Introducing The Aro Podcast
Join Joey Odom as he sits down with successful people who strive to live intentionally. 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.
Episode 32: Intentionality in the digital age: The importance of scheduled time away from screens with Jay Kim
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.
Episode 31: Intentionality in community: Making an impact through conversations committed to learning from each other with Dexter Sullivan
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.
Episode 30: Intentionality with back-to-school: How better tech habits result in better grades with Dr. Tony Di Giacomo, Founder of Novella Prep
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.
Episode 29: Intentionality with your spouse: Bringing grace, compassion, and understanding into your marriage using the Enneagram with Jackie Brewster
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.
Episode 28: Intentionality in parenting: Helping your children form a positive relationship with technology with psychotherapist Tom Kersting
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.
Episode 27: Intentionality in balancing success: Justin Forsett's journey of faith, family, football, and entrepreneurship
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.
Episode 26: Intentionality in relationships: how to fight for a life of friendship with Justin Whitmel Earley
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.
Episode 25: Intentionality with your daughter: how to help her navigate emotions, temptations, and realities of life with Christian Bevere
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.
Episode 24: Intentionality in the digital age: how to navigate distraction with Nir Eyal
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.
Episode 23: Intentionality as a parent: creating emotional safety in your home by the posture of your parenting with Dr. Josh Straub
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.
Episode 22: Intentionality in the workplace: how to navigate being in the valley of an organization with Adam Tarnow
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."
Episode 21: How curiosity and proximity will change everything you thought you knew with Manda Carpenter
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.
Episode 20: Leveraging technology for good with Blake Canterbury, Founder of Purposity
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.
Episode 19: Leading when you're not in charge with Clay Scroggins
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.
Episode 18: How to help your kids celebrate who they are with Nicole Zasowski
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.
Episode 17: For the entrepreneurs: how to build what matters with Ben Foster
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.
Episode 16: Jamie Ivey on experiencing heartache in parenting
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.
Episode 15: Why we must fight to pay attention with Paul Angone
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!
Episode 14: How a mother's influence shapes the next generation with Jamie Taylor
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.
Episode 13: The Power of Transformation with Chris Powell, Host of 'Extreme Weight Loss'
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.
Episode 12: Scott Hamilton on serial optimism and finding hope in life's challenges
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.
Episode 11: Rebekah Lyons shares the five rules for building a resilient life
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.
Episode 10: The importance of presence, and focusing on living in the now instead of the not yet with Jeanne Stevens
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.
Episode 9: Andrew Stanley on how his upbringing shaped his comedy career
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.
Episode 8: The science behind why we're "addicted" to our phones with Dr. Maxi Heitmayer
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!
Episode 7: Nicole Unice on how to get unstuck and experience growth in adulthood
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.
Episode 6: David Pollack on supporting your kids' journey, not controlling it
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!
Episode 5: Daymond John on teaching kids financial literacy with his new children's book
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.
Episode 4: Kellie Henry shares her 5 tips for managing family tech
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.
Episode 3: Justin Whitmel Earley on how we become our habits and our kids become us
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.
Episode 2: Micah Folsom on how to give the best of you, not the rest of you
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.
Episode 1: Tanner Clark on finding your one second of strength
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.
Trailer: Introducing The Aro Podcast
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.
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.