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The Stokecast

Summary: Dig into the definition of "stoke" with top athletes, adventurers, and entrepreneurs as they share stories and strategies on how to crush the work, life, and adventure balance while having fun and making a difference. With hosts Jonathan Ronzio & Emily Holland. By Explore Inspired. Become a supporter of this podcast:

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 Chris Burkard Dishes His No-BS Recipe For Sacrifice And Success | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3432

This week on the Stokecast, we the incredible photographer, Chris Burkard. Jonathan and Emily chat with Chris about: - Filling the gaps in your skillset - Investing in yourself with time AND money - Everything you need to learn about the 'technical stuff,' you can find online - His interesting relationship with Instagram - Passive revenue streams - Finding an agent - Tips for living a balanced life and how to communicate with your loved ones while you're on the road For the show notes on this episode and ways to connect with Chris, visit: Become a supporter of this podcast:

  3x World-Record Endurance Athlete Colin O'Brady Teaches How To Build And Inspire A Community | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4270

This week on the Stokecast, we have World-Record Endurance Athlete, Colin O'Brady. Jonathan and Emily chat with Colin about: - What 'sleep-walking' is and the importance of micro-naps - The drive behind going for Mountaineering World Records - His project of Beyond 7/2 and motivating young people to get outside - The use of social media as a platform for larger communities - The 50HP project and the 'Forrest Gump' effect - The logistics that go into these projects - His journey through being a pro-triathlete - The importance of a positive mindset and inspiring other people - Watching a vision come to life (through tons of hard work, meetings, failures, etc) - Not focusing on finding ANY sponsor partners but finding the RIGHT sponsor partners - What kind of training regimen Colin has - Colin's ideas behind balance For the show notes on this episode (and how to win the Seven Summits artwork) and ways to connect with Colin, visit: Become a supporter of this podcast:

 Michelle Parker on Self-Motivation, Her Life as a Pro Skier, and Staying Safe In The Mountains | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3309

This week on the Stokecast, we have Professional Skier and Avalanche Safety Instructor, Michelle Parker. Jonathan and Emily chat with Michelle about: - How she skied before she could even walk - Growing up in a premier mountain town, Squaw Valley - Importance of female role models - Being your own boss - the need to be diligent, productive and well-rounded - The process of pitching, planning and starring in a TV series with Red Bull - How to go after sponsorship with big brands - Continuing to evolve your passions/athletic endeavors - The origination of the organization, SafeAS - How to get involved in outdoor advocacy efforts like Protect Our Winters For the show notes on this episode and ways to connect with Michelle, visit: Become a supporter of this podcast:

 Running Slow AF And Loving Every Second With Writer, Speaker, Ultra Runner, Mirna Valerio | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4000

This week on the Stokecast, we have Writer, Speaker, Ultra Runner, Educator, Mother, Mirna Valerio. What to expect on this episode: - Jonathan and Emily have an exciting update on their life and their goals! - Mirna's first experience running the Boston Marathon (and how she came away with positive memories even though it was pouring rain and freezing) - How a health scare pushed her to rediscover running and an active lifestyle - From growing up in Brooklyn to her life now, the importance of going outside and exploration - Her new retreat series, Slow AF Trail Running Adventure Retreat - How running clears the mind and helps your creative energy - Having a coach is a game-changer but you should also be able to motivate yourself intrinsically - How she's helping to change the narrative and normalization of running - The lessons she learned from putting herself out there For the show notes on this episode and ways to connect with Mirna, visit: Become a supporter of this podcast:

 Veteran, Adventurer, Stacy Bare Explains How To Reframe Your Darkest Defining Moments | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3764

This week on the Stokecast, we have Veteran, Climber, Skier, Overall Thoughtful Human Being, Stacy Bare. Jonathan and Emily chat with Stacy about: - How Stacy puts himself in situations in which he needs to push himself out of his comfort zone (any why it's important to do so) - The importance of reframing your darker definitive experiences - The Phoenix: The Sober Active Community - Privilege and the need for self awareness - The definitions and differences of joy, awe and stoke - Using the 'stoplight' to figure out how to balance your life each week For the show notes on this episode and ways to connect with Stacy, visit: Become a supporter of this podcast:

 Learn What It Takes To Smash Trail Records From Endurance Runner "Stringbean" Joe McConaughy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3953

This week on the Stokecast, we have Ultra Marathon Trail runner, Joe McConaughy. Jonathan and Emily chat with Joe about: - How Joe came to be a runner, and even crazier, an ultra marathon trail runner - Combining your passion with a cause (Run for Colin) - What you learn when you dig deep - Joe's journey on both the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail (to crush the speed records) - How a positive mindset works wonders - The importance of gratitude and having a support crew - Jonathan also gets his first sub 5-minute mile right before we interview Joe! For the show notes on this episode and ways to connect with Joe, visit: Become a supporter of this podcast:

 Climber, Writer, Mother, Beth Rodden Talks Dealing With Your Demons | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3115

This week on The Stokecast, professional rock climber, writer, mom, Beth Rodden. Emily and Jonathan chat with Beth about: - How and why Beth fell in love with climbing - Creativity vs. competition and what’s changed about the sport for kids today - Women in climbing and growing up without access to many female role models or any clear path to turning climbing into a career - How barely escaping a kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan rocked the foundation of Beth’s confidence in climbing, her marriage, and mental health. - Vulnerability vs. the conquerer’s mentality - California’s yummy summer produce For the show notes on this episode and ways to connect with Beth, visit: Become a supporter of this podcast:

 If You're Not Inspired To Do It, Then You Shouldn't Be Doing It (says Cody Townsend) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4192

This week on The Stokecast, professional skier, unprofessional surfer, fisherman, fun haver, and co-founder of Arcade Belts, Cody Townsend. Expect to walk away from this episode with your new life manifesto and a mission to live every day in more meaningful ways. Jonathan and Emily chat with Cody about: - How fun and happiness are the bedrock principles for all of his pursuits - Why he chose to stop doing what initially brought him success as a professional skier and shift directions into inspiring new outlets - How to dial in a pace that you can sustain (in the mountains, in life, in business) - Identifying an opportunity, building an MVP, and scaling a startup For the show notes from this episode and all the links, Become a supporter of this podcast:

 Power Company Climbing Founder Kris Hampton On His Journey From Rap Songs To Rock Walls | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2946

Father, climber, emcee, coach, Kris Hampton, reflects on his rise from rapper to rock climber to business owner and content creator. His journey wasn't always easy, and certainly, wasn't always focused. In this episode, Kris recounts some of the most transformational experiences of his life, specifically when he learned to let go of ego in lieu of finding fulfillment in more personal challenges. Once Kris seemingly got out of his own way, the pieces of the puzzle started to fall together. And his friends taking note of his success, starting asking for training plans. Power Company Climbing was born. Kris has now trained thousands of climbers all over the world and dedicates himself to helping others break past their personal barriers, both mental and physical. That is, when he's not working on his own climbing projects or spending time with his family - for which he says scheduling is the key to keeping balanced. For the show notes, visit: Become a supporter of this podcast:

 Ski Mountaineer Caroline Gleich Talks Pushing Past Fear & When To Dismiss Criticism | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4117

Professional ski mountaineer, adventurer, environmental and social activist, Caroline Gleich is not shy about battling demons. Whether those demons are social media stalkers and trolls, or her internal voice of fear and insecurity, Caroline has become a champion of creating an open and honest dialogue around tackling personal and professional obstacles head-on. Her unshakable positivity coupled with her drive to push limits in the mountains while protecting the places we play, make Caroline a powerhouse of inspiration that we were stoked to have on The Stokecast! In this episode, we chat about skiing, mountaineering, and training for an ultramarathon, as well as the importance of humbling yourself with new challenges as a way to overcome personal and professional struggles. For more from Caroline and the notes on this episode, visit Become a supporter of this podcast:

 How Semi-Rad’s Brendan Leonard Turned His Passions Into Art That Pays | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4249

On episode 4 of The Stokecast, Semi-Rad creator Brendan Leonard shares his story of developing a brand voice for the everyday adventurer and turning his passions into art that pays. With, Brendan has dedicated his life to speaking to the simple joys of being regular in outdoor pursuits, focusing on the quirks and commonalities of experiences we share. Learn how Brendan got his start, taking the leap from corporate life into the freelance world and eventually turned the side-hustle into the full-time paycheck all while climbing, biking, adventuring, and having fun. Also, Brendan weighs in on why he believes the concept of balance is BS. Go to for the show notes. Become a supporter of this podcast:

 Ultra-Runner Clare Gallagher On Finding A State Of Flow In Discomfort | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2888

Clare Gallagher rocked the ultra-running scene when she came out of seemingly nowhere to win the infamous Leadville 100 in 2016, slaying the competition and putting down the second fastest time in the race's history. But Clare's story started long before Leadville and it's continued these past couple of years in a very big way. In episode 3 of The Stokecast, Jonathan and Emily dig into what drives Clare Gallagher as an ultra-endurance athlete, how her career as a runner evolved, how she tricks her mind to keep moving, and what she's most stoked about for both her, and the sport's future. For this episode's show notes, visit Also, be sure to subscribe and leave a review to let us know what you love about The Stokecast so far! Become a supporter of this podcast:

 How Brody Leven Went From Midwest DJ to Adventure Skier & Storyteller | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3004

In the second episode of The Stokecast, Emily and Jonathan chat with professional adventurer, skier, and storyteller Brody Leven about his entrepreneurial beginnings and journey from the humble hills of Ohio to some of the world's biggest mountains, most epic bike trips, and even the steps of Washington D.C. For the show notes from this episode, visit Become a supporter of this podcast:

 Get To Know The Stokecast (with Jonathan Ronzio & Emily Holland) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 751

Welcome to The Stokecast podcast by Explore Inspired! In this episode, get to know your hosts (Jonathan Ronzio & Emily Holland). Learn what inspired us to start this podcast, hear about the types of topics we'll be covering and the people we'll be speaking with. And, of course, Emily defines "stoke!" Thanks a ton for tuning in and embarking on this journey with us. We look forward to bringing you stories and tips each week to help you balance work, life, and adventure, and inspire you to take action! For this episode and more, visit Become a supporter of this podcast:


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