The Mindful Midlife Crisis Podcast

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The Mindful Midlife Crisis

Welcome to The Mindful Midlife Crisis, a podcast for people navigating the complexities and possibilities of life’s second half. I’m your host, Billy Lahr, an educator, personal trainer, meditation teacher, and overthinker who talks to experts who specialize in social and emotional learning, mindfulness, physical and emotional wellness, cultural awareness, finances, communication, relationships, dating, and parenting, all in an effort to help us better reflect, learn, and grow so we can live a more purpose-filled life. Take a deep breath, embrace the present, and journey with me through The Mindful Midlife Crisis.

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Journey’s end and new beginnings intertwine in this heartfelt farewell to the Mindful Midlife Crisis podcast as Billy and Matt toast to three transformative years. With nostalgia as our companion, I stroll down memory lane, reflecting on the peaks…

In this week’s episode, Billy and Matt talk about how their journeys toward passion and purpose were better traveled with companions. They unravel the tapestry of community and its undeniable role in carving out a fulfilling second act in life…

In this week’s episode, Billy and Matt talk about the maze of midlife dilemmas and how curiosity, intentional living, and being part of a community can help us find our purpose and passion. They reminisce about the music and children’s literature that shaped…

This week’s episode is a recording of a recent Meditate & Mingle session about fostering equanimity–an essential practice that empowers us to cultivate stability in our minds. Billy leads an enlightening meditation session, shedding light on the importance of intention and mindfulness in everyday life…

In this week’s episode, Billy and Matt reflect on mindlessness (aka NOT being mindful!), revealing its impact on relationships, social interactions, and work performance. They share personal experiences and, more importantly, provide simple tools to help you combat mindlessness…

Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday! This week’s episode is from a recent Meditate & Mingle session about enjoying your meal beyond satisfying your hunger. Imagine this–every bite you take, each sip you drink…

In this week’s episode, Billy and Matt share their excitement (mostly Matt) over Halloween and the upcoming holidays. More importantly, they discuss Matt’s discovery of his strengths and weaknesses and the importance of self-awareness and intentionality…

This week’s episode is a recording of a recent Meditate & Mingle session that’s all about extending the exhale, which is a calming method that engages the parasympathetic nervous system and can help you navigate feelings of anxiety or anger. If you have ever wondered what it’s like to join these sessions, this is the perfect way to try at your own pace and timing…

In this week’s episode, Billy and Matt take a deep dive into the world of personality profile tests, from the limitations of the Myers-Briggs test to the recognition of ambiverts and the revelation of the Four Temperaments personality test. They share our personal test results, and Billy walks Matt through a coaching session…

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Check out this week’s episode: a Mindful Midlife Community Meditate & Mingle session! You’ll hear how Billy guides the participants through the session and gathers key takeaways like the power of habit stacking in creating mindful moments. Tune in, follow along, and join us for the next Meditate & Mingle session!

In this week’s episode, Billy and Matt talk about how mindfulness can become your secret weapon to navigate the complexities and possibilities of midlife. The guys demystify mindfulness and explore its potential to transform your life’s trajectory..

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Danielle Slupesky, the End-of-Life Coach and Death Doula, and Matt Hazard, the always entertainer co-host. Before you listen to this episode, I want to give you a heads-up that it will be a heavy episode. We will be talking about death from a professional and personal perspective. So, take time to sit with any emotions you will be having while listening to this episode. Please do what you need to do to take care of yourself…

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen…I’m back! And this time I brought with me my best good friend, the always entertaining Matt Hazard!

I can’t even begin to explain how awesome it feels to be back. I’m beyond grateful to have this opportunity to help the listeners of this show navigate the complexities and possibilities of life’s second half (and even help you with your travel plans)!

“Yeah, okay…Well, this is gonna hurt like a mother f***er!”–Michael Scott

In this emotional final episode from Seoul, Billy talks about making the difficult decision to leave Korea (despite every fiber of his being not wanting to go), why he wants you to stop asking people who make difficult life decisions, “Why?” and what to say instead, and what this journey has really been all about (here’s a hint…it involves you!)…

This week, Billy dives deeper into the topic of anxiety and the importance of a mindful approach. This mindful approach enables us to process our thoughts and emotions in a healthier manner, ultimately helping us to navigate life with grace. He explores the differences between fear, rumination, and anxiety and how to identify their sources and triggers. And for those feeling particularly lost, his “Mindfulness for Anxiety” course could serve as your compass for navigating your own midlife quandaries…

This week, Billy breaks down what anxiety looks and feels like while also offering strategies around how to shift our relationship with anxiety. Billy also shares how discovering the power of mindfulness helped him through his battle with anxiety ad midlife crisis. Join him as he discusses his struggles with general anxiety disorder, including a story about how his anxiety almost stopped him from renting a scooter – and what he learned from that experience. Tune in to learn more about the Mindfulness for Anxiety course that he developed to help others manage their anxious thoughts and emotions…

This week, Billy talks about self-promotion. While it may seem daunting, did you know it can have a positive impact on your mental health? Studies show that self-promotion can boost self-esteem, life satisfaction, and overall well-being. Let’s explore the power of self-talk. Tune in to learn how to navigate life more mindfully and embrace the possibilities of life’s second half…

This week, Billy talks about the importance of promoting your success and fostering a positive, collaborative environment. He also discusses how social media can be leveraged as a powerful tool for recognizing you and the significance of being genuine and authentic when sharing and celebrating your accomplishments. With personal experiences and practical strategies, this episode will inspire you to embrace the power of promoting yourself and reap the benefits of mindfulness in your own life…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Bianca Thomas, a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Coach, co-host of Evolve Ventures podcast, and the COO, CFO, and Co-Founder of Evolve Ventures Technologies LLC., a global tech company whose mission is to accelerate the mindset of the world to shift to unlimited potential through combining beneficial insights drawn from elite brain health and peak team performers through executive leadership…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Genie Love, a coach who specializes in supporting professionals and entrepreneurs who discover they have ADHD and/or Autism later in life. She uses collaborative coaching methods to help clients enhance productivity, confidence, and success in both personal and professional endeavors. Genie’s program integrates evidence-based techniques, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence to help clients gain a deep understanding of their brains and develop a personalized toolbox of effective strategies…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Dr. Shree Walker, the founder of Resilient Walker. She formerly served as Director of Special Education and Special Education Local Plan Area in Los Angeles County and as the Director of Section 504 and Special Populations for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools in Nashville, Tennessee. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at Belmont University and serves on the leadership committee for the Sexual Assault Center, Nashville, Tennessee…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Dr. Cindy Hovington, a mom of three with a doctorate degree in neuroscience.  She is the founder of Curious Neuron and the co-founder of Wondergrade, which is an app you can download that supports all members of your family through short emotional regulation and mindfulness activities. She is also the host of the Curious Neuron Podcast, which supports parents by offering scientifically-backed parenting advice…

 

In this week’s solo episode, I get vulnerable and share my current emotional and mental state. Although my two months in Japan have been incredibly meaningful, I’ve been experiencing a multitude of challenging emotions that stem from feeling completely overwhelmed with the wide range of life changes I’m currently going through, but I feel that I am now ready to reintroduce some structure into my life once I get back to Seoul this week…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Steven English, an ICF Professional Certified Coach, a TEDx speaker, a trained Facilitator,  and a Founder of multiple Toastmasters public speaking clubs. Throughout his 22 years in engineering, Steven served as a trainer to Fortune 500 organizations as well as influencing and managing company-wide change management activities. Steven specializes in helping introverted leaders find their voice so they can create impact and helps teams improve communication to achieve top performance…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Jennifer Walton, the Chief Brand Officer for Sky Nile Consulting, lover of Beyonce, and grower of beautiful things like gardens, her kids, her happy marriage, you name it, Jennifer is turning it into something amazing.  She is here today to talk about becoming your own Chief Brand Officer.

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Marques Ogden, the host of the Get Authentic podcast and a former NFL player. Marques is also a keynote speaker, business coach, and corporate consultant with a unique approach to elevating people and the company’s success to the next level.

This week’s solo episode has a little bit of everything–a travel update from Japan, a history lesson about Kyoto and Buddhism,  a life lesson about impermanence from cherry blossom trees, and a guided meditation about sitting with pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral thoughts…

Welcome to Part 2 of this episode with Billy and Simon Rinne. Simon is the founder of Mindful Men, a therapy practice that is dedicated to supporting men with mental illness and disability. He is also a licensed social worker…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Simon Rinne, the founder of Mindful Men, a therapy practice that is dedicated to supporting men with mental illness and disability. He is a husband and father of two based in Australia along Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Becky Allen, a public speaker and the host of the Win the Day podcast.  Becky has endured her fair share of challenges, including surviving cancer, infertility, losing her own husband to cancer, and navigating life as a single mom. Becky blends authenticity, faith, and humor to break down ideas and provide practical steps to shift others’ perspectives so they know they are not alone.

 

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Venus Lau, a mindful movement coach, fitness trainer, sports performance coach, fitness model, and former NCAA Division I athlete with over 15 certifications ranging from National Academy of Sports Medicine, Animal Flow, Yoga Alliance, kettlebell, TRX, breathwork, & more. Venus values strength at every angle and adaptability, so we can move to live with an incredible body, mind, and soul.

In this week’s solo episode, Billy shares some exciting travel tips and updates for those of you who’ve got the travel bug!  Billy also extends an invitation to join his weekly virtual mindfulness sessions! The focus of this week’s episode details how renting a scooter (almost) gave him an anxiety attack. For those who don’t know, when you travel to Thailand, the most common and efficient transport vehicle is a scooter…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Matt Meline, a certified financial planner and founder and CEO of PrairieFire Wealth Planning.  He is here today to talk about his book Empty Nest, Full Pockets, which focuses on life-centered planning and helping families through transition, particularly from Full to Empty Nest…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Brian Aquart, an attorney, consultant, and multifaceted healthcare leader with over 12 years of experience in advising executives & teams, fostering growth & innovation, public speaking, and managing conflict. He is also the Creator and Host of the Why I Left Podcast, a show chronicling real stories from real people about why they left their jobs during the pandemic…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Jason Robinson, a digital nomad, author and Type 1 diabetic. As a working-class kid from Ohio, Jason adopted an “experiment mindset” to tackle the unknowns of long-term nomadic travel and how to make a living while on the road. He eventually transitioned to being a location-independent nomad, earning his income as a freelance designer and writer. He remains dedicated to motivating and inspiring others to push their comfort zones, but now he includes navigating living nomadically while managing Type 1 Diabetes.

In this week’s episode, Billy shares how he makes good use of this time through a routine or practice to ensure he stays productive throughout the day. Billy understands that every person operates differently, so feel free to adjust to fit your needs. The CHIPS list is backed by research and also has been tweaked by Billy himself as he experiments with what works throughout his life’s journey…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Jeanine Faith,  a narcissistic abuse recovery expert and survivor of abuse. After going through her own trials with narcissistic abuse and meeting her mentor, she went back to school to receive her masters in psychology and has done over 5 years of private mentorship in behaviorism, attachment theory, and narcissism so she can help her clients heal and reclaim the truth of who they are after narcissistic abuse…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Ed Latimore,  a best-selling author, former professional heavyweight boxer, and competitive chess player. His writing focuses on self-improvement and a practical approach to stoic philosophy. He is here today to discuss why he thinks humanity is doomed and everything is fucked.  Buckle up while Billy tries to convince Ed that maybe things aren’t so bad! 

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Jordan Harbinger, host of The Jordan Harbinger Show, which decodes the stories, secrets, and skills of the world’s most fascinating people and turns their wisdom into practical advice that you can use to impact your own life and those around you.  As a recovering lawyer and two-time kidnapee, Jordan brings his unique background and personality to every episode of the show.  He’s here today because if you’re a fan of this show, you’re probably a fan of self-development, but we want to ensure you’re not getting duped into buying into messages around toxic positivity and hustle culture…

In this week’s episode, Billy takes on the first episode of 2023 solo. He shares a travel update as he moves from Korea to Thailand. What makes this new adventure exciting is that Billy brings with him all the social-emotional tools he has picked up along the way. So make sure you tune in to today’s episode as Billy shares one of the most beneficial tools he has in his social-emotional growth tool kit and how he wants to extend a helping hand to anyone wanting to utilize this tool kit…

In this week’s episode, Billy wraps up Season 6 of The Mindful Midlife Crisis with his good friend, the sex dynamo, Matt Hazard. They go through all the episodes from Season 6 and reflect on the lessons learned, questions asked, and a whole lot of vulnerable revelations that you definitely don’t want to miss. If this is the first episode you’re listening to, please stop and go back to the previous episodes linked below—then come back for some laughs…

 

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Cathy Saputo. Cathy is a Licensed Counselor and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist providing sex therapy in Michigan. She works with individuals, couples, and other partner systems in the office and via telehealth. She is here today to discuss how sex and our bodies change around midlife…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Anna Skender. Anna is the Vice President of Talent Acquisition at a market-leading digital business based in Raleigh, NC. Anna has lived all over the U.S., including Nashville, NYC, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, but she now primarily resides in Raleigh, NC, with her two beautiful children, spending 1-2 weeks a month in Orange County, CA, with her partner.  She is here today to talk about how an alpha woman like herself maintains a respectable co-parenting arrangement with her ex-husband, allowing them to operate as a loving, caring family…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks about the renewed sense of joy he has felt since returning to Seoul, South Korea. His goal is to inspire you to recognize what brings you joy so you can be more present in the somatic experience those moments create in your body…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks to Brook Mallak. Brook is a Korean adoptee who recently reunited with her birth mother and sisters for the first time. Brook is here today to talk about that reunification experience and how her time in Korea has her feeling too foreign for here, yet too foreign for home…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks to Jason Clawson. In 2018, Jason’s life was flipped upside down after his wife Valerie was diagnosed with stage 4 Colon Cancer.  He is here today to share his story of how the loss of his wife rocked his world, but he is also here to share the steps he’s taken to heal and find love again…

 

In this week’s episode, Billy talks to Dr. Lina Haji.  Dr. Lina Haji is a licensed clinical psychologist and licensed mental health counselor specializing in psychodiagnostic assessment, forensic assessment, dual diagnosis, serious and persistent mental illness, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and substance abuse treatment…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks to Dr. Shree Walker.  Dr. Walker is the founder of Resilient Walker. She formerly served as Director of Special Education and Special Education Local Plan Area in Los Angeles County and as the Director of Section 504 and Special Populations for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools in Nashville, Tennessee. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at Belmont University and serves on the leadership committee for the Sexual Assault Center, Nashville, Tennessee…

Hey everyone. I’m changing up some things on the podcast this week, so I just wanted to pop on and let you know that I didn’t feel comfortable releasing this week’s originally scheduled episode because the focus was on how to fully embrace and live more presently with the somatic experience of joy…

In this week’s episode, Billy talks to Eric Romanak, a fitness instructor and a social entrepreneur at Seva Fitness Academy in Kentucky. He is also the author of the fitness book  Live Better, Die Slower: Key to Making Health and Fitness Really Stick and is the co-host of A Therapist and A Trainer podcast

 

In this week’s episode, Billy talks to Commander Jon Macaskill, a retired navy seal commander turned leadership and mindfulness coach. Throughout his 24-year navy career, he held a variety of highly dynamic leadership positions, from the battlefield to the operations center and the boardroom. He has a very unconventional teaching style, yet highly effective. He’s passionate about helping people and organizations become the best version of themselves through mindfulness coaching, keynote speaking, and grit and resilience training. Commander Macaskill also hosts the Men Talking Mindfulness podcast…

 

In this week’s episode, Billy talks to Purdeep Sangha.  Purdeep is the world’s leader in complete strategic advising and is the author of Amazon international best-seller The Complete Man. He is an internationally acclaimed business strategist and performance advisor to high-performing CEO’s, executives, and entrepreneurs. He’s also a top rated men’s leadership coach who teaches men how to become The Complete Man; meaning a man who achieves ultimate performance, fulfillment, and victory in every area of his life. He shows men how to live at their highest potential and be the best possible business leader, husband, father, and man they can be, and he’s here today to share with us what goes into that process…

 

In this week’s episode, Billy discusses how an Instagram post from The Financial Diet’s Chelsea Fagan perpetuates the stigma and shame many men feel when talking about their mental health…

 

We’re taking a break until October 5th, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t still thinking about your well-being!  

Throughout the month of September, we will share a new mindful meditation with you so that you can cultivate your own mindfulness practice.  If you find these mediations beneficial, be sure to share them with your family and friends…

We’re taking a break until October 5th, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t still thinking about your well-being!  

Throughout the month of September, we will share a new mindful meditation with you so that you can cultivate your own mindfulness practice.  If you find these mediations beneficial, be sure to share them with your family and friends…

We’re taking a break until October 5th, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t still thinking about your well-being!  

Throughout the month of September, we will share a new mindful meditation with you so that you can cultivate your own mindfulness practice.  If you find these mediations beneficial, be sure to share them with your family and friends…

We’re taking a break until October 5th, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t still thinking about your well-being!  

Throughout the month of September, we will share a new mindful meditation with you so that you can cultivate your own mindfulness practice.  If you find these mediations beneficial, be sure to share them with your family and friends…

This week’s episode is the finale of the summer sessions, so we brought along our best good pal, the always entertaining Matt Hazard! 

In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian take the summer sessions outside to celebrate their birthdays on Brian’s patio!

In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian chat with returning guest and certified professional co-active life coach, Jill Dahler, to discuss…

 

This week, Billy reconnects with his good friend from Korea, Iggy Lee. Iggy organizes the Soul Walkers meet-up group, where people can do adventures like walking, hiking, picnics, and exchanging cultures through their language and personal stories. His meet-up group is also the main reason why Billy extended his time in Korea…

 

In this week’s session, Billy is doing his first ever solo episode, which is a perfect time to talk about his adventures around the Korean coastlines. Billy takes us to the island of Jeju, the beaches of Gangneung and his favorite hiking spots in Busan. He also shares stories of the people he met and the connections he made along the way…

 

In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian are interviewing a returning guest and now a lovely mama, Michelle Pan. She shares with us her experiences of being a first-time mom, as well as the challenges and rewards that she’s accomplished along the way…

 

In this week’s episode, Billy takes a trip down memory lane as he looks back on having a superb time in the Cuyuna Gnome Home, situated in Crosby, Minnesota. Billy chats with the owners, Jenn and Mitch Fallgatter, a.k.a. the best rental vacation home hosts you could ask for. The couple talk about the home’s origin story, how they renovated the interior, and some incredible Crosby leisure spots to check out…

 

In this week’s episode, Billy reunites with fellow disenchanted educator turned digital nomad Dr. David DeMarkis (from Episode 51–The Pursuit of Higher Consciousness) to discuss their adventures in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!

In this week’s episode, Billy shares an anecdote about his experiences in the Pacific Northwest that helped him shift gears and realign his thoughts to a much clearer perspective that has helped him gain some clarity around what he wants out of life and relationships moving forward…

In today’s episode, Billy and Brian reflect on the amazing insights shared by our Season 5 guests with their best good pal, the always entertaining Matt Hazard!

This week, Billy talks to Talent Acquisition Mastermind and host of the Jess Get Hired podcast Jessica Fiesta George about how we can make our LinkedIn profiles work for us during the job search…

This week, we talk to Brian Gallagher.  Brian is a former Corporate American turned Global Citizen. After a career in finance, several years as a fitness studio owner, and giving away 99% of my belongings, Brian left the traditional path to see the world and live life on his own terms. Brian created Simple Man Guide, a personal brand dedicated to helping others leave the corporate world behind, simplify their lives, and regain power over their most precious asset – time. Brian is currently living with his girlfriend in Amsterdam, and he is working on his 1:1 coaching program, Take The Leap, which helps others fund their corporate escape, ditch their 9-5 grind, monetize their favorite skills, and live their dream life…

 

This week, we talk to Bryan Piatt.  Bryan is the host of the Take What Serves. Leave the Rest podcast.  Bryan is also a former TV news anchor in the Twin Cities who now serves as a mental health advocate as both a breathwork Facilitator and meditation guide.  Bryan is currently enrolled in grad school to become a therapist so that he can continue supporting the wellness of others.  Bryan is here today to share his mental health journey as well as speak to his experiences with both medication and meditation…

 

This week, Billy and Brian talk to Kari Schwear.  Kari is an executive coach, “gray area” drinking expert, speaker, and author who helps high performers move out of the gray areas in their lives so they can establish healthy boundaries that transforms them from “fine” to fabulous…

 

This week, Billy and Brian talk to near-death survivor Danny Bader. Danny is a best-selling author and sought-after speaker whose life was transformed after he died when 8,000 volts of electricity ripped through his body.  Danny then came back to life from a place where he connected with “something bigger than us.” He uses his experience to lead people to create more perspective, joy, and a love that replaces weariness with inspiration, drives vision, and creates momentum for people in all areas of their lives…

 

Billy talks to Rich Bracken, a global keynote speaker, media personality, and award-winning sales & marketing executive.   Listen to Rich’s podcast Enrich Your Soul wherever you get your podcasts! 

 Rich routinely works with companies, firms, and individuals across the country looking to establish sustainable change and improvement in their approach to achieving their business and culture goals…

 

Billy and Brian talk to Val Jones, a master coach for purpose driven women who are ready to uplevel their life, relationships, and income. She is also a corporate coach in the United States for Chanel, the Air Force, Chevron, Warner Brothers, CNN and many more. Val is also the host of The Selfish Woman Podcast where she’s on a mission to prove that ‘selfish’ is not a dirty word, and when we make ourselves a priority, it transforms our relationship with ourselves and with others, which is exactly what she’s here to talk about today…

Billy and Brian talk to Deanna Bryant, host of the Revive Your Midlife Marriage podcast.  Deanna is a retired English teacher turned relationship coach for midlife couples. After facing her own midlife marriage struggles and getting outside help to overcome them, Deanna went back to school to become a relationship coach for midlife couples.  She received a coaching diploma from Erickson International- The Art and Science of Coaching and studied relationship counseling at The Gottman Institute.  She is here today to talk about how to revive your midlife marriage…

Billy and Brian talk to Christine Chang, a bestselling relationship author and speaker. She helps high-performers create ideal relationships by teaching self-awareness, boundaries, accountability, and communication skills…

 

Billy talks to Jesse Ross, a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, executive coach, and international speaker who has delivered over 400 speaking engagements at colleges, conferences, corporate and nonprofit companies, with a large number of those being Fortune 500 companies including LinkedIn, General Mills, and the NBA…

 

Billy and Brian talk to Janet M. Taylor, an Organizing Expert with over 28 years experience.  She is the host and producer of the Got Clutter? Get Organized! podcast.  Janet was crowned Clutter Free Queen by Rachael Ray in 2018, and she is here today just in time for spring cleaning to help us do some decluttering and organizing…

Welcome to Season 5! 

Billy is back from the Pacific Northwest and Puerto Vallarta, and he’s had A LOT of time on his hands to overthink some things, so today he shares the gray areas that have been weighing him down lately, and Brian offers up advice about how to gain some clarity around these gray areas. 

In today’s episode, Billy and Brian reflect on the amazing insights shared by our Season 4 guests with their best good pal, the always entertaining Matt Hazard! 

Matt Hazard also shares which episodes belong in his Mindful Midlife Crisis “starter kit”:

Billy and Brian ask disenchanted former educator and current digital nomad Dr. David DeMarkis:
–What exactly is the pursuit for higher consciousness, and how did this idea develop?
–Recently you posted how earning your doctorate was a small mountain you’ve climbed in your life, but you didn’t like the view from the top.  What did you earn your doctorate in, and what was the view like up there?   
–How does that compare to your recent travels?  Tell us about these travels and how what you’ve learned about yourself contrasts to what you’ve learned about yourself through your doctoral program…

Billy and Brian ask endurance athlete, personal trainer, and owner of Performance Running Gym Aaron Boike:
–Talk about your transition from powerlifting to running/endurance athlete.
 –For people approaching midlife and beyond, why is it so important to put their healthiest foot forward?  (Can you talk about losing muscle mass as we age as well?)
–As a personal trainer, what gets in the way of people putting their healthiest foot forward?   
–I imagine going to the gym and working with a trainer, especially if it’s something someone has never done before, can be an intimidating experience.  Walk us through what a pre-screen and consultation might look like with you…

This is the second half of our two-part interview with Kolin Purcell and Anna Schlegel.  Did you miss Part 1?  Go back an episode and get caught up!  Then join us for this episode! 

Billy and Brian talk to yogis, breathwork specialists, yogis, and retreat leaders Kolin Purcell and Anna Schlegel about the breathwork seminar the two of them led while Billy was at the NGor Island Surf Camp in Dakar…

Billy and Brian talk to yogis, breathwork specialists, yogis, and retreat leaders Kolin Purcell and Anna Schlegel about the breathwork seminar the two of them led while Billy was at the NGor Island Surf Camp in Dakar.  Kolin and Anna discuss:  

  • Why do you breathe?
  • Why is becoming aware of the breath important?
  • * breath awareness meditation *
  • Autonomic nervous system branches
  • Chest vs. belly breathing
  • Inhale vs exhale
  • Nose breathing vs mouth breathing
  • Retentions
  • Types of breathwork (Kale, coffee, xanax, LSD)

 

In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian ask pediatric operating room nurse and trauma-informed yoga instructor Marie Nutter:

TRIGGER WARNING:  This episode discusses suicide and suicidal ideation.  Discretion advised. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal ideation, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)…

While Brian celebrates with his colleagues, Billy talks to cancer survivor and host of the Dose of Joy podcast Joy Huber about: 
–Her journey as a cancer survivor
–Learning to “live with joy” while still battling cancer
–How she has reinvented her life or shifted her perspective on life now that she’s faced her own mortality?

In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian talk to equity consultant Jodi Pfarr about: 
–The four components of societal systems: individual, organizational, communities, and policies.  
–How societal systems get in the way of our potential.
–The 18 Normalized and Non-Normalized Societal Systems 
–How looking at our own normalizations impact how we view our experiences and how others may view them…

Billy and Brian talk to transformational coach and FINE Is a Four-Letter Word podcast host Lori Saitz about: 

  • What values and beliefs were instilled in her growing up and how those evolved into coaching people to say ‘f*ck being fine’
  • The moment in her life that made her say ‘f*ck being fine’?
  • The Trilogy of Success within her ‘F*ck Being Fine’ program…

Billy and Brian talk to the hosts of the Trash the Checklist podcast Dr. Yolanda Holloway and Tiffany Byrd.  We discuss: 

  • What they mean by “trash the checklist”
  • How they both came to realize that their lives had become too much about crossing off tasks from a “life checklist” 
  • The role their professions in education played in pushing them through tasks unconsciously…

 

In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian talk to The Mindful Male podcast host Greg Scheinman.  Greg helps men maximize middle age and achieve a better quality of life.  He’s the host of The Midlife Male podcast & newsletter as well as a performance coach, author, speaker, advisor and investor to brands that help men live better and healthier.   A former entrepreneur greg was founder and CEO of team baby entertainment which he sold to former Disney CEO Michael Eisner…

Welcome to Season 4! 

In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian talk to Wendy Battles. As the host of the Reinvention Rebels podcast , Wendy interviews bold and unapologetic women, 50-90, who have reinvented themselves later in life to see new possibilities. From traveling solo around the world with a carry-on bag at 60, to penning and publishing a first novel at 62 to launching a modeling career at 72, these women are fierce and fabulous! Through deep listening and authentic conversation…

Billy is back from Europe (and Africa!) and wants to share the life lessons he learned during his travels!  Hear more about:
–why surfers are total bad asses
–why only speaking English is a privilege and a curse
–how social media is still addicting even when you’re traveling
–how to recognize the travel tractor beam…

While Billy still soaks up the sun under the bluest skies he’s ever seen in Portugal and beyond, the guys reflect on the first year of the podcast before making a big announcement for our devoted listeners!  As a bonus, Billy shares his one-on-one conversation with spiritual health coach Lecia Fox from her summer course The Gentlemen’s Guide to Inner Work.  Billy shares how this course helped put him in a more open mindset before going on his big overseas adventure!

In today’s episode, Billy and Brian reflect on the amazing insights shared by our Season 3 guests with their best good pal, the always entertaining Matt Hazard!  The guys:
–discuss why Matt Hazard found this season to be “pretty, pretty woo woo” at times
–try to make sense of why those messages landed differently when it came from a different person
–reflect on how those messages landing differently ties into bias…

Billy and Brian sit down with teacher, writer, psychologist, and consultant Dr. Yvette Erasmus to discuss:
–how she feels about her daughter’s change of plans to forego college and live with her for another year–her recent trip to Alexandria, Egypt, in which she closed a chapter in her life
–her recent trip to Ireland to support a friend through adventure
–the difference between the journeyer and the explorer and how those approaches to finding meaning in life can add fulfillment…

In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian sit down with author, presenter, and professional wise-cracker Tom Cody–co-founder of Top 20 Strategies, to discuss:
–how we can become the best version of ourselves through Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making
–the importance of social-emotional intelligence and why we need to stop calling them “soft skills”
–the 4 A’s of Mindfulness…

In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian talk to mindfulness coach Brett Hill about:
–how he learned at an early age that what we can achieve and the quality of our life hinges on our ability to communicate well with others
–how understanding the somatic experience of emotion can lead to better communication, awareness, and self-regulation
–what mindful communication looks like…

In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian talk to Global Inclusion and Diversity Business Leader Ericka Jones about:
–what inclusion, diversity, and equity training looks like and how it makes us more aware of our blind spots 
–how we NEED to use our privilege to ensure people have equitable experiences 
–how conversations around inclusion, diversity, and equity have evolved over the course of the last year…

In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian talk to Teresa Sande, author of Find Your Fierce: Interrupt Impostor Syndrome and Own Your Success, about:
–what exactly impostor syndrome is
–her experiences, observations, and research on how people experience impostor syndrome through her time as an HR executive in Fortune 500 companies…

In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian talk to John Wessinger, author of Ride the Wave: How to Embrace Change and Create a Powerful New Relationship with Risk, about:
–how a surfing vacation gone extremely wrong led understanding the importance of embracing the conditions regardless of prior preparation
–how that surfing experience prepared him for an unexpected realization in his professional life that encouraged him to take more healthy professional risks…

In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian talk to Scott Welle–author, speaker, and founder of Outperform the Norm, a global movement that helps people achieve peak performance in their personal and professional lives–about:
–how he got started running marathons and doing Ironman triathlons
–the pivotal moments in his life that helped him reach optimal peak performance
–how self-limited beliefs get in our way of outperforming…

In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian talk to certified professional co-active life coach, registered yoga teacher, and yoga studio owner Jill Dahler about:
–her transition from Corporate America to life coach and yoga studio owner;
–what she means by being “unapologetically you”
–the healing she needed to do in order to love herself enough to discover her inner awesome…

In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian talk to career coach Dr. Dawn Graham about:
–why people in their midlife years switch careers
–the career-switch process (and how damn frustrating it can be!)
–how job-hunting has changed over the years
–how we need to rebrand ourselves during the job search (especially if we’re a non-traditional applicant)…

In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian interview energy mastery expert Kristen Brown about how we can unblock our best self. 

Kristen is a “corporate hippie” who has worked with some of the biggest brands on the planet.  She is also a best-selling author, podcast host, energy mastery expert, work/life futurist, widowed mom, and a world-wide speaker.  Today’s discussion topics include:
–Biohacking
–PowerShots
–WooWoo at Work

In this week’s episode, Billy and Brian try to remember what it’s like to talk to each other without having a guest on the show;  get older (but better);  share their successes from Seasons 1 and 2 (and encourage you to do the same!); run down the list of outstanding Season 3 guests (with links included to their websites below!); outline their goals for the upcoming year; and make a BIG midlife crisis announcement!

In today’s episode, Billy and Brian sit down with Lisa Barnholdt to discuss navigating life in a blended family.   

If you want to learn more about how to foster a loving blended family, check out the books referenced by Lisa in today’s episode: 

The Smart Step-Family by Ron Deal
Becoming a Step-Family: Patterns of Development in Remarried Families by Patricia L. Papernow

In today’s episode, Billy and Brian sit down with Shannon Essler-Petty to discuss how raising a child with special needs has been a blessing, has shaped her work as an educator who prepares teachers for their classroom experiences, has turned her into a strong advocate for children with special needs, and an all-around bad ass!

In this week’s episode, Billy talks with Jason Robinson, a digital nomad, author and Type 1 diabetic. As a working-class kid from Ohio, Jason adopted an “experiment mindset” to tackle the unknowns of long-term nomadic travel and how to make a living while on the road. He eventually transitioned to being a location-independent nomad, earning his income as a freelance designer and writer. He remains dedicated to motivating and inspiring others to push their comfort zones, but now he includes navigating living nomadically while managing Type 1 Diabetes.

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