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Empowering Women and their Stories with Phyllis Jenkins
Declutter Your Space, Declutter Your Mind with Julie Coraccio
How to Use Life Insurance While You’re Still Alive
Mindful Eating with Michelle May, M.D., CSP
How to Travel Solo: Advice and Safety with Travel Advisor Alyssa Johnson

#058

Empowering Women and their Stories with Phyllis Jenkins

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In this episode of The Matt Feret Show, I interview Phyllis Jenkins. Phyllis is the founder of Powerful Journey, an organization dedicated to empowering and helping women to tell their stories through speaking and authorship. Phyllis shares her personal journey to empowerment and several testimonies of women who have found community and emotional well-being through the process of sharing and recording their stories.

Empowering Women and their Stories with Phyllis Jenkins

Listen to the episode on Apple PodcastsSpotify, Deezer, Podcast Addict, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Alexa Flash Briefing, iHeart, Acast or on your favorite podcast platform. You can watch the interview on YouTube here.

Brought to you by Prepare for Medicare – The Insider’s Guide  book series. Sign up for the Prepare for Medicare Newsletter, an exclusive subscription-only newsletter that delivers the inside scoop to help you stay up-to-date with your Medicare insurance coverage, highlight Medicare news you can use, and reminders for important dates throughout the year. When you sign up, you’ll immediately gain access to seven FREE Medicare checklists.

“I'm helping women tell their stories, write their books, and I help them by turning their life challenges into life-changing messages, messages of hope, inspiration and encouragement that go out and help others to not only survive, but it helps them to thrive as well.”

“I believe that the generations after us need to hear our stories from us. No one can tell your story like you can, and so if you're gone, they would have to hear it from others, but if you put it in a book, it's there.”

“I just believe that what has happened to us is happening to someone else as well. When we teach them what lessons we've learned, because we're on the other side of it… it can become her lifeline to help her through what she's going through.”

Host’s Links:
All Things Medicare: prepareformedicare.com

Decoding Social Security: prepareforsocialsecurity.com

My Written Works on Amazon: www.amazon.com/stores/Matt-Feret/author/B09FM3L4WW

The Matt Feret Show YouTube: www.youtube.com/@themattferetshow

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Guest’s Links:
Learn more about Phyllis Jenkin’s mission on her website: https://phyllisjenkins.com/

Connect with Phyllis on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/phyllis-jenkins-660ba23a/

Phyllis Jenkins’ Story [1:42]

The Importance of Storytelling [7:45]

The Generational Power of Storytelling [21:49]

#057

Declutter Your Space, Declutter Your Mind with Julie Coraccio

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In this episode of The Matt Feret Show, I discuss decluttering and downsizing with Julie Coraccio, a professional organizer. We discuss all aspects of decluttering, our emotional attachment to objects, how to navigate downsizing during a move or retirement, and what to do with a loved one’s belongings after they pass. Julie emphasizes the importance of having open conversations about decluttering with loved ones and working together to create a plan for the future, including digital assets and end-of-life planning. Julie gives some great tips on approaching decluttering independently and with a professional organizer.

Declutter Your Space, Declutter Your Mind with Julie Coraccio

Listen to the episode on Apple PodcastsSpotify, Deezer, Podcast Addict, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Alexa Flash Briefing, iHeart, Acast or on your favorite podcast platform. You can watch the interview on YouTube here.

Brought to you by Prepare for Medicare – The Insider’s Guide  book series. Sign up for the Prepare for Medicare Newsletter, an exclusive subscription-only newsletter that delivers the inside scoop to help you stay up-to-date with your Medicare insurance coverage, highlight Medicare news you can use, and reminders for important dates throughout the year. When you sign up, you’ll immediately gain access to seven FREE Medicare checklists.

“We place our emotions onto the objects, but the memories are in our hearts and they're in our heads. If we let that object go, those memories are still there.”

“If everything has value, then nothing does, right? So that's about becoming discerning, the wheat from the chaff, and knowing what is clutter and what isn't. And I would say the other thing that's really valuable is, in general, to dig deeper. What is my clutter really about? What is my clutter trying to say about me?... Be like an archeologist and try to discover something about yourself.”

“You can't put a price tag on peace of mind. Clutter is costing you real estate. It's taking up space. I'll argue till the cows come home. If you've got a cluttered office you can't think as clearly because the inner clutter affects the outer clutter… And that's a mental block. That to me blocks your abundance.”

Host’s Links:
All Things Medicare: prepareformedicare.com

Decoding Social Security: prepareforsocialsecurity.com

My Written Works on Amazon: www.amazon.com/stores/Matt-Feret/author/B09FM3L4WW

The Matt Feret Show YouTube: www.youtube.com/@themattferetshow

Network with me on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mattferet

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Guest’s Links:

Declutter with Julie: https://reawakenyourbrilliance.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ReawakenYourBrilliance 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reawakenyourbrilliance/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliescoraccio/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SeibertRadio?feature=watch

1:08 - Introduction
2:09 - Downsizing and decluttering
10:36 - Feng Shui and clutter
19:03 - What to do with unwanted clutter
25:48 - Decluttering in retirement
32:50 - Decluttering and death
45:21 - End-of-life planning
47:26 - Conclusion and outro

#056

How to Use Life Insurance While You're Still Alive with John Ensley, ChFC

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In this episode of The Matt Feret Show, I interview financial consultant John Ensley. He shares his philosophy on using life insurance as a financial planning tool and how to “bank on yourself,” a concept which involves using whole life insurance policies as a way to save, borrow, and invest. We discuss the benefits of these policies, such as high cash value, low commission, and dividend payments, and how they can be used to achieve financial objectives without taking unnecessary risks. John also addresses common detractors of this approach, such as the "buy term and invest the difference" strategy, and emphasizes the importance of seeking out advisors who are knowledgeable about these types of policies. We talk about the potential use of life insurance policies in long-term care planning and the concept of "family banking," where multiple generations pool their assets and savings to create a financing resource within the family. Overall, John highlights the versatility and benefits of using life insurance as a tool for financial planning.

How to Use Life Insurance While You're Still Alive with John Ensley, ChFC

Listen to the episode on Apple PodcastsSpotify, Deezer, Podcast Addict, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Alexa Flash Briefing, iHeart, Acast or on your favorite podcast platform. You can watch the interview on YouTube here.

Brought to you by Prepare for Medicare – The Insider’s Guide  book series. Sign up for the Prepare for Medicare Newsletter, an exclusive subscription-only newsletter that delivers the inside scoop to help you stay up-to-date with your Medicare insurance coverage, highlight Medicare news you can use, and reminders for important dates throughout the year. When you sign up, you’ll immediately gain access to seven FREE Medicare checklists.

“I​​ think taking control of the banking equation is Financial Planning 201, and that is how can we more efficiently save, borrow and invest and using a platform with a properly structured whole life insurance contract is one very good way to do that.”

“Way back when I had probably the same attitude a lot of people do. I hated life insurance. Why do I want to be worth more dead than alive? That kind of thing. And it took a paradigm shift in just getting educated for me to understand how valuable that death benefit actually is when we really consider what it means to a spouse or to children or those kinds of things if something happens to us.”

“I think what you're looking for is an advisor who's open to that conversation. A red flag would be advisors that are going to come back and say, oh no, stay away from that, bank on yourself is a scam. They don't even want to talk about it. You should be able to have a conversation.”

Host’s Links:
All Things Medicare: prepareformedicare.com

Decoding Social Security: prepareforsocialsecurity.com

My Written Works on Amazon: www.amazon.com/stores/Matt-Feret/author/B09FM3L4WW

The Matt Feret Show's YouTube: www.youtube.com/@themattferetshow

Network with me on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mattferet

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Guest’s Links:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnensley/

J-Ensley Financial: https://jensley.com/

1:36 - Intro
2:51 - Explaining "bank on yourself"
10:23 - The banking equation
25:30 - Life insurance and retirement
31:00 - Family banking
47:39 - What to look for in a financial advisor
51:00 - Policy loan

#055

Mindful Eating with Michelle May, M.D., CSP

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Michelle May, M.D., CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is an associate professor at Arizona State University, published author, and mindful eating expert. She empowers audiences to engage in mindful eating through a non-diet approach to food and emphasis on movement and self-care. Dr. Michelle May founded “Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Programs and Training” to share her unique approach to mindful eating practices and authored the series Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat.

Mindful Eating with Michelle May, M.D., CSP

Listen to the episode on Apple PodcastsSpotify, Deezer, Podcast Addict, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Alexa Flash Briefing, iHeart, Acast or on your favorite podcast platform. You can watch the interview on YouTube here.

Brought to you by Prepare for Medicare – The Insider’s Guide  book series. Sign up for the Prepare for Medicare Newsletter, an exclusive subscription-only newsletter that delivers the inside scoop to help you stay up-to-date with your Medicare insurance coverage, highlight Medicare news you can use, and reminders for important dates throughout the year. When you sign up, you’ll immediately gain access to seven FREE Medicare checklists.

“Learn how to eat what you love. So you can eat whatever it is that you want without being afraid of losing control or feeling guilty and love what you eat, which means being aware of what you're hungry for, how hungry you are, eating it in a way that is satisfying and feels enjoyable, and then stopping before you feel so full that you're uncomfortable.”

“Mindfulness is about bringing awareness and purpose to what I'm doing. So it's eating with intention and attention…my favorite intention is to feel better when I'm done than I did when I started.”

“I mean, at first it's such a mind shift change that it does require some coaching, some awareness, some tools… but eventually it becomes totally natural the way that it was when you were born, and you don't have to think about it all the time. You go back to being a person who eats instinctively, knows when they're hungry, eats what they love, stops when they feel satisfied, and then they go and use the energy to live their life. They're not worried about burning calories, they're not thinking about their next meal or when they're going to eat this, that, or the other thing, because they trust their body to let them know.”

Host’s Links:
All Things Medicare: prepareformedicare.com

Decoding Social Security: prepareforsocialsecurity.com

My Written Works on Amazon: www.amazon.com/stores/Matt-Feret/author/B09FM3L4WW

The Matt Feret Show's YouTube: www.youtube.com/@themattferetshow

Official Podcast Website: themattferetshow.com

Network with me on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mattferet

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Guest’s Links:
Learn more about Dr. Michelle May’s mindful mindset on her website: https://michellemaymd.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amihungry/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michellemaymd/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/MichelleMayMD

1:31 - Introduction
9:24 - The genesis of diet culture
11:05 - Mindfulness and eating
20:49 - Understanding hunger
25:35 - Understanding fullness
39:59 - Weight loss and mindful eating
43:35 - Culture and eating habits

#054

How to Travel Solo: Advice and Safety with Travel Advisor Alyssa Johnson

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In this week's episode of The Matt Feret Show, I sit down with travel advisor Alyssa Johnson to discuss solo travel. Alyssa is an experienced solo traveler and shared some helpful tips on how to stay informed, healthy, and safe while traveling. We discuss how solo travel can be intimidating, especially for women, and how to keep yourself and your belongings safe. She describes how to ease your way into solo travel and the benefits of attending planned trips that combine group touring with solo exploration. We also discuss the necessity of travel insurance and commonly overlooked items that could be helpful to pack on your next trip

How to Travel Solo: Advice and Safety with Travel Advisor Alyssa Johnson

Listen to the episode on Apple PodcastsSpotify, Deezer, Podcast Addict, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Alexa Flash Briefing, iHeart, Acast or on your favorite podcast platform. You can watch the interview on YouTube here.

Brought to you by Prepare for Medicare – The Insider’s Guide  book series. Sign up for the Prepare for Medicare Newsletter, an exclusive subscription-only newsletter that delivers the inside scoop to help you stay up-to-date with your Medicare insurance coverage, highlight Medicare news you can use, and reminders for important dates throughout the year. When you sign up, you’ll immediately gain access to seven FREE Medicare checklists.

“I have lots of women that are coming that are married and have partners and their partner isn't interested in traveling or doesn't want to travel to the places where they want to go. So there are partnered people coming on the trip. It's not just for single people. They want that solo time, that time to kind of find themselves a little bit… it gives them time to dive deep and figure out a little bit more about themselves and really reflect on who they are when they're not with somebody else… I think that's a really important part of solo travel that gets overlooked when you're always traveling with somebody else.”

“The best piece of advice that I have for everybody about safety is to listen to your gut. It will never steer you wrong. It has never steered me wrong. It doesn't matter if you have a tour plan to go somewhere, if you really want to see this thing, if you come up to it or you turn the corner and something just feels off, don't do it. Just turn around, walk away.”

All Things Medicare: prepareformedicare.com

Decoding Social Security: prepareforsocialsecurity.com

My Written Works on Amazon: www.amazon.com/stores/Matt-Feret/author/B09FM3L4WW

The Matt Feret Show's YouTube: www.youtube.com/@themattferetshow

Official Podcast Website: themattferetshow.com

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TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@fearlessfreedomtravel

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fearlessfreedomtravel/

1:09 - Introduction
2:02 - How to navigate solo travel
12:40 - Benefits of solo travel
27:19 - Solo travel and safety
35:30 - Travel insurance and packing tips

#53

Medication, Fitness, Nutrition: Senior Health with Amy K. Wilson

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In this episode, I chat with Amy K. Wilson about medication management, nutrition, and the lifestyle changes that reverse aging to keep seniors healthy and independent. Amy K. Wilson is a geriatric pharmacist, nutrition coach, and fitness professional. We discuss how to stay proactive when navigating a medication routine, and she reveals the true impact our lifestyle choices have on the aging process and our overall health. Amy stresses the importance of whole foods and fitness and describes how a personalized lifestyle plan can improve functioning. It’s never too late to take control of our health; join us as we discuss how to begin that process!

Medication, Fitness, Nutrition: Senior Health with Amy K. Wilson

Listen to the episode on Apple PodcastsSpotify, Deezer, Podcast Addict, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Alexa Flash Briefing, iHeart, Acast or on your favorite podcast platform. You can watch the interview on YouTube here.

Brought to you by Prepare for Medicare – The Insider’s Guide  book series. Sign up for the Prepare for Medicare Newsletter, an exclusive subscription-only newsletter that delivers the inside scoop to help you stay up-to-date with your Medicare insurance coverage, highlight Medicare news you can use, and reminders for important dates throughout the year. When you sign up, you’ll immediately gain access to seven FREE Medicare checklists.

“​​We can prevent disease, we can prevent going into the nursing home. I'm a pharmacist who doesn't want you on medication if at all possible. We can absolutely reverse time and help ourselves so that we can thrive and not decline or become frail.”

“We're seeing an increase in a lot of other disease states, and a lot of it just has to do with our lifestyle, lack of movement, nutrition, what we're eating, and our body is one big chemical reaction… If you fuel your body with the right things, those chemical reactions can do amazing things. You can actually age backwards, your cells can be better.”

“We have the power to reverse. We have the power to change our course, and it is so within our reach. It doesn't have to be difficult.”

“It's like if you have a Ferrari and you go and you put in the high octane best fuel, it's going to run just unbelievable. You put in the regular, you're probably going to be on the side of the road sometime, because it is not functioning on all the cylinders that it's supposed to. Same with our body. We can either fuel it with things that help our hormones, that help our gut bacteria, that help all these chemical processes, or we give it subpar stuff and those things just don't work.”

All Things Medicare: prepareformedicare.com

Decoding Social Security: prepareforsocialsecurity.com

My Written Works on Amazon: www.amazon.com/stores/Matt-Feret/author/B09FM3L4WW

The Matt Feret Show's YouTube: www.youtube.com/@themattferetshow

Official Podcast Website: themattferetshow.com

Network with me on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mattferet

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Guest’s Links:
Amy’s Website: www.amykwilson.com

Schedule a free consultation: www.callwithamy.live

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenutritioncoachpharmacist/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amywilsonfitness

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-wilson-rph-bcgp/

Threads: https://www.threads.net/@thenutritioncoachpharmacist

1:08 - Introduction
3:43 - Navigating medication as we age
9:28 - Lifestyle and aging
22:12 - Nutrition and aging
30:52 - Combining medication and nutrition
33:18 - What is reverse aging?
37:47 - How to help loved ones navigate lifestyle changes

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Matt Feret is the host of The Matt Feret Show, which focuses on the health, wealth and wellness of retirees, people over fifty-five and caregivers helping loved ones. He’s also the author of the book series, Prepare for Medicare – The Insider’s Guide to Buying Medicare Insurance and Prepare for Social Security – The Insider’s Guide to Maximizing Your Retirement Benefits.

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