Welcome To The Pursuing A Balanced Life Podcast!

Pursuing A Balanced Life PodcastPursuing A Balanced Life was originally launched in March of 2006. When it started, I (Cliff Ravenscraft), worked as an independent insurance agent, in a family run insurance agency, and had only been podcasting as a hobby for a few short months. In January 2008, I left my career in insurance, after 11 years, to pursue podcasting as my full-time career.

This podcast has served as an audio journal that has chronicled everything that led to my decision to leave my career in insurance and to start my own online business. This podcast contains the most exhaustive account of all the things that I have learned about building my own business and how I’ve managed to balance all the demands that come along with being an entrepreneur.

I invite you to subscribe and join me as I continue to share all the business and success principles that I learn along the way as well as my pursuit of finding a balance between my focus on my career, my desire to be a great husband and father, my desire to become more physically fit and healthy, and my desire to live a life of faith.

If you like this show, you may also like the Podcast Answer Man or Family From The Heart podcasts. Of course we invite you to please check out the complete list of our podcasts.

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In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I share something that is not easy to share. This week, I received an email from a client who had already spent nearly $2,000 with me and who had already communicated that he had every intention on spending at least another $2,000 with me within the next few weeks.

The subject of this email was to let me know how disappointed he was by that fact that I was not willing to make myself available to answer all of the “quick questions” that he had related to the setup of his podcast.

It’s important to note that I had clearly communicated my limitations on accessibility (or boundaries) before he ever spent a single dollar with me and, also, that he stated that he understood and respected my expressed limitations of availability prior to my May 25th session of Podcasting A to Z.

This email me caused me to evaluate, or even question, the boundaries that I had put in place and communicated to this client. This morning, I took a great deal of time to review every email interaction that I have had with this client since the beginning of this year. Upon my review, I’m confident that I had made the right decision. With that being said, it is very possible that my setting and protecting the boundaries that I have communicated may have cost me a paying customer in this situation. However, if I had this entire situation to do over again, given the same circumstances, I would not have changed any of my responses.

I share this story in spite of the fact that it may seem to negatively reflect on my desire to serve my clients by any means necessary. In fact, for the first six years of my business, I would have done just about anything to make this client happy. However, while not setting and protecting boundaries had served my clients and my business well, it caused me to sacrifice a great deal in the area of time spent with my family and focusing on my own personal fitness and health.

It’s not often when someone pushes back on your boundaries. In fact, most people really do understand and respect them. However, it’s never easy to have a paying customer who communicates that they feel that you have let them down.

If you are interested in hearing the full story, please have a listen to this episode.

 
 
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605 PABL – My Week In Vegas

by Cliff Ravenscraft on April 17, 2015

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In this episode of Pursing A Balanced Life, I share how things went during my week in Las Vegas.

 
 
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In this special episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I share a conversation that I had with my friend, Dr. Clark Gaither (ClarkGaither.com). Dr. Gaither is a board certified family physician who has been in the full time practice of medicine for the past 22 years.

Recently, Dr. Gaither and I had an email conversation about all the medical benefits that come along with all the work that I’ve been putting into my daily, high intensity, aerobic exercise. Since the health benefits of exercise is what motivates me the most, I thought I’d invite Dr. Gaither to share some of what he wrote to me in his email.

Also, in this episode, I share something, for the very first time, that I have been working on behind the scenes. I now have an official, custom, theme song that has been written and produced for the Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast. Special thanks to Todd & Emily Marriott from Gifty Song for the hard work into coming up with the perfect song the communicates the essence of what this podcast is about. If you have any interest in having Todd and Emily create a custom song for you, please consider clicking using my affiliate link at http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/giftysong.

 
 
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603 PABL – A Day With McKenna

by Cliff Ravenscraft on April 2, 2015

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This episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life is a bit unique. For this special episode, I share random bits of full day spent with my youngest daughter, McKenna. Most of our day was spent at the Cincinnati Zoo. Afterward, we had ice cream and I showed her a few places from my early childhood.

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602 PABL – Staying Focused in San Diego

by Cliff Ravenscraft on March 31, 2015

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In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I talk about how I did staying focused on my daily workouts and healthy eating while I was in San Diego for Social Media Marketing World. I also talk about what I’ve accomplished recently in my business that will have long lasting impact on the value of what I offer to my clients/students. Plus much more!

 
 
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601 PABL – Making Great Progress

by Cliff Ravenscraft on March 20, 2015

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In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I talked about the recent Before & In Progress photos that I shared on Facebook. you can view those photos by clicking here.

I share the recent results of my weight in and updated measurements of my waist, neck, belly and chest.

I talk about a recent 9 mile bike ride and my new bike seat.

I talked about my weekend trip to NYC with Meagan.

I also shared details about how I’m trying to get back into my morning routine. I had been thrown out of it as the result of late night strength training sessions.

I also share several other things in this episode that relate to my pursuit of a balanced life.

 
 
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600 PABL – My 600th Audio Journal Update

by Cliff Ravenscraft on March 12, 2015

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I can hardly believe that this is the 600th time that I’ve held a recorder in my hand to share what’s been going on in my life. I started this podcast back on March 16th, 2006 and have been using this show to provide behind the scenes look at my life.

I have shared my journey from when I was podcasting as a hobby, to when I decided to start dreaming about a career focused on podcasting and all the details related to my journey of building my business to the level that it is today.

I’m incredibly thankful those of have been with me since episode 001 and am also thankful for those who have joined me along the way. I hope to be blessed with the opportunity to share another 600+ episodes with you moving forward.

 
 
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599 PABL – First Signs of Warmer Weather

by Cliff Ravenscraft on March 9, 2015

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In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I share what I’ve been up to over the past week.

 
 
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In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I talk about how things have gone during my first week back from vacation. It’s been a pretty good week overall. However, it has been a struggle trying to get my mind back into “work mode.” I also share an update on my health and fitness pursuits.

 
 
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Stephanie and I just returned from a seven day pleasure cruise, aboard the Celebrity Silhouette, with folks from Dan Miller’s 48 Days community. If you have ever been on a cruise before, you know that the culture is one of laying back, relaxing and enjoying entertainment and an unlimited amount of food.

It’s not uncommon for folks to gain as much as one pound per day on a cruise. Most people are prepared for the fact that they are going to gain a few extra pounds during their trip. However, I was determined that I would not only not gain weight while on the cruise, but that I would actually lose weight with my continued commitment to my healthy lifestyle.

In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I share the decisions that I made during my week on the cruise ship as it relates to exercise and food choices. At the end of the episode, I reveal the result from stepping on the scale upon my return.

 
 
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596 PABL – Strength Training Has Begun

by Cliff Ravenscraft on February 13, 2015

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In this week’s episode, I talk about hiring my personal trainer, my first week of strength training and about a few fun family related things.

 
 
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In this week’s episode, I share my excitement regarding the fact that I’ve scheduled my first appointment with my personal trainer and that I’ve officially registered for my upcoming triathlon.

Also, Jason Purse posted a comment on last week’s episode saying, “I’m having a bit of a challenge – my wife and children on not on board with joining me with my behavior modification when it comes to changing the quality of my food intake. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.” I share my thoughts on this in this episode.

 
 
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Don’t let the well meaning, yet unsolicited, advice of others discourage you when you are making such great progress.

They will often tell you what you are doing is great, but how you can do much better by following their advice. Some will tell you what you are doing is wrong and tell you what you should do instead.

Here is some of the most common, yet unsolicited, advice that I have received in the past two months… “Don’t eat eggs, don’t eat wheat, don’t eat sugar, don’t eat fat, don’t eat meat”, etc etc etc. I’m pretty sure that if you were to only juice organic tree bark, you would still have someone telling you that you’re doing it wrong.

Here’s my advice… Start somewhere. Make a lifelong commitment to a single change. As long as you are doing better today than you were before, celebrate that and take it to the next level at your own pace.

 
 
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593 PABL – Putting Yourself First

by Cliff Ravenscraft on January 25, 2015

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I’m excited to report another amazing week in the pursuit of my health and fitness related commitments. In this episode, I talk about recovering from my ribs injury, my recent results on the scale and what I’ve been watching on tv to inspire me further. Also, I included episode 390, in full, into this episode of PABL because I know that what I shared would be 100% of interest to this audience.

 
 
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This week was an absolutely awesome week. I am absolutely thrilled about how my morning routine turned out every single day this week and how that led into many other amazing choices each day.

Here’s the list of topics covered in this episode

  • Two circumstances that normally derail my fitness & health goals, and why they didn’t this time.
  • An update on my morning routine.
  • How my workouts went this week.
  • Why I stopped micro journaling each day.
  • My new scale. – http://gspn.tv/newscale
  • A weigh-in update. – I’m down 19.2 lbs.
  • I ate the same thing for breakfast each day AND LOVED IT!
  • What I’ve been eating for lunch.
  • Signing up for gym membership at LA Fitness.
  • An update on my life without Diet Coke.
  • The goals I have for the number of hours I sleep.
  • The success of working only 40 hours this past week.
  • Patreon support update!
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    In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I share my experiences from my first road trip since November 14th, which is when I made a commitment to exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

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    This was an important experience as these road trips, in the past, had been quite disruptive to my healthy routines in that it can be difficult to fit in workouts. Also, I have a history of eating and drinking all sorts of horrible junk on these long road trips.

    To find out how this trip went, click the play button and have a listen.

     
     
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    590 PABL – The Year of Fitness

    by Cliff Ravenscraft on January 4, 2015

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    In this episode of Pursing A Balance Life, I share that I have come up with my theme for 2015, the Year of Fitness. I also talk about the goals that I have in this new year. I provide an update on how I am doing with my commitment to working out six days a week and staying away from drinking any Diet Coke. All of that and so much more.

    Here is the list of books I said I’d read in 2015:

  • Fully Alive (I recently completed this book)
  • Younger Next Year (I recently completed this book)
  • Essentialism (I am reading this book now)
  • The One Thing
  • Miracle Morning
  • Accept No Mediocre Life
  • The Power of Habit
  • Thou Shall Prosper
  • Necessary Endings
  • Stand And Deliver
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    589 PABL – I’ve Said Goodbye To Diet Coke

    by Cliff Ravenscraft on December 29, 2014

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    In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I talk about how I came to the decision to end my 30+ year addiction to Diet Coke. I also shared how the Christmas break has impacted my morning and work routines. I hope you all had a very Merry Chrsitmas (or other holiday) and that you are all set for a wonderful new year!

     
     
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    588 PABL – Making Positive Changes

    by Cliff Ravenscraft on December 21, 2014

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    I recorded this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life while I was out for what turned into a 7.62 mile walk. It was cold, but the sun was shining. I talked about the joy of spending more time with my family each day, the changes that I recently made to my morning routine and how I’m slowly becoming addicted to daily exercise. I also share some other significant changes that I’m making in my life.

     
     
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    In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I share why I have decided to ditch my fitbit for good and why I’ve decided to fully embrace a heart rate monitor instead.

    There is one thing that I feel that is important to point out. In the episode, I suggested that the book stated that even the strength training workouts should be areobic focused. However, looking at my notes, the book states that rule 1 is to commit to working out six days a week, every week, for the rest of your life. Rule 2 actually states that you should “do serious aerobic exercise four days a week for the rest of your life.” So the stregnth training days are not necessarily focused on being serious aeorobic exercise.

    So, just to be clear, the commitmetn is to work out six days a week and four of those six days should consist of serious aerobic workouts. More detailed information can be found in my posts listed below.

    Links mentioned in this episode:

  • The Mio Alpha Strapless Heart Rate Monitor – http://gspn.tv/mio
  • I didn’t mention it, but here’s my post on chapter 6 of Younger Next Year.
  • My post on the Biology of Exercise (chapter 7 of Younger Next Year)
  • My post about the chapter 8 of Younger Next Year – About the Heart Rate Monitor
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    586 PABL – What Went Down In Florida

    by Cliff Ravenscraft on December 10, 2014

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    In this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I shared what happend during our family’s vacation in Florida and the special surprise that I came home with.

     
     
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    585 PABL – Younger Next Year

    by Cliff Ravenscraft on November 30, 2014

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    Below is a quick overview of what you will find in this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life:

  • The reason for my five mile walk
  • My new laptop/camera backpack – http://gspn.tv/backpack
  • Patreon Information – http://patreon.com/pabl
  • An update on my daily routine – https://dayone.me/13DDzKb
  • Thanksgiving with my family
  • A walk with my mom
  • A second Thanksgiving with friends. -https://dayone.me/13UdzDX
  • A recording mishap
  • The accident
  • What I accidentally recorded.
  • The book Younger Next Year – https://dayone.me/13XvzY
  • Movies with my dad
  • Movie – The Bubble – https://dayone.me/13K8zlK
  • Purchase Fully Alive book at http://gspn.tv/fullyalive
  • Purcahase Younger Next Year book at http://gspn.tv/youngernextyear
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