My Big Story with Christopher Swan

My Big Story with Christopher Swan
Each week Christopher Swan speaks with amazing people, that are living a life of intention, creating a life they love, and helping us learn from their stories and experiences.
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Jul 18 • 3 min
Christopher shares his plans to enhance My Big Story
Daniel Trust — From Refugee to Nonprofit Advocate for Youth
Jul 11 • 29 min
A man advocates for youth in need, and inspires others through his story of surviving the Rwandan genocide and overcoming years of hardship
Bobby Jo Valentine — Bridging Ideas and People Through Meaningful Music + LIVE PERFORMANCE
Jul 4 • 44 min
A singer-songwriter uses his music to connect communities and influence the world with his messages of hope and curiosity
Special Edition — Three Unique Women Share Stories of Living Intentionally
Jun 27 • 42 min
Three women in separate, brief conversations, share stories and lessons they’ve learned about authenticity, growth, balance, and connection
Mary Davis — Rooftop Parties that Radiate Love and Hope
Jun 20 • 43 min
A woman and a team of volunteers host a monthly birthday party for children impacted by homelessness
Sarah’s Eats and Sweets — Feeding a Community with Food and Relationships
Jun 13 • 43 min
A husband and wife combine their skills to open a special shop that’s creating delicious meals and smart connections
Jim Babcock — Leaning into Opportunity to Create a Dream Disney Career
Jun 6 • 30 min
A longtime Disney cast member creates an unexpected dream career with Disney, by never saying “no”
Hip Chick Farms — New Ideas and Resilience Created Products People Love
May 30 • 51 min
A new kind of chicken company succeeds as its founders stand behind their purpose and transparency
Michael Barnum — Creating a Music Career by Being True to What He Loves
May 23 • 41 min
A singer-songwriter uses creativity, talent, and determination to make his own space in the music community
Tyler J. McCall — Pursuing His Dreams by Helping Other Entrepreneurs
May 16 • 37 min
How an entrepreneur and Instagram marketer helps creatives be genuine online
Jeremiah Pauley — Sharing his Unique Army Story to Help Others
May 9 • 47 min
A retired US Army Staff Sergeant uses his life-changing experience in Iraq to help others who want to quit at life
Natalie Patterson — Elevating Humanity Through Poetry
May 2 • 63 min
A poet and nonprofit leader creates dialogue and understanding of bias, marginalized groups, and other important topics
Peter Hollens — A Cappella YouTube Artist Fuels His Dream and the Creator Revolution
Apr 25 • 51 min
A YouTube artist grows a musical career on his terms, while inspiring and educating an industry and other creators along the way
Deborah Dalton — From Volunteer to Leading a Youth-Based Nonprofit to New Success
Apr 18 • 62 min
How one woman grew her story as she successfully evolved a nonprofit for at-risk youth
Sean Sarantos — Following a Dream to Make Happier Rescue Dogs
Apr 11 • 66 min
A man passionate about the care of dogs, launches a plan and new dog-themed retail and lifestyle business, with the purpose of creating a rescue ranch for dogs in need Special Announcement: Welcome to year two of the show. After a fun year of…
Valerie Weisler — Uniting Teenagers Across the World to Solve Social Justice Issues
Apr 4 • 45 min
A teenager uses her experience of being bullied to create a global organization that helps teenagers overcome social justice issues and validates their worth
Toni Purry — Using Experience and Inspiration to Grow with Confidence
Mar 28 • 36 min
A woman discovers a process to help herself and others regain confidence and how to utilize their accomplishments
The Crafty Lumberjacks — Two Actors Combine Hobbies and Romance to Create a Fun-Loving Brand
Mar 21 • 48 min
A real-life couple use their love of crafting, acting skills, and sincerity to create a fun DIY crafting brand
Peter Papas — How A Dream Became a Remarkable Clothing Company
Mar 14 • 57 min
One man’s dreams and creativity bring a sense of timelessness, style, and life to a men’s clothing brand
Julian Mather — A Life of Discovery Leads to Helping Others
Mar 7 • 53 min
Learning and discovery is a process and a journey, as one man goes from cameraman to magician, to helping others prepare for life changes
Jeff Sheldon — Creating a Unique Brand by Following a Dream
Feb 28 • 44 min
How a graphic designer turned a t-shirt making experiment into a full-time, successful business, creating products , loyal fans don’t want to live without
Wade Davis — Advocating for Equality and Compassion
Feb 21 • 55 min
A former NFL player dedicates his life to educating others about gender, race, and orientation equality
Kalon Rae — Creating a Unique Path into the Music World
Feb 14 • 45 min
How venturing out of the safe path allowed one man to pursue his dream career in music
Dijon Bowen — Self Discovery and Meaningful Connections Through Storytelling
Feb 7 • 64 min
One man proves that creativity and personal identity can be discovered through meaningful and energizing connections with the people around us
Joe Pulizzi — Creating Growth and Fulfillment through Communication
Jan 31 • 59 min
From his very successful content marketing business, to his social change work with kids with speech disorders, Joe Pulizzi knows the value of communication
Jared N Wright — A Journey to Combine Filmmaking, Music and Acting
Jan 24 • 51 min
Jared Wright shares his journey as a filmmaker, video producer, starting a band, and as an actor
Loren Murphy — Meaningful Connections Through Social Media
Jan 17 • 42 min
Loren Murphy talks to us about why he’s connecting people through social media and how it connects to the way he sees the world
Henri Hebert — How an Exhausted Reality TV Producer Created A New Balance
Jan 10 • 66 min
Henri Hebert reveals how health concerns became a serious wake up call to her obsessive focus on work, and how she created a new balanced direction
Living Your Journey in the New Year (Mini-Episode)
Jan 3 • 10 min
Take a look back on a wonderful first year of the Living Your Journey podcast, and find out what’s ahead for us in 2017
Tina Zettel (Bonus Story) — Even Successful People Make Mistakes
Dec 27, 2016 • 16 min
How two failed cakes taught a cake decorator to get through the unexpected and find ways to still succeed
Dr. Phil Ricchiazzi — A Journey to Whole-Person Wellness in Hollywood
Dec 20, 2016 • 46 min
Dr. Phil Ricchiazzi combines his passion for chiropractic, wellness and nutrition into a unique practice
Bonnie Tsang — An Editorial Photographer Captures the Hearts of Millions of People
Dec 13, 2016 • 49 min
How capturing moments and being true to the things she loves has helped one photographer earn millions of social media followers
Jen Kober — From Funny Kid to Breakout Storytelling Comedian
Dec 6, 2016 • 61 min
How one comedian is connecting with audiences just by telling her own stories
Victor Herrera — How a Past Graffiti Artist Created a Professional Art Career
Nov 29, 2016 • 57 min
The story of the self-taught artist, Victor Herrera, pouring his artistic talent into painting whimsical and twisted characters
Michael Paul Ziegfeld — Living His Dreams Because He Wants the Experience
Nov 22, 2016 • 48 min
Actor, producer and author, Michael Paul Ziegfeld shares how he retired his definition of success, and is now living his dreams with new meaning
Janet Robin — How Doing What She Loves Created an Impressive Music Career + LIVE PERFORMANCE
Nov 15, 2016 • 68 min
Musician Janet Robin has built a successful musical career by preparing for opportunities and taking chances
Jake Heilbrunn — How Asking Why Led to a Healing Journey to Central America
Nov 8, 2016 • 56 min
The desire to pursue something to believe in compelled one young man to travel Central America to become more aware, and to share his inspirational journey and help others find a deeper why
Darren Thompson — A Leap of Faith Turned a Woodworking Hobby into a Profitable Business
Nov 1, 2016 • 53 min
From a hobby of creating art and furniture for his wife, one man creates a trending and sought after business
Rocky Walls — How Realizing Our Stories and Potential Brings Meaning to Everyone
Oct 25, 2016 • 63 min
How one man’s purpose continues to evolve, as his successful business matures and creates even loftier ambitions.
Evan Todd — A Passion for the Arts Created Opportunities to Help Others
Oct 18, 2016 • 61 min
Learn how one man continues to evolve his entertainment career and explores his passions — all while helping others
Nicole Buergers — How Bees Created a New Chance at Happiness
Oct 11, 2016 • 52 min
Nicole Buergers shares why she left an online marketing career to pursue a beekeeping startup and a passion for cheese
Vincent Green-Hite — Using Crochet to Create Cute Anime and Pokémon Creatures
Oct 4, 2016 • 49 min
Following a passion to satisfy the mini-universe within — the story of Vincent and his company, Knot Bad
Clinton Leupp (Miss Coco Peru) — The Intriguing Story Behind His Drag Icon
Sep 27, 2016 • 60 min
Following a dream of working in entertainment and following a passion, these are stories of a unique journey with fun anecdotes, challenges and highlights, advice, and more.
Rick Goldschmidt — How an Artist Became the Rankin/Bass Historian by Following His Passion
Sep 20, 2016 • 50 min
Rick Goldschmidt has made his historian work his career, and thoughtfully shares his ‘why’ and exclusive insights into the world of Rankin/Bass Productions
Heather Joy Miller – The Daring Transformation into a Professional Artist
Sep 13, 2016 • 46 min
Heather Joy Miller shares the story of her transformation, from professional dancer to a high tech sales professional to finally coming out as an artist
Leo Barahona ‒ The Impact of Giving Back Through Martial Arts
Sep 6, 2016 • 45 min
Leo Barahona shares how he is helping people understand themselves better, providing a new way to be successful and to make an impact in the world
Matt Cullen ‒ Keep Creating and Show It to the World
Aug 30, 2016 • 46 min
Don’t wait for opportunity - keep creating your story and learning along the way
Jack Rayner - A Life Full of Music, Determination and Clarity
Aug 23, 2016 • 66 min
Show up every day, keep trying, and remember you’re not alone
Parvesh Cheena - Behind-The-Scenes of a Working Actor
Aug 16, 2016 • 57 min
Parvesh shares an honest view and perspective into his acting journey
Rene Siegel – Creating a Positive Impact with Her Company and the Next Generation
Aug 9, 2016 • 61 min
Rene shares why she’s focused on helping the next generation succeed and how to life a fulfilled life
Carlton Russell – Making His Dream a Reality With Persistence & Faith
Aug 2, 2016 • 56 min
If you really want something, you have to go for it and be the best you can be at it
Mel Soriano - Finding New Purpose on the Camino de Santiago
Jul 26, 2016 • 58 min
Mel walks 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago and shares his experiences and goals for this second pilgrimage
Highlights Episode: The First Three Months of Living Your Journey
Jul 19, 2016 • 62 min
Christopher and special co-host Ryan Dee look back at the first 3 months of episodes, highlighting a few great moments, smart advice, behind-the-scenes extras, and what’s next for the show
Pat Wadors – Living an Intentional Life and Helping People Flourish
Jul 12, 2016 • 55 min
at wants to make people greater, even just by having a conversation with them
Color Theory - Creating Music and Mastering a Balanced Life
Jul 5, 2016 • 72 min
The story of taking a levelheaded approach to being creative and still focusing on a full and balanced life
Anna Harris - Smart Opportunities and Experienced Goal-Setting
Jun 28, 2016 • 50 min
The story of seeking interesting and smart opportunities and setting experience goals
Jerrod Maruyama - Designing an Artistic Career with Adorable Characters
Jun 21, 2016 • 57 min
Artist and Hipster Mickey illustrator, Jerrod Maruyama, shares why he started freelance illustration, great moments of his career, what it was like when his work became more popular, things that inspire him, and much more.
Danika O’Leary - It’s About Helping People Feel Human Again
Jun 7, 2016 • 45 min
Sometimes just having someone to listen to you is all the help you need.
Vanessa Stump – Capturing Her Love of Photography
May 31, 2016 • 53 min
The story of how going back to school and starting over captured a photographer’s dream job.
Garry Brooks - How a Love for Wine Started a New Career and Winery
May 24, 2016 • 59 min
Garry shares his love of winemaking and how it all began - how he went from a technology job to starting Brooks Note Winery
Adrian Cropley - A Love for His Profession Creates Happier Employees
May 17, 2016 • 58 min
Adrian Cropley ​talks about connecting value and meaning to your job, why he fell in love with his profession, and ​offers helpful career advice
Justin Michael Williams - Following His Life’s Dream and Passion of Being a Musician
May 10, 2016 • 55 min
Justin’s transformation from a social media marketing entrepreneur to following his life’s dream of being a musician
Melanie Celis - A Cognitive Science Nerd Turned Hairstylist and Salon Owner
May 3, 2016 • 56 min
How cut and color intertwines with Melanie Celis’ purpose and flow
Chris Gaida – How a Former Celebrity Escort Follows His Curiosity for Life
Apr 26, 2016 • 50 min
Chris’s curiosity for life is his real passion and it’s amazing how that can lead to living a life filled with many adventures.
Tina Zettel - How A Cake Designer Followed Her Aha Moment
Apr 19, 2016 • 50 min
Tina Zettel is following her love for baking and being creative by running a successful event cake business in the heart of the California wine country.
Tony Tharae - Prioritizing His Passion for Storytelling and Filmmaking
Apr 12, 2016 • 59 min
This is how Tony Tharae is making his passion for storytelling happen, based on his schedule and without traditional boundaries.
Alex Babajanyan - How an Artist Transformed His Career
Apr 1, 2016 • 49 min
How to transform your career from an expected outcome to something entirely different. That’s the story of Alex Babajanyan