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The Best of 2022

 As I look back over the past twelve months, one of the things I’m most proud of in my business is how consistent I was with my podcast and blog. Despite vacations, my son’s bike racing, and everyday life “interruptions”, I made the time to create new content to help you stay consistent and create your own version of an Extraordinary Life. Below are the top five podcasts and blogs that people enjoyed the most; surprisingly, my very first podcast ever captured the #2 spot! I hope you’ll enjoy revisiting some of my favorites, to help set yourself up for a great year ahead. 

#1: Episode 30: Always Growing - An Interview with Artist Tina Short

In today’s episode, I interview Tina Short, an artist living her version of an extraordinary life. Through parenting twin boys, divorce, and finding her path as an artist, she’s come up against many obstacles. Yet through it all, she’s stayed committed to growing and staying true to herself. 

In this inspiring interview, we chat about following your passion, what it means to be an artist, breaking negative parenting cycles, and the power of community. Yes, we covered a lot! 

Listen now to hear how she’s found connection and happiness, even when life gets hard. 

Listen on the Extraordinary Life Podcast or Read it on The Blog

#2: Episode 1: Lessons I Learned From 591 Days of Gratitude Practice

In this episode, I’m looking back on the past 591 days of my own gratitude practice, and sharing the lessons I’ve learned and the dramatic effect it’s had on my life.

Gratitude. You hear about it a lot, and how important it is in creating a happier life and improving mental health. I’ve even written about it, and how it can help you manage stress before it even starts.

All of that is well and good, but none of it really illustrates the dramatic impact gratitude can have on your life. Okay, “it will make you happier.” But what does that actually look like? What does a life of gratitude feel like? 

Listen on the Extraordinary Life Podcast or Read it on The Blog

#3: Episode 32: Dreams Don’t Need to Be Practical

In the busyness of life and all of the changes that the pandemic has thrown at us in the past two years, indulging in your passion may not seem practical. At least, that’s what some women were feeling in The Extraordinary Life Tribe last year. They felt guilty wanting more from life when they were already struggling with homeschooling, working from home, and the constant changes to public health rules. Not to mention regular work and family life! 

In today’s episode, I interview Aria DiSalvio, a wife, mother, and musician who has struggled with those exact feelings. She joined The Extraordinary Life Tribe last year to find clarity on what she wanted her suddenly-paused musical career to look like, and came away feeling more confident in who she is now and who she wants to be moving forward. 

Listen in as we chat about following her passion for music, the lessons she’s learned over the past year, and how she’s raising her children to “go big” with their dreams, too. 

Listen on the Extraordinary Life Podcast or Read it on The Blog

#4: Episode 43: Fitting In - An Interview About Moving Through Life

Some words can carry hidden meanings and power, and “fitting in” is one of them. We all have a deep need to be seen, heard, and find where we FIT. As we move through the ages and stages of life, this need keeps popping up. 

Taking it even further, I think we all want to feel comfortable within ourselves, too. A number of women I work with feel unsettled about who they are and where they belong in the world, especially as those ages and stages end. Starting or ending a new career, kids leaving the nest, or the end of important relationships can all contribute to the feeling of not belonging.

In this episode, I talk with an extraordinary woman who knows a lot about not always fitting in, but still following her dreams. Laurie is a movement instructor who got her Master’s degree in her fifties, teaches non-traditional yoga, and has taken up painting though she admittedly cannot draw. Now nearing sixty, she’s still loving what she’s doing and has found her community of people in those once uncomfortable spaces. 

Laurie shares how she’s dealt with imposter syndrome and embraced what she loves to do. Her story is sprinkled liberally with excitement about keeping her body moving (along with her clients’) into the senior years. Her energy is contagious, and you’ll end this episode feeling excited about where you might “fit in” next.

Listen on the Extraordinary Life Podcast or Read it on The Blog

#5: Episode 37: Turn Off Autopilot & Take Control of Your Dreams

Are you coasting through life, reacting to what happens instead of making things happen? Or are you waiting for the right time, a sign, or motivation to magically appear before you take control of achieving your dreams? If so, this is the episode for you. 

I’m sharing the six habits that the most successful people in the world have in common, and I’m asking you questions to score yourself against them. These habits aren’t meant for only CEOs and elite athletes - they’re for anyone who wants to take control of their life and start living in alignment with their dreams and goals. 

Maybe you want to be closer to your partner or children, pursue a hobby, or have dreams of traveling the world. Perhaps your successful life includes deeper spirituality or feeling healthy in your body. Whatever it is you want, I can give you a map to get there… but if you don’t know where you’re starting from, the map is of no use. 

Your answers to the questions in today’s episode will help you identify where you are now, and give you a way to track your progress toward everything you’ve always wanted. 

Listen on the Extraordinary Life Podcast or Read it on The Blog

 

Every day is a great day to decide to live your Extraordinary Life; and if you’re feeling stuck, I’m here to help

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