Not Your Average Lives Podcast

Episode 412: 8 Lessons I Learned Recently About Life & Death

mindset Jul 05, 2024

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.

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Episode 411: How To Look and Feel Better As You Age, with Elise Marquam-Jahns

mindset Jun 29, 2024

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...
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Episode 410: The #1 Obligation We Humans Fail On, with Joanie Marx

mindset Jun 21, 2024

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...
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Episode 409: How to Deal with Family Estrangement, with Marie Morin

family mindset Jun 14, 2024

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 dynamics
  • The importance of self-development in the journey toward reconnection
  • Actionable steps to mend and prevent estrangements
  • How important open communication and humility is in relationships

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Episode 408: One Simple Tip to Creating a More Meaningful Life

mindset Jun 07, 2024

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. 
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Episode 407: I Got Scammed!

mindset May 31, 2024

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:
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Episode 406: How To Make A Shitty Week Better

mindset May 26, 2024

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.

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Episode 404: An Alpaca Encounter That Changed the Direction of Her Life, with Jane Lee Rankin

mindset May 08, 2024

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...
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Episode 403: The Four-Pronged Approach That Will Diffuse Your Inner "Mean Girl"

mindset May 01, 2024

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...

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Episode 402: The Heartbreak of Unexpected Change

mindset Apr 25, 2024

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.

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