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By Helium Books
Passion, purpose, and stories, as told by their owners, this is Journeymen.

Join hosts, Jacob Carlson and Ian Buchanan, as they engage with an eclectic group of guests, discussing their personal journeys in an intimate setting. Because we all have a story to tell - a journey to share.

Jacob and Ian are co-founders of Helium Books - a company on a mission to elevate lives through reading.
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Moments | Your Hosts - Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic


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Moments | Andy Miller - An Identity Reborn
One night, Andy Miller took a breath and realized a change was needed. He was pouring everything he had into his duties as an academic advisor and football coach—his workweeks stretching to 80+ hours. Yet, Andy's most important duty—being a father—wasn't getting the attention it required or deserved. Something had to give. But what, exactly? Advising and football were who Andy was...or so he thought. At the hands of his rosary, Andy had his "light bulb moment"—despite helping his students discover their vocations, he had failed to define his own. Maybe his identity wasn't all about advising and football? Maybe he wanted it to be centered on how he raised his kids and grew alongside his family. Andy's focus changed, and so did he, deciding to go back to school, earn a doctorate degree, and attain a job that enhanced his day-to-day fulfillment, gave him the freedom to spend more time with those he cared about most, and allowed him to live in accordance with his newly reborn identity—that of a present father, loving husband, and humble servant.
October 6, 2020
Moments | Lauren Nelson - Hear Me Roar
The problems we face are simply opportunities to make something better. This is the mindset of the entrepreneur. This is the mindset required to create something out of nothing. This is the mindset possessed by Lauren Nelson. Only a few months ago, Lauren noticed that there should be a better way to align willing volunteers and donors with organizations in need of their support. So, she did something about it. She saw the opportunity from the problem and created something better. The product of her imagination and hard work is Roar Philanthropy—a Milwaukee-based organization on a mission to make volunteering an easy, accessible, diverse and enjoyable experience while providing Metro-Milwaukee nonprofits and organizations with respectful, optimistic, accepting and reliable volunteers and donors. The idea may have came to her in a flash, but, as you'll learn, Lauren's life had been steadily building to this moment.  ++ For more on Roar Philanthropy and to see how you can get involved, visit!
September 15, 2020
Moments | Liz Carver - One Conversation
When we think of a backyard barbecues, most wouldn't peg them as hotbeds for new ideas, deep conversations, or chance encounters turned business partners. But, fortunately for Liz Carver, this backyard barbecue—celebrating a friend's birthday three summers ago—didn't get the memo. It was there, by way of one conversation, that the course of her life's journey was permanently transformed. Liz's love for the Enneagram—a method of self-identification that prioritizes personal growth—started by chance, but grew fast. Yet, despite her nerd-level affinity for it, she had never really manifested her passion for the insights gained from the Enneagram into anything tangible, that is until this aforementioned conversation, when she met Josh Green. It was then that two minds with an intense, shared interest collided and decided to act on something they believed in. And, the rest, as they say, is history. P.S. The two recently published a book—What's Your Enneatype?—which can be found at all major retailers. Also, follow their ~booming~ Instagram account at @justmyenneatype.
September 1, 2020
Moments | Angela Lang - Building BLOCs
Angela Lang saw a hole that needed to be filled in our communities. But, she didn't know if she was the right person to fill it. The decision to lead an organization is accompanied by many things, doubt certainly being one of them. Yet, despite Angela feeling unprepared and under-qualified, with a strong network of supporters by her side, she eventually jumped at the opportunity to lead BLOC (Black Leaders Organizing for Communities), a Milwaukee-based group that works to ensure a high quality of life and access to opportunities for members of the Black community in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. As executive director, Angela has thrown herself into a leadership position, growing and developing each and every day as the position demands. In this episode of Moments by Journeymen, we dive into her story of starting at BLOC, how that has impacted her journey, the highs and lows, and what this bold decision will mean for her future.
August 18, 2020
Moments | Will Bott - Meet Up, In a Blink
While at a rowing competition a little over two years ago, Will Bott serendipitously had his light bulb moment. Why wasn't there anything on the market that let you know when your friends or colleagues are around so that you can meet up in real life? Too often, thought Will, we miss opportunities to have a good time with others simply because we don't know they're close by.  So started the journey to launch bLinkup - an app that allows you to discover who you know in your area, giving you the opportunity to meet a blink. In this episode of Moments by Journeymen, Will explains how the decision to start and operate a startup has impacted his life and shares some pointed wisdom along the way. bLinkup is currently available on the App Store! Give it a try!
August 4, 2020
Dwayne Marks - Network Effects (Pt. 2)
Resilient. Remarkable. Rare. These are just some of the words that are top of mind when describing the life of Dwayne Marks. His life has been a winding road, so full of experiences that we couldn't possibly squeeze it all into one episode - hence, we split his journey into two parts. This is his story. --- In Part 2, as Dwayne matures, his focus and passion move from cloudy to clear. With the support of his network of friends, family, colleagues, and mentors, he begins to confidently explore his interests and acquire tools that will build a fulfilling, successful career. Combining his love for bringing people and families together with a seemingly unrelated penchant for numbers and data, Dwayne is working every day to find unique, perhaps unexplored methods to uplift Milwaukee person by person, family by family at SaintA. When asked what has been paramount to shaping his life into what it is today, Dwayne cites two things: wisdom gained through education and the individuals he allowed to impact his life.
July 23, 2020
Dwayne Marks - Network Effects (Pt. 1)
Resilient. Remarkable. Rare. These are just some of the words that are top of mind when describing the life of Dwayne Marks. His life has been a winding road, so full of experiences that we couldn't possibly squeeze it all into one episode - hence, we split his journey into two parts. This is his story. --- In Part 1, we get to know Dwayne. His upbringing, his motivations, his interests, his defining moments. Growing up in East Chicago, Indiana, life wasn't easy. Yet, through the highs and lows, Dwayne was constantly supported - until he wasn't. Rapidly uprooting one's childhood can have that effect. Depending on with whom he surrounded himself in his impressionable years, Dwayne seemed to flip flop from good situations to bad situations, ebbing and flowing between a man of great promise and a kid without a clear direction. Yet, as he explains, certain seminal moments (and people) helped keep him on the right path as he made his way into young adulthood.
July 21, 2020
Moments | Rick Carlson - Recession of '09
Moments - Journeymen's ongoing series of digestible episodes highlighting the events that define our lives. Like many, Rick Carlson lost his job as a result of the 2008-2009 recession. However, his approach to his newfound circumstances was rather unique and remarkably powerful. Through thick and thin, Rick understands the importance of always keeping one eye forward, always considering what's next. A strong mindset coupled with the willingness to put 'we' over 'me' helped Rick not only get through this challenging time, but growth through it. This is his moment.
April 14, 2020
Henry Lynch - Just Go For It
Making a change is difficult. It's anxiety-inducing, stressful, and full of uncertainty. Yet, more often than not, as Henry Lynch has long understood, it is necessary. We must have the courage to take control of our situation, and improve it when the opportunity arises to do so. Henry embodies these truths - changing his focus of study at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse not once, not twice, but FOUR times, as well as his career path, all before the age of 26. To some, such an approach may appear unfocused, but, to Henry, it's all an effort in finding his purpose, finding his fit. There is simply no appeal to accepting a disjointed, unfulfilling life. Fortunate to have strong support system by his side, Henry will never lack the bravery to do what feels right, even if that means making big changes. He will always go for it. This is his story. 
April 7, 2020
Moments | Your Hosts - Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Moments - Journeymen's ongoing series of digestible episodes highlighting the events that define our lives. In this, the premier episode, your hosts, Jacob Carlson and Ian Buchanan, share how their journeys are being transformed and shaped by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. While sacrifices are certain, they attempt to take a step back and look at the bigger picture - how does this moment in time offer the opportunity to elevate themselves and their chosen path.
March 20, 2020
Gabriel Douglas - A Story of Faith
We all experience it. We all feel it. We all want to escape it when it rears its head. Burn out. Gabriel Douglas is no exception. Growing up in a faith-based family, attending a Christian elementary, middle, and high school, upon graduation he simply could not wait to see what else was out there to explore. Yet, his faith never wavered, and after a much-needed, but brief hiatus from ministry, his true passion emerged - or, perhaps 'resurfaced' is a more appropriate description. Gabriel now spreads love and joy as a member of the youth ministry at the very place in which his life's journey began - Eastbrook Church. A gifted musician and natural story-teller, Gabriel has no fear of expressing his true self - further combining his abilities and passions as a member of the band Divine Resonance. Equipped with a genuine, electric personality that is palpable in all that he says (and does), he is an absolute joy to listen to. This is his story.
March 17, 2020
Josh Fechtner - Active Mind. Active Body. Active Spirit.
Josh Fechtner grew up competitive, to say the least - always craving victory and despising defeat. Though, now in his mid-twenties with this edge not quite as sharp, Josh has still been able to harness this spirited energy for use in the pursuit of other endeavors. At the core of his competitive nature are two core tenets that have defined his journey - activity and ambition. With the relentless desire to pursue physical challenges and win, Josh has married these character traits into a career he believes to be his true vocation. Now a physical fitness and health instructor for nearly two years, Josh finds fulfillment in knowing that his active, ambitious mindset can be displayed daily. His competition is no longer a defined opponent. It is himself and his ability to instill lasting wisdom within his students. Winning is not necessarily a singular moment, but continuous progress. And, to Josh, this progress is as sweet as victory. This is his story.
March 3, 2020
Martha Carrigan - Bird? Plane? It's Super Spackle!
Always thinking of herself the "default girl", Martha Carrigan considers her life as one that has followed the straight and narrow - the expected route. But, to us - and, likely to those that hear her story - Martha's journey is far from ordinary. She helped start a high school. She is the CEO of career-building platform, Big Shoes Network. She has been hit by a car (multiple times...). Safe to say...far from average. Yet, like many of us, Martha shares a passion for people, and has allowed that defined purpose to guide her career. She never thought she'd be an entrepreneur, but her desire to help others has manifested itself in a thriving company that impacts thousands in the Midwest. For Martha, the analogy of spackling is very apropos when crafting a theme to represent her life - using her unique skills to fill gaps, assisting in the advancement of causes and people she believes in. This is her story.
February 25, 2020
Terri Carlson - Driving Tractors & Embracing Change
An achiever through and through, Terri Carlson has brought this mindset to everything she has done - from driving tractors as a girl growing up in rural northern Wisconsin to preparing college students for their bright futures. Though her journey may seem winding and even a little disjointed, upon more careful examination, Terri has always acted in accordance with her mission, guided through the uncertainties of change by her faith. Driven by her passions for people, healthcare, and continuous learning, she has held positions in nuclear medicine to pharmaceutical sales to academic advising - quite the Journeywoman! A loving wife of 32 years and mother of two, Terri can't be sure what changes lie ahead, but, rest assured, purpose will lead the way, faith will provide strength, and achievement is the goal. This is her journey.
February 18, 2020
Davey Gwidt - Resolve. Resiliency. Amplifying Voices.
Davey Gwidt was born with something he cannot control - cerebral palsy. Yet, what he can control, his mindset, is bold, strong, and unwavering. Never has his disability been a crutch, rather - as Davey sees it - it has provided him with a distinct advantage: to see life differently than the rest. Marrying this uniqueness with his interests, Davey has made forays into sports journalism, political advocacy, and broadcast media. Now, the culmination of these experiences has placed Davey at ACLU Wisconsin, at the precipice of what he believes to be his life's purpose - using his talents to amplify the voices of those that go unheard. This is his journey.
January 23, 2020
Lauren Zydowsky - Expanding Your Toolbox
As a teacher, Lauren Zydowsky knows the school system in and out. Perhaps surprisingly, she is a strong believer in the power of real-world experience - that most knowledge is attained in the field, rather than in the classroom. Currently in pursuit of higher education, Lauren is focused on the expansion of her skills - her tools - those that are found in two different kinds of classrooms. Driven by her passion, Lauren's mindset is one of continued growth - both professionally and personally. Who she will become tomorrow is defined by how she betters herself today. This is her story.
January 7, 2020
Grady Buchanan - Finding Your Niche
For Grady Buchanan, nothing has ever been set in stone. Not his friend groups, not his college campus, not his life's purpose. Driven by ambitious goals and an utter disdain for boredom, since turning 18, Grady has lived in an ever-evolving state of fluidity - attending multiple universities, holding multiple jobs, and consistently refining both his short- and long-term plans. That is - Grady believes - until now. As a co-founder of two Madison, Wisconsin-based businesses, OmniValley and NVNG Investment Advisors, Grady has found a steady home in the entrepreneurial/venture space. Instead of settling for the ordinary, Grady has lived to unveil something we must all unmask within ourselves - who he really is. This is his journey.
December 20, 2019
Ethan Littel - Analytical Mind. Selfless Heart.
One of five brothers, Ethan Littel grew up competitive, never wavering from his belief in a single mantra - If you are going to do something, do it to the best of your ability. This mantra has carried him to academic success - achieving high marks while studying actuarial science and economics in his undergraduate years - to success in what he believes is his true calling - educating and inspiring today's youth. Ethan has sinced merged his love for problem solving and that for mentorship, attaining a teaching position at Milwaukee Public Schools, where he has taught mathematics for 5+ years. He also enjoys many other hobbies - including violin! This is his journey.
December 10, 2019
Dr. John Park - From Immigrant to PharmD
Dr. John Park, a South Korean immigrant and newly naturalized American citizen, recently graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and is currently a pharmacist at one of the biggest retail pharmacy chains in the country. In his scarce free time, John likes spending time with his dog, Maisie, and further pursuing his passion - helping others. This is his journey.
November 26, 2019
Your Hosts
Co-hosts, Jacob and Ian, share their purpose for starting Journeymen, what they hope to achieve with each episode, and kick the series off by sharing their own journeys with listeners.
November 12, 2019