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