Episode 13: How Launching a Dream Can Help Families Thrive and Open Unexpected Doors | Kevin Payne

Episode 13: How Launching a Dream Can Help Families Thrive and Open Unexpected Doors | Kevin Payne

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On episode 13, I talk with Kevin Payne from Family Money Adventure about how taking the leap to start blogging and creating his website has opened new doors that he wouldn’t have imagined. Kevin also shares some common pitfalls for families when dealing with money and how to plan epic trips on a budget.

Kevin is passionate about helping other families make good choices, make great memories, and love life together. You’ll want to take notes as Kevin has a lot of great tips to share for parents as well as for starters like you.

 From the episode…

  • Three words that best describe Kevin: Passionate, Laid back (counts as one :), Creative.
  • How does he capture his ideas so he doesn’t loose them?
  • Who or what inspires him? Gary Vaynerchuck, other writers, and Kevin’s family.
  • What did Kevin want to be when he grew up?
  • What is his favorite doughnut and doughnut shop?
  • Background on his website launch (www.familymoneyadventure.com) and his passion for Family, Finances and Travel
  • The story of his family
  • Being a pioneer
  • Some of the money hangups that families run into
  • Four tips to help get back on track financially
  • Kevin’s travel hacking tips that have enabled their family to do fun things on a budget
  • Credit cards
  • New connections he’s discovered through blogging
  • Biggest challenges launching
  • Internal struggles, fear, self-doubt, finding time, imposter syndrome
  • Opportunities that have opened up as a result of starting and blogging
  • Kevin’s tips for those looking to take their dream or passion and do something more with it

 

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Episode 12: What To Do When Things Go Wrong | Shawn Washburn

Episode 12: What To Do When Things Go Wrong | Shawn Washburn

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Life is full of obstacles… especially for Starters. If you are sitting on the sidelines, it might be smooth sailing. But as soon as you step into the ring, as soon as you take a chance and dare to believe that you can something greater with your dream or passion… that’s when you’ll find yourself face-to-face with an obstacle.

But what can we do when things go wrong? Is it possible to come out even better on the other side? Let’s talk about it on episode 12.

 From the episode…

  • The irony of a guy named Lebron leaving my great city of Cleveland just days after I decided on a topic for this episode
  • Why starters like you will deal with obstacles
  • A story from real-life hurdles
  • What happened to with my last two interviews and how I reacted
  • What I learned from the setback
  • 3 Steps we can take
  • 1) Remove ourselves
  • 2) Spend time with truth-tellers
  • 3) Evaluate and resond

 

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Episode 11: How Broken Beginnings Birthed a Passion for Renewing Marriages | Dale and Heather Aceron

Episode 11: How Broken Beginnings Birthed a Passion for Renewing Marriages | Dale and Heather Aceron

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Dale and Heather Aceron nearly didn’t make it through the first two years of their marriage. But their marriage found new life and they learned what it took to have a thriving relationship. Today, they share practical marriage tips on their Quick and Dirty Marriage Podcast and are passionate about seeing marriages and communities renewed.

In this interview, you’ll hear how dark those early days were, what key things happened to help them dig out and begin to build a strong marriage, and what brought them to launch their own podcast.

 From the interview…

  • Three words that describe Dale and Heather
  • Who or what inspires them
  • Their pet peeves
  • What did they want to be when they grew up
  • The story of their marriage
  • “No wonder we’re in so much trouble. We don’t know anything!”
  • “If we, as broken as we were, could make this work… anybody can make this work”
  • The benefits of a healthy marriage on children and a community
  • “I believe we can changes society that way, one marriage at a time”
  • The value of mentor couples along the way and the words of their pastor
  • Why you can’t go into a marriage expecting your spouse to fill all your broken places
  • The importance of understanding how we’re wired
  • Most people hit bottom before they reach for help. Don’t.
  • Dale’s earlier podcast idea, eight years ago
  • Battling to keep a dream alive
  • The most rewarding aspects of making the leap to launch and grow their podcast — knowing they are making a difference in marriages.
  • How to make a podcast happen with the craziness of family life.

 

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Episode 10: Why You Need to Share Your Creative Side With the World | Kim Dettmer

Episode 10: Why You Need to Share Your Creative Side With the World | Kim Dettmer

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On this episode, I had the privilege of interviewing author and artist Kim Dettmer. She is the author of Moments Meant to Savor and you can find her art out at kimdettmer.com. Kim specializes in mixed media collage, but has worked with a whole host of art forms.

She is passionate about helping others discover their creative side and to make a difference with their craft.

 From the interview…

  • Three words that describe Kim: Creative, Upbeat/Happy, Kind
  • Who inspires Kim? Brene Brown, Oprah, Elizabeth Gilbert.
  • What did she want to be when she grew up? A mom.
  • She found that she had a need to fill up the creative part of herself
  • She started to search out new ways to be creative
  • Taking the time to be creative made her a better person, mom, wife… just happier.
  • She fought the idea that she was actually creative at first. It’s a lie.
  • “We all have our own creativity, we just need to find our medium”
  • Worked on college campuses, graphic arts, student newspapers
  • She loves to use lots of different types of papers. Ledger sheets, maps, stamps, etc.
  • There is more than meets the eye in her art.
  • She created a piece called Choose Hope tied to Sandy Hook tragedy
  • Project for a local school where she used patents, educational papers, blueprints
  • Sometimes when she’s starting, she has no idea where it will go
  • On her Mt. Rushmore of inspiration: Brene Brown, Oprah and Dr. Seuss
  • She loves to doodle. You just never know what you’ll create.
  • Her biggest roadblocks have been her own self doubt.
  • We need to get rid of the self-limiting beliefs
  • Not everyone has to like what we do or “get it”.
  • Her tagline: “Sending a little bit of happy into the world, one piece at a time.”
  • “If I create something that someone smiles at, that smile wouldn’t have been there if I didn’t create that.”
  • “Creativity can change a person. When you’re creative, you’re doing the work you’re supposed to do. You’re touching on your gifts and sharing those.”
  • Her book, Moments Meant to Savor. A big step to write and illustrate it.
  • Kim says “just start!”

 

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Episode 9: How a Creative Approach is Renewing Communities | Andy Sikora

Episode 9: How a Creative Approach is Renewing Communities | Andy Sikora

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On this episode, I sat down with Andy Sikora. He’s the Lead Pastor of Renew Communities, a different kind of church that is making an impact and changing lives. We talk about pursuing your purpose, persevering through hard times, finding hope when you feel like packing it in, and the power of renewal.

Andy’s got a great story that I think you’ll be able to not only relate to, but be encouraged by as well.

 From the interview…

  • Life as a sports fan in Cleveland
  • Three words that describe Andy: Relational. Achiever. Belief.
  • Andy’s family
  • Andy’s dream of baseball stardom as a kid and how that led to a conflict at a youth camp when he was 12.
  • God’s call on Andy’s life and what that means.
  • His schooling at Huntington University
  • Internship at Cedar Rapids. His love for working with youth.
  • His taste of working with a new church in Indiana. Making the decision to go even though he didn’t have everything worked out.
  • His move to Cleveland. Working at a large church while also attending online seminary. Working with 1500 young adults at the church.
  • Ministry hit by several major crises that stretched and strained Andy and made him question if he could stick it out.
  • The value of his community with the seminary cohort and mentorship with his lead pastor.
  • A lot of what he’s doing now came out of those years with the grad school.
  • He didn’t question whether God intended him for ministry, but whether he could persevere.
  • His distance running helped him in these areas as well. Pushing through limitations and beliefs. Training.
  • There is power in community
  • Struggles produce perseverance. Perseverance produces character. And character, hope.
  • How the book “The Path” changed the way he viewed things. It forced him to look into the future and helped him choose the path that led him to launch Renew.
  • The value of creating a ministry plan.
  • How a speaker who was a little bit ahead of Andy helped spur him on to make the leap.
  • What makes Renew Communities different? Is it a church?
  • Being intentional and not separating work and other aspects of life from church.
  • They are taking Jesus out to the community. Missional communities with a focus, a cause.
  • In a typical community, 60% of the people don’t want anything to do with church.
  • Andy says “I’m just trying to raise the level of people’s belief in what God’s put in them.”
  • Renew Communities: A church for our community
  • Story after story about how people are discovering God in a new way, building community through Renew.
  • It wasn’t hard until the started.
  • War of Art by Steven Pressfield. The “resistance”
  • Don’t do it alone! There’s power in community
  • Dare to do something differently, to re-think the norm.

 

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Episode 8: Knowing When to Pivot and the Power of a Mentor | Ken Cavanaugh

Episode 8: Knowing When to Pivot and the Power of a Mentor | Ken Cavanaugh

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On this episode, I talk with Ken Cavanaugh, owner of Cavanaugh Photography about his passion for capturing memories through pictures, the value of mentor, learning what you DON’T want to do, the importance of great customer service, and what a limousine did that nearly ruined his day.

The interview is packed full of so many great tips for you  as you start or grow your business or passion.

 From the interview…

  • Ken’s favorite go-to coffee
  • One of Ken’s dreams
  • Who and what Ken would love to go back in time to photograph…. maybe even together.
  • How Ken got interested in photography. Some of his other loves as well.
  • The impact that having his pictures published made in his confidence
  • The value of a mentor that helped shape his skills and career
  • Trying something new and finding out it wasn’t a good fit.
  • Making the leap with his wife to starting his own business
  • How a simple business plan was a life saver
  • His original focus and how it shifted over the years.
  • His recurring nightmare
  • What you can learn after photographing 400 weddings
  • What we lose with digital photography
  • What it’s like to be sweating bullets but still come through for your customer
  • Some of the great things that having his own business has allowed him to do
  • The freedom to call your own shots, make your own decisions
  • The value of diversifying and knowing your craft
  • Customer service can make or break your business
  • Never think a job is beneath you
  • Ken believes that every person deserves to get a great photo of themselves. It can change how they view themselves.

 

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