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46 minutes | Feb 1, 2023
Episode 24- Laura Thorn
Often, the biggest champions of an area are the ones who grew up there. It is not typically the case that someone who has lived all over the world makes a career out of trying to boost the success of a small city and change the way it is viewed by people on the outside looking in. Laura Thorn is a champion of all. As I learned more about her story, she has a made a life based around helping others. Most recently Laura has teamed up with Aldea Gerard to create the pilot episodes of Off the Wall and Up Close- an arts, culture, and travel show. The show is starting here in Syracuse but has plans to highlight the scenes on cities just like Syracuse across the country. I had no idea what a massive undertaking it is to create a new TV show. After many rounds of fundraising, they created an initial episode and presented it at the Seattle Film Festival. Laura and Aldea teamed up with Willow Rock Brewing in the fall of 2022 and that is how we met. Laura is an inspiration with her drive and determination to help others and lift the people around her up. She describes herself as a doer and that is 100% what she is. Not only is she a doer, but she is a creator and a finisher. We have a lot of people with ideas, and a lot of people who can take those ideas and run with them, and finally we have a lot of people who can bring the idea and the process to a conclusion. Rarely however do we have people that embody all those traits. Make sure to visit their YouTube page Off the Wall & Up Close and follow along with all the work they are doing. I hope you enjoy hearing her story as much as I did. Instagram: @laura.thorn.me & @heyalecproductions YouTube: Off the Wall & Up Close Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
52 minutes | Aug 29, 2022
Episode 23- Leslie Glenn
Yes, this episode starts off with another Costa Rica connection. While sitting around the breakfast table at Blue Spirit in Nosara Costa Rica one morning on a retreat in December of 2021 my friend Tom turned to me and quietly said “Hey, you know Leslie?” “Yes” I replied “Did you know she was an X Games snowboard athlete and had videos of her snowboarding on the internet?” “No way man. Little Leslie?” “Yeah dude, for sure.” Leslie Glenn may not be 6 feet tall but she is a vibrant and incredible human to be around. Her smile is infectious, her warmth and kindness are felt by everyone around her without her saying a word and she is a person who seeks to surround herself with people that provide good energy and strive for a beautiful life for themselves and for the world around them. It is always amazing to me what we do not know about people just by looking at their cover. She began her snowy life on ski’s but transitioned to snowboarding to learn something new. While in college at University of Vermont, she took a yoga class for credit and from that point forward yoga became a staple in her life. Initially using the practice to help her professionally with strength and flexibility, she soon found that the deeper layers of her body were also being terraformed. She is now a certified yoga instructor and leads various teacher trainings, retreats and other amazing events to help the people around her find balance, calm and peace in their daily lives. She has focused her recent yoga teachings around helping all of us to find ways to slow the pace of our lives down, lessen the worry and stress we carry in our bodies and find ways to see more joy around us. I am so excited to have Leslie on this episode. I cannot wait to talk travel, yoga and wellness. Make sure to follow her on Instagram @leslieglenn and give her website a visit at www.leslieglennyoga.com. You can get more information on her teaching, retreats and also sign up for her newsletter there. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
57 minutes | Aug 15, 2022
Episode 22- Tiffany Cagwin
We often measure our happiness based on events that happen to us. Vacation, birthdays, our animals, sunny days and so on. We are on a high while surfing or swimming in the ocean or skiing down a giant mountain but then when we return to life we hit a wall and yearn for the next time we can escape. It is easy to pay for experiences that provide us happiness. What we rarely think about is how our health can affect our day-to-day wellbeing. In full disclosure, I am absolutely not the definition of good eating habits but since I met my wife 10 years ago, I have been trying little by little to clean my act up. When Tiffany and I met she was in a good place with her health. Over the course of ten years, she has found herself in some very challenging places where most of us would have thrown our hands up and just said whatever and given up. She has battled, she has researched, she has been sick, then healthy, she has had all sorts of random symptoms manifest over time and after all of this she has inspired so many of us that are close to her to take a deeper look at how we treat our body and what we put into it. Most recently she has completed her course of study to become a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. Her work to help others learn from her experience and gain a much deeper understanding of the inner workings of our body has become a passion for her. She has inspired me constantly (maybe not as much as she would like) to be a better human being all around. Her love for health, travel, the vibrancy of our spirits and the world around us will all come up in this episode I am sure. I hope you enjoy hearing Tiffany’s story. I am sure you will end the episode with a greater desire to do some explorations of ways you can better your life just like I have mine and hopefully you will also find some new desire to explore more of the world around you at the same time. Instagram: @tiffcagwin Website: www.tiffanycagwin.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
53 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
Episode 21- Danielle Begg
Traveling for a yoga retreat is sort of like going to a friend’s birthday party with a pinata. When the pinata breaks open there is all sorts of stuff that comes out. Most likely though, you are bound to walk away from the pinata, or the scramble on the ground to get the goods, with some things you like. Yoga retreats bring many different types of people together. We all attend for various reasons. Maybe it is our teacher who is leading the retreat, maybe we need a change in our lives so we travel some place hoping for a spark of inspiration. No matter what your reason is, you meet all sorts of people. I have been extremely lucky in my yoga travels to have met some incredible people. If you are lucky enough you leave with some amazing new friendships. Danielle Begg lives in Mosman, New South Wales Australia. Mosman sits just inside the entrance to Sydney Harbor. Australia in general has always captivated my attention. I did numerous dioramas on geography or animals throughout elementary school. Danielle was the first real life thing I had met from Australia though. Danielle is immediately friendly and seemed to always be laughing, smiling, and talking to everyone the whole time we were in Costa Rica in 2019. It is no surprise that she is making a huge impact on the world through yoga and more specifically through her co- creation of The Yoga Impact Charity. I am a true believer in the impact that a proper yoga practice can have on one’s life so as I have, learned more about Danielle’s work, she has continued to inspire me. Website: www.yogaimpactcharity.com Instagram: @daniellebegg & @yogaimpactcharity Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
50 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
Episode 20- Walker Collin
Sometimes you just happen to be in the right place and eaves dropping at the right time and you end up meeting an awesome human being. While in a coffee shop in Stonington Maine in the summer of 2021, I was standing behind Walker and heard another gentleman ask him how his tours had been going. When their conversation ended, I of course inquired about the tours because, well who doesn’t love a good tour! As it turns out, Walker had recently purchased an old lobster boat and was running tours around the area of Stonington. I of course love being out on the water so the next day we drove back and met him for a couple hour or so boat ride. We learned about his childhood growing up in the area, some of the history of the local islands, saw a couple dolphins and just generally had an amazing time with him. Walker headed back to the west coast and Hawaii for the winter and is slowly making his way back east for another summer season. He is a poet, a tour guide, a tea expert, a musician and if you were to judge someone by their Instagram, he is also the 1 person you would choose to take an adventure with. I am very excited to catch up with Walker on this week’s episode. I have no clue at all where this one may go so hang on and enjoy. Make sure to give him a follow-on Instagram @dubb_sea. and @goodtidetours The coffee shop in Stonington is called @44northcoffee Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
44 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
Episode 19- Teddy Droseros
We spend a lot of our lives thinking about what has happened in the past and what we plan to have happen, or worry will happen in the future. I find myself caught in this spiral frequently. As a yogi and a yoga instructor I try hard to be patient with my thoughts and understand the patterns that develop from my past and ultimately influence my present and my future. In yoga, these thought blocks are commonly called Samskaras. I first found out about Teddy Droseros in 2018. Teddy has created an unbelievable project to help adults and children have an outlet to express what they are grateful for in the present. In 2018 Teddy along with a few local business A’Pizza Regionale, Original Grain and O Yoga (now Sky Yoga Studios) came up with an idea to raise money through various promotions to donate gratitude journals to all the students at a local elementary school here in Syracuse. I would encourage you to go back and listen to episode 12 with the principal of that school LaJuan White to hear more about the ultimate impact these journals had on the children. As a result of this we had journals at the front desks of both of our yoga studios for students attending classes to take a moment and put into the world what they are grateful for. It is becoming more and more well known the positive effects that taking a few moments a day to journal or express gratitude for what we have in our lives can have a transformative effect on our over all well-being. Teddy has continued to follow his dream of getting Gratitude Journals in as many places as possible and recently came out with a new book that is a collection of peoples entries. Teddy says about the book “I was curious what would happen if I left a communal copy of the Grateful Peoples Gratitude Journal in my neighborhood coffee shop. This is the story of what happened next…” I am extremely excited to finally have Teddy on the podcast. Make sure to check him out in Instagram @gratefulpeoples and visit his website https://gratefulpeoples.com/ to get your own gratitude journal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
47 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
Episode 18- David Nilsen
I met David through my mentor and great friend Mackenzie Rivers of Map Chocolate. David has his own podcast called Bean to Barstool and it is all about craft beer and craft chocolate. These are truly two of my favorite things in the world. I love to daydream. Listening to Davis podcasts bring the same type of inspiration I try to put into my chocolate bars. I want people to take some time, slow down and let their mind travel to the places where the cacao is grown. When I listen to David speak of hops, malt, barley and yeast my senses get filled with the smells of the brewery or the first smell of a beer when you open the can or the bottle. I often try to picture the setting of the brewery or the chocolate shop and imagine what it is like. I have listened to all of David’s podcasts, and I am entertained with each episode. More than being entertained, I learn something new each time. David is an Advanced Cicerone which is the beer equivalent of a sommelier. I love learning from people who are willing to share their knowledge and David is one of those people. With so many styles of beers and types of chocolate it is very refreshing to have someone in the world who is willing to dive into all of this, be open and honest with his thoughts and opinions and help to spread the word of craft beer and craft chocolate to whoever will listen. David hosts beer events both in person and virtually so make sure to check out his website www.davidnilsenbeer.com You can also find him @davidnilsenbeer and @beantobarstool on Instagram. Also, make sure to find his podcast Bean to Barstool on all the streaming platforms. My favorite is episode 30 wink wink. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
57 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
Episode 17- Kyle Bellinger (Osito Coffee & Cacao)
“Osito exists to champion coffees of the single growers and grower associations throughout all of Colombia. They work to cultivate long standing relationships between roasters and farmers all built on a basis of fair pricing and unparalleled quality.” I have been following Osito Coffee for a while on social media when one day I stumbled across a post announcing that they were about to import their first ever work with cacao from Colombia. I just had a feeling there was something about this cacao that was special and had a story to be. I quickly reached out to Kyle and just as quickly had a reply back. They asked how much I wanted for a sample as this was their first foray into chocolate. A few days later it arrived on my doorstep. The absolute most important thing for me when thinking about a new origin is the relationship I will have with the importer and equally as important is their relationship with the farmers where the cacao is grown. I have seen the efforts they put in to helping their coffee producers, so I just knew that if they were bringing this cacao in, there had to be something special about it. The beans are truly beautiful. Barely any need to be sorted out and even after my very first test roast, fireworks were going off. Currently I make a 70% bar and sipping chocolate with this origin but soon a few restaurants will be using it in their desserts, and I have many other plans for news bars, hot chocolates and who knows what else. I recently purchased some coffee from them as well to learn more about roasting. Both Kyle and David have been over the top helpful. I am so excited for this episode not only to hear about why they have decided to start with cacao, but also to hear more about the amazing country of Colombia. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
37 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
Episode 16- Eric Sharvelle (Buena Nota Imports)
On this episode we talk to Eric Sharvelle from Buena Nota Imports. They specialize in promoting and importing high quality cacao from one of my favorite places on earth, Costa Rica. The Hacienda Azul cocoa beans were the very first ones I ever roasted and toiled with. I spent countless hours screwing up tempering in my early months of making chocolate. Even still, there was beauty in the bars. The flavor is very chocolate forward with some honey and light red fruit notes at the end. For most people, this chocolate is extremely comforting and relatable. Today we talk about Costa Rica, the origin of these beans and also what brought Eric into cacao. Grab some chocolate and enjoy this weeks episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
46 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
Episode 15- Joe Altier
We are back!!! Episode 15 brings our first repeat guest. My very good friend Joe Altier AKA Just Joe. It has been 15+ years since we first met and it is safe to say a lot has changed in both of our lives. Entertainer, athlete, inspiration and father- Joe brings a lot of love and light into the worlds of the people he touches. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1 minutes | Jan 24, 2022
The Podcast Is Returning
The show is back with guests literally from around the world. Not only will we continue to dive deep into the lives of inspiring people, but this season we will also be taking a closer look at the people who work to make our world run. From farmers to restaurant owners to people in healthcare and nutrition. Hit subscribe and get ready for the return of Om Travelers. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
67 minutes | Sep 20, 2019
Episode 14- Madeline Jhawar
I’ve been strangely flooded with random images of Sicily as we come up on the 1-year anniversary of our trip there. I’ve been seeing vivid images of different vistas, ocean scenes, people and I’ve actually been getting some of the tastes showing up in my mouth. I’ve never had this happen to me before. I’m not exactly sure why it’s happening but as I have been thinking about the trip it has left me with a huge desire to travel again. We do have some upcoming trips – back to Costa Rica in December and then we will be leading 2 yoga retreats in Lucca Italy next year- but planning a trip to a completely new place is exhilarating. When we left Sicily, we both said that we had spent enough time there and were satisfied but a part of me feels a need to go back. Anyway, I say all of this because the episode today features Madeline Jhawar. She started a company called Italy Beyond the Obvious and helps people plan their trip to Italy. I’m not 100% of the exact events as to how we found her but she was a majorly huge help in our travel plans. She will plan your whole trip or help you plan with really great guidance. I think at some point we will do an episode about our trip to Sicily because it was a pretty epic adventure for us but for now, we can learn about Madeline and her company. Make sure to also find her here on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest: Facebook @italybeyondtheobvious Instagram @italybeyondtheobvious Pinterest Italy Beyond The Obvious Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
76 minutes | Jan 28, 2019
Episode 13- John Timmerman & Lyndsay Dillon
This episode is a little longer than some of the others but every minute is worth it. John Timmerman and Lyndsay Dillon started a blue jean company based on the shapes of fit bodies. As someone who goes to CrossFit classes 6-7 days a week, I can speak to the struggle to find pants in general but more so jeans that fit the right way. Well folks, this problem has been solved. 2 people with no background in the clothing industry aside from wearing clothes started this awesome company. From design, to R&D to doing the distressing live in front of their customers, these two bust their butts. It’s a really great story what brought them together to what they have created with this business. They both work other full time jobs so their extra minutes are spent ordering material, fulfilling clients orders and getting their apparel packaged and ready to ship. Find them @jaxonjovie and www.jjforthepeople.com M3eZwUKalxCuufddQlb9 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
68 minutes | Jan 7, 2019
Episode 12- LaJuan White
The first episode of what is now season 2 of Om Travelers is with the awesome LaJuan White. LaJuan is the principal of Lincoln Middle School in Syracuse. She is also a licensed funeral director and awesome person. She is a native of Brooklyn and made her way to Syracuse, NY a few years ago and instantly starting changing the lives of her students and the greater community. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
55 minutes | May 3, 2018
Episode 11- Dan Tagliamonte
When I was in my twenties my mind was not focused on creating my own business. Looking back, I wish it had been but that's what hindsight does to you. Dan was chasing a dream of playing professional hockey when one day he realized that wasn't what he wanted. Through conversations with his friends, some supportive, many not, he decided that hats a t-shirts were where his future was. He has created a lifestyle brand that aligns with his idea of a life well lived. Check him out at www.seaculturebrand.com, on Instagram @seaculturebrand and Facebook.com/seaculturebrand. The company was formerly know as Leeway Clothing but that has recently changed and been rebranded. Its an impressive story that I hope you enjoy as much as I did. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
59 minutes | May 2, 2018
Episode 10- Ashley Cox
There are not many people that I have met in my life with a spirit and personality as big as Ashley Cox. She always greats you with a smile and genuinely cares about how you are doing. If you saw her every day, I am pretty sure you would never know when she was having a bad one. We sat down at Roji Tea Lounge in Syracuse and she shared her passion for music, her daughter and a career path that has always involved performing at some level. Check her out on Instagram @ashleycoxmusic and @professionalvictims. Her website is www.professionalvictims.com. Make sure to check them out at a show near you. Enjoy Ashleys story and as always make sure to give us a review on iTunes. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
79 minutes | Apr 1, 2018
Episode 9- Ed Ten Eyck
Ed's life, like many of ours, was often relatively unhealthy through out his younger years. He was a high level baseball player through out his teens and college years and attended college on a baseball scholarship. After one too many injuries, he left his bat and ball on the field and returned home to Pompey NY where is began working for his fathers construction company. After years of eating poorly and drinking too frequently Ed decided it was time for a change. He and his now wife gathered their belongings and headed down south. Ed started walking, then running, then riding. With each step out the door his distances became longer and his desire to not only help himself but also those around become healthier increased. Today Ed's job is to make people fit and live a healthy happy life. His business, Ultimate Health and Performance is transforming peoples lives. Enjoy his story and to find out more visit www.ultimate-health.net. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
57 minutes | Mar 15, 2018
Episode 8- Derek Vargas & Aliza Seeber
Aliza and Derek come from pretty different backgrounds. Alize was born, raised and settled in Syracuse, NY. Derek is a native Brooklynite who has had various jobs all over the country. One common theme throughout their lives was their interest in technology and the way that ever changing world impacts everyone's daily lives. Throughout the course of their careers they have both seen the impact that the work environment can have on a persons happiness across all aspects of their world. Together they started Spark Orange in an effort to bridge the technology gap and also create a really cool place for their employees to come and work. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
57 minutes | Mar 1, 2018
Episode 7- Cliff Carey
Owning your own clothing store has always seemed to me to be one of the coolest things you could do! For my personality though, it has always seemed to risky to even begin to think about. I am a baby! Where to begin? It seems that is where all of my bright ideas begin and end. For Cliff Carey, where to begin leads to a stream of ideas and avenues on how to make things happen. Cliff isn’t from Syracuse but he believes in what our community stands for like he was a life long soul from here. After finding success in the hearing industry he walked away and started America Reserve Clothing. Initially as an online retailer and most recently as a stake holder in the Armory Square section of downtown Syracuse. If you haven’t been in, you need to stop by and at the very least say hello. He has stories to tell and you for sure will walk away inspired. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
59 minutes | Feb 15, 2018
Episode 6- Tim O'Shea
What if every pedal stroke was a dime that could help someone else? This is the way that Tim O’Sheas life functions. While he was out during a long-distance bike ride, he started thinking of ways that his passion for riding and running could somehow benefit others. From here a few close friends and he devised a plan to climb as many high peaks in the Adirondack Park as he could in 24 hours. About a year later, he rode his bike in -4-degree weather to Lake Placid, NY, then climbed Mt Marcy where it was -30 degrees all for a few brothers he had met one time at a bike race a year prior. Tims mind is busy but not in the scheming kind of way. He is constantly scheming on ways that he can involve himself in things that make his life more fun and more interesting, not necessarily in ways that will make him rich. From turning his love of running and biking in to a very successful coaching business, to creating energy bars for his athletes and nor everyone. My biggest takeaway from Tim is that he finds ways to help others through his passions. It isn’t always easy but he keeps formulating a way and his end result is doing good for our community. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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