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The Shadows Podcast

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Each and every one of us has a shadow. Our shadow follows us every second of the day. It follows us from cradle to grave. It allows us to fit into and succeed in the world we live in. Oftentimes, we tend to repress our shadow into the unconscious. However, our shadow contains our strengths and power. It’s a necessary aspect of us as a whole.

Here at the Shadows Podcast, we face our shadows head on.

We understand that our shadows are products of our upbringing and obstacles we face. Hear how our guests discuss how they turn their trials and tragedies into triumphs and success stories.

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Episode 82: The Chronicles of Jack O'Halloran
What does Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali, Christopher Reeve, Chuck Norris, Tom Hanks, and Jimmy Hoffa all have in common? They’ve had interactions with our guest this week, Jack O’Halloran! Jack is known for his role in the original Superman films as the supervillain, “Non”. He’s also a former professional boxer, actor, and author, and grew up around organized crime. This episode was previously only available on YouTube, but now you can enjoy the very interesting story of Jack O’Halloran on the Shadows Podcast! (3:19) What’s being discussed for the next Superman movie? Actor? Storyline? (7:53) What was Jack’s role in the Rocky franchise? (11:15) How did he go from aspirations of playing for the Philadelphia Eagles to becoming a professional boxer? (14:38) Being diagnosed with acromegaly. (19:52) Transitioning from boxing to acting and landing his first movie role in “Farewell My Lovely”. (24:30) His interactions with Muhammad Ali and Jack walk us through his boxing career. (33:16) Is he worried about possible chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) from a career in boxing? (37:05) What it meant to be inducted into the California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fames. (40:16) What role did he turn down that he regrets? (43:30) He discusses being a part of King Kong. (47:08) What was it like to work with Christopher Reeve? Issues with filming Superman and his opinions on the Richard Donner Cut. (51:50) How was it filming a mute villain, Non? (54:29) Memories from working with Dan Akroyd and Tom Hanks on the set of Dragnet. (01:00:00) His relationship with Bruce Lee. (01:02:40) His father was the head of Murder, Inc. He tells us about interactions with Jimmy Hoffa, the Teamsters, and the Kennedy’s. He also discusses his book, “Family Legacy”. If you enjoy what we’re doing and would like to leave a review, please head over to https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Also, while you’re there, check out all past episodes, our book recommendations, and weekly blogs. The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network (www.limacharlienetwork.com).
01:22:35
May 23, 2022
Episode 81: The Chronicles of Brian McComak
This week Brian McComak joins the Shadows Podcast! Brian is the Founder and CEO of Hummingbird Humanity https://hummingbirdhumanity.com/. Hummingbird Humanity is a diverse group of thought leaders, speakers, consultants, and experts in the field of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. (14:23) Who is Brian McComak? (16:43) The life of an Army brat. Moving from Arizona to Oklahoma to Arizona to California to Kansas to Berlin to Kansas, and finally to Florida, all before his 8th-grade year. (19:22) Importance of siblings during transitions. (20:24) Being the son of a 1972 US Olympian, did he have aspirations in athletics? (23:35) Differences between struggling with his sexuality as a child versus the challenges kids face today. How did it impact him in a corporate environment? (28:17) He walks us through what it was like to come out to his family and friends when he was 21. (30:10) Brian shares an emotional story about inviting his parents to watch him perform as part of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus at Carnegie Hall. (33:10) His time at AMC Theatres, getting his master’s in human Relations in Change Management, and his internship at Red Lobster. (38:22) Experience as the Director, Enterprise Human Resources for the Walt Disney Company. (43:44) What is Hummingbird Humanity? (47:25) Biggest lessons learned from COVID-19, both personally and professionally? (53:47) How does he describe Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion? (56:19) Trusted 10 Exercise (59:55) Brian talks about Bosco, a former medical research dog and Chief Happiness Officer for Hummingbird Humanity. (1:02:28) What does he want his legacy to be? Brian McComak on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bmccomak/ Hummingbird Humanity: https://linktr.ee/HummingbirdHumanity If you enjoy what we’re doing and would like to leave a review, please head over to https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Also, while you’re there, check out all past episodes, our book recommendations, and weekly blogs. The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network (www.limacharlienetwork.com).
01:07:28
May 16, 2022
Episode 80: The Chronicles of Roger Pollard
This week Roger Pollard joins the Shadows Podcast! Roger is a former Linebacker for North Carolina State. He also has experience as a High School Football Coach. He’s also an author and the founder of www.MotiveinMotivation.com. (9:10) Roger talks about growing up in Coral Gables and his battle with asthma. (11:42) When did he know football would be his focus? (13:55) What was the recruiting process like for a high school kid? (16:08) Why did he pick North Carolina State over schools like Florida State and Cincinnati? (17:22) What was his relationship with Coach Chuck Amato? (19:55) He talks about dislocating his kneecap one day before the MicronPC Bowl. (21:27) Where was he during the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and how did that change their season? (24:18) “It’s not about your product; it’s about your process.” He talks about the mindset behind his NC State team being #10 in the country while riding a 9-0 record and then losing several games to close out the season. (29:07) His opinions on the transfer portal. (32:18) What was it like going back to coach at his alma mater in Coral Gables? (32:58) The biggest lesson he learned from his football career? (37:03) What is the most significant difference between winning as a player vs. as a coach? (43:58) What impact did COVID-19 have on his life? (47:57) He was reported missing in 2021. He talks about his battle with significant depression and what changed his mindset, ultimately saving his life? (55:06) His advice for anyone dealing with someone they know who’s addicted to social media. (01:03:10) He discusses his Motivational and Football books. (1:13:55) He tells us about his website www.motiveinmotivation.com. If you enjoy what we’re doing and would like to leave a review, please head over to https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Also, while you’re there, check out all past episodes, our book recommendations, and weekly blogs. The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network (www.limacharlienetwork.com).
01:30:22
May 09, 2022
Episode 79: The Chronicles of Jason Earle
This week Jason Earle joins the Shadows Podcast! Brian is the Founder and CEO of Got Mold and MycoLab USA. You won't believe the unbelievable story he shares with our listeners this week on the Shadows Podcast. (10:34) Growing up in what he recalls as a dysfunctional 1970's/80's house as a latchkey kid in central New Jersey. (18:53) Going through his parent's divorce at 12 years old. (23:15) He is transparent and vulnerable while recounting an argument with his mom, which led to her taking her life moments after. After this, what saved his life, and how did he overcome his inner demons? (24:32) Diagnosed with Lyme disease. (33:05) How did Jason go from dropping out of high school and getting a job at a gas station to getting hired to work on Wall Street, becoming the youngest broker ever? (38:00) His experience at Hanover Sterling & Co. and how success came with increased drug and alcohol consumption. (44:13) While sitting in Hawaii, his life changed while reading an article on a $55 million settlement from a moldy hotel. (51:09) His mold sniffing dog, Oreo. (58:52) For more information on Got Mold and free resources, and an exclusive offer for the Shadows listeners, head over to https://www.gotmold.com/shadows/ If you enjoy what we're doing and would like to leave a review, please head over to https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Also, while you're there, check out all past episodes, our book recommendations, and weekly blogs. The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network (www.limacharlienetwork.com).
01:06:43
May 02, 2022
Episode 78: The Chronicles of Jay Ly
Jay Ly is a trainer, speaker, coach, military veteran, Founder and President of Golden Compass, and host of the Live Free Series Podcast. During this episode, Jay talks about some of his struggles growing up. Why did he decide to join the United States Navy in 2008? How did he go from SEALs training to a career in Explosive Ordinance Disposal? What life event led to him separating from the military after thirteen years? Jay also opens up about a life-changing moment that nearly cost him and many others their lives in Afghanistan. How did this moment push him in the direction of becoming a personal finance coach? Jay also talks to us about Golden Compass and his Live Free Series podcast. To find out more about Golden Compass, visit https://www.linkedin.com/company/goldencompassllc/ Listen to all episodes from the Live Free Series at https://www.livefreeseries.com/?msclkid=667b9d66c47d11ecaf36de129006feb0 Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Finally, if you’re looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session! The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network (www.limacharlienetwork.com).
01:18:34
April 25, 2022
Episode 77: The Chronicles of Dr. Amanda Barrientez
“The Money Healer” and Founder of NFA-Money, Dr. Amanda Barrientez joins us this week on the Shadows Podcast! During this episode, Dr. Barrientez opens up about something most people consider taboo, her financial struggles and successes. She discusses lying on a floor crying after suffering from a relationship and financial hardships and what she did to turn things around. Her success story walks us from being on food stamps to building a six-figure business, NFA-Money. Some other topics Dr. Barrientez tackles include becoming a business consultant, our money blocks, how to make money make money for you, and her presence in the social media world. Do you want to feel confident about making money in your business? Do you want to check out her newly launched Mindset Course, or are you curious about all things NFA-Money related? Check out Dr. Barrientez at https://www.nfamoney.com/ Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Finally, if you’re looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session! The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network (www.limacharlienetwork.com).
46:21
April 18, 2022
Episode 76: The Chronicles of Adam Bird
Adam Bird joins us this week on the Shadows Podcast! Adam is the founder and CEO of Heroes Media Group. During this episode, Adam opens up about the crucial moment in his life when one person took an interest in him and how that changed his trajectory in life. He also talks about his time in the Army National Guard. Adam spends time being very candid about being a single father and some of the lightbulb moments he learned along the way. He talks to us about some of his struggles as a parent and what he did to overcome his internal demons? Finally, Adam talks to us about his digital media branding and publishing company, Heroes Media Group. You can check out their blogs, podcasts, videos, audiobooks, and upcoming events at https://www.heroesmediagroup.com/ Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Finally, if you’re looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session! The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network (www.limacharlienetwork.com).
59:57
April 11, 2022
Episode 75: The Chronicles of Anne O'Neil
The Shadows Podcast wraps up season 2 of our March Madness-inspired Rebound series with Anne O’Neil! Anne was an academic and athletic All-American at Iowa State; she played in the WNBA, is currently a Senior Cyber Transformation Leader at Palo Alto Networks, and is the host of a new podcast titled, Get Busy Livin’. In this episode, Anne walks us through her upbringing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and how trying new things as a curious kid led her to discover her love for basketball. Anne would eventually become a top 5 finalist for the Naismith High School Player of the Year and the 2000 Miss Iowa Basketball. What made her commit to the University of Illinois? As an All-Big Ten Freshman, why did she transfer to Iowa State? Anne also talks about the mental block she faced during her college career and what she did to overcome it. What was it like to wear a Team USA uniform during the World University Games? Anne also talks about her career as a Senior Cyber Transformation Leader at Palo Alto Networks, her charity work, including the Special Olympics, and her podcast, Get Busy Livin’, Check out this episode in its entirety and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Find out any and every Anne O’Neal to include the Get Busy Livin’ Podcast at https://www.anneoneil.co/ Finally, if you’re looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session! The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network (www.limacharlienetwork.com).
01:02:44
March 31, 2022
Episode 74: The Chronicles of Dale Brown
We continue the Rebound series with the legendary Head Coach from Louisiana State University, "The Master Motivator," Dale Brown! Over his 25-year career, Coach Brown led LSU to two Final Four appearances (1981 & 1986), was named the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year on four occasions, and coached Shaquille O'Neal and Chris Jackson. Coach Brown takes us through his remarkable journey from watching basketball in the stands as a high school coach to standing on the court at the Final Four. How did writing letters to colleges and universities as a high school coach lead to him getting hired as an assistant coach at Utah State? What was his relationship with Press and Pete Maravich after becoming the head coach at LSU? Coach Brown also talks about a turning point in his life when someone took a vested interest in him. What are his thoughts on the National Collegiate Athletic Association? How did he feel about getting the court at Pete Maravich Assembly Center? What did he say to his players to get nicknamed "The Master Motivator"? What role did the legendary coach John Wooden play in his life? He then tells us a touching story that shows the character of the athletes he recruited and developed that involved Shaq and a sick fan at the 2000 NBA Finals. Check out this episode in its entirety and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network (www.limacharlienetwork.com).
41:15
March 24, 2022
Episode 73: The Chronicles of Sherri Coale
We continue the Rebound series with the legendary Hall of Fame Head Coach from the University of Oklahoma Women's Basketball program, Sherri Coale! Over her 25-year career, Coach Coale led Oklahoma to three Final Four appearances and coached Team USA in the Junior World Championship and World University Games. During this episode Coach Coale talks about her upbringing in Oklahoma. How did she go from coaching high school basketball directly to Division I and heading up the Oklahoma women's basketball program? What were some of the early struggles she went through during the transition? What were some of the fantastic things her student-athletes did off the court to assist the community? How was awareness a vital part of the 2000 Sweet Sixteen run? What was her experience like coaching the USA team in the Junior World Championships? How was her experience coaching alongside legendary Connecticut Head Coach, Gino Auriemma? Coach Coale then talks about "as fate would have it" she ended up coaching against Coach Auriemma and his women's Huskies in the 2002 National Championship game. What did she learn the most from her 2009 and 2010 Final Four teams? How was her experience winning a gold medal in Russia during the 2013 World University Games? Finally, listen to Coach Coale walk us through her and her team's experience when the news broke that the 2020 season was shutting down during the pandemic. What was it like during the COVID season in 2021? How did a walk through her house lead to her retiring from coaching? Check out this episode in its entirety and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Find out more about Coach Coale at https://www.sherricoale.com/ Finally, if you're looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session! The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network (www.limacharlienetwork.com).
01:17:37
March 17, 2022
Episode 72: The Chronicles of Kyle Guy
Jim Nantz said, "It's the all-time turnaround title!". The University of Virginia basketball program went from the wrong side of history to cutting down the nets a year later. We continue with our March Madness-inspired Rebound series of the Shadows Podcast with Kyle Guy! Kyle was the 2016 Mr. Basketball in Indiana, McDonald's All-American, 2-time First-Team All-ACC, 2-time Third Team-All American, 2018 ACC Tournament MVP, 2019 Final Four MOP, National Champion at the University of Virginia, and currently a member of the first-place Miami Heat. This episode takes us through the recruitment process and how even though he dreamed of playing basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers, he ultimately ended up at Virginia. How did it feel the first time he suited up for the Cavaliers? Why did he consider transferring after his freshman year? The Virginia basketball team was #1 in the country and coming off an ACC Tournament title. They went into the 2018 NCAA Tournament as solid favorites to cut down the nets at the end of the season. Then history was made on March 16, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina, when the unthinkable happened. The #16 seeded UMBC Retrievers shocked the sports world and defeated Kyle and the #1 seed Virginia Cavaliers for the first time ever. What was their mindset before the game? When did he get an uneasy sense that that wasn't their night? What was the leadership lesson Coach Tony Bennett taught him that night? Listen to Kyle explain how the team had to be escorted into the hotel due to death threats. “If you learn to use it right, the adversity, it will buy you a ticket to a place you could not have gone any other way.” Tony Bennett Virginia used that loss as motivation and made a dramatic run through the 2019 NCAA Tournament en route to a national title. Listen to Kyle walk us through being faced with a familiar deficit a year later against a #16 Gardner Webb. He also talks about the pressure of hitting clutch shots and free throws in three of the greatest college basketball games ever played: The Regional Finals against Purdue, the National Semifinals against Auburn, and the National Championship against Texas Tech. Check out this episode in its entirety and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Finally, if you're looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session! The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network (www.limacharlienetwork.com).
44:28
March 10, 2022
Episode 71: The Chronicles of Jackie Stiles
We kick off our second year of the Rebound series with Jackie Stiles! Jackie is one of the most celebrated basketball players in college basketball history. She became the all-time leading scorer for women’s college basketball while leading Southwest Missouri State to the 2001 Final Four. She was an All-American in college, drafted 4th overall in the 2001 WNBA Draft, and would become the WNBA Rookie of the Year. In this episode, Jackie discusses her upbringing in the small town of Claflin, Kansas. How did an injury in high school, which could have derailed her goals but helped adjust her mindset? This new focus and drive led to her being recruited by some of the most significant programs in college basketball, including national powerhouse Connecticut. Why did she choose Southwest Missouri State over Connecticut? She talks about her college career, including the numerous scoring records she set and how it felt to cut down the nets after leading the Lady Bears to the Final Four. She also walks us through her experience of being inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. With all of the success, Jackie has had to overcome some obstacles. Injuries led to her career being cut short. She also opens up about her struggles with ocular melanoma. Jackie talks about the importance of fitness and her ability to serve others with NexGen Fitness. What did she learn about herself during the pandemic? Check out this episode in its entirety and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Find out more about Jackie at www.jackiestiles.com Finally, if you’re looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session! The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network (www.limacharlienetwork.com).
01:03:05
March 03, 2022
Episode 70: The Chronicles of Sean Lake
Sean Lake is the co-founder of Bubs Naturals. During this episode of the Shadows Podcast, Sean shares the events and aftermath of September 11, 2012, when his best friend Glen Doherty, a Navy SEAL was killed in Benghazi. Sean talks about how he continues to celebrate Glen’s legacy with the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation and how he dedicated his product, Bubs Naturals, to his fallen friend. Sean also shares his incredible journey from Massachusetts to the west coast, his time as a professional snowboarder, his time as the team manager for U.S. Olympian Shaun White, his work with ESPN and the X-Games, Tony Hawk, Also, listen to the story about Sean Lake and his wife confronting Michael Bay after the release of the movie 13 Hours. Check out this episode in its entirety and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Go stock up on the fantastic collagen powder, MCT Oil, and the delicious Apple Cider Vinegar gummies at www.bubsnaturals.com Support the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation at http://www.glendohertyfoundation.org/ Finally, if you’re looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session! The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network (www.limacharlienetwork.com).
58:53
February 25, 2022
Episode 69: The Chronicles of Sandra Stosz
Bodhi and his special co-host, Nina Choy-Rohmiller had the privilege to interview Vice Admiral Sandra Stosz, United States Coast Guard (Retired), on this week’s episode of the Shadows Podcast. She was a member of only the third class of cadets at the Coast Guard Academy to admit women. She was the first woman to command an icebreaker on the Great Lakes and to lead a U.S. Armed Forces Service Academy. She spent 12 years at sea, commanding two cutters. She was the first woman assigned as Deputy Commandant for mission support. Newsweek named her to their list of "150 Women Who Shake The World". During this leadership episode, Sandra takes us through her upbringing and how she established a strong work ethic at a young age. What historical moment sparked her interest in joining the military? She explains some of the challenges she faced and overcame throughout her 40-year career. Grab a copy of her book, Breaking Ice & Breaking Glass, at https://sandrastosz.com/. While you’re there, make sure you subscribe to Sandy’s mailing list for news, extra leadership tips, and secrets. Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Finally, if you’re looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session! The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network (www.limacharlienetwork.com).
01:25:07
February 17, 2022
Episode 68: The Chronicles of Nathan Coy
Nathan Coy is a Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force and the current Commandant at the Joint Base Charleston Airman Leadership School. During this episode, Nathan discusses his military career to include his time as a Military Training Instructor. He talks about his “mental kill switch” to separate personal and professional life. Then Nathan walks us through the emotional journey of adopting his son during the early stages of the pandemic. This episode takes an emotional turn when Nathan talks about a breakthrough conversation with his son during a lengthy car ride. Finally, Nathan gives us a sneak peek of his upcoming podcast, the Wartime Leadership Podcast, to include the concept, potential guest, etc. Follow Nathan’s Wartime Leadership Podcast on Instagram @wartime_leadership Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Finally, if you’re looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session! The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network (www.limacharlienetwork.com).
01:11:47
February 10, 2022
Episode 67: The Chronicles of Brandi Benson
Brandi Benson is a military veteran, cancer survivor, entrepreneur, and author of, The Enemy Inside Me: A Young Soldier’s Unexpected Battle With Cancer. In this episode of the Shadows Podcast, Brandi discusses her upbringing, why she chose to join the Army, early struggles in the military, and her deployment to Iraq in 2009. Then she walks us through her battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma. Listen to Brandi break down her mindset during those trying times and how her positive outlook, strong support system, and speaking things into existence helped her overcome this insurmountable obstacle. Brandi also talks about escaping from the hospital to buy a new car and why it was important. Finally, she talks about being presented with the Sarcoma Foundation of America Courage Award, her company Resume Advantage, and why she decided to write a book. Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. To find out any and everything Brandi Benson head over to https://brandibenson.com/ Purchase a copy of Brandi’s book, The Enemy Inside Me: A Young Soldier’s Unexpected Battle With Cancer at https://www.amazon.com/Enemy-Inside-Me-Brandi-Benson/dp/1730981534 Go support the Sarcoma Foundation of America at https://www.curesarcome.org/ If you need help writing a resume, go to https://resume-advantage.com/ Finally, if you’re looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session! The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network.
01:06:08
February 03, 2022
Episode 66: The Chronicles of Cristian Plascencia
This week we welcome Cristian Plascencia, the co-founder of The Durable Athlete, to the Shadows Podcast! Cristian discusses how an early injury playing basketball landed him in a physical therapy clinic. This event eventually led to an internship before graduating high school. He continued to intern throughout college and was introduced to a holistic approach to health and fitness. He was taught the importance of nutrition, sleep, and our mental practices, which would later become part of the Durable Athlete pillars. He also discusses receiving a grant to research the effects of whole-body vibration techniques. Cristian also discusses his time at the University of Texas, Austin, and how he landed a personal coaching position at the Onnit Gym. Finally, Cristian discusses all the incredible things he’s doing with the Durable Athlete. If you’re looking to maximize the time you spend working out and want to optimize your recovery and performance, head over to https://durableathlete.com/ Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Also, check out Cristian's partner and the co-founder of the Durable Athlete, Natalie Higby's episode of the Shadows Podcast at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/episode-15-the-chronicles-of-natalie-higby/ Finally, if you’re looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session! The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network.
47:42
January 28, 2022
Episode 65: The Chronicles of Scott DeLuzio
Scott DeLuzio is an Army infantry veteran who served with his younger brother, Steven, in Afghanistan in 2010. That same year, Steven was killed in action just miles away. Scott talks about growing up in a patriotic household and reflects on how the events from Operation Desert Strom and 9/11 inspired him and his brother to serve their country. Scott remembers his brother’s legacy and what led him to write his book, Surviving Son. Scott also opens up about his struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the importance of mental health. Scott discusses how he’s helping other veterans and podcast listeners with his inspiring podcast, Drive On Podcast, which you can listen to and subscribe to over at https://driveonpodcast.com/ Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Grab a copy of Scott’s book Surviving Son at https://driveonpodcast.com/product/surviving-son/ Finally, if you’re looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session! The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network.
01:13:46
January 20, 2022
Episode 64: The Genesis of Just a Squirrel Looking for a Nut
Oleg Lougheed and Scott Mason are the co-creators and hosts of the weekly Facebook Live and LinkedIn Live, Just a Squirrel Looking For a Nut, every Thursday evening. This week they return together on the Shadows Podcast! During this episode, they discuss how they connected initially, how they came up with the concept for their show, the importance of the audience interaction, and how they determine which topics they discuss each week. Tune into Just a Squirrel Looking For a Nut every Thursday on Facebook Live and LinkedIn Live! Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Also, check out Oleg and Scott's incredible stories on our website: Episode 18: The Chronicles of Oleg Lougheed - https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/episode-18-the-chronicles-of-oleg-lougheed/ Episode 24: The Chronicles of Scott Mason - https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/episode-24-the-chronicles-of-scott-mason/ Oleg Lougheed's Overcoming Odds Website - https://www.overcomingodds.today/ Scott Mason's Purpose Highway Podcast - https://www.purposehighway.com/ Finally, if you're looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session! The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network.
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January 13, 2022
Episode 63: The Chronicles of Art Bell
The creator of Comedy Central, former President of Court TV, and author of Constant Comedy: How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humor, Art Bell joins us this week on the Shadows Podcast! While working at HBO, Art Bell had an idea for a 24/7 all-comedy channel. He pitched the idea to the head of programming and was told, “It’s the worst idea I’ve ever heard.” He didn’t let the rejection crush his dream. That idea eventually became known as Comedy Central. Art talks about his upbringing, why humor is essential in every aspect of life, his jobs at CBS, HBO, creating the Comedy Channel, the merger with Ha! to create Comedy Central, his time as President of Court TV, and his book, Constant Comedy. Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Grab a copy of Art’s book Constant Comedy: How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humor at https://www.amazon.com/Constant-Comedy-Started-Central-Sense/dp/1646040899?asin=1646040899&revisionId=&format=4&depth=1 Finally, if you’re looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session! The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network.
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January 06, 2022
Episode 62: 2021 Year in Review
We've been downloaded in over 50 countries and have recorded over 3,291 minutes of Shadows Podcast content as we recap this incredible year with our 2021 Year in Review episode! During this episode, we go behind the scenes. What were some of the original plans for 2021? Why did the show transition to one host? How did the Ignite Podcast get started? What was the thought process behind the creation of Rise From The Shadows? When did the Lima Charlie Network talks begin? We answer all of these questions, plus some questions from Lima Charlie teammates, the host of the EQ Gangster Podcast, Noble Gibbens, and the host of the HeroFront Podcast, Josh White. We also have a special announcement and a special guest joining us at the show's end. Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. The Shadows Podcast is a proud member of the Lima Charlie Network www.limacharlienetwork.com Finally, if you're looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session!
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December 31, 2021
Rise From The Shadows | S1E13: Season Finale with Mary Polanco, Demetrius Booth, and Kim Meckwood
The finale episode of the Rise From The Shadows season one is now available! In this episode, we get things started with a Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force and recently launched a YouTube channel called "Live Well!" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6m-T0GxuDQ), Mary Polanco discussing how we all need to be Listening to the Quiet. She outlines how putting yourself first isn't always selfish; it's self-care. She opens up about how some emotions just about all of us deal with: stress, anxiety, and depression became her most incredible gift. Afterward, we welcome another Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force, Demetrius Booth. He discusses the best presents you can give and receive this holiday season is presence. He talks about not taking the moments you have in this world for granted. Cherish every moment of every day. Finally, previous Shadows Podcast guest, creator and founder of the Click & Carry (https://clickandcarry.com/), Shark Tank Winner, and cancer survivor Kim Meckwood joins our finale. Kim talks about how persistence has helped her create her product and fight through the constant rejections she received from Shark Tank until she ultimately appeared on the show and struck a deal with a Shark. Also, her perseverance and determination have helped her in her battle with cancer. Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast and Rise From the Shadows at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. We will love to hear your feedback if you like what we're doing with the Shadows Podcast! Please leave us a review at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/reviews/new/ If you're looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session!
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December 23, 2021
Rise From The Shadows | S1E12: Season Finale with Jason Womack, Sejal Thakkar, and Jeff Reyes
What better way to wrap up season 1 of Rise From The Shadows and 2021 than with two episodes packed with personal development?  In this episode, we kick things off with Leadership Development Course Instructor at Air University on Maxwell Air Force Base, Jason "JW" Womack, talking about Leading Humans Being. He covers topics such as self-reflection, understanding the three things our mind constantly does, and provides some essential information for journaling to include his technique of overwriting.  Afterward, we have TedX Speaker, Chief Civility Officer at TrainXtra, and Chief Culture Officer at Nobody Studios, Sejal Thakkar discusses a hot topic, Unconscious Bias. She talks about diversity and inclusion, tips to possibly reduce toxic work centers, her acronym H.A.T., tools for understanding your own unconscious biases, and microaggressions.  Finally, Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force and current Commandant at the Patrick Airman Leadership School, Jeff Reyes. Jeff talks to us about his mantra of Grind and Shine. He discusses the importance of waking up early and setting time aside for yourself, properly recharging at the end of your day, and the power of positivity.  Stay tuned tomorrow for the second half of our two-part finale. We bring you two Senior Noncommissioned Officers in the United States Air Force, Mary Polanco and Demetrius Booth, and the creator of the Click & Carry, Shark Tank winner, and cancer survivor, Kim Meckwood.  Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast and Rise From the Shadows at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. We will love to hear your feedback if you like what we're doing with the Shadows Podcast! Would you please leave us a review at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/reviews/new/ If you're looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session!
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December 22, 2021
Episode 61: The Chronicles of DC Glenn
From steaming collard greens and shucking peas to writing and recording a smash hit, “Whoomp! There It Is”, the Chronicles of DC Glenn is now available! DC is a film actor, voice-over artist, and one-half of the iconic 90’s hip hop duo, Tag Team. In this episode of the Shadows Podcast, he talks about how he established his hustler mentality at a young age. He also talks about he’s constantly trying to learn new things. He says, “There are no mistakes and no missed opportunities if you learn from it.”. DC also talks about meeting the other half of Tag Team, Steve Gibson, writing “Whoomp! There It Is”, how they got discovered, signing a bad record deal, being stuck in a twenty-year legal battle, and the viral Geico commercial, “Scoop! There It Is”. Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Follow DC and Tag Team at: https://www.tagteambackagain.com/. Finally, if you’re looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session!
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December 16, 2021
Episode 60: The Genesis of the Lima Charlie Network
The Lima Charlie Network has officially launched! On 3 December 2020, the Lima Charlie team hosted a Facebook Live to familiarize you with our new team. As a proud member of the LCN, the Shadows Podcast is airing that event in its entirety, along with some bonus content from the network's "Wrangler" and newest co-host of the Llama Lounge Podcast, Nina Choy-Rohmiller. This podcast allows you to get to know each of our hosts and why they started and continue to drop incredible new content week after week. The Lima Charlie Network has new content every day, Monday through Friday, including a new blog entry every Friday. Check us out at www.thelimecharlienetwork.com Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. Finally, if you're looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session!
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December 09, 2021
Episode 59: The Chronicles of Jaime Andrews
The Chronicles of Jaime Andrews is now available! Jaime is an award-winning actress, producer, business director, and playwright. She’s also appeared in many commercials, movies, and television shows to include TruTV’s World’s Dumbest. She’s very transparent in this episode as she covers her upbringing in Long Island, her relationship with her father, bullying, anxiety, getting in with the wrong influences in high school, and how her older sister Jen and theatre are ultimately what helped her get back on track. She, unfortunately, lost her sister at the age of 30, but Jaime talks about how she still keeps her name and legacy alive with any and everything she does. Jaime moved from New York to Los Angeles and eventually settled down in Atlanta. These moves didn’t come without some roadblocks along the way. Still, they also provided some incredible opportunities such as meeting her husband, working with Penn & Teller, filming for World’s Dumbest, her time at the Sacred Fools Theatre Company, her play Cookie and the Monster. She remembers the star of her upcoming film, Myshkin. Jaime also talks about the upcoming controversial movie that she wrote, Division. You can find out any and everything Division at http://www.themoviedivision.com/. Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com Finally, if you’re looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session!
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November 29, 2021
Rise From The Shadows | S1E11: A Motherless Child with Scott Mason
On this Black Friday edition of Rise From The Shadows, we welcome Scott Mason back to the Shadows! During this episode, Scott tells the story of listening to Leroy Garvin playing the harp at his mother's church every fourth Sunday while singing "A Motherless Child." That song resonated with him as an adopted child. Scott discusses his journey from being born in England as Calvin Fronz Crowdey to being adopted by an African-American family and moving to Kansas. He struggled to come to terms with not being wanted by his family and was raised in an environment that opposed his destiny. He often wondered what his life would be like if he were still Calvin. When he was 12-years old and his family was on vacation in Denver, he walked into a bookstore, and a cover spoke to him. It was D'Aularies' Greek Myths. The theme of heroes rising from adoption wasn't uncommon in this book, and he could relate to Percious and Moses. This book gave him a sense of hope that allowed him to face the monsters that he would eventually have to slay in life and was able to overcome his shadows. Scott also encourages us to find our personal avatar through Greek Mythology. Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast and Rise From the Shadows at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com. You can listen to Scott Mason's Purpose Highway at www.purposehighway.com. Also, tune in every Thursday night at 7:15 EST on Facebook Live and LinkedIn for Just a Squirrel Looking For a Nut. If you're looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session!
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November 26, 2021
Episode 58: The Chronicles of Kaleth Wright
The Shadows Podcast: The Chronicles of Kaleth Wright is now available! Kaleth is a retired senior noncommissioned officer in the United States Air Force who served as the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. He’s currently the Chief Executive Officer for the Air Force Aid Society. Kaleth opens up about his upbringing and the impact his mother made on his career. Why did he decide to join the Air Force? What were some of the struggles he faced as a young Airmen? Who was that mentor that saved his career and his life? Kaleth also discusses his time as the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. When was he notified of the selection? How social media impacted his tenure. What is his thought on “Enlisted Jesus”? What was his relationship like with retired United States Air Force four-star General and the 21st Chief of staff of the Air Force, General Goldfein? What made him take to social media to address his view on racial injustice? He discusses his perspective on why leaders need to stop punishing based on levels of remorse. He also talks about how we shouldn’t be satisfied with minorities and females in leadership positions. How did he balance his personal and professional life throughout his career? He also discusses all the fantastic things they’re doing with the Air Force Aid Society. AFAS is a non-profit, charitable organization that is the official charity of the United States Air Force. Support them at https://afas.org/ Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com For more information on Kaleth Wright head over to www.kalethwright.com Finally, if you’re looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people, and get paid to do it, you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session!
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November 22, 2021
Episode 57: The Chronicles of Noble Gibbens
The EQ Gangster, Noble Gibbens is back! This time he’s joining us on the Shadows Podcast! If you’re looking to get on an emotional fitness program, this episode is for you! Noble opens up about his upbringings and his emotional growth journey that stems all the way back to constantly arguing with his family. He also talks about bottling his emotions while attending West Point and how an argument with his wife was the wake up call he needed. Noble is candid about being stuck in the Hell Phase (depression and suicidal thoughts). He also shares coping mechanisms and why the willingness to get help is so important to help you escape it. Noble also talks his work with veterans, the importance of an emotional fitness program, any and everything Emotional Intelligence, and how he became the EQ Gangster. Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com If you want to get started with your emotional fitness program, head over to www.eqganster.com and check out all the amazing content Noble offers. While you’re there become part of the EQ Mafia. Finally, if you’re looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people and get paid to do it, then you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session!
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November 15, 2021
Rise From The Shadows | S1E10: Character with Joe Bogdan
Happy Veterans Day! On this special edition of Rise From The Shadows, we welcome a Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force and cofounder and creator of Llama Leadership and cohost of the Llama Lounge Podcast, Joe Bogdan! During this episode, Joe talks about an eye-opening experience he witnessed where a leader displayed low character and the impact it had on others. Character is a complex subject and it’s very hard to assess, but Joe goes into great detail by first helping you identify your personal core values. He also discusses the importance of developing and identifying an ethical framework. This 20-minute episode is a crash course in Character from one of the best leaders in the United States Air Force. Stay tuned for more information of the Lima Charlie Network during episode 58 of the Shadows Podcast: The Chronicles of Kaleth Wright on Monday, 22 November. Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com Listen to and read all the amazing content over at www.llamaleadership.com If you’re looking to become a certified Leadership Coach, make a lasting impact on people and get paid to do it, then you need to become a Certified Leadership Coach with GiANT. Go to giant.tv/shadows and attend their FREE training session!
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November 11, 2021
Episode 56: The Chronicles of Dr. Steve Yacovelli
“The Gay Leadership Dude” Dr. Steve Yacovelli joins us this week on the Shadows Podcast! Steve is the author of, Pride Leadership and the owner and principal of TopDog Learning Group. During this episode, Steve has made the most of the incredible opportunities he’s had in his incredible life. He went from working on a cruise ship to an entrepreneur. He discusses his upbringing, working for Walt Disney Company, some hilarious Disney stories, moving to Orlando three times, his involvement with the LGBTQ+ community, his book Pride Leadership, and TopDog Learning Group. Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com Once you’ve listened to the episode, head over to TopDog Learning Group at https://topdoglearning.learnworlds.com/ Grab a copy of his book, Pride Leadership at https://topdoglearning.learnworlds.com/books
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November 08, 2021
Episode 55: The Chronicles of Dee Wallace
Happy Halloween from the Shadows Podcast! Today we have a very special guest. She’s an accomplished author, actress (E.T., Cujo, The Howling, etc.), and the Scream Queen, Dee Wallace joins us for a Halloween edition of the Shadows Podcast now available at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast. Dee says, “We all have our stories. The point is not to keep telling your story, but who do I want to be as a result of it.” She talks about her upbringing in Kansas City and suffering the unfortunate loss of her father at a young age. She discusses how she broke into the film industry. Listen to Dee explain the story of how she got her late husband, Christopher Stone hired for his role in the Howling and what was it like to work on the set with him. Then she tells some incredible behind the scenes stories including the emotional and physical trauma she suffered while filming Cujo. How did E.T. change people’s lives? She also talks about the Hills Have Eyes, the Howling, and Critters. Finally, Dee talks about her new book, Born, which is available for pre-order and is set to be released this December. You can find out any and everything about Dee Wallace at: www.iamdeewallace.com Preorder your copy of Born-Giving Birth to a New You at: https://linktr.ee/DeeWallaceBORN
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October 31, 2021
Rise From The Shadows | S1E9: Vulnerability with George Linen Jr.
George Linen Jr. aka “Fresh Linen” is a Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force, Airman Leadership School Instructor at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, and an accomplished spoken word artist, author, and Tedx speaker. On this episode, George talks about the superpower we posses known as vulnerability. Throughout his life he suppressed his feelings from being a victim of domestic abuse and sexual assaulted. However, he found his outlet to express his feelings through the power of poetry. He talks about how the power of the spoken word saved not only himself, but one of his fellow Airmen. Check out this amazing episode of Rise From the Shadows – Vulnerability at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast Before The Street Lights Come On: https://freshlinencreates.com/buy-my-book A Breath of Fresh Air Scholarship: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=3BS4H95ZWTQME Spoken Word Album: https://album.link/mg6nmz6z0vqjj TEDx video: https://youtu.be/WBg5GK58Beg
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October 29, 2021
Episode 54: The Chronicles of Todd Simmons
Todd Simmons is the Chief Vision Officer and Founder of Courageous Leadership Alliance, a retired Chief Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force with over 25 years of service, author, coach, business consultant, and public speaker. During this episode, Todd opens up about his remarkable journey from 4thand 9th grade and struggling to read at a young age to eventually becoming the senior enlisted leader for all education for the United States Air Force as the Air University Command Chief. He also is very candid about his suicidal tendencies early in his career, the importance of normalizing mental health, and how one person investing in him helped turn his career around. Todd discusses how COVID impacted his business, what does Courageous Leadership Alliance do, and how his life has gone full circle from his early struggles reading to becoming a published author. Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com Find out more about Courageous Leadership Alliance at https://courageouslead.com/ Grab a copy of his book, Why Not Me? Born to Fail Destined to Succeed at https://www.amazon.com/Why-Not-Me-Todd-Simmons/dp/1645438805
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October 25, 2021
Episode 53: The Chronicles of Rob Sanderson
Rob Sanderson is a retired Police Sergeant with 18 years of service and the Founder and Director of Surf Waves Enjoy Life (SWEL). During this episode, Rob doesn’t hold back sharing his struggles. He talks about growing up as the son of a Navy fighter pilot and constantly having to adapt and overcome while struggling to fit into nine different schools. He talks about wanting to join the Marines and had only four days away left in training when a blood infection kept him from graduating. Then he shares how the events of September 11, 2001 played a vital role in him becoming a police officer. Rob talks about his role in the emotional relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina. He’s also very candid about his battles with alcohol, acute trauma and post traumatic stress disorder and how he buried his feelings until he reached his breaking point. He advocates the importance of mental health and other helping agencies. Finally, he discusses all the incredible things he and others are doing with SWEL. You can find out any and everything about SWEL at theswel.org Check out this episode and all past episodes of the Shadows Podcast at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com
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October 20, 2021
Rise From The Shadows | S1E8: Courage with Amy Wade
Amy Wade is a Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force and the Commandant at the Langley Airman Leadership School. On this episode, Amy takes this time to reflect on uncomfortable situations that she was thrust into at a young age, such as a public speaking contest. As terrifying as that sounds to most people, she constantly had the support of her mother. Amy’s powerful message is about not only having that "corner man" in life that instills that courage into you, but being that person for someone else. Amy’s book recommendation: The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath You can now listen to this episode of Rise From the Shadows – Courage at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast
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October 15, 2021
Episode 52: The Chronicles of Adrian Miller
Check out the latest episode of the Shadows Podcast: The Chronicles of Adrian Miller. Adrian is an incredibly outspoken and very honest New Yorker with a very big heart. She’s a sales consultant, trainer, author, avid traveler, amateur photographer, theater lover, movie goer and networker extraordinaire. She launched her sales consulting business 3 decades ago and since then has worked in pretty much every industry and with companies large and small. Adrian is the author of “The Blatant Truth: 50 Ways to Sales Success,” “The Blatant Truth: How to Not Screw Up The Customer Service Game,” and “Dispatches From the Frontline: Musings on Sales, Business Development and Networking”. She also has a large collection of artciles, blogs, and podcast interviews. However, before all of her success, she talks about losing her father to a heart attack when she was sixteen years-old. She shares the lessons she learned from her parents at a young age. She also shares an incredible story of running into a salesman that her father bought his clothes from 50 years later. Adrian encourages our listeners to live your best life and not to put off your dreams and to indulge in them now. Check out this episode and all past episodes at https://lintr.ee/Shadows Podcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com Check out Adrian’s Network at www.adriansnetwork.com and to check out Adrian’s Sales Training at www.adrianmiller.com.
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October 11, 2021
Episode 51: The Tragedy and Triumph of Todd Boczkowski
This week Todd Boczkowski joins us on an episode of the Shadows Podcast that’s filled with emotions. Todd is a trauma and PTSD survivor, author of My Two Angels: Turning Tragedy into Triumph, an Air Force Veteran, and has been featured on several crime shows such as Forensic Files. At the age of 5, Todd’s father murdered his mother. Then four years to the day, his father murdered his stepmother. Todd walks us through the aftermath which included his fathers arrest, the media attention it drew, and the adoption process that he and his siblings went through. He also opens up about an active shooter incident that took place in Hampton in 2006, which involved saving a young boy a day before he deployed. Also, he talks about what transpired during his time in Afghanistan that that ultimately led to him deciding to separate from the military. Todd is a remarkable success story and we appreciate him opening up during this episode of the Tragedy and Triumph of Todd Boczkowski which can be heard at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast Preorder your copy of Todd’s book, My Two Angels: Turning Tragedy into Triumph at https://www.toddboz.com/launch46844766
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October 04, 2021
Rise From The Shadows | S1E7: Attitude, Decisions, and Actions with W. Scott Greene
Llama Lounge Takeover week continues as W. Scott Greene joins us on this episode of Rise From The Shadows! On this episode, Scott talks about an article he wrote a few years ago titled “Attitude, Decisions, and Actions”. Scott shares his appreciation of the silence, solitude, peace, and darkness of an early morning drive to work. It allows him moments of reflection and how he’s in control of the day that lies ahead. He admires the intentional actions of those sharing the road with him from a cross country team to an older couple out walking. Our intentional decisions and actions define who we are. “The choice to overcome adversities is ours, and ours alone.” Scott also talks about not allowing others to influence our lives and not accepting mediocrity. You can now listen to this episode of Rise From the Shadows – Attitude, Decisions, and Actions at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast Go and support the Llama team over at www.llamaleadership.com Scott’s Book Recommendations: The Way of the Shepherd: Seven Secrets to Managing Productive People https://www.amazon.com/Way-Shepherd-Ancient-Managing-Productive/dp/0310250978 Man’s Search For Meaning https://www.amazon.com/Mans-Search-Meaning-Viktor-Frankl/dp/1416524282
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October 02, 2021
Episode 50: Llama Lounge Takeover with W. Scott Greene & Joe Bogdan
W. Scott Greene and Joe Bogdan from the Llama Leadership and the Llama Lounge Podcast takeover the Shadows Podcast for a special 50th episode! They have a conversation Tripp Bodenheimer about the genesis of the Shadows Podcast. What’s the meaning behind the logo? What’s the process for scheduling guest and the importance of pre-meetings? What has he learned about himself throughout the past year of recording? What’s the message that people want to takeaway from episodes of the Shadows Podcast? Check out this episode and all previous episodes at www.theshadowspodcast.com or on all major podcast platforms. Go listen to the Llama Lounge Podcast and read their incredible articles at https://www.llamaleadership.com/
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September 27, 2021
Off the Air: Ego
Is Ego always a bad thing? How has your ego impacted someone you care for? How do you tame your ego? Why does ego always show up during feedback? What’s the difference between purpose vs. passion? Listen to Caleb “Pete” Pearson and Tripp “Buck” Bodenheimer discuss this topic on the September edition of the new Off the Air. Book Recommendation: "Ego Is The Enemy" by Ryan Holiday Quote: “When the ego dies, the soul awakens.” -Gandhi Check out all episodes of the Shadows Podcast and Rise From the Shadows at: www.theshadowspodcast.com Check out all episodes of the Ignite Podcast at: https://linktr.ee/the_ignitepodcast Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube Channel so that you catch all future episodes and YouTube exclusives!
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September 25, 2021
Episode 49: The Chronicles of Tony Richardson
Tony Richardson is a retired officer from the United States Air Force and the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Catalyst Group LLC. During this episode, Tony talks about growing up in his Grandmothers one bed room house, dealing with domestic violence, and racial issues he encountered while living in Mississippi. He discusses the emotional weight of a series of racist actions at Ole Miss that led to him joining the United States Air Force. What was the biggest difference between college and the military? What made him transition from enlisted to officer? Tony also talks about his company the Capital Catalyst Group LLC and how he’s dealt with the recent pandemic. To connect with Tony, contact him at www.linkedin.com/in/ccgceo Check out the entire episode at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast
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September 20, 2021
Rise From The Shadows | S1E6: Empowered People, Empower People with Sha Sparks
Sha Sparks returns to the Shadows to discuss that voice inside our head. That voice can hurt us if we allow it to, but we need to realize that it can also empower us. On this episode, Sha talks about how in life we all want to belong, be heard, not be alone, and to be loved. However, the road to get there can be a tumultuous one. Sha is a believer that our childhood experiences shape our adult decisions. She began drinking at the age of eleven, broke her knee, fell into depression and by the age of fifteen she was drinking every day. She even received a DUI at the age of sixteen. She then became trapped in an abusive relationship for years. It wasn’t until she came to the realization that we get to choose who we are and how we live our lives. This is where Sha began to understand that hurt people, hurt people and empowered people, empower people. You can now listen to this episode of Rise From the Shadows – Empowered People, Empower People at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast Also, check out everything Sha is doing at www.shasparks.com and grab a copy of #Firestarters Book Project at https://www.firestartersbookproject.com/sha
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September 17, 2021
Episode 48: The Chronicles of Nancy John
Nancy John is the co-founder and CEO of Seed Leadership, a Leadership Coach to Introverted Leaders, a Leadership Facilitator and Strategy Consultant, and Public Speaker. Nancy shares her incredible journey that helped shape her into who she is today from being born in India, attending grade school in Saudi Arabia, and finally settling down in Canada. She discusses how these experiences helped her embrace cultural diversity and it strengthened her ability to adapt How did she get started with her podcast, the Relational Introvert? What are the biggest misconceptions of introverts? Check out episodes of Relational Introverts at anchor.fm/relational-introvert Nancy also discusses her business Seed Leadership and how they help you discover the leader you’re intended to be. You can find out more about Seed Leadership at www.seedleadershipdevelopment.com Check out the entire episode at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast
02:05:49
September 13, 2021
Episode 47: The Chronicles of Adam Boubede
Check out Episode 47: The Chronicles of Adam Boubede at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast Adam Boubede is currently serving others as a Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force, he was named one of John Maxwell’s 2018 Top 100 Transformational Leaders and co-author of #Firestarter Book Project. We’re excited to have him as our guest this week on the Shadows Podcast! On this episode, Adam chronicles his nearly twenty-year career in the United States Air Force. Why did he join? What was his mentality as a brand-new Airman? What or who was his biggest obstacle? How did he go from six and out to becoming a Chief Master Sergeant? Adam shares his passion about inspiring people with his Motivation Monday emails and how it feels to become a published author. If you’d like to connect with Adam and grab a copy of his book, check out #Firestarter Book Project at https://www.firestartersbookproject.com/adam-boubede
01:05:22
September 06, 2021
Rise From The Shadows | S1E5: Weaponizing Adversity with Mike Roderick
Mike Roderick is a Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force and the Commandant at the Whiteman Airman Leadership School. On this episode, Mike opens up about his troubled childhood. He discusses the abuse, abandonment, and neglect he and his brothers had to deal with while staying with his mother. He also discusses how he was able to overcome the psychological toll those events took on him at a young age and fight through it to discover his purpose and helps hundred of Airmen on a annual basis through adversity. Mike’s book recommendation: The Outward Mindset: Seeing Beyond Ourselves: The Arbinger Institute: 9781523087303: Amazon.com: Books You can now listen to this episode of Rise From the Shadows – Weaponizing Adversity at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast
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September 03, 2021
Episode 46: The Chronicles of Scott Ferguson
“I will never sit in the shade of the tree I planted.” Scott Ferguson is a military veteran, Managing Director, and host of Time To Shine Today Podcast. Scott has been approached by Oprah Winfrey, Sally Jessy Raphael, and Montel Williams for his story. On this episode, he opens up about his childhood that included his father being killed in Vietnam, being adopted by a military family and eventually joining the United States Navy. Scott also shares what it was that changed his life while coping with his brother’s suicide. Scott also discusses his inspiring podcast, Time To Shine Today. Which you can check out at www.timetoshinetoday.com/podcast This episode is now available at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast
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August 30, 2021
Episode 45: The Chronicles of Van Lai-DuMone
Van Lai-DuMone is the founder of WorksmART Advantage, a Creative Strategist and LEAP Coach, and a Tedx and Keynote Speaker. On this episode, Van shares the journey her family took from fleeing South Vietnam with one suitcase and no money in 1975 to San Diego and Camp Pendleton. How did an act of curiosity and another act of kindness, from actress Tippi Hedren enable so many of the refugees to attend a local beauty school? Van discusses WorksmART Advantage, Lego Serious Play, her non-traditional route to her Tedx Talk, the Angels 14 Leaderships calls, and much more. Finally, Van celebrates the legacy of her father, who passed away prior to the recording of this episode. Make sure you check out all the incredible things Van is doing with WorksmART Advantage at https://www.worksmartadvantage.com/ Also, subscribe to her YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwBiTptgjXH7qsU3eZFpR7A/videosand listen to her Tedx Talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLixzTazp2U This episode is now available at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast
58:44
August 23, 2021
Rise From The Shadows | S1E4: Life Wounds Need Band-Aids Too with Angela Winner
Angela Winner is a Noncommissioned Officer and Professional Military Instructor in the United States Air Force. She currently teaching at the Little Rock Airman Leadership School. On this episode, Angela opens up about three lessons she picked up on as a child and how those same three lessons took on a whole new meaning after some traumatic life experiences. Angela talks about having a rift with her father while she was trying to become more independent in her early adult years. From there she deployed in 2016 and those same life lessons clashed with stress, isolation, depression, and suicidal thoughts. It was her faith and a strong support system that got her back on track, allowing her to bounce back and while doing so, reconcile her relationship with her father before he passed away. This emotional episode is released two days after Angela’s fathers birthday and we thank her for opening up and celebrating him on this episode of Rise From the Shadows – Life Wounds Need Band-Aids Too, now available at www.theshadowspodcast.comor https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast
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August 20, 2021
Episode 44: The Chronicles of Daniel Harris
Daniel Harris is a 30-year veteran of the United States Armed Forces. He’s the Founder and CEO of Muddy Boots Leadership and the author of the book, On Guard: The Four Pillars of Leadership. On this episode of the Shadows Podcast, Daniel talks about the transition from the Republic of Liberia to New York at the age of 15. What kind of impact did his High School Biology teach and Vietnam Veteran, Mr. Ryan and other unsung heroes have on him at a young age? What made him decide to join the military? Daniel discusses his book, On Guard: The Four Pillars of Leadership. He focuses on the four pillars which can be remembered with the acronym CLIP (Courage, Love, Integrity, and Passion). He also fills us in on what they do over at Muddy Boots Leadership. Check out Muddy Boots Leadership at www.muddybootsleadership.com Check out Episode 44: The Chronicles of Daniel Harris at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast
01:10:14
August 16, 2021
Episode 43: The Chronicles of Kristen Joy
Kristen Joy is an actress/model, the founder of Voluptuous Life, and is heavily involved in volunteering with racoon foster care. On this episode of the Shadows Podcast, Kristen talks about going from New Jersey to California at the age of 17. How did she get into acting? She also talks about the highs and lows of Hollywood to include her audition for the role of the Pink Power Ranger, her role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and her intense scene from Wives with Knives. She also discusses how she got involved in meditation and her impactful trip to India to meet with her Guru. Kristen also talks about living a vegetarian lifestyle, her work with racoon foster care, and the amazing things she’s doing over at http://www.voluptuouslife.com/ Check out the Chronicles of Kristen Joy at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast
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August 10, 2021
Rise From The Shadows | S1E3: Emotional Knots and Going APE with Noble Gibbens
“When you name the emotion, you can tame the emotion.” Noble Gibbens is a former emotionally clueless West Point Army Ranger who’s now an emotional intelligence practitioner and corporate emotional intelligence coach. On this episode of Rise From the Shadows, Noble talks about what sparked his emotional growth journey. He discusses what causes emotional knots and how you can give your mind an emotional massage and prevent yourself from going A.P.E. He discusses how our furry, cute, little emotional monkey grows throughout our lives and eventually turns into a giant emotional A.P.E. He talks about the importance of acknowledging our feelings, allowing ourselves permission to feel, and the importance of expressing our emotions and feelings. This episode is a small dose of the emotional health and fitness program Noble can get you started on over at www.eqgangster.com Check out Rise From The Shadows, Episode 3 entitled, Emotional Knots and Going APE at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast
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August 06, 2021
Episode 42: The Chronicles of Jerry Dugan
The Shadows Podcast, the Chronicles of Jerry Dugan is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Jerry is the host of the Beyond the Rut Podcast. During this episode, Jerry talks about going from aspirations of being a professional musician to joining the U.S. Army. He reflects on his time during the Operation Iraqi Freedom Invasion. Check out the Beyond the Rut Podcast over at https://beyondtherut.com/
39:49
August 02, 2021
Episode 41: The Chronicles of Steve Gamlin
Steve Gamlin rose from the ashes of failure to achieve great success in his life. Steve Gamlin is the Motivational Firewood Guy, Vision Board Master, Human Punch Up Specialist, and Comedian. He stood on a golf course in a thunderstorm holding his golf club in the sky begging for lightning to strike. Listen to Steve explain why this was a life changing moment for him. He also talks about helping people see their desired outcomes and understanding their why. Steve helps people develop their action plans to achieve them. All the information you need is located at www.motivationalfirewood.com You can check out this episode at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast
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July 28, 2021
Rise From The Shadows | S1E2: Live Within Your Suffering
“Throughout life we experience suffering, but it doesn’t mean we have to stay in it.” Joshua Stewart is a Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force and is currently an instructor at the Enlisted Professional Military Education Instructor Course. He is our second guest on Rise From The Shadows. On this episode he tells us about experiencing traumatic events as a child and words of wisdom his Grandmother would share with him. Her words didn’t resonate with him at the time, but today he reflects on her actions and how they helped shape him into who he is today. He talks about learning to live within your suffering, not wallowing in it.  Check out Rise From The Shadows, Episode 2 entitled, Live Within Your Suffering at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast
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July 23, 2021
Episode 40: The Chronicles of Layne Gneiting
”The detour is the path. Be willing to be flexible, agile and pivot because a lot of times the deepest most profound lessons we need to learn aren’t on the path we think we need to go.” - Layne Gneiting Leadership Professor and Global Cyclist, Layne Gneiting joins us this week on the Shadows Podcast and encourages our listeners to pursue your dreams. You can check out this episode at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast Layne discusses how he went from reading folk tales in his parents library on a farm in Idaho to becoming a global cyclist and exploring the world. With a wife, 7 kids, a steady job, mortgage, and student debt, Layne decided to head out on the open roads for 3 months and cycle from the western tip of Washington to the eastern tip of Maine. He also discusses his solo trip from Portugal to Rome. Layne has plans to cycle from China to Turkey and Malta to Norway. If you want to join Layne on the open roads go check out all the amazing courses they have to offer at www.wayofthehero.com
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July 19, 2021
Episode 39: The Chronicles of Gerome Sapp
Gerome Sapp played college football at Notre Dame and played in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts. However, the most impressive things he’s accomplished have not been off the gridiron. Gerome lives a very intentional life. He talks about his upbringings. He talks about handling the pressure of being the #1 high school recruit in the state of Texas. He ultimately picked Notre Dame to play college football where he wasn’t just a star of the field, he worked at Merrill Lynch in the summer. He majored in finance and after getting drafted by the Baltimore Ravens, he started teaching money management to the rookies. What was his life changing moment that happened going into his second year in the NFL? What was the biggest difference with the culture in college and the NFL? What business opportunity brought him to Las Vegas? Listen to Gerome explain his newest endeavor, Rares, a company that allows you to buy shares in sneakers. Finally, we play word association with guys he played with during his time with the Ravens and Colts. Listen to this incredible episode at https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast or www.theshadowspodcast.com To find out more about Rares: https://www.rares.io/
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July 11, 2021
Rise From The Shadows | S1E1: Blazing Your Own Trail
We often live with the weight of others’ expectations. We’re told who we should and shouldn’t be. It could be high academic standards placed on our shoulders by our parents or peer pressure from kids at a young age. We have those periods in our lives when we feel like we’re an outsider, but that can be a wonderful gift. That’s when we get to write our own journey and you can begin to own who you are and have a true sense of personal fulfillment. Please listen to our incredible first guest, Nina Choy-Rohmiller encouraging you to blaze your own trail on Season 1, Episode 1 of Rise From the Shadows at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast
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July 09, 2021
Episode 38: The Chronicles of Craig Neri
Happy 4th of July! On this special episode, retired Chief Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, Craig Neri joins the Shadows Podcast. Craig served in the United States Air Force for 29 years. He was the Air Force’s first Manpower, Personnel and Services Senior Enlisted Leader. He was also instrumental in the standup of the United States Space Force. During this episode, Craig shares the emotional struggles from his upbringing and what made him decide to join the Air Force. He takes us through his enlisted journey from adjusting to the military to his unique experience at Langley Airman Leadership School to his time as a First Sergeant and finally he discusses his role in the United States Space Force standup. The Chronicles of Craig Neri is now available at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast Subscribe to the Leadership Garage Podcast and support all the amazing organizations Craig is apart of. Leadership Garage - YouTube Aligned Mortgage - Helping Veterans Buy Homes with the VA Loan OPERATION MOTORSPORT - Disabled Veteran Recovery, Motorsport
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July 04, 2021
Episode 37: The Chronicles of Brian G. Bachand
How do you define what you desire? Brian G. Bachand has an incredible journey unlike any other. Brian completed Seminary School, was selected as the Private Secretary for the Cardinal, and traveled to the Vatican and diplomatic events. He’s interacted with Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict. Then he resigned to live an authentic life and make a positive impact on the world. His entrepreneurial spirit took him to Manhattan and Toronto as he came into his own. He’s now the founder and CEO of Evolution Evolution. Brian is an incredible storyteller and make sure you catch his story about having to buy Pope Benedict a birthday present. The Chronicles of Brian G. Bachand is now available at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast Find out more about Evolution Evolution at: www.evolutionevolution.com
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June 28, 2021
Episode 36: The Chronicles of Casey Berman
Do you feel like you're at a crossroads in your life?  Casey Berman is the founder of Leave Law Behind, a career coaching program to help attorneys transition out of the law and land “non-law”, alternative careers. However, Casey’s story and episode can appeal to any and everyone who has found themselves stuck and on the wrong path. He encourages our listeners to not play small and be a bigger version of yourself. Casey also talks about the social pressures we live with to be something or someone and how he broke from that mindset and chronicles his journey that led him to start Leave Law Behind. The Chronicles of Casey Berman is now available at www.theshadowspodcast.com or https://linktr.ee/ShadowsPodcast Leave Law Behind: https://1.leavelawbehind.com/home
01:07:36
June 21, 2021
Episode 35: The Chronicles of Zach Bitter
The Shadows Podcast, the Chronicles of Zach Bitter is now available on our NEW WEBSITE https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Zach is an endurance athlete and coach, ultramarathon competitor, a three-time National Champion, and the Current 100 Mile World Record Holder. During this episode, Zach not only chronicles his journey, but he takes us inside his preparation and mindset prior to competing. What kind of music does he run to? What does his diet look like? What is his sleep schedule like? What does he do prior to a run and for post-recovery? Zach also discusses not only breaking the 100 mile world record, but also setting the 100 mile world record…on a treadmill during the pandemic. Check out any and everything Zach Bitter to include his HPO Podcast over at www.zachbitter.com
01:02:28
June 14, 2021
Episode 34: The Chronicles of Josh White
The Shadows Podcast, the Chronicles of Josh White is now available on our NEW WEBSITE https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Josh is a Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force and is the host of HeroFront Podcast.   During this candid episode, he talks about his upbringings and why he chose to enlist in the Air Force. Then Josh opens up about the darkest point in his life. He takes us back to the events that transpired after he received the flu mist, which nearly took his life. He also talks about being sober for 3 years and the benefits of seeking professional help.    Josh talks about the origins and concept of the HeroFront Podcast, which is available at https://linktr.ee/HeroFront.
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June 07, 2021
Episode 33: The Chronicles of Chad Hennings
Happy Memorial Day! The Shadows Podcast, the Chronicles of Chad Hennings is now available on our NEW WEBSITE https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Chad is a military veteran, graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, where he became one of the most decorated college football players in NCAA history. During this episode, he talks about getting selected in the NFL Draft, but still having a military service commitment. He goes on to tell the story of being a fighter pilot, flying A10’s to a becoming a three-time Super Bowl Champion with the Dallas Cowboys. He also discusses his life after football to include his books which are available over at https://chadhennings.com/
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May 31, 2021
Episode 32: The Chronicles of Dylan Roberts
The Shadows Podcast, the Chronicles of Dylan Roberts is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Dylan is a recent graduate from the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Commission as a Coast Guard Officer. During this episode, Dylan opens up and shares a very personal story about the night he attempted to take his own life after an argument with his mother during his sophomore year in high school. He walks us through his road to recovery and setbacks such as receiving a letter medically disqualifying him from the Coast Guard Academy in March 2016. Dylan talks about writing a book that documents his journey and talks about how he’s used writing as a coping skill. He also discusses debunking the stigma and the benefits of mental health and what the veteran’s group, Angels 14 means to him.
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May 23, 2021
Episode 31: The Chronicles of Penelope Jean Hayes
The Chronicles of Penelope Jean Hayes is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Penelope is the founder of the Viral Energy Institute, Viralenologist, television personality, and a bestselling author. During this episode, Penelope talks about a life changing moment she experienced that opened her up to energy recalibration and synchronization. She goes in depth discussing her book The Magic of Viral Energy: An Ancient Key to Happiness, Empowerment, and Purpose (Mind, Body & Spirit/Self Help). She also talks about being a runaway at the age of fifteen-years-old and struggles she had to overcome. To find out more information on Penelope please go to: https://penelopejeanhayes.com/
01:06:26
May 16, 2021
Episode 30: The Chronicles of Dr. Rob Bell
The Chronicles of Dr. Rob Bell is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ On this episode of the Shadows Podcast we welcome a sports psychology and mental toughness coach and author of seven books, Dr. Rob Bell. Dr. Bell went to college as a freshman with aspirations of playing baseball, but during a night of partying he fell off an 80-foot cliff. He had to get craned out of it and was back in class on Monday. That same year, he was involved in a drunk driving accident. Those incidents were “hinge moments” that led him to Psychology class, which ultimately changed his life. Dr. Bell also talks about mental toughness, basement and balcony people, coaching, and the motivation behind writing his books. To find out more information on Dr. Rob Bell please go to: https://drrobbell.com/
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May 09, 2021
Episode 29: The Chronicles of Chad Porter
The Chronicles of Chad Porter is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ On this episode of the Shadows Podcast we welcome an accomplished motivational speaker and coach who’s shared his message with CEO’s, executives, MLB, NFL, and college athletes, corporate conferences, churches, schools, and small businesses. He’s also a best-selling author of “Severed Dreams”, Chad Porter. On June 23, 1991, at the age of 15 years old, his life forever changed. Chad and his ski team performed a show at Tucker Lake near Benson, North Carolina. With a storm moving in, Chad and his friends were making their way out of the water when the boat was accidentally thrust, full-throttle into reverse. In a split-second decision, Chad instinctively dove under the boat and was sucked into the propeller. As a result, he lost his left leg and his right leg required major surgery. Chad talks about his mindset after the accident and his incredibly inspiring road to recovery. He also provides plenty of humor while retelling the emotional rollercoaster of his life journey. Get your copy of “Severed Dreams” and find out more information on any and everything Chad is doing at https://chadporter.org/
01:14:39
May 02, 2021
Episode 28: The Chronicles of Nikita Koloff
The Chronicles of Nikita Koloff is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Nikita is a former professional wrestler turned minister. He is a proud family man, author, host of “It’s Time To Man Up” Podcast, and co-founder of Man Camp. Even if you’re not a pro wrestling fan, this is one of the most fascinating episodes to date. During this episode Nikita discusses: - Being raised by a single mother in Minneapolis. - Moving to Robbinsdale and interacting with Curt Hennig, Rick Rude, the Road Warriors, etc. - Who was his first male mentor/father figure? - How important was weight lifting and football during his teenage years? - Fracturing both of his legs during his college football career at Golden Valley Lutheran College. - Who convinced him to get involved in professional wrestling? - How did his five-minute phone conversation with Jim Crockett lead to him getting hired by the National Wrestling Alliance, with no pro wrestling background or experience? - His name change from Nelson Scott Simpson to Nikita Koloff. - How did he learn to speak Russian and why did he not speak English in public for six months? - His incident with the Russian Embassy while visiting Kuwait. - Wrestling for hostile military crowds, being attacked by fans, and receiving death threats. - Learning ring psychology while traveling the roads. - What’s was his travel schedule like? - What the tragic accident of Magnum TA meant to his career. - Losing his wife, Mandy at the age of 26 to cancer and how that changed his outlook on life. - His “Devine Appointment” in 1993 and how an alter call changed his life. - Walking away from millions of dollars because he was “Successful, but unfulfilled.” - How along with Lex Luger, they started the Man Camp. - He discusses the three books he’s written. - “It’s Time to Man Up” Podcast - What is the biggest thing he’s learned about himself? For more information on Nikita Koloff or to find copies of his books, head over to https://www.koloff.net/ More info on Man Camp go to mancamp.info Listen to Nikita’s “It’s Time To Man Up” Podcast athttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/its-time-to-man-up/id1532062506 Make sure you SUBSCRIBE for all new episodes of the Shadows Podcast on your preferred podcast platform every Monday!
01:11:09
April 26, 2021
Episode 27: The Chronicles of Joel Goldberg
The Chronicles of Joel Goldeberg is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Joel has over twenty-five years of experience in television developing and maintaining relationships with athletes, coaches, and team management. He’s a member of the Kansas City Royals broadcast team, He’s also a very successful keynote speaker, author, and the host of Rounding the Bases Podcast. Listen to this incredible storyteller discuss: - The embarrassing moment he interviewed a Guy Fieri impersonator. - When he discovered his love for broadcasting. - His college experience at the University of Wisconsin. - What was his internship like for WMTV? - Becoming a feature/outdoor reporter. - How he met his wife. - His experience with 1990’s Big Ten Basketball and Green Bay Packers Football. - Moving to St. Louis. - The importance of relationships. - His first day on the job in St. Louis is 1998 and how it was in the heart of the historic Mark McGwire-Sammy Sosa Home Run race. - Where was he at the end of Super Bowl XXXIV? - What’s his favorite game he covered? - His move from St. Louis to Kansas City. - His experience covering a game with the troops overseas on September 11 in Kuwait. - Covering the 2015 Kansas City Royals World Series Champions. - His book, Small Ball Big Results - How has the pandemic impacted him over the past year? Grab yourself a copy of Joel Goldberg: Small Ball Big Results at https://joelgoldbergmedia.com Listen to Joel’s Podcast, Rounding the Bases at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rounding-the-bases-with-joel-goldberg/id1308555875 Make sure you SUBSCRIBE for all new episodes of the Shadows Podcast on your preferred podcast platform every Monday!
01:22:57
April 19, 2021
Episode 26: The Chronicles of Nerissa Figueroa
The Chronicles of Nerissa Figueroa is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Nerissa is a proud mother of 3, has over 20+ years in the fitness industry, and is Miss Fitness Arizona 2009 and 2010. Some of the topics she discussed in this episode: - Her involvement with the military - How she went from an audience member to competing one year later in her first competition - Becoming a certified group trainer - Competing in Miss Fitness Arizona - Earning her Pro Card while competing with the World Beauty Fitness & Fashion (WBFF) - How she balances being a mother of 3 and working out - Her goal for competing at 50 years old - Her battles with Hashimoto’s Disease - How COVID impacted her Nerissa also gives some very beneficial health tips as she talks about: - Crash and fad diets - What she does to track her fitness goals - Body weight vs. Strength training - The importance of cardio - Supplements - Impact of alcohol has on working out - How she craves her sweet tooth Follow Nerissa on Instagram: @nerissafitpro and Facebook: @Nerissa Fit Make sure you SUBSCRIBE for all new episodes of the Shadows Podcast on your preferred podcast platform every Monday!
01:15:20
April 12, 2021
Episode 25: The Chronicles of Bob Gaylor
The Chronicles of retired Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force #5, Bob Gaylor is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ On this episode of the Shadows Podcast, Chief Gaylor displays incredible recall of his 90 plus years of knowledge and experiences. He goes into great detail recapping his illustrious military career. Some of the topics he discussed in this episode: - Why he initially joined the Air Force in September 1948? - What were the three career field choices he was offered? - He discusses racial and gender segregation and integration in the military. - He talks about his relationship with Thomas Barnes, including their first meeting. - How did he manage and what advice would he give to someone struggling to balance personal and professional life? - He discusses his time as an instructor. - What advice does he have for someone at a career crossroads? - Did he ever consider going the officer route? - When did he find out he was selected as Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force? - What challenges did he encounter throughout his career? - How he started “Wednesday with the Chief”. - He gives his take on “What it is that great leaders do, that makes them great?” Make sure you SUBSCRIBE for all new episodes of the Shadows Podcast on your preferred podcast platform every Monday!
01:48:02
April 05, 2021
Episode 24: The Chronicles of Scott Mason
The Chronicles of Scott Mason is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ On this episode of the Shadows Podcast, the very charismatic, Scott Mason is a proud New Yorker, a business owner, entrepreneur, accomplished executive, and attorney with 25+ years of public, nonprofit, and private sector leadership. Scott opens up about his upbringings that include being adopted by a military family and moving from England to Kansas. He shares stories of being bullied and some of the struggled he had to endure as a child. He discusses the move and transition to New York and attending Columbia Law School. He talks about practicing law for 25 years including building safety regulations and social services. Scott shares a very emotional story about his experience in New York City the morning of September 11, 2001. He also talks about his September 11 Hero Award for his work in the Emergency Control Center. He also talks about transitioning into the non-profit sector, starting a printing business, his work as a motivational speaker, starting his small business consulting firm, and his involvement with the LGBTQ community. Find out more about Scott Mason and all the amazing things he’s doing at the following links: https://www.scottmasonllc.com https://www.speakerscott.com https://www.purposehighway.com/episodes https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC4O_n1Itx049okBoFBhBCQ
01:42:16
March 29, 2021
Episode 23: The Chronicles of Shammond Williams
Our final installment of our Rebound Series, The Chronicles of Shammond Williams is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Shammond Williams had a historic career playing men’s basketball for legendary head coach, Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. During this episode, Shammond talks about going from not being recruited and potentially going to the University of Georgia on a music scholarship to hearing his name called during the NBA Draft. He talks about the first time he met Dean Smith, understanding his role on the Final Four team during his freshman year and what changed about his role on the team going into his sophomore year? He discusses the importance of the Carolina-Duke rivalry and what he enjoys about not having live crowds at sporting events. What was said that pulled an 0-3 Tar Heels team together to go on a run to the 1997 Final Four? He opens up about Dean Smith’s historical 877th win, making him college basketball’s winningest coach and when and how Coach Smith broke the news to him about his retirement. Shammond also gives a great leadership story about being the ACC Tournament and East Regional Most Valuable Player and then shooting 1-13 in the Final Four. What did it mean for him and his family to graduate college? Shammond also talks about The Carolina Conversation Podcast, which can be found at: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-carolina-conversation-with-shammond-williams/id1537044056
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March 22, 2021
Episode 22: The Tragedy and Triumph of Dr. Lonise Bias
The Tragedy and Triumph of Dr. Lonise Bias is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Len Bias was an All-American forward from the University of Maryland. He signed a multi-year shoe deal with Reebok and was the #2 overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft, being selected by the reigning NBA Champion, Boston Celtics. He was going to be groomed as the replacement for Larry Bird. Two days later, he passed away as a result of a drug related death. He was 22-years old. Forty-two months later, her youngest son, Jay was violently murdered. He was 20-years old. This episode is a celebration of their lives and the strength and perseverance of Dr. Bias. Dr. Bias is the President and Founder of "BSpeaks, a More Excellent Way". She opens up about her upbringing, having the gift of public speaking since she was a child, Len’s recruiting, how faith got her through the tragic losses, and plenty of memories from their childhood. Also, what advice would she give to someone who’s lost a loved one or what to say to someone who’s suffering from a loss. To find out more about Dr. Lonise Bias please head over to http://drlonisebias.com/ The Bspeaks Life Podcast: https://anchor.fm/lonise-bias
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March 15, 2021
Episode 21: The Chronicles of Jeff Fryer
The Chronicles of Jeff Fryer is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ March 4, 1990, the Loyola Marymount men’s basketball team was competing in the WCC Conference Tournament and preparing for their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Hank Gathers connected on a thunderous alley-oop. Thirteen seconds later, he collapsed and was later pronounced dead at the age of 23. Jeff Fryer was a starting guard on that Loyola Marymount team. Twelve days later that team had to come together and would go on to capture the hearts of the nation in one of the most memorable runs in the history of the NCAA Tournament, playing in honor of their fallen teammate. Jeff also talks about his upbringing, being recruited by the legendary Paul Westhead, his career at Loyola Marymount, the 1990 NCAA Tournament, his professional basketball career, and stories about Hank Gathers. Jeff also discusses all the work he’s currently doing with the Fryer Basketball Academy, their mission trips to the Philippines where they donate shoes and uniforms for the less fortunate, and he opens up about his faith. To find out more about the Fryer Basketball Academy, please head over to https://www.fryerbasketballacademy.com/
01:00:29
March 08, 2021
Episode 20: The Valvano Legacy with Jamie Valvano
The Valvano Legacy with Jamie Valvano is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ In the first half of this episode, Jamie celebrates the life of her charismatic father, the legendary Jim Valvano. She shares so many comical and emotional stories. What was it like growing up in the Valvano household? How was her father when the cameras were off? How was the adjustment from New York to ACC country? She also talks about his relationships with Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski. Why didn’t he accept the coaching job at Wichita State? She also shares humorous stories about hotel food, arriving to the wrong airport, her sister getting Carolina blue stitches, and his interaction with the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. Jamie talks about the emotional run the 1983 North Carolina State men’s basketball team made through the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. She was in attendance at the Final Four in Albuquerque, but where was she went NC State won the national championship? She also discusses the 30 for 30 and what that team meant to her father. Then she talks about the plane ride over and the events leading to his memorable 1993 ESPY speech. And what did he say when he walked off the stage that she still cherishes to this day? During the second half of the episode, Jamie talks about her emotional battle with cancer, ten years after losing her father. What her father said on stage during his speech that provided her hope. She also covers her incredible Ted Talk, finding your “Cutting Down the Net” moment, her three year struggle she had to overcome, her two incredible sons, and all the amazing things her and her son, Grant are doing with Bah Bam. To find out more about Jamie, please head over to http://www.jamievalvano.com/
01:54:40
March 01, 2021
Episode 19: The Chronicles of Kimberly Meckwood
Episode 19 of the Shadows Podcast features the Chronicles of Kimberly Meckwood is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Kimberly is the owner and creator of the Click & Carry, was recently on the television show Shark Tank, and a breast cancer survivor. During this episode, Kimberly talks about growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She talks about what she learned about herself from waiting tables and pharmaceutical sales that helps her still to this day. She also explains where the idea for the Click & Carry came from, the patent process, attending trade shows, selling out in six-minutes on QVC, and trying out seven times for Shark Tank. Kimberly also opens up about overcoming her battle with breast cancer. Order your Click & Carry: https://clickandcarry.com/
01:09:30
February 22, 2021
Episode 18: The Chronicles of Oleg Lougheed
On this episode, the Chronicles of Oleg Lougheed you will hear the struggles of a 12-year old boy living in Russia. He was surrounded by alcohol, living in poverty, and hoping to find a better way. He makes a life changing transition into an orphanage, but it wasn’t what he hoped. What was it that got him out of that situation and allowed him to start a new journey and a new life in the United States? He also talks about all the exceptional things he’s doing with Overcoming Odds as well as the Power Of Your Story on his social media accounts! Overcoming Odds: https://www.overcomingodds.today/ The Shadows Podcast is available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ We're very proud to announce that we're now available on YouTube! Make sure you subscribe and listen to all our previous episodes.
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February 15, 2021
Episode 17: The Chronicles of Lucrecia & Connor Bocanegra
On this episode of the Shadows Podcast you will hear the tale of two remarkable active duty Professional Military Education Instructors in the United States Air Force, Connor and Lucrecia Bocanegra as they talk about their journey to discover who they are, their purpose, and creating a space for others to live their authentic lives. Lucrecia opens up about her upbringings, coming out to her mother, and her plans after the military. Then Connor shares his upbringings, understanding his gender identity, being transgender in the military, and his aspirations for life after the military. They also walk us through their love story that includes their comical first encounter (Involves pointers from the former MTV show, Next), the emotional story of acceptance from Lucrecia’s father, and more. Finally, they talk about several programs they’re currently advocates for and the very emotional stories associated with being a mental health advocate, suicide awareness, sexual assault awareness, and their involvement with the LGBTQ+ community. Subscribe and download us on over ten podcast platforms and make sure you follow us on our social media accounts at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/
01:36:43
February 08, 2021
The Shadows Podcast Bowl: The Chronicles of John Janata
Former Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneer, John Janata joins us for the first annual, The Shadows Podcast Bowl, available on over ten podcast platforms at: https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ On the Shadows Podcast Bowl, John talks about: - His upbringings - Playing college football at the University of Illinois - Why he picked the Chicago Bears over the Los Angeles Raiders - What were those practices like with the early 80’s Bears - He plays word association and shares behind the scenes stories about the members of the 1985 Super Bowl Champions Bears - Tells a comical story about his one-on-one conversation with Walter Payton - What went wrong during his stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Why he left the NFL - Life as a fire fighter - How he overcame his struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - His role with Merging Vets and Players in Las Vegas Please follow us on Instagram (@the_shadowspodcast) and like our Facebook page (@TheShadowsPodcast). Stay tuned for our new program, Ignite which is set to debut March 4!
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February 06, 2021
Episode 16: The Etchberger Legacy with Cory Etchberger
Episode 16 of the Shadows Podcast, the Etchberger Legacy with Cory Etchberger is now available on over 10 podcast platforms at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Cory is shares memories from his childhood with his father, Medal of Honor recipient, Chief Master Sergeant Richard Etchberger. He discusses the unique circumstances surrounding his father’s classified mission to Laos. He talks about the heroic actions of his father displayed as he held off an enemy ambush on the morning of March 11, 1968 at Lima Site 85. He also talks about the events that transpired after his father’s death. What led to his father receiving the Medal of Honor after 40 years? What was his conversation like with President Barack Obama? What’s his fathers legacy? He also talks about the Medal of Honor Netflix series, the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy Team Award, and other memories in this emotional episode. Make sure you head over to our Instagram page (@the_shadows_podcast) and check out our incredible guest line-up for the month of February as well as our guest announcements for our March Madness themed, Rebound episodes. CMSgt Richard L. Etchberger Foundation http://www.chiefetchbergerfoundation.org/
01:03:23
February 01, 2021
Episode 15: The Chronicles of Natalie Higby
Episode 15 of the Shadows Podcast, the Chronicles of Natalie Higby is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Our guest this week is Natalie Higby! Natalie is a Personal Trainer, Breathwork Master, Co-founder of the Durable Athlete, and her involvement with the Jr. NBA. Natalie talks about her upbringings in Texas. How her neighborhood and family helped shape her into who she is today. She walks us through her high school and college journey. When did her passion for training begin? Natalie also gives us her take on some fitness related questions including: body vs. weight training, the importance of joint, hip and body movement, and she gives a detailed explanation as to the importance of each of the four pillars of the Durable Athlete: movement, sleep, breath, and nutrition. Natalie tells us about Onnit, Durable Athlete, and her role with the Jr. NBA. She also covers mind and body awareness when training, her views on supplements, dieting, advice for parents and kids staying at home and how they can be active, her weekly workout routine, how COVID has impacted her, how she’s overcome her biggest struggle…her mindset, and what she wants to be known for 50 years from now. Check out all the incredible things Natalie and Cristian are doing over at the Durable Athlete: https://durableathlete.com/
56:45
January 25, 2021
Episode 14: The Chronicles of John Gronski
Episode 14 of the Shadows Podcast is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/. Our guest this week is John Gronski! John is a retired Army Major General with 40+ years of experience serving both active duty and the National Guard. On this episode loaded with leadership nuggets, John opens up about his upbringings in Pennsylvania. He discusses losing his mother three-days after he was born and how his father raised seven kids. Why did he join the military and the Army? He goes over his career active duty in the Army and the transition to the National Guard. He recaps the incredible 4,000 miles, 3-month adventure he made on bicycles with his wife and 15-month old son from Washington to Pennsylvania, to include a tense encounter with an angry bull. He goes over how intense some of his trainings were to include Ranger School. What was he doing during September 11, 2001 and the role of the Pennsylvania National Guard? He talks about commanding two different brigades. He tells an emotional story of September 15, 2005 and the inspirational story of Gunnery Sergeant Michael Burghardt. John also talks about the annual “living memorial” he does every year with a ruck march, involvement with the Boy Scouts, Leader Grove, Six Sigma, and so much more! Check out Leader Grove - Leader Grove | We grow leaders. Go grab yourself a copy of John’s remarkable journey, The Ride of Our Lives: Lessons on Life, Leadership, and Love - The Ride of Our Lives: Lessons on Life, Leadership, and Love *Signed b – Leader Grove Store
01:25:12
January 18, 2021
Episode 13: The Chronicles of Oleksandr Kalinin
The Shadows Podcast, Episode 13 The Chronicles of Oleksandr Kalinin is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Oleksandr talks about growing up in Ukraine. He discusses the impact the 2008 recession had on his family, the process behind the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, aka “the green card lottery”, moving from Ukraine to the United States, adjusting to the move as a freshman in high school, joining the military, getting his United States citizenship, and his current job as a professional military education instructor in the United States Air Force. Oleksandr also shares another remarkable story about his brother and his journey into the Air Force. You can read more about Oleksandr and his story at Luke Airman’s story is one for the big screens > Luke Air Force Base > Article Display (af.mil) If you haven’t already done so, head over to our Facebook page and give us a “Like” Follow us on Instagram (@the_shadows_podcast) for additional content.
01:12:44
January 11, 2021
Episode 12: The Tragedy and Triumph of Kristen Christy
The Shadows Podcast, Episode 12 Tragedy and Triumph of Kristen Christy is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Kristen is a friend of the show, inspirational speaker, suicide prevention warrior, and the 2018 Air Force Spouse of the Year. In this episode, She talks about her upbringing and how her life changed at the age of 15 when she suffered a stroke. As a result, Kristen went from having a promising career in tennis to having to learn how to walk again. She talks about the transition to the University of Texas and meeting her husband, Don. Kristen talks about losing Don to suicide and the rippling effects it had on her entire family. She opens up about the events that led to the disappearance of her oldest son, Ryan. She has provided us the emotion cry for help from her son, Ben on a voice mail he left her on his 20th birthday. Kristen also celebrates the lives of those she’s loved, getting remarried, becoming 2018 Air Force Spouse of the Year, National Survivors Day, and so much more. National Veterans Vocational Village website: www.NV3Foundation.org We can all help prevent suicide. If you or someone you know if suffering and needs someone to talk to, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255 To learn more about Kristen please go to: www.KristenChristyLLC.com or contact her at KLChristy@comcast.net
01:58:26
January 04, 2021
Episode 11: The Chronicles of Tim Lane
The Shadows Podcast, Episode 11 with Tim Lane is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ In this episode, former Kickboxing Heavyweight Champion, creator of Stickboxing, and founder of Tim Lane Fitness, Tim Lane opens up about the struggles during his childhood to include: being bullied, dealing with the separation of his parents, being an Army brat and how he got involved in Judo. He discusses the incident that left him hospitalized and ultimately led him to leave Virginia for New York. Tim talks about being homeless, having the check for his first fight bounce, but who it was that finally accepted him. He talks about the influence of his trainer, Derek Panza. He takes us back to the moment he won the World Kickboxing Championship ten days after September 11, 2001 in New York City. He talks about what led him o retire and transition into a trainer role. What was the most rewarding moment he had as a trainer? How he got involved with Extreme Couture, Military Veterans and Players, and the creation of Stickboxing. Also, listen to Tim’s emotional response to what it is he wants to be known for. To find out more about Tim Lane, Training, and/or Stickboxing check out www.timelanefitness.com
01:03:43
December 29, 2020
Episode 10: The Chronicles of Jason Holzer
Episode 10 of the Shadows Podcast is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ with Jason Holzer! Jason is a coach, speaker, author, and co-founder of 4D Athletes. On this emotional episode Jason discusses his childhood. He opens up and talks about losing his father to suicide. He talks about the importance of having a strong support system and finding the courage and the right person to open up after a tragic event. Jason also discusses how to approach someone with earning signs of suicide. We talk about the dangers of social media. He debunks the stigma surrounding mental health and other helping agencies. He talks about the life lessons he learned from his father and how he’s now enjoying his role as a coach and athletic director. Make sure you check out his book: Shattered by Suicide, Renewed by Resilience: How to Move Forward After Being Left Behind. https://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Suicide-Renewed-Resilience-Forward/dp/1089344953
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December 21, 2020
Episode 9: The Chronicles of Caleb Pearson
This week on the Shadows Podcast, we had an emotional conversation with the newest member of the Shadows Podcast team, Caleb Pearson. Caleb is a Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force and is currently an instructor at the Gunter Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Montgomery, Alabama. Here are some of the topics Caleb discussed: - Growing up in Texas as a twin and a son of a preacher - Why he felt unwanted as a child and the up and down relationship with his Father, to include his letters to his Father while he was in prison - His relationship with his Mother and Grandfather - Dealing with racism - What drove him to join the Air Force and how did he almost see it slip away - Struggles adjusting to the military - His sexuality and how his family took the news - What still motivates him after 15 years active duty Check us out on 10 different podcast platforms and all of our social media accounts: https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Credit to Alex Morales for the Shadows Podcast logo.
01:15:10
December 14, 2020
Episode 8: The Chronicles of Sha Sparks
On this episode of the Shadows Podcast, we had a chance to chat with Sha Sparks. Sha is the CEO, Chief Excitement Officer of Sparks of Fire International, a certified Fearless Living Coach, a speaker, author and has a podcasted called, “Power of Investing in People” During this episode, Sha talked to us about her childhood. Sha was an open book with us as she talks about bullying, suicide, depression, obstacles she had to overcome in her life, etc. She also explained how she got involved with the military veterans to include Veterans4LifeUSA, Bunker Lab, and the After Action Network. Sha also discusses her podcast, “Power of Investing in People” and her newest book that she co-authors, FIRESTARTERS Book Project. Check us out on 10 different podcast platforms and all of our social media accounts https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ Sha Sparks https://shasparks.com/ After Action Network https://afteractionnetwork.org/ FIRESTARTERS Book Project https://firestartersbookproject.com/ The Power of Investing in People Podcast https://www.heroesmediagroup.com/the-power-of-investing-in-people-podcast/ Veterans 4 Life USA Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959792920899977/ Special Thanks to Alex Morales for the new Shadows Podcast logo.
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December 07, 2020
Episode 7: The Chronicles of Gary K. Wolf
Episode 7 of Shadows Podcast is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/  On this episode, Bodhi was able to talk with the creator and author of Who Censored Roger Rabbit, which turned into the feature length film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Gary K. Wolf! If you’re a fan of the iconic film, this episode is sure to have something that you’ve never heard before. Gary talked about inspirations as a child, to include his blue cow story, where he got his inspirations for the Roger Rabbit book to include the characters Eddie Valiant, Jessica Rabbit, Roger Rabbit, and Baby Herman, having the Roger Rabbit novel rejected over 100 times before finally finding a publisher, how Disney hear about Who Censored Roger Rabbit, early ideas for the film, how Steven Speilberg was able to convince Warner Brothers to allow the Looney Tunes to appear in the film, racial implications in the film, the three Roger Rabbit short films, what’s his one regret, what he wants his legacy to be and an amazing story about his A2 jacket from his time in the Air Force that will leave you speechless.
01:13:03
November 30, 2020
Episode 6: The Chronicles of Andre McCarter
Happy Thanksgiving! Episode 6 of Shadows Podcast is now available at  https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ On this episode, Bodhi welcomed the starting point guard from the 1975 UCLA Men’s Basketball National Championship team, former NBA player, and the creator and CEO of Touch Glove, Andre McCarter! Andre talked about who would be on his Mount Rushmore of Philadelphia basketball, his upbringings in Philadelphia to include his first encounter with Wilt Chamberlain on a playground basketball court, in-depth discussion about the success and failures he encountered during his time at UCLA, he talked about his Bruins teams having a target on their back during the dynasty years, the reaction to having their 88-game winning streak snapped, what went wrong in the 1974 Final Four against North Carolina State, the emotional 1975 Final Four to include John Wooden’s shocking announcement that he would be retiring in 48-hours and sending Coach Wooden out with his final national championship, his stint in the NBA, coaching at UCLA and the development of Reggie Miller, and where he is now with his invention, Touch Glove. This episode is loaded with nuggets of wisdom and life lessons from his time with Coach Wooden and looking back at his experiences. Find out more about the best kept secret in basketball, Touch Glove. Go to this link and check out their product and check out their social media accounts: https://touch-glove.com/
01:31:23
November 26, 2020
Episode 5: The Levitow Legacy with John Levitow Jr.
Episode 5 of Shadows Podcast is now available at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ On this episode, Bodhi and Bautista had the privilege of speaking with John Levitow Jr! John talked about his father’s military career to include why he picked the Air Force over the Navy, why he cross trained, the events of 24 February 1969, what the Medal of Honor meant to his father, who it was that got his father involved with the military again, his father and his feelings about the John L. Levitow award, his upbringings, why he didn’t join the Air Force, the ups and downs of his relationship with his father, his journey from Syracuse University to his current job as the Chief Nursing Officer at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, his 4 Pillars, and what it means to him to be embraced by the Air Force family.
49:33
November 17, 2020
Episode 4: The Chronicles of Jeremie Kubicek
The CEO of Giant Worldwide, international speaker, and best-selling author, Jeremie Kubicek joins the Shadows Podcast!  Jeremie talks about his upbringing, early influences, mentorship, his college life and traveling to Asia, moving to and starting what has now become the largest private school in Moscow, how the events from the Oklahoma City Bombing brought him back to the states, the car accident that nearly left him paralyzed, moving to London, the plane ride that allowed him the opportunity to bring Giant Worldwide into the Air Force, his move back to Oklahoma City, and what is Giant Worldwide?  Check us out at https://www.theshadowspodcast.com/ For more information on Giant please go to: www.giant.tv/jk
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November 09, 2020
Episode 3: The Tragedy and Triumph of Tripp Bodenheimer
Host of the Shadows Podcast and Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force, Tripp Bodenheimer shares his personal story on this episode of the Shadows Podcast! Tripp discusses the events surrounding the tragic losses of his father, Charlie and younger sister, Myers and how those events have shaped him into who he is today. Check out the Shadows Podcast website at www.theshadowspodcast.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
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October 28, 2020
Episode 2: The Chronicles of Chantae McMillan
U.S. Olympian, Titan Games competitor, numerous time All-American from the University of Nebraska, military spouse and proud mother, Chantae McMillan joins us for episode 2 of the Shadows Podcast! She takes us through her entire athletic journey, being a military spouse, and her preparation for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.  Check out the Shadows Podcast website at www.theshadowspodcast.com
01:10:48
October 19, 2020
Episode 1: The Chronicles of Joe Bogdan
Co-founder of the Llama Leadership website (www.llama-leadership.com), host of the Llama Lounge podcast, and current senior enlisted leader in the United States Air Force, Joe Bogdan joins us for the debut episode of the Shadows Podcast!  He talks about the highs and lows he's encountered during his journey to his current position as a senior noncommissioned officer. Check out the Shadows Podcast website at www.theshadowspodcast.com
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October 04, 2020