Willie Geist, Abby Wambach & Diddy: Showing Us What It’s Like to turn Dreams into Golden Moments

It’s another fall day in the Northeast with the color-spectrum of leaves. This time of the year has some of the best views of the foliage. Then, not long from now we’ll be trying to get through snow, sleet and freezing rain. But just before that, folks are getting ready for a few other harvest-time traditions.

In NYC excitement is building for the return of the Marathon. It was suspended last year due to Covid. Now, athletes from far and wide and getting ready to run their hearts out. The event stats are just crazy. Over 30K runners from 140 countries set to run a 26.2 mile stretch. And yes, some celebrities too.

With this the 50th anniversary, there’s buzz to go along with the carbs. Willie Geist from NBC News is in it for the first time. Abby Wambach, soccer Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champ as well. Hip-Hop Icon Diddy (LOVE) did it in 2003. Even a runner who was there for the first one is set to run this one.

The event is like a tour of the five boroughs of NYC, starting in Staten Island and ending in Manhattan. The starting line-up will include pros as long-distance runners. For some it’s become like a walk in the park. There’ll also be folks like friends and neighbors who see this as a crowning moment of sorts.

The collective experience has great lessons for participants and onlookers. Some have recovered from a life-altering situation and see this event as a coming-out party. For many more no matter their professional station or social status in life, it’s a show of strength, inspiration and determination through:    

  • Training

While running is a basic physical activity, only a fool would show-up to run a marathon without the training. To go from start to finish takes having put-in the work of running miles and miles each day. In other words, they gotta do more than break-a-sweat, they gotta break the mold, fear and pain in stages.  

  • Tribute

Part of the incentive is in doing something that seemed like a stretch. If you’ve never run a mile non-stop, how ya gonna pull-off running more extra miles? For some, the inspiration is in paying tribute to a family member, friend or lost loved-one as appreciation for the personal connection. Geist is doing it for his dad.

  • Fundraiser

Often in the case of celebrities, they’re doing it as a fundraiser for a cause. Before we had online crowdfunding, there were sponsor sheets that folks would get friends and family to fill-out a donation. They’ll sponsor a certain amount for each lap or mile or mountain peak achievement you get to reach.         

  • Crowd-pleaser

Even on cold days, fans will hang for hours along the course to wave, cheer and catch the thrill. It’s the kind of crowd-pleaser that doesn’t cost much but brings a lot of heartfelt returns. Just think about the feeling a runner has at the finish line, after hearing friends and family scream their name along the way.    

The night before the race is when runners get to load-up on carbs. This way they’ll have the energy to take them through the finish. No matter a runner’s age, ability or reason, the experience reminds us all of what it takes to turn dreams into golden moments. You gotta run, run, run with vision and purpose.

Tip: To turn dreams into golden moments no matter your age, sex, ability or nationality, you gotta start somewhere and then run run run with vision and purpose to the finish line.

Talkback: Who’s up for the marathon challenge?

Tracks: One Republic – Run – https://youtu.be/TKkcsmvYTw4

BBD – Run – https://youtu.be/lRrY2_4AKKs

Shanice Williams & Tori Kelly go from Unknown to Household Names in Blink of a Dream #BigTimeUniversity

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LOL Tube – Got Funny?



Theme:–The Year of ‘Uppertunity’ – Get Lifted!”
With Higher Hopes, Bolder Dreams and Greater Teams (Old-School Flava)

NBC’s doing more ‘Live TV’ magic with The Wiz. Its star, 19 year-old Shanice Williams. She isn’t the only new face in entertainment. Recording artist Tori Kelly is being named Billboard’s breakthrough artist of 2015. Williams and Kelly are going from relative unknown to household names in the blink of a dream.

On landing the role Williams tells the NY Post “It wouldn’t process in my head, for some reason. I had some Chipotle after that and then just wanted to go to sleep and wake up so I knew I wasn’t dreaming!” Reality is what happened to her from dreaming about being selected best-in-class for a major project.

They spent years dreaming about being where they are today. Kelly started out on Youtube and was later discovered. For Williams it was in watching others perform on stage and seeing herself. After the past year in LA theater school she returned to her NJ home and auditioned for the role, beating-out 300 girls.

Pursuing our dreams is a lot like watching the TV weather map projected on green screen. There’re seasons, patterns and flows along with Highs and Lows. But a click can make things change on screen in the blink of an eye. Williams might say it’s a God-click that’s changed her situation in the blink of a dream.

Above all, their dreams took strength, courage and homespun wisdom. So they’re now working at a higher ‘jet stream’ with other big names in showbiz. A radiant smile and seasoned performances will make them ready for more big things. That’s why it’s not over until the phone rings or dreamline blings.

Groove-Track: India Arie – ‘Strength, Courage and Wisdom’ – https://youtu.be/LzUTZUONyms

Theme:–The Year of ‘Uppertunity’ – Get Lifted!”
With Higher Hopes, Bolder Dreams and Greater Teams (New-School Flava)

The magic of ‘Live TV.’ In The Wiz on NBC. Shanice Williams the newest star. Ready to takeoff and go far. Not only new face on the block. Artist Tori Kelly set to take stock. Being named Billboard’s artist of the year. With some new music to hear. From relative unknown in talent. To ‘blink of a dream’ in their assent.

Williams landing lead role. To NY Post she shares her soul. At first not able to process in her head. What the show’s caller just said. Needing to grab a bite and take a nap. Before seeing if dream was in her lap. Reality is what happened after that. Her dream selection for best-in-class project stat.

Spent years dreaming about a day. When they wouldn’t have words to say. Kelly, first as a Youtube standout. Being discovered was her handout. Williams watched others on stage. Before seeing herself on cover page. The past year in LA theater school. Then back home to audition and beat the pool.

Pursuing dreams like heard on weather call. Or TV’s green screen forecast wall. Having seasons, patterns and flows. Along with nature’s highs and lows. But a click can make quick change. In blink of an eye a new range. Williams saying ‘Big Daddy’ got her ready to blow. Blink of a dream becomes a show.

Strength, courage homespun wiz-dom above all. Things that make dreams stand tall. Reaching a higher ‘jet stream’ in fame. Working with others having big name. Radiant smile, seasoned performances in their game. For new things above the same. It’s not over until the phone rings. Or at least the dreamline blings.


Tip: Our dreams take strength, courage and homespun wiz-dom or a magical audition for the good life.

Talkback: Who would it have been great to see perform in the latest re-do of The Wiz?

Groove-Tracks: ‘Empire’ Cast – “Bout 2 Blow” – https://youtu.be/ClC-5j23Flg

One Republic – ‘Good Life’ – https://youtu.be/jZhQOvvV45w

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Serena Williams Left South-Central & Jill Ellis left Geek-Central to realize their Dreams – #WUWECAST

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LOL Tube – Got Funny? 


Theme:–The Year of ‘Uppertunity’ – Get Lifted!”
With Higher Hopes, Bolder Dreams and Greater Teams (Old-School Flava)

Girl power is in the air (maybe even the water). First it was the women’s soccer team’s NYC parade. Then it was Serena Williams winning her sixth Wimbledon title. In both cases there was history made. So imagine Serena Williams left south-central and Jill Ellis left geek-central to realize their career dreams.

Williams has won all the major tournaments so far this year. After the match she said “At the beginning of the year, this is the one I really wanted to win. So that was the first thing and the main thing on my mind.” Those words might also ring true for U.S. women’s soccer coach Jill Ellis in winning the World Cup.

At age fourteen Ellis moved to the U.S. from England and with that saw a sort of professional reset. She earned technical writing degrees but her love for soccer pulled her from Corporate America back into the sport. Williams made her own moves leaving Compton for a better life similar to that in the Hamptons.

Their dream, as with others, is like a remix of ‘how cool is hot and hot is cool.’ It takes branding your main strengths to be hot. But it takes flexing your alter-ego to be cool. Ellis moved past her ‘geekness’ into soccer greatness. Williams flexed her on-court passion and was later featured in chic ‘red carpet’ fashion.

Their journeys are different but their goal’s the same. Along the way they had to refresh their game and groove. Williams says she’s been doing more dancing as part of her overall workout. For Ellis it was about a shift in strategy during the quarterfinals. She made some changes to the ‘team starter’ playlist.

At the City Hall ceremony Abby Wambach said, “In my opinion, all the women up on this stage believed in that dream, kept believing in that dream.” In a sense, career dreams don’t lie, they burn. They get burned into our brains and storylines. They can get rekindled by a parade and by not letting the dream fade.

Groove-Track: Destiny’s Child – ‘Survivor’ – https://youtu.be/Wmc8bQoL-J0

Theme:–The Year of ‘Uppertunity’ – Get Lifted!”
With Higher Hopes, Bolder Dreams and Greater Teams (New-School Flava)

Girl power in the air. In water and upper atmosphere. First women’s soccer in NYC parade. Then Serena Williams winning and getting paid. For both there was history made. Sixth Wimbledon title and World Cup trade. Imagine Serena left behind south-central. Her and Jill Ellis realize dreams beyond geek-central.

Winning all tennis majors so far. Enough money to buy friend and fam a car. After match saying this she wanted to win. Main thing on her mind so stick a pin. Words might ring true for Jill Ellis today. As women’s coach they came ready to play. Williams and Ellis took home the prize. More to come as their stars rise.

At fourteen Ellis left England home. Headed to U.S. instead of Rome. A professional reset in her track. Which meant no more turning back. Earned tech writing degrees in college. But left Corporate America for her soccer knowledge. Williams made moves from Compton. A Better life like those in the Hamptons.

Their dream like remix in a way. ‘How cool is hot and hot is cool’ if you may. Takes branding your main thing to be hot. But flexing alter-ego to earn cool spot. Ellis moved past her stroke of ‘geekness.’ Into the world of soccer greatness. Williams flexed her on-court passion. And featured chic ‘red-carpet’ fashion.

Their journeys different in sport and name. But their goal a not too distant same. Had to refresh their game and groove. As seen in their breakout move. Williams adds dance to her workout. Ellis more about a strategy blowout. Made changes to ‘team starter’ playlist. Giving fans every reason to pump their fist.

City Hall ceremony made news. With Abby Wambach sharing her views. “All the women on this stage kept believing that dream.” It’s no accident they jelled as a team. Maybe career dreams don’t lie, they burn. In our brains and a storyline turn.  Can get rekindled by a parade. And by not letting the dream fade.


Tip: Sometimes career dreams are about building your strengths as well as flexing your alter-ego muscle.
Talkback: Was Serena smashing or what in her gown at the Wimbledon Champion’s Ball?
Groove-Tracks: Imagine Dragons – ‘Dream’ – https://youtu.be/s-9KQJuLBgs

One Republic – ‘Counting Stars’ – https://youtu.be/hT_nvWreIhg

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