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Have you ever read something in a book, seen something in a movie or heard a great story from a friend’s journey that captivated you so much that you just HAD to see it for yourself?  What is that ONE THING currently on your bucket list?  The ONE THING that needs to move up to your Live It NOW list?!My guest on today’s podcast is Melanie Michaelchuk, a sweet Texan who had a dream to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and just had to go for it!  Listen in as she shares how setting the goal was challenging, how much she had to get together to get ready for such an epic adventure, and how she moved mountains to climb it not only once, but twice, and both time after 50.  I hope listening in helps you really think about that one trip or experience or adventure YOU’VE been putting off and that inspires you to do it now…..don’t wait… each day we get a little older and we never know what tomorrow will bring.I picked up hiking in my late 40s and absolutely love it!  I have a free download to get you started plus my favorite hiking shoes, poles, packs, sunscreen and more, so check it all out on my website at or the favorites in our online store.  Also consider joining one of our upcoming trips, specially designed for women over 40 and in some of my favorite places! 
Have you ever signed up for a trip - maybe on a bit of a whim - only to find out how significant it would be in helping you redefine your life going forward?  Sarah Blake is with me today, sharing how she was inspired by Harry Connick Jr, H Company and a friend to take her first solo trip and historical tour in Europe to check out WW2 sites.  The stories she shares about her experiences, the Veterans she met, and the really fun Supper Club are really touching and what I love is that Sarah also recounts how much she learned about herself and how this trip changed her trajectory.  How one unforgettable comment from someone she met along the trip changed her perspective forever and helped kickstart her tackling her Live It NOW list.Sarah Blake is CEO and founder of Sarah Blake Consulting focusing on Emotional Intelligence & Leadership coaching.  She works with individuals and companies utilizing coaching, trainings/facilitation, and consulting strategies to reinforce growth.  Connect with Sarah at https://www.sarahblakeconsulting.comI hope you’ll also check out additional info on this historical tour on my DestinationU website plus bonus of some wonderful photos of the trip on the site or in the video version of our interview that will be also shared on YouTube.
Have you yet taken a trip by yourself?  YOUR solo journey?  Not work related and not just traveling somewhere to see family, but actually planning and going somewhere by yourself for a few days?  I know it might seem a bit unexpected and interesting topic in this hopefully-ending-soon-COVID era, especially as my last episode was focused on how to connect with others and grow your friends and support crew circle, but hear me out as I share today a bit more about how to set up a solo trip or journey and how wonderful it is for your mental health, spirit and your soul.Download your free Top Road Trips You Should Take in 2021 here! 
“Even if you cannot change all the people around you, you can change the people you choose to be around.  Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you.  Spend your life with people who make you smile, laugh, and feel loved.”  Roy T. Bennett.  Lessonslearnedinlife.comSo how about you?  Have you thought about those in your life and if you need to spend more or less of your time with them?  Have you thought about expanding your support circle?  Join me today as I dive in a bit on what to do if you are interested in how to connect with others and maybe just grow your support team a bit.
My Best First Last

My Best First Last


My best first lastHave you ever not tried something because of failure?  Because you may come in last?  I’ve addressed this on previous podcasts and the need to move away from fear of failure and living with judgment to a new perspective of living curiously but today I want to expand on that with a story about my recent snowshoe adventure and how coming in either almost last or dead last was so sweet.So I spent most of my adult life before age 45 living in warmer climates and not partaking in such outdoorsy or mountainous pursuits.  I did not try skiing (on snow that is) until I was in my mid 20s, didn’t try mountain biking until my 30s, didn’t get into snowboarding until my 40s and now car camping until my 50s.  There are many other new experiences and adventures and new likes - like a growing admiration and love of history - to dive into at another time as today I’m sharing about one of my outdoor favorites, my snowshoe adventure.Any how sweet it was to have my best first last.
Ok so someone offers to take your picture.  Do you shy away from it? Have you always?  And yes, the image is changing - at least it is for me - but in many ways, the road detours and challenges that lead to every spot or mark on my skin has helped me build into a stronger and more powerful force.  I want to remember what it feels like to be me at this age -  to document all the fun I'm having.  But some may not feel the same and may not see themselves that way.  They need someone to literally shine a light, to bring their beauty and the essence of who they are, out front, for all to see.  And most importantly, for SHE herself to see. That person is with me today and I think you'll see when you meet Julie, how her passion for helping elevate women - especially those of us over 50 - is changing how they feel and is truly changing lives. I love that my guest today states - almost quietly shouts it actually - that Beauty has no expiration date and it's time for you to be seen.  Julie Ulstrup always loved photography but she started as a school educator who then followed her passion to become a professional photographer and is having the best time of her life.  She's had her own trials and tribulations but she will explain how her personal journey after divorce and in northern Spain provided her her own life-changing experience and pushed her to stop playing small. I hope you check out Julie's artistry and how she is helping elevate women - especially her 50 Over 50 project at  You can hear more from Julie in her TED talk on How to Transform the Way You See Yourself, TEDxCherryCreekWomen. I have more information available on my website, and additional free resources to and I invite you to join our destinationu community and learn to live with more fun, more inspiration and more support from others out there living out loud.  To stop playing small! Thanks so much everyone!
Celine Anelone Brozovich joins me today to chat about how she was able to manage an early diagnosis of depression using the power of her intellectual curiosity, how this evolved into a wonderful career and why now she has made a personal and professional life change and is feeling outrageously good.  She will share more about why she has a trampoline in her office  and why she needs to share it and tell everybody!!She has turned all of her experience now into a way to help other women really find their true health and happiness and I hope you'll listen in to our fun interview and check out her community and resources available at www.bakenjihealthcom.
When something bad happens, it can be easy to be a victim, but today my guest Claudine will share how pretty early she decided she was not going to be a victim but instead really learn from it.  She realized her life was not in alignment but she ultimately decided to take action and now believes we don't need a hammer to create change or experience growth.  She became the author in her own life.  What will happen to make you really stop to become more aware of what you truly want and then finally take action toward getting there?Do you really want to be hit by a hammer to experience your life changing moment?What the heck does that mean anyways?Well, If you've listened to ANY of my Life Reimagined podcasts, you have already heard from so many amazing women who had their life detoured or disrupted unexpectedly and you've also heard how much it awakened them and led them to their true purpose and how now it's considered more of a positive and a blessing than anything with a negative connotation.But what are some of the reasons or critical steps that are taken by these seemingly ordinary women in our 40, 50 and 60s - and beyond - that allowed them to use these tough challenges and experiences to really kick their life and everything around them into high gear?My guest today Claudine Chiarmonte will share her personal experience and how she believes it was her mental fitness to handle her near-death experience that made all the difference in her recovery and how she used that life-altering moment to go down a completely different path and truly become the author of her own life.Positive Intelligence is the science and practice (mental fitness) of developing mastery over your own mind so you can reach your full potential for both happiness and success.  How are we viewing the world from a growth or fixed mindset?Mental fitness is your ability to handle life’s challenges with a positive mindset rather than a negative mindset. Your mental fitness affects EVERYTHING, including your performance, your relationships, and your well-being. Extensive research shows that mental fitness is the best predictor of how happy you’ll be and how well you will perform relative to your potential.Tap into Your Full Potential and take this Free Saboteur assessment:  Learn what is getting your way for having the life that you want: schedule a free call to review your assessment, make appointment at @ IamClaudineC
Have you stopped and really evaluated how your food is working for you - especially if you're over 50?  Is it working for you?  This is not a question I had often asked my younger self but as I get a bit beyond my 20s and 30s, I'm increasingly aware of the importance of what I'm eating and how significant my choices can be in how I feel every day and in how I'm setting a strong path for hopefully many healthy and active years ahead…..cause there's so much more I want to do, see and experience and I need this body to go the distance.So when I met my guest today, Ginny Grabowski, we instantly connected, and I knew I wanted to have her share the path that's brought her to now helping other women in our life chapter consider plant-based eating - and before you turn off or turn away, give us a few minutes to share that it actually can be easier and more delicious than you think.  Because as part of my life reimagined, I never thought I'd be filling a cooler of food for my road trips and never thought I'd actually enjoy even trying to prep and cook these adventurous recipes.I am not 100% vegan or vegetarian due other dietary restrictions but I can totally attest to the importance of plant-based eating in my life and my energy. Maybe even my hopefully keeping up my somewhat youthful appearance going forward as I'm totally in active age denial and plan to be for awhile.  So I need what I eat to work for me and it's been a really unexpectedly fun and interesting culinary adventure for me, a non-cooking or former non-cooking gal to eat more intentionally and find how much better it makes me feel.So join me today ….as Ginny and I talk about how to even dip your toe in the water of introducing more plant based eating into your day and how easy and how sweet this lifestyle can be.
Have you ever truly felt that you were completely aligned with your feelings and what you want?  Have you ever experienced a time of dedicated focus on you that you received so many insights and wonderful ideas and you knew that no matter where you were headed, it would all be okay?  My guest today, Michela Fantinel, shares her stories of how traveling abroad by herself led to such clarity and peace and it led her to move from a feeling of restlessness to being ready for any direction life would then take her.Join us to share stories and insights and hear how she's now turned this into her business, in which she shares resources and coaching with women over 50 in  Magic Fifty.
What 1 simple step or key decision you can make today to bring YOUR life back into alignment?  Have you even defined what it is you want in order to even start to work towards that alignment?  Today  I want to challenge you with a short podcast but an important one and message in that I ask if you’ve stopped and figured out if you need either a break or a mini-pivot and if so, if you’ve given yourself the permission and even the blessing to do so.  So join me today as we touch base briefly on making sure you’re in alignment with what you need right now, how it is okay for you to take your own life pause or mini pivot and how I'll be your biggest cheerleader to do just that….
Have you ever wondered what the heck people do when they go on a hike? What does some one mean when they say an Epic hike?It was something I never even wondered about in my teenage years, or 20s and 30s. And Heck, even when I was growing up, the closest thing I knew about hiking was people eat granola. And john Denver sang about it. That was about it. I just was not raised in a family who got out and hiked, and it was probably related to the geography in the area of which I grew up.But regardless of that, as you know, with my podcast being focused on reimagining our life going forward and carving new paths , I found it interesting that in my 30s and 40s, I started to discover that hey, this was kind of cool, or even WAAAAYYY cool, and that there was much more out there than I really understood.Before trying it, I thought how hard can it be? It's just walking - even if it is up the hill, right? Okay, yeah. going up a hill is gonna involve some heavier breathing. But I thought how can people find exercise or training to be something you can do while hiking you just seemed a little basic and a little too easy. Well, I can tell you that hiking is not only a wonderful aerobic and character building activity, but it's also awe inspiring, and glorious beyond which I ever even thought possible. Now at age 53, I've gone on hundreds of hikes of all lengths, difficulty, and had totally different experiences and seen so much beauty, but 3 hikes I completed all over the age of 50 stand out that I'll comment on a bit more.  Aspen to Crested Butte in Colorado, The Narrows in Zion National Park and Hiking across the Grand Canyon.So join me today as i talk about why you - especially if you are over 40 or 50 - don't want to miss this amazing experience and why you should consider planning and going on your epic hike now and not postpone it any longer.
There are many negatives to come from the COVID challenges over the past year but I hope you also were able to find some positives from the experience.  If you're anything like me, there are many folks in our 40s, 50s and 60s who really stopped to think about where we are in our life and what we want going forward.As our focus in this podcast is to reimagine our next chapter, it's a perfect time to also discuss how you will recreate going forward - double entendre intentionalThe definition of recreate is "to give new life or freshness to" and that is exactly what my guests, Kimberly Mylls and Melissa Lamson, today are focused on.  Helping you reimage and recreate to make this and your next chapter your best.So join us today as we dive into the details of HOW to recreate and take what YOU want to go after and turn it into your new reality.I am so excited to announce I am partnering with Melissa and Kimberly, the Co-Creators of RECREATE NOW, an Action Tank for Women.  The Exclusive 2021 Action Tank is kicking off in the next few weeks but if you hurry, there are only a few spots left - like 2 I think - for this amazing Mastermind, Think Tank and Accelerator all in one for women 50 & up to build up and launch your next meaningful X - You KNOW I like that as it aligns perfectly with my focus on IYN.You can check out more details and again - submit ASAP if you're interested - at
I love that my guest today, Coach Judy, shares her personal story and the journey that helped her realize what a gift it is to experience your own Mid Life Awakening and forced her to ask the question, "What Would Make Your Life Remarkable?"What about you?  Have you given it any thought?  Have you had such an awakening?  Coach Judy Prokopiak is a fellow swimmer,  speaker, teacher, best selling author, master life reinvention coach and spiritual practitioner.  Join us as she shares how she overcame decades of disordered eating, drinking and thinking, and how she got past her own baggage and "not something enough" to now help women get their second act together and find peace and purpose through spiritual awakening, connecting to their true self and transforming trauma into triumph.Find more information at 
Is it Critical?  Get away for a bit and take a vacation and before you totally stress about all that you "have to do," really evaluate the deadlines you set for yourself and if they're all critical.  Happy road trip and vacation everyone!!!
We all have fear and I love how my guest Marjorie Fiore shares it's "False Expectations Appearing Real."  But join us as she shares her story and how she started to finally act and address her alcohol habit that had "spilled over into every day living" when the fear of regret became stronger than the fear of the change.  Listen in to hear how she kept answering those nudges, how she dealt with it all head on and how now she is going after the life she wants in her group called The Juicy Life.   Also check out her MIDspiration FREE Interview Series called Intermission - check it out and find additional information about Marjorie at or her Facebook Group - The Juicy Life.
Have you had a chance to pause and reflect on all the wonderful blessings in your world lately?All the great steps you've made or all the great achievements you've made in the last few years, maybe some goals that you thought were impossible, something that you envisioned that you weren't quite sure how you were going to get there and have you paused for a moment and considered how blessed you are right now, right here to have the opportunity to do it again and again, and again, to look forward, envision what you want, put the steps in place, walk the talk, and actually go after you what....what you really want?Join me today as I pause to really celebrate some milestones, some things I didn't even know I was going to accomplish or achieve, but I really set forth on a path to do so and want to take a moment and reflect and just celebrate.
I don't know about you but I love the movie with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicolson titled The Bucket List.  The term you're familiar with I'm sure.  A list of activities, experiences or destinations you want to try or visit yourself before you kick the bucket.  It's a great concept but unfortunately it's not resonating with enough of us early enough.  Maybe you think it's something to do when you retire, which could be 15-25 years away - feels like a lifetime.   Maybe you have different priorities right now - and please note here that I did not say these priorities are wrong, just different - in that either you need to really focus on your career or work for better overall financial health, you're still raising your kids or have other health or family issues to manage. What I do know is that we may NOT have a lifetime.  We are not even certain if we even have 10 years or tomorrow.  We never know what's going to happen when so why create a bucket list for something you'll do some time in the future?Join me as I share my thoughts today on why you shouldn't wait any longer and why even creating your bucket list is totally lame.
Or....How Floridians Survived Their First Snowshoe Hike!When was the last time you inspired somebody either through your actions, through your words, or by sharing your knowledge and experience as a mentor?You remember trying something new for the first time - how it can be intimidating and you have a number of concerns, fears and questions and how much easier it is when you have a trusted buddy or mentor with you.  Someone who has done this before and hopefully knows enough about this new whatever to make it safe and breaks down any roadblocks to make it way more fun and more productive.So Join me as we talk today about how inspiring others on their next fill in the blank and sharing the gift of your time and expertise can truly help another but also bring YOU so much joy and the keys to making some new and wonderful memories as an awesome coach, cheerleader and mentor.
Hear from our amazing Inspiring Your NEXT VIP Community as they share their recommendations for something every woman over 45 or 50 MUST do on their bucket list or their Live It NOW list.  Denise Greer joins me today and we talk about her love of seeing the world on a bicycle, what she recommends and what she is planning on for her NEXT.  Check her out on YouTube or Instagram and follow her biking, hiking, backpacking and more adventures by searching Denise Looking Out. 
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