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Weekly Inspiration to Start Your Week
63: Overthinking
Nov 11 • 4 min
There are times I overthink. This is when I'm thinking about something so much that I think over it so much. That is what happens when I overthink. I can think so much that I think over it too much. That would be what is termed overthinking. Have you ever…
62: Sing Your Heart Out
Nov 4 • 4 min
I attended a Drama Club performance a week ago. What amazed me most was the bravery of the kids to sing their hearts out. They did not let fear stop them. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at…
61: Opportunities For Learning
Oct 28 • 3 min
Every problem can be met with frustration, or it can be an opportunity for learning. I find this is so true in my life. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of…
60: Can’t Go Back Again
Oct 21 • 3 min
Thinking back on reunions and trying to revisit earlier moments in our lives. We can't go back, we can only move forward with what we gained from those experiences. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at…
59: Carry on - The Power of a Tradition
Oct 14 • 2 min
In 1932, Zedo Ishikawa's accidental death inspiried the tradition of "Carry on". This is a powerful tradition and legacy that has brought together generations of students at Mesa High.Links:Carry on - Mesa HighMesa High Football Singing "Carry On" -…
58: Don’t Forget to Drink Water
Oct 7 • 3 min
With how busy we can get, it is important to take care of ourselves. In this episode, I talk about hydration and how it can be something that can be overlooked in my life, and the consequences of that. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at…
57: Refinement ON the Journey
Sep 30 • 3 min
Everything requires constant refinement. We could wait to start until we have it all figured out, but then we may never begin. It’s about improving ON the journey. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at…
56: Repeat Performance
Sep 23 • 2 min
While getting ready for the recent dance showcase, I realized how important it is to keep practicing. The more you practice, the more the activity becomes ingrained in your mind. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email…
55: Missing the Goal
Sep 16 • 2 min
I missed my step goal last Sunday. I look at my reaction to that, as well as what achieving my goal for 945 days in a row did for me. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY…
54: Good Intentions - Sometimes Not So Good For You
Sep 9 • 3 min
Fiber One Bars can be good for you, and they can be healthy. Just….not in all circumstances. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Weekly Awesome. The Weekly…
53: Ordinary - The Importance of the Small Things
Sep 2 • 4 min
One of my mentors, Jonathan Brush, told me the phrase "Be Extraordinary in the Ordinary" back in March. This has stuck with me. The importance of the small things, sometimes the things we overlook. The new sidewalk Have an AWESOME week! Check out our…
52: Reflections From the Podcast Studio
Aug 26 • 4 min
Today is the day of the annual dance studio showcase. That means it has been almost 1 year of Be Great TODAY. I reflect on what that year has taught me regarding consistency, writer’s block, risks and the big picture. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our…
51: Having A Creative Outlet
Aug 19 • 4 min
Having a creative outlet is a great way to feed your passion in something. I talk about why I believe having a creative outlet has been beneficial for me. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at…
50: Experience - The Way to Get Better
Aug 12 • 5 min
What is the best way to get better at something? I found that I believe it is experience. Information and skill can only go so far, but it comes down to the practice of experience. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY.…
49: Imposter Syndrome - Fighting That Negative Voice
Aug 5 • 4 min
In everything I do, there is a voice that speaks to me. It tells me that I can’t do something, causes me to doubt my ability. As I’ve talked with friends and family, I feel this voice speaks to more people than just me. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our…
48: Why YOU Should Start a Podcast
Jul 29 • 5 min
You have a unique perspective on the world. I believe YOU should start a podcast! Starting a podcast is a great way to build your communication skills and your confidence. It also allows your voice to be heard by many people. This is based on the…
47: Keep Working Those Long Nights
Jul 22 • 4 min
Dave Jackson and Scott Johnson are being inducted into the Acadamy of Podcasters Hall of Fame this year! Think about the MANY long nights they've had to work to get to this point. I want to encourage us to keep working those long nights. I talked about…
46: Hearing Voices - The Lessons of Voice Acting
Jul 15 • 12 min
What is it like to take on different characters? Become someone else? How can voice acting help if your current career is different? I interviewed Skune of Slackers Studio Podcast on what they have learned from their lifelong calling to be a voice actor.…
45: Accountability with Avoiding the Sweets
Jul 8 • 3 min
I have been working to maintain my weight loss. One thing that has helped me avoid the sweets is asking for accountability from those around me. I need others to help me, I can’t do it by myself. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at…
44: Just Do It - The Bucksnort Story
Jul 1 • 15 min
Have you ever wanted to write a book? I know many people who tell me they wish they could or that they want to. Jim York and Craig Roberts did, they didn’t go to college for writing and their editor loved the book! Here is the Bucksnort story. Have an…
43: Just Keep Dancing
Jun 24 • 4 min
What happens when things don’t go according to plan? What happens when we try new things and they aren’t going smoothly? We just keep dancing. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at…
42: Long-Lasting Influence
Jun 17 • 6 min
This past week I was a volunteer at VBS. This was a time for me to reflect on the long-lasting influence of teachers, family, YMCA staff, VBS leaders of my youth, camp counselors and more. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at…
41: From Awkward to Competent
Jun 10 • 4 min
I was at a restaurant recently and there was a new employee. I watched how they worked compared to the more seasoned employees. What does experience teach us about going from awkward to competent? Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at…
40: My Experience at the 3 Day Startup in San Antonio
Jun 3 • 5 min
Back in 2013, I was given the chance to participate in the 3 Day Startup at the Geekdom in San Antonio, Texas. I wrote a blog post in 2013 on my experience at the event. I wanted to share it this week. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at…
39: Yanny or Laurel - A Matter of Perspective
May 27 • 3 min
The Yanny or Laurel internet sensation was fascinating to me. The same audio was heard differently by each individual. What does this potentially mean for other things in life? I look at the situation as a matter of perspective. Have an AWESOME week!…
38: Take Time to Smell the Coffee
May 20 • 4 min
As I’m sitting here, sipping my coffee that I got on my walk, it made me think about taking time to smell the coffee. Taking time to walk for coffee, and just be away. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at…
37: Add Some Flair - Making Your Actions Fun
May 13 • 4 min
This past week I ate at Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse. While I was there, I was mesmerized by the chef cooking the food in front of us. The whole time, I was just mesmerized by their cooking. An action we don’t typically see publicly at a restaurant, and it…
36: Don’t Think About The Judges
May 6 • 3 min
I was at a dance competition this past weekend. I performed my best, but only because I didn't think about the judges while I was dancing. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.today
35: Taking Risks
Apr 29 • 15 min
This week I reflect on the risks that I have taken and how they have gotten me to where I’m at now. Each risk has added pieces to the puzzle of who I am. What risks have you taken? Email the show at podcast@be-great.today, tweet me @jonathanbloom, leave…
34: Eying My Imperfections - Focusing on What I Can’t Change
Apr 22 • 10 min
It is easy for me to focus on imperfections and bad news. Things that I can't control. This week I want to look at that and how it can have a negative impact on me. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at…
33: What Once Was Difficult
Apr 15 • 5 min
As we get better at things, we forget that it once was difficult. I reflect on some things that I once thought were difficult to do. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.todayLinks:Become an…
32: Why Do I Dread Things?
Apr 8 • 4 min
I am finishing up a course for college. I was dreading it beforehand, but now with a few assignments to go, why did I dread this course so much? Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.today
31: Thinking Foolishly - What Do You Believe About Yourself?
Apr 1 • 4 min
It is April Fools Day in the United States. This got me thinking about how am I being foolish in the ideas that I believe about myself. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.todayLinks:Be Great…
30: Never Too Old or Too Young
Mar 25 • 4 min
I am turning 28 on Tuesday. This got me thinking about the idea of not being too old or too young to do something. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.todayLinks:Gutzon Borglum - WikipediaTab…
29: Fearfully Angry
Mar 18 • 4 min
There is a part of me that I am not proud of. A side of me, that sometimes lashes out in fear. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.todayLinks:Monster by SkilletThe Mask (1994) - IMDbThe Mask -…
28: Writing & The Creative Process (Featuring Brandon T. Blaylock)
Mar 11 • 28 min
I sat down this week to talk with Brandon T. Blaylock about writing, and the creative process. I had a great time talking with him. We talked about some of the struggles of creative writing, and about sharing your voice. Have an AWESOME week! Check out…
27: Looking Around - Making A Difference Where You Are at Now
Mar 4 • 4 min
We are surrounded by people now that we can be an influence to. We don’t need to wait until later to make a difference. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.today
26: One Candle - Being A Light In The Darkness
Feb 25 • 6 min
In our world, I find it is important to be a Light in the Darkness. I talked about being a Light, and how I keep my Light shining. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.todayLinks:“Thousands of…
25: Impacting Someone Else’s Life - The Big and Small Things We Can Do To Positively Affect Another Person
Feb 18 • 3 min
I witnessed a kidney transplant last weekend. It got me thinking about how I can impact someone’s life in big and/or small ways. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.today
24: Nervousness
Feb 11 • 4 min
Nervousness is something I believe all of us encounter. It can prevent us from succeeding in what we need/want to do. Listener Zephirah shared her experiences with nervousness. Update: The kidney transplant has gone successfully. Both parties are…
23: Don’t Let A Small Cold Stop You
Feb 4 • 4 min
I recently had a cold that caused my voice to not return to normal for about a week. I never let it stop me. Life throws curveballs, and we can't let them stop us! Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at…
22: Waiting For Better
Jan 28 • 3 min
In life, I find there are many things that may come across my path, but sometimes I have to wait for something better. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.today
21: Savor Each Bite - Enjoying Every Moment, Just Like Your Favorite Dessert
Jan 21 • 3 min
Just like your favorite dessert, be it pumpkin pie, ice cream or any dessert you can imagine—it is beneficial to enjoy each moment. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.today
20: Walking In The Snow: Doing Things When There Are Obstacles
Jan 14 • 6 min
I have been walking in the snow this winter. Days when it is slippery, cold, wet and I still go ahead and walk anyway. This got me thinking about when life gives us obstacles to what we do. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at…
19: S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Jan 7 • 8 min
I have learned a lot about S.M.A.R.T. goals. I discuss some of the goals I have set for myself, and how I have done with them. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.todayLinks:SMART Goals -…
18: Saying Goodbye to 2017
Dec 31, 2017 • 11 min
As we end 2017, I look back at two major positive things that have happened in my year. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.todayLinks:We Can Complain Because Rose Bushes Have Thorns, or…
17: My Christmas Wish
Dec 24, 2017 • 8 min
My wish this Christmas is to be able to enjoy each moment. To appreciate how precious life is! Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.todayLinks:The Man Who Invented Christmas - IMDB — The…
16: Commitment
Dec 17, 2017 • 5 min
I reflect on my commitments, as well as the models of commitment in my life. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.today
15: Friendships
Dec 10, 2017 • 5 min
What impact do our friends have on us? What effect do we have on them? Jonathan explores the seasons of friendships in his own life. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.today
14: What Do You Tell Yourself?
Dec 3, 2017 • 5 min
What do you tell yourself? What permission are you giving yourself on how you view who you are? Your self-talk may be affecting you. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.todayLinks:Sleep With…
13: How to Fly a Firetruck to Belize
Nov 26, 2017 • 21 min
What if you had a calling, but didn't know how to fulfill it? What would you do? Listen this week as James York III shares his inspiring story about how he never gave up. He successfully helped bring a firetruck from Columbus, OH to Caye Caulker, Belize.…
12: Perspective
Nov 19, 2017 • 5 min
What is our perspective of how we view the world? How does that affect our decisions, as well as the ways we relate to others? I explore perspective in this episode of Be Great TODAY! Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY.…
11: “Perfection” (Featuring Interview with Kaz, creator of the winning Hogger Cosplay at BlizzCon 2017)
Nov 12, 2017 • 17 min
What is perfection? Why do we strive for it in what we produce? How do we see our work vs how others see our work? This episode contains an interview with Kaz, who won the BlizzCon 2017 Cosplay Contest as Hogger from World of Warcraft! Have an AWESOME…
10: What’s Your Story?
Nov 5, 2017 • 4 min
Your story and the story of those around you. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.today
9: Leaving Your Comfort Zone
Oct 29, 2017 • 6 min
Sometimes in life, we need to step out of our comfort zone. This can be a painful experience, but it is necessary to move us to where we need to be. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.today
8: Lead to Follow
Oct 22, 2017 • 3 min
Leading in ballroom dance has given me a perspective on leadership. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.today
7: Baby Steps
Oct 15, 2017 • 7 min
When tasks seem daunting, I recommend taking Baby Steps. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.todayLinks:The Awesome Gnome Letter Issue 12: Baby StepsWhat About Bob?Movies AnywhereDave…
6: Haunted by Memories
Oct 8, 2017 • 3 min
I recently visited a place that brought back many memories. I call these Emotional Ghosts. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.today
5: Leading Through Your Feelings
Oct 1, 2017 • 7 min
How do we handle our feelings? Do we let them control us, or do we control our response to our feelings? Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.today
4: Starting a Podcast (or a New Project)
Sep 24, 2017 • 5 min
We all have projects we want to start. Here is my experience from starting a podcast. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at podcast@be-great.todayLinks:Watch me learn to drive a manual transmission Mustang with…
3: 10,000 Steps To Consistency
Sep 17, 2017 • 7 min
What getting 10,000 Steps each day on my Fitbit has taught me regarding consistency in goals. Check out our website at Be-Great.TODAY.Links:Strides App
2: Improv Is Life
Sep 10, 2017 • 4 min
Improv has many techniques that can be applied to life. Thank you to scOtt summitt, my improv teacher, for the things he has taught me. Check out our website at Be-Great.TODAY.Links:scOtt summitt on TwitterscOtt summitt on IMDb
1: Reflections From the Dance Floor
Sep 3, 2017 • 4 min
This past Sunday was my 5th Dance Showcase. I have learned a lot from ballroom dancing. There are things from dancing that can be applied to life.