Craig Brain

Episode 28 - The Opposite Sex (A Lesson Learned During A Private Massage In A Hotel Bedroom)

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By Craig Gross

Craig Brain is not your brain or my brain, but neither must unity be predicated upon uniformity, and this is an invitation for you to take a peek inside the gross (pun intended), squishy alien matter inside of Craig’s Brain.

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Episode 33 – How We Love (On Identifying & Breaking Patterns)
Every adult, to one degree or another, functions from negative patterns that were ingrained in them during childhood. To break free from those patterns - to establish new, healthy ways of being - we first need to identify what they are. In other words: we're diving headfirst into the deep end. If you've made it this far into the Craig Brain journey with me, then you've likely gathered how much of an investment I make in self-discovery. Personality tests. The DISC. The Enneagram. Myers-Briggs. Kolbe. Etc. I love tools. I've dedicated much of my life to learning how to wield the ones I've managed to get my hands on and to create usable tools for others to use, as well.
October 15, 2019
Episode 32 - My Vows (And Our Victories)
One night, my wife and I were talking about what we should do for our twentieth wedding anniversary.    We decided it'd be fun (and far funnier) to throw a massive celebration for our nineteenth, instead. Who the hell throws a random nineteenth wedding anniversary party?   We had a blast. We invited all of our closest friends to meet us for a few days in Las Vegas, Nevada, told them we'd be hosting a costume contest, and offered the winner $1,000 in one-dollar bills, which we presented to them at dinner, crumpled up inside of an old briefcase.
October 8, 2019
Episode 31 – Sexpectations (Get Some)
I'll start here: I was a virgin when I married Jeanette. She wasn't. Given the "purity-ring" idealism I'd been raised with and the resulting expectations about the way life "should happen," I almost allowed that reality to ruin our dating relationship before we said I do. How many people are in the same boat, struggling with what should be in the face of reality? Are you going to talk about it? Are you going to sweep it under the rug? Are you going to separate in disgust or open yourself up to understanding and forgiveness, and move forward?
October 1, 2019
Episode 30 – I Only Have Eyes for You (& Your Penis)
Beyond our situation, what we’ve learned through our work at XXXchurch is that wives, in general, have a difficult time believing that they live up to the women their husbands see every day – on the street, on a billboard, watching porn. The comparisons eat away at a woman’s confidence because at the end of the day, she wants to be the subject of her husband’s visual fantasy, and it crushes her to see him looking elsewhere for what she is designed to give.
September 24, 2019
Episode 29 – Tics (& Trials & Parenting Through Pain)
In 2014, I wrote the following email to a woman at the Tourette Association of America. -- To Whom It May Concern, First, though I am writing this letter to you today, I would ask that you do not share the following story publicly. At least for the time being. Last week, I wrote a friend of mine – a renowned storyteller and videographer – with the idea that my wife Jeanette and I have been considering: sharing our son’s story. And, inevitably, our story. As parents, painful as it is to admit, we didn’t do this right. You’ll see what I mean in the ensuing pages. In conclusion to this story, I have attached a brief write up as penned by Nolan, detailing his experience. The combination of our narratives should give you a clear picture of what the past few years have been like. We haven’t shared this story with anyone. Given Nolan’s current acting and modeling career, we’ve been cautious. We don’t want to ruin his shot at growth within the industry he loves. How, then, can we share our experience in such a way that it doesn’t come across as crippling, but rather: empowering? At this point in our journey, it is finally becoming the latter, but the road has been long and lonely. Only a few people know about what I’m here to share, which I would assume is similar to many of the stories you hear. Read more at
September 17, 2019
Episode 28 - The Opposite Sex (A Lesson Learned During A Private Massage In A Hotel Bedroom)
Hotel properties, in my opinion, have the best spas, and especially in tourist-trap cities like Vegas. Jeanette and I enjoy the Aria and the Palazzo, and of course, the Cosmo was where my "official" Spa Day encounter with the Lord took place a few years back.   Anyway, this time around, Jeanette and I decided to try out a new place. We each scheduled appointments for a massage and a facial at the resort we were already at, but when we arrived, the desk clerk informed us that they'd accidentally overbooked their beds. They had a space for Jeanette but asked me if I would be willing to take my session in our hotel room, instead.   I obliged. The next thing I know, my wife's off in her spa-world, and I'm stripped down to nothing but a pair of boxers and a bathrobe, following an attractive young woman back across the hotel grounds to a room that isn't mine. I felt uncomfortable and all-too-aware of myself and my surroundings, massage table ready and music playing lightly into an unfamiliar atmosphere, intruded upon by some mostly-naked guy who is most definitely giving off "the appearance of evil" (old platitudes die hard).
September 10, 2019
Episode 27 – Wear One Hat (Give The Rest To Tech)
I wanted to close out this Work & Workmanship section with something a bit more pragmatic– less “self-reflective journal entry” and more “practical thoughts on getting ideas launched and work accomplished.” As mentioned previously, I work with a ton of solopreneurs–people who set up and run businesses on their own. Perhaps they eventually scale to include new employees, or maybe theirs is a model that allows for an ongoing “one-man-show.” Either way, most of these creative/business types are full of so many ideas that the limitless possibilities before them usually aren’t as freeing as they are paralyzing.  Here, I find myself in a bit of a conundrum. I honestly believe that anything is possible, and I love it when I have the opportunity to instill that belief in others. On the same token, though, I have to acknowledge that the “American Dream” narrative has left a huge number of people disillusioned by the letdown that life can be when reality seems intent on pummeling dreams into submission. “Anything is possible” isn’t the same as saying that all of our wildest dreams will come true, but I do think that–in our attempts to go for gold–there is more help afforded all of us than any of us realize, especially at this point in history.  Enter technology.
September 3, 2019
Episode 26 - An Instagram Husband (In The Amazon)
People get popular (or–if not popular–discover some measure of success) doing what they love to do. But growth, success and/or popularity involve maintenance, and it doesn’t take long before you’re stuck in the weeds, where working on “maintaining” your passion replaces all that you were passionate about in the first place. I’ve had to do my fair share of learning about all of this, as well. I’ve come to discover that I enjoy strategizing with and talking to people, not sitting in my tiny bathroom-office and building funnels for them. I like helping people figure out how to thrive in what they actually love. That’s what I’m passionate about. That’s what I love. And no, that’ll likely never wholly extinguish days (or seasons) that we hate, but the point is that mutually-beneficial, complementary and/or appropriately delegated roles spur us along toward a life that isn’t bogged down by a dead-end cloud of dismay at what it has become. The point is that we are better together.
August 27, 2019
Episode 25 – Just Say No (To No)
How often do we dream without ever even trying to chase after our desires, quenched by insecurities that keep us from giving ourselves permission to start? I did my best to silence every no with a yes.  To look past the fears that arose, and the what ifs?  To replace can't with can try.
August 20, 2019
Episode 24 - Not So Talented Shows (Yet)
I’ve always hated talent shows, and I’ve always thought that we should probably be calling them something more appropriate, like: Not-So-Talented-Shows. Like, “Hey, would you like to come watch me be not-so-talented on stage tonight?” That was before my newfound interest in dance. I’m now two weeks past the letter I wrote to my daughter before her solo competition performance when she stole the show with her choreograph to Bon Iver’s Creeks, and at this point, I’m learning to observe “the talent show” through a different lens.
August 19, 2019
Episode 23 – Alice Cooper Was Right (School Sucks)
Our education system is broken, and with over one trillion dollars in U.S. College debt, I think it’s a waste of time and money.  Of course, God decided it’d be fun to give me a daughter who is a Number One on the Enneagram – the Perfectionist – who wants to go to college because it’s the right thing to do.  She’s a black-and-white-thinking rule-follower, and I’m a black-and-white-blending rule-breaker.  We’ll see. I guess I’ve got my work cut out for me.
August 6, 2019
Episode 22 – The Babysitter Club (How To Be A Responsible Adult)
My question for you – grown-ass-adult that you are – is: whether or not you’ve got a job that affords you the privilege of choosing your employer… are you capable of being a reliable employee? Can you hit a deadline (without having to be chased down)? Can you be counted upon to reach a goal?  Are you disciplined enough to create your own?  Do you need some sort of junior-level assistant who might be able to take on the grunt work that’s bogging you down so that you can scale your business? Do you need to give your wife your calendar?  Do you need to bust out a dictionary and check out what a calendar is? It is possible to be a responsible adult. To set an alarm and get out of bed before you’ve hit snooze for a full hour.  I joke about The Babysitter Club for “contractors, clients, and rock stars” because they’re/we’re often the ones who know the least about creating healthy rhythms in and from which to function. Frankly, no matter how put together or enviable those folks might look on Instagram, they’re often the most disorganized and least satisfied with the chaos of life, yet with little to no clue about how to change their circumstance, or get out of the ruts that have become Grand Canyons. 
July 30, 2019
Episode 21 – Christian Cannabis
In this episode, Craig Gross gives you a behind the scenes look behind the launch of Christian Cannabis.
July 23, 2019
Episode 20 – Stepping Out (And Trust Falls)
 In this podcast, Craig Brain shares about letting go and trust. 
July 16, 2019
Episode 19 – Quarterbacks & Coaches (You Do You, Boo) 100%
In this podcast, Craig Gross talks about stepping away from from his role at XXXchurch.
July 9, 2019
Episode 18 – Dave, What The Hell? (Career, Life and Passion Paralysis)
 In this podcast, Craig Brain shares about the letter to his friend. The opposite things they have and the things that he learned from him.  
July 2, 2019
Episode 17 - Sixteen Candles (Money, Work & Rolex Wrist Wrap)
In this podcast, Craig Brain shares about the letter to his son and the struggle that his wife's been through.  
June 25, 2019
Episode 16 – Pioneers & Builders (& Our Thing)
In this podcast, Craig Brain shares about the personality being a builder and pioneer.
June 18, 2019
Episode 15 – On Clarity (And Creating Fun)
In this podcast, Craig Brain talks about the clarity in creating fun.  
June 11, 2019
Episode 14 – Don't Sit On Your Gift (My One Thing)
In this podcast,  Craig Brain talks about the what is one thing that you can do that others can't.
June 4, 2019
Episode 13 – For Elise (You're my A-Team)
In this podcast, Craig Gross shares about her relationship and that he would do anything for her daughter. 
May 28, 2019
Episode 12 – Thanks Dad (Now & Not Yet)
In this podcast, Craig Brain shares his upside down relationship with his dad.  
May 21, 2019
Episode 11 – The Gross Goods (Life Over Revenue)
In this podcast, Craig Brain talks about why this project named as The Gross Goods.  
May 14, 2019
Episode 10 – Traditions & Staycations (You Pick Up The Tab)
In this podcast, Craig Brain was discussing about how Traditions in life changes when time pass by.  
May 7, 2019
Episode 9 - My Nine Questions (Who Do You Listen To?)
In this podcast, Craig Gross discuss on who do you choose to listen. 
April 30, 2019
Episode 8 – My Sunday Best (And All The Hurt Beneath It)
In this podcast, Craig Gross shares about what's underneath your Sunday's best and his own experience with his family.  
April 23, 2019
Episode 7 – The Godforsaken Devil's Lettuce (Saved My Life)
In this podcast, Craig Gross talks about a sensitive topic about Marijuana. The benefits and a good help of that plant in a person's condition/sickness.  
April 16, 2019
Episode 6 – A Letter To My Son (and You)
 In this podcast, Craig Gross shares that he writes a letter to my son. He also mentioned that he was asked "How do you do a better job of expressing your feelings, expressing your thoughts or how proud you are of the people in your life?".  
April 9, 2019
Episode 5 – A Gross Christmas
In this podcast, Craig Gross' shares about their family's Christmas tradition and how they handle the true essence of Christmas to their kids. 
April 2, 2019
Episode 4 – Turn Your Damn Phone Off (a PSA from Old Man Craig)
In this podcast, Craig talks about the urgency that we feel in receiving many notifications from technology. He emphasize in talking the person personally rather than reaching out at the phone and enjoy some moments without your phone. 
March 26, 2019
Episode 3 - Spa Day (or, Sin City Jesus)
In this podcast episode, Craig was sharing about his first journal entry that he wrote way back January 20, 2017 that changes his whole life. 
March 19, 2019
Episode 2 - Levi's Foreword
 In this podcast episode Craig introduces Levi Macallister. 
March 12, 2019
Craig's Introduction
In this first episode of the CraigBrain podcast, Craig Gross goes behind the scenes and explains why he started this series.
February 18, 2019
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