Everyone has a story, and from that story many passions reside. It is that passion which drives people. Whether it be writing, drawing, animals, nature, photography, or even a passion for people or a charity, it is that passion that fires them up, and propels them to do great things.
C.J. dives not only into their passion, but also why it is their passion - the story behind the passion. Take a journey with her listeners as her guests talk about what's closest to their heart!
Take a listen. You may find your new passion among her guests!"
The Journey Is Real Podcast
"Real People, Real Passions, Real Hearts."
You can also follow The Journey Is Real Podcast FB Page.
Welcome! So glad you're here! C.J. would love to stay in contact with you about her new release books and upcoming events! Subscribe to her bi-weekly email today! Chat with award-winning Author C.J. Peterson via email, and get to know the writer behind the words! "While the stories are fiction, the journey is real."
More than 400.000 children are currently in the foster care system in the United States alone. Here are a few more statistics to consider: Out of 100 couples in the United States, about 12 to 13 of them have trouble becoming pregnant. About 135,000 children are adopted in the United States each year. Of non-stepparent adoptions, about 59% are from the child welfare (or foster) system, 26% are from other countries, and 15% are voluntarily relinquished American babies. Adoption gives one a different perspective on the world. The selfless act can change lives on so many levels! It changes not only the life of the child, but also of those who choose to foster or adopt these littles. My guests on this episode, along with her husband wanted a family. They have a lot of love they wanted to share, but they had issues with infertility. She shares that journey, as well as the journey that changed their lives when they chose to adopt. She shares their adoption journey, along with a little surprise at the end! Take a listen! For those looking for options, adoption is one to strongly consider. There are amazing families, as you have met on this podcast, who are looking to love on and raise a little one. Kat mentioned the agency they connected with in East Texas. This is the website she referenced: https://christianhomes.com/
In recognition of suicide awareness month, Justin True invites you to take a walk in his shoes. He loves action, adventure, and extreme sports. His aim is create motivation and awareness to those who are in need with his high level of physical feats. He has been noticed many times, shining a light on his goals. His next feat will involve a massive triathlon across America to shine a light on mental health awareness. Follow him on his journey by checking out these links:
Michael Messner played hockey at Penn State, and has received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. He understands hockey from the inside. His children are both into hockey as well, which is where he got a realistic view of checking at young ages. He combines his passion for film, hockey, and his family to create the movie: 1st Year Checking.
He has been directing and producing for over 25 years. He is a partner at the Pittsburgh based, Awesome Films, and has won regional Emmy’s, including Best Director in the Mid-Atlantic, Sunshine, and New York Chapters for his collegiate sports television shows. To learn more about him and this movie, go to: https://1styearchecking.com
Some may know the name “Brimstone.” However, when you take a listen to this interview, you’ll learn more about the man behind the name. His successful career has spanned over four decades. His ventures include: professional wrestler, radio host/professional podcaster, actor, voice actor, author, musician, philanthropist, food critic, horror model, and comic book/animated/children’s book/video game hero. After taking a listen, head over to his website to get to know more about The Real Brimstone: https://www.therealbrimstone.com
The Journey Is Real Podcast: DC Glenn – Learning To Learn
DC Glenn is most known for his part in Tag Team. However, he’s so much deeper than that. Sitting down with him was fascinating. We probably could have talked for hours. Take a listen and find out what he means by, “Learning To Learn.”
To find him on social media or online, go to:
Since he was a child, Davy Jones had a dream. It was to bring laughter and joy into the world through comics. Over the years, he tried many avenues, until he got the idea to create a comic no one would like…only find out that’s exactly what people were looking for! Now, years later, Charmy’s Army is a hit! Take a listen to find out more about Davy Jones and his journey! To learn more about what’s next for him, head over to: https://charmysarmy.com
More than 70,000 Americans died from drug-involved overdose in 2019, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids. This is a growing problem that is a hidden killer. This special episode is airing to talk about a movie that came out on 04MAY2021 – Painkiller. This movie takes on a special meaning for the filmmaker. Watch as C.J. sits down with Tom Parnell to find out the story behind the story. They discuss what inspired the movie, and why he is so passionate about the message behind the movie.
After a man loses his daughter to a drug overdose, he begins a vigilante campaign to bring down the white-collar criminals, including the doctors and pharmaceutical companies, behind the opioid epidemic.
Links for Painkiller:
Prime Video (use link above provided for physical); DirecTV; Dish; Fandango Now; Google/YouTube (own/purchase); Hoopla; In Demand (Comcast, etc); VUDU
Chloe Traicos is an actor, writer, and activist in her own right! Her movie, “Introducing Jodea,” won for “Best Comedy” at the Cannes Silk Road Film Awards. The Director and Editor, JD Cohen, won for “Best Editing” at the Top Indies Film Festival. It was also nominated for “Best Picture,” “Best Comedy,” “Best Actress,” and “Best Script”! While being an actress is her passion, she also wrote “Introducing Jodea”! This multitalented lady, has another passion connected to her childhood. She is a part of the “Save Zimbabwe Movement.” Growing up there gave her an in-depth perspective on the life of the Zimbabwe people. They hold a special place in her heart, and she shares what this movement is about. Take a listen and find out more about this amazing woman – Chloe Traicos!
Coming 04JUN to Laemmie Movie Theaters! I’ve had the opportunity to view this movie. It’s one you don’t want to miss! Find it near you!
My guest today, on this special episode of The Journey Is Real Podcast, is Ben Jacoby! He has had quite and adventure in life so far! They include military service in the Israeli Military, travels throughout Europe and Asia, traveling around Australia in a party bus, going for a world record, and so much more! To find out more about him, and the documentary he has about him, head over to his YouTube Channel:
You can also find out more about him on his web pages:
Robert Pardi’s journey has not been an easy one, but it has been an insightful one. Take a listen to find out how he went from receiving an MBA from Columbia University, living a wonderful life with his wife, to battling an enemy from within. After losing his wife, he reevaluated his life with the help of his life coach. Together, they came up with new plan. After becoming a life coach, his new goal is to help others find their purpose and fulfill their goals. He put all of this in his book Chasing Life. To find out more about him, go to: https://www.robertpardi.com
This mother/daughter duo are no strangers to trauma and adversity. Losing Carey’s husband (Laurel’s Dad) and Laurel’s brother (Carey’s Son) both within a few years of each other to suicide, they pushed past the emotional turmoil that would normally separate families, and bonded together. Instead of wilting in the aftermath, both Cary Conley & Laurel Wilson choose to thrive and help others! From workshops to masterclasses, to books, and Facebook groups, there are plenty of opportunities for you to thrive as well! To find out more, go to: https://careyconley.com
Faust Ruggiero is a published research author, clinical trainer, and a therapist who has worked in settings that have included clinics for deaf children, prisons, nursing homes, substance abuse centers, inpatient facilities, major corporations, both national and international, and as the President of the Community Psychological Center in Bangor, Pennsylvania. In that capacity, he developed the Process Way of Life counseling program, and has developed it into a formal text presented in the Fix Yourself Handbook. To learn more about him or his works, go to: https://www.faustruggiero.com
CJ Warrant is an award-winning author of romantic suspense and contemporary romance, she also loves family, baking, and coffee. Baking brings her joy and clarity in life, especially if she’s stuck on a storyline. See how those elements all combine to create the stories you love to read. To find out more about this bright spirited author, head over to: https://cjwarrant.com
My guest, Bracha Goetz, has a light about her. She loves to share that light with others. Whether it’s her zest for life, food, or her various books she has out, she loves to share with others! She overcame nourishing her food addiction, and replaced that addiction with nourishing her soul! To find out more about her and her books, go to: https://www.amazon.com/Bracha-Goetz/e/B001KCI086?ref_=pe_584750_33951330
Ben Winter has had full life. Within his many ventures, he found one constant…a battle of the mind. He is quoted as saying, “the only reason anyone gets upset is because an expectation hasn’t been met.” He’s taken that philosophy, and wrote “What To Expect When Having Expectations.” His book helps you understand where your expectations come from, what drives them, why you aren’t always aware of them, and how to come to peace after being upset by and unmet expectation.
To learn more about him or his book, go to: https://havingexpectations.com
If you ever met Dr. Sims, you would not forget it! He is a man with incredible energy and enthusiasm. His passion for Christ is unmistakable! Take a listen to this fun interview with the one and only Dr. Walter Sims!
He has been a spiritual leader for over 20 years. He has a Master’s of Ministry degree; Doctorate of Divinity; Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering; certified in the expertise of coaching, and has coached several highly respected life coaches. He is also a published author, and a dynamic leader who has ministered to thousands of people. His motto is, “You have to live it…to know it…to teach it..and to coach it.” To find out more about him, go to: https://drwaltersims.com
Angel Ribo has an inspiring mission with his foundation: Wisdom For Kids. The foundation states: “There are 81 million kids living in poverty in Latic America right now. Our Mission is to help 810,000 kids in need in Latan America become entrepreneurs within the next three years using local resources.” Angel Ribo is investing in the next generation to shape it for the better of all. To find out more about Wisdom For Kids or Angel Ribo, go to: https://wisdomforkids.today/
Fran Graham’s extensive background in law enforcement, search and rescue, community emergency response training, international disaster relief, fire and police chaplaincy, critical incident stress management, and the medical field, provides a vast knowledge of wealth and expertise. This enables her to support, encourage, and help others through crisis and psychological trauma. She also has a book out, titled, What To Do When Life Sucks.”
To learn more about her, go to: https://franhgraham.com
Kristin Burke’s goal is to empower women to advance themselves professionally. She does this by helping set achievable, clear goals. By also encouraging them to reach levels of self-confidence and strength, she helps women to achieve those goals. Take a listen. You may find your own inner strength!
To learn more about her, go to: https://kristinburke.com
I know my next guest’s story sounds like a work of fiction, but it’s all true! What happens when a comedian becomes a mayor? Take a listen to Jeremy Nunes’s story to find out! You’ll enjoy some lighter points of his story as he shares his passion for making others laugh, while combining it with the love of his city, a podcast, and a book called, “You Can’t Write City Hall.” To find out more about him and all he has going on, head over to:
Tracy Lamourie took her love for helping people to the next level when she successfully fought for one man. She took what she learned and converted it into helping others via public relations! Her heart still leads and guides her though the maze of the public relations world. If you need help navigating it, or want to find out more about her, head over to:
My guest today, Patti Talbot, is “changing the world from the inside out”…one story at a time! Using the Changemaker Journey on the Blue Roads Education site, she chats with individuals and leaders in their community to cultivate homegrown change for a better world! To learn more about her, Blue Roads Education, or Changemaker Journey, head over to: https://blueroadseducation.org
This UK based entrepreneur learned the hard way about the ups and downs of owning your own business. She utilizes those lessons learned to help others become entrepreneurs as well! Jan Cavelle then decided to put a lot of that advice into a book called, ‘Scale For Success.’ Jan says she passionately believes that entrepreneurship is essential for the healthy economic futures of any country. To learn more about Jan Cavelle, her book, her podcast, or many speaking opportunities she has, head over to: https://jancavelle.co.uk
My guest, Jacob Craig has been on a journey himself through the years, and he shares that journey with us. He takes what he's learned and is turning around to use it to help others. He does individual advising, as well as company. He also has a book, Inspiring Leaders In Health & Fitness, and is working on another one regarding Leaders In Motivation & Success. To find out more about Jacob Craig, head over to: https://inspiringleaderscollective.com
Debbie Ausburn has a heart for others. She pours herself into others, which in turn, blesses her beyond measure. She shares some of those stories in her book, Raising Other People’s Children. Debbie has spent decades working with traumatized children, serving as a social worker, group home parent, criminal prosecutor, volunteer and board member, attorney defending youth-serving organizations, foster parent, step-parent, and grandparent raising a grandchild.
To learn more about this amazing woman, head over to: https://www.debbieausburn.com
Jamie Loreth’s passion is two-fold. It started off as a book, but spawned a charity called, “The Pink Blanket.” This charity provides pink blankets to women and children who are domestic violence survivors. It wraps them in a blanket of hope! She shares about her passions, as well as a little of her own story. To find out more about Jamie, her book, or her charity, head over to:
Trav Bell has a unique passion of “The Bucket List”! Find out how this became is passion, and how this can change your way of thinking! He shares this passion with energy and enthusiasm like only he can. Find out what a bucket list is, and how it can be applied to your life right now! Don’t wait until it’s too late. This is one you have to hear!
To learn more about Trav Bell, go to:
Aimee Ravichandran has her hands full with many plates spinning! She not only has two little girls two and under, but also runs two companies, Abundantly Social and Perceptive PR; runs a podcast on Monday mornings at 10AM CT, Author Talk, with her, Russell Little, and Fern Brady; is a co-host of The Con Hour, with Greg Kelso and C.J. Peterson; and yet, still has time to look after her group of authors on Monday Night Training called Through The Eyes Of Authors and go to Comic Cons! This lady knows how to balance and have fun! To learn more about Aimee and her ventures, head over to:
Imagine you were adopted into a family as an only child. Your life was great! However, you always felt something was missing. Now you are in the steps of my guest today, Edward Di Gangi! His unique story takes him back, allowing to learn more about his birth mom than he ever thought possible! a cemetery visit and a book about a favorite author’s search for lost family compelled him to embark on a genealogical quest to discover his origins. What he found was more than he ever imagined! Watch or listen to this podcast, and then check out his book, “The Best Gift Given: A Memoir” today:
Sadly, Terrie Gardner's story is an all too familiar one lately. To the outside world, things seemed perfect. However, Terrie shares a different story of how her husband's substance abuse, and protecting her husband’s reputation, hurt their family. You never know what goes on behind closed doors.
To find out more about Terrie, or her book, "Landslide: A Story of Faith, Hope, and Love," head over to: https://lifestreampublishing.com
Altrunite is derived from the words: Altruist - A person or group of people unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others. Altruistic/Altruism - Is the principle and moral practice of concern for happiness of other human beings, resulting in a quality of life. My guest today, Tolik Borts talks about his NonProfit: Altrunite. See how this nonprofit started, and the journey behind the mask.
To learn more about Altrunite: https://www.altrunite.com
Despite life's challenges, today's guest, Dorothy Graham continued to push forward. Through pain of loss, illness, and more, her strength and faith in God pulled her through. She's using what she learned, and compiled it in a book called: The Overcomer - Book Link: https://amzn.to/2NYobS7
To connect with Dorothy, head over to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dorothy.graham3
We make choices every day. We choose to love or to hate. We choose to smile or to cry. The choices we make shape us into who we are. My guest today is Larry Indiviglia. He made a choice to love, knowing it would not be forever. If you knew the love of your life was terminal, would you make the choice to love, or save yourself the heartache. Find out Larry's choice, and how it changed him forever! You can find out more about Larry Indiviglia here: https://indsightsforlifeinc.lpages.co/126-days-11-minutes-our-love-story/
The Journey Is Real is a journey for many who have joined the viewing and listening audience. C.J. and Trevor sit down and discuss many of their favorites, or things that have stood out to them through the first year of The Journey Is Real Podcast. They also discuss what has been going on that caused the suspension of the podcast over the last few months. So, sit back and relax as you take a journey of The Journey Is Real Podcast’s first year!
To find out more about The Journey Is Real Podcast:
Justin Goodbread is not our normal guest, but the information he has to share, and his passion, is something needed at this time! Please take a few minutes. What you could glean from him, could help you and your business. For more information on Justin Goodbread: https://financiallysimple.com
Justin Russell had a great job in construction. What made him want to give it up to be a commercial beekeeper? Learn about bees and understand this passion by taking some time to listen to this podcast! To learn more about Justin and his bees, you can find him on: https://primebees.com
Running can be therapeutic. With everything going on in this world, it's a great outlet. Steph Cannon has her hands full with family, content writing, even over the last year finding out that she has ten siblings after being an only child for most of her life. How did she handle it? Take a listen and find out! To learn more about Steph, head over to: https://www.insymmetrycreations.com