32 episodes

Welcome to Barb Knows Best, the podcast!
I'm your co-host, Michelle Maros, and along with my dear mother, Barb, who is most commonly known as Peaceful Barb, we will be chatting with you weekly on some of life's most important and helpful topics.

We've been working together for over a decade to provide simple, helpful tools to help you manage the stresses of daily life, and we are thrilled to be with you all in this new format to invite you into this living room style chat on how we process daily life.

Thanks so much for being with us, we love being with you and sharing life with you all!

Please make sure to follow us at @barbknowsbestpod @peaceful_barb and @michellemaros on social media, and subscribe to the pod wherever you listen to podcast.

We love to hear your thoughts on topics you'd love to hear us chat about!

*The information and opinions expressed in this program are for educational purposes only, are not intended as medical or other health advice, and solely reflect the personal experiences of the host and guests. You should not act or rely upon any information contained in this program without seeking the advice of a qualified medical provider. Any reproduction or rebroadcast of this program, in whole or part, is prohibited without the prior written permission of Michelle Maros, LLC. © 2022 Michelle Maros, LLC*

Barb Knows Best Michelle Maros & Barb Schmidt

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 605 Ratings

Welcome to Barb Knows Best, the podcast!
I'm your co-host, Michelle Maros, and along with my dear mother, Barb, who is most commonly known as Peaceful Barb, we will be chatting with you weekly on some of life's most important and helpful topics.

We've been working together for over a decade to provide simple, helpful tools to help you manage the stresses of daily life, and we are thrilled to be with you all in this new format to invite you into this living room style chat on how we process daily life.

Thanks so much for being with us, we love being with you and sharing life with you all!

Please make sure to follow us at @barbknowsbestpod @peaceful_barb and @michellemaros on social media, and subscribe to the pod wherever you listen to podcast.

We love to hear your thoughts on topics you'd love to hear us chat about!

*The information and opinions expressed in this program are for educational purposes only, are not intended as medical or other health advice, and solely reflect the personal experiences of the host and guests. You should not act or rely upon any information contained in this program without seeking the advice of a qualified medical provider. Any reproduction or rebroadcast of this program, in whole or part, is prohibited without the prior written permission of Michelle Maros, LLC. © 2022 Michelle Maros, LLC*

    Ep. 31 - Becoming Cycle Breakers

    Ep. 31 - Becoming Cycle Breakers

    TW: This episode discusses the topics of sexual abuse, addiction, and family dysfunction.
    This week, Barb and Michelle discuss the topic of cycle breaking, what it means to become a cycle breaker, and how we can all start to identify toxic family patterns we want to end. Follow us @MichelleMaros and @Peaceful_Barb and share your experiences with us @BarbKnowsBestPod or at www.michellemaros.com/podcast.
    Episode Notes:
    Cycle breaking - the concept of identifying negative, toxic, dysfunctional family patterns that are passed down from generation to generation. Cultivating the awareness about it and making conscientious changes to not pass this on to further generations.
    Steps to Becoming a Cycle Breaker:
    ● Have awareness. Identifying the patterns or traits you would like to change.
    ● Have an outlet to discuss or understand the dynamics
    ● Make the decision that you are not going to carry this. Open yourself up to the healing process
    ● Consciously deciding to make new patterns while understanding you are not perfect.
    Helpful Ways to Choose New Patterns:
    1. Set boundaries
    2. Allow yourself to remove the unhealthy people in your life.
    3. Attend therapy or a support group.
    4. Show yourself the kindness and support that you needed as a child.
    5. Learn healthy coping strategies for managing big emotions and triggers.
    6. For parents, don’t play favorites or pitting children against each other.
    7. Release unrealistic expectations for yourself and others.
    8. Learn to talk about your feelings and your needs without apologizing.
    References Mentioned in Today’s Podcast:
    ● Dr. Murray Bowen Family Systems Theory ○ http://murraybowenarchives.org/bowen-theory/
    ● University of Illinois Counseling Center ○ https://counselingcenter.illinois.edu/brochures/understanding-unhealthy-relationship-patterns-your-family
    ● It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
    https://amzn.to/3QPonOa
    ● Co-Dependent No More by Melody Beattie
    https://amzn.to/3Scqehr
    ● Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
    https://amzn.to/3UbaexQ
    ● Instagram Reel on Cycle Breaking
    ● https://www.instagram.com/p/Ch-hXSYOM85/
    If you are anyone you know has been a victim of any kind of sexual assault help is available. https://www.rainn.org/resources


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    • 57 min
    Ep. 30 - Barb Breaks Her Silence On Her Silent Retreat

    Ep. 30 - Barb Breaks Her Silence On Her Silent Retreat

    In this week’s episode, Barb is fresh off her silent retreat and gives us the insight we all are yearning to hear! Barb discusses her takeaways, thoughts, and feelings on her recent experience as well as talks us through her history with going on retreats.
    Follow us @MichelleMaros and @Peaceful_Barb and share your experiences with us @BarbKnowsBestPod or at https://kite.link/barb-knows-best.
    Episode Notes:
    Retreat – the act of giving up and withdrawing or a time away in a quiet and secluded place where you can relax.
     
    Retreats allow for self-observation of personal feelings, thoughts, and sensations without judgment.
     
    Barb’s Tangible Takeaways from Her Retreat:
    1. Commit to notice the dialogue your mind is having with you, but you don’t engage with that dialogue.
    a. Do not judge.
    b. Do not compare.
    c. Do not fix.
    2. You can’t place your value and self-worth in the external world. You can’t fix the past. Be present in the moment.
    3. Retreats for Barb are a rest of the mind. Be in the trough and allows yourself the space and the ability to feel your feelings. Regaining a sense of self.
     
    References Mentioned in Today’s Podcast:
    Barb’s Ted Talk – Is this seat taken? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCexxmjkvoU
    Vipassana Retreat - https://www.spiritrock.org


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    • 58 min
    Ep. 29 - Making Confident Decisions

    Ep. 29 - Making Confident Decisions

    In this week’s episode, Barb and Michelle discuss the pesky issue of indecision and how they both have worked to overcome it. You’ll hear personal stories and tangible tools to feel more confident and at ease with the decision making process. Follow us @MichelleMaros and @Peaceful_Barb and share your experiences with us @BarbKnowsBestPod or at https://kite.link/barb-knows-best.
     
    Episode Notes:
    The root of indecision is fear and not trusting yourself.
     
    Connect with yourself. Be aware and mindful of what’s up for you.
    o If you're stuck in an indecision and you don't know what to do
    o Sit down and ask yourself:
    If I did know what to do, what would the answer be?
     
    Asking other people’s opinions clouds your clarity.
    o Be mindful of who you go to for advice.
     
    Trust in whatever choice you make, it will serve you either as a blessing or as a lesson.
     
    Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast:
    Untamed by Glennon Doyle https://amzn.to/3efbhwj
     
    Michelle’s Blog Post on Indecision
    https://peacefulmindpeacefullife.org/3-reminders-to-overcome-indecision/


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    • 1 hr
    Ep. 28 - Reframing How We See Regret – Part 2

    Ep. 28 - Reframing How We See Regret – Part 2

    In part two of this series on regret, Barb and Michelle dive further into the relationship we have with regrets, and give personal life examples of how they reframe regrets. Follow us @MichelleMaros and @Peaceful_Barb and share your experiences with us @BarbKnowsBestPod or at https://kite.link/barb-knows-best.
     
    Episode Notes:
    Ask yourself what you truly regret.
    Determine what matters to you most and take action to move towards them.
     
    The Practice of R.A.I.N.
    o Recognize – Become aware of the emotion that you are feeling.
    o Allow – Don’t resist the emotion. Let yourself be present with the emotion.
    o Investigate – Ask yourself where you feel the emotion in your body.
    o Nurture – Not identify. Have self-compassion for yourself to understand what is happening in your body.
    4 Simple Steps:
    1. Take Risks. Don’t be afraid to take the first step
    2. Make Authentic Choices
    3. Believe that if you don’t know things now, you will know later
    4. Be grateful for whatever happens, knowing that it’s a teaching.
     
     
    Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast:
    The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene Brown


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    • 55 min
    Ep. 27 - Reframing Regret – Part 1

    Ep. 27 - Reframing Regret – Part 1

    This week, Barb and Michelle discuss ways to redefine and reframe regret, so that we can find peace, happiness, and acceptance in the present moment.
     
    Follow us @MichelleMaros and @Peaceful_Barb and share your experiences with us @BarbKnowsBestPod or at https://kite.link/barb-knows-best.
     
    Episode Notes:
    Regret can be reframed as a teacher, rather than a negative emotion in our lives.
    You can only make choices with all the information we currently have.     
    When thinking about regrets, try to see how you can work with the present moment, instead of working against it.
    When we really know what matters most to us, then we can actually be in alignment with who we are.
     
     
    Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast:
    Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
    https://amzn.to/3Cg36cU


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    • 56 min
    Ep. 26 - Unpacking Perfectionism

    Ep. 26 - Unpacking Perfectionism

    In this week’s episode, Barb and Michelle unpack their own perfectionistic tendencies and the triggers that come along with being a perfectionist. They also provide tips and tricks for how to break the perfectionism cycle and how to cultivate self-compassion.
    Follow us @MichelleMaros and @Peaceful_Barb and share your experiences with us @BarbKnowsBestPod or at https://kite.link/barb-knows-best.
    Episode Notes:
    · Triggers for a perfectionist.
    o Not wanting to let people down.
    o Having trouble delegating tasks, because you feel that you are the only person who can get it done correctly.
    o Feeling like if you take a break you’ll fall behind.
    o Not enjoying hobbies because you don’t feel you are good enough.
    o Procrastinating because you don’t feel ready.
    o Revisiting text messages repeatedly before hitting send.
    o Having a fear of failure.
    o Thinking you are only going to happy when you reach your finish line or complete your task.
    · Ho'oponopono for self-forgiveness
    o To practice ho'oponopono, take five minutes and take a few deep breaths with your eyes closed.
    o Then, slowly repeat these phrases to yourself.
    1. I love you.
    2. I’m sorry.
    3. Please forgive me.
    4. Thank you.
     
    Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast:
    · What Made Maddy Run by ESPN commentator Kate Fagan https://amzn.to/3vFk7tb


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    • 54 min

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