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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!

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.

Today we talk about… (more…)

EO64: What is Sustainable Travel and Why is it Important?

EO64: What is Sustainable Travel and Why is it Important?

Everyone in the travel industry is talking about sustainable travel, which isn’t surprising given the concern about client change and overtourism. How do we see the world while also being environmentally and socially responsible? It’s a big and important question; Luckily, the travel industry is ready to help us out. In today’s mini-podcast, Janine talks about the hottest topic of the year (so far), sustainable travel, and what it means to you and me.

In today’s episode, Janine talks about… (more…)

EO63: Part Two The Magnificent Midlife with Rachel Lankester

EO63: Part Two The Magnificent Midlife with Rachel Lankester

Here is part two of our fabulous conversation with  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.

Check out part one HERE.

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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…)

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