Episodes
Hello from the dead. We are still here, messing around per usual and dropping a random episode. That's all I'll say. If you want to drop a line, the podcast email is still up meltdowncitypodcast@gmail.com, but the website has been retired. Hope you are all well. Nic and Ali
Published 03/11/21
HI Meltdown City Peeps, I have officially launched my new nursing podcast - Found Down. Here is the first episode. If you like it, please like, review and subscribe! Also, Ali and I are going to do a random episode in the coming weeks just for the hell of it. I miss you guys. XO Nic
Published 08/15/20
Well, we have decided to call it quits and press pause on The Meltdown City Podcast. This has been the best and most fun adventure for both of us. We are so grateful for anyone who has ever listened, liked us, supported us or been a guest on the show. We could not have done it without you. On this episode, this very last episode, we definitely hit all of the emotions. We talk about our journey, this experience, where we were started in the beginning and where we have come. We take the...
Published 06/14/20
On this episode, we realize we have not recorded just the two of us in since mid-April so we have a lot to catch up on. We shout out to our listeners who have written in such as Katrina, James and Thomas. We share epic meltdowns and bring back 'TV Time.' We hope you are managing ok in this Pandemic. We discuss what has been getting us through. This is a crazy time and we want to know how you are holding up. What are you doing to get by? Please let us know by emailing us at...
Published 06/01/20
Today we are talking to Joe Syverson, a seasoned musician from bands such as Throw me the Statue, The Final Spins and his solo act https://flooredfaces.bandcamp.com/ (https://flooredfaces.bandcamp.com/) Follow them on social media Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/flooredfaces/) In this second half of our interview, Joe shares the details of his very serious accident he had this fall, how that impacted his life, the making of this new album and his thoughts on making music. It was a...
Published 05/25/20
Today we are talking to Joe Syverson, a seasoned musician from bands such as Throw me the Statue, The Final Spins and his solo act https://flooredfaces.bandcamp.com/ (https://flooredfaces.bandcamp.com/) Follow them on social media Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/flooredfaces/) On part one, we learn about his musical influences, how Floored Faces came to be and and how it feels to perform on stage. We end this episode with Till Beds, a song from the new album Escapism...
Published 05/19/20
Hey Everyone, I had the uptmost pleasure of being interviewed by my very good friend, Unwound Retreats (https://unwoundretreats.com/) , a wellness business for nurses. We discuss how I got unstuck from my restlessness and also how travel has impacted my life. Aaron also asks me what my life as an ICU nurse is like during the Covid 19 pandemic. So, I tell him and I get a little emotional about it but if you know me, that is no surprise. Click on the link below to go listen to my...
Published 05/11/20
On this episode, we catch up and do fun shout outs to our loyal listeners Barry and Nelson among others. Were you shouted out? Come listen! Ali has an epic meltdown involving her timeshare and Nicole is looped out after being up all night at the hospital. Periodically, we all suffer from low self esteem as this is a part of the human experience. So, this week we dig into the topic of self confidence. We discuss '10 Things You Can Do to Boost Self-Confidence...
Published 05/05/20
Today we chat with Quynh Nguyen, the founder of Paper Florists Collective (https://www.thepaperflorists.org/) . Quynh is a power house. We learn how she accidentally fell into this career. She is an entrepreneur, an educator, a podcaster and an artist. She shares her wisdom on important aspects of owning your own business as well as great advice for how to handle your business doing this time of Covid 19. Plus, she shares how having mentors and relationships can advance your business and...
Published 04/20/20
Published 04/20/20
Today we report on how we are doing in the midst of this Global Pandemic. Ali reflects on her feelings about having to adapt to things completely out of her control and Nicole wrestles with her emotions about being on the frontlines amidst all of the uncertainty. Our topic for the day is a timely one - we bring you some real applicable tips for how to deal with all of the stress we are facing. We discuss '10 Tips for Dealing With the Stress of Uncertainty...
Published 04/06/20
On today's episode of the Meltdown City Podcast, we chat remotely, due to our adherence to social distancing. We decide to take a moment to discuss the odd silver linings to this pandemic. Obviously, this is a challenging time for all, but we wanted to take a moment away from the deluge of bad news. We hope you can understand. This week, we offer an escape as we talk about relationships and how to reignite your passion. Are you in a long term relationship? Do you need some ideas on how to...
Published 03/23/20
On today's episode, we chat via Zoom from the safety of our own homes in Seattle, the first hotzone of Covid 19 in the US. We discuss how Covid 19 is impacting our lives and our meltdowns related to it. We both have careers in healthcare and have been involved either on the frontlines or behind the scenes. Everything is so changing rapidly. How are you handling it? On a much lighter note, we decide to delve into a funny questionnaire that we ask one another to lighten things up. You might...
Published 03/16/20
On today's episode, we talk with Regan Walsh (https://reganwalsh.com/) , a NYU-certified executive and life coach who focuses on helping women who are over-programmed and underwhelmed, reclaim their lives, both personally and professionally. Regan has coached hundreds of women through her one-on-one and group coaching programs, and she is regularly asked to give keynotes and facilitate workshops for fortune 500 companies, including Nike, QuickBooks, and Nationwide to audiences ranging from...
Published 03/03/20
On today's episode, we are back in the studio with our new equipment. Hooray! And we have a new patreon account! We discuss our #meltdownmoments... and how Ali is feeling with her job uncertainty. Hint: she is feeling a little down about it. This episode, we discuss James Clear's book "Atomic Habits - An Easy Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones." (https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits) Did you know Steve Martin worked on perfecting his craft for 10 years before he got any good gigs...
Published 02/17/20
Published 02/04/20
On today’s episode, we talk about entering the new decade of 2020, setting resolutions and how to stick to your goals. We reference Marie Forleo’s 7 minute video here (https://www.marieforleo.com/2020/01/achieve-your-goals/) that has three science based tips for achieving your goals the first time. Check it out! What are you looking to accomplish this year? Are you going to do that thing you’ve always wanted to do? We discuss our goals for the podcast and for ourselves. We also discuss a...
Published 01/21/20
On today's episode we catch up with world traveler and travel blogger, Melissa Bitz, aka Traveling Bitz (https://www.travelingbitz.com/) and we learn about her seven month long solo journey around the world. Last time we talked with Melissa, she was just a few weeks in. Now she has returned home to California and has had time to reflect on her experience and how it has changed her. Melissa shares where she traveled to in Europe and in South America, reveals what places are still...
Published 01/06/20
We are just popping on to wish you Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Solstice, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year! We shout out to some of our new listeners! Thanks for the support! Love to you and yours! Nic & Ali
Published 12/25/19
On today's episode, we talk funny #meltdownmoments and reflect on how things are going with our side hustles. Plus, we discuss the concept of GRIT which is passion plus perserverance. Dr. Angela Duckworth has studied this concept and has a TEDx talk that you can watch here. (https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance) We talk about grit in our own lives and in relation to our own projects and parenthood. True to form, things get really raw and...
Published 12/23/19
On today’s episode, we talk with Podcaster, Speaker & Family man John Lee Dumas from Entrepreneurs on Fire (https://www.eofire.com/) who says, “Having a podcast makes people pay attention to you.” And it certainly did for Aaron. We talk with Aaron about some of the trips he took with his grandmother, like how he traveled to Russia in 1990 and how that infused him with an adventurous spirit and love of travel. Aaron is a huge advocate of family travel which he is the heart of his...
Published 12/09/19
On today's episode, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we take the time to thank all the guests who have been on our show and the many listeners. Thank you to our amazing, talented and fearless guests for being on the show and inspiring all of us to embrace change and take a chance! Aaron Schlein (https://aaronschlein.com/) . Thank you to our loyal listeners such as my sister Amy, Amity, Eric, Leah, Chris, Carrie, Katrina, Cathy, Dr. Dueck, Tom, Jon-Mark, my Dad, Sheralyn, Sunga, Merrick,...
Published 11/25/19
On today's episode, Nicole and Ali chat while Ali is in Seattle and Nicole is in Pullman, WA.  They get into a conversation about vulnerability and reflect on a video by Brene Brown, PhD and LMSW.   "Vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness, but it appears that it's also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging, of love" states Brene. Ali opens up about how parenting is super hard and how she would just love some "freedom and danger."  Nicole...
Published 11/11/19
Hey there! On today's episode, we catch up and reflect on last week's interview with Erick Prince of Minority Nomad.  You can listen to it here!  Per usual, we discuss #meltdownmoments  that have come up.  Ali reflects on the unexpected death of her friend of 20 years, may he rest in peace. We discuss moving through fear and Nicole quotes her old coach, James Swanwick "feel the fear and do it anyway." Yes, sometimes it is challenging to do things that we are afraid of but ultimately,...
Published 10/28/19
On today's episode, we talk with the very talented Erick Prince, aka Minority Nomad calling in from Bangkok, Thailand.  Erick  is a photographer, blogger, vlogger, entrepreneur and world traveler who for several years has called Bangkok  his home. Originally from East Cleveland, Ohio Erick shares how he got started as a photographer after being given a choice between vocational school or expulsion.  Choosing vocational school, more specifically photography he was gifted his first camera by...
Published 10/21/19