Can you believe True Stride is celebrating 100 episodes? Striders, together, we came far in this journey of joy, reflection, and self-awareness. It’s amazing to think we spent 100 Wise Walks expanding and growing together. 

In this episode, I’m excited to reflect on our experiences over the 100 episodes and talk about lessons learned. 

I’m here to spend quality solo time with you for EP100’s Wise Walk as we discover our True Stride. Looking back at the conversations from different episodes felt like an archeological experiment. Let’s take time to slow down and celebrate.

On our Wise Walk, I give you the top 10 lessons that contribute to finding your True Stride. Come with me as we reflect on these Wise Walk questions:

    • Where have you asked for help on something because you don’t yet have the self-belief to pursue your goal?
    • Can you celebrate milestones with the people who help you?
    • What’s been fulfilling and what’s been difficult on your journey?
    • What are you ready to let go of to make more space for things that light you up?
    • Are you slowing down and checking in with your feelings to make sure that you’re living your best life according to your Heart Value rules?
    • What do you really want, and how are you getting clear on the steps to get there?
    • When fear starts to arise, do you know that means you have an opportunity to grow?

It’s okay to use this time to restart or reset. Reflecting on these top 10 lessons can help you reevaluate what you’re doing to show up as your authentic self.

Your Heart Value is meant to be shared with the world. Drop into your heart and pay attention to your inner compass with these Wise Walk questions:

    • What is one thing you’re going to do today to support your vital life force energy and your breath?
    • What talent do you want to exercise, make stronger, or bring to light in a new way?
    • What are you doing to cultivate your authentic presence?
    • How can you follow your heart and create abundance in your life? 
    • What’s one action you can take to build financial stability?
    • What does success on your terms look like?
    • What did you learn from your toughest storm?
    • Who stood by you during the storm?
    • What “failures” in your life have become investments in your Value Vault?

I am grateful for this Striders’ community and all who contributed to the True Stride podcast. During this milestone 100th episode, I reference and give gratitude to the following individuals within these lessons learned:

  1. Reflect, reflect, reflect!
    1. JT Mulvihill, Host Cancer and Chill podcast and Radio Consultant
    2. Susie Perkowitz, Sheep Jam Productions
    3. Jeffrey Shaw, The Self-Employed Life (EP51)
    4. Leigh Farrow, speaker and author of Leadership Nuts (EPs 69, 56, 18)
    5. Katie Delnero, Fashion Consultant, Realtor and Home Stylist
  2. Drop into your heart
    1. Joe Hawley, Founder Härt Collective and host of the Quantum Coffee Podcast (EP57) 
    2. Kristin Kaufman, executive coach, founder of Alignment, author of “Is This Seat Taken?” book trilogy (EP48)
  3. Fearlessly go for it!
    1. Emily Adams, Surviving to Thriving coach, speaker, and writer (EP50)
    2. William Branum, retired Navy SEAL and former SEAL Sniper Instructor, is the founder and CEO of Naked Warrior Recovery (EP68)
  4. Breathe to expand
    1. Anna Tansley is a kundalini yoga teacher and entrepreneur of Choices + Outcomes (EP76)
    2. Dr. Melissa Jordan, Doctorate in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and practitioner for life force in different modalities (EP52)
  5. Create space
  6. Shine your bright, radiant light!
    1. Shelley Brown, speaker, author, mindfulness edutainer of the W.E.I.R.D. process (EP77)
  7. You are your best investment
    1. Susanne Mariga, Author of Profit First For Minority Business Enterprises, host of The Profit Talk and owner of Mariga CPA PLLC (EP54)
    2. Tara E. Nolan, money strategist and author of Money Moves: Change Where Your Money Lives and Change How Your Financial World Grows (EP74)
  8. Play and prioritize fun!
    1. Ryan Cwick, Sun/solar consultant, industrial engineer, and travel coach (EP58)
    2. Dawn Calvinisti, DoTerra Wellness Coach and As Good As It Gets Summit host (EP73)
  9. Make-up your own rules for your EPIC adventure
    1. Susan M. Barber, executive coach, author and host of The Visibility Factor (EP29)
    2. AJ Harper editor, publishing strategist and author of Write a Must-Read: Craft a Book That Changes Lives–Including Your Own. (EP97)
  10. Surround yourself with love and appreciation for your highs and lows
    1. Michelle J. Lamont, Manifestation guru, PR professional, Manifesting Miracles host (EP53)
    2. Tim Douglas, coach, speaker and host of The Inspired Way (EP55)
    3. Dr. Chelsea Wakefield (EP63), Don Khouri (EP46), Gena Cox (EP44), Kasey Compton (EP47), Dana Knox Wright (EP49), JJ Thomas (EP20), Ron Rothberg (EP71)

Remember to play and prioritize fun, always!! 

Join this inspiring community to uncover a new sense of freedom, and be sure to follow and review the True Stride podcast as we continue to exchange our light and Heart Value with each other.


In this episode:

[00:23] – Welcome to the show!

[01:00] – Reflect. Reflect. Reflect.

[03:20] – Mary Tess gives a shout out to the key people who helped her early on in this podcast journey.

[05:39] – Drop into your heart to listen to what’s calling you, what feels right, and what feels off.

[07:51] – Getting in touch with your heart will give you the freedom to choose again.

[09:49] – Follow your intuition to stay in alignment.

[11:27] – Fearlessly go for it!

[13:49] – Take the opportunity when you see it.

[15:51] – Breathe to expand.

[18:46] – Create space and a nurturing environment.

[20:33] – Get brave, and share your Heart Value with the world.

[22:52] – You are your best investment.

[25:23] – Tell yourself more empowering narratives.

[28:00] – Prioritize fun along the way.

[30:31] – When it comes to your life, you make the rules.

[31:57] – Explore what your Heart Value rules look like.

[33:51] – Surround yourself with love and appreciation for your highs and lows.

[35:26] – You can turn life lessons into leverage.

[37:01] – Mary Tess expresses deep gratitude for Striders and everyone who is on this EPIC adventure alongside her.

[38:59] – Continue to grow in a way authentic to you.

[41:18] – Shout out to Mary Tess’ Mom!

[42:32] – Thank you for listening!


Memorable Quotes:

  • “Pay attention to your inner compass. Because this is your life.” – Mary Tess
  • “Believe in yourself. Support yourself. And don’t hesitate. Just put one foot in front of the other. Take one small step after the other to find your True Stride.” – Mary Tess


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Full Episodes of Guest Highlights Mentioned:

Joe Hawley

Kristin Kaufman

Emily Adams

William Branum

Anna Tansley

Dr. Melissa Jordan 

Shelley Brown 

Susanne Mariga 

Tara E. Nolan 

Ryan Cwick

Dawn Calvinisti 

Susan M. Barber

AJ Harper 

Michelle J. Lamont

Tim Douglas