The Shadows Podcast

The Shadows Podcast

The Shadows Podcast is a military veteran owned podcast that aims to motivate and inspire listeners through the power of storytelling. Each week our guest are transparent and vulnerable in sharing their trails and tribulations. We all have dark moments in our lives or as we call them, our shadows. Listen as our guests explain how they were able to embrace their fears and conquer their shadows. All new episodes with a diverse group of guests are available each Monday. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/shadows-podcast/support

Episodes

February 2, 2023 31 min

Shana Francesca is a life designer, speaker, founder, and CEO of Concinnate. Shana has been featured in Shoutout LA, Living Cozy, and Emotional Intelligence + Magazine.

Previously on Part I of this conversation, Shana talked about the struggles she endured as a child. As an infant, her parents joined a Christian cult. Her parents also had no tools to process their childhood trauma. As a result, this led to an abusive household....

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Shana Francesca is a life designer, speaker, founder and CEO of Concinnate. She’s been featured in Shoutout LA, Living Cozy, and Emotional Intelligence + Magazine.

During Part I of this conversation, Shana talks about why our home needs to be an authentic reflection of who we are and ties our space into our mental health.

Then Shana opens up about the struggles she endured as a child. As an infant, her parents joined an evangel...

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After graduating college, Chancellor Jackson traveled to China to teach English. Then on April 4, 2019, the Beijing Police showed up at his apartment door and arrested him on drug charges.

Part II of this conversation hears Chancellor talk about his 14 days in a Beijing prison, his release, his mentality after he returned to the United States, becoming an author, and his work with at-risk teens.

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January 23, 2023 32 min

After graduating college, Chancellor Jackson traveled to China to teach English. Then on April 4, 2019, the Beijing Police showed up at his apartment door and arrested him on drug charges.

Part I of this conversation hears Chancellor talk about traveling as a child, playing football and graduating from Stetson, and how he landed the job teaching English in China.

Also, Chancellor talks about the day the Beijing police showed up and...

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January 19, 2023 53 min

From Broken To Bold

Mo Isom Aiken had a record setting career as a goalie for Louisiana State University, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Public Speaker, and Christ-Follower.

Part II picks up with Mo discussing her mental and physical recovery from her horrific car accident. She talks about the NCAA loophole that allowed her to make national headlines by trying out for the LSU football team. How does she balance her spiritual, ...

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January 16, 2023 54 min

From Broken To Bold

Mo Isom Aiken had a record setting career as a goalie for Louisiana State University, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Public Speaker, and Christ-Follower.

Part I of this raw and candid interview starts with Mo taking us back to her upbringing in Marietta, Georgia. When did she discover her love for soccer? How did her healthy drive for success evolve into an unhealthy need for perfection? Everyone was praisi...

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January 12, 2023 40 min

Biko Skalla is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast entertainer for the Savannah Bananas!

Listen to Part II with Biko talking about living his dream of making his network television debut on ESPN only to have a worst-case scenario unfold on live television. How did he react at the moment? He also talks about the Bananaland Documentary, the 2022 and upcoming 2023 Bananas World Tour, winning his Emmy award, and more Banana Ball!

Finally, ...

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January 9, 2023 36 min

Biko Skalla is an Emmy Award-winning Broadcast Entertainer for the Savannah Bananas!

Listen to Part I with Biko discussing his childhood aspirations and friendship with his late-neighbor Frank. How did that relationship plant the seeds for him to attend Syracuse University? How did he go from calling Saugerties Stallions baseball games for chicken tenders, hamburgers, and hotdogs to an associate producer role with the Major League ...

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Happy New Year from the Shadows Podcast! We roll into 2023 with a very special co-host, Jerry Dugan! Jerry is the host of the Beyond the Rut Podcast and tag team partner with the Lima Charlie Network.

This week we recap the months of July-December. Some of the topics discussed in this episode include:

- Recap of the Veterans Series and the way ahead for 2023.

- Rise From The Shadows Season 2: Behind the Mask.

- The experience of be...

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Merry Christmas from the Shadows Podcast! We welcome you to our Christmas Day 2022 Year in Review Special!

During this episode, we recap what happened from January to the end of June.

Also, the host of the Drive On Podcast, Scott DeLuzio, and the host of the Wartime Leadership Podcast, Nathan Coy, join us to talk about their shows, the non-profit organizations they competed for, and what’s next for 2023.

At the end of this episode,...

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December 19, 2022 52 min

From Paralyzed
To Fitness Trainer

Holly Frances delivered a healthy baby girl on January 26, 2011. Twenty days later, she would become paralyzed from the neck down from a rare illness called GBS. Holly would fight for her life over the next 70 days until she was taken out of the intensive care unit. She would eventually return home after 126 days.

Listen as Holly recounts that time in her life and tells us about what she’s doing to...

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December 12, 2022 74 min

From Airman To Helping Veterans

Trevor Gilliland is a twenty-year retired active-duty Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force. He was Tripp’s Military Training Instructor at Basic Military Training in San Antonio! Now he’s helping veterans as an Orion Talent Account Executive.

During this episode, listen to Trevor talk about his upbringing in Minnesota. Why did he join the United States Air Force? What did his...

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December 5, 2022 42 min

“I am not a heart surgeon, but mending broken hearts is my true calling.”

Dr. Omar Reda is a global trauma expert, author, and public speaker. This week he joins us on the Shadows Podcast to take us through his journey of pain and joy, suffering and hope.

In this episode, Dr. Reda discusses the tribulations of his adolescent years in Libya. At an early age, his family suffered unimaginable losses, ultimately leading him to become a...

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November 28, 2022 55 min

“Everyone has a number over their heads. Wouldn’t you like to find out yours?”

This week the Shadows Podcast welcomes a returning guest, Jeremie Kubicek! Jeremie co-founded GiANT Worldwide, a global speaker and a best-selling author.

In this episode, Jeremie takes you through an internal personality assessment by discussing his newest book, the Peace Index: A Five-Part Framework to Conquer Chaos and Find Fulfillment. He talks to us...

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November 21, 2022 55 min

This week the Shadows Podcast welcomes a coach, mentor, educator for adult survivors of child abuse, and podcast host, Michael Unbroken!

In this episode, Michael takes us through his hyper-volatile upbringing, consisting of a drug-addicted mother who attempted to cut his finger off at four years old, an abusive stepfather, and a racist grandmother. He spent the majority of his childhood homeless and in poverty. This led to Michael ...

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November 14, 2022 41 min

THE SHADOWS PODCAST CELEBRATES 100 EPISODES! We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with master special effects artists specializing in clay modeling, creature creation, stop motion, and animatronic Stephen and Edward Chiodo! The Chiodo Brothers have worked on An American Werewolf in London, Critters, Elf, Gremlins, Killer Klowns From Outer Space, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Team America: World Police, RoboCop and now the...

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November 7, 2022 52 min

Clay Smeltzer is the founder and host of the Purpose Infused Brotherhood Podcast and a returning guest to the Shadows!

During this episode, Clay discusses his upbringing in the woods of York, Pennsylvania. What lessons did he learn from his grandfather and parents during his adolescent years that helped shape him into who he is today? Listen to Clay discuss how he went from a tunnel vision focus on playing professional baseball to ...

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Happy Halloween from the Shadows Podcast! This Halloween, we have the honor of having the man who played Super Freddy in A Nightmare on Elm Street 5, Pluto in the Hills Have Eyes, and Belthazor and Sax in the television series, Charmed, Michael Bailey Smith, join the Shadows! Michael has been in over 100 films and is the Vice President of Global Sales at LEXI.

During this episode, Michael discusses his upbringing as an Air Force br...

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October 23, 2022 67 min

Carrie Schmidt is a certified Life Mastery Consultant, Executive Leadership Coach, and CEO of Infinite SOULutions, LLC. She is also the author of "Behind The Screen: A 7-Step Life Timeline System of Transformation.".

During this episode, Carrie discusses:

- The struggles of living with a broken family at eight.

- How did her parent's divorce impact her relationships with her mother, father, and older sister?

- She talks...

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October 17, 2022 51 min

Don Colliver spent twenty years in television production and is the author of, “Wink: Transforming Public Speaking with Clown Presence.”


During this episode, Don talks about:

- How did one year of driving across the country led to his connection with a television producer from the Travel Channel?

- His twenty years of television production include his time on House Hunters and $40 a Day with Rachael Ray.

- How did his divorce lead...

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