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.

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Hanna Milton


Are you ready for a discussion with someone who is passionate about making meditation and wellbeing practices easy?  Hanna Milton is a mindful and well-being instructor!  Every technique that Hanna traces is scientifically proven, rooted in mindfulness, and hand-selected based on her personal experience.  Hanna shares why she started focusing on helping people reduce stress and anxiety through mindfulness.

Hanna shares in our interview how she didn’t always live a mindful life.  In the first six years of her adult life and entering her career, she felt like life was a constant struggle and she was pretty miserable.  Her focus at the time was to work really hard and focus on progressing her career? Perhaps that’s similar to your story?  At the time, she felt that her happiness would come “someday”  when her things were “sorted out”.  

When Hanna discovered mindfulness and the world of mental wellbeing, she realized that she was searching for happiness and calm in all the wrong places!  

It was at that time that she started to respond to life from an internal place.  It wasn’t about changing the external or being something she wasn’t already.  It was then that she set out on a mission.  For that, Hanna began to retrain her mind and that meant turning down the volume on negative self chatter and anxious thoughts.  Also, learning to respond to unpleasant emotions better and how her body was contributing to her misery. Making her feel tenser and worked up.  Slowly things started to change for Hanna.  Because her practices were so life-changing, she declined to launch a well-being business.  

We take a deeper dive into what it means to Hanna to retrain your mind and what that looked like for her in her practice. One of these techniques is called:  Diffusion which is to create some space between your and your thoughts.  She goes on to give some excellent examples of how to use this technique.  

Hanna then shares why she started focusing on helping people reduce stress and anxiety through mindfulness.  It goes back to her earlier days when she felt this at work but figured that this was just part of life.  It was after her mindfulness practice got implemented that she realized that everything she thought was “normal” to experience in her work life was anxiety and stress and she was passionate about helping others through her community.  Life doesn’t need to feel like an uphill challenge!  

Hanna tells us that you can train your mind to be on your side!  Your mind can help support your happiness and well-being. She shares about her online class which is available which is all about retraining your mind to be on your side by introducing the techniques that you will have in your toolbox!  

You can free yourself by acknowledging that life will always have ups and downs and we need to learn how to manage our thoughts and emotions.  Difficulties will always pass and this can be reassuring.  We can also choose to decide how we want to think about a specific circumstance so we can drive a different emotion.  

Hannah wants people to trust that there is another way to live and that it requires putting in the effort to make it a part of your reality!  Mindfulness does require repetitive practice and effort.  





Kate Erickson shares about how she uses The Mastery Journal to Calm the Chaos in her life! The journal helps her to stay more focused and productive every day!  Kate shares how the Freedom journals was their first tool and has you focus on achieving one goal with set targets within 100 days! After the rollout of the Freedom Journal, their audience was asking them, “how do you focus on multiple things and move forward in a productive way and still get to enjoy life?”  That’s when the Mastery Journal was created!  The Mastery Journal is how to master productivity, discipline, and focus in 100 days!  

Kate already felt like a pretty productive and disciplined person when it came to focusing and getting things accomplished. However, when she started to use the journal, what she was doing in six hours, she was now doing in 3 ½ hours!  Who wouldn’t love to have that type of productivity! I know I would love to have more free time for the things I enjoy!  She shares her passion for helping people understand that very small tweaks in how you set yourself up for success every day can make a massive difference!  

The Mastery Journal is a powerful tool in helping people focus on the right things and not let everyday distractions get in the way of us accomplishing our goal!  

The Mastery Journal starts by having you plan out your morning routine which plays a big part in how you create momentum for your day!  You get to plan out that day before what that looks like for you and a desired start and end time.  They pick a beginning and end time because if things are “open-ended”, you are more likely to get distracted or take that much longer to get done!  I’ve had a lot of success saying that this is only going to take me one hour and by golly, I get it done in one hour!  You stay focused to get it done!  

After the morning routine, you go into four focus sessions.  You set up a focus time and then a refreshing time ( which would be time for you to get up and get that next cup of coffee or tea and do some stretching )  By writing down your four focus sessions, it helps you not to break your focus!  

In each of the sessions, you score yourself with a discipline and productivity score.  This is on a scale of 1-10.  This is great feedback for you to better understand how you can better prepare for the sessions and if you did get distracted was it in or out of your control?  

We book-end the journal by planning for tomorrow!  What went well for the day and what didn’t go so well?  We can then ask ourselves, how can we plan better for tomorrow?  So, before your feet hit the floor the next morning you already know what that routine will look like and your goals and objectives! 

I share my experiences with the Mastery Journal! How using this as a guideline has given me the freedom and more time to do the things I love without having the guilt that I should be working on something more for that day!  

Kate shares the type of results and feedback that others have gotten by using the Mastery Journal!   It does give you the freedom to pursue more or just take the time to relax!  




There are so many reasons to listen to this podcast episode!  Samantha reminds us in her interview that if you don’t prioritize your wellness now then you’ll be forced to prioritize your illness later!

Samantha Coffin is a wellness + mindset coach focused on helping women go from a life full of symptoms to a life full of living. As a child, Samantha personally struggled with health + wellness. She doesn’t have many memories where she wasn’t sick. Yet the various doctors she saw had few answers and many told her that her experiences were “normal”. After FINALLY being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Lyme Disease, and Endometriosis she decided to take her health into her own hands. She got her master’s in Gender + Women Studies + became a certified health coach!

When Samantha finally received her diagnosis, it was a sense of relief and dread at the same time. You  have an answer but if you know anything about lyme, endo or celiac, you have it for life as it is a chronic illness. We begin to discuss her wellness journey in working with her doctors and how she needed to find her own path because Western medicine didn’t have a solution.  Samantha had to trust her own intuition and began to assemble her own wellness team. She goes on to share some of the protocols that she found to help her with these inflammatory conditions. Samantha also talks about her diet and the foods she has eliminated which have helped her overall wellness.She doesn’t think of this as deprivation of foods.   Samantha instead chooses not to experience those symptoms any longer.  What a great way of thinking turning your thinking of deprivation to self-care! 

It was on this journey that Samantha realized that this is what she is supposed to be doing and started getting her certifications! She started supporting friends and family and then took on clients.  

In 2019, Samantha walked away from a job that was pulling her apart and didn’t resonate with her anymore so she began to explore her next chapter! She then started working with a functional practitioner in her office and received her certification as a health coach. It was then that she knew that this was where she was meant to be! Even though she may have moments of self doubts she remembers her own journey and reminds herself that she is doing this because “no one should have to struggle for over 20 years!”.  

We then go on to discuss how her living in alignment with her passion and purpose has changed her life!  She provides us some beautiful insight on what that looks like for her every day!  Don’t we all deserve this same beauty?  We also talk about what it’s like to dive feet first into your passion full time. Samantha shares some things that have

 helped her on this journey of going all in full-time in her new career.  

Samantha then goes on to share some stories about the healing journey of some of her clients.  Which was very inspiring! 

We go on to discuss Samantha’s blog and how she aspires to have a cookbook someday and has a lot of fun recipes on her site for her community!  She started to create these recipes out of necessity because she didn’t want to eat the “fake stuff”.  One of her first was Vegan Mac and Cheese Samantha then goes on to share that the Maple Tahini Cookies are very popular on her site 

Samantha goes on to remind us that if you don’t prioritize your wellness now then you’ll be forced to prioritize your illness later!


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Passion and Purpose Digital Workbook


In this episode of Calm the Chaos, my friend and fellow Airbnb host Dana turns the tables and interviews me about my new book:  The Tell-All Guide to Airbnb Hosting, Proven Tips, and Tricks for Successful Hosting!  I share what it’s really like to be an Airbnb host and the lessons I’ve learned! 

In this interview, Dana digs into asking me what inspired me to write the book and what that process looked like for me throughout that journey 

What inspired me to write the book is that my kids encouraged me to take it on and so many people thought that hosting was an easy job!  I had many people think, “you just put a mattress in a corner and call it good”. That’s not all that is involved and not why Airbnb was created!  Back in Airbnb’s humble beginnings, the purpose of the home-sharing concept was to give people traveling a welcoming home experience and have people experience local neighborhoods to get a true flavor of traveling to that area.  

Dana goes on to ask me a bit about my home and what I make available to my guests.  We then go on to discuss how this platform has played such an important part of my life being a single mom raising two children. At the time I started this journey, my kids were older and there was college to pay for, new roofs for the home, and other home improvement projects on the horizon. Besides being able to meet people from all over the world, the financial stability that came from home-sharing was important!  

I will share some of the tips in the book on how to get started as a host and important things to think about for yourself before you embark on this journey!  Things that will help you when the going gets tough, and you ask yourself “why am I doing this?”  Because those moments will happen! In the book, I paint a realistic picture of hosting in your home but set you up for success by sharing stories and tips so you’ll learn from my years of experience! 

In the conversation, I do share some specific instances of guests, their situations, and the lessons I learned along the way from their visit. Every guest comes with a lesson and it may surprise you! 

Even if you are not thinking of hosting, this is a great conversation because it will help you to see how to be a great guest! Dana even asks me  “ What makes a great guest when using Airbnb?”  I share that in our conversation. 

We end our conversation by discussing what it was like on the author’s journey!  I had never written a book before and share how I reached out to numerous people for help!  When I didn’t know how to do something, I found the person who could help!  It’s important to just start the process. You don’t have to figure it all out ahead. Half the fun is not knowing which direction things are going to go. It’s important to have an open mind and be flexible to go “with the flow”.  

Have I inspired you through this conversation to do something you’ve always wanted to do?  It may not be to write a book and that’s just fine! Everyone has a unique journey but hopefully, you can learn from mine!  


Ashley Holt


Ashley Holt is passionate about bringing women’s voices and leadership into the world!  After facing divorce and becoming a single parent, Ashley reinvented her life and turned her pain into her power and purpose! She is the author of Goddess, Wake up!  Through all of her books, Ashley’s mission is to empower others to claim their power, recognize their highest potential and live their best life!  

We begin our conversation by jumping in to discuss  Ashley’s journey through her divorce and how being introduced to positive affirmations changed her life!  For Ashley, this was a “mind-blowing” transformation.  Growing up, Ashley didn’t have a lot of confidence and felt very insecure.  When she started using positive affirmations, it took her a while to get comfortable speaking those words into existence.  What Ashely found was that they started to work! It was then that she started researching how these affirmations help to rewire the brain.  She then began to listen to these affirmations while she slept.  She then asked herself, why was she just learning this information? It was then that she started teaching these affirmations to her children. 

She then started to incorporate these affirmations into children’s books so other children including her own would be exposed to these affirmations as well. Ashley started to share her stories at schools and libraries.  As her children grew up she ventured into writing books for teens.  Through her talks with teen girls, the mom’s would reach out and say that even they needed these messages and that’s how she eventually wrote books for adults.  

Ashely then goes on to explain that during this time she realized that what she needed to do was to share how she got through her pain and begin sharing how she started to lie a life based on her potential instead of the pain.  This became the seven steps to the goddess mindset transformation!  The commitment to this transformation is that it takes five minutes per day. That’s not very long!  

We then dive into the contents of her book. The 28- day goddess mindset transformation is based on the word G.O.D.D.E.S.S Each letter is an affirmation and teaching.

G– Get outside your comfort zone

O-Overcome negative self-talk

D-Dare to dream big

D– Declare your desires to the universe

E-Expect Miracles

S-Stand In your truth

S-Surrender to self-love

Ashley shares that towards the end of the 28 days, you will have gotten outside of your comfort zone and allowed yourself to see what is possible. You are beginning to not just dream but dream BIGGER!  

When you think of a goddess, she stands in honor of her superpower and you can not take that away from her because it is her very essence.  Ashley feels that we are all here with one special gift and we are supposed to shine into the world.  We need to stop hiding that goddess within us because the world is waiting for it!  What is your goddess superpower and how do you find it? 

Ashley encourages us to stop playing small and unleash her inner goddess!  



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Passion and Purpose Digital Workbook


In this episode, Natalie Wester inspires us women in midlife so you too can live the life you love!  Natalie is a solo international traveler and blogger who retired before sixty.  She is now inspiring women in midlife to permit themselves to change the life they’ve been living so they can live a life they love! 

After two careers and a season that was spurred by loss and a long-term relationship ending, Natalie decided she needed a change!  On a trip to New Orleans Natalie had an encounter with three women who shared how they changed their lives and felt inspired to do the same. On the plane back to Cleveland, she thought that she would just retire!  I mean why not?  She then met with her financial planner and set in motion to retire the following year.  

Natalie then embarked on a journey of visiting six countries in seventy days!  This took around two and a half months and she took just one carry-on and had a budget of fifty dollars a day.  Natalie shares how she felt the night before starting this journey and how she faced a panic attack and her fear of flying.  She thought to herself, take one step at a time!   I just need to get to Portugal!  During her thirty-day stay in Portugal, Natalie began to feel more confident and was able to overcome her fear of traveling alone, getting lost, and her fear of heights.  It was empowering for Natalie to feel that she could navigate this trip on her own! 

Natalie shares with the listeners her most interesting experience within the seventy days which was her trip to Morocco.  She shares about her hiking experience in the high Atlas mountains where she needed to get out of her comfort zone and face her fear of heights!  The experience of being in the home of a Berber family and sharing a beautiful meal and the sunset on the drive back was one of her highlights and made her get out of her comfort zone. 

We then go on to discuss how Natalie has an interest when she turns 65 to move to Portugal and how she landed on this location.  With all of her criteria, Portugal checks all of her boxes! 

Natalie then goes on to share how she started her Instagram account as a way to stay connected to her family and friends back home.  She then went on to sign up for a class and took a course on creating a website. And there her blog was born! The response to her blog has been very encouraging and the private emails from people regarding her content has been very gratifying. She is so glad she faced her fear and hit “launch” on her site! Being authentic and unfiltered is difficult and you do put yourself out there when you are creating content for a blog or social media! She has been finding her voice and the confidence to be increasingly transparent. 

I then ask Natalie to share about being state teacher of the year and her meeting with President Obama.  This is on her website and felt that it was important to recognize this accomplishment and her experience at the Oval Office. ( Way to go Natalie!  Let your light shine! ) 

Natalie goes on to share about her midlife re-imagined apprenticeship to become a whiskey distillery intern.  It was her curiosity in learning more about whiskey distilling that she began to figure out a way for her to learn in a real-world environment.  It was then that she spoke to the CEO of Cleveland Whiskey and created her position. She then started a twelve-week program! She has been learning a lot about herself and the business.  She doesn’t yet know what she will be doing with all this knowledge but she doesn’t need to have it figured out yet!  Natalie is having a good time, learning something she has a passion for, and is ok not having all the answers! 

You don’t need to travel solo for seventy days to find Natalie’s interview inspiring. Her message is all about moving forward and facing your fears!  Now let’s get moving!



Connect with Natalie at The Hot Goddess 

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Take The Midlife Quiz

Passion and Purpose Digital Workbook