Creating Your Happy Place

Creating Your Happy Place

A podcast that explores how our spaces support (or sabotage) our happiness and make it easier (or harder) to reach our goals, then empowers you to do whatever it takes to get happy at home. 😊🏡

Episodes

September 7, 2021 46 min

Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Kathy Davis! Kathy traded the white picket fence for a life on the road, living in a fifth-wheel RV with her husband and 2 cats.  Listen to hear about her transition to a home-on-wheels, what obstacles she faced (and continues to face) in making this bold move, and what we can learn from her when making our own tiny kitchens work as hard as we need them to.

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Jessica Butts! Jessica is a Meyers Briggs Expert who decided one day she was done with her home.  How did she decide she was done with her home? Was letting go easy? Since she's a former Psychotherapist, what has she discovered about her personality type and how it relates to what she needs from her home? All of these questions and more were answered in this...

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Dana Parker! Dana is an emotional resiliency coach who grew up in the Mormon church and was married at 19. All within a few years she left the church, got a divorce, lost her job, went bankrupt, all the while trying to be a great mom to four boys. By losing everything, she says she's learned that her house is not her home and that actually, if she's at h...

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Maegan Blau! Maegan Blau is an interior designer based in sunny Arizona.  In 2009 she incurred a C6-C8 spinal cord injury and has been a wheelchair user ever since. She is diagnosed with an incomplete C8 spinal cord injury which has obviously changed the way she lives in the blink of an eye. As a person with a disability, it seemed the majority of options to mak...

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Mitzi Beach! No matter what age we are, everyone wants to have a happy home. That said, what we need from our home may change over time. Mitzi is an expert in Aging in Place, and shares with us what home looks like for those over 50!

Mitzi Beach A.S.I.D. C.A.P.S. is an award-winning Interior Designer, Author, and 50+ Demographic Marketing & Lifestyle Spe...

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Star Hansen! Star lives in Tucson Arizona in a Santa Fe-style home with her boyfriend, and her 2 dogs, a cat, and 13 coy fish. She's a Certified Professional Organizer, aka a clutter whisperer! In this episode, she shares what clutter is (both physical and mental), and how we can deal with it.

Star Hansen brings peace to the world one color-coded label at a t...

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Samantha Kellgren! Samantha had been living in downtown Chicago for 10 and a half years, when she decided she needed a change in pace. Specifically, she wanted mountains! She and her husband packed up their belongings and moved to slower-paced Asheville North Carolina, with their 11-month-old son. In this episode, Samantha talks about everything from why she mov...

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Spencer Frost! Spencer is a 31-year-old who was diagnosed with Achondroplasia Dwarfism at birth. He's just a regular guy who currently works for Apple as a Technical Support Advisor. In this episode, he talks about what navigating life, and home, as a little person is like.

Spencer and his wife live in a one-story house they just purchased in Leander,  Texas,...

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 Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Grace Mase! Grace lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two kids. After going through her own home improvement nightmare, she decided there must be a better way to go about managing home projects.

Grace Mase is the Founder + CEO of BEYREP [Construction Tech + EQ] - an all-in-one home construction management solution that provides peace of mind and co...

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Christina Frost! Christina is a whimsy instructor and consultant, teaching others about how to bring surprise and adventure into your life. But how did she end up on this amazing path? Listen to the episode to hear about Christina's journey to loving everything whimsy!

Born in Colorado, but essentially a Texas native, Christina graduated from the University ...

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Anne Strunk! Anne is involved with Special Spaces; a nonprofit that designs dream bedrooms for kids with life-threatening illnesses. She got started with them back in 2011, after finding herself an empty-nester. Listen to this episode to hear about all of the incredible spaces she designed, and how rewarding of a journey it was.

Anne and her husband of 41 years ...

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Crystal Collinson! Crystal is an interior designer that specializes in model homes.  Listen in to hear how she designs spaces that everyone will like, instead of just the family who's living in the home.

Crystal is the principal of Crystal Collinson Interiors, a full-service design firm specializing in the Design and Decorating of Model Homes, Sales Presentat...

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Val Sporleder! Val is an expert in accessory dwelling units- think backyard cottages, in-law suites, or even a detached home office! If you're thinking about changing the footprint of your home, big or small, listen to this episode.

Val Sporleder is owner and designer at 1AD Studio LLC in Seattle. While growing up she moved a lot so her interest in her living...

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Katie McLaughlin!  Katie is passionate about creating happier, healthier workplaces. In this episode, Katie talks about workplaces both in the corporate office, and at your at-home office! Listen to hear about everything on boundaries, productivity, and happiness in the workplace!

In her business: McLaughlin Method, Katie leverages her decades of experience drivi...

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Sarah Siegele! Sarah has had an extremely unlucky past with homes. They've been flooded, flooded again, and then near fires!? Listen to this episode to hear about Sarah's journey and find out how she has pushed through these unlucky situations and remained positive!

Sarah owns ULC Business Solutions, a bookkeeping company specializing in helping other sma...

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Holly Chayes! Holly is a  style consultant with a background in theatrical costume design, and she knows all about fashion! Living in New York City, she has a New York City apartment, which comes with a set of challenges. Holly shares her experiences with closets, retail spaces, and personal style. You wear your clothes every single day, they should make you hap...

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we chat with special guest Tracey Warren! CEO of the co-working space In-Spark, this eternal optimist faced (and conquered) a cancer diagnosis with a smile.

In this episode she shares why she started a co-working space (and addresses some of the challenges of co-working) along with her story of facing cancer during covid. Listen to how she brought sunshine into 2020 despite the challenges.

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Marni Jameson! Marni shares her experiences with merging homes, specifically how she and her husband navigated sharing their spaces. But also talks about being a human just trying to create her happy place, chapter by chapter. ⁠

A nationally syndicated columnist, author, journalist, speaker and TV guest, Marni Jameson has been called America’s most-loved home and...

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Elise Buie about homeschooling! Living in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, she and her family lost their home and had to be evacuated to Georgia. All the while homeschooling her children and overcoming everything life threw at them by having fun horseback riding, building sailboats, and learning other important life skills!

Elise Buie is a Seattle attorney ...

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Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Laura Fenton about living small! If you want to live small, struggle with living small, or just wonder about living small, whether it's to simply your life or to leave a smaller footprint on the world, this episode is for you!

Laura is a writer based in New York City. My first book The Little Book of Living Small [https://www.amazon.com/Little-Book-Living-Sma...

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