I’m excited to share with you today’s episode. Not just because it’s the first episode I’ve posted this year, but also because it features my dear friend Greg Faxon.
Greg and I first met at a summer camp for adults in upstate New York. We actually didn’t talk much that weekend (listen to the podcast to hear why) but there was something about him that made him stand out from the other 250 attendees there.
Greg’s ‘unofficial’ bio from his website sums him up well:
Before becoming a professional coach, I helped Fortune 500 companies nail their market research and strategy. I studied the psychology of emotions at Wesleyan University and took an improv class at the University of Otago in New Zealand. I crawled under barbed wire and carried 80-pound sandbags up a ski slope to become a nationally ranked Spartan Racer. I had tea with a Buddhist monk in the Himalayas of Bhutan, then fought off hypothermia and altitude sickness in a tent while trapped in a snow storm. During high school, I became a Prep All-American wrestler after going 0-2 at the tournament as a freshman. In college, I made a rap music video in American Sign Language that was featured on the Huffington Post and then faced brutal criticism from the Deaf community. I made it through a long-distance relationship for three years with my girlfriend Emma, joined her in DC, then agreed to move into an old farmhouse in West Virginia with her to start The Riverside Project. I’ve gone sky-diving, bungee jumping, and I’ve almost drowned in a Costa Rican riptide. But the scariest (and bravest) thing I’ve done so far is put myself and my work out into the world with total transparency so that other people can do the same.
In our chat that was recorded in October last year, we talk about moving house having both recently made major moves at the time. We talk about letting ourselves feel emotions and when it’s appropriate to give long hugs. I like to give everyone long hugs, Greg shares why that might no always be the best thing.
We also touch on working from home and being apart from people we care about, not just our significant others but our good friends too. Greg shares some great tactics for dealing with this.
Here are Greg’s details along with some links to other things that come up.
- Holla at Greg on Facebook
- Read his writings and wisdom sharings at GregFaxon.com
- Greg’s old Gfoodie Tumblr
- Portlandia Work From Home Skit
- Chris and Katie and Heroes Journey