Thrive On Life Podcast
E202 Accepting Surrender & Building Discipline to Thrive Through Suffering, with Taylor Villareal

E202 Accepting Surrender & Building Discipline to Thrive Through Suffering, with Taylor Villareal

September 29, 2022

In this episode, we welcome Taylor Villareal to the show to discuss how surrender and discipline can help you thrive through suffering. We also cover his recent 50 mile run, how to level up your life, networking tips & tricks, the habits of happy people, and so much more! 

 

Tune in to hear Taylor’s story of #thriving and see below for a complete list of topics covered in this episode.

 

Key Topics

  • What does it mean to “surrender” and why do humans struggle with it
  • Pushing through fear 
  • What has running taught Taylor about himself
  • Running soundtrack: Music, podcasts, or your own thoughts?
  • What inspired him to take on a 50 mile run and the training process
  • Controlling your suffering
  • How to break free from holding yourself back from where you could be
  • Advice on how to level up your life and make a larger impact
  • Dealing with internal conflict
  • Networking tips and tricks
  • Why a supportive network is important
  • How to naturally live happier and more fulfilled
  • Meditation & its benefits
  • His plans for the next 100 days
  • Connecting with Taylor
  • What does “thriving” mean to Taylor

 

 

Connect with Taylor:

Instagram

Connect with CJ Finley:

CJ's Instagram  

Thrive On Life Instagram

Thrive On Life Website



E201 Come with questions, not answers.

E201 Come with questions, not answers.

September 27, 2022

In this short episode, CJ discusses why it is more important in life to focus on asking yourself better questions, then it is to always be someone who needs to have the "right" answers. 

 

Key Topics

  • How CJ wants to reform education around asking better questions
  • Society conditions you to seek "right" answers
  • How the pressure from other people around you impacts your answers
  • Living life YOUR way

Connect with CJ Finley:

 

CJ's Instagram

cjfinley.com

 

ThriveOnLife Podcast Instagram

thriveonlife.com

E200 Defining What You Want MOST: How to Set Better Goals & Improve Your Focus, with Erin Finley

E200 Defining What You Want MOST: How to Set Better Goals & Improve Your Focus, with Erin Finley

September 22, 2022

It’s episode 200!! It’s only right that we celebrate 200 by welcoming Erin Finley back to recap over her and CJ’s past few years and the lessons learned. In this episode, we also chat about what it means to live well, knowing your identity, defining what you want most, how to be a supportive partner, and so much more. Tune in for more and see below for a full list of topics covered in this episode. 

Key Topics

  • Shifting focus: Where has Erin changed her focus in her health journey and how has it positively impacted her 
  • What it means to “live well”
  • Why striving for instant gratification should be avoided 
  • Recognizing the demands in your body/mind and when it’s good to say no
  • Knowing your identity and why it is crucial 
  • Consistency and being mindful of your body
  • Sacrifice and how it shows up based on the goals for your life
  • Defining what you want MOST
  • What have CJ & Erin sacrificed over the years
  • The importance of being on “one-team” as a couple
  • Working together on separate goals
  • How to be a more supportive partner

 

Connect with Erin: 

Erin’s Instagram

Connect with CJ Finley:

CJ's Instagram  

Thrive On Life Instagram

Thrive On Life Website 


E199 Choose the hard path.

E199 Choose the hard path.

September 20, 2022

In this short episode, CJ discusses why the best things in life come from choosing the harder path. 

 

Key Topics

  • Why you shouldn't follow other people
  • What does it mean to "choose the hard way"
  • Living a life that earns you an epic story to tell

Connect with CJ Finley:

 

CJ's Instagram

cjfinley.com

 

ThriveOnLife Podcast Instagram

thriveonlife.com

E198 ThriveOn Recovery: How to Improve Your Mental & Physical Wellbeing, with Kevin Kirsch DPT

E198 ThriveOn Recovery: How to Improve Your Mental & Physical Wellbeing, with Kevin Kirsch DPT

September 15, 2022

In this episode, we welcome Kevin Kirsch DPT, founder of Blue Door Physical Therapy in Boulder, Colorado to the show to discuss recovery and its importance to our physical and mental health. We also cover the current issues with the medical/education systems, his PT business, common mistakes and misconceptions, measuring fitness goals in a healthy way, and so much more! 

 

Tune in to hear Kevin’s story of #thriving and see below for a complete list of topics covered in this episode.

 

Key Topics

  • How our current medical and education systems are failing us
  • Kevin’s background and credentials
  • How Kevin started his physical therapy business
  • Why did Kevin choose this path and the struggles that led to his decision
  • What is the common denominator is most injuries?
  • Common mistakes people make when lifting or working out
  • Improving how you move vs just lifting heavy weight
  • Measuring fitness goals in a healthy + intentional way 
  • Why knowing what truly motivates you is important 
  • An ideal change to the healthcare system
  • Recovery practices that anyone can do 
  • What does “thriving” mean to Kevin?

 

Connect with Kevin:

Instagram

Connect with CJ Finley:

CJ's Instagram  

Thrive On Life Instagram

Thrive On Life Website 



E197: I am afraid of success.

E197: I am afraid of success.

September 13, 2022

In this short episode, CJ discusses what it means to be more afraid of success, than of failure. 

 

Key Topics

  • Why someone could be a afraid of success
  • What CJ is fearful of
  • Acknowledging the sacrifices you need to be make to reach a new level

Connect with CJ Finley:

 

CJ's Instagram

cjfinley.com

 

ThriveOnLife Podcast Instagram

thriveonlife.com

E196 Believe to Achieve: How to Thrive in Life’s Challenges, with The Meat Mafia

E196 Believe to Achieve: How to Thrive in Life’s Challenges, with The Meat Mafia

September 8, 2022

In this episode, we welcome Bret and Harry from The Meat Mafia Podcast to discuss how they overcame health struggles, and how they are now helping others do the same. We also cover entreprenuership, the carnivore diet, leaning into uniqueness, and much more! 

 

Tune in to hear Bret and Harry’s story of #thriving and see below for a complete list of topics covered in this episode.

 

Key Topics

  • The guys’ story of running a 100k race
  • Lessons learned from running races 
  • Punching back against suffering
  • Managing struggles with gut health
  • The Carnivore diet 
  • What started their brand, “The Meat Mafia”
  • The tough side of entrepreneurship
  • Leaning into your uniqueness 
  • Why putting yourself out there can lead to opportunity
  • The guys’ moonshot goal and how they plan to achieve it
  • What “thriving” means to them

 

 

Connect with the guests:

Instagram

Bret’s Twitter

Harry’s Twitter 

Substack

Connect with CJ Finley:

CJ's Instagram  

Thrive On Life Instagram

Thrive On Life Website



E195 ThriveOn Entrepreneurship: How Jodie Cook Built & Sold a Business in Her 20’s

E195 ThriveOn Entrepreneurship: How Jodie Cook Built & Sold a Business in Her 20’s

September 1, 2022

In this episode, we welcome Jodie Cook to share with us her journey of building a successful agency, selling it, and how that path has led her to influence a new generation of entrepreneurs! We also discuss tips to scale your business, book recommendations, powerlifting, and Jodie’s book, “Ten Year Career”. 

 

Tune in to hear Jodie’s story of #thriving and see below for a complete list of topics covered in this episode.

 

Key Topics

  • Introducing Jodie
  • The mindset behind Jodie starting her first company at 22 years old
  • How to get more clients
  • Systems to scale your business successfully 
  • Jodie’s advice based on the struggles she has overcome in building & selling a business
  • How she knew it was time to sell and move on to something new + what she did after selling her biz
  • Resiliency and how Jodie has both cultivated and continued to grow it throughout her entrepreneurial journey
  • How to decide what path to pursue
  • Journaling’s role in helping her entrepreneurial skills
  • Reading, Jodie’s book recommendations, and different reading styles
  • Influencing the next generation by providing entrepreneurial resources in schools
  • How she is impacting the younger generation
  • Jodie’s powerlifting journey 
  • What skill parlays from powerlifting into business?
  • Her book and who can benefit from it (http://tenyearcareer.com)
  • What does “thriving” mean to Jodie

 

 

 

Connect with Jodie:

Instagram

Ten Year Career - Jodie’s Book

Connect with CJ Finley:

CJ's Instagram  

Thrive On Life Instagram

Thrive On Life Website 



E194 Do less, but better.

E194 Do less, but better.

August 30, 2022

In this short episode, CJ discusses how you have been conditioned to "do too much" all at once, and how doing less will help you become a better version of yourself. 

 

Key Topics

  • Doing too much doesn't mean doing it well.
  • Defining a "better" use of your time.
  • How to fill your time with less of what society wants, and more of what you want. 

Connect with CJ Finley:

 

CJ's Instagram

cjfinley.com

 

ThriveOnLife Podcast Instagram

thriveonlife.com

E193 Loving Yourself in the Present, with Claire Bays

E193 Loving Yourself in the Present, with Claire Bays

August 25, 2022

In this episode, we welcome Claire Bays to the show to discuss how her journey to sobriety taught her the importance of loving yourself where you’re at! We also discuss the importance of community, Claire’s fitness journey, personal identity, mental health, and so much more.

 

Tune in to hear Claire’s story of #thriving and see below for a complete list of topics covered in this episode.

 

Key Topics

  • The CrossFit Games
  • Sobriety and Claire’s story of becoming sober
  • Trauma from using substance abuse as a coping mechanism
  • How to attract the right people into your life
  • Creating a better reality for yourself
  • How sobriety improved Claire’s self-awareness
  • Claire’s fitness journey
  • Finding your identity in the right sources
  • The mind’s limiting beliefs
  • What brought Claire to Austin, TX
  • The principles that have remained true in guiding Claire’s life
  • The importance of taking care of your mind
  • Discussing tattoos
  • What does “thriving” mean to Claire

 

Connect with Claire:

Instagram

Connect with CJ Finley:

CJ's Instagram  

Thrive On Life Instagram

Thrive On Life Website



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