inspiration

Episode 105: Inky Johnson – From Injury to Inspiration

Halloween is over.  Let the non-stop Mariah Carey All I Want for Christmas begin!  We have some stories to inspire this week!  Amy talks about an incredible teacher that literally goes to great lengths to help her students afford college.  Teresa dives into Inky Johnson, whose promising football career was cut short by a freak accident, and…

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Episode 104: Zachary Levi – Mental Health Has A Superhero

Fall has hit hard this week in Oregon.  We went from 80-degree days to cold and wet in the blink of an eye.  Perfect soup weather.  Time to serve up a steaming hot bowl of inspiration.  Amy talks about the kindness and compassion of Martha’s Vineyard towards the Venezuelan migrants caught up in some political…

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Episode 104: Zachary Levi – Mental Health Has A Superhero

Fall has hit hard this week in Oregon.  We went from 80-degree days to cold and wet in the blink of an eye.  Perfect soup weather.  Time to serve up a steaming hot bowl of inspiration.  Amy talks about the kindness and compassion of Martha’s Vineyard towards the Venezuelan migrants caught up in some political…

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Episode 103: Christina Tosi and the Power of Dessert

Good day to everyone!  We hope that you are having a fantastic week and can top off the inspiration tanks with a quick refuel of wine, baked goods, and hope.  Teresa starts off by talking about Vital Wines, a non-profit winery that supports providing health care for wine workers.  You will be hungry after Amy…

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Episode 102: Heather Lende – Life Lessons from an Obituary Writer

We have some great stories for you this week.  Teresa starts off with a story about GiveBackBox.com, a great way to donate to charities using boxes and free mailing labels.  Then Amy shares a touching story about Heather Lende, a woman in a small Alaskan town who shares life lessons learned from writing obituaries and…

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Monday Motivation: Radical Kindness

I picked Radical Kindness The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving by Angela C. Santomero for three reasons. I liked the title, I loved the bright, happy paper flowers on the cover and the forward was written by Deepak Chopra. It was like the book was written for me. Santomero opens with her love of…

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Episode 101: Funny Farm – An Animal Rescue With Heart and Humor

It’s October!  We are already pulling out the Halloween decorations as the temperature starts to drop and the leaves start to turn their brilliant colors.  Morning is the perfect time to take a walk or a run, breathe in the crisp air, and listen to a podcast to get inspired for your week.  Amy talks…

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Episode 100: Wowie! Love, Love, Love That It Is Our 100th Episode!

It’s the 100th episode of Tangential Inspiration.  This episode does not follow our usual format, but we will be talking about our vision boards, what inspires us, our favorite quotes, and our favorite episodes.  We wouldn’t have a podcast without our listeners, so come celebrate with us!

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Episode 99: A Journal for Jordan – A Different Kind of Love Story

It’s a crazy world we live in and so many things going on right now.  Sometimes you need to just slow down, turn off the noise, and focus on yourself.  Give yourself a little time to recharge and get inspired to go out and do battle again.  Here is some fuel for you this week…

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Episode 98: Florence Nightingale – The Nurse Who Changed Healthcare

Starting to feel a little bit like Fall around here, but we aren’t quite ready to give up Summer yet.  Sometimes you have to hold on to something a bit longer.  And that is what we try to do each week, find a few stories to hold onto hope, love, and inspiration.  It’s what we…

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Episode 90: Suleika Jaouad – Following A Trail of Gratitude

Summer is going full blast!  Well at least here in the Pacific Northwest, and apparently the UK- weird.  Well anyway, it’s hot.  But we do have some fantastic inspiring tales this week.  Teresa starts off with the story of a father that gave his son a gift that was 10 years in the making, and…

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Regrets – Don’t Let Them Sabotage You

I read Trevor Noah’s book “Born a Crime’ months ago and it only made me love him more. I already knew that he was an extremely talented comic, but I didn’t know how much he loves and respects his mom. Even feared her at times, because she was a tough lady and held him to…

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Little Things Make an Impact

Having three boys, I make a lot of trips to Costco. On my latest trip I was picking up stuff for my son before he heads back to school. Those noodles in a cup were on his list.  I intended to get the noodles. After all, he is a college student and ramen is pretty…

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10 Ways to Help Our Veterans

Military veterans sacrifice a lot to serve our country. They not only fulfill combat roles, defending our country, but they play roles in disaster relief and humanitarian aid. They are away from their families, often in less than ideal conditions, not to mention the dangers that their service may expose them to. Our military personnel…

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How to Give a Compliment

Ok, the focus of this podcast is about inspiring people. It’s about finding that something that makes you want to do your part in making the world a better place. However, one of the points that we try to make, time and time again, is that it doesn’t always have to be some grand plan…

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Pain: A different view.

My husband’s favorite author is Jim Butcher. He is an urban fantasy writer, so not my thing at all. Butcher has a couple of series and my husband has read them all, several times. He even got my oldest to read both series. His favorite series by Jim Butcher is called the Dresden Files. From…

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What Does “Inspire” Mean?

Our podcast throws around the word “inspire” and “inspiration” a lot. Like really a whole lot. All the time. What does it really mean? If you look at the dictionary definitions you will get something like this: To spur on or exert influence. His passion for reading made me pick up a book and read…

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Follow Up- Dolly Parton’s Ice Cream

In Episode 10, I talked about the spitfire of kindness that is Dolly Parton. In Episode 15, I followed up with a story about how Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream was making a Dolly Parton created flavor, Strawberry Pretzel Pie, to help support Dolly’s book charity Imagination Library. Imagination Library mails out books each month for…

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Episode 5: Marcus Samuelsson- Show Notes

It’s February and Black History Month on Tangential Inspiration. Here’s what’s in Episode 5: Do you ever wonder what baked goods have to do with the Civil Rights Movement? Well, wonder no longer, as Amy tells the tale of how pie sales helped fund the Civil Rights Movement, particularly raising money to help with the…

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See our Featured Book section.

We are happy to announce we have launched a Feature Book section on our website. During our inspirational searches, we read a lot. . . A LOT. . . of books. Often we talk about these books during the podcast. Our Featured Book section makes it easy to find these books. You can even preview…

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Episode 3: John Lewis – Show Notes

This show was done in February of 2021, during Black History Month. No Black History Month can be complete without discussing the civil rights powerhouse, John Lewis. We had to cover Senator Lewis and his many accomplishments. We are still “finding our sound” in this one, but the heart of John Lewis will inspire you….

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Episode 1: Claudette Colvin- Show Notes

Our first episode, and it shows. We were very nervous. Neither of us had ever done a podcast, let alone much public speaking. The audio is a bit wonky on this, our nerves are showing, but we get better over time. Thankfully we have gotten better. Its still worth a listen. In this show, we…

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Check out our Inspiration Links

Our Inspiration Links page is up and running. Take a look at links featured in our podcasts to find some fantastic organizations and ways to help others. It’s a great way to learn about how you can get involved with some great causes or donate as a powerful and important way to impact change. Maybe…

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Earth Month

April is Earth Month, where we turn our focus on stories about people and groups helping the natural world. Whether it is cleaning up garbage, planting a forest, or highlighting the danger of climate change, we will be featuring planet earth heroes. Everybody can do their part. Get educated, get a plan, and get out…

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Episode 17 & 18 Are Posted

Episode 17: Gretta Thunberg and Episode 18: The Kindness Diaries have been posted and we are very excited about them. Its April and we are celebrating Earth Month, so some of our stories of inspiration have an environmental theme. We love nature and believe that it is absolutely vital that we act now to help…

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Episode 18: The Kindness Diaries

This week we are taking a look at not only a story about one man’s struggle against plastic garbage in India and figuring out what the heck “plogging” is, but we are focusing on kindness.Our deep dive is about Leon Logothetis and his trip around the world relying only on the kindness of strangers, and…

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Episode 17: Greta Thunberg

Welcome to April, Earth Month.  This month we are focusing on inspiring stories of people and organizations that help nature and our environment or put focus on the critical issues that impact our planet.  Big and small- everyone can do something.  This week our main story is the Swedish firecracker that is Greta Thunberg, a…

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Finding Inspiration

Let’s face it, with all that is going on in the world, it is sometimes hard to find something to inspire us. There is such a constant bombardment of negative news, finding the light in all that darkness can be difficult. We created this podcast as our little project to find the light, to find…

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