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Embark on a transformative adventure with Inspiring Journeys (formerly Journey of the Rhode Runner), where every step is a story waiting to be told, and every tale sparks the flame of inspiration. Join our hosts, Paul Stroessner and Kerri Nelson, as we navigate the profound narratives of those who've conquered mountains, faced challenges head-on, and emerged stronger than ever.

Inspiring Journeys is not just a podcast; it's a celebration of the human spirit. We bring you real stories from real people who've navigated life's twists and turns, emerging victorious. From triumphs to tribulations, our guests share their inspiring tales, and our hosts provide insights that ignite the spark within.

Our mission is twofold — to share incredible stories that inspire and to encourage every listener to embark on their unique journey, discovering the paths they are meant to tread.

Join us weekly as we dive into the heart of inspiring journeys, leaving you motivated, empowered, and ready to embark on your own path of self-discovery. Subscribe to the "Inspiring Journeys" podcast, and let the stories of resilience, courage, and triumph fuel your own extraordinary journey.

Inspiring Journeys Paul Stroessner

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Embark on a transformative adventure with Inspiring Journeys (formerly Journey of the Rhode Runner), where every step is a story waiting to be told, and every tale sparks the flame of inspiration. Join our hosts, Paul Stroessner and Kerri Nelson, as we navigate the profound narratives of those who've conquered mountains, faced challenges head-on, and emerged stronger than ever.

Inspiring Journeys is not just a podcast; it's a celebration of the human spirit. We bring you real stories from real people who've navigated life's twists and turns, emerging victorious. From triumphs to tribulations, our guests share their inspiring tales, and our hosts provide insights that ignite the spark within.

Our mission is twofold — to share incredible stories that inspire and to encourage every listener to embark on their unique journey, discovering the paths they are meant to tread.

Join us weekly as we dive into the heart of inspiring journeys, leaving you motivated, empowered, and ready to embark on your own path of self-discovery. Subscribe to the "Inspiring Journeys" podcast, and let the stories of resilience, courage, and triumph fuel your own extraordinary journey.

    GenX Journeys: Return to the '80s: Episode 1 - Journey

    GenX Journeys: Return to the '80s: Episode 1 - Journey

    Welcome, everyone, to a very special episode of Inspiring Journeys! We've been on a little summer hiatus as I am working on some backend work for the show. One of the projects I'm working on is moving my original podcast Return to the '80s into the Inspiring Journeys feed, and branding this branch to GenX Journeys. I'll eventually move all the return to the '80s episodes that you will enjoy, and we will also include our monthly GenX Book Club. If there is interest, I will continue to record new GenX Journeys episodes. 

    And we will return to our flagship Inspiring Journeys episodes next month as we have some awesome guests lined up! 

    On this episode, we're taking a nostalgic detour under our new branch, GenX Journeys.  To kick off this exciting transition, we're reintroducing my very first podcast episode, originally recorded on Apr 22, 2016, where I had the pleasure of co-hosting with Robert Mishou. Together, we take a deep dive into the legendary band, Journey.
    My co-host Robert and I give some background on ourselves, then we get into some segments: Not Necessarily the '80s News, Shall We Play a Game?, then we get into the main topic of Journey. We go through the entire history of the band, from it's beginnings up the the point of this recording in 2016. Then Robert and I each share our top 5 Journey songs and discuss why these tracks stand out to us.
     
    I hope you enjoy this blast from the past as much as we enjoyed creating it. So, grab your headphones, get comfy, and let's travel back together with GenX Journeys!
    Also, if you want to participate by sharing your thoughts or answers to our trivia and *Remember That Song* segments, remember to email me at my new address: paul@inspiringjourneys.net. I would love to hear from you!
     
    You can follow Return to the '80s on:
    Instagram (@returntothe80s)
    Facebook
    X (@returntothe80s)
    And the GenX Book Club is on Facebook.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode 18: Once in a Lifetime with Suzanne Mattaboni

    Episode 18: Once in a Lifetime with Suzanne Mattaboni

    On this episode of Inspiring Journeys, Paul defies Ghostbuster Dr. Egon Spengler's advice about not crossing the streams as we welcome Suzanne Mattaboni, co-host of Paul's other show, The GenX Book Club, to this show.
    Suzanne is an award-winning writer and the author of the coming-of-age novel Once in a Lifetime, which is set in the 1980s. She recently released a 2nd edition of this book, and it is the June Book of the Month for The GenX Book Club
     
    We talk about 70s and 80s pop culture, the writing and publishing process, and the necessity to be resilient and positive in order to survive and thrive in the publishing industry.
     
    This episode is dedicated to 22 Too Many Veteran:
    Daniel LaBella





    Cpl Daniel James LaBella USMC
    January 16, 1987 – January 1, 2008
    My brother and I grew up in Coram, NY. Ever since we were little, my older brother, Danny, always wanted to be in the Marines and go to war and have a family. We have three other brothers: Christopher, Jacob, and Patrick. My brother loved to spy on me when I was younger and get me into trouble when I was not doing what I was supposed to do. He loved building model cars. He loved playing in little league. He loved camping and hanging with friends. He loved to write and read. His favorite movies were the Ghostbusters movies and Star Wars Movies. He loved the New York Yankees with a passion.
    He was deployed in November 2006 to Iraq. He came home and was not the same. He struggled with drinking and even had one prior suicide attempt before completing suicide January 1, 2008. He left two daughters behind, Londyn and Faith, who miss him terribly.  My brother was too stubborn to accept help or want it. But that was how my brother was.
    States he called home: New York, Florida, and West Virginia
    Resting Place: Locust Valley Cemetery, Locust Valley, Long Island NY
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    Once in a Lifetime can be purchased anywhere you can purchase books, including Kindle Unlimited
    You can also get it on https://www.onceinalifetimenovel.com/
    Suzanne can also be found on:
    https://www.suzannemattaboni.com/
    Instagram: @suzannemattaboni80s
    X: @suzmattaboni
    Facebook
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    Facebook: Every Run Has a Story
     
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 17: Creating Your Own Narrative with Angie Leitnaker

    Episode 17: Creating Your Own Narrative with Angie Leitnaker

    On this episode we are thrilled to welcome Angie Leitnaker. Angie’s journey through personal growth and overcoming grief has made her a passionate advocate for human potential. With 13 years of teaching experience and extensive work hosting global retreats, she has dedicated herself to helping others discover their inner greatness. Angie believes everyone wants to be seen, heard, and valued, and she emphasizes practical tools to not just survive, but truly thrive. Founder of C.A.P.E. Global, she empowers children and adults to break through barriers and achieve lasting fulfillment. Join us as we explore Angie’s inspiring journey and insights, and how can discover or rediscover your own inner greatness!
     
    This episode is dedicsted to 22 Too Many veteran
    Andrew Saunders





    Andrew Jonathan Saunders, 25, passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2015. He was born in Asheville, NC on April 27, 1990 to Susan and William Saunders.
    Andrew went to school in Ridgecrest, CA where he found a love for playing music in jazz band with the trumpet, as well as playing guitar almost nonstop with his many friends. In addition to his musical talent, Andrew was also an accomplished discus thrower, being voted MVP two years in a row before competing in a CIF Championship.
    Andrew joined the US Army after high school. Once he graduated from basic training at the top of his class, he went to Apache helicopter mechanic training, where he also graduated top of his class. After tours in Ansbach, Germany, and Afghanistan, Andrew learned that he had been accepted into flight school, realizing his dream. After graduating from warrant officer school, he finished flight school as the “Distinguished Graduate.” He was then assigned as a Blackhawk pilot at Fort Carson, CO, where he was living at the time of his death.
    Andrew lived life to the fullest and brought out the best in everyone who knew him. He loved deeply and made lifelong friendships at every turn of his life.
    Andrew is survived by his mother Susan Lasell, step-father Richard Lasell, brother Brian Hoppus, and sister Sarah Hoppus.
    Final Rest: Riverside National Cemetery.
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    Angie can be found at
    https://www.cape-global.com/
    Instagram: @angieleitnaker
    Facebook: CAPE Global - Creating A Powerful Experience
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    Kerri can be found on
    Instagram: @running_with_the_rockstar
    Facebook: Every Run Has a Story
     
    You can find Paul - The Rhode Runner in the following places:
    Twitter: @TheRhodeRunner
    Instagram: @TheRhodeRunner
    Facebook
     
    Inspiring Journeys can be found on:
    InspiringJourneys.net
    Instagram: @InspiringJourneysPod
    Facebook
     
    You can also download and subscribe to the Inspiring Journeys Podcast at:
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 16: Get the Funk Out and Get Into Alignment with Molly Smith

    Episode 16: Get the Funk Out and Get Into Alignment with Molly Smith

    Today, we have a truly special guest with us: Molly Smith. Often described as the female “Ted Lasso,” Molly brings an infectious blend of grit and positivity to everything she does, earning her the endearing moniker #mollypositivepants.
    Molly is deeply committed to personal growth, the potential of those around her, and the success of the companies she leads. In March 2019, she made a life-altering decision to prioritize her health, a journey that not only transformed her own life but also inspired her to help others overcome similar obstacles. With her unique, self-deprecating humor and unwavering positivity, Molly has touched the lives of thousands.

    As the founder and Chief Positivity Officer of Next Best Step LLC, Molly is dedicated to helping people take their next best step in health, mindset, and purpose. A sought-after speaker for women’s groups and various podcasts, she is also working on her first book, "What the Funk?! How to Get Out of the Funk You Are In by Creating Alignment in Your Life."

    So, join us as we dive into Molly's inspiring journey and learn how she continues to spread positivity and make a meaningful impact on the world.
     
    This episode is dedicated to 22 Too Many veteran:
     
    Jeffery Olmstead

    SMSGT Jeffery Wayne Olmstead, age 50, was born in Dallas, Texas, on September, 1967. Jeffery entered the kingdom of heaven on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in Los Lunas, NM.
    He suffered silently from the invisible wounds of war. SMSGT Olmstead served his country in the United States Air Force for 22 years until his retirement on October, 2010. While he served his country, he met the love of his life, Rosita Cano, while she was also serving in the United States Air Force. Jeffery served multiple tours of duty in Desert Storm, Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan, earning him multiple decorations, medals, Badges, Citations, Campaign Ribbons and honors. After his retirement, Jeffery went to work for the Air Force Research Labs at Kirtland Air Force Base.
    His greatest accomplishments were the days that he coached his daughter’s swim, basketball & soccer teams in Alaska and Los Lunas, as well as his son’s basketball, baseball and soccer teams in Los Lunas. Jeffery was the BIGGEST most dedicated Dallas Cowboys fan you ever met.
    He and his wife were married 25 years. He loved his Dallas Cowboys, but most of all, his six children and seven grandchildren.
    Places he called home: Alaska, Washington State, Nebraska (was stationed at Offutt AFB) and Dallas, Texas
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    Get the Confidence Resume
     
    Molly can be found on:
    Facebook
    Instagram (@molly.positivepants)
    LinkedIn
     
    and she can be emailed at molly@mollypositivepants.com
     
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    Kerri can be found on
    Instagram: @running_with_the_rockstar
    Facebook: Every Run Has a Story
     
    You can find Paul - The Rhode Runner in the following places:
    Twitter: @TheRhodeRunner
    Instagram: @TheRhodeRunner
    Facebook
     
    Inspiring Journeys can be found on:
    InspiringJourneys.net
    Instagram: @InspiringJourneysPod
    Facebook
     
    You can also download and subscribe to the Inspiring Journeys Podcast at:
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 15: The Rhode to the Marine Corps Marathon with Paul Stroessner

    Episode 15: The Rhode to the Marine Corps Marathon with Paul Stroessner

    Paul has signed up for his very first marathon! He will be running the Marine Corps Marathon on October 27 this year (2024).
     
    Paul discusses his decision with Kerri, and talks about what led to this decision and they talk about the road ahead.
     
    This episode is dedicated to 22 Too Many veteran:
     
    Pamela Dowling




    US Marine Corporal Pamela K Dowling, born 1987, in Vermillion, South Dakota, beloved daughter of Kelli Dowling and Robert Hanson, beloved sister of Paige Dowling.
    Pamela was raised in Portland and Estacada, Oregon. She was a graduate of Estacada High School, and a graduate from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelors degree. Pamela recently left her job as a Social Worker to a Sales Counselor.
    Pamela joined the United States Marine Corps and was based at Camp Pendleton, in San Diego County, California. She deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terror. Cpl Dowling earned numerous awards and commendations during her honorable service, she attained the rank of corporal.
    From the mother of Cpl Dowling, Kelli:
    “Our daughter was a true hero and a winner! She was loved by her family and all her friends. A part of me died that day. No parent should ever have to bury their child. I’m so heart broken, I’ll never be same again as well as her Dad and our entire family. I love you, Pam. We must help our soldiers! They are true heroes, like our daughter, Pamela. I love you, honey. I’m only here because of Paige. I wish I could have taken your place honey. Rest in peace with the Angels, my baby girl. I will see you again.”
    Cpl Pamela K Dowling lost her battle with PTS, May 22, 2015. She was 28 years old. She now rests peacefully at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon.
     
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    Kerri can be found on
    Instagram: @running_with_the_rockstar
    Facebook: Every Run Has a Story
     
    You can find Paul - The Rhode Runner in the following places:
    Twitter: @TheRhodeRunner
    Instagram: @TheRhodeRunner
    Facebook
     
    Inspiring Journeys can be found on:
    InspiringJourneys.net
    Instagram: @InspiringJourneysPod
    Facebook
     
    You can also download and subscribe to the Inspiring Journeys Podcast at:
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    • 45 min
    Episode 14: The Extraordinary Inspiring Journey of Terry Yoffe

    Episode 14: The Extraordinary Inspiring Journey of Terry Yoffe

    Today we welcome Terry Yoffe to the show! Terry's journey is one of transformation and empowerment. After years in the corporate world, she broke those golden handcuffs and seamlessly transitioned into a role as an executive business coach. For the past 2 decades, Terry has been guiding her clients towards realizing their full potential.
    But Terry's impact doesn't stop there! As host of her own podcast, Extraordinary Work: Conversations about Creating Change, she shines a spotlight on those individuals who are making waves in their own spheres, driving positive change and innovation.
    Come listen to how Terry has constantly reinvented herself, taking herself to the next level each time, and be inspired knowing you have the ability to do the same thing!
    As this episode was recorded on May 5 - National Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day, this episode is dedicated to:
    Hanna Harris

    Hanna Harris was born on May 5, 1992, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.
    She was only 21 on July 4, 2013 when she left the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation to go into nearby Lame Deer, Montana, to watch the Independence Day fireworks. She never returned home. When her family reported her missing, local law enforcement downplayed her disappearance. Four days later, a volunteer search team found her body.
    It was determined that she was brutally raped and murdered.
    In some tribal communities, Native American Women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average; homicide is the 4th leading cause of death for Native women and girls between the ages of 1 and 19, and the 5th leading cause of death for ages 20 to 24.
    Almost half of all Native American women have experienced physical violence, and one of three will, at some point in their life, experience the violence and trauma of rape according to the Department of Justice.
    Help support Rising Hearts to bring awareness and fight against these injustices.
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    Terry Yoffe can be reached at the following places:
    https://trycoaching.com/
    Instagram: @TerryYoffe
    LinkedIn
    Facebook
    email: terry@trycoaching.com
    You can also listen ter her podcast, Extraordinary Work: Conversations about Creating Change on 
    Apple
    iHeartRadio
    Spotify
     
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    Kerri can be found on
    Instagram: @running_with_the_rockstar
    Facebook: Every Run Has a Story
     
    You can find Paul - The Rhode Runner in the following places:
    Twitter: @TheRhodeRunner
    Instagram: @TheRhodeRunner
    Facebook
     
    Inspiring Journeys can be found on:
    InspiringJourneys.net
    Instagram: @InspiringJourneysPod
    Facebook
     
    You can also download and subscribe to the Inspiring Journeys Podcast at:
    Apple Podcasts
    iHeartRadio
    Spotify

    • 56 min

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Terry Yoffe ,

Inspiring Journeys is truly Inspiring

Paul is an amazing host and i loved how our podcast just flowed and he asked the right questions at the right time. You won't won't want to miss this podcast for sure as Paul brings allows us to peek into lives of those people that have had inspiring journeys and each guest lets us in on their story and how one can become inspired to think about their own stories

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Love these people!!!

Great show!!! Had a blast chatting with these guys. What amazing heartfelt energy. Highly recommend 👍

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