The Connected Life is a thought-provoking conversation about all the beautiful and messy ups and downs of life. Join Life Consultants Justin & Abi Stumvoll as they share vulnerable stories and practical wisdom that will lead you on a journey of connecting with yourself, others, and the world right in front of you. Their authentic, no-BS style will make you laugh, challenge you to dig deep, face your fears, and inspire you to love yourself and others more.
134: Restoring Humanity in Religion
Religion has a way of stripping individuals of their humanity and demanding perfection through performance. This behavior is detrimental to everyone involved.
In this episode Abi’s lifelong friend, Pietze, joins Abi and Justin. Pietze shares about her upbringing as a Pastor’s kid and the painful affects institutionalized religion had on her family. Together they take a gracious look at the driving force behind people’s destructive actions, while humanizing everyone involved.
If you’ve ever felt like you’ve had to throw out your personality, desires, and voice to become acceptable in the sight of any group, this episode is for you.
133: Shedding Light on the Mystery of Singleness
Being single is great when you want in to be that way, but when you’re looking for a long term commitment, it can start feeling difficult real quick. Though there can be many reasons for long term singleness, not all of it has to be inexplicable.
In this episode, Abi and Justin shine a light on some of the mysteries surrounding undesired singleness. Through reflecting on years of investigative work with single clients, they share some of the repetitive reasons they see people inadvertently staying single. Through humor and a non-judgmental approach they give nuggets of wisdom to reflect on and apply to your own unique scenario.
If you’re wanting to understand yourself or your single friends better, this compassionate conversation is just the thing to bridge the gap!
132: Becoming the Captain of Your Own Life
Fear can be debilitating for anyone, but it’s nothing more than the barrier between us and the destiny of who we were created to be. Having it is not the problem but being unwilling to face it is. Unaddressed fears have a way of squelching our creativity and ultimate our vision. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
In part two of this two-part episode, Justin is joined by business partners and brothers-in-law Robby and Daniel. Justin investigates the fears they’ve been required to face as young entrepreneurs, husbands, and fathers. They share their journey of developing vision for every facet of life and the sense of exposure that comes with boldly choosing to take control of the helm of their own ship. Through boldness and bravery, these two model what it is to face your fears, cast your net, and trust in a higher power to bring in the catch.
If you’re wanting to be part of a relatable conversation that will help you feel supported in your process of becoming who you were created to be, this episode won’t disappoint!
131: Thriving After Shipwrecks and Sufferings
It’s easy for any of us to go through some of life’s biggest storms and to feel like it’s the beginning of the end, or that there’s no way we’ll ever recover. However, every great story of adventure has seemingly insurmountable odds set before the sojourner. To the one who refuses to give up, a chest filled with unforeseen treasure awaits.
In this episode Justin sits down with long time clients Daniel and Robby to explore their business partnership and the difficulties, including an actual shipwreck, that set the tone and direction for their future. They share how embracing their story, and who they are, has created a multimillion-dollar business out of a string of misfortunes and failures. Through refusing to give up in the face of adversity, these brother in-laws have developed the grit, gratitude, and grace to be successful business leaders, husbands, friends, and fathers.
If you want to get inspired, learn how to stay connected to the moment in front of you, and have vision for your future, part one of this two part episode is just for you.
130: Building Connected Masculine Friendships
Developing camaraderie amongst men can be as simple as creating a common goal that requires a collective group to band together in order to achieve it. Be it building a house, playing sports, going to war, or taking down the Death Star, a goal is often all that’s needed. But building intimate connection is a much grandeur task.
In this episode Justin and his close friend Marcus open up about their friendship and share about the foundational building blocks necessary to create a lasting bond. They explore varying phases of vulnerability and the obstacles men often face when attempting to create this essential human experience.
Whether you’re a man or a woman, this conversation is vital to understanding the human condition and to establishing connection that is heartfelt and full of depth. You won’t want to miss it!
129: The Redemption of What Wasn't
Whether we understand it or not, family plays a vital role in experiencing a life of stability and confidence. For many of us, our family of origin can be messy, painful, and sometimes evoke instability. The beauty of life is that family isn’t limited to blood relatives. Through graciously unique circumstances we can experience the love and connection we were all designed for.
In this episode Justin sits down with his dear friend Katrina to have a conversation six years in the making. They discuss the shockingly abnormal event that would forever bond their lives together. Through care, and brave vulnerability, they forged a family connection that would last a lifetime and redeem circumstances that had yet to happen.
If you’re wanting vision and inspiration to to help you imagine the unlikely ways your dreams and desires can be fulfilled, this heartwarming story of radical trust is just for you!
So real, raw, funny, relatable. Helped me so much already in different seasons and also debunked some myths I (sometimes didn’t realize) had, especially regarding relationships and love. THANK you guys so much! Fabulous job.
You guys are doing an amazing job! Thank you for your honesty, the banter (I had to get used to it, but now it’s funny😉), the WISDOM, the topics... Thank you for all the work you do to help your audience. Please continue with this work, it‘s impacting for people around the globe (I‘m from Germany)!
Impacted over here in Germany!
These podcasts have been having such a huge impact on my life personally and as a developing therapist. Abi and Justin, thank you so much for starting this, starting conversations, helping people all over the world to get more connected with their hearts and others’! Literally everyone needs to listen to this!!! You guys are amazing!