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Motivational Video Of The Week

Motivational Video Of The Week

Motivational Videos of the Week: Visit CMP every Monday for a new Motivational Video. ¬†Enjoy ūüôā

Being open-minded & how it led to my love for “The Bachelor”

Being open-minded & how it led to my love for “The Bachelor”

Open-minded: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† willing to consider new ideas; unprejudiced. Sometimes the greatest gifts we receive in this life are presented to us when we break down the wall and open up our mind and heart to something that we once rejected. […]

The Miraculous Power Of Energy & Human Connection

The Miraculous Power Of Energy & Human Connection

I am sitting in a Coffee Bean, sorry Starbucks, in Scottsdale and preparing to write a blog article about my 30 day challenge. ¬† I start scrolling through the list of Character Traits that I identified in my 30 day challenge, read about my 3o […]

30 Day Challenge Update

30 Day Challenge Update

    Below you will find updates from May 27th – June 6th of the 30 day challenge. ¬†Instead of bombarding my subscribers email inboxes with blog post daily, I decided to let a few days pass and now I am posting this update about […]

30 Day Challenge: Giving

30 Day Challenge: Giving

give verb (used with object), gave, given, giving. .to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow: to place in someone’s care:   A big turning point in my Pursuit of Passion trip, and ultimately what started my shift in thinking that resulted in some amazing […]

30 Day Challenge: Love

30 Day Challenge: Love

love¬† an intense feeling of deep affection. “babies fill parents with intense feelings of love” ¬†a person or thing that one loves. “she was the love of his life“ Love is such a powerful force. In fact, I would argue that Love is the most […]

30 Day Challenge: Grateful

30 Day Challenge: Grateful

grate¬∑ful feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful. “I’m very grateful to you for all your help” Even though the Chicago White Sox lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks today, I thought I would write my post about how grateful I am for having an […]

30 Day Challenge: Dependable

30 Day Challenge: Dependable

Definition of dependable :¬† capable of being trusted, reliable, or depended on   When I was first diagnosed with cancer at the age of 19 it felt like my world had been completely rocked and sometimes even shattered. ¬† At the time my entire focus […]

30 Day Challenge: Honest

30 Day Challenge: Honest

HONEST hon¬∑est free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere. “I haven’t been totally honest with you” morally correct or virtuous. “I did the only right and honest thing” I started off my Pursuit of Passion unsure of the true purpose of my trip. ¬†I had originally […]

What is my 30 Day Challenge?

What is my 30 Day Challenge?

While I was on my Pursuit of Passion and traveling all around the United States I was fortunate enough to met so many amazing people that had character traits that I was both in awe of and to be honest, a bit envious of. ¬†After […]

You think skydiving is fun with two arms, you should try it with one!

You think skydiving is fun with two arms, you should try it with one!

One of my goals in my Pursuit of Passion was to do things that were out of my comfort zone. ¬†There is just something powerful when you try something new, something uncomfortable, and something that challenges your feeling of normalcy. ¬†So……….this was why I made […]

Lunch with a Giant – Tyson Johnston

Lunch with a Giant – Tyson Johnston

  Cruising into Denver, Colorado I asked the Universe for two things:   ¬† ¬† ¬†1. Please don’t snow, I really dislike the snow. & 2. I hope my boy Tyson is free to hang, I really want to see Tyson. I am happy to […]

Fear????? What is Fear?  The story of one amazing & fearless individual: Anna Anderson

Fear????? What is Fear? The story of one amazing & fearless individual: Anna Anderson

For the past 18 years or so I have lived with an array of fearful thoughts setting up camp inside my brain. ¬†Really……I hate camping and now I have the most destructive thought process roasting marshmallows and making S’mores all while enjoying “Camp Allen.” ¬†I […]

#MarlaStrong How a wedding brought us together; no….I didn’t get married!

#MarlaStrong How a wedding brought us together; no….I didn’t get married!

My entire trip I have allowed my energy to take me in directions I previously would have steered away from. ¬†As my car has taken on miles and miles along this journey, I often have taken Left turns that turn into the Right decision (did […]

Love is Letting Go of Fear: Dealing With Heartbreak

Love is Letting Go of Fear: Dealing With Heartbreak

    Have you every loved someone so much that when the relationship ends it feels as if you can’t breathe?   Have you ever missed someone so much that you would do anything in the world to just have 10 more seconds with them? […]

Katie Wells: Killing Spikes on the Court and in the Game of Life

Katie Wells: Killing Spikes on the Court and in the Game of Life

    When you meet someone that has a special energy you can sense it in your soul right away. ¬†You usually are not sure what or why, but if you are open enough to find out the reason, it can be life changing. ¬†When […]

Scoring goals around the world: Gary Smith’s journey via his passion of soccer

Scoring goals around the world: Gary Smith’s journey via his passion of soccer

There are a lot of us in the world that have passions. ¬†Some of us chase them down and try to do them for a living, some of us do them as hobbies, some of us never realize what that passion is, and then others […]

From Corporate America to Fitness Entrepreneur

From Corporate America to Fitness Entrepreneur

It sounds like the American Dream right?! In it’s simple words it is but the journey is far from simple. If you are looking for simple this is not for you but if you are ready to take the ride of your life keep reading…. […]

Turning a dead battery into positive energy

Turning a dead battery into positive energy

I walk up to my car, parked on 25th street between 2nd avenue/3rd avenue in Manhattan on Wednesday, ready to take the drive from NYC to Boston. ¬† I hit my unlock button and nothing happens.   “Hmm,” I think to my self. ¬†“I wonder […]

Living With Love Instead Of Fear – Emotions Sparked From My Tour Of The Holocaust Museum

Living With Love Instead Of Fear – Emotions Sparked From My Tour Of The Holocaust Museum

  I can’t even explain the rush of emotions that run through your mind, your heart, and your soul when you visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. ¬†Being an emotional spirit, I knew I was going to have to prepare myself for the experience […]

Betting on yourself – Awvee Storey’s Road to the NBA

Betting on yourself – Awvee Storey’s Road to the NBA

Dunk Rebound Another Dunk Another a flying Elbow to the face a few more Dunks several shoves in the back while trying to get a Rebound and about 100 more Rebounds! The above is my memory of mine when I think back to my attempt […]

Divine Appointment – How God placed a hitchhiker in my path

Divine Appointment – How God placed a hitchhiker in my path

DIVINE APPOINTMENT: A divine appointment is a meeting with another person that has been specifically and unmistakably ordered by God.   Divine appointments are the Universes’ way (Gods) of steering us into a specific encounter or experience so that we can serve a greater good, […]

The Spiritual Surfer of Myrtle Beach

The Spiritual Surfer of Myrtle Beach

  “I, the surfer, am‚ÄĒmyself. The body with which I surf in the sea symbolizes the soul, with which I “surf” in God. The sea is God. The beach is the approach to God. Surfing is the experience of God, or the spiritual life.” From […]

Building a Dream Book to turn dreams into reality

Building a Dream Book to turn dreams into reality

One of my goals along this journey is to read more books and when I say I want to read more books, I actually mean I want to listen to more audio books on Audible. ¬†OH HOW I LOVE YOU AUDIBLE! ¬†I started off my […]

A Beautiful Voice and a Beautiful Soul: Kelleigh Bannen

A Beautiful Voice and a Beautiful Soul: Kelleigh Bannen

I was lucky enough in college to be roommates with one of the greatest ¬†teammates and the best people you could possibly ever meet, Shawn Redhage. ¬†While Shawn has been in Australia tearing up the Australian basketball league with MVP’s, championships, and even Olympic appearances; […]

Small & Packed with a massive heart

Small & Packed with a massive heart

As I was pulling into Nashville, TN I knew that one of the most special ladies I have ever met had some roots in the Music City. ¬†I decided that I was going to shoot a message to Coach Dar, Darleen Santore, and ask her […]

Born to Ride: Sage Kimzey

Born to Ride: Sage Kimzey

Some people search their entire life to find that thing they love. ¬†To find that passion that fills their heart and feeds their soul. ¬†Then there are people like Sage Kimzey, who was born into the Cowboy life and has cherished every minute of it. […]

Project 615: Spreading Love in Nashville

Project 615: Spreading Love in Nashville

As I am rolling into different cities I am spending some time on Social media in search of places to visit and passionate people to hopefully meet up with. ¬†So here I am sitting in a Hampton Inn Parking Lot, ready to black out my […]

From running on the soccer field to running for a better life

From running on the soccer field to running for a better life

“Hey, are you taller than Phil Jackson?” Well, that is an odd question when you are purchasing some chocolate milk at a gas station market. “I believe we are the same size, but I am way better looking,” I answered with a joking grin. The […]

When you give $20 dollars and in return you have a 20 minute conversation that impacts your entire journey

When you give $20 dollars and in return you have a 20 minute conversation that impacts your entire journey

‚ÄúIf you can‚Äôt fly then run, if you can‚Äôt run then walk, if you can‚Äôt walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward,” Martin Luther King Jr. I walk down Beale Street in Memphis, TN with sounds of music ringing […]

What Obstacles??? I just see it as an opportunity!

What Obstacles??? I just see it as an opportunity!

Along my Journey I have been trying to work on quieting my mind and finding some peace, as often my thoughts run wild and continue in a loop. ¬†Over and over again I replay decisions I have made, opportunities I have not taken, love that […]

Get up, Get up, Get up, Keep going

Get up, Get up, Get up, Keep going

This one will be short and sweet! Yes, I will throw in a Walter Payton reference any chance I can get! So one of the reasons for writing this blog is to provide myself an outlet to release feelings and emotions that in the past […]

Houston or Bust…..Bust….or was it?

Houston or Bust…..Bust….or was it?

So I rolled into Houston, TX, home of James Harden (Go Sun Devils), with high hopes. ¬†This was going to be my last leg in Texas and I was hoping to leave the Lone Star State with a bang. On my first day I walk […]

Car accident changed my career

Car accident changed my career

I was in high school and just got my drivers ID. I loved, loved, football and I was hoping that I would some day play in college or atleast star in high school. I was driving some friends around and not paying much attention when […]

Austin: Live Music Capital of the World and a Place of Inspiration

Austin: Live Music Capital of the World and a Place of Inspiration

¬†¬†¬†                 Austin is a city that I have always wanted to visit. ¬†I would often say “If it is good enough for Lance Armstrong, it is good enough for me.” ¬†Well, I said that years ago, so […]

Do you know what the words “Hey Man – Whats up,” Can do for someone?

Do you know what the words “Hey Man – Whats up,” Can do for someone?

So I find myself parked outside a CVS in Austin, TX at 11:45pm crying in my car. ¬†Negative and some dark thoughts were racing through my head. Can I keep doing this trip? Why am I not good enough? How can I move forward when […]

What we learn from people we used to teach?

What we learn from people we used to teach?

I headed into San Antonio for a special occasion. I was headed into town to surprise two of my former players, Nick Allen and Lucas O’Brien both members of the University of Texas San Antonio basketball team. ¬†Both of these guys played for me and […]

What do I lose/gain by committing and following through?  An amazing conversation with Kaylan Marie

What do I lose/gain by committing and following through? An amazing conversation with Kaylan Marie

During my Pursuit of Passion, my plan was to focus my energy on trying to find passionate people, interview them, and then do their passion to document the experience. ¬†A familiar phrase started ringing in my ear “everyone has a story.” ¬†This exact saying has […]

Kim Reeder:  Using her passion of softball to pursue a bigger purpose

Kim Reeder: Using her passion of softball to pursue a bigger purpose

During my Pursuit of Passion I am hoping to meet some passionate people, interview them, and then take part in whatever it is that they love so much. ¬†In my plan I am hoping to learn and grow from other people and then share it […]

Lady Lotus Reiki & Energy Healing 2/27 in Albuquerque, NM

Lady Lotus Reiki & Energy Healing 2/27 in Albuquerque, NM

Today I had an amazing experience with a very passionate and spiritual healer in the amazing healing state of New Mexico. ¬†Yesterday I was talking with a friend in Arizona, who is originally from New Mexico, and I was telling him about how I was […]


What is My Pursuit of Passion

What is My Pursuit of Passion?

What is My Pursuit of Passion?

What makes someone passionate? 

Why are some people passionate about something and others have no interest? 

I have always wanted to take a trip around the United States and find people that are passionate about something and ask them a simple, yet complex question.

Why?

Why are you passionate about Skydiving?  (insert the passion here).

Well, I am finally about to take that journey.  On 2/25/2017 I am jumping in my car and hitting the road.

Where exactly am I headed?¬† ——¬†¬† NO CLUE

Where am I sleeping?¬† —— THAT IS AN AMAZING QUESTION

Money? —– I DON’T HAVE A LOT OF IT

This trip has been 10 years in the making and I am finally to set aside my fears and my anxiety and take on the Pursuit.¬† I had some help to push me along the way.¬† What a lot of people don’t know about me, even some of my best friends, is that I suffer from depression.¬† in 1999 I went through a cancer battle that forever changed my life.¬† I have had so many blessings in my life that were a result of the cancer, so sometimes I have been blessed to go through that difficult experience.¬† I wont national courage awards, I was featured in national media outlets, on tv, and spoken at many events about overecoming challenges and continuing to pursue your dreams.

There was one issue!  The entire time I was winning awards for my courage, I was depressed.  I had felt like the cancer had taken a big piece of who I was and left it in ruined.  I felt my basketball career, which was my passion, was forever changed and as a young 19 year old I struggled.  My passion has been my greatest gift as well as my greatest challenge.  While my passion drove me to play collegiate and professional basketball (Internationally) It also drove my emotions, expectations, and my fear of failure.  My depression has increased in the past couple of years and it has left a Tsunami sized wreckage in its path.  My constant depression and anxiety drove away the women I loved most in this world, which just continued to put me down a dark path.  After my breakup, I was falling into a darker hole and to add insult to Injury on 12/26 I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer.  After having surgery to remove the tumor, I continued to get bad news when my fatigue, my depression, and my cancer caused my job status to change.  I felt like i had hit rock bottom and I had to do something.  Sleeping for 18 hours a day and not leaving my condo was putting thoughts in my head that I could not fight.

See this trip, while a pursuit of peoples passions, it is also a chance for me to cleanse my soul, to find myself once again, and combat the dark cloud that has followed me around for the past 15 years.

An idea that was created 10 years ago, along with circumstances that I would not wish on my enemy, have created the perfect storm that finally pushed me to follow something I have always wanted to do.  I hope to find my light again, spark a light with someone else, inspire myself, inspire others, and gain a perspective that this is an amazing world we live in with amazing people doing amazing things.  I 100 percent believe that everyone has a story, big or small, and that story can impact people in ways that we can often not comprehend.  I am hoping to find those stories and those people on this trip.  Document it, share it, and create something special.

The Pursuit:

Along with asking this question of “Why,” I hope to participate in whatever the passionate person loves and compare my experience and feelings to there experience and feelings.¬† I am sure some of the things I will try I will love.¬† I am sure some of them I will hate.¬† I even think some of the things I want to try will be scary, but I want to experience the thrill they get from their passion and uncover what it is that drives each and everyone of us to love something with so much passion that we are willing to sacrifice so much in its pursuit.

My Soul Cleanse:

During this trip I have a list of several things I feel can open up my energy and shift my journey’s direction.

  1. Mediate everyday – I am hoping to find amazing and unique places to start my morning off mediating
  2. Workout everyday РThank you Dr. Jason for the amazing LA Fitness Gift.  I will start my days after meditation working out and hoping to take control of my physical body and get it operating at its maximum potential.  Also hoping to lose 20 pounds or so on this trip.
  3. Read and Improving my self awareness: I have a list of books that I will be reading while on my adventure.  Along with reading my books, I have weekly schedule check in calls with the best counselor in the world РD.J. Diebold РThis guy is a complete stud.
  4. Learn from other people’s stories and experiences along my journey.
  5. One of the things on my Impossible List is to make someone’s life better every single day.¬† I plan on daily doing something for someone else to improve their life, improve their outlook on life, or just give them a boost in happiness through kindness. (If you have not seen the Kindness Diaries on Netflix, finish my blog post, subscribe to my social media channels, and then go and watch it!¬† It will touch your heart.

Specifics of my Pursuit:

Like I stated earlier, I don’t have a concrete plan on where I am going and who I am meeting.¬† I am trusting in the universe to point me in the right direction and through experiences and interactions, allow myself to follow the path that is set before me.¬† As of now, I am planning on sleeping in my car 4-5 times a week, AirBnB when I can (only in shared spaces where I can get to know the people that are opening up their homes), and via couch surfing apps.¬† This is where LA fitness will serve a simple purpose, wake up, mediate, go workout, and utilize their shower to clean up for the day.¬† Thanks again Dr. J! For food, I have a very tight budget.¬† With the lost of a job, my funds are at an all time low.¬† I have been lucky to be surround by amazing friends and family and through some donations I have some cash on hand for gas and for passion experiences.¬† I have a massive cooler and several healthy food options (to help me loose weight) stocked and ready to feed me along my journey.

Documenting my Experience:

I have created several social media profiles that I hope to document and update regularly throughout my journey.  You can find all of these on my homepage Рsubscribe and tell your friends.  I plan on using Snapchat for quick videos and pictures on the fly.  Daily Instagram posts of my experiences.  When longer videos are needed to share my experiences, I have created a Youtube Channel to upload.  Twitter РI planned on having a twitter to document amazing things I have heard from amazing people. My blog Рplease subscribe to my blog as I plan on putting everyting into this blog.  Things I am thinking, videos I have created, pictures that are amazing, and highlight amazing people from across this amazing country.

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People I would like to meet!

You name a passion and I am looking for that person.¬† I plan on finding these people through word of mouth, google searches, social media, and through self exploration and experience.¬† It can be someone who is passionate about sports, bull riding, race car driving, tattoo artist, musicians, comedians, scientist, chefs, Yoga, business, Skydiving, etc.¬† I really don’t care what the passion is, I want to meet that person, interview that person, enjoy their passion with them, and share their story.

If you know of someone who would be interested in sharing their story or passion with me, please don’t hesitate to reach out – call or text at 480-421-8427 or email me at chasemypassion@gmail.com