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Be The Good with Kate

Be The Good with Kate

By Kate Cherichello
fka Some (More) Good News

Need a reminder of the good in the world? In search of some inspiration as to how one person can make a difference?
Then you’re in the right place. I’m Kate Cherichello, and I’m on a mission to share all the good news and good people as I can.
Join me each week as I chat with someone being the good through following their passions and helping others along the way.
Each of us has the power to make a difference.

We need all the good news we can get.
Have good news stories you know should be shared? Send me a msg!
@positively_kate
katecherichello.com/bethegood
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Mini Episode: The Goodness in Your Own Backyard
Be The Good with Kate mini episode #3. **If you are enjoying these episodes, please do follow/subscribe and share on social, YouTube, and your favorite podcast platform!**  A reminder today that people see what you are doing, they hear you, and you never know when you're going to inspire someone. Go out and be you and remember, your words and actions make a difference. Do you have stories to share? Let me know @positively_kate or by voice message!  www.katecherichello.com/bethegood  We need all the #goodnews we can get. 
02:11
October 22, 2021
Mini Episode: The Goodness of Rest
Be The Good with Kate mini episode #2. **If you are enjoying these episodes, please do follow/subscribe and share on social, YouTube, and your favorite podcast platform!** We all must rest sometimes. We spend a lot of time thinking about the work we need to do, are doing, or did... be it regarding working out, our jobs, or everything else in our lives. I'm guilty as all get out on that account. But do we think enough about rest? You are not a failure for not going 100% every single day.  We need to refuel and recharge. We were not made to go at 100% all day every day. Here are some tips on what has worked for me in balancing work and rest. What tools have you found helpful? Let me know @positively_kate or by voice message! www.katecherichello.com/bethegood We need all the #goodnews we can get. Have stories of people being the good you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP.
07:08
October 15, 2021
Mini Episode: The Goodness of Ted Lasso
Bringing you some mini episodes during our season break to keep the goodness going. I’ve been loving Ted Lasso so much, and his vibes need to be shared :) **If you are enjoying these episodes, please do follow/subscribe and share on social, YouTube, and your favorite podcast platform!** www.katecherichello.com/bethegood We need all the #goodnews we can get. Have stories of people being the good you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP.
03:05
October 8, 2021
Ep. 30: Stephanie Moram, Good Girl Gone Green
Today’s guest on Be The Good with Kate is CEO and Founder of Good Girl Gone Green, Stephanine Moram. She is also the host of podcast Green Junkie (which premieres TODAY), has been featured on many television shows and news publications, and is “guiding humans to zero waste without complication.” Stephanie wants to empower people to live more green--and to not make this a complicated thing to do. Stephanie has such a passion for learning, as well as to pass that knowledge on to others.  A huge takeaway: Ask questions.   “Tell me why” her husband said to her when she brought up eating all organic, and she dove into that answer and continued from there-- asking all the questions she could. Why, where, what regarding food, the clothing she was wearing, and products she was buying. Becoming more and more passionate about all of this, she eventually started a blog, then social media, educating others, and growing into Good Girl Gone Green.  Stephanie notes observing a shift since the pandemic began with regards to a general increase of awareness from people-- with more, it seems, paying attention to details in what we are consuming, putting out into the environment, buying, and so on. Another major takeaway: It doesn’t have to be complicated. Find what shade of green you are -- “How can I help you get to the next color of green.” Love that. Also hear Stephanie’s renewed focus on caring for herself the past year and a half. She started making changes. Walking every single day, cutting back on hours of working, getting back in touch with an old friend, and wouldn’t you know, her business has grown through this shift in focus. Stephanie’s Instagram and her website are both funny and educational. Find her at: @goodgirlgonegreen_ www.goodgirlgonegreen.com **If you enjoyed this episode, please do follow/subscribe and share on social, YouTube, and your favorite podcast platform!** www.katecherichello.com/bethegood We need all the good news we can get.  Have stories of people being the good you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP.
21:29
October 1, 2021
Ep. 29: Hilary Truong, Mother-Daughter Coach, Relationships Counselor
Welcome back to Be The Good with Kate. Hilary Truong is a mother-daughter dynamics coach and specialized relationships counselor. She absolutely loves what she does, and I am excited she is here with me this week to talk about spreading goodness in the world. Whether you are a mother, a daughter, father, or son, Hilary inspires us all to take a deep look into our relationships and seek out ways to strengthen those bonds. In addition to our chat here, check out Hilary’s website and Instagram for lots of great resources and inspiration. Follow Hilary: @hilarymaeco www.liveandbloom.net Additionally, Hilary: -has a masters in counseling -is a certified Teen Girls Life Coach -is a certified Mother-Daughter Coach -is on the teaching faculty at Mother-Daughter Coaching International -hosts Women’s Power Circles, Mother’s Power CIrcles, and private weekend retreats **It would mean a great deal if you would follow/subscribe and share on social, YouTube, and at your favorite podcast site!** www.katecherichello.com/bethegood We need all the good news we can get. Have stories of people being the good you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP.
12:51
September 24, 2021
Ep. 28: Lucille Ferrante, The Goodness of Family
Be The Good episodes thus far have focused a great deal on being the good in work and the outside world, but what about being the good within your own family? An ideal guest came to mind, and I am just thrilled she said yes! I had so much fun talking with my very own aunt Lucille Ferrante for this week’s episode. Lucille is all about taking care of those around her, and in return, she has not just the support of the family that is hers by name, but also those friends who become family throughout life. Enjoy her love of family, her infectious laugh, her description that at her house it’s "laughing or screaming... It's very lively, we'll say that", and the importance of all types of ‘family’. Cherichello family tree in brief: NJ, first generation Italian siblings, in age order: Frank, Gabriel (my dad), and Lucille. Enjoy! It would mean a great deal if you would follow/subscribe and share on social, YouTube, and at your favorite podcast site! @positively_kate Katecherichello. com/bethegood We need all the good news we can get. Have stories of people being the good you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP.
23:54
September 17, 2021
Ep. 27: Tarryn Steyn, I Hope I Get It, South Africa-based Actor
This week’s episode of Be The Good with Kate features such a neat insight into the performing world, the arts in South Africa, and the power of following your passions even through a pandemic. Meet Tarryn Steyn, host of I Hope I Get It the podcast, actor, and singer. She is an absolute delight. So much cheer and ‘good vibes’, despite an industry that constantly requires adapting and being ready for anything. When the show she was filming stopped and South Africa (and most of the world) shut down, Tarryn found another way to continue being a part of the entertainment industry and helping others along the way. She took the advice of “don’t wait, create” and started I Hope I Get It, chatting with actors around the world about auditions and other performing experiences. Whether you are an actor or in an entirely different profession, I love how relevant this all is-- to life and to career. How we interact with people, how we deal with rejection, how we interview...Tarryn delves into these topics as well as interesting insights into the performing world throughout our conversation. Enjoy! We need all the good news we can get. Have stories of people being the good you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP. Like hearing about good news and being inspired by good people? Follow/Subscribe and share on social, YouTube, and at your favorite podcast site! @positively_kate Katecherichello . com/bethegood Follow I Hope I Get It podcast: @ihopeigetitpod
24:18
September 10, 2021
Ep. 26: Bethany & Juanita, Soul 2 Soul Life Coaching
This week’s episode of Be The Good with Kate features the most bubbly pair, with such a genuine passion for being the good! Bethany Van Pelt and Juanita Thome are the creators of Soul 2 Soul Life Coaching, helping people from all walks of life. As Bethany states, they are “growing some goodness in the world”. And this goes far beyond working just for their business. Bethany and Juanita spent more of this conversation sharing stories that showed me just how much joy they get from actively trying to make people’s days better...people they know, as well as complete strangers. Listen for their ‘rubber ducky’ idea that yes, brings eyes onto the business, but more so brings smiles to strangers faces. Hear their laughter and comments about how much fun they have every day working together in pursuit of helping others. Be inspired by their dedication and determination with their clients. And gain new ideas on how to make a difference to others in your daily life. Reach out to them directly at Soul_2_soul_2019@yahoo.com, or check out their Instagram, which is a flurry of positive photos and quotes @soul2soul_life_coaching Have the day you deserve;) We need all the good news we can get. Have stories of people being the good you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP. Like hearing about good news and being inspired by good people? Follow/Subscribe and share on social, YouTube, and at your favorite podcast site! @positively_kate Katecherichello.com/bethegood
18:23
September 3, 2021
Ep. 25: Shelley Brown, Executive Director State Theatre Ctr for the Arts
Today’s guest on Be The Good is Shelley Brown, executive director of the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton, PA. Some takeaways: Life’s path goes in many directions, Be open to opportunities and be YOU, Bring YOUR unique skill set to whatever you do, Give the people what they want in business This episode is for you if: -you are an artist -you enjoy the arts (who doesn't?) -your career path is not one tiny, narrow, straight line (whose is or wants to be, really?) -curious as to how theaters are working to open back up -want to be inspired by how one person can make a difference in a community Before heading to the State, Shelley was a television producer. Before that, a probation officer. Her multi-faceted background greatly shaped how she then took the State Theatre from nearing shutdown to the successful Center for the Arts it is today. The State is home to the Freddy Awards, has won Emmys, hosts countless national tours, concerts, weddings, and more. It is such a staple to the Easton community. And now, as Shelley says in this episode, “especially when times are tough, people want to feel good.” The State’s first show takes to the stage September 10th, and they hope to have a full season ahead. Hearing about the theater is but one piece of our conversation. I love the deep dive into Shelley’s career path: her courage in taking risks, how the community did not think she would be able to help the failing theater when she arrived, how she won them over and built so much, brought her own unique talents and experiences to the table, and put listening at the top of her priorities. I am personally grateful to Shelley and the State for bringing so much positive attention to the area’s high school drama programs, the opportunity to perform on that stage as well as broadcast on television, and introducing me to friends I have to this day! As Shelley says, It is hard to be excellent, but it is so worth it, isn't it? :) Statetheatre.org @statetheatrepa We need all the good news we can get. Have stories of people being the good you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP. Receive the good. Now go out and be the good. Like hearing about good news and being inspired by good people? Follow/Subscribe and share on social, YouTube, and at your favorite podcast site! @positively_kate Katecherichello.com/bethegood
35:48
August 27, 2021
Ep. 24: Madhurima Sappatti, Soul Coach in India
For this week’s episode of Be The Good with Kate Cherichello, I had the pleasure of speaking with someone across the world about the GOOD she is doing. Madhurima Sappatti sat down with me from her home in India, sharing her work as a soul coach helping people overcome and prevent burnout, her podcast The Soul’s Conquest, and what it has been like in India this past year and a half.  Despite the many obvious terrible aspects of the pandemic, this time has given a lot of people an opportunity to step back and explore what their hearts were yearning to do, to be, to change. Madhurima recognized this in herself, but also found that helping others find their soul’s work is a calling. She talks with me about the power of thought, perspective, and the importance of taking a step back in order to progress.   She also flips the script on ME and gets me to answer a question!   Madhurima talks about the feeling of her brain being a rock in a can, jumbling around...and the beauty in how the rock calms down when you set down the can. Stepping back from the information and stress calms down the brain. Whether we are in India or the USA or anywhere else in the world, 2021 has brought a lot of stress. We talk about using resources, taking the time to process, and accountability.  I hope you find Madhurima’s words inspiring, educating, and useful to your week.   Find her podcast at The Soul’s Conquest  Insta: @madhurima_soulcoach  linktr . ee/Madhurima_soulcoach   We need all the good news we can get.  Have stories of people being the good you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP.  Receive the good. Now go out and be the good.    Like hearing about good news and being inspired by good people? Follow/Subscribe and share on social, YouTube, and at your favorite podcast site!  @positively_kate  Katecherichello . com/bethegood    
22:39
August 26, 2021
Ep. 23: Noreen Eddy, Our Two Family Home
Welcome back! Today’s episode is the first under the new name, Be The Good with Kate Cherichello, and I am beyond thrilled to be delving into more and more stories about people being the good in our world. Still good news and good people, just with a name all my own. *** When you think about buying and/or renovating a home, what words come to mind? I’m taking a wild guess at what some of these words are, and they aren’t all pretty. But how about humor, savvy, and community? If those did not pop into your head regarding mortgages and power tools, then you definitely need to hear from this week’s guest, Noreen Eddy. Noreen grew up in a fixer upper, as she explains, her dad a master carpenter commuting to NYC each day. In his free time, her dad did and still does love to dive into home projects. I woke up on Saturdays in my childhood to the birds outside; Noreen woke up to construction sounds! Being immersed in this world set a foundation for her and her husband as they thought how beneficial it would be to have an investment property. Throughout, she has continued to navigate the New York entertainment industry as well. Skip to today, four and half years, covid, virtual auditions, and a baby later, Noreen and Derek have renovated their New Jersey two-family home, creating a home for themselves as well as an attached investment property to bring in rental income. They were blessed with so many generous people helping them along the way, and are now focused on paying it forward to others looking to buy or renovate. And yes, Noreen juggles this with being an actor, hand model, mom, and more, as well as having had a three-month struggle with covid last year. After listening, check out OurTwoFamily . com. I guarantee you will be delightfully surprised learning about all things home while relating to the millennial comments and laughing at Noreen’s fun, digestible, and humorous writing style. Never has an article breaking down “how to buy a house” been so fun to read! From OurTwoFamily: “We are Noreen and Derek, your friendly neighborhood millennial homeowners. We empower people just like us to buy a home or an investment property, learn how stuff in it works, and roll up their sleeves to renovate.” We need all the good news we can get. Have stories of people being the good you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP. Receive the good. Now go out and be the good. Like hearing about good news and being inspired by good people? Follow/Subscribe and share on social, YouTube, and at your favorite podcast site! @positively_kate katecherichello.com/bethegood
35:21
August 13, 2021
Ep. 22: Ahnastasia Albert, The Luxury of Self Care
Do you like the idea of self care? Feel you don't have time for it? Then you need to listen to this week's episode of Some (More) Good News with Ahnastasia Albert. Don't worry, you can listen while you commute or clean the house, too. Ahnastasia is nonstop, and yet she finds time to share practical self care tips with us all here on S(M)GN, and weekly on her podcast The Luxury of Self Care. She finds ways to take care of herself so that can be there for everyone and everything else. In addition to her podcast, she is a yoga instructor, Lululemon employee, performer, and more. If any of you are in the Lancaster area, be sure to keep your eyes out for yoga events led by Ahnastasia! Some key takeaways: Awareness of being in the present, actively listening, sitting with our thoughts to find the answer to the question: "What are my core values?". I am drawn to Ahnastasia's groundness and how she is so willing to talk about her challenges and how she moves through them-- what a gift that is to us as listeners to relate to and be inspired by. (My Pilates & HIIT folks will even hear the familiar comment about exhales to help engage that core!) If you don't know where to start in checking out Ahnastasia s podcast, might I suggest episode 60? Perhaps that's because yours truly was interviewed regarding my fitness and health coaching side of life and the importance of remembering that #EVERYBITCOUNTS ;) Hope you find some ways to make the "little things" luxurious this week! We need all the good news we can get. This brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring short interviews with people following their passions, and helping others along the way. Have stories of good news you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP. Like hearing good news? Follow/Subscribe and share on social, YouTube, and at your favorite podcast site! @positively_kate Katecherichello.com/somemoregoodnews Ahnastasia’s Links: Podcast: The Luxury of Self Care anchor . fm/theluxuryofselfcare Instagram:  @rumor_in_stpetersburg Join the Newsletter: https://conta.cc/3h3YkVh
29:01
August 6, 2021
Ep. 21: Dr. Levester Johnson, Vice President of Student Affairs
Welcome back to Some (More) Good News with Kate Cherichello. Please do subscribe/follow and share. The more good news we can all share, the better :) The enthusiasm, warmth, and passion today’s guest exudes is second to none. I am beyond thrilled you get to hear from Dr. Levester Johnson, aka LJ. Vice President of Student Affairs when I was at Butler, in 2016 LJ moved on to Illinois State University, where he is now their Vice President of Student Affairs. LJ is a master of connecting in person and online, and everything on his social media channels celebrates something, big or small, from a university-wide announcement at Illinois State to date night with his fiance or breakfast with his kids or a meeting with students. Listen to his bio. It is incredible to hear how much one person can do, and he is still adding on. We can all learn from the way LJ connects with students and faculty-- even if we don’t work in education, we still interact with others on a daily basis. LJ knows the importance of making every person he encounters feel heard and accepted, and it has gone a long way. I am also inspired by how LJ has so obviously taken the time to identify his own strengths, tap into them, and remind himself of them each day. You will walk away from this episode with actionable inspiration to put into practice indeed! What are your strengths? Take some time to sit with those thoughts, get out your pen or note app, and write. If you were at Butler when LJ was there, or if you are listening from Illinois State, I would love it if you left a comment about your interactions with LJ over the years! We need all the good news we can get. This brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring short interviews with people following their #passions, and helping others along the way. Have stories of good news you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP. Like hearing good news? Follow/Subscribe and share on social, YouTube, and at your favorite podcast site! @positively_kate www.katecherichello.com/somemoregoodnews 
21:57
July 30, 2021
Ep. 20: All good news & good people with Kate Cherichello
My heart is extra full with gratitude this week as I have compiled the previews of each of the incredible people who have chatted with me and shared their experiences and insight to bring us all good News. Some (More) Good News is now at episode 20!  So please enjoy this short episode, and then a story about a pen pal-ship that is going on 28 years.  All #goodnews and #goodpeople. So many thanks to all the guests thus far. Please follow them and see what they are up to. Including their handles here so you can follow, reach out with questions, thanks, or support. If you have missed any episodes, find them all here on your podcast platform. I can’t wait to share what’s coming next, too. And, as I write each week, if YOU have stories of good news that should be shared, please reach out to me. I would be thrilled to chat with you: @positively_kate Ep. 1:  @andreamiyares  2: @lightforautismcorp  3:  @meggerty224 & @butleru  4:  @changeforkids & @dreamtravy  5:  @_patrickevan  6:  animalalliancenj . org & @trinkleanne  7:  @jimcooneynyc  8:  mawest@uso.org & @democratinjapan  9:  @michaelmagrofoundation  10: @alvinhoughpiano & @museonline_org  11: @a.g.parks  12: @broadwayforartsed Insta & TikTok 13:  @kellyeswray  14:  acupuncture-newyork . com 15:  @heidifriese & painfreewithheidi . com 16:  @deannagiulietti Insta & TikTok 17:  @directorsgather & @jillharrisonsnyder  18: Laura Michel Cooper on LinkedIn 19:  @elizabethlp32 
07:24
July 23, 2021
Ep. 19: Elizabeth Kurpat, School Psychologist, Drama Club Advisor, & More
Welcome back to Some (More) Good News with Kate Cherichello, episode 19! Elizabeth Kurpat (formerly known as Porcelli) is the school psychologist for Belvidere School District in New Jersey, wife, mother, friend, and if all that weren’t enough, is also the BES play director, Improv and Drama Advisor, and BHS Technical Crew adviser. Wait, another-- She is also the managing director of the Phillipsburg Area Summer Youth Theatre. Actually, the list goes on. Ever since I’ve known Elizabeth, she has had her hand in many pots, and somehow appears to give 100% to all of it.  Despite being in so many directions, she is grounded, calm, and gives such thoughtful insights into the students with whom she works. I have been spoiled to know Elizabeth since freshman year of high school in New Jersey, and it has been such a blessing to get to spend outdoor time with her quite a bit throughout the pandemic. Her little Walter is adorable, and if you see him this month, wish him a happy first birthday 😉 Regarding the arts and children, a theme that has come up continually throughout my life is how much benefit there is to a child’s growth from being a part of the arts. Elizabeth and I talk of theater specifically here, and we both have seen first-hand the positive effects of students jumping into a theater production. I know I have experienced it myself. Once shy and afraid to get on to the stage, well, you know what has happened since then! Elizabeth gives many stories of students she has seen blossom and find a place where they feel accepted and loved. She tells of her own venture out of her comfort zone to take an adult tap class, too, explaining that she didn’t want to be a hypocrite and make the students stretch themselves without doing it herself, too. And a conversation with Elizabeth would not be complete if we did not bring up Disney, and mentioning “silencio Bruno” was just too perfect. So after listening to this episode of Some (More) Good News, watch Luca, silence that inner critic/fearmonger, and go look beyond your comfort zone. We need all the good news we can get. This brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following their #passions, and helping others along the way. Have stories of good news you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP. Follow @positively_kate for more and to reach out!
29:33
July 23, 2021
Ep. 18: Laura Michel Cooper, Speech-Language Pathologist
Welcome back to Some (More) Good News, today with the delightful Laura Michel Cooper. Laura is a pediatric speech-language pathologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Working with children with various speech and language needs, she talks to me about giving each and every child a voice, and the detail with which she cares about all her patients is so apparent. Hear how she felt the pull to lead a life helping others, how her path following her passions led her on the medical track, but then veered just enough to discover communication disorders, her constant love for helping the children she works with, and how the pandemic has helped her connect with families in a new way. In addition to her current work, Laura is working on a speciality in working with autistic children, she is involved in her community, and on weekends, she and her husband Nathan can usually be found hiking throughout stunning Colorado. Find Laura on LinkedIn at Laura Michel Cooper.  We need all the good news we can get. This brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following their #passions, and helping others along the way. Have stories of good news you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP. Follow @positively_kate for more and to reach out!
17:18
July 23, 2021
Ep. 17: Jill Harrison, Director, Connector, Creator
Welcome back to Some (More) Good News with Kate Cherichello! "Theater is humanity. Theater is the artistic expression of humanity." Meet Jill Harrison, of Philadelphia, who I have been blessed to know for many years: from performing alongside her, to being in shows choreographed by her, to watching her directing projects and witnessing the abundance she has welcomed into her life. Jill is a connector, director, mother, friend, supporter, advocate, professor, and so much more. She is the founder of Directors Gathering, which “builds a consistent community for regional theatre directors. We offer member directors resources of connectivity, development, and elevation to hone their art.” (from their website). Jill has such a way with words. I so loved hearing how she talked about various topics--be it the arts community or current events or anything in between. She brings up vulnerability and strength and how she is intrigued by the dichotomy between the two. She recalls this past year’s humanity and kindness through her surroundings in Philadelphia and beyond. She gives a window into her role of mother and wife, virtual learning, teaching, interacting, and her 6 ¾-year-old Stella’s growing up in this ever-changing world. Community: Jill keeps coming back to that word. With DG, Jill is creating a space for directors to grow, expanding nationwide (actually worldwide), and building a network of artists. Link for the upcoming event below. Jill’s full bio may be found here: directorsgathering . org/who-we-are We need all the good news we can get. This brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following their #passions, and helping others along the way. Have stories of good news you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP. Follow @positively_kate for more and to reach out! Directorsgathering . org Insta: @directorsgather & @jillharrisonsnyder FB & LinkedIn: Jill Harrison
44:20
July 14, 2021
Ep. 16: Deanna Giulietti, Content Creator, Influencer
Welcome back to Some (More) Good News with Kate Cherichello.  I know Deanna Giulietti thanks to sharing the stage in Jersey Boys. 1.3 million + others know her from @deannagiulietti on TikTok, where she spreads positive vibes to all who watch. From her hit “outfit of the day” videos, to engaging with fans, to dating stories, to being the A+ hype girl you need in your life, Deanna is there for you on social.  She has worked insanely hard to build this community over the past year and a half, as well as continuing her career as a performer as well (hey, Six, we’ve got a queen for you!).  Thanks to being vaccinated and in the same city, we were fortunate enough to be in person for this episode! It’s not a regular episode, either…Deanna’s great idea to leave some sparkly gift boxes throughout Central Park containing various notes of love and cheer helped create this week’s fun episode. Guest appearance by the fabulous Coleman Cummings as well! Find Deanna @deannagiulietti Or www.deannagiulietti.com  We need all the good news we can get. This brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following their passions, and helping others along the way.  Have stories of good news you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP. Follow @positively_kate for more and to reach out, and it would mean the world if you shared this episode with others!
07:22
July 5, 2021
Ep. 15: Heidi Saldana, Egoscue Method Certified Postural Alignment Specialist
This pandemic has been a time of a lot of changes.  Many negative, but some positive.  For performers, it was a full industry pause.  But this gave performer Heidi (Friese) Saldana an opportunity to finally address the physical pain she had been experiencing for years through shows, classes, and daily life.  In her research, she came across the Egoscue Method.  Used by pro athletes as well as people who may not have a physically active career but are in pain, Heidi has found it to change her life.   She decided to not just keep this finding to herself, but to become an Egoscue Method Certified Postural Alignment Specialist to share this work to greatly decrease pain with others.  She explains how she now understands “how resilient the body is and that when it is breaking down and there is pain or you are getting injured, that there's a reason, and there's also a way to walk it back-- get the body back to the alignment it’s meant to be in-- which allows it to be strong and allows it to take all that we ask of it”.  Finding the root, then finding where the body deviated, and addressing from there.  Additionally, we talk about the entertainment industry shutdown and how many people feel they haven’t just lost a job, but part of their identity.  But, as Heidi notes she has learned, "You aren't what you do, you are who you are.”  Let’s get that body in alignment so it can work to help you capitalize on being the most YOU you can be :) Reach out to Heidi at painfreewithheidi.com @heidifriese  We need all the good news we can get. This brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following their #passions, and helping others along the way. Have stories of good news you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP! Follow @positively_kate for more and to reach out!
18:04
June 30, 2021
Ep. 14: Dr. Cindy Wong, Yin & Tonic Acupuncture
Dr. Cindy Wong is a licensed acupuncturist, and she absolutely turned my world around after a concussion. It was night and day after Cindy treated me, and ever since then, as well as with multiple issues she has helped through since, I cannot recommend her and her practice more highly.  Having had no knowledge of acupuncture prior to working with Cindy, mind was blown in learning of the power of healing through acupuncture.   Cindy is someone who gets to help people feel better every day, and she is opening eyes to opportunities in healing beyond traditional ‘western’ medicine. Additionally in our conversation, Cindy offers some quick and needed reminders and breathing exercises to help calm down our bodies and minds.  Heed her advice, folks! Yin & Tonic Acupuncture, which Cindy owns, states on their, “Dr. Cindy has always been a firm believer in ‘leaving no stone unturned’ in finding a treatment option that would allow a patient to return to their best selves,” and I know this from first-hand experience.   You can find Cindy on LinkedIn at Dr. Cindy Wong, D.Ac., L.Ac. If you would like to schedule an acupuncture appointment or talk more with Cindy, head to acupuncture-newyork.com We need all the good news we can get. This brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following their passions, even if that means leaving behind a potentially more comfortable career path, and making the world better along the way. Have stories of good news you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP!
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June 30, 2021
Ep. 13: Kelly Wray, Health Coach, NYC to Bali
I felt calmer and more centered after my chat with Kelly Wray. What an illuminating and inspiring conversation. And we didn't even get to the half of it. After listening, you must check out her website, where in addition to great resources and information on working with her, click on her About page. Her resilience through 18 schools before the age of 18, a fire destroying everything, marriage, divorce, career changes, and more is unreal.  Here Kelly talks with me about her journey from NYC to Bali, discovering how to incorporate her passion for nutrition and healing the body through food into a career, and what it has been like to be a part of the Bali culture these past months  (hint, they are a HAPPY people!).  Additionally, she fills our conversation with actionable tips to becoming a more whole, calmer self.  Follow Kelly: @kellyeswray www.kellywray.com We need all the good news we can get. This brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following their #passions, even if that means leaving behind a potentially more comfortable career path, and making the world better along the way. Have stories of good news you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP!
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June 30, 2021
Ep. 11: Andrew Parks, Actor, Teacher, Advocate
Welcome back to episode 11 of Some (More) Good News! Life is about having fun and being happy, while helping others throughout it all-- That is one of my main takeaways from today’s passionate, heart-filled guest, Andrew Parks. An example of how one person can make a difference through their daily habits and awareness of what is going on in the world around them, Andrew shares his story of being an actor, teacher, advocate, and overall compassionate human (well he won’t say that last one outright, but I will!).  He has followed his passions throughout his life, never having to take a job “just to pay the bills”, and that has led him to NYC with his family, where he is a bright light to all he encounters.   For performers out there, this episode is filled with nuggets to affect positive change in your mindset and audition skills.  For non-performers, these are lessons for many moments in life.  (There’s also an incredible story about a female runner in Central Park who picks up trash as she runs that you have to hear…) Andrew also asks the tough questions and truly seeks to be a part of solutions.  “We have to be advocates,” he states. He applauds all the people speaking out and working to better the entertainment industry and the world.  There is a lot of change that still needs to come, we don’t know how/where/when, but we can all work each day to take steps in a better direction. Ask questions, share people’s stories, spark conversations...all of this and more in my conversation with Andrew Parks today.   “We only get one shot at this.  It’s one time through.  And the people make the party...And being around people is important for all of us...Ultimately, we collaborate.  We feed off of each other.”   And as we all work to get back to a place where we can all be together again, let us be inspired by people like Andrew and ask the questions and make the positive changes we need to come out stronger and better than before.  Follow Andrew Parks: agparks dot com @agparks  We need all the good news we can get. This brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following their passions, even if that means leaving behind a potentially more comfortable career path, and making people feel better along the way.    S(M)GN episodes released each Friday.  Follow @positively_kate for more.  Please share if you enjoyed this episode🙏🏻 Have stories of good news you know should be shared?  Send me a message!
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June 22, 2021
Ep. 10: Alvin Hough Jr., Broadway Music Director, Co-founder MUSE
Get your Masters in meteorology and then go to Broadway.  Maybe not the most common path, but when you have multiple passions, work hard, and take leaps of faith, the most wonderful things can happen.  Today’s guest, Alvin Hough Jr., graduated grad school, then through an inspiring chain of events, is now associate music director at Tina: The Tina Turner Musical on Broadway, as well as a husband and father of two.  Additionally, he is one of the founding members of MUSE: Musicians United for Social Equity.   An organization in its infancy already helping others and affecting change in the musical theater community and beyond, “MUSE is committed to creating diversity within the music departments of the theatre industry by providing access, internships, mentorships, and support to historically marginalized people of color.” (from their website, link below). Alvin has a contagious enthusiasm for making the theater a more inclusive place and extending opportunities to those with limited resources. His resume is filled, and it got that way because of his dedication and hard work to his craft, as well as always showing respect to those around him.  He emphasizes always doing your best--you never know who is watching.  And that very thing led to him getting the call to be music director of Once on This Island on Broadway. Alvin’s chat is quotable, inspiring, and invigorating.  Such a story of following your passions, embracing the adventure of the journey, and looking beyond yourself to help others.  Alvin mentions multiple times the importance of sharing your knowledge and story-- being open-minded, connecting, and lifting up others. I am so excited for you to hear from Alvin.  Afterward, be sure to check out MUSE and the strides they are making already-- from workshops to networking events to an online directory of artists and more.   Thank you for what you do to bring goodness to the world, Alvin! Follow Alvin: alvinhoughjr.com @alivinhoughpiano MUSE: museonline.org @museonline_org We need all the good news we can get. This brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following their passions, even if that means leaving behind a potentially more comfortable career path, and making people feel better along the way.    S(M)GN episodes released each Friday.  Follow @positively_kate for more.  And please share if you enjoyed this episode! Have stories of good news you know should be shared?  Send me a message!
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June 20, 2021
Ep. 12: Ben Houghton, Broadway for Arts Education
Take the risk.  That comes up multiple times in today’s episode with the singular Ben Houghton.  His story is insanely inspiring.  After seeming to land a dream job, his heart said that was not where he was meant to make an impact using his gifts.  Taking an opportunity to teach in India for a few months, he left everything behind and followed this door to see where it would lead.  Thinking it was a temporary thing, he did not expect it to change his trajectory completely, establishing the now worldwide Broadway for Arts Education.   This astounding nonprofit seeks to bring quality and complete education to children who need it the most in India, Haiti, Galapagos, NYC, and more.  As Ben states, just one example is that the children they’ve worked with in India have made more money in five years post-graduation than their parents made their entire lives.  He also touches on how important #artseducation is in creating a well-rounded person: empathetic, confident, and with such a stronger set of skills in how to interact with others. I love his mantra, ‘Live in the orange.’  You need to hear him tell it, but know it encompasses taking risks, checking in with yourself, living outside of your comfort zone, going beyond ‘the green’ but not in ‘the red’. Be sure to check out their website and Instagram pages. So much great info, inspiring stories, and joy.  For those of you in #NYC, I hope to see you at their silent disco on June 12th, where they are going to be closing down West 52nd St for a dance party for BAE.   broadwayforartsed . org @broadwayforartsed Insta & TikTok We need all the good news we can get. This brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following their #passions, even if that means leaving behind a potentially more comfortable career path, and making the world better along the way. Have stories of good news you know should be shared? Send me a message ASAP!
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June 9, 2021
Ep.9: Terrie Magro, Michael Magro Foundation
Devoting one’s life to helping others is a most incredible feat. And it takes on a different level when the root of this decision comes from a personal tragedy.  Today’s guest, Terrie Magro, had two healthy sons, both of whom were diagnosed with different cancers during childhood, one passing away just eight weeks after being diagnosed. Terrie and her husband Paul chose to honor their son’s legacy, creating the Michael Magro Foundation, to help other families going through similar experiences.  I am absolutely honored she agreed to chat with me, and what her family has created is truly astounding.  The Magro family is an incredible example of living the idea that anyone can make a difference if they try--and they go above and beyond. Listen to fill your heart, to find new ways to help your community, and to be inspired by this remarkable family.  The Mission of the Michael Magro Foundation, from their website: - Better the lives of children with cancer, pediatric cancer survivors, and their families as well as other chronic pediatric illnesses by helping these families meet the complex issues of care.  - Touch thousands of lives by educating patients, families, teachers, physicians, and communities about the intricacies of pediatric cancer care and long-term treatment effects - Enhance the health and well being of our pediatric patients through a family-centered approach.  - Bring people together to raise funds and awareness for children with cancer and other chronic illnesses. You can find out more as well as donate to the Michael Magro Foundation here: michaelmagrofoundation dot com Instagram: @michaelmagrofoundation  We need all the good news we can get. This brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following passions, even if that means leaving behind a potentially more comfortable career path, and helping others along the way.   (Shout-out to John Krasinski for inspiring this whole thing in the first place!) S(M)GN episodes released each Friday.  Follow @positively_kate for more.  Have stories of #goodnews you know should be shared?  Send me a message! And if you enjoyed this episode, I would be thrilled if you left a review on Apple podcasts!
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June 7, 2021
Ep. 7: Jim Cooney, Director, Choreographer, Founder of Amplified Artists
There is so much to write about today’s guest that I have restarted this intro many times.  You really just need to watch to hear and feel all the positive vibes yourself! Since first walking into his classroom at Broadway Dance Center here in NYC, I knew I would be a fan of Jim Cooney.  He has an energy that is a rare mix of welcoming and energizing but also grounded and professional-- all of that at once.  Beyond learning steps, he delves deep into your why, showing up for yourself, centering yourself, and so much more, while challenging his students with such a variety of styles of dance.   While he is an incredible (and award-winning) choreographer and director, he goes further, with a strong business mindset and belief in the abilities of all those he encounters.  He took these skills, as well as a clear passion for helping people strive toward their greatest potential, beyond the physical classroom/stage, creating Amplified Artists, a platform for artists with a mission to create abundance and a bountiful life.   Jim tells me so much more about this platform, actionable tips regarding being clear on who you are, what you are presenting, the importance of keeping it simple, and that yes, we all absolutely should be embracing our unique, varied backgrounds.  @JimCooney: jimcooney . me/blog Instagram & Twitter: @jimcooneynyc “Amplified Artists is a membership community for those working in the performing arts. The mission is to create abundance in the type of art you make, but more importantly, to build a bountiful life. We do this by integrating our artistry with our money and health, which streamlines our efforts and creates a bigger, more fulfilling impact.”  Find out more at AmplifiedArtists . life We need all the good news we can get. This brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following their passions, even if that means leaving behind a potentially more comfortable career path, and making people feel better along the way.   (Shout-out to John Krasinski for inspiring this whole thing in the first place!) S(M)GN episodes released each Friday.  Follow @positively_kate for more.  Have stories of good news you know should be shared?  Send me a message!
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June 2, 2021
Ep. 8: Marcie West, USO Pacific
Today’s guest is coming to us all the way from Japan-- Marcie West, the Regional Operations Manager of the USO Pacific.  NB: due to the distance and connectivity, there are some gaps/zoom noises you will hear...apologies! For those who don’t know, The USO is the United Services Organization, a nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen “America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.” How did we cross paths?  I’ve been blessed to be a part of the entertainment division of the USO since 2018, and since we couldn’t do in-person events, the USO quickly adapted to virtual programming worldwide. As my other half of life is that of a fitness professional, I have had the opportunity to teach multiple classes over recent months to Japan, Guam, and more. Marcie’s passion for the USO was apparent from our first Zoom meeting! The USO Pacific covers 52% of the world’s surface area and supports the troops and their families within all those miles. Referring to what she wanted to be when she grew up, Marcie said “it all comes down to wanting to make a difference. I just wanted to make a difference.”  As a military spouse herself, she knows first-hand the challenge to find community as well as a job with all the relocations and ever-changing towns, countries, and cultures. The USO does such a variety of programming-- check it out here: uso.org If you are interested in volunteering, they are in the process of creating a virtual volunteers program.  So no matter where you are located, you can be a part of supporting the troops!  Find more here: volunteers.uso.org If you would like to reach out to Marcie, she can be contacted at mawest@uso.org We need all the good news we can get. This brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following their passions, even if that means leaving behind a potentially more comfortable career path, and making people feel better along the way.   (Shout-out to #JohnKrasinski for inspiring this whole thing in the first place!) S(M)GN episodes released each Friday.  Follow @positively_katefor more. ​ Have stories of good news you know should be shared?  Send me a message! And if you enjoyed this, I'd be thrilled if you shared it with another who would like to hear some good news :) Kate
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June 2, 2021
Ep. 6: Annie Trinkle, Animal Alliance
Kate Cherichello here, with Annie Trinkle, the Founder and Executive Director of Animal Alliance. She took the risk in following her passion to help animals, leaving her corporate job in NYC, and ended up forming one of the largest private animal shelters in the state of New Jersey.  She has an incredible team with her helping thousands of animals each year and says she has “the best job in the world”.  I love her comments on creating a structure using your business sense, but then using your heart to lead you.  And I was shocked to learn that she was once scared of dogs-- Talk about a turn of events! I was blessed to meet Annie through adopting Lucy back in 2002, then Linus a few years later.  The two rescue dogs brought so much happiness to my family. animalalliancenj.org  We need all the good news we can get. So that brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following their passions, even if that means leaving behind a potentially more comfortable career path, and making people feel better along the way.   (Shout-out to John Krasinski for inspiring this whole thing in the first place!) S(M)GN episodes released each Friday. Have stories of good news you know should be shared?  Send me a message! @positively_kate
18:34
May 25, 2021
Ep. 5: Patrick Thornton, Writer & Editor
Kate Cherichello here, and welcome back to Some (More) Good News. To the multi-hyphenates, freelancers, non-9-5-ers, & those facing the mix of desire and fear that comes with takin a leap:  this one is definitely going to give you an extra boost today.  Patrick Thornton runs his own Professional Writing & Editing Services business, while also writing for publications like Ranker, and working as managing editor of Ghost Proposal.  Since beginning undergrad as an arts administration major, to realizing additional passions in the writing space and getting his MFA, Patrick is an incredible example of being open to opportunities and letting his path go its own unique way.   By following his heart, he has created a world for himself filled with utilizing his skills and passions in various ways, helping others along the way.  In addition to his writing and editing work, his services include: creative content, SEO, grant proposals, resume consultation.  On his website, you can find writings about everything from Victorian era hygiene to paranormal activity to Judy Garland! From his first encounter with a successful, well-known author who told him, “nobody really knows if they’re any good,” he knew to take risks and go for it-- and it has worked out indeed!  As he emphasizes, it takes #courage, self-awareness, and vulnerability.  In this episode, you will see how Patrick is a prime example of making a successful career out of following this guidance! Instagram @_patrickevan www. patrickthornton .com We need all the good news we can get. So that brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following their passions, even if that means leaving behind a potentially more comfortable career path, and making people feel better along the way.   (Shout-out to John Krasinski for inspiring this whole thing in the first place!) S(M)GN episodes released each Friday. Have stories of good news you know should be shared?  Send me a message! @positively_kate
21:29
May 18, 2021
Ep. 4: Travis Welcome, Change For Kids
Kate Cherichello here, and welcome back to Some (More) Good News! I have been a part of the New York Foundling’s junior board for about eight years now, and this is how I crossed paths with today’s guest, Travis Welcome. He is one of THE most passionate people I’ve ever met, the embodiment of living to help the world become a better place. Travis is the Senior Director of Programs & Innovation at Change for Kids. Prior, he was with Mott Haven Academy and The Felix Organization, and volunteers many hours with organizations including the New York Foundling. With all the students he encounters, he strives to ensure that “each and every one of them has the ultimate world to succeed”. Travis goes on to say, “One idea and the right resources— anything’s possible”. You are not going to want to miss hearing from this inspiring man! Find more: @felixorganization @changeforkids @thenyfoundling Facebook & LinkedIn: Travis Welcome We need all the good news we can get. So that brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following their passions, even if that means leaving behind a potentially more comfortable career path, and making people feel better along the way.   (Shout-out to John Krasinski for inspiring this whole thing in the first place!) S(M)GN episodes released each Friday. Have stories of good news you know should be shared?  Send me a message! @positively_kate
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May 7, 2021
Ep. 3: Meg Haggerty, Butler University Student Affairs
Kate Cherichello here, and welcome back to Some (More) Good News! Universities dealing with the struggles of covid-19 in a show about good news? Yes, because wait until you hear about the teamwork, creativity, and, most of all, care that has gone into this past year.  And that window into the hope and love Butler and other colleges have shown was just a bonus on top of my chat with Meg--a person who is the embodiment of finding ways to make a difference every single day through her work and relationships. Meg Haggerty is the Director of New Student & Family Programs at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN.  Let me know when you watch, but I was sure feeling lots of emotions by the end of this interview.  Teamwork to create unique solutions for keeping students learning and engaged throughout a growing pandemic, the mental health impact on all, and to hear how Meg and her team have been striving to engage students and find solutions to help them their physical and mental health.   The care (there’s that word again!) Meg shows for each and every person she encounters is so apparent, and she does such a beautiful job illustrating her journey and growth through Butler University, under the umbrella of always being ready to help others.  As Meg says, you never know how much of an impact being you, your unique self, will have on others--and yourself.  And, to highlight Meg’s favorite quote: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,” by Maya Angelou.   People need people, and Meg is a fantastic example of going the extra mile to make a positive impact in the day-to-day, throughout a pandemic, within her work environment, and in her family.  Enjoy. LinkedIn: Meghan Haggerty Insta: @meggerty224 We need all the good news we can get. So that brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following their passions, even if that means leaving behind a potentially more comfortable career path, and making people feel better along the way.   (Shout-out to John Krasinski for inspiring this whole thing in the first place!) S(M)GN episodes released each Friday. Have stories of good news you know should be shared?  Send me a message! @positively_kate
39:09
May 7, 2021
Ep. 2: Lily Kirchner, Light For Autism
Kate Cherichello here, and welcome back to Some (More) Good News! Each episode contains a mini interview about someone following his or her passions, even if that means leaving behind a potentially more comfortable career path, and making people feel better along the way. (Shout-out to John Krasinski for inspiring this whole thing in the first place!) Episode 2 takes us to Lily Kirchner, from Chippewa Falls, WI, where she has recently founded Light for Autism Corp., a nonprofit dedicated to bringing awareness and advocacy to autism and early intervention, and to "provide funding for services, resources, and extra curricular activities to individuals who do not qualify under insurance, educational, and waiver guidelines". Lily and her husband, Bryan, are parents to two wonderful boys, Jim and Will, both diagnosed with autism. They are forces for good in this world: showing nothing but love, and working hard to help their boys and many others. If autism is new to you, here is a definition from Autism Speaks: "Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the CDC, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today." Lily is a light of hope and an amazing example of putting one's challenges into action for good! www.lightforautism.com Instagram: @lightforautismcorp We need all the good news we can get. S(M)GN episodes released each Friday. Have stories of good news you know should be shared?  Send me a message! @positively_kate
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April 10, 2021
Ep. 1: Andrea Miyares, CEO Iconic Design Group
Welcome to Some (More) Good News! Kate Cherichello here, and we need all the good news we can get. So that brings me to Some (More) Good News, featuring mini interviews with people following their passions, even if that means leaving behind a potentially more comfortable career path, and making people feel better along the way.   (Shout-out to John Krasinski for inspiring this whole thing in the first place!) Have stories of good news you know should be shared?  Send me a message! @positively_kate Here in our first episode, we meet Andrea Miyares , of Iconic Design Group.  Andrea and I go back to college, and she has since journeyed through a corporate job which she liked, to taking the leap to creating her own business to follow what she loved. She helps individuals and companies find their brand....how to present online, what is their 'why', how to focus their creative energies and not feel overwhelmed with all the options today.   Her eloquence, passion, and immense knowledge in this field shine throughout our conversation.  There are also many quotable moments, so have a pen and paper handy! I hope you enjoy listening to this great example of #goodness that comes from finding your passion and helping others along the way. LinkedIn: Andrea Miyares Insta: @andreamiyares www.createiconic.com Season one: www.bebykate.com/somemoregoodnews and on @positively_kate IGTV New episodes released each Friday.
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April 10, 2021
Intro to Some (More) Good News with Kate Cherichello
Welcome to the series where we talk with people doing GOOD in the world through their work. Know someone (or yourself) who is doing positive things that deserve to be shared? Let me know by tagging me or sending me a message @positively_kate !
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March 22, 2021