016 The Space Between

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In this episode Leslie and Laura take a break to enjoy “the space between doing all the things.” Its an invitation to intentionally embrace and enjoy the quiet, fleeting moments that take place the hard work and drama that life can bring. Also, they tell you what a “shrub drink” is.

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015 How to Change Your Life Part 6: The End is a Beginning

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Wheatstacks, End of Summer, by Claude Monet

Wheatstacks, End of Summer, by Claude Monet

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On today’s show we wrap up our “How to Change Your Life” series by taking a look at where we are right now versus where we started. We focus on Leslie’s journey, especially his Essential Intent and how living it has helped him eliminate a bunch of other stuff to focus on what really matters. Laura gives an update on how the treatment of her depression is going and we give a sneak preview of the next big topic. We got interviewed on another podcast and it goes live this week. We’ll tell you where to listen to our interview. And, as always, we close the show with What we’re going to do for each other this week.

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014 How to Change Your Life Part 5: Marriage kanban, Visualize and Do the Work for the Win!

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"Marriage Kanban" - a simple, effective way to make your family a team

“Marriage Kanban” – a simple, effective way to make your family a team

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We implement “Marriage Kanban” a simple way to get the most important things done as a team. We talk about the effect kanban has on our lives and how it brings us together as a family. We also give an update on Laura and her relationship with Depression. And finally Leslie reveals his “essential intent” along with his new business, Glimmering.com.

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013 How to Change Your Life Part 4: Choosing is Hard When You have Depression

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Paulina Lake Hotsprings

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We’re in the process of changing our lives and we have the audacity to do it publicly as podcast series. We’ve been using Essentialism by Greg McKeown as a loose guide. One of the main tenets of the book is that we have to exercise our power of choice. Last week, Laura chose to quit her day job as full-time homemaker. This week we’re bringing clarity to what that actually means and how we can start supporting her in that transition. Our first step is simply making a list of what her job as a homemaker was and then also creating a list of things she chooses to keep doing. It was a lot harder than it sounds because what we do gets so mixed up with who we are. Then you throw depression into the mix and the difficulty hits ten.

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012 – How to Change Your Life – Part 3: Pace Yourself & Other Critical Things to Know When Making Life Changing Moves

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"Chewie and Han" (Calvin and Hobbes) by Chris Wahl. Originally done for a t-shirt which is, sadly, out of print.

“Chewie and Han” (Calvin and Hobbes) by Chris Wahl. Originally done for a t-shirt which is, sadly, out of print.

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We are changing our lives in major ways in order to live life to the full. To start this process we’ve been following the book Essentialism, the Disciplined Pursuit of Doing Less as the context for the changes we’re making. In this episode, we give an update on how Laura’s daily Escape time has gone for both of us. We fight back against three soul-sucking thought habits:  “I have to,” “It’s all important,” “I can do it all.” And Laura quits her job.

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011 How to Change Your Life – Part 2: Cynicism vs. Inspiration

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Cynicism vs. Inspiration via Calvin & Hobbes Totoro Style

Cynicism vs. Inspiration via Calvin & Hobbes Totoro Style. Art by Josh Mauser.

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In this episode Leslie interviews Laura about her cynical reaction to the book Essentialism and together they find a way forward into the changes they need to make to dramatically improve Laura’s life. It’s a raw, real look at the mental obstacles that do their best to keep us from our best and what we can do to overcome them.

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Download the transcript for Episode 11 here.

Show Highlights

No music today; we are grieving the passing of our friend Sarah, who was taken all too soon by cancer.

 

This is part 2 of the new series best titled: “How The Camachos are Changing Their Lives,” spearheaded by our reading of the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

The problem with the kind of book that is Essentialism, is that it can be discouraging and overwhelming when you are at your breaking point (which is where Laura is definitely at).

Apparently the proper pronunciation of Greg McKeown’s last name is “Mick-YONE.” We both got it wrong on-show. Sorry Greg!

Laura feels “inspired yet cynical” about this whole process.

010 How to Change Your Life – Part 1: Breaking Point

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calvin.hobbes.suzy.manga style by nami64

calvin.hobbes.suzy.manga style by nami64

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In this episode we begin the epic journey of changing our own lives! We are going to talk about the breaking points we hit this week and then go into how we will change our lives for the better. And as always we close with what we’re going to do for each other this week.

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Download the full transcript here. Thanks to our volunteer transcriptionist, Siobhan!

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The Calvin & Hobbes cartoon Leslie references:

The Calvin & Hobbes cartoon referenced in this episode.

The Calvin & Hobbes cartoon referenced in this episode.

 

 

009 “Kiss and Talk”

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Earl and Gail Aargaard with their kids and grand kids

Earl & Gail Aagaard, 45 year marriage veterans

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In this episode we interview Laura’s parents, Earl and Gail Aagaard, who have been married for 45 years. They regale us with some of their best stories and share their insight on what it’s taken for them to have a long-lasting commitment. They also answer the questions you submitted to the show!

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Download the transcript here. Thanks to a new transcriptionist volunteer, Siobhán at SED Transcripts, for this episode’s transcript!

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008 Show and Tell Number One

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Leslie discovers that the hot water pot is empty... agian.

The hot water for the coffee is gone. The Chief Espresso Officer is sad. Time for a new definition of done!

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On today’s show we’ll be answering marriage and business questions from you! We’ll share stories you sent to the show. We have our first “vocal” contributor, Dr. Marc Wagner, who reads his poem and talks to us about why linear relationships are boring and sine waves are beautiful. And as always we close the show with what we’re going to do for each other this week.

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007 “You can’t use vacation and kids in the same sentence. That’s your problem right there!”

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Sophia bravely jumps off a boat as part of our vacation adventure!

Sophia bravely jumps from the boat into the ocean!

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Today we tackle the timeline problem of vacationing with kids. We discuss if its even possible to take a real vacation from work when you are an entrepreneur with kids! We share your best vacationing with kids advice from Facebook and Twitter and then do our best to live the advice we received and share the results. (spoiler: It worked, mostly.)  Also, there is more kayaking. It might be a Thing with us now.

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