In a world where social media allows us to hide behind a facade of carefully edited perfection, I want to share stories of those of us who have found ourselves in a series of adventurous disappointments.
Evan Axelbank is host of the podcast Axelbank Reports History and Today. Originally from New York City, he has worked as a news reporter for 15 years and very clearly loves his work. In this episode, Evan talks about the roles that grandparents play and the harsh contrast that comes with not having them around anymore.
Dylan Owen is a husband, father, teacher, and coach. Five years ago, he was recently married and starting his dream job. Dylan discusses with me just how coincidentally pieces of his life have fallen together. What seemed like a low point in college ended up guiding him to exactly where he needed to be. A baseball injury during this time indirectly led him to both his wife and his job. Dylan now shares the life lessons he's experienced during the low points to positively impact his students and players.
Caleb McClanahan describes himself as a husband and father first. While baseball played a huge role in his life, he is careful not to be defined by the sport. That being said, he was a very talented athlete. By the end of his senior year of college, Caleb was a nationally top-ranked collegiate pitcher. He had no injuries and a bright future ahead in professional baseball. And then...he wasn’t drafted. It wasn’t until Caleb received a phone call later on that he would finally discover what really happened. Instead of becoming angry and bitter, he’s thankful. He’s proud of his family and the journey that’s helped shape who he is today.
Sarah McClanahan is a K-5 school counselor in Georgia. She enjoys educating children, teens, and adults about bullying. Through a tough high school experience, she shows that disappointments are a chance for resiliency and an opportunity to serve others. Listen to Sarah describe how her disappointments led to her greatest successes in life.
Nearly a decade after self-publishing her first novel, Quinn Loftis has seen success that few authors do. Her first novel has been downloaded over one million times and another made the USA Today Bestseller list. Although proud of her accomplishments as an author, Quinn is open about the most overlooked blessing she has — her very existence. Listen to this award winning author share how bipolar disorder led to two suicide attempts and how she uses her platform to help others struggling with mental health.
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Listening to Adventurous Disappointments is like eavesdropping on a juicy conversation at Starbucks, but one full of wisdom, relatability, redemption and the kind of authenticity and depth that is difficult to find.
Ms. Meadows has a quiet and gentle spirit that comes forward in her interviews coaxing the listener to want to hear what her guests have to say. She does and excellent job of asking questions in a way that is both respectful and insightful. Really enjoyed listening.