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Author Melanie Dale is perpetually trying to figure out how we can all calm the heck down about parenting, friendship, getting older, and the world around us. Each episode she chats with a friend about ways we can let go and lighten up.

Lighten Up with Melanie Dale Melanie Dale

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Author Melanie Dale is perpetually trying to figure out how we can all calm the heck down about parenting, friendship, getting older, and the world around us. Each episode she chats with a friend about ways we can let go and lighten up.

    Lighten Up #112: Leslie Verner

    Lighten Up #112: Leslie Verner

    Today I'm kicking off a new series, Lighten Up about Hospitality, with a conversation with Leslie Verner, the author of Invited: The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness. We talk about why we're lonely, how smartphones and our culture of independence are contributing to loneliness. Leslie lived in China and Uganda, studied the differences in culture, and talks about what she's learned from other cultures, like putting people above tasks. We chat about how we can cultivate a love of strangers and actively put ourselves in the path of strangers to meet. And then we talk practically about prepping before people come over, what doesn't matter to us when inviting people over, and how the practice of solitude is important for filling up in order to provide hospitality. Whether you love meeting people and practicing hospitality or would rather live deep in the woods by yourself surrounded by woodland animals, there's something here for everyone, so listen in and lighten up!
    Links from the show:
    Check out Leslie's book, Invited Find her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Leslie's site, Scraping Raisins (On the show, she shares the really cool reason she named her site this!)

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    Lighten Up #111: Melanie Shankle

    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 _____________________________________________
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    Lighten Up #110: Callie Feyen

    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 _____________________________________________
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    Lighten Up #109: Kathy Khang

    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! _____________________________________________
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    Lighten Up #108: Jamie C. Martin

    Lighten Up #108: Jamie C. Martin

    We are in our series Lighten Up about Friendship Over 40 and today I'm talking with one of my longest-running friends, Jamie C. Martin, author of Introverted Mom. We chat about what friendship over 40 looks like, specifically in regard to introverts and extroverts. As an extrovert, I'm always worried about being annoying, so Jamie equips us with fantastic advice on how to engage our introverted friends. She shares how she likes to get to know someone, her favorite things to do with friends, and how she maintains friendships during this busy season of life. If you don't already know Jamie, I'm so excited to introduce you to MY friend, so screw in your earbuds or airpods, crank up Alexa, push the button thingy on the interwebz, listen in, and lighten up!
     
    Links from the show: Check out Introverted Mom Take the Introverted Mom quiz! Find Jamie on Instagram Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb Dracula by Bram Stoker Educated by Tara Westover Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte _____________________________________________
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    Lighten Up #107: Elisha Beach

    Lighten Up #107: Elisha Beach

    Today by popular demand, I'm starting a new series called Lighten Up about Friendship Over 40. Back when I wrote Women Are Scary, about finding mom friends during the early childhood years, I had women ask me when I was going to write a book about finding mom friends later in life, and finding mom friends when you have teenagers. My response was always, hold on lemme get there first. Well I'm here now and several of you have asked me about friendship over 40 so we're going to explore this over the next few weeks. I'm excited about this series because I've got some fantastic guests coming on to unpack all this with me. And this series is for everyone. If you're in your twenties and thirties, there's some relationship gold in here, so enjoy hearing people a little farther along prepare you for what's coming. If you're in your forties, you know what we're talking about, so pull up a chair and come help us solve all our problems. If you're out of your forties, send us all your thoughts and prayers and feel free to laugh at us behind our backs. Wherever you are in life, text a friend, grab a cup of coffee, and keep working hard at those relationships.
    To kick us off, my friend Elisha Beach, founder of The Mom Forum, is joining me. Elisha and I met on the set of Moms Everyday, a TV show we were on several years ago, and I just love her. She's so easy to talk to and open and honest - so open and honest in fact that a photo she posted of herself nursing while on the toilet went viral a few years ago. I knew we had to be friends immediately. She was on the show all the way back on episode 27, back when I think we both were still in our thirties, in fact, so let's welcome her 40 year old self back on the show. And I'm so glad YOU'RE here joining us today, so get comfy, listen in, and lighten up.
    Links from the show: The Mom Forum
    Find Elisha on social media:
    Instagram.com/mylifeisabeach Twitter.com/mylifesabeach Facebook.com/mylifeisabeach Want more Elisha? She was on episode 27 of Lighten Up, too!
    Handmaid's Tale Challenge Accepted! by Celeste Barber Big Little Lies What Alice Forgot _____________________________________________
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Customer Reviews

Gulia0822 ,

So funny!

I heard about this podcast from Surviving Sarah and I’m so glad I started listening. Melanie is equal parts hilarious and informative. She is not afraid to share the good, bad, and ugly. And her laugh is AMAZING!!

BombShelleNoel ,

Like having a podcast bff

I found this podcast after searching for more info on Melanie after I read her intro to the book “Choosing Real”. Her writing made me feel like she was talking to me in real life and was just hilarious. I had made a bff through reading and I wanted to see if there was more material. Through google I found pretty much everything because that’s what google does LOL! The first episode I listened to was the New Years one with her husband and it was so funny to me. Melanie is really funny and does not hold back on how tough married life with kids and then trying to work and find time for yourself is. Listening to the podcasts I don’t feel as “alone” or “awkward” in these moments of life I thought were just unique to mine.

Kati Snody ,

Laughing My Booty Off

If I knew Melanie in real life, we would probably be best friends (sorry if that’s too forward of me, Melanie). I binge listened to every single episode of this podcast and laughed by booty off while doing so. I truly do feel lighter after listening to this podcast, especially when walking through a tough season in life. I look forward to the release of each new episode and laughing along with Melanie and her guests.

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