Podcast episode: 3 quests reshaping my life

Can a middle-aged man live his best life?

One year ago, I began an epic journey towards becoming the most bad-ass dad I could be. 3 quests lay before me–each promising its own challenges and rewards as they reshaped my life financially, physically and relationally.

Now that a year has passed, where do I stand on these quests? What lessons have they taught me? Are the quests nearing their ends? Am I yet a bad-ass dad?

Follow my journey–middle-aged dad Ryan Dunn–as I transform into the most bad-ass version of me… ever. In this one-year anniversary episode I recount where the BAD Pod started and what I’ve learned in questing for bad-assery.

Episode 28: 3 quests reshaping my life

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Show notes:

I refer back to three previous in this particular episode. In talking about gamification and how it provided a concrete goal for my relational quest, I referred to the episode “Leveling up on relationships.” I also mentioned the entire episode I did on dopamine and how it affects motivation. And I mentioned my interview with Over the Hill Dunker, Andy Nicholson.

I did another episode on motivation through gamification which may also be helpful.

Show transcript:

Goal of this episode: To celebrate what’s happened over the last year

Why should you listen? It’s hope for the middle-aged man!

  1. Intro
    1. Hey. It’s the Bad-Ass Dad Pod
    2. The podcast that deepens our journey into bad-assery and leads us to living a more than OK life no matter what age we are.
    3. My name is Ryan Dunn, your lawful good podmaster, Level 3 Relationship Ranger, Level 3 Gym Warrior, Level 1 Debt mage.
      1. Questor of protein, vanquisher of cortisol (that’s the stress reaction chemical in the brain), maker of many fake titles!
      2. I’m like a level 2 podmaster now,too.
        1. BECAUSE… this is the one-year anniversary of the Bad-Ass Dad Pod!
        2. We’re going to do some celebrating, some self-congratulating this episode.
        3. We’re also going to reflect on what we’ve learned about becoming bad-ass this past year
        4. What quests are up next
        5. And my top learnings as I’ve strived to become a bad ass financially, physically, and relationally.
        6. If you’re looking to be a bit more bad ass in those areas, too, then there’s going to be some high-quality life lessons in this episode.
        7. [MUSIC OUT]
  2. It’s been a year
    1. A little over a year ago, I began wondering if my best years were behind me.
      1. At the time, I was 43 years old. Proverbially over the hill.
      2. But the thing was, I never felt like I had hit my full stride in life… not in my 20’s, not in my 30’s
      3. I always felt like the good life was something on the horizon.
      4. I was always waiting for whatever was next.
      5. So when I hit this moment of realization in my mid-40’s… when supposedly I’m on the decline–when I’m on the backside of the hill… I really wondered if my best years passed and I just hadn’t noticed.
      6. I wasn’t ready to accept that then, and I’m not ready to accept that now.
    2. So I really began to daydream.
      1. Specifically, I dreamed about what my best life right now might look like.
        1. I dreamed about having rich relationships with my immediate family.
          1. The kind that inspired more joy than frustration.
          2. The kind of relationships where my family were sources of inspiration instead of impediments to my well-being.
        2. I dreamt of us living on something like a hobby farm, where we worked together, played together, and I wrote for a living.
        3. I dreamt of having the physical energy to live happily in that kind of lifestyle.
      2. As I dreamt, I realized that if any of this was going to become reality, I needed to stop waiting for circumstances around me to change, and to make my own changes.
        1. Bad asses aren’t just born to be bad asses.
        2. They are made into bad asses.
      3. With that idea in mind, I began to assess what changes I might need to make in order to move towards this life I dreamt of.
        1. I realized I needed to invest in my important relationships
          1. I was largely just taking them for granted.
          2. My family was always there, and that meant it was easy to take them for granted
          3. That they because they are always there… then I could invest in other things NOW, and give attention to my familial relationships LATER.
          4. Well, it wasn’t going to be long before those relationships were going to be left like the rest of my life… with me wondering if the best had passed I hadn’t noticed.
          5. That needed to change–I needed to stop taking my most important relationships for granted.
        2. Secondly, if this idea of the hobby farm was going to become reality, we needed to change financially.
          1. We lived where we lived because that’s what we could afford.
          2. We worked where we worked because of the paychecks those jobs afforded us.
          3. And we needed to stay like that because we had debt payments to make and lifestyle ideal to support.
          4. I realized that the debt we were carrying and our expectations about grabbing for more material items were actually anchors that held us from moving forward on our dreams.
          5. So those things needed to get cut from life so we could sail towards our dream home.
        3. Then, there was my body.
          1. When I knew I needed energy to do all this… to invest in my relationships and to do the hardwork of taking some financial responsibility.
          2. But, man, when I got home from work, I felt so tired.
            1. Which was weird, because I do not have a physically demanding job… it’s a desk job.
            2. But I felt I had little energy to give my family and my responsibilities when the working day was done.
          3. And now, here I was, wondering if my best years were behind me…
            1. And I was thinking that I’ve never actually been in really great shape.
            2. I was in better shape when I was younger, for sure… but I had never been in top physical condition.
            3. So I thought “Wouldn’t it be cool if I not cleaned up physically to the point of having more energy to give to others… but to also accomplish something I nevery physically accomplished before?”
            4. I didn’t just want to get back what my body was like when I was 25.
            5. I wanted to accomplish something I hadn’t done before.
      4. Does any of this resonate with you?
        1. There was an exercise I did a year ago, where I scheduled out my perfect day–hour by hour
        2. This perfect day was not to be based in reality… it was based in being a typical day
        3. So I had to imagine me working my perfect job, living in my perfect home, all that.
        4. Afterwards–after writing out that schedule for the perfect day, I felt challenged to let go of all the things I was currently doing that weren’t leading towards that.
        5. And to pick up the things that would lead me closer to that ideal.
        6. Do you feel like there are some anchors holding you back that you need to cut the lines on?
          1. Are your finances holding you back… like mine were–and, actually, still are (as I’m still in the midst of cutting that line)?
          2. Do you feel like your ability to do things physically is limiting what you can accomplish?
          3. Are you a bit resentful of your important relationships?
        7. If you’re answering “yes” to any of that, then you’re resonating with me.
    3. OK, so I hadn’t totally been a slouch in my younger years. I did accomplish things.
      1. I worked my way into some pretty sweet jobs–jobs where I helped people and got to express myself creatively.
        1. My current job affords me the opportunity to do this podcast…
        2. I learned what I know about podcast thanks, in part, to that job.
      2. When I was younger I ran several marathons.
      3. I wooed an independent, beautiful woman when I was younger.
      4. In thinking about those past achievements, I realized that I thrived when I had a clear objective to work towards.
        1. I did my best when I was questing after something.
        2. I’ve learned over this past year why exactly that is… how these quests triggered response rewards motivations–and I’m totally working that now.
        3. But even before I discovered the science behind the motivation I intuited that I needed concrete quests to keep motivated.
          1. Because it worked so well when I wanted to wed that independent woman
          2. And when I wanted to run a sub 4-hour marathon
          3. And when I wanted to get the right job.
        4. So I objectified the things I felt were holding me back from my goals.
        5. I objectified the anchors that wouldn’t let me sail on to my dreams.
        6. And I made some goals to quest after.
          1. Specific, mostly… MOSTLY specific goals.
          2. One goal was a little difficult to get concretely specific on… but we’ll talk about that shortly.
      5. So I designed three quests for myself.
        1. Then, as way of journaling my journey on those quests
        2. I decided to add a podcast as a goal behind the 4th wall, so to speak.
        3. And that is what you listen to now.
    4. These quests were designed to help me cut my financial anchor, my physical anchor… and my relational anchors that kept me from fully appreciating my family.
      1. Now, I felt that we were trapped in our current living situation because of our finances.
        1. We simply didn’t have the financial independence to do what we dreamed of doing.
        2. And my wife had already given up on us ever getting the kind of home we wanted.
        3. I wasn’t ready to give up, though.
        4. I felt like there were many people out there who achieved what we wanted with fewer resources available to them.
        5. The problem wasn’t our circumstances… the problem was us and our behaviors.
        6. I did a personal financial analysis, tracking where each cent we spent went.
        7. And I realized that there were 2 areas where we spent a lot of money… and probably didn’t want to.
          1. First, was in paying off debt.
            1. Now, that’s something we had to do.
            2. But I realized that we didn’t have to do it forever.
            3. And when we got rid of that debt, we were going to realize that we had a lot more money than we ever thought we did.
            4. And therefore, some of our material dreams were available to us.
          2. Secondly, we were spending a lot of money on things that didn’t add much to our lives.
            1. We spent money because the acquisition brought us a reward response.
            2. But the actual having of the item didn’t offer us anything.
              1. An example could be a cool looking picture we found at a flea market.
              2. We might buy it, then bring it home and realize we didn’t have a place to put it.
              3. We needed to cut that kind of crap out.
        8. So quest one was born.
          1. I was going to cut the extraneous expenditures and get our family out of debt.
          2. I began this quest with about $32,000 of consumer debt.
          3. so it’s currently May of 2020.
          4. We’ll be out of debt around October of 2022.
            1. That’s if we just keep doing what we’re doing.
            2. I think there will be more we can do…
            3. There’s a snowball effect that happens when you start paying off debt.
            4. So once I get the highest interest-rate, most damaging debt paid down then I can reinvest payments into other debts.
          5. You can hear more about this quest in episode 3… that’s where I laid the whole thing out.
          6. Let me tell you what I’ve learned over this past year…
            1. First, you gotta build a budget
              1. It is one of the unsexiest, unfun things you will ever do
              2. But once it’s done, it will be one of the best things you do.
              3. Because I now have a budget, I feel like I tell my money where to go… I have control over our family’s money.
              4. And that feels a lot better than looking at an empty bank account wondering where all of our money went.
              5. The way I built a budget was to track all of our expenditures for a couple months. 
              6. I calculated how much we spent on necessary things… like electricity, gasoline, prescriptions
              7. And then I figured out how much we spent on unnecessary things like extra Spotify accounts
              8. And I allocated how much we would likely spend on the necessary, how much we could spend on the unnecessary, and how much we could realistically start handing over to pay off debt.
            2. When it comes to paying off debt, there’s something called the snowball method.
              1. Pay off the highest interest stuff first–most likely a credit card.
              2. Then go after the lower interest stuff–like a car loan.
              3. For me that looks like making minimum payments on the car loan and personal loan while we pay extra on the credit card bill.
          7. Alright, getting out of debt was quest one. 
            1. It’s obviously ongoing. I’m continuing this quest into the next year.
            2. I am going to caveat this quest, though:
              1. I incentivized my other two quests…
              2. I did this incentivization through gamification.
              3. So, I assigned certain point totals to certain tasks.
                1. Like I get 3 points for working out with a family member.
                2. When I collect enough of those points, I level up and get a cool reward that helps me on my quest.
                3. Like I might level up and get a family camping weekend or a bottle of creatine–depending on the quest.
                4. The best info on that is on the episode called “leveling up on relationships”
      2. I did that gamification system because it’s tough figuring out how to measure success when it comes to relationships.
        1. The fitness and finance quests have very concrete endings, right?
          1. Getting out of debt is a definite goal.
          2. My physical quest ends with the dunking of a basketball–another very concrete goal.
          3. BUT, relationships?
            1. Tough to measure success there, right?
            2. So I made it a bit like a role playing game and added the point values and levels.
            3. And that is a big hack when it comes to motivation.
            4. Because everytime I complete a rewarded task and get points, I get a little hormonal charge that makes me feel good and triggers some dopamine that makes me want more of that reward.
              1. BTW, I did a whole episode on dopamine
              2. That was back in early April 2020. It’s one of my favorites.
            5. ANYWAYS, the point system has become a measurement of how much I’m investing in my relationships.
        2. My addition to the financial quest for the next year is going to be developing a similar gamification system for my financial quest.
          1. This way, when I do show opens, I will be able to say I’m a level 2 debt mage instead of the ever-present level 1.
          2. PLUS, it will keep me engaged in the long, slow process of debt retirement.
            1. Remember, this thing may not end until Fall 2022.
            2. I gotta do something to get some momentum rolling.
    5. Alrighty. Let’s talk about the other really concrete quest I’ve been set upon:
      1. My physical quest.
      2. I thought it would be cool to do something I had never done before. 
        1. I mean, there’s no better way to prove that my best years are not behind me then by completing a challenge I’d been unable to complete when I was younger.
        2. One thing I was close to doing but never quite did was dunk a basketball.
        3. So I did a little research to see if it was possible for a guy in his 40’s to dunk
        4. And, at my height, it sure is.
        5. In fact, it’s possible for older, shorter people to do it.
          1. One of the cool things about podcasting is being given the opportunity to connect with some amazing people.
          2. I got to speak with Andy Nicholson, who uses the Instagram persona of the Over the Hill Dunker
          3. He is older than I am, shorter than I am, and dunks.
        6. When I came across his story, I realized this was the fun, novel quest for me.
          1. And I got to talk to Andy way back in episode 10.
          2. It was really inspiring… for me.
      3. Inspiring enough that the quest for the dunk became my physical quest.
        1. So I built a strategy
          1. The first thing I’d need to accomplish would be to reduce some of the mass I was attempting to bring up to the rim.
            1. In other words, I needed to lose some weight.
            2. I started this quest weighing in between 225 and 230 pounds.
              1. I never thought I reached 230, but my doctor was under the impression I did.
              2. For a six-foot four-inch man, that’s extra weight.
              3. For a guy with my build, a weight of around 200–maybe a little less–would be healthy.
            3. So I went for it.
              1. I got back into running.
              2. And I started counting my calories.
              3. And that was enough to get my weight loss going.
              4. By the simplest equation, as long as I consumed fewer calories than I burned, I lost weight.
            4. And that worked great for the first 20-25 pounds.
            5. I hit 206 pounds after a couple months.
            6. And now, that’s where I’ve sat for most of the past year.
            7. And, because I want to get below 200, this has been a little frustrating. 
            8. There are a few reasons I’ve stalled.
              1. One being that I shifted my physical training totally away from running and concentrated much of the year on weight training.
          2. But the biggest thing I’ve learned is this: Nutrition is important–I’ve been stalled out at 206… I want to lose about 10 more lbs… I’ve stalled b/c I haven’t respected nutrition
          3. I’ve long assumed that I could exercise my way into a leaner frame.
          4. And that worked, for a little while.
          5. BUT, It’s been nearly 10 months since I saw anymore decline in my weight.
            1. 10 months of me exercising
            2. And me counting calories
            3. Without any change in weight… and very little change in body composition.
            4. I’ve added some muscle, for sure, but I haven’t trimmed much fat.
            5. You know, you look at body transformation photos that people post on Instagram
              1. And in like 6 weeks there’s a noticeable difference for people who are dedicated.
              2. I’d be hardpressed to point out a difference in my photos from now to 6 months ago.
              3. I look at those photos, and it’s the same guy. (and, no, you can’t see them.)
          6. I’ve stalled here because I’ve neglected to pay close attention to what I eat.
            1. Especially in the forms of macronutrients.
              1. That would be like proteins, carbs and fats.
              2. I have been well aware of the caloric content in my food… but not the nutrient content.
              3. Particularly, I haven’t been paying much attention to protein.
            2. And I think this means I’ve been weightlifting–that is, I was heavily weightlifting until shutdown–I’ve been lifting without seeing a ton of gains because I haven’t fed my muscles enough protein.
            3. I’ve read that a guy my size and with my activity level should consume between 150-200 grams of protein.
            4. That’s actually a LOT of protein. 
              1. I use an app to track my calories… it also tracks my macronutrients–I just hadn’t been paying attention.
              2. But here’s a day-by-day rundown of protein consumption from a month ago:
                1. 125g
                2. 149g
                3. 116g
                4. 94g–and that was on a day I consumed 2900 calories–not real good
                5. 109g
                6. 123g
              3. So even on my best day, I didn’t hit the lower threshold of protein for fueling my body and encouraging muscle growth and fat loss.
            5. What I’ve learned is that food composition matters.
            6. And it doesn’t mean I don’t ever get to eat cake.
              1. But I do need to pay attention to make sure I’ve giving my body enough usable fuel to get this going.
              2. I’ve recently corrected this course.
              3. And I feel like my new lifequest is consuming protein.
              4. I’ll tell you what, it has totally changed the way I approach eating throughout the day.
              5. Because I’m so obsessed with consuming protein… and it takes a lot of work to consume 200 grams…
              6. I have no interest in the snack crackers or cookies in the pantry.
              7. My animal-meat eating brain is focused on ogetting protein whenever I feel the pang of hunger.
            7. And I’ll tell you what’s funny…
              1. This is also why protein-focused weight-loss programs like Keto work…
              2. Ever since I’ve focused on protein consumption, my calorie counts have naturally been low.
              3. Protein-dense foods are filling and less-calorie dense than high-carb or high-fat foods.
                1. So I can get a day like yesterday, when I consume 201 grams of protein
                2. AND consume 2600 calories, feel full all day… and have a caloric deficit
            8. I haven’t been paying attention to notice a body change since I started really paying attention to protein intake.
            9. But, I have fun making a game out of tallying up the protein.
            10. It’s got me paying attention to my nutritional intake in a new way… and I’m energized by that.
        2. Besides paying attention to diet, the other thing I’ve learned on this physical quest is to respect the aches and pains: it’s better to shut a workout down than to have it shut down for you.
          1. I guess this is where I notice the 44 years on my frame.
          2. Because a muscle strain used to not be a thing.
          3. Now, it is a thing…. A thing worth paying attention to.
          4. I’ve learned to respect that strain and let it heal.
          5. Because it’s far better to avoid doing calf exercises for a week because my left calf is sore… than to have to stop doing calves for 3 weeks because I’m hurt.
          6. So, breaks are good.
        3. You know, I probably should add patience to something I’ve learned through this physical quest, too.
          1. It’s been a year of training for this singular task of dunking a basketball.
          2. And I’m not there yet.
          3. I really thought that by this point I would have achieved my goal or decided it wasn’t possible and moved on.
          4. I’m not ready to do that, though… because I’m close.
          5. I really do feel like with a couple more months, I’m going hit this thing.
          6. I heard on YouTube video that I only need to get half my hand above the rim to legitimately dunk.
            1. I’m hanging my hope on that.
            2. Right now, I’ve got my fingertips up there.
            3. I can grab rim. 
            4. I’m so close, I can’t let go of this thing.
            5. I really think that with a few less pounds on my frame, a little more strength in my legs, and a bit more work on my jump technique, I’m going to own this dunk.
            6. I’ve made so much rapid progress… and now, this is the real patience part, I think the final couple inches are going to take some serious work.
      4. I have thought about what’s next… what the next physical quest shall be.
        1. Maybe run a sub-20 5K
        2. Or enrolling in some kind of martial arts and belting up–learning to kick ass would be bad-ass.
      5. Whatever it is though…
        1. My goal must be concrete–none of this “I’m going to get stronger and lose weight” crap… that’s not quest-worthy because it doesn’t excite the reward triggers in the brain
        2. Quests must be concrete… and it must be fun.
          1. Whenever I’ve had the opportunity to talk to athletes training into their middle-aged years
          2. They’re doing it because they have fun doing what they’re doing.
          3. Losing weight is not fun.
          4. But trying to throw down a dunk… it’s a strangely good time.
      6. And, actually, I’m going to let that kind of soft-transition us into talking about the relationship quest.
        1. B/c here’s what I noticed with my physical training: It was all solitary… All of it.
          1. Just recently have I entertained the idea of enlisting some kind of help in the form of a coach or trainer
          2. REally, because I’m stuck and I need to get over the hump
        2. But I think that by doing everything alone, I’ve been missing out.
          1. My family is not engaged in my training
          2. I don’t have any gym buddies
          3. My workouts are me, some earbuds, and activity
            1. Which doesn’t sound so bad much of the time
            2. But I think there could be something more to have someone to share some experiences with.
        3. But therein lies a challenge.
          1. I could make my next physical activity family-focused
          2. Meaning we train together as a family
          3. But, I don’t mean to sound harsh here… they’re not at my level
            1. Like me training at their level is not fun for me…
            2. And the same is true in the opposite way.
              1. They don’t want to do the stuff I’m doing
              2. And that’s OK.
        4. So what do I do about this loneliness?
          1. Did you know that most men don’t make new friends after the age of 26?
            1. I heard that stat dropped at conference, though I’ve not been able to validate.
            2. I think it’s anecdotally true, though.
            3. I have made friends after age 26, but they’ve been few.
            4. I think a real friend is someone I can ring up and ask to help me move something… like, that’s the benchmark of friendship.
            5. I’m not sure if I have people around me right now I’d feel comfortable doing that to.
            6. I mean, I have people who would probably come and help me because I work with and am acquainted with some really generous folks… I’m just not sure how comfortable I’d be in the asking.
            7. When you got a firm bro, you know it’s not a thing to ask them to come and help you move a couch to the curb. 
            8. In fact, it’s almost a pleasure.
            9. I don’t have a couch-moving bro in my current city of residence. 
              1. Nor do I have someone to work out with.
              2. Or go to a concert with.
                1. I kind of miss that last one… because my wife really isn’t into the same music as me.
                2. Which, I guess is masculine in nature.
                3. I know she’s not thrilled when I ask her if she wants tickets to Coheed and Cambria or the Descendents.
                4. So, it’d be cool to find some homies who are into that stuff.
                5. Or maybe somebody who’d be down with a pickup game of b-ball or something.
              3. Now, I know people here. And certainly I have opportunities to make friends.
              4. The bottom line is that I’ve been awful about doing it… and am really bad at being vulnerable in this particular area.
                1. I feel like asking someone to do something with me is like asking them on a date.
                2. And I don’t want to date anymore!
                3. It’s a hump I need to get over for my own good. 
                4. One study suggested that men who are isolated away from friends and family have a 26% higher death risk over 7 years.
                5. And, overall, lonely people are unhappy people.
    6. Well, do you hear it calling? Do you hear the next quest suggested by the Dungeon Master of fate?
      1. I’m feeling called to make a friend.
      2. My next relationship quest will be to make a friend… as a 44-year old male.
      3. I think it will be good for all my relationships.
      4. May the quest begin.
      5. As it does begin, I’d love to share a bit of what I learned through my relationship quest of the past year…
        1. Which was simply to not take my most important relationships for granted.
        2. And, I’m going to level with you, I don’t think we ever complete that kind of quest. 
          1. There’s always room for improvement.
          2. It’s kind of like working on a happy marriage… which, I suppose, is exactly what I was doing.
          3. The moment you stop working on a happy marriage, you lose it.
          4. This quest to not take my important relationships for granted will forever be part of my destiny…. Like the dark side of the force… forever will it rule my destiny.
        3. I started this quest by giving my family 5 minutes of devoted attention each day.
          1. I’ve had to play with this some.
          2. I’ve noticed that when my wife first gets home from work… she’s not all that appreciative of my hovering.
            1. He needs some unplug time.
            2. She works with aged animals all day as a vet tech… and she’s likely just tired of having beings demand her attention.
            3. I get it. So I give her some space.
            4. I’ve found that I can communicate a lot to her just by sitting with her later in the day… or even just by asking her to do something.
        4. 5 minutes isn’t a whole heck of a lot… but it’s really meaningful.
          1. I turned this attention thing up a bit and made it more adaptable by gamifying this whole thing.
          2. Again, the episode on Level up Relationships and it’s show notes page have a lot more info on this. It’s good stuff… and the web page has some more specific ideas on lavishing attention on our important people.
          3. I may be switching my relationship quest for the coming year, but I’m certainly not letting go deepening these family relationships.
            1. And, I’ll probably need to admit that his changing focus is likely influenced by COVID isolation.
            2. I’m hyper-focused on my fam right now… ‘cuz they’re the only folks I see on the daily…
              1. OR, really, ever.
              2. So this build a new friendship thing is likely a pendulum swing towards a sense of normalcy.
  3. Maaannnn… what a great year it’s been.
    1. I haven’t accomplished everything I hoped to over the course of this past year.
    2. But the effort makes me feel awesome.
    3. I wouldn’t trade it for anything… well, nearly anything.
    4. And now, the quests for the next year of the BAD Pod are before us:
      1. I WILL hit that dunk… or go down in flames.
      2. I WILL incentivize and gamify the debt quest.
      3. And I WILL try to build a new friendship.
  4. Got some quests of your own?
    1. It would be super-cool to hear about them.
    2. Drop a line to Ryan@thebadpod.com
    3. OR, surf on over thebadpod.com and drop a comment on this episode page.
      1. That would be so dope.
    4. You know what else would be dope?
      1. You’re leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
      2. That remains the best way to increase the visibility of this podcast.
      3. So drop one… and be awesome.
  5. [MUSIC IN] So that’s the year on anniversary episode.
    1. Thanks for sharing this adventure with me, bud.
    2. I’m excited for what year 2 offers.
    3. I’ve already got some special episodes in the making…
      1. We’re going to get our kids on the financial responsibility thing.
      2. We’re going to reclaim the creativity that was stolen from us in our youth.
      3. And we’re going to continue developing into bad asses–no matter what age we are.
    4. Ny name is Ryan Dunn.
      1. Music is by Eyoelin.
    5. OK Bye!

Published by RyanDunn

Ryan Dunn has a bunch of certificates on his desk. A few are awards for content production and marketing. Another marks his ordination as a minister. One says he’s earned a BA in English from the University of Iowa. The certificate next to that says he earned an MA in Christian Practice from Duke (with honors!). Ryan is most proud, though, of the things he’s created: The Compass Podcast, some deep content on RethinkChurch.org, a series of practical spiritual advice videos, a long-lasting marriage, and fantastic little boy. (He enjoyed A LOT of help on all of those projects, especially the last two.)

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