#69 - Alex Behrens: Coffee Roasting and Starting a Business

In this week's episode, we are joined by Alex Behrens of Maple Leaf Coffee Roasters. In this conversation, Alex shares insights into the world of coffee roasting; from roasting to sourcing and different flavors we are accustomed to. He also expands on ideas of starting a business and just how much thought needs to go into it. Even though he loves coffee roasting, adding a business on top of that takes it to a whole new level.

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#68 - How to Train Your Mind: Mindfulness

Nick Buegel and Erich have a conversation about training the mind. In this episode, we go deep on how to train mindfulness. Mindfulness can be interchanged with meditation, but we specifically use the word mindfulness to make it a skill-based practice. We try our best to get very practical from our own lives on how we have used mindfulness. We want to make mindfulness as accessible to as broad an audience as possible.

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#67 - Angels and Airwaves Live: Follow the Maybe

Over the weekend, Erich saw Angels and Airwaves (AVA) live at the Chicago House of Blues. In this episode, we spice things up with a different style of podcast. Erich shares his thoughts on the experience of seeing AVA, but before that, we need a little bit of background. A common theme of this podcast is how much we resonate with the music. There's deep roots within humanity and the creation of music. We have talked about favorite artist or genres many times.

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#66 - Jordan Criss and Ben Kapolnek: Football, Music, and Storytelling

In this conversation starts with a discussion opening of American football season.  From sports, we enter into a conversation around music touching on the artists we enjoy or have made an impact on us. For Ben and myself, we've always connected with Tom Delonge of Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves

We also talk about concept albums; albums meant to be listened to in sequence. Erich share a recent album of Mike Posner A Real Good Kid - The album shares how Mike dealt with the lose of his father. We highly recommend you give this a listen! Also check out his walk across America!

We close with a discussion around storytelling. We mostly centered around impactful films like The Matrix, Harry Potter, and Star Wars. We talk about what makes characters compelling. Why do we enjoy characters with nuance and flaws more than black and white? 

It's not a stretch to have see an entire podcast on many these topics! Let us know if there's a favorite we should cover sooner than later!

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#65 - Joe Jackowski: SVA Leadership Summit, Japan, and Power Dynamics

Joe Jackowski is back on the show! We recap what Joe has been up to over the summer and the upcoming school semester.

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#64 - Work-Life Balance

In this week's episode, we are joined by Joe Jackowski, Mike Taccona, and Nick Buegel. Our topic of discussion was work-life balance. How do we manage what we do for a living while continuing pushing our boundaries or achieving fulfillment outside of work? In the world we live in, it can be easy to have a job that pulls too much energy from us so that we don't have enough left to pursue other goals.

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#63 - Mike and Mary Taccona: Nursing, Travel in the US and Costa Rica

Mike and Mary Taccona are both registered nurses. Mike works in the Post Surgical Unit, and Mary is in the Emergency Department. Outside of nursing Mike and Mary are avid travelers. They have traveled throughout the United States and time abroad as well while balancing Nursing school and jobs. In this conversation, we start with a look at adapting to their roles as nurses, pulling back the curtain to the type of stress the situation puts in them. From there, we transition to travel. We break down how and why they travel. We close on an impactful trip to a Field Station in Costa Rica.

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#62 - Eric Herrera: Stories of a Tower Climber

Eric Herrera is a communications tower climber. In this episode, Eric shares stories from his unique and, at times, dangerous job. Tower climbing is one of the jobs that are easy to overlook in our hyper-connected world. It is because of people like Eric, and his crew members, that we can have uninterrupted service with our devices. Eric highlights his journey becoming a mentor, and the ways he's grown since starting in the climbing industry.

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#61 - Jordan Criss: Creating With A Purpose

In this conversation, we are building on small section Jordan had said during the podcast with Saint Ripley. The clip can be summed as creating with a purpose, or anything that can be consumed should make others think. We expand on this thought giving examples on content in TV shows and movies that have been done right to capture our attention.

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#60 - Eric Fretz: The Navy, Building Virtuous Cults, and The Meandering Path

Dr. Eric Fretz is a faculty member at the University of Michigan ( https://umich.edu/) teaching at the University of Michigan in the Psychology Department, the School of Education, the College of Engineering, and teaches the LSA core course for the Minor in Entrepreneurship. Dr. Fretz has completed two Bachelors degrees, two Masters degrees and a dual Ph.D. in Education and Psychology. Retired from 20 years of active and reserve service as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy. He began his career on USS CHOSIN (CG-65), deploying for the first Persian Gulf War and qualifying as Fleet & Special Evolutions OOD, Gas Turbine EOOW, and Surface Warfare Officer. His military career included three deployments to the Persian Gulf from Operation Desert Storm through Operation Iraqi Freedom. He closed out his career with a year-long mobilization to Baghdad, Iraq serving in the Multi-National Corps – Iraq, assigned to the 'Army's 18th Airborne Corps in 2008. While in Iraq he also started a scout troop and built a camp for Iraqi youth around Victory Base. He has earned over 30 military awards including the Bronze Star Medal and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

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