Entering New Territory:

Interviews with Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

Your average person can do extraordinary things when they allow themselves to enter new territory. When you embrace uncertainty, the world lies at your feet!
Have you done something extraordinary? Let me know!

Vernice “Flygirl” Armour


: Became America’s first African American female combat pilot.

What you’ll learn: Dream bigger and have a plan.

Best quote: You can absolutely feel lost … I like to say, “You’re not stuck, you’re just not moving. Now get back to work.“

Just taking those tiny steps—even though they don’t feel like they’re getting you to the place you want to be—they’re still keeping the momentum and the energy moving forward.

Length: 13 minutes. Interviewed by Julie on May 27, 2014.

Eric Ensminger

Interview_Eric_Ensminger_110bAchievement: Lost 110 pounds because he decided to walk when he played golf and eat a bit better. And he just kept making small changes.

What you’ll learn: Start with a small goal.

Best quote: Regarding all his lifestyle changes: “It’s not any one of these things by themselves because if you look at it as one thing, if that thing falls away, you’ll put the weight back on or you’ll be unhappy with yourself because you’ll feel like you’ve failed, whereas when you have a bunch of different blocks that you’ve put together, if one crumbles a little bit, another one will hold it up for a while, while you’re fixing the one that’s not working so well.”

Length: 12 minutes. Interviewed by Julie on November 1, 2012.

Sharon Friedman

Sharon_Friedman4Achievement: Went from “0” to nationals in triathlon after two bouts with breast cancer and one with skin cancer.

What you’ll learn: You have to live life.

Best quote: “I waited for someone to show up. And there was never anyone to show up. In the end it’s still you. You are responsible for you. No one else can make it better.”

Length: 13 minutes. Interviewed by Julie on October 19, 2012.

Gwen Jorgensen

GwenAchievement: Tried a new sport after college and became an Olympic triathlete.

What you’ll learn: You don’t know your potential until you try.

Best quote: “You can only control what you can control. I had to remember that and once I got back in the race, I was able to regain focus and finish strong.”

Length: 9 minutes. Interviewed by Julie on September 13, 2012.

Kathleen Putman

Interview_Kathleen_Putman2Achievement: Came back from a severe bike/car accident to do triathlons.

What you’ll learn: Never give up.

Best quote: “Once you’ve lived through your biggest fear, there isn’t a whole lot more fear.”

Length: 11 minutes. Interviewed by Julie on September 6, 2012.

Laurie Robbins

Interview_LaurieAchievement: Shed 187 pounds.

What you’ll learn: Set small goals. It doesn’t happen overnight.

Best quote: “The hardest thing for me was just knowing that you had to depend on yourself. I could not depend on someone to be at the gym for me or at the pool for me. You have to be responsible for yourself. No excuses.”

Length: 14 minutes. Interviewed by Julie on June 8, 2012.

Eric Larsen

Achievement: Skied to the North and South Poles and scaled Everest, all in one year.

What you’ll learn: Understand your needs.

Best quote: “As someone who has never been the strongest, fastest, [or] smartest, there are certain skills that you can learn, practice, and refine that help you create whatever path you want.”

Length: 14 minutes. Interviewed by Julie on December 12, 2010.

Alanna Yonelunas

Interview AlannaAchievement: Learned to swim and control panic to compete in the Danskin triathlon.

What you’ll learn: Believe in yourself.

Best quote: “I have the curiosity of a four-year-old and tied with that, I have no sense of shame.”

Length: 9 minutes. Interviewed by Julie on March 31, 2010.

Christina Williams

Interview_ChristinaAchievement: Lost 95 pounds while working and raising children ages 1, 5, 9, and 10.

What you’ll learn: You can carve out time to work out.

Best quote: “At 265 pounds, if someone would have told me I was going to run a race, I would have laughed and laughed and laughed.“

Length: 16 minutes. Interviewed by Julie on April 9, 2010.

Christine Wiseman

Interview_WisemanAchievement: Is providing integrity-based leadership for private universities.

What you’ll learn: Listen openly and lean into important issues.

Best quote: “[It’s important to] have the strength and faith to say… what must be said, knowing that it may not work well for you, but you say it because ultimately you think it’s the best thing.”

Length: 17 minutes. Interviewed by Julie on April 19, 2010.