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Life Behind the Highlight Real

Welcome to “Life Behind the Highlight Real," the podcast that takes things beyond the curated life we all see online. Join hosts Sarah & William Huffman as they dive in with their friends to talk about the good and the hard things that come with a real (not perfect) life behind the highlight reel. Tune each week for more in-depth conversations about life behind the highlight reel. Follow us on your favorite podcast platform to make sure you never miss an episode.


Ep 57: Why Pain is Your Best Motivator: Working Through Life's Obstacles with Jake Luehrs
Jake Luehrs is in the spotlight this week. Jake is a real estate coach and trainer, and in this episode, he opens up about the challenges he faced in his early life and career.Jake takes us through his struggles with depression and anxiety. He shares how he worked through those challenges and offers some advice for listeners going through similar experiences. "The more I pushed it away, the more intense it got."Jake believes that everyone goes through periods of depression and anxiety at some point in their lives and that letting those feelings work themselves through rather than resisting them is essential."I think the biggest challenge that people have is they feel like they need to do it on their own. And I think that that's where we get ourselves into trouble."Apart from his journey, Jake also talked about his love for sports and how it helped him become more social and make friends. And, of course, his unique story of meeting his wife in college."I try to be just as much a listener as a talker. And I think that's been a big part of my success, both personally and professionally."This episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking inspiration to overcome personal challenges.Chapters: 1:18 Jake's background as a successful real estate professional12:05 What Jake learned about depression21:54 Jake's first job -- delicious. 36:30 The first date with the women who would be his wife47:15 What people saw in him that he didn't see in himself49:54 It's time to just be honest. A lot of people you think are happy, aren't. Connect with Jake:
70:40 2/27/23
Ep 56: John Hodnett's Journey: Turning a Wake-Up Call into a New Opportunity
This week William and Sarah Huffman sit down with John Hodnett, a member of their real estate team, A Good Life Group.In this episode, John chats about his journey before getting into real estate and how much he loves old-school retail. But the big wake-up call was when his marriage fell apart. He never thought he'd be there at that point in his life. That's when he realized that he had the chance to create anything he wanted. Nobody was going to tell him what to do. So, like his dad, who retired from the clothing biz and started a consulting company until he was 93, John knew he couldn't quit. He needed to find something he could do for as long as he wanted in any way he wanted. And that's why he's back in real estate.Reach out to John:
70:01 2/20/23
Ep 55: From Wall Street Journal at 13 to CEO of Minneapolis Area Realtors: The Inspiring Journey of Carrie Chang
Join us on Life Behind the Highlight Real as we sit down with Carrie Chang, a St. Paul native and CEO of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors. Carrie's journey as an adoptee and her drive to succeed is a fascinating story of determination and resilience. She shares her childhood experiences, including her love for sports, music, and the saxophone, and her passion for reading The Wall Street Journal at age 13. Carrie also opens up about her proudest achievements as the CEO of the Minneapolis Area Realtors, including the team she's built and the impact they've made on the community. This episode is an inspiring and uplifting conversation about leadership, teamwork, and the power of perseverance.Chapters::45 What does Carrie Chang do?1:15 Carrie from South Korea to St. Paul. How did that happen?8:45 Shortcut to knowing your 9's times table9:30 Middle school hits and things change for Carrie. 10:45 Kickin' back with the Wall Street Journal at... 13?21:00 College time... why she didn't apply to the Ivy League and where she ended up going29:30 How sports intertwined in her life34:45 Her first job as a baby sitter. She loved kids...until40:30 Out of college and her first "real" job43:00 It's time to meet her husband53:45 How long she's been at the Minneapolis Area Realtors and what she's most proud ofLearn more about Carrie Chang:
73:07 2/13/23
Ep 54: How a Long-Bearded Bass-Playing High School Dropout Became Minnesota's BBQ Boss! The Journey of Aaron Bourdage
Aaron Bourdage is the owner of Northern Fire Grilling and BBQ Supply, a local barbecue shop in Minnetonka. Northern Fire Grilling and BBQ Supply offers everything you need for grilling and barbecue, including meats, seafood, rubs, over 100 sauces, grills, smokers, and heavy equipment for those serious about their grilling. Aaron was born in Duluth, Minnesota, but his family moved around a lot, including Colorado and New Mexico. His father was a Marlboro Man and a pilot and owned a classic car dealership in Farmington, New Mexico. Aaron's house was next to a dirt runway, surrounded by classic cars and airplanes. He spent his childhood riding anything with an engine. Today, Aaron will share the story of his youth, including moving out of the house at 16, moving to Minnesota at 20, touring with his band, and finally meeting the love of his life and opening the BBQ shop. This is definitely part 1 of Aaron's fun story. Chapters:2:58: Aaron was born in Duluth but ended up in Farmington, New Mexico, surrounded by cars and airplanes... cool. 6:08 A shithead in elementary school. 9:05 Why is his life like "Smokey and the Bandit."11:40 Time for some pickin' on the banjo12:38 He switched to bass for the band14:11 Mom used to take us to the gun store21:09 Why college was never in the picture22:00 Why and when did he quit high school32:50 The move back to Minnesota, and the band grows45:42 Time to figure things out after Tracy gets pregnant46:32 Evan was born, and Aaron's world changed. 47:44 How his love for BBQ started and how the shop opened49:47 How he met Missy453:11 How he takes care of his long beard1:03:28 Sarah's favorite device from Aaron's store1:05:19 Aaron's advice for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneurAaron runs Northern Fire Grilling & BBQ Supply. Reach out to them at
73:46 2/6/23
Ep 53: William and Sarah's 2022 Health and Fitness Report Card
This episode William and Sarah look at at 2022. A couple of minutes were dedicated to the business, but the majority of this episode was spent diving deep into a health journey they both started 2 years ago. Even though they both dislike the thought of working out, they accepted it as a part of their life, with reasons that go way beyond what you may assume.This is a William and Sarah you may not have known before this episode. Chapters3:10 How was William and Sarah's fitness journey for 2022?5:50 Did will reach his fitness goals? And was the goal helpful?8:24 Let's talk about meal prep10:49 Sarah's weightloss journey12:48 Why Sarah still finds it tough to shop for clothes, but it's getting easier14:50 Why William's farting and burping has significantly faded16:39 William opens up about an issue that put him into the Mayo Clinic at age nine. 19:00 William and Sarah head back to Mayo, a visit that pissed Sarah off20:30 Oops, they were right. 22:45 They shop with an app. How's that going?23:30 Poop talk.24:35 Advice for anyone that has a Pelaton in their home that they haven't used
26:51 12/19/22
Ep 52: Discovering That Your Biggest and Only Asset Is You With Sports Radio Veteran Mark Neal
Mark Neal spent close to two decades building an Ohio sports radio station from the ground up, and today he's going to share the story of how having nothing can be your biggest asset. It turns you into a creative, hungry, and hard-working scrapper. Which is how he built a young format into a powerful force in his market. Did we mention that Mark is also William and Sarah's neighbor? Oh yeah -- there are some stories to share about that, too!Coming up:1:41 His early life growing up with teachers22:23 College newspaper in the late 90s, and how he got into his first radio station25:22 His first radio show31:35 Becoming a program director and clearing house32:56 His biggest and only asset is him34:16 How he got to know Jim Tressel46:24 Not a lot of success meeting women, so it's time to try something out-of-the-box56:16 Getting married57:57 Leaving radio for his wife's job101:52 Advice for anyone wanting to get into radioKeep up with the podcast here:
77:12 12/12/22
Ep 51: Making Data Fun Again with THE David Arbit
We are nerding out BIG TIME with our buddy David Arbit this week. David is the Director of Research for MAR, Minneapolis Area Realtors. He's the guy that makes sense of all of the real estate numbers agents use to get you into homes. And this guy's passion for numbers goes way beyond Excel. It goes straight to getting people into their dream homes and making our cities strong. But before we get into all of that, we dive into David's life, including:6:33 The early life of David Arbit9:32 His go-to Sega game15:10 His role in the Minneapolis area Realtors Association17:21 His college days20:11 His dad owns 100 of them!23:49 How his passion for city planning began28:47 How David met his wife38:16 When he worked with a future State Representative who had a Mickey Mouse lunch box40:19 Where he learned to be so comfortable in front of a crowd42:52 David passes some love to William and Sarah's understanding of the stats43:42 David's WHY behind his passion50:11 What makes every day different for DavidFind David Arbit here:
68:53 12/5/22
Ep 50: Stalking His Wife and Beating Cancer with Dave Lawson (Part 2)
Dave Lawson returns to Life Behind the Highlight Real to finish up his journey to this point in his crazy life. In episode 45 Dave, Will, and Sarah took a deep dive into radio of the past and present. Dave spent over two decades as an on-air personality and talked about how what drove him into the business no longer exists. That left no time for thing Sarah was looking for -- how he met his wife...oh, and that bout with cancer over the last year. So let's revisit Dave and get the rest of his Life Behind the Highlight Real. To learn more about Dave and Digital Legend, head here:, or call (919) 757 2592
60:22 11/28/22
Ep 49: A "Compelling and Rich" Conversation with Will's Nemesis, Matt Wandzel
Ep 49: A "Compelling and Rich" Conversation with Will's Nemesis,  Matt WandzelMatt Wandzel is a real estate agent and bitter enemy of Will Huffman's. Even though Matt is a terrific human being, Will can't stand him. Why? It all comes out in this episode, along with:5:45 Growing up in Golden Valley14:08 Car accident -- no time for the emergency room30:40 Getting started in photojournalism33:48 His partnership with the Navajo Nation35:01 His contribution to the Smithsonian46:17 Rug talk. Selling rugs and an appreciation for quality rugs. 48:47 Matt's transition into real estate53:52 Matt's obsession with cycling begins1:02:01 Matt's bike shorts -- why?1:08:31 Will... are you serious? And top five restaurants.  Matt's info!Phone: 612 240 9403Website:
76:02 11/21/22
Ep 48: Conquering Addiction and Overcoming Abuse with Payton Barthel
We are hitting on some heavy life topics today with our friend, Payton Barthel. Payton tells her story of abuse, drug addiction, treatment, relapse, and meeting the love of her life. You've already been introduced to Payton's family. In episode 28, we interviewed her mom, Jamie, about teen pregnancy, and her love for Sonic Chili Cheese Dogs. And in episode 2 we interviewed her sister, Jorie. Both interviews can be found here: today, buckle up because Payton is going to take you on quite a ride. 11:48 Smoking and drinking by age 11? 12:47 Tried to kill herself with Benadryl24:05 The story starts to plummet - Abusive relationship and rape. 30:59 Emergency appendix surgery in England introduces opioid addiction. 35:40 Cocaine comes into the picture. 37:56 How she justified her drug use, and her college years. 42:22 The professor noticed. 51:08 The breaking point in college1:02:33 Heading off to treatment1:04:56 Post-treatment - Payton has a treatment boyfriend. The relapse begins. 1:09:37 Paton overdoses again1:15:09 She's either going to die or get clean1:18:22 Back out to Colorado1:29:07 Caleb enters the picture. Perfect timing. 1:37:27 Clean and sober. Has she ever felt the desire to go back?1:43:28 It's been a journey. But she's proud of herself. 1:44:35 What to do if you think you're heading down Payton's path?Catch up on past episodes of Life Behind the Highlight Real:
107:32 11/14/22
Ep 48: Shot, Burned, and Run Over By a Car Before Age 12 with Chad Jeske
Chad Jeske has dedicated his life to helping top-performing real estate agents grow their businesses through Twin Cities Real Producers. Chad grew up in Savage, MN. A farm-kid upbringing, and the only boy of five siblings.Plus the only guest we've had on the podcast that has been shot, burned, and run over by a car -- all before the age of 12Chad will fill us in on the details, plus we'll get into:3:30 Growing up in Savage12:45 Chad got shot24:42 Getting into music management33:58 Finding a career with Cutco45:21 How he met his wife49:29 Getting engaged59:00 Getting his real estate license1:14 His top five restaurantsTo learn more about Twin Cities Real Producers, head here:
80:28 11/7/22
Ep 47: Rockin' Crocks and Socks In Detroit with Nick Bellmore
Nick Bellmore, a Detroit area native, is a highly successful real estate team leader, but the road to get there was a bit bumpy. Rick shares his story of divorce when he was 11, bullied at 12, and kicked out of high school a couple of years later. He moves on to working in housing before the age of 18, building homes after graduating, and transitioning to selling real estate after doing the math of how much money the investor made on the home Nick was building. Of course, we get deep into how he met his wife... hint: He found love and made a commission check from her at the same time. This is part 1 of a future two-parter with Nick Bellmore. Learn more about Nick here:
73:00 10/24/22
Ep 46: The Emotional Roller Coaster of IVF with Kayla Dutton
This is a part two interview with Kayla Dutton and in this episode, we dive deep into Kayla's struggle to start a family after her husband's near-death accident that left him without sensation from the waist down. This was a massive life change at such a young age. Kayla's advice for handling sudden change boils down to 3 things:1) Family and support system. 2) Focus on what's important. He's here with no brain damage. 3) The more you share your story, the more you realize everyone has their problems. This accident left them to lean on science to start a family. They started their IVF journey. Today we explore the medical process, the emotional pain, the insurance, and her best advice for anyone interested in this path.Not all of life's plans will transpire precisely the way you planned, but being ultimately thankful for the health and safety of those you love is the only thing that matters. Enjoy the episode!    Reach out to Kayla on IG:
68:13 10/17/22
Ep 45: Why Radio Broke Dave Lawson's Heart
Coming up today we have the "man behind the scenes" of Life Behind the Highlight Reel. Whenever you hear us say "Dave, edit that out," we are talking about Dave Lawson of Digital Legend Media. But far before Dave started consulting businesses on digital content, he had a long history in radio. So we are going to dive deep into Dave's history, including:What life was like growing up in the Detroit areaA very young age he started dreaming of being on the radioThe weird radio thing he used to collect that we had no idea existedWhat he thought was magical about radioWhy radio in the last few years has broken his heartAnd why he made the jump to the digital side, especially podcasting.Plus, his top five restaurants (one of which almost made Will vomit). That's all coming up on Life Behind the Highlight Reel!To learn more about Dave and Digital Legend Media, head here: www.PodcastLegend.comTo catch up on past Life Behind the Highlight Reel episodes, head here: learn more about A Good Life Group, head here:
60:38 9/26/22
Ep 44: Celebrating Five Years of Living an Unreal Life
This episode explores the past five years of A Good Life Group. The good, the bad, and the hilarious. The story begins at the Minnesota State Fair of all places, 5-years ago. The day Will and Sarah were forced to find a new direction. And they don't hold back as they share the details of the call and the stress that followed over the next few days. Today you will find out how they landed on their business name A Good Life Group, how they found their team, and how leadership is a learned discipline. "Leadership is hard"-Will HuffmanThey'll also cover critical business lessons learned the hard way, like:The differences between surviving as a business and growing as a business. And it takes looking in the mirror.Learning the impossible like not taking things personally. A deep dive into living the concept of an unreal life. What that means, and how it has come true for Will, Sarah, and their team. And how an unreal life can lead to some pretty funny stories, including a few shared from their team getaways to Florida. A Good Life Group's Fifth Anniversary Party is September 10th at the Brew Park in Plymouth.
62:41 9/5/22
Ep 43: The Long Winding Path to Seminary School with Victoria Bell
Victoria and Sarah met while working at JC Penny in Coon Rapids and have been friends ever since. Born in California and stayed there for a whole six weeks before moving to Minnesota. After her dad got arrested (details in the podcast) at the University of Minnesota, the family was forced to regroup which included sneaking out of Minnesota in the middle of the night. Later in life, Victoria's dream was to become a doctor, which leads to a lovely story about the college she chose. Not to be missed. Shortly after starting college, she decided med school would not be in her future, so she began a search for a purpose. A search that landed on helping families going through childbirth.  She became a doula which provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support during the birthing process. As fulfilling as that was, she missed family and made a move back to Minnesota. And that's where her real story begins. A car ride message from God changed her path.
74:51 8/29/22
Ep 42: The Secret to Living a Bold, Successful Life with Artemisa Boston
Sarah met Artemisa met after both were nominated for Female Realtors of the Year. During that ceremony, Sarah realized that she knew nothing about the other nominees, so she set up a lunch, and the two have been friends ever since. "You can see and experience people online, but until you meet them in person, it's different."Artemisa is a heavy hitter in the real estate industry selling 300 homes last year. 300. That's huge. Getting to this point was hard work, though. After juggling 3 jobs at the same time, she was in search of a career that would give her a life. That's when she discovered real estate. For Artemisa, getting to that goal wasn't easy. She had to do two things: Get her real estate license and learn English. At the same time!In this episode, she'll talk about the challenge of passing the real estate license test and how an emergency trip to the hospital was the biggest gift she could ask for. She'll also talk about why her birthday is unknown, her upbringing in Mexico City, and how she met Mark. Ya know, Mark from Wisconsin. The man that, after three wedding ceremonies, would go on to become her husband. She'll explain. Then comes the real estate team, starting a family, and surviving fluctuations in the real estate market. Her secret? Leverage. It is recognizing your strengths and weaknesses and doubling down on your talents. It's a lesson we can all learn.This great episode is about being fearless, finding success, and living a purposeful life. Learn more about ArtemisaWebsite: address:
63:44 8/15/22
Ep 41: Marketing Wiz Alex Maeckelbergh on Starting a Family and Successful Business at the Same Time
Born in Wisconsin but raised in Minnesota, Alex Maeckelbergh wanted to carry on the family tradition of education by becoming a teacher. But that changed shortly after going to college when she realized it wasn't for her. "I love kids, love them to death. But doing it for a career was a very different story. And now having kids of my own, I cannot imagine. God bless teachers who are parents as well."So the search was on for a new career. That's when she met an owner of a title company who offered her an internship if she changed her major to marketing. Game on!That eventually turned into a job at a mortgage company, then a real estate firm, and finally taking the leap by opening her own marketing company. A successful company that's only a year old. Of course, there's plenty of life to sprinkle in between, including credit card debt, a deepening relationship with an old high school friend, and a blossoming family in the face of a pandemic. How does a 26-year-old live this much life? Alex is a fascinating woman and entrepreneur with plenty of life lessons to share in this episode of Life Behind the Highlight Reel. Reach out to Alex: alex@allgoodthingscreative.comLearn more about her marketing business:
70:48 8/8/22
Ep 40: Meet Ed Kaiser, the Man That Keeps Us Out of Trouble
Ed Kaiser is General Counsel for RE/MAX Results, the guy that deals with all of the legal stuff that affects our industry. Beyond that, Ed is just an interesting dude. He's a Duluth native, a former athlete with big dreams, and a man that met his wife at a restaurant that haunts Sarah (guess which one?)Today we get Ed's story and uncover some nuggets that we never knew about the man. Nuggets that make a guy with such a serious job, well, human. Reach out to Ed: (952) 829-1575
66:58 8/1/22
Ep 39: Joe Joe Tough's Heartbreaking News
Joe Mottlow has beaten back cancer 5 times, and in part 2 of Will and Sarah's interview, Joe stops in to give them a heartbreaking update about his condition. Even in the worst of life, Joe finds a reason to celebrate, and that happens on July 30th.Details to his coming home party is here:
59:02 7/25/22
Ep 38: How a Near Death Experience Inspired Foster Mom Randi Brandt
At 32, after experiencing a number of health failures that almost took her life, Randi Brandt was told she would be permantly wheel chair bound.She won the fight for her life, but now her second fight began. The fight to take back control of her body. Randi shares the details to this incredible journey that goes back four years. A journey that eventually paved the way for children who needed a safe, temporary home. She shares the challenges and rewards of becoming a caretaker, and what it's like for children being transitioned to foster care.And, like anybody who's life has almost been cut short, Randi has big plans to give back to help make future generations confident and independent. Enjoy the incredible story of our friend, Randi Brandt. Reach out to Randi:LinkedIn:"Crap happens. Been there done that. You can get through it. I was told I'd never walk again. Well, hold my beer, watch this.""We don't know why we don't know how, by me being able to look at my legs in that mirror, all of a sudden, my left foot moved, my right foot moved.""Yes it costs money, but it's the cost of being a parent. It's what you do."
51:40 7/18/22
Ep 37: From Hitchhiking Hobo to Founder of RE/MAX Results: The Journey of John Collopy
The founder of RE/MAX Results, the largest RE/MAX franchise in the country, is our guest today, and John Collopy never fails to entertain and inspire. In his book, The Reward of Knowing, John details a life of abuse, trouble, and addiction. And he dives deep into a few of those stories on today's episode. Stories that include leaving home as a teenager, and going to school while working a full time job. Stories that include beating up a police officer, hitch hiking to California, and living within the counter culture of the 70's. He then transitions into the moment his life started turning around and how he discovered a passion for real estate. A path leading him to where he is today, owner of the most successful RE/MAX franchise in the country. A franchise Will and Sarah love, and they explain why. And we can't forget about the roots of the Results Foundation, and the impact it is making on the Twin Cities. Get ready for an episode you won't be able to pause as we sit down with John Collopy. Links:The Results Foundation: Reward of Knowing:
57:25 7/11/22
Ep 36: From Crackin' Backs to #CaptainHomeFinder: Ryan Fischer's Story of Struggle and Success
Ryan Fischer's journey from high school valedictorian to leader of his own very successful real estate team was anything but smooth.There were many bumps along the way. Carrying heavy student loan debt out of school, this new chiropractor found out the hard way that establishing himself was going to demand patience. As he describes in today's podcast, the load of student debt along with a mortgage payment was too much for a starting chiropractor. But with hard work he slowing built a practice, and business that extended outside of the Cities. Through this journey, though, he discovered real estate. He explains the pressures of carrying two careers at once, and why he made the transition to full time real estate agent. He has since married the woman of his dreams, started a family, and built one of the most successful real estate teams in Minnesota. Today, the story of Ryan Fishsticks -- um, sorry -- we mean, Fischer. Follow Ryan:Facebook:
61:06 7/4/22
Ep 35: Five Time Cancer Survivor Joe Mottlow
Joe Mottlow and Will Huffman have shared a lot of life together since their first meeting at TruGreen. But on June 15th, 5 years ago, Joe got his first indication that something was wrong. He kept waking up in puddles of sweat. After days of toughing this out, he made a trip to Fairview to discover things were not right. His bloodwork was off, and his spleen was the size of two fists. Then the diagnosis. Leukemia ALL, a blood cancer. The battle begins and Joe Joe Tough was born. The chemo shed 30 pounds over a two week period. But even during the intense chemotherapy treatments, he still found a way to have fun during his stay. That's Joe's nature, to make the most out of any situation. Over the last 5 years, he's battled and beat cancer not once, not twice, but five times. This episode is about resiliency, optimism, and how a community continues to help Joe Mottlow win his battle against cancer.Learn more and connect with Joe Joe Tough here:
76:10 6/27/22
Ep 34: The Radical Choice of Following Your Intuition with Kelsey Erickson
Today we really get into the WOO WOO, and we know, after listening to this episode, you'll reconsider what you thought was WOO WOO, and actually give today's topic a try. And we're talking about dialing in, and really listening to, your intuition. Kelsey Erickson blends spirituality with strategy to find your purpose. How do you combine your passion and your day-to-day career?How do you get your brain to take action?Prepare to connect with your highest self. Prepare to see things differentlyConnect with Everme + Co Quotes:The logical mind wants to know exactly the logic behind everything and why this is happening and why I would take action on this. But you really don't. It really doesn't matter.Sometimes about WOO WOO stuff it's just like when in the hell am I going to do that? Like what am I doing to do with my crystals? Am I supposed to take those out in the middle of a conference room and put them on the table? Yes, the answer is yes!Just following intuition is the path of ease vs. me just trying to be controlling and figure out everything, problem-solve everything, and force everything. If you think this is WOO WOO, you're at the exact moment where you need to stop and open your mind up to what it is that you're learning because you're experiencing resistance. This is the key to unlocking whatever is next for you. 
50:30 6/20/22
Ep 33: There For the Big Moments Is What Counts with Scott Roiger
Scott Roiger is a St. Cloud State grad but, to Will's dismay, a HUGE Gophers fan. Beyond that, though, is a world of trust between Will, Sarah, and the relationship they have formed with Scott.After college, Scott got a real lesson in what it takes to be successful in the car-sales industry, a taste of success he didn't enjoy. That's when a friend helped him turn a new direction, towards the mortgage industry where he's happily been for the last decade. What has made him the success he is today? It's about relationships. Relationships that form when you're there for their "big moments." 
51:48 6/13/22
Ep 32: The Fuel From Failure with Nick Dreher
Nick is not a man afraid to jump in feet first and figure things out along the way. It began at a young age when he started his own collection agency with a few friends. He also met, and eventually married his high school sweetheart.Afterwards he went the safe route, landing a steady corporate job, which was fine until his job was eliminated. Now with a small family and a need to survive, he pivoted and went to work in the mortgage industry.Things took off quickly. Quickly to the point he was making $50 grand a month. Huge turn in his life. Then the market shifted. And that's when he realized his first mistake. He wasn't a student of his own business. He filed for bankruptcy, and once again, had to figure things out. Nick's story is a story of failure. But failure as fuel he used to rebuild a life. Not just rebuilding a business, but rebuilding a person and a life. Nick Dreher has a book for real estate agents that teaches common sense methods to success.  Find it here: Quotes:"The best way to find success is to create and define your happiness, and determine what it is you can do to achieve that, that they'll pay you to do. ""The core service provided by a real estate agent is clarity, empathy, and help.""The wonderful thing about being older is not having the expectation that you think you know everything."
68:35 6/6/22
Ep 31: Will's Health Journey - One Year Later
May 24th is Will Huffman's workout anniversary! It's also the day he started hating his trainer, Jordan. And by hate, he means...well, hate, but in the most loving of ways. Today Will and Sarah go back a year to why Will started down the fitness road, and what he's experienced since. Sore buns, new shirts, and a new appreciation for healthy eating. Not because it's good for you, but rather because it just tastes better. Then a deep conversation into how Will and Sarah's childhood experiences influenced their self-perception, and how they carried those experiences into adulthood. This is a funny, inspiring, and deeply personal episode of Life Behind the Highlight Real! Magical Quotes:"I remember being called fat and it crushed me. I remember not feeling accepted. I remember feeling left out.""I have butt muscles. That's a real thing, no joke. My bum bum has muscles.""I've always known that I can do hard stuff. I've never really made myself do something like this...that I despise.""Once you get clear on why you're doing it, the excuses will go away.""Nobody has that power to waste my time accept me. Only I can waste my time. If you're allowing somebody to take up your time, you're wasting it, they're not."
39:33 5/30/22
Ep 30: Learning How to Design a Completely Original Life Experience with Randi Larson
The woman behind the world famous Pursey joins Will, Sarah, and Jorie on this episode of Life Behind the Highlight Reel. Since 1997 the Pursey Code has taken on a life of its own. Randi Larson and her sister Jeni Kurtyka have designed a business around their lives, with the goal of helping other women discover their energy and design a completely original life experience.Randi is adamant that you are being called to something you cannot see but can feel in your bones. They want you to activate the extraordinary woman within by activating your Originations. All will be explained in this podcast. You will love it!Reach out to the Originators, sisters Randi and Jeni: @theoriginators on social mediaRandi's Top Five Favorite Restaurants:Piccala Cucina - NYCThe BLVD  - MinnetonkaCecconis - NYCThe Lone Spur - MinnetonkaThe Shakeshack
64:08 5/23/22
Ep 29: From Breaking Coffee Tables to the NICU with Sara Schaber Fitterer
Sarah Huffman and Sara Schaber Fitterer go back...way back to Mr Randle's biology class in the 10th grade. They've been friends ever since. With that kind of history, expect great stories, including getting dumped at a Sarah Mclachlan concert, being roomies after college, their "anything for money" parties,  relationships, marriage....then a baby. A baby that was born at 25 weeks.  Sara shares the story of the day she gave birth to a preemie. The ambulance ride, the comedy troop, the bedpan, and Al Roker. At under two pounds, Jackson was the size of a ruler wearing diapers the size of a credit card. Sara shares the story of a world being thrown upside down. Hours in the newborn intensive care unit, the amazing nurses, and the emptiness of leaving every night without your baby. The bumps were frightening until the day Jackson was allowed to go home.Sara details Jackson's bravery and fight for life, and the stress as she and her husband experienced all of this for the first time. Keep up with past episodes of Life Behind the Highlight Reel: Quotes"This is my son. Screw all of you. He is going to make it""We're not going to shy away from doing things. We will do it and make it work. And if people stare at him, I will stare right back.""Nobody will ever know what you've gone through expect you and the other NICU moms"
77:19 5/16/22