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Seven Plates Spinning

Author: Liz Serotte

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We've all got a lot on our plate these days! This is a podcast about how to keep all of your plates spinning. Each episode, Liz is joined by some of the most smart, capable, badass ladies around for a candid conversation about how to manage all that life throws at you. We'll share tried and true tips, personal stories and expert advice – covering everything from living healthy, to staying organized, to getting back on track after a setback. It’s all about making space on your plates for the things that matter most to you and maintaining the balance to keep them spinning.
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As Season One of Seven Plates Spinning comes to a close, Liz reflects on the origin of the show and the most important lesson she learned in the first few months of the podcast. Please take 5 minutes to complete the listener feedback survey: https://jzkb0esbfj3.typeform.com/to/RfnuoUU3
Some days, all you can do is laugh (or cry) at all the craziness motherhood sends your way. It helps when you have a few funny mom friends to help you find the humor in the chaos.  In this episode, Liz is joined by Margaret Ables and Amy Wilson, who have years of experience in the comedy world and also co-host the comedy parenting podcast What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood. Amy and Margaret share their tips for finding the laughs in the good times and the not-so-good.  What Fresh Hell: https://www.whatfreshhellpodcast.com/ Toddler Purgatory: https://www.toddlerpurgatory.com/ 
There's been a lot of talk lately about living a simpler life, slowing down, and being more intentional about how we live our lives. This conversation has been fueled in large part by the pandemic, but minimalism is definitely not a new concept. This idea of embracing a less-is-more world view has been around for a long time, and it seems to have been going more mainstream for several years too – just look at the popularity of Marie Kondo’s book! In this episode, Liz sits down with minimalist living expert Diane Boden who hosts the Minimalist Moms podcast and recently published the book Minimalist Moms: Living and Parenting with Simplicity. Diane shares tips and inspiration for embracing a more minimalist approach and living a life in pursuit of less. Minimalist Moms Podcast: https://www.minimalistmomspodcast.com/ 
Springtime is the perfect time to focus on renewal, rejuvenation and reinvention. Particularly, this year as we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel on this long period of pandemic lockdown. It’s time for a fresh start, whether that's in our career, our relationships, or even just our own mindset. It's up to each of us to decide what we want to get back to as soon as possible, what we want to leave in the past, and what we want to change up – to reinvent. In this episode, Liz talks with Meagan Francis, host of the Mother of Reinvention podcast and co-host of The Mom Hour podcast about how we can take advantage of this unique moment in time when we all have the opportunity to introduce some element of reinvention into our lives. The Mom Hour: https://themomhour.com/ Mother of Reinvention: http://meaganfrancis.com/ The Art of Blooming Late: https://hbr.org/2019/05/the-art-of-blooming-late 
Did you know that a champagne bottle should not make a popping sound when uncorked properly? Or, that a flute is actually not the best type of glass for enjoying champagne? Turns out, there’s a lot to learn about how to select a bottle that will give you a good bang for your buck, open it properly and maximize your enjoyment when drinking it. There’s also a surprisingly long history shared by women and champagne – well, maybe not that surprising, but definitely fascinating! Champagne expert Cynthia Coutu, who specializes in women in champagne, joins Liz in this episode to offer an abbreviated master class in all things Champagne. She offers pro tips for buying and drinking bubbly, explains the early history of women in champagne and talks about how women are still shaking up this male-dominated industry today. Cheers! Delectabulles: https://www.delectabulles.com/en/ Fat Cork: https://fatcork.com/ Club Bubbly: https://clubbubbly.com/ Champagne Camp: https://www.champagnecamp.com/ Vivino: https://www.vivino.com/app 
Many people have been stuck working from a spare bedroom or kitchen table for months because of the pandemic. And, while some companies are moving towards reopening offices, many are offering flexibility for employees to continue working remotely, at least some of the time. This shift, along with the increase in people doing freelance work, means workers who need nothing more than a laptop and strong Wi-Fi to get their job done are less tied to living close to a corporate office. Some are turning this into an opportunity to explore the world, living and working as digital nomads. In today’s episode, Liz talks to Kathleen O’Donnell who has been traveling the world solo for over two years about how she made the leap from full-time corporate gig to the digital nomad lifestyle. My Lonesome Roads: www.mylonesomeroads.com
The connections we form with others can be a source of strength, comfort, courage and joy. Particularly during challenging times, it’s important to maintain relationships that help to lift you up, and avoid those that are hurtful or draining. In this episode, Liz takes a closer look at what it takes to build and nurture healthy relationships with your friends, your spouse, and (perhaps most importantly!) yourself. Learn why maintaining true connections with others begins with having a solid connection with yourself, and get tips form a relationship dynamics expert on how to keep all of your relationships on track.Kristine Steinberg: https://thisiskismet.com/ The Gottman Institute: https://www.gottman.com/ Esther Perel: https://www.estherperel.com/ Deborah Tannen: http://www.deborahtannen.com/youre-the-only-one-i-can-tell  
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that there were over 18 million cosmetic procedures in the US in 2019, and 92% of those procedures were done on women. Maybe you’ve always thought of yourself as someone who’d would never get cosmetic surgery. But, if you’re like Liz, maybe you’re also a little curious about ways hold on to your youthful glow with each passing year. In this episode, Liz talks with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nia Banks about everything from the basics of sun protection and moisturizing, to medical grade skincare and cosmetic surgery. Think of it as aging gracefully, with a little help!Art of Balance Spa: https://www.artofbalancespa.com/
Gen X women were raised being told we could “have it all.” So why are so many of us feeling perpetually exhausted and generally overwhelmed by the demands of day-to-day life? In her timely New York Times bestseller Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis, author Ada Calhoun speaks with women across America about their personal experiences and explores the unique circumstances that have caused a crisis for many middle-aged women. Her refreshingly candid and witty examination of the challenges we’re facing is a must read for Gen X women.https://www.adacalhoun.com/ 
There are many things from 2020 that we’d all love to leave in the past and never revisit. But happily, there are lots of learnings from Seven Plates Spinning that we can carry with us into 2021 to help start the year off right. Check out Liz’s top seven lessons learned from the podcast  last year, and get a sneak preview of her conversation with New York Times bestselling author Ada Calhoun about her book Why We Can’t Sleep.
The path towards menopause can start as early as your mid-30s. The symptoms can be confusing, embarrassing, and even painful. So why does no one talk about perimenopause? It’s time to demystify one of the least talked about major health transitions in a woman’s life. Pelvic health expert Dr. Samantha DuFlo joins Liz for a candid conversation about how women’s bodies change in their 30’s and 40’s. Learn what to expect and get tips for making the transition easier. Indigo Physical Therapy:  https://www.indigophysio.com/ and on Instagram @indigophysio
We’ve all been warned against putting things off until the last minute. So you might think that “precrastination” – completing a task sooner than it needs to be done – is a better bet. But, it’s not that simple! Liz talks to a Washington State University Professor of Psychology Lisa Fournier about her research around precrastination to unpack which approach will actually make you more productive at work and at home.
Entrepreneur Sally Kim talks about her unconventional career path, how she strives for balance, and why she’s pushing to make the beauty industry more inclusive. We Are Wild:  https://wearewild.us/
Executive Coach Kristine Steinberg joins Liz to talk about the importance of boundary setting in your professional and personal life. You’ll learn why having healthy boundaries is particularly important right now and how to get started if you’re someone who struggles to say no. Kristine Steinberg: http://www.kismet-consulting.com/
“Corporate Hippie” Justine Fedak talks about confronting challenges and the life-changing power of choosing to live by a 24 hour clock. Justine Fedak: https://justinefedak.com/ 
Is your closet in need of a cleanout but you’re not sure how to get started? Wardrobe stylist Vanessa Valiente coaches you through how to sort through the items in your closet, determine when it’s time to let something go, and keep what’s left behind organized… like a pro. If you are an organization freak like Liz who thinks color coding the clothes in your closet is a winning strategy, prepare to have your mind blown! Links:Vanessa Valiente: https://vanessavaliente.com/ V-Style Blog: https://vstyleblog.com/ Ashley Ingraham, Home Perspective: https://www.homeperspectivellc.com/ Lindsey Renovales, Empower Your Spaces: https://www.empoweryourspaces.com/ 
We've made it through election day but we're still in the thick of election week. And the stress isn't letting up! So, instead of a full episode, Liz is sharing a short Seven Plates Spinning message to help you get through the week. Hang in there everyone! 
Liz reconnects with Dr. Anna Akbari, sociologist, speaker, and author of Startup Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your Way To Happiness for part two of their conversation about using lessons from startup companies to put yourself on the path towards a more fulfilling life. Think the secret to a happy life is staying positive and upbeat all the time? Think again. Anna shares learnings from her research on happiness that may surprise you, and is sure to inspire you.Links:Anna Akbari: http://www.annaakbari.com/ Duo Lingo: https://www.duolingo.com/ Jeni’s Ice cream: https://jenis.com/ 
Liz talks to Dr. Anna Akbari, a sociologist, speaker, and author of Startup Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your Way To Happiness, about strategies for boosting your happiness and success by living life like a Silicon Valley startup. Be inspired by Anna’s no nonsense advice for breaking out of your comfort zone, taking risks, and using failure to your advantage.  Anna Akbari: http://www.annaakbari.com/ 
Welcome to Seven Plates Spinning! In this first episode of the podcast we’re talking about how to keep your calm and practice self-care during the pandemic lockdown. Liz talks to women across the country who share their tips for staying sane and setting boundaries during these unprecedented times. And she gets expert advice from therapist Heather Grosso who gets real about relationship strains during lockdown and offers guidance for maintaining perspective when you’re feeling overwhelmed.   Heather Grosso: http://www.heathergrosso.com/ 
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