Taking it for Granted

Taking it for Granted

Happiness...What is it and how do you find it? How can you find happiness through the tougher times in your life? Grant Smith talks to people from all walks of life on their happiness, and where it comes from.

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May 18, 2022 57 min
Dylan Chambers is a musician trying to bring funk and soul back to the mainstream. Through songs like "Some Kind of Happy" and "You Gotta Respect Yourself!," Dylan combines powerful lyrics with innovative guitar riffs that will get your mind thinking and your feet moving. His journey through life as a musician, the good and the bad, has shaped him into the frontman he was born to be. To learn more about Dylan and hi...
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Father Mike Tess returns to the TIFG podcast to discuss living a joy-filled life, burdens versus blessings, and making the most of your time with the people you cherish. He is a preacher, a teacher, and a coach, but above all else, a bright light in this world. To learn more about Father Mike, check out his previous episode of the podcast!
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Christopher Maher is a former Navy Seal, studied Musician, Holistic Coach, and Author of the book "Free for Life." Christopher has unlocked a way to live life to the fullest with True Body Intelligence, but it wasn't before doing a lot of work on himself. He resolved past trauma, pushed his limits, and studied endlessly to find permanent solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems. To learn more about Christopher and...
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April 27, 2022 60 min
Jay Lee is a Police Officer in Colorado who is also an instructor with multiple educational certificates. He has been on the force for over 20 years, and believes that relationships with his fellow officers, and the people of the community, is what is most important in the line of duty. Jay discusses how things have changed since he first started, and issues facing police officers today.
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Michelle Zellner is a Health and Happiness Strategist and Founder of Better Beings. Through her own journey of self care and growth, she realized that we all have struggles, but if we are equipped with the right tools, we can make the struggles our successes. This led her to founding Better Beings and helping countless others on their journeys, and now hosting the Be A Better Being Podcast. To learn more about Michelle, check out h...
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Scotty Landes is a screenwriter, producer, and co-host of the Bananas podcast with Kurt Braunohler. He wrote the hit movie "Ma," and has written on numerous television shows such as "Workaholics." Scotty lives life to the fullest, whether it be flying a chicken up in a hot air ballon, or jet skiing across America, but he understands the value of the people he has surrounded himself with, and that is what means the m...
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Georgie Corkery is a Queer Ecofeminist and host of the Long Hair Do Care podcast. She is currently a grad student at Utah State University pursuing a degree in natural resources, with a focus on the environment and society. Georgie has many passions and hobbies and tries to be as active as possible in standing up for what she believes in. From hunting to LGBTQ rights, she helps spread awareness for all kinds of causes. To learn mor...
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Jay Martin is an independent security consultant that has seen more of life than most could dream of. Jay was active duty as a Marine for six years where he specialized as an embassy security guard, has multiple degrees, and is prepared for about every situation life can throw at you. He has a curious mind that always keeps him learning and engaged ,no matter what he may be involved in, whether it is building out a mine in Africa, ...
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Zen Cryar DeBrucke is the founder of Smart Soul Academy and teaches you how to follow your internal guidance system. Through early childhood trauma, a million dollar tech company collapsing, and years and years of research, Zen has decoded an easy way for everyone to tap into their IGS. She has hope that by reaching as many people as possible through her work, we can find our way back into symbiosis with nature and each other. To l...
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Kimberly Irwin, @DenverSheWrote, is an influencer who promotes numerous businesses, restaurants, and events to the city of Denver and state of Colorado. She has built a following being her authentic self, giving people an inside look as to what they may experience frequenting the same restaurant or using the same product. While this takes up a large amount of her time, Kimberly does have a day job, formerly in healthcare, but n...
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Brad Williams, better known as Dragon Redbeard, has had more ups and downs in his life than you care to count, but no matter what gets thrown his way, Dragon keeps coming out on the other side smiling and happy. Whether it be a bank robbing ex-wife or working 80 hours a week to support two kids at the age of 20, he knows the value of always showing up. After being furloughed during the pandemic, Dragon decided to take a bad situati...
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Brandon Painter founded Nowhere Coffee Co to find an escape from the corporate world and start living life on his terms again. After spending a decade clocking in for numerous high level jobs in the world of advertising and design, Brandon knew it was time for a change, and he got to work on his mobile coffee shop air stream "Ramblin' Rose." After a few years of hard work, Nowhere Coffee is in business, and Brandon is a...
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John Furniss, better known as The Blind Woodsman on TikTok and Instagram, has inspired countless people through his work, but it hasn't been an easy road to get where he is now. Surviving suicide, battling drug use, and overcoming loss of sight and smell are all hurdles John has overcome in his life. While he doesn't wish to relive those experiences, they taught him many valuable lessons that have made him into the man he i...
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February 16, 2022 74 min
Aawaz Pokhrel is a PhD student in Physics at Georgia Tech, and quite the philosopher. With a deep thirst of knowledge on all things life, Aawaz is constantly searching for answers, but is also very mindful of being present. Whether it be playing guitar, listening to John Prine, or cooking dinner for his friends, he enjoys the little moments of happiness in his life. It's safe to say that after immigrating from Nepal, Aawaz has ...
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February 9, 2022 59 min
Warren Wood is the Co-Founder of Elevated Seltzer, the nation's first independent seltzery, located in Olde Town Arvada. While he has found success, and his business ventures continue to grow, the most important parts of life for Warren continue to be his friends and family. Experiences from traveling to a state a month, skiing the Dolomites, and hiking to hidden gems, he certainly knows how to live life elevated, but his passi...
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February 2, 2022 69 min
Lillian So is a Life Coach, Holistic Healer, Fitness Instructor, and Author of "So Empowered." She has turned her passion into her career, and as her passions in life have changed, her career has pivoted as well. Lillian started very successfully in the fitness world at a young age, but learned that she wasn't happy in a lot of other aspects of her life; so that became her mission. Now through her work with she is able ...
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Matthew Birch is a musician and the founder of the band Our Violet Room. The band was recently a finalist in Hometown for the Holidays, a local music competition hosted by radio station KTCL, 93.3 in Denver. Even though a "long haul" battle with COVID slowed Matthew down recently, he is skyrocketing through the music industry. His music has been used in multiple tv shows, and Our Violet Room has a new album coming out this ...
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Therese Rocca is a Senior Account Executive at iHeartMedia, but lives such an interesting life outside of her 9-5. She is an expert travel hacker who has been to 27 countries and counting. Therese has found out what is important to her in life, and a big part of that is seeing amazing places with amazing people. Now she is helping others live out their travel dreams too. To learn more about Therese and her work check out www.ultima...
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Colin O'Brien went viral this past year for his website datecolinobrien.com, but that is just part of who he is. When he isn't looking for his someone special, Colin produces many events from concerts to film festivals, puts together extravagant Christmas parties, or decides to run a marathon. While he is trying to navigate finding love in this new world of dating apps, Colin decided to set himself apart, and man did it wo...
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January 5, 2022 71 min
We celebrate a year of the podcast by welcoming back the very first guest, AJ Smith. He is a former Marine, a recovering drug addict nearing five years of sobriety, and the Safety Coordinator for Thompson Construction Group. AJ gives us an update on the past year of his life, and his mindset heading into a new year.
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