The $2000 Lemon, Woes of a Veteran Podcaster, and Daddy Daughter Day

Ben and Tom turned 17 and 15 last April and now go to a high school that requires us to drive them 20 minutes each way every day.  With Ben on an after school robotics team, there are days we make this trip 3 times, plus Tommy has to go to work four days a week.  So to cut down on driving, we bought a secondhand car so Ben can finally get his license.  It all goes down from there.

Plus, Mac and Greg’s new podcast “Watch a Movie with Mac and Greg” is off to a great start, but would be doing even better if Greg hadn’t messed up the recordings of three episodes so far.

Lastly, in an effort to give our kids one-on-one time, Lily planned a daddy/daughter day with Greg.

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Posted by Greg
August 20, 2019

Does Meditation Really Help Mental Health?

I’ve never really liked the idea of just plain meditation, in part because I never really understood why I should meditate on nothing, and in another part because whenever I meditated on nothing, I ended up either thinking of more items for my to do list, or I ended up just complaining to God.

That changed earlier this year, though, when I learned an incredibly simplified method of meditation that is not new age-y or overly distractive.

So in this episode I share with you a simple way to find more calm in just 5-10 minutes each day.

But I also want to share with you some of my own tricks for deeper prayer, because studies show that both meditation and prayer provide benefits to your brain.

Take a listen, and be sure to like and subscribe!

Links from this episode:
Article on Meditation and Gray Matter
More Than Mental Big Brain T-Shirt

Posted by Greg
August 19, 2019

Rocky 3 – Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2 - Do you have the eye of the tiger? Ready to take on Thunderlips, Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, and really bad 80’s fashions?

Then get ready to join Mac and Greg as they revisit another childhood favorite - Rocky III! (that’s an exclamation mark, not another Roman numeral)

Film: Rocky 3
Release Date: May 28, 1982
Rating: PG
Description: To get back on top, this boxer needs help from the last person he’d ever think of — his greatest rival.

Watch on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/60010836)

Click here to listen to Part 1

Posted by Greg
August 17, 2019

Rocky 3 – Part 1 of 2

Part 1 of 2 - Do you have the eye of the tiger? Ready to take on Thunderlips, Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, and really bad 80’s fashions?

Then get ready to join Mac and Greg as they revisit another childhood favorite - Rocky III! (that’s an exclamation mark, not another Roman numeral)

Film: Rocky 3
Release Date: May 28, 1982
Rating: PG
Description: To get back on top, this boxer needs help from the last person he’d ever think of — his greatest rival.

Watch on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/60010836)

Click here to watch Part 2 of 2

Posted by Greg
August 17, 2019

The Pew Report, Our Video Process, and Scripture Study Roadblocks

We talk about the creative process of trying to figure out what kind of YouTube video will get the most views, the grand opening of our t-shirt swag shop, and we reflect on the recent Pew Report stating that 69% of Catholics don’t believe in the Real Presence of the Eucharist and how that’s reflected in the recent death of Jeffrey Epstein and multiple mass shootings across the United States.  

Links Mentioned:
Our T-shirt shop
Our YouTube Channel
The Pew Report we cited

Posted by Greg
August 13, 2019

Beth Schrader and Caring For Your Spouse

Throughout their years of marriage, Beth Schrader’s husband has struggled with depression, anxiety and ADHD.  After hearing us discuss Greg’s mental health issues on our “The Hidden Battle” podcast, Beth started to put the pieces together that her husband’s battles were not just occasional, but every day battles that become smaller but never quite go away.   

Not knowing how best to help her husband, Beth began battling shame and worry that, fortunately, lead to more positive conversations and approaches and mental health within their home.

Beth courageously volunteered to share her story as the spouse of someone suffering from mental health issues and joins Greg to discuss the difficulties of loving someone who is in such pain.

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Posted by Greg
August 12, 2019

Raiders of the Lost Ark – Part 1 of 2

Part 1 of 2 - Grab your fedora and bullwhip and prepare to relive your childhood as Mac and Greg sit to watch one of their favorite movies together for the first time: Raiders of the Lost Ark!

Film: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Release Date: July 16, 1982
Rating: PG
Description: To stop Hitler, he'll take on a devious rival, an old flame, an army of Nazis and snakes. Lots of snakes.
Watch on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/60011649)

Click here to watch Part 2

Posted by Greg
August 10, 2019

Raiders of the Lost Ark – Part 2 of 2

Grab your fedora and bullwhip and prepare to relive your childhood as Mac and Greg sit to watch one of their favorite movies together for the first time: Raiders of the Lost Ark!

Film: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Release Date: July 16, 1982
Rating: PG
Description: To stop Hitler, he'll take on a devious rival, an old flame, an army of Nazis and snakes. Lots of snakes.
Watch on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/60011649)

Click here to listen to Part 1

Posted by Greg
August 10, 2019

Prayer Pressure, Introvert Hangovers, Making Extra Hours, and Don’t Mess with Lily

Greg gets hit with an introverted hangover, we witness our Catholic faith to Walt’s acting friend, the beauty of a schedule coming back into our lives because of school, and how we need to go on a romantic date more often.

Bonus content: Find out what happened to our buddy Mac when he teased Lily during our family get together!

Posted by Greg
August 6, 2019

Elliott Rodriguez, Exercise, and Your Brain

Elliott Rodriguez is a health and wellness coach, fitness trainer and pro-league paintball competitor.  His goal is to help people reach their fitness goals despite the mental roadblocks people may place in front of their way.

In this episode Elliott joins Greg to talk about the difficulties of getting into a new exercise routine, as well as breaking through other barriers that may prevent people with mental health issues from using one of the most natural methods of feeling better through regular, vigorous exercise.

Follow Elliott Online:
Insta @ellrod1
FB - https://www.facebook.com/Ellrod21
Caffeine and Fitness - https://www.facebook.com/Caffeine-and-Fitness-213878577975205

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Posted by Greg
August 5, 2019

Twilight Part 1 of 2

In this episode Mac and Greg take on the unthinkable and force their way through Twilight. Lots of jokes about vampire puking ensues.

To watch along, download the podcast, start up Twilight (we rented it from Amazon) and hit start when we start.  Then you can share in the mocking of this modern day ... um ... classic?

Film: Twilight
Release Date: 2008
Rating: PG-13
Description: The first film in the TWILIGHT franchise. Two hearts, two fates and two worlds - human and vampire - collide when Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) fall in love. 
Watch on Amazon

Click here for part 2

Posted by Greg
August 3, 2019

Childlike

Launch Week

In episode 289 we talk about the excitement (and stress) of launching our new "More Than Mental" and "Watch a Movie with Mac and Greg" podcasts.

Jennifer's Hair and Accepting our Crosses

Next, feedback from co-producer Vanessa leads us to discuss Jennifer's hair and how we should go about accepting the crosses God gives us.

Drinking Game

We propose an Adventures in Imperfect Living drinking game.  What rules would you add? Record a voicemail and send it to us!

Bonus Content: Helping Kids Find Their Path

Our co-producer community members and listeners of SiriusXM ON DEMAND automatically get access to our weekly bonus content!

Posted by Greg
July 30, 2019
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