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The Arner Adventures Podcast

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Hey there, we're Shannon + Gerry Arner, a minimalist couple driven by intentional living + adventure. Burned out from the 24/7 grind of running our business, we traded the hustle + bustle for something more meaningful. We parted ways with most of our belongings + moved to the coast. Listen along as we chat about life's challenges, share inspiring stories, + help you live with more intention + with less physical + mental clutter. Each episode is a step toward doing + being just a little bit better, for ourselves + the world around us. Life's an adventure after all! Come join us for the ride!
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Meet Kevin Berthia, the real-life superhero of resilience. He's not your average advocate and speaker; he's a survivor who's been through the depths of despair and come out stronger than ever. Kevin's journey is nothing short of remarkable. Kevin's life was once a rollercoaster of hiding his pain behind a facade of partying and laughter. But it all changed dramatically when he faced a very public suicide attempt at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. It was a turning point that transformed his life. The full show notes, with links, resources we mention, and podcast sponsors can be found HERE.
In this episode, we are asking you and each other if we are touch-deprived. Epiphany Jordan is our guest and she is an expert in the field of human touch, more specifically, those lacking it. Epiphany Jordan is an author and human touch advocate. She has shared her insights at SXSW Interactive Festival and recently earned her Masters of Public Health with a focus on redefining touch at the University of South Florida. Her journey spans journalism, event planning, and even tarot reading, all fueling her mission to deepen human connections. The full show notes, with links, resources we mention, and podcast sponsors can be found HERE.
David Woods Bartley is a fantastic speaker and storyteller with two powerful TED Talks under his belt. David opens minds, touches hearts, and inspires action by sharing his transformative journey from mental "hellness" to mental wellness. Join us as we delve into David's inspiring story, exploring how his darkest moments led to a profound change in his life. We discuss his passion for animal advocacy and the pivotal experiences that have shaped his mission to spread hope and healing. The full show notes, with links, resources we mention, and podcast sponsors can be found HERE. 
On Episode 133 of The Arner Adventures Podcast, we chat with Cathy Nesbitt about vermicomposting. Cathy Nesbitt is the mastermind behind Cathy’s Crawly Composters, turning kitchen scraps into garden gold and championing sustainable living. She will help you understand the value of worms, especially when it comes to composting. The full show notes, with links, resources we mention, and podcast sponsors can be found ⁠⁠⁠HERE⁠⁠.
On Episode 132 of The Arner Adventures Podcast, we chat with “The Writer on the Water,” Niamh McAnally. What most intrigued us about Niamh’s background is her perspective on life’s true value. When her father passed away, she realized that he was not defined by his possessions—his stuff wasn’t what mattered. The full show notes, with links, resources we mention, and podcast sponsors can be found ⁠⁠HERE⁠⁠.
We chat with the award-winning filmmaker and producer Conrad Weaver about his PTSD911 movie experience. He talks about how it led him to mental health advocacy. While promoting his documentary, his goal is to shine a light on the mental health struggles our first responders face. The full show notes, with links, resources we mention, and podcast sponsors can be found ⁠HERE⁠.
Bio-touch healing is one of the simplest things to do and learn. On episode 130 of The Arner Adventures Podcast, we chat with Paul Bucky, founder and co-director of Bio-touch. This conversation spans from the simple lifestyle of what Paul describes as "dropping off" to being introduced to a touch method of healing and connecting us to one another. The full show notes, with links, resources we mention, and podcast sponsors can be found HERE.
As minimalists who love to travel, we know what it takes to create the best packing list for a tropical vacation! Better yet, we never have to check luggage, so our Caribbean vacation can begin earlier and last longer. Why? Because we don't have to wait at the baggage carousel.  We are sharing our tips and tricks for the essential tropical vacation packing list with ease! The only decision you will need to make is what level of sun protection you will need!​ Download the FREE list HERE.
Have you ever heard about the Peruvian Lifestyle? On episode 128 of The Arner Adventures Podcast, we sit down with Maya Lombarts, a Belgian native who has been living in Peru for the past seven years. She discusses how living in Peru has helped her embrace a slower, more mindful approach to life. Maya shares how this lifestyle shift has transformed her approach to living and working, emphasizing the importance of moving with your body, creating white space in your schedule, and learning to say no. The full show notes, with links, resources we mention, and podcast sponsors can be found HERE
This month is Mental Health Month and we are revisiting conversations with mental health advocates to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental wellness. In this episode, we revisit a very special conversation with suicide survivor and suicide prevention advocate, Kevin Berthia. You may know about Kevin from his very public suicide attempt at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. It was a turning point that transformed his life. We talk with Kevin about how he copes with pain, overcoming much of his struggles so that he can embrace life to the fullest. Kevin is on a mission to inspire others to break their silence and reach out for help when they need it most. His motto: everyone has a why. The original show notes for this episode can be found HERE⁠. 
This month is Mental Health Month and we are revisiting conversations with mental health advocates to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental wellness. In this episode, we are revisiting our discussion with Mental Health Advocate, founder/owner of FerrisBuilt a product and apparel line that aims to bring more awareness to mental health and social issues.  We discuss the importance of advocacy, and what we can do to improve our own mental health, but also bringing awareness to the disparity of mental health offerings to those who do not have access. We also chat about how Meghan Markle brought her brand to the limelight with her RBG t-shirt purchase.  The original show notes for this episode can be found ⁠HERE⁠. 
This month is Mental Health Month and we are revisiting conversations with mental health advocates to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental wellness. In this episode, we revisit our conversation with Lindsey Konchar. Lindsey is the author of I Got 99 Coping Skills and Being a B*tch Ain’t One, a licensed graduate social worker, and a mental health advocate.  In this conversation, we talk about the importance of having coping skills, the variety of coping mechanisms, and her own struggles with mental health. The original show notes for this episode can be found ⁠HERE⁠. 
This month is Mental Health Month and we are revisiting conversations with mental health advocates to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental wellness. In this episode, we revisit our conversation with Ryan Schwartz, the founder of Mental Health Match. Ryan founded ⁠Mental Health Match⁠ which helps to pair patients with the therapists that are right for them. He personally understands the importance of therapy after the sudden loss of his mother in 2013. Prior to Mental Health Match, Ryan was a strategic communications consultant for nonprofit organizations which is an experience he still draws on in his current role. We discuss the importance of mental health and finding the right therapist with Ryan, as well as his own personal journey in his life and career. The original show notes for this episode can be found ⁠HERE⁠.
Did you know that when you reduce waste, you save money? It's true. It may seem difficult to be more sustainable, reducing your carbon footprint, but we are going to share with you some very simple ways to not only reduce but increase the money that is in your wallet. That speaks everyone's language, right?! The full show notes, with links, resources we mention, and podcast sponsors can be found HERE
This is the fifth and final week of our journey through the 5 R's of Sustainability, ending with recycle responsibly. In the past four weeks, we covered all of the R's except recycling. We want recycling to be the last option. Being mindful to refuse an item, reduce consumption, reuse, and repurpose items is a great way to keep things out of the landfill, and from needing to be recycled. The full show notes, with links, resources we mention, and podcast sponsors can be found HERE
This is the fourth R in our five-week journey through the 5 R’s of Sustainability, repurpose innovatively. In the past three weeks, we covered “refuse,” “reduce,” and “reuse”. The full show notes, with links, resources we mention, and podcast sponsors can be found HERE.
This is the third R in our five-week journey through the 5 R’s of Sustainability, reuse. In the past two weeks, we covered “refuse” and “reduce”. In the next few weeks, we’re diving into the essential principles of sustainability: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle. Week by week, we’ll focus on one of these key pillars, bringing you straightforward, actionable tips to reduce your environmental impact. The full show notes, with links, resources we mention, and podcast sponsors can be found HERE.
Welcome to our five-week journey through the 5 R's of Sustainability, this week's conversation is on the second R, reduce. Last week, we covered "refuse." Over the coming weeks, we'll talk about the core principles of sustainability: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle. Each week, we'll delve deep into one of these pillars, offering simple, actionable steps to help you shrink your environmental footprint. The full show notes, with links, resources we mention, and podcast sponsors can be found HERE
Welcome to our five-week series on the 5 R's of Sustainability.  Over the next five weeks, we'll be diving into the fundamental principles of sustainability: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle. Each week, we'll explore one of these R's in-depth, sharing small, simple, actionable steps that you can take to be proactive in reducing your environmental footprint. The full show notes, with links, resources we mention, and podcast sponsors can be found HERE.
Choosing to buy from sustainable and ethical brands is like voting for a better world with your wallet. In this conversation, we are sharing why you should shop from sustainable and ethical brands, how to know if they call into those categories, and questions to ask brands. The full show notes, with links, resources we mention, and podcast sponsors can be found HERE.
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