A Podcast to inspire and motivate women in midlife! Let's Calm the Chaos in our lives so we can go after our purpose and passion!

The Calm the Chaos Podcast is a weekly podcast featuring guests who help to inspire and motivate women in midlife towards their goals and dreams! They share their messages and provide the listener with resources and content to take that next step. 
 

If you have a story you’d like to share with our listeners, please contact me. 

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It was a total pleasure to speak with Deborah. She’s a wonderful and well-informed interviewer who drew out the ideas from my book through her insightful questions that would most help women in mid-life. The resulting interview was informative and fun.

Jennifer Louden

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Our guest today is Sheree Clark, a Midlife Courage Coach who calls her practice Fork in the Road. Sheree says she became a courage coach because she believes “it takes guts to live the second half of your life for you when you’ve lived the first half for everyone else.”

Sheree has written and presented on topics ranging from managing regrets and finding your passion to overcoming career burnout. A serial entrepreneur, Sheree owned a successful advertising agency for over 25 years before pivoting to become a life coach when she was in her 50s. But Sheree didn’t abandon the creativity of the advertising world when she started her coaching practice. She’s well-known for her fun talks and presentations as well as the unique exercises she’s developed to help clients in achieving their goals.

In her personal time, Sheree enjoys spending time in her art deco home which has been featured in a variety of publications. Sheree and her Maine Coon cat Lotus also work on their yoga poses.

Here are some things that Sheree shares with the listeners! 

  • If you want something different for yourself you can absolutely have it! No matter what anyone else says, including the voice in your head! 
  • Unhappiness or unmet potential is one area of your life that steals the joy from other areas of your life. 
  • One thing you need to have in to be able to make changes or shifts in what you really want is courage. Courage can be created, renewed, and even borrowed. 
  • At any given moment we are all at a Fork in the Road.  Sometimes it’s a big decision or smaller choices that are just as important. 
  • It takes guts to live the second have of your life! Especially when you’ve lived the first half for everyone else.  
  • Trust the messages you get. They come through to you at any time.  Tune in and be present to yourself.  

Links:

Connect with Sheree Clark

Link to Sheree Clark Summit:  Why Midlife is a Time for Action! Link here

Connect with Deborah Voll

Take The Midlife Quiz

Passion and Purpose Digital Workbook

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Juggling life for years led Daniela Sulek to hit a wall. Her entire way of life and being changed when what she now calls “humaning” led to her developing serious illnesses while pregnant with her third child, and almost cost her her life. With her “play your way through life” philosophy, she now helps renowned yet unfulfilled leaders move into a permanent state of ease, joy, and passion. By transcending from the conditioned human to the consciousness of their true self, they shift into effortlessly creating by being, instead of creating by doing. 

Daniela has been on the show before and is returning to share more wisdom about how to function at a higher level of consciousness!

In our conversation, here is what you will learn

  • How you can get off the bus of doing and start being in life! 
  • How you can find a deeper sense of joy, peace, and passion in your days
  • When you let go of the controlling and planning then you can find the joy in life!
  • Anxiety and stress are a result of human conditioning
  • Life is happening FOR YOU, not to you.  
  • Tips on how you can begin to get into a state of being and some challenges for you to accept!  

Maybe you are missing the joy and passion in your life and need to get off the bus and start BEING!  I invite you to reach out to me and schedule your free clarity call to discuss what’s holding you back!  

 

Links:

Connect with Daniela Sulek

Connect with Deborah Voll

Take The Midlife Quiz

Passion and Purpose Digital Workbook

Book Your Spot for the Free 60 minute Clarity Session here 

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This week my guest is Julie Morgenstern!  Julie Morgenstern is one of the leading experts on organization, business productivity, and time management.

In this episode, We discussed her book SHED,  SHED your Stuff, Change your Life!  

Since it’s Spring and some of us are focusing on decluttering, I thought it would be fun to revisit this episode which was originally recorded at the beginning of 2020 so may have been missed by some new listeners!  

Julie’s book will help you clear the cutter for good! She takes a different approach by using the SHED process. Moving beyond throwing things out and walks you thru the pitfalls of decluttering

Julie reminds us that Decluttering  is identifying what’s obsolete and no longer serves you

Organizing is designing systems that make  you more efficient where you are right now

Here is what you’ll learn!

Declutter is identifying what’s obsolete and no longer serves you

Organizing is designing systems that make  you more efficient where you are right now

SHED stands for 

Separate the Treasures

Heave the Trash

Embrace your Identity

Drive yourself Forward

Finding your Theme:  What is your big picture?  What do you want to express or experience in the future?  What do you need to let go of and where are you heading?

Points of Entry!  

Clutter is not junk!  Clutter is an attachment to something you are struggling to release. Ask yourself what does it represent?  Go in with love and tenderness for yourself.  

Being in the present moment!  

You can also use this process to evaluate your commitments,  schedule and habits!  

 

Links:

Julie Morgenstern’s Website here

Connect with Deborah Voll

Take The Midlife Quiz

Passion and Purpose Digital Workbook

Book Your Spot for the Free 60 minute Clarity Session here 



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I recently had the opportunity to join Dr. Melissa Bordogna in her weekend event, the Epic Self Project for Midlife!  This was a wonderful opportunity to connect with those that were looking for inspiration in a variety of topics from experts in their field.   With my expertise in career and life coaching, I guided the participants on the importance of identifying your theme when moving into your next chapter!  We had a great discussion and wanted to give you the opportunity to hear it on the podcast!  

For this discussion, I created a worksheet that you can access on my website:  https://www.deborahvoll.com.   Go to the Work with Me tab and click on the workbook.  You will see it offered mid-page! 

Here are some of the reasons you will want to tune in this week for our discussion! 

  • How creating an overarching theme for your next chapter is so important and how it will help you to stay focused on your “end goal” for your life! 
  • I share my Theme for this next chapter and give examples of how I hold myself accountable for that theme and how you can too! 
  • What is the first step in this process? 
  • What stories have we been telling ourselves what type of excuses have we been giving ourselves in moving forward?
  • The tool for unlocking your inner desires
  • Ideas on how you can hold yourself accountable towards your vision and theme
  • How to step into the action and the doing!  
  • How to show more compassion towards yourself in this process.

I hope you will take the time to download your worksheet and complete it for yourself! If you begin working on the worksheet and feel that you need to be gently challenged to move forward, please reach out to me. I would love to be able to help you start this journey! 

Links:

Connect with Deborah Voll

Identifying Your Theme for Your Next Chapter Worksheet

Take The Midlife Quiz

Passion and Purpose Digital Workbook

Grab Your Free Clarity Session today!

 

About:

Diana Raab, Ph.D. is a memoirist, poet, blogger, thought-provoker, and award-winning author of ten books, including four poetry collections, including her latest, Lust. She blogs for Psychology Today, The Wisdom Daily, Thrive Global, Sixty and Me, and many others. Her most recent nonfiction book is Writing for Bliss. She teaches workshops on writing for healing and transformation. Her poetry chapbook, “An Imaginary Affair,” is forthcoming by Finishing Line Press

Diana begins our discussion by sharing how she began her journey of journaling at a young age and that a tragic loss prompted the gift of a journal.  

During our interview, we discuss her book Writing For Bliss and talk about the writing process. Diana shares how to use writing to express your thoughts, gain insight into your emotions, and use it to heal to move forward. 

 Diana shares her insight on the following!

  • How to create rituals prior to writing and how that helps  you to get focused and grounded for the work you are yet to begin
  • We dive into why storytelling unites us as humans
  • How storytelling can be presented in your story to capture all the senses of the reader.
  • How to find your true voice as a writer
  • Why you would want to write a LOVE Letter to yourself!  
  • How you can write your emotional truth
  • What if you want to write about others? What’s the best way to handle those types of situations. 
  • How being fearful of writing something will dampen your creative process! Just go for it and write that first draft!

At the end of the interview, Diana leaves us with a fun challenge so get out your pen and paper!  

Links:

Connect with Diana Raab 

Writing for Bliss the Book  

Conversation Card here

Connect with Deborah Voll

Take The Midlife Quiz

Passion and Purpose Digital Workbook

Book Your Spot for the Free 60 minute Clarity Session here 

About:

Stephanie Raffelock is the author of Creatrix Rising, Unlocking the Power of Midlife Women. She also penned the award-winning book, A Delightful Little Book of Aging

A graduate of Naropa University’s program in writing and poetics, Stephanie was a contributor to the Rogue Valley Messenger in Oregon. She has blogged for Nexus Magazine, Omaha Lifestyles, Care2.com, as well as SixtyandMe.com 

A recent transplant to Austin, Texas Stephanie enjoys an active life with her husband, Dean, and their Labrador retriever Mickey Mantle Raffelock. 

For Stephanie, writing is an encore career!   Stephanie is passionate about her work and sees midlife as a bridge from one part of your life to another.  What we have seen in society over the years is the message that when you hit midlife, you’re done!  Stephanie is here to say that this messaging is not true!  Not only are women finding their voices, but they are also raising them!  This has become her work, to write about women and aging. How we see ourselves as we age and how we get stuck in the stereotypes of aging and how to break free from those stories! 

We begin by discussing her book, Creatrix Rising!  Creatrix comes from the three Greek fates.  There was the spinner, the weaver, and the cutter. The weaver was the creatrix.  The word means a woman who makes things.  Stephanie felt that was a great word for what happens to us in midlife as we move out of the motherhood phase ( whether or not we’ve had children) We can then move into a phase of creativity.  We become women who make things, whether that’s leadership, gardening, or cooking.  Creatrix is a positive archetype that gives power and empowerment to women in midlife.  

Stephanie shares one story in her book about a woman named Austin. Austin lived life to the fullest until the very end.  She knew what it was to be a woman who makes things and never stopped.  She goes on to share that women need to reassure themselves in life that they grow psychologically and spiritually until the day they die. There is no endpoint!  We just need to change the way we talk to ourselves and how we perceive ourselves moving forward.  

Our discussion continues to focus on the importance of staying curious and having gratitude in our life.  Stephanie feels that you grow old the day you stop feeling impassioned by the things you love and what you stand for in life. 

We discussed a lot about how important mindset is moving forward into this next chapter and how we need to treat ourselves kindly and be careful about how we speak to ourselves! Perhaps look in the mirror each day and tell yourself, “hello gorgeous!  You got this! “.  What a beautiful way to start the morning!  

 

Links:

Connect with Stephanie Raffelock

Blog Article: We Matter at Every Age  

Connect with Deborah Voll

Take The Midlife Quiz

Passion and Purpose Digital Workbook

Book Your Spot for the Free 60 minute Clarity Session here