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The Collective Podcast

The Collective Podcast

By Misty
Community + connection.
Real women, real stories, told in authentic and organic ways. Different backgrounds, diverse in countless ways with three crucial things in common:
#women #community #sisterhood
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Fashion, Cupcakes & 9/11... {105}
In the season three finale of the Rainy Day Collective Podcast, Misty sits down with Collective Team member Veronica. Veronica is the founder of the women's empowerment endeavor A.I.M: Amazing Incredible Me, and comes from a background in the Fashion Industry. It is in the telling of her story when Veronica shares that on her birthday (September 11th, 2001) she was going to school in NYC. Hearing the story from her perspective is sobering and, oddly, inspiring.  This leads to a conversation regarding the racial discrimination and the crippling fear that many Americans are dealing with right now. We are wrapping the season with a hard hitting episode, but one that can definitely leave us on a note of hope.  Important Links:  A.I.M: Amazing Incredible Me #september11th #America #racialdiscrimination #fashion #herstory 
February 24, 2021
Real Talk: Women's Healthcare... {104}
Misty, Maggie & Nikki are sharing experiences they've had within women's healthcare. No big world solutions come, but even sharing the stories can help us feel less alone. If we've learned anything from recent Wall Street events it is that when we gather together, BIG CHANGE can happen.  #womenshealthcare #womensissues #PCOS #infertility #mammogram 
February 17, 2021
with Angela Devlen... {103}
I had the privilege to sit down and connect with my beautiful friend Angela Devlen. This soul is a plethora of wisdom, the amazing things she says in this chat alone will prove that! She talks about her business, The Founder's Circle and the AMAZING life adventures she has had! Important Links:  IG: @angeladevlen & Website: #womensupportingwomen #entreprener #inspiringwomen #community #singleparent #gratitude 
February 10, 2021
Compose your self-care with Alison Hughey... {102}
Alison Hughey is a music therapist with great insight, taste, stories to share and is all around just a great guest! We talk music, the kinds we love but also, the power of it! Misty and Nikki thoroughly enjoyed themselves! Important links: -Facebook Group: Compose Your Self Care Community -Instagram: -Free Prompts for using music you love to manage stress + anxiety: Text MUSIC to 321-414-9874 or click HERE Spotify
February 3, 2021
One on one chat with Nikki Johnson... {101}
Nikki is the Collective's ray of sunshine and positivity and it was an absolute joy for Misty to get to hang out and tap into Nikki's beautiful energy! 
January 27, 2021
Stories Foundation... {100}
We are SO EXCITED that this is our 100th episode of the Rainy  Day Collective Podcast! What an incredible journey it has been. We've had the amazing honor to hear stories and make connections with over one hundred women, through this show! To mark the occasion we wanted to not only bring another story to light, belonging to another bold and brave woman, but we wanted to honor that January is Human Trafficking Prevention month and our guest, Steph Page, is here to talk about Stories Foundation. We hear how the dream became a reality, dispel common misconceptions around Human Trafficking and talk about what we can do.  Important Links: Instagram   #humantrafficking #community #womensupportingwomen #ourstoriesmatter
January 20, 2021
with Brittany Rose... {99}
The year is 2020. It's the start of the pandemic... Dreamer and Doer Brittany Rose decides to launch an online business catered towards Gingers. Brittany is FABULOUS, and both Misty and Veronica were so lucky to get to hang out with her and hear her story!  Important links:  Rise of the Gingers 
January 13, 2021
With Tiffany Clarke Harrison... {98}
Maggie and Misty had the privilege of sitting down with author Tiffany Clarke Harrison. This is the PERFECT episode to start off the new year, as Tiffany is an advocate for intuition and offers some amazing wisdom, perspective and "food for thought" during the conversation!  Important links:  website: IG: @tiffanyclarkeharrison If I Fell by Tiffany Clarke Harrison
January 6, 2021
With Jessica Jacquez... {97}
Jessica Jacquez sits down with Misty to talk about the vitality of our story. Earlier this year, Jessica published her memoir Point Me to the Skies, where she embraces her brave as she unearths and shares some deeply hard and personal things.  Important Links:  Website: Instagram: @jessicalynnjacquez Link for Point Me to the Skies 
December 30, 2020
Therapeutically speaking... {96}
Chantal is here, hanging out with Misty. The conversation delves into some surface level holiday stuff before diving deeper into the truth about therapy. What is it? Why? It's a good chat. 
December 23, 2020
Becky Sexton is here... {95}
Probably the most consistent theme, here at the Rainy Day Collective, is the sharing with you stories of women who have navigated some unimaginably hard things. Becky Sexton is here to tell her heavy story of loss, and yet- and yet, she has an incredibly honest and peaceful way of letting the light in. Her story, as a woman, daughter and mother is one to both give us pause and guide us through our own hard things. Nikki and Misty were so blessed to sit in her presence...  Important Links:  Instagram  Song & Vine
December 16, 2020
Coffee with KC... {94}
Maggie and Misty are joined by indie author KC Loesener, who opens up about journey as an introvert, and how that path led her down the road of not only publishing Horror genre fiction, but also coaching other introverted authors as well. With a background in psychology, KC talks about growing up Jamaican in Philadelphia, and what attracts her to write horror, with strong female leads...  Important Links:  KC's Instagram Kick Ass Author's Club  KC Loesener on Amazon  #kickassauthorsclub #introvert #indieauthors #femaleauthor #horror #coaching #Jamaican #Philadelphia #podcastsforwomen
December 9, 2020
Amy Chan is Here... {93}
If we could harness Amy Chan's (Breakup Bootcamp) energy for you, we totally would! Chantal and Misty got the chance to hang out and chat with Amy and it was a fantastic conversation. We talked about her program, Breakup Bootcamp, and the story of how her journey got her there. We had good chats about self love, coping mechanisms. You'll just have to listen! It was great and you'll love it!  Amy Chan is the Founder of Renew Breakup Bootcamp, a retreat that takes a scientific and spiritual approach to healing the heart. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Heart Hackers Club - an online magazine that focuses on the psychology behind love, lust and desire. The Observer calls her  "A relationship expert whose work is like that of a scientific Carrie Bradshaw" and her company has been featured across national media including Good Morning America, Vogue, Glamour, Nightline and the front page of The New York Times. Her book, Breakup Bootcamp - The Science of Rewiring Your Heart, published by Harper Collins, was released December 1, 2020. Important Links: Instagram Handle: / LinkedIn URL: Twitter Handle: Book URL: #amychan #breakupbootcamp #relationshipexpert #hearthackers #selfcare #selflove #author #psychology
December 2, 2020
Grandmothers... {92}
In a team meeting, before the start of the current midseason premiere, Maggie opened up and told a beautiful story about her grandmother. Months later, Maggie and Misty came together for a little Thanksgiving episode, to introduce listeners to the women who were Mitzi & Bertha Mae, they grandmothers. Passed on, but loved and remembered always, this episode goes out to strong grandmothers everywhere... 
November 25, 2020
Liberating... {91}
Kicking off the week that is Thanksgiving week, Maggie and Misty had the distinct pleasure to hang out with Tracy and Tonya, host's of the We're Not Weighting Podcast. We chat body image, the dangers of dieting and pick their brains about the their own journeys and experiences. There is something here for everyone. We do not promote any specific way of becoming one's best self, here at the Collective. It is a privilege to connect with many different women, and over the years we've learned that weight, health and our overall appearance/confidence is top on most women's concern list.  Important links...  Holiday Reflection Guide Download Instagram We're Not Weighting Website  
November 18, 2020
Girlfriends & Hallmark... {90}
We are kicking off the Holiday season in style! Misty is joined by her good friend Karen Harrison, as she welcomes Mary Carver to the show. Mary is a contributing author with {in}courage, and the host of The Couch Podcast, where she delves into many tv and movie related topics, though Hallmark may be her specialty!  Important Links:  Karen Harrison Website Karen Harrison on Insta Mary's website Mary on Insta Mary's Hooked on Holiday Movies  The Couch Podcast  The Couch Facebook Group #hallmarkchristmas #christmas #christmasmovies #selfcare #podcastsforwomen
November 11, 2020
The Sisterhood of Womanhood... {89}
Maggie and Misty are joined by returning guest and Collective favorite- Katie Allen, where we sit down to candidly discuss this myth of sisterhood, how it's possible we lost it in favor of competition and catty behavior, and how to gain it back... 
November 4, 2020
Miscarriage and Grief... {88}
Maggie and Misty had the opportunity to sit down and connect with April Leiffer Henry, Pregnancy and Birth Story author, advocate and community leader. With October being Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, we wanted to engage in a conversation about why women struggle to grieve these horrific losses in ways that are supported. What came of it is a healthy exploration of this topic. Important Links: #miscarriage #infantloss #womanhood #womensmedicalissues #ChrissyTeigen #community
October 28, 2020
with Ashley Cherie...{87}
October is Pregnancy, Miscarriage and Stillbirth Awareness Month, and to honor that, Chantal and Misty sat down to chat with Ashley Cherie. Ashley has been through a lot, in this life, and she is choosing to take that pain and pour into the lives of others. She is incredibly empowering and inspiring! As a Bereavement Doula, chaplain, speaker and self love motivator, Ashley's energy is CONTAGIOUS! Her resilience is equally baffling and motivating and we are so grateful she came to share her wisdom and light with our show!  Important Information: Ashley's instagram
October 20, 2020
C.L. Walters is here... {86}
Maggie & Misty get the opportunity to sit down with author C. L. Walters and chat about a wide array of important topics! Things like teenage sex, purity culture, the problematic and yet still beloved John Hughes films, of the 80's, and her GORGEOUS new YA book release The Stories Stars Tell. It's a great chat, it's a fun chat, most of all- it's an important one!  Important info:  Website Instagram
October 14, 2020
What does Serendipity mean, to you?  Have you seen it play out, in your life?  Misty and Maggie had the opportunity to sit down and chat with YeSeul Kim, host of the Serenity Stories Podcast, and it was INSPIRING. Not only is YeSeul captivating and so fascinating to talk to, but she's honest too. This woman is AMAZING, and you will love her! (and while her podcast is only a handful of episodes, you want to listen! These stories YeSeul brings to her listeners are incredible.  Important links: ___________________________ Team:  Misty Wagner Maggie Friedenberg Nikki Johnson Chantal Roache' Veronica Hummel
October 7, 2020
October 1, 2017... {46}
On October 1, 2017 Brie went with her mother, aunt and friend to the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas Nevada. A fun girl's trip experience, for these ladies, no one was prepared for the horror that would take over as a shooter unleashed hell upon the crowds at this country music festival. Brie bravely shares her story as she recounts normal leading up to those moments, when everything changed, and her journey with PTSD since...  A story not to be missed...  Other things to note:  Moms Demand Action Everytown  Kansas Shooting 
September 30, 2020
And, here we are... {84}
We are back! New episodes to carry us through the rest of this CRAZY year! During our break, our team grew by TWO amazing human beings and we LOVE them! This episode is your chance to get to know them, though you'll be hearing more from them as the remained of the season progresses!  A lot has happened, in this world, while we were on break and we are all here together, to chat about that.  To talk about why it isn't hopeless, what needs to change, why (and how) we are evolving as a show, etc!  It's officially autumn (at least in the US) so grab your favorite beverage and hang out with us! We've been missing you!  _______________ Team:  Misty Wagner Maggie Friedenberg Nikki Johnson Chantal Roache' Veronica Hummel #podcastsforwomen #diversity #blacklivesmatter #bettertogether #womensupportingwomen #rainydaycollectivepodcast #community #womenempowerment
September 23, 2020
2 girls, 1 closet... {83}
For our midseason summer finale, Misty had the incredible opportunity to virtually hang out with Debra Russo, a closet designer based in NYC, & Andrea Montali, a professional organizer. These two women additionally host the 2 Girls 1 Closet Podcast. Not only did these two powerhouses manage to blow Misty's mind regarding a very famous closet organization company, but the proceeded to show us how loving what we do, and doing it with heart, always manages to bring us opportunities for connection, empathy and help. If you love organization (like we all know Misty does) then this show is a must listen, for you!  Important links:  2 Girls 1 Closet Podcast 2 Girls 1 Closet Instagram Andrea's Website  Andrea's Dream Organization Instagram  California Closets  #organization #womenempowerment #womensupportingwomen #thisgirlmeansbusiness #closets #home #followyourpassion
June 30, 2020
The One with Jenn Whitmer... {82}
Jenn Whitmer came to hang out with Misty for this week's episode. If you aren't familiar with Jenn, she is an speaker and enneagram coach with an absolute brilliance in Conflict Resolution. It was amazing for her to pop over and share some of her brilliance with us! We all have conflict and knowing more specifically how to utilize the knowledge of the enneagram can make a world of difference. (#conflictisopportunity #enneagram #womenempowerment #personalgrowth) Important links: FB: @jennwhitmerspeaks IG: @jenn_whitmer Twitter: @jenn_whitmer LinkedIn: Jenn Whitmer Medium: Jenn Whitmer
June 24, 2020
Real Talk: Seasonal Friendships {81}
Maggie, Misty and Nikki are joined by previous contributor, and friend of the show, Mindy as they discuss seasonal friendships. Female friendships are essential, but sometimes they aren't made to last forever. With honesty these four women talk about times in their lives when friendships came to an end, and discuss how this made them feel, how they handled it and walk away with some healthy take away... 
June 17, 2020
With Beth Richards...{80}
Beth Richards bravely came to the show to share her personal story of Motherhood. Beth is candidly honest about the isolation and grief within seasons of her journey. Misty and Nikki found themselves grateful to be a part of such an episode as Beth shares about what her journey as the mom of a transgendered child has been like. With such beauty, Beth has so much to show us, simply by being honest about where life has taken her...  Important Links:  Website Instagram  Facebook  Twitter
June 10, 2020
With Elizabeth Schiffler... {79}
Misty and Maggie sat down to chat with Elizabeth Schiffler, about her short film Champagne. While we are very excited about his film, the conversation is so much more than that. It is about hard work, dreams, connection and community.  important links:  Up to date news: Sign up for our (very rare) newsletter:
May 27, 2020
The Reelest... {78}
Recently I mentioned how absolutely amazing it is to pursue a passion, and THIS WEEK, our guest AJ shares her story of doing just that. Misty had the chance to catch up with AJ and was able to geek out a little too, as their passions definitely align!  Important links:  SSR ‘Gram: @ajsoreel SSR Twitter: @shessoreel SSR FB Community: The Reelest Community SSR Website: #ShesSoReel #AJsSoReel #entertainmentindustry #movies #pursueyourpassion #motivation #empowerment #womensupportingwomen
May 20, 2020
Enneagram with Abbey... {77}
Abbey Howe, of Enneagram with Abbey, came to hang out with Misty, Maggie and Nikki. At the time of this recording we were each self isolating in different corners of the US and admittedly a big dazed by the world unfolding as it was. Abbey gives us so basic enneagram info and helps us see not only how helpful it can be, but how absolutely passionate she is about it.  When we pursue passions, the world opens up in new ways!  Important Links:  Instagram: Youtube: The Road Back to You by Ian Cohn #enneagram #empowerment #selfisolation #socialdistancing #womensupportingwomen 
May 13, 2020
With Katie Allen... {76}
Misty and Nikki had the absolute privilege of hanging out, quarantine style, with Katie Allen, of the Just Realized podcast. We chat life changes, adapting, reconnecting with ourselves and lipstick! It's a chat you want to be a part of, trust us! This girl is a FORCE!  Important links: Just Realized Facebook Community
May 6, 2020
With Alexandra Cohl... {75}
I want to preface this with a possible trigger warning...  Misty and Nikki sat down with the empowering Alexandra Cohl of Podraland to talk gender. It was inspired by a quote she shared on Instagram, and the conversation evolved organically to talk about some potentially triggering conversation regarding sexual assault.  IMPORTANT LINKS: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: #gender #womensissues #sexualassault #feminism #newyorkcity #covid19 #conformity 
April 29, 2020
With Julie Markowitz... {74}
Misty and Maggie had the absolute honor to sit down and talk with therapist Julie Markowitz. We continue our April series, since April is not only Stress Awareness Month, but the middle of the Covid-19 crisis.  Julie shares her journey through, and inevitably into practicing therapy. She shares the correlations between chronic pain and trauma, and offers incredibly relevant and helpful information for any situation we are dealing with.  IMPORTANT LINKS:  nstagram: @julie_markowitz_therapy Website: facebook group:
April 22, 2020
What is Normal? {73}
Maggie and Misty get the opportunity to bridge not only the barriers of self isolation, but an entire ocean to chat with anxiety expert, life coach, fellow podcaster and all around empowering woman Vikki Louise! In addition to hearing her personal story, we talk about how to navigate this life season, and Vikki offers us GREAT advice! She is a POWERHOUSE and so well organized that we had a moment where we had covered so many huge things so quickly, we were just kind of left wondering "now what"?  We all need someone like that around, right now!  Important Links:; #selfisolation #socialdistancing #empoweringwomen #anxiety #motivation #supportingwomen #empowerment 
April 15, 2020
Hot Flashes & Cool Topics... {72}
Misty and Maggie got the chance to sit down and chat with Colleen Rosenblum and Bridgett Biaggi Garratt, the hosts of the Hot Flashes & Cool Topics Podcast. Colleen & Bridgett are passionate about women's health and are creating a platform for information that isn't easily accessible, to make its way to women. It was an absolute pleasure to connect with them. For women, this is an absolute MUST listen!  Important links & references:  You can find them via-  Hot Flashes & Cool Topics website  Facebook Group  Twitter Instagram Apple Podcasts Resources-  Why We Can't Sleep:Women's New Midlife Crisis By Ada Calhoun  She-Ology by Dr. Sherry Ross  She-Ology the Shequel by Dr. Sherry Ross  #menopause #perimenopause #postmenopause #hormones #womenshealth #womensinterest
April 8, 2020
Perfection to Self Acceptance... {71}
Misty and Maggie had the privilege to sit down with Nicole Burgess, a Psychotherapist and introvert empowerment coach. She shared her own journey as well as offering up some helpful coping wisdom for this strange season of pandemic we're currently in.  Important Links:  Coaching website: Facebook: LinkedIn: Free Gift-10 Signs You Might Be a Perfectionist
April 1, 2020
Paper Crane of Hope... {episode 70}
Misty had the chance to catch up with Samantha Ruckles, of Paper Crane of Hope. The interview was recorded just before the entire globe began to feel the impact of Covid-19, and Sam's message of hope and kindness felt so relevant. Now, with so much having changed, in such a short span of time, this message of hope and kindness feels even more dire.  Additionally, Samantha is absolutely delightful and our season 3 premiere may be the very thing we need right now!  Important links:  Paper Crane of Hope  Paper Crane of Hope instagram  Paper Crane of Hope Facebook #intuition #hope #kindness #Australia #PaperCrane #inspiringwomen #empowerment
March 25, 2020
P.S. three...
The Collective Post Script, episode three. Transcripts can be found at
March 20, 2020
P.S. two...
The Collective Postscript, Episode two. Transcripts can be found at
March 13, 2020
P.S. one...
This is episode one of our limited Mini- Series Collective Postscript. We will be bringing you anonymous letters, submitted to the show, each week. Episodes will vary in length, and transcripts from each episode can be found at
March 6, 2020
Three things to share, PLUS an announcement!
Merch Shop, Patreon Community, tease reminder about the Virtual Spring Conference in April, AND announcing a new venture... 
February 21, 2020
Just Realized, with Katie Allen
Giving a shout out to fellow podcaster Katie Allen. Her show Just Realized is a must listen, ladies!
February 17, 2020
The after party... {69}
Surprise, it's a bonus episode! Misty & Maggie are chatting about the Oscars, womanhood, the dresses, the injustices and stuff that just might be a little too deep for an east coast Sunday late night. We brought Brie Jacobson (guest in episode 46) and author Mary Carver along for the party!  Important links:  Brie Jacobson's Twitter  Brie Jacobson's Everytown article  Mary Carver's Website (featuring her blog, podcast, etc.) 
February 10, 2020
Season Two Finale! {68}
It's the end of the season two adventure here at the Collective Podcast! 
February 5, 2020
Bold, Brave, Beautiful... {67}
Maggie & Misty had the absolute privilege of sitting down to talk with Brooklyn base boudoir photographer/artist Avital. She is funny, she is clever and she is using her love of photography to empower women in unexpected ways. We had an absolutely lovely conversation about sexy pictures, Gwen Stefani, long haul truckers and how we can use our gifts to help one another...  Links & info:   Avital's website Avital's Instagram  The Keepers, on Netflix
January 29, 2020
Back to the Present Moment... {66}
Out guest today is Michelle Rose. Michelle shares her extraordinary story of success, sudden debilitation and clawing her way back, and towards a life maybe even better than the one before everything changed. Her story is motivating, so relevant and inspiring.  Links and info:  Michelle's Instagram A New Earth: Awakening to your Life's purpose Chi Running
January 22, 2020
I See You... {65}
Misty and Nikki find themselves very fortunate to sit down with today's guest- Ashley McMillan. Ashley candidly shares about her life, with one arm, her marriage, parenthood and sharing this journey with her husband who has terminal brain cancer. Ashley shares with such honesty, grace and humor. She is honest about how her Faith has made all of the difference, and what self care looks like when her life is so filled with caring for everyone around her. Her's is a beautiful and rewarding story!  Important Links: Ashley's instagram 
January 15, 2020
Lifeline... {64}
In this episode, Misty is lucky enough to sit down for a one on conversation with our guest Dana. Dana vulnerably recounts her story of domestic violence, delving deeply into important/key issues that a lot of "outsiders" may not understand. She addresses isolation, why victims often "stay", or "go back", and really gets personal.  Some of the topics in this episode may be uncomfortable.  Whether you're someone who has been in that position or not, Dana offers amazing wisdom about how to help and be supportive, even when we don't understand.  Important Links:  Dana's Website  Her website's associated Instagram  State By State Domestic Violence Statistics National Domestic Violence Hotline
January 8, 2020
Synchronicity... {63}
Hello 2020! There are so many wise, witty and empowering things we could say about this new year (and new decade). Quite some time ago Misty and Nikki sat down for a talk with Jessica Silverman, and it became clear this conversation would be the perfect and positivity-chalked way to kick off this new chapter. Among the many kernels of beautiful wisdom Jessica gives to us, are:  - Overcoming burnout & exhaustion  - How Overthinking results in our undoing and simply manifests the very things we didn't want to happen.  - WHY it is time to prioritize connecting to our body - Why we should learn to glorify rest.  - SO MUCH MORE...  Important Links and info:  Positivity Bias the book Finding One's Passion + True Connection to Self Jessica's Instagram  Jessica's  Private Facebook Group 
January 1, 2020
Financial Freedom, with Niyani Armstrong {62}
As we approach the end of 2019 and move towards, not only a new year, but also a new decade, we often find ourselves contemplating goals and feeling overwhelmed by finances. We decided to bring in an expert, both because this is what she does but ALSO because she got passionate about finances after being in that overwhelming place many of us have- and climbing out! Misty, Marion and Nikki sat down to chat with Niyani Armstrong. FULL of encouragement and PRACTICAL solutions, Niyani gives us a great conversation to help motivate us for this next calendar chapter!  Important Links and info:  Niyani's website Instagram Ibotta  Ebates  Be frugal 
December 18, 2019
Guest Expert: Sharon Sheppard... {61}
Sometimes we have to talk about the hard things, and this is why we will occasionally bring in experts to share important information with us. This week Misty sits down to talk with Writer, Therapist, and coach Sharon Sheppard. Sharon specializes in working with women who are healing from childhood sexual trauma.  Though unintentionally, this episode can feel a little like a therapy session, too, which isn't a bad thing.  Important info & Relevant links:  Website: FB: Instagram: Sexual Assault statistics  RAINN EMDR
December 11, 2019
Let's Chat: Enneagram... {60}
Collective Listeners- this is EPISODE 60! What?!?!? it has been an amazing journey together and today's episode is perfect for marking the occasion! We asked author Lyndsey Medford to come back and talk the enneagram. There is NOTHING educational about this episode, instead it is just four of us talking about what we know, what we don't, why it matters and why (we believe) everyone should learn about their numbers stat!  We here, at the Collective, are big fans of podcasts! (obvi!) If you're new to the enneagram, or find yourself overwhelmed with where to start, we've included some podcasts that aren't intimidating and can help. If you have other resources you'd like to share- we'd love that too!  important links & info:  Enneagram Descriptions The Road Back to You: The enneagram journey of self discovery (Optional Study Guide) The Sacred Enneagram  Typology Podcast The Road Back to You Podcast 
December 4, 2019
Tori Hill... {59}
Misty and Maggie sit down to chat with Tori Hill, women's advocate extraordinaire! It's true that Misty reached out to Tori, to come on the show, because she's kind of a mega fan. It is also fair to say that Tori is empowering and worth the love! In today's episode Tori shares about being sexually assaulted, and how personal the process of healing is. She reminds us we won't all heal the same, among other beautiful nuggets of wisdom she shares. Tori will continue to be a voice for women and BIG things are in store!  Links & other important info:  Website: Instagram: tori.hill_writing Twitter: torihillwriting
November 27, 2019
Books, Costumes and Chronic Illness- Oh My... {58}
In today's episode, Misty & Maggie sit down for a chat with Michigan based Author, Sewist and Chronic Illness advocate- Eme' Savage. Not only does Eme' tell us her amazing love story, but her creativity and ability to move forward through her own illness is commendable. She is multi-talented and so inspiring!  Important Links and info:  Echoes of the Gidat by Eme' Savage Eme' Savage Instagram Eme' Savage Patreon  Lupus 4H Epstein Barr Chronic Illnesses & Trauma Disorders
November 20, 2019
Feel Good Days... {Bonus!}
Misty and Nikki had the absolute pleasure of sitting down to chat with Jessica Boehm. She shares her heartbreaking journey through chronic illness, Leukemia and complete hopelessness. During her lowest point she took the knowledge that she had professionally and turned it into intentional exercises in restoring hope. As she began to correct her cognitive responses, her doctors noticed things improving with her health as well. Jessica shares a story that really reminds us that, no matter how hard/dark/overwhelming situations are- we still have choices.  Important links and info:  Jessica on Instagram  Jessica's blog 
November 15, 2019
Let's Chat: Infertility... {57}
It doesn't matter our backgrounds, where we came from, what our religious/personal beliefs are, or our economic status- Infertility does not discriminate. Some women rely on their faith to get through, while others seek different forms of growth. In this episode we come together with five women, to hear a fragment of their journey through infertility. Perhaps what brought strength to one, didn't another. Through the different experiences, different outcomes and individual journeys we learn a very powerful lesson: Infertility is isolating and connecting with other survivors is a powerfully cathartic thing...  Important links and info:  Emily's Instagram Misty's Instagram  Maggie's PCOS Instagram  Breanna's Instagram Breanna's Blog The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants (Breanna's book)  Rebekah's Instagram  Rebekah's Blog 
November 13, 2019
Organizing Your Vision...{56}
In this episode, Misty, along with co-host Heidi, spend some time picking the well-organized mind of Sabrina Serrano. As a professional business organizer, Sabrina has a way of making even the grandest dreams/goals seem doable. Being a lover of physical organization, (Misty's love language) Sabrina is also incredible at perspective relating to goals and our lives. Offer many practical tips, this episode is a must listen for anyone feeling even slightly overwhelmed, with anything!  Important links & info:  Website: Instagram: Facebook: Visioneering: Your Guide for Discovering and Maintaining Personal Vision By Andy Stanley
November 6, 2019
Home + Humble... {55}
In this episode of the Collective Podcast, Misty sits down with Lauren Erlandson, who shares the amazing story of how she flipped her life, career and geographical location all completely upside down. From small town Wisconsin to the executive life in Manhattan, all the way to living in the Guatamala and co-starting an organization that is creating opportunities for women. It's an incredible story that you have to hear!  Important links and info:  Doing Good... Says Who (book)  Instagram/homeandhumble
October 30, 2019
It's a Season... {54}
In today's episode, Misty sits down with our team creative Heidi Houtz about the unfathomable season she lived, as a new mom with a sick baby. Within this hard season she learned so much about true self care, isolation and resilience.  Other important links/info, from the episode:  IG: Facebook Wildwood at Heart Etsy Shop  Information about SCID  Ronald McDonald House Charities Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine 
October 23, 2019
A Queen Healing... {53}
In this weeks episode Misty, and her cohost Emily get the amazing opportunity to sit down and talk with Allison Schwab. Allie bravely shares her personal story of an abusive marriage, and how that  journey has gone on to impact her career with social work, as well as an amazing vision she is working towards, helping other women.  Important links & info...  Instagram: @a.queen.healing  website twitter @queen_healing facebook: Allie Schwab
October 16, 2019
You Can't Pour From an Empty Cup... {52}
In today's episode, Misty and Nikki sit down to chat with Author Lyndsey Medford. Lyndsey shares about the personal health/life things which led her to the creation of her beautiful guided journal "Making Friends with my Body & God."  Simply talking with Lyndsey was so motivating and encouraging! She has a lot of wisdom, and says amazing/brilliant things like "I had to start treating myself as an end, rather than a means to an end." Don't we all!  Other important Links/info:
October 9, 2019
Creating your Future... {51}
Kicking off the first half of our second season, Misty sits down for a one-on-one chat with Lauren of Apachemagic. With a lot of inspiration, wisdom and experience Lauren shares her journey through adoption, ambition and connecting with who she was meant to be.  Relevant links:  Tribes 7 generations Long hair MMIW John Trudell Americans Indian Movement
October 2, 2019
Chasing an Overwhelming Peace... {50}
For the Collective Podcast's 50th episode, Misty sat down to chat with Amanda Whitworth about writing, art, creativity, her journey with cancer and so much more. Amanda is an inspiration and we are so grateful to get to share her story with you now...  We will be back in a little about a month for the second half of season two. In the meantime, here are a few links from things talked about in today's Episode.  You can find our guest, Amanda, around the internet here.  Website: Email: Instagram: @_sawdustandsoul Youtube: The artists/authors that inspire Amanda:  - Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert - Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott  - Donald Miller 
August 28, 2019
What does Verdure mean, anyhow? {49}
Welcome back to our third and final summer book episode. This week we've dubbed our very own Jane Austen expert, and brought her in to talk about all things Jane, classic lit, and a bit about mental health! We also learn what Verdure means, and not very elegantly.  Important tidbits, from the show:  "To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment." - Jane Austen Personal:  Twitter: @BexKnightley Facebook: Bex Knightley (page) OCD Awareness: Twitter: @ocdpuppet Facebook: OCD Puppet (page) Books Referenced: Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen Emma, by Jane Austen The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving Classical Kingdoms #4-6, by Brittany Fichter Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik Bible Plan: I use the Bible app by YouVersion, and the plan we spoke of is called Don’t Be Afraid, Just Have Faith; by Femi Monehin
August 21, 2019
A journey through... {48}
In this episode, Misty sits down to chat with Casey Moore. Casey, a student at Savannah College of Art & Design, shares about her journey with an eating disorder, and her process to heal and learn to intuitively listen to her body. 
August 14, 2019
I like big books... {47}
Jennie Weekley, of the Weekley Connection came on the show to chat all things fiction! While Misty was melting, neck deep in Pennsylvania humidity, Jennie was joining in from the beach! What a fun episode!  Among the many things talked about, here are a few links:   - Charles Martin  - Katherine Reay  - The Welcoming Committee of Butternut Creek  - The Perfume Collector - Green Gables Fables
July 31, 2019
The Lemonade Movement... {44}
Our guest, in todays episode is the heart and creator behind The Lemonade Movement, a platform for community, education, workshops, and individual and group-based coaching that helps women transform life’s lemons (emotional trauma, anxiety, and fear) into confidence and power to cultivate an empowered recipe to make their best lemonade beyond trauma!  Other links and resources, from the episode:  Brene Brown Ted Talk: Dr. Mykee Fowlin - "Invite others in to share your lemonade." 
July 17, 2019
Pro-love... {43}
Maggie & Misty sit down with Emily Heiden. Emily is a PHD student, as well as a well published essayist. During this current climate in our culture, Emily's story is one (among so many) that we need to hear. Emily bravely shares her story of abortion, and while we respect that this is a sensitive topic (on both sides), these stories are ones we NEED to intentionally listen to. Emily bravely shares her journey and touched both of our hosts very deeply.  Whether we find ourselves on the pro-life or pro-choice side of this debate, it is VITAL that we acknowledge these are living/breathing human beings who are dealing with really hard things, and they deserve compassion, empathy and for our a chance to be heard. This topic causes so much reaction, while while those caught in the middle often end up being overlooked. We can be better, we can love better...  Show links:  Emily on Twitter  Her referenced Seattle Times article.  Here is an excerpt from her memoir, featured at the Santa Fe Writer's Project. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert  May Cause Love by Kassi Underwood Poor Your Soul by Mira Ptacin Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola #Youknowme and why this trending topic exists  Post Abortion Support Resources  CDC Unbiased Abortion Statistics
July 10, 2019
Hello, Sunshine... {42}
Here we are, in episode 42, and it is JUST IN TIME for summer!  Marion and Misty sit down to chat with @Melanomawarriorwoman about her cancer journey... We chat all sorts of things, from therapy animals, real self care, truth about sunscreens, Braf mutation, Showtime's The Big C, the Alkaline Diet, and so much more! She is transparent about her journey, and made such a great guest (even if she felt she was struggling with chemo brain. It did not show!) 
July 3, 2019
This is Forty... {40}
When I first became aware of my social media connection with my guest, Ritu Bhathal, we had a little exchange about being over forty and still being more than capable of chasing, and conquering, our goals. Out of that conversation stemmed the idea for a Podcast episode about this. Let's face it, ladies, we live in a world where the ideas fed to us about the age of 40 are not gentle or kind...  What I didn't expect was the details between Ritu beginning to chase her dream to write, and the tragedy, heartbreak, struggle and life that would happen within the years leading to where she is today. Her perspective on age also comes from a place different than my standard, Americanized one, because not only is she from another country, but she lives within an ethnic culture that adds its own complications and pressures.  I am so grateful I get to share my new friend Ritu with you! She is an author, poet, teacher, wife, mother and absolutely amazing!  Beyond this podcast, you can find Ritu around the world wide web by visiting her blog, website, Instagram, and of course, twitter.  Her book, Poetic RITUals  Other things referenced in this episode include:  Gail Honeyman, author of Eleanor Olyphant is Completely Fine James Charles YouTube channel 
June 26, 2019
Book Talk, with K.J.... (Bonus episode 1)
This episode is one of three summer bonus episodes, where we chat books! In this, our first episode of the summer series, Misty sits down with author K.J. Backer. The two started a conversation about Rachel Hollis' Girl Stop Apologizing one day, and decided to turn it into an episode. In addition the the talks of Rachel Hollis' various works, they chat about dreams, hard work and making things happen...  Important stuff:  K.J. Backer's Website.  Nav'Aria: The Marked Heir by K.J. Backer Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis Girl, Wash your Face by Rachel Hollis  Party Girl (book 1, of the Girls series) by Rachel Hollis 
June 21, 2019
The one with the bikinis... {39}
Sometimes we will just gather a few bright ladies together and chat about something timely and relevant. In this particular episode, just in time for summer, we are discussing true body positivity, what it is, why it matters and what we can do to help...  Other points of reference, mentioned in this episode are:  Nike Mannequins The F*ck It Diet Shrill 
June 19, 2019
Light and love... {38}
Some people miss the point of optimism and are just too giddy. We've all met them. In today's show, our guest is one of the most sincerely positive people I have ever encountered! Alongside my co-host Maggie, we got to chat with Megan Moulton. Not only is her positivity infectious, it is truly inspiring as she is HIV positive. Come get to know Megan, hear her story and learn some interesting facts along the way. (Of which I'll admit, HIV is a topic I knew very little actual facts about.)  Megan's instagram  HIV (CDC) 
June 12, 2019
Pastelito Princess... {37}
Our guest, Jessica, has big dreams... Being a first generation child of an immigrant, she's watched her father work hard and achieve great success. She, like the rest of us, has walked through this life with her fair share of hardships and disappointments but with her son (and trusty sidekick), she is relentlessly pursuing her dream. Jessica was an ABSOLUTE joy to have as a guest, and we know you will love her too!  Pastelito Princess instagram Chef
June 5, 2019
The Impossible... {36}
Nikki Johnson is my guest in the final episode of our May Motherhood series, and she is the absolute perfect "wrap up" for such a heartfelt series! Throughout her entire story Nikki shows us how possible the impossible really can be. I have listened to this conversation multiple times and still find myself challenged and motivated!  You can find Nikki:  Instagram Facebook Her Support Groups Other helpful information:  IVF information Embreo Adoption 
May 29, 2019
Brave Decisions... {35}
Alexandrea, of Blue Lane Blog sat down to share her beautiful journey to Motherhood with me. So much about Andrea's story is so beautifully personal to me and i am SO GRATEFUL to share her story with you. From infertility to motherhood, her story is inspiring and beautiful. 
May 22, 2019
The Mama Mogul... {34}
Maggie and Misty had the privilege of sitting down with Shilene Aaron, the Mama Mogul. Shilene has experienced several vastly different chapters of motherhood with grace, poise and true joy. She was a single mom, is now the mom of a blended family and she recently had a baby, while her oldest is in high school. We KNEW she would have so much to offer, and she DOES! This lady here has WISDOM!  Beyond listening to, and sharing this episode, you can catch more with Shilene through her own podcast The Mama Mogul. 
May 15, 2019
The Motherhood series... {33}
In this episode we are kicking off our Motherhood series, four episodes with unique perspectives, odd defying stories of hope, heartache, loss, love and motherhood journeys. Today Misty, Maggie, Joy and Tori engage in honest conversation about how their own (very different) experiences with their own mothers have affected their motherhood journeys... 
May 8, 2019
Baby Blues... {32}
In Episode 32, as we kick off the Month of May, I had the opportunity to sit down with two amazing women and talk Postpartum Depression, the journey of making intentional memories and mental/emotional health. My cohost was my life long friend Sarah, who is a midwife and our guest was fellow podcast host Jennifer Tierney. Jennifer's podcast How To Make a Memory serves as a medium for connecting with others and as a love letter to her children...  Jennifer shares about her journey with postpartum depression and shares some really helpful information. Sarah was the best cohost for this episode, hands down!  (*Editing is mentioned in this episode but did not get done completely due to a death in the family.) How to Make a Memory Podcast (How To Make it Through Depression Episode) Info and resources re: Postpartum depression:  Mayo Clinic  National Institute of Mental Health
May 1, 2019
She writes, she's hilarious, she's Renee Percy... {31}
Misty and Jennie had the privilege of sitting down and chatting with actress, comedian and the all around lovely Renee Percy. Renee shared her journey within the comedy and entertainment industry, as a woman. The good news? Things are slowly getting better. The entire episode is a super fun glimpse into her journey, that you do NOT want to miss!  Tour dates
April 24, 2019
And now we continue... {30}
AND we're back!  Season two of The Collective podcast is here and we are SO HAPPY that it's time to share more women, see more brave and connect! Misty reconnects with season one favorites Jennie, Maggie, Angel and Ashley. We hear how the show has impacted them and what the Collective Season Two has in store. Hot topics and mentions include PCOS, the films Elizabethtown & The Florida Project, Foster Care/Adoption and more! 
April 16, 2019
{twenty-nine} Love and Loss...
Our guest today is Miranda Dauphinee, and her story is one love, addiction, healing, hurt, loss and a million other things. We are awed by her courage to share and we feel grateful to invite you in to Miranda's journey... 
March 6, 2019
{twenty-eight} The Interview...
The tables are turned as our host Misty and her husband Chris are interviewed about their marriage journey, the unedited version with no fancy filters... 
February 27, 2019
{twenty-seven} Love, Marriage & the Movies...
Round table discussion on life, love and marriage- what we may have expected based on the movies we loved, and what reality looks like. 
February 20, 2019
{Twenty-six} Real Love...
Though we don't have a Mary J. Blige budget, on our show, her song is a perfect fit for the kickoff episode on our LOVE Series. For the next four weeks we will be sharing stories and conversations about love, of all kinds... Healing love, hurting love, romantic love, learning to love ourselves... All things love.  In this episode our very special guest is author, wife and all around inspiration- Stephanie Snowe! So, turn on the most danceable MJB song out there, and let's talk Real Love... 
February 12, 2019
{twenty-four} The Conversation Starter...
  Girl-talk about real life. When a group of women come together to talk about our journeys, labels, self-definition, our perceptions, growth, changes and ask the questions/say the things that we might not always feel comfortable saying out loud…  Join the conversation. 
January 23, 2019
{twenty-three} Namaste...
This week we have the pleasure of introducing you to Tara. Tara walks us through her story of addiction, recovery, the loss of her brother and how the darkness of her journey has taken her on an amazing path- one she'd never expected... 
January 16, 2019
{twenty-two} What makes you beautiful...
Maggie and I sit down for a quiet conversation with our favorite beauty expert, Nicole. (and by quiet I mean, it's quiet, ya'll.) 
January 9, 2019
{twenty-five} The quiet one, with the beep...
I am joined by Sasha, this week, as we chat with our new friend Megan. While we set out to chat about one thing, the episode QUICKLY becomes one about how to "deal" when things go wrong. (To further illustrate the natural progression of the talk, things go wrong. Lots of them.)
December 12, 2018
{Twenty-One} Everyday is a Miracle...
Meet Erica! Jennie and I sit down to listen to Erica's journey and the miraculous way she has grown to see the beauty within the struggle amidst unknowns.
November 28, 2018
{Twenty} It starts (and ends) with a Beach...
My incredible artist friend Jo (Milk Moon House) shares about her journey from the darkest moment to the one where she is (currently) the most free... It's a beautiful journey, I'm so glad you're here to come along!
November 21, 2018
{Nineteen} Circles...
Marion is my cohost and our beautiful guest, Adrian, has one of the most amazing stories I have ever heard! I don't want to give anything away, you'll want to hear it! I hadn't, until this interview, and I was literally speechless...
November 14, 2018
{Eighteen} The Village people are us...
All important works need a community, this is no different for the story today's guest Ashley tells about the unexpected detours her life has taken. Not only is the saying true, that it takes a village but what is also true is that we are all a part of that village. Whether it is in support of Ashley's life endeavors, or someone else's.
November 7, 2018
{Seventeen} Steady + Flight...
We're chatting besties, music careers, art, serial killers, what we fill our cups with and pretty much anything else we could cram it. Our special guest is Sara and she's an inspiration!
October 31, 2018
{sixteen} In Grief there is...
In this episode we meet Anna, a mother who has known tremendous grief and shares her heart, loss and hope with us.
October 24, 2018
{Fifteen} Find Your Beauty...
In this episode Marion and I get the privilege of chatting with the beautiful, extraordinary Michelle. After her experiences, Michelle is the advocate we all need in our corner! (wearing her pink gloves, of course!)
October 17, 2018
{Fourteen} This is Us...
The Collective is back! Jennie and I play catch up and share some relevant and completely irrelevant things about our summer journeys. It is a gentle way to ease in on our time together.
October 10, 2018
{Thirteen} Serve, protect and love...
I had the distinct privilege of sitting down to chat with two beautiful women who are inspiring and successful in their own ways, while also happening to be married to law enforcement officers. Anjanette is in Seattle and Kara is near Detroit, here in the mitten state... In a time when the climate of America is a little, well, wonky and there seems to be mixed feelings directed towards our LEOs, I take value in the perspectives of these women and the challenging ways they helped affect my thoughts...
July 20, 2018
{Twelve} Kinda like a sleepover...
I am joined by Maggie, My friend Mindy and the very awesome Megan Ericson (co-host of the Minimalist Moms podcast) to kick off summer as nostalgically, casually and (let's be honest) awkwardly as possible when some of you are strangers and your actual locations span miles... Even so, it was a delightful evening!
July 13, 2018
Eleven: Embrace your Brave
Kelly & Misty sit down to chat with Sasha, an inspiring girl with a personal story of following her brave and how this changed her life...
July 6, 2018
Ten: What happens next?
Growth is a process, and anything organically human will experience it. We are no different...
June 27, 2018
{nine} What's The Worst That Could Happen?
I am super excited to introduce our listeners to my new friend Kelly! She is fantastic and fun and oh-so-wise!
June 20, 2018
{eight}: Confessions of an Infidelity Whisperer (Part two)
Myself, Maggie and our special guest Tabatha Wharton continue our discussion...
June 13, 2018
{Seven}: Confessions of an Infidelity Whisperer... (part one)
The Collective's Maggie and I sat down for a deep conversation with Poet, Author and the Authentically amazing Tabatha Wharton. If you're familiar with Tabatha than most of the things in this episode won't come as a surprise, as she is one of the most genuine people I've ever been in contact with. We talk about all sides of infidelity, what a journey through that looks like and how it changes you. Tabatha also talks about her book (link in show notes, on our website) where she gets even more personal with her story...
June 13, 2018
{six}: Give a Girl a Puppy...
Our Guest today is The Middle Life Podcast's very own Maegy Bouck! (My very special co-host is Megan, who is simply lovely and we hope she will come back whenever she wants!) We cover a wide range of topics including the beauty industry, 1980's stuffed animals and adoption/attachment disorders. (Full disclosure: This is the first episode I cried while recording and still tear up when I listen to it!)
June 6, 2018
Five: Honored
Katie is here this week, (!!!) and our (very) special guest this week is Jenna Weasonforth, a mom, soon-to-be-bride and Army veteran. Despite the many technical difficulties we were really lucky to get to chat with Jenna. I also attached a brief segment with Jenna's mom Debbie. I have listened to our interview with Jenna about a dozen times now and I love so many things about it! I am so excited for you to get to know her too!
May 9, 2018
Four: Let's chat about the F-word
Jennie is back, filling in for Katie (We missed you, Katie!) while we chat with Maggie about those life things that sometimes just don't end up quite like we hoped.
May 2, 2018
Three: "Into the deep wherever..."
Katie and Misty sit down and chat with Jennie. This might be the only time you can laugh about Leslie Knope and feel your heart ache about loss at the same time.
April 25, 2018
Two: That which shapes us
Angel is a foster/adoptive mom, with a life's journey which shaped her for this calling...
April 18, 2018
Gotta Start Somewhere...
What happens when two lifetime, well storied friends take action on a dream to bring brave women together to share their stories, illuminate shared journeys, chase away isolation and create connections? I guess we'll see...
April 13, 2018