Episode 6

Learning Through The Loss; Weathering The Storm

Published on: 30th August, 2021

Kevin Balzer is a husband and dog dad. He is a data analyst who volunteers to lead worship at his church. All of that is what he considers normal, and so is the fact that he wakes up every morning without some of his most loved people in his life. Kevin's testimony was self-described as "normal" or "uneventful" until he walked into a storm that wasn't just a drizzle but a downpour, and he became all too familiar with loss.

Listen in to this week's episode to hear Kevin talk about how he has learned through the loss he has experienced in his life.

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Normalizing normal men talking about normal things.
The Over a Drink podcast is on a mission to normalize men being vulnerable in normal situations.
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Mitchell Parsons

I am a husband, soon to be dad, and I love Jesus.
I was an All American tight end in high school and I played football at Vanderbilt and Colorado State where I developed an eating disorder that took me out of the game that I loved.
After working in orthopedic sales for a year out of college, I took an unpaid internship that left me unemployed as I walked down the aisle to my wife.
For six months I wrestled with the shame of having an eating disorder as a man and being unemployed as a husband.
In my quiet time one morning I was prompted with the question of " if you were to ask any man on the street if they have experienced shame, what would they say?" I believed the answer would be 100/100 would answer "yes". But I wanted to test my hypothesis.
So I did.
I started meeting with men and asked them to tell me their story. Over the last two years I have sat in coffee shops, bars, bowling alleys, truck beds, park benches and around campfires. And without fail, every man said yes to experiencing shame but I realized something along the way; John has a story with (insert shame here) and so does James and I do not. They need to be hearing each other's story. So thats what I want to do. Share their stories.
I am passionate about mental health and deconstructing the societal expectations of men. I don't want to redefine what it means " to be a man". The Bible does a good job of that already. I want to illuminate what has been written already and expose the lies we have been taught to believe.
Testimonies have power and I want to create a platform for men to SHARE their stories so that men around the world can HEAR their stories.
I would love to hear from you. Reach out to me at overadrinkpodcast@gmail.com