Living Your Sparked Second Half

Laurie Wright

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8 Lessons I Learned Recently About Life & Death
Jul 6 2024
8 Lessons I Learned Recently About Life & Death
EP412: In this heartfelt episode, I discuss the eight crucial lessons I learned from my mother's recent death, emphasizing not just the process of dying but also some profound insights about life. The discussion covers a bit of my mother's background, which is helpful context in understanding some of the lessons, the all-consuming bond my parents had, the challenges I faced watching her demise, and what her decline taught me about the choices we make, the reasons why, and the impact of them on our long-term happiness. I share reflections on coping with the loss of a loved one, finding strength in difficult experiences, and the realization that true happiness must come from within rather than from another person. This episode is meant to provide tips and guidance for those navigating the end-of-life process of a loved one and wisdom on living a rich, fulfilling life. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes. You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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How To Look and Feel Better As You Age, with Elise Marquam-Jahns
Jun 29 2024
How To Look and Feel Better As You Age, with Elise Marquam-Jahns
EP411: Today’s guest is Elise Marquam-Jahns, a retired public television executive who embarked on her second act as a professional makeup artist. With 35 years of experience in public television, Elise transitioned to the beauty industry, training with a nationally renowned makeup artist and working for seven years with a major cosmetics line. In 2019, she launched her YouTube channel and began doing weekly YouTube videos, with limited technology experience, and founded Boomer and Beyond Beauty, offering Zoom makeup consultations and conducting presentations to women's groups. In this episode, we talked about: Transitioning from a long-term career to pursue something she was extremely passionate about and interested in later in life.The feeling of invisibility that many women experience as they age.Practical advice on choosing the right products that will enhance your natural beauty and be a good match for your lifestyle and personality.Tackling the challenges of aging with respect to our appearance, like drooping eyelids and thinning eyebrows, using effective beauty strategies. Elise also writes monthly articles for two online sites dedicated to women 45+ and is committed to sharing makeup techniques and products that enhance natural beauty. Elise's mission is to empower women to look and feel like the best versions of themselves. If you are over 50, you’ll get valuable advice from Elise on how to look and feel your best and will be inspired to follow your own passions as you listen to her story on what she’s been able to do  in the second half of life. And here's the amazing Eyebrow Stencils and Shaper Kit I heard about from Elise and ordered on Amazon! Other ways to find and connect with Elise are: Website: https://www.boomerandbeyondbeauty.com/  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@EliseMarquamJahns  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boomerandbeyondbeauty/  If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes. You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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The #1 Obligation We Humans Fail On, with Joanie Marx
Jun 21 2024
The #1 Obligation We Humans Fail On, with Joanie Marx
EP410: Today’s guest is Joanie Marx, a three-time international bestselling author and renowned Storytelling Magician™. In this episode, we explore the powerful connection between laughter, creativity, and self-love.  Joanie shares her perspective on how many people, especially those who haven't pursued traditionally creative careers, don't see themselves as creative. She also provides her insight on the the connection between creativity and authenticity recounting her journey into the creative world of acting, which helped her uncover her own authenticity,  In this episode, we talked about: Joanie’s personal journey and how her lived experiences led her to acting.How negative self-perception about our creative ability prevents us from using that innate human gift.The significant role of laughter in fostering creativity, overcoming obstacles that are blocking true happiness, and living authentically through creative expression.\How to identify and overcome limiting beliefs and societal influences that hinder self-expression and creativity. Join our discussion about how to overcome negative self-talk, rediscover your creativity in everyday moments, and learn how to value your own talents. Joanie is an inspiration to all who want to live their best life showing how it’s done through laughter and self-reflection, regardless of age. Other ways to find and connect with Joanie are: Website: https://joaniemarx.com/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@joaniemarx/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joanie.marx.author/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joanie.marx/  Book: Facelifts, Money & Prince Charming: Break Baby Boomer Myths & Live Your Best Life:  If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes.   You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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How to Deal with Family Estrangement, with Marie Morin
Jun 14 2024
How to Deal with Family Estrangement, with Marie Morin
EP409:Today’s guest is Marie Morin, a licensed therapist, wellness coach, educator, and international best-selling author. Marie shares her wisdom on the complex and often painful topic of family estrangement, offering hope and strategies for healing and reconnection. Marie, who is also a mother of eight and a YouTube content creator, brings a unique blend of personal and professional experience to the discussion. Her YouTube channel, Morin Holistic Therapy, and her weekly blog provide resources and support for those struggling with strained family relationships. In this episode, we talked about: Marie's personal journey and professional insights on family dynamicsThe importance of self-development in the journey toward reconnectionActionable steps to mend and prevent estrangementsHow important open communication and humility is in relationships Marie’s passion about family connection shines through as she supports me through my vulnerable share about my estranged relationship with my sister. Our recent connection was a gift from the universe as she helped me confirm and take action on an important decision during this interview and you get to be a fly-on-the-wall listening in to what felt to me like a great therapy session. Other ways to find and connect with Marie are: Website: http://morinholistictherapy.com/  YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCryNR_Av7z8zsTU0rCGd8Aw  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marie-morin-65a5464a/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mmorin88/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/mariemorin8  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/morinholistictherapy  Tik tok https://www.tiktok.com/@mmorinholistictherapy?_t=8lfNJXJu8IU&_r=1  If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes.   You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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One Simple Tip to Creating a More Meaningful Life
Jun 8 2024
One Simple Tip to Creating a More Meaningful Life
EP408: In today's episode, I share a very simple tip for how you can create a more meaningful life. You may be surprised at how easy it is, but even more shocking is the truth bomb I drop about friendships and what your future beholds IF you follow this simple tip.   To prove my point, I share examples from my past, some recent and one that happened over 30 years ago, about lives that became more meaningful from random connections. If you're curious, I'll give you a hint about the randomness of each of these connections:   - My 86 year old mother-in-law's fender bender. - A parking space at a football stadium. - A long wait in line at a music concert. - A job opportunity on vacation in Thailand.   So tune in and get inspired to begin creating the more meaningful life that is within your grasp and, in so doing, improve your health and happiness.    If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes.   You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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I Got Scammed!
Jun 1 2024
I Got Scammed!
EP407: In today's episode, I diverge from my usual topics to share one of the reasons the shitty week I had that I discussed in my last episode was even shittier.   Yes! I got scammed!   So I explain what happened and give you a couple of tips that I hope will prevent the same thing from happening to you because scamming incidents are everywhere these days and the scammers are getting smarter and sneakier by the minute.   I also share a 7 day smartphone email challenge I discovered and found useful, and coincidentally, one of the days is about how to keep your phone safe and secure.    So tune in to get a couple of my tips about how to avoid getting scammed by hackers trying to access your bank account but also learn a few new things about your smartphone that may make your life better.    Here's the direct link to sign up for AARP's 7 day smartphone challenge: https://help.aarp.org/s/article/what-is-the-7-day-smartphone-challenge   If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes. You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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How To Make A Shitty Week Better
May 25 2024
How To Make A Shitty Week Better
EP406: Today I'm sharing my experience in dealing with a very challenging (aka shitty) week, and the one simple little shift I made to move out of my extremely negative mindset. Yes! positive, happy, vibrant me DOES occasionally get trapped in a negative head space. And this was one of those weeks So I'm here to share what happened and what I did, including the nasty comment I made to my husband, (Sorry honey!). And if you believe in karma when you put out good energy, you'll love to hear how the week ended, which you may think was more to my husband's benefit, but I prefer to think I played a part in that result. It's tough to find silver linings in tough circumstances, but I hope this episode will serve as a motivational reminder to you that my simple trick does work! You CAN find inspiration and strength in challenging (aka shitty) times. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes. You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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Stress: A Human’s Form of Kryptonite, with Dr. Gala Gorman
May 16 2024
Stress: A Human’s Form of Kryptonite, with Dr. Gala Gorman
EP405: Today's guest is Dr. Gala Gorman, a licensed Acupuncturist, Naturopath, and Author who offers practical advice and programs to reverse health issues resulting from chronic stress. In this episode, we dive deep into the often-overlooked impact of stress on our health, through Dr. Gala’s personal journey and professional insights to shed light on this critical issue. Dr. Gala draws a fascinating parallel between stress and Superman's kryptonite, highlighting how this silent force can have potent effects on our well-being. Rather than trying to eliminate stress, which is an impossible task, she encourages us to master it.  In this episode, we talked about: The impact of unmanaged chronic stress that can lead to serious health issues like adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalances.The different types of stresses and the body's natural mechanisms for handling stress.The invisible but dangerous environmental factors that contribute to stress."What's Your Kryptonite?" her latest book that provides tips to help people learn how to identify and manage the toxic stress in their lives. Dr. Gala explains how our bodies are equipped to handle short-term stress but warns about the serious health risks of prolonged stress exposure. One of the most powerful takeaways from this episode is the importance of listening to our bodies. This episode is packed with valuable insights and practical advice that can help us all lead healthier, more balanced lives so listen now! Other ways to find and connect with Dr. Gala are: Website: https://drgala.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drgalagorman/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drgalagorman/  If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes. You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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An Alpaca Encounter That Changed the Direction of Her Life, with Jane Lee Rankin
May 8 2024
An Alpaca Encounter That Changed the Direction of Her Life, with Jane Lee Rankin
EP404: Today's guest is Jane Lee Rankin, a true embodiment of resilience, passion, and community spirit. In this lively conversation, Jane Lee, who goes by Lee to friends, takes us on a journey through her extraordinary life as a first-generation farmer, cancer survivor, single mom, and the visionary behind Apple Hill Farm nestled in the breathtaking Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Lee's story is nothing short of inspirational. From very humble beginnings, she shares her courageous leap into the world of farming, driven by her love of alpacas which she discovered after taking her young son to a fair, and how she blossomed into a recognized leader in agritourism and the agricultural community.  In this episode we talked about: Lee's personal journey, including finding out she was pregnant as a single woman right after her cancer treatment and how these experiences influenced the path she took.The difference between alpacas and llamas and the intricacies of raising farm animals.Lee's farming success, the ways in which she’s diversified that business, and how she’s using the knowledge she’s gained to help others.Her literary pursuits as an author, with her second book about to launch. Throughout our discussion, Lee offers invaluable insights into the joys and challenges of running a business, raising a child as a single mom, and writing a book, and so much more! Lee's interview is a profound reminder of the power of passion and the faith you need to make your dream(s) come true. Lee's understanding of and conviction in her passion was all she needed for the opportunities to unfold, leading her in the right direction and ultimately fulfillment of her passion through her farm business. Join us for this enriching conversation as we delve into the life and legacy of Jane Lee Rankin, a beacon of hope and inspiration in the world of agriculture. Other ways to find and connect with Lee are: Website: https://applehillfarmnc.com/  Email: applehillfarmnc@gmail.com  Phone: (828) 963-1662 Book a tour: https://book.peek.com/s/a05fef9f-9437-4e9b-ad30-73f84013ac11/mvZb1  If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes. You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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The Four-Pronged Approach That Will Diffuse Your Inner "Mean Girl"
May 1 2024
The Four-Pronged Approach That Will Diffuse Your Inner "Mean Girl"
EP403: In today's episode, we're diving deep into a prevalent issue I’ve seen recently: the rise of mean behavior, especially targeting those who don’t deserve it but who are more accessible as online business owners. It's a topic close to my heart, as I've seen friends and business colleagues, like Nathania Stambouli, a devoted yoga teacher, and Valerie Trumbower, a compassionate nighttime doula, face unwarranted negativity despite their genuine intentions to serve and uplift others. It's disheartening to witness the toll such negativity takes, not just on the recipients but also on the perpetrators' own well-being and the ripple effect of that bad energy. That's why I'm sharing a fantastic four-pronged approach that addresses the physical, mental, behavioral, and energetic dimensions of this issue. By removing the tension in our bodies and training our brains to replace the impulse to lash out with acts of kindness, we not only enhance our own well-being but also contribute positively to the lives of those around us. As homework, I want to leave you with a call to action: be the kindest person you know each and every day. Let's collectively make a conscious effort to reduce our engagement with negative news and cultivate a culture of kindness both online and offline. Join with me to improve humanity in this technological society we are so influenced by and model more compassion towards others. If you'd like to hear how Nathania helps people around the world change their lives through yoga ninja moves, you can find our conversation here: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com/blog/episode128 If you'd like to hear about my experience attending one of Nathania's retreats in Greece, you can find our conversation about that here: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com/blog/episode173  If you'd like to hear about what Valerie does to help new mom's with their babies, you can find our conversation here: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com/blog/episode234  If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes. You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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The Heartbreak of Unexpected Change
Apr 25 2024
The Heartbreak of Unexpected Change
EP402: In today’s episode, I share my personal journey through a profound realization that led to a heartbreak; however, not the the kind you usually associate with heartbreak. It wasn’t a romantic breakup, but a business one that resulted in a significant professional and personal shift.  Initially contemplating this topic, I decided to draw guidance from energy oracle cards, and the card drawn — an upside down 'broken heart' — was a true sign that this story of renewal and hope after an unexpected and painful discovery. I recount my past four and a half years being heavily invested, both financially and emotionally, in an online business community led by a mentor I deeply admired. However, disillusionment struck as I discovered inconsistencies between the mentor's portrayed values and reality. This revelation forced me to reassess my path, leading to disengagement from the community and mentor that once defined a significant part of my identity and purpose. Throughout the episode, I delve into the process of realignment with my values, the importance of maintaining objectivity, and the necessity of being open to diverse opportunities and perspectives. Sharing the three lessons I re-learned as I move forward with my personal journey. By openly sharing my personal story of heartbreak, transition, and eventual resurgence, I aim to inspire you to embrace change, trust your journey, and remain true to yourself. Let this episode serve as an example to all that every experience, especially the most challenging ones, is an opportunity for growth and renewal. Join me as I discuss the complexities of unexpected change and the lessons most of us need to be reminded of again and again. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes. You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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Finding Yourself And Your Potential After Living In A Cult, with Heather Rivera
Apr 17 2024
Finding Yourself And Your Potential After Living In A Cult, with Heather Rivera
EP401: Meet Heather Rivera, a woman whose story is nothing short of extraordinary. I met Heather on my recent yoga retreat in Thailand and thought her story of finding her way to her authentic self, despite the pressure to be someone she wasn’t, just had to be shared as proof that true happiness can only be found when we follow our own path - no matter how winding the road may be. Raised in a cult, Heather's early years were marked by turmoil, uncertainty, and a feeling that what she was being told simply didn’t add up. Something deep inside of her had a knowing that kept her questioning the “rules” she was being told to follow.  Unfortunately, the turmoil that stirred within her, led her down the path of drug and alcohol addiction as she attempted to navigate her way out of the cult, but through this difficult journey, Heather ultimately found her way to sobriety, tapping into her inner strength and unearthing her passions that led her to a fulfilling career path. In this episode we talked about: The challenges and confusion she faced during her early years being raised in a cult.The struggles and obstacles she encountered on her journey to overcome her addictions.The many twists and turns that grew her confidence and fulfillment in her professional life.Her belief in the inherent potential for growth and learning in every situation. One of the most inspiring aspects of Heather's story is her unwavering belief in the value of every experience, no matter how challenging. The example of her failing business and how she’s successfully rebounded from that experience reminds us that adversity can be a catalyst for personal transformation, and there is always an opportunity around the corner, even in the darkest of times. Heather truly embodies the spirit of adventure and fearlessness, embracing new opportunities with enthusiasm and determination. But the best part is that Heather is exactly who she is meant to be, ensuring her a fully sparked future!  Tune in to hear Heather's inspiring story and get inspired to stay true to yourself and walk the path that is only yours.  Other ways to find and connect with Heather are: Website: https://heatherriveradesigns.com/  Contact: https://heatherriveradesigns.com/pages/contact  Corporate Website: https://thevosteam.com/  If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes. You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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The Gift of Unplugging: What Thailand Taught Me
Apr 11 2024
The Gift of Unplugging: What Thailand Taught Me
EP400: In this special episode, I share the gifts I got as a result of my recent inspirational trip to Thailand, offering reflections on what I learned, what I was reminded of, and how I want to move forward in life for at least the near term, and most important, how crucial unplugging is for the soul.   I talk about my surprises with the long-haul flight, the revelations about Thailand, and the passion that was reignited by this trip and what inspired action it led me to take. I also include a review of some of the travel purchases I shared in Episode 396 before I left highlighting what worked and what didn't. All in all, this episode is a narrative that captures the essence of travel as a catalyst for change and self-discovery. Let it inspire you to plan an adventure that will allow you to unplug, listen for those inner whispers that could alter your path forward, and gain the knowledge you need to be fulfilled in the time you have left. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes. You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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Using Hypnosis To End Your Yo-Yo Dieting For Good, with Rita Black
Apr 5 2024
Using Hypnosis To End Your Yo-Yo Dieting For Good, with Rita Black
EP399: In today’s episode, I’ve invited a past guest, Rita Black, who is a clinical hypnotherapist and leading expert in the fields of smoking cessation and weight loss, to join me again because our last conversation was so powerful, and it’s worth hearing again. Plus she has something special coming up that, if you’re curious about trying hypnosis for weight loss, I want you to know about. Not only is Rita the author of the best-selling book "From Fat to Thin Thinking: Unlock Your Mind for Permanent Weight Loss," she also hosts her own podcast called "Thin Thinking." I’ve split this episode into two parts with the first part the highlights of our last conversation in June of 2023 and the second part being an new conversation where we delve deeper into Rita's methodologies for facilitating lasting change through hypnosis, emphasizing the significance of shifting subconscious beliefs and identities that can shift seemyly unbreadkable habits in just one session, like the session she experienced that changed the trajectory of her life and, more importantly, her health. This episode includes so many great nuggets of information including: How one hypnosis session helped her kick her 30+ year smoking habit.How her personal experience lit a fire within to learn hypnotherapy so she could help people struggling with the problems she had overcome with hypnosis.Her personal experience with bulimia and her perspective in the dieting industry Her tips for breaking free from destructive habits and achieving success in weight loss and smoking cessation  Rita recounts her transition from Hollywood script writer to hypnotherapy and the pivotal role hypnosis played in her personal evolution. Her expertise and practical strategies will inspire you to make lasting changes and step into the second half of your life with renewed vitality. If you’re seeking a weight loss solution and would like to check out Rita’s FREE weight loss masterclass, Breaking Free: Mastering Your Mindset for Lasting Weight Release, which includes a light hypnosis session, check it out by CLICKING HERE. This approximately 75-minute masterclass will walk you through how to remove the subconscious weight barriers that keep you struggling. Definitely worth the time spent! This episode offers invaluable insights into personal transformation, tackling challenges related to smoking and weight, and the profound impact of hypnosis.  Other ways to find and connect with Rita are: Podcast: https://podcast.shiftweightmastery.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShiftWeightMastery  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shiftweightmastery/  If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes. You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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A Life-Altering 100 Day Commitment to Share A Photo, with Mary Jo Hoffman
Mar 27 2024
A Life-Altering 100 Day Commitment to Share A Photo, with Mary Jo Hoffman
EP398: Today’s guest is Mary Jo Hoffman, a former aeronautical engineer turned artist and photographer, who shares her transformative journey from engineering to becoming a full-time “still” photographer who engages deeply with the natural world through a daily creative practice. Mary Jo is celebrated for a 100 day project, where she commited to take one photograph of nature every day. That daily commitment not only surpassed its first 100 days but has continued over several years resulting in stunning photographs.  In this episode we talked about: Her transition from aerospace engineer to artist in her mid-40s and now a published author at age 59.The inspiration behind her ongoing project, "STILL," and her daily ritual of capturing still photos of nature.Reflections on the importance of embracing creativity and noticing the beauty in the everyday.The importance of being present and how creative practices are a channel for that. Our discussion also covered the interesting relationship between creativity and mathematics and gave encouragement to embark on your own 100 day creative journey.  Mary Jo's husband, Steve, is a food writer, and their experiences as a family living in France further enrich our discussion, highlighting how embracing creativity and mindfulness can lead to fulfilling second acts in life. Other ways to find and connect with Mary Jo and her husband are: Website: https://stillblog.net/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maryjohoffman/  Mary JO's Book: STILL: The Art of Noticing Steve Hoffman's Book: A Season for That Steve Hoffman’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sjrhoffman  If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes. You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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Choosing Drastic Change and A Passionate Endeavor After the Empty Nest, with Jeanne Blasberg
Mar 21 2024
Choosing Drastic Change and A Passionate Endeavor After the Empty Nest, with Jeanne Blasberg
EP397: Today’s guest is Jeanne Blasberg, a seasoned author on the brink of releasing her third book, who shares her captivating story of starting anew at the age of 58 by bravely venturing into the realm of regenerative farming alongside her husband in a state she had never visited, leaving behind their former life in bustling Boston. Our conversation unravels the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which served as a catalyst for Jeanne to reevaluate her existence and how she was contributing to the world after launching her 3 children. What that process led to was a profound shift towards minimizing her material possessions and moving towards a sustainable lifestyle focused on cultivating the land and developing a new model for food sourcing. In this episode we talked about: Her transition to regenerative farming in Wisconsin and how launching a brand new business at this stage in life has stretched her in positive ways.The term reinvention and what it means to each of us having both gone through midlife pivots.Her latest novel,'Daughter of a Promise,' and how writing has impacted her life.How connecting with nature has been key for her on this personal growth path. Jeanne offers insights into her writing process, revealing how storytelling and the transformations of her characters has influenced her life choices. Listen as we explore the profound wisdom and courage gleaned from Jeanne's remarkable journey towards a life rich in purpose and connection. Other ways to find and connect with Jeanne are: Website: www.jeanneblasberg.com  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeanneblasbergauthor/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeanneblasbergauthor/  If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes. You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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Travel Must-Haves: The Things You Didn’t Know You Need For Your Next Trip
Mar 13 2024
Travel Must-Haves: The Things You Didn’t Know You Need For Your Next Trip
EP396: I’ve been shopping on Amazon in preparation for my upcoming trip to Thailand so I thought it would be helpful to share with several of the gadgets and goodies I've recently snagged. These items are sure to make your travel experience, not just more convenient, but downright enjoyable. I've curated a list of 12 game-changing products that run the gamut, from helpful gadgets and useful gear to comfy clothing. Ever heard of an Apple AirTag that will reduce your travel worries? Or a hanging dresser that you put your clothes into and then pack in your suitcase so you don’t have to spend unnecessary time unpacking and organizing when you arrive at your destination? Throughout the episode, I'll be emphasizing just how versatile and utterly essential these affordable items are in tackling common travel challenges, AND I’m giving you the product links below for easy reference. While podcast episodes don’t typically require you to consume them visually, this is one you might want to watch on my YouTube channel so you can see what these products look like. If you're ready to level up your travel game and make your next adventure more fun, join me in this episode of 'Living Your Sparked Second Half.' Your convenient, worry-free journey awaits! Here are the products I shared: Sockwell Women's Heart Throb Compression SocksSublimeWare International Power AdapterConair TravelSmart Dual Voltage Hair DryerODODOS Tummy Control Yoga Athletic ShortsODODOS Women's Black Palazzo Lounge PantsOLLY Extra Strength Sleep Gummies (60 count)Inflatable Travel Neck PillowBiaggi Hangmates ZipCube Hanging ShelvesOlarHike Travel Toiletry Hanging BagBevLedge Airplane Window Organization Station Apple AirTagBiaggi Carry Cube BackpackIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes. You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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What Would You Put On A “Before I Die” List?
Mar 7 2024
What Would You Put On A “Before I Die” List?
EP395: In today’s episode, I explore the profound impact of confronting mortality and emphasize focusing on filling the life you have left with meaning and joy by creating a 'Before I Die' list. Or perhaps it’s better termed “What I Want to Do More of” list? Triggered by a friend's unexpected death and another friend's close encounter with it, I reflect on the fragility of life and the necessity of prioritizing experiences and connections that align with personal values over mundane To Dos. I talk about: The unpredictability of life and the importance of living a life aligned with what you love most.The significance of identifying your personal values and how those narrow down what you should be doing, in case you are unclear.A few personal examples of actions I’ve taken to bring more of what is important to me into my life. What happened to my friends is proof that life is truly is unpredictable so I encourage you to actively pursue what brings you joy and spend your time in ways that are meaningful to you, thereby enhancing both your life and the lives of those around you - because a more joyful you makes others feel good!  If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes. You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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A 30th College Reunion Question That Changed Her Life, with Delia Lloyd
Feb 28 2024
A 30th College Reunion Question That Changed Her Life, with Delia Lloyd
EP394: Today's guest is Delia Lloyd, a multifaceted professional with a rich and diverse background spanning higher education, media, policy, and the nonprofit sector. My desire to have a conversation with Delia sprouted from an article she wrote about a conversation she had with a group of college friends at her 30th reunion that started with an impromptu question posed by a classmate about long term goals. What she found unusual wasn’t the goal itself that each person shared - you’d expect different goals from a group of people who had pursued different paths in life - but the epiphany she had later, upon further reflection, about the way in which each person responded to the question.  As I was reading her words, I realized I had a kindred spirit in Delia. Her goal setting style, common with go-getters and Type A personalities, wasn’t setting her up for success. And her reunion provided her with a shake-up. It created an opportunity for deep reflection that led to massive changes. Coincidentally, my 30th high school reunion did the same for me. I love it when a conversation steers someone to a new way of thinking and potentially an internal shift that comes, not instantaneously but after thoughtful contemplation. And that is what happened to Delia as a result of this conversation with old classmates. Then she took this new perspective to her computer screen and shared it openly with the world giving others, like me, helpful insights into the challenges some of us may have with goal setting. In this episode, we talk about: Her goal-setting style and realization that HOW we set goals is as important as WHAT goals are set.The concept of “Maker” vs “Manager” and how the roles we play in life impact the way we do everything, including how we set goals.Her diverse career journey, with insights into the pivotal moments that led her to shift into something new while continuing to hone her writing skills which has been a lifelong passion.How following a passion and staying committed to it will lead you to a career that truly sparks you. Listen in to gain valuable insights into Delia's experiences, discovering actionable tips to ignite your own passions and a life that aligns with your authentic self. Join me and Delia as we explore the intricacies of goal-setting, staying true to your passions, and the delicate dance between the roles of a Maker and Manager in the pursuit of a sparked second half. Other ways to find and connect with Delia are: Website: https://realdelia.com/  Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/delialloyd/?originalSubdomain=uk  Twitter: https://twitter.com/realdelia  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/delia.b.lloyd  Blogs: https://realdelia.com/delia-lloyd-adulthood-blog/  If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes. You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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Tap Into Your Creativity By Capturing Memories
Feb 22 2024
Tap Into Your Creativity By Capturing Memories
EP393: In today’s episode, I dive deep into the realm of creativity by sharing a recent creative project I completed that brought me unexpected joy. Understanding the tendency many of us have to disregard our creative spirit in the busy, time-crunched world we live in, I emphasize the importance of recognizing our innate creativity, which often lies dormant due to the constant bombardment of information and responsibilities we face in our day-to-day lives.  I talk about: The idea that instigated a creative project I embarked on over the holidays, and why I was inspired to do something I had never done.The multiple benefits it brought and why my project is something everyone should do.How I was inspired to run a 4 week Creativity Challenge with a small group of women, for accountability, where we select and complete our own individual creative project. As I unveil the details of my chosen project, let my actions inspire YOU to begin your own creative project. Maybe you’ll choose a similar project or, perhaps, after listening, a different idea will come to you.  Have you been thinking about a creative project, but it hasn’t gotten to the doing stage yet? Let this podcast episode be a sign that it’s time to take action on that great idea. The benefits await you! It’s time to let your inner creativity shine!!! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes. You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com or send a message using any of the sites below:
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