29 episodes

Over the past few years, we have all had to take a closer look at a lot of things. For me I started to think of all the people in my life I hadn’t been able to see. As I started making a list of all the people I wanted to see, I realized some of the people I know are utterly amazing. The list was full of scientists, authors, artists, soldiers, entrepreneurs, the list goes on. My goal became to give something back to them. I wanted to shine a light on their stories to create something special.

That is what Good Life Stories is all about. Whether our guests have had a good life or have a good life story, I’m excited to share them all with you. Host, Tracy Crowley

Good Life Stories Tracy Crowley

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Over the past few years, we have all had to take a closer look at a lot of things. For me I started to think of all the people in my life I hadn’t been able to see. As I started making a list of all the people I wanted to see, I realized some of the people I know are utterly amazing. The list was full of scientists, authors, artists, soldiers, entrepreneurs, the list goes on. My goal became to give something back to them. I wanted to shine a light on their stories to create something special.

That is what Good Life Stories is all about. Whether our guests have had a good life or have a good life story, I’m excited to share them all with you. Host, Tracy Crowley

    Krista Kemper pt 1: A Marriage Modeled After Gomez and Morticia

    Krista Kemper pt 1: A Marriage Modeled After Gomez and Morticia

    "To live without you, only that would be torture. I wouldn't torture you with such trivialities." ~ Morticia Addams

    In this episode, I talk with Krista Kemper about how her relationship with her husband is heavily influenced by the iconic couple, Gomez and Morticia Addams.

    Krista Kemper is an artist, combat veteran, mother, dancer, QA tech, researcher, army officer's wife, gamer, mechanical designer, SAS and president of a mechanical engineering firm. She describes herself as an "infovore" who read the Tao of Pooh at an impressionable age of 12. Krista and her husband Bart found themselves struggling to reconcile their vastly different personalities and energy levels until they decided to model their relationship after the delightfully dark and devoted Addams family duo.

    Krista explains how Bart's high-energy, constantly-dreaming personality clashed with her more subdued, grounded nature. They fought frequently as Krista tried to match Bart's frenetic pace, only to burn out. By looking to beloved pop culture references, they landed on Gomez and Morticia as the blueprint for how they wanted their relationship to function. Bart's background as a nationally ranked fencer, combat engineer and explosives enthusiast perfectly aligned with the Addams family patriarch, while Krista embraced the role of the serene, supportive Morticia.

    "I didn't understand what it meant to just be and be adored. And I'm crying thinking about this because it was the hardest thing to learn how to do… he didn’t want me to meet his energy. He just he wanted me to accept his energy and he was okay with my slower, more chill way of being."

    This podcast is for anyone who has encountered challenges blending vastly different personalities in a relationship. Krista and Bart's journey to finding their Gomez and Morticia dynamic offers a heartwarming and humorous example of how compromise, acceptance and a healthy dose of dark humor can be the keys to a fulfilling partnership. Listeners will be inspired by Krista's willingness to simply "be" and allow herself to be adored, as well as the creative ways she and Bart navigate workplace dynamics as a married engineering team.

    To learn more about Krista Kemper, visit her website at https://kempereng.com/. Thanks again, and I love that you are here to listen to Good Life Stories.

    More info: https://www.goodlifestories.com/

    • 39 min
    Patrick Allmond pt 2: How to Simplify Complex Topics

    Patrick Allmond pt 2: How to Simplify Complex Topics

    Our world is getting more complex every day. How can we simplify things? Patrick Allmond is back to help guide the way!

    In this episode, I talk with marketing expert and "recovering coder" Patrick Allmond about his superpower of making complicated topics simple.

    Patrick Allmond is a serial entrepreneur, digital marketer, and tech expert who has spent decades helping businesses and individuals navigate the ever-evolving landscape of technology and marketing. Known for his ability to break down complex subjects into easy-to-understand concepts, Patrick has worked with everyone from C-suite executives to his own tech-averse mother.

    "Action is the great thing that escapes most people. Great ideas are a dime a dozen. Great actions are few and far between. Which one will you have today?"

    During our conversation, Patrick discusses how he honed his skill of simplifying complicated topics, from explaining Facebook ads to demystifying business metrics. Drawing on his experience briefing a VP of technology at a major car rental company, as well as his work in local media, Patrick shares with me strategies for distilling technical information into concise, digestible soundbites.

    Whether it's coding, AI, or cybersecurity scams, Patrick has a knack for translating jargon-heavy subjects in a way that puts even the most non-technical listener at ease. This skill has also proven invaluable when dealing with his own family members, as Patrick has learned to communicate about technology without causing his tech-averse mother to "glaze over."

    "Marketing is everything. McDonald's does not have the greatest hamburgers, let me tell you, but they market the things very well.”

    Listeners who struggle to understand or explain complex topics in their own lives and businesses will find great value in this episode. Patrick's insights on the importance of execution over just having good ideas, as well as his passion for creating a community of "playmakers," offer a refreshing perspective on how to turn ambitious plans into tangible results.

    To learn more about Patrick Allmond and his mission to help people take action, visit StopDoingNothing.com. There you can explore his podcast, blog, and upcoming membership program designed to support entrepreneurs and business owners in simplifying their marketing and technology. You can also connect with Patrick on LinkedIn and Instagram @patrickallmond. Thanks again, and I love that you are here to listen to Good Life Stories.

    More info: https://www.goodlifestories.com/

    • 22 min
    Patrick Allmond pt 1: Embracing Imperfection and the Power of "Done is Better Than Perfect"

    Patrick Allmond pt 1: Embracing Imperfection and the Power of "Done is Better Than Perfect"

    In this episode of Good Life Stories, I had the pleasure of speaking with Patrick Allmond, founder of Stop Doing Nothing. Patrick shared some fascinating stories and insights from his life and business experiences.

    "My big philosophy is Stop Doing Nothing. It's the fact that done is better than perfect. If you make constant, forward progress we get so much further in life by being willing to experiment a little bit, and go out there and do something, even if we don't know how to do it at all."

    Stay tuned for Part 2 of my insightful discussion with Patrick Allmond! Let me know what resonated with you! Thanks again, and I love that you are here to listen to Good Life Stories.

    More info: https://www.goodlifestories.com/

    • 24 min
    Rory Miller pt 3: Exploring Women's Self-Defense

    Rory Miller pt 3: Exploring Women's Self-Defense

    In this episode of my podcast, I had an insightful discussion with Rory Miller about women's self-defense and finding a qualified instructor. With over 40 years of martial arts experience, Rory offered invaluable perspectives.

    "Women should not be taught to fight. Women should be taught to assassinate."

    Rory explained the unique self-defense challenges women face and recommended instructor Tammy Yard-McCracken for her specialized Krav Maga expertise tailored to women. Her background shapes an efficient approach leveraging women's strengths.

    Together, we explored situational awareness, the freeze reflex, and strategies to avoid violence. Rory emphasized self-defense is about assessment and avoidance, not fighting. His wisdom provides practical advice for women seeking skills.

    I'm grateful to Rory for providing self-defense guidance for women from his extensive experience. Tune in to uncover actionable steps for safety and situational awareness. Protect yourself by arming your mind first.

    Thanks again, and I love that you are here to listen to Good Life Stories.

    More info: https://www.goodlifestories.com/

    • 21 min
    Rory Miller pt 2: Adventures in Martial Arts - A Journey of Discovery and Self-Control

    Rory Miller pt 2: Adventures in Martial Arts - A Journey of Discovery and Self-Control

    Rory Miller is back telling stories about his journey and perspectives in the realm of martial arts. With extensive credentials, Rory shared his evolution from early exposure to mastering disciplines and uncovering the essence of self-control.

    Born to a boxer and fencer, Rory found his natural home in judo, honing skills under Olympians and learning the value of discipline. He delved into his fascination with comprehensive classical jiu-jitsu and the importance of seamless offense-defense integration.

    "My dad had been a boxer. My mom had been a fencer. We'd been playing with it a little since I was a kid. They were both bar brawlers, and I'd heard stories about that, but that wasn't something he talked about. But the story is that my mom is the only person that's ever kicked my dad's ass in a bar fight."

    Rory offered invaluable lessons on self-mastery, control, and the mental and physical benefits of martial arts. His wisdom provides inspiration for beginners and experienced practitioners alike to progress on their own journeys.

    To go deeper, explore Rory's books and website detailing psychological and practical self-defense insights. His expansive knowledge enriches any listener interested in unlocking the transformative power of martial arts.

    "The game is so simple, but if you practice it, it's ridiculously powerful."

    I'm grateful to Rory for joining me to share his captivating experiences and hard-won mastery. Tune in to this enlightening episode for a glimpse into the mindset it takes to excel along the martial arts path. Rory exemplifies how dedication and wisdom can elevate our lives far beyond the mat.

    Thanks again, and I love that you are here to listen to Good Life Stories.

    More info: https://www.goodlifestories.com/

    • 15 min
    Rory Miller pt 1: An Unforgettable Transatlantic Adventure

    Rory Miller pt 1: An Unforgettable Transatlantic Adventure

    I interviewed my friend Rory Miller in this episode of Good Life Stories. We talked about his amazing transatlantic sailing trip. As someone who has lived an extraordinary life, I was eager to hear Rory's tale from his sailing adventures.

    Rory's passion for the ocean was first sparked on a high school sailing trip. Years later, despite minimal experience, he eagerly accepted an invitation to join a crew sailing a catamaran from South Africa to Florida.

    "All adventures are based on things going wrong... pretty much everything that could go wrong went wrong."

    Rory shared the ups and downs of this challenging journey - from malfunctioning equipment to rough seas. His enthusiasm never faltered, even when navigating four-meter waves or fixing issues mid-voyage.

    Rory captivated me with stories of phosphorescent lights, wildlife sightings, and traversing unfamiliar routes. His experience underscores the rewards of stepping outside your comfort zone and embracing the unknown.

    Adventure seekers and aspiring sailors will find inspiration in Rory's daring spirit. His story is a testament to the personal growth that comes from pushing boundaries. Rory exemplifies how saying “yes” can lead us to transformative places.

    "One of the reasons I took the trip is when I was really little, my dad had a great opportunity...he turned down the job. And for the rest of his life, he would talk about how much he regretted that decision. So I thought, “Am I going to kick myself for the rest of my life if I say no?”"

    I'm grateful to Rory for sharing his remarkable story on the podcast. His perspective will motivate listeners to embark on their own exciting escapades.

    Thanks again, and I love that you are here to listen to Good Life Stories.

    More info: https://www.goodlifestories.com/

    • 19 min

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