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Lighten Up with Melanie Dale

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I use laughter as a coping strategy for life’s messes and this podcast to externally process everything going on in my mind, from books to the zombie apocalypse. Each episode I invite a friend to join me and we discuss hot topics, relationships, faith, trends, books, movies, and the latest developments on important things like Netflix and Twitter. I ask them how they lighten up and how they’re sharing the light in their communities. My goal is for you to feel like you’re sitting in the room with us while we eat Nerds Ropes, cackle hysterically, and solve all the world’s problems.

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Lighten Up #111: Melanie Shankle
Today we're wrapping up our Friendship Over 40 series with New York Times bestselling author Melanie Shankle! Ahh, you guys, she's so funny. I laughed my way through this whole thing. We chat about her 30-year friendship with her best friend Gully and how it's hard making new friends during this stage of life, as well as the things we're talking about with our friends, sexy things like waning eyesight and needing readers to see a menu, the joys of perimenopause, and our 40-something periods. (Women in their forties are so hot, and I do mean literally.) Between her funny memoirs, Big Mama blog, and Big Boo podcast, Melanie has kept me laughing for years, and today we're hanging out right here, so pull up a chair, listen in, and lighten up! Links from the show: Sparkly Green Earrings Check out all of Melanie's books! Find Melanie on Instagram or Twitter Listen to the Big Boo Cast Read the Big Mama Blog Where the Crawdads Sing Little Fires Everywhere Dark Matter _____________________________________________ As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Lighten Up #110: Callie Feyen
Today for our friendship over 40 series I'm talking with my friend Callie Feyen, author of The Teacher Diaries: Romeo & Juliet and Twirl. We chat about how making friends has changed for us as we've gotten older and how our conversations have morphed from nap schedules to navigating our teens' technology and talking about our jobs. Callie introduces us to her friends in her memoir Twirl, so we talk about she's maintaining these friendships from high school all the way into her forties, as well as what she would tell her thirty-year-old self. We talk about hanging out without the kids, how we coach our kids to be kind to each other so the adults can still hang out during these volatile middle school years, and how, thankfully, we are separate from our kids, with separate friendships. Come on over and hang out with Callie and me, listen in, and lighten up! Links from the show: Check out Callie's books: Twirl The Teacher Diaries: Romeo & Juliet Find Callie on Twitter and Instagram Callie was on episode #61! To All the Boys I've Loved Before Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl _____________________________________________ As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Lighten Up #109: Kathy Khang
We're continuing our series on friendship over 40, and today I'm talking with author, speaker, and yoga teacher Kathy Khang. She's the author of the book Raise Your Voice, and she has great advice for us as we navigate the difficult subjects with our friends. How do we speak up about things we care about with the people we love? We also chat about making your own friends without your kids as a buffer, maintaining your friends as your kids' friendships change, letting go of friendships when you grow in different directions, and mom drama. And, we talk about that thing when your kids get older and want to join you and your friends at the grownup table. Ugh, I miss the old days of spelling swear words so they wouldn't understand. Pour a cup of coffee, pop a squat on your yoga mat, listen in, and lighten up! Links from the show: Check out Kathy's book Raise Your Voice Find her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Check out Kathy’s website Kathy was my guest on episode #78! _____________________________________________ As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
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Started
Apr 10th, 2016
Latest Episode
Oct 1st, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
111
Avg. Episode Length
42 minutes
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