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Living Your Sparked Second Half Laurie Wright

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    • 4.8 • 36 Ratings

Get inspired to make the rest your BEST!

    A 30th College Reunion Question That Changed Her Life, with Delia Lloyd

    A 30th College Reunion Question That Changed Her Life, with Delia Lloyd

    EP394: Today's guest is Delia Lloyd, a multifaceted professional with a rich and diverse background spanning higher education, media, policy, and the nonprofit sector. My desire to have a conversation with Delia sprouted from an article she wrote about a conversation she had with a group of college friends at her 30th reunion that started with an impromptu question posed by a classmate about long term goals.
    What she found unusual wasn’t the goal itself that each person shared - you’d expect different goals from a group of people who had pursued different paths in life - but the epiphany she had later, upon further reflection, about the way in which each person responded to the question. 
    As I was reading her words, I realized I had a kindred spirit in Delia. Her goal setting style, common with go-getters and Type A personalities, wasn’t setting her up for success. And her reunion provided her with a shake-up. It created an opportunity for deep reflection that led to massive changes. Coincidentally, my 30th high school reunion did the same for me.
    I love it when a conversation steers someone to a new way of thinking and potentially an internal shift that comes, not instantaneously but after thoughtful contemplation. And that is what happened to Delia as a result of this conversation with old classmates. Then she took this new perspective to her computer screen and shared it openly with the world giving others, like me, helpful insights into the challenges some of us may have with goal setting.
    In this episode, we talk about:
    Her goal-setting style and realization that HOW we set goals is as important as WHAT goals are set.
    The concept of “Maker” vs “Manager” and how the roles we play in life impact the way we do everything, including how we set goals.
    Her diverse career journey, with insights into the pivotal moments that led her to shift into something new while continuing to hone her writing skills which has been a lifelong passion.
    How following a passion and staying committed to it will lead you to a career that truly sparks you.
    Listen in to gain valuable insights into Delia's experiences, discovering actionable tips to ignite your own passions and a life that aligns with your authentic self. Join me and Delia as we explore the intricacies of goal-setting, staying true to your passions, and the delicate dance between the roles of a Maker and Manager in the pursuit of a sparked second half.
    Other ways to find and connect with Delia are:
    Website: https://realdelia.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/delialloyd/?originalSubdomain=uk Twitter: https://twitter.com/realdelia Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/delia.b.lloyd Blogs: https://realdelia.com/delia-lloyd-adulthood-blog/ 
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    Website: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com            Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright             Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma           YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageGrandma  
     
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    • 38 min
    Tap Into Your Creativity By Capturing Memories

    Tap Into Your Creativity By Capturing Memories

    EP393: In today’s episode, I dive deep into the realm of creativity by sharing a recent creative project I completed that brought me unexpected joy.
    Understanding the tendency many of us have to disregard our creative spirit in the busy, time-crunched world we live in, I emphasize the importance of recognizing our innate creativity, which often lies dormant due to the constant bombardment of information and responsibilities we face in our day-to-day lives. 
    I talk about:
    The idea that instigated a creative project I embarked on over the holidays, and why I was inspired to do something I had never done.
    The multiple benefits it brought and why my project is something everyone should do.
    How I was inspired to run a 4 week Creativity Challenge with a small group of women, for accountability, where we select and complete our own individual creative project.
    As I unveil the details of my chosen project, let my actions inspire YOU to begin your own creative project. Maybe you’ll choose a similar project or, perhaps, after listening, a different idea will come to you. 
    Have you been thinking about a creative project, but it hasn’t gotten to the doing stage yet? Let this podcast episode be a sign that it’s time to take action on that great idea. The benefits await you! It’s time to let your inner creativity shine!!!
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    Website: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageGrandma  
                 
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    • 22 min
    Turn Strangers into Friends While Eating, Drinking, and Hiking in Italy, with Jackie Parsons

    Turn Strangers into Friends While Eating, Drinking, and Hiking in Italy, with Jackie Parsons

    EP392: Today’s guest is Jackie Parsons, co-owner of Hedonistic Hiking. With an extensive background as a tour guide since 1992, Jackie and her husband Mick founded Hedonistic Hiking in 2007. Their passion for combining gastronomic delights with invigorating hikes has resulted in unforgettable, all-inclusive tours in Italy and beyond.
    Jackie's journey from studying languages and leading tours in Europe to specializing in walking tours in Italy since 2000 is truly inspiring. Her involvement in a Raleigh International expedition to Chile fueled her enthusiasm for exploration and understanding diverse cultures.
    In this episode, we discuss:
    How she started her business Hedonistic Hiking that was rooted in her passion and extensive experience as a tour guide.
    The challenges she faced while establishing and running her business with her husband
    Incorporating her values and philosophy to their tours
    The importance of cultural immersion in the overall experience that traveling on your own rarely offers.
    Jackie's dedication to the art, history, culture, food, and wine of Italy is evident. Beyond being a seasoned hiker, she emphasizes the transformative power of walking, enjoying the outdoors, and immersing yourself with different cultures and people.
    Whether you're a seasoned trekker or a novice, Jackie's insights into the experiences their tours offer will undoubtedly inspire you to lace up your hiking boots and embark on your own journey of self-discovery. Tune in to this episode for a delightful conversation filled with wanderlust and the joy of living a sparked second half.
    Other ways to find and connect with Jackie are:
    Website: https://www.hedonistichiking.com/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hedonistichiking/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HedonisticHiking 
     
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    Website: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com           
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright            
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma          
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageGrandma 
                 
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    • 47 min
    Four Anti-Cancer Strategies You May Want to Try

    Four Anti-Cancer Strategies You May Want to Try

    EP391: As I enter my birthday week, I was inspired to share these insights because Chris Wark, the person who has had the most impact in this journey, is offering his program, Square One, free beginning February 13th through February 22nd, and I would be derelict in my duty to you if I didn’t share this news. I am not an affiliate of his program, just a huge fan. Click HERE to learn how to get special access to this amazing program!
    The knowledge I’ve gained has led to dietary and lifestyle adjustments that have resulted in an incredible impact on my overall well-being and my wish for you as you hear what I have done, is for you to begin the learning process on how you can take similar positive steps to improve your health because nothing is better than feeling healthy and vibrant at this age!
    Links to resources I discussed in this episode:
    Lifeboost Coffee
    Beta Glucan Supplement
    Organic Amla Powder
    Organic Moringa Powder
    Liposomal Vitamin C, 1600mg
    Aprocot Seed Powder
    French Press Coffee Maker
    Whole Bean Coffee Grinder
    Berkey Water Filter
    Nama J2 Juicer
    “Our Place” Toxin-free Ceramic 12.5 Pan
    Dr. Isaac Elias podcast episode about the benefits of citrus pectin
    Dr. Jen Simmons' Podcast episode about Melatonin and Mammograms
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    Website: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com           
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright            
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma          
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageGrandma              
     
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    • 57 min
    Why Won’t My Adult Children Listen (or Talk) To Me? with Renee Langmuir

    Why Won’t My Adult Children Listen (or Talk) To Me? with Renee Langmuir

    EP390: In today’s episode, I'm thrilled to have a returning guest, Renee Langmuir. After I first interviewed her, we decided we had more to talk about so I invited her back for a great topic: parenting adult children! I have a strong suspicion this our conversation will resonate deeply with many who are navigating rocky relationships with their children who are now grown.
    Renee, a mother of a daughter and a son, shares her insights from her experiences and includes compelling research that sheds light on the complexities that arise when our children enter adulthood. 
    What makes this episode particularly valuable is the diversity in her and my life as young mothers raising children, showcasing the truth that we are all unique with different experiences and backgrounds and how important it is to remember that is true for our children too. 
    In this episode, we discuss:
    The trauma she experienced and how it affected her children in its aftermath.
    Her determined desire to improve her relationship with her children and how it contributed to her own personal development journey.
    The reasons our relationships can be difficult with our grown-up kids.
    Practical strategies and important resources tools that significantly contributed to helping her navigate through the difficult times.
    Whether you're currently facing challenges or seeking ways to strengthen an already positive relationship, the information and examples Renee and I share can make a significant difference. We’ve both learned that continuous reflection and a willingness to improve are keys to any relationship, and we're here to be guiding lights for you.
    Join us in this insightful episode as we explore strategies we’ve used, share personal anecdotes, and offer a fresh perspective on navigating the intricate journey of life after the empty nest. I guarantee you'll come away with practical insights and new found inspiration. Enjoy the episode, and may it bring positive changes to your own life and relationships!
    Books Renee mentioned:
    “When Parents Hurt” Joshua Coleman“Walking on Eggshells” by Jane Isay“I Thought We’d Never Speak Again” by Laura Davis
    Other ways to find and connect with Renee are:
    Website: https://www.therookieretiree.com/  Contact: https://www.therookieretiree.com/#contact-me  Published posts: https://www.therookieretiree.com/#published-posts  
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    Website: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com          Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright           Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma         YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageGrandma             
     
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    • 47 min
    Is It Possible Your Assumptions Are Total Fiction? with Ann Richardson

    Is It Possible Your Assumptions Are Total Fiction? with Ann Richardson

    EP389: Today’s guest is the inspiring Ann Richardson. At 81 years young, Ann defies age stereotypes and continues to pursue her passion for writing, particularly focusing on the joys and experiences of being an older woman.
    In her latest book, "The Granny Who Stands on Her Head: Reflections on Growing Older," Ann shares her perspective on aging, celebrating the unique aspects of later life. As a seasoned writer with a background in addressing health and social care issues, Ann has transitioned to crafting narrative books that allow individuals to express their inner thoughts, experiences, and emotions in their own words.
    In this episode, we talk about:
    How true love led her to leave America and build a life in England.
    Her passion for writing and her evolution to creating books and blogging on topics covering a diverse range of subjects.
    Recent assumptions she’s made and how off-base they were to reality. 
    The life lessons she’s learned and why she looks forward to the future.
    During our conversation, Ann delves into her journey as an American who has called London home for over 50 years, sharing the joys and challenges of navigating life in a different culture. She shares her perspective on many things including the importance of staying true to yourself, being who you are and not trying to be someone you’re not, having a supportive partner, and why confidence is key to happiness..
    Ann is a true testament to the fact that age is no barrier to creativity, growth, and finding joy in the journey. Stay tuned for an enriching conversation that may just spark a new perspective on your own second half!
    Other ways to find and connect with Ann are:
    Website: https://annrichardson.co.uk/ Books: https://annrichardson.co.uk/my-books/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CelebrateGran/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/CelebratingGran 
    If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes.
    You can also sign up for my newsletter on my website, or if you'd like to connect with me, you can email me at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com  or send a message using any of the sites below:

    Website: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com            Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright             Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma           YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageGrandma               
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

M. R. Saferstein ,

Enlightening and inspiring

As a guest on Living Your Sparked Second Half, I found Laurie Wright to be delightful in every way. She asks excellent questions which lead to a great discussion on how we, as women, often recreate ourselves in our later years. In each episode, the guests share kernels of wisdom. I especially recommend this podcast to those who, in midlife, are thinking about what comes next!

Theresatruenorth ,

Not Your Average Lives

I love the way Laurie shines a spotlight on women over 40. We’re such a youth oriented society, and women in particular seem to be “dismissed” when our beauty starts to fade. Yet this is exactly when we’re truly coming in to our wisdom and power! Laurie’s podcast is fun, informative, and inspiring. Check it out. You’re in for a treat!

jennywaterswellness ,

Who has time to waste being average!

Laurie’s podcast is very inspiring! Her solo podcasts as well as the ones with guests have lots of hidden gems on how not to live an average midlife!

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