This was a really fun podcast episode to record. I drove down to Dallas a couple of weeks ago to spend a couple of hours with Innovation 360’s Executive Director Kevin Gilliland, and Director of Marketing Lauren Barnett. I first came across the work of Innovation 360 when I met up with Lauren and another colleague over coffee one morning. And in the last 3 years I have been continually impressed not only with Lauren and Kevin, but the whole team at Innovation 360. I love their all encompassing approach to mental health, which involves caring for the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual lives of those they come alongside of.
Not only our Kevin and Lauren involved in mental health, but they are avid triathletes. And when I say avid, I mean Lauren is professionally sponsored, and not only won first place in her first half-Ironman, but she has been on the podium ever since. And Kevin competes regularly in triathlons, completing two Ironman races. These two are people who strive to take care of themselves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, and because of that, not only do they thrive as a person, but their relationships and work thrive as well.
In this podcast we had a great time talking about a lot of things, but some of the main conversations center around:
- turning insight into change
- striving for balance in our lives
- the importance of relationships to help us grow
- the need for “guides” in our lives to help us get to where we want to go
- their personal stories of how they got involved in triathlons and how it has helped challenge them to grow
- what to do if you find yourself “stuck” in life
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Resources Discussed in the Episode:
Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown, who is the founder of the National Institute of Play. Check out Brown’s TED talk below.
Connect with Lauren and Kevin