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.

Why is it so hard to get started? You spend hours daydreaming about the results you want, but you can’t seem to find 5 minutes to actually take action. You know you want it. You know it’s good for you. And still, you can’t seem to get started.

This is episode 177, and today you’ll discover how to get started on anything. Yes, it’s a pretty big promise. But if you give us 30 minutes, we’ll deliver.

Direct download: AUL_177_-_How_to_get_started_on_anything.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Do Betsy and I really walk the talk with these weekly episodes? You betcha! Today we’re back with the final episode in this behind-the-scenes series of what our uncluttered life looks like. Today’s topic: HEALTH. 
 
If you wonder what an uncluttered life looks like in action,  be sure to catch all the episodes in this behind-the-scenes series. We’re opening up our lives and showing how we got to this Plan A Life because YOU asked for it! Check out episodes 173-176 for an insider look at our personal life, how we work, where we spend our money, and now today’s episode about how we take care of our bodies.
Direct download: AUL_176_-_Insights_into_our_Uncluttered_Life_Health.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Curious about what life looks like when you take all these weekly lessons and put them into practice? Good news! We’re back with the 3rd episode in this behind-the-scenes series of what our uncluttered life looks like. Today’s topic: MONEY. 

 

Direct download: Podcast_175_-_Insights_into_our_Uncluttered_Life_Money.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

What does our uncluttered business look like? How did we get here, and why do we do it? Stay tuned for an inside look at how our work actually works! 

This is episode 174, and in Part 2 of this series on what our uncluttered life looks like, we’re taking you inside our business. Find out what goes on behind the microphone and why we do what we do. Let the peeking begin!


Recently we sent an email to 4000 people asking about the one thing they were struggling with right now. We answered every single response with 3 specific actions they could take to overcome their roadblock. Guess what happened next?

This is episode 172, and today you’ll discover how YOU are potentially your biggest obstacle when it comes to achieving your Plan A Life.


We’ve all been there - burning the candle at both ends,  drinking too much wine, eating your weight in chocolate, or working yourself to the bone. However, if you don’t get back on track quickly, these overindulgences can all too easily become your new normal. And that’s no way to reach your Plan A Life.

This is episode 171, and today you’ll discover the 5-step method for getting back to normal after you’ve overdone it, fallen off the wagon, or have discovered you are in the middle of a binge.

Direct download: Podcast_171_-_Recover_after_an_overindulgence.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Victor Frankl,  Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, once said “Between stimulus and response there is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”  Today we’re jumping into that space to discover how this choice can can help you achieve the life you want.

This is episode 170, and today you’ll discover the difference between areactionto an event and your response to it. Plus, you’ll learn the technique that will forever change the way you deal with stressful situations and shift from knee-jerk reaction to thoughtful action.

Direct download: AUL_170_-_Reaction_vs._Response.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Brene Brown, the author of Daring Greatly, says that people who are walking around as perfectionists are ultimately afraid that the world is going to see them for who they really are and that they won’t measure up. Does that describe you? If so, stay tuned.

This is episode 169, and today you’ll discover why perfectionism will prevent you from living your Plan A Life and how to get real with your life.

Direct download: Podcast_169_-_Overcoming_the_need_to_be_perfect.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:30am EST

AUL #168 - How to create a routine which supports the life you want

Routine is boring, right? Well, it is if you aren’t doing what you love! Imagine a daily routine that supported your lifestyle goals and helped you create a life you love. Now that’s not boring at all!

This is episode 168, and today you’ll discover how to create a non-boring routine that you’ll be excited to follow every single day as you create your Plan A Life.


What do other people have to do with your self-discipline? Plenty! No one succeeds 100% on their own, and without a team of support and accountability, you’ll struggle to create lasting change even if you have the self-discipline of a saint. 

This is episode 167, and today you’ll discover why you need the support and accountability of other people to build up your self-discipline and—most importantly!—how to get it.


Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do things you know you should do even when you do not want to. It’s how you achieve a long-term vision in the face of short-term distractions, and most people don’t have it. Do you?

This is episode 166, and today we're kicking off a 3 part series on self-discipline. In this episode you’ll discover why it is so important and how to strengthen your self-discipline so you can achieve your Plan A Life.

Direct download: AUL_166_-_Why_Self_Discipline_Seems_Hard_but_really_isn_t.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Think you have to hide in a cave to take a break from the constant pull of technology? Well, you’re not even safe there. Today we’re broadcasting from an actual cave in Spain….with wifi.
 
If everywhere in the world is now wired, how do you unplug?

This is episode 165, and today you’ll discover how to take a digital detox to recharge your human batteries and come back better than ever.

Direct download: AUL_165_-_Recharge_Your_Batteries_with_a_Digital_Detox.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Are you holding on to relationships, attitudes, habits, and possessionsthat no longer work for you? The longer you keep what’s not working, the less time you’ll have to discover and enjoy what does.

This is episode 164, and today you’ll discover the one question you can ask yourself every single day to avoid getting stuck in a life that doesn’t fit you anymore.

Direct download: AUL_164_-_An_Uncluttered_Life_is_all_about_choice.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

The biggest hurdle people face in decluttering (besides getting started), is how to finish. What do you do with all the stuff you no longer want?

This is episode 162, and today you’ll discover a simple, 3-step process to get rid of every single item you no longer want. No more confusion over what to sell or donate, no more second-guessing what trash could be treasure to someone else, and no more hesitation over that final hurdle of getting the clutter out of your house.

Direct download: AUL_162_-_What_to_Do_with_the_Stuff_You_Don_t_Want_Anymore.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

You feel like you’re the only person in your house who even notices the clutter, and you’re fighting an uphill battle to go through it all faster than the rest of your family can re-clutter it. Or maybe you live alone and the thought of doing this by yourself is overwhelming. How do you get the help and support you need to tackle such a big project?

This is episode 161, and today you’ll discover how to rally the troops to help with your decluttering project, even if you don’t think you have any troops!


No matter how hard you try, someone is always smarter, faster, thinner, richer, or luckier. And it can be hard not to be envious when you work so hard and someone else seems to be reaping the rewards you so desperately want. You already know that comparison is a losing game, but what if we told you there was a way to flip your envy and make it work in your favor?

This is episode 159, and today you’ll discover how to use envy to improve your life with a simple adjustment in your thinking. This trick is going to change your life!

Direct download: AUL_159_-_How_to_turn_envy_into_a_learning_opporutnity.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Do you have voices inside your head? You know, the ones that tell you how stupid you acted, that people don’t like you, that you’re a big failure, or that the sky is falling? These voices don’t want you to live a Plan A kinda Life, and they go to work overtime when they see you reaching for something better.

This is episode 158, and today you’ll discover how to quiet those voices in your head that create drama where there is none. You’ll spend less energy creating fake excitement so you’ll have plenty left over for real-life adventure.

Direct download: Podcast_158_-_Calm_the_Reality_Drama_inside_your_head.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

How many times a day do you say, “I don’t have time for that?” If it’s more than zero, we’re calling you out. If you really want to do something, you’ll make time for it. And if you don’t, well, isn’t it about time you owned up to that fact?

This is episode 157, and today you’ll discover the power of challenging your automatic assumptions and taking ownership of your decisions so you can take back control of how you spend your time.

Direct download: AUL_157_-_Busting_the_Myth_of__I_don_t_have_time_.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Friend breakups are messy. You don’t get a therapist or a lawyer like a divorcing couple. You don’t check any boxes or sign any forms to make it official. There are no societal rules for this. So how do you end a friendship that’s damaging your life without causing even more harm?

This is episode 156, and today is the second episode of our series on Toxic Friendships. Last time you learned how to identify one, and today you’ll discover how to end it gracefully.

Direct download: Podcast_156_-_How_to_End_a_Toxic_Friendship.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

No matter how much work you do on your lifestyle, if you are surrounded by Toxic People, you will never make lasting change. The problem is, most toxic people don’t announce themselves until it’s too late. If only you had an early warning system…

This is episode 155, and today you’ll discover the early warning signs of toxic friendship so you can do something about it.

Direct download: Podcast_155_-_10_Signs_your_friendship_is_turning_toxic.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Have you ever hosted a dinner party? Once you decide on the theme, it narrows your focus for the food, the music, the decorations. Everything flows much easier with a theme. What if you took that idea to your entire life? 

This is episode 154, and today you’ll discover how themes can work in your life.
Direct download: Podcast_154_-_Manage_Life_Better_with_Themes.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Your long-term memory resembles a library full of books. But your working memory, that everyday brain power you need to manage your day, it looks more like a dinky chalkboard. It can only hold 3 memories before it runs out of room. No worries, though. We have a solution for the overflow. 

This is episode 153, and today you’ll discover a how to use a notebook to increase your working memory storage space and decrease your stress of remembering things. 

Direct download: Podcast_153_-_Joys_of_using_a_notebook.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Do you often doze when you sit down to read or watch television? How about when riding in a car, bus or train for more than an hour? According to the doctors at the National Institutes of Health, these are signs of sleep deficiency. And with 30% of Americans sleeping less than 7 hours per night, we’ve got a big problem on our hands.

This is episode 152, and today you’ll discover a how to set yourself up for a great night’s sleep—tonight and every night—with a low-stimuation nighttime routine.


A study at Clemson University found that there are positive outcomes for complaining, especially when you do it to find a solution. Researchers said, "Those who complained with the hope of achieving a certain result, the study found, tended to be happier than those who simply did so for its own sake."
 
But what about those who don’t want to look for a solution to their problems? How do you handle those people…especially if you ARE one of those people?

This is episode 151, and today you’ll discover a how to guard yourself from the negativity of complaining with one of our favorite techniques. And if YOU happen to be the complainer, we’ve got a fix for that, too.

Direct download: Podcast_151_-_Complaining.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:30am EST

This is episode 149, and today you’re going to discover how to leave work on time every day without guilt. When you use our productivity tips, it will be a piece of cake! This is the 3rd episode of our Unclutter Your Work Series.

Direct download: Podcast_149_-_Improve_Your_Work_Productivity.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

This is episode 148, and today you’re going to discover how to say NO to your demanding boss, whiny coworkers, and unrealistic customers. Think it can’t be done? Think again! This is the 2nd episode of our Unclutter Your Work Series.
 
Direct download: Podcast_148_-_How_to_Say_No_at_Work.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

According to a technology research group named Radicati, the average person receives 85 emails per day. Why is it that it feels more like 850? If you miss even one day of processing your email, you can get bogged down in a hurry. If you feel like you’re drowning in email at work, then today’s episode is for you.

This is episode 147, and today you’re going to learn how to make your email work for you instead of the other way around. This is the first in our new series called Unclutter Your Work.

Direct download: Podcast_147_-_How_to_Unclutter_Your_Email.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

According to Psychology Today, 20% of people deliberately look for distractions. They waste time on purpose! Whether you’re in that 20% or not, if you don’t have enough time in your life to enjoy what you love, then today’s episode is for you.

This is episode 146, and today you’re going to learn 5 reasons you waste time and how to stop doing it so you can enjoy more of what you love.

Direct download: Podcast_146_-_5_Reasons_You_Waste_Time__How_to_Stop_Doing_It.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

This is episode 145, and today you’re going to discover how to make everyday decisions easier so you can free up brain space for something more important to you. We call it the Decisions Made Easy Framework.

Direct download: AUL_145_-_Decisions_Made_Easy.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

This is episode 144, and if you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or stuck, we’ve got 10 ways for you to add more freedom to your life.

Direct download: Podcast_144_-_10_Steps_to_Freedom.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:30am EST

This is episode 141, and today we’re diving into part 2 of our 2-part series on setting yourself up for a better year than the one you just had. We’re taking action on what we learned last episode on the annual review.

"If it isn’t in your calendar, it won’t get done." You may have heard this phrase as it relates to business and productivity, but have you ever used it in your personal life? On today’s show, we’re taking what we learned in last episode’s annual review and mapping out a new year with less of what you hate and more of what you love.
 
We'll be taking our queue from the Japanese concept of "kaizen" to change your perspective of annual planning and set you up for success in the year ahead. 
Direct download: Podcast_141_-_Yearly_Planning_post_on_12-30.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Most people begin a new year with a list of resolutions. Every year they do it, and every year they fail. There’s a pretty good reason for that. People are cluttered and overwhelmed, and until you resolve that issue, you won’t be able to add anything new. Today, we’re going to fix that so you can make 2016 the best year ever.

This is episode 140, and today we’re diving into part 1 of a 2-part series on setting yourself up for a better year than the one you just had. We’re sharing with you a system to review the year that way and plan for the year ahead - one with less overwhelm and more of what you love.

Direct download: Podcast_140_-_Annual_Review.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:30am EST

This is a special episode for those of you feeling a little overwhelmed by the holiday season.
 
Today’s guest is Michelle Steinke-Baumgaurd of One Fit Widow. Michelle is all about living in the present with family and friends, and with a new marriage, a blended household of four kids, a thriving business, a new nonprofit, and building a new house this year, she is one busy woman. 
 
In this special show we’re talking to Michelle about Uncluttering Your Christmas so you can enjoy more of what the season is about.

Today we’re talking about the difference between deprivation and uncluttering your life. This is the first of a 2-part series that you’ll want to pay attention to, especially if you’re considering making some habit changes in your life.


Married with Luggage has officially transitioned to An Uncluttered Life! Thanks so much for going through this process with us. We're excited about the tight focus on removing what's cluttering your life so you can have more time, space, and money to live the way you want!

Poke around the site and test it out. A few things are still in process, but you have access to almost 1000 resources in the archives..and plenty more where that came from!

 

When it comes to life advice, too often we rely on conventional wisdom. It’s like a one-size-fits all t-shirt. Sure, it will fit most people, but it won’t fit everyone. Today, you’re going to learn how to question the conventional wisdom so that you’ll always have a life that fits perfectly.

Learn the 5 questions you can ask yourself before following conventional wisdom.

Direct download: Podcast_137_-_Question_the_conventional_wisdom.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Does this sound familiar?

  • Feeling overwhelmed with all the stuff that feels like it is closing in on you and leaving you with no space to think
  • Struggling to get things done and never feeling like there are enough hours in the day
  • Money seems to go out as fast as it comes in

This is the first podcast as we shift direction and thought the best place to start was to share our own experience with these challenges. We dive into the challenges we faced early in our marriage and the steps we took to get unstuck and clear space to create the life we have today. It is nice to have the perspective from the outside so that we can share the steps you can take in your own life to create more time, space, and money. 

This is episode 136 of the soon-to-be-renamed Married with Luggage Podcast, and today talking all about what an uncluttered life can do for YOU.

Direct download: Podcast_136_-_Introducting_An_Uncluttered_Life.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

This is episode 135 of the Married with Luggage Podcast, and today we’re going to tell you what we decided to do with our business after these weeks of analysis and investigation.

That's right, we've chosen a new direction for 2016 and we're excited to share it with you. Listen in as we marry our passion and our business together and set a new deadline for rolling this new venture out.

Direct download: Podcast_135_-_Big_change_Part_5.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Imagine you could go back 5 years and sit across the table from yourself. You'd have a chance to share advice and recommendations to the younger you.

What would you say? What inspiration would you give? Would you provide ideas for how to enjoy more of life? Or, would you warn yourself away from danger?

This week, as we celebrate 5 years of living our best lives, we decided hop in our way back machine and share some wisdom with those two wide eyed and slightly pudgier versions of ourselves as they embark on a big adventure.

This is episode 130 of the Married with Luggage Podcast, and today we’re talking about advice you’d give your younger self and whether you’re listening to it now.

Direct download: Podcast_130_-_Advice_to_our_younger_selves.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 1:28am EST

This is episode 129 of the Married with Luggage Podcast, and today we’re talking about FEAR, that monster who’s only goal is to scare you from trying anything new ever again as long as you live.

In order to live your best life you will need to move beyond that fear, and today we share the answer. Listen as we talk about our own fears, how to train your fear to work for you, and the importance role that fear should play in your life (hint, it is not as a roadblock). 

We also created a special free toolkit to support you and guide you through how to move beyond the fear to create the life you want.

Direct download: Podcast_129_-_Overcoming_obstacles_series_3_of_3_-_Fear.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 5:04am EST

This is episode 128 of the Married with Luggage Podcast, and today we’re talking about Scarcity, that fear that you don’t have enough money, know-how, or time to have the life you really want.

We've all been in situations in which we told ourselves we did not have "enough" (time/money/experience/knowledge) to go after something we wanted. This feeling keeps us from moving towards what we want and we convince ourselves it's not possible.

In today's episode we're flipping that idea on it's head and challenging you to look at the obstacle, and your life, in a different way. What if you HAD to do that one thing as if your life depends on it.

And frankly, living your BEST live does?

Direct download: Podcast_128_-_Overcoming_obstacles_series_2_of_3_-_Scarcity.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Podcast #127 - Overcoming the Obstacles to Live Your Best Life (#1 - Feeling Overwhelmed)

"What is the #1 obstacle you are facing in going after your best life?"

This is the question we asked a couple of weeks ago on our Facebook page, and I don’t think we were prepared for the number of people who shared their challenges so openly. We heard about people's struggles with time, money, not knowing where to start, and a multitude of earnest insights into what was keeping them from living the life they wanted.

Over the course of a few morning walks we discussed the feedback and how great it would be to provide some guidance for how to remove those obstacles and help get you closer to living your best life. This is where the idea for a new series here on the podcast was born. 

This is episode 127 of the Married with Luggage Podcast, and today we’re starting a 3-part series on the biggest obstacles people face in creating their best life…and then we’re going to blow them up. We’re calling this series "The Obstacle Course".

First up we're talking about feeling overwhelmed - by trying to please too many people, the inability to say NO, the high expectations we all put upon ourselves, and much more. We loved putting this series together and hope you enjoy.


Podcast #125 - How to keep going when all you want to do is quit

Imagine us in the studio, bullet points ready for a quality conversation about living your best life right next to our coffee cups, ready to create a quality podcast for you.

Then imagine everything going to hell, a huge fight, and one of us walking away to cool off.

Ever feel that way about something you're trying to build? An intense need to quit, to drop it, to find something easier?

We felt that way this week, and instead of giving in, we left the microphone on and talked about it. This is the rawest episode of Married with Luggage to date, and if you struggle with wanting to give up when the going gets tough, this episode is for you.

Direct download: Podcast_125_-_Pushing_through_when_you_want_to_give_up.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Have you ever talked yourself out of a great idea? Spent weeks researching a new endeavor, never taking any action towards making it a reality?

We thought so.

We've been there too - stuck trying to find all the answers & determine every possibility before taking the first action. Paralyzed by the unknown.

In this week's episode we're talking about analysis paralysis, the over-thinking that stops you in your tracks before you even take the first step. We share the business idea that that has vexed us for years and the tools you can use to move past the research phase and get to making your big idea become reality.

Direct download: Podcast_124-_How_to_avoid_Analysis_Paralysis.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Over the last 12 episodes we've shared with you the habits and actions that work in building your dream lifestyle. But we didn’t come to those conclusions without a LOT of trial and error. Since making the decision to start living our best lives we have made a host of mistakes and missteps. We don't always share them, but today we're coming clean. 

This is episode 123 of the Married with Luggage Podcast, and today we're talking about what we've done wrong on the path to living our best life. This might be our longest episode ever!

Direct download: Podcast_123-_The_mistakes_we_made_along_the_way.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Last episode we talked about planning your year, listing those small and large goals that will make your life measurably better. But guess what? You can’t just list them and wait for them to happen. It takes some work!

In today’s episode, we reveal the practical system we use to accomplish everything from a trip around the world to writing a book to getting fit enough for a 300-mile hike. It’s not rocket science, but it does take some personal propulsion. Once you learn this system, you can use it for everything you want to do in your life.

"Your big goal has to be reflected in your daily activities.” ~ Betsy Talbot

Direct download: Podcast_119-_Step_9_-_Set_your_deadlines.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Podcast #118 - Conduct Your Own Annual Review (Step #8 of The Best is Yet to Come)

Do you find yourself every new year identifying a list of "resolutions" to embark on something new only to discover a couple months later you've given up on each and every one? This was us for the first several years of our relationship. We'd announce big plans and then do nothing to make them a reality.

Then in 2009 we make a switch. We started implementing an annual review of our lives which has changed everything now is the foundation for how we can accomplish so much each and every year. The best news is you don't have to wait until New Years to create your own annual review. You can start today.

In today's episode we're sharing the secret we use every year to plan what we're going to do for the year ahead and how to use the idea in your own life.

Direct download: Podcast_118-_Step_8_-_Plan_Your_Next_Year_Starting_Today.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 1:33am EST

Podcast #116 - What Makes Your Partner Tick?

In today’s episode, we’re talking about what makes your partner tick and how that insight can transform your relationship.

For the first several years of our relationship, we didn't really know each other. We thought we did, of course, but we didn’t have a clue.

Because of that, we fought about things that weren’t really fights and created problems where there weren’t any.

Last week you got to know yourself. In today’s show, you’re going to do the same with your partner.

Direct download: Podcast_116-_Step_6_-_Discover_your_partners_traits.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

In today’s episode, we’re talking about knowing how you’re wired so you can create a lifestyle that fits you perfectly.

Have you ever thought you really wanted something, then you got it and hated it? Many people aren’t clued in to their core preferences, tendencies, and irritants, so it’s no surprise that we often make the wrong decisions.

Imagine knowing what makes you tick, avoiding what works against you, and humming along like a Porsche at top speed on the autobahn in every area of your life. When you know yourself really well, you can!

Direct download: Podcast_115-_Step_5_-_Discover_your_natural_tendencies.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:30am EST

In today’s episode, we’re talking about experimentation, which is the fourth step of the 12-Step plan we like to call, The Best is Yet to Come.

Cultivating an attitude of experimentation is key to creating your dream lifestyle. Saying yes to experimentation is a smoother path to your dream than saying no until your dream comes to you delivered exactly as requested with a bow on top. (Hint: that never happens.)

Experimentation and documentation will help you further refine the kind of life you want to live…and may even take you in a direction you never expected! 

Direct download: Podcast_114_-_Cultivate_a_life_of_experimentation_Step_4_of_12.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

In today’s episode, we're talking about how to take action on that list of things that detract from your life so you can have more room for the things you want.

It feels good to vent/gripe/bitch about what’s not working in your life. “Getting it off your chest” is all about removing that weight at least temporarily.

But if you don't actually remove those negatives, you'll continually have to get it off your chest, and before long you'll wonder when you became such a negative person. You don't want that to happen!

What set us up for success in creating our ideal lifestyle was reducing and removing everything that diminished our life, work, and relationship. It didn't happen in one fell swoop, but it did happen with focused effort.

Direct download: Podcast_113-_Step_3_-_Remove_whats_not_working.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:00am EST

What does your ideal lifestyle look like? (Episode #112: The Best is Yet to Come, Step #2)
While it feels damn good to vent about what you don’t like in life (like we did in the last episode), you can't move forward without a direction.
 
What set us up for success in creating our ideal lifestyle was what it looked and felt like. And we couldn’t do that with big, lofty goals we couldn’t visualize. We had to get small first so we could think big, and that’s where we created The List.

In today’s episode, we're talking about what your ideal lifestyle looks like, from breakfast to bedtime and everything that happens in between.


This is episode 111 of the Married with Luggage Podcast, and today we're kicking off The Best is Yet to Come: the 12 step plan to reclaiming the joy in your life. The first step focuses on admitting what you don't like about your life so you can do something about it. Join us and take the first step to reclaiming your happiness.


How we Changed Our Lives (and you can too) - Podcast #110

Back in 2006, we were watching our life fall apart. We were just two years into our marriage, and we knew it wouldn’t last. We worked crazy hours, traveled a lot for business, and then spent our free time trying to buy our way out of the discomfort we felt at home.

There were fights - serious ones and stupid ones, and we even went to see a marriage counselor once, but we mostly just watched the relationship crumble in front of our eyes.

Warren went to work at 6 a.m.and came home at 5. I went to work at 8 and came home at 7. Between dinner and evening checks on email, we had little time for each other or anything else in our lives. We gained weight. We spent too much money. We were incredibly busy but at the same time bored out of our minds.

If you looked at our gray colonial house with the black shutters and red door on a quiet suburban street, you’d have thought we had it all together.

But it was all a fancy book cover on a story that was heading for an unhappy ending.

In today’s episode, you'll learn how we changed our lives. Plus, we kick off a new series here on the podcast - The 12-Step Plan to Change Your Life.


Taking the final steps to a big change (Episode #108 w/Alison and Andrew)

The beginning of any dream is filled with excitement and a vision of all that is possible. The further you move into the planning process the more chances there are for fear and life experiences to derail your dream from becoming a reality. It takes focus and a great deal of work to keep moving forward. 

When we first talked to Alison Cornford-Matheson and Andrew Matheson back in October 2013 on episode #30, they were planning for a big life change. The two of them wanted to buy an RV and slow travel around Europe with their two cats, running their popular website, Cheeseweb.eu, from the road. The goal was to save a ton of money, get rid of their possessions, buy a motorhome, and begin traveling in 2016.

This week we catch up with these 2 intrepid dreamers to see how their planning is going and discover what changes have shifted their timeframe. Find out as they reveal the joys and challenges of getting close to realizing your biggest dreams.


How to Magnify Your Mojo by Recruiting Others to Accomplish Big Goals (Podcast #103 with Joni Rodgers)

Every big accomplishment in our lives has included the support and help of others. This has been true as we planned our trip around the world as well as in our author business. Getting help makes a big goal possible.

Today we're discussing this key secret to achieving big goals in life and in business and how it has helped us expand what was possible. Reaching for something is always easier when you have someone to help you along the way.

Direct download: Podcast_103_-_How_to_Magnify_Your_Mojo_with_Joni_Rodgers.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:11am EST

Learn what we thought the day after we made the big decision to leave our jobs and travel the world. Like most big decisions, it didn't come with a book of instructions, and we'll explain what worked for us in keeping ourselves sane, motivated, and on track...and also to keep making big decisions. (It gets easier!)

You'll also learn how our "lab experiment" lifestyle contributes to our confidence in making these big decisions as well as how sexy it is to be teammates!

Direct download: Podcast_96_-_The_Morning_After_a_Big_Decision.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:09am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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.


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 EST

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.


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 EST

Episode 43 comes to you from the beautiful Andalucia region of Spain. In this, the last show of 2013, we're going to show you how we conduct our annual review cycle. We share our own process by looking back at 2013 - the good, the bad, and the exciting. It's been a big year, and we dish on what has gone great as well as what could have been better in our lives, our relationship, and our business. Then we share one big goal each for the year to come.

In this episode we provide you an inside look into the annual review process we've done together for the last 10 years and walk through the outline to implement this valuable process in your own life. 

Plus, you can find out how Warren shocks Betsy with a sexy revelation during the episode.

Direct download: Podcast_43_-_Doing_a_Year_End_Review.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:30am EST

We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It's a death trap." ~Sir Anthony Hopkins

Episode 39 is coming to you from Kas, Turkey. Today we're talking about how to quiet that pesky voice in your head that over thinks and over analyzes everything. Boy is this a problem with us and everyone we know. We used to do it all the time in our relationship (why did he do that? is she mad at me? what does that mean?), and now we only do it half the time. Progress!

Dr. Amy Johnson joins us again to share insights from her new book, Being Human: Essays on Thoughtmares, Bouncing Back, and Your True Nature, which is available now on Amazon or at her website at DrAmyJohnson.com.

She'll tell us why we're all over-thinking (ahem, because we're human!) and how to clear our minds as easily as we breathe. She also enlightens us on "thoughtmares," and how to dismiss them as quickly as we do nightmares.

This is a powerful episode for anyone who overthinks, overanalyzes, or just can't let go of certain thoughts. (And that pretty much includes everyone, we think. Isn't it nice to know you're not alone?)

Direct download: Podcast_39_-_Quiet_the_Voice_in_Your_Head_Dr._Amy_Johnson.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Many of us believe that happiness is a result of what happens to us each day and put a lot of the responsibility on outside forces. In this episode we confront this idea head-on and dispel these concepts in the process:

  • Equating happiness to what other people have in their lives
  • Waiting for things to be perfect to enjoy the life we have
  • Blaming others / taking responsibility for others

Along with our guest, Britt Reints, we discuss how to get more happiness in your life by choosing to focus on yourself more and realizing what makes you most happy. In the process you'll learn how to stop letting others determine/influence your emotions. In the process we'll provide you actions you can take now to start leading a happier life.

Our guest today began her own happiness journey after a diagnosis of depression and a concerted effort to blow up her marriage. Countless hours of therapy and a 10-month family road trip in an RV helped Britt Reints redefine happiness on her own terms. Now, she writes and speaks to others about how they, too, can become happier, more grateful, and more confident in their own abilities to figure out what works for them. You can find more about Britt and her new book, An Amateur's Guide to the Pursuit of Happiness, at InPursuitofHappiness.com.

Direct download: Podcast_29_-_Finding_Happiness_with_Britt_Reints.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:32am EST

Imagine if you were living the dream right now that you had when you were 13. A little scary, isn't it? We laugh at the thought of staying true to those dreams because it's silly in retrospect. But we don't give ourselves the same leeway when it comes to adjusting our adult dreams. Today's guest is going to share how his dreams have adjusted – or been adjusted for him – over time and how this has given him a better understanding of what he really wants in life. You'll love his story of reinvention and flexibility.

Joining us today is Srinivas Rao - an entrepreneur, surfer, dreamer, and founder of the popular podcast BlogcastFM. He is a man who defies labels and has charted his own path in life and business. Since starting BlogcastFM in February 2010, he’s interviewed nearly 400 bloggers, authors, and entrepreneurs to assist others in starting an online business. His latest project is The Instigator Experience, a conference for agitators like himself. Find out more at theinstigatorexperience.com.

Direct download: Podcast_27_-_Being_Flexible_with_Your_Dreams_Srinivas_Rao.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

What keeps you up at night with worry? How much do you alter your dreams to work around all those worries?

Today we're talking to you, the worry-worts. Those of us who let those nagging voices which simply won't stop reminding us of the things which concern or scare us. We're going to address them head on by sharing our own worries and how we have learned to tame them while living the lives we love.

In addition, we are pleased to be joined by Torre DeRoche, the author of Love with a Chance of Drowning. Torre shares how her won worries almost kept her from going after the biggest adventure of her life. You won't believe how much worry controlled her life or the crazy turns she encountered once she decided to say yes. Torre's story and message of moving beyond worry is a mix of harrowing tale and inspiring memoir. You won't want to miss her tips and suggestions for getting over being a worry wort.

Direct download: Podcast_22_-_Get_over_being_a_worry_wort_Torre_DeRoche.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 7:35am EST

Why You Should Embrace the word NO (Podcast #19)

When was the last time you asked for what you wanted and heard "no" as the response? We believe that you are not asking for enough if you've not heard "no" at least once in the last week. A key to going after the life you want is getting out there and asking people who can help you in your effort. The bigger the need, the more you need to ask. The more you ask, and the bigger your requests, the chances are you are going to get some "no's".

Today we're talking about why you should strive to get more "no" responses, how this helps gets you closer to your dream, and how to leverage the "Art of the Ask" to create the life you crave. We're discussing failure, confidence, and the importance of persistence in your quest towards the goals you've established.

Today we're joined by author and entrepreneur Andrea Waltz. Andrea is the co-author of Go for No!: Yes is the Destination, No is How You  Get There.  She has made her mission to liberate people from fears of failure and rejection so they may achieve their goals and dreams. The philosophies have been embraced by people in virtually every business, industry, and group from entrepreneurs to executives.

Direct download: Podcast_19_-_Getting_to_No_Andrea_Waltz.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:00am EST

On your path to the life you crave you are likely to encounter unexpected surprises, events or calamities. Whether it be a volcano eruption, an unexpected job loss, or the illness of a family member life has a tendency to surprise us. Learning to respond to these situations with a level head and determined action can help to get you back on track faster and leap to help those who need it (including you).

Today we're talking about disasters - how to handle them when they occur and how to recover afterwards. It's a challenge to think about, but being prepared is key to moving through any sideways situation.

Direct download: Podcast_18-_Dealing_with_Disasters.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. - Booker T. Washington

Bringing more interesting, supportive, and healthy people into your life is a key component as we go after our dreams. In this episode, we talk about how to connect and bring these people into your life and gain their support for the life you crave. During the conversation we share how we stay connected with our growing network in addition to constantly looking at how we can connect them to other people/opportunities.

We are honored to have Bob Burg join us to talk about success and the importance of shifting your focus from getting to giving. As you build your network think first about how you can help others and what you can provide to help their needs. This shift will greatly improve your relationships, grow your network, and provide you with greater happiness in your life. You can download the first chapter of Bob's book, The Go-Giver, at Burg.com. 

Direct download: Podcast_15_-_Build_Your_Tribe_Bob_Burg.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Life is Short. Live Your Dream.

Too often we talk about the importance of going after our dreams, but then say “now is not the time” or “I’ll get to that ‘some day’”. But what if you did not have the time? What if your opportunity to live your life to the fullest was limited? Would that change your decision and propel you into action?

Today we’re talking about taking stock of your life, realizing your mortality, and taking action NOW towards what you want most. It is more than simply talking about what you want, but clearly defining and making it a reality.


What happens when, at 18 years old, you are told you won’t live until 30? How would you respond? Patrick Mathieu shares his powerful story of how we chose to live his life more fully in light of terrifying news. Hear how it motivated him to connect more deeply with those around him and live a life without regrets.

You’ll discover lessons you can apply to ensure you are living the life you crave every day.

Direct download: Podcast_13_-_Dont_put_off_your_dreams_Patrick_Mathieu_podcast.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Bonus: Betsy's Commencement Address to Dreamers

As a special bonus Betsy is giving her commencement address for the rest of us. With graduation season upon us she asks us all to reflect back on the dreams we had in youth and why we let them slip away. This is the speech to shake you out of your comfort zone, re-ignite the spark you had, and go after living your dream no matter your age. 

A transcription of this podcst can be found on the Married with Luggage website at http://www.marriedwithluggage.com/2013/05/30/advice-for-dreamers/.

Direct download: Bonus_-_A_Commencement_Speech_for_Dreamers.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 1:57pm EST

It doesn't matter who you are, you can always find someone who has it better off than you and someone who has it worse than you. Instead of bemoaning what other people have or feeling guilty when other people have it worse, it's time to plow forward into our challenges and make them work in our lives.

We discuss the idea of looking at adversity with a long-term view instead of focusing on the storm around you. Learning to adapt and finding people to support you in tough times are key to overcoming the challenges enroute to the life you crave. We also talk about the need to establish a future goal but not be married to the way you will achieve that goal.

We are excited to welcome Alex Lickerman to the show. In Alex's book, The Undefeated Mind, he argues that resilience isn’t something with which only a fortunate few of us have been born, but rather something we can all take action to develop. Alex shares with us his definition of victory and its relation to our happiness and the importance of setting expectations as we create the lives we crave. In addition, we talk about how to overcome setbacks through resiliency  determination, and surrounding yourself with great people (see a familiar theme?).

Direct download: Podcast_12_-_Overcoming_adversity_with_Alex_Lickerman.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 3:30am EST

It is amazing to think what an impact our parents had on our desire to follow our dreams. In looking back at both our lives we can easily spot those lessons, instilled by our parents, which led us to following our dreams.

We dive into the impact that parents have on their children's desire to create the lives they create by going after their own. We are also joined by Ingrid Ricks, author of Hippie Boy, who shares how her children encouraged her to go after her dreams. Ingrid also shares how her decision to make her dream a reality has impacted her children. It is a compelling story for us all.

Direct download: Podcast_10_-_How_Parents_Inspire_our_Dreams_with_Ingrid_Ricks.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Being brave does not require you to don tights and a cape (though if you do please send pictures). Instead, bravery is something we all possess when we step outside our comfort zones and push ourselves to try something new. In this podcast we talk about bravery how to give yourself permission to go after what you want most in life.

We are excited to be joined by best-selling author and superhero Chris Brogan.  We discuss the concept of “borrowing bravery” from those around us and learning to go forward in spite of our fears. Chris provides his insights into how Confidence, Acceptance, Permission and Execution (CAPE) can help move you to taking action towards your dreams.

Chris’ book, It’s Not About the Tights, provides insights into how you can be more brave in your life. When Chris is not out fighting crime in his mask and cape, he can be found online at ChrisBrogan.com.

Direct download: Podcast_9_-_Be_Brave_Chris_Brogan.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 2:00am EST

Challenge Your Assumptions

The least questioned assumptions are often the most questionable." ~ Paul Broca

You are likely holding on to unproven assumptions that are standing in the way of living your dream life. Whether you want a promotion (but assume your boss does not understand your work), start a business (but assume it will take too much money), or become a writer (but are assuming no one will like your writing) you are lettings assumptions stand in the way of the life you crave.

In this week's episode we discuss the importance of challenging every assumption by asking questions and doing the research to find out the facts. We talk about the false ideas we had when we first chose to travel and how we overcame then.

In addition, we are joined by psychologist and coach Karen Sargent, who escaped the corporate world to live life on HER terms. She's written an ebook called The Art of Making Big Dreams Happen, which you can find on her website for free. Karen shares her insights and tips to help you challenge these assumptions and unlock the life you dream about.

Direct download: Podcast_8_-_Challenging_Your_Assumptions.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Dealing with loss can be a devastating and overwhelming experience. In this episode we discuss the challenges dealing with the unexpected as we go for our dreams. Warren reveals the struggles of losing his father at a young age and how it instilled in him a mantra to "live life with no regrets". This episode confronts the reality we all face and how to cope with tragedy in our lives.

This week we are joined by Michelle Steinke from OneFitWidow.com. Michelle is a true inspiration to thousands and she shares a bit of her amazing story with us. After losing her husband in an airplane crash Michelle turned her attitude and fitness around in to a powerful story of triumph in the midst of terrible loss. She discusses how to focus on happiness each and every day and the importance of finding a healthier lifestyle in the process.

Direct download: Podcast_6_-_Thriving_in_the_Midst_of_Loss.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 2:00am EST

When marching towards the life you crave you are going to encounter obstacles and roadblocks. In fact, you're probably going to find your first one about 3.2 seconds after you decide to go after your dream. The secret to success is knowing you will have obstacles and creating a plan to deal with them before they jump out in front of you. When you have  a plan in place, you'll continue moving forward toward your dream no matter what comes up, and that's the key to getting to the finish line.

This week we are joined by Dixie Gillaspie, author of the book, Just Blow it Up: Firepower for Living an Unlimited LifeWe discuss how to overcome the challenges and obstacles that stand in the way of living the life you crave. You'll also learn the 4 questions to ask yourself when confronted with an obstacle.

Direct download: Podcast_4_-_Overcoming_Obstacles.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 1:00am EST

79% of people we surveyed told us that clarifying their dream was "very important" or "critically important" to their happiness. But how do you do it?

In this episode, we talk about the misconception of the "lightning bolt" moment when it all comes together. We go through our own "lightning bolt" moment when we decided to make our big life change and explain exactly how we created the perfect storm in the years prior to make it a possibility. These are the same things you can do every day to make your life open to this flash of insight.

Direct download: Podcast_3_-_Define_Your_Dream.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 5:00am EST

Podcast #1 - Take the First Step

Warren and Betsy Talbot of Married with Luggage discuss why only 8% of people achieve the life of their dreams and what we can learn from them. They review the key components of a successful action plan to create the life you crave. They introduce themselves and provide insights into the mission for this podcast.

In addition they talk about the importance of quicklly taking the first step towards the life you want and why action beats out planning when it comes to achieving your dreams.

Direct download: Podcast_1_-_Take_the_First_Step.mp3
Category:Personal Growth -- posted at: 2:05pm EST

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