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Welcome to this week’s episode of Messy Middle Road Trip. Today we have Juju Hook in the convertible, and we’ll be talking about her work with other middle-aged women to uncover what they really want in midlife.
After 25 years as a brand strategist, Juju felt overwhelmed by hormonal emotions and underwhelmed by a career she had mastered but no longer loved. In 2015, she took a chance, and built an online program to guide entrepreneurs in creating their own strategic brands. In her quest, she interviewed over 200 women for her book, Hot Flashes, Carpools, and Dirty Martinis—The Quintessential Guide for Turning Midlife into PrimeTime and learned nearly every middle-aged woman had bought into the idea that as they grew older, they decreased in value.
Juju had found her life’s mission: to re-brand middle age for women.
Today, through speeches from the stage, digital trainings, her book, and group and individual coaching, she helps middle-aged women step into PrimeTime.
We know you’ll love today’s conversation so let’s grab the snacks and hit the road for another episode.
How to connect with Juju:
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Today we chat with Lesley Salem, founder of Over the Bloody Moon, a community and organization with a social purpose that runs workshops and classes to help inform, equip and empower all women going through perimenopause. Her learnings have been carefully packaged into a series of 1-hour Symptom Fix workshops, as well as Take Charge of Change classes. Join us to learn more!
Our conversation went down many avenues including:
– Lesley’s realization she was experiencing perimenopause after she stopping taking the pill. What that felt like, why it was so hard and what she did next.
– More than 50% of women would rather go to Dr. Google instead of their own doctor for advice.
– Social media has allowed more information about perimenopause to get into the hands of women.
– The roadmap to perimenopause is not linear, which means everyone’s experience is different.
– Journaling is a great way to track the changes you’re experiencing during perimenopause.
– Women have more that unites over them then what divides them.
Learn more about perimenopause, being a part of the Over the Bloody Moon community, and getting the resources you need:
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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 winter skincare tips for heading into the new year with healthy, hydrated skin all winter long.
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 New Year middlers! Sandra and I hope you all celebrated in style whether that was wearing cozy pajamas on the couch with Ryan Seacrest, watching the ball drop in Times Square or getting dolled up for a socially distant gathering with friends and family around the fire pit or supporting a local restaurant. With January, winter weather has arrived in full force and with that comes dry, chapped, irritated, cracked skin. Indoor heat sucks all the moisture out of the air, compounding the issue. There are ways to combat dry skin but it takes a little effort and focus on self care.
Here are my top 10 tips for what you can do to prevent dry winter skin:
- Remember shuffling your sock feet on the carpet to shock your friends in the winter? Yeah, it’s not as much fun in midlife. Adding a whole-house HUMIDIFIER or putting a smaller one in the room you spend the most time in can increase the amount of moisture in the air.
- Wearing SUNSCREEN all winter long is vital to protect yourself from the UV rays. Winter sun and snow glare can still pack a punch if your face and hands are exposed. Applying a non-toxic sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher will prevent cancer, wrinkles and dryness.
- Our HANDS have thinner skin and fewer oil glands. It’s important to protect them by wearing gloves outside and avoiding anti-bacterial soaps and hand sanitizers that contain methanol and triclosan which can dehydrate the skin. Keep them soft and moisturized with a pre and probiotic hand cream and cuticle balm for your nails.
- Avoid long hot showers and baths during the winter. It can feel glorious to warm up that way but it’s super dehydrating and can lead to itchy, tight skin. Using WARM WATER and keeping your immersion to 10 minutes or less is a good rule to abide by. Make sure to pat dry your skin and apply a body oil to lock in moisture.
- Cut back or avoid alcohol, caffeine and coffee to prevent diuretic dehydration. Sticking with a routine of DRINKING 8 glasses of water a day or eating more fruits and vegetables which are 90 to 95% water can help you stay hydrated. Low sodium soup counts towards keeping you hydrated.
- EXFOLIATING dry skin can allow it to absorb moisturizers and lock in hydration. Sugar scrubs for your body, exfoliator for your face and a foot soak, pumice stone and foot therapy cream for those cracked feet can make a big difference.
- Avoiding harsh face CLEANSERS with drying ingredients like fragrance or preservatives can provide you with glowing winter skin. Using a pre and probiotic cleanser can feed and nurture while warding off free radicals and environmental toxins.
- Caring for your COMPLEXION can fight against the effects of winter weather by balancing and revitalizing your skin. Adding a hyaluronic acid and beauty booster to your facial routine alongside your moisturizer will provide ultra-moisturization. And an oil based serum like our night serum can be a game changer by defending your skin’s microbiome against free radicals.
- Don’t forget your LIPS. Did you know that chapstick products are formulated to purposefully dry your skin so that you become addicted to reapplying? Avoid ingredients like phenol, menthol and salicylic acid which remove the outer layers of skin and make them drier. Applying a sugar lip scrub, non-toxic lip balm or an overnight lip mask can exfoliate and lock in moisture for kissable lips all winter long.
- Change out of WET clothes and shoes quickly to avoid itchiness. Wool can cause irritation for some people. Sticking with cotton or clothes that wick away moisture can help.
Thanks for tuning into today’s show. I hope you found value with my tips for avoiding dry winter skin. As a special New Year’s offer to our US listeners, any orders placed in January 2021 will receive a Pure Haven lip balm from me. Simply shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you listened to this podcast and your order is placed or take a screenshot of this podcast on whatever platform you are listening and tag me @livepurelywithnicole on Instagram with the comment ORDER PLACED to get your freebie.
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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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:
- 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 cup sugar
- ¾ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Here are a few other links for non-alcoholic beverages to celebrate with:
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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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.
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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.
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Beth is an inspiration and leader for women who are ready to awaken into the fullest version of themselves at midlife and leave a meaningful impact on the world. As a Midlife Mentor, confused and disengaged women in their 50s and 60s hire Beth to build the necessary confidence to create a life full of passion, purpose and authenticity.
Her workshops, retreats, private coaching and on-line programs have helped hundreds of women to uncover their unconscious beliefs and feel more fulfilled in midlife and beyond. Beth created Ignited Women to unleash the greatly under-utilized wisdom of midlife women into the world and foster a cultural shift in how they are seen and valued.
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– Why Beth created Ignited Women to help midlife women feel more fulfilled and reignite their lives
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– We are like acorns; everything is within us to blossom into greatness
– Marrying yourself and what Beth felt when she experienced this special commitment
– Chosen words to define how you want to feel
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EO99: Reasons To Shop Local For Small Business Saturday And During The 2020 Holidays 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. Today I’ll be sharing my reasons for shopping local on Small Business Saturday and during the 2020 holiday season.
Black Friday is upon us and our emails and social media feeds are filled with noise from manufacturers trying to get our attention. What if we take a moment to consider shopping locally this holiday season? What if we skip the big box stores and the crazy lines and support the members of our community that need us the most right now?
A study showed that for every $100 spent local, $68 stays within the local economy. Small businesses create connection and build community. Think about local artists, crafters, book sellers, culinary creations, boutiques, beauty salons and mom and pop shops that provide unique, handmade and a better level of personalized service compared to big box stores.
During the course of the pandemic, more than 60% of small businesses reported lost revenue. Over 97,000 businesses have permanently closed since the covid virus began to spread in the US. When asked, Americans are eager to support small businesses. And many have worked to pivot while providing sales on social media, using 3rd party platforms, offering curbside pickup and contactless delivery.
Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday which was started 10 years ago by American Express. It has continued to be a reminder to shop local to support your neighbor and friend to provide for their families this holiday season. You might be wondering how you can show support, with or without a purchase. Here are my top 5 tips for what you can do to take action:
- Offer a positive online review
- Word of mouth
- Share products from a business you love on social media/stories or DMs
- Buy gift certificates
- Make a purchase
Shop with businesses that give back. A few of my favorites are:
Tom’s – shoes,
Bombas – socks,
Third Love -bras,
Alex and Ani – bracelets,
Patagonia – clothing and outdoor gear,
Bark Box – dog toys and treats,
Sand Cloud – beach towels,
4Ocean – bracelets made from recycled ocean plastic
Sandra and I have shared stories about our own small businesses. And profits from those help us to create this podcast and keep the lights on. If you are interested in working with Sandra to book a photography session please visit her at sabdracostellophotography on Instagram and Facebook or her website to take advantage of sales offers.
And if you are looking for the perfect stocking stuffer gift of luxurious, effective products that also happen to be 100% free of harmful ingredients, please pop over to livepurelywithnicole on Instagram Pure Haven by Nicole Markel on Facebook to see our Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.
Thanks for tuning into today’s show. I hope that you are inspired to connect with the local businesses in your community or that support independent shop owners globally this holiday season. If you have a favorite small business with an online presence, please give them a shout in the comments so we can pay it forward.
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Our topic for today’s discussion is Wild Woman – When did you see her last? We’re joined in the convertible by life coach and hospice educator/chaplain, Jade Young. After dealing with a series of personal losses, the death of loved ones, a difficult divorce, and experiencing serious burnout, Jade left the glitter and glitz of the big city – and relocated to a quiet, green oasis of a small countryside town on the Big Island of Hawaii. Her journey of healing from the inside out, of restoring her spiritual wellbeing, of finding joy and delight again, of rebuilding her health, opened the doors to re-visioning a new future for herself and reconnecting with the wild woman that had gone dormant for so long.
Inspired by the book Women Who Run with the Wolves by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Jade shares how this transformed her lens as she celebrated her 50th birthday and beyond. We discuss burnout and tuning in to the signals our bodies are giving us. We talk about the importance of community and sisterhood when it comes to embracing our wild and why people are so afraid to show up as their truly authentic selves. We dig into the Mary Oliver quote, “So tell me, what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” as we share stories about finding our wild woman and nurturing her.
If you would like to connect with Jade to learn more about her consultation and coaching sessions, you can email her at email@example.com
We hope you enjoyed this episode of The Messy Middle Road Trip Podcast and feel empowered to awaken your inner wild woman and invite her to join you on this journey. If you want to keep the conversation going visit us on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube. 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.
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