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Buckle up! You’re cruising through mid-life, but don’t worry, you’re just getting started. Join us (Sandra and Nicole) in our podcasting journey through the ups and downs of the messy middle. You can listen to our entire archive of podcast episodes below or subscribe on iTunes / Apple Podcasts, Overcast, or your favorite podcast app. Let’s go!

EO115: Spring Cleaning Tips With Nicole Markel

EO115: Spring Cleaning Tips With Nicole Markel

Welcome to the Messy Middle Road Trip podcast! On today’s minipod, Nicole will be sharing some tips and tricks for Spring cleaning which include:

  1. Seasonal tips
  2. Patio/deck/gardening
  3. Closet clean outs
  4. Spruce up your indoor space
  5. Make your entrance welcoming
  6. Deep clean

She also shares two of her favorite essential oil blends for diffusing:

Spring Zing: 2 drops lemon, 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops lavender

Fresh Start: 2 drops lavender, 2 drops lemon, 2 drops rosemary

We hope you enjoy the feeling a Spring cleaning can provide. A new season, a fresh start, a calm space. If you like what you hear, please consider visiting us on iTunes to leave us a rating and review so we can reach other amazing middlers like you. You can also find us on FB, Instagram and YouTube. Until next time…

 

You might also enjoy:

EO49: Back To School: Dishing The Dirt On Anti-Bacterial Soaps And Wipes

EO20: Is Your Laundry Detergent Clean, Green and Safe?

EO114: Starting a Business in Midlife with Artist Linda Ruel Flynn of Flora-Ly

EO114: Starting a Business in Midlife with Artist Linda Ruel Flynn of Flora-Ly

Join us as we chat with Linda Ruel Flynn of Flora-Ly, an artist who in midlife took over her mom’s business of creating custom botanical collages with flowers that have meaning to her clients. Linda is telling stories through exceptionally designed, archivally-produced artwork that honors and celebrates. During our road trip we’ll discuss what it was like to start a business in midlife, learning to be successful, and lessons Linda learned along the way. Grab the snacks and let’s go!

How to connect with Linda of Flora-Ly:
website: https://flora-ly.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/floralylinda/

Simon Sinek’s, Start with Why

Other episodes we think you’ll love: 
EO106: Re-branding Midlife for Women to PrimeTime with Juju Hook
EO102: Prepare for A Career Change and Pursue Your Dreams in Midlife with Heather Burright

 

 

EO113: Print your Photos, Surround Yourself with Love with Sandra Costello

EO113: Print your Photos, Surround Yourself with Love with Sandra Costello

When was the last time you printed your digital photos? Being surrounded by images of love, happiness or empowerment can positively affect one’s self esteem and feelings of belonging. In this digital age, having a tangible reminder of the people you love, including yourself, is so important. Join Sandra as she shares resources and stories about preserving your greatest memories.

Lab:
Mpix.com – quality photo lab for printing your photos

Backup Resources:
Google Drive
Microsoft One Drive
Dropbox

Sandra Costello Photography – sandralovesyou.com

Other episodes we think you’ll enjoy:
EO107: Getting Healthy in Midlife with Heath and Nutrition Coach Kelly Page
EO109: A 50th Birthday Letter to Myself with Nicole Markel

 

 

EO112: Building Community Through Health, Wellness And Entrepreneurship With Dawn Fitch

EO112: Building Community Through Health, Wellness And Entrepreneurship With Dawn Fitch

On today’s show, we’re excited to be talking with Dawn Fitch, the founder and CEO of Pooka Pure and Simple and The Best Life Tribe. Dawn will share her story about her diagnosis with MS and how it impacted her journey to heal her body with self-care, community and a business that supported all of the above.

We learn how the name Pooka came to be and how Dawn began her business. We also discuss the impact that autoimmune issues can have on the body and the importance of finding that work/life/health balance. We dig into a conversation about how Dawn was able to pivot during the pandemic to provide products for her community and keep her business afloat. Dawn shares how The Best Life Tribe was formed and what goes on inside the group. Dawn shares some self-care tips and recipes that you can make with products in your own kitchen. We also chat about how it feels to be in business now versus when she first started and how midlife has given a new perspective on being an entrepreneur. We know you’ll love it, so hop in the convertible and let’s hit the road.

If you’d like to connect with Dawn, you can discover her natural products from Pooka Pure and Simple HERE.

You can become a member of The Best Life Tribe on Facebook HERE.

You can follow Dawn on Instagram at @dawnfitchofficial and see what’s new with the business @pookalita

We hope you enjoyed this episode of The Messy Middle Road Trip Podcast and found some inspiration as well as self-care tips for living your best life. 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.  We’re looking forward to our next road trip with you.  Until then, thanks for riding shotgun.

You might also enjoy:

EO36: THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-CARE IN MIDLIFE

EO83: THE IMPORTANCE OF SISTERHOOD IN MIDLIFE

EO111: Learning How To Live Authentically In Midlife With Pamela Savino

EO111: Learning How To Live Authentically In Midlife With Pamela Savino

Welcome to the Messy Middle Road Trip podcast. Today, we’re thrilled to have Pamela Savino in the convertible with us. Pamela suffered two painful experiences in her life that acted as catalysts to take action to live her best life authentically, which led to her helping others to do the same. We know you’ll love it so let’s grab the snacks, call shotgun and hit the road for another episode.

Sandra and I talk with Pamela about unpacking what it means to live authentically and how big life transitions can be a catalyst to lean into transformation. We also discuss how our energy and perspective can shift when you step into your life’s purpose. Pamela shares her mantra: “If it’s not mind-blowing, body-strengthening, or soul-stirring, it’s not worth your time.” and offers some advice for capturing that in our lives.

Pamela also shares why feeling good is such an important component of our lives and how that can transform the way we move through our day. We also dive into a deep conversation about the concept of creating our own personal spiritual belief system, not based on how we grew up or what we were taught, but by what speaks to us. 

To connect with Pamela, click here to check out her coaching programs, blog, book and more.

We hope you enjoyed this episode of The Messy Middle Road Trip Podcast and are ready to take action to live authentically. You owe it to yourself to fall in love with your life and how you show up in it.

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. We’re looking forward to our next road trip with you.  Until then, thanks for riding shotgun.

You might also enjoy:

EO84: How To Live An Empowered Life With Author And Coach Susan Burrell 

EO63: PART ONE THE MAGNIFICENT MIDLIFE WITH RACHEL LANKESTER

EO63: PART TWO THE MAGNIFICENT MIDLIFE WITH RACHEL LANKESTER

 

 

EO110: Loving Yourself In Midlife With Nicole Markel And Sandra Costello

EO110: Loving Yourself In Midlife With Nicole Markel And Sandra Costello

Welcome to the Messy Middle Road Trip podcast. As we approach Valentine’s Day, Sandra and I wanted to sit down and have a conversation about why we think self-love, especially in midlife, is the most important kind of love we can give.  On today’s show, we discuss body image, affirmations, mirror work and small ways you can remind yourself how important it is to love yourself so that you can show up fully to love those around you.

Click here to find out more about the Mirror Work that Sandra mentions.

Click here to find daily affirmations to get you started today.

Click here to see the viral video of the father and his daughter and their morning affirmations.

What are some ways that you show yourself some love? Is it making a cup of tea in your favorite mug? Is it taking a brisk winter walk and turning your face toward the sun? Is it smiling at yourself in the mirror and telling yourself that you look cute? Is it buying yourself a piece of art that makes you smile every time you look at it? Every gesture counts when “courting” yourself. Plant those seeds with your kiddos and young family members so they can grow into adults that love themselves.

We hope you enjoyed this episode of The Messy Middle Road Trip Podcast and feel inspired to show yourself some love. Remember, it’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself and make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.

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.  We’re looking forward to our next road trip with you.  Until then, thanks for riding shotgun.

You might also like:

EO100: INSPIRING MIDLIFE WOMEN TO LEAD DEEPLY FULFILLING LIVES WITH BETH NELSON

EO65: LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN WITH BODY IMAGE ACTIVIST AMY PENCE-BROWN

 

 

EO109: A 50th Birthday Letter To Myself With Nicole Markel

EO109: A 50th Birthday Letter To Myself With Nicole Markel

Thanks for joining me on this episode of the Messy Middle Roadtrip Podcast. I’m Nicole, one half of our dynamic hosting duo. We’re entrepreneurs, wives, a mom, a favorite auntie, creative souls and women who are fearlessly navigating the middle of life. In between our regular podcasts, Sandra and I will be going solo to talk about our areas of expertise. Sandra tackles showing up as your authentic self with lessons she’s learned in her photography business and I tackle wellness. Today I’ll be sharing a 50th birthday letter to myself.

This podcast was created to bring together a community of women over 40 who embrace the past, appreciate where we are now and take action to live our best life. Because it’s all about the journey.

Happy Birthday Month Middlers! Yes, over the years, I have morphed my birthday celebration from one day, to a week to a month. Why? Because I can and you should too. I love filling my month with smaller, meaningful celebrations with friends and family. I have to admit that I’m bummed out that I wasn’t hopping a plane to Jamaica with the hubs for the work incentive trip I earned. The original plan was to spend the week celebrating with my work wives and their husbands on the beach but covid had other plans. I’m still uber proud of my accomplishment and plan to travel later in the year with the travel voucher I was gifted, instead. 

This year I’ve enjoyed being treated to a Stitch Fix from my mom and mother-in-law which included jeans which is an item I haven’t worn much during the pandemic. It felt extravagant and was a fun experience to work with my personal stylist to navigate my preferences like fitting my dancer calves into stylish skinny jeans. Yes, even though Gen Z is hating on millennials for their skinny jeans, crying-laughing emoji and side parts, this Gen-Xer is here for all of it. I also scheduled a tea time zoom call with one of my good friends who I haven’t seen in forever…three hours later, we were all caught up and felt energized and grateful for our friendship. My birthday falls on Super Bowl Sunday this year, which has happened to me before. I’m not a huge football fan but I do like to eat dine-in tailgate, so it’s all good. I plan to continue my micro-celebrations throughout the month. 

I’m recording this the day before I turn the big 5-0. It feels momentous and ordinary at the same time. I remember my surprise 40th like it was yesterday. My husband Tim connected with three of my friends from different facets of my life: work, my previous job and my writing group. He rented out a private room at our favorite local restaurant and set up a fake dinner date complete with the kids going to their grandparents’ house for a sleepover. I had no idea about all the behind-the-scenes planning going on…even though he left the guest list on the counter at one point and thought I’d seen it. We walked into a room filled with 50 of my closest friends and family for a catered meal. It was magical. I love surprises and often had the chance to be the coordinator but had never been on the receiving end. I loved every minute of it. My 40’s were amazing even though I silently battled my auto-immune issues. Tim and I raised our girls and successfully built our careers while renovating our house one room, one project at a time.

I expect that my 50’s will be equally amazing with a little extra sparkle thrown on top. I’ll see my girls finish high school and college and get to cheer them on as they figure out a career path of their own. Tim and I will work towards career goals with early retirement and travel and a beach house thrown in for good measure. I realize that I’ll experience sadness and loss as our parents are getting older, but for now I choose to enjoy every moment with them. 

This major birthday milestone had me thinking about my journey. I watch my girls as they navigate who they are and who they will become. I try to impart my own wisdom and perspective but cannot blame them for brushing me off when their 13 and 17 year old brains aren’t ready to embrace the power they hold. What if we took the time to write ourselves a letter on our 50th birthday? What if it contains the child-like wonder we had growing up paired with the wisdom of experience? Well, I decided to do just that. Here’s my letter to me…

Dear Nicole,

You made it! It’s hard to believe that you survived decades of terrible fashion choices and questionable decisions, but here we are on the eve of your 50th. Looking back through old photos, there is no shame in your desire to look like Dorothy Hamill with your bowl haircut at age 7 or your penchant for Mork From Ork rainbow suspenders with khaki pants. And luckily, you didn’t die or permanently cripple yourself trying to run in your Dr. Scholl clogs. Your imagination was always your best playmate and it kept you company during the lonely years after your parents divorced. You made snow forts, climbed trees and decorated cardboard boxes as busses, classrooms and spaceships to keep you occupied for hours. You embraced your inner dork. as you marched up the hill to your girl scout meeting, in full uniform, singing The Wall by Pink Floyd. You were reserved in new situations but blossomed once you connected with friends, allowing them to see your goofy, silly, authentic self. You loved your grandmothers fiercely and are proud to have been raised by them. You preferred art over math and reading and writing over science…still do for that matter. You were a little bit sassy and loved to make people laugh. You defied gravity with your big hair in the 80’s and confidently brought back Gone With the Wind style for your Junior Cotillion. You watched your mother work tirelessly and sacrifice everything for you but didn’t truly appreciate her efforts until you graduated college and stepped into the real world. You were obsessed with dance from the age of 6 and have never outgrown that. The dance studio was your favorite place to be and the lessons you learned about dedication, team work, long hours, patience, self-confidence and facing your fears have served you well. You shed that small-town girl perspective when you moved to Boston for college and persevered even though you cried daily with feeling homesick. Your eyes were opened to different cultures, socio-economic disparity, religions and racism. You found your people who had similar beliefs, sense of humor and world views and you made lifelong friendships. You were scrappy and weren’t afraid of hard work and long hours. You lived paycheck to paycheck and worked multiple jobs to make ends meet, learning to live on ramen and expired eggs. You met your soulmate when you least expected it and get a kick out of the fact that he was on a date with his ex-girlfriend at the time. You paid off student loans, traveled together and bought your first home knowing that this was forever. You gave birth to two beautiful daughters that challenge you every day to be the best version of you. You also have moments of sadness that catch your breath when you remember the miscarriage you suffered in between. You’ve struggled with your relationship with your Dad but know that it taught you how to stand up for yourself, be resilient, lower expectations, keep promises, communicate, know that you cannot control the actions of others – only your own, always be the one to reach out and tell others how much you love them. You’ve been a good daughter, wife, mother and friend…even on days where you’ve felt like you’ve failed. You’ve worked hard to heal your body and know that self care can include sleeping in, naps or disconnecting from social media. You are a talented writer and need to stop second guessing yourself. You have found your purpose and your passion with your career and should not feel guilty about devoting time and energy to pursuing that. You are beautiful inside and out. This includes the gray hairs in your signature soft curls that you love. The laughter that created your crow’s feet. The mom-guilt that nags at you when you need to crawl back into bed after making sure the kids are awake for online schooling. The self-doubt that sabotages your progress with submitting your picture book manuscripts for publication. The psoriasis that makes you feel embarrassed and not-sexy. The thoughtfulness you possess for buying the card and then forgetting to send it. Your organized piles of paper and clutter that drive others crazy. Your infectious smile when you bust out with dance moves in the kitchen or belt a tune in the car with your teenagers. Your pride when you look at all you’ve accomplished so far in your life and love for the people – good and bad- that have been a part of that. It has all shaped and molded who you are.”Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Dr. Seuss   

My wish for you for the next 50…

Be brave. Be true. Live boldly. Continue to ignore what others think. Dance to the beat of your own drum. Show people how much you love them with your actions. Look for the light and if you can’t find it, be the light. Don’t watch the news. Breathe. Laugh everyday. Always look forward, never backward. Be confident that you can do amazing things. Be authentic. Speak the truth. Sprinkle kindness like confetti. Learn from your mistakes. Don’t hold grudges. See the world. Do not pass on your limiting beliefs to others. Continue to learn and grow. Be present. Love fiercely. Surround yourself by people you admire and respect. Allow yourself some grace. Listen to your instincts. Nurture your body and soul. Rest. And most importantly, know that every step you take is the right one because it’s all about the journey…  

Thanks for tuning into today’s show. I hope my words resonated with you. No matter how old you are, I encourage you to take time to write yourself a love letter. Acknowledge all you’ve accomplished, give a nod to the messy bits that make you – you and embrace how freaking amazing you are!  

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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EO 12: Living Big with Wendy Perrotti

 

EO98: Wild Woman – When Did You See Her Last? With Jade Young

 

 

EO108: Tips for Starting Your Day Right with Sandra Costello

EO108: Tips for Starting Your Day Right with Sandra Costello

Do you have a morning routine? One that sets a positive tone for your day versus letting something or someone else set it for you? I created a morning routine two months ago as part of a challenge and have found it to be empowering and enlightening. Now I’m the one in charge of determining the feel for my day, and so can you. Join me in the convertible for today’s mini pod about creating a morning routine!

Resources:
Mel Robbins, Inspirational Speaker and Author of The Five Second Rule
Julia Cameron, The Artist Way
Louise Hay, Mirror Work and Daily Affirmations
Yoga with Adriene

Other episodes we think you’ll enjoy:
EO100: Inspiring Midlife Women to Lead Deeply Fulfilling Lives with Beth Nelson
EO90: Choosing Your Identity with Intention with Nicole Markel

EO107: Getting Healthy in Midlife with Health and Nutrition Coach Kelly Page

EO107: Getting Healthy in Midlife with Health and Nutrition Coach Kelly Page

Join us in the convertible today with Kelly Page, a Certified Transformational Health and Nutrition Coach. Kelly specializes in helping women over 40 feel healthier, calmer, and more confident in mind and body by educating and empowering us to live the rest of our lives happier, freer, and more fulfilled. We talk healthy foods, mindset and running off to Paris!

How to connect with Kelly:

Website: https://www.tastingpage.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TastingPage
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tastingpage/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/tastingpage/

We also think you’ll enjoy the following podcasts: 

EO100: Inspiring Midlife Women to Lead Deeply Fulfilling Lives with Beth Nelson
EO95: Carrie Rowan Uncovers the Stories Getting in Our Way

 

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