About The Year Of The Opposite Blog & Podcast

Hi, I'm Travis Stoliker, the founder of The Year of the Opposite, a blog and podcast where I share my personal journey of transformation in the face of overwhelming grief and depression. At the age of 41, I lost three close friends within just five months, which sent me spiraling into a deep depression. Despite my somewhat successful career and seemingly great life, I struggled to find purpose and happiness.

Inspired by Admiral William H. McRaven's commencement speech and the Seinfeld episode, "The Opposite," I decided to make small changes in my life, starting with waking up early and making my bed every day. This small change snowballed into my decision to embrace a "year of the opposite," challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone and do the opposite of what I had done before.

Through this journey, I overcame depression, transformed my health, and discovered newfound confidence and purpose. With The Year of the Opposite blog and podcast, I have three primary goals:

  1. Share the outcomes of my Year of The Opposite journey, detailing the process and the lessons learned.

  2. Feature inspiring and uplifting stories that showcase Humans Being Awesome in my Uplift Weekly.

  3. Present engaging video and audio podcast interviews with fascinating individuals discussing topics that will pique your interest.

I invite you to join me on this incredible journey as I share the insights, experiences, and research behind these life-altering changes. From weight loss to emotional healing, The Year of the Opposite offers inspiration, encouragement, and practical advice for anyone seeking to transform their life and overcome their own challenges. Discover the power of embracing the opposite with me.

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  • What is The Year Of The Opposite? Why did I do it and what did I learn? 

  • How to live a Year Of The Opposite. 

  • How I Lost 62 lbs & built a habit of working out everyday.

  • The science behind my addiction to the Cold Plunge.

  • Why running barefoot and backwards is actually good for you. 

  • How I cured my depression in 2 months. 

  • How I fixed my high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and stopped taking pharmaceuticals in 6 months. 

  • The Pros and Cons of quitting drinking and giving up marijuana.  

  • How Daily Journaling & Evaluation made me a more grateful and happier person.

  • The science of longevity: How to live a long life and die quickly. 

  • Why giving up the news was the fastest way to improve my mental health. 

  • What an atheist learned from attending church every Sunday. 

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If someone subscribes to my paid subscription, I will feel obligated to produce content every week. So, if you want to give me a kick-in-the-pants to keep writing and producing, buying a paid subscription is a good way to do that. Also, there may be content that I don’t feel comfortable sharing publicly. For that content, I may share it with paid subscribers only. Who knows. I’m making this up as I go.

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Travis Stoliker's journey to cure his depression from 3 friends untimely death by following George Costanza's lead from Seinfeld and living a year of the opposite.