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106 EpisodesProduced by Sarah MichelleWebsite

We all have our days where we are killing it- big wins, bank accounts in the black, validation and accolades for days. And we have our days where nothing seems to go right, and we contemplate quitting everything while we slurp down a bowl of off-brand Ramen and question why we even tried. But succes… read more

106 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Let's Talk About People Pleasing with Trina Stutzman

October 31st, 2022


Are you a people pleaser? Trina Stutzman, author of 12 Steps to Overcome People Pleasing, is sharing her experience and expertise in how to identify …

Let's Talk About Dogs and People Training with Pat Buttita

October 24th, 2022


Calling all dog-lovers! Dog People Trainer Pat Buttita is sharing all the tips and tricks on how to have better relationships with our furry friends, and why it's more about training people than pets. 


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Let's Talk About the Fear of Success

October 10th, 2022


Are you afraid of success? Whether it's a fear of failing, or a fear of succeeding, there's a lot of anxieties that can prevent us from pursuing success. We can self-sabotage our own efforts. On this episode, Sarah …

Let's Talk About Season 8!

September 26th, 2022


Everything you wanted to know about Season 8 is recapped right here. 

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Let's Talk About Passion with Ramona Schmid (aka how to make your hobby your business...and your life)

September 19th, 2022


Ballet Instructor and Play Ambassador Ramona Schmid is sharing how she turned her passion for ballet into her full time profession. She also shares …

Let's Talk About Going For It Now With Miss Tammy

September 12th, 2022


When is the best time to go for a new goal? NOW! Miss Tammy shares how she began training in martial arts in her 50s and has since received multiple …

Let's Talk About Quarterly Planning

September 5th, 2022


Remember those lofty New Year's goals? On this episode, Sarah is sharing how to break those goals into an attainable and successful quarterly plan. 

Let's Talk About Contracting and Quality with Collin Potter (Pottery Quality)

August 29th, 2022


Let's talk contracting! Owner of Pottery Quality, Collin Potter is sharing all the questions one should ask before hiring a contractor, how to spot …

Let's Talk About Time Management

August 22nd, 2022


"I don't have time".... Each episode, our guests share what they have failed at. Almost always, it is some variation of time management. Why is it so hard for us to have time for the things we need time for? On this …

Let's Talk About Sales with Salesforce Smarties John Patton and Billy Draper

August 15th, 2022


Have you ever said "I hates sales" or "I suck at sales"... we have some sad news for you. Everyone is in sales. Salesforce pros John Patton and Billy Draper are sharing their sales expertise- everything you need to know …

Let's Talk About Budgets

August 8th, 2022


Wallets are a little tight these days. While it may feel right to avoid that pesky b-word, budgets are actually for the wealthy. On this episode, Sarah shares how she manages her budget, and how she managed to pay off …

Let's Talk About NFTs and the Metaverse with Ralph Kuepper

August 1st, 2022


What is an NFT? What could the metaverse look like? Is a digital Utopia even plausible? Ralph Kupper shares his expertise and answers all the …

Let's Talk About Finishing the Fight with Renshi Tim

July 25th, 2022


In our third self-defense chat, Renshi Tim talks about how to successfully finish the fight and why it matters. Sarah shares what Krav Maga is and …

Let's Talk About Sexual Energy with Dana Pharant

July 18th, 2022


Dana Pharant shares about life as a dominatrix and how we can harness our sexual energy to win in business and life. (hint - it has nothing to do …

Let's Talk About Season 7

July 11th, 2022


Wondering where to start and what you've missed? Sarah is recapping all of season 7.


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Let's Talk About Publishing with Bella Sophia

July 4th, 2022


Have you ever wondered what's involved in publishing a book? Or perhaps whether you should self-publish or pitch a publisher? Book editor and …

Let's Talk About Writing with Christi Pratte

June 27th, 2022


What does it take to be a successful writer? Writer and owner of Hustle Pretty Co. and Ghost Girl, Christi Pratte is sharing all of her tips on how …

Let's Talk About Photography with LUX Summit Studio

June 20th, 2022


There are a lot of different needs for photography- branding, family, pets, lifestyle, boudoir... on this episode, photography dream team Kristen Kidd and David Weir are sharing all their insights on what makes a good …

Let's Talk About Video With Torrey Tayenaka

June 13th, 2022


Video genius Torrey Tayenaka shares his expertise about what makes great video, why video is important, and what to ask before hiring a videographer.

Let's Talk About Design with Dave Matli

June 6th, 2022


What do we need for good design? Is design subjective, or are there objective qualifications? How has the more recent push for things like diversity …

You're Invited! Let's Talk About How to Have a Successful Pity Party

May 30th, 2022


Life can get pretty heavy. It's only natural to have the occasional pity party. On this episode, Sarah shares her tips on how to feel your feels …

Let's Talk About Family & Politics & Taking Initiative With Liz Recchia

May 23rd, 2022


What do family and politics have in common? The family unit is the first place we learn to coexist as a society. Government Affairs Director, …

Let's Talk About Empowerment With Judy V

May 16th, 2022


Judy V shares how we can become empowered. She shares her story of being locked up as a slave for the first 20 years of her life, and how that experience shaped her understanding of freedom, forgiveness, and abundance.

Let's Talk About Getting There With Joshua Amarelo

May 9th, 2022


What's the best way to get from point A to point B? Is it about the arrival or the journey? We're talking to Joshua Amarelo, Parkour and Free Running expert, about creatively and efficiently reaching our goals.


Let's Talk About Ambition and Drive

May 2nd, 2022


What is the difference between ambition and drive? Host Sarah Michelle is sharing her thoughts on why these two things are critical for success.


APRIL FOOLS! Let's debunk gender jobs with Lori Kelley

April 25th, 2022


In this April Fools episode, we're talking to Lori Kelley about building a successful career in the male dominated field of engineering.


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APRIL FOOLS: Let's debunk our past restricting our future with Janine Gates

April 18th, 2022


After finding herself with an unexpected jail sentence, Janine Gates went on to finish obtaining her college degrees, built a successful career in …

APRIL FOOLS: Let's debunk being too old with Dennis Selke & being too young Laura DiBennedetto

April 11th, 2022


Is success constrained to an age range? Nah.

We're talking to Dennis Selke who after marrying the love of his life, building a successful career, …

APRIL FOOLS: Let's debunk formal education with Chrysta Bairre & formal experience with John Stryker

April 4th, 2022


On this double episode, we are addressing two foolish beliefs- that you have to have a formal education, or formal prior experience to be successful. …

Let's Talk About Foolish Beliefs

April 1st, 2022


"I can't be successful because I don't have a formal education."
"I can't be successful because I don't have any formal experience."
"I can't be …

Let's Talk About Success Life Lessons- 33 success tips from 33 years of life

March 28th, 2022


Sarah Michelle is sharing 33 success tips she's picked up in 33 years of life. Pop some corn and get comfy... it's an extra long one this week.


Let's Talk About Redefining Success

January 3rd, 2022


So many failures become successes. Sarah is sharing some of her personal failures in all areas of life, and how these failures have made her rethink …

Let's Talk About Season 6

December 27th, 2021


Sharing all the thoughts on season 6


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Let's Talk About Resolutions

December 20th, 2021


How do you make a resolution stick? Are you really making that resolution for you, or for someone else? Let's make some goals stick this year.


Let's Talk About Public Image

December 13th, 2021


Personal branding has become a big buzzword. But what does that actually mean? Do we really need to think about this if we don't want to be famous? Can we build a public reputation without losing all privacy? The …

Let's Talk About Wealth with Krisstina Wise

December 6th, 2021


It's all about the money, honey. But what if you aren't in a position to enjoy any of that money? Money expert Krisstina Wise is stopping by to talk about the balance between being wealthy and well-thy.

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Let's Talk About Changing Our Minds with Josh Harris

December 2nd, 2021


What happens if you find all the success you ever wanted... but then want to change your mind? This week Sarah Michelle is talking to Josh Harris about what it was like to change his mind about his best selling books …

Let's Talk about Suicide Prevention with Stan Collins

November 22nd, 2021


You can save a life. Really. Suicide Prevention expert Stan Collins is sharing how to recognize the signs of suicide, how to have the conversation, …

Let's Talk about Audio with Zach LeWinter

November 15th, 2021


Want to sound good? Our audio producer Zach LeWinter is sharing all the tips on how to produce quality sound from your home studio. 


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Let's Talk About Nutrition With Ryan Drozd

November 8th, 2021


Do diets even work? Nutritionist Ryan Drozd has tried them all and he's dropping some truth. We're talking all things nutrition. 


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Let's Talk About How To Negotiate With Steve Matley

November 1st, 2021


Do you struggle with negotiation? Who doesn't?! This week, host Sarah Michelle's dad is stopping by to talk about how to negotiate. From contracts to raises to salaries to parent-child bartering, we've got you covered. …

Let's Talk About Legalizing Business With Lisa Sigman

October 25th, 2021


Want to start a business? We've got you covered. Attorney Lisa Sigman is sharing everything you need to know to get started. What's an LLC? What's a …

Let's Talk About Roadtrips

October 18th, 2021


Roadtrip! Host Sarah Michelle shares her experience of traveling across the country by herself. What to pack, how to prep, best and worst …

Let's Talk About Race With Lia & Rachel

October 11th, 2021


Can we talk about race? S.P.A.R.K. founders Rachel & Lia Rosen are sharing how we can begin to have these uncomfortable conversations about race, unconscious bias, and equity. Rachel and Lia create a safe space to …

Let's Talk About Season 5

October 4th, 2021


Recapping an amazing season 5! Talking about rest with host Sarah Michelle, getting sh*t done with Rachel Kelly, CEO of Make Lemonade, talking about …

Let's Talk About Rest

September 27th, 2021


HOST EPISODE! Host Sarah Michelle is talking about one of her favorite activities: REST. What does it mean to rest? Howcome when we 'rest', we still don't feel rested? Why are we tired all the time? How can we rest? …

Let’s Talk About Getting Sh*t Done with Rachel Kelly

September 20th, 2021


Do you need to get some shit done? Rachel Kelly, founder of the Get Sh*t Done Club is sharing her experience of entrepreneurship, swapping stories with Sarah, and we're talking about how to hunker down and get sh*t …

Let's Talk About School With Sara Torpey

September 13th, 2021


Is getting a big red F really a bad thing? How do we retrain ourselves to think of this as something worth celebrating? Teacher and Business Coach …

Let’s Talk About Pest Control with Mark Male

September 6th, 2021


With the changing of seasons can come an influx of unwanted house guests. And we don't just mean your relatives. Our former host Mark Male is …

EnCore! Let's Talk About Bookkeeping With Angela Nummy

August 30th, 2021


Numbers genius Angela Nummy is back in the studio talking all things bookkeeping. This is the 101 you don't want to miss.


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Encore! Let's Talk About Messy Marketing with Scott Miller

August 23rd, 2021


Do you ever hear a conversation that is so good, you have to hear more? We got you babe. In our first Encore series, 5 fan favorite guests are coming back. In this episode, Scott Miller is back to talk about the biggest …

Encore! Let's Talk About Covid-Crazy Home Buying with Shalmai Rivera

August 16th, 2021


Do you ever hear a conversation that is so good, you have to hear more? We got you babe. In our first Encore series, 5 fan favorite guests are coming back. On this episode, realtor Shalmai Rivera is back to talk about …

Encore! Let's Talk About Fun and Fitness with Matt Persell

August 9th, 2021


Do you ever hear a conversation that is so good, you have to hear more? We got you babe. In our first Encore series, 5 fan favorite guests are coming back. In this episode, Matt Persell is back to talk about how to make …

Encore! Let's Talk About the Birds and the Bees with Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers

August 2nd, 2021


Do you ever hear a conversation that is so good, you have to hear more? We got you babe. In our first Encore series, 5 fan favorite guests are coming back. On today's chat, Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers is back to talk …

Let's Talk About Wandering Aimfully With Rachel LeRoy

July 26th, 2021


Can you wander without being 'lost'? Hip Maps founder Rachel LeRoy shares how she created her innovative company, and why wandering aimfully is so …

Let's Talk About Makeup With Christen Gundersen

July 19th, 2021


What's the deal with makeup? Why is it that when we follow a YouTube tutorial exactly, we don't look like the model? CG herself from Makeup by CG …

Let's Talk About BitCoin With Shawn Cagle

July 12th, 2021


Wondering what exactly BitCoin is, and how to get started? Shawn Cagle is stopping by to drop some deets on how we can introduce cryptocurrency into …

Let's Talk About Season 4

July 5th, 2021


We are wrapping up FOUR seasons of Successful(ish). Are you having as much fun as we are? On this episode, Sarah recaps all of our season 4 …

Let's Talk About Self Defense With Sensei Rob (part 2)

June 28th, 2021


What would you do if you were attacked? In this part 2 conversation about self defense, Renshi Rob Warner shares what we need to do to successfully …

Let's Talk About Self Defense With Cynthia Jolicouer Rood (part 1)

June 21st, 2021


Did you know that most attacks come from people the victim knew? We all need to learn self-defense, but what if we don't have time or money to pursue …

Let's Talk About the Enneagram with Kelly Tibbitts

June 14th, 2021


What exactly is the Enneagram? Enneagram student and coach Kelly Tibbitts stops by to share what exactly the Enneagram is and how each number works.

Let's Talk About Preserving Photos With Caren Osborne

June 7th, 2021


Do you have boxes of photos stashed away somewhere? These precious memories could be getting damaged- or worse, could be lost on future generations. …

Let's Talk About Gifts and Grief With Heidi and Michael Jakoby

May 31st, 2021


How can you comfort a friend who is grieving? Is there a right time to send a gift? Heidi and Michael Jakoby are the owners of Healing Baskets, a custom gift basket company specialized in grief gifts. Join this …

Let's Talk About Excuses

May 24th, 2021


Do you make excuses? What's the difference between an excuse and a real obstacle? Sarah shares her top 5 excuses that have kept her from being …

Let's Talk About Real Estate Investing With Veronica Lutzen

May 17th, 2021


What if you could find someone else to pay your mortgage? Real Estate Investor, Veronica Lutzen shares how investing in real estate can be easier …

Let's Talk About The Art of Relationships with Dr. Kelly Campbell

May 10th, 2021


What makes a relationship successful? Can a failed relationship actually be a successful relationship? Dr. Kelly Campbell stops by to talk about the …

Let's Talk About Win-Win Conversations and Difficult People with Debra Woog

May 3rd, 2021


Do you avoid difficult conversations? Confrontation is very uncomfortable. But it doesn't have to be. Today on the podcast, we're talking about how …

Let's Talk About the American Dream with Ralph Kupper

April 26th, 2021


Ralph and Sarah talk about entrepreneurship, cross-cultural differences, and the American Dream. Then the really meaty stuff comes up like why women …

Let's Talk About Insurance with Tanya Ballestrini

April 19th, 2021


We have to have insurance. But do we have to spend so much? Insurance Genius Tanya Ballestrini shares how we can save some time and money and be more …

Let's Talk About Closets With Shirley Zaccheo

April 12th, 2021


Do you ever stare into a closet full of clothes, and sigh because you have nothing to wear? Shirley Zaccheo has you covered. And colored. Shirley …

Let's Talk About Season 3

April 5th, 2021


Is your head still spinning from all of the amazing conversations we've had this season? Ours too. Let's look back and recap. Plus, sneak peek of …

Let's Talk About Deconstruction with Jo Luehmann

March 29th, 2021


Before we can learn to be successful, we have to un-learn what has kept us from being successful. Jo Luehman is an expert in deconstruction and …

Let's Talk About Body Hair with Nicole Giansanti

March 22nd, 2021


Are you supposed to have hair? Even down there? When did we start yanking hair out of our bodies? Is there a difference between waxing or shaving or …

Let's Talk about Taxes with Angela Nummy

March 15th, 2021


What do you actually need to know to successfully file taxes? We're defining words and sharing the deets so that you can file with peace and …

Let's Talk about Home Ownership with Shalmai Rivera

March 8th, 2021


How can we successfully buy a home? What are the differences in looking for a first home vs. a forever home? What key players need to be invited into …

Let's Talk About Legacy with Carmen Rosas

March 1st, 2021


What happens to your stuff after you die? Where would your kids live? How should your adult kids handle your affairs? Do these questions make you …

Let's Talk About Shame Free Sex with Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers

February 22nd, 2021


Sometimes it feels like everyone has an opinion on how we should engage in relationships. Much of how we engage with others physically, roots back to …

Let's Talk About Lube with Raylene Taskoski

February 15th, 2021


This one's for the girls. And the really smart dudes who want better sex with their ladies. Raylene Taskoski, host of Stand Up Comedy Sex-Ed shares how we can have better sex, more orgasms, and why the answer to …

Let's Talk About Rocking Single

February 8th, 2021


Our very own Sarah Michelle shares her experiences in relationships and dating and embracing the single(ish) life. Why is dating so hard? Is there a …

Let's Talk about Relationships with Hana Dunham

February 1st, 2021


What comes to mind when you think about 'relationships'? Do you immediately think of others? A romantic partner? Family? Friends? How many relationships do you think about before thinking about the relationship you have …

Let's Talk About Messy Management with Scott Miller

January 11th, 2021


Do you really know yourself? Does your mess make you a good leader? Or just a mess?

Scott Miller shares his tips on being a more successful manager, …

Let's Talk About Season Two

January 4th, 2021


Looking for the sparknotes/cheatsheet episode? You found it.
We recap our chats with all season 2 guests, sharing what we loved, what we hated, and what we are still thinking about.

Season 2 included chats with:
Joyce …

Let's Talk About PE with Matt Persell

December 28th, 2020


Do you remember the good ol' days of PE in school? Why did that seem more fun than working out as a grown up? Matt Persell is an elementary PE …

Let's Talk About Trademarks with Joey Vitale

December 21st, 2020


What even is a trademark? Can you own an idea? How do trademarks work? Why is it important to protect your brand? Is brand protection worth it at the expense of PR/decent human reputation?

Joey C. Vitale is a lawyer, …

Let's Talk About the Holidays

December 14th, 2020


Happy Holidays! Or... maybe a little bah-humbug holidays? Did you know that 45% of Americans would rather bypass the holidays? Is it possible to take …

Let's Talk About Imposter Syndrome

December 7th, 2020


Are you an imposter? Do men experience imposter syndrome? What if you really aren't good enough to sit at the table?
Join us as we dig into why our brain doesn't seem willing to accept our successes, what how imposter …

Let's Talk About Boundaries and Dumpster Fires with Caryl Mix

November 30th, 2020


It's fine. I'm fine. This is fine.

What do you do when your world is a giant dumpster fire, and you have to get your shit together? Coach Caryl Mix …

Let's Talk About Cross-Cultural Identity with Tayo Rockson

November 23rd, 2020


Special guest Tayo Rockson tells us of his travels across the world and how living with different groups shaped his perspective. 

Let's Talk About Fun and Figuring it Out with Mark Sorbara

November 16th, 2020


Can you find success outside the college-white collar mold? Mark Sorbara tells us about how he ditched the traditional success plan to create a life …

Let's Talk About Bed, Body and Bankroll with Joyce Rojas

November 9th, 2020


Is it hot in here, or is it just Sarah and Joyce getting riled up about saving themselves and getting shit done?  Join the conversation about …

Let's Talk About Redefining Success

November 2nd, 2020


How does the dictionary define success? Can we define success for ourselves? Where is the line between objective and subjective? Join the conversation about defining and redefining success. 

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Let's Talk About Season One

October 26th, 2020


Season One Recap with some reflection and looking forward. You could say we're definitely excited about it. 

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Let's Talk About Fun

October 18th, 2020


Does success need to be fun? If we're having fun, is it automatically a success? Is it ok to live for fun? When does a hobby become work? Talking about success and fun and where the two intersect. 

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Let's Talk About Money

October 17th, 2020


Is money the primary metric for success? Can you have a lot of money but still be failing? What is money mindset? Are the sayings true? Chatting all about success and money and whether it can buy happiness or grow on …

Let's Talk About Work

October 16th, 2020


The one that started it all. Why do we so often equate our success to what we do professionally? What if we are really good at what we do but we hate it? What if we are really terrible at what we do but we love it? How …

Let's Talk About Relationships

October 15th, 2020


How do relationships impact our success? Do we become like the people we spend the most time with? Can a successful relationship involve terminating …

Let's Talk About Health

October 14th, 2020


What does it mean to be healthy? Why do we need to look at health physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually? Does our healthy impact our …

Let's Talk About Culture

October 13th, 2020


What exactly is culture? How does our environment (our family, religion, geography, etc) impact our ability to succeed? Does culture pre-determine …

Let's Talk About Identity

October 12th, 2020


How do we answer the question 'Who are you?' If we fail at what we do, do we fail at who we are? How does success impact our identity, or vice versa? Do successes and failures make us who we are? 

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Meet Sarah

September 29th, 2020


Let's get to know Sarah and a little bit about the origins of Successfulish.

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July 27th, 2020


Just a quick hello from Successfulish

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July 27th, 2020


Watch this space! Successfulish is coming soon!

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