Your Daily Chocolate launched on January 10, 2022. Here's where you can see this season's upisodes. Listen to an old favorite or catch up on the ones you missed. Click on the Season 1 Tab above if you want to explore last year's podcast upisodes.
Is there a story behind every tattoo? According to Pastor Al Dayhoff, there is not only a story but the importance of tattoos goes back thousands of years. And having ministered to people through a Blues Bar, he's the ultimate Tattoo Story Hunter. Coming Soon.
A close encounter with a predator tunrned Beth Warford into a warrior for personal safety . She now teaches millions of people -- individual as well as corporations -- how to stay safe. What a great lesson for all of us during these troubled times. Listen Here.
Did you know there are kids in the US that have no beds? Lots of them! And Luke Mickelson is working hard to make sure that is never true. With Sleep in Heavenly Peace, he is building beds all across the country so that children in need sleep better. Listen Here.
A Christmas mishap launched Christopher Radko into the world of handblown glass ornaments. And decades later, with a new company, he is once again making heirloom collectibles that every Christmas tree -- and every family -- needs. Listen Here.
An award-winning indie author, Michaelbrent Collings has written more than 50 books - many in the horror genre. But his stories focus on the fact that life is not hopeless and he assures me that he creates heroes not monsters. One promise that he keeps: the reader always survives! Listen Here.
As part of the successful rap duo Tag Team, DC Glenn is the mastermind behind "Whoomp There It Is!" which many may know better now from the GEICO commercial "Scoop There It Is." But he is so much more than a one-hit wonder. His career is a lesson in continuous learning and finding the positive in the negative. Listen Here.
Actually what has she NOT done? Juliette Watt has been a Playboy Bunny, pilot, screenwriter, has escaped war, been trafficked by a "friend" and even took down a rapist. You'll be amazed at how she has maintained a positive outlook and is actually grateful for all those life experiences. Listen Here.
Calm under pressure - that's the requirement of 9-1-1 dispatchers. And yet, no matter where they are, what country they're in, they all experience the same high stress. But they have funny moments as well. Ricardo Martinez, long-time dispatcher and now trainer, relays some of his funny calls. Listen Here.
As a breast cancer patient, Liz Benditt discovered a complete dearth of functional gifts -- the pink ribbon coffee mug just wasn't helpful. So, she started The Balm Box, a gift service that meets the patient's needs, all depending on their situation -- seatbelt pillows, lotions, mastectomy pillows -- and she gives great advice on what to say to a cancer patient. Listen Here.
There are travel "hacks" you need to know about to get low-cost airfares, deals while traveling and how to plan that stress-free trip. Travel Expert, Jen Ruiz, turned a challenge (12 trips in 12 months while working full-time) into what is now her passion. Listen Here..
After lightning struck Ann Goody in the face, and completely altered her life, her husband asked "What can I do to help?" Her answer was "Zebra." And that was the start of the Three Ring Ranch, Hawaii's only exotic animal rescue. Listen Here.
Danny Covey has had 8 heart surgeries, starting at just 11 months old, and nearly died 3 times on the operating table. But he has defied all odds. Doctors said he'd never be athletic - now he's a black belt in Jiu Jitsu. And he's got a message about taking risks. BTW - Set 29th is World Heart Day! Listen Here.
Know where your food comes from? Well, if you made it from scratch you would. It's not as hard as you might think, according to Chef Joe Gatto. And you can start with just one thing. Warning: don't listen to this episode if you're already hungry! Do listen if you want to start making wonderful food memories. Listen Here.
What better way to celebrate National Coloring Day than with Shannon Bennett, a homeschooling mom who gave broken crayons new life -- and in turn, created an incredible business. She is proof-positive that no dream is too big! Listen Here.
TV Executive Craig Colby has an impressive resume. His pandemic challenge to wear a different hat every day turned into a book "All Caps." With every cap, there's a story - some fun, some thrilling, some heart-wrenching and some will just make you feel good. Listen Here.
Chris Romulo has numerous championship belts in Muay Thai but it's his work with kids that really make him a champion. He knows about overcoming hardships and the barriers to success -- and his story will inspire you. Listen Here.
How do you celebrate a 4-year old beating cancer? If you are Kevin Hoover, you sell everything, pile the family into an RV and head out for a 15-month trek across the US. And you bless other cancer patients along the way. Listen Here.
With so many people looking for jobs these days (or wanting to change jobs), you need to know the 5 cardinal sins of resume writing. And Josef Stetter can tell you the secret to landing that job from the get-go. Listen Here.
It's about time the podcast actually features chocolate, right? And this is my new favorite. CEO Glenn Gardone, tells us why RED Chocolate is all pleasure and no guilt. No wonder it is now the best-selling chocolate on the Home Shopping Network! Listen Here.
If you have ever experienced the "one that got away" you'll be able to relate to the fish tales told by Bob Gonzalez in his book "A Flicker in the Water." It's more than just fish stories, though. A lot of life happens while at sea! Listen Here..
A close encounter with a tiger in a bubble bath led author Mary K. Savarese to write an incredible mystery that really has nothing to do with tigers and everythng to do with a journey of faith, never giving up on yourself and life after "being tossed aside." Listen Here.
Ever dream of being a game show host? It's about more than giving away prizes and money. Mike Montague makes a living making people smile more -- he calls it Playful Humans. And creative people are more productive! Listen Here.
Award-winning jazz pianist, Rick DellaRatta, couldn't stop the creative flow after 9/11 -- and Jazz for Peace was born. Now, after hundreds of concerts, helping more than 850 organizations around the world, he's not slowing down. And he treats us to an impromptu demo of his musical magic. Listen Here.
From being a chef to celebrities to leading food tours in Hawaii, Matthew Gray is a true foodie. He's even created gourmet sexy finger foods for Trader Joe's. Now as the host of "50 Tastes of Gray" he's bringing it all together. Listen Here.
He's decimated the market for shark fin and bear gall bladders. Now, Peter Knights and his wife Corie are turning their efforts to the African elephants. Through education, training poachers to become rangers and getting African celebrities on board, this may just be the greatest conservation success yet. Listen Here.
Miss Peggy is a crossing guard extraordinaire. She's been making kids, parents and random drivers smile for decades. With her crazy outfits and upbeat personality, who wouldn't want to go to school?! Listen Here.
According to Carisa Montooth, love is always there for you. But you need to make it welcome! This love coach has got tips for everyone, both the optimists and the cynics. She talks about the three ways people come into our lives. Ready to meet a mate? Listen Here.
My conversation with Sean BW Parker, a life-long stammerer, explores the impact stuttering (or stammering) has on an individual - and how those around him/her should behave. And just why do those who stutter NOT stutter when they sing? Listen Here.
His fifth mystery novel has already garnered awards and it all starts with the flip of a coin. Joseph LeValley never fails to thrill and "Sophocles Rule" is no exception. What's it take to pen such a successful series? Listen Here..
Stuntman, academic and coach, Brian Hite, PhD uses his decades of experience to help athletes and performers strengthen their mental well-being - which leads to success in other areas of life too. His philosophy? Do! Listen Here.
When global sensation October Project created a world choir and then sang to raise funds for Ukraine, it was a phenomenon. But it's nothing new for this trio. They've been making music for decades with the purpose to make a difference. Listen Here.
People Magazine recently featured Owen O'Neill, a registerned nurse in Florida who started recycling wheelchairs and other medical equipment for people in need. After nearly 20 years, he's helped more than 18,000 people and the project is expanding. Listen Here.
Every parent's nightmare - your child being diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that has no cure. But that isn't stopping mom, Geri Landman, and her husband (both physicians) from trying to find that cure, treatment or medicine. With their nonprofit, Moonshots for Unicorns, they've got a shot! Listen Here.
Kerri Pomarolli has been on The Tonight Show (29 times!), Comedy Central, was featured in "Mom's Night Out", and literally toured the world with her clean comedy. Whether it's online dating, dealing with two teenagers or dieting, she's going to make you laugh! Listen Here.
Against all odds -- a dysfunctional family and episodic homelessness his entire childhood -- Dr. Chris Smith, knew he had value and he had the power to choose his future. His perseverance - now a successful radiologist -- will inspire you. Listen Here.
Whether Kimberly Evering is riding an extreme bike challenge or serving as Ambassador to the Olympics, she lives her mantra: Live Boldly, Be Kind. Be Curious. That's a lesson we can all learn, adventurous or not! Listen Here.
Her poem "Thank you, Coronovirus" went viral (pun intended) 3 years ago and Riya Sokol still expresses gratitude for all we've been through and learned. She may live in Poland, but her message is resonating worldwide. Listen Here.
When you've spent a career mentoring top CEOs, what do you do next? Well, if you're David CM Carter, you develop a program to help everyone (and I mean everyone!) become their best. Listen Here.
Think Corporate Sales meets "Amazing Race" -- that's what Judd Efinger does. Using outdoor challenges to create more effective and successful teams, his clients are becoming better leaders and companies are seeing improved teamwork Listen Here.
At age 61, John Hurd started running...with no prior experience. Now 30 years later (yes, he's 91!) he is still running, setting records and has outlived his Bucket List. How many can honestly say you've reached your pinnacle - a couple times? He's going to inspire you for sure. Listen Here..
David-Matthew Barnes! Well, not really. But David-Matthew, a movie critic, screenwriter, author & poet, is predicting the winners. And we discuss the changing state of the film industry. I mean, who has even seen all these movies? Listen Here.
As she coaches start-ups and helps bring inventions to market, Donna Loughlin learns from failure daily. But, for her, "F" really stands for Future. She has great insights into story-telling and some very cool products she's been part of. Listen Here.
Michele Blood was an Australian rock star who actually healed herself after a horrendous car accident. Now she uses Affirmation Music to promote healing, success, money, joy and confidence. And she's offering it for free to my listeners! Listen Here.
She wrote the book "Reality to Rags to Riches" and, as a successful entrepreneur, Angela Marshall leans on her experience to inspire women all over the world to find success and freedom. Listen Here.
As founder and CEO of YogaFit Inc, the largest yoga fitness educational system in the world, Beth Shaw just wants to get you moving. And yoga is a great way to start. But she has other tips as well. Listen Here.
Lauren Abrams admits "I'm not for everyone." But once she realized that and knew she was meant for something better, she put her mind and energy to helping others find meaning and hope. She now hosts her own podcast "52 Weeks of Hope". Listen Here.
A tough childhood prepared Kevin Cassidy for a tough career - Hollywood stuntman. But his physical strength is nothing compared to his mental strength and he shares some great life lessons - now available in his book "Falling Down to Find Myself". Listen Here.
If you've made a New Years' resolution to declutter, don't try to do it all at once, says Julie Coraccio. Start small - maybe just 10 minutes a day. And think about wants vs. needs. Listen Here.
It's a new year and, if your resolution is to stop worrying about pleasing everybody else (which leads to incredible burn-out!), then listen to Janice Burt's tips..and show yourself some love! Listen Here.
Yuri Williams discovered his cure for depression was helping others and now he travels to all 50 states bringing joy (and gifts) to children, families, pets, veterans, and the houseless...dressed as a super hero! Listen Here.
It's important to know not only what to say but also when to say it. After a long career at several Fortune 100 companies, I've learned lessons that are applicable no matter what size your business. Drew Aversa, a coach, motivational speaker and consultant asks me some probing questions on a historic day. Listen Here.
For 30 minutes, I talk with Jamie Riene about life in the Corporate World vs. being an entrepreneur. She extracted lots of tips from me about how to take control of your own career, what you need to do while transitioning to whatever comes next and the importance of networks. Listen here.