The Move Forward Anyway Podcast
I Will Never Live With ”What If”- I Am Going to Always Strive to Live for the ”Why Not”?

I Will Never Live With ”What If”- I Am Going to Always Strive to Live for the ”Why Not”?

July 26, 2022

“Courage is the ability to feel fear and do it anyway,” explains Gigi Butler, Founder and Culinary Creator of Gigi's Cupcakes and Author. Fourteen years ago, Gigi opened her first bakery with only thirty-three dollars left in her name. Five years later, she had over 120 stores in over twenty-four states, demonstrating the power of sticking to your dream.

 

Before Gigi opened her first bakery, she was a cleaner and aspiring singer living in Nashville. One day, while cleaning a client’s toilet, she got a call from her brother, who encouraged her to open a cupcake shop. After this life-changing call, Gigi found the courage to trust God and work toward making her dream a reality. Although it was risky, Gigi hit it big with Gigi’s Cupcakes and learned what it meant to be an entrepreneur.

 

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for an uplifting conversation on striving to live for the “why not?” Learn more about Gigi’s entrepreneurial journey, courage’s relationship with fear, and the unbelievable rewards of taking a risk.

 

Quotes

• “Courage is the ability to feel fear and do it anyway.” (5:06-5:10 | Gigi) 

• “And all through my life, it's been a pattern of a tenacious spirit. That's what God gives you. God gives you special gifts.” (6:34-6:41 | Gigi) 

• “If you listen to what the world says about you, you're never going to heal. You're going to be in a rut, you're going to be devastated, and you're going to be depressed your whole life. If you depend on what people say about you, you're done. So good luck with that, because it's never going to work. You have to hear the words of healing from what God's perspective of you is.” (13:08-13:28 | Gigi)

• "You have to go through it to learn it. You can't learn these skills in a college setting. It's getting the touch and feel, mistakes and pain.” (17:11-17:21 | Gigi) 

• “I think people need to know that being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. Living fearlessly and being anointed doesn't mean you'll have an easy life. It means you are going to be persecuted more than most people.” (20:39-20:45 | Gigi) 

• “Shame on you if you're feeling something deep in your spirit, and you keep hearing it and don't act upon it. Because you're missing an opportunity to build something and create something that God has intended you to do.” (25:50-26:04 | Gigi) 

 

Links

Get in touch with Gigi Butler:

 

Website: gigibutler.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialgigibutler/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gina.butler.54

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

 

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Acknowledge the Giftings You’ve Been Given to Influence the Marketplace!

Acknowledge the Giftings You’ve Been Given to Influence the Marketplace!

July 12, 2022

“I think we have to give ourselves permission to adequately look at what our skills are,” explains Christina Walker, Vocal Performance Coach at Christina Walker's Vocal Performance Studio and CEO of Christina Walker Communications. Christina was a vocal coach for twenty-two years and learned much about entrepreneurship throughout her career. Now, she has a waiting list for her ever-growing business, where she finds fulfillment in watching people improve a skill they love.

 

Christina saw a hole in the vocal coach market—how kids performed under pressure. Through her program, she teaches children how to move past the anxieties of auditions and live performances to showcase their techniques. Understanding that the “performance energy” can cause our minds to lose control, Christina uses her natural gifts to help her students work past the fear and own their performances.

 

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for an inspirational conversation on using your gifts to influence the marketplace. Learn more about Christina’s shift from the missionary mindset to business, why we should utilize our natural talents, and how to choose faith over fear.

Quotes

• “I love what I do because it allows me to impact people in something they're interested in growing. It's been fun to see people change as they go through vocal coaching.” (5:57-6:16) Christina)

• “I think we have to give ourselves permission to adequately look at what our skills are and what we are bringing to people through our gifts and talents.” (7:56-8:10) Christina)

• “But if we shut down and think, “I can't do this, or there's just no way.” And when we start having those thoughts, it's faith or fear. Choose. Nobody can choose for us. We have to choose ourselves.” (27:49-28:05) Christina)

• “I know the vision. I know what I'm going for. I can see it, feel it, taste it. It's there.” (33:07-33:13) Christina)

• “I think now more than ever, parents need to know what's actually in the performing arts because it's really geared a certain way. You can trust what the child is getting, and the coaching they're receiving from me is to build up and move them forward in what they're created to do.” (35:54-36:13) Christina)

Links

Get in touch with Christina Walker:

Websites: meetchristinawalker.com 

practicePolishperform.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christina-walker-382b1bb3/

 

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

 

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I Was No Longer Seeing It as This Impossible Dream

I Was No Longer Seeing It as This Impossible Dream

June 28, 2022

“I would say you're never too old. Never too old. Go ahead,” says Rocklyn Grace. Rocklyn, a former writing and research professor, spent many years focused on teaching others to write, rather than her own creative writing. Now the author of the Remnant Chronicles, Rocklyn is finally realizing her dream, proving that it’s never too late.

 

With a career in academia, Rocklyn could not focus on her writing. Between work and the general obstacles of life, Rocklyn always had to put her personal projects aside. However, Rocklyn’s dream eventually became unavoidable as she became increasingly driven to write. Although it isn’t easy, Rocklyn proves that you can achieve your goals at any age as long as you’re willing to try.

 

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for an inspiring conversation on going after what you want. Learn more about Rocklyn’s storytelling journey, her experience with Jeff’s Dream Accelerator, and why her true goal is to make the world a kinder place.

 

Quotes

• “I would say you're never too old. Never too old. Go ahead.” (6:04-6:09) | Rocklyn) 

• “It's never too late to get in there and try. Maybe you have to adjust your dream a little bit, but do it. People need your dream.” (6:25-6:34) | Rocklyn) 

• “I had to learn to step back and just laugh at myself a little and say, “You know what, even if it's delayed, it will still get published.” (32:33-32:43) | Rocklyn)

• “I just want to be able to tell them that they're loved, they are seen, and that God loves them.” (38:00-38:06) | Rocklyn)

• “If you're listening, contact Jeff and get some clarity. And let us help bring this dream into fruition because your dream is important. I love you and we want your dream.” (40:22-40:37 | Rocklyn)

 

Links

Get in touch with Rocklyn Grace:

Website: https://www.rocklyngrace.com/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/rocklyn_grace_remnant_writer?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

 

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

 

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If You Take Actions, You Will Get Results!

If You Take Actions, You Will Get Results!

June 14, 2022

“I realized that I would never really get to the level of income or live the lifestyle I wanted for myself and my family if I worked for somebody else,” explains Tiffany Higgins, Founder and CEO of The Stay at Home Bookkeeper. Tiffany started her bookkeeping business in 2015 and credited that for changing her family’s life. Now, she teaches other moms how they can do the same and gain financial freedom.

 

Tiffany always understood that if her business failed, she could go out and get another job. With that safety net in mind, she chased after her dreams and figured out how to become a business owner along the way. Although Tiffany admits that she didn’t know how everything was going to work out, she stayed the course as she transitioned from her successful bookkeeping company to becoming an educational resource to budding entrepreneurs.

 

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for an encouraging conversation on taking action. Learn more about Tiffany’s journey into entrepreneurship, the benefits of networking groups, and why you shouldn’t wait to take action.

 

Quotes

• “I realized that I would never really get to the level of income or live the lifestyle I wanted for myself and my family if I worked for somebody else. So that was kind of the defining moment that pushed me over that hump.” (7:36 - 7:52 | Tiffany)

• “I had not been a business owner before. I had no clue how it was going to work out. But we just went for it.” (9:01 - 9:07 | Tiffany)

• “You work it out and figure out each step as it comes to you.”(10:05 - 10:08 | Tiffany)

• “My favorite thing about teaching moms is that they’re stepping into new powerful versions of themselves that they didn't even know existed.” (24:43 - 24:52 | Tiffany)

• “We're always trying to make it more fun and more graceful for our students to reach the results they want. So we're always looking for new ways. We've added some cool new calls to our program.” (25:24 - 25:38 |Tiffany)

• “If you just take action, even though it's not perfect, then that's what gets you results.” (27:35 - 27:47 | Tiffany)

Links

Get in touch with Tiffany Higgins:

Website: www.stayathomebookkeeper.com

Email: info@stayathomebookkeeper.com or info@tiffanihiggins.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Have-Your-Cake-and-Eat-It-Too-347390699205393/?ref=page_internal 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/haveyourcakeeatittoothiggins/

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

 

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Our Main Mission and Purpose Was to Create a Sense of Community and a Place to Connect People

Our Main Mission and Purpose Was to Create a Sense of Community and a Place to Connect People

May 31, 2022

“Our mission was to bring the community into our 3000 square foot space and bring a sense of community to Downtown Oconomowoc,” says Hilary DeVries, co-owner of Roots Coffee Bar. Heidi Latch and Hilary DeVries are two sisters from Wisconsin who both had a shared dream of opening a coffee shop. Ten years later, they reflect on how far they’ve come and are grateful that their parents pushed them to pursue their passions.

 

Heidi and Hilary ensure that Roots Coffee Bar is where people can come, sit, and connect. More than just serving good coffee, their main goal was to foster a sense of community, which they happily achieved. Although it wasn’t easy, and the money wasn’t always there, the sisters knew that their dream would come true if they relied on each other. 

 

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for an inspiring conversation on creating community. Learn more about what sparked Heidi and Hilary’s dream, the strength of their partnership, and how they pushed forward through life’s many challenges.

 

Quotes

 

• “That first spark was our parents pushing us, saying, “I don't know what you're waiting for. Stop talking and just do it.” So, we're like, okay, we better do it now.” [Heidi] (7:53 - 8:00)

• “I think we just told ourselves we were doing it. So, we would figure out how we had to do it.” [Heidi] (16:43 - 16:48)

• “We trust each other, but we also know what buttons to press and what not to press because we know each other.” [Hilary] (19:24 - 19:32)

• “I would say you have to look inside yourself and decide whether or not your passion is there. If you know you want to do it and truly believe in your heart that you want it, it will happen.” [Heidi] (21:05 - 21:18)

• “I think you just got to keep pushing forward and keep your eye to the goal you have if that's your passion, that's in your heart, and you can feel it. If it's there, it's there. And you can feel that's what you should be doing.” [Heidi] (22:11 - 22:25)

• “Our mission was to bring the community into our 3000 square foot space and bring a sense of community to Downtown Oconomowoc.” [Hilary] “36:15 - 36:26)

• “Just keep going and find either a mentor or a friend or someone to walk alongside you to help you, guide you, and even just be your biggest cheerleader.” [Heidi] (39:08 - 39:19)

 

Links

Get in touch with Heidi Latch and Hilary DeVries:

Website:https://rootscoffeebar.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Roots-Coffeebar-Cafe-198272476886362

Email: rootscoffeebar@gmail.com

Ph# (262) 354-0705

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

 

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If You Build It, They Will Come. - From Field of Dreams

If You Build It, They Will Come. - From Field of Dreams

May 17, 2022

“I just know that they're counting on me,” says Julie Womble, Author and Veteran Advocate. Julie’s latest book Prized Possession is about a homeless veteran who meets a young girl, forever changing them. Julie’s strong desire to help veterans inspired her writing and her dream of one day opening a facility for homeless veterans: Hero’s Haven.

 

Julie always cared about the veteran population. And when her son received a small bible from a homeless man, presumed to be a veteran, she felt that she had to take action. Fueled by passion, Julie works to create a haven for veterans in need, no matter how long it takes. Although dreams are never a sure thing, she trusts that God has put her in the right place to help a demographic that holds a special place in her heart.

 

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for an uplifting conversation on building a dream. Learn more about Julie’s dedication to veterans, how the idea for Hero’s Haven inspired her second book, and why you should never forget that if you build it, they will come. 

 

Quotes

• “I just believe that this is where God wants me to be with all my heart. And it's going to work out. It's going to work out. I know it has to be here. Even if it doesn't work out, I know the Lord wants me here.” (9:00 - 9:24)

• “I do get discouraged because I want it to move faster.” (11:10 - 11:13)

• “Keep your “why” in front of it, why you want to do this so badly.” (14:21 - 14:25)

• “Go all in. If it doesn't work out, it doesn't work out, but at least you tried.” (14:28 - 14:34)

 

Links

Get in touch with Julie Womble:

 

Website: Juliewomble.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julie.womble.1

Instagram: https://instagram.com/jwomble3?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

 

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I Just I Say Take Imperfect Action and Take Your Next Best Step!

I Just I Say Take Imperfect Action and Take Your Next Best Step!

May 3, 2022

“I do something every day that makes me afraid. That is my goal,” explains Kary Oberbrunner, CEO of Igniting Souls Publishing. Throughout his writing career, Kary has realized that fear promotes productivity. Today, Kary and Jeff explore our relationship with fear and how to utilize that feeling to trigger action.

 

Kary understands that all human beings fall many times before they learn to walk. This truth still applies to adults when trying to achieve a goal. Since failure is inevitable, it is not something that defines us as people. Failure is a part of life. With this in mind, it’s essential to put yourself out there and not let fear paralyze you but instead motivate you to fulfill your dreams.

 

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for an uplifting conversation on taking imperfect action. Learn more about fear’s relationship to productivity, the importance of “flow,” and why failure is not an identity.

 

Quotes

• “I do something every day that makes me afraid. That is my goal.” (2:57 - 3:03)

• “Most people never get in the flow or rarely get in the flow, because they've learned to struggle. And therefore the fear that comes with struggle is something to be avoided rather than invited.” (3:56 - 4:09)

• “Humans are either evolving right before us, or we're learning to tap into “flow.” It’s an optimal state of human performance.” (5:20 - 5:31)

• “I didn't have any plans. I just say take imperfect action and take your next best step.” (17:30 - 17:38)

• “The world has changed. Are you still trying to reach your people the same way?” (22:22 - 22:26)

• “I'm the guy who says clarity attracts and confusion repels. I don't want to be • unclear and then repel people.” (23:52 - 23:59)

 

Links

Get in touch with Kary Oberbrunner:

 

Website: https://ignitingsouls.com/

Email: support@ignitingsouls.com

New book: https://unhackablebook.com/

Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/blockchain-life/id1602282772

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/igniting-soulspublishingagency/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karyoberbrunnerauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/karyoberbrunner

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/karyoberbrunner

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kary.oberbrunner/

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

 

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Don’t Worry about Anything, Pray about Everything! Phillipians 4

Don’t Worry about Anything, Pray about Everything! Phillipians 4

April 19, 2022

51% of what we do is just telling people that we believe in them,” says Ben Griffin, Pastor and City Director of LINC Twin Cities and cousin of host Jeff Meyer. With over twenty years of pastoral experience, Ben understands that his job is to empower others to follow God’s path for them. Through his efforts, Ben reminds his fellow dreamers that strategies and networks are in place to help them reach their full potential.

 

Although worrying is natural, Ben reminds the listeners about the vital use of prayer. As feelings of anxiety and fear come, we can overcome these negative emotions and genuinely move forward if we trust God’s plan. By telling God what you need and trusting him to guide you, we ultimately put ourselves in the position to work through our discomfort to find fulfillment.

 

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for a reassuring conversation on trusting God with your dreams. Learn more about Jeff and Ben’s family history, how failure is part of the road to success, and the importance of leaning on the Lord.

 

Quotes

• “51% of what we do is just telling people that we believe in them. I think God's put you in place to do that. Now, we're with you to help figure out what that looks like. The other 49% is bringing in processes and strategies and networks and navigators to walk with you in the process.” (9:27 - 10:00)

• “Down the road, we create a map of things to maximize and multiply. So, once you're on the ground, you can take it to the next level.” (10:35 - 10:43)

• “Name a person that hasn't failed. Name one person with raging success that didn't come through the road of failures on the way. God uses those things to build and grow us.” (15:32 - 15:46) 

• “Everything we're doing is seating the leaders of the future. So, overcoming fear comes from that deep-seated way of pressing through. We can't underestimate the power of leaning on the Lord.” (18:04 - 18:19)

• “We’re trying to help the church be more efficient in the work of the Kingdom so that more and more people know Jesus.” (25:05 - 25:15)

• “As entrepreneurs, the first stage is just doing it when we start. But you'll hit a block, and every founder hits that.” (29:15 - 29:22)

 

Links

Get in touch with Ben Griffin: 

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-griffin-934a8781/

Email: bgriffin@linc.org

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

 

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Looking in the Mirror vs. Outside the Window

Looking in the Mirror vs. Outside the Window

April 5, 2022

“What is the smallest possible steps you can take? And often the smallest possible step is even smaller than we think,” says Sarah Young, Founder, and CEO of Zing Collaborative. After doing many things in the corporate world, Sarah realized that her greatest passion was coaching people in that space. In 2013, she founded her own business, Zing Collaborative, where she finds fulfillment in supporting people and leaders in the corporate world. 

 

While working a corporate job, Sarah had the epiphany that her work was not aligned with her core values or goals. One day, she felt an urge to make a change, prompting her to put in her notice. Shortly after, she went to the Small Business Development Center to file for Zing Collaborative, proving you can take control of your professional life at any time. Now a successful business owner, Sarah has reached a new career milestone she is excited to share today: launching her new book Expansive Impact, An Invitation To Lead In Everyday Moments.

 

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyway for an inspirational conversation on finding your way in the corporate world. Learn more about how Sarah started Zing Collaborative, the writing process of her book, and how to channel overthinking into action.

Quotes

• ​​“My clients are on all sides of the political spectrum. They have opinions about all these different topics going on right now. And I love these humans deeply.” (24:44 - 24:55)

• ​​“I love connecting with my clients, talking with the people in my inner circle, talking with my girlfriends, talking with the people I get to work with, and talking with my colleagues. For me, that's a reminder of what I get to do every day and a really simple but impactful way to reconnect to that.” (26:39 - 27:01)

• ​​“I think for me, the success of the book is simply that the people who are meant to find the book, find the book.” (35:58 - 36:07)

• ​​“The intention that I'm holding is to support the book in making a joyful entry into the world.” (36:23 - 36:33)

• ​​“What is the smallest possible steps you can take? Often, the smallest possible step is even smaller than we think.” (41:10 - 41:18)

 

Links

Get in touch with Sarah Young:

Website: https://www.zingcollaborative.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZingCollaborative/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/zingcollaborative?utm_medium=copy_link

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zingcollaborative

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

 

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Courage Is Not The Absence Of Fear, It’s The Willingness To Overcome It

Courage Is Not The Absence Of Fear, It’s The Willingness To Overcome It

March 22, 2022

“That was my vision, just Christians mobilizing to good and do kindness,” says Reverand Shawn Morrison, Founder and Executive Director of Good in the ‘Hood. When Reverand Shawn started his organization in 2003, he served as the Evangelism Director for a local missionary training college. This experience led him to create the non-profit ministry, Good in the ‘Hood, where they help vulnerable communities through intentional kindness.

 

In the beginning, Reverend Shawn wasn’t sure of the proper programs and structure for his dream. He just knew he wanted to help people in need of God. Understanding that it’s the Holy Spirit that transforms people, not programs, Reverend Shawn focused on empathy to build the trust of others. Although Good in the ‘Hood is not a large organization, they do valuable work to aid struggling communities and successfully collaborate with their church partners.

 

Tune into this week’s episode of Move Forward Anyways for an inspiring conversation on running a non-profit ministry. Learn more about how Reverand Shawn started Good in the ‘Hood, prayer and encouragement’s role in moving him forward, and the importance of asking for advice.

 

Quotes:

• ​​”We use a kindness-based model where we brought intentional kindness. Romans chapter two, verse four was kind of the key verse there, which says, ‘The loving kindness of God leads to repentance.’ It's a reconciling agent. And so we practice what we call low tension evangelism.” (03:49-04:05) 

• “Good in the ‘Hood was like a speedboat. It could turn and pivot, and it was very nimble, where other organizations were bigger ships, but it was harder for them to do some of that intricate work. They weren't as nimble to turn, but we could do that.” (11:00 - 11:15)

• “I constantly feel this anxiety over things, but I try not to let that move me so I'm not driven by emotion. I try the best I can through prayer and encouragement from others to stay on track with what I believe is the calling and vision of God.” (14:54 - 15:09) 

• “The thing I've said to myself, and I believe is, God cares about the success of this ministry infinitely more than I do. So, I don't have to feel the stress and the pressure. As I've grown, I've been able to relax a little bit more than in the beginning when I felt it was all on me, and I felt like I had to do for God rather than from God. And that's a big difference. It's not just semantics.” (20:15 - 20:41) 

• “That was my vision, just Christians mobilizing to good and do kindness.” (27:48 - 27:53)

• “Recognize your limitations of what God has called you to do. What are the parameters of what you're supposed to do? Don't try and be bigger than you are, and don't try to be too small and have false humility. What is God saying to you?” (34:11 - 34:25)

• “I ask advice all the time, even when I think I know the answer. And the reason for that is I am usually surprised by what I didn't know. People give more than I expect, and they often get involved because they feel honored. So, that's one of the secrets that we found is asking advice from people.” (35:50 - 36:08)

 

Links

Get in touch with Shawn Morrison:

https://youtu.be/G_yt6-vLkss 

Get in touch with host Jeff Meyer:

www.jeffmeyer.org

• Schedule a Discovery Call with Jeff: https://go.oncehub.com/DreamAcceleratorDiscoveryCall

 

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