The Resilient Life

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By: Ryan Manion

There are few guarantees in life, but facing adversity is one of them. In a podcast hosted by Ryan, leaders from various professions and walks of life discuss how personal and career struggles have shaped who they are as people and how they respond to trials moving forward. With all guests, Ryan’s goal is to focus on sharing lessons that listeners can use to face adversity more effectively and turn their challenges into opportunities for growth.

From Combat Boots to Content Creation: Evan Slaughter’s Remarkable Journey
#80
04/02/2024

Army veteran Evan Slaughter's journey is one of both valor and vulnerability. His service in the Army led to being awarded the Purple Heart, yet it left him grappling with opioid addiction.

After becoming sober, content creation emerged as Evan's refuge—a way to express his creativity, channel his energy, and document how he's rebuilding his physical and mental well-being through fitness with a lens of humor.

At the intersection of comedy and fitness, Evan has found a way to heal, grow, and give back. His story serves as a testament to resilience, reminding us th...


The Grief Journey - Part 2 with Mary Katharine Ham
#79
03/19/2024

In this special collection of episodes, Ryan Manion, CEO of Travis Manion Foundation, explores her deep journey with grief over the last 16 years and how grief has transformed her life. Through her own personal experiences with grief, Ryan is sharing her lessons learned to help others on their grief journey. If you are struggling with grief, supporting someone in grief, or simply learning about grief, this is for you. 

In Part 2, Ryan sits down with Mary Katharine Ham, journalist, author, speaker, and podcaster. Mary Katharine discusses the loss of her husband, actionable tips for supporting those in g...


The Grief Journey - Part 1
#78
03/05/2024

In this special collection of episodes, Ryan Manion, CEO of Travis Manion Foundation, explores her deep journey with grief over the last 16 years and how grief has transformed her life. Through her own personal experiences with grief, Ryan is sharing her lessons learned to help others on their grief journey. If you are struggling with grief, supporting someone in grief, or simply learning about grief, this is for you. 

In Part 1, Ryan shares her story and dives into her "knock at the door" - the day she found out her brother, 1stLt Travis Manion USMC, had been k...


Kenny Reds & Rasheed Bailey: Turning the Past Into Motivation and Mentorship
#77
01/30/2024

Professional trainer Kenny Reds, and NFL/CFL pro athlete Rasheed Bailey sit down with TMF CEO Ryan Manion and discuss growing up in Philadelphia, how sports changed their lives, and how they are using their stories to motivate and mentor youth and young athletes. 

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Lane Johnson: All-Pro NFL Tackle on Grit, the Game & Gold Star Families
#76
01/06/2024

Lane Johnson, Offensive Tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles and 2023 Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee, sits down with TMF CEO Ryan Manion and opens up about what it takes to compete both on and off the field, how he supports his mental health in the face of anxiety, and how he’s showing up for Gold Star and surviving families across the nation. 

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Kara Smith - Bringing the American Legacy of Ranching to Your Family’s Table
#75
12/12/2023

Kara Smith, a 5th generation rancher and steward of her family’s land in Eastern Colorado, felt stuck in the corporate wheel of food production and marketing. Now, she’s breaking the mold, and answering the Travis Manion Foundation call of “If Not Me, Then Who….” As the owner of Colorado Craft Beef, she’s on a mission to help Americans reconnect with our nation’s land and where our food comes from, and to provide a path for better beef straight to your family’s dinner table.

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Brian Steorts: Fueling Patriotism and Purpose through Flags of Valor
#74
11/21/2023

Brian Steorts spent his military career as an Army paratrooper and an Air Force pilot. After 8 combat deployments and a service-related injury, he found himself searching for a way to heal, and a way to cope with the longing for the American flag on his shoulder once again. He started creating handcrafted American flags in his garage and founded Flags of Valor to spread the same patriotism he felt across the nation. 

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Brian “Tosh” Chontosh - Fixing Your “Check Engine” Light
#73
11/07/2023

Brian “Tosh” Chontosh has led many lives - a career Marine and Navy Cross recipient, a veteran who knows what it’s like to struggle as a civilian and live with his “check engine” light on. Now, he’s leveraging his vulnerability and lessons learned to mentor other veterans and help them heal. 

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General David Petraeus: Reflections on Service and The State of Our Nation
#72
10/17/2023

Leaning into lessons learned from the Iraq Surge. Reflecting on the current state of our nation. Celebrating our veterans and supporting them after they take off the uniform.

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From One Warzone to Another: Veteran Fights the Opioid Epidemic and Builds Path to Recovery in His Hometown
#71
09/26/2023

Facing the warzone of the opioid epidemic in rural America. Reclaiming his hometown of Portsmouth, Ohio. Forging a sustainable path to recovery through fitness.

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