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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!

EO63: Part One The Magnificent Midlife with Rachel Lankester

EO63: Part One The Magnificent Midlife with Rachel Lankester

Today we’re talking to Rachel Lankester the founder of Magnificent Midlife, an online hub and community celebrating and empowering women in midlife and beyond. Rachel helps women in midlife become who they were meant to be through mentoring, an online members club, midlife wellness courses, and the Magnificent Midlife Podcast.  We know you’ll love it, so let’s hit the road.

We had the opportunity to discuss the following with Rachel: (more…)

EO62:Embracing Hygge in Western Massachusetts: Winter Should Be Enjoyed, Not Endured

EO62:Embracing Hygge in Western Massachusetts: Winter Should Be Enjoyed, Not Endured

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Thanks for joining Nicole on this episode of the Messy Middle Road Trip Podcast. Nicole is one half of our dynamic hosting duo. They are entrepreneurs, wives, moms, and women who are fearlessly navigating the middle of life. In between the regular podcasts, Janine and Nicole will be going solo to talk about their areas of expertise. Janine tackles travel and Nicole will be focused on the Health and Wellness Umbrella. Today Nicole be talking about the importance of mindset during the winter months to combat seasonal affective disorder and embrace the season of fuzzy socks and warm blankets by the fire.

Nicole will share her experience growing up in New England as a kid and enjoying the winter weather and activities that accompanied this time of year. She will also share how that love changed following her psoriatic arthritis diagnosis. Like so many people living in cold climates during certain times of the year, Nicole was suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Depending on where you live, SAD can produce sadness, loss of energy, irritability, difficulty concentrating, sleeping more, decrease in activity, withdrawing socially, craving carbohydrates and overeating for three months or longer.  (more…)

EO61: Get Healthy in 2020 with Personal Trainer Michelle Crean

EO61: Get Healthy in 2020 with Personal Trainer Michelle Crean

Today, we’re talking Michelle Crean, Certified Personal Trainer and owner of Empowerment, a personal training service for women of all ages and fitness levels. Michelle’s passion for exercise began after the birth of her first son when she realized that in order to be the most effective mother she could be, she first had to be the strongest, healthiest version of herself. 

Inspired by the notion of helping other women to transform themselves, and understanding firsthand the demands on women, she started Empowerment, to provide fitness training and healthy eating advice to women in the comfort of home. Michelle is passionate about helping every woman reframe her mindset so she can feel comfortable in her own skin, live a more energetic and confident life, and most importantly, feel strong inside and out. 

Today we talked about… (more…)

EO60: Holiday Traditions with Janine and Nicole

EO60: Holiday Traditions with Janine and Nicole

Welcome to the Messy Middle Road Trip podcast. We’re just a few days away from celebrating Christmas in New England. For many of us, the holidays can be filled with magic and joy. But it’s important to remember that you can decide to skip traditions that cause stress or no longer work for you and your family. Janine and I wanted to take some time to share some of our holiday stories and traditions with you because being present is better than receiving presents and making memories is what the holidays are all about. We would love to hear from our listeners to share some of your own.  Today we talk about.. (more…)

EO59: Taming the Holiday Frenzy with Shelley Merchant

EO59: Taming the Holiday Frenzy with Shelley Merchant

The holidays are here and you are most likely feeling the frenzy. You know the feeling. Too much to do, too many promises made, too many people counting on you. Oh yeah, and you also need to take care of yourself somehow. 

Sound familiar?

What if there was a better way to experience the holidays without frenzy?  Lucky for us, we have friend of the podcast and frenzy taming expert Shelley Merchant on today’s show. We’re going to be talking about tips and tricks to manage holiday stress, decorating and storage hacks, gift ideas and how to be good to yourself during this time of year. We invite you to hop in the convertible because this is a show you won’t want to miss. 

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EO58: Family Holiday Fun Both Near and Far

EO58: Family Holiday Fun Both Near and Far

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! In today’s mini-podcast, Janine gives you a few ideas for fun family adventures over the holidays.  If you’re looking to create new family traditions or if you just want to get out of town for a few days this episode is for you.

Today we talk about…

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EO57: Spirit of Giving with Shannon Rudder and Jennie Adamczyk of Providence Ministries

EO57: Spirit of Giving with Shannon Rudder and Jennie Adamczyk of Providence Ministries

Welcome to the Messy Middle Road Trip podcast. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are we doing for others?” For many people, giving is something that becomes a family tradition with time spent at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving or sponsoring a family in need with gifts for Christmas. It’s important to remember that organizations of service have year-round needs. We’ll be discussing how we can find a cause that aligns with our hearts and what we can do to become an inspired philanthropist.

Today we are thrilled to have two amazing representatives from Providence Ministries with us. Executive Director Shannon Rudder and Director of Programs, Jennie Adamczyk are joining us in the convertible. We will learn about the woman that started it all nearly 40 years ago with the creation of Kate’s Kitchen which provides a warm meal to everyone, no questions asked. We’ll also discuss how to serve and support our local community organizations throughout the holidays and year round. This is an episode you won’t want to miss so hop in the convertible and let’s hit the road.

Today we’ll discuss: (more…)

EO56: My Autoimmune Journey with Psoriatic Arthritis

EO56: My Autoimmune Journey with Psoriatic Arthritis

Today Nicole is sharing her story and her journey with symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, natural options for healing and a positive attitude with psoriatic arthritis. 

Diagnosed in 2008, after months of pain, swelling and psoriasis flares, Nicole was informed that she had an autoimmune condition that was rare in healthy adults her age. With a newborn and a toddler at home, she did the best she could to grapple with this diagnosis and continue working and managing her household. 

Today Nicole shares:   (more…)

EO55: You Only Live Twice with Joselyn Miller

EO55: You Only Live Twice with Joselyn Miller

Welcome to the Messy Middle Road Trip podcast. Today, we’re joined by Joselyn Miller, a survivor of not one, but two life-threatening diseases. We’re talking about her new lease on life, the creation of her Butt Kick List, and her ability to look death in the eye and say “not today.”  We’re thrilled to have her riding shotgun and hope you find inspiration to never give up and to understand that it’s actually possible to enjoy any experience, even battling a life-threatening illness or two. 

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