Our First Drink: Conversations w/ Interesting Couples on Marriage, Relationships, Dating, Business & Social Media + Advice

Hosted by Josh Haroldson and Stasia Haroldson, each episode of the Our First Drink Podcast shares the real story behind an interesting, creative, or entrepreneurial couple that are doing great things together in business, blogging, design, entrepreneurship, social media and more. Always starting with one simple question, “What was your first drink together?”, you’ll get a deep dive into where they were in their lives when their relationship started. Then, through the unique questions of the Our First Drink Couple’s Quiz, you’ll see how they make their relationship work today and why it has supported their success. Plus, every question and answer is guaranteed to get you thinking about what they mean for your own relationships (sometimes in unexpected ways). Our guests include couples you already know and others you'll be meeting for the first time, but every episode is an opportunity for you to learn how to recognize a great partner when you meet them and to keep that relationship healthy long into the future from some amazing people.
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Nov 24, 2015

This episode of the Our First Drink Podcast is all about finding ways to incorporate kindness and generosity into your life and relationship.

Our guests for this episode, Ryan and Samantha Birkicht, are the founders of After moving to Madison, WI Ryan was frustrated by the hurdles he kept running into with volunteering so Samantha encouraged Ryan to start something himself.

Now, with Operation Generosity they encourage people to look for small ways to incorporate giving back into their every day lives through monthly “Kindness Challenges”.

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In this episode

  • The story behind Ryan and Samantha’s first drink at a VERY early age.
  • How their relationship provide some much needed healing after a family tragedy.
  • Lessons they’ve learned about the importance of being patient.
  • What they do to practice kindness every day in their relationship.
  • The Our First Drink Kindness Challenge (See below for more)

OFD Couples Quiz Questions

  1. If you have to be somewhere at 7PM what time do you arrive at?
  2. Pass the ball or take the last shot?
  3. Map or no map?
  4. Who is the straight man and who is the comedian?
  5. Would you rather host the party or attend the party?

About Samantha and Ryan Birkicht

Ryan works for Saris Cycling Group here in Madison as the Marketing Communications and Engagement manager. He was named a member of the2015 InBusiness 40 Under 40 for his work in Marketing and Volunteering. Samantha is the assistant director at La Petite Academy and was previously the assistant volleyball coach at UW Platteville. Together they are the co-founders of Operation Generosity.

The Our First Drink Kindness Challenge!

To participate in the OFD Kindness Challenge, all you need to do is:

  1. Find something nice that you can do for someone special in your life like your spouse, your partner, boyfriend, girlfriend or even just a friend.
  2. Do it!
  3. Leave a comment at to tell us what you did.
  4. You can also share your story on social media using the hashtag #OFDKindness.

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Nov 17, 2015

Welcome to the very first episode of the Our First Drink Podcast! Today’s episode shares the story of Ann and Kai Martin whose nearly 10 year relationship has helped support multiple businesses, traveling around the country, and was all started with an unexpected, one-wheeled vehicle.

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About Ann and Kai Martin

Ann and Kai are one of those couples that you watch for 5 minutes and just totally get what they’re about. They’re a super creative duo that work hard and support each other unwaveringly. They have a lot of humor in their relationship and we love how they can just laugh and be goofy together through everything.

Stasia has known Ann since elementary school in Minnesota. In fact, they actually attended the same school every year, including college at Iowa State, where they both met Josh and Kai. Because of that, both Josh and Stasia had the pleasure of witnessing a lot of the start of their relationship, including some great stories.

Ann Martin is an entrepreneur who runs an amazing boutique event production company called Reve in Madison, WI and she absolutely KILLS the events she plans – we’re talking everything from couture fashion shows to immaculate weddings to community bike-in movie nights.

Kai Martin has had a great career that’s taken him all around the country. We consider Kai to be a true renaissance man – photographer, singer, and mountain biker. He does it all.

In this episode you’ll hear about:

  • How a unicycle played a pivotal role in their relationship.
  • How they balance careers that kept them apart for long stretches.
  • What a new baby means for their relationship.
  • Why it was easy for them to both pursue their dreams at the same time.
  • Who is the CEO and who is the COO in their relationship.

OFD Couples Quiz

  • Are you the first people to leave the party or the last person to leave?
  • Are you introverts or extroverts?
  • Who is the CEO and who is the COO of your relationship?
  • If you’re on a hike do you stick to the trail or do you wander off and explore?
  • What is your least favorite household chore?

Where was their first drink?

Stomping Grounds Cafe in Ames, IA

Episode Notes:

00:00: Stasia cracks herself up.
00:49: Why we started Our First Drink.
01:00: We got married at an Apple Orchard. There was a massive bonfire. And a cow train. It was awesome.
03:10: Seriously, google image search kite.
04:15: Learn more about Rêve Boutique Event Production.
04:30: Kai has literally done RAGBRAI on a unicycle.
05:11: Interview Start.
26:15: The Our First Drink Couples Quiz
36:40: Interview End.


Thanks for Listening!

Thank you for listening to Episode 1 of the Our First Drink Podcast! If you enjoyed the episode we hope you can share it with others that might also enjoy hearing these kinds of stories using the social media buttons at the bottom of the post.

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Special thanks Ann and Kai Martin for being our first guests and thank you for joining us on the start of this journey!


Josh and Stasia

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