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A Grace Full Life

A Grace Full Life

By Kari Wagner Hoban
I began making podcasts so that I could talk to my audience about topics that I couldn't cover in writing. Then, one Sunday, I found myself overcome with emotion after listening to an old recording of my father when he was in his early twenties. Hearing his voice was like stepping through a door into another time. I've only met one of my grandmothers and none of my grandfathers. I would have loved to hear or read what they had to say. It gave me a newfound appreciation for my blog as well as for this podcast. As a result, I came to the conclusion that I should make this more of a time capsule
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80's Names| My Name is on the List| Grieving
Talking about:  -names that were popular in the 1970s and 1980s -going over a list of names that are becoming less popular (hint-mine is one of them) -sharing how I've been feeling lately
22:50
June 08, 2022
Navigating
Getting through some hard feelings; Biscuits was really sick; Anna might get a ring, but not the kind you'd expect.
11:26
June 02, 2022
Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Eight
Chapter Eight- Showing Yourself Compassion 
33:36
May 13, 2022
Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Seven
Chapter Seven- You're Not Meant To Do This Alone 
19:46
May 05, 2022
Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Six
Chapter Six- Not My Mother's Menopause 
28:38
April 27, 2022
Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Five
Chapter Five- My Asylum
21:41
April 20, 2022
Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Four
Chapter Four- Beneath The Icepacks
23:52
April 14, 2022
Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Three
Chapter Three- There Will Be Farting
23:42
April 06, 2022
Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Two ("The Movie")
Not My Mother's Menopause, Chapter Two (The Movie)
12:09
March 30, 2022
Chapter One- Not My Mother's Menopause
Reading my book's Preface and Chapter One.
25:40
March 23, 2022
Parallelism
Stop buying plants, we have a ghost, the factory that smells like poop, and I read my latest rejection letter. 
20:22
March 17, 2022
34 Symptoms of Perimenopause
I read my post from 2017 titled Did You Know There Are 34 Symptoms of Menopause? 
27:05
March 10, 2022
Quirky
Sharing a poll of the top ten "weirdest" guilty pleasures, as well as my quirky evening ritual. 
18:26
March 03, 2022
There are other ways
The process of self-publishing isn't easy. Let's help those who've done it on their own. If you know of any self-published authors, please leave a comment on my blog. 
15:20
February 23, 2022
Are you afraid to go to the gynecologist?
I only recently learned about gynecologist anxiety, and I can empathize.
16:33
February 17, 2022
Heavy
I talk about why I've been absent from my podcast, why I'd like you to keep my loved ones in your thoughts, and the writers gathering. 
09:02
February 09, 2022
The book I wish you'd write
Sharing snippets from the pages of the "book" I enjoy reading, and the one I know you can write. 
13:39
January 19, 2022
Problematic
Discussing John Hughes movies that are problematic.  Talking about a house that's generating quite a commotion.  And I took down a post that didn't sit well with me. 
12:59
January 12, 2022
No Resolution
Let's not make resolutions this January. Instead, let's do this....listen in to get the details. 
19:24
January 06, 2022
Episode 30- Changing Perspectives
In this last podcast of 2021, I discuss female-led perspective changing films and share some of my favorite TikToks. 
16:16
December 16, 2021
I'm Not Broken/ Movies to Change Your Perspective/ Sharing my Book
This week:  Mental health talk, because I've been feeling poopy.  I saw a very interesting TikTok from a bookseller in Pittsburgh about a book that shouldn't be on the NYT bestselling list.  Movies that will change your perspective on life.  Why I'm considering sharing my book on my blog.
21:40
December 08, 2021
Episode 28- Book Proposals are Hard
An exciting thing happened a few weeks ago...
20:23
December 02, 2021
Episode 27- Holding Space & Toxic Positivity
- What does holding space look like?  -Why is it our responsibility to learn how to accomplish this?  -Why was it so difficult for me to learn how to do this?  -Which phrase is my all-time pet peeve? 
19:15
November 10, 2021
Episode 26- Books, Glorious, Books
My TBR list has grown, and I owe it all to you!   This week's conversation topics are:   How many books have you read this year?  What is your all-time favorite book?  Do you keep track of what you've read in a reading journal?  This, plus a lot more! 
16:35
November 03, 2021
Episode 25- The Vision Board Project
In this episode I talk about:  How I've been feeling down and how a TikTok made me reassess my life.  I re-read an old vision board and was surprised to discover that I've had a lot of good things happen to me.  I explain how to make a vision board that will help you receive what you deserve. 
23:19
October 27, 2021
Episode 24- Engagement Vs. Numbers/ I Appreciate You
In this episode, I talk about: - how my blogging has evolved -engagement versus pageviews -how important your comments are to me
19:49
October 20, 2021
Episode 22- Creating a Time Capsule/Touch Pad Phobia/Where Have All the Cardinals Gone?
In this episode, I discuss:  -Why I began podcasting -Why I don't like my touchpad -My cardinal is gone -Biscuits injury -My little lie 
15:33
October 13, 2021
Episode 21- Invalidating Your Truth/Female Trauma
In this episode, I talk about: -a passage from Caroline Garnet McGraw's book You Don't Owe Anyone -I relate it to a circumstance in my life and I read a passage from my book -I explain how you could feel invalidated in your life and how that can be traumatic -I describe how female bosses trigger me
19:08
October 06, 2021
Episode 20- Building a Book One Step at a Time
Talking about:  -Querying agents -What a literary agent is -What a query letter is -How the self-publishing process works 
18:20
September 29, 2021
Episode 19- Thinking Outside the Box/ Dancing My Troubles Away/ We all Have Trauma
This week I talk about: -my mom's surgery -my new dancing workout -how we all have trauma
17:41
September 23, 2021
Episode 18- Mixed Tapes/Talking to Plants/Giving My Dogs Voices
Talking about some of my quirks.
20:26
September 15, 2021
Episode 17- Not Taken Seriously/ Writers Gathering
-Creativity and the book you need to read -A sweet interaction with a Starbucks barista -Not being taken seriously as an artist -A possible writers meetup next summer
17:57
September 08, 2021
Episode 16- Toxic On the Inside/ Meditation That Anyone Can Do/ My Library Book "Problem"
I talk about how the month of August left me feeling uninspired. I also discuss Thich Nhat Hanh's book Peace is Every Step, and how meditation isn't what you think it is.  Plus, I bring up some good reads this month and why I might need a book intervention. 
21:12
September 02, 2021
Episode 15- A Scare, Showing Compassion to Yourself, John Hughes News, and Comic Sans??
Talking about... -two health scares -making time for yourself every day guilt-free -the John Hughes tour is officially happening -Comic Sans is making a comeback but not in how you think it is
19:57
July 06, 2021
Episode 14- Doin' Nothing, Sleep, and Love
Discussing:  The Art of Doing Nothing Sleep and how it's so important The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo  Reading an excerpt of The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo
20:40
June 10, 2021
Episode Thirteen- Happy Anniversary?
Discussing: Our 15th wedding anniversary & the Friends reunion 
16:49
June 01, 2021
Episode Twelve- Puppies, Podcasts and Plants
Discussing: Our newest family member I don't listen to podcasts either  Rainbow obsession Plant fails 
13:29
May 26, 2021
Episode Eleven- Enjoying the View
Talking about how I am appreciating life more since an important anniversary. 
12:20
May 12, 2021
Episode Ten- Be Kind to Retail and Service Workers
Discussing my years working in retail and how we need to be kind to others working in service industries. 
17:09
May 05, 2021
Episode Nine- Birthday Week, We Were Drinking Edition
In this episode, my husband Mike joins me, and we discuss... -am exciting podcast addition -my sweet grandma and what made me cry when I saw her name online  -my mannequin friend who is living with us for the summer -our newfound TikTok addiction  -the documentary The Last Cruise -how well does my husband know me? -what is in YOUR Amazon cart? I bet it's not a penis pillow... -and a quote that changed the outlook of my book 
25:29
April 24, 2021
Episode Eight- It's Really Happening...
In this episode, I'll be reading a passage from Mark Nepo's book The Book of Awakening that really connected to last week's podcast message.  I have a good reason why I am doing podcasts in place of blog posts.  And I have a very eerie story to tell you about.  All of this along with my usual witty banter. :) 
16:53
April 15, 2021
Episode Seven- Invisibility as a Female. Within Perimenopause and Beyond
Do you feel invisible as you age? Did you feel invisible when you went through perimenopause? 
19:20
April 10, 2021
Episode Six- Menopause Practitioners, Hot Flashes, and Exciting News
This week I am discussing:  -The Love it or Hate It post briefly -Asking for your menopause stories for my book -N.A.M.S- what is it? -What a menopause practitioner is and why you should get one when you are in perimenopause -How to relieve hot flashes with something you'd never think of  -Plus, I will read an excerpt from my book -Some fun news in the future for the podcast
18:42
March 30, 2021
Episode Five- Guest Star and Real Talk About Anxiety and Migraines
Talking with my husband about my migraine and pain anxiety, and discussing Pema Chodron's book Living Beautifully. 
16:23
March 20, 2021
Episode Four - "Crayola Rays of Sunshine", Cracker Barrel, and Craziness (Ignore the Other One)
Discussing:  Morgan Harper Nichols books Beautiful comments John Hughes  Update on my Mom Facebook hatred Flat Kari/Real Kari tour of the USA Cracker Barrel- Breakfast v. Dinner Not being in a hurry to return to normal Bloglovin
19:19
March 16, 2021
Episode Four - "Crayola Rays of Sunshine", Cracker Barrel, and Craziness
Beautiful art books, comments that are lovely, restaurants that are fun, Facebook sucks, and much more. 
00:19
March 16, 2021
Episode Three- Bra-less, Book Writing, and Braces
Lots of information packed into this episode. I apologize in advance. 
19:44
March 09, 2021
Episode Two- Pema, Mooji, and Kari
Discussing how I am working on making this podcast easier to listen to; the dreaded "block editor"; some of my favorite spiritual books and mispronunciation. 
12:32
March 04, 2021
Episode One (Oatmeal, Girl Scout Cookies, Schitt's Creek) Non-Music Version
Why are we not feeling the love for Cream of Wheat? Where can I get a Girl Scout Cookie? And did you know there is a secret Schitt's Creek episode?
09:24
March 04, 2021
Peas In a (Pod) Cast Episode One
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Talking about what we discussed in the comment section of A Grace Full Life blog to keep the conversation going. Oatmeal vs Cream of Wheat (who knew it would get so heated), Girl Scout Cookies, booze and more. 
14:32
March 03, 2021