Episode 20 – with Georgia Woodbine

Georgia Woodbine is a noted Change Agent, Author and Lifestyle Transformation Coach, as well as a Public Speaker. She has been featured in media outlets such as; The Daily News, Huffington Post, Rolling Out Magazine, The Journal News and Amsterdam News, 103.9FM, 98.7Kiss FM, Power 104.4FM and Sirius Radio XM. She has been a guest speaker at The Learning Annex, Time Warner Cable, Columbia University, Stony Brook University, Rutgers University, Howard University, Medgar Evers College, Monroe College, Georgian Court University, as well as a long list of other network organizations. She has also authored several books.  

For many years, the author of Total BS (Body and Soul), Georgia Woodbine’s body went through a series of physical and emotional difficulties. There were many days and nights when she found herself doubled over in pain and feeling like her appendix was bursting. The pain was excruciating, and nothing would relieve it. After seeing various doctors, she was finally diagnosed with grapefruit size Fibroids and had to undergo intensive surgery to remove them. Going through this ordeal empowered her to be an active advocate for women’s health. She is passionate about helping people discover their Why and find their full potential.  

  •  How do you find a meaningful daily purpose? 
  • What is the mission statement of your life?
  • How can you align with your Creator and serve other people in a life-giving way?  

Episode 19 – with Lee Rankinen

Lee Rankinen started his career focused on the sports industry, working with the Philadelphia Eagles. He quickly realized that he wanted to be an entrepreneur. Shortly thereafter he attended Pepperdine University where he befriended his now business partner, Justin Malik, and earned his MBA. Lee’s passions include personal development, health, finance, and building businesses. He spends the majority of his time outside of work with his wife (Joc Marie of Optimal Relationships Daily) and son. They love to travel and explore as frequently as possible as a family.

Optimal Living Daily was created as a passion project, wanting to create a business that would offer much more fulfillment. We were always discussing our interest for personal development and minimalism and wanted to create a side project in that space; Justin thought it would be an interesting idea to curate and read the best blog content that we could find with author permission. They have launched four other shows since then and have had over 50 million downloads.

  • What is the life of an entrepreneur like?
  • What are you learning and motivated to develop?
  • What is the why underneath our choices and behaviors?

Episode 18 – with Matthew Del Negro

Matthew Del Negro is a well-known actor who has played a wide range of roles in features, television and theater, including ABC’s “Scandal”, HBO’s “The Sopranos”, NBC’s “The West Wing”, Showtime’s “The United States of Tara”, MTV’s popular “Teen Wolf and, now, “Goliath” on Amazon’s Prime Video with Billy Bob Thornton.  Continue reading “Episode 18 – with Matthew Del Negro”

Episode 17 – with Marya Hornbacher

Marya Hornbacher is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. Marya is the recipient of a host of awards for her books, journalism, essays, and poetry. Shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for her first book, Marya has spent a prolific twenty-odd years writing and teaching across genres. She was recently honored with the Annie Dillard Award in Creative Nonfiction.

A deep and heartfelt conversation about self-reliance, not knowing what to believe, recovery from alcohol, trying to sort through if God exists, and dreaming what it would be like to receive God’s love.

  • How do you navigate the unknown?
  • What are your deepest longings?
  • What does it look like for two people to disagree about faith and love each other?
  • How does faith inspire and energize?

Episode 16 – with Jessica Rasdall

Jessica Rasdall is a Motivational Speaker, Best Selling Author, Public Speaking Strategist and the host of The Creative Speaker Podcast. Jessica has shared her story of turning her “mess into a message” for over twelve years and has been featured on major international media outlets such as ABC’s 20/20, Katie Couric, The Guardian, MTV, Netflix and much more.

When Jessica was a freshman in college, she made a life-altering decision that resulted in the death of her best friend. In an effort to raise awareness, cope with her guilt and keep her friend’s memory alive, she began sharing her story. Jessica spoke to over 15,000 young adults across the country before she was sentenced to prison. She opens up for the first time about her faith during this painful journey.

  • What hope is there after a tragedy and a terrible decision?
  • How can healing include letting go of guilt and shame?
  • How real is the grace of God?

Episode 15 – with Rabbi Tuly Weisz

The editor of The Israel Bible, Rabbi Tuly, offers an Orthodox Jewish perspective. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. Rabbi Tuly also is the publisher of Breaking Israel News.

Rabbi Tuly and a team of Biblical scholars have published a 929 chapter Bible centered around the land and people of Israel. His family transitioned from leading a congregation in Columbus, Ohio to serving in Israel seven years ago.

  • What is the overview of the Jewish faith?
  • Is the Messiah coming?
  • What insights do you have into the relationship between Jews and Christians?

Episode 14 – with Jason Romano

For 17 years, Jason was an Emmy-Award winning Senior Manager and Producer at ESPN. He has created and produced content for shows such as SportsCenter, Monday Night Football, Mike and Mike in the Morning, SundayNFL Countdown, College Gameday, MLB’s All Star Game and many more.

Jason is a speaker, media consultant, and author of the book “Live To Forgive”. He shares transparently about his personal experiences with his alcoholic father: the pain, disappointment, and healing process. Jason is now the host and producer of the Sports Spectrum podcast where he interviews athletes, coaches, and other personalities on the intersection of sports and faith.

  • What is it like working for ESPN and producing so many shows?
  • How painful is it as a child of an alcoholic parent and how do you overcome it?
  • What is real forgiveness in relationships and what are the myths about forgiveness?
  • How is faith relevant to emotional healing?

Episode 4 with Melissa Bernstein

Melissa Bernstein is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Melissa & Doug, the global toy company committed to igniting imagination and a sense of wonder in all children so they can discover themselves, their passions and their purpose.

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