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Buckle up! You’re cruising through mid-life, but don’t worry, you’re just getting started. Join us (Janine 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!

EO72: Going Gray the Right Way with Master Colorist Barbara Paulo

EO72: Going Gray the Right Way with Master Colorist Barbara Paulo


Today, we’re joined by Barbara Paulo, a Master colorist and hair designer with Salon Solace in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Barbara is the founder of Shear Xtreme and Beauty to Be which specializes in weddings and special events. Barbara has been in the business for over sixteen years and has grown with her clients, many of which are boldly transitioning to gray, silver or white hair. We’re going to get the scoop on why going gray can be empowering in midlife and Barbara will share tips on the best way to ditch the dye and feel beautiful. 

There is such a stigma attached to women with gray hair. Images in the media show bespeckled grandmothers baking cookies and evil witches that live in gingerbread houses. But going gray can be powerful too with more women running triathlons and starting their own businesses. Barbara shares her view on trends towards changing the narrative with more women deciding to embrace their natural color as it transitions. We know you’ll love it, so hop in the convertible and let’s hit the road.

On today’s show, we learn: (more…)

EO71: Is Midlife The Right Time To Downsize?  Pro Tips To Make A Move With Real Estate Professional Lesley Lambert

EO71: Is Midlife The Right Time To Downsize? Pro Tips To Make A Move With Real Estate Professional Lesley Lambert

Welcome to the Messy Middle Road Trip podcast. Have you officially become an empty nester? Looking to retire? Feel overwhelmed with maintaining a big property? At this stage of our lives, the majority of us have collected a lifetime of memories and things that can be difficult to part with and regardless of how easy Marie Kondo makes it look. The thought of purging items based on whether or not they bring joy can be paralyzing never mind walking away from a house that may have seen your toddler’s first steps and more recently, an epic high school graduation party.

Midlife can be filled with a million transitions so how do we know if it’s the right time to make a move? Luckily, we have Lesley Lambert joining us in the convertible today to help guide us through the decision making process. Lesley is a 31-year real estate professional with Park Square Realty in Westfield, MA. Over the years she has been a manager, trainer, coach and speaker in the real estate field. She specializes in using the internet and online resources to market the homes she represents for sale. She holds the E-Pro and Seniors Real Estate Specialist designations which meets the special needs of maturing Americans when selling, buying, relocating, or refinancing residential or investment properties. She has been named Top 25 Women to Watch in Western Massachusetts and Women of F.I.RE by Banker and Tradesman which stands for finance, insurance and real estate. We know you’ll love it, so hop in the convertible and let’s hit the road.

On today’s show, we’ll chat with Lesley about the top reasons why people decide to downsize in midlife. We’ll also discuss the following: (more…)

EO70: Janine and Nicole Talk Travel and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

EO70: Janine and Nicole Talk Travel and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Today, Janine and Nicole hop in the convertible to talk about travel and how the Coronavirus is affecting the industry. They’ll also lighten things up with a discussion about their best travel memories, places they’d like to visit and a PSA about travel insurance. It’s a great show, so press play and let’s hit the road.

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EO64: What is Sustainable Travel and Why is it Important?
EO47: A Vist to Iceland the Land of Fire and Ice

EO69: Financial Security in Midlife and Beyond with Financial Coach Theresa Torres

EO69: Financial Security in Midlife and Beyond with Financial Coach Theresa Torres

Welcome to the Messy Middle Road Trip podcast. Today we’re talking to Theresa Torres the owner of Forward Financial Coaching about something no one likes to talk about – money. So many women in midlife are consumed with fear and anxiety about money. Will they have enough as they age and what happens if they don’t. Money is the number one concern for older women, but luckily Theresa is here to teach us how to take control of our finances with confidence, clarity, and compassion so we can all live the life we deserve.

Today we talk about…

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EO68: Using Travel to Raise Funds for Your Favorite Nonprofit

EO68: Using Travel to Raise Funds for Your Favorite Nonprofit

As women, we have a lot on our plates. We work, volunteer, and many of us are moms. When Janine’s kids were younger, she volunteered a lot and helped raise money for a ton of different things.  Many of you are probably planning fundraiser after fundraiser for the schools, sports teams, or favorite cause. After a while, we all run out of interesting ideas that encourage donations.  How about trying something new and using travel to raise funds, build community, and deepen the bond between the organization and its supporters.  On today’s show, Janine tells you how to use travel as a way to raise money for your favorite non-profit. Today we talk about… (more…)

EO67: Part Two Infertility And The Journey Towards Motherhood With Erin Chrusciel

EO67: Part Two Infertility And The Journey Towards Motherhood With Erin Chrusciel

Welcome to part two of our conversation with Erin Chrusciel…

Becoming a mom can be filled with joy and excitement but for many of us, the dream of motherhood is just out of reach. Today, we’re talking with Erin Chrusciel about her decade-long, painful journey towards becoming a mom that was all worth it in the end. We need to understand the lasting trauma of infertility and the power of hope and love. We know you’ll love it, so press play and let’s hit the road. (more…)

EO67: Part One Infertility And The Journey Towards Motherhood With Erin Chrusciel

EO67: Part One Infertility And The Journey Towards Motherhood With Erin Chrusciel

Becoming a mom can be filled with joy and excitement but for many of us, the dream of motherhood is just out of reach. Today, we’re talking with Erin Chrusciel about her decade-long, painful journey towards becoming a mom that was all worth it in the end. Erin and her husband, have suffered loss time and time again. But that resilience, combined with medical miracles and the generosity of family has pulled them through. Erin has agreed to share her amazing story with us today because we need to understand the lasting trauma of infertility and the power of hope and love. We’re honored to have her here with us and for those of you that have suffered the loss of a child, we acknowledge that loss and walk beside you in your grief because no one should have to experience that alone or in silence. (more…)

EO66: Become Empowered to Choose The Healthiest Lifestyle Possible

EO66: Become Empowered to Choose The Healthiest Lifestyle Possible

On today’s episode, Nicole will be empowering you to choose the healthiest lifestyle possible when making purchasing decisions for your home and office. She will share her journey with her autoimmune diagnosis and how paying attention to product labels changed her life for the better by putting her psoriatic arthritis in remission.

She will also share information about the number of chemicals used in our products and how many are banned in Europe and the US. We’ll learn about why it’s safer to eat something than it is to rub it on our skin and what Toxic Body Burden means. She will also cover Greenwashing and tips to find a brand you trust.

Here is a list of the top harmful ingredients to avoid and why: (more…)

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

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

Welcome to the Messy Middle Road Trip podcast. Today, we have the honor and privilege of having Amy Pence-Brown join us in the convertible. Amy describes herself as a fat feminist mother who believes in opening her mouth and her heart. From both of these places, she tells stories – as a writer, as a historian and teacher, and as a visual artist. She’s been a body image activist for the past decade and her message about the value of all bodies, no matter their size, has been covered by numerous media outlets. She continues to lead the body-positive revolution through public speaking and education, including on the TEDx stage, to students young and old, and the Boise Rad Fat Collective, a radical group of 2,200 people of all ages, sizes, colors, genders, and nationalities. She also leads RADCAMP: A Body Positive Boot Camp for Feminists and Feminist Teens, builds school gardens on the Boise Bench as a school garden coordinator and was named one of the 50 Idaho Women of the Year by the Idaho Business Review in 2017. This is an episode you won’t want to miss so hop in the convertible and let’s hit the road.

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