The Mindful Midlife Crisis

Billy & Brian

Welcome to The Mindful Midlife Crisis, a podcast for people navigating the complexities and possibilities of life’s second half. Join your hosts, Billy and Brian, a couple of average dudes who will serve as your armchair life coaches as we share our life experiences--both the good and the bad--in an effort to help us all better understand how we can enjoy and make the most of the life we have left to live in a more meaningful way. Take a deep breath, embrace the present, and journey with us through The Mindful Midlife Crisis.

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Bonus Guided Meditation 4:  Motivation for When You're Not Feeling Motivated
Yesterday
Bonus Guided Meditation 4: Motivation for When You're Not Feeling Motivated
We’re taking a break until October 5th, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t still thinking about your well-being!  Throughout the month of September, we will share a new mindful meditation with you so that you can cultivate your own mindfulness practice.  If you find these mediations beneficial, be sure to share them with your family and friends.  If you’d like some coaching on how to dive a little deeper with your meditation practice, sign up for information about the Reflect. Learn. Grow. program that my friend and coaching partner Jill Dahler and I have created.  That will also roll out October 5th.  Since it’s our first time leading this program, we’ve significantly discounted the price for you, so check out the show notes and click on the link to learn more about the program and sign up for future updates.   The meditations you’ll be hearing this month are what I send out every Sunday in the newsletter.  If you haven’t signed up for that yet, go to www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.com and scroll down to subscribe.  You’ll get a different mindfulness meditation each Sunday along with information about upcoming events hosted by our amazing guests who are also seeking out opportunities to help people reflect, learn, and grow.  There’s some other goodies in there as well, so be sure to subscribe.So find yourself a comfortable space and allow yourself to simply just be for the next few minutes while you follow along with this meditation.  And as always, may you feel happy, healthy, and loved.  Take care, friends.Thank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.All of our episodes are available at www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.comQuestions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.comInstagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisisTwitter:  @mindfulmidlife"Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!  If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.  If you’re really feeling gracious, you can make a donation to   Your donations will be used to cover all of our production costs.Support the show
Bonus Guided Meditation 4:  Motivation for When You're Not Feeling Motivated
Yesterday
Bonus Guided Meditation 4: Motivation for When You're Not Feeling Motivated
We’re taking a break until October 5th, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t still thinking about your well-being!  Throughout the month of September, we will share a new mindful meditation with you so that you can cultivate your own mindfulness practice.  If you find these mediations beneficial, be sure to share them with your family and friends.  If you’d like some coaching on how to dive a little deeper with your meditation practice, sign up for information about the Reflect. Learn. Grow. program that my friend and coaching partner Jill Dahler and I have created.  That will also roll out October 5th.  Since it’s our first time leading this program, we’ve significantly discounted the price for you, so check out the show notes and click on the link to learn more about the program and sign up for future updates.   The meditations you’ll be hearing this month are what I send out every Sunday in the newsletter.  If you haven’t signed up for that yet, go to www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.com and scroll down to subscribe.  You’ll get a different mindfulness meditation each Sunday along with information about upcoming events hosted by our amazing guests who are also seeking out opportunities to help people reflect, learn, and grow.  There’s some other goodies in there as well, so be sure to subscribe.So find yourself a comfortable space and allow yourself to simply just be for the next few minutes while you follow along with this meditation.  And as always, may you feel happy, healthy, and loved.  Take care, friends.Thank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.All of our episodes are available at www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.comQuestions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.comInstagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisisTwitter:  @mindfulmidlife"Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!  If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.  If you’re really feeling gracious, you can make a donation to   Your donations will be used to cover all of our production costs.Support the show
Bonus Guided Meditation 3: Affirmations of Gratitude
Sep 21 2022
Bonus Guided Meditation 3: Affirmations of Gratitude
We’re taking a break until October 5th, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t still thinking about your well-being!  Throughout the month of September, we will share a new mindful meditation with you so that you can cultivate your own mindfulness practice.  If you find these mediations beneficial, be sure to share them with your family and friends.  If you’d like some coaching on how to dive a little deeper with your meditation practice, sign up for information about the Reflect. Learn. Grow. program that my friend and coaching partner Jill Dahler and I have created.  That will also roll out October 5th.  Since it’s our first time leading this program, we’ve significantly discounted the price for you, so check out the show notes and click on the link to learn more about the program and sign up for future updates.   The meditations you’ll be hearing this month are what I send out every Sunday in the newsletter.  If you haven’t signed up for that yet, go to www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.com and scroll down to subscribe.  You’ll get a different mindfulness meditation each Sunday along with information about upcoming events hosted by our amazing guests who are also seeking out opportunities to help people reflect, learn, and grow.  There’s some other goodies in there as well, so be sure to subscribe.So find yourself a comfortable space and allow yourself to simply just be for the next few minutes while you follow along with this meditation.  And as always, may you feel happy, healthy, and loved.  Take care, friends.Thank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.All of our episodes are available at www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.comQuestions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.comInstagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisisTwitter:  @mindfulmidlife"Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!  If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.  If you’re really feeling gracious, you can make a donation to   Your donations will be used to cover all of our production costs.Support the show
Bonus Guided Meditation 2: A Breathing Anchor for the Wandering Mind
Sep 14 2022
Bonus Guided Meditation 2: A Breathing Anchor for the Wandering Mind
We’re taking a break until October 5th, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t still thinking about your well-being!  Throughout the month of September, we will share a new mindful meditation with you so that you can cultivate your own mindfulness practice.  If you find these mediations beneficial, be sure to share them with your family and friends.  If you’d like some coaching on how to dive a little deeper with your meditation practice, sign up for information about the Reflect. Learn. Grow. program that my friend and coaching partner Jill Dahler and I have created.  That will also roll out October 5th.  Since it’s our first time leading this program, we’ve significantly discounted the price for you, so check out the show notes and click on the link to learn more about the program and sign up for future updates.   The meditations you’ll be hearing this month are what I send out every Sunday in the newsletter.  If you haven’t signed up for that yet, go to www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.com and scroll down to subscribe.  You’ll get a different mindfulness meditation each Sunday along with information about upcoming events hosted by our amazing guests who are also seeking out opportunities to help people reflect, learn, and grow.  There’s some other goodies in there as well, so be sure to subscribe.So find yourself a comfortable space and allow yourself to simply just be for the next few minutes while you follow along with this meditation.  And as always, may you feel happy, healthy, and loved.  Take care, friends.Thank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.All of our episodes are available at www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.comQuestions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.comInstagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisisTwitter:  @mindfulmidlife"Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!  If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.  If you’re really feeling gracious, you can make a donation to   Your donations will be used to cover all of our production costs.Support the show
Bonus Guided Meditation 1: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
Sep 7 2022
Bonus Guided Meditation 1: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
We’re taking a break until October 5th, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t still thinking about your well-being!  Throughout the month of September, we will share a new mindful meditation with you so that you can cultivate your own mindfulness practice.  If you find these mediations beneficial, be sure to share them with your family and friends.  If you’d like some coaching on how to dive a little deeper with your meditation practice, sign up for information about the Reflect. Learn. Grow. program that my friend and coaching partner Jill Dahler and I have created.  Since it’s our first time leading this program, we’ve significantly discounted the price for you, so check out the show notes and click on the link to learn more about the program and sign up for future updates.   The meditations you’ll be hearing this month are what I send out every Sunday in the newsletter.  If you haven’t signed up for that yet, go to www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.com and scroll down to subscribe.  You’ll get a different mindfulness meditation each Sunday along with information about upcoming events hosted by our amazing guests who are also seeking out opportunities to help people reflect, learn, and grow.  There’s some other goodies in there as well, so be sure to subscribe.So find yourself a comfortable space and allow yourself to simply just be for the next few minutes while you follow along with this meditation.  And as always, may you feel happy, healthy, and loved.  Take care, friends.Thank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.All of our episodes are available at www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.comQuestions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.comInstagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisisTwitter:  @mindfulmidlife"Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!  If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.  If you’re really feeling gracious, you can make a donation to   Your donations will be used to cover all of our production costs.Support the show
Summer Session 9--Billy's Endless Summer with Our Best Good Pal Matt Hazard!
Aug 31 2022
Summer Session 9--Billy's Endless Summer with Our Best Good Pal Matt Hazard!
This week’s episode is the finale of the summer sessions, so we brought along our best good pal, the always entertaining Matt Hazard!  The guys discuss:--Matt’s bourbon-fueled trip to Louisville, KY--the change in Billy’s voice  --the challenges of living life without any direction--the need to stop investing so much time and energy with people who don’t reciprocate the same energy back to you--why seafood is terrible (or delicious?)  and how 90s music is (or isn’t?) the best music of all timeThe summer sessions have ended, but we've got more to come!Check out these previous episodes:--Summer Sessions 3-Billy’s Minnesota Nice Experience at the Cayuna Gnome Home in the Small Town of Crosby--Summer Sessions 6-Soul Walkers: Billy Finds Clarity and Meaning in Seoul with Iggy LeeThank you to Hoffman Plumbing and Indoor Heating!  Visit them at   Check out Iggy Lee’s YouTube Channe or follow him on Instagram at @iggylee21!Visiting Seoul?  Connect with the SeoulShare Community!Thank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.All of our episodes are available at www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.comDon't forget to sign up for our newsletter as well!  We send out weekly meditations!Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.comInstagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisisTwitter:  @mindfulmidlife"Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!  If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.  If you’re really feeling gracious, you can make a donation to   Your donations will be used to cover all of our production costs.Support the show
Summer Session 8--Billy and Brian Get Older...Again
Aug 24 2022
Summer Session 8--Billy and Brian Get Older...Again
In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian take the summer sessions outside to celebrate their birthdays on Brian’s patio!  Billy and Brian discuss:--updates on how they’re progressing in their podcast--where they were a year ago vs. today--Billy doing future episodes on solo--Brian’s growth as a person, husband, dad, and musician over the past year–Brian's never before heard stories about being shot in the face and almost getting abducted--the importance of prioritizing your goals--what the future has in store for Brian on the BassCheck out these previous episodes:--Episode 58-How to Make Being Selfish Work for You by Val Jones--Summer Sessions 3-Billy’s Minnesota Nice Experience at the Cayuna Gnome Home in the Small Town of CrosbyThank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.All of our episodes are available at www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.comDon't forget to sign up for our newsletter as well!  We send out weekly meditations!Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.comInstagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisisTwitter:  @mindfulmidlife"Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!  If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.  If you’re really feeling gracious, you can make a donation to   Your donations will be used to cover all of our production costs.Support the show
Summer Session 7--So...What’s Next for Billy and Brian? with Life Coach Jill Dahler
Aug 17 2022
Summer Session 7--So...What’s Next for Billy and Brian? with Life Coach Jill Dahler
In this week's episode, Billy and Brian chat with returning guest and certified professional co-active life coach, Jill Dahler, to discuss:--what a coaching session with Jill looks like–Billy’s BIG move! –Brian’s success with Gen X Jukebox and his own BIG move! --leveling up the production value of the podcast, leading with passion, and taking risks to try something new--making a positive contribution to the world with their goals--what's on deck for The Mindful Midlife Crisis.Stay tuned until the end for an exciting announcement!Like what you heard from Jill Dahler?  Contact her at:Website: www.jilldahler.com  or www.jmdwellness.com Twitter: @jilldahler  or @jmdwellness1Instagram: @jill.dahler or @jmdwellnessCheck out these previous episodes:--Episode 29–Discover Your Inner Awesome by Being Unapologetically You w/ Jill Dahler--Episode 58–How to Make Being Selfish Work for You by Val JonesThank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.All of our episodes are available at www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.comDon't forget to sign up for our newsletter as well!  We send out weekly meditations!Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.comInstagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisisTwitter:  @mindfulmidlife"Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!  If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.  If you’re really feeling gracious, you can make a donation to   Your donations will be used to cover all of our production costs.Support the show
Summer Session 6--Soul Walkers: Billy Finds Clarity and Meaning in Seoul with Iggy Lee
Aug 10 2022
Summer Session 6--Soul Walkers: Billy Finds Clarity and Meaning in Seoul with Iggy Lee
This week, Billy reconnects with his good friend from Korea, Iggy Lee. Iggy organizes the Soul Walkers meet-up group, where people can do adventures like walking, hiking, picnics, and exchanging cultures through their language and personal stories. His meet-up group is also the main reason why Billy extended his time in Korea. Billy and Iggy discuss:--How Iggy plans to turn his event groups into a sustainable company--the positive energy and experiences he provides through his groups--the origin story of Soul Walkers and all the amazing things you can do in Seoul, South Korea--Billy's challenges around culture shock and language barriers--what motivated Billy to attend different types of events in his time in South KoreaLike what you heard from Iggy? Contact him at:Youtube Channel: Iggy LeeInstagram: @iggylee21SeoulShare MeetUp Community Looking for more resources when visiting Seoul? --Seoul Tourism Organization--Seoul Tourism Hiking Center--Climbing in Korea MeetUp Community Thank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.All of our episodes are available at www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.comDon't forget to sign up for our newsletter as well!  We send out weekly meditations!Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.com Instagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisisTwitter:  @mindfulmidlife "Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!  If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.  If you’re really feeling gracious, you can make a donation to   Your donations will be used to cover all of our production costs.Support the show
Summer Session 5--What to See and Do in Jeju Island and Busan, South Korea
Aug 3 2022
Summer Session 5--What to See and Do in Jeju Island and Busan, South Korea
In this week's session, Billy is doing his first ever solo episode, which is a perfect time to talk about his adventures around the Korean coastlines. Billy takes us to the island of Jeju, the beaches of Gangneung and his favorite hiking spots in Busan. He also shares stories of the people he met and the connections he made along the way. Billy shares with us:--his realizations about romantic relationships, being in the present, and romantic idealism--Korea hiking recommendations--a perfect two-day travel guide to Seongsan, Jeju Island--yummy eats in Korea, chasing waterfalls, communication barriers, connecting to strangers, and understanding cultures.--Jeju island travel tips --What to do and see in Busan and GangneungCheck out:Jeju Olle TrailThank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.All of our episodes are available at www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.comDon't forget to sign up for our newsletter as well!  We send out weekly meditations!Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.com Instagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisisTwitter:  @mindfulmidlife "Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!  If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.  If you’re really feeling gracious, you can make a donation to   Your donations will be used to cover all of our production costs.Support the show
Summer Session 4--Billy's Friends in High Places
Jul 27 2022
Summer Session 4--Billy's Friends in High Places
In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian are interviewing a returning guest and now a lovely mama, Michelle Pan. She shares with us her experiences of being a first-time mom, as well as the challenges and rewards that she’s accomplished along the way.Michelle and Billy also walked us through some of the memories they shared when Billy came by, and they had an amazing time catching up in Denver, Colorado.Michelle shares with us: --what it's like to be a new mother--her experiences with post-partum depression--steps she's taken in order to move into a much healthier mental space--how she reclaims her energy to do things just for herself-- what it's like navigating being new parents as well as being in a new relationship--what to do in DenverSome previous episodes to revisit:Episode 14 --Billy and Brian Discuss the Pregnant Momma Brain w/ Michelle PanEpisode 27 --Unblocking Your Best Self through Energy Work with Energy Mastery     Also check out: www.kristenbrownpresents.comEpisode 58 -- How to Make Being Selfish Work for You with Val JonesEpisode 61 --Question the Drink with Gray Area Expert Kari SchwearLike what you heard from Michelle?  Contact her at:Website: www.mishfitlife.com Instagram: @mishfitlifeEmail: mishfitlife@gmail.com Thank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.All of our episodes are available at www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.comDon't forget to sign up for our newsletter as well!  We send out weekly meditations!Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.com Instagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisisTwitter:  @mindfulmidlife "Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!  If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.  If you’re really feeling gracious, you can make a donation to   Your donations will be used to cover all of our production costs.Support the show
Summer Session 3--Billy's Minnesota Nice Experience at the Cuyuna Gnome Home in the Small Town of Crosby
Jul 20 2022
Summer Session 3--Billy's Minnesota Nice Experience at the Cuyuna Gnome Home in the Small Town of Crosby
In this week’s episode, Billy takes a trip down memory lane as he looks back on having a superb time in the Cuyuna Gnome Home, situated in Crosby, Minnesota. Billy chats with the owners, Jenn and Mitch Fallgatter, a.k.a. the best rental vacation home hosts you could ask for. The couple talk about the home’s origin story, how they renovated the interior, and some incredible Crosby leisure spots to check out.Billy asks Mitch and Jenn: --”What was it about the Crosby area that captured your attention?”--“Where did you come up with the name ‘Cuyuna Gnome Home’?”  --”What are some challenges and perks to managing a vacation rental property?”--”When is the best time of year to visit Crosby?” --“What are your favorite restaurants in Crosby?”--“What are some popular activities in Crosby for your guests to do?”  Thank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!  If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family. All of our episodes are available at www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.com.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter as well!  We send out weekly meditations!Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.com Instagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisis Twitter:  @mindfulmidlife"Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!  If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.  If you’re really feeling gracious, you can make a donation to   Your donations will be used to cover all of our production costs.Support the show
Summer Session 2--Billy Stretches Out His Comfort Zone Pizza Dough in Puerto Vallarta with Special Guest Dr. David DeMarkis
Jul 13 2022
Summer Session 2--Billy Stretches Out His Comfort Zone Pizza Dough in Puerto Vallarta with Special Guest Dr. David DeMarkis
In this week's episode, Billy reunites with fellow disenchanted educator turned digital nomad Dr. David DeMarkis (from Episode 51--The Pursuit of Higher Consciousness) to discuss their adventures in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!  Billy and Dr. David discuss: --taking calculated risks to stretch out the pizza dough of your comfort zones--the kindness of the people in Puerto Vallarta--ziplining with Vallarta Adventures--parasailing with Vallarta Parasailing --why Rhythms of the Night is an absolute MUST when you're in Puerto Vallarta--putting your faith in others--learning how to salsa danceAll of our episodes are available at www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.com. Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter as well!  We send out weekly meditations! Throughout this episode, we reference the following Mindful Midlife Crisis episodes. --Episode 42: Trash the Checklist with Dr. Yolanda Holloway and Tiffany Byrd--Episode 54: Declutter and Get Organized! with Janet M. Taylor--Episode 56:  Balancing High Performance, Happiness, and Relationships with Christine Chang--Episode 63:  Escape the 9-5 Grind with Brian GallagherWe also reference: --The Jordan Harbinger Show, Episode 443:  Kidnap Me Once, Shame on You--The Jordan Harbinger Show, Episode 444:  Kidnap Me Twice, Shame on Me--The Jordan Harbinger Show, Episode 670: The Science of Succeeding with People with Vanessa Van Edwards Thank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.comInstagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisisTwitter:  @mindfulmidlife "Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!  If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.  Support the show
Episode 63--Escape the 9-5 Grind with Brian Gallagher (aka The Simple Man Guide)
Jun 15 2022
Episode 63--Escape the 9-5 Grind with Brian Gallagher (aka The Simple Man Guide)
This week, we talk to Brian Gallagher.  Brian is a former Corporate American turned Global Citizen. After a career in finance, several years as a fitness studio owner, and giving away 99% of my belongings, Brian left the traditional path to see the world and live life on his own terms. Brian created Simple Man Guide, a personal brand dedicated to helping others leave the corporate world behind, simplify their lives, and regain power over their most precious asset - time. Brian is currently living with his girlfriend in Amsterdam, and he is working on his 1:1 coaching program, Take The Leap, which helps others fund their corporate escape, ditch their 9-5 grind, monetize their favorite skills, and live their dream life.We ask Brian:--You left the 9-5 grind a few years ago.  Walk us through that. --When you look back on the 9-5 grind and when you talk about that with your clients, what are a few things that come up as far as things they’d like to never do again?  --What’s the danger in, “Well, I’m unhappy at my job HERE, so I’ll just get another job doing the same thing somewhere else”? --How has the increased demand for working remotely shifted the way you work with clients?  Do you think working remotely frees some people up from the 9-5 grind, or is your goal more to liberate people from Corporate America?  Like, what do you have against Corporate America?! --One thing you continually stress, which I think is extremely responsible of you, is that if someone wants to escape the 9-5 grind, they need to sit down and REALLY take a look at what they’re financially responsible for before just saying, “Fuck it! I’m out!”  What does that process/conversation look like with you? --So you and I are very similar in that neither of us have ever been married or have children.  As someone who struggles with impostor syndrome, I’m wondering how often “You just don’t get it…I have a family” comes up in a conversation.--What are some other self-limiting beliefs you hear from your clients and how do you navigate those beliefs with them?--What’s the best part about what you do?  Where to next?  Thank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.comInstagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisisTwitter:  @mindfulmidlife"Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!Support the show
Episode 62--How BOTH Meditation AND Medication Can Support Your Mental Health with Bryan Piatt
Jun 8 2022
Episode 62--How BOTH Meditation AND Medication Can Support Your Mental Health with Bryan Piatt
This week, we talk to Bryan Piatt.  Bryan is the host of the Take What Serves. Leave the Rest podcast.  Bryan is also a former TV news anchor in the Twin Cities who now serves as a mental health advocate as both a breathwork Facilitator and meditation guide.  Bryan is currently enrolled in grad school to become a therapist so that he can continue supporting the wellness of others.  Bryan is here today to share his mental health journey as well as speak to his experiences with both medication and meditation.We ask Bryan:--Your podcast is called “Take What Serves.  Leave the Rest.”  That’s such a great title, so I’d like you to share the idea behind that title.  --On your podcast, you openly talk about your mental health concerns, so we’d love for you to share your story with our listeners as well.--How has your mental health journey influenced your decision to become a therapist? --What are you learning about yourself during this time, what are you noticing about the clients you’re seeing at this time, and how do you navigate the potential desire to project your own experiences onto your clients?  --You talked about the role medication has played in your mental health journey.  Can you elaborate on that for us? --One thing you talked about on your podcast is the stigma around medication, and if Brian and I are being honest, we have spoken out against the use of medication.  I think for the two of us, it’s more of a personal experience kind of thing (and for me I believe that medication is too often over-prescribed or used before truly assessing the whole picture of the patient), but one thing you said in the podcast that I really liked is that it doesn’t have to be an “either/or” scenario, and you’re an example of that because you both use medication but you also practice meditation and yoga.  In what ways do these all complement each other to serve your wellness? Thank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.comInstagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisisTwitter:  @mindfulmidlife"Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!Support the show
Episode 61--Question the Drink with Gray Area Expert Kari Schwear
Jun 1 2022
Episode 61--Question the Drink with Gray Area Expert Kari Schwear
This week, Billy and Brian talk to Kari Schwear.  Kari is an executive coach, "gray area" drinking expert, speaker, and author who helps high performers move out of the gray areas in their lives so they can establish healthy boundaries that transforms them from “fine” to fabulous.  Kari is also a co-author of the #1 bestselling book  The Successful Mind: Tools for Living a Purposeful, Productive, and Happy Life. Kari has been featured on PBS, CBS, ABC and multiple podcasts and radio shows. She founded GrayTonic and the Question the Drink for 30 program after her own experience as a former gray area drinker left her frustrated and confused with traditional programs.Kari is here today to talk to us about the "gray areas" we have in our lives, and what we can do about them.We ask Kari:--Tell us more about what you mean by “living in the gray” and how it can have an effect on people.--Both Brian and I have had issues with alcohol in the past that we’ve discussed on the show, as have you.  Tell us about how you “stepped out of the gray”.--For the people out there yelling, “But I only have a glass (or two)  a night…what’s so wrong with that!” What do you say?--When does “living in the gray” cross into something more serious like addiction?--You do a consultation and a deep dive assessment.  What do those look like?  What seems to be a recurring theme in these conversations that maybe our listeners could reflect on as they listen to this?--How much of a role does peer pressure play in all this?  Once someone has decided to give sober living a chance, what’s something they can say to help their friends understand that they’re just not drinking anymore?--Tell us more about Question the Drink and the work you’re doing with that.  How can people participate in that?Thank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.comInstagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisisTwitter:  @mindfulmidlife"Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!  If this episode resonates with you, please share it with your friends and family.  If you’re really feeling gracious, you can make a donation to Your donations will be used to cover all of our production costs.Support the show
Episode 60--Back to Life with Near-Death Survivor Danny Bader
May 25 2022
Episode 60--Back to Life with Near-Death Survivor Danny Bader
This week, Billy and Brian talk to near-death survivor Danny Bader. Danny is a best-selling author and sought-after speaker whose life was transformed after he died when 8,000 volts of electricity ripped through his body.  Danny then came back to life from a place where he connected with “something bigger than us.” He uses his experience to lead people to create more perspective, joy, and a love that replaces weariness with inspiration, drives vision, and creates momentum for people in all areas of their lives. Danny is also a renowned speaker who has been inspiring the people of Fortune 500 companies like Merck, Comcast, The Ritz-Carlton, the Marriott, and Lincoln Financial with insight and practical tools that build momentum in the midst of defeating monotony. Danny’s reputation as an influencer in this arena continues to grow among some of the most well-respected brands and organizations nationwide.Listen to Danny's podcast Back to Life wherever you get your podcasts! We ask Danny:--Looking back on who you were before your near-death experience, how would you describe yourself and how you lived your life?--When we talked earlier, you talked about navigating a multitude of emotions, especially guilt.  Can you dive a little deeper into that please?--It sounds like you had to heal and learn to reckon with what you could not change before you were able to move on.  How did you go about doing that?  --One thing that came out during our initial conversation is your strong relationship with Jesus, but I think what’s important for people to know is that you had a strong faith and relationship before your near-death experience.  In all honesty, I’m not someone who has a strong belief in one God/Jesus so whenever people who have a strong faith talk about it, I get a little uncomfortable, but I didn’t ever feel that way the last time we talked and I think it’s because you’re so casual in the way you describe your relationship, so much so that you have a book called I Met Jesus for a Miller Lite. Can you talk about your casual, friendly relationship with Jesus (and also why does Jesus have such terrible taste in beer?) --You have a new book out now called Take the Shit Out of the Show, and much like the Bible, you use parables inspired by real people in order to help readers regain control over their lives.  What’s one of your favorite parables from that book? Thank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.comInstagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisisTwitter:  @mindfulmidlife"Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!Support the show
Episode 59--The Emotional Intelligence Dance Party with Rich Bracken
May 18 2022
Episode 59--The Emotional Intelligence Dance Party with Rich Bracken
Billy talks to Rich Bracken, a global keynote speaker, media personality, and award-winning sales & marketing executive.   Listen to Rich's podcast Enrich Your Soul wherever you get your podcasts!  Rich routinely works with companies, firms, and individuals across the country looking to establish sustainable change and improvement in their approach to achieving their business and culture goals. Rich is a frequent speaker and writer on topics such as emotional intelligence, leadership, goal setting and achievement, sales/client service, and presentation skills.  Over the last few years, he has been featured through such media channels as Fox News, CBS News, Vice, Reader's Digest, Thrive Global, and has worked with such global organizations as MDRT, Meeting Professionals International, and the Legal Marketing Association.  He’s here today to talk about how he uses his experiences as a DJ who has traveled the globe delivering block rockin’ beats to help others further develop their emotional intelligence.Billy asks Rich:--Tell us the story about your first wedding DJing gig?  What lessons did you take from that experience?--One of your keynote presentations is an actual dance party where you incorporate your DJ talents and experience into your presentation. How does this presentation help others “tune in” and “turn up the volume” on their emotional intelligence?  --Tell us about the nuances of being a DJ and how those nuances helped you develop a growth mindset that you use to help businesses with their leadership and employee engagement.--Talk about the importance of reading a room in social and business settings.--During the pandemic, I imagine you have had to evolve as a presenter.  How have you evolved and how are you helping businesses evolve?--You’ve talked about the importance of having long-term goals broken up into short-term goals.  How did you use that to approach your weight loss journey?  How did you use those to get back on track when setbacks derailed you along the way?Thank you for listening to the Mindful Midlife Crisis!Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Topics you want us to cover?Email:  mindfulmidlifecrisis@gmail.comInstagram:  @mindful_midlife_crisisTwitter:  @mindfulmidlife"Like" and "Follow" us on Facebook: The Mindful Midlife Crisis PodcastPlease leave us a 5-Star Review!  Doing so helps other people looking for a podcast like ours find it!Support the show