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Recent Episodes

EO103: To Drink Or Not To Drink During The Holidays With Nicole And Sandra

EO103: To Drink Or Not To Drink During The Holidays With Nicole And Sandra

On today’s show, Nicole and Sandra chat about their relationship with alcohol and celebrating during the holidays. The discuss how growing up molded their view of alcohol and how navigating midlife has changed that perspective. They also offer tips like substituting tea in the evening to change the habit of needing to have a drink in hand. Sandra also shares her recipe for the non-alcoholic shrub drink that she makes for the holidays:

Ingredients Checklist

  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring all ingredients to a simmer with 2 cups water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes until most cranberries have burst.

  • Spoon out a few whole cranberries and set aside for garnishing drinks if you like.*

  • Strain mixture, pressing liquid out of pulp using the back of a spoon. Discard pulp. Chill at least 1 hour. Store for up to 3 months.

  • *Roll the berries in sugar, skewer on toothpicks, and set across tops of drinks. Use that day.

Here are a few other links for non-alcoholic beverages to celebrate with:

Curious Elixirs


Mingle Mocktails

We hope you enjoyed this episode of the Messy Middle Road Trip podcast and feel inspired to spend some time thinking about your relationship with alcohol and whether or not choosing to drink is something that continues to serve you. If you believe that you or a loved one has a drinking problem and need help, please reach out to:


First, a word of caution – alcohol hotlines are not meant for emergencies. If you or a loved one is in a life-threatening situation, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. In non-emergency situations, you can call the following alcohol hotlines for information and support:

National Drug Helpline:  1-844-289-0879

The National Drug Helpline is a 24/7 alcohol helpline where you can get information about alcohol use disorder and alcohol rehab. This hotline operates around-the-clock, but your call may occasionally go unanswered due to high call volumes or staff shortage. Please call back another time or call one of the other hotlines listed below.

Alcoholics Anonymous 1-212-870-3400

Find out more about the AA program or fellowship by calling the Alcoholics Anonymous number.

Alcohol Hotline for IAFF Members 1-866-965-3074

The alcohol hotline is in place to support firefighters and paramedics that are having issues with alcohol. It is for IAFF members as well as their family and friends.

SAMHSA: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

The SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) helpline is a US government initiative. This hotline gives you access to nationwide resources for alcohol use disorder treatment, including information and referrals to rehabs near you. The SAMHSA helpline is available 24/7 and offers services in both English and Spanish.

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EO102: Prepare For A Career Change And Pursue Your Dreams In Midlife With Heather Burright

EO102: Prepare For A Career Change And Pursue Your Dreams In Midlife With Heather Burright

Welcome to the Messy Middle Road Trip podcast. We are thrilled to have Heather Burright with us in the convertible today. Heather Burright is the founder of Skill Masters Market, specializing in helping women who are looking for a career change gain the clarity and confidence they need to find their dream role.

As a coach, Heather focuses intentionally on her client’s needs in order to explore their options and invest in their future. Heather has coached all levels of leadership and now focuses on women who are ready to make a career transition. Her expertise allows her to provide the necessary structure and strategic direction to find the right fit. Heather shares what her own journey looked like and why it’s important for us to work with someone to look at the big picture of where we are and where we want to end up and why it’s so important to align our careers with our values and talents.

Finding the right job means assessing vision, values and skills. Change can be scary. And our careers can be intimately linked with our identity and how we operate out in the world. For women looking to pivot, Heather shares how to find clarity, confidence and courage to take that big step. We also discuss financial planning goals and debunk the concept of work/life balance. 

Thanks for joining us on today’s episode and feel empowered to take that first step to walk away from a career that is no longer serving you and pursue your dream job. If you want to keep the conversation going visit us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or at Messy Middle Road Trip.com. And if you like what we’re doing, please consider subscribing to the podcast and leaving us a rating and review so we can reach more amazing middlers. 

If you’d like to connect with Heather on social media or learn more about her coaching programs, you can click on the links below and you can join her private FB community here.



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EO101: Can Low Expectations Create More Joy with Sandra Costello

EO101: Can Low Expectations Create More Joy with Sandra Costello

Have you ever gone to a party with such low expectations you ended up having a good time? A really good time, even.

It got me thinking, what if we approached every situation with lower expectations? No preconceived ideas of how things are supposed to go, just do your thing with an open mind and an open heart. Would you experience more joy?

I found myself lowering my expectations for most things this year as a way to sidestep disappointment, and it could be one of the greatest lessons of 2020.

Want to connect with Sandra and bring more joy into your life?
You can find her at https://sandralovesyou.com or call her at 413-427-1676

Wanna get social?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sandracostellophotography
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sandracostellophotography/.      

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