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Leadership. Mindset. Living life well! Having been diagnosed with a Crohn’s disease at a young age, I learned early on in life that our Mindset and Attitude creates the “lid” for our life. A strengthened Mindset will not only help enrich our life’s experiences and relationships, it will ultimately shape our entire future. How we think, feel and respond to life’s most challenging moments has everything to do with how we have conditioned our brain to react. Pop in your earbuds and listen in.
 
An overweight, 61-year-old retiree, with zero hiking experience, decided to hike the entire 2,185.3 mile length of the Appalachian Trail in 2014. What could possibly go wrong? As his brother, Mike, commented, "It's a bit like taking up boxing and fighting Mike Tyson in your first bout." Join Steve and his guests as they discuss all aspects of the trail, from gear to Lyme Disease, then back to trail magic and injury.
 
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Modern American Diplomacy

The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST)

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We interview American diplomats, capturing the sacrifice, leadership, humor, heroism, wisdom, and lessons of modern American diplomacy. Through historical reflections and personal anecdotes, guests explain foreign policy and tradecraft, or what they were trying to accomplish and how. Episodes include conversations with America’s diplomatic legends -- including Thomas Pickering, John Negroponte, Bill Burns, Maura Harty, Beth Jones and Kristie Kenney -- as well as rising leaders and foreign po ...
 
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We rarely feature A.T. Southbounders on the show, but this week's guest is halfway through his SOBO hike of the Appalachian Trail. Christian Foster, or Bear, is an insightful young man, gaining much from his hike. We discuss not only the journey but also the impact of the trail upon his general well-being. Christian also introduces the perfect arti…
 
Amb. Bill Taylor -- our first political appointee as a guest -- discusses Ukraine, impeachment, "irregular channels," public diplomacy, the nature of conflict, Afghanistan, foreign assistance and being an interagency team player. *Brought to you as part of an Una Chapman Cox Foundation project on American diplomacy and the Foreign Service.…
 
For the Mighty Blue show, it's a bit of a first today. Our guest is Person Irresponsible, or PI, and she is as unlikely a hiker as you've ever met. Yet, with grit and determination–and the fact that she had nowhere else to go–PI managed to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail in Covid Year. It was lonely; she was inexperienced, and she shares how she …
 
In the show this week, we have one of those guys who has wanted to do the Appalachian Trail for pretty much his entire life. That kinship with the trail and the forest began when he got lost on a scout trip at the age of ten. Eric Patterson harbored the feeling of peace and comfort throughout his life and finally got to achieve his dream in 2020. H…
 
Amb. Roberta Jacobson talks about reestablishing U.S. ties with Cuba, becoming America’s first female and civil servant ambassador to Mexico, forging a path during her 31-year career in the Department, and dealing with populist leaders. Ambassador Jacobson also discusses reestablishing diplomatic ties with Cuba, how she forged a path as a woman foc…
 
Today's guest, Daniel Winsor, will make you wonder for his sanity, then marvel at his tenacity. He decided that a hike through the Sierras in snow would be a challenge not to be missed, so set himself up for precisely that–in a heavy snow year. Daniel shares his somewhat shaky preparations with us, then chronicles his journey, making it through abo…
 
You are exactly who you BELIEVE yourself to be! If you want to keep losing, that is exactly what you will do. If you want to keep WINNING, that is exactly what you will do! Who do you want to be? If you aren’t the winner yet, that’s okay! All it takes is a mindset shift! In this episode we are going to go over the 5 Reasons Why Winners Keep Winning…
 
Another stellar story for you all this week. Josh and Cassie Sutton started a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail back in the middle of January 2021. Apart from the early start, that wouldn't have been especially noteworthy–other than that they hiked with their four-year-old son, Harvey, or Little Man! What happened over the next seven months is a s…
 
Ambassador Lino Gutierrez served as an Ambassador to Argentina as well as to Nicaragua, and as Acting Assistant Secretary of the Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau. He is the Executive Director of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, which also supports this podcast. In this episode, Ambassador Gutierrez discusses his experience from Cuban immigrant to d…
 
Jesse Cody had never hiked until he read Bill Bryson's book, "A Walk in the Woods." Something within the book spoke to him, and he saw a thru-hike as a way forward from some of his mental health issues. The result was a revelation, and Jesse devoted his days to helping others with some of the same issues. We spoke last week with Randi Silverman of …
 
This week's guest is Randi Silverman, the founder of the youth Mental Health Project. I think I can do no better than to replicate the notes that Randi sent me when I asked her about the information and Jesse Cody's hike. The Youth Mental Health Project The Youth Mental Health Project is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization that seeks to educate, emp…
 
About ten years ago, you would never have guessed that Richie Holbrook would be taking on the Appalachian Trail. He was in a wheelchair, on oxygen, and with a hopeless pair of lungs. A transplant turned out to be his life-saver. This year, he was able to get on the trail and begin his journey to Katahdin. His remarkable story is a testimony to not …
 
Today is the first of four shorter shows, with just one main interview and a few words of commentary from me. With a bit of luck, I'll be out on the John Muir Trail as you're listening to me and my guests. Our guests today are Vince and Monica Strawbridge who, along with their four children and a friend, have recently completed the Appalachian Trai…
 
Tim "Timmy" Davis is an active duty Foreign Service Officer and career member of the Senior Foreign Service. In this episode, Tim shares lessons learned on leadership, beginning with his experience as a U.S. Marine. He also discusses how to develop strong teams, instill a work ethic, promote selflessness, encourage diversity, and increase recruitme…
 
We return to the world of YouTube this week, with another interview of a woman who successfully thru-hiked the trail and recorded her experiences along the way. Gretchen Pardon shared her joys, and her sorrows. So, when we spoke, I always knew we'd get to talk about her depression and anxiety. Her sunny disposition masks an inner strength and occas…
 
This week, let's welcome a newly minted thru-hiking couple to the show. Jessica Mills (Dixie) and her partner, MarDe Brooks, recently completed the Florida Trail, wading through swamps, bugs, gators and hot weather along the way. Jessica has been on the show before, but I was particularly interested in the dynamic between the two of them as they fa…
 
This week, our guest is Michael Sisemore, better known as Sy. As many people do, Michael hiked the Appalachian Trail when he was at a real crossroads in his life. He had no idea what he'd be doing after the trail but allowed himself the luxury of being open to all possibilities. The transformation that came his way was seismic, with the effects rev…
 
This week on the show, we go back to the 'normal" format, with me, Mighty Blue, at the microphone. Ryan is passing back the show having successfully steered it for the past three months. I am eternally grateful for the effort Ryan put into the show and hope to have him back behind the mic from time to time. Today's guest is Steve Nota, a Bostonian …
 
Lisa Speas or "Conundrum" has been long-distance backpacking for many years traversing a variety of trails, the longest of which being the Appalachian Trail. Her AT journey was anything but typical and even included flatlining in the emergency room. Lisa and Ryan discuss her journey on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath…
 
We've got a couple of overachievers on the show today. Kera and Bill decided that an Appalachian Trail thru-hike wasn't sufficient to scratch their adventure itch, so they went straight from their 2200-mile walk to a 5000-mile bike trip, crossing the country from Bar Harbor to San Diego–taking a fairly circuitous route, it must be said! The two of …
 
Ambassador Chris Hill discusses growing up in the foreign service, service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, and formative experiences working with Secretary Eagleburger and Amb. Holbrooke. Ambassador Hill also discusses leading Six-Party talks with N. Korea, his ambassadorship in Iraq, and the importance of diversity in today's Foreign Servi…
 
On a beautiful day in the Grayson Highlands, Ryan hikes and sits down with Nimblewill Nomad for a follow-up interview from the last time they spoke on the trail. Nimblewill is over 900 total miles in since leaving Flagg Mountain, Alabama, earlier this year. He is attempting to set a record by thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail at 83 years old. His h…
 
During this crazy year, we have seen a lot of loss. However, we have also seen a lot of opportunities! Even if things may feel worse, the opportunity for change and growth within our nation and communities is certainly on the rise. We may not be out of the storm yet, but there is definitely hope on the horizon. In this episode, we are going to go o…
 
While you listen to this, our guest today, Jamey Mossengren, is out on the Pacific Crest Trail with his buddies, The Minnesota Hikings. Jamey and I talk about his 2019 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and his remarkable mode of transport on the Colorado Trail, amongst others. Despite our laughs, I was struck how Jamey and his mates were enjoying …
 
Join me in my blog as I explore Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Self Improvement. Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/momentum-monday/[ID#] Blog: sholbrook.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/holbrooksworld/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-holbrook-31854614/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-cIYpehDrmh4Tk6SwCF…
 
It was Trail Days in Damascus this past weekend, and Ryan took to opportunity to chat with Steve about the event itself, his books, and his upcoming plans for the JMT. With Steve on his mini-sabbatical, Ryan is choosing the topics he wants to cover on the show and decided that putting a bit of a spotlight on Steve's books would open them to a new a…
 
Join me in my blog as I explore Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Self Improvement. Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/momentum-monday/[ID#] Blog: sholbrook.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/holbrooksworld/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-holbrook-31854614/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-cIYpehDrmh4Tk6SwCF…
 
Jim Harrison serves as the Director of Outdoor Programs at Emory and Henry College, where he created and oversees the Semester-A-Trail program. The only one of its kind in the country, this program allows students to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail while enrolled in courses tailored to their experience. Jim was shaped by his 1997 southbound AT thru…
 
In this episode I build out a 10 day Transformation program that will help you SHOCK your world and get you back on track. It's easy to do, but easy not to do. Enjoy it! And pls send it some love :) Join me in my blog as I explore Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Self Improvement. Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/momentum-monday/[ID#]…
 
Will Campbell "Guano Man" joins the show this week as the first "subject matter expert" to discuss electronics and technology on the trail. With his electrical engineering background, we discuss batteries, cell phone systems, and chargers, all while considering the unique needs and challenges of the trail. Guthook Articles: https://atlasguides.com/…
 
Join me in my blog as I explore Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Self Improvement. Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/momentum-monday/[ID#] Blog: sholbrook.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/holbrooksworld/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-holbrook-31854614/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-cIYpehDrmh4Tk6SwCF…
 
Lisa and Gordon Simmons are the proud owners of Hostel Around the Bend in Hiawassee, Georgia. The hostel is just half a mile from Dick's Creek Gap (AT Mile 69.2) and this is their first season fully open. We discuss the experience of running a hostel, how the year has gone for them, and even share some advice for hikers. If you'd like to stay at Ho…
 
There's so many advantages to building a team! But to put it simply, the bigger the dream, the BIGGER the team you need to build. It's an art and a science to building a successful team. I have been in the team building business for 15 years. Ive stepped on many "landmines" along the way, Ive made all the mistakes, learn from me! In this episode I …
 
For my show this month, I've returned to the Class of 2019 and a woman I met quite early on. Sarah Jane Hatfield was an outwardly confident hiker, with a YouTube channel and blog for a local newspaper, chronicling her way north. However, that wasn't at all how she felt in those early days. Her fascinating story is punctuated with a birth (her daugh…
 
So proud to feature my amazing sister Melissa Sledz on the podcast today! She is one of the most caring, empathetic and focused people I've ever met. In todays podcast you are going to find out exactly what I mean. Enjoy, and please share it with someone that needs to hear this too. Join me in my blog as I explore Entrepreneurship, Leadership and S…
 
The show this week features interviews from four hikers who Ryan was able to meet with at Rock Gap in North Carolina, mile 105.8 on the Appalachian Trail. All four interviews offer different perspectives, and each has a unique story to share about their hike. This is Gandalf. By complete luck, he crossed paths with Nimblewill Nomad, and got to chat…
 
Enjoy, and please share it with someone that needs to hear this too. Join me in my blog as I explore Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Self Improvement. Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/momentum-monday/[ID#] Blog: sholbrook.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/holbrooksworld/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-holbrook-318…
 
Originally from Virginia, Zach Hoops has gone all-in with long-distance and ultralight backpacking. After discovering his love for hiking and honing his craft on sections of the AT, he went on to complete the Pacific Crest Trail Southbound in just over one hundred days. In addition to this major accomplishment, he has traversed several other lesser…
 
Cass Bridges hails from North Georgia and spent a few seasons working at the historic Mountain Crossings before taking on a thru-hike attempt of her own in 2020. Her journey included two months of isolation since she had a start date of February 1st (!) combined with a more brutal than usual winter. However, the second half of her hike included a h…
 
My life has been a SERIES of comebacks along the way. Lets face it, there's never going to be a time where you don't face resistance, where you don't get knocked down... unless you are dreaming! Todays MM episode is about 6 keys to having a COMEBACK in ANY area of your life! It's just a matter of time before you're going to need ONE! These are prin…
 
Zach Nagy was introduced to hiking and car camping as a kid but a life in the rock business–working with Joan Jett–took him down another path until he met a woman from CT who reintroduced him to trails and revived those earlier memories. His hike of the PCT was transformative, with the community on that trail an unexpected highlight and delight. No…
 
Enjoy, and please share it with someone that needs to hear this too. Join me in my blog as I explore Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Self Improvement. Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/momentum-monday/[ID#] Blog: sholbrook.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/holbrooksworld/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-holbrook-318…
 
Self-described "Complete Nature Boy," Rue McKenrick is today's guest. He takes us on a journey around the American Perimeter Trail. It was Rue's vision that spawned the idea and he is the one who is driving it forward. He is soon to return to the trail after an absence of six months. When he left it for a break–in October 2020–he had been out on th…
 
Ambassador Beth Jones discusses attending local schools in Moscow and Berlin, her first tour in Afghanistan, and working as a control officer for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Ambassador Jones also discusses rising to the top of the Foreign Service, lessons learned from Ambassadors Pickering and Platt, managing the European and Eurasian Affai…
 
Why don't we ever take the time to study healthy relationship habits? Why do we always ask for help when it's too late? There's a reason that almost 50% of marriages end in divorce! In this episode I explore 8 healthy relationship habits. These are ALL habits I wish I knew 20 years ago! If you can understand these concepts then you'll be better off…
 
I hadn't noticed how many of my fellow members of the Class of 2019 I'd had on the show until I spoke with Ray Kroebl, or Sparky. Ray is Swiss and, while we never met on the trail, we did hike just a few days apart. He started four days before me and ended five days before I did. And it was feeling such a kindred spirit with Ray that made me aware …
 
There's a strategy to saving money! That's why most people lose the savings game, they don't understand how it's played! Saving money is so easy to do, that's its so easy NOT to. You don't have to wait until your cashflow is at record highs, there's things we can all start doing from the beginning to build that habit. In todays episode I break down…
 
It's one of our longest ever shows today, with three guests and my book reading. First up, Juliana Chauncey, a fellow member of the Class of 2019, and a fellow podcaster (with Zach Davis on Backpacker Radio), shares her hiking journeys on both the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail. While originally from the Eat Coast, Chaunce knew virtu…
 
Do you ever feel like you're carrying around heavy bags from the past? Do you ever wake up worried about things you can't control? Chances are there are things that you need to let go! In this episode I explore 10 ideas around the Power of Letting Go. After this episode you should have lots of tips and ideas around how to let go and what kind of po…
 
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