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The Journey Is Real

The Journey Is Real

By C.J. Peterson
"Real People, Real Passions, Real Hearts."
Everyone has a story, and from that story may be where their passions reside. It is that passion which drives them. Whether it be writing, drawing, animals, nature, photography, or even a passion for people or a charity, it is that passion that fires them up, and propels them to do great things.
Take a listen. You may find your new passion among my guests!
C.J. Peterson, Author, "While the stories are fiction, the journey is real."
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DC Gomez - Dare To Dream
DC Gomez loves to inspire others to be their best self! She even takes her own advice once and a while. With her amazing background, she's one tough cookie! Take a listen to find out more about this incredible lady! To learn more about DC Gomez:
October 19, 2020
The Journey Is Real Podcast: Edward Hancock II and Kathryn Haueisen - Winds of Time
What do history, genealogy, and two completely different authors have in common? Find out on this episode of The Journey Is Real Podcast, where C.J. talks to authors Edward Hancock II and Kathryn Haueisen. Ed talks about his years of studying his genealogy, while Kathy talks about the Mayflower and what connection she has to those who were aboard. They discover an interesting connection partway through the discussion! To find out more about Edward Hancock II: To find out more about Kathryn Haueisen:
October 13, 2020
Rebeka Shadpour - Journey of the Heart
Rebeka Shadpour has many talents, one of them is being a life coach. She takes time with C.J. to talk about how that journey came about, and how she is able to help others. With a heart for people, she makes a great spiritual healer. To find out more about Rebeka Shadpour, head over to: - -
October 5, 2020
Tony Loyd - Thrive, Not Just Survive
Tony Loyd has a passion for people! He wants others to not only survive but to THRIVE! His energy is infectious. He enjoys working with social entrepreneurs - who exist at the intersection of profit and purpose. To learn more about Tony Loyd, head over to:
September 29, 2020
Mike Kowis, esq - From Dust To Glory
Mike Kowis is a long-time amateur racer with a passion for off-road racing. He grew up riding three-wheelers in the woods along the Trinity River and is currently competing in his 14th season of off-road racing in a turbo-charged Side-by-Side vehicle together with his teenage son, Cash. Mike recently published a nonfiction book (Texas Off-road Racing) that reveals what off-road racing feels like from the driver’s seat and shares the gritty details of each side-by-side race that he and his teenage son (Cash) competed in during their run for the 2019 Championship.
September 21, 2020
Chris Chapman - Passion Drives Performance
Chris Chapman learned to help others at an early age. As he grew, this became his passion. Helping others to find their passion may sound unique, but it is true calling! For more information on Chris, you can find his LinkedIn Profile at: LinkedIn: Podcast:
September 14, 2020
James Roberts - Sink or Swim
James Roberts has an amazing story! He never let his limitations hold him back. As a matter of fact, they pushed him to go faster and farther. Take a listen to this man's inspiring story. He also talks about his A.M.P. method to help others achieve their goals. To find out more about James Roberts, head over to his website:
September 8, 2020
Shelley F. Knight: A Self Kick Lifestyle
Shelley F. Knight is a once upon a time nurse turned writer who provides an eclectic blend of clinical, holistic and spiritual expertise in her specialist subjects of Positive Changes, Spirituality, and Grief. Shelley is passionate about encouraging individuals on a transformational journey towards positive changes, particularly following times of loss in their life, be it the loss of a known and trusted way of life, or loss of a loved one. To learn more about Shelley F. Knight, head over to:
August 31, 2020
Nate Peo - Going All In
Nate Peo encourages people to live life to their fullest potential! To Nate, guiding people do the uncomfortable things that will help them take risks, find their passion, and finally do the things they were meant to do is his where he thrives. To find out more about Nate and/or his podcast, head over to his website:
August 25, 2020
David Wells - Texas Baptist Men (TBM)
Texas Baptist Men is not just men doing ministry, but women help as well. These folks respond to natural disasters free of charge to those they help. Whether it's food, chain saw teams, or simply ministering to the hearts of those lives they touch, they are there to do the work. To find out more about TBM, head over to:
August 17, 2020
Jeremy Jack - Role-Playing Games: Not Just For Nerds Anymore!
Role-playing games spark the imagination of the young and old! Jeremy Jack talks about his role-playing game - Planetbound! It combines genres in a fun-filled action-packed game that YOU are in control of! Jeremy Jack is full of energy and enthusiasm! As my guest today, he does not disappoint! To find out more about Planetbound, Jeremy Jack, or Successor Games, head over to:
August 10, 2020
Paz Ellis - The American Dream
Paz Ellis is a first-generation citizen. Her parents came from the Dominican Republic and Cuba. Paz takes some time to share her family's journey in becoming American Citizens! She also has a book about it, along with a couple other books. You can find out more about her on:
August 3, 2020
JoJami Tyler - Ladies Roadmap Lifestyle Journal
JoJami Tyler and her partner, Lana, fire up your imagination and your spirit. with a blend of fun, guidance, and inspiration with the Ladies Roadmap Lifestyle Journal! Take a listen to find out how it came about. Afterward, head over to:  To check it out for yourself! Ladies Roadmap Podcast and Journal walks with YOU unearthing age old patterns of stuck in order to make room for more of the stuff you’re craving (like abundance, joy, expansion and energy).
July 27, 2020
Lee Chambers - Finding Authenticity Through Challenge
Lee Chambers is no stranger to challenges. His life did a one-eighty practically overnight. Take a listen and find out how this young man with a strong heart and positive attitude changed his life for the better! To find out more about Lee Chambers and his story:
July 20, 2020
Evan Knox - Caffeine Marketing
With everything going on in today's world, businesses need all the help they can get! My guest today is Evan Knox of Caffeine Marketing. Learn the story behind Caffeine Marketing, as well as a few tips and tricks to help in today's world! To learn more about Caffeine Marketing, go to:
July 13, 2020
ST Rappaport - Relationship Photography & CJEA
What is relationship photography and CJEA? Find out when I sit down with ST Rappaport on this week's episode! You will learn some practical application for Creative Journal for Expressive Arts, as well as what relationship photography is, and how it can benefit you! To find out more about ST Rappaport:
July 7, 2020
Maxwell Ivey - What's Your Excuse?
Maxwell Ivey is an inspirational gentleman, who grew up in a unique environment. His desire was to continue the family business, but that was not an option for him. Instead of being upset, he chooses to look at the bright side of life. Starting a blog called "The Blind Blogger," he motivates many to look at the brighter side of life. To find out more about him, head over to:
June 29, 2020
Katherine Salamanca - Pink Cloud 9 = Recovery
Katherine Salamanca sits down with C.J. and shares a rough portion of her story. It’s more than a story of recovery…it’s a story of hope! Katherine battles a myriad of addictions, on top of being bi-polar. She shares different resources and ways she uses to keep a healthy mindset. These resources helped her, they may be able to help you too! You are not alone! You can find her online: Pink Cloud 9 Podcast: FB:
June 22, 2020
Cosplay Panel Fun! (Pt 2)
Yep! I talked them into a second interview! The same crew talking Cosplay is back! They are: Paul T. Watson (Star Trek Pathfinder); Cassie LaGrand (Mermaid Cosplay); Wilhelm Deinbeck (Will D'Alien Cosplay). Cosplay is a passion for those who do it. What's it like? Why do they do it? What are Comic Cons actually like? Join the fun as I do a TWO-PART series on Cosplay! Mermaid Cosplay and Instagram: mermaid_cosplay95_ Wil D'Alien Cosplay: FB/Instagram search: "Wil D’Alien Cosplay" Paul T. Watson: FB/Instagram: "Star Trek Pathfinder" & "Paul T Watson
June 15, 2020
Cosplay Panel Fun!
My guest today talk about Cosplay! They are: Paul T. Watson (Star Trek Pathfinder); Cassie LaGrand (Mermaid Cosplay); Wilhelm Deinbeck (Will D'Alien Cosplay). Cosplay is a passion for those who do it. What's it like? Why do they do it? What are Comic Cons actually like? Join the fun as I do a TWO-PART series on Cosplay! Mermaid Cosplay and Instagram: mermaid_cosplay95_ Wil D'Alien Cosplay: FB/Instagram search: "Wil D’Alien Cosplay" Paul T. Watson: FB/Instagram: "Star Trek Pathfinder" & "Paul T Watson"
June 9, 2020
Shawn Oueinsteen - Using Fiction To Combat Climate Change
Today's guest uses his talent of writing in a unique way. His passion is climate change. He has a blog, and is writing a fictional book in order to shine a light on this issue. To learn more about Shawn Oueinsteen, along with his blog:
June 2, 2020
Katheryn Haueisen - Life After Divorce
Ever felt the loneliness of divorce, and not sure what to do to bring yourself back up? Ever wonder if there really is life after divorce, or if where you are is where you'll stay? You are not alone! My guest today, Katheryn Haueisen, is here to share her real-life example of what happened during her journey after divorce. To find out more about Katheryn Haueisen:
May 26, 2020
Christy Summers - Epic Battles: Overcoming Anxiety and Depression
We all have experienced one of those times in our lives, where a battle inside you, threatened to overtake you. How did you handle it? The guest for this podcast, Christy Summers, gives you a raw look at her battles. She shares her journey on overcoming depression and anxiety. It is a deeply personal story, that ends in hope! You will not regret listening!
May 18, 2020
Kathy Golliher - Operation Battle Buddies
Our Veterans served, giving everything they have, and everything they are. Once they come back, adjusting to regular life can be a challenge. That's where Operation Battle Buddies comes into play! ​Operation Battle Buddies was established in 2015. We give well-bred labrador retriever puppies to veterans suffering from military related injuries. We also provide the dog training so the puppy can be a successful companion for the veteran. All of this is at NO COST to the veteran! Our ministry is funded 100% by donations. The cost to train just ONE puppy is approximately $3,000. Please consider supporting this ministry by sponsoring an Operation Battle Buddies puppy. They are also on FB: YouTube:
May 12, 2020
Arlene Gale - Why Writing Your Story Could Change The World
Everyone has a story. You may think your life is normal or boring. You may think what you have to say doesn't matter. Well my guest today, Arlene Gale begs to differ. Your story may be exactly what someone else needs to hear! For more information on Arlene Gale or how to contact her, head over to her website: Helping you share your story is her passion!
May 5, 2020
Sherry Hall - Breast Cancer
Sherry Hall's passion is Breast Cancer Awareness. She has used a few unique ways to show this. Take a listen and find out what she has done to draw attention to this cause. Here is the link for the YouTube video mentioned in the podcast: To find out more about Sherry Hall: There was also an article mentioned in the podcast: Here are a few statistics regarding Breast Cancer: About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime; About 2,620 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2020. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 883; About 42,170 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2020 from breast cancer; As of January 2020, there are more than 3.5 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.
April 28, 2020
Melissa McGinnis - Heroic Inner Kids
The mission for Heroic Inner Kids of East Texas is: "Our mission is to inspire those with challenges to realize their Inner Hero via education, outreach and advocate efforts." They use a unique way to reach out to children with challenges. Take a listen as Melissa McGinnis shares her heart and her journey with Heroic Inner Kids. Find out what keeps her going after all these years, and how YOU can help! Heroic Inner Kids Website: Heroic Inner Kids Facebook Page:
April 21, 2020
Lori Maben - Krabbe Leukodstrophy
Krabbe disease is rare and is thought to affect 1 person in every 100,000 people in the general population. Lori Maben is a nurse in Ohio. She shares her story in being a nurse for a young girl with Krabbe. She also shares what came of this unique story!  You can find out more about Krabbe, along with resources on:
April 14, 2020
Lydia Mann: Summer Camps
Lydia Mann has been working with summer camps for over thirty years. Her company, CampTV creates videos for summer camps. She has seen first-hand the impact these get-aways have on young people. For more information on CampTV: For more information on Lydia Mann: YouTube:
April 6, 2020
Terrie McKee - God’s Presence, Power, & Provision During Trauma
Terrie McKee has a unique perspective regarding a traumatizing event in the life of their family. She shares this, along with some of the things she has learned since. Also, she is a homeschooling mom with resources that will be priceless for those parents who have suddenly found themselves as 'teachers' to their kids! You can find all of these and more on her website: YouTube Link:
March 31, 2020
Tom Oswald - Breaking Free From What's Breaking You
Tom Oswald has a unique story. His story isn't just a story about losing weight, it's about a journey of the heart. He shares the foundational impact The Lord had on not only his weight loss experience, but also his heart-changing, life-changing experience.  He also has a world-wide blog, "The Opinion of the Minion" he shares about as well. To find out more about Tom, head over to his website:
March 24, 2020
Ashley Conner - Children's Ministry
Ashley Conner has been in Children's Ministry for Summit Heights Fellowship for over ten years. She was there from before the church was even started! She shares her journey on what that was like, how much it has changed over the years, and what keeps her giving her time and talent to the children in the community! She uses her high energy and creative mind to reach the hearts of the young people around her. Take a listen to hear more! To learn more about her children's ministry, head over to:
March 17, 2020
Nancy Carter - Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas
Nancy Carter started Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas to make sure that every military member overseas knows they are loved and respected. Take a listen to hear why she started it, and what keeps her going. Here is a little about Airborne Angel Cadets: "We have about 150 volunteers. No paid staff. We send soldiers care packages year round. We ship to about 15,000 troops overseas each year. About 250,000 U.S. military troops are deployed overseas. We mailed 3,200 cartons in 2018. We support American troops from all 50 States. We support all branches of the U.S. military. We do not concentrate on any one group. We focus on troops serving in remote areas. We have been sending care packages since 2005. We welcome support from Americans in any State."  To learn more, or to help this purely volunteer organization, head over to:
March 9, 2020
Katherine Boyer - North Texas Book Festival (Literacy)
The North Texas Book Festival is celebrating 20 years of battling literacy on multiple fronts. From giving grants, to having a book show that is free for attendees. You can meet the authors behind the books for yourself, as you peruse the vast genres that make up the North Texas Book Festival - including books in Spanish, YA books, Children's books, Historical books...and so much more! You don't want to miss this event in Denton, TX - this year on August 29 from 10AM-4PM at:  Patterson-Appleton Arts Center  400 E Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201  For more information on the North Texas Book Festival, take a look at their website:
March 1, 2020
Lou Alpert - A Mother's Journey Through Her Child's Heroin Addiction
This is a story about a mother’s heartbreaking journey working through her daughter’s heroin addiction. Her daughter survived the addiction, but many do not. Lou Alpert takes on the journey from seeing her pregnant daughter on a CNN interview, to how she finally got her the help she needed. - From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 Americans died from overdosing on a drug.  - About 494,000 Americans over the age of 12 are regular heroin users.  - About 25% of people who try heroin will become addicted.  - In 2017, 81,000 Americans tried heroin for the first time. The beds are limited for those to get the help they need. Lou Alpert has multiple resources on her website that may help you if you find yourself or your child in the same situation:
February 25, 2020
About The Journey Is Real Podcast
This is a short four minute description and reason C.J. created The Journey Is Real Podcast. Take a listen, and make sure to subscribe or follow The Journey Is Real Podcast, so you don't miss a single episode!
February 25, 2020
Kat Ledkins - Adoption
More than 400.000 children are currently in the foster care system in the United States alone. Here are a few more statistics to consider: Out of 100 couples in the United States, about 12 to 13 of them have trouble becoming pregnant. About 135,000 children are adopted in the United States each year. Of non-stepparent adoptions, about 59% are from the child welfare (or foster) system, 26% are from other countries, and 15% are voluntarily relinquished American babies. Adoption gives one a different perspective on the world. The selfless act can change lives on so many levels! It changes not only the life of the child, but also of those who choose to foster or adopt these littles. My guests on this episode, along with her husband wanted a family. They have a lot of love they wanted to share, but they had issues with infertility. She shares that journey, as well as the journey that changed their lives when they chose to adopt. She shares their adoption journey, along with a little surprise at the end! Take a listen! For those looking for options, adoption is one to strongly consider. There are amazing families, as you have met on this podcast, who are looking to love on and raise a little one. Kat mentioned the agency they connected with in East Texas. This is the website she referenced:
February 18, 2020
Ryan Thomas - Hope's Door New Beginnings Center (Domestic Violence)
The domestic violence statistics are staggering. For those who have experienced this epidemic, or are perhaps currently in this situation...there is hope! Ryan Thomas of Hope's Door New Beginnings Center shares his passion regarding Hope's Door and their outreach. We also discuss the different programs Hope's Door offers. C.J. is a domestic violence survivor as well, and shares a little from her perspective during this segment. Hope's Door New Beginnings Center Website: Their 24hr Hotline: 972-276-0057 National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 There is hope!
January 30, 2020
Edward Hancock II - Overcoming Challenges/A Wheelchair Guy In An Able-Bodied World
Edward Hancock II is, as he calls it, "a wheelchair guy in an able-bodied world." Take a listen and see what a portion of his world looks like. Also, we talk about his challenges, successes, and the lessons he has learned along the way! He is also an author. You can find him online at: Website: FB:
January 28, 2020
Carrie Cowan - Juvenile Diabetes
Carrie Cowan explains their journey in being 'baptized by fire' into the world of Type 1 Diabetes with her granddaughter. She also tells of how they went about finding a way to get the 'Queen Bee' Brooke a service dog. Their inspirational journey will have you amazed at how God set it all up before they even knew they would need her service dog. #BeeSomebodyBrave FB: YouTube:
January 19, 2020