It’s Time


I remember the time my mom was not feeling well, she was having great abdominal pain and was sent to the hospital, where she ended up having to stay in the hospital as they needed to run a various set of test on her.  Once she was settled in and resting I had to leave and told her I would see her first thing in the morning. Well, the next morning as I was getting ready to go back to the hospital and check on her I received a call from the hospital telling me she had gone into a coma after having a cat scan. Needless to say, I was highly upset and rushed to be by her side. There had been people who have come out of a coma that had been in a coma for months and they say your hearing is the last to go, so I was hoping she could hear me as I was talking to her and even if her brain may have been dead as long as her heart was still beating I refused to allow them to unplug the machines.  So the hospital allowed me to stay in one of their private rooms so that I could be there on site and be with her whenever I felt like it. She passed away several days later.

I tell you this because I feel it is time. It’s time to start having quality conversations with loved ones again. Death is a real challenge and it tells us not to waste time. It tells us to make the time right now to tell each other that we love each other. It tells us to stop texting and tweeting every second and actually open the floodgates to real, long, heartfelt conversations with the people we love and care about. Relationships flourish when people are able to share their innermost feelings and thoughts about themselves and each other. To be fully heard by someone, in raw form, and to be adored anyhow, is what true love is. Making time for these deep connections and conversations is well worth it. It’s Time.

Happy Easter

May the glory and the promise of this joyous time of year bring peace and happiness to you and those you hold most dear.

And may Christ, Our Risen Savior, always be there by your side to bless you most abundantly and be your loving guide.

Photo by: Sandy Millar/, #Easter, #Christ, #love, #blessings, #peace, #hehasrisen,

Road Trip Playlist

“Truffle Butter” by Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne

“Don’t Waste My Time” by Usher, featuring Ella Mai

“Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani

“Entrepreneur” (feat. JAY-Z) by Pharrell Williams, JAY-Z

“Fly Like an Eagle” by Steve Miller Band

“I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk

“Hey, Soul Sister” by Train

“September” by Earth, Wind & Fire

“Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty

“More Than a Feeling” by Boston

“Jack & Diane” by John Mellencamp, #roadtrip, #playlist, #music, Photo by: Filip Havlik/

Hit The Freeway!

Nothing beats a good old-fashioned road trip—you’re treated to scenic views along your journey, you have the flexibility to stop wherever and whenever you please, you can set your own schedule, it’s usually less expensive than flying, and you can pack as many bags (and liquids!) as your heart desires.

Whether you’re prepping for your first time or you’re a bona fide veteran, your next road trip is sure to benefit from a complete planning guide.

Planning Your Road Trip

You can learn a lot about a traveler based on his or her road trip style. Some road trippers are content throwing a last-minute backpack in the trunk and letting their mood dictate the route and destination. Others plan every detail for weeks, mapping out each rest stop and which sights to visit along the way. The beauty of a road trip it literally puts you in the driver’s seat, allowing you to control almost any variable except traffic, road construction, weather, and speed limits.

The destination and time of year you’re going should be considered when deciding how much or little planning ahead you should do. “During holidays and peak summer travel seasons, travelers should plan out their trip in advance, including booking their hotels and scheduling their activities.” Even scheduling for gas and food.

Renting vs. Driving Your Own Vehicle

A couple weeks before your road trip, you’ll need to evaluate whether your vehicle is the most appropriate option for not only the road trip you’re planning, but the destination itself—and then determine if you need to rent a different vehicle before you hit the road.

If you are taking your own vehicle have a trusted mechanic check the tires and pressure, brakes, battery, engine, wiper blades, and top off engine oil and fluids as needed. Also, be sure to book your appointment far enough in advance of your road trip to allow adequate time for any repairs.

What to Bring

For starters, AAA recommends keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle. Consider the below list of things to include (depending on location and season), and be sure to replenish any depleted items as needed:

  • Cell phone and car charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Blanket
  • Drinking water and snacks for everyone in the car, including pets
  • Flashlight with extra fresh batteries
  • Rags, paper towels, or pre-moistened wipes
  • Basic set of tools, along with duct tape and car emergency warning devices (such as road flares or reflectors)
  • Ice scraper/snow brush/shovel
  • Jumper cables/jump pack
  • Traction aid, such as sand, salt, or non-clumping cat litter
  • Tarp, raincoat, and gloves
  • Paper map or printed directions (in case GPS or Wi-Fi aren’t working)

If you’re heading from a warm climate to a cold climate, make sure to bring a snow brush, ice scraper, and hand warmers. And if you’re going into the mountains, you will need snow chains. If you’re heading from cold climate into warm, make sure to have washer fluid, paper towels, and glass cleaner to clean the bugs off your windshield.”

Next, you’ll need to pack clothes, toiletries, medications, prescription glasses or contacts, electronic devices and their corresponding chargers (camera, laptop, tablet, fitness watch, etc.), and any other necessities. Depending on the weather and your itinerary, don’t forget coats, rain jackets, hiking boots, an umbrella, and sunglasses. Plus, you’ll need to pack the required equipment for any planned or impromptu activities, such as swimsuits, beach and pool gear, and tennis rackets or golf clubs.

If you are traveling with small children, bring extra food, supplies, and changes of clothes, and plan stops more frequently and around their feeding and nap schedule. It’s also a good idea to pack board games, a deck of cards, books, toys, a tablet filled with movies, their favorite pillow or blanket, and stuffed animals to keep little ones busy during the drive.

Budget-Friendly Tips

While traveling by car tends to be inherently cost-conscious, there are at least 10 ways to save money on a road trip that you may be overlooking. The following habits will help make your wallet even happier.

Be flexible. Road trips are most popular during the summer and during the winter holidays when school is out of session. These are also the times of the year when travel is more expensive. When possible, choose to travel during shoulder season or during the week for better deals on hotels and attractions.

Bring your own snacks. Snacks and road tripping go hand-in-hand but purchasing food and drinks at each rest stop adds up fast. Instead, plan for your cravings, and load up on your favorites at a big box retailer before you hit the road. You can also pack a cooler to keep everything fresh.

Download helpful apps. Don’t be shy about leaning on technology to act as your co-pilot. Use them to find the lowest gas prices (GasBuddy, which also made our list of the eight best travel apps for a Great American road trip), the least-expensive routes (TollGuru), the least traffic, and construction (Waze), and the nearest public restroom (Flush).

Shop around for rentals. If you decide renting a car is the way to go, follow these tips to save the most: compare prices at various locations around the city (airport locations typically cost the most), consider discount brands, namedrop your memberships (such as AAA or Costco), and reserve the most economic car tier you and your travel companions will feel comfortable driving in (you may even luck out with an upgrade due to supply/demand on the day you pick it up).

Increase fuel efficiency. Aside from saving at the pump, you can also manage your fuel efficiency by avoiding roof-based luggage when possible (which makes the car less aerodynamic), driving at or below the speed limit, using cruise control on long stretches of open road, and keeping your tires properly inflated.

There’s a sense of excitement when hopping in the car for a road trip that truly stands apart from other forms of transportation. The open road is positively brimming with possibilities, so feel free to choose the road less traveled. With each trip, you’ll gain a better sense of how to plan, what you’ll tweak next time, and, most importantly, where the next adventure will take you., #roadtrip, #alongfortheride, #travel, photo by: Malcolm Lightbody/

The Mask Before The Pandemic

“You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.”

– Dita Von Teesa

Wearing a mask these days has been really trying for most of us. Yet, many of you have been wearing a mask way before the pandemic. However, that mask you’ve been wearing for so long needs to be removed if you want to be free to be who you truly are (your authentic self). The problem with the mask you have been wearing all these years, is that when people meet you, they aren’t sure if they are meeting you or a representative of you. You may not even know who they are meeting because you have been wearing that same mask for so long. Maybe you are afraid to let others see who you really are due to you’re afraid of not being accepted. You must start to appreciate yourself for who you truly are…flaws and all.

None of us are perfect and that’s what makes us all so unique and beautiful, our differences, even those weird quirks we may have. Are you ever going to feel comfortable enough to remove the mask? Why not start to peel it off little by little. Start by believing you are enough. Then believe you are worthy of all the things you desire. You must learn how to treat yourself with tender loving care; that same tender loving care you crave others to provide you with, you must do for yourself. The old saying “You can’t love another until you learn to love yourself” is very much true. And the reason that saying is true, is if you don’t think much of yourself, then how do expect others to think much of you? Stop trying to be like others, stop always agreeing with and listening to the untrue things others say about you just to fit in. Because when you do that people can see how badly you want to fit in, which allows them to take advantage of you.

I guess in some way we all want to “Fit in” or want to be liked by others, but at what cost? When you constantly feel the need to always try and impress others, or only befriend those who you think are impressive and can get you all the things like status and material things you crave. But what does that really say about you and those you choose to hang around? It says you are superficial and weak. It says you don’t use your own judgment when it comes to yourself or your life. It says you have no depth you are just a puppet allowing others to pull your strings as you twirl along. Your life could be much more fulfilling if you just be true to who you really are and allow others to appreciate the real you. Trust me those people you are trying to impress so you can fit in, they too have things they don’t like about themselves. They are just not letting you in on their insecurities, which makes it so easy for them to take the focus off their own issues with themselves and take you on as their new little project. If you don’t believe what I am saying just look at how intrigued folks are with Instagram and Facebook. Folks admiring everyone else’s life when in reality you are only seeing what they want you to see and believe. I am sure you don’t see anyone flaunting how bad they feel about themselves.

You have to start believing in yourself more. The great thing about 2020 is it gave us all time to reflect on ourselves. You know, do a little self-introspection. It also was a great awakening, which forced the truth regarding so many people and things. I hope it awakened you in some way as well, where you are no longer walking around with rose colored glasses on pretending, not to see what is really going on around or inside you. It really pains me to watch beautiful souls not allowing themselves to be who they truly are just to fit in or worrying about what others think. Just like not everyone may not be your cup of tea, everyone will not like you either and that is okay. Learn to like and love who you are. Learn to think better of yourself. You are worthy of all you desire, but you have to believe it. Once you start focusing on yourself and not be concerned with what others think about you, it will become easier for you to remove that mask you’ve been wearing all these years before the pandemic and allow your true authentic self to appear.

If you can take away anything from this post, remember this: You are special, You are worthy, You are lovable and You have a lot to offer and to contribute to this world and those in it. BELIEVE THAT!

#believeinyourself, #loveyourself, #selfworth, #mask, photo:

Super Foods for Women

Women’s Bodies Have Different Needs

Healthy eating is important for everyone, but certain foods are especially good for issues that affect women — like brittle bones, pregnancy, and breast cancer, to name a few. These “super foods” are rich with nutrients (often more than one!) that will help to protect your body and keep it working well, even as you age.


These tasty soybean pods are full of fiber, good fats, and estrogen-like compounds called isoflavones. Isoflavones can be your friends during menopause. For example, they can help cool hot flashes. (If you’ve had breast cancer, though, you may want to avoid them.)


Packed into these green leaves are loads of vitamin K, which works with calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones strong and healthy. One serving has more than 20% of the daily recommended amounts of vitamins A and C.


Want another way to get your bone-building vitamin K? Asparagus has you covered. Nosh on half a cup, and voila: You’ve got a third of what you need for the day. It’s also full of folate, which helps prevent birth defects like spina bifida.


They have lots of protein, without the fat (and often the expense) that comes with meat, and they’re high in fiber. They can lower your blood pressure, blood sugar, and heart rate — all things that can lead to heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women in the United States.


It’s all about the “flavonoids,” which help lower the likelihood of certain kinds of strokes in women and may also help your heart. (Oranges work, too, but grapefruit has less sugar.) Grapefruit may not be a good combo with your medication, so check with your doctor before you put in on the menu.

Berries and Cherries

They’re not just pretty in pink … and purple, and red, and blue. These fruits have flavonoids and antioxidants, which can protect healthy cells from damage. Berries help keep your brain sharper as you get older. Plus, you need their vitamin C to build collagen, the protein that keeps your skin firm and smooth.


Its red-orange color comes from beta carotene (the stuff in carrots) and lycopene (also in tomatoes and watermelon). Lycopene lowers your chance of getting cervical and breast cancers. It’s an antioxidant, too, and keeps cholesterol and blood pressure at healthy levels to help ward off heart disease.

Plain, Low-Fat Yogurt

You need more calcium when you’re over 50. Yogurt has loads of it — just 8 ounces will give you more than a third of your calcium for the day. Look for the kind enriched with vitamin D, to help your body use the mineral better.


These little guys are swimming with healthy fatty acids, vitamin D, and calcium. Their omega-3 fats can improve the quality of breast milk, and sardines are good for babies whose mothers ate them while they were pregnant. They also have less mercury than most other fish.


Ground flaxseed is bursting with fiber as well as lignans, plant compounds that act like estrogen. These can help lower your risk for some cancers, including breast cancer. Flaxseed oil is a great way to get your omega-3s, but it doesn’t come with the added cancer-fighting benefits. Check with your doctor before you add flaxseed to your diet; it can affect how well some medications work.


They’re also packed with healthy fatty acids and may prevent cancer as part of a balanced diet. Use them (or ground flaxseed) as a topping for yogurt: Two birds, one stone.


Yes, they’re full of fat, but it’s the good fat. In fact, studies show avocado-rich diets can help get rid of belly fat and protect your eyes and skin. They may even help lower “bad” cholesterol levels and boost the “good” cholesterol. 

Sweet Potato

Copper, fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, iron … sweet potatoes are the total package. Best of all, they’re chock-full of beta carotene, an A+ source of vitamin A. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, it makes sure your babe’s little lungs are healthy and strong.


Folate is your friend. On top of its prenatal perks, it lowers your chances for getting dementia, heart disease, and colon cancer. Spinach has folate in spades, and lutein, too. This antioxidant protects the lens and retina in your eye and may even ward off a few wrinkles.

Beef Liver

It may not be at the top of the list of foods you crave, but beef liver is an excellent source of folate and folic acid, beating out top vegetarian contenders like spinach and black-eyed peas by a big margin. 

Lean Beef

Speaking of beef, red meat packs a punch when it comes to iron. And after age 18, you need lots of it — more than men do! Beef is iron-rich, and it also gives you a zinc and vitamin B boost. But don’t go overboard. There’s a chance that eating lots of red meat might lead to uterine fibroids.

#women’shealth, #eatinghealthy, #nutrients, #womenissues, #Women’s Health,

Greta Thunberg Quotes

In January, 2021, Greta Thunberg Turned 18. The young Swedish activist started a worldwide movement for climate change, and when it comes to her cause she is not one to be played with. In 2019 Greta Thunberg was named Time’s Person of the Year. As a way to call attention to climate change, she held school strikes for climate change outside of the Swedish parliament.

Check out this YouTube video showing Greta in her eliminate along with some of her quotes she’s famous for.

#GretaThunberg, #allgrownup, #climateactivist, #quotes,

10 Chores You Only Need to Do Once a Year

While plenty of chores may be on your “To-Do” list, they are probably not on your “Want-To-Do” list. So you put them off and then feel guilty. Perhaps you don’t need to feel so bad because you could just be making extra work for yourself. Some chores only need attention once per year. By spreading out the work, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment, keep your home looking good, and have more free time.

Curtains, Drapes, and Shades

Even though they are hanging vertically, curtains, drapes, and shades still attract airborne dust and odor molecules and should be cleaned once a year. Curtains in food preparation areas may have oily residue and bathroom curtains frequently catch droplets of hair spray and other cosmetics. 

When you take drapes down, check the panels for care instructions. This is also a good time to dust rods and other hardware. Most lined drapes will need to be dry cleaned to remove any stains or heavy odors. If they are only dusty, toss them in the clothes dryer on the Air Only Cycle to refresh. After the drapes are rehung, use a clothes steamer to remove any wrinkles.

Most curtains can be machine-washed following the care label instructions. Avoid excessively high heat in the dryer and remove while still slightly damp to iron or rehang.

To remove dust from fixed valances and shades, simply use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum to go over all surfaces. You can also use a microfiber duster or cloth to wipe down each side of fixed or removable shades.

Unfortunately, because of their horizontal slats, blinds need to be dusted more frequently, at least monthly.

House Gutters

Clogged gutters can cause moisture damage to eaves, roofs, and even cause interior leaks. The best time to clean gutters is after all of the leaves have fallen in the autumn. Unfortunately, if you have lots of pine and evergreen trees, they tend to shed needles year-round and you may have to clean out gutters more often or install gutter guards that deflect debris.

If you are doing this yourself, use a sturdy ladder and a helper to steady it. Or, simply call a service to take care of the chore.

Fireplace and Chimney

After winter has passed, it is time to give fireplaces a thorough cleaning, especially gas fireplaces. When you are certain that embers are cold in wood-burning fireplaces, use a shop vacuum to remove the ashes. The interior of the fireplace, andirons, and other fireplace tools should be wiped down with a solution of distilled white vinegar and water to help remove smoke odors, and the damper closed.

It’s also the perfect time to schedule an appointment with a chimney sweep to remove soot from the flue and check for obstructions in the chimney.


 Mattresses have improved dramatically through the years but they still need a bit of attention. At least once a year, give your mattress a thorough cleaning and repositioning. 

Even if you use a mattress cover religiously, mattresses gather dust, dust mites, and body soil. Remove the cover and give it a wash in hot water. To clean the mattress, vacuum well on the top and sides and don’t forget the box springs if you have them. Inspect the mattress for any stains and spot treat them with a solution of mild dish detergent and water. Use a soft brush and work from the outside of the stain toward the center to prevent spreading. Rinses the area with a cloth dipped in plain water, and allow it to dry thoroughly. To speed drying, use a hair dryer set on low but avoid excessive heat.

You may want to flip the mattress over or at least rotate it so it wears evenly.

Kitchen Cabinets, Drawers, and Pantry

Early November is a great time to clean out kitchen cabinets, drawers, and the food pantry to get ready for the holiday season. Take a section of cabinets at a time and empty them completely. Wipe down shelves and reline with shelf paper if needed.

Take a look at each item before you put it back. It’s a great time to get rid of mismatched pieces, items you never use, and strange items that have found their way into the kitchen. This is particularly important for the “junk drawer” that seems to accumulate everything.

When you tackle the food pantry, check carefully for any insect infestation like weevils or roaches. Toss anything that looks suspicious and that’s out-of-date. Take an inventory of basic supplies you need and restock in a freshly cleaned pantry.

Linen Closet

Just once a year, empty out your linen closet and give it a thorough cleaning. Take time to vacuum away dust and spiderwebs and reline any shelves. 

Give every item a critical eye before you put it back in the closet. Donate any unused linens and toss those that are in tatters. You may need to do a bit of washing or send some heavy bedding to the dry cleaner. Organize shelves by type of linens or by seasonal items. Keep sheet sets together and finally take the time to fold a fitted sheet properly

Garage, Basement, and Attic

No one expects your garage, basement, or attic to be spotless, but a good cleaning once a year is important. You’ll be able to sweep away dust and spiderwebs, check for moisture or insect problems, and assess everything that has accumulated.

It’s time to be ruthless and toss broken items and donate all the things that you haven’t used during the previous year.

Documents and Files

Even as we move further toward a paperless society, there still seems to be a great deal of paper that accumulates during the year. If you haven’t been quite as organized as you planned to be during the previous year, January is a great time to organize both paper and electronic files. Use file folders or an expandable file to keep items together.

As you discard and shred unnecessary papers, you’ll be prepared for tax season and ahead of the game., #cleaning, #springcleaning, #chores, photo by: Jonathan Francisca/

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Photo by: Johnny-Cohen/, #stpatrick’sday, #bagpipes, #cheers

Tips for Donating Clothing, Linens, and Accessories

  • Call or visit the charitable organization before you donate to ask what is specifically requested or needed by the agency. Ask about their distribution schedule. This is particularly important before beginning a collection drive of shoes or coats or prom dresses.
  • No fabric items like bedding, towels, or clothes should be donated unless they have been cleaned. Dry clean or wash everything and treat any stains before donating. If possible, use fragrance-free laundry detergent and skip scent enhancers and fabric softener to protect possible recipients who are sensitive to perfumes. 
  • Every clothing item or piece of linen should be inspected for rips or tears, missing buttons, broken zippers, and stains. Charities do not have seamstresses to do repairs and those in need may not have the resources to do repair.
  • For sheets and towels that are permanently stained or badly worn, wash and give to animal shelters that can always use them. 
  • Check all the pockets, especially in purses and wallets. Charities find personal information, money, credit cards, and even jewelry.
  • Since most charities do not have large storage areas, donate clothing that can be distributed during that season. Giving a wool blazer during July is inappropriate. Hold onto it and donate it during the autumn or winter season.
  • Many organizations will not accept used undergarments and bathing suits. Always ask before donating these items.
  • Shoes should be in good condition, clean, and given in pairs.
  • If you have collected a large number of specific items like coats or children’s clothing, consider separating the donation by size and labeling each container. That will save countless volunteer or staff hours and get the items to those in need much more quickly.

Meg MacDonald/The , Photo by: Matt Collamer/, #helpingothers, #donate

Self-Help Podcasts to Power You Through The Day

When you consider the number of hours we put in at work, with our family, at home, and other daily responsibilities, it makes sense that more of us are turning to self-help podcasts to fine-tune our lives. They are informative, engaging, relatable, and best of all, you can tune-in when you have time. 

For Procrastination 

Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock…If that’s the tune that plays in your head when trying to complete a work, school, or home project, then you might be dealing with a bout of procrastination. Check out one of these podcasts to see if you can learn some new tricks that will help keep you on track. 

The Joy of Procrastination 

What if procrastination could be reframed as something positive that would help you get more done in life? Well, that’s exactly what Dean Jackson and Dan Sullivan try to accomplish each time they host The Joy of Procrastination podcast. By removing the shame associated with procrastination, Jackson and Sullivan help listeners take develop tools for using procrastination in a positive way. 

Beyond the To-Do List

If procrastination is keeping you from being productive, then Beyond the To-Do List is for you. Host, Erik Fisher talks with guests on all aspects of productivity in order to reach the end goal of living a meaningful life. In each episode, he takes a deep dive into why we are not meeting our goals at work and life and how we can implement productivity strategies to get unstuck and move forward. 

For Anxiety or Depression

Anxiety and depression are the two most common mental health conditions in the United States, with anxiety impacting more than 40 million adults each year. Despite the sheer number of people living with mental health issues, it’s not uncommon for many of us to feel isolated and alone. To help feel more connected and less alone, consider listening to one of these self-help podcasts. 

The Hardcore Self-Help Podcast

Psychologist, and host of the Hardcore Self-Help Podcast, Dr. Robert Duff knows a thing or two about living with and treating mental health conditions. He also knows how to answer questions about anxiety, depression, relationships, sex, perfectionism, PTSD, eating disorders, and countless other topics without making listeners decode all the psychobabble and medical jargon to understand what he’s talking about. Plus, since he goes live each Thursday, you can count on a weekly date with Duff the Psych. 

Not Another Anxiety Show

 “A podcast for all,” is how host Kelli Walker describes Not Another Anxiety Show. While not a mental health expert herself, Walker does an excellent job of interviewing psychologists, doctors, and other experts to give listeners guidance and practical tips on managing the day-to-day struggles that come with living with all ends of the anxiety spectrum. 

For Eating Disorders

If you or someone you love is struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, body dysmorphic disorder, binge eating disorder, or any other specified or unspecified eating disorder, finding support and guidance is key to the recovery process. While these podcasts are not intended to take the place of therapy or any other medical interventions, they can provide support and encouragement as you work through the recovery process. 

The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast

Licensed psychologist Dr. Janean Anderson not only knows how to treat eating disorders, but she also knows firsthand what it’s like to live with and recover from anorexia. Twice a month, she hosts The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast, where she covers the psychology of eating disorders, what the recovery process looks like, and how the cultural context of eating disorders impacts recovery. Through personal stories and insight from expert guests, Anderson helps listeners unpack and begin to understand the seriousness and complexity of eating disorders. 

The Recovery Warrior Show

Think of The Recovery Warrior Show as your monthly dose of motivation and inspiration to help guide you through the recovery process from an eating disorder. Host Jessica Flint interviews eating disorder recovery warriors and treatment experts to get their take on how you can begin to heal your relationship with food and your body. 

For Grieving

There is no right or wrong way to grieve, but sometimes when you’re in the middle of tragedy, it can be downright challenging to put one foot in front of the other. Finding solace and support with people who understand what you’re going through is often one of the best ways to cope. If you need connection, check out these two podcasts dedicated to grieving. 

Terrible, Thanks for Asking

Nora McInerny shares her personal stories of loss, and there are several, along with countless stories from others in her podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking. Each episode, McInerny interviews guests and explores issues around emotions, trauma, loss, mental health, and finding community, hope, and happiness after grieving. 

Grief Out Loud

Grief Out Loud tackles the challenges many people face when discussing grief with others. Hosted by Jana DeCristofaro, this podcast comes from The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families, which specializes in grief and loss. Through expert tips from bereavement professionals and personal stories from the real people she interviews, DeCristofaro brings awareness to the importance of talking about grief. 

For Making a Major Life Change

Making a major life change can be both exciting and stressful — and often at the same time. The good news? We’ve all waded through new territory and come out on the other side. That’s why these podcasts on major life changes are so inspiring.

What It Takes

We all know people that have “made it” in life, despite obstacles or major changes that might have prevented them from achieving their goals. What most of these people have in common is a desire to tackle major life changes with the mindset that growth will occur regardless of the outcome. What It Takes shares stories of perseverance from some of the most famous visionaries and leaders of all time. 

The Tony Robbins Podcast

 “Why live an ordinary life, when you can live an extraordinary one?” This is undoubtedly the most famous line from life and business strategist Tony Robbins. It’s also the foundation from which he has built The Tony Robbins Podcast, a weekly show that tackles major life changes related to business, health, finances, relationships, and more. Through interviews and stories from some of the most influential people in the world, Robbins gives listeners proven strategies and tactics for how to help live your best life.

For Forming New Habits

Breaking old habits and forming new ones can be challenging, especially if you’re not sure where to start. The good news is, you’re not alone. These podcasts will help you feel inspired to dive in and get things done.

The Habit Coach

If you need encouragement to make permanent changes in your life, then The Habit Coach With Ashdin Doctor is for you. Each episode is centered around tips and motivation that encourage you to create new habits that impact your daily life. Host Ashdin Doctor covers topics like nutrition, fitness, health, sleep, and productivity. And the best part? The majority of the episodes are less than 10-minutes long.

Tiny Leaps, Big Changes 

Forming a new habit takes time. It also requires tiny leaps along the way, and no one knows that better than the host of Tiny Leaps, Big Changes, Gregg Clunis. This personal development podcast dives deep into the most common daily behaviors and looks at how those behaviors determine results, both positive and negative. 

For Weight Control

When it comes to weight loss, it’s easy to get bombarded by the massive amount of information available at your fingertips. And with so many claims of fast fat loss and quick results, it can be challenging to find the truth and the motivation to lose weight and keep it off. That’s where podcasts come in to play. 

Food Heaven 

It takes both diet and exercise to lose weight and keep it off. Unfortunately, it’s the diet part of the equation many of us struggle with. The good news? Each Wednesday, you can get the most up-to-date information about all things food, health, and nutrition on the Food Heaven podcast. Co-hosts Wendy and Jess are both registered dietitians with master’s degrees in nutrition, and they are also BFFs who share a passion for helping people live a healthier life. 

Cut the Fat

Cut the Fat podcast delivers science-based strategies and facts about weight loss along with a message of hope and motivation to help listeners find their own formula for weight loss. Co-hosts Dr. Ray Hinish, a pharmacist, and Blythe Wagner, a personal trainer, break down the complex and often conflicting information about fitness, fat loss, and well being. 

For Coping with Addiction

Whether you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, finding ways to cope is a critical part of the recovery process. Podcasts can be a valuable tool to help you learn how to identify addiction issues, ask for help, find support, and connect with others during your recovery process. 

Recovery Unscripted

Recovery Unscripted, a podcast powered by Foundations Recovery Network, takes a deep dive into the most complex topics related to addiction and recovery. Through guest interviews with some of the most influential figures, like Glennon Doyle and Herschel Walker, and expert advice from clinicians, host David Condos takes listeners through the ins and outs of addiction treatment, mental health care, and recovery. 

That Sober Guy

When Shane Ramer got sober in 2013, he decided to share his story, along with many others, on his podcast, That Sober Guy. Relatable, real, and raw, Ramer gives listeners a glimpse into the world of addiction, alcoholism, recovery, and so much more. While his focus is on the person coping with or recovering from addiction, he also provides family and friends a place to get information, tips, and support. 

For Improving Relationships

We can all use a few tips and tricks to help improve the relationships in our life. From suggestions to help you get out of a relationship rut to tips on keeping the lines of communication free flowing with your boss or co-workers, tuning in to one of these podcasts can help improve your relationships both in love and life. 

Where Should We Begin

When you don’t have time to go to couples counseling, why not bring the therapist to you? Where Should We Begin, the brainchild of relationship therapist Esther Perel, tackles complex issues many of us face with our partner including sexlessness, infertility, communication problems, infidelity, trauma, regret, roles, and so much more. And the best part? Each podcast features a different couple, so listeners get to be a part of a private therapy session as the couple shares the intimate details of their relationship. 

Savage Lovecast 

When it comes to talking about sex, Dan Savage leaves nothing off the table. And we mean nothing! In his long-running, incredibly popular podcast, Savage Lovecast, Savage, answers the most intimate questions about love, sex, and relationships. Plus, listeners can call in their most-burning questions for Dan to answer in a later podcast. 

For Spiritual Growth

Spiritual growth is a journey unique to each of us. While each path may look different, connecting with your inner soul can help you find meaning and purpose in life. Discovering what is possible by working from within is the focus of these two podcasts about spiritual growth and self-discovery. 

The Chasing Joy Podcast

When Georgie Morley talks, people listen. Through her own struggles with an eating disorder, depression, and bipolar ll, Morley guides listeners as they take a look at their own spirituality on The Chasing Joy Podcast. She explores a new topic each week related to spirituality, wellness, and personal growth. Her hope? That you leave each episode feeling more joyful, energetic, and focused on your journey. 

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations 

If you need a weekly dose of inspiration and spiritual awakening, then Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast is for you. With guests like spiritual pioneer Eckhart Tolle, Father Richard Rohr, Gretchen Rubin, and Brené Brown, Oprah takes listeners on a unique and purposeful journey of spiritual growth. 

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