If you’re so exhausted and overwhelmed by your status quo that you can’t even figure out a way to add GOOD things into your life, you need this weekly podcast. Hosts Betsy & Warren Talbot know how to remove what's not working so you can have more of what you love.

We'd love to tell you how awesome we are, that we reach every single goal we set, and that we pretty much float on rainbows all the time.

Sadly, we can't do that.

Sometimes we miss the mark, and today's show is all about what we do when that happens to keep the momentum going (or not!) Plus we'll recap the year-end process we use to plan for a great new year and reveal some of our insecurities and concerns going into a new year.

Direct download: Podcast_95_-_annual_review_time.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 6:10am EDT

Grief is so often a quiet, lonely process. We don’t talk about it, and we’re often expected to get over it in private, in a pretty quick timeframe. In today's episode we're talking about what happens when grief is shared publicly. We're diving into the power of writing as a tool to overcome loss. We share our own stories of loss and how we made it through and the public and private ways we all handle loss.

We're joined today by Tré Miller-Rodríguez, the author of Splitting the Difference: A Heart-Shaped Memoira powerful view into the death of her 40-year-old husband who died of a sudden heart attack beside her. This book is one that pulls at your heartstrings and finds you surprised by the candid nature of her writing.

Direct download: Podcast_94_-_Writing_Through_Grief_with_Tr_Miller_Rodriguez.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:30am EDT

In this week's show we're providing background and personal stories from one of the most popular posts we've ever shared. To celebrate her 44th birthday this month Betsy wrote an article titled "44 Things Every Woman My Age Knows (or Will After Reading This)". In it she shares her wisdom learned over the years in her funny and engaging style. This episode we're diving into some of our favorites from the list to talk about the origin and allow Betsy to divulge more of how she learned these lessons.
Direct download: Podcast_93_-_44_lessons_every_woman_should_know.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

We just completed a week-long digital fast - no Internet, no computers, no connectivity. It was a chance for us to disconnect from the devices that seem to rule our lives and reconnect with what we love most - each other.

In this week's episode we share why we did it, the challenges we faced (it turns out it's hard for us to disconnect) and what we gained from the experience.

Direct download: Podcast_92_-_Enjoying_a_Digital_Detox.mp3
Category:Try New Things -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Do you have to give up your passions if they can't pay the bills?

Many people opt for security over the unknown very early in the game, giving up on the music, sports, dance, art, invention, or writing that our younger selves wanted to devote our lives to. It's almost as if we refuse to give time and attention to a passion if it cannot also make money.

But what happens when you keep that passion in your life for years or decades, never counting on it to make your mortgage payment? There's a different kind of richness that comes from maintaining your interests over a lifetime, and that's the subject of today's show.

Direct download: Podcast_91_-_Living_your_Passion_with_John_Parsons.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Are you an optimist? Do you look at each new experience as something that will turn out well in the end? This week we're sharing our own thoughts on the subject as well as which of us is the optimist and which is the "realist". You'll discover how looking on the bright side of life has brought us more happiness and enabled us to embrace the life of our dreams.

Direct download: Podcast_90_-_Cultivating_Optimism_with_Edie_Weinstein.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

How Fitness Saved Me from Depression and Suicide (Episode #89 with Amy Clover)

What do you do with your stress and anxiety? We used to mash it down into a little ball that grew less manageable over time. It wasn't until we started daily walking and hiking in our 40s that we realized the mind-body benefit that comes from sweating it out. Today we're talking to a woman who found exercise more than a stress-buster; it actually saved her life.

Our guest today, Amy Clover, has battled clinical depression and anxiety all her adult life. After a near suicide and treatment, she turned to exercise to become Strong Inside Out. Besides her work on suicide prevention around the US, Amy teaches people with anxiety and depression how exercise can improve their lives and ease their symptoms. Find out more at StrongInsideOutBootcamp.com.


We judge other people. There, we've admitted it to both you and to ourselves. It is a natural tendency we all fall into, but at the same time we've been on the other side all too often of people feeling completely comfortable sharing their judgements of our choices.

In this week's show we share on our ongoing effort to reduce the amount of judgement we let into our lives (hint, it's hard). Plus, we talk about our effort to reduce the amount of judgement we put out into the world (hint, this is even harder). It's a peek into one of our biggest pet peeves and how we are choosing to deal with it.

Direct download: Podcast_88_-_Judgement.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

How do you talk with your partner or loved ones about death? It is a subject that none of us want to consider, but at the same time is far too important not to broach with those who we love.

In this episode, we discuss one of the most challenging conversations we've had - sharing with each other how we want to be treated if/when the worst happens. In the process we've discovered how much this conversation has opened our mind and caused us to focus on living each day to the fullest.

Direct download: Podcast_87_-__Talking_About_Death_to_Live_More_Fully.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

For the last several years we have been collecting stories from our adventures around the world together. As we talked about on last week's show we are getting better at saving them for later. From spending 5+ weeks crossing the Atlantic to bribing a border guard there are a wealth of stories to choose from.

In today's show we're sharing one of these stories with you. Plus, you'll learn which of us loves to tell stories and who is simply humoring the other after having heard them again and again.

Direct download: Podcast_86_-__Married_with_Luggage_audio_book.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 4:30am EDT

Curating Your Life Experiences - Episode #85 with Joel Zaslofsky

In the moment we always believe we’ll remember the events from our life just as vividly as when they happen. But inevitably, with time we find that the memories fade and the details become less crisp and often impossible to recall.

For us, this creates challenges as we try to write about our experiences in the future. We struggle to recall specific feelings we were having or people we met in particular situations. When we bought our house in Spain we knew we wanted to document the process for a future book and so we explored how best to capture all of this to use later. On today's show we're sharing how we are capturing these experiences and how you can use the same techniques in your own life.

Direct download: Podcast_85_-__Curating_your_experiences_with_Joel_Zaslofsky.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:27am EDT

We've decided to follow our passion (pun intended) and embark on a completely new project. This episode we give you a behind the scene look into how a tiny idea grew from a conversation on a hike into a completely new endeavor for us.

We share why we're writing a romance novel. It's a fun conversation in which we reveal the project we've been working on the last few months and how we are enjoying this adventure into a new type of writing. Listen in as Betsy shares what it was like to write her first sex scene and Warren auditions to be a character in her next book.

Direct download: Podcast_84_-__Were_Writing_a_Romance_Novel.mp3
Category:Try New Things -- posted at: 4:30am EDT

Does the idea of "housework harmony" actually exist? That is the question which seems to plague many of the couples we come across. It seem inevitable one person feels that an undue amount of the load falls to them while their partner seems to shirk the entire concept. In today's show we talk about how to achieve more harmony in the relationship and why this imbalance is bigger than simply a disdain for doing laundry. The problem comes down to a fundamental difference between the sexes.


What We've Learned from 4 Years of Traveling Together - Episode #82

Four years ago today we left on our journey around the world after two years of saving and downsizing. Whew! It was an amazing feeling, followed quickly by our first big challenge of discovering there was a coup attempt happening that very moment in our first destination.

Yes, you read that right. A coup d'etat attempt happened on the day we left, in the country we were flying into. Without a home or jobs to return to, we had to quickly decide if we were ready for a life of such uncertainty and change.

In today's show we talk about how we felt about ourselves, each other, and our lifestyle back then and compare it to today, with plenty of juicy stories thrown in for good measure. We loved recording this episode, and we think you'll enjoy it, too.


How to go from Lovers to Soulmates (Podcast #81 with Mali Apple and Joe Dunn)

On today's show we share our insights on the subject of soulmates (which we usually call "partners") and whether they just happen or take work to build. You can probably guess our response to that. Then we're joined by our guests, who talk about what it takes to create and sustain a soulmate experience for a lifetime.


The First Step to Living Your Dream: Know What It Is (Episode #80 )

There is barely a day that goes by that we do not receive an email or message on our Facebook page asking how to begin creating the life of your dreams. The questions come from all over the world so this is clearly a common issue faced by many.

In this episode we share our own experience and steps we took to create the life we wanted from the life we already had. It took many years and dedicated work, but the result was a saved marriage and the opportunity to follow our dream together.

We share how we got started in the earliest stages in order to help you, dear listener, follow in our footsteps. It is a fun overview of how we got started on this wild ride along with practical steps to help you in the process.

Direct download: Podcast_80_-__How_to_Make_the_Life_you_WANT_happen.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:30am EDT

Have you ever experienced a lag in your sex drive, or that of your partner? Have you found that the frequency or passion in your sex life has waned a bit?

In today's conversation we reveal our own personal struggles with a lagging labido and one approach we've used to help rekindle the spark. We're talking about how erotica can provide a fun addition to the bedroom.

We're delighted to be joined this week by Rachel Kramer Bussel, a writer focusing on sex, dating, books and pop culture. She's edited over 50 anthologies including Hungry for More, The Big Book of Orgasms, The Big Book of Submission, Fast Girls, Women in Lust and more, and teaches erotic writing workshops online and across the United States. She's currently on book tour. Find out more at rachelkramerbussel.com and follow her @raquelita on Twitter.

Programming Note: Today’s guest called in from her vacation in rural Vermont and we had a spectacular conversation. The sound quality is not as good as usual, but the content is invaluable and we know you’re going to like this one! Now, on with the show. 


Money is one of the top 5 areas couples fight about the most. We know. We've been there. Whether it stems from different goals, different ways we were raised, or our trust of the other person how we approach our finances is a huge issue for many of us.

Today's episode we broach the subject and provide ideas and recommendations for how to talk about money calmly and constructively. We even share our own dirty laundry and the challenges we faced when we first started out.

To help us tackle this difficult topic we are delighted to be joined on the show by finance expert and speaker Debbie Whitlock. Debbie teaches women how to create lives of significance beyond the financial success they can create. The co-author of Incredible Life and host of two popular radio programs, Femme Finance and Femmenation, Debbie combines the worlds of personal growth and financial growth to "create the prosperity and good fortune you deserve.” You can listen to Debbie’s radio shows, Femme Finance and Femmenation, every week on KKNW 1150 AM in Seattle or anywhere in the world via the links at DebbieWhitlock.com.

Direct download: Podcast_78_-_Talking_with_your_partner_about_money.mp3
Category:Personal Finance -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

The Secrets to a Happy Relationship (Episode #77 with Fawn Weaver)

What makes a happy relationship? In this episode we delve into this complex topic and provide practical ideas that we've used ourselves to create what we feel is a happy partnership. 

Plus, we're joined by author Fawn Weaver, who was unsatisfied with the boilerplate answers to happiness of "better communication" and "spend more time together". So, to find out the answer for herself, she traveled to 12 countries on 6 continents in search of happy wives and their secrets. She's here to discuss what she found and what the revealed in the NY Times bestseller, The Happy Wives Club.

Direct download: Podcast_77_-_The_Secret_to_a_Happy_Marriage_with_Fawn_Weaver.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Is Middle-Aged Love Still Hot?  (Podcast #76: with author Jenna McCarthy)

In this episode we're challenging the myth that relationships (and sex) get dull the longer you are in them. As two middle-aged people ourselves (holy crap, when did that happen?) we dish on why we've never been more attracted to each other and what we do regularly to keep it fresh.

We're joined today by the hysterical and fantastic, Jenna McCarthy. She's back for her second appearance on the podcast. Remember back in episode #46 when she told us to treat our spouses like dogs? Yes, that’s good advice, and if you missed the show, go back and listen to what she means by that. She'll teach us all that relationships certainly don't need to get boring.


One sure-fire way to keep your relationship exciting is to try new things together. It can be as small as checking out a new ethnic restaurant in your city to going to rodeo clown school (Warren's secret desire). One way we challenged ourselves and each other recently was a trip to a naturist beach, a totally nude community near us here in Spain.


How many old-fashioned habits do you have in your relationship – things your parents or grandparents can relate to?

Probably not a lot. But today's guest has a story that will make you want to ask your Grandma for dating tips. This modern couple went old-school in just one way and it created a magical relationship.


Imagine if we only had one chance in life to be happy or successful.

In our careers.

In our choice of friends.

Or in love.

What a very sad world it would be if we were all doomed to work in jobs we hated or to hang around people we no longer connect with. Worse yet, what if we lost our chance at love after the death of our partner?

Today's show is both happy and sad as we talk about second chances in life and love. Our guest knows more than most on the topic and we're pleased to have her back on the show to share big news in her life and how she has moved on from tragic loss to find love again. It's an inspiring story of moving forward, even when you think you can't, and what can result if you just keep on going.

For a bit of background, we recommend listening way back to episode #6 when we first met Michelle and heard about her the story of losing her husband.

Direct download: Podcast_73_-_Second_chance_at_love_Michelle_Steinke.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 4:30am EDT

Do you find yourself saying "I'm too busy" whenever people ask how you are doing? Are you missing out on dates with your partner because life is getting in the way? Are you being intentional in how you approach your relationship?

Today's episode delves into what we can do to make our relationship the biggest priority in life. We tackle:

  • The importance of being intentional
  • How to stop the "glorification of busy"
  • Take the first step towards change

We also discuss how to improve your sex life and connection with your partner. This is a good one so let's dive in.


Treating your relationship like a lab rat isn't as weird as it sounds. You track what happens, learn from your mistakes, and improve over time. As nerdy as it sounds, you can improve your chances at love by paying attention to what you're doing right in the quest for love...and what you're doing wrong.

In today's episode, we start by revealing some of our more geeky relationship rules, lessons we've learned through trial and error:

Direct download: Podcast_71_-_Science_of_Romance_Ty_Tashiro.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Episode 70 comes to you from the sunny Andalucia region of Spain. Today we’re talking about the 6-week Romance Experiment - what it is, how it worked, and how you can get in on the action.

What a fantastic adventure through Europe. For 6 weeks we traveled through Europe exploring romance in a variety of locations and ways to keep the spark alive in our relationship.

In this episode we share what we loved the most and how important this journey was to help us reconnect as partners. Plus, we introduce our Romance Bucket which you can use to inject a bit more romance in your relationships. You can download the list of 52 romantic ideas, one for each week of the year, by signing up to our newsletter list.

It's a fun show highlighting romantic adventures to help spark ideas to do with your mate. 

 

Direct download: Podcast_70_-_A_6_Week_Romance_Experiment.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 4:30am EDT

Episode 69 was recorded in live on a farm in Belgium. Today we're talking to a couple who went from the city life to the farm life without ever having even owned a pet before.

Embarking on a big dream together requires a strong commitment to each other and a serious amount of communication. We're chatting about big life changes today and how one makes the leap from corporate life to stepping off the "standard path". It is a fun episode filled with cheese, and pigs, and baby goats...oh my. This is fun show for all of you who are dreaming of a new life or simply love the idea of going after something completely different. 

 

Direct download: Podcast_69_-_The_Modern-Day_Green_Acres_couple_Stuart__Debbie_.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 5:30am EDT

Episode 68 comes to you from sunny Madrid, Spain. Today we're addressing the question we get all the time: How do you find someone to follow your dreams with you? You're going to love today's unconventional guest, and you’ll want to listen through to the end to find out how to win one of 3 copies of his new book.

How else are you gonna find other freaks if you don't out yourself as a freak? This is one of the key lessons we talk about in this episode, the importance of sharing your interests with others. We dive into how you can find people who share your passions and, ultimately, that big dream you have brewing in your mind.

Direct download: Podcast_68__Jason_SurfrApp.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Episode #67 comes to you from the waffle center of the world, Brussels, Belgium. Today we're talking to a couple who's relationship has survived and thrived in the midst of a life-changing trauma.

Let's face it, the odds are that most of us will encounter illness or injury in our lives, and the odds go up as we get older.

Besides staying as healthy as we possibly can, how can we insure that our relationships are strong enough to weather whatever comes our way?

Today's interview is a refreshing and powerful look at how a couple can choose to handle a significant trauma together. You'll hear just a little background noise toward the end as Rachelle and Chris's dogs Peaty and Roger sneak into the interview with their favorite chew toys.


Episode 66 comes to you from the quaint village of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany.  Today we're talking about strong women and their nice guy partners. How do they learn to move toward the middle to get more pleasure and enjoyment in the relationship?

Are you a nice guy partnered who wishes his partner didn't always try to run the show? Or an outspoken woman who wishes her partner would take charge sometimes? Todays' guest is going to show us how to equalize this scenario – especially in the bedroom – to get more pleasure without compromising who you are.


In this week's podcast, we talk about our visit to a Viennese sex product store (and how it weirdly looks like an Apple store). Why did we do it and what did we learn about each other? Well, you'll have to listen in.

We're in Vienna right now as part of our International Love Affair tour, celebrating the release of our fourth book, Married with Luggage: What We Learned About Love by Traveling the World.  Vienna is magical, and we could easily imagine ourselves living in this gorgeous city.

But back to the topic at hand. To expand on the topic of sex and intimacy in a long-term relationship, we're talking today with Janet W. Hardy, coauthor of the landmark book, The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships and Other Adventures.

Even if you're not interested in adding more people to your relationship, you will learn a lot about communication, boundaries, and the expansion of love for your own monogamous relationship. We certainly did!

Direct download: Podcast_65_-_The_Ethical_Slut_Janet_Hardy.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 3:48am EDT

Episode 64 comes to you from scenic Lucerne, Switzerland. Today we’re talking about how to have a quickie audit of your relationship if you aren’t quite ready for an all-out love contract negotiation.

First we want to update you on the International Love Affair, our tour of 10 cities in Europe by train (thanks, Eurail.com!). We’re sussing out the best love stories as we go through our own Romance Bucket List in honor of our new book, Married with Luggage: What We Learned About Love by Traveling the World. We’ve now visited Valencia, Spain; the Provence region of France; Florence, Italy; and now Lucerne, Switzerland.

On today’s show we have a celebrity wedding plus our own take on love Italian style.

Today’s interview is with a couple who’s known for getting to the heart of the matter, breaking it down into something doable and repeatable, and then moving on to the next big thing. They turned their attention to our annual love contract negotiation, and you’ll like what they share about this “quickie” that you’ll want to implement in your own relationship.

Direct download: Podcast_64_-_Auditing_Your_Relationship_Over_Lunch_Mish_and_Rob.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 4:30am EDT

Episode 63 comes to you from historic Florence, Italy. Today we’re chatting about what it's like to turn that hot love affair from your vacation into a lifelong partnership.

We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” ~ Ray Bradbury

Have you ever imagined falling in love with an exotic stranger while on a trip? Today's guests did just that, and we'll find out how they went from a fling to a wedding and what it's like to be married to someone who grew up speaking a different language.

But first, we update you on the International Love Affair, our tour of 10 cities in Europe by train (thanks, Eurail.com!). We're sussing out the best love stories as we go through our own Romance Bucket List in honor of our new book, Married with Luggage: What We Learned About Love by Traveling the World.

Direct download: Podcast_63_-_I_Married_and_Foreigner_Linda__David.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 8:23am EDT

We're Going on an International Love Affair in Europe (Podcast #62)

Why in the heck are we taking a 6-week tour of Europe by train? Because it is just about the most romantic thing we can think of doing to celebrate the release of our book, Married with Luggage: What We Learned About Love by Traveling the World (you have read it, right?)

In today's show, we'll share the itinerary (which includes George Clooney, a sex hotel, and pasta – though not necessarily at the same time). We also reveal what we're looking for during this journey and which one of us is the most romantic (you've probably already guessed which one it is).

You also get to hear a few of our "bucket list" romantic experiences for the journey.

Direct download: Podcast_62_-_Were_Having_an_Affair...And_Youre_Invited.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 4:30am EDT

So why do child-free couples hate kids so much? KIDDING! 

We don't hate kids, but there are some very well-thought-out reasons why we choose not to have them.

Parenthood should be a pretty conscious choice, don't you think?

We've always known that we didn't want to have children, but not every childless-by-choice couple comes to it that way, which is why you're going to find today's chat so interesting.


Happily Married but Living Separately (Episode #60 with Lise Stoessel)

Episode #60 comes to you from sunny Andalusia, Spain. Have you ever wondered if your relationship would improve if you lived in separate houses? Today we'll talk to a couple who did just that…and saved their marriage!

Absence makes the heart grow fonder."

Lots of people tell us they can't imagine our life of constant togetherness as we live, travel, and work together around the world.

That might be true, but let's imagine the opposite.

Can you imagine maintaining your relationship while living in separate houses? Many couples do this for practical reasons, like work, but we're talking to a couple today who did it to save their marriage.

After 23 years Lise and her husband were headed for a divorce when they decided to make a last-ditch attempt to make it work. Seven years later, they're still going strong with two separate house keys. You can learn more about her story and her book, as well as enjoy links to articles, interviews and TV spots, on her website: www.lisestrykerstoessel.com.

Want to hear how they do it? So did we!


Happily Married but Living Separately (Episode #60 with Lise Stoessel)

Episode #60 comes to you from sunny Andalusia, Spain. Have you ever wondered if your relationship would improve if you lived in separate houses? Today we'll talk to a couple who did just that…and saved their marriage!

Absence makes the heart grow fonder."

Lots of people tell us they can't imagine our life of constant togetherness as we live, travel, and work together around the world.

That might be true, but let's imagine the opposite.

Can you imagine maintaining your relationship while living in separate houses? Many couples do this for practical reasons, like work, but we're talking to a couple today who did it to save their marriage.

After 23 years Lise and her husband were headed for a divorce when they decided to make a last-ditch attempt to make it work. Seven years later, they're still going strong with two separate house keys. You can learn more about her story and her book, as well as enjoy links to articles, interviews and TV spots, on her website: www.lisestrykerstoessel.com.

Want to hear how they do it? So did we!


Today is our 10th wedding anniversary and we're sharing some big news with you. In this episode were talking about our annual love contract (as outlined in Episode #7), launching our 4th book (Married with Luggage: What We Learned About Love by Traveling the World), and announcing our European book tour.

We share insights on how it feels to make it to this milestone, one neither of us expected to reach. We share our candid thoughts about the ups and downs along the way and the love we feel for each other now as we enter a new decade together.

Plus, we are giving you a chance to win your very own European holiday. This is our biggest giveaway yet and you won't want to miss your chance to engage. Here is a link to jump straight to contest details: http://www.marriedwithluggage.com/contest.

Direct download: Podcast_59_-_Married_with_Luggage_The_Book.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 3:30am EDT


Spicing Up Your Sex Life (Episode #57 with Cecilie Kjensli)

Episode 57 comes to you from the sunny Andalucia region of Spain. Today we're talking about how to climb out of a sexual valley in a long-term relationship. It's gonna get spicy! We admit that we blushed often during this show, but know how important it is to share so we're anxious to put this one out there.

This is our most raw show yet so if you are concerned with the details you may want to skip this episode. You may find out more about us than you want to know.

Today's episode is our first, but certainly not last, time to dive into the realm of sexual intimacy. It's an important topic in any relationship, especially for long-term couples who may find their desire dropping and are seeking that "spark" to get things going again.

Our delightful guide and guest for this show is Cecilie Kjensli, a top sex educator and speaker in Norway with a mission to make sex enjoyable throughout your life. Cecilie has been dubbed the "Dildo Queen of Norway" and is a sex inspirationist providing aide to couples to improve their intimacy. To find out more about her products and services, check out CecilieKjensli.no. And don't worry - Google will translate the whole page to English for you with just one click!

Direct download: Podcast_57-_Spicing_Up_Your_Sex_Life_Cecilie_Kjensli.m4a
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 7:26am EDT

Episode 56 comes to you from sunny Andalucia, Spain. In fact, it comes to you from the studio of our new Spanish casa, which is the subject of today's show: What it's like to buy a house in Spain.

From why we did it to how we did it and the joys and mishaps that happened along the way, find out why we came to Spain to house sit and ended up buying a house of our own.

Does this mean the travel has stopped? Hell no! I mean, stay tuned to find out!

Direct download: Podcast_56_-_Our_Spanish_House.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 6:30am EDT

I Married a Romance Writer (Episode #55 with Melissa and Les Foster)

Episode 55 comes to you from the Andalucia region of Spain.

We're talking about romance and writing this week. We share how we almost wrote our own romance novel, but decided instead to share our story. We give you a glimpse into our upcoming book (Married with Luggage: What We Learned About Love by Traveling the World) and how it came to be.

What would it be like to be married to a romance writer?

Today we get the scoop from a best-selling author and her husband. We're chatting with best-selling author Melissa Foster and her husband Les to learn how they bring romance from the pages of her books to their bedroom. Or is it the other way around? Find out more about Melissa's books at MelissaFoster.com.

We dive into this and more in this sexy episode.

Direct download: Podcast_55_-_So_I_Married_a_Romance_Writer_Melissa__Les_Foster.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

You love 'em and you hate 'em, sometimes in the very same moment. We all know opposites attract, but how do you keep it together when you're just so very different?

If you are a creative in love with a logical mind, or you can't understand why your mate doesn't see the world the way you do, then this episode is for you.

We're joined today by Corbett Barr and his wife Jessalyn Haggenjos. Corbett is the founder of Fizzle.co, one of the most successful online business training sites on the internet. Jessalyn is an accomplished artist who prefers a canvas to a spreadsheet. Discover more about her and her amazing art at haggenjos.com. They share their strategies for honoring each other's thinking patterns and working around the deficits. This is an honest conversation about a real relationship, and you'll love the insights they share about how they've learned to make it work better.


Episode 53 comes to you from chilly and beautiful Oslo, Norway. Today we’re talking about the power of questioning the norm. Prepare to be challenged.

In this episode we’re talking about changing our attitudes towards commonly accepted “truths” and dispelling the notion about what we “need” to be happy.

Robert Wall used to be a packrat before he discovered minimalism. He publishes the Untitled Minimalism website and podcast, which gives practical, solid advice to enable starving college students, middle class paper pushers, retired millionaires, and everybody in-between to accomplish extraordinary changes in their lives. You can find out more at UntitledMinimalism.com. His latest book is Escaping “GiftMas”: Getting Right-Side-Up About Gifts In An Upside-Down Holiday Culture.

Direct download: Podcast_53_-_Is_there_a_Better_Way_Robert_Wall.mp3
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Today we celebrate the 1 year anniversary of this podcast. Episode 52 comes to you from the Andalucia region of Spain. Today we're talking being comfortable and proud of who you are.

In this episode we're diving inside all of us to talk about what makes us each beautiful. What is it in you that makes you a beautiful person and what do you have to offer the world. We challenge the notion that external beauty defines us and discuss how we can all feel more comfortable in our own skin and with the world around us.

We're honored to be joined this week by Denise Jolly, the co-host and facilitator of the Seattle Poetry Slam and Poetry Curator for The Round a live multidisciplinary collaborative arts show. Denise's latest project is Be Beautiful, where for 30 days she photographed her 311-pound self in a nearly naked state, often in public, and posted them on the internet.

To view the 30 days of pictures and watch clips of Denise's fantastic spoken word poetry, check out her website at www.denisejollyspoken.com.

If you've ever struggled with body issues or feelings of invisibility, today's conversation is for you.


Fighting Your Way Around the World - Episode #51

NOTE: this episode was recorded in less than ideal surroundings so the quality is not ideal. We love the message and wanted to share with you despite it sounding like we were in the bottom of a well.

Episode 51 comes to you from the Andalucia region of Spain . Today we're talking about how travel together without fighting…or at least without fighting so bad you ruin your trip!

What was your biggest fight ever? Did you have an audience? Would you be willing to share the story with the world? In this episode we dive into something every couple faces - fighting. We share our own biggest fight ever as well as the tips we employ now to reduce or eliminate as many disagreements as possible. We continue to improve, but fighting is still a part of our relationship as we both come at problems from different perspectives.

Today we're chatting with Mike and Luci of 1000Fights.com. Together they run one of the leading couple's travel blogs - 1000 Places to Fight Before You Die and affectionately call themselves the Fighting Couple.  They have visited forty countries on 5 continents.  Today they will encourage you to travel together to recharge and reclaim their relationship.

It's a conversation full of funny revelations and tips for helping you get through your own fights more successfully. We know you're going to love it.

Direct download: Podcast_51_-_Fighting_your_way_around_the_world_1000_Fights.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Why We Fail (Episode #50 with Mark Manson)

Do you have a fear of failure, or do you have experience with it?

The former is true for everyone, and the latter is only true for those who take action. And failure that comes that way alway delivers a lesson, making it just a little bit more likely you’ll be successful the next time.

In today’s episode, we reveal a couple of our biggest failures along with the one thing we do every time to pretty much insure our success. Today’s guest then joins us to discuss 10 reasons most people fail and how to turn that around. This is a powerful conversation, and you won’t want to miss it.

Today’s guest Mark Manson started out as a dating coach, but he quickly realized the insecurity and problems his clients felt went way beyond finding love. He’s taken his straightforward approach to confidence and success in dating to life overall, and MarkManson.net has become one of our favorite No-BS sites on personal growth.

Direct download: Podcast_50_-_10_Ways_in_Which_we_All_Fail_Mark_Manson.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:30am EDT

This week's podcast is big. Not only do we have great guests talking about working and following a dream together, which alone would be fantastic. We also have a big announcement for you about the evolution of our dream. We share all the news and how it will change our relationship and our dream. You don't want to miss it.

We're joined this week by Farnoosh and Andy Brock who talk to us about what it's like to leave corporate jobs to start their own business. They share all the dirt on the challenges of working together, the joys of discovering new strengths in your partner, and actions you can take to follow suit. It's a great conversation with 2 inspiring people.

Together, Andy and Farnoosh run Prolific Living Inc., travel the world, create programs and products that make a positive difference in people's lives and live the freedom lifestyle of their dreams. For more, check out www.prolificliving.com.


Episode 48 comes to you from the sunny Andalucia region of Spain. Today we're talking about how to carve out time in your life for a big goal without sacrificing your relationship. 

Going after a big goal comes with big ups and downs. Working together with your partner through that effort and enjoying the life you create together along the way can be a huge challenge. Today we're learning how one successful author has married his love for his family with a crazy writing schedule. The story will get you excited to get after whatever your big goal may be with the support of the one you love.

Sean Platt is co-founder of the Collective Inkwell and Realm & Sands imprints, speaker, and author, with breakout indie hits such as Yesterday’s Gone, WhiteSpace, Unicorn Western and The Beam, as well as traditionally published titles Z 2134 and Monstrous. He publishes over 2 million words a year (2 million!) and still makes time for his relationship. Today we're going to find out how he does it.


Episode 47 comes to you from Tangier, Morocco. Today we're talking about why you should expect a few pits in your life and how to dig out when you land in one.

Each of us has fallen into one of life's holes and then beaten ourselves up about how we could be so stupid. In this episode we discuss why we should stop being so hard on ourselves and accept that we are not perfect. We will make mistakes and how we recover from them is more important than getting down on ourselves from the mistake itself.

Today's guest, Judy Belmont, provides her keen insights and experience gleaned from 35 +years as a psychotherapist. As a public speaker and corporate wellness trainer, she offers practical strategies to boost personal resilience. Her latest book is The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life. You can find out more about Judy's practical strategies to boost your own resilience at BelmontWellness.com.


Episode #46 comes to you from Tangier, Morocco. If you are married, used to be married, want to be married, or ever have any kind of romantic fling with anyone, this show is for you.

We reveal the surprising reason we got married in this episode. Tune in to find out if this was because of a green card problem, a name change to avoid the police, or a tax issue.

The sound quality on this one is not as good as usual due to a poor connection with our guest. We recorded the interview portion in Spain during a massive thunderstorm and got disconnected 3 times, so many thanks to Jenna for her patience so we could get this message to you. 

Today's guest is author, TED speaker, and former radio personality Jenna McCarthy, who's written a book titled, If It Was Easy, They'd Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon: Living with and Loving the TV-Addicted, Sex-Obsessed, Not-So-Handy Man You Married. Her funny take on marriage and why we do it has some surprisingly powerful insights and lessons, and we think you're going to especially like this one.

You can find out more about Jenna's books, watch her TED talk, and get a dose of her wit and wisdom at Jenna McCarthy.

Direct download: Podcast_46_-_Why_do_we_get_married_Jenna_McCarthy.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 4:30am EDT

Episode #45 comes to you from Tangier, Morocco. If you've always wanted to make a living from your creativity, this episode is for you.

Whether you are a writer, singer, entrepreneur, or designer you can find value in this discussion today. We're chatting about the keys to success in making money using your creative gifts. We also dispel the myth of the "overnight success" and share a more predictable route to turn your passion into long term success you can actually achieve. In the process you'll learn what separates those who make their dreams come true and those who don't.

This week we are delighted to be chatting with Juliana Finch who "sounds the way a good bourbon tastes." She's a Georgia-based singer/songwriter who shares how she's made her passion her career and the secrets you can apply to do the same, regardless of what that passion may be. Check out her amazing and sultry music at her website, JulianaFinch.com. Her next CD, The Walls of Pompeii, will be released in March 2014, and you can preorder it online by clicking here.

Direct download: Podcast_45_-_Life_as_a_musician_Julianna_Finch.mp3
Category:Business & Career -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Today's episode comes to you from a ferry between Spain and Morocco. Zip up your life vest, because today we're diving into the hard questions of life.

You know, when you start asking yourself why you're here, what's it all about, and why you don't have what you want, you can start flailing a little bit.  It's easy to focus on perfection (and bemoaning the fact that you're so far from it) or the unfairness of life that other people have what you want.

Regular thoughtful analysis of why you're sailing in this direction – plus researching specifically how you can change direction if you're not happy – is key to always moving toward the life you really crave.

Lori Deschene of Tiny Buddha shares how to take those first steps to answering the hard questions of life for yourself. She shares some pretty personal stories of her own, and you can check out more in her new book, Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions

Direct download: Podcast_44_-_Answering_the_questions_of_life_Lori_Deschene.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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