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A Simple Life with Michael Jefferies

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On this podcast we attempt to let go of all the subtext and social barriers that hold us back. It isn’t about being right or wrong. We’re just trying to keep it real. We're also very grateful for cover art by rickybiddle.com

On this podcast we attempt to let go of all the subtext and social barriers that hold us back. It isn’t about being right or wrong. We’re just trying to keep it real. We're also very grateful for cover art by rickybiddle.com

Location:

United States

Description:

On this podcast we attempt to let go of all the subtext and social barriers that hold us back. It isn’t about being right or wrong. We’re just trying to keep it real. We're also very grateful for cover art by rickybiddle.com

Language:

English


Episodes

#18b Divorce, Abandonment, and God with Kristance Buelow

6/18/2021
This is the second of a two-part interview with Kristance Buelow. During this portion of the interview, Kristance shares the story of losing her mother on her last day of high school; and how feeling abandoned by her church changed her opinion of God, and herself. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asimplelife/message

Duration:00:57:12

#18a Kristance Buelow on Her Body

5/7/2021
The first of a two-part interview with my high school friend Kristance Buelow. This portion of the interview centers on her remarkable story of health and how she deals with a body that is always surprising her. Resources: Feedspot’s list of Top Philosophy Podcasts - https://blog.feedspot.com/philosophy_podcasts/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asimplelife/message

Duration:00:48:00

#17 Mike Iamele on Facing Death and Finding Himself

3/12/2021
In this episode I interview Mike Iamele, a Boston-based author and branding consultant. Mike openly shares his failures and what they’ve taught him, how uncomfortable “going viral” made him feel, and how he’s come to define success. All woven into stories told with a vivaciousness that is incredibly entertaining. Resources: MikeIamele.com/map --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asimplelife/message

Duration:01:34:22

#16 Vivian on becoming the Wounded Healer

1/11/2021
In this episode, I interview a Facebook friend who in real life was an acquaintance from twenty years ago. Vivian shares her journey from a childhood where she didn’t feel seen or heard to a divorce that left her nearly homeless, right up to her current reality of finding real healing. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asimplelife/message

Duration:01:36:27

#14b A Lesson from Lady Land with Catharine Clarenbach

10/2/2020
In this episode, I revisit my interview with Catharine Clarenbach from episode 14a. This portion of our conversation centers on the rules Catharine and her wife use when fighting. It ends with me getting vulnerable by sharing my hopes for healthy relationship conflict. Resources: Catharine Clarenbach’s website - TheWayOfTheRiver.com Intro video on Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication - https://youtu.be/VT8KGgDo6TY?t=19 --- Send in a voice message:...

Duration:00:13:33

#15 To Do is to Know

9/18/2020
My vulnerability abounds in this episode. I introduce a new segment called Bible Thoughts. Today's thoughts center on chapter 2 in the book of John. Resources John 2 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asimplelife/message

Duration:00:16:52

#14a Being a Spiritual Teacher with Catharine Clarenbach

8/31/2020
In this episode, I interview a Wiccan Unitarian Universalist minister who offers one-on-one and small-group spiritual guidance via her website, TheWayOfTheRiver.com. During the conversation, we discuss a number of topics that relate to religion and spirituality. Such as her thoughts on how our understanding of God’s gender can, in extreme cases, be very damaging to us as humans. Resources: Rev Catharine Clarenbach’s website - TheWayOfTheRiver.com Xero Shoes - XeroShoes.com --- Send in a...

Duration:01:20:51

#13 How a Sleep Test Changed my Life

7/28/2020
In this episode, I get vulnerable about being selfish and hard-headed towards my wife, the value of health insurance to my family, and how a CPAP machine is probably adding years to my lifespan. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asimplelife/message

Duration:00:29:10

#12 Martin on War and Emotional Stability

6/14/2020
Podcast Sponsor: Dyper (Check them out! They are awesome!!) In this episode, I interview a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy who’s been one of my very best friends since we were twelve. We start with memories, like fishing for bluegill and the time we almost sunk my sailboat because we forgot to put the plug in the hull. We end with him laying it all out there including helicopter crashes, his divorce, mental health issues sustained in two warzones, and his gratitude for spiritual and...

Duration:01:31:02

#11 Growing up in a Cult with Navy and Khaki

5/15/2020
Podcast Sponsor: Dyper (Check them out! They are awesome!!) In this episode, I interview two of my oldest friends about our experiences growing up in the Advanced Training Institute, an ultra-conservative cult of homeschoolers. The conversation centers on what they saw and felt in their late teens, how this part of their upbringing informs their understanding of the world now, as well as the baggage they have brought to adult relationships with parents, partners and...

Duration:02:02:18

#10 Searching for Fatherhood

4/3/2020
In this episode, I briefly talk about my vocational history, some intense times of stress, how I found confidence in making changes to how I pay the bills. And what that has meant in my life as a father. If you want to support the podcast, like & share, and consider buying some high-quality diapers for your baby or your friend's baby via this affiliate link: https://getdyper.com/?ref=michaeljefferies --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asimplelife/message

Duration:00:15:17

#9 Becoming a Gym Guy

3/18/2020
In this episode, I talk about my 13 month journey from considering myself an overweight, trashy eater to becoming a regular at my local fitness club and realizing I can be whoever I want. I talk about how I got started, some of the mind-games and challenges I faced. And how I finally realized that I'm not faking myself out. I really am a gym guy. If you want to support the podcast, like & share, and consider buying some high-quality diapers for your baby or your friend's baby via this...

Duration:00:28:40

#8 Linking Climate Change to Religious Mythology

12/21/2019
In this episode, I talk about ideas I've had on myths and early civilizations to offer an explanation for climate change, and our difficulty as a human species to stop it, even though we should never stop trying. I also open up more about my religious upbringing and how it relates to my context on this issue and many others. Resources: Great Lakes' lakebottomsYonaguni Jima ruinsBerkey Water Filtering Systems --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asimplelife/message

Duration:01:15:37

#7 Sebastian Fryer on Expatriation and Adventure

11/17/2019
In this interview, Sebastian details his adventure as an English teacher living in South Korea. He shares what the experience taught him, after growing up in Southwest Michigan as the son of an immigrant, and concludes with themes that apply to all of us equally in our need to find adventure and fulfillment. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asimplelife/message

Duration:01:56:02

#6 How The Serenity Prayer Has Helped me Refocus my Energy

10/11/2019
Sponsors: Lems Shoes and Dyper Subscription Diapers (Check them out! They are awesome!!) Description: In this episode, I open up about how The Serenity Prayer has brought goodness and truth into my life. Resources: More info about The Serenity Prayer The Courage to be Disliked by Fumitake Koga, the book I mentioned in the closer --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asimplelife/message

Duration:00:25:10

#5b Jason Goodin's take on Noah and the Flood

9/4/2019
Podcast Sponsor: Lems Shoes and Dyper Subscription Diapers (Check them out! They are both awesome!!) In this 2nd part of my interview with Jason Goodin, Jason lays out the interpretation and meaning he has found in the ancient story of Noah and the Flood, rather than the more traditional, mainstream, christianized version, he had as a boy. If you skip past the first part of the episode, 5a, just realize you aren't getting the contextual background and experiences of Jason's life that have...

Duration:00:57:50

#5a Shedding Childhood Beliefs with Jason Goodin

8/30/2019
Podcast Sponsor: Lems Shoes and Dyper Subscription Diapers (Check them out! They are both awesome!!) In this interview, Jason shares how letting go of ideas he believes were learned by growing up in a midwestern-republican version of christianity may have saved him from suicide. Instead of losing his reason to live, he now feels that he has found out what living was really all about. Resources: The Prophet, a book quoted by Jason in the episode --- Send in a voice message:...

Duration:01:15:30

#4 How the Whole30 Diet Changed My Life

8/21/2019
Podcast Sponsor: Lems Shoes (Check them out! They are awesome!!) In this episode, I talk about how spending thirty days super focused on what I put in my mouth has changed my life forever. Resources: The Whole30 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asimplelife/message

Duration:00:31:48

#3 Steena Marie on Polyamory, Being a Badass, and What Growing Up is Like

8/19/2019
Podcast Sponsor: Lems Shoes (Check them out! They are awesome!!) In this episode, I interview Steena Marie, a Kalamazoo author and business owner who's also a good friend. Steena opens up on topics like her spirituality, and her experiences in a polyamorous marriage relationship, among other things. I like Steena and I think you will too. Resources: http://steenamarie.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asimplelife/message

Duration:01:43:51

#2 The Eternity of Now

8/2/2019
Podcast Sponsor: Lems Shoes (check them out! They are awesome!!) In this episode, I talk about how important it has been for me to let go of my guilt and shame from the past, let go of my fear and anxiety about the future, and focus on enjoying my now. Resources: I mention different resources in the episode that I've linked below: Imagine, a song, by John LennonHooplaThe Power of Now, a book by Eckhart Tolle --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asimplelife/message

Duration:00:09:45