Life Behind the Highlight Real

Sarah Huffman & William Huffman

Welcome to “Life Behind the Highlight Real," the podcast that takes things beyond the curated life we all see online. Join hosts Sarah & William Huffman as they dive in with their friends to talk about the good and the hard things that come with a real (not perfect) life behind the highlight reel. Tune each week for more in-depth conversations about life behind the highlight reel. Follow us on your favorite podcast platform to make sure you never miss an episode.

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Ep 57: Why Pain is Your Best Motivator: Working Through Life's Obstacles with Jake Luehrs
Feb 27 2023
Ep 57: Why Pain is Your Best Motivator: Working Through Life's Obstacles with Jake Luehrs
Jake Luehrs is in the spotlight this week. Jake is a real estate coach and trainer, and in this episode, he opens up about the challenges he faced in his early life and career.Jake takes us through his struggles with depression and anxiety. He shares how he worked through those challenges and offers some advice for listeners going through similar experiences. "The more I pushed it away, the more intense it got."Jake believes that everyone goes through periods of depression and anxiety at some point in their lives and that letting those feelings work themselves through rather than resisting them is essential."I think the biggest challenge that people have is they feel like they need to do it on their own. And I think that that's where we get ourselves into trouble."Apart from his journey, Jake also talked about his love for sports and how it helped him become more social and make friends. And, of course, his unique story of meeting his wife in college."I try to be just as much a listener as a talker. And I think that's been a big part of my success, both personally and professionally."This episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking inspiration to overcome personal challenges.Chapters: 1:18 Jake's background as a successful real estate professional12:05 What Jake learned about depression21:54 Jake's first job -- delicious. 36:30 The first date with the women who would be his wife47:15 What people saw in him that he didn't see in himself49:54 It's time to just be honest. A lot of people you think are happy, aren't. Connect with Jake: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jakeluehrs/
Ep 55: From Wall Street Journal at 13 to CEO of Minneapolis Area Realtors: The Inspiring Journey of Carrie Chang
Feb 13 2023
Ep 55: From Wall Street Journal at 13 to CEO of Minneapolis Area Realtors: The Inspiring Journey of Carrie Chang
Join us on Life Behind the Highlight Real as we sit down with Carrie Chang, a St. Paul native and CEO of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors. Carrie's journey as an adoptee and her drive to succeed is a fascinating story of determination and resilience. She shares her childhood experiences, including her love for sports, music, and the saxophone, and her passion for reading The Wall Street Journal at age 13. Carrie also opens up about her proudest achievements as the CEO of the Minneapolis Area Realtors, including the team she's built and the impact they've made on the community. This episode is an inspiring and uplifting conversation about leadership, teamwork, and the power of perseverance.Chapters::45 What does Carrie Chang do?1:15 Carrie from South Korea to St. Paul. How did that happen?8:45 Shortcut to knowing your 9's times table9:30 Middle school hits and things change for Carrie. 10:45 Kickin' back with the Wall Street Journal at... 13?21:00 College time... why she didn't apply to the Ivy League and where she ended up going29:30 How sports intertwined in her life34:45 Her first job as a baby sitter. She loved kids...until40:30 Out of college and her first "real" job43:00 It's time to meet her husband53:45 How long she's been at the Minneapolis Area Realtors and what she's most proud ofLearn more about Carrie Chang: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carriejchang/
Ep 54: How a Long-Bearded Bass-Playing High School Dropout Became Minnesota's BBQ Boss! The Journey of Aaron Bourdage
Feb 6 2023
Ep 54: How a Long-Bearded Bass-Playing High School Dropout Became Minnesota's BBQ Boss! The Journey of Aaron Bourdage
Aaron Bourdage is the owner of Northern Fire Grilling and BBQ Supply, a local barbecue shop in Minnetonka. Northern Fire Grilling and BBQ Supply offers everything you need for grilling and barbecue, including meats, seafood, rubs, over 100 sauces, grills, smokers, and heavy equipment for those serious about their grilling. Aaron was born in Duluth, Minnesota, but his family moved around a lot, including Colorado and New Mexico. His father was a Marlboro Man and a pilot and owned a classic car dealership in Farmington, New Mexico. Aaron's house was next to a dirt runway, surrounded by classic cars and airplanes. He spent his childhood riding anything with an engine. Today, Aaron will share the story of his youth, including moving out of the house at 16, moving to Minnesota at 20, touring with his band, and finally meeting the love of his life and opening the BBQ shop. This is definitely part 1 of Aaron's fun story. Chapters:2:58: Aaron was born in Duluth but ended up in Farmington, New Mexico, surrounded by cars and airplanes... cool. 6:08 A shithead in elementary school. 9:05 Why is his life like "Smokey and the Bandit."11:40 Time for some pickin' on the banjo12:38 He switched to bass for the band14:11 Mom used to take us to the gun store21:09 Why college was never in the picture22:00 Why and when did he quit high school32:50 The move back to Minnesota, and the band grows45:42 Time to figure things out after Tracy gets pregnant46:32 Evan was born, and Aaron's world changed. 47:44 How his love for BBQ started and how the shop opened49:47 How he met Missy453:11 How he takes care of his long beard1:03:28 Sarah's favorite device from Aaron's store1:05:19 Aaron's advice for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneurAaron runs Northern Fire Grilling & BBQ Supply. Reach out to them at https://northernfirebbq.com/.
Ep 48: Conquering Addiction and Overcoming Abuse with Payton Barthel
Nov 14 2022
Ep 48: Conquering Addiction and Overcoming Abuse with Payton Barthel
We are hitting on some heavy life topics today with our friend, Payton Barthel. Payton tells her story of abuse, drug addiction, treatment, relapse, and meeting the love of her life. You've already been introduced to Payton's family. In episode 28, we interviewed her mom, Jamie, about teen pregnancy, and her love for Sonic Chili Cheese Dogs. And in episode 2 we interviewed her sister, Jorie. Both interviews can be found here: https://www.lbthr.com/But today, buckle up because Payton is going to take you on quite a ride. 11:48 Smoking and drinking by age 11? 12:47 Tried to kill herself with Benadryl24:05 The story starts to plummet - Abusive relationship and rape. 30:59 Emergency appendix surgery in England introduces opioid addiction. 35:40 Cocaine comes into the picture. 37:56 How she justified her drug use, and her college years. 42:22 The professor noticed. 51:08 The breaking point in college1:02:33 Heading off to treatment1:04:56 Post-treatment - Payton has a treatment boyfriend. The relapse begins. 1:09:37 Paton overdoses again1:15:09 She's either going to die or get clean1:18:22 Back out to Colorado1:29:07 Caleb enters the picture. Perfect timing. 1:37:27 Clean and sober. Has she ever felt the desire to go back?1:43:28 It's been a journey. But she's proud of herself. 1:44:35 What to do if you think you're heading down Payton's path?Catch up on past episodes of Life Behind the Highlight Real: https://www.lbthr.com/