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Have you ever heard Maya Angelou’s phrase, “If you know better, you do better”? Well, Better Etc. is here to help with the “know better” part so that we can all get out there and tackle the “do better” part! Trista Sutter, our spunky host, is a mother, wife, and author… oh and she’s also known as the fairy godmother of a little reality dating show you might have heard of… you know, the one with the roses and the right reasons. Each week Trista chats with experts and everyday people about how we can all be better versions of ourselves. Whether it’s figuring out how to talk to our kids about sex, mastering a batch of cookies that your friends and family will drool over, guiding us down a path of being a more compassionate human, or shining a light on how to improve the important relationships in our lives, no topic is off the table. If we can get better at it, we’ll talk about it. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, we’ll open some eyes and hopefully even change some lives…for the better!

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    • 4.9 • 313 Ratings

Have you ever heard Maya Angelou’s phrase, “If you know better, you do better”? Well, Better Etc. is here to help with the “know better” part so that we can all get out there and tackle the “do better” part! Trista Sutter, our spunky host, is a mother, wife, and author… oh and she’s also known as the fairy godmother of a little reality dating show you might have heard of… you know, the one with the roses and the right reasons. Each week Trista chats with experts and everyday people about how we can all be better versions of ourselves. Whether it’s figuring out how to talk to our kids about sex, mastering a batch of cookies that your friends and family will drool over, guiding us down a path of being a more compassionate human, or shining a light on how to improve the important relationships in our lives, no topic is off the table. If we can get better at it, we’ll talk about it. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, we’ll open some eyes and hopefully even change some lives…for the better!

    Introducing: Home.Made

    Introducing: Home.Made

    Philadelphia doctor Kwandaa Roberts had it all: a thriving practice, a big house in the suburbs, two kids. But she harbored a secret dream to be an interior designer. Her chance came about when she renovated a dollhouse. And it went viral on social media. But then the pandemic happened, and Kwandaa was forced to make some difficult life decisions. Kwandaa tells host Stephanie Foo about her lifelong passions for both medicine and interior design. And the equally arduous paths she took to realize them. From delivering babies to redecorating dollhouses to designing homes. We’ll also hear from Sally Augustin, an environmental psychologist, who tells us how things like the colors of your walls and furniture can influence your psychological relationship with interior spaces. To see pictures of Kwandaa’s dollhouses, go to: rocketmortgage.com/homemade 
    Inside every home, there’s a story. Hosted by Stephanie Foo (This American Life, Snap Judgment), each episode of this 10-part series explores the meaning of home and what it can teach us about ourselves and each other. Poignant, hilarious, provocative and downright unexpected, take a journey into the diversity of home in America. Listen to the stories of urban activists, homesteading mountain men, ghostly roommates and more. And hear compelling expert insights into behavioral science behind the fundamental need for shelter and belonging that unites us all.
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    • 26 min
    A Health Update with Ryan Sutter

    A Health Update with Ryan Sutter

    In the Season One finale, Trista is joined by her most featured guest of the pod…her husband, Ryan Sutter! But first, Trista recaps the season, highlighting each guest and episode, so you’ll want to tune in to that to make sure you didn’t miss a conversation! In this episode, Ryan shares how he’s been feeling, the treatments he’s started, and provides an overall health update. He offers up some insight he’s learned along the way including the benefits of changing up his diet and discusses the challenges that come along with this type of diagnosis. They touch on the difficulties of finding answers and the importance of finding a Lyme-literate doctor, and open up about the reality of the financial burdens that these kinds of battles entail. Trista and Ryan decided to have this conversation today as a way to provide a space where those interested in his progress can listen in, as well as letting anyone out there going through similar situations know that they are not alone and to encourage others to hold on to hope that there are answers out there for them. They emphasize that if you or someone you care for are battling a mystery illness, be sure to advocate fiercely for yourself, be willing to seek out medical professionals that are not in the mainstream, and try new things. Like a famous fish once said, “just keep swimming!” With more conversations like these, Trista, Ryan, and so many others hope to ultimately create change in the system and to inspire others suffering to keep on going. 
    To keep up with Ryan, you can follow him on Instagram @ryansutter.  
    To check out what your host is up to, you can follow her @tristasutter or @betteretc on Instagram. To connect with the Better, etc community, check out our Facebook group. Be sure to rate us 5 stars, follow, and share with a friend so that we can all continue to be better together! 
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    • 54 min
    Living the Dream, and The Struggles, with Ben Higgins

    Living the Dream, and The Struggles, with Ben Higgins

    This week Trista is joined by someone she (and many of you) have known for quite a while, Bachelor Nation fan favorite, Ben Higgins! Ben is known most for being The Bachelor on the show’s 20th season, but he is more than just a handsome face. He is the co-founder of Generous Coffee, a movement to multiply good in the world, and has a seat on the board of the Humanity and Hope United Foundation. He is also a podcast host and the author of Alone in Plain Sight, written with the purpose of helping people feel less alone. Despite how “perfect” his life may appear from the outside, Ben struggles with feeling like an outsider, and has a raw and vulnerable conversation with Trista all about mental health. They both open up about their inner battles, especially as they relate to their time with the franchise. He also opens up for the first time about a recent breakdown, and how he’s taking some time to sort through it all, at home in Indiana. In this honest discussion, Ben emphasizes the value of leaning into the truth of the moment, relying on the wisdom of Richard Rohr and his 5 essential truths, and knowing that he isn’t alone.    
    To keep up with Ben, you can follow him on Instagram @higgins.ben! Plus, listen to Hope Still Wins and Almost Famous wherever you listen to podcasts, and purchase Alone in Plain Sight when you’re looking for that next great book.  
    To check out what your host is up to, you can follow her @tristasutter or @betteretc on Instagram. To connect with the Better, etc community, check out our Facebook group. Be sure to rate us 5 stars, follow, and share with a friend so that we can all continue to be better together! 
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Living the “Hygge” Life with Alexandra and Coen

    Living the “Hygge” Life with Alexandra and Coen

    What’s better than feeling comfy and cozy? This week, Trista is joined by local Vail celebrities and owners of Hygge Life, Alexandra and Coen! They discuss how to best embrace “hygge,” a Danish concept with no English translation, but that can be best described as comfy, cozy, content, relaxed, and happy! They talk about the perfect pieces to make your home welcoming, all the way down to the material, and the importance of making time for the little moments in your day, like stepping away from your computer to drink your morning cup of coffee. After travelling around Europe in a camper van and embracing the relaxed lifestyle, they brought their ideas to Vail, as Alexandra felt she needed to share “Hygge” with everyone at home. Offering home decor and more, their brick and mortar store and website feature products that inspire us all to slow down, relax, and intentionally enjoy what life has to offer. 
    You can find their blog and online store at HyggeLife.com and if you’re ever in Vail, you can stop by the shop and café Tuesday – Saturday 10-5! You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram @HyggeLife. 
    To check out what your host is up to, you can follow her @tristasutter or @betteretc on Instagram. To connect with the Better, etc community, check out our Facebook group. Be sure to rate us 5 stars, follow, and share with a friend so that we can all continue to be better together! 
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    • 40 min
    Developing Happy Habits with Wellness Research Geek Karen Salmansohn

    Developing Happy Habits with Wellness Research Geek Karen Salmansohn

    Did you know that nearly half of our daily actions are simply preprogrammed habits? A lot of us can find ourselves living on autopilot, but there’s a way to create new, happier habits that replace those that aren’t serving us or simply to make our day-to-day lives better. This is exactly what author and researcher Karen Salmansohn explores in her book “Happy Habits.” In today’s episode, Trista and Karen dive into the many happy habits we can incorporate into our lives, from making your bed in the morning to focusing on gratitude at night. Karen explains the keystone habits we can introduce into our routines to ultimately alter our identities and become our best selves. The two discuss what it means to be a positive evidence collector, the power of reframing, and how habit stacking can help us continue to create happy habits. They talk about their favorite studies, including one about a popular Japanese service that involves group crying and handsome men... yes, you read that right! We hope today’s episode helps you become a better version of yourself by building happy habits that allow you to live your happiest life.  
    To connect with Karen, you can follow her on Instagram @notsalmon or check out her website www.notsalmon.com. 
    To check out what your host is up to, you can follow her @tristasutter or @betteretc on Instagram. To connect with the Better, etc community, check out our Facebook group. Be sure to rate us 5 stars, follow, and share with a friend so that we can all continue to be better together! 
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    • 57 min
    Let's Talk About Sex with Rachel Wright

    Let's Talk About Sex with Rachel Wright

    Trista is joined by psychotherapist Rachel Wright, MA, LMFT, to talk about all things sex! They get down to the basics, including what you didn’t learn in school. The two discuss the fundamentals of consent and provide a breakdown of Planned Parenthood’s awesome “Fries” acronym: freely given, reversible, informed, enthusiastic, and specific! Rachel also speaks on the importance of communication and how best to approach conversations around sex, and by the way, these conversations also require consent! We hope you’re able to find takeaways from this conversation for your own life, and maybe even learn how to better go about these conversations with your kids!  
    To connect with Rachel, you can follow her on Instagram @thewright_rachel or check out her website rachelwrightnyc.com. For a discount on her courses, use code TRISTA for 20% off. 
    To check out what your host is up to, you can follow her @tristasutter or @betteretc on Instagram. To connect with the Better, etc community, check out our Facebook group. Be sure to rate us 5 stars, follow, and share with a friend so that we can all continue to be better together! 
    Thank you to our amazing sponsors! Check out these deals for our listeners: 
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
313 Ratings

313 Ratings

Kimsuebarber ,

Love Trista doing a podcast, this podcast!

I just found this podcast 1/12/22. I’m saddened to know that Trista only completed one season as I really liked when Trista And Ryan did episodes together. I’ve just listened to all three episodes with Ryan and am now getting ready to go ahead and binge the rest of the episodes since there won’t be any more. I hope to see Trista and Ryan back!

BellaRose_ ,

Love the realness!

Such a great and real listen. Never have I ever felt a podcast that hit this close to home then with your conversation with Ryan. Thank you for sharing the raw, real, relatable and hard stuff. It’s so relatable and to me as someone who deals with a chronic illness and yet so beautiful because the hard stuff is the hardest to talk about. And it makes me and anyone else that is struggling feel a little less alone. Thank you Trista and Ryan! 🧡

Alex Lasota ,

Love This Podcast

Just listened to your podcast with Ben Higgins, and I really think ya’ll should team up and do a podcast, potentially helping others struggling with fame, identity, life in general, etc. There’s definitely something there as I listed to this past weeks episode! Also, just wanted to say Trista - you are MORE than enough. Please never ever forget that. I’ll keep listening

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