Inspiring Journeys

Inspiring Journeys

Embark on a transformative adventure with Inspiring Journeys (formerly Journey of the Rhode Runner), where every step is a story waiting to be told, and every tale sparks the flame of inspiration. Join our hosts, Paul Stroessner and Kerri Nelson, as we navigate the profound narratives of those who've conquered mountains, faced challenges head-on, and emerged stronger than ever. Inspiring Journeys is not just a podcast; it's a celebration of the human spirit. We bring you real stories from real people who've navigated life's twists and turns, emerging victorious. From triumphs to tribulations, our guests share their inspiring tales, and our hosts provide insights that ignite the spark within. Our mission is twofold — to share incredible stories that inspire and to encourage every listener to embark on their unique journey, discovering the paths they are meant to tread. Join us weekly as we dive into the heart of inspiring journeys, leaving you motivated, empowered, and ready to embark on your own path of self-discovery. Subscribe to the "Inspiring Journeys" podcast, and let the stories of resilience, courage, and triumph fuel your own extraordinary journey.


May 29, 2024 77 mins

On this episode we are thrilled to welcome Angie Leitnaker. Angie’s journey through personal growth and overcoming grief has made her a passionate advocate for human potential. With 13 years of teaching experience and extensive work hosting global retreats, she has dedicated herself to helping others discover their inner greatness. Angie believes everyone wants to be seen, heard, and valued, and she emphasizes practical tools to no...

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Today, we have a truly special guest with us: Molly Smith. Often described as the female “Ted Lasso,” Molly brings an infectious blend of grit and positivity to everything she does, earning her the endearing moniker #mollypositivepants.

Molly is deeply committed to personal growth, the potential of those around her, and the success of the companies she leads. In March 2019, she made a life-altering decision to prioritize her health...

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Paul has signed up for his very first marathon! He will be running the Marine Corps Marathon on October 27 this year (2024).


Paul discusses his decision with Kerri, and talks about what led to this decision and they talk about the road ahead.


This episode is dedicated to 22 Too Many veteran:


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Today we welcome Terry Yoffe to the show! Terry's journey is one of transformation and empowerment. After years in the corporate world, she broke those golden handcuffs and seamlessly transitioned into a role as an executive business coach. For the past 2 decades, Terry has been guiding her clients towards realizing their full potential.

But Terry's impact doesn't stop there! As host of her own podcast, Extraordinary Work: Conversa...

Inspiring Journeys' own Kerri Nelson, and Chris Marino, whose incredible story can be heard on Episode 8 of Inspiring Journeys, completed the 2024 Boston Marathon!

We get to live vicariously through them on Marathon Monday as give their experiences from the Marathon Expo to the trip to the starting line, to the race itself. And a little potty talk in between. 

This is a great episode for runners to either relive the historic marath...

On this episode, we welcome the incredible Russ Rogers to the show! 

Russ is the author of a children's 5-book series, Today...

He is also the founder of the movement called Movetoday365. He encourages everybody to get some movement in and get outside. 

As a part of Movetoday365, on the second Saturday of every month, friends and family gather together with Russ and go for a 2 mile walk . This is done in Santa Cruz, Ca, but can be ...

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The 128th Boston Marathon took place on April 15, 2024. Your host, Paul Stroessner was in attendance for both the marathon and the expo, and this is his report.

This week's 22 Too Many veteran is


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On this episode, we welcome the incredible and inspirational Maurice Lowman, also known as the Marathon Panda. 

Maurice had gone from hitting rock bottom on the streets of Rhode Island to living the life of High fives and positive vibes, being sober since March 12, 2015, and continuing an outdoor run streak since January 1, 2016!

The 2024 Boston Marathon will be Maurice's 42nd marathon! He also runs half marathons and ultra maratho...

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April 4, 2024 71 mins

The Inspiring Journeys podcast is off to a hot start, featuring all incredible guests. On this episode, Kerri and Paul reflect on the resilience, power, and inspiration of each guest.

Let us know if you had any takeaways from anybody on the show so far.


Ret. NYPD Detective Andrew Liakos and SBA Member, Ret. Sgt. Edward Scali, have teamed up with their company Midnight Platoon to creat...

We welcome Chris Marino back to the show! Chris was on episodes 51 and 52 of Journey of the Rhode Runner when he ran his first Boston Marathon in 2021.

Then on December 3, 2022, while out on a run, Chris survived a widowmaker heart attack (which has a 10-20% survival rate). Not only has Chris survived, but is thriving. On April 15, 2024, Chris will be running his first Boston Marathon since his heart attack!

In addition to his he...

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Adriana Ferns is not only a co-host of Inspiring Journeys, but also a partner in the female owned and run business, SoulFriend Yoga. SouldFriend has been an online business for the past 3+ years, selling well-sourced, safe materials for their yoga mats and clothes. Not only do they have great quality clothes, mats, and accessories, but they support great causes, such as At-Risk communities and animal shelters.

They were recently go...

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We have another exciting episode this week as Kerri and Paul welcome Eddie Scali to the show. Eddie was a New York volunteer firefighter, then went on to an impactful 21 year career as an NYPD officer. 

These days, Eddie is a warrior for mental wellness for both first responders and the general population. He started a private law enforcement online community where people can lean on each other in times of need. This led him to the...

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Brace yourselves for a powerful episode! At the time of this recording, Tom Lyman has been sober for 26 months, and has started the massively growing non-profit organization, The Considerate Group.

Tom gets very vulnerable with us, talking about his dark days, going on the verge of losing everything, and rising out of the ashes to starting Joy Hour and The Considerate Group.

The aim of The Considerate Group is to create a culture o...

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Today we welcome the amazing Jessica Rae to the show! Jessica is a mentor/coach, author, creator, and speaker who helps women, especially single moms, break free and reclaim their life and independence. She is able to do this through the lessons she learned from her own experiences, which includes past toxic relationships and a scammer. Jessica not only survived, but has thrived, and is able to continue to be an awesome mom, and he...

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February 21, 2024 69 mins

Today's guest, Kate DeCosta, is on an inspiring journey. Kate was having some major health issues that doctors couldn't figure out. But that wasn't going to stop her! Kate's passion for health led her on a path of over a decade of researching and studying different symptoms, ailments, and treatments which led her to go to school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Kate is now a certified health coach. If you are struggling...

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February 14, 2024 63 mins

I hope you're all ready to be fired up and inspired today! Kerri and Paul welcome Jenn Gray to the show. Jenn has been on an adventerous and inspiring life journey. She is the proud single mom of 4 children, and an entreprenuer.

On this episode, Jenn gets vulnerable as we dive into her challenges as she has transformed her life by being her genuine, authentic self.

Despite what we see on social media, everybody has challenges to ov...

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Inspiring Journeys welcomes our first guest, Misty Johnson! Misty had suffered from crippling anxiety. This anxiety contributed to Misty not being able to go to the gym for 7 years. But now she has returned stronger than ever! 

Check out this episode to find out how she did it, and learn some advice for people who struggle from anxiety, and how to overcome it.

Misty has lived an incredible journey so far. Be inspired by her strengt...

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January 31, 2024 54 mins
Embark on a transformative adventure with Inspiring Journeys, where every step is a story waiting to be told, and every tale sparks the flame of inspiration. Join Paul Stroessner, Adriana Ferns, and Kerri Nelson, as we navigate the profound narratives of those who've conquered mountains, faced challenges head-on, and emerged stronger than ever!
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January 24, 2024 74 mins

We have arrived at the end of an era. This is the 100th and final episode of the Journey of the Rhode Runner podcast. We will be back next week as Inspirational Journeys.
In the meantime, we have come full circle, as Paul welcomes Denny Krahe of Diz Runs Radio. Paul appeared on Episode 218 of this podcast in 2016 - 2 years before the Journey of the Rhode Runner podcast started.
It is an honor to have Denny close out this era as we ...

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January 18, 2024 23 mins

On this solo episode, I present to you my 24 goals for 2024. I learned about this from Gretchen Rubin's podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

Next episode, we will be hosting our awesome guest, Denny Krahe, of Diz Runs Radio. Denny is also a running coach, so please drop any questions below for him.

Today's 22 Too Many veteran:

Christopher Boe

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