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. 

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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.


Margaret Vandergriff coaches self-employed empty nesters from living in a place that no longer meets their needs to an exciting new place that does. She founded Margaret Vandergriff, the Moving Coach in 2017 to help others navigate their search and figure out their best places to move, so that their empty nest years can be their best years yet! Margaret created her signature Find Your Happy Place method to identify and match like-minded places and people by drawing on prospect research and strategic planning expertise she honed over 30 years as a consultant helping nonprofits find and access more than $20 million in grants. Margaret currently lives with her husband and four cats in rural Iowa and is eagerly anticipating a move to Eugene, Oregon

What You’ll Learn:

  • How Margaret’s experiences prompted her to start the moving coach
    • How does Margaret guide someone thru their relocation journey
    • The Five Step Process!  
  • Reflection




    Scouting Visit

    • What are your priorities when considering a new location?
    • How do your options compare to your ideal location?
    • What is a scouting visit report card?
    • What do you people neglect to consider when relocating
    • Margaret’s 30 day Challenge in September!
    • Your Challenge Questions for now

                   How does where you live make you feel?

                   Specifically, what do you love and not love about where you live?

                   What would you change about it if you could? Are these things significant or trivial?               

                  When you come back after being away, do you feel like you’re returning home or do    you wish home was someplace else?

                      Does where you live meet your needs now and into the future, or do you feel like your needs would be better met someplace else?


  • Margaret Vandergriff The Moving Coach web site here

    Connect with Deborah for Coaching here

    The mid life Quiz here

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Patty Gale is a former Securities Trader who became a Financial Therapist to help women rediscover midlife and their money.

She founded Fear.less Girl Financial to bring together financial and personal self-care to create clarity, simplicity and direction, even if you don’t like budgets, spreadsheets or math. As she says, “Finally, a feminine approach to personal finance.”

Patty is the soothing voice of reason when it comes to finances with a mission to reach 1 million women.

She believes money stories are not taboo and is passionate about removing the stigma. She also knows what it feels like to be confused about who to trust for unbiased guidance, which is why she does not sell insurance or investments.

Patty is an active member of the Financial Therapy Association, the Females & Finance Community and has been a featured guest on various midlife podcasts.

Says Patty, “Every midlife woman deserves to live the life and security she craves.”

Visit www.FearlessGirlFinancial.com to request her free MidLife Money Guide for Women. 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Patty’s journey for securities trader to Fearless Girl Financial
  • What is a mid life review? 
  • 2008 recession and COVID-19 financial and health crisis
  • Women clients in a financial industry. What are their needs? 
  • Where did we come up with retirement?  Is that even realistic these days?
  • Patty’s Plan 
  • Creating a Desired Lifestyle 
  • The Financial Plan
  • What are the tools in your box and how can Patty help you fill in the GAP
  • The importance of estate planning!
  • Patty’s morning routine
  • The emotions in finances
  • Taking back ownership of your finances! 


Patty’s website  here

Connect with Deborah for coaching here

Take the mid life Quiz here

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Denise Bustard is the creator of Sweet Peas and Saffron, a meal prep-focused food blog. With a PhD in biochemistry, Denise takes a scientific approach to perfecting her recipes. You can find Denise’s work featured on Huffington Post, MSN, Self and more.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Denise started the blog as a hobby and now runs the website full time
  • The value of meal prep in calming the chaos!
  • Most popular recipes on the website!   

 Seven Different Stir Fry Recipes

 Twenty-four Lunches for the freezer

  • Tips for Freezing
  • How Denise calms the chaos in her life!
  • Her challenge for the listeners


Sweet Peas and Saffron Website here

Sweet Peas and Saffron YouTube Channel here

Deborah’s Pinterest here

Deborah’s Website for Life Coaching here

Book an exploratory session here 

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Dr. Christina is an online life coach who utilizes her clinical psychology education + wellness practices to help high achieving, ambitious women learn to take better care of themselves, obtain internal peace and live the life they truly desire. Dr. Christina lives in beautiful Central Oregon with her husband and two fun loving toddlers.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Values, What is your Northstar?
  • What are your basic needs?
  • What’s in your bank account and where are you getting your deposits and depletions?
  • How do we dim our light?
  • What are your moments that matter?
  • Find the “gems” in your day


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Rachel Anne Ridge is an author, professional artist, and speaker in Texas. Together with her husband Tom, she bootstrapped her way through the Great Recession, raised a family, and rediscovered her purpose in the midst of the everyday juggle of life. Her books, Flash, The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me About Life, Faith, and Second Chances, and Walking with Henry are inspired by the stray donkeys (yes, donkeys) who interrupted her juggling act and revealed how ordinary (and sometimes hilarious) events help us find our higher purpose and deeper faith. Rachel is mom to three adult children and Nana to five littles.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How Rachel made a pivot in mid-life and published her first book at 50 years old!
  • The day a donkey showed up on Rachel’s doorstep!
  • Rachel’s journey to become an author
  • Exploring Creativity and Desire
  • Facing her fears of public speaking
  • Saying YES!  Which opens more doors!!
  • Rachel’s challenge to the listeners


Rachel Anne Ridge Website here

Deborah Voll Life Coaching website here 

Morning Pages Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way here

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Laura Valenti began her career in law, supporting women who were victims of trafficking into prostitution or domestic violence. Over two decades, she trained formally and informally in many modalities including contemporary shamanic practice, the Andean Cosmology, Physical Theatre, Clowning, Laughter Yoga and Polarity Therapy. 

In her travels to California, Peru, Ecuador, and the UK she had the opportunity to share her work with many individuals from all over the world, including vulnerable adults, people in drug and alcohol rehabilitation and indigenous communities.

She is a certified Movement Medicine dance teacher and facilitator.  She completed 4 Advanced pieces of training of the School of Movement Medicine: 1: Heart and SEER – Systemic Essential Energy Retrieval, 2: Ritual, 3: Soul Retrieval, 4: Initiation – dancing with life cycles: from birth to death.  

She is also a qualified sound & voice therapist and certified coach. She is currently completing a CPD course on somatic coaching and trauma-informed coaching practice.

Laura was born in Italy, where she learnt about good food and hospitality, colourful swearing and native ancient forms of ecstatic dance. She overcame many challenges, from losing her mum at a very young age to depression, drug and alcohol addiction, abusive relationships and cancer. She lives in Spain with her partner, still loves cooking and eating and dedicates her life to healing and creatively transforming suffering.

What You’ll Learn

  • The background of Movement Medicine
  • How movement medicine helps us to connect with ourselves, others and nature
  • How Laura became interested in movement medicine
  • What does a class look like as a participant
  • We need to start listening with self inquiry
  • How to work with Laura 1:1
  • What is Somatic Coaching
  • How Laura calms the chaos in her life
  • Laura’s challenge for the listeners!


Laura’s website  Elemental Soul Medicine  here

Work Deborah on your next chapter here for 1:1  Life Coaching

Deborah Voll Coaching.  Book an exploratory session here 

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