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We’re bombarded by too much stress, not enough time for personal fulfillment, and failing to take care of our health. There has to be a better way, and your host Gary Collins believes he’s figured it out by asking one question, “how can I make my life simpler?” Twice a week Navy veteran, former federal agent, and entrepreneur Gary Collins brings you fantastic guests (such as Rep. Thomas Massie, economist/actor Ben Stein, Sirius XM DJ Kristine Stone) covering topics such as financial freedom, building healthy habits, and finding your life’s purpose. If you’re ready to stop being a spectator in your own life and instead make real moves, this is the show you’ve been looking for.

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We’re bombarded by too much stress, not enough time for personal fulfillment, and failing to take care of our health. There has to be a better way, and your host Gary Collins believes he’s figured it out by asking one question, “how can I make my life simpler?” Twice a week Navy veteran, former federal agent, and entrepreneur Gary Collins brings you fantastic guests (such as Rep. Thomas Massie, economist/actor Ben Stein, Sirius XM DJ Kristine Stone) covering topics such as financial freedom, building healthy habits, and finding your life’s purpose. If you’re ready to stop being a spectator in your own life and instead make real moves, this is the show you’ve been looking for.

    Ep 182: Doing the Right Thing When Everything Seems Wrong

    Ep 182: Doing the Right Thing When Everything Seems Wrong

    I know at times, it seems like the people doing the wrong thing are constantly being rewarded for their bad behavior. Does that mean you just give up and join them? Why keep fighting the good fight and get punished for it, you may ask? I firmly believe good always trumps evil as long as the good continues to fight. We can't give up we have to keep fighting and doing the right thing. As I always say, once you cross that line, there is no going back.



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    • 42 min
    Ep 181: Warrior Call - Dealing with Rising Military Suicide Rates

    Ep 181: Warrior Call - Dealing with Rising Military Suicide Rates

    Frank Larkin is a former Navy SEAL and so was his son Ryan, who died by suicide in 2017. As part of his commitment to the Warrior Call initiative, Larkin says he wants to educate people about undiagnosed physical injuries to the brain that warriors may suffer during their service, as with Ryan, that can spark a downward spiral.



    Larkin has served as a Navy SEAL, as a Maryland State Trooper-Flight Paramedic, as a special agent for 21 years in the U.S. Secret Service rising to deputy assistant director and chief technology officer, and for nearly four years as the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms. He also served as a senior leader in the Department of Defense's Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, the combat support agency tasked with countering IED's and extremist organizations employing them against U.S. forces, and in senior positions at Raytheon Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and SAP National Security Services. He volunteers as a firefighter-paramedic with the Annapolis, Maryland, Fire Department.





    About the Warrior Call organization:



    WHO IS WARRIOR CALL:



    We are a network of former active-duty service members and veterans, their friends and families whose aim is to save lives and curtail suicides among those who served the nation



    WHAT WE DO:



    We spur greater connection. We make calls to warriors -- to veterans and service members who may be isolated and disconnected from services. We steer them to services. We encourage all Americans to make these warrior calls. Together, we save lives.



    WHY WARRIOR CALL IS ESSENTIAL:



    Many of those who are suffering are not seeking help or treatment, thus reinforcing the need for a call to these warriors from a former battle buddy, friend or family member.



    Up to two-thirds of veterans who take their own lives have had no contact with the Department of Veterans Affairs. 


    The COVID pandemic has only increased isolation and disconnection. 




    According to the VA, researchers have identified social isolation as "arguably the strongest and most reliable predictor of suicidal ideation, [suicide] attempts and lethal suicidal behavior." 


    Invisible wounds linked to an underlying and undiagnosed traumatic brain injury can mirror many mental health conditions, underscoring the need to connect with service members and veterans and steer them to services. 
The rapid unraveling of Afghanistan has spurred anguish and frustration among those who served there.



    HOW YOU CAN HELP – MAKE A WARRIOR CALL:



    Whether you are a veteran, active-duty service member, national guard, family member or friend, you can make a difference by connecting with someone who is wearing or who has worn the uniform. Connecting can facilitate honest dialogue, create a desire to stay in contact and help define a viable path forward.

    Here’s what to do:

    1) Make a call and connection to a warrior.




    2) Have an honest conversation. See how they are doing.




    3) Connect them with Vets4Warriors, a clearinghouse for resources. Their contact information is 1-855-838- 8255 and www.vets4warriors.com



    Social Media Links:



    Twitter: @warriorcallday



    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warriorcallday



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    • 46 min
    Ep 180: How To be Frugal but Not Cheap

    Ep 180: How To be Frugal but Not Cheap

    Today, I'm joined by two special guests who are also involved in the movement of living your best life, your way. Jen Smith and Jill Sirianni teach people how to get their debt and personal finances in order and have a fabulous podcast called Frugal Friends. Today, we discuss their personal journeys to financial freedom, and how you can accomplish the same. Just like everything in life, change is not easy, but the cherry pie waiting for you at the end is well worth it.



    A bit about Jen:



    I got in touch with my inner frugal when my husband Travis and I paid off $78,000 of debt in less than two years.



    I’ve always been frugal but it used to be because I had the mindset that I was broke. It’s been a journey to realize that being frugal isn’t about necessity but being a better steward of your time and resources.



    I’m always learning to become a more intentional spender and I like to help bring my friends along with me. Whether it’s through my blog, Modern Frugality, through my books: The No-Spend Challenge Guide and Meal Planning on a Budget, and now the Frugal Friends podcast!



    A bit about Jill:



    Frugality runs in my veins! For me, this means digging for treasure at thrift stores and spending Saturday mornings at yard sales, but it also means living simply, paying off debt, and having a blast with my husband, Eric. Our most notable frugal decision was that time we decided to live in a motorhome to save on expenses and pay off student loans. We own our own remodeling business, and I am a social worker by day, so I understand the budget struggle! With my DIY skills and frugal knowledge, I hope to help you in your journey, and I look forward to learning with you along the way!





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    Ep 179: Why Everyone Should Lift Weights

    Ep 179: Why Everyone Should Lift Weights

    Most people today relate weight lifting with body building and looking like the Hulk. Nothing could be further from the truth! What if I was to tell you every able-bodied human should be lifting weights on a regular basis. That is right, you need to be lifting, no matter your sex or age... period. Today, Matt Reynolds of Barbell Logic and I dig into the reasons if you are not incorporating lifting weights/strength training for optimal health, you are doing it wrong.



    Matt Reynolds is the founder & CEO of Barbell Logic Online Coaching https://barbell-logic.com/ & host of the Barbell Logic podcast. At Barbell Logic our primary focus is on simple, hard, effective strength training to improve quality-of-life. We’re not your typical fitness influencer focused on taking pics of ourselves and posting them on IG.



    Rather, we’ve forged a culture of “voluntary hardship” among our clients, and we believe this culture has a tremendous refining impact on their lives. Certainly strength training isn’t the only way to refine oneself through voluntary hardship, but we do believe it’s one of the most general, most efficient, and works well for nearly everyone.



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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep 178: Creativity and Mental Health

    Ep 178: Creativity and Mental Health

    Make sure to check out my new Simple Life University Course - How to Organize Your Life: https://thesimplelifenow.com/course/how-to-organize-your-life/



    I firmly believe keeping your mind and body busy is the key to mental wellness. Sure, things go bad at times, but working through them is the key. A great way to keep yourself busy, and sharp, both mentally and physically, is to be creative; and what I mean is to create things. Not long ago everyone was a farmer, played a musical instrument, painted, wrote, or drew... where have those times gone? We now blitz ourselves with useless information via the internet, smart phone, and tv, while doing absolutely nothing productive. I'm in the middle of another big creative project, and I want to show you how you can do the same, and cancel our daily noise, with beautiful creativity.



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    • 38 min
    Ep 177: Financial Survival with Carol Roth

    Ep 177: Financial Survival with Carol Roth

    Do you feel like you are in a financial whirlwind? Nothing seems to make sense, as your hard earned money is getting eaten away by inflation that you didn't cause. So what do you do? The stock market is acting as irrational as our politicians. Today, I bring back on a true financial and economic whiz, Carol Roth. We discuss the craziness of the economic markets and not only what you can do to survive the madness, but come out ahead!

    About Carol Roth:

    Carol Roth is a content creator, “recovering” investment banker, author of The War on Small Business, entrepreneur, TV pundit and host, and New York Times bestselling author of The Entrepreneur Equation.

    She has worked in a variety of capacities across industries, including currently as an outsourced CCO, as a director on public and private company boards and as a strategic advisor. She advocates for small business, small government and big hair.

    Carol Roth’s experience overlaps content creation, on-camera and in-person hosting, finance, business, economics, pop culture and even comedy.

    On the content side, Carol is a national media personality, with more than a dozen years of on-camera expertise. Formerly, she has been a judge on the Mark Burnett-produced technology competition series, America’s Greatest Makers, on TBS and the Host of Microsoft’s Office Small Business Academy show, as well as a panelist on Fox Business’s Bulls & Bears and CNBC’s Closing Bell.



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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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348 Ratings

348 Ratings

Stlmom12 ,

How to Deal with a Sociopath

Thank you Gary for these tools that I can effectively use in dealing with a sociopath. This has been a very hard, eye-opening experience for me to go through and I appreciate the insight.

shawno5496 ,

Great info!!

Excellent content from a reliable source. What more could you ask for?

Kailua Geoff ,

Yard work and health

Spot on Gary. If you do your own physical labor around the house and yard you save money and get a workout in the process. No yard tractors for me. I’ve cut a fairly big yard with a gas powered push mower for years. Takes a couple hours, but it’s one of my favorite weekly exercise routines. In the winter I just allocate that time outside back to the gym, unless I’m shoveling snow that week— by hand.

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