FINE is a 4-Letter Word
FINE is a 4-Letter Word
Lori Saitz
Wasn’t it just a couple of years ago you were sitting on the beach at spring break in Ft. Lauderdale – listening to the Pet Shop Boys, U2, and Def Leppard - with your entire life ahead of you? Now you’re looking back 30 plus years and wondering what the hell happened. Not that it’s been all bad. Of course, there’ve been highs and lows. And today, everything’s fine. It’s just fine. That’s the problem. You don’t really feel like you have anything to complain about. Lots of people might envy what you have. But you’re feeling a deep undercurrent of suck. Like, there must be something more. And you don’t know what to do about it. Welcome to FINE is a 4-Letter Word, with host Lori Saitz. Every week, you’ll hear stories of self-discovery and courage from Gen-Xers who have taken the leap to move from fine to fantastic. Whether their FINE was a marriage, a job, a health condition, or any other life circumstance - some jumped proactively and others were pushed off. Some have landed on fantastic and others are still in mid-air. All are grateful to not still be stuck at fine. None of us knows how much time we have here. So we have to make the most of it. We have to do the things that light us up and bring us joy. This show will give you hope, help you find your passion and purpose, and dare you to see the life that’s waiting for you. You’ll never hear - or say - the word “fine” in the same way again.
5 Ways to Prepare for an Amazing 2023
Thanks for listening to the show in 2022! As we head into a new year, I'm sharing 5 ways to prepare yourself better than setting outdated resolutions. Because resolutions feel like ultimatums, which aren't welcomed by anyone. Consider WHO you'd like to be, instead of what you'd like to accomplish. What are the values you'd prefer to live into? Get the list of values I mentioned HERE.Eliminate the word WANT from your vocabulary. (It's not so easy and you'll hear it slip into my conversation a few times on this one!)Think about how to incorporate more fun into your life. And while we're at it, how about making "how can I?" your default question in any situation. What will you START doing? And equally important, what will you STOP doing?I share this quote in presentations all the time: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ― Abraham Lincoln Let's get ready for an amazing year ahead! And remember to get your copy of the “5 Easy Ways to Start Living the Sabbatical Life” at ZenRabbit.com.
Dec 30, 2022
21 min
Steve Finds His Way Into the Studio
Is hell freezing over? After 30 years of talking about it, my college friend Steve and I have finally gotten into a studio together and recorded a show. In the premiere of this new segment, which we'll likely name "And That's What Happened," we get Steve's equipment unboxed, meet Cal the cat, and hear about his adventure at Bass Pro Shops. We're also talking World Cup and what it has to do with how Steve and I met. Want to know what your fave college team is not doing if they've having a losing season? Steve has the answer. It's all fun and games here - and no one gets hurt! Want to see the video recording? Head over to the ZenRabbitVideo channel on YouTube to watch. Also, if you'd like to have more time to relax and reset every day, go grab your copy of the new guide, "5 Easy Ways to Start Living the Sabbatical Life" at ZenRabbit.com.
Dec 8, 2022
33 min
Season 2 Wrap Up and What's Coming for Season 3
Why hasn’t there been a new episode in so long? Great question! The real, answer is I got a little burned out on putting it all together every week. I got to the last interview of Season 2 and kept telling myself I had to record this last wrap-up episode and then let a whole bunch of other things get in the way. In Season 1, all the interviews were with very cool women. You got to hear all their vulnerable stories about being stuck in a place where they said everything was fine but it was not even CLOSE to fine. Then in Season 2, I mixed in some stories from incredible men who were willing to open up and share their stories of living through fine/not fine times. The diverse perspectives were fascinating to me. And proof that yes, men and women are different, but I saw that much more in the choice of hype-song than in the feelings and experiences around living in Finesville. Humans are humans. Our souls naturally strive for growth and expansion and are designed to live in joy, gratitude, and love. When we’re not allowing ourselves to live that way, it causes all kinds of dis-ease. (More about the topic of allowing further into the show.)In Season 3, we're going to talk more about the topic of Living the Sabbatical Life. And how to take your own own sabbatical. Or create a sabbatical life, that allows you to live every day like you're on sabbatical. That doesn’t mean not working. It means consciously creating a way of living that supports doing what you need to do and having plenty of time to relax, enjoy life and recharge. So that when you sit down to work tomorrow, you’re not burned out, stressed out, and unable to focus from overworking today. You end up being more creative, focused, and guess what? More successful – however you choose to define success. There’s a lot of reprogramming that goes on here. Rewiring of the brain. You’ve heard me talk about that a bit. You’ll hear even more because this is how you go from feeling like life is chaos to feeling calm and grounded and joyful. To help you with this, I created a short guide called 5 Easy Ways to Start Living the Sabbatical Life. You can get it for free over at ZenRabbit.comAnd stay tuned for the new, monthly And That's What Happened live segment with my long-time, most hilarious friend Steve. Today's episode is sponsored by Blonde Beard's Buffalo Sauce. Checkout their reasonably priced gift packs for all your holiday giving. Use code LORI20 to get 20% off your order at https://blondebeards.com/
Dec 1, 2022
24 min
Fixing a Broken Model with Keri Sicard
My guest on today’s show is badass business owner Keri Sicard. For several years, Keri commuted 4 to 7 hours A DAY to her job, where she struggled to fit into a toxic work environment. For most of that time, she thought SHE was the problem. Then she realized the business model was broken. So she set up her own practice and created a healthier, more sustainable atmosphere. In this episode, we’re talking about finding the belief in yourself, the three most valuable people to have in your posse, and morning routines, which I’m convinced more than ever are crucial to having a good day. Keri brought up the importance of shedding the shoulds, which was a topic originally mentioned by my very first guest on episode 2 in the first season - Dara Goldberg. If you haven’t heard that one yet, go back and find it. I’m excited you’re here to learn from this mom of 3, racecar driver, who is passionate about turning businesses’ ideas into valuable assets. and adamant about honest, truthful lawyering. Keri’s hype song is Roar by Katy Perry Website: www.virtualipllc.comLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/keri-sicardToday’s episode is sponsored by Zen Rabbit. If you’d like to find peace of mind amidst the chaos and no matter what’s going on around you, get on a complimentary call with me. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll get insight on any issue you’d like to bring to the table. And you’ll leave the conversation with clarity and renewed energy. Find the booking link here. Or text me at 571.317.1463. And if you’re not into chatting just yet, you can go to ZenRabbit.com to find free resources, like meditations and articles.
Oct 20, 2022
37 min
Living a Mindful Midlife with Billy Lahr
From the moment I met Billy Lahr, I knew he would be someone I’d want to stay in touch with. I wish he lived locally so we could hang out together because he is inspiring, smart, and hilarious. I’m so happy to have him as a guest on today’s show. He was home in the States when we recorded this, but as you’ll hear, he’s gone back to live in Korea again this month. In this one, we’re talking about finding and settling into a sense of clarity, living and lingering in the gray area of life, and Billy’s strong stance on the phrase “everything happens for a reason.” If you’re up for some laughs today, keep listening. Billy is currently the host of The Mindful Midlife Crisis, a podcast for people navigating the complexities and possibilities of life’s second half. Billy spent 21 years as an educator but became disenfranchised the last half due to budding mental health concerns and unrelenting social media harassment from students. In 2021, Billy left his job as dean of students to travel the world in search of more meaningful life experiences. After an emotional breakdown in Korea, Billy’s path in life became crystal clear. Since then, he’s been focused on navigating his own midlife crisis more mindfully and helping others do the same by using his life experiences as a guide for others to reflect, learn, and grow.Today’s episode is sponsored by Zen Rabbit. If you’d like to find peace of mind amidst the chaos and no matter what’s going on around you, get on a complimentary call with me. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll get insight on any issue you’d like to bring to the table. And you’ll leave the conversation with clarity and renewed energy. Find the booking link here. Or text me at 571.317.1463. And if you’re not into chatting just yet, you can go to ZenRabbit.com to find free resources, like meditations and articles. Billy's hype song is Refuse/Resist" by Sepultura LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billylahr/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Mindful-Midlife-Crisis-Podcast-106476821546123Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mindful_midlife_crisis/Twitter: https://twitter.com/MindfulMidlifeHere's the meditation Billy created for Fine is a 4-Letter Word.And you can listen to Billy interview me on The Mindful Midlife Crisis here.
Oct 13, 2022
47 min
Learn and Transform with Joe Bravo
Today’s guest is Joe Bravo. As with many of the fantastic people in my network, Joe and I met through LinkedIn. I’m telling you, it’s not just an online resume place where people pitchslap you all the time. You can make valuable connections there! Joe and I are talking about living through and learning from traumatic situations, how pain is a great communication tool, and the role complaining has in growth. Joe also shares how he’s used authors, historical figures, and fictional characters as role models when he hasn’t had an appropriate role model physically in his life. Joe Bravo is a senior brand ambassador for a company called Get Staffed Up. They provide virtual assistants to lawyers and other types of business owners all across the United States and beyond. He says he started as a broken man, moved his way up to healthiest unemployed person ever. Today he’s finally able to share his story and what he learned from it!Today’s episode is sponsored by Zen Rabbit. If you’d like to find peace of mind amidst the chaos and no matter what’s going on around you, get on a complimentary call with me. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll get insight on any issue you’d like to bring to the table. And you’ll leave the conversation with clarity and renewed energy. Here's the booking link. Or text me at 571.317.1463. And if you’re not into chatting just yet, you can go to ZenRabbit.com to find free resources, like meditations and articles. Joe's hype song is The Alan Parsons Project's Sirius Website: https://getstaffedup.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joebravo/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GetStaffedUpInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/getstaffedup/Twitter: https://twitter.com/Getstaffedup1
Oct 6, 2022
43 min
Your Trauma Doesn’t Define You with Jennifer Ramirez
My guest on today’s show grew up in a hostile, abusive environment. So it’s no surprise Jennifer Ramirez developed anger and self-worth issues. She became a single mom in her early twenties and survived domestic, emotionally, and financial abuse as an adult. Then she was introduced to personal development and counseling, which she credits for helping her transform her life. By the time she was 30, she had paid off $25,000 of credit card debt and graduated from college completely debt-free, while working full time and raising her daughter. It was through therapy that she found the strength to start talking about her childhood sexual abuse, even though her family and her culture encouraged her to leave the past in the past. She realized she was the one who had to step up, speak out, and stop the cycle of secrets and shame. In this episode we’re talking about what’s often a taboo topic and how using your voice to speak your truth courageously helps you overcome all types of trauma. I can’t wait for you to hear about the super-hard question Jennifer asked her mom and where the answer led them. Jennifer Ramirez is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, and the founder of &Rise which is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower women to be the ultimate versions of themselves no matter what adversities they've faced. She says the & means your story isn’t over yet; there’s more to tell. And the rise means rising above any adversities you’ve been through. Jennifer loves helping women rediscover their badassery. She mentions the upcoming Bet On Us Casino Night fundraiser. You can find out how to contribute to that as well as more about her organization at WomenRiseChicago.org. You can also text the word "healing" to 773-770-4377 to subscribe for info on upcoming events, free resources, and more!Hype Song: Survivor by Destiny’s Child Website: https://www.womenrisechicago.org/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-ramirez-340537102/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/womenrisechicagoInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/andrise_womenTwitter: https://twitter.com/and_rise_Today’s episode is sponsored by Zen Rabbit. If you’d like to find peace of mind amidst the chaos and no matter what’s going on around you, get on a complimentary call with me. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll get insight on any issue you’d like to bring to the table. And you’ll leave the conversation with clarity and renewed energy. Find the booking link HERE. Or text me at 571.317.1463.And if you’re not into chatting just yet, you can go to ZenRabbit.com to find free resources, like meditations and articles.
Sep 15, 2022
39 min
Gratitude Through Hard Times with Chris Schembra
There's a funny story behind the recording of this episode and a lesson in persistence. Tune in to hear what it is. It’s not everyday you meet someone who’s lived on a glacier in Patagonia. Chris Schembra has done that and a whole lot more on his rollercoaster hero’s journey. He’s been a kayak tour guide, he’s run a theater company, he’s created a pasta sauce. He’s won accolades and awards for his work. He also has non suicidal self-injury, depression, jail and rehab on his resume. Chris is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of "Gratitude Through Hard Times" and "Gratitude and Pasta.” USA Today calls Chris their "Gratitude Guru." He's a Founding Member of Rolling Stone Magazine's Culture Council, and he sits on the Executive Board at Fast Company Magazine.Chris is the Founder of the 7:47 Gratitude Experience™ and he's used the principles of gratitude to spark over 500,000 relationships around the dinner table, serving Fortune 50 CEO's, Olympians, Academy and Grammy Award winners, Superbowl Champions as well as thousands of others who are not well-known names. I’m honored to have a conversation about gratitude with Chris in this episode. The impact it has on you as the giver and the recipient. Where gratitude fits in the discussion of addiction. And it’s importance as a pro-social act. We’re also talking about ingratitude. Because in all honesty, those of us who talk and teach about gratitude are not immune from falling victim to it. Chris openly shares his shocking cry for help when he was riding on the top of the world, less than 9 months ago. Website: https://www.747club.org/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/schembra/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chris.schembra/Today’s episode is sponsored by Zen Rabbit. If you’d like to find peace of mind amidst the chaos and no matter what’s going on around you, get on a complimentary call with me. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll get insight on any issue you’d like to bring to the table. And you’ll leave the conversation with clarity and renewed energy. Find the booking link HERE. Or text me at 571.317.1463. And if you’re not into chatting just yet, you can go to ZenRabbit.com to find free resources, like meditations and articles.
Sep 8, 2022
51 min
The Minister of Dance with Karen Oeser
Energized is seemingly Karen Oeser’s natural state, as you will hear. A big part of Karen’s story is about turning trauma into triumph. It’s pretty cool to hear a revelation she gets in real time, as we’re talking, about a past incident. I love when this happens on the show! Karen’s also sharing her journey through several serious health conditions that she’s managed through alternative modalities. There’s a big focus on a favorite topic of gratitude in this one too. And how to use it – as well as some other techniques – to make yourself instantly feel better and raise your vibration. Plus how to then multiply blessings and send their positive energy out into the world. A passionate financial literacy advocate, Karen bridges the skills gap between financial advisors and their female clients and prospects. She’s also a dream igniter who uses dance to help people wake up their inner passions so they can overcome their mind blocks and step into financial freedom.Today’s episode is sponsored by Zen Rabbit. If you’d like to find peace of mind amidst the chaos and no matter what’s going on around you, get on a complimentary call with me. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll get insight on any issue you’d like to bring to the table. And you’ll leave the conversation with clarity and renewed energy. Find the booking link HERE. Or text me at 571.317.1463. Karen’s hype song is Gonna Fly Now - Rocky Orchestra Website: www.finliteracyforher.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-oeser-dream-igniter/
Sep 1, 2022
39 min
Co-Creating with the Infinite with Brian Muka
A special treat for you today with guest Brian Muka. Over the past couple of years, Brian and I have had a number of deep, thought-provoking conversations. We finally decided to record one so you can learn his wisdom and experience too. We’re discussing fear, self-worth, and self-sabotage. We’re talking about manifesting the exact situations, circumstances and people you need on your journey. And we’re covering forgiveness and self-love. It’s a lot. This one is a little longer than usual and it’s totally worth it. A navy veteran and former bomb tech, Brian describes himself as an intersection of Jocko Willink meets Bob Proctor. As he was running his executive coaching business called Fear Sherpa, and guiding clients to harness their fear, he realized what his Fear Clients wanted was to stop worrying about money. So he became a simple money educator and fell in love with being a wealth mentor and a tax strategist.Now business owners hire him to re-balance their underperforming assets, pay only their patriotic duty in taxes without increasing their capital outlay, and 2x-4X increase income - tax free.Today’s episode is sponsored by Zen Rabbit. If you’d like to move away from living in a state of constant anxiousness and instead find peace of mind no matter what’s going on around you, get on a complimentary call with me. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll get insight on any issue you’d like to bring to the table. And you’ll leave the conversation with clarity and renewed energy. Find the booking link HERE. Brian's hype song: Beautiful Day by U2 Website: linktr.ee/brianmukaLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianmuka/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brian.mukaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/brianjmuka/
Jul 28, 2022
48 min
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