38: Dan Misener - On Telling the Stories of our Past

Dan Misener – creator of the podcast and live event, “Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids” – talks with me about the power of sharing the stories from our past. If you haven’t had a chance to hear GRTTWaK, it’s well worth the listen! It made me laugh – it made me cry – and it made me think. And why is that? Well, as Dan says – the past informs the now. Sharing it – and hearing it. 

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Show highlights

In this episode Dan and I talk about:

  • The inspiration for creating the live event of GRTTWaK... which started with a middle school journal.  (Aurgh, those journals!  They hold the secrets to life.)
  • His favorite moments from the live events... it includes more middle school fun.
  • How they prepare these amateur "performers" for this live event
  • The brutal truth that comes out in this content, thanks to the filterless world of a journal
  • How the funny only lightly covers up the sad, and that sometimes the best stories have both emotions
  • The value of reflecting on who we were in helping us steer who we are now.
  • The book Yearning for Yesterday - about the value of reflecting on our past
  • Story. It's basically everything.

[Tweet "So much of [our #stories] feel distant. But that's good! It's proof that we can change." @Misener from @GRTTWaK on @ThisMovedMe"]

This Moved Me Moments:


Dan discovered the amazing and nearly infamous original Brené Brown TED Talk from several years ago. Dan was impressed by the way in which she spoke (aside from the meaning and impact of her topic). [It's one of my favorites, ever; along with millions of other people.]

If you haven't seen it yet - it's worth the 20 minutes to watch, I promise!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCvmsMzlF7o]


If you've been keeping up with me and my Dad's journey with Guillain-Barré Syndrome. He came home recently (yay!) - and through this continued journey, I'm amazed by his determination and strength. Case in point, he's taken over our family's gardening blog, The Cabin Garden, which has been very motivating for him. I'm so moved by his willingness to tackle this new venture - and his focus and determination to get better.

If you're a gardener - or if  you're interested in learning more about his adventures with Guillain-Barré Syndrome - he shares gardening tips, my mom shares her recipes from the garden, and you can see inside the fun and frolic of this amazing family cabin.


Thanks, Dan!  Can't wait to perform at the Fitz with the whole GRTRWaK crew!

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THANKS for all of your support and enthusiasm for this little podcast... I truly appreciate it!

Let's keep this conversation going:

Dan and I talked about our past stories, and how they can inform the now.  But I think as speakers we also use our stories to help illuminate universal ideas from our SHARED past. What do you think? Do you use your past stories to help people NOW? 

Dive in and let us know on Twitter, tagging @ThisMovedMe and @GRTTWaK.  We'd love to hear what you think!

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