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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
June 08, 2022
Getting through some hard feelings; Biscuits was really sick; Anna might get a ring, but not the kind you'd expect.
June 02, 2022
Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Eight
Chapter Eight- Showing Yourself Compassion 
May 13, 2022
Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Seven
Chapter Seven- You're Not Meant To Do This Alone 
May 05, 2022
Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Six
Chapter Six- Not My Mother's Menopause 
April 27, 2022
Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Five
Chapter Five- My Asylum
April 20, 2022
Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Four
Chapter Four- Beneath The Icepacks
April 14, 2022
Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Three
Chapter Three- There Will Be Farting
April 06, 2022
Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Two ("The Movie")
Not My Mother's Menopause, Chapter Two (The Movie)
March 30, 2022
Chapter One- Not My Mother's Menopause
Reading my book's Preface and Chapter One.
March 23, 2022
Stop buying plants, we have a ghost, the factory that smells like poop, and I read my latest rejection letter. 
March 17, 2022
34 Symptoms of Perimenopause
I read my post from 2017 titled Did You Know There Are 34 Symptoms of Menopause? 
March 10, 2022
Sharing a poll of the top ten "weirdest" guilty pleasures, as well as my quirky evening ritual. 
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. 
February 23, 2022
Are you afraid to go to the gynecologist?
I only recently learned about gynecologist anxiety, and I can empathize.
February 17, 2022
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. 
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. 
January 19, 2022
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. 
January 12, 2022
No Resolution
Let's not make resolutions this January. Instead, let's do this....listen in to get the details. 
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. 
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.
December 08, 2021
Episode 28- Book Proposals are Hard
An exciting thing happened a few weeks ago...
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? 
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! 
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. 
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
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 
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
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 
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
September 23, 2021
Episode 18- Mixed Tapes/Talking to Plants/Giving My Dogs Voices
Talking about some of my quirks.
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
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. 
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
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
June 10, 2021
Episode Thirteen- Happy Anniversary?
Discussing: Our 15th wedding anniversary & the Friends reunion 
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 
May 26, 2021
Episode Eleven- Enjoying the View
Talking about how I am appreciating life more since an important anniversary. 
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. 
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 
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. :) 
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? 
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
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. 
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
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. 
March 16, 2021
Episode Three- Bra-less, Book Writing, and Braces
Lots of information packed into this episode. I apologize in advance. 
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. 
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?
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. 
March 03, 2021