Heroes need obstacles. It's the challenges that make the story. Don't shy away from hardship; it only exists to reveal the hero within.
Our lives are comprised of seasons. There are cold, bleak winters filled with obstacles and pain, but the winters lead to spring. Those challenging periods are necessary for growth.
I'm feeling grateful, and I hope you're all finding things for which to be grateful, too. As we get back into some podcast episodes and other media, I'm going to subject everyone to another song. Much Love.
Recently, my eight-year-old daughter Claire wrote my epitaph.
I tend to get lost, but that's not all bad.
Janae Marie Kroc is an inspiring person with a powerful message. She is a transgender woman who also identifies as gender fluid and non-binary. Janae is a former United States Marine, body builder, and world record holding power lifter. She's a cancer survivor, a licensed pharmacist, and a dedicated parent. I was very fortunate to sit down for a talk with Janae, and she shared many wonderful insights about overcoming adversity, achieving success, and being our truest selves.
We get used to things, for worse and for better. We fall into the trap of getting comfortable, but we can also use our adaptability to make change.
We have differences, but we are similar in the most significant ways.
I took a crack at writing a song. I was thinking about my dad when I wrote it. In this episode, I play the song and talk about my pops.
I sat down with one of my best friends, A.J. Giovanetti. Coach Gio is the strength and conditioning coach at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He is an accomplished coach, and this podcast is a great resource for all athletes and coaches, especially those working at the high school level.
In this episode, I talk with my friend Coach Mike Minikwu. Mike is the offensive coordinator at Iowa Central Community College. Now is a time for meaningful conversations between people from different backgrounds. Mike and I discuss racism, the importance of listening to each other, and some things that are bringing us hope. We had a great talk, and Mike had a lot of insightful and beautiful messages to share.
It is a tragic and confusing time for many, right now. George Floyd was killed. Peaceful protests and violent riots have spread across the United States. In this episode of ONE, I spend some time discussing the the current situation. I don't have any answers, and it is not my intention to tell people how to feel or react. Mostly, I tell some stories about things that bring me hope. I discuss "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" again. I talk about my time playing football at a small college with wonderful people from different backgrounds. I talk a little bit about the power of art to soothe. I read a couple poems that have been on my mind this week, and I finish off the episode by continuing to draw a picture of someone who inspires me.
This is the debut of a new podcast from Luke Nielsen Media. This show is dedicated to finding even one thing that might help one other person. It puts a lot of the media stuff I have been doing together into one location. Discussion topics will include education, parenting, mental health, physical health, creativity, and more. We're going to get some guests going for interview, and explore a lot of different things. In this episode, I discuss "Kung Fu" and "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood". I read and discuss this week's blog post about the power of "ONE". I tell a story about outrunning a thunderstorm on a kayak. I talk about Memorial Day and "The Gettysburg Address", and we exit on the start of a new art piece.