Follow your heart.
Success will follow you.

I’m Greg Goodman
dad • artist •
husband • entrepreneur

I can trace the journey of my adult life into three distinct eras. All of them are chronicled on this website.

Photographic Storyteller

For a decade, my wife and I bounced between traveling, living abroad, moving home, working, saving, and doing it all again.

Along the way, I shared photos and stories from our adventures — simply because it made me and other people happy.

That approach to life attracted success – culminating in a National Geographic TV show about my life as a travel blogger.

Father and Husband

Since moving to Santa Cruz, CA, in 2016, Carrie and I have welcomed two beings of light into the world. In place of long adventures abroad, Bodhi and Luna inspire us to explore our own backyard and find joy in life’s simplest moments.

Meanwhile, I run a one-man web design and marketing agency (Goodman Creatives), which provides me the freedom to be there with my family at every step.

Paradigm Shifter

Life is a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. Of cheers, chaos, change, and challenges. A whirlwind of ecstasy, expectations, and emotions. We all feel it … so why don’t we talk about it?

By dedicating myself to radical honesty on Facebook and Instagram, I strive to give a voice to our collective struggles. To break free of the standard “look how great my life is” and inspire others to share (or at least acknowledge) their own truths.

A Journey Awaits

Adventures of a GoodMan is the graphic novel of my life and the next chapter is still being written.

Here are 4 good places to start your journey.

Watch my National Geographic TV Show

Get Lost in Korea tells a story of exploration, photography, blogging, and friendship. Highlights include me catching and eating a live octopus, attending an exorcism, and learning zen martial arts from monks.

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Who are you?

Think about all the different stories that make up your life.

All the different versions of you.

Your experiences.
Your relationships.
Your travels.
Your jobs.
Your you.

What events shaped your life?

How do you categorize your eras of existence?

Who were you 20 years ago … and who are you today?

Is there one “thing” that changed you forever?

Or, is your transformation a series of small steps?

If something came up when you read this, please share it 👇

Feel free to pat your own back.

Toot your own horn.

You’ve come a long way!

And, the best is yet to come.

𝗥𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘄𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗯𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀?

A time when community was something tangible - not virtual?

I’ve seen my mom once in the past two years.

It sucks.

I miss her dearly.

But, because I share my life’s adventure using Photographic Storytelling, mom feels like she’s right there with me.

Joining our family on day trips to San Francisco.

Experiencing everyday life with the kids in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Following along on the rollercoaster ride that is life in 2021.

Reliving Carrie and my greatest travel adventures from our life before kids.

And, because I share all of this on social media, other friends, family, and complete strangers also get to come along for the ride.

Community at it’s finest.

All because of Photographic Storytelling.

𝐏𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐢𝐜 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐮𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐰𝐚𝐲.

It fuses words and images to create a captivating narrative.

It creates armchair adventurers and virtual visitors.

It’s as raw and vulnerable as you allow it to be.

And, for the Goodman Family, Photographic Storytelling bridges the 3,000 mile gap between us and my mom.

What a gift for us all! ❤️

𝐈𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞’𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐲.

Feeling like you are right next to your loved ones - regardless of where they actually are.

Painting a literal and visual picture of your life.

Sharing the sights, tastes, smells, sounds, feelings, and emotions of your adventures.

That’s the heart and soul of Photographic Storytelling.

It’s also the centerpiece between my new creation …


Let a National Geographic Storyteller show you how to fuse Photos and Words to bring loved ones along on your life’s adventure ... even if you can’t physically be with them

If you’re curious to learn more, I’m looking for 10 people to be a part of the initial experience.

Drop COMMUNITY 👇 and let’s chat.

𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗹𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗿𝗲𝘁?

All those little moments in the day that you wish you could undo.

Are you able to forgive yourself quickly and easily in the moment?

Or, do you lament over the incident for the rest of the day?

Do you let it drag you down … even though you can’t undo it.

Do you allow the past to become a drain on your present and future.

Here’s where this is all coming from …

Today at Costco, my kids were very excited to use the self checkout aisle.

They love scanning things with the little handheld boop boop machine.

It was peace and harmony at first.

Then, it wasn’t.

I honestly don’t remember the details.

I do remember my blood beginning to boil.

The overwhelming desire to get the hell out of there as fast as possible.

Then, I snapped.

“See?! This is why I didn’t want to do this. We’re never doing the self check out lane again!!!”😡

Their faces said it all.


Probably a little fear.


A moment later, I was able to take a breath, regain my composure, and finish getting us out of there.

In the grand scheme of things, it was nothing.

A minor moment in time.

Just another day in the life of a parent.

Yet, I felt sad.



My mind plummeted into a familiar tailspin of self-criticism, guilt, and lament.

Then, awareness.

I remembered my mantra of “I know I can choose to forgive myself - easily and QUICKLY - in every moment.”

That said, “Quickly” comes in all shapes and sizes.


As a psychotherapist, you may find yourself asking “Do I really need to be on therapy directory sites to get new patients?”⁣

Over the years, there’s been a lot of debate on the value of online directory sites like Psychology Today and GoodTherapy.⁣

On one hand, they seem like a great way to get more referrals and increase your therapy practice’s online presence. ⁣

On the other hand, every therapist you know seems to be listed on those sites.⁣

How can you ensure that your practice comes up above theirs on a therapy directory site?⁣

Simple answer, you can’t. ⁣

The most important reason to be on therapist directory sites has nothing to do with being found … it’s to get a high-quality link to your site for SEO.⁣

-- link in bio⁣

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Hot tears of love, gratitude, and joy streamed down my face as I put the kids to bed last night.

Laying there with Bodhi and Luna each nestled in the crooks of my arms, I reflected on the fleeting nature of childhood.

There’s a certain underlying sadness that follows us as parents.

Even when it’s not in the forefront of our conscious minds, it’s still there.

“They grow up so fast,” they all told us.

It’s true.

I can’t remember the last time both kids fell asleep in my arms as I sang them a lullaby.

Last night, I just started singing that familiar song.

“Tender Shepard” from the musical Peter Pan.

The same lullaby my mom sang to me as a baby.

Wasn’t that just yesterday?

Laying in my own crib looking up at my parents’s adoring faces?

Now, here I am with a pair of kids ready to turn 6 and 3.

Laying in bed - understanding of the fleeting nature of this moment.

Snuggling my babies.

Soaking it all in.

Embracing the sadness … and the joy that comes along with it … because here I am.

And, of course, trying to be present in the moment and not plan out this post in my head.

What about you, my fellow parents?

How do you or did you balance the underlying sadness?

Did you allow it to fill you with joy and appreciation for all the small moments?

Do you find ways to slow down time and make those precious moments last forever?

I would love to hear your stories and experiences.

𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐨 𝐰𝐞 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬?⁠

From a young age, we are taught that are good deeds will be rewarded.⁠

So, we make sure people know that we did those good deeds.⁠

In school, we get credit for turning in our assignments.⁠

When I sweep the house and the kids make a new mess before my wife gets home, I want to make sure she knows I tried.⁠

Again, seeking credit.⁠

When we make donations, the government lets us take it off our taxes.⁠

So, instead of donating anonymously, we again need credit.⁠


A pat on the back in the form of a tax relief.⁠

Then we have credit cards.⁠

Credit scores.⁠

Credits (good) and debits (bad).⁠

So much credit.⁠

As I type this, the word credit has begun to lose all meaning.⁠

Credit credit credit creditcreditcreditcredit⁠

Perhaps it’s the same as you read it.⁠

So let me end by asking the question again …⁠

Why do we humans feel the need to get credit for our actions?⁠

What are you grateful for today? ...

The Shwedagon is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, as it is believed to contain relics of the four previous Buddhas of the present kalpa. ⁠

These relics include the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Koṇāgamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa, and eight strands of hair from the head of Gautama.⁠

Built atop Singuttara Hill, the 112 m (367 ft) tall pagoda dominates the Yangon skyline. ⁠

This fact is helped by Yangon's zoning regulations, which require the city's new buildings to all be built shorter than the pagoda.⁠

Photo Specs:⁠
» Nikon D7000⁠
» 1.6 Second Exposure⁠
» f/5.6⁠
» ISO 250⁠
» 24mm

𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 “𝐚 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝟏𝟎𝟎𝟎 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐬?”⁠

Honestly, it puts me to sleep.⁠

Yes - a photo may tell 1000 words … but that’s only part of the story.⁠

Sometimes you need multiple photos to tell the story properly. ⁠

That’s called a series.⁠

However, no matter how many metaphorical words a photo or series tells, the story can always be told better with actual words.⁠


Because words can evoke all 5 senses.⁠

They can stimulate your imagination.⁠

A story can fill in the blanks your eyes can’t see.⁠

Don’t get me wrong.⁠

Photos are powerful.⁠

They are magical.⁠

They can transport you to another world.⁠

Yet, they are still just a part of the story.⁠

The real magic comes when you use words to tell the story behind the photo.⁠

Combining visual and written art to create a new, complete experience.⁠

Fusing two mediums to appeal to people who experience visually … and those who need to read/hear the journey.⁠

All this brings me to a question …⁠

𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙔𝙊𝙐 𝙘𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢?⁠

“Photographic Storytelling” is the term I’ve coined.⁠

However, without the backstory I just shared, most people don’t get what I do.⁠

When I call myself a “Photographic Storyteller,” people tend to think my photos tell the story. ⁠

They don’t get the fact that I’m using actual words along with the photos.⁠

I would love to hear your feedback, as I’m currently creating an online course about this.⁠

You will learn how to:⁠

✅ Share your life’s greatest travels, trials, and triumphs ⁠
✅ Dust off your photo archives and create order in the chaos⁠
✅ Create a book of your favorite photos and stories⁠
✅ Improve your photos in just a few seconds⁠
✅ Inspire future generations with your life’s adventure⁠

𝘼𝙣𝙮 𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙖𝙨 𝙤𝙣 𝙖 𝙩𝙞𝙩𝙡𝙚?⁠

One that incorporates the ideals of “Photographic Storytelling?”⁠

I’m totally open to (and appreciative of) all suggestions.⁠

Thanks and have a beautiful day.⁠
~ Greg Goodman

As a photographer, it can be so tempting to run for cover when it's pouring. ⁠

Keep the camera safe.⁠

Stay dry so you can get back out there once the storm passes.⁠

AND ...⁠

Some of the most interesting photos come in the rain.⁠








When was the last time YOU saw a rainbow?

How are you celebrating Sunday Funday?⁠

Or Monday Funday?⁠

Or any other the other days of the week that don't rhyme quite as well?⁠

Always remember - life is supposed to be FUN!!!⁠

Go be silly.⁠

Laugh at a bad joke.⁠

Make a funny face.⁠

Giggle when someone farts.⁠

Do something that brings you JOY!⁠

You deserve it!⁠


This castle inspired Walt Disney's designs of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella's castles.⁠

Castle Neuschwanstein also inspired my visit to Bavaria, Germany in 2006.⁠

With my head full of photographic dreams, I longed to create the perfect postcard shot ... facing the front of the building with the Alps in the background.⁠

Upon arriving, I hiked up the nearby mountains.⁠

I wandered all around the castle.⁠

But, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't find the vantage point I wanted.⁠

Frustrated, I stopped into the gift shop, found a mousepad with my dream photo on it, and asked the clerk where I could go to get that shot.⁠

She smiled and replied, "you need a helicopter!"⁠

My dreams were crushed!⁠

In the years since, I have treated myself to several helicopter and hot air balloon rides to get the perfect shots of a famous location.⁠

However, in 2006, I wasn't quite there yet in terms of my dedication to photography.⁠

All that said, this photo that I did manage to get from a nearby bridge remains one of my all-time favorite images. ⁠

I even have a large-format, mounted print of it hanging in my office.⁠

And, the next time I find myself in Bavaria, you better believe I'm splurging on that helicopter ride!

𝙒𝙝𝙮 𝙙𝙤𝙚𝙨 𝙨𝙤𝙘𝙞𝙚𝙩𝙮 𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙪𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙝𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙚𝙢𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨?⁠

What is it about strong feelings that makes other people so uncomfortable?⁠

Is it because they force us to explore our own feelings that we may not have acknowledged?⁠

Do other people’s emotions trigger all the outdated stories we were consciously and unconsciously told as a child?⁠

Kid Gregory regularly got the message that his feelings were too big.⁠

“Stop crying Gregory.”⁠

“Why are you making such a big deal out of this?”⁠

“What’s wrong with you?”⁠

“You’re too sensitive.”⁠

“Why are you so angry?”⁠

“Why can’t you just be normal?”⁠

Upon reflection, that last one was probably the message I gave myself.⁠

In my mind, there was clearly something wrong with me. ⁠

As far as I could tell, other people didn’t have feelings as big as mine. ⁠

I just want to be like all the other kids.⁠

Now, as a parent, I’m realizing just normal I actually was.⁠

I see my reflection in my 5 year old son.⁠

Since birth, Bodhi has had extremely big feelings. ⁠

Lots of energy that he doesn’t know what to do with.⁠

TBH, it’s taken an emotional toll on me.⁠

I get frustrated.⁠


Overwhelmed. ⁠

It’s like I have to look in a mirror every day … and I’m still uncomfortable with what I see.⁠

At times, I find myself using the same phrases that were said to me as a child.⁠

A waterfall of words I later wish I hadn’t said.⁠

Usually, I am able to catch myself before the dam fully breaks.⁠

Take that precious moment to breath and reset.⁠

To feel my feelings in the moment and choose where I go next.⁠

Some days are better than others.⁠


9 years ago, Samsung flew me to Germany to share my life’s adventure at Photokina: the worlds largest photography trade fair. ⁠

I still remember the thrill. ⁠

Standing in front of a 25 foot screen - telling the stories behind 100 of my best photos. ⁠

Inviting trade show visitors to join me on a journey of Travel, Personal Growth, and LOVE❣️⁠

Demonstrating a different way of life.⁠

One where we follow our hearts and trust that success will follow us. ⁠

That was my mantra throughout Carrie and my decade of travel. ⁠

It’s a belief that I’m excited to welcome back into my life today. ⁠

Here’s the story of how it all happened …⁠

There I was, sitting at my desk in Chiang Mai, Thailand, when an e-mail from someone named Haksu Kim came in through the contact form on my Web site.⁠

“Hi Greg… The reason of my email is that we are searching some famous blogger, who can make presentation in Samsung booth during the Photokina 2012 in Cologne, Germany.”⁠

“Is this some sort of scam,” I wondered? ⁠

“Was there an African prince waiting for my bank account number?”⁠

Turns out, the e-mail was legit. ⁠


This was my first attempt at a long exposure of waves at sunset using a neutral density filter. ⁠

For those who don't speak photographer, that means I put dark glass over my camera lens and left the shutter open for 5 seconds.⁠

Usually, if I left the shutter open for 5 seconds, the sun would have made the photo so bright that it would have been a solid white image. ⁠

Thanks to the filters, I got the "silky water" look I had hoped for.⁠

Photo: Bodega Bay, 2014⁠

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