experience. That’s the magic of storytelling. 

 

TWEET: People are drawn to stories because it allows us to see ourselves in the experience. #chasingdreams

 

Why podcasting?

 

Have you ever had money that burned a hole in your pocket? Shannon’s first iPhone came as the result of a gambling windfall, and he started listening to podcasts. He had the great idea to mix his love of storytelling with developing his own podcast. He wasn’t satisfied to just “talk,” but wanted full-fledged productions with music and sound effects. Never thinking of this creative endeavor--or any artistic effort--as something that could sustain him financially, he realized that there would be no other job that would bring him as much fulfillment as telling stories and that he could make a living while sharing his stories and chasing his dreams.

 

TWEET: No other job could bring as much fulfillment as telling stories and chasing his dreams. #chasingdreams

 

Finding YOUR voice

 

In storytelling or podcasting, how do you find YOUR voice? You may start out by following and imitating someone else, but Shannon says you have to evolve from that beginning and add your unique style. The beautiful part is when you figure things out and find YOUR voice. You can watch and learn from others, but then put the content through your own filter of truth and authenticity. Find something that isn’t what everyone else is doing. 

 

TWEET: You have to find your own voice. #chasingdreams

 

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take--”Find an example of who you’d like to be and backtrack that example to see where they started. Seeing where they came from should inspire you.”

 

See the behind-the-scenes interview with Shannon for more! www.aimeej21.com/youtube

 

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

 

  • [:10] How Shannon and I met in 2016
  • [1:25] What captured Shannon about storytelling
  • [2:50] How storytelling is brutally honest and refreshing
  • [6:58] Shannon’s storytelling aspirations
  • [9:05] From storytelling to podcasting
  • [11:20] Feeling financial pressures and fears
  • [13:50] If people didn’t pursue their higher calling
  • [17:00] Why we “trap” ourselves into living others’ lifestyles
  • [21:19] “Outside the box” thinking
  • [22:54] How Shannon put his own spin on his work
  • [25:15] How his children are following in his footsteps
  • [29:13] One surprising outcome
  • [31:49] What’s coming up next for Shannon
  • [33:16] ONE action for a dream chaser

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

 

www.aimeej21.com/episode187

 

www.aimeej21.com/donate   Consider donating to help the show!

 

www.shannoncason.com  Find out more about Shannon and Brutally Honest Storytelling

Apr 3, 2019

Can you still chase your dreams if you aren’t sure about how to move forward? Yes! Today’s guest shares his personal experience with learning to be still and focus on the next step.

Brian Drury is a return guest from Episode 44. We’re checking in with Brian to see what’s new in his life and his dream chase. He’s the founder of Overcoming Graduation, the creator and host of the Overcoming Graduation podcast, a professional speaker, coach, and author of the #1 Amazon bestseller, The First Step. Through his work, he helps teach young adults everything he wished he had known about habits and mindset to help them create their dream lives, starting today. One of Brian’s recent speeches went viral and has reached over 14.7 million people around the world, and is now featured as one of Goalcast’s Top Inspiring Videos. Brian also has a passion for travel; he speaks three languages, taught himself to speak Portuguese in just seven months, and has traveled to 17 different countries around the world. Brian wants everyone, young and old, to realize that their dream life is within their reach if they are willing to think differently and take action.

Focus on the next small step

Do you always know the next step to take? No, there are times when you are in a place of uncertainty. You don’t always have clarity and focus on the next step to take, but you have to move forward in incremental steps to reach bigger goals down the road. Brian hasn’t always had the clarity in business and personal relationships for achieving the success he wanted. He says that even “on the path to somewhere,” you have to be able to find joy along the way. “Life won’t be sunshine and rainbows every single day.”

TWEET: You know if you explode and blow up, it’s not going to bring the results you are looking for. @overcominggrad #chasingdreams

Learning to live in “the medium”

Do you live in extremes? Brian admits that living in extremes has been his norm, but he is learning to stay in a healthier, happier “medium.” Even though he teaches self-care, he has had to discipline himself to keep up with that care every day, especially when the stress and busy-ness of life get in the way. Living in “the medium” has helped him take full responsibility in his identity and prompted an honest conversation with his father, which was a big emotional release.

TWEET: I’ve lived in extremes for most of my life. @overcominggrad #chasingdreams

Enjoy today - and tomorrow

Is your inner child still there? Brian says we need to be playful and embrace our inner child, but we need moderation in healthy areas and honesty in communication and relationships. We need to cut out bad habits and embrace healthy ones so that we can enjoy the next day in the same way as today. Brian lives by a quote from author Aubrey Marcus: “Don’t enjoy today at the expense of tomorrow.” Brian says we need to make time to play, have fun, and live in the moment.

TWEET: Having a coach and mentor has changed my life drastically. @overcominggrad #chasingdreams

See the behind-the-scenes interview with Brian for more! www.aimeej21.com/youtube

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [:22] How Brian is still chasing his dreams
  • [2:02] Being in a different place
  • [5:38] Focus on the next step
  • [9:55] Having it “all figured out” is inauthentic
  • [16:14] Learning to take full responsibility
  • [20:54] Easy to say, harder to do
  • [23:56] How removing the consequences eliminates negative self-talk
  • [31:36] The value of what you loved to do as a kid
  • [34:22] What Brian learned last year
  • [35:38] The dangers of social media assumptions
  • [39:52] How we “dress up” our dreams with destination fallacies
  • [45:22] Your own definition of truth
  • [47:32] Slowing down to enjoy the NOW

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Brian’s Website

Brian on Facebook

Brian on Twitter

Brain on Instagram

Find out how to donate to the show:  www.aimeej21.com/donate

TWEETS YOU CAN USE: 

TWEET: Life is a “choose your own adventure” situation. @overcominggrad #chasingdreams

TWEET: We often default to the struggles that are given to us instead of choosing our struggle. @overcominggrad #chasingdreams

TWEET: Society glorifies behaviors that are unhealthy for us. @overcominggrad #chasingdreams

TWEET: Taking full responsibility means you will take action to improve your life and not blame others.  @overcominggrad #chasingdreams

 

Mar 27, 2019

Do you root for the underdog? My guest today pulls for the underdogs of the podcast world---the small, independent podcasters who don’t grab the big sponsorships. Let’s find out what she’s about and how she has made her place in the podcasting arena.

Jessica Kupferman is an internet and digital marketing pioneer who helps content creators grow and monetize a loyal, rabid fan base through understanding connection and the power of influence. She has worked on branding and messaging for large corporations such as Comcast, Subaru, as well as with hundreds of bloggers, podcasters, and online entrepreneurs by teaching personality-driven social media and sales strategies. Jessica is the co-host and co-founder of the She Podcasts brand, which currently supports over 10,000 female podcasters, and has a digital marketing reach of over 50,000 content creators. She started a podcast advertising agency, JK Media Agency in 2015, and then sold it in 2017 to pursue her passion for helping independent podcasters to create connection and step into their influence. Currently, Jessica is the head of marketing for Rebel Base Media and loves helping their members prepare for success in podcasting. She’s a busy lady, and I’m happy to welcome Jessica to the show!

Creating an authentic organization for women

Can men be part of She Podcasts? The answer is no. The group remains loyal to maintaining an authentic organization for women podcasters---a place of familiarity and comfort where women can be themselves. Jessica wants it to be a safe space of relaxation and feels that allowing men to join would take away from that. Even though men have asked to join, she says, “If we let one, then we’d have to let them all!” Every other podcast group out there is available for men to join, so this one will stay different and unique. Jessica’s background in the corporate world was always in jobs in heavily male-dominated fields, so she’s happy to have founded and to be a part of something that offers exclusive support to women.

TWEET: Your legacy won’t be your body of work but will be how you make people feel. @jesskupferman

Why you can’t advocate for every cause

Do you champion the causes you believe in? Most of us love being the advocate and the voice for the things we feel strongly about. The problem is that so many try to champion EVERY cause. You can’t advocate for everything, because you’ll exhaust yourself, and trying to defend every cause makes you a vague person who seems like they don’t know what they really stand for. Wanting to help is NOT enough, because there has to be a connection and a personal incentive. Be who you are.

TWEET: You can’t be an advocate for everything all the time. @jesskupferman

Focus on the individual

Would you sacrifice to help “the little guy”? Jessica really wanted to help small shows monetize their podcasts, but she needed to prove that to her advertisers. Today, she teaches with the Podcast Success Academy and focuses on teaching podcasters how to pitch, grow, and market their podcasts. Jessica shares how she was willing to make sacrifices and changes, which were prompted by the loss of her daughter, a pivotal point in Jessica’s life. She says we need to learn to ask the right questions to figure out who we are.

TWEET: When you die, you take with you the memories of how you made other people feel. @jesskupferman

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [:25] Starting an organization and seeing organic growth
  • [3:37] No men allowed
  • [5:20] An environment of safety and inclusion
  • [7:05] Jessica’s work in the corporate world
  • [9:43] “Know, relate, understand, and respect”
  • [14:37] The pressure to advocate for EVERYTHING
  • [16:35] Don’t try to champion every cause
  • [18:25] The dangers of social media
  • [22:15] Why Jessica wanted to focus on “the little guy”
  • [24:25] Making sacrifices and changes
  • [28:07] Making sense of the loss of a loved one
  • [30:25] Learning to pivot as you age
  • [37:45] Jessica’s impact: having a good time

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

www.aimeej21.com/episode185   

www.aimeej21.com/donate    Find out more about how to help Chasing Dreams!

Jessica on Facebook

Jessica on Twitter

Jessica on Instagram

Jessica on LinkedIn

shepodcasts.com

jessicakupferman.com

rebelbasemedia.io

TWEETS YOU CAN USE: 

TWEET: Support the things that mean something to you. Don’t champion every cause. @jesskupferman

TWEET: The key is not figuring out what I’m supposed to do, but who I’m supposed to be. @jesskupferman

TWEET: In podcasting, I want to help women who aren’t like me and might be too timid to ask questions. @jesskupferman

 

Mar 20, 2019

With the prevalence of blended families today, being a stepparent is rarely thought of in a positive light. The truth is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Hold your skepticism until you hear what today’s guest has to say about blended families thriving and creating an atmosphere of love and mutual respect. 

Tuniscia Okeke is the author of Empowered Stepmother. In this book, she invites stepmothers on a transformational journey of self-empowerment to regain their voices and discover their identity in a blended family dynamic. The family vlog “Tea with Tuniscia O” gives a candid look inside the love and connection shared between Tuniscia and her stepson, Ike. The vlog journals their family’s victories and strategies to co-parent successfully with Ike’s biological mother. Tuniscia is an avid reader whose most creative thoughts occur while she’s in “couch potato mode.” As a wife and mother of three children, two of whom are adults, Tuniscia’s most cherished moments are family time together at home or on vacation. 

Tuniscia’s path

Were you a stepchild? Tuniscia was---and then she became a teenage mother at age 18, and then again at age 19. As the mother of two little ones, life hit her hard and fast, and she had to grow up quickly. She became a paralegal for a while and then bought her first house at age 24, an achievement that was unusual in her family. Even though Tuniscia had to be a working mom, she always had a job that was near her children. Looking back today, Tuniscia realizes that her leadership qualities were unique for one so young, and others saw that in her also.

TWEET: Too many times, stepmothers want to battle with the biological mother to see who’s more important. @blendingourlove #chasingdreams

Becoming a stepmother

Does anyone ever aspire to be a stepparent? The answer is probably a NO for most of us. Tuniscia never wanted this role, until she met her future husband, who happened to be the father of an 18-month-old son. It didn't take long for Tuniscia to fall in love with the father AND son, knowing that she wanted to be a positive influence in little Ike's life. Surprisingly, the foreword to Tuniscia's book is written by none other than Danielle, Ike's biological mother. She outlines how Tuniscia has helped her with the struggles to love and accept herself to be a better mom. Today, Tuniscia is Danielle's life coach, helping her rebuild and reinforce her beautiful bond with her son. The book came about as the guide Tuniscia wished she'd had when she went through the darkest days of her struggle in the role of stepmother. 

TWEET: I am not his biological mom, but I don’t use the word “step.” I’m here to help. @blendingourlove #chasingdreams

Being free to love

Have you thought about how a child feels when stepparents don't get along? Tuniscia's stepson, Ike, recently told her his wish that all stepchildren everywhere could be free to love their families as they want. He knows what it's like to feel like a caged animal, unable to love all the people in your life as you wish. Parents don't realize how this dilemma can stifle a child. Tuniscia's message is that blended families can thrive and find common ground.

TWEET: I knew there was something special that other people saw in me.  @blendingourlove #chasingdreams

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take--”Follow your gut. Know your WHY--it’s the only thing that will propel you.”

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [:30] How Tuniscia and I met at a local networking event
  • [3:30] Tuniscia’s positive personality after many years of pretending
  • [3:40] Tuniscia's path to responsibility and leadership
  • [10:08] Making choices based on the hand you’re dealt
  • [11:06] Becoming a stepmother
  • [13:05] The Foreword of Tuniscia’s book 
  • [17:12] A positive spin on blended families
  • [23:10] Why people find themselves in places where they can’t chase their dreams
  • [28:32] The narrative around blended families
  • [30:07] The ripple effect
  • [32:03] Why Tuniscia invited Ike’s biological mom to join them on vacation
  • [35:05] What it means to be an empowered stepmother
  • [37:05] ONE action for a dream chaser

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Empowered Stepmother by Tuniscia Okeke

Tuniscia on Facebook

Tuniscia on Twitter

Tuniscia on Instagram 

Tuniscia on LinkedIn 

Tuniscia’s Website

 

TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

TWEET: Celebrate your small victories. @blendingourlove #chasingdreams

TWEET: Being a stepmom makes you vulnerable because you’re not expected to succeed. @blendingourlove #chasingdreams

TWEET: As a teenage mother, life was served to me quite quickly. @blendingourlove #chasingdreams

 

 

Mar 18, 2019

Hey Dream Chaser, 

Myself and the Chasing Dreams podcast is raising money to keep the podcast going for an additional twelve (12) months. This is a bonus episode to talk about the future of Chasing Dreams, why we're doing a fundraiser, and how you can help.

Thanks for all of your support. I wouldn't here without it.

Keep Chasing,

Aimee J.

 

Important Links

Donation Page - http://aimeej21.com/donate

Fundathon Variety Show - http://aimeej21.com/fundathon

Donation Wall - http://aimeej21.com/donation-wall

Still have questions, ask me at fundathon@aimeej21.com

Mar 13, 2019

In honor of women’s history month, today’s guest is here to teach us to stop listening to the voices of other people! They force us to do or be certain things that aren’t authentic with who we are. It’s only when we get real about who we are and why we are here in this world----and listen to the voices within us---that we can truly function with compassion and self-love.

Akosua Dardaine Edwards is happy to share the lessons she has learned on her journey, based on the foundation of self-love and self-belief. Akosua loves working on the ground level with people of all ages, seeing the transformation firsthand. She is an author, TED talk speaker, and a fantastic truth-speaker. I’m thrilled to meet up with my new friend Akosua today and introduce her to you!

YOU have a story to tell

Have you ever felt alone and like a failure? Akosua was going through a rough patch in life, and her definition of success was linked to material things and a certain lifestyle. When she “lost it all,” in the human sense, she was left with just herself---a situation that she found difficult to navigate. To deal with this, she ran away to Uganda. It was there that she realized who she really was and why she was here. This led her to the realization that we all have a story to tell, which became the basis for her wildly inspirational TED talk, “There is power in your story.”

 

TWEET: At the end of it all, WE have to define what makes us joyful. #chasingdreams @akosuadedwards

 

“Not enoughness”

 

Have you encountered those moments of “not enoughness?” Fighting against it takes work every day, doing the work faithfully, and being courageous. Akosua says, “You have to be willing to fail, because failure is just an opportunity for you to know that this is not where you are supposed to be.” You have to know WHO you are----not who you THINK you are. Akosua’s message is that you can’t define yourself by what you do for a living or what you own, and don’t ever let your life revolve around things that are fleeting.

TWEET: “Not enoughness” will mash you up! #chasingdreams @akosuadedwards

If people lived in their truth . . .

What if we all lived in our truth? The potential is mind-blowing! Here we are, forcing each other to do certain things and live in certain ways, which only causes people to hide themselves in addictions and so many other things. If we all lived in our truth, social ills would change, people would change, and SO many issues would be eliminated. Besides all of those reasons, whether or not you live in YOUR truth affects your mental health. Akosua shares how she finally learned to honor the voices within herself.

TWEET: Do not be afraid of yourself and spending time with yourself. #chasingdreams @akosuadedwards

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take--”Start it. Stop talking about it. Just start anywhere and stop making excuses----say YES.”

Become a Patreon supporter of Chasing Dreams to see an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview with Akosua!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [:32] Akosua’s TED talk topic
  • [4:39] “Not enoughness”
  • [9:22] How to fight against “not enoughness”
  • [11:57] Losing everything----and being OK
  • [15:22] Why you can’t let TV tell you what to value
  • [18:47] Defining what makes you joyful
  • [21:44] If people lived their truth . . .
  • [24:17] No limits on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, etc.
  • [25:32] How moments of failure make us feel
  • [27:07] How living your truth affects your mental health
  • [33:37] ONE action for a dream chaser

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

www.aimeej21.com/episode183

www.aimeej21.com/patreon   Become a Patreon supporter to see more from Akosua!

Akosua on Facebook

Akosua on Twitter

Akosua on Instagram 

Akosua on LinkedIn

Akosua’s Website

Akosua on YouTube

TWEETS YOU CAN USE: 

TWEET: Failure is just an opportunity to know that’s NOT where you should be. #chasingdreams @akosuadedwards

TWEET: I needed to know who I really am and why I am here. #chasingdreams @akosuadedwards

 

 

Mar 6, 2019

In honor of women’s history month, today’s show features a previous guest who’s still hard at work chasing her dreams and helping others chase theirs. You can catch her first appearance on Chasing Dreams back in Episode 97.

Elaine Williams has helped hundreds of people with their confidence in front of the camera and in front of audiences. She takes people who are overcome with fear and turns them into confident public speakers, whether they are addressing 5 or 5000. She has 40+ years’ experience in professional performing and TV appearances on shows such as SNL, America’s Got Talent, and HBO. Elaine uses her two degrees in drama to help train her students and clients in their own media appearances. Spots are filling up fast for her next training program, Captivate the Crowd. 

That little voice

Have you heard it? We all have it---”that little voice.” It’s the voice of fear that stops us from moving forward, chasing the dream, and taking the leap. That voice never really goes away, but Elaine can teach people how to manage it. She teaches her clients how to “navigate the critic” by coming from the inside out. Elaine’s focus for performers and public speakers is on the preparation and rehearsal. She says that even veterans have nervousness, but a professional learns to manage it well.

TWEET: Don’t let your fear keep you from chasing your dreams. #chasingdreams

Influencing others

Are you even aware of the effect that living YOUR dream can have on others? Elaine explains why it’s super important to be authentic in your structure and creativity and to celebrate your wins. Elaine learned early on to take the time to journal after every set, show, or speech. She listed three things that worked well and what she could do better next time. This practice helps active learning and maximizes your time and energy. Journaling allows you to see the growth in yourself over time. 

TWEET: Journaling allows you to see the growth in yourself over time. Celebrate yourself! #chasingdreams

Fighting fear

We’ve all felt it---the fear that comes from trying something new or stepping boldly outside our comfort zone. Fear comes in many forms and with many faces, and its companion, limiting beliefs, can work together with fear to trip you up big time. Being really authentic means giving of yourself fully. Elaine says that she would rather work with 8-10 deeply committed people who are ready to work, than with 100 people who are afraid to be authentic. It takes courage in the face of fear to go deeper, but chasing YOUR dreams serves to inspire so many other people.

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take--”Get an accountability buddy who will call you on your stuff. Set up a weekly appointment however your schedule allows.”

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [:20] Elaine’s life since Episode 97
  • [2:37] How fear freezes people up
  • [6:18] Why the “critic voice” won’t go away
  • [9:06] Nerves---why we always have them
  • [10:34] Living your dreams and influencing others
  • [14:40] How journaling helps your focus
  • [16:49] What holds people back
  • [22:00] Making friends with fear
  • [28:15] Being a conduit for healing
  • [29:45] The dangers of comparison
  • [32:20] No such thing as overnight success
  • [36:05] ONE action for a dream chaser

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

www.aimeej21.com/episode182   

Visit www.aimeej21.com/fundathon  to find out more about Fundathon, coming soon on March 18-21. Find out how you can help fund the podcast for the coming year!

www.captivatethecrowd.com  

TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

TWEET: Stop waiting for your “someday.” #chasingdreams

TWEET: Journal after every set, show, or speech--and list three things that worked well. #chasingdreams

TWEET: My WHY is to use my story for good, to help heal the world with more love, light, and laughter.  #chasingdreams

Feb 27, 2019

What are the “wins” you can look back on in your life? Can you see how to use those for motivation today? Join us for today’s show that focuses on empowerment, career development, and claiming your best life.

Regine Roy is a mental health consultant, speaker, and the president and founder of Queen Geniuses, Inc. Regine delivers a life-changing message to students and professionals about the power of choice on topics like self-assessment, friendships, family, and careers. She is an astute specialist with deep and insightful knowledge on how to create a life on your own terms.

A clear vision

How has your background factored into your life decisions? For Regine, her life path put her on the course to make a difference and be impactful in the world. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY, in a poor family of Caribbean immigrants. A social worker by trade, it was having incredible teachers and mentors in her life that helped her realize that she wanted to work with young women of color to be a positive representation, because so many are growing up in poverty without the resources they need to succeed. 

TWEET: Being a positive representation for young women of color can help them succeed with resources I never had! #chasingdreams

Benefits of having “wins”

What are your “wins”? Regine teaches that the wins over the course of your life can greatly impact your mindset. Those little moments of applause, recognition, and praise give you the acceleration to do MORE. On the flip side, when a young person hasn’t experienced those wins, then it becomes more difficult to push yourself as you get older. Regine recounts how applying for--and securing--her first college scholarship played a big role in her future success.

TWEET: Every win that you celebrate can propel you on to more wins and further acceleration. Praise someone. You have no idea what it will do for them. #chasingdreams

Use the “wins” for motivation today

Can you think back to some of your “wins” in early childhood? Regine can remember some of hers when she was a young girl in school--and people around her believed in her. The problem is that some people have trouble identifying the wins that can push them forward. This is one reason Regine created the Reclaiming Your Throne curriculum for training professionals and students. You never know the impact that just ONE teacher can have on students and their futures. Of course, we know that dreams and discipline are necessary for the future, but are you willing to do the work?

TWEET: You never know the impact that just ONE teacher can have on students and their futures. #chasingdreams

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take--”Allow yourself to dream and think about the things that are important to you. Allow your mind to wander as far as you possible can.”

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [:06} Regine’s undergraduate and Master’s degree years at Stony Brook University
  • [1:50] Queen Geniuses
  • [3:55] What Regine faces in teaching young girls and professionals
  • [5:40] Awareness of resources for young black women
  • [7:55] Regine’s observations about getting that first “win”
  • [12:50] Using wins for motivation now
  • [14:07] Why some don’t let small wins push them forward
  • [16:02] Taking the step to work with professionals
  • [20:35] The effect of ONE teacher
  • [23:13] Regine’s next plan
  • [25:05] How Regine is impacted
  • [28:38] Why people may not aim for their dreams
  • [31:20] Young people today and their dreams of money
  • [33:45] Skillsets needed to chase dreams
  • [36:30] How social media plays into how girls feel about their dreams
  • [39:22] ONE action for a dream chaser

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Regine’s Website

Regine on Facebook

Regine on Instagram

Regine on LinkedIn 

Visit www.aimeej21.com/episode181 to learn more about the upcoming Chasing Dreams Fundathon to raise money to keep Chasing Dreams going for another year!

TWEETS YOU CAN USE: 

TWEET: I started the conference mainly to expose young women to the resources available to them. #chasingdreams

TWEET: You have to be empowered to have the confidence to take advantage of resources available to you. #chasingdreams

TWEET: My job is to hold space for others. #chasingdreams

Feb 20, 2019

Have you fallen into the trap of saying, “I’ll give my dream a TRY”? Today’s show will expose the negative mindset in that statement and SO many others that keep us from becoming fully committed to chasing the dream that lives within us. Join us to learn more!

Ash Cash is one of the nation’s top personal finance experts. Dubbed “The Hip-Hop Financial Motivator,” he uses a culturally responsive approach in teaching financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Ash is a speaker and the author of seven books. He’s best known for helping people maximize their full potential by giving them the inspiration, tools, and resources needed to live their best life.

Change your money mindset

How important is perspective? It’s the most important factor in determining your mindset, and your mindset will determine your success! Ash grew up in the projects of NYC, witnessing drugs and murders on a regular basis. He rose above all of that to find a career in banking, but he still had a negative attitude about what he could do with his life. The time came when he knew he needed to “switch things up,” so he read books and started practicing how he could change his mindset and his perspective. He learned that you can create any circumstance you want through your mindset, and he’s on a mission to help people change their money mindset and live better lives.

TWEET: If you’re working for praise or criticism, then you’re at the mercy of other people. #chasingdreams @iamashcash

The big misconception about money

Do you think that you “work hard for money”? Ash explains why this is exactly THE WRONG thing to say, because the key is to have your money work for YOU. It’s important to change your perception and be the employer of your money, by creating multiple income streams and residual income. Ash says to allow your money to work for you, and don’t chase after it. There is a direct correlation between serving and doing what you love and financial abundance.

TWEET:  RICH - Realizing I Create Happiness #chasingdreams @iamashcash

Don’t put conditions on your dreams

You might think saying, “I’ll give my dream a shot,” is a good thing to say, but Ash says NO! You were built and designed for your dream. It has to be attainable if it’s something you envisioned, because it’s the essence of who you are. Many people are too afraid of failure to even begin! The key word in dream-chasing is UNTIL. Decide that you’ll chase your dream UNTIL. Be committed and keep going.

TWEET: You’re not a failure if you fail; you’re a failure if you quit. #chasingdreams @iamashcash

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take: “Make the commitment. Don’t ‘test’ or ‘try it out.’ Leave no doubt. There is no other option. Keep going until that dream becomes reality.”

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:

  • [:05] Ash’s high energy personality and positive message
  • [2:45] A moment of realization
  • [5:32] A living example of change
  • [7:02] Why Ash shifted from banking
  • [9:39] How “Little Cash” would laugh at where Ash is today
  • [11:39] An awesome representation and common misconceptions
  • [17:50] Why some people fall short
  • [23:37] When people chase someone else’s dream
  • [28:03] Ash’s books
  • [30:50] What’s next for Ash
  • [36:09] Understanding happiness
  • [39:53] ONE action for a dream chaser

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Find books by Ash Cash on www.amazon.com  

Ash on Facebook

Ash on Twitter

Ash on Instagram

Ash on LinkedIn

Ash’s website

https://www.mindrightu.com/

TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

TWEET: I realized I could do what I love and merge my passion with profit. #chasingdreams @iamashcash

TWEET: When you’ve seen and experienced a lot, why not show gratitude for life? #chasingdreams @iamashcash

TWEET: Showing gratitude for life just helps you live better.  #chasingdreams @iamashcash

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