A Podcast about fearlessly navigating life after 40…

Because Life Is An Epic Road Trip.

Buckle up as you embark on an adventure of a lifetime, handling the twists and turns of living your best life in the messy middle.

Recent Episodes

EO90: Choosing Your Identity With Intention With Nicole Markel

EO90: Choosing Your Identity With Intention With Nicole Markel

On today’s show, Nicole’s shares an update on her health journey which includes new therapies such as working with a naturopath over the past eight months, Salt bed (halotherapy), Holistic Energy Coaching and Hydrocolon therapy.

Nicole also shares information about the two most recent personal development books she’s listened to on Audible:

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz The book offers a code of conduct based on ancient Toltec wisdom that advocates freedom from self-limiting beliefs that may cause suffering and limitation in a person’s life.

The four agreements are:

Be impeccable with your word. 

Don’t take anything personally. 

Don’t make assumptions. 

Always do your best.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Told from the perspective of a shepherd boy, the idea that all individuals should live in the singular pursuit of their individual dreams. And each detour or roadblock is part of the plan to prepare you.

She encourages listeners to write a list of 10 traits you have that frame your identity (positive/negative). Ask a friend or spouse to do the same for perspective. Here are Nicole’s ten traits.

  1. Procrastinator
  2. Person with an autoimmune disorder (sick) 
  3. Caregiver
  4. Positive
  5. Supportive friend
  6. Funny
  7. Wellness warrior
  8. Loving mother, spouse, daughter
  9. Creative
  10. Passionate

How do you want to show up? How is that framed? Is it positive or negative? Is that truly helping you to be who you want to be? How can you change that mindset? Flip those self limiting beliefs? 

Nicole questions whether her top two choices are negatively framed. Choose to change the emotional trigger associated with each. Does it fill your cup? What can you let go of or lean into?

Identity can play a huge role in your overall health and wellness. Are you a Debbie Downer or Positive Patty? Nicole shares stories about her friend Kathi that recently beat cancer for the second time and her coffee meet up with friend of the podcast Dawn Whelan. 

Thanks for tuning into today’s show. I hope that you take time to discover who you are today and identify whether or not you’re fulfilled or if you have work to do to become the best version of you. We’re in control of how we show up. 

 You can find more at messy middle road trip dot com or connect with us on FB, Instagram and YouTube. If you like the show, please subscribe and send us some love by rating and reviewing the podcast. Sandra and I are looking forward to our next road trip with you. Thanks for riding shotgun. Until next time… 

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Does public speaking make you shake in your boots? Today’s podcast is with dynamic speaker Angela Lussier, who is a 7 time author, entrepreneur, fellow podcaster, award winning speaker and two time TEDx presenter. Angela admits that she was a shy kid with social anxiety and grew up making a terrifying observation that the best leaders were amazing communicators and impressive public speakers. 

Facing her fears, she jumped into the world of learning how to find her voice and founded a network of public speaking clubs called Speaker Sisterhood. We know you’ll love it so let’s grab the snacks, call shotgun and hit the road for another episode.

Speaker Sisterhood: https://speakersisterhood.com/

Angela’s podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/claim-the-stage-a-public-speaking-podcast-for-women/id1119712757

Angela’s TEDx talks and bio: https://speakersisterhood.com/angela/press/

Angela’s books: https://speakersisterhood.com/books/


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EO55: You Only Live Twice with Joselyn MIller

EO81: Manifesting Your Dreams through Vision Boarding with Emily Falcigno


EP88: Getting to Know Co-Host Sandra Costello

EP88: Getting to Know Co-Host Sandra Costello

Sandra Costello has been a professional photographer for the last ten years, but what did that journey look like? Beginning in high school as a way to cope with anxiety, Sandra used photography to connect with others as a way to cope and be creative. This episode talks about being your best self, being seen and being brave. Join Sandra for her first mini pod!

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EO65: Love the Skin You’re in with Body Image Activist Amy Pence-Brown

EO39: InsideOut – A New Way of Being with Nina Urman

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