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."
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June is my birthday month! In celebration, I like to do something special each June! I'm doing a YouTube Subscriber drive! I'm not just asking people to subscribe, you have the chance to win one of two $10 Amazon Gift cards!
How? It's super easy! All you have to do is subscribe to my YouTube Channel, take a screenshot, and email it to me. If you are already a subscriber to my email list, please make sure to let me know when you email me the screenshot, so I do not add you twice to my email list.
SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL AND ENTER TODAY! Then, just sit back and wait, paying attention to the newsletters as they come out. I will be accepting subscriber screenshots and emails until 30JUN. Then, on 01JUL, I will put all the emails sent to me (yes, even if you are already a newsletter subscriber), into the Wheel of Names. I'll spin it twice, and take a screenshot of the winners, so everyone has a fair shot at it! They will be announced in the 16JUL Newsletter!!
To go to my YouTube Channel, simply click on YouTube in this section or the "C.J.'s YouTubeChannel" button.
Good luck to all entries!!
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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/
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 is Eric Protein Moseley. He’s going to be talking about something especially close to his heart – the homeless. He discusses the various levels as well as how we can help. He also shares some stories from the streets. He has a first-hand perspective, as he used to be homeless as well. Eric is producing a documentary shining a light on this issue. To learn more about Eric and his mission, you can find him at:
You can also find him online with the handle: @ericmoseley18
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:
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!
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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
C.J. and her husband are beekeepers. She was delighted to find a fellow beekeeper in Chris Haneline, who agreed to sit down and talk bees with her! Take a listen and find out what it's like to live in the apiary world! To contact Chris, feel free to email him at: email@example.com To find out more about The Journey To Fruitfulness Blog C.J. mentioned, head over to: https://cjpetersonwrites.com/blog
Thane Ringler is a young man, with wisdom beyond his years. He uses this wisdom to help others be their best self. He sees the potential within you, and offers you help via his podcast, webinars, blogs, and books! To find out more about Thane, head over to his website today: https://www.thanemarcus.com
Creativity is an outlet many have either been cheated out of by the words of another, or we just dismiss it but admire it in others. My guest today believes it is within all of us at our core to be creative, and it is his mission to 'decode it' in all of us! To find out more about Nir Bashan: https://www.nirbashan.com/
Let him help you find your creativity within!
Breast Cancer is a scary thing to face when you know it's there, but what happens when conventional ways don't work in detecting it? C.J. sits down with Leslie Ferris Yerger, a woman in that exact position. She shares her story, her heart, and alternative ways to detect it so her story does not become yours! To learn more about Leslie: https://leslieferrisyerger.com
Gardening can be very cathartic. Planting a seed, watering it, nurturing it, watching it produce the desired product. This is the same in our spiritual life. Planting the seeds, and watching God take over is an amazing sight. Take a listen as I talk to Terrina Wilder about 'Never Underestimate The Power Of A Planted Seed." To learn more about Terrina Wilder: https://terrinawilder.com
“I'm passionate about building businesses for impact and want to inspire others to get out of their comfort zones and step into their power.” - Ruth Biza Ruth is an inspirational young lady. She uses her past to fuel not only her future, but also future generations of young African students.
To learn more about Ruth Biza and #ThisIsMyEra - https://thisismyera.com
Today's guest is Rashod Coleman. His father was in jail from when he was only three. However, through his life, there were many who spoke into his life, and guided him through. He used this example when he was older. First a Police Officer, then a mentor to many kids who need guidance and stability! To learn more about Rashod Coleman: https://www.authorrashod.com
Brian Penso has had a rough past. He uses that past to push him toward his dream! He not only achieved his dream, but also wants to share with you how he did it! He shares his story and his heart in this episode of The Journey Is Real Podcast.
To find out more about Brian Penso: https://whoareyouandwhy.net
What do history, genealogy, and two completely different authors have in common? Find out on this episode of The Journey Is Real Podcast, where C.J. talks to authors Edward Hancock II and Kathryn Haueisen. Ed talks about his years of studying his genealogy, while Kathy talks about the Mayflower and what connection she has to those who were aboard. They discover an interesting connection partway through the discussion!
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Rebeka Shadpour has many talents, one of them is being a life coach. She takes time with C.J. to talk about how that journey came about, and how she is able to help others. With a heart for people, she makes a great spiritual healer. To find out more about Rebeka Shadpour, head over to: