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.

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

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

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

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

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT