EP 7 Being Diagnosed in the Middle Years (Midlife)

In this episode, I’m breaking into uncharted territory!  Episode 7 is my first interview! 

In our middle years, we all encounter changes in our health.  This got me thinking, how would my life change if I were diagnosed with an illness at my age? How is it different for those that are diagnosed with an illness in midlife?

Recently, a very dear friend of mine was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 46.  Listen… as she talks to me about being diagnosed in midlife, her treatment plans, and how this diagnosis has changed the course of her future.

Happy Mothers Day!

On a whim, I decided to record a quick episode in honor of Mothers Day!  Happy Listening!

8 Ways to be a better friend MYP Ep 5

We’re backkkk! After a much needed hiatus, The Middle Years Podcast is back. We have been busy trying to get our blogs off the ground, and that took more time than we anticipated.

Michelle is up and running with BOTH of her blogs www.chowbellessima.com & www.paleofoodcritic.com, and my blog www.themiddleyearjourney.com is up with a new look!
With the new year, comes changes! I will have “solocast” episodes as well as episodes with Michelle. I am finally doing what I set out to do, which was to incorporate my blog with my podcast. I’m excited for the changes and what 2017 has in store.
In episode 5, I will discuss my latest blog post: 8 ways to be a better friend. Friendship is hard no matter what stage in life you are in. I hope these tips will help and you enjoy the episode!

EP 4 Book Club Selection “Year of Yes”

Hi Friends!!

This week’s episode marks our first selection of The Middle Years Book Club!  We discuss the New York Times Best Seller Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes is the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, The Catch, Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder.

This is a book that Michelle and I both recommend as a “must read”.  Shonda Rhimes changed her life over the course of 1 year.  She decided to face her fears, and “say yes to everything”!  In doing so, she grew not only as a Person, but a Mother, Sister, Boss, and Friend.

We talk about what we loved about the book, how we can relate to Shonda’s strife, and how women still don’t seem to get a fair shake, even in 2016.

Check out this book on Amazon, or take a note from Crystal and check it out on audio through Audible.com!

You won’t be disappointed!


Ep 3 Time Management….. or lack thereof

Meanwhile back at the Ranch…….

We briefly discuss our feelings on the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election, and how we can and should give back to the community

We also discuss time management and how we are constantly trying to make our lives more productive, and the tools that we’d like to try, or currently use to help us along the path of redemption.

We also wonder why do we procrastinate??  Why do we feel so overwhelmed?

Join us as we ponder; Bullet journaling, Washi Tape, Things App, and our love/hate relationship with Google Calendar, and Crystal’s new obsession with planners and stickers.

Michelle narrows down her final contestants in her “Meal Delivery Service Game”, and Crystal shares the 3 products she will be reviewing in her Subscription Box product review!

Get ready!!  The Middle Years Book Club is in full Swing!

We talk about our 1St Club selection… Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes!!!  Grab your copy, a cup of coffee and your fuzzy slippers!!   

The book club Episode will drop in December!!


 Amazon.com – Year of Yes  http://a.co/7SIu6mt





Ep 2 Friendships in the Middle Years

In this episode we discuss friendships in the Middle Years.  How do they evolve over time?  Are there differences from your 20’s, 30’s and beyond?  How do we handle friendships?  Is ok to ghost someone? Or work out your differences?  How do you know when it’s time to move on?

Crystal talks about her new Fab Find with ½ off wine, Michelle gives a quick update on her meal delivery challenge.

Crystal talks about her idea for her product review, and a quick note about the 1st installment of The Middle Years Book Club!

Do you have any tips or thoughts on friendships?  If so, email us!  We’d love to hear from you!


If you’d like more information on the brands being used for Michelle’s meal delivery challenge, click the links below:

Until next time!!!!

Ep 1 Living this 40’s Life

In this episode Crystal and Michelle discuss wine clubs with the help of Groupon, Pumpkin season, Crystal’s first paint party adventure, and living that 40’s life. How are our lives different in our 40’s?  Are we optimistic, overwhelmed, or just plain excited?  We also discuss our most challenging decade so far, and what we hope to learn and achieve going forward.