with Hannah Garland

  • Hannah Garland

E00: Welcome to the show!

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

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I thought it would be good to have a brief podcast that introduces you to me and explains why on earth I would do a podcast. And why is it called Your Uncommon Life? I’ll answer that question first because it will help you get to know me. I feel like the choices that have brought me the most happiness and reduced my stress most in this life are those that are unconventional.

Although I have more than 10 years working in corporate America, I’m a stay at home mom now. I’ve walked away from six figure salaries more than once and have chosen to live well below my means. I want lots of kids, and where I live, they call people who want lots of kids breeders! Also, I am a conservative Christian living in the most unchurched part of our country. Where I live, most of my choices are counter cultural but I refuse to feel ashamed of them. I’ve also managed to do some pretty unconventional things. I used to be an amature fighter in Muay Thai, a kickboxing sport from Thailand, and even trained in Thailand a few years ago. My experiences from years of managing people, then quitting, to fighting, and now motherhood have shaped my perspective that, sometimes happiness is found in doing things that don’t make sense, or are uncommon.

It might not make sense why I would have a podcast where I talk so much about reducing stress, overwhelm, and being peaceful, considering I have a long history of being stressed out and trying to control everything. But that’s exactly why I want to have this podcast. I’ve been there. I know what 2am panic attacks feel like. I know what it’s like to try to control everything and still mess up time and time again. The last 8 years, since I got married, have been spent slowly unraveling this tightly wound ball - that is me - and trying to figure out how to be more at ease and unburdened. I have realized that you have to get your head out of the constant business of life every so often so you can see above the weeds and make a better plan for yourself.

I have made a lot of mistakes along the way and still don’t have it all figured out. I know I probably never will. But there are things I’ve learned from my mistakes that I feel compelled to share beyond my close circle of friends. On this show, I will be pretty vulnerable about my experiences, knowing that they aren’t unique, but hoping that by sharing them we might all feel more connected. I believe that vulnerability is one of the keys to human connection and will discuss it a lot on this show.

I carry some core philosophies, which will shape my message to all of you. First and foremost, I want to say that I believe that all good things come from God and that lasting transformation comes from abiding in his love and grace. This isn’t a bible-based show so I won’t mention this truth in every podcast or blog, but I feel it’s important to share up front that this is the perspective I’m coming from.

In addition to vulnerability, which I already mentioned, I’m also passionate about changing your mindset in order to change your life. Your mind is one of the strongest arbiters of change in your possession. You can change external factors all you want - from minimizing stuff in your house, to diet and exercise. And we’ll talk about that stuff, too. But you’ll be the same dissatisfied person inside if you don’t transform your mindset. Finally, in order to be the best person for everyone and everything in your life, you have to be your optimal self. I’ll have a big focus on self care and taking care of numero uno. Once you get yourself in order, mentally, spiritually, and physically, you can be more prepared to tackle the challenges of life.

Each podcast and blog will share some hard truths that might not be popular but are intended to be encouraging. I will always share something practical that you can start doing right away. You’ll never walk away from a heavy topic feeling like “Ugh, how do I figure out how to do this in my life?” Sometimes my suggestions will be small. Sometimes they will require a great deal of practice or effort. Real transformation takes time and effort. But it’s so worth it in the long run.

The podcasts will all be less than about 20 minutes so hopefully you can squeeze one into your busy life each week. And just think, on the day that you do, you’ll be 20 minutes closer to the end of your day! Over time, I’ll have book reviews and guests so stay tuned!

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