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001: Out of the Darkness & Into the Light | with Joshua Sopko

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By Mark Henderson
The Inspired Legacy Podcast exists to provide dads a pathway to greater purpose by equipping them to lead boldly, love like Christ, and leave a lasting legacy with no regrets.
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015: Running the Race Well as a Husband and Father | with Adam Weber
My guest today is Adam Weber, lead pastor of Embrace Church, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; author of Talking With God: What to Say When You Don’t Know How to Pray, as well as the host of the podcast, The Conversation. Today, Adam and I chat about the concept of “running the race” (Hebrews 12:1) from the perspective of being a husband and father. When we ask ourselves if we are running the race well, that should cause us to take stock of our priorities, our work ethic, how we treat people, and to what degree we are living out our faith in front of our family. These are a few of the metrics we can use to determine if we are running the race well and it’s a sampling of what Adam and I discuss in this episode.  If you are struggling and looking for hope and encouragement in this race, as well as some practical tips on how to finish strong, then this episode is for you. Key points include: The importance of reevaluating our priorities The importance of (truly) placing your identity in Christ There is opportunity found in each new day Why you should always strive to say “YES” to your child’s invitation to play The power of inviting your kids to participate in your world Letting your kids witness you living out your faith Thanks for listening! Tag me on Instagram (@theinspiredlegacy) and let me know what you thought of the show!  Get the complete show notes for this episode by visiting theinspiredlegacy.com/podcast/015 ___ Get your free copy of our Dad Guide—Nine Ways to Be A Better Dad by visiting theinspiredlegacy.com/join Join our Private Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/theinspiredlegacy
43:08
August 5, 2019
014: Coaching Youth Sports & Impacting Lives | with Andy Traub
If you want to make a positive impact on a child’s life, consider coaching youth sports. This episode features Andy Traub. He is a veteran youth coach who has developed practical methods of helping kids navigate their emotions for improved performance. He also shares the many ways coaches can build up players and help them play to their potential without losing love for the game, along with much more.   If you’re a parent-coach or merely a supportive sideline parent, you’ll be able to apply much of this conversation to your child’s next season. And even if your kid isn’t into sports, there are concepts discussed here that can apply to anyone. Key concepts covered in the show: How to recognize frustration early and turn it into positive energy Why every dad is more equipped to coach than they realize The implications of living vicariously through your child's performance Why we mustn't let our child's performance influence how it makes us feel Why constructive feedback should be the only feedback we provide The difference between coaching to win and coaching for development, and why coaches must set this expectation with players and parents early Why it's essential for kids to not just play to their potential, but seek enjoyment as well How it's possible to advise by asking the right questions The most important thing to say to your kid after a loss Thanks for listening! Tag me on Instagram (@theinspiredlegacy) and let me know what you thought of the show!  Get the complete show notes for this episode by visiting theinspiredlegacy.com/podcast/014 ___ Get your free copy of our Dad Guide—Nine Ways to Be A Better Dad by visiting theinspiredlegacy.com/join Join our Private Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/theinspiredlegacy
55:51
July 21, 2019
013: Maximize Life with a Legacy Mindset | with Jeremy Brown
Leaving a legacy doesn't just mean leaving a gift of money or personal property; it should mean so much more. Ultimately, our legacy is the story of how we live life and the Godly example we set for our children and future generations.  Today's guest is Jeremy Brown. He is the founder of Throne Publishing Group, a company that specializes in helping people craft and tell their stories for the sake of family legacy. The team at Throne PG has interviewed thousands of people from all around the world, equipping them to share and publish their stories for maximum impact on this generation and the next. What you'll learn in this episode: Why leaving a legacy is such an innate human need Why developing a legacy mindset (now) can transform the rest of your life Why your current struggles are an important part of your legacy The difference between values and convictions The power of living your life through filters of personal convictions The power of 1% growth and how to apply it to your life The importance of regularly attending church with your family and kids How you can begin to document your own life story How to share difficult or painful stories Hear Jeremy's personal process for sharing stories (the BURN Process) Thanks for listening! Tag me on Instagram (@theinspiredlegacy) and let me know what you thought of the show!  ___ Get the complete show notes for this episode by visiting theinspiredlegacy.com/podcast/013 Jeremy mentioned our FREE Dad Guide in today's show. You can request your own copy at theinspiredlegacy.com/join Join our Private Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/theinspiredlegacy
44:40
July 1, 2019
012: "The Boy Crisis" & the Absolute Necessity of Fathers | with Dr. Warren Farrell
SPECIAL FATHER'S DAY EPISODE: Dads, never doubt the critical role you play in your home or your children's lives. The epidemic of fatherlessness has been building for decades and is now sweeping the globe. Its impact is being felt around the world—specifically with boys. To help explain this, my guest today is, Dr. Warren Farrell, author of the bombshell book titled "The Boy Crisis."  In this book, Dr. Farrell points out that in 70 of the world's largest developed nations, boys have fallen behind girls. And he calls attention to two categories of boys that are now emerging in today's psychological literature: dad-deprived boys and dad-enriched boys.  The data and research provided by Farrell in this episode simply underscore the importance of fathers in today's society, and he provides a few examples of how fatherlessness can (and has) led to very tragic circumstances. What You'll Hear: Why boys grow up to hurt others How we can channel boys to be healthier and less destructive The role a father plays in helping his son find purpose And hear about the power of purpose in a boy's life Hear insight into why 90% of mass shooters are dad-deprived males Hear why our prison system is a home for dad-deprived males Learn the number one cause for crisis among boys Hear how inner-city crime is directly influenced by father involvement Learn why divorced couples must NOT speak negatively about each other in front of their children Learn about the different parenting styles and roles of moms vs dads Hear how rough-house style play positively impacts boys and equips them for their future Dr. Farrell has authored numerous works which have been published in over 50 countries, and 15 languages, including two award-winning international best-sellers titled, "Why Men Are the Way They Are" and "The Myth of Male Power." Farrell has been chosen by the Financial Times as one of the world's top 100 thought leaders. He's taught at the university level in five disciplines, and appeared on more than 1,000 TV and radio shows, from Oprah to Larry King Live. He's also been featured repeatedly in Forbes, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Thanks for listening! Tag me on Instagram (@theinspiredlegacy) and let me know what you thought of the show!  ___ Get the complete show notes for this episode by visiting theinspiredlegacy.com/podcast/012 Our next episode will air on Monday, July 1st. Request our FREE Dad Guide at theinspiredlegacy.com/join Join our Private Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/theinspiredlegacy
36:35
June 17, 2019
011: Creating Powerful Connections with Your Kids | with Jim Sheils
Jim Sheils is an entrepreneur, husband, and father of four. He is also a speaker and consultant who is dedicated to fixing the epidemic of entrepreneurs not spending enough quality time with their family.  His book, The Family Board Meeting—You Have 18 Summers to Create Lasting Connection with Your Children, has helped countless entrepreneurs and their families around the world. The methods Jim teaches are simple, practical, and proven. And this episode will provide you tangible and practical tactics you can integrate into your family right away for deeper, more meaningful connection with your loved ones.  If you're a busy dad, business owner, or entrepreneur, this is a must-listen episode. Key Takeaways Include: We only have 18 summers with our kids, and we need to make the most of them Not every year with your kids are created equal Entrepreneurs often feel guilty and suffer from depression, but it doesn't have to be that way! Learn about rhythms and how they can transform your relationships A game-changing tip that can transform your relationship with your spouse A simple tactic that will help you grow closer with your kids The importance of being present and emotionally vested at home How traditional "manliness" has negatively impacted our ability to connect with our loved ones The power of teachable moments in everyday situations If you feel like you've missed the boat on connecting with your kids—it's never too late You can follow Jim on Instagram @jim_sheils and his organization 18 Summers @18summerstribe. ___ Get the complete show notes for this episode by visiting theinspiredlegacy.com/podcast/011 Our next episode will air on Monday, June 17th and feature Dr. Warren Farrell. Request our FREE Dad Guide at theinspiredlegacy.com/join Join our Private Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/theinspiredlegacy
46:10
June 3, 2019
010: Raising Sons Who Heed the High Call | with Mike Yarbrough
I want to raise a young man whose worldview includes God, and who understands that God has placed a higher call on his young life. This desire burns strong within me, and it fuels me every day, as it does for my guest. Mike Yarbrough is the founder of Rustic And Main, the Side Hustle Switch, and he is the host of the popular podcast called Wolf & Iron, where he's focused on “heeding the High Call of manful living”.  But Mike is also a husband and father of two teenaged sons and in this episode the two of us riff on what it takes to raise Godly kids, the challenges we both face, and a few things that we're doing to be intentional about our roles as a dad. Key Points Include: How fathers impact their kids, whether they take an active role in their lives or not The importance of exposing your son to Godly mentorship How we live our lives as men directly impacts how our sons view God Why it’s important not to keep your own relationship with God hidden behind closed doors Ways to establishing a healthy work ethic in your son Why we must help our sons find their passion and what we should do once they’ve found it The importance of the outdoors in a digital age Thanks for listening and if you got anything out of this episode, please share it with your friends! Connect with Mike on Instagram (@wolfandiron) and me (@theinspiredlegacy). ___ Get the complete show notes for this episode by visiting theinspiredlegacy.com/podcast/010 Our next episode will air on Monday, June 3rd. Request our FREE Dad Guide at theinspiredlegacy.com/join Join our Private Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/theinspiredlegacy
1:00:58
May 20, 2019
009: Achieving High Performance in Your Faith & Family Life | with Steve Weatherford
My guest today is Steve Weatherford. He is a ten year NFL veteran, Super Bowl champion, entrepreneur, husband, and loving father of five. But most importantly, he is a man of faith.  In this powerful episode, Steve gets real, raw, and extremely vulnerable in a conversation that touched on so many great topics.  If you're a guy who wants to get serious about growing as a husband, dad, and follower of Christ, then this episode is for you. If you're a guy who wants to live up to his full potential, influence and serve others, and not be held back by his past, then this episode is for you. Get a pencil and paper ready because you're going to want to go back and revisit what Steve has to share. A Sampling of What You Will Learn: The impact of having a great mentor in your life How to apply life lessons from our mentors into our daily lives as husbands and fathers How and why vulnerability can transform our relationships How to gain maximum influence How to make the mistakes we’ve made in life work to our advantage and not hold us back from the plans God has for us The power of boldly serving others How our vulnerability can create the opportunity for serving others Steve “attacks” his goals in sport and business. Learn how he applies this mentality to his family life. Why we must not accept pop-culture’s portrayal of dads Learn about the two types of dads and why we must be as bold as lions Hear about the tool Steve developed to define his future and hold himself accountable to who God wants him to be If you got anything out of this episode, please share it with your friends! Connect with Steve on Instagram (@weatherford5) and me (@theinspiredlegacy). Post to your Insta Story, tag both of us, and tell us what you learned and what you want to hear more about. ___ Thanks for listening!  Get the complete show notes for this episode by visiting theinspiredlegacy.com/podcast/009 Our next episode will air on May 20th. Request our FREE Dad Guide at theinspiredlegacy.com/join Join our Private Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/theinspiredlegacy
1:03:25
May 6, 2019
008: Game Over: The Dark Side of Video Games | with Cam Adair
Video games are a way of life. In fact, there are more than two billion gamers in the world, including 150 million in the United States. Studies show that 3–4% of these gamers struggle with video game addiction. Those are epidemic numbers. And the World Health Organization recently declared video game addiction as a legitimate mental health disorder.  Because video games aren’t going anywhere, we all need to better educate ourselves about the risks involved so we can help our kids develop a healthy relationship with games and technology as a whole. In this episode, I talk with Cam Adair. He is an international speaker and leading expert on video game addiction. Cam is the founder of Game Quitters, the world’s largest support community for video game addiction. His work has been published in Psychiatry Research (a peer-reviewed medical journal on psychiatry), he has been featured in two TEDx talks as well as NPR, BBC, Forbes, ABC 20/20, CNN, VICE, and Bloomberg, among many others. What You’ll Learn Hear about Cam's own struggle with video game addiction Warning signs that might indicate your child has a problem How to handle a child or teen that doesn’t think they have a problem A parent’s role in helping their child develop a healthy relationship with technology The impact of using technology to “babysit” our kids Specific aspects of games that make them addictive (what to watch for) The impact of prolonged exposure to overstimulation from games and devices The financial risks to parents if we’re not familiar with a game’s functionality The gaming industry is extremely powerful—but just how powerful? (this will blow your mind) What makes many games predatory in nature The long term consequences of raising an entire generation of gamers What parents can do to help equip our kids to deal with these threats The effects gaming has on a child’s perception of the real world and in turn, their young adulthood We know the impact gaming and technology has had on teens, but scientists have no data indicating what it might be doing to the brains of very young children (ages 1–5) The most dangerous types of video games for kids Thanks for listening!  You can find all of the show notes for this episode by visiting theinspiredlegacy.com/podcast/008 _____ Request our FREE Dad Guide at theinspiredlegacy.com/join Join our private Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/theinspiredlegacy
49:23
April 22, 2019
007: How to Level Up Your Fitness Using Yoga | with Dean Pohlman
In this episode I talk with founder of Man Flow Yoga, Dean Pohlman. Dean is a former athlete turned online yoga instructor. You might be thinking, “what does yoga have to do with being a dad?” Our loved ones deserve the best version of “us” that we can give them. Being a physically fit dad is an essential component in reaching our full potential as a father, and this episode is loaded with helpful information to get men pointed down a path of fitness. And if you already consider yourself to be fit, there’s info here for you, too. During our talk we try and dispel some common misconceptions guys have about yoga. Other points of interest include: Learn about the different types of yoga, what makes them different, and which style might be right for you. The origins of Man Flow Yoga and what makes it different than traditional yoga The history of yoga Benefits of yoga for someone who lives a sedentary lifestyle The importance of mobility in any level of exercise How yoga can be modified to meet your needs How many minutes per week you should practice yoga to feel a difference Benefits of yoga for someone who already works out and is in relatively good shape How yoga can uncover new opportunities to gain new strength Tips to recovering from a workout Active vs passive mobility and the benefits of each Proper breathing techniques to combat stress and anxiety Improving our overall mindfulness You can find Dean and all he has to offer at manflowyoga.com. Be sure to take advantage of his FREE 7-day trial at manflowyoga.com/intro.  His book, Yoga Fitness for Men, is available on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Fitness-Men-Performance-Flexibility/dp/1465473483/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1548904728&sr=8-3&keywords=yoga+fitness+for+men)  He also has a series of DVDs available on Amazon titled Yoga Boost. (https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Boost-Beginners-Normally-Muscles/dp/B01HNP7BVA/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1548904896&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=yoga+boost+dvd&psc=1)  Thanks for listening! _____ Request our FREE Dad Guide at theinspiredlegacy.com/join Join our private Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/theinspiredlegacy
1:05:57
April 8, 2019
006: Fatherhood & Understanding the Bible Better | with Matt Whitman
Have you ever read the Bible? For many men, reading the Bible is a challenge. With all of the pressures and outside commitments of being a dad, it's easy to feel like we don't have time to read, let alone read the Bible. And there’s a lot of misconceptions about the Bible—what it is, what it isn’t, its overarching structure and message, so a lot of guys are intimidated by the book.  However, many men realize it’s something they should do, so when they do try to make time to read the Bible, they attempt to read it cover-to-cover. That's just too big of a goal when you're just starting.  As dads and spiritual leaders of the home, it’s critical that we understand God’s Word so we can apply it to our daily lives and effectively teach our kids about it. But we obviously can’t do that if we’re not reading and studying it regularly.  My guest today is on a mission to help all of us bridge that gap. His name is Matt Whitman. Matt is a pastor at Free Church in Lander, WY as well as the creator of the YouTube channel The Ten Minute Bible Hour.  Our conversation touched on a variety of topics including: You don’t have to believe the words of the Bible to be a great dad, but the wisdom found in the Bible equip men to experience the full purpose of fatherhood.  We need to understand the world we live in so we can equip our kids with the knowledge they’ll need to thrive within it.  Skeptics of Christianity should consider the undeniable practical wisdom found in the Bible that has stood the test of time. If there were no value there, it would have died out a long time ago.  Good places to start reading the Bible as it pertains to the ideas and execution of fatherhood.  Matt reminds us that practical takeaways from the Bible are great, but if we don’t use them as tools and tactics to dive deeper into the broader message of the Gospel, then we’re missing a larger opportunity to discover our true purpose.  And you won’t want to miss Matt’s interpretation of what it means to leave an inspired legacy. He had a great response!  You can find Matt at The Minute Bible Hour (http://thetmbh.com).  Also, check out No Dumb Questions (nodumbquestions.fm), a podcast Matt co-hosts with his friend, Destin Sandlin of Smarter Every Day (http://www.smartereveryday.com/).  And Matt’s sermons from Free Church are available (for free) at https://www.landerefree.org/sermons/  Thanks for listening! The next episode will be released Monday, April 8. 
35:01
March 25, 2019
005: Intentional Personal Growth and Persevering Beyond Your Circumstances | with Tamien Dysart
This episode features Tamien Dysart. He is a friend of mine, as well as a husband and father to three beautiful girls.  Tamien and I share a common past in the fact that we both became fathers at a very early age. In this episode, we talk about what it was like for him to experience fatherhood at a young age and what measures he took to persevere beyond these circumstances.  This episode is critical for anyone who may be experiencing fatherhood sooner than planned, or anyone who is struggling to find their way as a dad. We outline the importance of who we surround ourselves with, what we allow to have our attention, and how we choose to expend our energy.  Other key points to listen for include:  What makes a good parent?  The importance of being intentional in your journey of self-discovery  The process of maturing and becoming the man your kids deserve  A key factor in discovering and developing your purpose as a father  Practical tactics for dads looking to sharpen their axe and keep it sharp so we can be the best leaders and fathers we can be Tamien is a co-founder of Think3D Solutions, which develops and implements strategies and programs to build and sustain high performing cultures in the workplace. You can learn more about Tamien and his company at letsthink3d.com.  Thanks for listening! _____ Request our FREE Dad Guide at www.theinspiredlegacy.com/sign-up Join our private Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/theinspiredlegacy
35:56
March 9, 2019
004: Finding Purpose & Hope in Your Pain—Grieving the Loss of a Child | with Denny Allen of Healing Hope Ministries
My guest today is Denny Allen. He, along with his wife, Karri, are the founders of Healing Hope Ministries, an organization that helps parents and families find hope after the loss of a child at any age, to any cause of death. They founded this ministry as a result of unexpectedly losing their child in 2012.  In this episode, Denny shares what it was like to lose their firstborn son at a very early age, as well as some common misconceptions about grief.  Denny also shares several key points that enabled him and his wife to eventually cope with their devastating loss, allowing them to move forward, and ultimately find true purpose in their pain.  Throughout the show, Denny references Smile Again Ministries. You can find their website at https://smileagainministries.com/.  You can learn more about Healing Hope Ministries at https://healinghopes.com/. Thanks for listening! _____ Request our FREE Dad Guide: Nine Ways to Be A Better Dad at theinspiredlegacy.com/sign-up Join our private Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/theinspiredlegacy
41:16
February 27, 2019
003: How One Dad Broke Free from Addiction | with Tim Stroup
In this episode I catch up with a good friend of mine, Tim Stroup. Tim has been clean and sober for more than 21 years, but before that, he battled a years-long drug and alcohol addiction that nearly cost him his marriage and family.  We chat about what led him to substance abuse in the first place, his experiences with addiction, and how he ultimately overcame this dark period of his life. Key points in this episode include:  The role drugs and alcohol play in a fathers’ ability to lead themselves and their families, and the impact this is having on society today and future generations. The effects that casual consumption of drugs and alcohol have on youth, and the problems that can lead to down the road. The importance of surrounding yourself with the right people. How to achieve clarity when you’re surrounded by chaos.  The keys to long term perseverance and its generational impact.  Practical advice to those who might be addicted. Thanks for listening! _____ Request our FREE Dad Guide: Nine Ways to Be A Better Dad at theinspiredlegacy.com/sign-up Join our private Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/theinspiredlegacy
30:42
February 27, 2019
002: Answering God's Call Despite the Cost | with Chris Hood
This episode features Chris Hood. He’s a friend, mentor, and long time entrepreneur. In this episode, Chris shares his journey as a successful business owner who decided to walk away from everything he had built in order to pursue a new path God had placed on his heart.  This is a story many can relate to, especially men. We’re often torn between the responsibilities of our day-to-day jobs and an unexplained sense of missing out on our higher calling or purpose. Chris’ story is inspiring and there are tangible takeaways in this episode that all men need to hear. Chris can be reached at 828work@gmail.com.  Thanks for listening! _____ Request our FREE Dad Guide at theinspiredlegacy.com/sign-up Join our private Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/theinspiredlegacy
55:31
February 27, 2019
001: Out of the Darkness & Into the Light | with Joshua Sopko
In this inaugural episode, I sit down with a friend of mine, Joshua Sopko. I initially got to know Josh while we were in a Bible study together.  During one of our sessions, Josh shared that he had lost his father at a pretty young age. The ripple effects of this loss impacted the course of Josh’s life for years, including a failed marriage and his faith in God. The details of his story had an impact on me the first time I heard it and I always knew that if he was willing to share, it was a story other men should hear as well.  Josh frequently writes about the sort of topics we covered today, as well as many more, and his work can be found at https://medium.com/@joshuasopko.  He’s also heavily invested in his wife’s business, Juniper Bath & Body. Be sure to take care of all your bath and body needs at https://www.juniperbath.com/.  Thanks for listening and be sure to check out all of the subsequent episodes available. New episodes will be released bi-weekly. _____ Request our FREE Dad Guide at theinspiredlegacy.com/sign-up Join our private Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/theinspiredlegacy
45:15
February 27, 2019
000: Welcome to The Inspired Legacy Podcast
My wife and I have been married for more than 23 years but were married as the result of becoming pregnant at the ages of 19. We never considered alternatives such as abortion or adoption, and I had a strong conviction to live up to my responsibility as a father (even though I had no idea what that meant at the time). With love and support from our parents and family, we persevered. We’ve since had two more amazing kids, and I’ve lived up to my promise of being a dad—a really good dad. But despite beating the odds of divorce and having raised three great kids, looking back, I know I left a lot on the table in terms of being a good leader in the home. For years, I was complacent with a mundane routine not atypical of most fathers, but I lacked real vision. I’m talking about a vision for my emotional health and well-being, for my physical fitness, finances, etc. I lacked a clear vision for how and where I was leading not only myself but my family. This lack of leadership by dads is a massive problem in our society right now. Too many men are distracted, focused on the wrong things, or have priorities not conducive to healthy family life. For decades, men have been taught that they should hide their feelings—that being vulnerable is somehow a sign of weakness. As a result, there’s a lot of men that are unable to feel love, or unable to express their love to their family. This is a real problem and as fathers, we need to take steps to change the status quo before the next generation is damaged beyond repair.  I see endless potential in my kids—as many parents see in their children—but the odds of them reaching this potential and fulfilling the purpose that God has planned for their lives rests on our shoulders. It starts with us and our ability to lead them away from what the world has to teach them and towards something greater.  To be the best dad we can be—to gain that clear vision for how we should lead ourselves and our families—occurs when we truly understand the higher calling that’s been placed on fatherhood by our own Heavenly Father.  Real power exists at the intersection of our love for our kids and Biblical principles that have the power to transform the lives of our families. This is why The Inspired Legacy exists and why I’m excited to finally launch this podcast. Through my conversations with pastors, authors, doctors, experts in all aspects of life including fitness, finance, business, and more, I hope to celebrate the gift that we call fatherhood, equip men to boldly lead their loved ones down a path of greater purpose, and illustrate the love of Christ—the same love our families deserve from us, ultimately living a meaningful life as a father, leaving a lasting legacy with zero regrets.  I’m excited for what’s ahead, and I hope you’ll join me in the next episode of The Inspired Legacy Podcast.  _____ Request our FREE Dad Guide at theinspiredlegacy.com/sign-up  Join our private Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/theinspiredlegacy
04:12
February 22, 2019
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