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Balance Shared

By Michelle Lasley
Michelle Lasley believes to heal our world, we need to heal women. She focuses on teaching inner healing through joy, time management, and knowing yourself.
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Revision culture through values, a conversation with Michelle Gay
Introduction to Episode My guest today is Michelle Gay, a business coach who helps business owners strengthen their businesses by getting to the root of their needs and values. Podcast Episode Summary I have taken at least four values workshops with Michelle Gay, since 2017. We met when she taught a few sections of a weekend business retreat. I loved her work (and the work of the retreat coach) so much that I kept coming back. I am so grateful she said, “Yes,” to my podcast invitation. We sat down recently to discuss values. I had a series of guests teed up to share their wisdom this fall because I had been planning an event in January. Alas, 2020 came and has forced all of us to pivot. We won’t see Michelle’s wisdom at my event this year (because it’s not happening!), but we do get to hear her wisdom in this episode. She breaks down that values are the important soul and heart work businesses must do to make sure they are in alignment with themselves, with what they do for their business, and ultimately who they bring on to work with and for them. She helps businesses overcome the rudderless lack of focus where people lose passion, and she helps them get in alignment with their core values. She wants to see a world where we stop chewing people up and spitting them out. Here are 4 things you can do to get in more alignment: Spend good quality time with yourself. Ask yourself, “What lights me up?” Ask yourself, “What doesn’t light me up?” Then, ask yourself why, in reference to question 2, again, and again, and again. Once you have done that, figure out 3-4 values that align with what lights you up. Then, define those values and how you practice them daily. Quotables “All of us have a job to do to change the world in some way.” Recommended Resources Visit Michelle at or play on Instagram with her here: For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit For more information about our producer, Ezra Meredith, visit
December 2, 2020
Wine and Dine with Caroline: Taking the boogeyman out of enjoying good wine
Introduction to Episode My guest today is wine expert Caroline Conner. In this episode, we discuss what wines you should drink and dispel some common wine myths. Listen to wine and dine with Caroline. Podcast Episode Summary Caroline is a young fiery American living in Lyon running her online wine business. We sat down in June and discussed many aspects of wine: growing, tasting, testing, drinking, and most notably - enjoying. We covered the difference between sulfites and tannins, where they are. The new label in France for “natural” wines. We note that most wine makers are farmers at heart, which goes to the heart of being sustainable and local. Caroline also wants to know, why are you keeping your wine? She instructs us to buy it, drink it, and enjoy it. We cover a dream Pinot Tour (Perhaps post-pandemic? Spendy as it may be?) Ultimately, she wants us to wine and dine and enjoy our damned wine. Quotables “Good wine doesn’t have to be expensive.” “You can’t age most wine.” “Drink whatever you want.” Recommended Resources Visit Wine Dine Caroline on the web, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
November 25, 2020
Why does astrology matter? A conversation with Vanessa Couto
Introduction to Episode Vanessa Couto returns as my guest where we further discuss “why does astrology matter?” Waxing and waning between analogy, patterns, and history, we dive into this ancient personal development tool and touch the surface of how it can help you. Podcast Episode Summary Vanessa Couto, an archetypal astrologer, returns to my podcast to further our discussion in astrology. We begin laying the field where astrology can help support and broaden imagination, something crucially missing from our current society. We discuss how astrology helps us respect longer cycles, and is an amazing tool for helping us to grow into who we are meant to be. When using astrology as a tool, consider this: What are your strengths? Where are your growing edges? Where can you do better? Before our break, I mention that Mars cycles 3 times around the sun in an Earth calendar year. I misspoke and intended to say Mercury. Please forgive the mistake. Quotables Fundamentalism is a lack of imagination. Recommended Resources Connect with Vanessa here: Her website Instagram Facebook Vanessa’s first episode with me Check out the book, Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs on Thriftbooks. For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
November 18, 2020
Holiday Conversation Guide: 4 Steps to Connecting Deeply
Introduction to Episode In this episode, I break down the Holiday Conversation Guide, which will help you more deeply connect with those people you care about, especially during the holidays. Podcast Episode Summary I created the Holiday Conversation Guide to help you have deep conversations with the people you care about. We have been a disservice to ourselves and our own healing journeys by not talking about things like religion, politics, sex, and money. So, let’s talk about them. If you’re listening to this, I want you to take ownership of holding a safe space for these conversations. In this episode, I break down my Holiday Conversation Guide and go over the four steps you can do to do just that - have safe conversations where you can truly connect with those you love. (NOTE: I originally intended this episode as a bonus and I changed my mind to have it a stand alone episode in my season.) Recommended Resources To leave a message, click on “listener support”. In addition to the option of financial support, you will see “leave a message.” I want to hear your messages! Check out Cheryl's episode. And, to recap on why sustainability, listen here. And, of course, my first podcast episode is here. For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
November 11, 2020
Mindfully Mastering Systems to Ease Your Flow
Introduction to Episode Jessica Hansen, the Systems Magician, joins me in this episode where we discuss mindfully mastering systems. We start our conversation with sustainability, and how COVID has forced us each to examine how we interact with the world. Podcast Episode Summary Jessica and I sat down only one month into COVID quarantine. It’s fascinating to reflect that we are still in much the same space as we were so many months ago. Many people have shifted how they acquire the things that make their homes run, and the first part of our conversation reflects that: we discuss sustainability. We discuss the trips we take out of the home. We reminisce on the Drive Less Save More Campaign and how relevant it is today. We discussed assessing what a family/household truly needs, as, at the time, many had to do without things they just got when shopping. The second half of our conversation is around one of Jessica’s specialities: creating systems. She has a lot to say about systems, and it boils down to this: systems are a mindfulness practice that help you run better. Oh, and of course, we discuss some of our favorite tools like essential oils and crystals. Quotables “Make sure [your systems] make sense. Some systems out there are so complicated that they don’t make sense for the average person.” “Are you overpaying?” Are you overbuying on something you’re not even using the functionality and you have three other ‘systems’ that are doing the same thing for you?” “Systems, in general, are nothing more than a … routine.” “[Systems are] a pattern you execute over and over.” “Don’t avoid the set-up.” “The system doesn’t have to be so rigid you can’t change it.” “What is my pattern?” “How can I be doing this better?” “What am I really trying to do?” Evaluate, restructure, create a system What am I really trying to do? What is my budget? What applications are out there? “If you are not a tech nerd, don’t try to be.” Recommended Resources Visit Jessica at her website Email Jessica Get her creative projects on her Etsy shop Buy her book, The Resilience Code Buy her book, Magnify Your Master Plan For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
November 4, 2020
Get out the vote with Emma Burke
Introduction to Episode In this episode, we are working to get out the vote with Emma Burke, who is running for Lake Oswego City Council. Emma comes back just before the election to discuss our 2020 election and her campaign and some of the things she wants for Lake Oswego. Podcast Episode Summary Emma and I spent a lot of time discussing the right to vote, how close women are to not being able to vote, and every time you add an intersection onto “women” the distance to when we can and could not vote becomes too close to recent memory. So, the primary focus of this episode is to exercise your right to a free and fair election: go vote. Secondarily, we discussed why you should vote for Emma Burke. I have interviewed her twice now, and her community spirit is immense. She loves her community, loves the not-oft-spoken about diversity in her community, and how people are truly better together. Lastly, we want you to share with your friends and family who live in Lake Oswego why you will be voting for Emma. Recommended Resources Find Emma on the Web Facebook: Twitter: @electemmaburke Instagram: @electemmaburke Website: Emma’s first episode: Naomi Eklund’s Episode: Absentee and Early Voting by Youth in the 2020 Election: The preamble to the US Constitution: Declaration of Independence: For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
October 30, 2020
Weave the metaphysical with everyday life, an interview with Naomi Eklund
Introduction to Episode Naomi Eklund was born with all her clairvoyant gifts available. She is a coach, mentor, trainer, and public speaker who manages Infinite Yes Coaching. In this episode, we weave the metaphysical with everyday life.  Podcast Episode Summary Naomi and I had a lovely discussion about metaphysics and our life here in this plane. We discussed all aspects of honoring metaphysical tools, living a life worth living by getting in touch with oneself, and when in organizations, different tools to support knowledge to better support the teams you lead. Quotables “A lot of people doing very practical and mundane work in systems created to create work for people to do this work that doesn’t enable the artist, that doesn’t enable the thinker.” “I am an entrepreneur… I believe in conscious capitalism.” “I do believe it’s really important to teach our children to be good citizens.” “Stress comes from … not having a clear picture of yourself.” Top 5 Tips for Getting to Know Yourself Every body has different needs. Understand what you really need. Don’t assume all the tools out there are right for you. Find things that are physically pleasurable that gives you a moment of pause. Recognize your thoughts, your beliefs are clothing you wear, and you don’t have to be attached to them. Know that whatever language that connects you to the divine is legitimate. Recommended Resources Building Bridges Through Personality, Book 1: Naomi on Facebook: Infinite Yes, Inc. on Facebook: Invite Yes, Inc. on the Web: Metaphysical Life Support on Facebook: For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
October 28, 2020
Show up generously, swag and strategy with Jamie Young
Introduction to Episode Jamie Young wants you to show up generously. And, she’ll teach you how using her magical strategy and swag. Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, my guest, Jamie Young, talks us through how swag found her as a tool business can use to show up generously - giving their potential clients something they need while engaging with them on a relational level. She shares how she learns to balance motherhood and business, and overall, her enormous love of teaching generosity. Quotables “Start simple.” “I want people to show up generously.” Recommended Resources The MOB Nation, Jamie Young Swag, For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
October 21, 2020
Coming into her own, a discussion with Mari Bartoo Jacobson
Introduction to Episode Mari Bartoo Jacobson is a woman coming into her own. In this episode, Mari and I discuss intuition, the divine feminine and masculine, and mindful ways to own all of who we are. Podcast Episode Summary Mari Bartoo Jacobson comes back in Season 2 to build on our season 1 conversation. Mari and I educate people on essential oils, and this passion is discussed throughout our conversation. We recorded our conversation in June 2020, during a Cancer New Moon. Our conversation tripped over intuitive use of oils, of life, of everything. We discussed the concept of merging the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine. We came up with Coriander as *the* oil you must use right now. Quotables On using essential oils: “You always smell so good. Natural. Not cloying. Without interfering with our hormones.” “I have the ability to blend scents and smells,” on using one’s intuition and stepping into empowerment. “I trust you to know yourself, and yourself isn’t static.” “[There is] something to be said for noticing." Recommended Resources Check out Mari on Instagram @essentialdropsoflight Listen to our Season 1 episode. Check out Caroline Casey’s book Making the Gods Work for You. For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
October 14, 2020
Live a life by design with Colin Thompson
Introduction to Episode Colin Thompson has learned how to live a life by design. Hailing from double immigrants to creating a birthday ritual that leaves him energized for 364 days out of the year, he shares his story from coaching to diversity, and so much more. Podcast Episode Summary My guest today is Colin Thompson. Colin is a life coach who lives in China with his wife and young son. Colin discovered it was more effective to walk with people then motivate them one inspiring speech at a time. In this episode, he shares his journey as a son of double immigrants, where we can find inspiration, his lived experience of how various cultures have interacted with him, and his love/hate birthday ritual. Quotables “If you want to live a life of abundance, help more people live in abundance.” How to be an ally: Have difficult conversations with a person of color who you are close to. If you do not have a close friend who is also a person of color, that speaks volumes. Know your intent and slowly develop your relationship with that individual. Change only comes from those who are open to it. Show up genuine and with humbleness. Recommended Resources To learn more about Colin and get in touch with him, visit For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
October 7, 2020
Body positivity and the long road of ending body shaming
Introduction to Episode Becky Jarvis, creator of Curvy Chic Closet, and I sat down and discussed Body Positivity. Becky has been working to make plus-sized clothing accessible to moms and other plus-sized individuals for over ten years. In this episode, we discuss her journey from just providing a sale to changing the world of body positivity. Podcast Episode Summary Becky Jarvis didn’t initially set out to make body positivity and inclusivity what she focuses on. She started with making affordable plus-sized clothing accessible. Her journey of building the largest plus-sized consignment event, located in the Pacific Northwest, opened up an amazing need for full-inclusivity and diversity in fashion. We discussed the disparities in how fashion is represented from magazines to brick and mortar stores, and lightly mentioned the silent disease of eating disorders. It was an absolute pleasure to hear Becky’s story of how she became a sort of accidental spokesperson for body positivity. The next Curvy Chick Closet event begins October 1, 2020. Quotables The plus-sized industry is a $21 billion industry. 67% of US women are sized 14+. Brick and mortar stores only stock 25% of their inventory with plus-sized clothing. “I never knew I could be beautiful and plus sized at the same time,” a fashion model to Becky. “Body positivity is accepting where I am at.” “Fat discrimination is there. It starts at an early age.” Recommended Resources Cobalt Studios Conscious Ink Facebook Page Curvy Chic Closet Curvy Chic Closet Foundation 2020 Fall Consignment Event (note, there are four dates)[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22surface%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22permalink%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D 2020 Fall Fashion Show For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
September 30, 2020
The Shadow Side of Attraction: Debunking the Law of Attraction with Laura Rowe
Introduction to Episode Did you ever consider that there is a shadow side to attraction? In this episode, Laura and I discuss what the law of attraction is, a brief history, and some cautionary tales of when it is time to look outside of the law for spiritual guidance. Podcast Episode Summary The Law of Attraction is used in a lot of empathic, coaching circles to boost the manifestation of those who ascribe to it. In this episode, we discuss the shadow side, and many other laws that are at play. An unfortunate part of the shadow side of misusing the law of attraction is when it is weaponized to make the person not, perhaps, manifesting “enough”, feel shame towards their actions or inactions. An unfortunate side affect is that the state of being unhappy has become unacceptable. Quotables “Being unhappy has become unacceptable.” Sometimes we need to remember, “Who’s really in charge.” “The energy you put in is the energy you get out.” “Be gentle with yourself and don’t use laws against your own laws and feelings.” Recommended Resources Laura’s first interview with me, The Vital Spirit, Instagram, @thethrivingempath Facebook, For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
September 23, 2020
Wholehearted Parenting with Danielle Bettmann
Introduction to Episode I sat down with Danielle Bettmann, of Wholeheartedly, to discuss what it takes to parent, and as a byproduct of our times, what it takes to parent in COVID. She advocates for wholehearted parenting, a way where we look at our needs and then serve our kids. Podcast Episode Summary Danielle is rich with information, tips, strategies, and a great understanding of what kids and parents both need to be able live successful lives under normal pressure, and especially under global pandemic pressure. In this episode, we discuss her vision for a new world (where core needs for kids are met in their first 7 years), many (many) tips and things to look for in parenting, and a recognition that parenting is the hardest job in the world. Quotables “We don’t know what we don’t know until we know it.” “[I want to see a world where] we meet [the] core needs [of kids in their] first seven years.” (On discussing how our world could change.) “Every $1 invested in the first seven years of life, pays out seven times.” “Parenting is the hardest job in the world.” “If we are doing the hardest job in the world, we need all the training and preparation.” Recommended Resources Confessions of a Scary Mommy (The article I remembered specifically talked about the mom shaming before pregnancy and how humbling motherhood is. The author used a phrase to call her pre-pregnant self, Ms. Judgy Mc Judgy Pants.) Ross Greene, Collaborative and Proactive Solutions, is another lens of whole parenting and looking at the whole child. See his work at Lives in the Balance, Chrissy Marquadt, on Motherhood and more, Visit Danielle at For her gift on emotions, visit For her gift on affirmations, visit For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
September 16, 2020
Redefining support through candid conversations and safe spaces with Shawanda Randolph
Introduction to Episode Have you had a candid conversation recently? Do you have a safe space to go when you need to have those candid conversations? Shawanda Randolph is the director and founder of DeeCilla Center in Arizona, and she’s found holding space for candid conversations is a key to healing our world. DeeCilla, a small community based nonprofit, offers a sanctuary for people who are building a new life, leaving abuse. Their transitional program teaches participants how to stand and live, giving them the necessary tools to rebuild on solid ground. Podcast Episode Summary During this global pandemic, we know that it’s difficult for people who are suffering from abuse, they don’t have the breaks from the abuse they used to, and they might not have the space to call for help. In some ways, this global pandemic is showing us where we can offer support to the people we care about. Shawanda and I discussed signs of abuse, misconceptions of what abuse is and who it affects, and different ways we can work to build a more healed world. Signs for abuse Jealousy that leads to control Types of control Support for DeeCilla Volunteer Donate - $25/month goes a LONG way! DeeCilla is creating a place of refuge for people all over the country. Arizona is actually a spot where a lot of people move to, so it proves a little easier to blend in and start over in a safe space outside of the potential norms of abusive situations. Quotables “[You are] providing a place for healing for the moment.” “[Ask,] whats the one thing that’s keeping you from reaching your goal?” “Know yourself, be true to yourself before you build relationships with others.” Recommended Resources A One Year Reflection after the death of my sister, Cristi: Domestic Violence Awareness Project: The DeeCilla Comfort Center: For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
September 9, 2020
Rise up through change, an interview with Jessica Williams
Introduction to Episode On the Rise Solutions is a testimony to how we Rise Up when adversity calls. In this interview, Michelle and Jessica discuss super powers, the importance of pivoting and reinventing yourself, and lessons learned when life throws you serious curveballs. Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Jessica shares how she rebranded from the Superwoman Project to On the Rise Solutions. The conversation ebbs and flows through strategy, honoring the grieving process in change, and several clear strategic steps on how to rebrand, how to navigate change, and more. Quotables “I was meant to do work that was bigger.” Recommended Resources StrengthsFinder 2.0: Unlock your 34 strengths: When Jessica and I completed this interview in May 2020, her work was still focused on her coaching job. Since, as with many during this global pandemic, she has paused her coaching work and accepted a position, as Chief Communications Officer, for Days for Girls, an international nonprofit that truly focuses on lifting girls up. Learn more about Days for Girls here: For more information on the Summit Jessica’s podcast, the Imperfect Feminist: Learn more about Jessica’s work as On the Rise Solutions: For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
September 2, 2020
What is Tarot, Paganism, and how can you use it - with Maree Bento
One of my first interviews of Season 1 was with Maree Bento, who has designed many tarot decks and oracle cards, tools for your own divination practice. We have a lovely conversation about art history, what paganism is not, and so much more.
August 26, 2020
How does Theresa work with the soul-preneur?
We revisit my January conversation with Theresa Pridemore. Theresa works her magick by helping those who teach and use the weird and the woo in their business to tell their stories. Those of us who align with the weird and the woo sometimes have different challenges than your typical business. Theresa digs into what she's found and some tips on how to manage. 
August 19, 2020
Let's (re)learn PR with Lety Juarez Sisson!
Lety, another great mom who owns her own business, is in my circle of support. And, she too, said, "Yes," when I asked her to share her PR wisdom. Take a listen and find a top 3-5 tips for why and how you need PR for your work.
August 12, 2020
Revisiting my first interview: Mom of 4, SEO wonder, Cheryl DeClercque
Cheryl was the one who said, "You should do a podcast!" In that line of support, she graciously agreed to be my first interviewee. Cheryl has worked from home the last few years starting as a virtual assistant and morphing into an SEO specialist. She loves learning about the systems that support OUR businesses. Take a listen. 
August 5, 2020
Finn found their purpose by centering with the divine
In my conversation with Finn we discussed *many* tips to get centered with the divine (spirit/source/God). And that helps you get aligned with your purpose. This episode was an accidental companion to Kathy Stanley's conversation.
July 29, 2020
Let's revisit eco-psychology with Kathy Stanley
Having a deep connection with earth is important for individual alignment. Take a re-listen and get inspired.
July 22, 2020
How did Jeff find his purpose?
Let's listen to my conversation with Jeff again. I've talked about non-linear paths with a lot of guests, and it really shows up here.
July 15, 2020
Let's check in about empathy with Laura Rowe
This is the replay of my episode with Laura Rowe on empaths.
July 8, 2020
Let's listen to mom guilt again
We'll take a listen to mom guilt. Let's let that go! 
July 1, 2020
Celebrating Season 1 and What’s Coming Up
In the last regularly scheduled episode of season 1, I discuss celebrating, looking ahead to season 2, and reflecting on season 1. I reviewed the top 5 episodes, which include: My interview with Laura Rowe where we discussed empaths, woman, and more My conversation with Jeffrey Hahler which really crystalized reflecting on non-linear paths My chat with Erica on radically accepting mom guilt and what that looks like My discussion with Emily, which included more motherhood and aligning life with our passions My first interview with Cheryl which also wraps motherhood, purpose, and what that practically looks like Season 2 will include an assortment of guests and topics such as: A variety of conversations with various life coaches An exploration of woo with astrology and light workers Some tangible tips like how to market yourself, when to use SWAG, and managing personal finances We’ll have a chat with some guests who’ve had to make drastic shifts in their entire branding and what that looked like Along with regularly celebrations of the 8 sabbats that keep us grounded to nature’s rhythms We’ll see you over the summer with some “re-runs” and some of my Facebook Lives, a new episode for Lammas, and then back again September 2nd for Season 2. Thank you so much for being here. Until we meet again. (Photo note, this is my son last year on June 22. I thought this whimsy would be a great way to celebrate midsummer.) For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
June 24, 2020
Valuing tender care, an interview with Tiffany Chapman
Introduction to Episode Tender education is the single most important measure of success for kids, and we can’t have it because of the market failure of care. My guest, Tiffany Chapman, and I dive into what care is, why it’s important, and what we can do to change it. Podcast Episode Summary My guest today is Tiffany Chapman, a regional organizer with Family Forward. Today, we speak about the work that Family Forward Action does to address the growing childcare disparities we face. Care work is invisible, and if it didn’t happen, no one would be able to work. And, it’s seen as women’s work, the thing we are supposed to do. We discuss how ultimately, the way we handle care as a US society has resulted in a large market failure, where the supply doesn’t meet the demand, we have a shortage of child care because no one can afford to subsidize a system this big. Tiffany and I further discuss that creating a tender environment is the most important thing, above all the other learning, in order to determine a child’s success. We discuss steps we can take to articulate those values and tell our politicians that this is a priority. Quotables Care work is the work that makes all other work possible. We want to elevate the issue of care and make sure these jobs are good-paying jobs and there is quality across the board. Parents and workers can’t afford to subsidize a system this big. Child care is a necessity, not a luxury, and all American Family’s should get that need met. Episode Clarifications The HEROES Act has passed the House, but it still needs your support in the Senate. Contact your representatives and tell them you want it passed. Tiffany’s numbers for the price of preschool/ in-state college tuition were wrong.  In-state college tuition in Oregon annually is $16,823.  Infant care annually in Oregon is $13,518.  Walter Mondale was a co-sponsor of the Comprehensive Child Development Act in 1972. Recommended Resources Find your representatives and tell them we need to prioritize care and pass the HEROES Act (Senate): Statistics for care in Oregon: The second round of grants for child care providers is opening soon: Learn more about Family Forward Action: Tell your care story here: Learn more about the political actions done through the Mother PAC: Emerge trains Democratic Women to be candidates. See Oregon’s chapter here: Some info on the HEROES Act: More info on the HEROES Act: For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
June 17, 2020
Eco-psychology with Kathy Stanley
Introduction to Episode In today’s episode, Kathy Stanley and I discuss balance, alignment, nature, deep-psychology and how that works with Kathy’s art and energy work. Podcast Episode Summary My guest today is Kathy Stanley. Kathy is an eco-psychologist, an artist, and a teacher. In our conversation we talk about sustainability, why it’s important, and different ways in which we can engage in sustainability. Kathy also practices energy work, and she walks us through some healing practices that we can take so that the activist can renew. During our interview, we discuss Kathy’s work the Shaman Queen. Click through to get your print. Quotables “We will not save what we do not love.” Kathy’s tips for aligning and balancing. Establish a practice of spending time in nature. That space can be your back yard, but 30 minutes every day, same spot. This gets you in touch with the space and reconnects you with the earth. You need to go out there and see what nature can do for you. Recommended Resources Check out the Sovereign Salon as hosted by Theresa Pridemore and myself, the woo loved space where I met Kathy. See Kathy at her website ( and on Instagram ( Get your guided meditation here: For more about Deep Ecology, check out the work of Joanna Macy: For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
June 10, 2020
Candidate for Council: Emma Burke
Introduction to Episode My guest today is Emma Leigh Burke, who is running for City Council in Lake Oswego for the November general election. In today’s episode we talk about the importance of representation, our love of vote by mail, and how Emma will tackle issues important to her and to you when she’s elected to office. Podcast Episode Summary In our conversation, we discussed diversifying councils because making sure the people governing look like the community they represent allows for more stable communities. We discussed how important it is to have people with resources serve on Council because the work is unpaid, so you are looking for volunteers who can literally afford to serve. We discussed how child care can be a barrier and that parents looking to serve need the right combination of kids with the right temperament and flexible schedules. We discussed how council meetings can be exclusive, which makes it hard for members to literally see the community they represent and for that community to see their representatives.. Emma noted that we have an opportunity now where minds are expanded with what our communities and engagement can look like simply because of the accessibility of Zoom meetings.. We also discussed how people who serve in Lake Oswego, as teachers and maintenance workers for example, sometimes cannot afford to live in the community because of the housing prices. So, how would we reshape our cities by incentivizing those who serve to live there by providing something like a housing GI bill? Emma is also deeply committed to a police oversight and working to stabilize the commission for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Quotables If we just amplify the voices that already exist, then that will be more representative of our community. When people don’t vote they are wasting an opportunity to invest in their own future. Vote by mail is really important, and our republican secretary of state vouches for it too. Democracy can be valued by everyone when everyone can exercise it. Non partisan roles are sort of like, ‘Hey be a good neighbor.’ Recommended Resources Emma on the web Emma on Facebook Emma’s personal page: You can find Emma and me when we are advocating for family friendly policies at Family. Forward Oregon For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
June 3, 2020
Motherhood and Serial Entrepreneurship, an interview with Chrissy Marquardt
Introduction to Episode My guest today is Chrissy Marquadt. Chrissy is a powerhouse Enneagram 7 who is a wife, mother, and serial entrepreneur. We discuss responsibility, boundaries, GOAL setting, and so much more. Podcast Episode Summary Chrissy and I sat down and discussed many things from coffee chats to life coaching. This episode is packed with goal setting tips, boundary setting tips, and stories of Chrissy’s journey on her path of self-discovery navigating various roles. Chrissy is an Enneagram 7 and loves setting goals. This year has brought a refocus on maybe not having so many. At the time of this recording, one hat Chrissy wore was serving as the Executive Director of the South Columbia County. Chamber of Commerce. With the onset of COVID-19, Chrissy transitioned out of that role and is now focusing more on her life coaching path. The conversation is also layered with identity - as a mother, a naturalized citizen originally from Jamaica, as a wife, and of course, as a serial entrepreneur. Quotables “If you’re not dead yet, you still have something to learn.” “If you don’t know what you should do, think about what you liked as a kid.” (paraphrased from Start) “Your friends and family are not your ideal customers, but they might know someone who is.” Chrissy’s Boundary Tips Engage your network to support you. Be secure in asking for help. Recognize, define, and enforce your boundaries. Fixing the Morning Shit Show Assess what went “wrong” 6-8 hours before Make a small shift Let go of the shame and guilt Recommended Resources Interview with Cheryl DeClercque, our mutual friend, and the first interview of this podcast. My New Year’s podcast episode where I encourage you to go small in. Human Design StrengthsFinder 2.0 Anchor to Your Strengths Start John Acuffe Atomic Habits Rising Strong Cathedral Coffee Find Chrissy at Instagram For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
May 27, 2020
Discovering your life’s purpose with Finn Lambourn
Introduction to Episode Finn is a corporate dropout looking to co-create the future. After finding they were physically shutting down because of a stressful corporate job, they decided to switch to a path of discovery. That discovery has led to really assessing their impact on the environment and sharing a vision with the world. This episode is marked explicit for the name of a poem at the end called the D#ckless Unite. Podcast Episode Summary Finn and I discuss sustainability, concepts of enough, working on our discovery. I love talking big ideas with my guests, and Finn is no exception. We dive into tenets of Christianity, ways of communication, and ultimately, an invitation to co-create a future of collaboration. Quotables Wilderness Way Pillars Shalom: work for justice and create peace in our environment. Jubilee: the belief we can free ourselves from debt, poverty, wealth. Sabbath: making sure we make sure we rest. Non-Violent Communication State how you feel about a thing Observe and name the situation Name the feeling that comes out and link it to your need Make a request The Skills of Loving Seeing - seeing others and being seen by others as we actually are Hearing - speak and hear others truths and our own Responding to Needs Having Goodwill Honoring Everyone’s Experience These are great tools for giving common language to groups. Top 5 things of self-discovery Take an inventory of what you have, need, and want Find some sabbath time Get out in nature Find others on the journey as well, your community Connection with the sacred Recommended Resources Interview with Laura Rowe, My New Year’s Resolution Episode, Marie Forleo Everything is Figureoutable, Wilderness Way, Ecotopia ( and Ecotopia Emerging ( Non-Violent Communication, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Frugalwoods, To reserve space at Magdalena Acres, email with the subject “Retreat at Whidbey Island”. Magdalena’s website will be forthcoming. Contact Finn with the subject “Balance Shared” to discuss more theology, sustainability, and learn about Magdalena Acres. For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
May 20, 2020
Grace by way of grief
Introduction to Episode My late sister’s 42 birthday. Celebrating those who’ve passed and some tips to manage your grief. Podcast Episode Summary We are in an unprecedented time. We keep saying this. And, today’s episode coincides with my late sister’s birthday. She would have been 42. I still feel grief over her passing. Given that today is mixed with our stay-at-home orders and all that life has brought us, I wanted to share a few things. Some thoughts from the show “Dead to Me”, an article in the Huffington Post, and some tips from various sources. Quotables “You survived! Now go out and find the reason why.” “It’s like you have a choice. You can down with the ship or you grab a fucking life raft, and you hold on…” Recommended Resources Dead to Me, Season 2, episode 3: This Huff Post article explores commonalities from the HIV epidemic and today and offers guidance and hope: For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
May 13, 2020
From Air Force to Retired, and not even 50, an interview with Misty Gremaud
Introduction to Episode My guest today is Misty Gremaud, currently serving as PTA mom. Misty started her career in the air force to travel, to see the world. And, it was an adventure that led her through her 20s, 30s, and to retirement at 44. We discuss her path and next step aspirations. Podcast Episode Summary I wanted to chat with Misty because she does some interesting things, shares non-traditional roles with her husband, and has some fun stories. So, we talked about her journey from high school to air force to retirement. We discussed who cleans and cooks what, and of course, her fasciation with yoga. Misty makes 9-16 almost quarts per week. Farm Fresh Eggs. Top 5 ice cream flavors: Classic vanilla Cookie dough Lemon lavender Peppermint with doTERRA peppermint oil Coffee ice-cream The most off-the wall ice cream is pickled beet! We ended our conversation with Misty encouraging everyone to do two things, but my technology ate one. The invitation that was eaten was a call to travel. Go explore, go do something outside of your norm. And, also, do the other thing, which is push yourself outside your comfort zone. Quotables “9/11 changed everything.” “You make friends who become your family.” “I’m the ice cream pusher.” Recommended Resources DIY Vanilla Extract: How to Talk About Race > So You Want to Talk About Race: Home Hot Yoga: For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
May 6, 2020
Beltaine Pontifications
Introduction to Episode In this episode, I discuss Beltaine - a pagan fire festival. I share some things I have noticed over the seasons, what makes this time of year different from others, where we came from, and what we can look forward to. I also bring up the aspect of the God and Goddess and as it relates to this time. Recommended Resources Alexander, Sky. The Modern Guide to Witchcraft: Your Complete Guide to Witches, Covens & Spells. © 2014, Adams Media an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., Avon, MA. Lister, Lisa. Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic. © 2017. Hay House, London, UK. Llewellyn’s 2020 Sabbats Almanac. © 2019. Llewellyn’s Worldwide Ltd., Woodbury, MN. Starhawk, Diane Baker, and Anne Hill. Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions. © 1998, Bantam Books, New York, NY. For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
April 29, 2020
A discussion of immersive art with Cheri Riznyk
Introduction to Episode My guest today is my friend Cheri Riznyk. We dive deep into the world of imagination discussing how she creates magical worlds for kids to perform. Oh, and she does improv, but you’ll have to wait for season 2 to hear more about that. Podcast Episode Summary Cheri has been a performer and interested in performances her entire life. She weaves a tale from when she was young and initially introduced with immersive theater. Now, one of her passion projects is facilitating kids in an improv theater through an amazing co-creative process. Quotables “Bringing something completely magical to every day life that you would never expect… because it makes you alive to all the possibilities.” [On co-creating with the students and insisting they come up with their own characters.] “It’s a lot more imaginative and fun if you are using your own original ideas.” [On describing her secretive, complex subplots that are like treasurers for the participants to find.] “Those kinds of discoveries are really fun.” Recommended Resources The Game Westworld Village Home Learning Resource Center Saturday. Academy Vita Nostra by Marina Dyachenko, Sergey Dyachenko, Julia Meitov Hersey For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
April 22, 2020
Following up with Beaverton’s Next Mayor
Introduction to Episode My guest today is Lacey Beaty, candidate for Beaverton Mayor. We discuss how motherhood affects campaigning, how the city works, and what it will take to co-create a future we all want. Podcast Episode Summary I begin my discussion with Lacey on the importance of a new class “City 101: Governance, a brief overview” We first discuss how Beaverton is not a full service city. Rather it has special districts that manage parks, fire, and even the schools. Lacey went on to explain how the mayor is basically a city manager, overseeing the police department, public works, and the finance department. The mayor is charge of everyone where the council is in charge of how much is spent. The most important thing that comes out of our discussion is that you need to vote. The Oregon primary (vote by mail) is on May 19. Ballots and the voters’ pamphlet will start going out after this podcast drops. Quotables Government is customer service. When your customers are upset, your service isn’t very good. People come to the northwest for their athletic adventures. People don’t realize how student loan debt is crippling millennials. We don’t have the best public transport. Our population runs north and south while transit runs east and west. We are building less parking because it is expensive and hoping people will use public transit. I think the best way to influence these decisions upstream is making sure that the people on our boards and commissions are more reflective of the people using services. Campaigning while female is different. The number one important thing we can do is voting. Recommended Resources Visit Lacey on the web: Sign up to volunteer: Visit Lacey on Twitter: Visit Lacey at her Facebook page: Learn more about Politisit: For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
April 15, 2020
The Trauma Whisperer, Janine Wirth talks About Trauma
Introduction to Episode The Trauma Whisperer, Janine Wirth, a licensed psychotherapist, clinical hypnotherapist, and coach, has a virtual global practice where she works with women to help them heal from those experiences. Podcast Episode Summary Janine shares a pivotal story of her car being hijacked, unpacking her own trauma, and using this revelation and gifts to help support other women going through their own trauma. She shares her vision of working through intergenerational trauma, the difference between big T and little t trauma, and how children take things so personally and how that shapes their future years. She pairs psychotherapy with coaching. We even discuss our current situation in this global pandemic and what we can do to work through this grief and cacooning. Going through this time: Acknowledge it and give yourself time and space Try and reframe what you are missing Choose to see the gift in this space Quotables Give your children the childhood they don’t need to recover from. The body is a good indicator of how much baggage you have lying around. [Some] people are being shamed for their things they are missing. I want people to validate their experiences… to stop playing the comparison game… and know that they matter. Recommended Resources Connect with Janine on Facebook: Twitter @JanineWirth LinkedIn YouTube Channel For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
April 8, 2020
Astrology, sacred commerce, and business with Vanessa Couto
Introduction to Episode My guest today is Vanessa Couto, an astrologer with a mission to help people align their gifts, their purpose with their livelihood through their business. We discuss astrology, philosophy, art, and business - all with the lens of elevating where we are now. Podcast Episode Summary Vanessa shares a lot of thinking and philosophy weaving astrology, philosophy, art, and history into one. She asks us all to bring sacred and spiritual back into our businesses and our exchanges. And, she discusses how we can use astrology to do just that. Quotables “We wouldn’t force people to do work out of necessity because they have to do the job. [People] would notice kids’ natural talents … and give all the resources ... so [people] can do the thing they enjoy.” “In astrology we have something that says, ‘When you were born, you were the answer to a question at the time.’ Your configuration has a clue as to what you’re here to do.” “How can we heal capitalism from its virus that’s attacked the system and taken over like a mutant?” The temple for the Oracle of Delphi read both, “Know Thyself,” and, “Nothing in Excess.” “I would like to bring spirit back into business.” “I would like to bring beauty back into commerce.” Recommended Resources Episode with Maree Bento Episode with Laura Rowe Episode with Jeffrey Hahler Sacred Commerce by Ayman Sawaf The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist See Vanessa’s latest at For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit My Thrift Books Referral Link
April 1, 2020
Engaging with Brandy Henry
Introduction to Episode Engaging on Social Media with Brandy Henry. That’s what Brandy does. She uses her teacher archetype and now demonstrates to businesses how to authentically engage on social media. Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Brandy sits down with Michelle and they discuss different ways to engage on social media. She really enjoys breaking down social media into digestible bits. Brandy shares her expertise, thinking, and how she works with clients. Some fun bits at the end (like why they are doing an 8am interview!). Brandy has a unique way of approaching social media that is tailored to each of her clients. And, she absolutely shares that magic in this episode. Quotables “More people are paying attention and seeing what you are doing than you can really tell because they don’t always interact with it.” “In many ways, we’re hiding behind the algorithms. We’re using it as an excuse to not show up.” Brandy’s Top 4 Don’t get caught up in the paralysis of perfection / analysis paralysis. Just start. Stay rated to great content. Be flexible and nimble. Recommended Resources - our current podcast tool Some episodes from Brandy (these links point to Apple Podcasts): Likes, Links, and Profile Visits: Algorithms Smalgorithms: Let’s Stop Fearing Them! Your Message, Your Truth: How to Find Your Fuel See Brandy online Get Brandy’s newsletter: Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo The Dip by Seth Godin For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
March 25, 2020
Ostara’s invitation to co-create a different future
Introduction to Episode Michelle reflects on the world at large, what that can mean for our changing seasons, and she invites you, dear listener, to intentionally co-create a future we can all be proud of. Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Michelle considers how this time of year might be telling us something. She reflects on the current state of affairs amid COVID-19, schools being closed and students engaging in “distance learning”, social distancing, and more. She discusses steps to help be free of fear, consider what this message might mean, and to question what future we are truly co-creating. At the end, she invites you, listener, to intentionally co-create something you want. Recommended Resources Melissa Etheridge on Facebook, every day at 3pm, Byron Katie’s the Work ( the Judge Your Neighbor Worksheet ( For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
March 18, 2020
Interview with Jeff Hahler
Introduction to Episode Michelle reached out and an old friend said, “Yes.” In today’s interview, Jeff walks through how he has landed on his passions, one of which includes working with foster dogs. Podcast Episode Summary We all have a story. Every single one of us. And, some of us take non-linear paths to find what we want in life. Jeff Hahler describes how he followed one thing to another which led him from High School to an Apprenticeship to a Job to a Wife to finding his passions. If you love dogs, listen to Jeff’s story of how he fell in love with supporting dogs in an animal sanctuary.Adding onto his volunteer work with the dog sanctuary, Jeff will be spending time at a pig sanctuary.. Over the years, Jeff got more interested in fitness, and eventually his diet changed from a Standard American Diet to Vegetarianism to Veganism. Next up? Jeff will be finishing his training to be a Personal Trainer. Quotables “Try it, and you can change whatever you don’t like.” (On finding your passion and settling on a career.) “The dog I adopted needed to be a dog.” “I could barely walk a mile, now I can run 10.” “It was a lazy factor … now it’s an ethical factor.” (On going vegan.) Recommended Resources Learn more about McKenzie Animal Sanctuary: Learn more about CNC work.: Here in Portland? Check out Angels with Misplaced Wings ( and the Oregon Humane Society ( For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
March 11, 2020
An Interview with David Scheer
Introduction to Episode In this episode, Michelle sits down with David Scheer, dedicated community member, Odd Fellow, and Aikido Instructor.  Podcast Episode Summary David discusses his teaching philosophies and how they integrate into all aspects of his work. He shares stories of how he learned to be a great teacher, modeled after his own great teacher. He shared his respect for history of how techniques have been developed and shared over time. He integrates care a consistent care through all the lessons. He shares how he has realistic expectations working with kids and doesn’t see them as “good or bad”.  Quotables “If you have a great teacher, you will have a good experience and get really good at what you are studying.” “The two rules of Aikido are to teach, number one, correctly and, number two, kindly.” “We do not study [Aikido techniques] to become bullies… but to enrich our lives, enrich our relationships, and to use them to take care of ourselves and keep ourselves safe.” “How can you ever teach a child to be able to focus if you never give them distractions where they the opportunity to choose which of these stimuli they can focus in on?” “Aikido is really about fitting with others and brining about the most harmonious situation in areas and times when things aren’t that great.” “You don’t reach perfection until it’s impossible for you to improve. And, as long as you are still alive, it’s possible for you to improve.” Recommended Resources Learn more about David’s work with Aikido at Learn more about the Odd Fellows and the Peninsula 128 Lodge For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit 
March 4, 2020
I just turned 42! Celebrating birthdays.
Introduction to Episode Since I’m 42, that must mean I know the answer to life, the universe, and everything, right? Wrong! I share four things, top of mind, that I have kind of figured out as I enter my 42nd year. Podcast Episode Summary For this birthday episode, I reflect on four things that I’ve been working on or seem super relevant to me from the past year. I don’t know everything Boundaries Marriage (stated Mawage) Me Time I love getting older because every year, I get a little more confident in my being, even if I’m still working on things from decades before. Every year, I get to own myself a little bit more, warts and all. And, in today’s episode, I discuss these four things as an answer to 42, the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Recommended Resources Boundaries, Henry Cloud and John Townsend Loving What Is, Byron Katie How Full is Your Bucket? From Gallup The Artists Way, by Julia Cameron The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy The Princess Bride For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
February 26, 2020
An interview with Lety Juarez-Sisson
Introduction to Episode A few years ago, Lety and Michelle met through a Women in Networking group housed out of St. Helens, Oregon. Fast friends, they dive into public relations, Let’s wheelhouse, and why you would want someone to do PR for you. Podcast Episode Summary Lety does not identify as Sam from Sex in the City, except for the badass portion. Lety fell into this career after exploring beating a feature writer, a way to share people’s stories. Basically, PR is promoting to media. The media can vary, and it can mean so much more. A big part of PR is building relationships with the other people who tell stories, the reporters. She reminds us that email is a viable tool for communicating with your people, but don’t forget your strategy. She warns to not consider you are failing if you don’t see a quick ROI. Maybe you need to take a look at your strategy? Maybe your expectations need to be refreshed? Lety’s ideal client is fun and outgoing, a little scared and ready to be pushed outside of their boundaries, and they must be willing to invest in themselves. Quotables “I was still telling people’s stories, just in a different way.” “That’s where the passion comes, because.I know when I am pitching for someone, I am helping them, I am getting the word out about them.” “Stop and smell the stories.” Recommended Resources MailChimp MailerLite Constant Contact Badass Bitch PR on the web: Facebook Instagram Twitter Join Lety’s Networking Group for Women: Networking in Rose City (Let’s other Networking Group): For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
February 19, 2020
Using essential oils to walk into joy, an interview with Jeni Houston
Introduction to Episode Using essential oils to walk into joy wasn’t something Jeni was planning to learn. Chemistry drop-outs, Michelle and Jeni, discuss how essential oils can support the whole body, and why the chemistry works.  Podcast Episode Summary Jeni Houston, aka “California girl/Super nerd”, found essential oils when her life was about to change. And, she started to use them regularly. The more she used them, the more she noticed they were the catalyst for her rediscovery of self and joy. In today’s episode, Michelle and Jeni talk about intentionally living in joy and how essential oils cans be the tool that helps to carry you through a really dark spot in your life into joy. Stay tuned through the end where Jeni gives a great list of how to get to know the oils better so you, too, can intentionally live in joy. Quotables “I think quantum physics … is where spirituality meets science.” “[Living above the line] is intentional and takes work.” “I’ve noticed that creating ritual and habits throughout the day leads to a greater level of consciousness and awareness in your mindset and how you want to go about your day.” “Allowing myself to be me, fully me, more.” “When I held back, I played small. When we do that, it feels yucky, and that brings us down.” “Simple tools to start simply can be really powerful to help unlock things you weren’t even aware were hidden.” “For me the biggest shift was coming more into my self, feeling on purpose, really channeling love and compassion for myself first and that instantly expands to others around you.” “When you change the chemistry of the oil, you change the therapeutic effectiveness.” Recommended Resources Emotions & Essential Oils: a Reference Guide for Emotional Healing, 6th Edition (Enlighten Healing, LLC, 2017) Modern Essentials: a Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 7th Edition (AromaTools, 2015) For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
February 12, 2020
Strategies for curating your brand
Introduction to Episode Strategies for identifying and curating your brand. This podcast is for people who know what they do and are looking at how to show up in the world. Podcast Episode Summary You’ve taken the leap, and you know what you want to do. Maybe you are a chiropractor? Maybe you are a designer? Maybe you're an SEO specialist? Maybe you are a writer? Maybe you are looking for a job? I wrote, previously, “7 Steps to Establishing Your Brand,” this podcast breaks down the steps ‘finding what you like’ and ‘deciding.’  Quotables c“When you pull it all together, it’s uniquely you.” “There is only one you. I want you to do you and be you as best as you can.” Resources 7 Steps to Establish your Brand: Sessions Color Picker: Free stock photos Pixaby: Pexels Unsplash For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit The rest of the show notes are also available there.
February 10, 2020
An Interview with Emily Mieren
Introduction to Episode In this interview with Emily Mieren, Michelle and Emily discuss motherhood, figuring out roles, and switching things up as familial need, passions, and opportunities present themselves. Podcast Episode Summary Emily and Michelle start with essential oils they used to prepare for interviewing on the podcast. They continue talking about how we serendipitously find our people… when we might be similarly aged, our kids are similarly aged, and it wasn’t always on purpose. Some simple self-care can be in Breathwork. Then, pair that with essential oils because a mini act of self-care will do your body good. Your brain knows it… she wants to calm down. Emily shares how she lost her sense of empowerment, slowly, while staying home to focus on the babies. They continue to discuss how identities shift when we take on new roles And, Emily shares how she rewrote her story. Consider lemon, turmeric, and ginger to your green smoothies! Quotables “I see now, as an adult female, how beautifully each of us are individually, and how uniquely different we each are.” “If we collaborate and connect, we can help each other.” “My hope is that every woman would find her own self-worth, self-love, and self-acceptance.” “If we can put the money in the hands of the women, we can truly change the world.” “Having a purpose is better for your long-term health than quitting smoking.” Recommended Resources Find Emily on Instagram at @wild.soul.wellness You can see her Facebook presence here @Inspired.Oil.Life Get on her email list by going to: < scroll to the bottom and get on Emily’s list!
February 5, 2020
How do you celebrate Imbolc?
Introduction to Episode How do you celebrate Imbolc? First, what is it? Second, how did it come about? In this bonus episode, Michelle briefly talks about the history and what we can learn from this first spring holiday. Podcast Episode Summary Happy Imbolc! In today’s episode, Michelle briefly goes over Imbolc, its history, and she offers a continued invitation to renew and change up your rituals. When the Catholic Church spread its mission, it needed many ways to convert non-Christians to this way of thinking. In the move from polytheism to monotheism, one strategy the church uses was to adopt goddesses and patronize them as saints. Their history and meaning was enveloped and evolved. So it was a way to honor (and subjugate) tradition and history. Regardless, looking at these individuals who were celebrated, we can link them to what is going on in our observable world. What happens in early February in the northern hemisphere? Snow melts, flowers start to bloom, birds are out more singing their songs. We let go o winter and start to embrace rebirth. And that is what we begin celebrating as the wheel of the year turns to the time of dawning, letting go of shadow time. Use these thoughts and tools as you consider how you honor the earth’s seasons, your rituals, and what you want to bring forth. Recommended Resources Alexander, Sky. The Modern Guide to Witchcraft: Your Complete Guide to Witches, Covens & Spells. © 2014, Adams Media an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., Avon, MA. Boland, Yasmin, Moonology: Working with the Magic of Lunar Cycles. © 2016, Hay House. Conway, D.M. Celtic Magic. © 1990. Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN. Fontes, Dianna. Lister, Lisa. Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic. © 2017. Hay House, London, UK. Llewellyn’s 2020 Sabbats Almanac. © 2019. Llewellyn’s Worldwide Ltd., Woodbury, MN. Lunaf NicGrioghair, Branfionn. Mythical Ireland & Anthony Murphy. “BRIGID, BRIGHT GODDESS OF THE GAEL.” © 2019. Starhawk, Diane Baker, and Anne Hill. Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions. © 1998, Bantam Books, New York, NY. Wolf, Rhea, The Light that Changes. © 2013 Inner Fire Press, Portland, OR. For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
February 3, 2020
An Interview with Mari Bartoo Jacobson
Introduction to Episode Do you feel good in your body? Mari wants to know. Mari is on a mission to get people to feel good in their bodies. But, she didn’t always believe this or educate on this. Join Michelle and Mari as they dive into how Mari found her passion and what she’s doing to educate people on it. Podcast Episode Summary First, I must apologize. I mispronounced “Maree Bento’s” name. Both Maree and Mari pronounce their name “Mary”. Second, Mari and I had a lovely chat covering so many things… from her varied career to finding and refining herself in each of the roles she has. And, through this conversation, we discuss her journey of discovery into her why… her why of helping people feel great in their bodies and realize they have a right to do so. Quotables “I have always had a drive to create fabric… I think of life as a tapestry… weaving … layers… sometimes things that look like tangents are actually embellishments in a certain area… and it comes together.” “It didn’t have to exist forever in order to be a success.” “We are unable to show up as our higher self when we are stuck in dis-ease.” “[When] people come forward as their higher selves, that’s how we are going to heal the planet.” “What we put in and on our bodies is fundamental to how healthy we are.” “I want all of our listeners to know you absolutely completely deserve to feel happy, safe, and healthy in your body.” Recommended Resources Interview with Maree Bento Find Mari on Facebook, Essential Drops of Light Mari's Instagram, @essentialdropsoflight See Mari on LinkedIn For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
January 29, 2020
An Interview with Theresa Pridemore
Introduction to Episode In this episode, Michelle and Theresa sit down and chat about soul-based or Spirit-led businesses. Theresa, growing from the world of marketing, has built a business where she guides empaths and healers on a journey of discovery that allows them to knit together all their passions with a core message. Learn a little bit about how Theresa works and other tools she’s created to help empaths, like herself, along the way. Podcast Episode Summary Michelle and Theresa talk about many things: empaths, storytelling, connections, money, and so much more. They also discuss some of Theresa’s past and current projects such as the Sovereign Oracle Deck, The Portland Tarot, and her upcoming work on archetypes. Quotables “Even my cleaning guy is an empath…” Theresa’s mission: “To support healers, creatives, and visionaries to step fully into their genius body of work, be visible for their gifts, and claim their weird and woo without apology.” “What I’m really doing is teaching empaths how to communicate their business.” “I want to see healers and practitioners and visionaries … thrive in this world.” “There is nothing worse for an empath than to have our intentions misconstrued.” “Deciding you are here to make some money.” “We have to make peace with the fact we are predators.” “A lot of money blocks show up as visibility blocks.” “My wife and I moved here because of your tarot!” Recommended Resources Need books? Visit Two Rivers Bookstore, Caroline Elliot,”17 Bizarre Philosophies that Make me $70,000 month (with accompanying music videos).“ Work with Theresa on the web at Book a discovery call or just sign up for her programs. You can also find her on Instagram at @sovspirit, @theresapridemore, and @sovereignoracle to check out her oracle deck. Check out Lady Doom @TheLadyDoom or For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
January 22, 2020
Radical Acceptance: Moving Beyond Mom Guilt
Introduction to Episode Erica Vaughn, fellow mom and essential oil educator, chats with Michelle about the upcoming theme of their jointly taught classes in the Portland Metro area. This year, their ongoing essential oil education is all about moving beyond mom guilt. Podcast Episode Summary Mom Guilt is something that can affect anyone who cares for another. Erica and Michelle share examples of when they have experienced and do experience mom guilt. They discuss ways in which they have recognized the phenomena and steps they have taken to transform from it. This naming inspired them to theme their essential oil continuing education classes around the theme, Radical Acceptance: Moving Beyond Mom Guilt. Be sure to email Michelle with your Mom Guilt story at Some things that helped Erica and Michelle transform include: Name that you are experiencing mom guilt. An external source saying it’s okay to have boundaries. Get older. Truly, age and maturity help. Use your essential oils. Create rituals to support the life you want. Quotables Name the thing [because] you can’t effectively address a thing until you name it. Someone else giving you permission to do (or not) a thing… A boundary is where you end and I begin. No is a complete sentence. Recommended Resources Interview with Laura Rowe Safe People, by Henry Cloud and John Townsend Boundaries Books Henry Cloud and John Townsend Introducing Mom Guilt, January 23 class  Essential Oil Continuing Education Eventbrite For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
January 15, 2020
Interview with Laura Rowe
Introduction to Episode Laura and Michelle discuss women, empaths, human consciousness, the number 13, and most importantly - co-creating our world into one we all want. Podcast Episode Summary Laura and Michelle begin discussing what is an empath, how people become or are empaths. They continue weaving in co-creation, stopping the pendulum, and other thought topics. Get inspired about co-creating a new feature with this episode! Quotables “An empath is someone who has the ability to feel other people’s feelings.” 4 Ways to Become an Empath Biological Genetic From a happy household with the instruction to think about other people Trauma-based childhood Boundaries exist and you can use them. “A boundary is where I end and where you begin.” “Our aura is about three feet all around you.” Top 3 things about being an empath Bullshit meter  Depth when examining life and seeing connections  Explore things in a holistic way  “Frigg’s Day, Freya’s Day, Venus’ Day” … “Yea, Female’s Day.” Recommended Resources Alpha’s,  The Vital Spirit,  Instagram, @thethrivingempath Facebook,  Sacred Commerce,  ThriftBooks plug:  New Renaissance Bookshop,  For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
January 8, 2020
Happy New Year! This is an invitation for my grace, your purpose, and joy.
Introduction to Episode Michelle discusses going into 2020 with grace, purpose, and joy. < h1 >Podcast Episode Summary Listen as we discuss why it’s important to show up with grace, have purpose, and show up in joy. Need more purpose or joy, there’s an invitation at the end to join Michelle for a 3-day workshop on visioning. < h1 >Recommended Resources 2020 visioning retreat: Don’t forget the code: VISION2020. One on one joy sessions: . For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
January 1, 2020
Merry Christmas!
Introduction to Episode Take a listen to various traditions around Christmas as we celebrate the hope of new light. Podcast Episode Summary Michelle asked friends to share their Christmas traditions. Hear from some written reports and a few who shared their traditions in their own voice. Recommended Resources For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
December 25, 2019
An Interview with Lacey Beaty, Candidate for Beaverton’s Next Mayor
Introduction to Episode In episode 7, Michelle and Lacey sit down and discuss her campaign for mayor, how she got here, why it’s so important for women to run in politics and her plans for change in Beaverton. She describes some of her recent projects and her passion for engaged community members. Podcast Episode Summary Lacey Beaty shares with Michelle the importance of service, the loneliness in serving in the army. She discusses what it's like to serve in politics with no young people, and certainly no moms. And, she expresses how she is actively working to change that landscape. Lacey is a mom with an active-duty military partner working to normalizing the process of women and mothers serving in politics. She also discusses systemic issues women face running for politics. Quotables “I knew one day I wouldn’t be a political spectator, I would get into policy.” “[Working moms] bring a different perspective to policy making.” “Emerge gave me a network of other women who want to change the world.” “Every time a woman gets elected, it normalizes the process and makes it easier for another woman to run.” “I believe that people who work in our community deserve to thrive and live here too.” Recommended Resources See Lacey’s platform and support her at Learn how to run your own campaign at Emerge Oregon ( Learn more about the City of Beaverton ( Check out the family support Family Forward Oregon ( wants to create. For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
December 18, 2019
Interview with Maree Bento
Introduction to Episode In today’s episode, you host Michelle Lasley interviews a practitioner of healing and mystical arts, Maree Bento. Podcast Episode Summary Michelle and Maree discuss tarot, oracle decks, accessing your intuition, and Maree’s current projects. Maree has created the Antiquarian Tarot Deck. Her current project is the Divine Muses Oracle Deck, and her future project is an oracle deck on the inner child. Michelle and Maree play a little and both pull from the decks they have on their desks, which is a great reminder of how they both studied Art History. This episode works to demystify the Occult and really shares how amazing it would be if we all had deeper access to our own intuition. Quotables “I believe that we are all intuitive, as children, we all have this ability to connect with source.” “Listen to what comes through.” “Occult, all it means is hidden … Christians … don’t understand that they created the myth of the devil… It’s really not scary; it’s just unknown. That’s what occult means.” “All this stuff… that’s mystical… [they are] just tools for self-development… a way for us to reflect back at us information we already know.” Recommended Resources Maree’s Links To learn more about Maree check out her website, her oracle deck, and her instagram!, The Divine Muses Oracle Deck, IG: @divineMuses, For more information discussed, check out the following Akashic Record, Occult, Rider Waite Tarot Deck, The Toth Deck, Theresa Pridemore, The Sovereign Spirit, Phillip Pullman, His Dark Materials, The Golden Compass, For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
December 11, 2019
Interview with Cheryl DeClerque
Introduction to Episode Michelle sits down with friend and colleague, Cheryl DeClercque. Cheryl is a virtual marketing assistant, mom to four, wife, and lives in the Pacific Northwest. Podcast Episode Summary In episode 5, Michelle interviews friend and colleague, Cheryl DeClercque. Cheryl is a mom of four and virtual marketing assistant. In this interview, the women discuss boundaries, setting expectations, and navigating family while pursuing career goals. “It’s never too early to get help.” “[Hiring a virtual assistant] will give you time and energy to focus on what you want to focus on and not be bogged down and feeling overwhelmed with those little tiny tasks.” “Create content, create good content.” Recommended Resources Visit Cheryl on the web ( or connect with her on LInkedIn ( Cheryl’s Program Recommendations Wordpress: Elegant Themes, Divi: ConvertKit: ActiveCampaign: Trello: Financial Peace University: See Michelle in person at her workshop on Joy. “Joyful, Mindful & Munchies” still has tickets available! For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
December 4, 2019
December Essential Oil Specials
Introduction to Episode Michelle Lasley discusses three essential oil specials for the month of December. Podcast Episode Summary In this episode we discuss how to get Clove, Melissa, and Frankincense at a reduced cost or free. Michelle also briefly explains the emotional and physical properties of each. Recommended Resources To learn more about Clove, visit: To learn more about Melissa, visit: To learn more about Frankincense, visit: For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
December 2, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving and Introducing Interviews
In this episode Michelle Lasley discusses joy, why it’s important, and how to bring a gratitude practice into your days in order to live more in joy. She also describes how some upcoming episodes will work with interviews. Recommended Resources Email for a list of references regarding Joy and why it’s important. If you are interested in being interviewed on this podcast, please go to and find time on Michelle’s calendar. For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
November 27, 2019
Essential Oils and a Toxic Free Home
Michelle Lasley explains more about the motivations of this podcast, Balance Shared, through the lens of using essential oils in the home. She discusses some basics on how they remove toxins, why you would want a clean home, and added benefits. Recommended Resources 29 Uses of Vinegar: Homemade Weed Killer (with Vinegar): How can I clean my home naturally? Life of Toxicity: For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
November 20, 2019
Sustainability, essential oils, breakthroughs, and tech
Michelle Lasley talks about her magic in three ways and how it will (at least so far!) will relate to this podcast.  For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
November 14, 2019
Introducing Balance Shared, a podcast.
Michelle Lasley talks for a few minutes about this idea Balance Shared and why we are here. For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit
November 8, 2019