As soon as you start a conversation with Jeff and Andre Shinabarger, you know that they are truly opposites in every way. Their playful banter and opposite perspective when sharing a story give you insight into how two strong-willed leaders who want to change the world have learned how to stay in love and raise a healthy family while they pursue their passions.
Jeff and Andre always knew they had big dreams. She serves as a Physician’s Assistant at Grady Healthcare in Atlanta and Jeff is the Founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit in Atlanta called Plywood People, where he leads a community of startups who are doing good. Listen to their story.
It doesn’t take long to hear their passion for impacting the world. They have dreams and have worked hard to build a platform for those dreams. But, early in their lives as new parents, they started to discover that they had to change the way they were living if they wanted to stay in love and raise a healthy family. This led them to a series of decisions which included a 3-month sabbatical in Nicaragua where they began the process of changing the way they operated as a couple and a family.
This interview is chalked full of dirt for anyone wrestling with some of those same questions as they live out their passion. You’ll learn how they’ve created rhythms in life that work for them and the radical steps they’ve taken to stay healthy in the midst of a busy life.
Find Jeff and Andre at
@loveorwork on Instagram
@plywoodpeople on Instagram
Even though Jesica D’Avanza grew up with parents who instilled confidence in her abilities from an early age and a father who was a role model as an elite runner, when it came to her own personal journey to running, Jesica shares a story that many of us can relate to.
She grew up running high school track but as she began her own journey into endurance running, she started to realize how some of her self-limited beliefs were holding her back. The things she learned as she set goals first to complete long-distance events and then to hit time goals, started to grow her confidence in other areas of her life. Listen to her full story on the podcast.
In 2012, Jesica began her blog, runladylike.com – appropriately named by combining the words “run” and “unladylike” – where she shares her uncensored and unladylike adventures of running and marathon training. (listen to the podcast for poop stories – yep, we all have them, she just isn’t shy about sharing them!)
Jesica also shares about her journey to becoming a mom and how she’s had to adapt to the change in her body from pregnancy and childbirth. She’s very honest about the physical and mental challenges that come with having your body completely transformed.
Jesica has completed eight marathons, 12 half marathons and numerous triathlons, including two half iron distance races. She received her marathon coaching certification from the North American Academy of Sport Fitness Professionals and actively coaches runners of all levels. In her day job, she serves as vice president of marketing communications for the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to ending muscle disease. You can connect with her at @rUnladylike on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Business owners understand that the time, intentional effort, and planning they put into their business will directly result in the long-term success and growth of their business. As they began to build and grow a successful fitness business (FitWit), Josh and Erin Guerrieri found this to be true. They had to spend time working on the business instead of just working in the business. It’s allowed them to ride the wave of fitness trends and build a sustainable business that continues to grow. Read more “Podcast – Josh and Erin Guerrieri on Running a Family Like a Small Business”
What if you were hiding a secret that was eating away at your life but you feared to share because it might somehow make you unlovable? What if you were struggling to reconcile the way you feel with the things you’d been taught your entire life? What if you felt alone and isolated? Most of us can actually say that we’ve struggled with those feelings at some time in our life. Today’s podcast guest Brett Trapp gives us some honest insight into his grit journey that led him to the courage to live authentically and some great dirt for people on how to live their most authentic self. Listen now.
For nine years, Brett Trapp kept a secret journal of thoughts on being gay and Christian, knowing one day he’d shout the story he feared most. On a Tuesday morning in late 2016, he logged on Facebook and began shouting… He started by publishing a Gossip Guide to his sexuality—a cheeky way to let friends know his secret. He then began sharing the vivid details of his story through a 44-episode memoir, published as one episode per day. Each episode combined visually-rich prose and stunning photography. He called the story Blue Babies Pink. Within days, word began to spread. Though there was no advertising or major publicity, people began to share the story through social media. Thousands of readers tuned in, eagerly waiting for the daily installment to be released. Several readers called it “the Netflix of blogs.” To date, Blue Babies Pink has drawn nearly 100,000 readers from around the world and spawned a 2,200 mile, five
Within days, word began to spread. Though there was no advertising or major publicity, people began to share the story through social media. Thousands of readers tuned in, eagerly waiting for the daily installment to be released. Several readers called it “the Netflix of blogs.” To date, Blue Babies Pink has drawn nearly 100,000 readers from around the world and spawned a 2,200 mile, five city “Bookless Tour.” In 2017, the series released as a podcast and hit number one on the iTunes Religion/Spirituality chart and the top 40 of all podcasts worldwide. Blue Babies Pink podcast episodes have been downloaded/streamed over 650,000 times.
Listen to Brett’s story
Read the full Blue Babies Pink Story here or listen to his podcast episodes.
Reach out to him at email@example.com
Have you ever felt unfulfilled in your chosen path but wondered if chasing your dream could lead to a sustainable lifestyle? Have you questioned whether or not it’s possible to make a living while doing the thing you love? Today we get to chat with Becky Nickerson, who owns the popular Atlanta-based Infinity Yoga Studios, along with her husband Matt Shechtman.
Read more “Podcast – Becky Nickerson on Going from a Side Hustle to Successful Business”
Ask anyone in Atlanta to name someone who is helping people join the city’s running community and they’ll mention Temilola ‘Tes’ Sobomehin Marshall. Read more “Podcast: Tes Marshall – Creating Community Through Running”
Welcoming a new baby into your life. It’s supposed to be one of the happiest times of your life but for around 15% of women, it’s actually one of the darkest times in their lives because of postpartum depression. Today’s guest, Clare Schexnyder was a successful career woman who found herself in the midst of that dark depression after giving birth to her daughter, Sophie. Read more “Podcast: Clare Schexnyder of Oh Baby Fitness! on the Life Changing Power of Community and Exercise”
If you’ve met Charlie Baxter Graham, you’ll remember that encounter. Charlie is a yoga instructor, runner, store manager, and social activist who is out to influence the world for good. Read more “Podcast – Charlie Baxter Graham on Overcoming Addiction and Inspiring Others”
Allison Macsas and Gabe Steger didn’t set out to start a vacation company. This couple fell in love while traveling in Southeast Asia. There they discovered that they both shared a wanderlust spirit and love of adventure.After returning to Austin, TX and their full-time jobs, Allison as a running coach and Gabe in corporate America, they decided to take some friends on an adventure vacation based around trail running. The trip was a hit. Fast forward a few years and Gabe and Allison have both left their other jobs and have grown Rogue Expeditions into a full-time business taking people on trail running adventures to some of the most beautiful and exotic places in the world including Patagonia, Kenya, Morocco, Croatia, and Slovenia. Read more “Podcast – Going Rogue with Allison Macsas and Gabe Steger of Rogue Expeditions”