98. Joe Hawley – The Ultimate Guide to Freedom 101

In this episode, Joe and Lance talk about the challenges of playing in the NFL, navigating crossroads in his life, and finally pursuing his new found happiness on the road.

Joe Hawley is the creator of @manvandogblog.com, a blog where he shares his travel experiences on the road in his van and his loving 2 year old companion named Freedom. The goal of his blog is to make a positive impact on this world by inspiring people to go after what they want in life. Before he became a travel blogger, he was a successful NFL player where he played 5 years the Atlanta Falcons and 3 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


  • [00:05:54] Reevaluating priorities, career versus health and transitioning
  • [00:10:03] The gruel truth and grit behind being a professional athlete
  • [00:20:56] Starting van life and finding one’s purpose
  • [00:26:25] Benefits of social media detox
  • [00:30:32] How to connect back to nature
  • [00:35:08] Meditation 101
  • [00:39:45] The universal truth and spirituality
  • [00:42:53] How to start eating healthy
  • [00:54:25] Turning negativity to opportunity


Joe answered ; “If something bad happens reframe it as an opportunity.”

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