There is so much GOOD in this world. This podcast is PROOF. The people in these audio recordings genuinely care about their community. The stories they share will make your day. Your week. Your year.
As a vehicle to power the overall Spread The Positive brand, this podcast highlights:
- Notable individuals who exhibit positive and optimistic outlooks on life
- Community outreach efforts that are WORKING
- Businesses/Organizations that are doing things right in business and within the community
- Gratitude and Mindset practices, tips, routines and more
Episode 1 - Sincere-Universal/OJ Beane
Here is what was originally going to be just a trial run to test out a call in with our super fancy "studio" set up (it's a macbook and a usb plug in mic ha). It is really, really rough and we welcome any tips or feedback (good or bad). I say, "so to speak" like 1,000 times, sooo that is something I will be working on and obviously the "umms" and stumbling through what we are trying to say. This was done with very little practice or heads up, but with the audio working out decently and it not being straight up horrible...we wanted to go ahead and post it.
Episode 2 - Joel Bigelow (Endure Athletics)
Episode 2 is with Joel Bigelow, founder of Endure Athletics. Endure is a nonprofit in Murfreesboro, TN with the mission of facilitating the homeless youth of Rutherford County. Through after school programming, Saturday morning meet ups and other regular outings Joel and his team are doing really incredible work in the lives of these children. We get into a little backstory of what brought Joel to Murfreesboro, what lead to the creation of Endure and how he incorporates positivity into his day to day routines. Big thanks to Joel and everything he does to Spread The Positive.
Episode 3 - Robin Seay (Parks)
Episode 3 features Ms. Robin "Closing Deals in Heels" Seay. A realtor here in Murfreesboro, TN who is passionate about community outreach and being involved with making the place she calls home ultimately better for all.
Robin serves for the follow organizations:
-Murfreesboro Young Professionals (Community Outreach Chair)
-Make A Wish Brand Ambassador for Parks Realty)
-United Way Young Leader Society member
-Crosspoint Church Serve The City volunteer
-Active United Way Volunteer
Needless to say one would have to have a very optimistic and positive outlook on life to make time for all of these great causes...Robin is definitely not an exception to this rule. Not to mention while also maintaining a successful career in real estate. Commendable for sure. In this episode we get into how she uses positivity to help her mentally prepare for the day, how she helps manage her client's stress levels through the potential difficulties of a real estate transaction, some of the really great things that are happening right here in our community and finish with Robin's "Grateful 4".
**Still rough with the editing and repeating myself. HUGE shoutout to Robin for dealing with the struggles and being super supportive. Really appreciate your patience!
Episode 4 - Don Day and Chris Day (Intero Real Estate)
This episode is with the father-son, real estate powerhouse duo Chris and Don Day. I was really excited to sit down with both of these guys and pick their brains on how they have become such great examples of pretty much everything we stand for here at Spread The Positive. Don is a national public speaker that has shared the stage with some of the top motivational speakers in the world. Him and Chris both are very involved with a monthly series called, "Super Friday" that is a way to give back to a community they feel has given so much to them. I have attended several of these events and honestly look forward to them quite a bit. I have only missed one since the first one I attended. Don speaks on many topics like his faith, mindset, productivity, mindset and just all around knowledge of what motivates people to really strive to be their best and positivity is usually a very common theme throughout all of his content.
On a very similar note, Chris is one of the most stand up human beings I have come across. Among many of his other accomplishments, Chris has been instrumental in the formation of Murfreesboro Young Professionals, which has really grown into something special with the community. Chris has also served on countless other boards throughout his time here in the area and is just a genuinely great individual. Super family oriented and focused on where he wants to go in life. Chris has some of my favorite social media feeds of anyone I know (personally or famous). It is either him with his family or uplifting quotes, pictures, thoughts and more that just put others in a better frame of mind without even realizing it. Another thing we are obviously all about here at Spread The Positive.
I can honestly say I look up to both of these guys on a pretty crazy level and again I am so thankful for the opportunity to speak with them about what they do to Spread The Positive.
Episode 5 - Korey Akers (CrossFit Rampage)
Episode 5 is with Korey Akers of Crossfit Rampage in Murfreesboro, TN. Korey is the owner and head fitness instructor at his own gym and helped me early on when I first moved to Murfreesboro in more ways than he probably realizes.
Beyond the fitness advice and encouragement he gave me (while I struggled horribly at attempting to do Cross fit style workouts when I was close to 40 lb. over weight) it was also the way he ran his business, how consistent he was in the way he treated anyone who came in and just how he operated in general. So when looking for guest for the podcast he was a very obvious choice to ask. I am in the same networking group as Korey and get to interact and keep up with what he has been and is looking to do with Crossfit Rampage on a weekly basis. It's impressive how clear his vision is for what he is ultimately trying to build.
We get into many topics including; how Korey developed his passion for teaching fitness, how he focuses on maintaining a positive outlook no matter how difficult situations may be, why he thinks it's important to make a conscious effort in that regard, some Gary Vee talk and finish with his "Grateful 4". Really good stuff and truly appreciate Korey taking the time to do this and for all he does to Spread The Positive.
Episode 6 - Lisa Harless (Regions Bank - Sports and Entertainment)
Episode 6 is with the one and only Lisa Harless. Lisa is the Head Banker of the Sports and Entertainment Division at Regions Bank. She works right in the heart of Music Row here in Nashville and does incredibly big things with some of the biggest artists in the world. She is involved with countless non profits, does philanthropy work on a massive scale here in Middle TN. Of all her titles, her favorite one is "Aunt Lisa" to her 50+ nieces/nephews and grandnieces/grandnephews. Ha yes, 50. She is just a really incredible person all around.
Little backstory, I met Lisa at a GNAA (Greater Nashville Apartment Association) Luncheon where she was the keynote speaker. In her presentation that was literally all about everything, we talk about on this podcast. She even said the line, "spread the positive" at one point in her presentation. Ha needless to say I really wanted to speak with her after the luncheon was over. Luckily for me she is one of the nicest human beings I have ever met, was gratuitous enough to speak with me for a good 10 minutes about Spread The Positive and my work within in the apartment association. We exchanged information and eventually emails leading to us setting up a time to do the podcast. Lisa's episode is chalked full of great stories, tips, examples of how smaller kind gestures go further than we realize, how positivity has played such a key role in her success and we finished with her "Grateful 4". It was a real pleasure sitting down with Lisa to hear her story and get some insight on how she maintains such a optimistic/positive mindset. She is definitely everything we are looking to showcase here at Spread The Positive. Thanks for all you do Lisa!
Episode 7 - Pete Adams (Adams and Swann)
This episode features Pete Adams with Adams & Swann, a digital marketing, advertising and creative web development firm in Murfreesboro, TN.
Pete is a Board Member for Murfreesboro Young Professionals and Rutherford County Emergency Food Bank, a deacon at his church (First Baptist Murfreesboro) and holds his favorite title of "Best Daddy in the World" according to his daughter Aubrey. I have gotten to know Pete through MYP and a golf networking group he is highly involved with called, "Fore Networking". Looking forward to getting back out there with Fore! Pete is just an optimistic guy in general and someone I look to for not only web development and marketing tips, but also with his thoughts on life in general. He is knowledgable on many subjects and is really invested in making his community a better place for all.
In this podcast, Pete sheds light on how he developed a positive mindset through life lessons taught by his Grandfather (focusing on different ways of being a leader), some great examples of "what is going right", his Grateful 4 and some other really great tidbits on how positivity helps him in his day to day life.
Really appreciate Pete taking the time to be on the podcast and all he does to Spread The Positive!
Episode 8 - Scott Kimberly, Gabriel Frazier and Chase Salas (BEACH EDITION)
BEACH Edition. Big thanks to Scott Kimberly, Gabe Frazier and Chase Salas for being good sports while on a beach trip and getting on the mic for a Spread The Positive podcast. There are some memorable moments on this one for sure. Really grateful for all three of these guys and the trip. Shout out to "Bridgey McBridgeface".
Episode 9 - Adam Cole (Actor)
This episode is featuring one of the most original and true ambassadors of everything Spread The Positive is about. Christopher Adam Cole, (or Coletrain for those who know) is from Asheville, NC and is currently involved with residential framing in the construction world in Western North Carolina and passionately pursuing a career in acting. (I still call dibs on the role of Turtle when you hit Vinny Chase status. I called that early. Ha.) Adam has traveled the world pursuing his passion for acting and has made tremendous strides within the industry for his relatively short time being fully involved. I will work on getting a link to his work.
Anyway, from playing basketball on lowered goals in various neighborhoods to constantly trying to figure this thing called life out for the past 25 or so years, we have grown together and I'm really grateful for this guy's friendship.
As we get into on the episode it was actually his voicemail greeting that sparked the trigger for what has ultimately become Spread The Positive.
"Hey this is Adam, sorry I missed your call. HOPE YOU'RE SPREADING THE POSITIVE. Leave me a message and I'll call you back."
I said, "Man I hope I'm spreading the positive too...if I'm not doing anything else I'm going to do that". Not even entirely sure what it actually meant at the time, I recognized that moment in time set something off in my brain that I will never forget. I have people ask me what is "Spread The Positive" all the time, this episode of the podcast is officially my answer.
We get into the real bread and butter of what Spread The Positive is, where it came from and what it hopefully will be. So glad we finally got some of this recorded and looking forward to many more episodes with Coletrain and TD on the mic. Thanks for all you do to Spread The Positive.
Episode 10 - Larry Butler (Did It Music)
This was truly an incredible experience speaking with Larry Butler of Did It Music here in Nashville. Larry's full bio is below and it is worth the read for sure. I could have talked with Larry for another couple of hours. His stories and insight on not only everything in the music industry but just life in general is something I am really thankful we got recorded. Larry dropped some real knowledge on so much about everything Spread The Positive really is. Huge shoutout to Lisa Harless with Regions Bank, for connecting us with Larry. Lisa is such an amazing lady and has helped us here at Spread The Positive so much. We are super grateful for all of it. Thanks again Larry and look forward to collaborating with you and Did It Music in the near future.
Larry's Newest Book: amzn.to/2o4osB8
Larry Butler bio – Did It Music – Nashville - March 2018
Larry Butler has devoted his entire life to the music business, specializing in live performance and touring. Larry played keyboards in Ohio bands during high school and college, also serving as band manager and lead singer. While still in college, he was a successful nightclub owner and local concert promoter in Cincinnati.
Also during that time period, his band performed as the opening act for the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and the Byrds, among others. He even jammed with Jimi Hendrix once at a late night Northern Kentucky club following his Cincinnati show. Larry moved to Los Angeles to begin working as a tour manager for such artists as Randy Newman and Ry Cooder. He then took on an international tour for Isaac Hayes, which included the first-ever performances for mixed race audiences in South Africa. Following the tour, he accompanied Isaac and his band into the studio for his post-Shaft comeback album.
In the late ‘70s, Larry began working with Warner Bros. Records as an in-house tour manager for brand new artists, bringing professionalism to their staging, performance techniques and touring logistics. Those efforts led to a full-time position at WBR, first as National College Manager, then West Coast Artist Development Director and finally as VP of Artist Relations.
Larry spent the next 20+ years touring with an unrivaled roster of talent, winning a couple of PollStar Artist Development Executive awards along the way. In addition to guiding a touring field staff, he devised, cleared, funded and settled all artist tour support budgets while overseeing the tour marketing and promotion tours for the Warner Bros. and Reprise promotion and sales teams.
From there, Larry joined Bill Silva Management as General Manager where he coordinated the projects of the firm’s managers and artists. He also organized and ran Jason Mraz’s publishing during the wild run of “I’m Yours.” Simultaneously, he served as day-to- day manager for Silva client Robert Francis through his Atlantic Records signing and subsequent #1 single and touring success in Europe. In 2014, Larry concurrently took on the position of General Manager for The Artist Cooperative, an independent record label services company comprised of mostly former Warner Bros. and Reprise Records promotion and marketing executives. Larry now heads up his own Did It Music from the relative security and serenity of Nashville. He is also affiliated with ASCAP as a songwriter and music publisher. He has also accumulated 365 Musical Tips of the Day from rock stars he has encountered along the way regarding songwriting, recording, and performing, and he posts one a day on Twitter. You can follow him at @larryfromohio. Larry’s first book was one of advice and tips for songwriters, musicians and performers entitled The Twelve Lessons of Rock ‘N’ Roll (for Your Career and Your Life), which is available at Amazon/Kindle. The Lessons are based on experiences and events he witnessed while on the road with rock ‘n’ roll artists and bands. There’s even a chapter about being in the right place at the right time, with specifics about the Rolling Stones gig and the Jimi Hendrix jam.
His current book is THE SINGER/SONGWRITER BOOT CAMP RULE BOOK: 101 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF SUCCESS.The essence of the book is that nothing happens until you have created the
music, learned the craft of performance, and mastered the art of live entertainment. That’s what this book is all about. It is also available at Amazon in digital and print form at amzn.to/2o4osB8
Episode 11 - Ben Beelman (Peace Ambassador)
Episode 11 is with Ben Beelman aka Ben B The Truth. Ben is one of the most all-around positive people I have ever met. Originally from FL, Ben has gone on to do work in South Dakota with with Americorps , worked in the Caribbean with Peace Corps, is very active in the spoken word/poetry scene (at a national level), works as a substitute teacher at the High School he graduated from and works as a flight attendant as well. This guy has experienced so much in his life already and has such a vast understanding of the world in general. He is definitely an old soul and someone who is genuinely concerned about making this world a better place. It's all about the collective with Ben B and I can relate to that on a crazy level.
We get into how he developed this passion for helping others, how he maintains a positive mindset on a daily basis, what he thinks is working/going right in the world and much more. Super grateful to get some of Ben B's "Truth" on the mic. Thank you for all you do to Spread The Positive Ben!
Episode 12 - George Simpson (Northwest Exterminating)
This episode is with my close friend, George Simpson. George is a Business Development Executive for Northwest Exterminating. He is a great example (most of the time, like the rest of us) of what we are trying to high light on the podcast. George is passionate about his career and the company he represents. His team and people that work for him respect him on a crazy level, he's really good at making himself laugh (and the others around him), he has a level of integrity that is second to none and I am very grateful to call him my friend. Thank you for being on the podcast G and for all you do to Spread The Positive.
Episode 13 - Bracken Mayo (Murfreesboro Pulse)
This episode is with Bracken Mayo. He is the founder of the Murfreesboro Pulse. The Pulse is going on year 13 and has been a staple in the Murfreesboro community for the start. Bracken is passionate about creating meaningful, positive content highlighting what is going right in the community. Pretty obvious why he is such a great guest for the show. We speak on Bracken's upbringing, current life, "what is going right" and how he focuses on being a positive/optimistic person in general. Bracken does some really amazing things for this community. From quarterly drum circles where all walks of life come together to play music, to the publicity he gives to countless worthy causes happening right here in our backyard. Bracken, his family and the Murfreesboro Pulse are all great examples of what is going right in the world. We are looking into cross marketing with the Pulse on a more official level in the near future! Thank you for your time and what you do to Spread The Positive Bracken!
Episode 14 - Dr. James Dawes (Stones River Chiropractic)
This episode of the podcast is with Dr. James Dawes with Stones River Chiropractic here in Murfreesboro, TN. Dr. Dawes sheds some light on how he focuses on positivity in general, what he is doing in his current life, things/organizations he feels are aiding in "what is going right" and some ways to "reverse hack" feeling better physically/mentally from very simple changes in posture. Dr. Dawes is passionate about what he does and the value that he brings to his clients day to day life. I can also say he is one of the most ethical and genuine business people I have come across in some time. Just an all around great example of what Spread The Positive is looking to highlight more of. Big thanks to Dr. Dawes for his time and all he does to Spread The Positive.
Episode 15 - Tobias Maskell (Lifestyle Entrepreneur)
This episode of the podcast is with Tobias Maskell. A young entrepreneur who lives outside of Vancouver, British Columbia (second Canadian to the show - international.com log on)who is a really great example of everything this podcast is trying to highlight and showcase. Tobias provides content and coaching about developing a positive mindset, living a healthy lifestyle, smart financial decisions, advice on trading stocks and more. He is 27 years old but has a wealth of knowledge on many subjects. We discuss his upbringing, current life, "what is going right", tips on routines to create a more positive mindset and much more.
Tobias is a really sharp guy, that is doing super positive things for his community. Not only in his immediate community where he spends time volunteering with organizations that help the elderly, to building an online community where he directly has a positive impact on the lives of the people he works with on personal and financial level. Huge thank you to Tobias for his time, his patience with getting an international set up figured out and for all he does to Spread The Positive in general!
Episode 16 - OJ (Sincere-Universal) Beane (Educator/Wellness Coach)
This episode is a follow up from the inaugural test run episode with OJ "Sincere-Universal" Beane. OJ is one of the most genuinely great human beings I have come across. He has been working as a teacher with "at risk" youth since 1999 and is passionate about shaping the minds of the youth. We get into some of his backstory/childhood, some of his fundamental truths, how he focuses on finding the "good" in any situation and much more. To say OJ is an ambassador for everything we are about here at Spread The Positive is a huge understatement. OJ also has a really special bond with Ronde and Tiki Barber (NFL super star twins). We get into some of the really great things they have done on and off the field that are everything Spread The Positive as well.
I am super grateful to have crossed paths with this guy and appreciate him on a crazy level. A peaceful warrior that makes a super positive impact in the lives of people he works with in the classroom and in his day to day interactions with friends, acquaintances and strangers. We are looking into having a recurring version of podcast where the two of us co-host the episode and talk with guests. Keep an eye out for that.
Thanks for all you do to Spread The Positive OJ.
Episode 17 - Jennifer Durand (Nurture Nook Day Spa)
This episode is with Jennifer Durand, the owner/founder of The Nurture Nook Day Spa and Gift Shoppe in Murfreesboro, TN. Jennifer has been recommended by several people/guests of the podcast, after meeting with her and this conversation it is easy to see why. She is great example of everything Spread The Positive is about. Jennifer has an extensive background in beauty, health, wellness and is a licensed massage therapist. We speak about her background/upbringing, practices to maintain a healthy/positive mindset, being conscious of the energy around us/that we carry with us and much more.
Through her personal work and with her business Jennifer is a huge advocate for the Murfreesboro community. She helps out with countless charitable causes and The Nurture Nook provides a much needed, peaceful escape for thousands of people here in Murfreesboro. We could not recommend a place more if you need to recharge your batteries. The energy at The Nurture Nook is incredible and I felt better just being in the building. Go see them at The Nurture Nook.
I really enjoyed this conversation and look forward to future endeavors/collaborative efforts with Jennifer and The Nurture Nook. Thank you for all you do to Spread The Positive Jennifer!
Episode 18 - Ashley Cole (Social Worker/Trauma Educator)
This episode of the podcast is with Ashley Cole. Ashley is Social Worker that focuses on helping individuals going through serious trauma. From an early age Ashley has been passionate about helping others in the mental health field. She is also the sister of STP ambassador/previous guest on the podcast, Adam Cole. To say that both of these people have been influential in Spread The Positive happening and still being around today is an understatement. Ashley is an incredible example of everything we are looking to showcase on the podcast. She has great tips on how to maintain a healthy, positive mental attitude and the meaning of "Spread The Positive" that has formed for her through her time working in this field is really something special to hear about. It was a real pleasure having Ashley on the podcast and hope to have an episode or two (maybe even a segment) with the Cole siblings both being involved with a group session of the podcast. Thank you for all you do to Spread The Positive Ashley!
Episode 19 - Casey Rainey (Financial Advisor)
This episode is with Casey "Rainmaker" Rainey. A financial planner with Raymond James and ridiculously involved with so many causes here in Middle Tennessee, Casey is a textbook example of what we are looking to highlight on our show. One of my all time "Grateful 4's" is from 3 years ago when I was paired with Casey in a golf tournament at Old Fort Golf Club here in town. We had met briefly at a Murfreesboro Young Professional's function, but nothing too in depth. I am a firm believer you can really find out a lot about a person in one round of golf and I did that day for sure. Definitely remember that round very vividly. I was really blown away by the level of genuine concern he had to know about me, what I was involved with and how he could potentially help me in any way. He has certainly done more than he knows to help me personally, but also with some initial advice/guidance on how to approach STP here in Murfreesboro. Just a super stand up guy all around and someone I look up to on a pretty crazy level. Casey has a really impressive resume that would take a long time to cover fully. To put it briefly he has been very influential on the Board at United Way, he's the "Godfather" of Murfreesboro Young Professionals, he was recently named one of the "Top 20 Under 40" by Murfreesboro Magazine, his attire is always "GQ" official, really talented at the work he does and represents everything Spread The Positive stands for day in and day out. Really grateful for Casey being involve with the podcast, all of the support he has shown us up until this point and for all he continues to do to Spread The Positive! Thanks Casey!
Episode 20 - Joni Thomas (Health and Wellness Advocate/doTerra Essential Oils)
This episode of the podcast is with Joni Thomas who is a health and wellness advocate in Nashville, TN. Joni has an amazing story and definitely lives a life everything Spread The Positive is all about. We speak about her upbringing in New York City with a mother in show business, then moving to Ohio (having some interesting times there), to being here in Nashville very involved with the music industry as well as a very successful interior designer, to having a TV show, to her current job where she works with doTerra essential oils and more. A fellow ENFP (if you are familiar with Myers Briggs)and someone I personally relate to on a crazy level. This episode gets into how being positive is not always easy and how important it is to make a conscious decision on making focused efforts to be more optimistic, positive and hopeful overall. Joni has some amazing tips and really scientific facts on how to reverse hack being "happier". We also speak on how Joni was always drawn to the "outsider" type person that would often times not have the most friends or be part of the popular crowd. This is something I think we can all really take a second to consider and look to be better at. One of main themes with Spread The Positive, is a sense of acceptance/tolerance for everyone. Joni speaks on the importance of really trying to finding common ground with any and every one we come in contact with. By recognizing that we are all so similar with basically the same intentions for living a rewarding life, yet the labels and how we always have to pick a side on polarizing subjects cause us to lose sight of this and how it effects the "bigger picture".
Through her practice with doTerra oils and countless causes/organizations that she has been and is currently helping with Joni makes a positive impact on so many people here in Nashville and beyond. Lisa Harless (podcast guest #6) introduced Joni to the podcast/mission, (huge shout out to Lisa as always) and needless to say Joni was a big fan of the idea and wanted to be involved. This episode was needed and touches on many of the key components of what Spread The Positive is founded on. Looking forward to future endeavors with Joni and all of the amazing work she is doing. Huge thank you to Joni for all she does to Spread The Positive.
Spread The Positive Podcast - Episode 22 - Russ Hensley
Really awesome episode with Russ Hensley, a very talented "home improvement specialist" (much more than your average "Handyman" - we don't like labels) with his own company called, "Ranger Home Improvement". Russ served as an Army Ranger, has an incredible work ethic, is one of the most genuinely solid human beings I have come across and is certainly a great example of what we are looking to showcase on the Spread The Positive Podcast. Russ has a long history in construction and project management. He has been at it for a long time. Like roofing his parent's house when he was 10 years old BY HIMSELF. Insane. Russ has an amazing story, that we speak on and we also cover the typical STP subjects like, positive mindset tips, gratitude practices, what Russ thinks "is going right" in the world and more. Really grateful to have Russ on the podcast and for all he does to Spread The Positive!
Spread The Positive Podcast - Episode 23 - Shawn Coss and Michael Nemitz (Any Means Necessary Clothing)
****DISCLAIMER**** There is quite a bit of profanity in this episode, not really suitable for children (and beyond...use discretion with this episode). This one would have a parental advisory sticker on it...if that was a thing on podcasts. Official disclaimer in the intro to the podcast too. Real life subjects and traumatic experiences are brought up and both of these guys are brutally honest about how they operate.
This episode features Shawn Coss and Michael Nemitz. These guys have created a brand called, "Any Means Necessary". Coming in up in Akron, OH these guys have overcome some real adversity to create this brand. They are very honest and do not hold back when it comes to verbalizing how they really feel. Ha. Again quite a bit of cursing on this episode and quite a bit different than what we have been doing thus far on the podcast. This episode is a great example of how positivity can be found in many different ways. One of the main focuses of this podcast is for people to share any and everything they find positivity in. Although most of the art that is used for the clothing for "Any Means Necessary" is pretty "dark/gothic" they still have an overall mission of creating a culture of people that don't give up on life and will do what it takes to live the life that they want to. That is definitely STP all around. Both of these guys have had very, very difficult situations and life setbacks that have led them to where they are now in life. Another disclaimer is that there are some pretty traumatic experiences that are brought up in this conversation. This type of episode was needed, to show that even through some of the hardest situations you can draw up that both of these guys never gave up and are living their dream creating a clothing brand that represents everything they stand for. One of their main focuses through the building of AMN is to raise awareness for "Mental Health". They have donated thousands of dollars and have participated in countless events, fundraising, etc to help with efforts in the mental health field. Everything about these guys is really inspiring and we are definitely pulling for them with all that they are doing. Thanks again to Shawn and Michael for all they are doing to Spread The Positive. ****Listener discretion is advised.****
Spread The Positive Podcast - Episode 24 - Dimitri Schemel (Lighthouse Realty WNC - Keller Williams)
Wow. This episode gets at the heart strings hard. A longtime supporter of Spread The Positive, Dimitri Schemel, is a Realtor with Lighthouse Realty a team within Keller Williams in Asheville, NC that has a really incredible story. Including a recent life altering accident that has changed his life in a really positive way. I have reached out to Dimitri multiple times in the past about being involved with STP and even more recently to be a guest on the podcast. This is before all of this happened to him and we could never get to work out for one reason or another. After this accident a literal "second lease on life" Dimitri felt compelled to tell his story and how much it has made him appreciate life. He has always been a really stand up guy, that is very community oriented and is genuinely looking to make the world better than the way he found it. However, this experience has taking this all to a whole new level. The struggle and recovery process has not been easy but he is on the fast track to getting his life to an even better place than he was before. It's really an incredible story. This is definitely an episode that makes you think about what is really important, how quickly everything can change and to be grateful for all of the moments, positive or negative. Dimitri stresses the importance of looking for a positive in any situation. A pretty recurring theme on the show and something that is not always easy to do. I'm just really grateful for this episode period, because Dimitri is really lucky to still be here, let alone able to speak about how all of this has changed him for the better. This one is special. Follow Dimitri's Instagram (www.instagram.com/_dimitrihenry_) to recap all of the surgeries and see the continued improvement he is making. Huge salute to everything Dimitri has going now (and before the accident), from his real estate career, to being a "Big Brother" through Big Brothers Big Sisters, to helping with volunteer efforts with multiple organizations, to running multiple marathons/triathlons and much more this guy is definitely a "walking miracle" and he is not taking it for granted! Looking forward to future collaborative efforts. We definitely appreciate all the previous and continued support! Thank you for all you do to Spread The Positive Dimitri!
Spread The Positive Podcast - Episode 25 - Taylor Loyal (Second Harvest Food Bank)
This episode of the podcast is with Taylor Loyal with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. To anyone who is not familiar with Second Harvest (secondharvestmidtn.org) please do so. This organization does some really incredible work in Middle Tennessee and beyond. Taylor is one of the main people on the business development/operations side here in Rutherford County. His work is really inspiring and as you can hear from the podcast, his career is something that he is truly passionate about. His two main missions in life are to be the best Husband/Father he can be and to help as many people as he can, through his "career". It just so happens his career is based on reallocating perishable goods that would otherwise get thrown away and use them to feed people in need. This is a textbook example of what is "going right" in the world. Taylor's approach to not only his work but his life, in general, is everything we are about here at Spread The Positive. This was one of my favorite episodes that we have done so far. It is really refreshing hearing about initiatives and organizations like Second Harvest that are having such a positive impact on the community they serve. The numbers are ridiculous. Not to mention Taylor's story and way of delivering some of his points are just really awesome.
Please support Second Harvest any way you are able. We are looking into collaborative efforts that would benefit Second Harvest on a recurring basis, so please keep an eye out for all of that! Huge thank you to Taylor and everything he does to Spread The Positive!
Spread The Positive Podcast - Episode 26 - Beau Ash (Functional Fitness Coach/Yoga Instructor/Wellness Advocate)
This episode of the podcast is with Beau Ash a Functional Fitness Coach and Yoga Instructor in Phoenix, AZ and super awesome example of everything Spread The Positive. A mutual friend of ours (Tory) told me to reach out to Beau about being on the podcast and connecting in general. I am very grateful she did that. Beau has a really awesome story from growing up in a town with 800 people in it in North Dakota, to 10 years in the Air Force, to finding his passion for coaching others on their fitness journey it all has been really commendable. Beau has some great tips and routines that help him maintain a positive/optimistic mindset. I have already put some of them in place. We also speak on Beau's deep appreciation for hip-hop and the forever changing world that all of that encompasses. This is something I can personally relate to on a crazy level. We share that we have both been the bud of some jokes due to this love but it is something that we are both eternally #grateful4. There were several "slow clap" worthy moments from this one. Beau is just a really solid example of everything we are trying to showcase. If you are in the PHX area and need fitness instruction @yogihybrid is your guy. Looking forward to keeping in touch with Beau and all he has going on. Thanks again for being on the show and all you do to Spread The Positive.
Episode 27 - Troy Cheairs
This episode is with Troy Cheairs, owner of Legacy Ink Design. Troy is one of the most stand up individuals we have ever come across. His business sense and ability to create win-win scenarios is second to none. He has a servant’s heart and is passionate about making his impact on the local community and beyond a positive one. In this episode, we speak about Troy’s upbringing, some important people who shaped his approach to life, how he started Legacy Ink, what is “going right” and much more. We have some big plans in the works with Troy and everything that he has going. To say we align with pretty much everything he is about is an understatement. Extremely #grateful4 crossing paths with Troy and all he does to Spread The Positive!
Episode 28 - Mark Ezell (Purity Dairy/Dean Foods)
This episode of the podcast is with Mark Ezell. Mark is the Grandson of Miles Ezell who started Purity Dairy here in Nashville in 1950. Purity Dairy has been a staple in the Nashville/Middle TN community ever since. The Ezell family has done countless amounts of philanthropy and outreach efforts over the years. Mark has been directly involved with Purity and all of the philanthropic efforts while running the business side of everything for over 30 years. He has a real servant's heart, has been involved in countless efforts to help the local Nashville community and beyond. We speak on how Mark developed his mindset, how he focuses his efforts on helping the community, some really influential people who shaped his life and much more. Huge thank you to Mark for being on the podcast and all he does to Spread The Positive.
Episode 29 - Jen Poulson (Jen Poulson Consulting)
This episode of the podcast is with Jen Poulson. Jen is a truly gifted success and life coach. Her gift is in her ability to work with energy and thoughts at our subconscious level. Her website jenpoulson.com has some really great content and "praise" about how her coaching has helped countless people. I am very grateful to have crossed paths with Jen. She has helped me personally on a really crazy level. She genuinely cares about making society a better place for us all and a perfect example of what we are aiming to showcase on this podcast.
In the episode, we speak about Jen's upbringing, how she started with her consulting work, why she cares so deeply about helping people get through the hardest times of their lives, what is "going right" according to Jen, and much more.
Huge thank you to Jen for being on the show and all she does to "Spread The Positive".
Episode 30 - Jacob Martin (Artist/Singer/Songwriter)
This episode of the podcast is with Jacob Martin. From the about page on his website (jacobmartinband.com)...
"Jacob Martin’s relationship with music deepened at age 8 when he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Paralyzed from the waist down the Shriners Hospital provided critical care as Jacob battled this debilitating disease. While the Shriners helped him fight the physical battle he focused his emotional and mental energy on music. Lyrics from the Michael Card song Meditation / Baptism “ The deaf will hear, and the dumb will talk, The blind will see, and the lame will walk” played over and over in my head. It gave me the strength to physically pull myself up and begin to push through my recovery. Music has quite literally saved my life,” he professed."
Needless to say, Jacob has a really inspiring story and has overcome so much in his life. In addition to a successful music career, Jacob is also passionate about empowering children who have similar battles/obstacles that he has dealt with in the past. He has a "Bandtwango" campaign called "YES We Can" that he is currently promoting to raise money for a tour of children's hospitals around the country. He recently went to the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, KY to sing and hang out with the kids. Not a real spoiler alert but he said it was moving beyond words. Long story short, Jacob is just a really great human being that is utilizing a platform he has created through a ridiculous amount of hard work to encourage others that they can do the same thing and really anything is possible. Big shout out to Lisa Harless with Regions Bank (per usual) for the introduction and ultimately making all of this happen. Really #grateful4 crossing paths with Jacob and having him involved with the Spread The Positive Community. Thank you for being on the podcast and for all you are doing to Spread The Positive Jacob!
Episode 31 - Brent Loper (Artist/Singer/Songwriter)
The episode of the podcast is with singer, songwriter Brent Loper. We speak on how he focuses on maintaining a positive mindset, how he transitioned from being the "jock" to being an artist, how he is passionate about making a lasting impact with his music, and more. Brent is definitely a great example of everything we are looking to showcase on the podcast. He is very humble and a genuinely great person all around. It was a real pleasure getting to sit down and record with Brent. Huge thank you to Joni Thomas and Jen Poulson for the introduction and making this podcast happen! Shout out to Brent for being on the show and for all you do to Spread The Positive!
Episode 32 - Jim Furbush (Itex Nashville)
This episode of the podcast is with Jim Furbush. Jim is a Regional Executive with Itex Nashville, an online bartering system designed to help business owners offer their services and or products for "Itex dollars" to use for operating their business. Jim is definitely a great example of everything we are about here at Spread The Positive. In the episode we speak on Jim's upbringing, how his father really influenced him to focus on building relationships with people/genuinely caring about their wellbeing before the money, how he focuses on keeping a positive mindset in difficult situations and much more. It was a real pleasure speaking with Jim and hearing how he approaches life in general. I have crossed paths with Jim several times at networking events and you can tell that Jim is living his passion. Huge thank you to Jim for being on the podcast and all he does to Spread The Positive.
Episode 33 - Ryan Washington (Foresight Community/Foresight Fitness)
This episode of the podcast is with Ryan Washington. Ryan is a fitness instructor/wellness coach who started a nonprofit called "Foresight Community" (foresightcommunity.com). He is definitely a really solid example of what we are looking to showcase on the podcast. Community Foresight focuses on bringing fitness programs, tutoring, financial guidance and more to individuals from over 11 apartment complexes in the Nashville area. The work they are doing is really commendable and Ryan's big picture vision for his work is really inspiring. He is definitely making a positive impact on thousands of lives on a daily basis. That is something worth celebrating! Big thank you to Ryan for being on the podcast and all he does to Spread The Positive.
Epsiode 34 - Ladies Poppin Bottle Edition (Katie Boyce, Bethany Cardente, Kelly Prince and Robin Seay)
LADIES!!!! A little group session with the "Spread The Positive Party Planning Committee", Katie Boyce, Bethany Cardente, Kelly Prince and Robin Seay. We cover the usual STP podcast topics like, "what is going right", positive mindset tips and routines, grateful 4's, and more. All four of these ladies are really great examples of everything we are about here at Spread The Positive. The "poppin bottles ladies edition" definitely did not disappoint! Huge thank you to all of you for what you have done and continue to do help with Spread The Positive. This was a really fun episode! Some really memorable moments for sure! Thanks again ladies!!
Episode 35 - Sterling Gittens Jr. (Producedbyjr)
Really awesome episode of the podcast with Sterling Gittens Jr. Sterling AKA producedbyjr is a manager/producer in the music industry out of Atlanta. Sterling and his brother Will Gittens do really big things all around the world with their music. They are both passionate about making great music with a positive message. Definitely, everything we are about here at Spread The Positive. During the episode, we speak about Sterling's childhood and upbringing in Trinidad, how being the oldest of 6 kids shaped his mindset, what is "going right" in his world, positive mindset tips/routines and more.
Sterling has close ties to Endure Athletics so we definitely share our appreciation for all that Endure is doing. Shout out to Joel/Jeannie/Sam/Wyatt and the rest of the Endure squad for all they do!
Sterling also has dreams of opening a school to shape the lives of youth through music and real-life education in a positive way. This guy is really living the Spread The Positive lifestyle and making a positive impact in so many ways. Super grateful to have crossed paths and look forward to future collaborative efforts with Sterling in the future. Thanks for all you do Spread The Positive Sterling!
Episode 36 - Journey Button (Entrepreneur/Master's Student)
This episode of the podcast is with Journey Button. Journey is a former professional boxer/boxing coach and is currently working on finishing her Master's Degree in Quantitative Psychology at MTSU. Through her coaching and boxing career, she has developed some really strong, positive mindset tips and is a great example of everything we are about here at Spread The Positive. We speak about what is going right in Journey's world, how little positive gestures can go really far to brighten someone's day, her #grateful4, some tips and routines to maintain a positive mindset and much more. Huge thank you to Journey for being on the podcast and all she does to Spread The Positive. Really looking forward to future collaborative efforts with her in the near future!
Episode 37 - Raheem "Raheem Tha Dream" Holt (Actor/Comedian/Host)
This episode of the podcast is with the one and only Raheem (@_raheemthadream) Holt. This guy is on another level of funny and on his way to "superstardom". Really grateful for being able to have him on. Shoutout to Troy C with Legacy Ink Design for setting this one up. Raheem has some of the most contagious positive energy that we have come across. Raheem has already worked personally and shared a stage on National Television with his number 1 hero, the one and only Kevin Hart and basically just blowing up in every sense of the word. We speak on the typical "Spread The Positive" topics, like what is going right, how he maintains such a positive mindset, tips/routines on how he stays so motivated and some of the things he is most #grateful4. Really, really pulling for this guy. He is everything we are about here at Spread The Positive and so glad we were able to get him on the mic to speak his truth. Thank you for being on and all you do to "Spread The Positive" Raheem!
Episode 38 - Katy Robbins - (Rescue Lender/Activist/Event Planner)
This episode of the podcast is with Katy Robbins. Katy is a breast cancer survivor, loan officer, dog rescue advocate, event planner and more. Her story is really powerful and hearing all of it and how surviving cancer changed her life really puts things in perspective. She is a huge animal advocate and works closely with animal rescues in Middle TN. She does fundraising and event planning for multiple nonprofits and is just a really great example of what we are trying to showcase on this podcast. Katy has some really great tips/routines for maintaining a positive mindset/outlook on life, her appreciation for life is very refreshing and all of the positive endeavors she facilitates is very inspiring. Really grateful to have crossed paths with Katy. Looking forward to collaborating on some events in the future with her. Thank you for all you do to Spread The Positive Katy!
Episode 39 - Olga Alexeeva (Artist/Owner of "O Gallery")
This episode of the podcast is with Olga Alexeeva. Olga has an incredible story and is an artist/art teacher in Nashville, TN. She is very involved with the art community, she uses art to raise awareness for multiple nonprofits, healthy living, alternative medicines and all kinds of other endeavors that all embody Spread The Positive as a whole. She was born in Moscow. Russia where she went on to be a successful actress there and was able to come to America as a refugee. Being a single mom and trying to figure out the major cultural change here in the US Olga had to be very mentally tough to survive and did an incredible job providing for herself and her son. A really incredible story and now she is thriving with two art galleries in Nashville and an art studio on Nolensville Pike where she teaches art classes. Just a really great example of everything we are about here at Spread The Positive. We have big plans with Olga and everything she is doing to collaborate on doing what we do best, spreading positivity and efforts that are working towards a better collective community! Huge thank you to Olga for being on and everything she does to Spread The Positive.
Episode 40 - Lorenzo Washington (Jefferson Street Sound)
This episode of the podcast is with Mr. Lorenzo Washington. Lorenzo is the father of Ryan Washington with Foresight Community/Foresight Fitness who was on episode 33 of the pod. He has been in Nashville for 70 plus years and has a really incredible story. Starting a life of entrepreneurship at the age of 12, by working as a shoe shiner in downtown Nashville, Lorenzo has gone on to own restaurants, music studios, commercial cleaning businesses and more. His most recent project is the "Jefferson Street Museum". Jefferson Street has a rich history similar to Beale Street in Memphis and the museum/rehearsal hall preserves all of the legendary music and cultural influence that originated on Jefferson Street.
Do need to give a big shout out to our new co-host, Journey Button as well. This was our first episode with her being involved and she did an awesome job. Really pumped to have her help with the whole mission. The three of us speak about the typical Spread The Positive topics like "what is going right" according to Lorenzo, how he maintains a positive mindset, how he has overcome extremely difficult situations, how he cares so deeply for his community and more. This was a really awesome experience and we highly encourage all of our listeners to check out the museum. We look forward to future collaborative efforts with Lorenzo and really appreciate him being on the podcast. Big thank you to Lorenzo for all he does to Spread The Positive.
Episode 41 - Michelle Apples (Model/Actress/Influencer)
We got a new episode of the podcast with Michell Apples. Michelle is an actress, model, social media influencer and event planner out of Canada that is just an all-around great example of everything we are about here at Spread The Positive. We speak on topics like how she, keeps a positive mindset, "what is going right" according to Michelle, her #grateful 4, and more. With a big heart for helping others/her community and making a positive impact on anyone, she comes in contact with, it is easy to see why we wanted to have her on the podcast. Big thank you to Michelle for being on the podcast and everything she does to Spread The Positive.
Episode 42 - Ryan Rotundo (Special Education Teacher/Advocate/Entrepreneur)
This episode of the podcast is with the one and only Ryan Rotundo. Ryan works as a special education teacher in Weaverville, NC. Through a really special bond with his older sister, Nicole, who has Downs Syndrome, he has always been passionate about making a difference in the lives of people that are differently abled. He has done some truly incredible work in this field. We go over his really impressive resume and hear some incredible examples of "what is going right". He is just one of the most stand up individuals that we have ever come across. A father of three, business owner, advocate, super involved with his community/Church and works fulltime in special needs education. It's incredible how he does it all, so it's easy to see why we wanting to speak to him about typical Spread The Positive topics. We speak about "what is going right in his world", how he maintains a positive mindset, how he deals with difficult situations, his #grateful 4, and much more. This one was really overdue, considering we go back to 3rd grade and has been a "friend of the mission" since we started. Really glad we got it done. Huge thank you to Ryan for being on the show and all he does to Spread The Positive.
Episode 43 - Shannon Rizzo (Global Girl Life)
This episode of the podcast is with Shannon Rizzo. Shannon owns/operates a company called, "Global Girl Life" (globalgirl.life), does business planning/consulting, and is making a positive impact literally all around the world. With a really incredible story and a drive to create the life she knew she was destined to have, it is easy to see why we wanted to have her on the podcast. We definitely had one of those "supposed to happen" moments that brought us all together. A student of human connection, law of attraction, meditation, mindset practices, different cultures, and more Shannon has some amazing insight into what it takes to live a positive/impactful life.
Also, shout-out to Journey Button for being a co-host on this episode. She did an amazing job. Journey and Shannon definitely connected on a special level right out of the gate and we have big plans to collaborate with Shannon and her work in the near future. (What up Cuba?)
Really grateful to have crossed paths with Shannon and to hear her speak her truth on the Spread The Positive topics. The overall mission with Spread The Positive and Global Girl Life are ridiculously similar. We are going to do some big things together. Huge thank you to Shannon for being on the podcast and all she does to Spread The Positive.
Episode 44 - Weston Wax (Wax Family Printing)
This episode of the podcast is with Weston Wax, owner of Wax Family Printing. Weston is a third generation business owner of a family printing company in Murfreesboro, TN, father of three kids, married to his wife Mary, and is passionate about making a positive impact on his local community.
We speak about how he maintains a positive mindset and outlook, what is going right according to Weston, his Grateful 4 and much more. He has some really great insights on how to live a more positive life. Really grateful to have Weston on and look forward to doing more work with him and Wax Family Printing in the near future. Big thank you to Weston for being on the show and all he does to Spread The Positive.
Episode 45 - Alex Carter (Positive Motives Clothing)
This episode of the podcast is with Alex Carter, a screen printer/graphic designer and owner of a clothing brand called "Positive Motives" (positivemotivesclothing.com). The similarities of the overall mission of both "Positive Motives" and Spread The Positive are very, very similar. The tagline for "Positive Motives" is Spread Peace. Pursue Growth. That is really awesome and everything we are about here at Spread The Positive.
On the podcast, we speak about how Alex maintains a positive mindset, what sparked the mission of Positive Motives, future plans, "what's going right" according to Alex, his #grateful4 and much more. We connected on a private Facebook group that Dee Murthy (co-founder of Young & Reckless, Five Four, Menlo Club) started. We saw a post about a brand called "Positive Motives" so we obviously had to reach out. Really glad we were able to get Alex on the Pod and have some really cool collaborations in the works. Big thank you to Alex for being on the show and all he does to Spread The Positive.
Episode 46 - Ronnie Martin (First Bank- City Council)
This episode of the podcast is with Ronnie Martin. Ronnie is in commercial banking and was recently elected as a City Councilman in Murfreesboro, TN. A really stand up guy all around, very successful, focused and driven individual. His passion for making his community a better place is very inspiring and a great example of everything we are about here at Spread The Positive. We speak about how he developed his positive mindset, what inspired him to run for City Council, his #grateful4, future plans and much more. He operates with the utmost integrity and lives the phrase "Spread The Positive" better than most. Really grateful that he was willing to be on the podcast and to have him involved with our mission. Thank you for all you do to Spread The Positive Ronnie!
Episode 47 - Randy Allen (Habitat for Humanity)
This episode of the podcast is with Randy Allen. Randy is a long time Middle Tennessean that has been working to improve the lives of the residents in Rutherford County and surrounding areas for many years. He has worked as the Former Director of Community Impact at United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties and now is the Director of Strategy and Philanthropy with Habitat for Humanity (Rutherford County). We speak about how he has developed his passion for serving his community, how he maintains a positive outlook in difficult situations, his #grateful4 and much more. The work Randy is doing through Habitat and their efforts are truly commendable. He is definitely an amazing example of everything we are looking to showcase on the podcast. Very thankful to have the opportunity to have Randy on and to have him involved with our overall mission. Thank you for all you do to Spread The Positive Randy.
Episode 48 - (Traci Lawson)
This episode of the podcast is with Traci Lawson. Traci is a Realtor for Scout Properties and has always been passionate about working with at risk youth. She is very involved with Preston Taylor Ministries here in Nashville and is just a great example of everything we are about here at Spread The Positive. She is very optimistic, positive, bubbly, kind, caring, and has a servant's heart for sure. Traci has some really great insight to the typical podcast topics. She has some awesome examples of how to maintain a positive mindset and how to overcome difficult situations. We speak about positive affirmation apps and afformations as well. Some really cool examples of how she uses affirmations/afformations to manifest the life she wants. Looking forward to future collaborative efforts with Traci. Thank you so much for being on Traci and all you do to Spread The Positive.
Episode 49 - Jessica Harrel - (Reed & Associates/Community Activist)
This episode of the podcast is with Jessica Harrell. Jessica works as a financial planner and is very involved with countless community outreach efforts within her church and other organizations. She is passionate about making a positive impact with everything she does. We have been fortunate to be involved with some of the events and initiatives that Jessica has created. She is the creator of the first "Fearless and Fabulous" event. This event was for ladies in the Murfreesboro community to come together, get dressed up, listen to some amazing speakers, celebrate each other and encourage all participants to live a "Fearless and Fabulous" lifestyle. We did the "Red Carpet Recap" where we spoke to attendees on their way out. 100% of people who spoke to us said they were leaving feeling very inspired and uplifted. Basically everything we are about. In addition, her family has been doing a food ministry for the past 28 years where they feed an average of about 100 people per month. We were involved with the "Turkey Drive" that she has been involved with for many years at her church. We were able to speak with people in the community that need help and giving them food for the Thanksgiving holiday. It was a really rewarding experience. Jessica is constantly looking for opportunities to serve and make a positive impact.
On the podcast we speak about how she maintains a positive mindset and what is "going right" according to Jessica and much more. She is just a really great all around example of what we are looking to showcase on the podcast.We will definitely be involved with future endeavors Jessica is putting together. Huge thank you to Jessica for being on the podcast and all she does to Spread The Positive!
Episode 50 - P.O. Box Monthly Episode 2
This episode of P.O. Box Monthly features positive news stories from 2018, future endeavors for Spread The Positive as a podcast and company, and shoutouts to previous and future guests of the show. Submit your ideas for next months show on our website at www.spreadthepositive.net/p-o-box-monthly. Any positive news, random acts of kindness, examples of "what's going right", dog pictures, etc.
Journey and Trent
Episode 51 - Chawn Bracey (@chawngoodie - Motivator Music)
This episode of the podcast is with Chawn Bracey AKA @chawngoodie with a company called "Motivator Music". Really positive, uplifting, motivating content creator that is a huge proponent of everything we are about here at Spread The Positive. Chawn has a really awesome story and has overcome some really difficult situations that has led him to create "Motivator Music". Chawn has worked with motivational speakers from around the world and helped them spread their message to wider audiences. We speak about how he got into content creation, some really crazy stories about getting stranded in Miami, how he maintains a positive mindset/outlook on life, what is going right in his world, and much more. Chawn has helped us with some content creation and we are working on some other projects to help promote what we are doing with Spread The Positive with all he is doing with Motivator Music. Super grateful to have crossed paths with Chawn and look forward to working with him on future collaborations. Big thanks for him being on the podcast and all he does to Spread The Positive!
Episode 52 - Cristina Taddonio (Artist)
This episode of the podcast is with Cristina Taddonio, a musician, artist, and overall inspirational figure. Her story is really amazing. She has overcome so much and still maintains such a positive and optimistic outlook on life. From being born in Nepal, to bouncing around from country to country with her mother being a missionary, ending up having to escape from a dangerous evangelical crazy ministry place where women and children were not safe, and was then able to move to America. She has had two very extensive back surgeries that sound like the most painful thing of all time. Eventually she made basically a full recovery and was able to pursue her passion of making music and art. She is passionate about making a positive impact on anyone she comes in contact with and genuinely cares for all walks of life. Just a really great example of everything we are about here at Spread The Positive. Olga Alexeeva (guest number 39)introduced Cristina to us and suggested that she should be on the podcast. Very grateful that she did that. Cristina's story is very inspirational and all of the stuff she has overcome is truly incredible. We cover all of the usual topics of the podcasts and she delivers some real gems. Be sure to check it out and share with your friends! Big thank you to Cristina for being on and all she does to Spread The Positive!
Episode 53 - Sunny Bray (Catalyst Collective/Network Under 40)
This episode of the podcast is with the one and only Sunny Bray. Sunny is the founder of Network Under 40 in Nashville and has recently launched another company called, Catalyst Collective (catalystcollective.co). She is passionate about connecting people, building meaningful relationships, and leveraging these connections to make a positive impact on the community. Pretty much everything we are about. Network Under 40 is a really successful networking chapter here in Nashville that has a great reputation for helping people connect both professionally and on a personal level as well. We have made some really amazing contacts from these events and highly recommend anyone in the Nashville area to attend these meet ups. In addition to Network Under 40, Sunny recently launched her company, Catalyst Collective. The mission of Catalyst Collective is very, very similar to the overall mission of what we are doing with Spread The Positive. Catalyst Collective is a one-stop-shop for non-profits to get help with fundraising, marketing, website development, and other resources for the them to continue the amazing work they are doing. We are super excited to see everything that comes from the work Catalyst Collective is going to be doing. Basically the whole "Showcasing and Facilitating what is going right" aspect of Spread The Positive is everything Catalyst Collective is doing. It's very inspiring and such a great example of everything we are about here at Spread The Positive.
On the pod we speak about Sunny's story/what led her to create Catalyst Collective, tips/routines for how she maintains a positive mindset, "what is going right" in her world, her #grateful4 and much more. It was really awesome speaking with Sunny about the usual podcast topics and much more. We are beyond grateful to have Sunny as an advocate for what we are doing. There are countless opportunities for collaborations that we are hoping to make happen with Catalyst Collective. Please check their website and social media platforms for updates on everything they are working on. They are doing big things and can't wait to see what it turns into. As always huge thank you to Sunny for being on the pod and all she does to Spread The Positive.
Episode 54 - Jerremy Alexander Newsome (Real Life Trading)
This episode of the podcast is with Jerremy Alexander Newsome. Jerremy has a really incredible story and is the owner/operator of a company called "Real Life Trading". From a really humble beginning that was very difficult and to a certain extent impoverished, to being the owner an extremely successful company that has allowed him to be financially free to do "whatever he wants" his story is really inspiring.
The mission of RLT is simply "to enrich lives". This sums up Jerremy in a nutshell really well. He is passionate about helping people live the best life they possibly can. He does that by teaching people how to understand money and invest it wisely in proven stock market trading practices. Jerremy is also involved with community outreach efforts and does a lot of philanthropic work. He makes inspirational content, encourages people to learn through book recommendations, and overall has a really positive impact on numerous people's lives. He has some really insightful points on the typical podcast topics and is genuinely a super positive, optimistic guy. Very grateful to have Jerremy involved with Spread The Positive and look forward to working with him on future collaborations.
Episode 55 - Michael and Nancy Davis (The Nicholas Foundation)
This episode of the podcast is with Michael and Nancy Davis. They are the founders of a non-profit organization in Murfreesboro, TN called "The Nicholas Foundation" (nicholasfoundationboro.org). The foundation is named after Nancy's late brother Nicholas who was passionate about serving at-risk youth. Michael and Nicholas had conversations about setting up a non-profit to serve before he passed and now Michael and Nancy have officially launched the dream that Nicholas had. They have a program where the mentor at-risk youth through programming in elementary schools. Meeting with kids first thing in the morning at school to set the tone for the rest of the day. Such an awesome concept that is making a really positive impact on the lives of these children!
"Pastor Mike" is also a counselor at a Juvenile Detention Center here in Middle TN as well. Both Michael and Nancy are changing lives in a positive way through their work. It is really inspiring how they live their life based on Faith and doing what they have "been called" to do. Definitely a great example of "what is going right" and working to build up the community they serve.
Michael and Nancy both have some really great insight on the usual Spread The Positive topics, like how to maintain a positive mindset, some great examples of "what is going right", gratitude practices, and much more. Very grateful to have crossed paths with Michael and Nancy and definitely want to continue to showcase and facilitate the work they are doing! Thank you both for being on the podcast and all you do to Spread The Positive!
Check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and their website.
Episode 56 - Kelli Beam (Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce)
This episode of the podcast is with Kelli Beam. Kelli is the Vice President of Membership with the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. She is an amazing example of everything Spread The Positive. Extremely involved with the community, she is passionate about helping people/businesses, and she just radiates positivity on a really crazy level.
Kelli has some really great insights into the typical Spread The Positive topics and drops some real gems on how she is able to maintain such a positive outlook on life.
Very grateful for Kelli being on the podcast. She definitely lives out the overall mission of Spread The Positive better than most. Huge thank you for her being on and all she does to Spread The Positive.
Epsiode 57 - Becky Lanham (Entrepreneur/Community Outreach Specialist)
This episode of the podcast is with Becky Lanham. A serial entrepreneur that is passionate about making a difference in the community. From an early age, Becky has been passionate about helping others and is one that has a gift for proactively serving people in need. She runs several successful businesses (The Warehouse, Dance Murfreesboro, The Remington Room), is a diplomat with the Rutherford Chamber of Commerce, she operates a website called Volunteer Rutherford, and has served with the Kiwanis club for over 20 years. All the work she does not only as an entrepreneur but also in community outreach efforts is truly commendable and inspiring. We are very grateful to have Becky as an advocate for what we are doing and all she has done to help us with Spread The Positive so far. Thank you for being on all you do to Spread The Positive!
Episode 58 - Jonathan Larry (Upliff)
This episode of the podcast is with Jonathan Larry. Jonathan is a Senior Marketing and Research Director for the Economic Development Partnership of South Carolina and is the founder of a company called "Upliff" (upliff.com). All of the work Jonathan is doing definitely falls in the category of "what is going right" in the world. From finding job opportunities and helping his community prosper financially through his work in Economic Development to creating a company that showcases strictly positive/uplifting content through his work with Upliff Jonathan is definitely a great example of everything we are about here at Spread The Positive.
I highly encourage everyone to check out Upliff and all of the amazing content they are doing around positive, uplifting, and inspiring content. The overall mission of Upliff and what we are doing with Spread The Positive are very, very similar. They have a video series called, "What's good" that is highlighting and showcasing the type of content we are looking to speak about on the Spread The Positive Podcast. Really grateful to have crossed paths with Jonathan and for him taking the time to be on the podcast. We are definitely looking forward to future collaborations and continuing to make real, positive content more prevalent in today's media. Thank you for being on and all you do to Spread The Positive Jonathan!
Episode 59 - Jen Du Plessis (International Speaker, Coach, & Author)
This episode of the podcast is with international speaker and coach Jen Duplessis. Jen has an incredible story and has achieved some really amazing feats in her 35-year career as a mortgage lender. From very humble beginnings, overcoming some very difficult times with her family life, to becoming extremely successful in basically anything she has attempted it is all very inspiring. Her coaching and speaking work is changing the lives of thousands of people. She is a published Author and recently released her book "Launch - How to Take Your Business to New Heights" that is doing really well. She also has her own podcast called "Mortgage Lending Mastery" where she speaks with people in real estate and mortgage lending! Just a really focused, super successful individual. Definitely, a great example of everything we are about here at Spread The Positive.
Jen has some really great insight on the typical Spread The Positive topics. Check out the full episode to hear all of the gems she drops. Huge thank you to Jen for being on the podcast and all she does to Spread The Positive.
Episode 60 - Joel Laird (Entrepreneur/Leadership & Professional Development Guru)
This episode of the podcast is with Joel Laird. Joel runs a very successful Insurance Agency in Murfreesboro, TN and is just an all-around great example of everything we are about here at Spread The Positive. He operates his business with very high integrity and is passionate about serving his clients in a way that is most beneficial for them. Joel has achieved some of the most distinguished awards and highest levels of success within his profession. With very successful operations in Montana, LA and now in Middle TN Joel is consistently achieving high levels of success and building meaningful relationships with his team members and clients. He has some really great insight on the usual podcast topics. From tips and routines on how to maintain a positive mindset, to ways of focusing on outcomes you want to happen, to great examples of what is "going right" in the world and much more. We are very grateful to have Joel as an advocate and member of "The Network" within Spread The Positive.
Episode 61 - Ryan Horony (The Fox & Goat Coffee Company, Veteran and much more)
This episode of the podcast is with Ryan Horony. Ryan is a really remarkable individual that has done some truly incredible things in his life. From being on a submarine for the Navy, to being on the front lines leading troops in Afghanistan, to working with legislators to help at-risk youth have better access to computer literacy, to even being a teacher of a "positive philosophy" curriculum developed by the University of Pennsylvania and the US Army to help soldiers/vets and much more, Ryan is an amazing example of everything we are looking to showcase here at Spread The Positive. When folks like Ryan say, "That was awesome. I feel so good" after doing a podcast with us it makes it really clear as to why we do this. Even if we have zero listens to this episode it is really awesome giving folks like Ryan a chance to share their story/why they believe spreading positivity is important! Ryan's newest endeavor "The Fox and Goat Coffee Company" has a really amazing story too! Check them out on all social media platforms. @foxandgoatcoffee. This one really hit home on why Spread The Positive exists. Ryan's story and why he has done all he has is ultimately for the "greater good" in one way or another. It's super commendable all he is done and his outlook on life after everything he has been through. He has some really great insight on the usual topics of the pod too. Big thank you to Ryan for being on the podcast and all he does to Spread The Positive.
Episode 62 - Dr. Jae Histon and Coach Scott Oatsvalle (Transformation Life Centers)
This episode of the podcast is with two really amazing individuals that are changing the world of healthcare for the better. Dr. Jae Hitson and Dr. Scott Oatsvalle (Coach Scott) are the founders of "Transformation Life Center" in Murfreesboro, TN. TLC is a holistic approach to healthcare and wellness that starts at a cellular level. They both are passionate about helping people live a healthy and impactful life. Coach Scott has worked with over 6,000 people here in Middle TN alone helping people lose weight, get off medications, and completely change their lives for the better. Dr. Jae has some incredible results with all of the work she has been doing on the neurology/physical health level as well. They are quite the dynamic duo and are bringing all of their experience and skills together under one roof to create a revolutionary approach to health care. A completely holistic and scientifically proven method for people to live the best life they can. We are releasing this episode of the podcast on the day of the grand opening of "Transformation Life Center". Super excited for both Coach Scott and Dr. Jae as they launch this amazing concept. They are going to change the heath game world in a way that has been needed for a really long time.
Both Dr. Jae and Coach Scott have some amazing insights on the typical Spread The Positive topics, like maintaining a positive mindset, gratitude practices, and some awesome examples of "what is going right" in the world.
So excited for Dr. Jae and Coach Scott as they begin this endeavor. We are huge advocates for everything Transformation Life Center has going and aiming to do. Check them out at www.transformationlifecenters.com.
As always huge thank you to both Dr. Jae and Coach Scott for being on and all they do to Spread The Positive.
Episode 1 - Global Girl Life Series - (Aireka Harvell)
This is the first episode of the Global Girl Life series on the podcast. Shannon Rizzo and Trent Denson are teaming up to bring light to women around the world that are doing amazing work in their communities and beyond. We are releasing this first episode of the series on International Women's Day so really fitting to be speaking with amazing ladies that are making a positive impact around the world. The first episode is with Aireka Harvell. Aireka is a serial entrepreneur, published author and inspirational speaker and is a really awesome example of everything we are about here at Spread The Positive. She has been developing a mobile app/platform called "nodat". This app allows you to leave reviews about positive experiences people have at local establishments here in middle TN. There is also a reward/loyalty element involved with the app as well. Her book is called, "Find The Beauty In Your Now". Everything about being mindful and grateful for where you are now in your life. You can find it on Amazon and other online book platforms. As you can see there are several parallels with Aireka's philosophies that align with Spread The Positive and Global Girl Life.
We also speak about positive mindset tips, what is "going right" in the world according to Aireka, her "grateful 4" and much more. Shannon has some really great insight on the typical Spread The Positive topics too. Shannon was on the podcast several months ago and had some real gems then too. Both of these ladies live out the core principles of Spread The Positive better than most. Shouts to both of them for all they do and for being on the podcast!
Episode 63 - Christy Brooks (LIVEmpowered)
This episode of the podcast is with Christy Brooks. Christy is the founder of a nonprofit in Nashville called LIVEmpowered. They are doing some really incredible work and changing the lives of young people and the lives of community leaders (school counselors, teachers, etc)as well. Christy has a really amazing story and her passion for helping others who are struggling with mental health issues is really commendable. LIVEmpowered is in 14 schools in the Greater Nashville area and they do workshops and conferences all over the country bringing light to the issues young people are facing dealing with mental health. Very grateful to connect with Christy. The work they are doing is really needed in this day and age. The passion she has for the work she does is truly inspirational. Please check out all they are doing at www.livempowered.org. Huge thank you to Christy for being on the podcast and all she does to Spread The Positive.
Episode 64 - Patrice Turek (Entrepreneur, Chamber Diplomat, Connector)
This episode of the podcast is with Patrice Turek. Patrice is an extremely great example of everything we are about here at Spread The Positive. She has been involved in the gymnastics coaching/consulting world, ran her own facility for years, and is now running her own business/team in skincare. She has been a diplomat for the Rutherford County of Commerce for several years and is the organizer of a networking group she has started called "Ignite". She is really passionate about making a positive impact on the community she lives in. We cover the typical Spread The Positive topics like, tips and routines for maintaining a positive mindset, what is "going right" according to Patrice, her #grateful4, and more. Really grateful to have Patrice as an advocate for Spread The Positive. She lives out the core principles of Spread The Positive better than most. As always huge thank you to Patrice for being on the podcast and all she does to Spread The Positive.
Episode 65 - Wayne Faust (Clinical Psychologist/Author of 300 Billion to One)
This episode of the podcast is with Wayne Faust. Wayne is a clinical psychologist and the Author of the Book "300 Billion To One". Here is a brief description of the book.
"300 Billion to One is an inspirational book for all ages. A Clinical Therapist loses his own motivation to live after the passing of his beloved wife. He regains it after God sends back his wife to visit him two weeks after she passed to help him move forward again. Recognizing that the experience with simple odds could be explained away by non-believers, he thanked God, wrote the odds in his grief journal and asked God to not let him forget the experience a week, month or year from now. God answered with a series of interventions within minutes. A former neighbor came to his home while he was praying this prayer of thanks. He greeted her and she related to him her dream recounting the exact experience the SAME night BEFORE hearing his story! A series of interventions continued to keep his hope high and his faith strong. 300 Billion to One shows the foresight and love of God to transcend time and begin answering our prayers before we even pray them. This documented series of miraculous interventions provides an insight into the mind of God-how he thinks about us, loves us and wants to give us sustained hope until we meet Him on the other side. 300 Billion to One will forever change the way you think about the character and magnitude of God's love for us."
Wayne's story of not losing hope and wanting to help others through their difficult times is a great example of everything we are about here at Spread The Positive. Big thanks to him for being on the podcast and all he is doing to Spread The Positive.
Episode 66 - Ozzy Nelson & Ariana Vanderburgh (Mayday Brewery)
This episode of the podcast is with Ozzy Nelson (Owner) and Ariana Vandenburgh (VP of Experience) with Mayday Brewery. Proud to have them as members of our network we are building. Both of these individuals are amazing examples of everything we are about with Spread The Positive. Mayday is located in Murfreesboro, TN. Both of Ozzy's daughters (Ashlee and Kelsey) work for Mayday as well. One of Ozzy's #grateful4 is having his family involved with running the brewery. They are family owned/operated and are very involved with community outreach efforts, assisting with fundraising opportunities/causes that benefit people in need and even provide a place for local artists/bands to perform! Mayday is a huge advocate and fan of live local music. They have live music all throughout the month and really do a lot to support the local music scene.
Community outreach, local music scene advocates and they brew delicious beer for people to enjoy...there is quite a bit of positivity to be found in all of that!
Ariana and Ozzy both have some great insights into the usual podcast topics. They have some really great examples of "what is going right", tips on maintaining a positive mindset and much more. Be sure to check them out on social media (@maydaybrewery) and at maydaybrewery.com. Big thanks to Ozzy and Ariana for being on the pod and all they do to Spread The Positive.
Episode 67 - Ellie Ivancich (Coach and Morgan Stanley)
This episode of the podcast is with Ellie Ivancich. Ellie is a former volleyball player for Belmont University that now works as a financial planner for Morgan Stanley and is a volleyball coach for a 13-year-old AAU travel team. She definitely is a great example of everything we are looking to showcase on the Spread The Positive podcast. She has a very optimistic and positive outlook on life in general and is passionate about helping others. Through her works as a coach, she is able to help her players learn the importance of teamwork and how far volleyball can take someone in life. Ellie definitely has a contagious energy that brings out the best in people. She is involved with the Nashville Junior Chamber and does a lot of community outreach work. Again just a great example of what we are looking to showcase on the pod. She has some really great insight into the typical topics of the podcast. Including how to maintain a positive mindset, some great examples of what is going right, a really awesome #gratefu4 and much more!
Big thanks to Ellie for being on the pod and all she does to Spread The Positive!
Episode 68 - Dani Dyer (Dani D Fitness)
This episode of the podcast is with the one and only Dani Dyer of Dani D Fitness. A certified personal trainer, a body positive activist, and a great example of Spread The Positive in general. Dani has a really amazing story and has done some really amazing things with her most recent endeavor of starting her own fitness company. She is also a brand ambassador for several businesses including Float Nashville/Float Alchemy. She is literally doing the overall mission of Spread The Positive every day with her classes and motivational content that she puts on social media. She has some great insights to the usual podcast topics. Great tips on how to maintain a positive mindset, some awesome examples of "what is going right", awesome #grateful4 and much more. Dani is very inspirational, very philanthropic/community oriented, very hardworking and making a positive impact on a major level by doing something that she is passionate about. That is everything Spread The Positive.
Be sure to check out her website and follow her on social media...
As always huge thank you to Dani for being on the podcast and all she is doing to Spread The Positive!
Episode 69 - John Danes (The No Excuses Show/99 Media)
This episode of the podcast is with John Danes. John is a serial entrepreneur, podcast host, business owner, and more. He has featured some of the biggest names in the entrepreneurs in the world on his podcast, "The No Excuses Show". He is sharing the stage with the likes of Casey Adams, Brodie Kern, and more at Netcon in New York City on April 14th. He is also only 19 years old. It's really impressive how focused and locked in this guy is. John has some really great insights on the typical podcast topics. Really pumped to see all that comes from the multiple endeavors John is working on. Check out "The No Excuses Show" anywhere you listen to podcasts and give him a follow on Instagram - @johnmdanes. Thanks for being on the podcast and all you do to Spread The Positive.
Episode 2 of the Global Girl Life Series w/Shannon Rizzo (Sheyla Paz)
This is the second episode of the Global Girl Life series of the podcast with Shannon Rizzo of Global Girl Life and a very special guest, Sheyla Paz. Sheyla has an amazing story and is definitely living out the core principles of Spread The Positive on a crazy level. Sheyla has a passion for music, travel, and people. She has done media production, been a tour guide to destinations all over the world and has a contagious very happy energy that is everything we are about here at Spread The Positive. Just a really awesome example of what we are looking to showcase on the podcast. Shannon with Global Girl Life has some amazing insights as well. We are really grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Shannon and the culture she is building with her mission. If you are looking for consulting and mentorship for a new business be sure to check out globalgirl.life and get hooked up with Shannon. She is really good at what she does! As always thanks for being on the podcast ladies and thank you for all you do to Spread The Positive.
Episode 70 - April Kirby (Crest Coffee House)
This episode of the podcast is with April Kirby. April is the founder/operator of Crest Cafe, a donation based coffee shop in Nashville, TN. This excerpt is taken from the Crest Cafe website (crestcoffeehouse.com) that explains it much better than I can...
"We are Nashville’s first donation based coffee house providing a unique take on the traditional coffee scene by using locally roasted artisanal coffee and espresso to change our community one sip at a time. 90% of the profit goes directly to the community, additionally each quarter we partner with a missional organization to help raise both awareness and funds for causes in Nashville and beyond. Our goal is to brew more than just good coffee, we want to brew up change and community too.
WHAT EXACTLY IS DONATION BASED?
It is exactly what it sounds like-- instead of telling you the price of your coffee, tea, etc you tell us. Give what you can/ what you feel. We want CCH to be a place where EVERYONE feels welcome and where we make a difference. 100% of our profits go straight back to making positive changes in Nashville. So come on, join us in making a difference, all you have to do is order a coffee."
It is easy to see why April and her mission aligns so well with everything we are about here at Spread The Positive. April has a really incredible story that led her to start Crest Cafe. She has a servant's heart and is passionate about making a difference in her community and beyond. She is definitely a really great example of everything we are looking to showcase on this podcast.
April has some really great examples of "what is going right", applicable tips on maintaining a positive mindset and much more on the typical podcast topics.
Big thanks to April for being on the podcast and all she is doing to Spread The Positive.
Please check out Crest Cafe of Instagram @crestcafenashville and at their location off Wedgewood in Nashville at 1601 Martin St. Nashville, TN.
Episode 71 - Abdou Kattih and Sarah Alzabet (Murfreesboro Muslim Youth)
This episode of the podcast is with Abdou Kattih and Sarah Alzabet with Murfreesboro Muslim Youth. This organization does a tremendous amount of outreach efforts and is passionate about making a positive impact on the community. They do community events like "Love Your Neighbor". There are quarterly meet ups where they have a potluck dinner that is open to anyone in the community. The whole mission is to bring people from different walks of life together to spend time with one another and learn about different cultures. Something we are definitely about here at Spread The Positive, finding that common ground and being accepting of people that don't believe the same things you do.
Murfreesboro Muslim Youth is currently wrapping up a project they dedicated to the 50 victims of the New Zealand mass shooting that happened recently. It is called 50 for 50They are doing 50 acts of kindness for each person that lost their lives in the attack. From raising funds and resources for local nonprofits like "Murfreesboro Cold Patrol" to planting 50 trees along the greenway to honor the victims. This group of young people is being the change they want to see in the world.
The numbers speak for themselves...over 2,500 hours of community service, 3,000+ meals served to people in need, 3,000+ schools supplies raised for students who need them, and much more. MMY is definitely a great example of "what is going right" in the world. Abdou and Sarah both have some really great insights on the typical STP topics. Very grateful for all they are doing to help the community here in Middle TN and beyond. Thank you for being on the podcast and all you do to Spread The Positive. Check them out on social media and their website (www.murfreesboromuslimyouth.org).
We are always looking for guests to be on the podcast or any other potential collaborative efforts. Thank you to everyone who has been involved so far. Any tips, ideas, suggestions or any other form of feedback is highly encouraged and very welcomed!