Miriam Lilly: 50 States in a Year

Episode 30. Miriam Lilly paid off $24,000 in debt in 10 months, which made her next goal possible. Now she’s set to take a year off and adventure, traveling through all 50 US States in the year between her 29th and 30th birthdays.

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“There are so many opportunities, even right here at my front door. …
If the next opportunity isn’t showing up to me, then I’m gonna go after it.”

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0:00 ~ Start
4:45 ~ getting out of debt
9:10 ~ 50 States by 30 years old
16:03 ~ “it’s all about choices”
20:09 ~ fears and concerns
24:40 ~ What do you want to get out of this trip?

Connect with Miriam
on her blog So She Went
on Twitter @soshewent
on Facebook Facebook

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on her blog steadilyskippingstones.com
on Twitter @fmichellemoran
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Asia Nelson: on Yoga and Other Adventures
Stand-Up Comic John Crist
Mark Bradley, Completely Un-Legitimate Motorcycle Dude

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Matt Mikalatos, on demons and possession

Episode 29. Matt Mikalatos joins us again, this time to talk about demons and possession, and what the Bible says about both.

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“What I’m trying to do is to not be skeptical, or not be naive, or just accepting, but to be discerning. Is this in the realm of what could happen? Is it likely that it did happen? … And regardless of what the situation is, it never hurts to pray with someone.”
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0:00 ~ who has authority to exorcise demons
8:15 ~ views from a secular vs christian childhood
14:55 ~ What are demons?
25:00 ~ Satan’s powers and abilities
31:20 ~ How do you know? (examples of possession)
44:00 ~ a worldview of demons and possession
49:30 ~ personal experiences

Extended conversation about becoming ordained
Clip: Matt Ordained Extended Conversation

Matt defines Evangelical for me and I still don’t quite get it
Clip: Matt defines Evangelical for me and I still don’t quite get it

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Check out Matt’s new book!!

Connect with Matt
where he blogs at NorvilleRogers.com
on Twitter @mattmikalatos
on The StoryMen podcast

Matt’s Books:
My Imaginary Jesus
Night of the Living Dead Christian
The Sword of Six Worlds

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on her blog steadilyskippingstones.com
on Twitter @SkippingAStone
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The First Time We Saw Him
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JR. Forasteros
Clay Morgan

If you enjoyed my chat with Matt, you might like these interviews:
Matt Mikalatos: Missionary, Teacher, Servant
JR. Forasteros: Tattooed Pastor
Clay Morgan, His Writing Process and the Art of Field Research

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Alaina and Peyton: The Suicide Awareness Project

Episode 28. Alaina and Peyton are working on a school project about suicide awareness, a subject which, in Alaina’s words, “a lot of people don’t like to talk about because it’s a harsh topic. So we figured, why not us?” Listen in as they talk about their project, what it means to them and why they care so much.

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“How much can a school do to prevent cancer? But there’s still support and awareness about it. You can’t prevent it. You can’t prevent cancer. You can’t prevent somebody from committing suicide. But you can raise awareness.”

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0:00 ~ we never hear about it
11:05 ~ What should the school do?
13:25 ~ “those who suffer”
16:15 ~ the deep effects of suicide
22:10 ~ Can it be prevented?
27:00 ~ spreading awareness

Connect with Michelle
on her blog steadilyskippingstones.com
on Twitter @SkippingAStone
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Letter Alaina and Peyton posted on the blog
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Out of the Darkness walks 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you see suicidal thoughts posted on social media.
Suicide Hotlines by State

If you enjoyed my chat with Alaina and Peyton, you might like these interviews:
Tyler Tarver Does Everything
Coming Full Circle with Larry Carter
Jacque Moran (My Mom!): Childhood Stories

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Jaime Moran, Executive Director of RAASAP

Episode 27. If you get a DUI in Virginia, you have to go through the Alcohol Safety Awareness Program before you can get your license back. Jaime talks about the program, how it works and what about her job makes “every day worth doing what you do”.

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“You’re never cured. It’s just like a person that has cancer is never cured… The difference is that people feel sorry for somebody who has cancer, but you don’t feel sorry for somebody that has an alcohol or drug problem.”

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0:00 ~ ASAP
5:50 ~ What is the Program?
9:55 ~ the clients/individualized intervention
13:55 ~ case managers
19:00 ~ a really big responsibility
27:00 ~ Why do this job?

Connect with Jaime:
at RAASAP

Connect with Michelle
on her blog steadilyskippingstones.com
on Twitter @SkippingAStone
on Facebook

If you enjoyed my chat with Jaime, you might like these interviews:

Do You Believe in Destiny: A Chat with my Dad
Jamie Golden: finding Forever Families
The Mean Mommy Club: Friends and other Zombies

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Debbie Deming: on Furniture Tipping

Episode 26. Debbie and I talk about the startlingly high number of children who are killed or injured by furniture tipping over on them. Debbie shares her personal story of loss, and talks about the organization she and her husband founded to prevent other people from losing the children they love.

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“It just didn’t feel right to live with that knowledge and let other parents who don’t know the dangers just go about their life, and just hope that they’re not the next ones.”
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0:00 ~ Safe and Sound with Amaya
4:00 ~ an accident waiting to happen
9:55 ~ we don’t see the danger
14:35 ~ tipping is totally preventable
19:10 ~ hot pink pinkies
24:10 ~ a difficult thing to live with
28:15 ~ Why not protect your kids?

Connect with Debbie:
at Safe and Sound with Amaya
on Facebook

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on her blog steadilyskippingstones.com
on Twitter @SkippingAStone
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The Tipping Point – Consumer Product Safety Commission Report
Safe Kids Coalition
National Head Start Association
Article on Syracuse.com 
Huffington Post Article

If you enjoyed my chat with Debbie, you might like these interviews:
Food Issues with Vicki Manuel
Wonder Woman Jan Moyer
Kim Cox: the Psychology of Clutter
Life Coach Lamisha Serf

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