Life in Paradise on a Shoestring

Life in Paradise on a Shoestring

The show is all about creating a Life You NEVER Need a Vacation From. (It’s ok if you still WANT to take Vacations) It’s designed to give you insights and wisdom to create your “somebody pinch me” reality. We share experiences, strategies and practical steps you can take to live your dream life in paradise. Listen and you’ll know that if you can dream it, You Can Achieve it


May 17, 2023 14 mins

Twenty years ago, after three divorces between them, Dawn and Tom said "I do". They were both blindsided by their first divorce, neither of them saw it coming. Listen and learn how the way we view "failure" determines how - and if - we move forward. Dawn and Captain Tom discuss dating as a single parent, the shame of divorce and coping with the opinions of others. You'll also discover:

1.  How to m...

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How do you define "assets"? Does it refer to merely money and other tangible assets? In this episode explains that our most valuable assets are not these things. Technology has exploded and will continue to. Some aspects are positive and can improve our lives but there are dangers to relying on technology. Listen and discover:

1. When technology doesn't serve us.
2. How tech might not be the savior we th...

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Tanya Dryden was fortunate to work for a boss (Don) who mentored her for 3 1/2 year. After 9 months she became debt free, 3 months ahead of her plan.  Following what she learned from Don, she was in a position to retire at 42. She still works - because she wants to.  There are many forms of Wealth besides money and tangible assets. Some others are wisdom, experience, courage, empathy and curiosity.  These asset are even more valuab...

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April 26, 2023 26 mins

In this monthly book review episode, Dawn share a book she's recommended for many years. In fact, she believes it should be required reading in high school.  Lower Your Taxes - Big Time! could be the best investment you'll ever make! Author Sandy Botkin, CPA, Esq., is a former IRS attorney who has taught hundreds of thousands of taxpayers how to save on their taxes with his Tax Reduction Institute seminars. A leading figu...

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In the last episode The New Rich: The Cost of Midlife in Paradise Dawn explained how Freedom is the new currency that determines how "Rich" we are. In this episode Tom explains how his career choices have led to freedom. Entrepreneurship was a logical choice once he became a single dad full time, and what that meant. As a business owner, it's not always wine and roses.  Listen and learn: 

1.  How our priori...

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The old definition of Rich is having a great deal of money or assets, in a word: Wealthy.  The NEW definition of RICH is the ability to do what you want, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, for as long as you want. With ENOUGH money to do so, in a word: FREEDOM. But as Dawn explains in this episode, freedom isn't free. The Law of Sacrifice means there is always an exchange involved.  What is the cost of that fre...

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April 5, 2023 18 mins

Do you ever find yourself thinking - or saying - "I'm too old to..." Is there an age where we cross the line and become “too old”?  Is it smarter to just mark time until we die, instead of  wanting a better life? If you're bold enough to say "heck no!" then you'll enjoy this inspirational episode. Dawn shares the stories of many "late bloomers" who found happiness and success later in li...

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To celebrate the 1 year release anniversary of her book, host Dawn Fleming makes a special announcement: a limited time offer to get a complimentary copy of her book (USA Only). Go here  to order your copy before they're gone

In this episode Dawn walks you through a chapter by chapter summary of what's waiting for you inside.

Chapter 1: Claiming Your Dream Life

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For several decades, she had a dream to scuba dive. In this episode Dawn shares the experience of achieving one of her Bucket List goals: getting PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Certified. Listen and you'll learn

1. Why it is so important to have a Master Dream (Bucket) List and how many things should be on your list,
2. How and why you want to know your limits.
3. Understand the process...

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Picking up the Clipboard is a phrase Tom and Dawn have used for years. Hear the story about where the phrase originated and how easily we can step up and lead. Listen and learn:

1.  How small seemingly insignificant decisions we make can enrich the lives of others and our own.
2.  Why self-employment is a ticket to freedom and flexibility.
3.  That we don't have to know everything to be a leader.
4.  The r...

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March 8, 2023 17 mins

We've all heard how exercise is good for you. But how much do we really need? Recent news articles have highlighted scientific research examining the relationship between exercise and better health outcomes. In this episode you'll learn:

1.  How many deaths and disease outcomes can be completely eliminated.
2. The link between physical activity and premature death and chronic diseases.
3. The real exercis...

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Becoming a Master Communicator with Renee Marino!

"Taking the time to improve your communication skills will only serve you in every relationship, no matter how deep or casual the relationship may be."

Renée Marino is a professional communication coach who helps people create genuine connections in their life and business by balancing new school technology with ol’ school simplicity. She also uses her well-rounded expe...

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February 22, 2023 22 mins

How long do you want to live to be? Have you thought about it? What image comes to mind when you think about living to be 120 years old? In this episode Dawn explains how reframing the way we think about aging and controlling our subconscious thoughts impacts our longevity.  You'll discover the following:

1. The First Step to living a long, healthy life.

2. How to Make a Longevity Plan and what to do next.

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The Law of Navigation, if not followed can have tragic consequences.  That was clear when two groups raced to be the first to the South Pole. One group perished, due to poor preparation. The other prevailed. In this episode Captain Tom shares his ideas on  preparation and navigating - life.

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In this episode, Dawn shares her recent two week experience with her mom Glenda.  After her stepdad Jim passed away last October, Dawn had concerns about her mom's well-being. it's the first time Glenda has ever been alone. As it turns out, she's thriving and a great example/case study for the importance of relationships as explained in the book The Good Life: Lessons from the World's Longest Scientific Study of...

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The Secrets to Living a Happier, Healthier and Longer Life.
 "Hearing an accurate understanding of our own experience coming from another person, articulated in their words, can be thrilling, especially when we’re feeling alienated in a social setting. Suddenly someone is seeing us as we are, and that experience momentarily breaches the barrier that we feel between us and the world. To be seen is an amazing thing.”  ...

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At age 45, David Fleming was cruising along health wise but was always hungry. At the urging of his partner he made an appointment for a physical exam. He was shocked to learn he was diabetic - with no classic symptoms. After 6 short weeks his A1C numbers had beed halved.  Hear David tell his inspirational story, explain his journey back to perfect health and the impact it has had on his other family members.  

Did you get...

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Join Host Dawn Fleming and hubby Tom Clifford for the kickoff of a new monthly segment on Leadership: Taking Command with Captain Tom.  Find out how and why the subject of leadership is so important and the origin of this part of the show. 

In this episode you'll also learn:
1) What is Leadership? What are the different types and why they matter.
2) How do we and can we lead (hint: you're doing it whethe...

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The First Episode of 2023. The New Year is an exciting time - for new beginnings. A New Year and a New You. Join Dawn as she explains in detail the new podcast format and the immense benefits for listeners. That includes a new monthly segment on leadership with her husband: Taking Command with Captain Tom. There is also be a monthly Book Review segment which will feature both new and old books that have had a profound impact. Dawn ...

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Oliver Wendell Holmes said “Many people die with their music still in them. Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it time runs out.” If you drive by the cemeteries, you'll hear the symphony of music that was never played.  Don't let that be you!

The vast majority of people live small, frustrated lives for no reason whatsoever. The potential to unlock the vault is there, t...

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