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.
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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