By the MRG Podcast Team

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“I practice gratitude every single day. I am super grateful for my life. But 10 years ago, I was in a world of pain.” 

Jem Fuller

Jem Fuller has lived a colorful, global life—from barefoot backpacker to corporate leader, fire-dancer and traditional tattooist, kindergarten teacher to motorcycle courier, masseuse and reflexology to labourer and travel consultant. Now his time is as partner and father, coach, facilitator and retreat leader. Jem, who lives on a sheep farm in Australia with his partner Talia, is the author of the recently published book, The Art of Conscious Communication for Thoughtful Men, and can be seen delivering his TEDx talk on YouTube.

Jem Fuller

Jem recently found a groove with running, which he acknowledged felt “arduous” initially. “I used to force myself to do it for the exercise. Then, for the ‘feel-good’ afterwards… and only recently — I’m 50 — with some new high-quality runners, I’m actually starting to enjoy the run itself! I never thought I would say that.”

Heather’s conversation with Jem follows a few life updates from her — she shares reflections from this year’s 40th anniversary of the Bayshore Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K over Memorial Day weekend, thoughts on her IRONMAN 70.3 Michigan in September, a girls trip to Grand Rapids, what she’s reading right now, and more.

Alex, running the 10K at this year’s 40th anniversary Bayshore races in Traverse City, Mich.
Emma and Heather (and Winnie!) on their road trip to Grand Rapids

Heather and Jem talk about searching—and finding—ease and flow in life. It’s been a long and interesting journey for Jem, and he shares honestly and with vulnerability how the path has unfolded for him so far, to include his “midlife awakening.” They talk about:

  • What it means to take a ‘red-hot crack’ at finding your best life (Heather tells Jem she’s going to have to start using this awesome Aussie phrase)
  • Radical self-acceptance of the past and present 
  • Abundance as a mindset
  • Connection with and immersion in nature
  • Energy as a life force, cross-cultural connection
  • Quality of relationships:

“I believe that relationships are at the core of our quality of life—the quality of your relationships directly correlates to the quality of your life. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, or how big your house is … you know, none of that matters. If your relationships aren’t great, your experiences in life aren’t great.”

Jem Fuller

For more (including mentions/links during the episode):

Connect with Jemhttps://jemfuller.com 

Follow and connect with Heather:

www.michiganrunnergirl.com  

@michiganrunnergirl on Instagram

@michiganrunnergirl on Instagram

Facebook.com/michigan-runner-girl

Heather@michiganrunnergirl.com 

Listen to this episode of the Michigan Runner Girl Show by clicking on the player at the top of this post, or listen and subscribe through your favorite podcast app, such as Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and others. We also love to hear from you — please leave a review, or drop us a note and let us know what you think about this episode and what else you’d like to hear on the show!

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