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Inspiration to Start Your Week


152: Don’t Leave Without Your Burger
Aug 2 • 2 min
Sometimes we want to stop before things get better. We drive off without reaping the rewards of what we paid for. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon…
151: Taking A Break is OK
Jul 26 • 2 min
It's OK to take a break. This allows you to recharge and refocus yourself for the next time. I took a break on this podcast last week, and I needed it! Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at…
150: Why Are You Uncomfortable?
Jul 12 • 2 min
I've been doing some introspection over the last few months. Many topics that have made me uncomfortable. It's good to question why we are uncomfortable. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at…
149: DON’T Force Connections
Jul 5 • 2 min
I read a tweet about trying to force connections in regards to HDMI and USB cables. This got me thinking about how we might try to force a relationship in different areas of our lives. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY…
148: Face Masks - Doing Things for Others
Jun 28 • 2 min
I've been wearing a face mask. This is something I'm doing for others, and it got me thinking about selfless acts. Thank you to my mom for making this great mask! Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at…
147: What Behaviors Do We Model?
Jun 21 • 1 min
Someone I know used a word recently and I didn't pick up on it. After someone else called them out on the word, I contemplated what behavior was I modeling? Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at…
146: The Dangers of Jealousy
Jun 14 • 9 min
I had a moment of jealousy recently, and it reminded me of an event from my youth that I'm ashamed of. Jealousy is dangerous and can rob us of our joy. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at…
145: It’s Time To Listen
Jun 7 • 1 min
There is a lot of stuff going on in the world. I’m finding that right now it is important to be listening. I’m learning as much as I can.Links:Ways To Help — Petitions, places to donate, maps of ongoing protests, resources to educate yourself and more!
144: Try Something New
May 31 • 2 min
I've been trying a lot of new things recently. From changing my audio/video setup to being part of a DnD Campaign. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon…
143: Playing Your Part in Something Big
May 24 • 2 min
Sometimes we can be a part of something big, even if you aren't the main focus. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered Studio.Links:Sir Onion…
142: Readjusting Habits
May 17 • 2 min
It's OK to readjust habits. We will aim, but then we may fall short of the goal. I talk about some of my recent struggles with weight and diet. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be…
141: Withholding Judgment
May 10 • 2 min
While playing World of Warcraft, one of the abilities the Paladin character class has made me think. It can be very helpful to withhold judgment until we have all the information. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and…
140: Taking Time to Rest
May 3 • 3 min
Sometimes it is important just to stop and let ourselves rest. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered Studio.Links:Sleep With Me: The Podcast…
139: Creating Galaxies With Ordinary Tools
Apr 26 • 2 min
A street artist in Ensenada created a galaxy for me using just a lighter, spray paint, and old paint buckets. Our creativity isn't in the tools we have, but what we do with it! Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email…
138: You Don’t Need to Be Sensational
Apr 19 • 2 min
Fred Rogers said a quote at a commencement speech that has hung with me. You don't need to act out to be loved. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon…
137: Making Everything Awesome
Apr 12 • 3 min
The LEGO Movie Part 2 had a unique twist on the Everything Is Awesome line. I think it very much fits with what is going on today. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY…
136: The Flooded Bike Path
Apr 5 • 2 min
A flooded bike path impedes our way home. Maybe by taking an alternative route, we can get back in a new way. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon…
135: Taking A Daily Vacation
Mar 29 • 3 min
There was a quote I read about taking a vacation every day. I think now more than ever it is very crucial to our well-being! Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part…
134: What Will Tomorrow Bring?
Mar 22 • 3 min
Times like right now cause us to worry about tomorrow. I think it also causes us to not think about today. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered…
133: Don’t Judge Outward Appearances
Mar 15 • 1 min
People often tell me my cat Chocolate looks grumpy. He is actually a very happy cat—but his outward appearance doesn't show that. Sometimes we may judge someone's outward appearance without aiming to understand what's going on inside. Have an AWESOME…
132: Only Mistake Is NOT Making Mistakes
Mar 8 • 4 min
I've made many "mistakes" in my life. I've learned valuable lessons from these incidents. The only real mistake that you can make is NOT making mistakes! Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at…
131: Be Unexpected
Mar 1 • 2 min
Sometimes we can turn an ordinary routine moment into something extraordinary by being unexpected. I recount a few moments from my past trip where people surprised me and the impact it had. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at…
130: Second Guessing
Feb 23 • 3 min
Sometimes we have to make a decision, and the consequences can cause us to second guess. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered Studio.
129: Knowing Our Limits
Feb 16 • 3 min
This past week I had to realize what my limits were regarding electrical work. Sometimes it is good to know what our current limits are, and ask for help at the moment. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at…
128: This Is Me
Feb 9 • 5 min
It is good to embrace who we are—-flaws and all. We can't be who we aren't. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered Studio.Links:This Is Me (From…
127: Don’t Slam the Door
Feb 2 • 2 min
There is a moment in a conflict when we can choose to slam the door—-thus causing even more conflict, or deciding to simply close the door. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be…
126: THAT’S MY SPOT!
Jan 26 • 2 min
Sometimes people park in our spot and it sets off our routine. I'm not talking physical spots, though I know someone who gets upset over physical parking spots….. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at…
125: Those Fears We Cannot Explain
Jan 19 • 5 min
I admit, I'm afraid of bees. I cannot explain why, but it got me thinking on those fears we cannot explain. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon…
124: Grape Juice - Setting Up To Fail
Jan 12 • 3 min
Sometimes in life we might set someone up to fail. I recall a moment like this in a tale of when I was served grape juice at a young age. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great…
123: New Decade, New Opportunities
Jan 5 • 4 min
A new decade means 10 years of opportunities. I look back at the last decade in this episode. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered Studio.
122: Falling and Getting Back Up
Dec 29, 2019 • 3 min
When we fall, we need to get back up and not let the pain of the past experience stop us. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered Studio.
121: Ohana
Dec 22, 2019 • 2 min
The concept of Ohana can allow us to treat people differently. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered Studio.
120: Time To Make Time
Dec 15, 2019 • 2 min
December 8th and December 15th, Be Great TODAY will be taken over by two of my best friends. Thom talks about how it is time to make time. When we can't always do something due to time, what is stopping us? Thom runs Three Extra Lives, a video game and…
119: Appreciating Your Friends
Dec 8, 2019 • 3 min
December 8th and December 15th, Be Great TODAY will be taken over by two of my best friends. Amanda talks about how friendships need open and honest communication. We need to appreciate our friends and tell them why we appreciate them. Amanda runs Geek…
118: Be GreatFUL TODAY
Dec 1, 2019 • 3 min
Before anyone says anything, I know I misspelled grateful, I did it on a play on the podcast title. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on being grateful and those who have helped me get to this moment in time. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at…
117: Refining the Awkward
Nov 24, 2019 • 3 min
I looked back at my 2009 self and realized I'm still the same me, I'm just refining the awkward. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered…
116: What Gift Are You Giving?
Nov 17, 2019 • 2 min
We have the ability to give a gift in every moment. What gift are you giving to those you interact with? Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered…
115: Don’t Be Afraid To Leave Your Stoop
Nov 10, 2019 • 3 min
We may like our stoops, not wanting to leave them for something scary and uncomfortable. Sometimes though, we need to leave them and get out of our comfort zones. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at…
114: The Impact We Have on People
Nov 3, 2019 • 3 min
I was at an event this weekend where I got to meet people I've had an impact on. We don't always realize the impact we have on people. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great…
113: We’ve Got This - Confidence
Oct 27, 2019 • 2 min
Got some big events happening soon, and I gotta be reminded what my friend Monika says "We've Got This!" Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered…
112: You Are A Construction Project
Oct 20, 2019 • 3 min
Each of us is a construction project, just like the building that I pass on my typical walking path. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered…
111: Why I Didn’t Catch the Garter
Oct 13, 2019 • 3 min
A few months back I was at a wedding, and I didn't catch the garter. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered Studio.
110: We Are ALL Geeks Here
Oct 6, 2019 • 3 min
My mentor Chris Brogan once said "We Are ALL Geeks Here" and he is so correct. Each of us has something to geek out about and leaders are no exception. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at…
109: It’s OK to Be Disliked
Sep 29, 2019 • 2 min
We don't always have to be liked. It's OK for someone not to like us, and my friend TK reminded me of that! Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon…
108: Leave Your Underwear On The Highway
Sep 22, 2019 • 2 min
Sometimes life will cause your underwear to fall on the highway, just leave it there. You can't go back sometimes, we just gotta move on. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great…
107: Breaking In That New Pair of Glasses
Sep 15, 2019 • 3 min
A new pair of glasses can be very uncomfortable or even painful in the beginning. I find after wearing them for a while—-it becomes so comfortable you don't even realize when you aren't wearing them. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at…
106: World of Warcraft: Classic Is an Example of Love
Sep 8, 2019 • 4 min
I saw examples of agape love in World of Warcraft: Classic. The love for others without any return. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered…
105: Take Hold of Each Moment
Sep 1, 2019 • 3 min
You never know what will happen in a moment. We need to take hold of each moment we have. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered Studio.
104: Roll With It
Aug 25, 2019 • 3 min
Sometimes we don't have things that turn out how we want. We need to just roll with it, so that we do not draw attention and ruin the whole performance. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at…
103: Wear Your Pigtails
Aug 18, 2019 • 2 min
Have you gotten criticized for wearing pigtails? Sometimes feedback can be constructive, other times it is just someone’s opinion. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY…
102: Taking A New or Alternative Path
Aug 11, 2019 • 2 min
Sometimes we need to take a new or alternative path. This can help us to see new perspectives or appreciate our normal routines. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is…
101: Failure Is NOT Failure
Aug 4, 2019 • 2 min
"Failure is information" is a quote I heard that resonates a lot with me. Failure is NOT failure—-it means we learned. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of…
100: Meows of Unhappiness
Jul 28, 2019 • 3 min
Our cats meow unhappily at being groomed each month. The meow does nothing, except annoy us. How many times do I act like the cats? Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY…
99: Your Influence
Jul 21, 2019 • 4 min
You have influence. We all have influence. People listen and watch us. What are you modeling to those who listen to you? Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of…
98: Sometimes You Need to Try
Jul 14, 2019 • 3 min
I tried some new things recently and came to the realization that sometimes we just need to try. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered…
97: The Threads Of Life That Connect Us
Jul 7, 2019 • 3 min
There was a thread that wound its way around my family as we unpacked our car. This was on the beginning of our Williamsburg trip. This made me think about the threads of life that connect us. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at…
96: Staying Positive
Jun 30, 2019 • 3 min
My friend Stephanie sent me a quote on staying positive. This got me thinking about how Mr. Rogers and Barney look at positivity. Strange leap, I know, but my mind works like that. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and…
95: What Do You Like To Do?
Jun 23, 2019 • 3 min
It can be difficult to figure out what you want to do with your life. Hobby or career. What interests you? I share what some of my friends have done with their passions. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at…
94: Changing The World
Jun 16, 2019 • 2 min
"How do you plan to change the world today?" What a simple, yet complex phrase about our daily responsibility to affect change. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is…
93: Sometimes Good Enough is Enough
Jun 9, 2019 • 2 min
Was working on a project, and came upon the realization that sometimes good enough is enough. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered…
92: Check Before You Paint
Jun 2, 2019 • 2 min
It is important to check before you paint, otherwise it may take you longer to cover up your mistake. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered…
91: By D Grace of God - A Story of Taking A Chance
May 26, 2019 • 3 min
Ben of Pleasant Green took a chance on Joel. That chance changed the lives of Joel and his community. Editor's Note: I mistakenly said it was about Nigeria, the story about Joel is about Liberia. The movie was filmed in Nigeria, and Ben has done videos…
90: Creative Block
May 19, 2019 • 3 min
How do we get past creative block? I share my thoughts and some of the things I do to get past it. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered…
89: Pre-Performance Nerves
May 12, 2019 • 4 min
Whenever I perform, there is a bit of nervousness that comes along with it. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered Studio.Links:Doris Day - Que…
88: One Scoop At A Time
May 5, 2019 • 2 min
Sometimes we have projects that we don't want to do, but it can best if we tackle it more often, instead of letting it build up. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is…
87: Appreciating The One
Apr 28, 2019 • 6 min
There was a birthday party where only 1 kid showed up. That kid saved my party. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered Studio.
86: Our Initial Reaction
Apr 21, 2019 • 3 min
It is a good idea to think about our initial reaction to things. Sadly one of my bad habits is I can get angry instead of saying the nice thing. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be…
85: The Fabrics of Our Lives
Apr 14, 2019 • 2 min
Our lives are a fabric. Being woven together with the sum of all our experiences. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered Studio.
84: Car Batteries
Apr 7, 2019 • 2 min
I found inspiration this week from having my car battery replaced. Do we need to recharge or replace our batteries? Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of…
83: I Think I Know
Mar 31, 2019 • 2 min
Sometimes we think we know something, and then we realize that what we knew wasn’t correct. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Dragon Powered Studio.
82: Content With Who I Am
Mar 24, 2019 • 3 min
I turn 29 on Wednesday. I've been thinking about where I'm at and being content. Not comparing myself to others—otherwise I'll miss what's right in front of me. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at…
81: Diffidence
Mar 17, 2019 • 6 min
It's easy to be diffident, not having confidence in who we are or our abilities. This will have an impact on what we do and say. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is…
80: Fear of Missing Out
Mar 10, 2019 • 5 min
It can be easy to have a Fear of Missing Out. But what if we are always afraid, and end up missing out? Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Weekly Awesome…
79: A Squeak of Gratitude
Mar 3, 2019 • 2 min
A shampoo bottle squeaked and made me grateful. Grateful for the times I had with my dog. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Weekly Awesome and Dragon…
78: Our Part In The Story
Feb 24, 2019 • 4 min
Each of us have a story. Sometimes we are given a chance to play a part of someone's story. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Weekly Awesome and Dragon…
77: Do We Irritate or Influence?
Feb 17, 2019 • 5 min
My dad posed this question a while back. Do we irritate or influence? What do our words do to others? Does what we say make someone feel better or worse? What's the intent behind what we do? Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at…
76: Seasons
Feb 10, 2019 • 10 min
There are many seasons in our lives. Friends, hobbies, businesses, goals and many other things that come and go. We can learn from these seasons. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today…
75: Those Who Encourage Me
Feb 3, 2019 • 3 min
Was thinking this past week about those who encourage me. This includes those who are gone, but all of them have left their influence on me. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be…
74: Unknown Impact
Jan 27, 2019 • 3 min
Sometimes we make an impact, but we may never know the results. What we say and do can make an unknown impact. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Weekly…
73: Beautiful Mistakes
Jan 20, 2019 • 4 min
I ponder about how mistakes can be beautiful, when we "Keep Moving Forward" like in the movie Meet the Robinsons. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Weekly…
72: What Recharges You?
Jan 13, 2019 • 3 min
What recharges you? What keeps you going? What brings you energy? Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Weekly Awesome and Dragon Powered Studios.
71: How Do I Do That?
Jan 6, 2019 • 3 min
I find one of the best responses to an idea or problem is to ask "How Do I Do That?" Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Weekly Awesome and Dragon Powered…
70: Focusing Our Goals
Dec 30, 2018 • 3 min
2019 is coming and it is a great time time for focusing our goals on what we want to accomplish in our lives. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Weekly…
69: Reframing Thoughts
Dec 23, 2018 • 3 min
I recently had a moment where something came up. I remembered a video I saw by my friend Ezra Friedel about reframing your thoughts to be positive. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today…
68: Don’t Pre-Think
Dec 16, 2018 • 3 min
I just took a test and I tried to go into it without worry. This made me think about the other parts of my life where I worry. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is…
67: Looking Back Through My 11 Year Old Hoodie
Dec 9, 2018 • 4 min
I'm wearing an 11 year old hoodie. It has caused me to reflect on who I was when I first wore this hoodie. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY and email me at podcast@be-great.today Be Great TODAY is part of Weekly Awesome…
66: Confidence
Dec 2, 2018 • 1 min
Confidence is something I lack sometimes. This can affect my speech and my leading in dance. 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 and Dragon…
65: It Isn’t About the Numbers
Nov 25, 2018 • 3 min
We can get so wrapped up in the number of people we impact on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc. It isn't about the numbers, it's about the quality of the impact. Have an AWESOME week! Check out our website at http://Be-Great.TODAY. Email me at…
64: A Willingness to Fail
Nov 18, 2018 • 3 min
Pedro Seminario, the Sound Supervisor at Blizzard, mentioned the phrase "Willingness to Fail" at a sound design panel at BlizzCon 2018. This phrase has stuck with me, as it embodies so much about creativity. That ability to risk failing, to hopefully…
63: Overthinking
Nov 11, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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.