Tag: Connection

37 Days

During our first week, at our first Left-Right-Center game, we met a couple that we just knew we had a connection with.  Isn’t it amazing how sometimes you just feel a vibe with people.  You just meet them, yet you feel like you have known them for your entire lifetime.  Well, that was Jason and Sara Brelsfoard.  They sat next to us during the game and we immediately connected.  Jason had us laughing from the time he said hello to the time he said good-bye to us that night.  Sara may have been slightly embarrassed on occasion, but she seemed to take everything in stride.

They own what Jason calls a “small” 800-acre farm in central Illinois.  Sara is also a massage therapist.  Jason was immediately intrigued by our full-time RV lifestyle.  He loves what he does, but recognizes that life is short.  He wants to be able to live and enjoy life, not just work until he dies.

We made sure that Jason and Sara made it to trivia the next night and began sitting with them at each campground function that we were at together.  We’d stop by their site and chat and they would do the same.  They came to listen to me speak and bought a couple of my books.  They really did feel like family.

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Aliza Hava – Music is Healing

In this episode of “The Journey of My Mother’s Son” podcast, I sit down to talk with Aliza Hava.

I was honored to have the incredibly talented singer songwriter, Aliza Hava on my show.  We talk about music, trauma, healing, life, and the state of our world today.  Most importantly, we talk about the role in which music can play in our lives to help heal past trauma and help us connect with each other and God.

Ethereal. Enlightening. Medicine for the soul. Aliza Hava (“aLEEza Hah-vuh”) interlaces the elements; earth and sky, fire and water. Her transcendent voice is reminiscent of the mystical tone of Stevie Nicks, the raw soul of Janis Joplin, and the gritty wisdom of Brandi Carlile. With her award-winning infusion of folk, rock, pop, and soul, Aliza heals the tiny forgotten bits of ourselves while rekindling our memories, setting our feet on the path back home, and calling us to rise into our best versions of ourselves.

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Nikki LaCroce – The Need for Human Connection

Raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Nikki made a long-awaited move to the west coast in 2017.

It wasn’t long after that Nikki realized relocating was only one of the big changes she needed to make in her life. After spending a decade working in tech, Nikki found herself lacking a sense of fulfillment and made the decision to start therapy in an effort to unearth her purpose.

In early 2021, Nikki experienced what she now refers to as her “personal Armageddon”, as she left a decade long abusive relationship and simultaneously was faced with the unexpected loss of her mother amidst the peak of the pandemic.

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Nick Chroscinski – Applying the Games Lessons in Life

Nick is another one of my former players who Sandy and I were blessed to be able to get together with on our travels.  Now living and working in Dallas, we were able to get together with Nick in late January.  We had to reschedule our initial time to get together due to a freak ice storm in the Dallas area, but fortunately, we were able to get together with him to grab lunch a few days later.

In the past, I had made it a habit to do a podcast with the players that we got together with during our visit.  Recently, I rethought that philosophy because I felt that it took away from our time together.  As I have mentioned so many times in the past, I have really started to understand the importance of being in the moment and felt that carving out time to do a podcast during our visits was taking time away from that moment of just being present and catching up.

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Ben Albert – One Conversation at a Time

When Covid hit, Ben was furloughed from work. He found himself down and out, staring at an empty handle of Jim Bean Whiskey. He was unemployed, depressed, and felt unworthy.

Hesitantly, he opened his Macbook and started reaching out to strangers on Linkedin. This spearheaded his entrepreneurial journey.

The rest is history.

Now Ben hosts a network of 5 podcasts called “Real Business Connections,” runs a massively successful marketing firm, Balbert Marketing, and has replaced his established sales income in just over a year. Ben found his way.

You can do all this too!

It lights Ben up to help people, just like you, find YOUR way. Ben loves to help businesspeople find the essence of who THEY are and empower them and their companies to make their mark in this world. None of us deserve to feel small, unworthy, or invisible.

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Rosa Lokaisingh – What are you Thinking?

Rosa is the founder of Connecting YOU, an Entrepreneur, Coach, Speaker, and co-author of a book called Thought Leaders, Visionaries, and Influencers.

Her mission is to see the world connected by heart and spirit. Why? She believes that we are all already connected spiritually, but somehow along the way, have forgotten that, and run around becoming self-sufficient and independent, in becoming a success. Now we must un-do that and become a more integrated society.

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Finding a Growth Community

I think that the need for real human connection in the world is greater now than it’s ever been.  It’s something that was stripped from us throughout the pandemic.  It’s also been something that has been faked for decades.  Many businesses nowadays are based on transactions as opposed to relationships.  The entrepreneurs gathered at the Growth Now Summit were people who based the foundation of their business success on relationships as opposed to transactions.  Something else that is slowly being stripped away from us as small businesses struggle to complete in what is a growing global market.  All of my success in the business world was based on relationships.  It was great to be surrounded by other like-minded people who believed in the same philosophy.  People who were more focused on their impact as opposed to their profit margin.

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When Sandy and I started this journey, a big part of it for me was to find that connection that my mother found along her journey.  That real human connection.  Covid stripped that from us in the beginning to an extent, but I am grateful for those who we have connected with so far.  There are too many people to list, and if I try to, I will miss some.  But just know, that if you are reading this, and we’ve been fortunate enough to spend time with you since we’ve been on this journey, those moments, whether long or short are the fuel that continues to feed my soul.  Everyone that we’ve connected with and have been blessed to spend time with thus far, are my kind of weird.  We have nothing to gain from them, and they have nothing to gain from us.  We can just feed off of each other’s presence and friendship.  As I had written in my last blog, this journey has allowed us to connect with some people in person who I had only been connected with through social media prior to us meeting.  The first time that we ever did that, Sandy thought that it was a little bit strange.  She was hesitant, but to this day, she will tell you that one of our most special visits on this journey was with Homa and Andrew Schweers in Virginia.

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