Episode 08 concludes Season One of STRETCH.  In this episode I share my own story.  I knew my story would be part of those shared this season since it was through the changes that I made in my life that STRETCH was born.

Looking back on my life changes I saw that it was the stories that my friends shared of their own lives that helped me through my challenging times. Hearing how they looked at the trials they faced and by listening to the mental mindsets they had in place I could see that by changing my perspective my outlook on my own situation improved.

I am so thankful to make it to the end of Season One.  The journey was easy, hard, emotional, and freeing.  The amount and variety of emotions I felt during this process will make this time of my life memorable and unforgettable.

I hope this podcast will help you STRETCH towards the goals you set for yourself and the new reality you want to create in your life.

You can find this episode on your favorite podcasting app here https://stretchpodcast.com/listen/. Be sure to subscribe, rate and review STRETCH to help us gain visibility as we share our stories with each other.

Laura and I live in the same small town and only got the opportunity to meet once STRETCH was released.  She contacted me through a mutual friend, Annette, and we met for coffee.  During our chat she unveiled significant moments in her life that she identified as new experiences that had not yet been shared in Season One.

Laura’s story delves into our relationships with those in our family.  Laura explores the changes in support she received as a child to those she experiences now that her mother has passed.

Laura’s interview contained so many good nuggets that I was unable to share them in this one episode.  Knowing that was the case with the others I made a decision to launch STRETCH YouTube to continue inspiration between seasons.

You can find this episode on your favorite podcasting app here https://stretchpodcast.com/listen/. Be sure to subscribe, rate and review STRETCH to help us gain visibility as we share our stories with each other.

Eugenio and I had never talked prior to our interview together.  We were introduced by Annette who met Eugenio at an acting workshop.  She relayed his story to me and I knew at once he would be a perfect addition to Season One.  Eugenio is from Italy and grew up in Venice.  His story begins with his fascination with the law and his journey to become an attorney.  His goal at the start of the journey was to protect and promote equality among all.  Noble as that is, he was denying a large part of himself – a dream he was afraid to pursue.

You can find this episode on your favorite podcasting app here https://stretchpodcast.com/listen/. Be sure to subscribe, rate and review STRETCH to help us gain visibility as we share our stories with each other.

Tommy and I met my first day at work in Park City.  We were the only two people in town that went to Iowa State University and that connection became the start to the amazing friendship we share.  Tommy’s outlook constantly boggles my mind due to the way he can simplify things.  Tommy can easily see situations for what they are and is quick to determine if they are right for him or if there needs to be a change.

I am excited to share his story and philosophy with you in this episode.

You can find this episode on your favorite podcasting app here https://stretchpodcast.com/listen/. Be sure to subscribe, rate and review STRETCH to help us gain visibility as we share our stories with each other.

Kelley and I were sorority sisters at Iowa State University, while we did go to the same high school – we were a year apart and didn’t connect until college.  I kept up with Kelley’s life and growing family through Facebook.  A few years ago, she began to share the story of Ryland, her second son.  Kelley’s son proves all kids are their own individual and Kelley works hard to allow Ryland to be Ryland.  While this story follows Ryland’s journey, Kelley shares her journey as Ryland’s mom.  A journey that includes putting aside a dream for a specific future to let Ryland become all he can be.

You can find this episode on your favorite podcasting app here. Be sure to subscribe, rate and review STRETCH to help us gain visibility as we share our stories with each other.

My friend Becca is the ultimate optimist and her boundless energy allows her to give time to important efforts in her community.  Becca volunteered her story immediately after hearing about STRETCH.  She knew that her story would help someone see the challenges in their own life and find new paths through the change.

Becca is a caregiver and this episode will feel familiar to those of us who forgo our own needs when taking care of someone.  Caregivers have an amazing ability to downplay feelings, not giving weight to their own thoughts.  This causes an undercurrent that can drain energy and make the situation feel larger than it needs to be.  I hope you find nuggets of inspiration in Becca’s story that give you hope and help you STRETCH towards new possibilities.

I would love to hear your thoughts about the episode and how it relates to your life and areas where you’d like to STRETCH.  You can leave me a message here by voice, in the comment section below or PM me on Instagram.

You can find this episode on your favorite podcasting app here. Be sure to subscribe, rate and review STRETCH to help us gain visibility as we share our stories with each other.

Making changes in our lives is not easy – even when it is a life or death decision.  In Episode 02, Jacqueline shares her story of addiction and her path towards a healthy life and 33 years of sobriety.

Jacqueline shared her story for STRETCH after a brief explanation from me about the podcast.  This episode was the first I completed, and it felt like the ease of which she explains her struggles translated easily to the format I wanted to create.  This episode was the first I shared with friends as I explained STRETCH and its premise, and I’ve received great feedback from listeners about how they could translate her story to challenges in their lives.

In this episode Jacqueline and I share:
• How an addiction can start
• The self-destruction addiction can lead to
• Jacquelyn’s path from counselors to state run rehab
• Learning to prepare for change
• A spiritual awakening to live
• How purpose is the ultimate motivator
• The process of relearning behaviors and building healthy habits

I would love to hear your thoughts about the episode and how it relates to your life and areas where you’d like to STRETCH.  You can leave me a message here by voice, in the comment section below or PM me on Instagram.

You can find this episode on your favorite podcasting app by searching STRETCH and in iTunes.  Be sure to subscribe, rate and review STRETCH to help us gain visibility as we share our stories with each other.

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I am excited for the launch of my podcast today with the release of the first episode – Annette.  Annette and I met in our local Toastmasters club.  We found a similarity in each other’s stories and outlook on life that led to long discussions over coffee.

Annette has been instrumental in the foundation of STRETCH.  She’s talked me down a few times when I questioned my desire to create a podcast and encouraged me to keep digging deeper as it began to come together.  Annette not only shared her excitement for the project, she also shared her story.  Annette shares her journey from resisting change and holding onto her past personas, to having to relearn who she is and what she is passionate about.

In this episode Annette and I share:
· What it means to live in your heart, not your head
· The importance of being yourself
· Learning not to control your emotions, but utilize them
· How to make it easier to get out of your comfort zone
· What being authentic to yourself means

You can find this episode on your favorite podcasting app by searching STRETCH or for an easier way you can download the episode now.  Be sure to subscribe, rate and review STRETCH to help us gain visibility as we share our thoughts and stories with the world.

You can follow Annette as she continues her journey in life by finding her on LinkedIn.

Today was the fifth morning in a row my dog woke me up and would not let me go back to sleep. He implored me to get out of bed and take him for a walk. He is subtle at first. He begins by pacing around the bedroom yawning loudly. Each yawn leading into a small yelp. Typically, he sees no reaction from me and steps it up a notch by softly whining until he sees movement. The scene escalates once I look at my phone for the time. At this point he knows I’m alive and awake and now nothing will stop him until my feet hit the floor. I can’t pull the blankets over my head because he will just paw at my face beneath the sheets. In his excitement he’ll change tactics and jumps off the bed poking his wet nose under the blanket, aggressively sniffing to see how awake I truly am. Seeing I have no choice but to be annoyed I get up. Now he knows he’s got me.

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This week marked the end of summer for me. My kids went back to school and I buckled down to complete the first season of my podcast. It was a great summer, admittedly the right length, and now I need to get back to work.

I spent the summer seeking inspiration from various sources and stumbled upon the Audible version of Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography Born to Run. I was in search of a good autobiography to meet the required reading for a storytelling class I was taking in June. Not only did I stumble upon a great read/listen in Born to Run, the course professor ended up being a HUGE Springsteen fan.

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