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Finding the Throughline with Kate Hanley
Finding the Throughline with Kate Hanley
Kate Hanley

Finding the Throughline: Conversations about the Creative Process invites you into the minds of writers and other creatives as they open up... more

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[Minda Honey, Part 2]: Avoiding “self-exploitation” + countering the voices, external and internal, that criticize your work

In part 2 of my interview with essayist and author of the memoir The Heartbreak Years, Minda Honey, we really... more

21 Feb 2024 · 18 minutes
[Minda Honey, Part 1]: Answering the call to write + the right beverages are everything

Minda Honey is the author of The Heartbreak Years, a hilarious and intimate memoir of a Black woman finding who... more

19 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
[Jodie Noel Vinson, Part 3]: Saying your big dreams out loud + so many awesome reading recommendations

In this final installment of my interview with Jodie Noel Vinson, she spills the deets on her favorite writers and... more

16 Feb 2024 · 18 minutes
[Jodie Noel Vinson, Part 2]: Claiming the title "writer" + acknowledging your privilege

In part 2 of my interview with essayist Jodie Noel Vinson, we talk about the squishier side of doing creative... more

14 Feb 2024 · 17 minutes
[Jodie Noel Vinson, Part 1]: Saving time to stare at the sky + turning challenges into muses

Jodie Noel Vinson is an essayist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Review, Literary Hub, and... more

12 Feb 2024 · 17 minutes
[Terri Trespicio: Part 3]: The hunger for downtime is real + tons of book, show, and food recommendations (including, meat snacks!)

In the final installment of my interview with Terri Trespicio, she shares the books, shows, and people she can’t get... more

09 Feb 2024 · 18 minutes
[Terri Trespicio, Part 2]: Getting better at “trembling in the face of resistance” + the unhelpful and helpful thing her Catholic upbringing taught her

In part 2 of interview with author of Unfollow Your Passion, TedX speaker, and standup comedian Terri Trespicio, we break... more

07 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
[Terri Trespicio, Part 1]: Terri’s ingredients for getting kickass creative work done: naps, robes, and thinking about butterflies

Terri Trespicio is the author of the fabulously helpful and hopeful book, Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life... more

05 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
[Leigh Medeiros: Part 3]: Expanding your capacity + the podcasts and social media accounts giving Leigh life

In the final installment of my interview with Leigh Medeiros, we talk about her most delightful visions of the future,... more

02 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
[Leigh Medeiros, Part 2]: A hilarious–and relatable–story about second-guessing your work + the pep talk for making art I didn’t know I needed

Why it’s crucial that you share your work without disclaiming it The screenplay she almost gave up on because her inner... more

31 Jan 2024 · 22 minutes
[Leigh Medeiros, Part 1]: The power of figuring out your own Venn diagram of interests + some pretty awesome attention hacks

Lee Medeiros is an award-winning screenwriter, author, and all-around creative who, when she isn't making her own work, is helping... more

29 Jan 2024 · 23 minutes
[Tracey Lewis-Giggets: What's next]: The bittersweet healing of parenting + thinking about legacy + learning from Toni Morrison

In the final installment of my interview with Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggets, we talk about her most delightful visions of the... more

26 Jan 2024 · 23 minutes
[Tracey Lewis-Giggets, Inner Stuff]: Dealing with inner meanies and acknowledging the gifts of rejection

In part two of my interview with Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggets, award-winning author of 21 books, including "Black Joy" and "Then... more

24 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
[Tracey Lewis-Giggets, Practical Matters]: The rules she once taught that now breaks + a writing hack for when the words won't flow

Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggets is the author of 21 BOOKS, Y'ALL--more than one of them have won awards, including her two... more

22 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
[Sari Botton: What's next]: The magic combination of reverence and irreverence

In the final installment of my interview with generous and prolific writing goddess Sari Botton (she publishes Oldster Magazine, Memoir Land, and Adventures... more

19 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
[Sari Botton, Inner Stuff]: Bucket lists, the subconscious desire for permission, and clogs

In part two of my interview with Sari Botton, founder of Oldster Magazine and author of And You May Find... more

17 Jan 2024 · 16 minutes
[Sari Botton, Practical Matters]: The power of curiosity, offhand comments, and writing stuff you've already done on your to-do list

[Sari Botton, Practical Matters]: The power of curiosity, offhand comments, and writing stuff you've already done on your to-do list This... more

15 Jan 2024 · 17 minutes
Out with the Old, In with the New (A Eulogy and a Look Ahead)

You may have noticed, I have been rebroadcasting old episodes of How to Be a Better Person since May. I... more

10 Jan 2024 · 19 minutes
[Things to Do Less]: Honey, You Don’t Need Fixing

That might seem like a mixed message, coming from a podcast called How to Be a Better Person. Just to... more

29 Dec 2023 · 11 minutes
[Things to Do Less]: Being Nice Is (Way) Overrated

Despite the fact that women have been socialized to be nice above all else, it's not actually a very noble... more

27 Dec 2023 · 9 minutes
[Things to Do Less]: The Case Against Making Plans

Today’s surprising strategy for a better new year is to Un-plan Your Life. Which, depending on how much of a... more

25 Dec 2023 · 11 minutes
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25 Dec 2023 · 2 minutes
[Generosity]: When It’s OK to NOT Be Generous

You can be generous in some ways, and stingy in others. And it’s really fascinating to start to unpack where... more

22 Dec 2023 · 9 minutes
[Generosity]: When Giving Stops Feeling Good

While giving is often energizing, there are definitely times when it’s draining. Or even upsetting. It can leave you feeling... more

20 Dec 2023 · 8 minutes
[Generosity]: How Being Generous to Others Benefits YOU

When you think of what being a better person means, I’m guessing that being generous is one of the first... more

18 Dec 2023 · 8 minutes
[Happier Holidays]: Make Peace with the Doing

I get that there is a lot of work that goes into holiday celebrations and it is so natural and... more

15 Dec 2023 · 9 minutes
[Happier Holidays]: How to Not Let Your Family Drive You Nuts

Today I want to talk specifically about how to navigate family gatherings. And to help with that, I’m interviewing Amy... more

13 Dec 2023 · 20 minutes
[Happier Holidays]: An Amazing Tool to Reduce Holiday Stress

I’ve got a tool for you that will help you figure out what parts of the holiday you want to... more

11 Dec 2023 · 10 minutes
[Stay Cozy, My Friends]: 5 Hacks to Make Your BODY Cozier

You don't always have control over your environment, but you do have say over what goes on your body. Today... more

08 Dec 2023 · 7 minutes
[Stay Cozy, My Friends]: 5 Hacks to Make Your HOME Cozier

Environment is such a big piece of your wellbeing. It’s definitely worth taking a little time to set up your... more

06 Dec 2023 · 9 minutes
[Stay Cozy, My Friends]: The Surprisingly Deep Reason Why Feeling Cozy Matters

This week on the podcast is all about finding comfort and coziness. It’s just the time of year when it’s... more

04 Dec 2023 · 7 minutes
[Thinking Straight]: 3 Ways to Get Clarity on What’s Troubling You

This one’s for all you verbal processors–people who have to talk about something in order to figure out what you... more

01 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
[Thinking Straight]: 2 Questions that Help You Hear What You REALLY Think

When you can tell that you’re not thinking clearly about something it can be so frustrating!  Here’s what I’ve learned–it’s not... more

29 Nov 2023 · 11 minutes
[Thinking Straight]: An Easy Morning Ritual to Clear Your Head

Sometimes there’s just so much stuff rattling around inside your head that it’s hard to sit with one thought. Today... more

27 Nov 2023 · 11 minutes
[Pump Up Your Partnership]: A Sex Therapist’s Tips on Keeping the Flame Alive

We all know that the initial rush of a new relationship wanes. But does that mean that if you're in... more

24 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
[Pump Up Your Partnership]: Why You Need to Stop Keeping Score

I get that women typically do way more of the emotional and the household labor and that it needs to... more

22 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
[Pump Up Your Partnership]: How to Be Less Annoyed by Your Partner’s Quirks

What if the things that your partner does that drive you crazy suddenly didn’t annoy you so much anymore? Because... more

20 Nov 2023 · 12 minutes
[Your Thorny Qs, Answered]: How Can I Stop Spinning My Wheels?

Ever felt like you’re running as fast as you can, but you’re still not getting anywhere?  That’s how a listener named... more

17 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
[Your Thorny Qs, Answered]: How Do I Stop Getting Too Involved?

Today I’m answering a listener question that I think a lot of women can relate to.  Camille from Canada writes, “Lately... more

15 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
[Your Thorny Qs, Answered]: How Can I Stop Feeling So Busy All the Damn Time?

Today I’m answering a listener question from Kristin, who writes: “Lately I’ve been thinking about all I have to do... more

13 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
[Up Your Intake of Vitamin Art]: 5 Surprising Ways to Interact with Art (from Home, No Less)

You don’t have to drag your butt to a museum in order to interact with artwork. You can do it... more

10 Nov 2023 · 12 minutes
[Up Your Intake of Vitamin Art]: 7 Surprising Ways to Read More

Reading is such a great way to lose yourself in a story, gain empathy for all different kinds of people... more

08 Nov 2023 · 10 minutes
[Up Your Intake of Vitamin Art]: Can Art Make You a Better Person?

I originally wrote this episode during the pandemic when life felt extra hard–and guess what, now, in November 2024, life... more

06 Nov 2023 · 10 minutes
[Am I a Bad Person? 😳]: I’m So Forgetful and Always Running Late

Today’s trait is running late and forgetting to write people back and therefore, potentially letting other people down. Let me... more

03 Nov 2023 · 12 minutes
[Am I a Bad Person? 😳]: Is Lying Ever OK?

Whether you’re telling a little fib, or blatantly telling someone something that isn’t true, or even NOT telling someone something... more

01 Nov 2023 · 18 minutes
[Am I a Bad Person? 😳]: Help, I Have No Patience!

This week on the podcast I’m flipping things around and talking about some of the things that can make us... more

30 Oct 2023 · 12 minutes
[Perimenopause-a-palooza]: Secrets to Making Perimenopause More Manageable

So, if you’re perimenopausal, what are you supposed to DO about it!? Well, aside from talking to your Ob/Gyn about... more

27 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
[Perimenopause-a-palooza]: The Crazy Long and Weird List of Perimenopause Symptoms (This Explains SO MUCH)

Could your fatigue be related to perimenopause? Could your weight gain? What about your back pain? Because perimenopause can trigger... more

25 Oct 2023 · 10 minutes
[Perimenopause-a-palooza]: Why We Need to Talk About Perimenopause (Men Too)

For too long, this natural shift that every person with a uterus and ovaries goes through has been seen as... more

23 Oct 2023 · 11 minutes
[Mood Lifters]: 5 Quick and Effective Mood Boosters

Having your mood in a better place helps you be a better person–but there are so many things that can... more

20 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
[Mood Lifters]: How to Create a Mood-Stabilizing Morning Routine

Setting up a routine can help keep your mood in a good place, as opposed to waking up and just... more

18 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
[Mood Lifters]: How to Deal When Your Day Goes Sideways

We all know that sometimes, something happens to hijack your day–and your mood. (It happened to me the day before... more

16 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
[Your Right to Rest]: What Most People Get Wrong About Rest

We have an idea that resting means doing nothing.  And it’s true that sometimes rest is passive.  But there’s a whole other... more

13 Oct 2023 · 11 minutes
[Your Right to Rest]: Maybe You’re Not Getting the Kind of Rest You Need/How to Tell If You’ve Got a Rest Deficit

Today I'm talking with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a Board-Certified internal medicine physician and work-life integration researcher. She's also the author... more

11 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
[Your Right to Rest]: How Can I Feel OK About Not Being Productive?

This week I’m talking about rest. Not sleep, per se, but giving yourself what you need so that you can... more

09 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
[Grown-Up Glow-Up]: 7 Easy Ways to Up Your Fabulous Factor (Even When You Don’t Feel Fabulous)

When you’re in the midlife realm, it’s really easy to focus on the changes that your hair, face, skin, body... more

06 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
[Grown-Up Glow-Up]: Pro Tips for Feeling Beautiful

This week is all about feeling good about how you look, especially when you’re in that midlife spin cycle where... more

04 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
[Grown-Up Glow-Up]: This Mantra Really Helps You Love How You Look as You Age

This week I’m talking about how to have a grown-up glow up. Glow up is what my kids call a... more

02 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
[I Like to Move It, Move It]: You DO Have Time to Exercise–These 5 Questions Will Help You Find It

OK, so you’re convinced that it’s time for you to move more, if only you can find the time. Asking... more

29 Sep 2023 · 11 minutes
[I Like to Move It, Move It]: Your Reasons for Not Exercising Are Probably B.S.--Here’s How to Get Past Them

Today I’m talking with Forrest Kolaski, my personal trainer, whom I’ve been working out with for about four years, for... more

27 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
[I Like to Move It, Move It]: 5 Surprising Benefits of Exercise (These Will Get Your Butt in Gear)

Exercise is such a boost for every aspect of your health and your life, I’m willing to bet you have... more

25 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
[5-Minute Self-Care]: Quick Hack to Feel Alive and Ward off Illness

You know how it can be so hard to wake up? Maybe it’s dark outside, you didn’t sleep great, you’ve... more

22 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
[5-Minute Self-Care]: Press Away Your Stress and Soothe Your Nervous System

Your nervous system is an information super highway that dictates how stressed you feel, how well you’re sleeping and digesting,... more

20 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
[5-Minute Self-Care]: This Used to Get You in Trouble in School, but it Helps You Think, Recharge, and Heal

During this back-to-school, when it may feel like time is at a premium, I’m focusing on sharing EASY, FAST, and... more

18 Sep 2023 · 11 minutes
[Maintain Your Brain]: Surprising Brain Health Hacks that Work

A recent survey found that sixty-four percent of all Americans say that their biggest fear about growing older is that... more

15 Sep 2023 · 17 minutes
[Maintain Your Brain]: Things To Do Now for Better Brain Health Later

Today I'm interviewing Dr. Heather Sandison, who is the founder of the Solcere medical clinic and the Marama residential elder... more

13 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
[Maintain Your Brain]: The Attitude That Keeps Your Mind Open and Brain Sharp

A lot of people think they can do their beloved crossword or sudoku and keep their brains strong. But what... more

11 Sep 2023 · 15 minutes
[Find More Time]: How to Feel Better About Those Annoying Time Sucks

Today I’m sharing a really powerful tool for finding more time for the things you value and enjoy–even, especially if... more

08 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
[Find More Time]: Why Saying “There Aren’t Enough Hours in the Day” Is Harmful

Do you regularly feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day? That feeling has a technical term--it's called... more

06 Sep 2023 · 24 minutes
[Find More Time]: Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time

Time isn’t just this tangible thing that you can parcel out and have it behave in predictable ways. So let’s... more

04 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
Friday, September 1: [Find More Time]: How Can I Stop Frittering Away a Whole Day?

We’ve all been there–you had the whole day open to do as you pleased, and you had all these things... more

01 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
[Find More Time]: Make More Time for Happiness

Today I’m talking with Dr. Cassie Holmes, professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, social psychologist who researches the intersection... more

30 Aug 2023 · 27 minutes
[Find More Time]: Weed Out Those Annoying Time Sucks

The dumb little things you have to do repeatedly can eat up your time and drag your energy down. Since... more

28 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
Planning]: Time for Everything: Secrets from a Planning Expert

Today, I'm interviewing planning expert Sarah Hart-Unger, host of the Best Laid Plans podcast. A self-described "compulsive list maker and... more

25 Aug 2023 · 25 minutes
[Planning]: How to Make Space for Big-PIcture Thinking

This week I’m sharing ways to make planning less stressful and more happy-making.  Today’s big idea is that there’s a type... more

23 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
[Planning]: A Planning Hack for More Happiness

A big reason we make plans is to stave off stress–if you know what’s happening when it gives you a... more

21 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
[Aging Happily]: The Amazing Power of Getting Pumped About Growing Older

When you think about getting older, or the elderly in general, what words come to mind?  The answer to that question... more

18 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
[Aging Happily]: The Great News About Aging, with NYC News Anchor Tamsen Fadal

This week on the podcast I'm taking a look at aging, and the simple but powerful things we can do... more

16 Aug 2023 · 18 minutes
[Aging Happily]: 3 Major Benefits (Yes!) of Aging

We have to actively try to counter the ideas about aging that we’ve been swimming in for years and years... more

14 Aug 2023 · 11 minutes
[Midlife Reinvention]: If You’re Feeling Blue during (or about) Midlife

I’ve been talking to friends and hearing from listeners that a lot of you are pondering life changes–maybe it’s because... more

11 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
[Midlife Reinvention]: Why You Should Stop Waiting for Your Nest to Empty

Today I’m talking to Meagan Francis, host of the podcast Mother of Reinvention, mom of 5 kids (who range in... more

09 Aug 2023 · 23 minutes
[Midlife Reinvention]: Being Middle-Aged Is Like Being a Teen Again–Why That’s a Great Thing

Midlife is basically puberty in reverse. Huge hormonal shifts. The dawn of a new phase of life. A body you... more

07 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
[Animal Week!]: 3 Super Simple Ways to Help Birds

Since 1970, North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds. 3 billion!! This is a problem because birds do so... more

04 Aug 2023 · 11 minutes
[Animal Week!]: Life Lessons from an Animal Sanctuary

For Jodi Helmer, it all started by adopting a rescue dog. That led to fostering other dogs in order to... more

02 Aug 2023 · 18 minutes
[Animal Week!]: Three Ways Having a Pet Makes You a Better Person

Why am I talking about animals on a show about being a better person? Animals can really bring out our... more

31 Jul 2023 · 11 minutes
[No-Fuss, High-Yum Cooking]: Grocery Shopping Secrets for Easier Cooking

We can’t talk about how to get better and making more of your own food without also talking about getting... more

28 Jul 2023 · 10 minutes
[No-Fuss, High-Yum Cooking]: How to Make Multiple Meals out of One Cooking Session

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who embrace leftovers, and those who turn their nose up... more

27 Jul 2023 · 10 minutes
[No-Fuss, High-Yum Cooking]: What Rachael Ray Taught Me about Cooking Efficiently

While you definitely don’t need any formal training to be a great home cook, having a couple of techniques up... more

26 Jul 2023 · 10 minutes
[Fun, Dammit]: How Having Fun Can Get Your Butt in Gear

Let’s face it: Adulting can be a real slog. The list of things to do and take care of can... more

21 Jul 2023 · 10 minutes
[Fun, Dammit]: What You Focus on Grows, So Let’s Focus on Fun

In order to invite more fun into your life, it helps to give some thought to what you consider to... more

19 Jul 2023 · 11 minutes
[Fun, Dammit]: The Serious Benefits of Fun (And the Two Types)

If you want something in your life to change, you’re craving more meaning, a great place to start is by... more

17 Jul 2023 · 11 minutes
[Grab-and-Go Breakfast]: Bet You Never Thought About This Crowdpleaser as Road Food

You probably are already aware of parfaits as a breakfast option. But did you know that you can pack them... more

14 Jul 2023 · 12 minutes
[Grab-and-Go Breakfasts]: Eggs on Wheels

One criteria I had for this week’s grab-and-go breakfasts is that they do not involve dirtying a pan during the... more

12 Jul 2023 · 12 minutes
[Grab-and-Go Breakfasts]: This Breakfast Sounds Weird, Tastes Ah-mazing

OK, I know: Chia pudding sounds like something your hippy aunt made in the 70s. But trust me, it’s really... more

10 Jul 2023 · 12 minutes
[Vacation]: Navigating the Dreaded Re-Entry

Have you ever gotten home from vacation and felt… sad? Out of it? Just not like yourself? That very real... more

07 Jul 2023 · 11 minutes
[Vacation]: How to Enjoy Yourself w/o Totally Ditching Your Healthy Habits

Raise your hand if you’ve ever gotten home from a vacation and felt like you needed to check into a... more

05 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
[Vacation]: Making a Kickass Packing List

Vacation is fun to think about, but less fun to pack for. I just got back from our first-ever two-week... more

03 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
[Life Clarity]: If You Were Writing a Memoir, What Would You Call It?

How often do you think about how your life has been going up to this point? Not very often, right?... more

30 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
[Life Clarity]: 3 Ways to Get Perspective on Your Problems

There’s just something about how you say stuff to another person that can come straight off the truth, like a... more

28 Jun 2023 · 15 minutes
[Life Clarity]: Confused About What to Do? These Two Qs Can Help

When you can tell that you’re not thinking clearly about something it can be so frustrating! So you just try... more

26 Jun 2023 · 11 minutes
[Let the Schiz Go]: Why Moms (Myself Included) Need to Be Less Controlling

There is a unique kind of control that a lot of mothers–myself included–display. It's called maternal gatekeeping, where we think... more

23 Jun 2023 · 15 minutes
[Let that Schiz Go]: A Mantra for Letting Go of Expectations

Expectations are a real bugger. They make us feel that if things don't happen the way we think they will, there's... more

21 Jun 2023 · 11 minutes
[Let that Schiz Go]: 3 Exercise to Release Stuff Energetically

Sometimes there are things that you feel like you've let go, or that you should have let go already, when... more

19 Jun 2023 · 12 minutes
[Creating New Habits]: Ancient Wisdom for Avoiding the Dreaded Backslide

There are many obstacles to creating and assimilating new habits that help us become better people. I mean, of course,... more

16 Jun 2023 · 12 minutes
[Creating New Habits]: The Habit-Building Secret that Sets You Up for Success

Today I’m sharing something that can help you stay on track with your efforts to start a new habit. Best... more

14 Jun 2023 · 10 minutes
[Creating New Habits]: Building Habits Is Hard–Doing This Makes It Feel Amazing

Let’s say you’re trying to build a habit of spending 10 minutes a night putting things away and restoring some... more

12 Jun 2023 · 10 minutes
[Breaking Old Habits]: What to Do When You Mess Up (Because It Happens)

Trying to become better is not a reason for feeling bad about yourself. You will mess up. You will backslide.... more

09 Jun 2023 · 8 minutes
[Breaking Old Habits]: A Powerful Way to Get Your Butt into Gear

Today’s big idea is that because habits are so unconscious and so well-worn, it can take a really big dose... more

07 Jun 2023 · 10 minutes
[Breaking Old Habits]: How Habits Are Like Icebergs, Ep. 938

Habits are like icebergs--you can perceive just the tip of them, when actually most of them exist underneath the surface... more

05 Jun 2023 · 11 minutes
[Boundaries, People]: What’s on Your “I Don’t” List?

Knowing what’s on your “don’t list” will help shore up your boundaries, and that helps you walk a little taller... more

02 Jun 2023 · 8 minutes
[Boundaries, People!]: How Boundaries Create Freedom

Drawing boundaries might feel limiting, but corralling your energy is, paradoxically, SUPER freeing. Then you don’t have to expend time... more

31 May 2023 · 9 minutes
[Boundaries, People!]: Which of the 2 Types of Boundaries Do You Need Most?

[I’m replaying some of my best stuff while I take the summer off to decompress. This week’s episodes on boundaries... more

29 May 2023 · 9 minutes
[Bottom 3 Episodes Ever]: Be Coachable

Here it is–my third-least listened to episode ever. It’s about how to stay open to constructive feedback, and why you want... more

26 May 2023 · 8 minutes
[Bottom 3 Episodes Ever]: Why You Should Ditch the GPS Once in a While

This week I’m replaying the three episodes that have gotten the fewest listens since they first launched. These are some... more

24 May 2023 · 8 minutes
[Bottom 3 Episodes Ever]: Can You Eat Lunch Without Doing This?

As I was browsing for old episodes to re-play while I take a hiatus for the rest of the summer,... more

22 May 2023 · 8 minutes
[Top 3 Episodes Ever]: What Got You in Trouble in School Could Now Save Democracy

This week during the great hiatus of 2023 (for this podcast, anyway, although if there’s something you can take a... more

19 May 2023 · 10 minutes
[Top 3 Episodes Ever]:CAN You Give from an Empty Cup??

This week during the great hiatus of 2023 (for this podcast, anyway, although if there’s something you can take a... more

17 May 2023 · 10 minutes
[Top 3 Episodes Ever]: Why You Should Stop Being Nice

This week during the great hiatus of 2023 (for this podcast, anyway, although if there’s something you can take a... more

15 May 2023 · 12 minutes
[Money Mantras]: Pay Yourself First

Although the bills take up a big part of our financial thinking, your highest money priority is NOT to make... more

12 May 2023 · 11 minutes
[Money Mantras]: Think Like a Breadwinner

Most women limit their earning potential by aiming merely to be able to pay their bills–which is a wonderful thing... more

10 May 2023 · 20 minutes
[Money Mantras]: What to Say instead of “I Can’t Afford That”

With the “is it here yet?” recession and definitely here inflation, conversations about how much things cost and how much... more

08 May 2023 · 8 minutes
[Your Energy]: Secrets to Reading Other People’s Energy

Some people are more empathetic and/or sensitive and so they get an intuitive read on other people’s energy without a... more

05 May 2023 · 9 minutes
[Your Energy]: 8 Quick Ways to Raise Your Vibe

Your energy isn't set it and forget it. There are simple things you can do to raise it up. Here... more

03 May 2023 · 11 minutes
[Your Energy]: So, How’s Your Energy? Let’s Find Out

Just like your favorite streaming shows, I am taking a hiatus. In the meantime, I’m replaying some of my best... more

01 May 2023 · 10 minutes
[Taking a Break]: 7 Things I Learned about Productivity from Podcasting for 3.5 Years

As I get ready to take the summer off from producing new episodes (although until I’m back I’ll be replaying... more

28 Apr 2023 · 15 minutes
[Taking a Break]: 7 Things This Podcast Taught Me About Being a Better Person

What happens when you devote yourself to exploring all the many ways to be a better person? After producing over... more

26 Apr 2023 · 13 minutes
[Taking a Break]: How Reiki Helped Me Make a Tough Decision

This week I’m talking about taking a break, which is what I am doing with the podcast–after this week of... more

24 Apr 2023 · 14 minutes
[Perimenopause]: The Good News about Menopause,

Sure, there's plenty of things about perimenopause that suck. But as a post-menopausal person, I'm here to tell you about... more

21 Apr 2023 · 11 minutes
[Perimenopause]: Self-Care Secrets for an Easier Perimenopausal Transition,

Today I’m talking with holistic health coach Jolinda Johnson, who specializes in helping women through the perimenopausal transition, about the... more

19 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
[Perimenopause]: Could Hormones Be Causing Your Irritability, Sleeplessness, Weight Gain, and More?

Could your fatigue be related to perimenopause? Could your weight gain? What about your back pain? Because perimenopause can trigger... more

17 Apr 2023 · 10 minutes
[Little Things] The Surprising Power of Friendly Hand Gestures

Hand gestures are something that holds a lot of power that we don’t typically give much thought to. (In fact,... more

14 Apr 2023 · 13 minutes
Little Things] The Who, What, Why, When and How of Microdosing

This week on the podcast I’m talking about little things that make a big difference. And today’s little thing is... more

12 Apr 2023 · 25 minutes
[Little Things]: Why Fast, Painless Acts of Kindness Matter

Talking about little things this week, because who doesn’t love things that take a small amount of effort yet can... more

10 Apr 2023 · 13 minutes
[De-Clutter Your Life]: A Painless–and Fun!--Way to Delete 1000s of Emails from Your Inbox

Continuing on the theme of de-cluttering your life, today I’m talking about how to go about tackling something that most... more

07 Apr 2023 · 14 minutes
[De-Clutter Your Life]: The One Skill That Can Free You From Overdoing

If you want more space in your life you’re going to have to let go of a few things. That’s... more

05 Apr 2023 · 12 minutes
[De-Clutter Your Life]: How Do I Stop Feeling So Busy All the Time?

Today I’m answering a listener question from Kristin, who writes: “Lately I’ve been thinking about all I have to do as... more

03 Apr 2023 · 12 minutes
[Socially Awkward]: The Magical, 2-Minute Way to Make a Lasting Good Impression

Today I’m talking about something that’s been near and dear to my heart for a long time now – sending... more

31 Mar 2023 · 14 minutes
[Socially Awkward]: How to Have Fun & Make Real Connections at a Networking Event

We're headed back out there--conferences, networking events, even just going to the office and having in-person meetings. Some people have... more

29 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
[Socially Awkward]: A 3-Step Formula for Introducing Yourself without Rambling

This week I’m talking about how to get back out there and being social with people in real time without... more

27 Mar 2023 · 14 minutes
[Tough Times], 7 Little Things that Help You Deal with Tough Times

When you’re going through tough times, it’s tempting to just hunker down and endure and do whatever it takes to... more

24 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
[Tough Times], Finding Your Way to Post Traumatic Growth

Today I'm talking with Andrea Nakayama, founder of the Functional Nutrition Alliance. For the last 20+ years, Andrea helped those... more

22 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
[Tough Times], Secrets to Being Able to Receive Support

Here’s a truth about tough times–they’re naturally a LOT tougher when you try to get through them on your own. And... more

20 Mar 2023 · 14 minutes
[Grab Bag], The Life Admin We All Ought to Be Doing in March

If, as I shared in Monday’s episode, March is meh it’s a great time to simultaneously catch up on and... more

17 Mar 2023 · 14 minutes
[Grab Bag], What’s the Deal with CBD?

One of the things on my crazy mixed-up list of things giving me life are CBD supplements–they were my pain... more

15 Mar 2023 · 19 minutes
[Grab Bag]: Crazy, Mixed-Up List of the Things Giving Me Life

I have two mantras for this time of year: May is cray (because it’s always jam-packed with various events), and... more

13 Mar 2023 · 16 minutes
[Better for You Buzzes]: What to Do When You’re Upset (Before You Pour a Glass or Pop a Gummy)

Worry, angst, malaise, the blahs, questioning--these states overtake all of us at some point, often when we’re navigating some kind... more

10 Mar 2023 · 15 minutes
[Better for You Buzzes]: Navigating the Brave New World of Legal Cannabis

Now that marijuana is legal in many states, it’s no longer a sneaky little secret–but does that mean it’s time... more

08 Mar 2023 · 25 minutes
[Better for You Buzzes]: Is Alcohol Good or Bad for You?

Is alcohol good for you or bad for you? Well…it’s both. On one hand, red wine is part of the... more

06 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
[Comfort Podcasts]: A Guided Meditation for Feeling Better About…Everything

Continuing on the comfort theme, today I’m replaying an interview with award-winning book coach, Lisa Tener, who shares her super... more

03 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
[Comfort Podcasts]: Forgive Your Financial Mistakes

Continuing on this week’s theme of comfort (I’m replaying episodes this as I’m dealing with the aftermath of appendicitis) I’m... more

01 Mar 2023 · 10 minutes
[Comfort Podcasts]: The Surprisingly Deep Reason Why Feeling Cozy Matters

Hi! So… I ended up having my appendix out just as my podcast episodes were due. Which is why I’m... more

27 Feb 2023 · 10 minutes
[Things to Stop Doing]: 3 Tricks to Stop Blowing off Your Self-Care

Today’s thing to stop doing, is blowing off your self-care, whatever that may be–going to bed at a decent time,... more

24 Feb 2023 · 13 minutes
[Things to Stop Doing]: Why Venting Is Better Than Complaining

Today’s thing to do less of is complaining. Complaining is a real slippery slope, because even though it feels constructive–because... more

22 Feb 2023 · 11 minutes
[Things to Stop Doing]: 3 Ways to Stop Taking Things Personally

This week is all about things you can stop doing. Because sometimes being a better person isn’t only about the... more

20 Feb 2023 · 15 minutes
[Mood-Lifters]: When Your Day Goes Sideways

We all know that sometimes, something happens to hijack your day–and your mood. (It happened to me the day before... more

17 Feb 2023 · 13 minutes
[Mood-Lifters]: Build a Mood-Friendly Routine

Setting up a routine can help keep your mood in a good place, as opposed to waking up and just... more

15 Feb 2023 · 15 minutes
[Mood-Lifters]: 5 Quick Ways to Boost Your Mood

Having your mood in a better place helps you be a better person–but there are so many things that can... more

13 Feb 2023 · 18 minutes
[De-cluttering]: What to Do With Unwanted Gifts

So far this week we’ve talked about letting go of the things that belong to the person you used to... more

10 Feb 2023 · 12 minutes
[De-cluttering]: The Power of 5-Minute Routines to Get–and Stay–Organized

De-cluttering and creating a more functional, more serene space isn’t a one and done deal. I cleaned out our refrigerator... more

08 Feb 2023 · 15 minutes
[De-cluttering]: How to Make Space for New Energy

This week I’m talking about decluttering–not for the sake of getting that minimalist look, although please, I drool over Instagram... more

06 Feb 2023 · 12 minutes
[Rest]: What Most People Get Wrong About Rest

We have an idea that resting means doing nothing.  And it’s true that sometimes rest is passive.  Examples of passive rest include:  Sleeping Napping Getting... more

03 Feb 2023 · 11 minutes
[Rest]: There’s More to Feeling Rested Than Sleep–A Lot More

Today I'm talking with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a Board-Certified internal medicine physician and work-life integration researcher. She's also the author... more

01 Feb 2023 · 26 minutes
[Rest]: How Can I Be OK with Not Being Productive?

This week I’m talking about rest. Not sleep, per se, but giving yourself what you need so that you can... more

30 Jan 2023 · 13 minutes
[Grown-Up Glow Up]: My Go-To Number-One Strategy for Feeling Fabulous Even When I Don’t Feel Fabulous

When you’re in the midlife realm, t’s really easy to focus on the changes that your hair, face, skin, body... more

27 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
[Grown-Up Glow Up]: Secrets for Great Skin Now–and Later,

This week is all about feeling good about how you look, especially when you’re in that midlife spin cycle where... more

25 Jan 2023 · 25 minutes
[Grown-Up Glow Up]: A Mantra for Loving How You Look

This week I’m talking about how to have a grown-up glow up. Glow up is what my kids call a... more

23 Jan 2023 · 13 minutes
[Making Changes]: You DO Have the Time to Do the Things You Want–Here’s Where It’s Hiding

Take my one-question survey! (Thank you!) One of the most common barriers to making a positive change is time.  We tell ourselves things... more

20 Jan 2023 · 14 minutes
[Making Changes]: 2 Motivation Secrets to Get–and Keep–Going

Take my one-question survey! (Thank you!) Today I’m sharing two motivation secrets that can help you get going with whatever change... more

18 Jan 2023 · 11 minutes
[Making Changes]: 3 Ways to Make Change Easy (or at Least Easier)

Take my one-question survey! (Thank you!) I’ve been doing a lot of reading about habits and behavior change for a book... more

16 Jan 2023 · 15 minutes
[Brain Health]: The Attitudes That Keep Your Mind Open and Brain Sharp

Today I’m talking about an overall approach to life that helps keep your mind open and your brain sharp, now... more

13 Jan 2023 · 15 minutes
[Brain Health]: Things to Do Now for Better Brain Health in the Future

Today I'm interviewing Dr. Heather Sandison, who is the founder of the Solcere medical clinic and the residential elder care... more

11 Jan 2023 · 24 minutes
[Brain Health]: Surprising Brain Health Hacks that Work

A recent survey found that sixty-four percent of all Americans say that their biggest fear about growing older is that... more

09 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
[Midlife Reinvention]: Midlife Is Like Being a Teen Again–Why That’s a Good Thing

Remember how bewildering and awkward and silly puberty was?? Well, midlife is basically puberty in reverse. Huge hormonal shifts. The... more

06 Jan 2023 · 14 minutes
[Midlife Reinvention]: Stop Waiting for an Empty Nest

Thinking about today’s episode the lyric from “Landslide” keep running through my head: “Children get older and I’m getting older... more

04 Jan 2023 · 23 minutes
[Midlife Reinvention]: If You’re Feeling Meh at Midlife

I’ve been talking to friends and hearing from listeners that a lot of you are pondering life changes–maybe it’s because... more

02 Jan 2023 · 12 minutes
[New Year’s Plan Jam!]: Here’s My New Year’s Planning Process (in All Its Glory!)

Now that I’ve gotten to do a deep dive into everyone else’s planning process, I’m psyched to incorporate pieces from... more

30 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
[New Year’s Plan Jam!]: Using Intention, Energy, and Love to Plan the New Year

I don’t know about you but I just love hearing how different people go about their New Year’s planning, and... more

29 Dec 2022 · 24 minutes
[New Year’s Plan Jam!]: How a Professional Organizer Sets New Year’s Goals

The New Year’s Plan Jam keeps rolling today with my interview with Jessica Tudos, a professional organizer and life designer... more

28 Dec 2022 · 21 minutes
[New Year’s Plan Jam!]: A Doctor Shares How to Make Health Resolutions that Stick

Welcome to Day 2 of the first ever New Year’s Plan Jam. Today, I’m replaying an interview with Dr. Suzanne... more

27 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
[New Year’s Plan Jam!]: How a Planning Expert Prepares for the New Year

Welcome to the first ever New Year’s Plan Jam! This week, I’m interviewing four different types of experts and asking... more

26 Dec 2022 · 22 minutes
[5 Minute Self-Care]: Feel Alive and Ward off Illness

You know how it can be so hard to wake up? Maybe it’s cold outside, you didn’t sleep great, you’ve... more

23 Dec 2022 · 13 minutes
[5 Minute Self-Care]: Feed Your Cells and Soothe the Soul

You know how your energy can conk out in the afternoon? And you start craving something to perk you back... more

22 Dec 2022 · 15 minutes
[5 Minute Self-Care]: Reset Your Nervous System

Your nervous system is an information super highway that dictates how stressed you feel, how well you’re sleeping and digesting,... more

21 Dec 2022 · 12 minutes
[5 Minute Self-Care]: Quiet Your Mind, Unkink Your Spine

When you’ve been sitting all day you feel it in your body–your neck and shoulders get tight, maybe you get... more

20 Dec 2022 · 11 minutes
[5 Minute Self-Care]: Rest Your Eyes, Brain, and Spirit

During this holiday hullabaloo, when it may feel like time is at a premium, I’m focusing on sharing EASY, FAST,... more

19 Dec 2022 · 10 minutes
[Anxiety]: Your Return Ticket from Anxiety Land

Anxiety is often the result of living in the future--thinking about what hasn’t happened yet, perhaps even dreading it. Of... more

16 Dec 2022 · 10 minutes
[Anxiety]: A Breath to Calm a Racing Mind

I’ve heard anxiety described as “excitement without breath,” Meaning, anxiety isn’t 100 percent bad. In fact, it’s often a sign... more

15 Dec 2022 · 11 minutes
[Anxiety]: What Living with Anxiety Has Taught Me

I’m re-airing an interview from December 2020 with Leigh Medeiros, a screenwriter and creativity coach who has lived with anxiety... more

14 Dec 2022 · 23 minutes
[Anxiety] A Trick to Contain Those Anxious Thoughts

You could spend most of the day and night worrying–and how unproductive and unpleasant is that?  Today I’m sharing how to... more

13 Dec 2022 · 9 minutes
[Anxiety] Trust Is an Antidote to Worry

This week I’m talking about anxiety. I mean, mid-December–‘tis the season, isn’t it? Lots to do, lots of expectations to... more

12 Dec 2022 · 12 minutes
[Mindset Hacks] How Do I Stay in My Own Lane?

This week I’ve been sharing new ways of thinking that can help you stay in a more positive place. And... more

09 Dec 2022 · 12 minutes
[Mindset Hacks] Try on a New Inner Voice

I’m guessing that the voice you use to talk to yourself isn’t currently all that friendly or supportive. So today’s... more

08 Dec 2022 · 8 minutes
Mindset Hacks] How to Stop Judging Other People (and Yourself)

A mode of thinking that can really keep us stuck in that place of feeling upset and down and small-minded... more

07 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
[Mindset Hacks] There’s More Where That Came From

How many times have you beaten yourself up for spending money or time on something that didn’t end up panning... more

06 Dec 2022 · 10 minutes
[Mindset Hacks] Look for the Loving Reason

In this busy holiday month, I’m coming to you with some mindset hacks–little pivots in your thinking that can help... more

05 Dec 2022 · 12 minutes
[Generosity] When It’s OK to NOT Be Generous,

You can be generous in some ways, and stingy in others. And it’s really fascinating to start to unpack where... more

02 Dec 2022 · 11 minutes
[Generosity] How to Give Without Depleting Yourself

While giving is often energizing, there are definitely times when it’s draining. Or even upsetting. It can leave you feeling... more

01 Dec 2022 · 10 minutes
[Generosity] The Value–and Costs–of Emotional Labor

We think about giving to others in very practical ways, but there are ways that you can give to people... more

30 Nov 2022 · 26 minutes
[Generosity] The Many Ways You Have to Give

If you’ve ever had the thought that you could stand to be a more generous person, I hope today’s episode... more

29 Nov 2022 · 14 minutes
[Generosity] Why Giving to Others Is Good for You

When you think of what being a better person means, I’m guessing that being generous is one of the first... more

28 Nov 2022 · 10 minutes
[Thanksgiving] You’ll Thank Yourself Later for Listening to This

You already know that gratitude is a nice way to appreciate something that has already happened, but did you know... more

25 Nov 2022 · 10 minutes
[Thanksgiving], The Power of Saying Your Thanks Out Loud

We all know gratitude is good for you–we’ve heard the advice to keep a gratitude journal, and I’ve talked before... more

24 Nov 2022 · 9 minutes
[Thanksgiving] Gratitude for Lazy People

Hi friends. Today I’m replaying an interview from Thanksgiving, 2020 with Polly Campbell about how to practice gratitude even if... more

23 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
[Thanksgiving] Stress Buster #2: Rehearse Happiness

Yesterday I talked about something you can do in the moment of feeling stressed out during a family gathering that... more

22 Nov 2022 · 7 minutes
[Thanksgiving] Stress Buster #1: Counteract Your Irritation

Here’s the thing about family: You love them, and they can drive you crazy. Which makes you react in a... more

21 Nov 2022 · 9 minutes
[More Quick Hits]: Catch Someone in the Act of Doing Good

You’ve heard me say it before and you’ll hear me say it again, what you focus on grows. If you... more

18 Nov 2022 · 9 minutes
[More Quick Hits]: Validate, Validate, Validate

Have you ever been telling someone how you feel about something, and they told you to just calm down? Or... more

17 Nov 2022 · 11 minutes
[More Quick Hits]: Bringing Decency Back

Today I’m interviewing Colleen Doyle Bryant, author of Rooted in Decency: Finding Inner Peace in a World Gone Sideways because,... more

16 Nov 2022 · 21 minutes
[More Quick Hits]; Force Yourself to Look for the Good

There’s no denying: There are a lot of bummers in the world. You could really spend all day, all week,... more

15 Nov 2022 · 9 minutes
[More Quick Hits]: Decreasing Negativity

It’s a busy time of year so I’m bringing you a few more quick hits–simple, easy, quick things you can... more

14 Nov 2022 · 11 minutes
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Today I’m interviewing Colleen Doyle Bryant, author of Rooted in Decency: Finding Inner Peace in a World Gone Sideways because, I mean…... more