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Taylor Phelan on #ImPhelanit {Podcast Episode #65}


Photo credit: Cassie Loree Photography

Photo credit: Cassie Loree Photography


I am honored to have Taylor Phelan on the podcast today. You have probably seen him killing it on NBC’s The Voice this season.  I am so excited for him and his family and the opportunities ahead of him.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • How he started in music
  • How he started writing songs
  • How his time on staff with churches helped mold him
  • How The Canes got started
  • How his dream changed right when The Canes were moving forward
  • How putting his family first changed everything
  • How hard it was to walk away from his dream in order to take care of his family
  • How making the right decision is still difficult
  • How he accepted being a suburban dad
  • How his wife Nikki encouraged him to continue chasing his dream
  • How he pushed back on her and tried to make it impossible to keep following his dream
  • How supportive everyone is on The Voice
  • Humility is the hallmark of the show
  • The importance of being authentic and genuine
  • The importance of having a core group of people around you
  • Sometimes, in life, we’re not able to pursue our dreams
  • Prioritize the right things
  • Sometimes, it’s better to redefine what our dreams are
  • Learn how to make your dream fit your life
  • When the day comes that he has to leave the show, he’ll go home to his already cool life
  • Rewire your thinking to love your life now

Watch the show on Monday and Tuesday nights. Be active on Social Media with #ImPhelanit. Tag his page on Facebook, Tweet at him, and help cheer him on. Download his songs on iTunes. And if he gets to the voting stage, be sure to vote for him!

Also, be sure to check out Nikki and Taylor’s company, Blooming House Collective.

If you enjoyed hearing Taylor’s story, send him a Tweet and let him know. Be sure to include #ImPhelanit.

What stood out to you about Taylor’s story?


Sarah Harmeyer on Loving People {Podcast Episode #64}

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Sarah Harmeyer joins me on the podcast today. She is amazing. She has big dreams of gathering people around the table, and helping others do the same all over the country.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • How her dream took shape because she understood that God made her a people gatherer
  • Her choice to focus more on being than doing
  • Her goal of inviting 500 people to her table in 2012
  • Her one word for the year that helps shape her dream
  • How she realized there are other people like her who want to love people around the table
  • How she took the time to reshape herself before starting on her dream
  • “Leadership starts with leading ourselves well”
  • “I didn’t want my table to be a holy huddle.”
  • Everyone is welcome at Sarah’s table
  • People are waiting to be invited!
  • She makes her parties about people
  • What role do you play in your neighborhood?
  • How she is intentional about introducing people by saying what she loves about them
  • How she sets the culture of the night
  • When we learn each other’s stories, we can love anyone
  • When we create environments where the people are what shine, people get that and love it
  • Let’s serve each other
  • How she is inviting people into her dream
  • She can still get stuck in the details
  • She struggles in resting in who she is
  • We need to have grace for ourselves as well as others
  • Find what God is calling you to do
  • It’s not always about the next big thing
  • How can you run your race well?

You can find Sarah at Neighbors Table, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow her and let her know how her words impacted you.

Do you love gathering people?



Kelsey Humphreys on Going Solo {Podcast Episode #63}

KelseyHumphreysHeadShot Kelsey Humphreys joins me on the podcast today. She is passionate about personal development and entrepreneurship. She is a speaker, consultant, coach and writer. Her new book, Go Solo: How to Quit the Job You Hate and Start a Small Business You Love. On this episode, we talk about:

  • Leaving something you like (or do well) to pursue your passion
  • Wanting more in life
  • Her new book, Go Solo, and why she is so passionate about helping others do what they love
  • You can’t reach your peak by wandering there
  • Entrepreneurs have lots of ideas. You may fail, but don’t be afraid to do it again
  • We often get pushback from people who are closest to us
  • Change what it looks like to do the thing you love
  • It’s so different to be energized throughout the whole day
  • Stuck is our own fear
  • Put your finger on why you’re stuck and make a plan to take steps
  • “All of this to say, if you’re approaching Mount Terrifying, you’re probably doing something right. Without risk, without challenging ourselves, without pushing our hearts until they are pound pound pounding, what are we doing? Just existing? Just wandering.”

You can connect with Kelsey on Twitter, Facebook, and her website. Be sure to pick up a copy of her book and leave her a review.   GoSoloBookCover   Do you dream of going solo? Share in the comments below.

Abbie Unger on Following Your Passion {Podcast Episode #62}



Abbie Unger joins me on the podcast today. She is a former flight attendant who is passionate about helping people chase their dream of being in the industry. She is the founder of Flight Attendant Career Connection, an author, coach and entrepreneur.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • How her passion for the travel industry inspired a dream
  • How she noticed the patterns that led to her business
  • How talking about what she loved inspired others to ask for her help
  • There are communities of people out there that want to talk about the same thing you are passionate about
  • It’s never too late to follow your dream
  • How she wrote her book in 30 days
  • How she grew her Facebook group to over 7K members
  • How to manage the complexities of a Facebook group
  • How she got featured on Facebook Stories
  • Balancing being a mom with her career
  • What did you want to be when you were little? How can they translate into today?
  • Your true passions come to the surface when you are younger

You can follow her Facebook Page here. You can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook as well. You can check out her book here and her website here.


Empty Shelf Challenge Books #27-31

Earlier this year, I joined Jon Acuff and tons of other people for his Empty Shelf Challenge. You can read more about how I started it here. You can also see a list of all of the books by searching the category “Sharing Great Books” to the right of this post.

Here are the latest books I’ve added to the empty shelf. Since I read some on Kindle, and give some away, they may not all show in the picture.

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#27 Sentness: Six Postures of Missional Christians by Kim Hammond and Darren Cronshaw

I recently met Kim when he spoke at our church. I love his heart for living in the present moment and making a difference in the world around us. This book is a great read and it challenges you to think about how you can start living missionally where you currently are.

#28 Stronger than Coffee: The Power of Community by the Tulsa 5 Club

This book has special meaning because it was written by friends from an online community called Dreamers & Builders. For the past year, they have been meeting at 5am every Friday morning to help challenge each other to dream and live life differently. I’d love it if you’d support them  and pick up this beautiful book. You can also follow them through #Tulsa5Club on Twitter.

#29 7: An Experimental Mutiny by Jen Hatmaker

7 is the true story of how Jen (along with her husband and her children to varying degrees) took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence. This book made me stop and think about what excess looks like in my life and how I can learn to live with less.

#30 Podcasting Good to Great: How to Grow your Audience through Collaboration by Jared Easley

This was a great book from my friend Jared Easley. He provides a behind-the-scenes look at how podcasters can build influential platforms. He discusses various strategies for networking, even when you can’t leave home to attend pricey conferences. It provides a proven roadmap that will launch you into becoming a great connector and influencer, and ultimately a person that your audience will value even more. Jared is the real deal, and has helped me and so many others learn that generosity and noticing people are so important. I’d love it if you’d check it out and support Jared.



#31 The Noticer Returns by Andy Andrews

I loved this book. It was a gift from my friend Matt Ham (you should check out all the awesome stuff he is doing.) I love receiving and giving books as gifts! This was a really easy read packed with powerful messages. This is one of my favorite quotes:

“One seed, carefully tended, contains within it the power to change the world, for that single seed can yield an uncountable and ever-increasing number of seeds just as valuable.”

WOW! That is so true. I’m a big fan of Andy Andrews’ writing, and would highly recommend it. I passed this on to someone else, who I’m hoping will continue to pass it on to others.

What are you reading? I’d love to get some new books to add to my list!




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