Welcome to The Aro Podcast
Hosted by Joey Odom, Co-Founder of Aro

We talk about screen time and the tension with smartphones, but more than that, we talk about the life that happens once you put down your phone. New episodes drop every week.

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Recent Episodes

Odette Cressler
February 27, 2024
23
 MIN

Welcome back to another episode of Voices of Aro! This month, Aro Co-Founder Joey is joined by Odette Cressler, a wife and mother of two living in San Diego, CA. In this episode, Odette shares her 'aha' moment when she realized her phone was getting in the way of the person she wanted to be. Odette goes on to express her realization about living in a world where we don't yet know the full impacts of phones and technology on us. Despite this uncertainty, she emphasizes the importance of not demonizing technology, recognizing both its positive and negative aspects. We wrap up the episode with some encouragement from Odette for parents in her same stage of parenting when it comes to technology and phones. If you're an Aro member and interested in sharing your own Aro story, please reach out to us at stories@goaro.com. We'd love to hear from you!

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David Robson
February 20, 2024
57
 MIN

This week on The Aro Podcast, Joey is joined by award-winning science writer David Robson to unravel concepts from his book 'The Expectation Effect.' From the placebo effect vs. nocebo effect to the impact of catastrophizing thoughts and the setback effect, David provides insights into how our mindset shapes our lives. Joey draws parallels between 'The Expectation Effect' and the parenting experience, diving into how parents' thoughts and expecatations can impact their children. The conversation moves on to the role of social media in children's brains, exploring both its negative and positive aspects. David also shares a sneak peek of his upcoming book, 'The Laws of Connection,' which sheds light on the importance of social connections and the steps we can take to build better relationships for a more fulfilling life.

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Rachel Cruze
February 13, 2024
50
 MIN

This week on The Aro Podcast, Joey sits down with personal finance expert Rachel Cruze to delve into the emotional landscape of money. Rachel emphasizes that at the core of understanding how we handle our finances is understanding ourselves, diving into how our upbringing and personality shape our financial behaviors. Joey and Rachel explore the emotional ties we have with money and discuss the shifting expectations of needs and wants in today's society. They also dissect the communication dynamics of money within households and unravel the influence of the comparison trap, especially in the age of social media. Rachel shares practical insights on creating a financial plan, incorporating some Ramsey Solutions practices, and offers a glimpse into her new children's book, I'm Glad for What I Have, which she hopes will be just as impactful to parents as it is kids. The conversation wraps up with Rachel sharing her family's approach to managing technology and her experiences with digital detox.

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Doug and Jamie Hehner
February 6, 2024
52
 MIN

Doug and Jamie Hehner, known for meeting and marrying as strangers on season 1 of Lifetime TV’s Married At First Sight, join Aro Co-Founder Joey this week on The Aro Podcast. They open up about overcoming personal obstacles before meeting, with Jamie taking custody of her sister and dealing with her mother's addiction, and Doug sharing his journey through addiction, including a near overdose. Reflecting on their experience on Married at First Sight, they share how it has shaped their ongoing efforts to nurture their marriage. Jamie offers valuable advice for couples facing challenges, emphasizing the potential for stronger love on the other side of the adversity they may be experiencing. The show wraps up with Doug and Joey discussing how the Hehner's are managing phone use and technology in their home.

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Heather MacFadyen
January 30, 2024
54
 MIN

This week on The Aro Podcast, Joey has an insightful conversation with Heather MacFadyen, the host of the widely popular Don't Mom Alone podcast, which has reached over 21 million downloads. Heather shares the story behind her podcast and opens up about her personal journey in motherhood, sharing how she struggled and isolated herself. Heather and Joey navigate the stages of childhood, discussing the isolating feelings mothers may encounter, and Joey poses the question of what practical advice could Heather give to a mom working to build adult friendships. Heather also highlights a profound insight—that a child's resilience is tied to a parent's resilience, which, in turn, depends on the support they receive. With a subtle touch of Christian faith throughout, she highlights the importance of working through internal struggles to be the best version of yourself for your kids.

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Mike Genovese
January 25, 2024
20
 MIN

"Welcome back to another episode of Voices of Aro! This month, Aro Co-Founder Joey is joined by Mike Genovese, a husband of 11 years and father of two. In this episode, Mike shares the two stories he tells his friends when they come over and see his Aro box, both having 'aha' moments where he realized his phone was getting in the way of important things in his life. Mike even makes a statement that 'everything is better with Aro,' and our whole team experienced a pinch-me moment when we heard that! Towards the end of the episode, Mike shares his advice for parents in his same stage of parenting when it comes to technology and phones. If you're an Aro member and interested in sharing your own Aro story, please reach out to us at stories@goaro.com. We'd love to hear from you!"

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Erin Loechner
January 23, 2024
53
 MIN

This week on The Aro Podcast, Joey is joined by Erin Loechner, author of Chasing Slow and Founder of the Opt-Out Family movement. Erin, a former social media influencer with over a million followers, shares her journey in the early days of the influencer industry and explains why she decided to step back from the online world to embrace a slower, more intentional life for her family. Joey and Erin discuss the essence of slow living, and how it allows you to truly be present for and around the people in your life. They also touch on Erin's concept of living a life of margin and Erin offers practical tips on how to build this into daily routines. She also gives a sneak peek into her upcoming book, Opt Out Family, and shares valuable advice for parents looking to slow down or opt-out of a technology-dominated world.

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Dr. Felicia Wu Song
January 16, 2024
57
 MIN

This week on The Aro Podcast, Joey is joined by Dr. Felicia Wu Song, a sociologist who studies the impact of technology on modern life. Felicia challenges the idea of what's "natural" about technology, sparking a conversation with Joey about whether resisting technological changes is worth it. They dive into the generational differences in today's world and the necessity of empathizing with the experiences of younger generations. Felicia even paints a nostalgic picture of life before cellphones, that our kids haven't gotten to experience. The discussion extends to the pressures of constant availability in the digital age and the subtle ways habitual phone-checking shapes our behavior. Felicia shares insights on how technology provides us with a perceived sense of control and hinders our ability to just be present. The episode wraps up with Felicia offering advice on building resilience against the negative impacts of technology, especially for parents looking to shape a healthier tech trajectory for their kids.

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Ryan Tedder
January 9, 2024
48
 MIN

This week on The Aro Podcast, Aro Co-Founder Joey sits down with the incredibly talented Ryan Tedder, the frontman of OneRepublic, and a renowned songwriter and producer who's also a long-time friend of Joey's. In this episode, Ryan takes us on a journey from his early piano lessons to sneaking into the piano room in college. He shares pivotal moments that shaped his musical career, including the challenges OneRepublic faced and how they used MySpace to rebound after being dropped by their record label. Ryan and Joey discuss how his parents supported his passions, and Ryan offers insights into how he is nurturing his children's passions today. They also dive into why Ryan decided to invest in Aro and explore his approach to technology within his family, including the boundaries they've set.

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Ron Clark
January 2, 2024
60
 MIN

This week on The Aro Podcast, we’re honored to have Ron Clark, known as “America’s Educator,” share insights from his teaching journey and the evolution of Ron Clark Academy. Ron dives into his unique philosophy of bringing learning to life, sharing what sets RCA apart from traditional education. Joey and Ron discuss the delicate balance between overscheduling and challenging kids, exploring what parents might be doing right or wrong in this tug-of-war. Their conversation also touches on the impact of technology on children’s behavior inside and outside the classroom, with Ron offering practical advice for parents. Ron shares wisdom on nurturing kids’ self-esteem with intentionality rather than generic praise and gives a sneak peek into the future of Ron Clark Academy. Don’t miss Ron’s parting advice for parents, offering a simple yet powerful way to make a positive impact on their children.

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Justin Whitmel Earley
December 26, 2023
50
 MIN

We're bringing back one of our top episodes from The Aro Podcast this year, featuring our dear friend, Justin Whitmel Earley. In this episode, Justin and Joey dive into the powerful influence of habits, emphasizing how our individual habits not only shape us but profoundly impact our children—a theme explored in Justin's book, Habits of the Household. Justin also shares insights from his latest book, Made for People: Why We Drift Into Loneliness and How to Fight for a Life of Friendship, emphasizing the significance of prioritizing friendships in adulthood. Don't miss the chance to revisit one of our most popular episodes of the year!

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Megan Lewin
December 21, 2023
21
 MIN

Welcome back to another episode of Voices of Aro! This month, Aro Co-Founder Joey is joined by Megan Lewin, a wife, homeschool mom of four, and Aro Ambassador! In this episode, Megan gives us a glimpse into her life and family, sharing her a-ha moment when she realized her phone was affecting her connections with her kids. She and Joey discuss how she discovered Aro and how it has become an integral part of her family's culture. Megan even shares sweet stories of her kids noticing their mom and dad being present with them! If you're an Aro member and interested in sharing your own Aro story, please reach out to us at stories@goaro.com. We'd love to hear from you!

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Mistye Wilson
December 19, 2023
49
 MIN

'I wish my husband knew' is back on The Aro Podcast with Aro Co-Founder Joey and Mistye Wilson! This week Mistye introduces a topic that many moms can relate to: the significance of time away. Mistye candidly shares her perspective on how, as a mom, it's easy to feel like your identity is solely tied to being a parent. She discusses why women may struggle to prioritize their needs and Joey seeks advice for ways husbands can encourage and support their wives in taking time for themselves. Their conversation touches on the value of meaningful getaways for moms, daily rhythms as mini getaways, and the reality of mom guilt. Mistye also shares a reassuring message for young moms and emphasizes the importance of dads stepping up to stay with the kids when mom takes a break. Make sure to tune into one of our favorite series on The Aro Podcast!

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Mathew Blades
December 12, 2023
63
 MIN

In this week's episode, Aro Co-Founder Joey sits down with Mathew Blades, former award-winning radio host and creator of the Learn From People Who Lived It podcast. Mathew opens up about his battle with panic attacks at the peak of his career and how it affected his relationship with his wife. He and Joey discuss the significance of addressing trauma, especially experiences from childhood, through inner child work. Mathew shares how doing this personal work has made a big difference in how he shows up as a father and husband. You'll gain valuable strategies and tools from Mathew on how to navigate and heal from trauma, including the importance of settling the mind and trusting your instincts when something feels off. Tune in for an authentic and insightful discussion on mental health and self-awareness.

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Seán Killingsworth
December 5, 2023
53
 MIN

In this episode of The Aro Podcast, Aro Co-Founder Joey is joined by 20-year-old Seán Killingsworth, the Founder of the Reconnect Movement. Seán talks about why he started the movement, aiming to create in-person communities that counteract the overwhelming influence of social media on our connections. He shares his experiences of noticing, during high school and college, that many kids spent a lot of time on their phones, impacting how they interacted with each other. These experiences led Seán to the realization that kids are growing up in a social 'wasteland,' lacking real connections due to technology. Joey and Seán also discuss how technology is changing the way young people experience dating. Join the conversation for critical insights into what kids are experiencing and how parents can help change this narrative

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Mistye Wilson
November 28, 2023
53
 MIN

We're so excited to introduce another new series on The Aro Podcast that we hope you love as much as we do! Every month, Mistye Wilson, wife of Aro Co-Founder Heath and longtime friend of Aro Co-Founder Joey, will join the podcast to delve into various topics, offering insights into what wives sometimes wish their husbands knew. Here's the twist: Joey will be in the dark about the discussion until they hit the record button. We hope these episodes empower listeners to bring up challenging topics with their spouses or share these episodes when words may be hard to find. If there's a topic you'd like Joey and Mistye to explore, don't hesitate to send us a direct message on Instagram! This week's episode focuses on the significance of eye contact. Mistye dives into how the absence of eye contact from a spouse can trigger feelings of rejection. Joey asks Mistye how a husband can tell when his wife wants eye contact and when it may not be necessary in a conversation. They also discuss the game-changing act of putting away your phone when spending quality time with your spouse. Mistye and Joey even touch on the importance of eye contact for young children. Stay tuned until the end of the episode when Mistye shares a practice that all our listeners can try with their spouses.

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Gayle Cheatham
November 21, 2023
46
 MIN

In this week's episode, we dive into a crucial conversation with Gayle Cheatham, Co-Founder of Look Up Nonprofit. Gayle shares the story behind Look Up, and their mission to empower families to look up from their digital devices and truly connect with the world around them. She and Joey explore the common pressures parents face when contemplating giving their child a phone, shedding light on the addictive nature of these devices and the potential negative impact on children, especially young children. Their discussion even touches on the loss of real-life interactions for kids due to the nature of the screen's role in today's environment. Gayle even draws a striking parallel between the effects of smartphones and the early days of the tobacco industry. She also offers valuable insights for parents considering a phone for their child, emphasizing the importance of aligning with your spouse on tech boundaries and modeling healthy habits. Tune in for a thought-provoking conversation that may have you deciding to hold off on getting your child a phone for the holidays.

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Annie Grassi
November 16, 2023
23
 MIN

Voices of Aro is back with Annie Grassi, a wife, mom of two, mindfulness coach, podcast host, and Aro Ambassador! In this month's episode, Annie opens up to Joey about her experiences with feelings of resentment towards her kids, which she realized stemmed from times she was on her phone. She shares how she used to blame the lack of 'time' for her unfinished tasks, and on the flip side, how having Aro helped her recognize the time she actually has. Annie also provides valuable advice for parents on navigating the challenges of smartphones in their homes, emphasizing the importance of truly noticing your kids. If you're a member and interested in sharing your own Aro story, please reach out to us at stories@goaro.com. We'd love to hear from you!

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Ginny Yurich
November 14, 2023
58
 MIN

Ginny Yurich, the founder of 1000 Hours Outside, joins Aro Co-founder Joey on this week's episode of The Aro Podcast. During their conversation, Ginny shares the story behind the 1000 Hours Outside movement and why it's crucial to be intentional about ensuring your children spend time outdoors, including the profound benefits of extended outdoor play on kids' development and why deep play is so vital. Joey also asks Ginny about her upcoming book, 'Until the Streetlights Come On,' and delves into the changing landscape of play over the last 30 years. Ginny shares the science of what happens in kids' brains during free play and the downside of overscheduling. She also highlights the startling contrast between the time kids spend outside versus on screens and the underestimated value of boredom for both children and adults. Their discussion even touches on child prodigies and how the pressures of college acceptance are impacting not only kids but parents as well.

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Mark Miller
November 7, 2023
55
 MIN

In this week's episode, Aro Cofounder Joey is joined by Mark Miller, former Vice President of High-Performance Leadership at Chick-fil-A to talk all things company culture. He and Joey unpack the significance of the culture within an organization and why it holds more weight within a company than most may realize. Mark shares his insights into the definition of culture and the true essence of leadership, emphasizing that it's not limited to executive titles. You're going to receive practical tips and strategies from Mark on how leaders can cultivate and amplify their desired company culture. And for all of our parents out there, Mark and Joey even explore how these principles can extend beyond the workplace and enrich your family culture. You don't want to miss this one!

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Bill Brady
October 31, 2023
54
 MIN

This week on The Aro Podcast, host Joey Odom sits down with Bill Brady, father of 5 and CEO of Troomi Wireless, a mobile phone company designed for children. With a deep understanding of the challenges faced by families in the realm of kids and technology, Bill shares his passion for addressing the effects of tech on our society. In this episode, he and Joey discuss the prevalent feelings of overwhelm and confusion experienced by parents raising their kids in this digital age. They explore important questions like the right age for introducing phones to kids and the right reasons for doing so. Joey and Bill also emphasize the significance of intentional parenting when it comes to fostering a healthy relationship with technology for children and why parents simply can’t afford to be lazy about it. Don’t miss out on this episode where intentionality meets technology, helping families navigate the complexities of raising kids in a digital world.

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Becca Daniel
October 26, 2023
21
 MIN

We're super excited to introduce Voices of Aro to you! Voices of Aro was created through incredible stories the Aro team would hear from members that we wanted to shout from the rooftops. Once a month, Aro cofounder Joey will sit down with a member of the Aro community, who will share their personal stories about the "aha" moment when they realized their phone was getting in the way of their relationships, the challenges of smartphones within families, how they use Aro at home, and more. In our very first episode, we have Becca Daniel as our guest. Becca is a wife, a homeschool mom of four, and an Aro Ambassador! Joey and Becca have a deep-dive conversation about Becca's journey to becoming an Aro member, how her family incorporates Aro into their daily routines, and the amazing things she has observed since they started creating space from their phones. So, be sure to tune in to Becca's episode and mark your calendar for the last Thursday of each month to hear from Aro members all across the United States! If you're a member and interested in sharing your own Aro story, don't hesitate to reach out to stories@goaro.com. We'd love to hear from you!

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David Thomas and Sissy Goff
October 24, 2023
47
 MIN

In this week’s episode of The Aro Podcast, therapists David Thomas and Sissy Goff join Aro Co-founder, Joey. With over three decades of experience at Daystar Counseling Ministries, David and Sissy have dedicated their lives to helping families through their counseling, books, podcast, and speaking engagements. During the episode, they delve into the immense amount of pressure children face in today’s world, and how technology can exacerbate that anxiety and pressure. They also explore the crucial role of available and present parents as predictors of a child’s learning. David and Sissy provide valuable insights on identifying anxiety symptoms specific to boys and girls, emphasizing that girls are twice as likely to deal with anxiety, but boys are more likely to be taken in to get help. They also touch on topics from Sissy’s new book Worry-Free Parenting, including the concept that anxious parents will often produce anxious children. This trio's conversation offers practical help and hope to families navigating the challenges of modern parenting.

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Shawn Johnson and Andrew East
October 17, 2023
80
 MIN

This week we have the incredible Shawn Johnson and Andrew East join us to talk about intentionality with your spouse, parenting, and friendship. They share their journey of navigating the unique challenges and rewards that come with having an online presence, both as individuals and as a family. This experience led them to create Family Made, a media network and community centered around the joys and realities of family life. Throughout the episode, Joey sparks some entertaining games that put Shawn and Andrew's knowledge of each other to the test. Beyond the games, this episode is packed with valuable insights. Learn from Shawn, Andrew, and Joey as they discuss the importance of regular relationship check-ins for spouses, the significance of individualized parenting for each child's growth, and the secrets to maintaining meaningful friendships in adulthood.

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Titania Jordan
October 10, 2023
54
 MIN

Join Aro co-founder, Joey Odom, this week as he sits down with Titania Jordan, the Chief Parent Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Bark Technologies, an internet safety solution. They dive right into the trials and tribulations faced by kids growing up in a digital world, especially shedding light on the mental health effects that many young women face in the "comparison trap." Titania also shares how Bark can help parents protect their kids in our technology-dominated world. In addition to discussing screen time, Joey poses the tough question of when it's the right time to give a child a smartphone. Their conversation also bravely tackles the topic of kids' exposure to pornography, offering valuable insights and guidance. This episode is sure to deepen your understanding of navigating the digital landscape as a parent and creating a safe environment for your children.

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Rod Richard
October 3, 2023
55
 MIN

On this week’s episode of The Aro Podcast, Joey is joined by Rod Richard - a father, coach, and entrepreneur. Rod, a life and mindset coach, is dedicated to helping men become the best versions of themselves. He and Joey discuss the four pillars for fit fatherhood: faith, family, finance, and fitness. Rod shares his personal journey of becoming a dad, opening up about the challenges he faced and the uncertainty he experienced in defining his role as a father. Through his own story, Rod offers valuable insights and guidance for dads who may be navigating similar challenges. This episode is a must-listen for all fathers looking to make a positive impact in their families and lead fulfilling lives.

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Jay Kim
September 26, 2023
37
 MIN

Get ready for an insightful episode of The Aro Podcast as we welcome Jay Kim - an author, pastor, podcast co-host, and dedicated dad. Jay and Joey discuss the challenges of navigating the digital world with your children as Jay opens up about his goal of helping his kids develop a healthy balance and appetite for things beyond technology. He emphasizes the importance of scheduled time away from screens, allowing intentional connections with others. Jay shares his wisdom and offers valuable insights on how to foster meaningful relationships in the midst of a digital age. This episode is a must-listen for parents who are navigating the challenges of incorporating technology into their children's lives, offering valuable insights and guidance to help find a balanced approach.

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Dexter Sullivan
September 19, 2023
49
 MIN

We have a powerful episode of The Aro Podcast this week with guest Dexter Sullivan - the founder of Dexter Sullivan Enterprises, chair of the Black Legacy Advancement Coalition, and Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Allyship at Lambert & Co. Joey and Dexter engage in a heartfelt conversation about Dexter's mission to make a meaningful impact on people's lives through connection, love, and community. As an advocate for various communities, Dexter has had countless conversations that have shaped his understanding of the world. He emphasizes the vital importance of unity and learning from others, even when engaging in conversations about topics where disagreement exists. This episode will empower you to make a positive difference in your own community, harnessing the transformative power of love, friendship, and empathy.

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September 12, 2023
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In this week's episode of The Aro Podcast, we have Tony Di Giacomo, Founder of Novella Prep on as a special guest to talk all things back to school. With Tony's extensive experience in admissions, teaching, and research, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Tony and Joey discuss how parents can instill responsibility in their children and create routines that will shape their habits throughout high school. Tony also shares valuable insights on navigating the different academic transitions from elementary to middle school and then to high school. And don't miss out on their discussion about college applications and selection, where Tony offers guidance and shines a light on the often-overlooked benefits of standardized testing. Joey and Tony also tackle the topic of the ideal level of parental involvement in their child's academics. Plus, Tony shares some invaluable advice for families gearing up for the back-to-school season. From establishing effective routines to managing digital habits, this episode is packed with practical insights to set your children up for a successful school year.

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Jackie Brewster
September 5, 2023
48
 MIN

We're diving into the fascinating world of the Enneagram with Jackie Brewster on this week's episode of The Aro Podcast. Jackie, an Enneagram expert, will enlighten us on how understanding your spouse's Enneagram type can transform your relationship. Whether you're already an Enneagram enthusiast or completely new to it, this episode will leave you craving to learn everything there is to know. Jackie shares personal stories about her own journey with her husband, revealing how learning each other's personality types led to a deeper understanding of their behaviors and motivations. You'll be captivated by Jackie's insights and inspired to explore this valuable tool for self-discovery and connection. Don't miss out on this conversation that will leave you eager to read Jackie’s book The Enneagram and Your Marriage.

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Tom Kersting
August 29, 2023
62
 MIN

On this week’s episode of The Aro Podcast, we welcome Tom Kersting - an author, educator, family counselor, and licensed psychotherapist. Join us as Tom shares his unique insights into the changes he witnessed as a public high school counselor when children started using smartphones and how technology has impacted our brains. Joey and Tom explore practical strategies for parents to raise children in the digital age. Tom offers advice and guidance to help parents and kids achieve mental freedom and develop healthy habits in their relationship with technology. His wealth of knowledge will allow parents to gain valuable parenting techniques that will empower them to raise resilient and balanced teenagers. Don't miss this opportunity to navigate the complexities of the digital world with confidence and create a healthy environment for your family.

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Justin Forsett
August 22, 2023
46
 MIN

Justin Forsett - former NFL running back, successful entrepreneur, and co-founder of Hustle Clean, joins us this week on The Aro Podcast to talk about family, football, and success. Justin shares his inspiring personal journey, from humble beginnings living in a motel to the pinnacle of professional football and his entrepreneurial success. In this engaging conversation, Justin and Joey dive into the role of faith in Justin's life, discussing how it provided stability during some of his toughest moments. Justin offers his insightful perspective on greatness as he challenges the notion of compartmentalizing success and emphasizes the importance of excelling in all areas of life, not just one. Listen in as Justin opens up about his experiences and offers valuable wisdom for pursuing greatness while maintaining balance and integrity. This episode will motivate you to strive for excellence in every aspect of your life, grounded in faith and resilience.

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Justin Whitmel Earley
August 15, 2023
59
 MIN

We're super excited to welcome Justin Whitmel Earley back to The Aro Podcast for his second appearance. In this episode, Justin and Joey delve into the themes of his latest book, "Made for People: Why We Drift Into Loneliness and How to Fight for a Life of Friendship." They have a candid conversation about the art of building and maintaining meaningful friendships, the power of habits that nurture a friendship-focused lifestyle, and the significance of covenant friendship. Both Justin and Joey share their personal stories of friendship, emphasizing the role of vulnerability as the foundation of genuine connections. Justin even offers his perspective on what defines a good friend and provides insights on fostering a culture of seeking authentic friendships from a young age. This episode is true gold, and if you enjoy it, you'll find even more to love in Justin's new book.

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Christian Bevere
August 8, 2023
50
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This week on The Aro Podcast, we welcome Christian Bevere - an author, podcast host of "Dear Future Husband," wife, and mother. Join Joey and Christian as they dive into her upcoming book, "Break Up With What Broke You," set to release on August 15th. Christian shares her passion for writing and dedication to empowering the younger generation of women. She even shares the personal experiences that influenced her journey and led her to write this impactful book. While Christian and Joey are in two different stages of parenting, they are able to discuss the importance of modeling love in front of their kids. Joey believes Christian's upcoming book holds immense value for all parents with young daughters. Listen in to gain a greater sneak peek of her upcoming book and inspiration to stop letting your past define you.

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Nir Eyal
August 1, 2023
47
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Get ready to dive into the intriguing topic of attention and distraction on this week's episode of The Aro Podcast with special guest Nir Eyal, renowned author and expert in the psychology of technology and business. Nir challenges the notion of our attention being hijacked and instead explores the idea that we willingly give it away. He and Joey discuss the importance of fighting distraction and making intentional choices about how we spend our time. Nir introduces the concept of traction versus distraction, emphasizing the need to identify what truly distracts us. He also shares his insightful three life domains framework, highlighting the significance of yourself, your relationships, and your work. Make sure to tune into this episode as it will leave you with valuable insights and inspiration to regain control of your attention.

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Josh Straub
July 25, 2023
49
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Join us on this week's episode of The Aro Podcast as we bring you an incredible guest, the renowned Dr. Josh Struab - an inspirational speaker, author of three books, and podcast host. In this captivating conversation, Josh and Joey talk about the true meaning of being "famous at home." Josh opens up about the common challenge of not knowing how to effectively lead our families. He offers solutions such as changing the posture of your parenting rather than solely relying on parenting techniques to create emotional safety for your family in your home. Discover how changing our approach and focusing on building genuine connections can truly make a difference in family dynamics. You'll leave with a refreshed perspective and a strong desire to cultivate a "famous at home" environment where love, understanding, and emotional well-being flourish.

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Adam Tarnow
July 18, 2023
61
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On this week’s episode of the Aro Podcast, we welcome Adam Tarnow, a respected leadership and professional development consultant, podcast host, and author. In this conversation, Adam shares valuable insights on how to shift your mindset while working in the middle management of an organization, which he refers to as “the valley.” Adam provides practical strategies to navigate the complex dynamics of reporting to both superiors and subordinates. He emphasizes the importance of a mindset shift, which includes viewing oneself as a leader rather than just a manager, embracing personal agency, and recognizing that key skills are rooted in relationships, not transactions. Prepare to be inspired by Adam’s wealth of knowledge derived from his leadership consulting, personal experiences, and his book, "The Edge."

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Manda Carpenter
July 11, 2023
57
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On this week’s episode of The Aro Podcast, we welcome the incredible Manda Carpenter. Manda is an author, podcast host, teacher, advocate, speaker, and dedicated mother on a mission to create a longer table. Join us as Manda opens up about her personal stories and the powerful impact she strives to make in the lives of the vulnerable. Through her everyday life, she advocates for redemption and empowers those in need. You'll be captivated by her experiences and how her perspective was transformed through her journey of discovering that everything she thought she knew could be changed by embracing curiosity and getting close to the stories of others. Don't miss this heartfelt conversation that will inspire you to make a difference in your own life and the lives of those around you.

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Blake Canterbury
July 6, 2023
54
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This week's episode of The Aro Podcast is all about leveraging technology for good, with our special guest, Blake Canterbury, founder of Purposity. In this episode, Blake shares the inspiration and story behind Purposity and how his company uses the habit loop to foster generosity and bridge the gap between those in need and those who can help. Blake also provides valuable insights on poverty, emphasizing the importance of raising awareness of it and sharing how he instills this awareness within his own family. Additionally, he opens up about his personal approach to phone usage around his kids, emphasizing the significance of being fully present when spending time with them. Tune in to this episode for a refreshing perspective on using technology for social good and creating meaningful connections in our communities.

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Clay Scroggins
June 27, 2023
39
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Join us on this week's episode of The Aro Podcast as we welcome special guest Clay Scroggins, a highly regarded pastor, keynote speaker, and author of three impactful leadership books. In this insightful conversation, Clay and Joey dive into the common struggle of feeling inadequate and disqualified to lead, offering valuable insights to overcome these challenges. Through Clay's wealth of knowledge and wisdom in the realm of leadership, you'll gain a fresh perspective on your own abilities and potential and will leave this podcast feeling empowered and equipped to lead with confidence.

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Nicole Zasowski
June 20, 2023
52
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This week we have a heartfelt conversation with Nicole Zasowski, licensed marriage and family therapist, speaker, and author. Nicole shares valuable insights on parenting and celebrating our children for who they are, emphasizing the importance of timing and expanding our opportunities for celebration. We also delve into the topic of joy and vulnerability, exploring why we sometimes shield ourselves from experiencing joy and the power of embracing it fully. Nicole opens up about her latest book, "What if It's Wonderful," and offers advice on embracing our pain instead of avoiding it. This conversation is authentic, inspiring, and will be sure to touch your heart.

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Ben Foster
June 13, 2023
70
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This week on The Aro Podcast, we take a break from our usual topics and dive into the ins and outs of startups and the world of product-driven companies with our special guest, Ben Foster. As an advisor to Aro and the co-founder of Prodify, Ben brings a wealth of insights and experiences from his work with top tech companies. This episode is a must-listen for business leaders and entrepreneurs, as Ben and Joey discuss behind-the-scenes details of the business side of Aro and how their paths crossed. Ben opens up about his career journey, including his time at Whoop, and the inspiration behind his book, Build What Matters, which unveils his methodology for building a product-driven company. Prepare to be inspired as Ben shares his disciplines for goal achievement, and don't miss his powerful statement on the value of time as a precious commodity.

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Jamie Ivey
June 6, 2023
69
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Join Joey and special guest Jamie Ivey, host of The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey podcast and author, for a captivating and insightful conversation on this week's episode of The Aro Podcast. Jamie opens up about her personal journey, reflecting on how her experiences during her late teens to early 20s have shaped her into who she is today, highlighting the power of redemption. Together, she and Joey dive deep into the joys and challenges of parenting, exploring how these experiences can profoundly shape our personal growth and how we navigate our roles as parents. In particular, they delve into the importance of having meaningful and open conversations with our children about sex, offering valuable insights and practical advice for both boys and girls. Jamie's perspective and wisdom on this sensitive topic are truly enlightening. Throughout the episode, Jamie's vulnerability shines through as we explore how she authentically connects with her large audience. Her genuine and relatable approach leaves a lasting impact, making this episode a must-listen for anyone seeking valuable wisdom and inspiration.

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Paul Angone
May 30, 2023
49
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This week on The Aro Podcast, Joey sits down with Paul Angone, a sought-after national keynote speaker and best-selling author. They delve into Paul's latest book, Listen to Your Day, which explores how we're losing the battle for our own attention due to the allure of technology and social media. They discuss the inspiration behind the book, and how to turn the mundane into magic. The conversation covers how what you pay attention to is what you become and ultimately, how paying attention to our purpose is worth the effort. Tune in to join the conversation between these fast friends and learn about the importance of listening to your day!

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Jamie Taylor
May 23, 2023
58
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Join us on this episode of the podcast as we chat with Jamie Taylor, the Founder of the I Am Mom Summit and cofounder of the Family Is Awards. Jamie shares her purpose behind the I Am Mom Summit, the power of having tools in your back pocket, and the importance of finding your people. Joey and Jamie also delve into tech habits, discussing how it's not just a struggle for kids but also for parents. Tune in to hear Jamie's insights and overarching goal as a mom, and be inspired by her passion surrounding mother's influences positively impacting the next generation of leaders, mothers, and fathers.

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Chris Powell
May 16, 2023
65
 MIN

Get ready for a heartwarming, deep, and inspiring episode with our guest Chris Powell, transformation specialist and host of the hit TV show "Extreme Weight Loss." Chris joins Joey for a rich conversation about his life journey, including his struggles with addiction, and how he found his calling in fitness transformation. Chris also opens up about his past mental health struggles, divorce, a rough patch in his relationship with his kids, and how he has overcome them to be in a great place in life. Plus, he shares the incredible story behind his latest project, Move One Million, a nonprofit that brings movement and mindfulness to people all over the world. Tune in to this episode of the podcast to learn, and lean in with Chris and Joey as they explore all aspects of transformation, from physical to mental to social health. You won't want to miss it, and make sure to check out The I Needed That podcast on 5/22 to check out Aro cofounder, Joey as a guest.

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Scott Hamilton
May 9, 2023
51
 MIN

Join us for an inspiring episode of the podcast with special guest, Scott Hamilton. Scott is a legendary figure skater, Olympic gold medalist, cancer survivor, and founder of the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation. In this episode, Scott shares his remarkable life story - from a life altering diagnosis as a child to becoming an Olympic gold medalist, to then becoming a cancer survivor and turning into an activist. Scott also speaks about being a serial optimist, finding the silver lining in all things, and how we should live in the present as if it's the only time we have. Tune in for this powerful conversation between Scott and Joey.

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Rebekah Lyons
May 2, 2023
40
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On this week's episode of The Aro Podcast, Joey sits down with Rebekah Lyons, a national speaker, podcast host, and bestselling author. Rebekah's latest book, "Building a Resilient Life: How Adversity Awakens Strength, Hope, and Meaning," is set to release nationwide today, May 2, 2023! In their conversation, Rebekah shares the inspiration behind her new book and the importance of having a community to rely on during hardships. She also emphasizes the value of not running away from pain, but instead, running toward it. Rebekah even shares her five rules for building a resilient life and unpacks the meaning behind each one. You don't want to miss this inspiring conversation with Rebekah Lyons.

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Jeanne Stevens
April 25, 2023
58
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Get ready for a great conversation on this week's episode of The Aro Podcast! Joey sits down with the inspiring Jeanne Stevens, one of the lead pastors of Soul City Church in Chicago's vibrant West Loop neighborhood. As a sought-after speaker, leader, and author, Jeanne shares her secrets to success, including how James Clear's "Atomic Habits" inspired her. Joey and Jeanne also explore the power of gratitude, the importance of living in the present moment, and how to combat negative emotions like blame, shame, guilt, and worry. Plus, don't miss hearing about Jeanne's latest book, "What's Here Now?" which quickly became a bestseller after its release in May 2022.

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Andrew Stanley
April 18, 2023
50
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Join us on The Aro Podcast this week as we sit down with stand-up comedian Andrew Stanley! Andrew and Joey discuss his journey from pursuing a corporate career to making the bold decision to follow his passion for comedy. Andrew candidly shares how his personal experiences and upbringing have influenced his unique comedic style, offering listeners an inside look at the mind of a successful comedian. He also talks about what it was like to pursue a career in comedy as the son of a well-known pastor. With a great story and valuable insights, this episode is a great listen.

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Dr. Maxi Heitmayer
April 11, 2023
68
 MIN

In this week's episode of The Aro Podcast, Joey sits down with Dr. Maxi Heitmayer, an expert in smart device and technology use, a lecturer at the University of the Arts London, and a teaching fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Joey and Maxi dive deep into our relationship with our devices, particularly our phones, and explore why we're so tethered to them. Maxi shares fascinating insights on how we interact with our devices and how this influences our decision-making processes, particularly regarding the use of our time and direction of attention. He also shares some hopeful insights into why we don't necessarily have an addiction to our phones, but rather a set of bad habits that we can change over time. You don't want to miss the valuable, science-backed, insights about our phone use in this episode!

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Nicole Unice
April 4, 2023
60
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In this week's episode of The Aro Podcast, Joey talks with Nicole Unice, a coach, communicator, and author who brings 20 years of leadership, pastoral, and counseling experience to her work. Nicole's honest and relatable approach to speaking and coaching resonates with audiences in both faith and leadership environments. During the episode, Nicole shares insights on why change is challenging but achievable, and how adults often need more help with change than they realize. She also explores the three common areas where humans tend to get stuck and offers practical tips on overcoming them. Whether you're looking for personal growth advice or want to gain a unique perspective from Nicole, this episode is a must-listen.

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David Pollack
March 28, 2023
82
 MIN

Get ready for an inspiring episode of The Aro Podcast featuring David Pollack, a former NFL linebacker turned College GameDay Analyst, who is also an intentional husband and father. In this episode, David shares his personal story of how a career-ending injury ultimately led him to where he is today. He also opens up about his parenting philosophy and the importance of supporting your children on their personal journeys without controlling them. David has a wealth of wisdom to share, and his insights on parenting are both practical and motivating. Don't miss out on this conversation where you can gain valuable takeaways from David's story and perspective!

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Daymond John
March 21, 2023
27
 MIN

Join us this week on The Aro Podcast as we chat with the legendary Daymond John, CEO and founder of FUBU, star on ABC’s Shark Tank, and former Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. Daymond has accomplished so much in his career, but nothing compares to his role as a father. He's also a New York Times bestselling author, and his first children's book, Little Daymond Learns to Earn, releases today - March 21st! Daymond shares with us the inspiration behind the book and how it's not just for kids, but for the whole family to enjoy and learn from.

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Kellie Henry
March 14, 2023
48
 MIN

Kellie Henry is a digital creator who's most known for creating family-friendly content on Tik Tok with her husband and four kids. She takes us on their journey of amassing over 700,000 followers on Tik Tok while still balancing their relationship with social media and phones. Kellie's story is not just about fame and followers, but also about the challenges she's faced in her personal life. She opens up about a difficult time in her marriage when she and her husband considered divorce, and how they were able to work through it. This conversation is raw, real, and highly relatable. Whether you're a content creator yourself, a fan of Kellie's work, or just someone interested in hearing about navigating the ups and downs of life and social media, this episode is for you.

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Justin Whitmel Earley
February 28, 2023
49
 MIN

Justin brings a wealth of knowledge to our conversation and dives deep into modeling good habits in front of your kids, as well as prioritizing friendships. We even had the opportunity to discuss his upcoming book Made for People: Why We Drift Into Loneliness and How to Fight for a Life of Friendship, which is all about why human connection is so important and how friendships can shape our lives in incredible ways.

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Micah Folsom
February 14, 2023
58
 MIN

Micah Folsom does it all! She runs multiple successful businesses, hosts the Do Your Crap podcast, raises cattle alongside her husband, and homeschools her 5 children - all while being an intentional wife and mom. She’s a huge believer that women can live multi-passionate lives and still honor their family values. She talks about why it’s important to give your kids the best of you, not the rest of you, and that each of your heart tugs is paving the way for you to live out your fullest potential.

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Tanner Clark
January 31, 2023
29
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Tanner Clark is a motivational speaker who believes that teens really can live their best life and reach their potential. Our conversation dives into his message of hope that, even though teenagers are facing difficult challenges, whether anxiety, depression, or feelings of comparison, they can overcome them by finding their “one second of strength.” Tanner also talks practically about the opportunity parents have to show their kids how much they love them by being fully present without the distraction of their phones. Drawing on his experience speaking to thousands and also as a Dad at home, he offers an inspiring challenge for parents and a hopeful message to kids.

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Joey Odom
January 17, 2023
2
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Welcome to the Aro Podcast hosted by Joey Odom, co-founder of Aro. This podcast is going to be a series of conversations with people who strive to live intentionally. We all know that as wonderful as our phones are, they're the single greatest sources of distraction in our lives. We talk about screen time and the tension with smartphones, but more than that, we talk about the life that happens once you put down your phone.

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Meet Joey —

Joey Odom is the co-founder of Aro, a natural storyteller, and a dynamic leader known for his ability to inspire and foster deep connections with others. His own experience with technology as a husband and dad led Joey to help create Aro. Now, Joey’s ultimate goal is to help people change their lives by changing their relationship with technology.

Prior to co-founding Aro alongside Heath Wilson, Joey was a partner and multi-billion dollar producer at national real estate firm, Stan Johnson Co. Joey has been married to his wife Cristin for 18 years and is a proud dad of two teens with cell phones – and yes, they are both avid Aro users.

Joey Odom - Co-Founder of Aro and Host of the Aro Podcast
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Joey Odom

Co-Founder, Aro