Diary of a Bald Man

Allen Woffard

A podcast for those burning old bridges, developing the perfect chicken and dumpling recipe, racing through life at the speed of dark, and making changes they never thought possible. It's for the underdogs who love to bark, and have to put their tooth in to bite. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/allen-woffard/support read less
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Episodes

Joseph Jenkins: From Struggle to Strength
Jan 10 2024
Joseph Jenkins: From Struggle to Strength
Welcome to another episode of "Diary of a Bald Man," where we dive deep into the personal stories and experiences of individuals overcoming life's challenges. In today's episode, we have a captivating conversation with our special guest, writer, comedian, and influencer extraordinaire Joseph Jenkins. Here is  a man who has battled through addiction, served in the Air Force, and now aspires to help others in their journey to recovery. Joseph opens up about his struggles with substance abuse, his determination to succeed in his recovery, and his passion for assisting veterans in similar situations. Alongside the poignant moments, we delve into lighthearted topics, sharing stories about favorite foods, military experiences, and even a discussion about stand-up comedy. Join us as we uncover the inspiring journey of Joseph Jenkins, from his early life in Maryland to serving in the Air Force, all while navigating the complexities of addiction and self-discovery. This is an episode filled with candid conversations, personal reflections, and moments of humor that truly encapsulate the resilience of the human spirit. Tune in to hear Joseph's journey and the experiences that have shaped him into the remarkable individual he is today.   See Joe at - https://www.tiktok.com/@just_joe_is_fine --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/allen-woffard/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/allen-woffard/support
Finding Purpose After Service: Transitioning to Civilian Life with Aaron Sullivan
Oct 1 2023
Finding Purpose After Service: Transitioning to Civilian Life with Aaron Sullivan
Welcome back to another episode of Diary of a Bald Man! In today's episode, titled "Finding Purpose After Service: Transitioning to Civilian Life with Aaron Sullivan," we have an incredibly special guest joining us: Aaron Sullivan, a retired member of the United States Army. We will be diving deep into Aaron's experiences in the military and his transition into civilian life. We will begin by discussing how Aaron fell in love with the aviation community and the unexpected path that led him to a career in aviation safety. We will also explore Aaron's time spent in Germany and the sense of community he found in rural farming communities. But it does not stop there! We will also take a closer look at the challenges veterans face when transitioning into the civilian workforce, and the resources available to help them along the way. We will touch on the importance of planning and communication during this transition, and the fears and obstacles that veterans often encounter. Additionally, we will delve into the impact of military training on Aaron's current role as a safety consultant, and the unique skills that he brings to the table. We will also hear about the speaker's own experiences with injuries and burnout, and the decision to step away from their current role for a period of recovery. And finally, we will explore the speaker's fascination with diverse cultures and history, sparked by their travels during their time in the military. From unusual foods to secret language skills, we will uncover some fascinating and entertaining stories. So, sit back, relax, and join us as we delve into the world of Aaron and his incredible journey. [00:00:39] Gratitude to listeners for show's global reach. [00:04:07] Suggest vegan-friendly attraction in your location. [00:06:41] Aaron is a good dude who makes amazing coffee in the woods. [00:10:15] Remote place, noticed army offered job security. Chose army aviation, fell in love with Blackhawks. Wanted to be maintainer, crew chief, pilot. Applied for warrant officer. [00:15:49] Germany: rural communities, intense sense of community [00:19:38] English books taught cultural diversity, fond memories. [00:22:43] Shoulder issues, burnout, need time off. [00:24:40] Unit's risk mitigations and different missions loved. Experienced mentors Bobby Garcia and Alex Drewen. Opportunity to learn and qualify for promotion. [00:27:29] Enjoying aviation, falling in love, 20 years. [00:32:29] Military preparedness for civilian reintegration analyzed. [00:34:06] Transition program offers various helpful courses. [00:39:17] Support for veterans transitioning into civilian life. [00:40:53] Vet centers across US help veterans with hardships. [00:45:46] Facial hair aids in hiring veterans. [00:49:04] Follow-up show for veterans; reach out for insight [00:51:07] "Don't think you're a failure, find new direction" --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/allen-woffard/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/allen-woffard/support
Finding Purpose in the Chaos: Everything Happens for a Reason in a First Responder's Journey
Aug 16 2023
Finding Purpose in the Chaos: Everything Happens for a Reason in a First Responder's Journey
Welcome back to another episode of "Diary of a Bald Man," where we delve deep into the experiences and stories of fascinating individuals from all levels of society. Today we have an incredibly special guest joining us. Ofc. Julie Joyce has had a remarkable career in law enforcement, with a journey filled with complications  and challenges that have shaped her perspective on mental health and crisis intervention. From struggling to get her son accurately diagnosed with ADHD and bipolar disorder to being a member of  a counterterrorism unit, she has faced numerous challenges and emerged stronger and more compassionate than ever. In today's episode, we will explore Ofc. Julie Joyce's path to law enforcement, her experiences working in distinct roles within the field, and her passion for training and educating others in crisis intervention. We will also delve into the deeply personal side of her story, as she opens about her own experiences with mental illness and how they have shaped her views on empathy and compassion. Get ready for an insightful and thought-provoking conversation as we dive deep into the world of law enforcement, mental health, and the power of understanding and connection. So, grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and let us jump right into our conversation with Ofc. Julie Joyce.   00:00:00 Retired law enforcement guest joins podcast today. 00:05:23 I love Italian beef, pizza, and local restaurants. 00:07:50 Went to test, got unexpected offer. 00:13:41 CIT training essential for mental health crisis. 00:16:15 Funny encounter with agitated woman, knife incident. Summary: Lieutenant and sergeant encounter agitated woman with knife. Escort her to hospital with family's involvement. 00:19:57 Long story of communication and redemption ends well. 00:26:10 Parallel parking is a distinct skill needed in cities. Communication and adaptability are key for first responders. 00:28:23 Lessons learned from riots and communication gaps. 00:30:55 "People filming tragedy is insensitive and shocking." 00:36:57 Social media reprogramming, CIT training dissemination. 00:38:27 Certifications are important for CIT training. 00:42:14 Long journey to proper diagnosis and treatment. 00:45:55 Podcast on various platforms, contact via email. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/allen-woffard/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/allen-woffard/support
One Brain Cell at a Time
Aug 1 2023
One Brain Cell at a Time
Welcome back to Diary of a Bald Man, the podcast where we delve into the highs and lows of life, one brain cell at a time. In today's episode, "One Brain Cell at a Time," we explore the importance of taking breaks, enjoying quality family time, and finding balance amidst the chaos of our fast-paced world.We begin by discussing the joys of cooking together with your spouse and how it can create meaningful bonding moments. We also address the detrimental effects of constantly being connected to work and the need to give our full attention to those we love or the tasks at hand.But it's not all about family and personal time. We also dive into the world of social media and influencers, sharing our thoughts on the dangers of excessive consumerism and the impact of sales tactics. We discuss the role of sponsors, or lack thereof, in our podcast journey, and tease an upcoming show that delves deeper into this intriguing topic.Throughout the episode, we express our gratitude to our incredible listeners for their unwavering support and understanding during our recent hiatus. We share the challenges we faced, such as family health matters, and express appreciation for the individuals who extended a helping hand during those trying times.As always, we remind our listeners that the views and opinions expressed on this podcast are personal and do not represent professional advice. We encourage everyone to seek appropriate counsel before making any significant life changes or decisions.So sit back, relax, and join us as we navigate through the hurdles of life, one brain cell at a time, right here on Diary of a Bald Man. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/allen-woffard/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/allen-woffard/support