Category Archives for "Podcast"

Feb 07

Ep007: Volunteer Opportunities Come in All Shapes and Sizes

By Donna Doyon | Maximizing Mindset , Podcast

In this week’s episode, I talk about exploring volunteer opportunities that add magic to your life.

Have you ever been happy with the way something was, but then you learned there was a new and improved version? Initially, you scoffed at the idea that it could get any better.

You shook your head and rolled your eyes (or maybe even rolled your head and shook your eyes!) at why anyone would think they could improve upon perfection!

You gave the new “whatever” a try and found yourself impressed–even amazed! Yes, this was EVEN BETTER than the original!

That’s what volunteering can do. It can add even more to your already great life. And if you feel like your life is lacking in some way, volunteering might be the piece that is missing.

See pictures of our wood stacks at

Organizations mentioned in this episode:

Maine Huts & Trails – Maine Huts & Trails is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create and operate a world-class system of backcountry trails and eco-lodges for people-powered recreation to enhance the economy, communities and environment of Maine’s Western Mountain region, for the benefit of current and future generations.

ProLiteracy – In 2002, Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America, merged to create ProLiteracy

Tri for a Cure – an annual triathlon to support the Maine Cancer Foundation

Animal Shelters

Medical causes

Veteran’s Organizations

Did you know that organizations can qualify for grant monies based on the number of volunteer hours served in their organization?


Jan 31

Ep006: Dealing with Difficult People (when they are really only different)

By Donna Doyon | Maximizing Mindset , Podcast

Many years ago I attended a professional speaking course called CLASS (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers Services). Marita Littauer and her mother, Florence Littauer, led the training. Both were vibrant, high energy, polished professional speakers and wonderful teachers.

One of the training sessions of this multi-day training class was based on their signature “Personalities” presentations. This is how Marita opened that presentation: “Have you ever noticed that there are people in the world who are different from you? Perhaps you live with those different people or work with them. While you can’t change them–even though you may have tried–you can change the way you approach them.”

That presentation, and many future hours spent reviewing other personality-based training information, changed my approach to dealing with people.

In this episode, I share some of my frustrating interactions with people at work and at home and how I manage to deal with them.

If you ever experience the frustrations of dealing with people who do things differently or don’t recognize/value what you contribute to the work or home place team. Hopefully, this episode will provide a new perspective.

Additional resources:

16 Personalities – Learn about yourself and the people you interact with on a daily basis.

8 Tips for Dealing with Difficult People – Written by Kevin Kruse, this article offers tips on dealing with negative people

How to Live with a Messy Person –  Written by Sarah Aguirre, this article offers 6 tips on living with messy people. Conversely, How to Live with a Neat Person, also written by Sarah Aguirre, offers the opposite viewpoint. Whether you are the neat or messy person, read the tips for the other side’s perspective and see what you think. Hopefully, you will start to find some humor in the situation.









Jan 24

Ep005: Celebrate Being Over Fifty with a Positive Body Image

By Donna Doyon | Healthier Habits , Maximizing Mindset , Podcast , Surpassing Self

Many women do not have a positive body image. But did you know that a negative body image can actually be harmful to your health? It can lead to depression, anxiety, a feeling of not being good enough or not belonging?

We can try blaming our challenge with negative body images on the media and we can try to blame it on society, but I think we need to look a little closer to home. We need to take a close look at the person in the mirror (and I don’t mean your spouse, child, or pet standing behind you!).

Many times the focus on body image is applied to teenagers–especially girls. Experts talk about the changes a girl’s body is going thru as she develops breasts, starts her period, and hair grows where it didn’t before.

Women our age also experience body image challenges as our once perky breasts sag, our waistlines expand (even if we have not gained any weight!), and our hormones wreak havoc with our sense of femininity when our reproductive system closes for business.

I encourage you to remember that our body image is not necessarily what we see in the mirror. It’s not necessarily what other people see when they look at us either. Our body image is what we see in our head and feel in our hearts.

In each of the pictures below, I had a positive body image. I loved how strong I felt when I was out on the trails. My body carried me up mountains! It carried food, water, and clothes in a pack upon my back! My weight and body size did NOT keep me from loving my body.

Amy Poehler's view on body image.

Show Notes:

In My Head, I’m Thin, a one-woman show by Susan Poulin. In this performance Susan shares thoughts and experiences as they concern body image. She takes a light-hearted look at a serious topic.

Episode 001: Inner Voices – how to retrain yourself to think positively and overcome the negative inner voices from your past (and present).

I love this quote from – “Self-acceptance allows you to make reasonable changes in order to improve yourself, but it doesn’t ask you to hate yourself until those changes have been made.”

I failed to mention the following 10 Steps to a Positive Body Image from the National Eating Disorders Association in my podcast. Oops! But I wanted to share it with you anyway, just in case you find it helpful.



Jan 17

Ep004: Taking Advantage of the Pre-Retirement Years

By Donna Doyon | Healthier Habits , Podcast , Surpassing Self

In today’s episode I talk about things we can do to prepare ourselves for retirement. If you, like me, have noticed that January 2017 is already half over, you probably also noticed that 2016 went by like a flash.

It’s crazy how quickly time passes. The older I get, the faster time passes. That means that if I want to be ready to greet my retirement years well prepared, I need to start focusing my attention on those needs now!

Show Notes (additional information or links to people or resources I mentioned in today’s show):

Dave Ramsey is a best selling author, businessman, radio show host and financial guide to millions of people.

  • His book the Total Money Makeover was my guide to getting out of debt. It focuses on the 7 Baby Steps. I am on baby step 6 (although I am currently a bit short on baby step 3 at the moment). Baby step 6 should be finished by October 2018.
  • A video of Dave sharing his story is pretty powerful. You can watch it here. 
Jan 12

Ep003 – It’s a Wonderful Life

By Donna Doyon | Maximizing Mindset , Podcast , Surpassing Self

The movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart is a Christmas classic. In this episode I share thoughts on the movie and how each one of us is living a wonderful life. You never know how or when you are impacting someone’s life in a dramatic way.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

It’s a Wonderful Life – a movie starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore. An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Miracles from Heaven – a movie starring Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, and Martin Henderson. A young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident. Based on a true story.

I encourage you to spend some time thinking about your talents and special contributions to the people in your life. Try not to minimize the impact a smile or friendly greeting can have on someone’s day!

I would love to know what you offer the world. Share your thoughts in the comments box below.

Jan 10

Ep001: Inner Voices

By Donna Doyon | Healthier Habits , Maximizing Mindset , Podcast , Surpassing Self

In this first episode I share a few thoughts about dealing with the negative voices that prevent us from being who we were destined to be. I also offer tips on strengthening your positive inner voice. These voices impact all areas of your life: your health and fitness, financial status, relationships and personal development. Developing a positive inner voice is one of the best things you can do for yourself!


“Think you can, think you can’t, either way you will be right.” – Henry Ford

Questions to ask yourself before you believe the negative inner voices:

  • Whose negative voice do you hear?
  • Is this a person you trust or respect?
  • Is this a person who knows you and what you want or are capable of doing?
  • Is this a person who truly has your best interests at heart?

Questions to ask yourself before you discount the positive inner voices:

  • Whose positive voice do you discount?
  • Is this a person you trust or respect?
  • Is this a person who knows you and what you want or are capable of doing?
  • Is this a person who truly has your best interests at heart?

Ways to quiet your negative inner voice:

  • Ask and answer the above questions each time you start to listen to a negative inner voice.

Ask yourself:

  • Is the voice telling me today’s truth?
  • Is the voice offering helpful guidance or critical judgment?
  • Do you want to validate the words or thoughts of the negative voice or do you want to prove it wrong?
  • Question whether you are responding to the word “should” or if you are actually making a choice.

Ways to strengthen your positive inner voice:

  • Challenge the voice – Is it speaking the truth? The current truth?
  • Argue with the voice – “You are wrong! I can do this!”
  • Dismiss the voice – “Your opinion doesn’t matter to me.”
  • Remember the positive comments made by someone you trust and respect.
  • Remember that progress, not perfection, is what matters most.
  • Remember that you have the right to learn new skills or change your attitudes and behaviors
  • Remember you have the right to fail occasionally and still be successful.
  • Remember kindness can be more satisfying than being right.

Some links mentioned in this episode:

My Fitness Pal – A free resource to help you monitor caloric intake and exercise. Community message boards allow for interaction and support from people with similar goals, questions, and successes.

Weight Watchers – In-person or online only fee-based weight loss program that encourages healthy eating. An online social community called Connect allows members to ask questions and encourage each other on their weight loss journey. The emphasis is on defining your “why” and learning how to eat healthier so you not only lose weight, but so that you also keep the weight off.

What do you do to silence negative inner voices? Share your best tips in the comments section below.

Jan 10

Ep000: My Inaugural Episode

By Donna Doyon | Maximizing Mindset , Podcast , Stuff Happens

Confession time… I am writing this entry at 6:42 p.m. on January 10, 2017. I am going to post this entry to show a publish date of 04:59 a.m. I am going to do this so future visitors to my website will be able to listen to my podcast episodes in the proper order.

Why am I posting this episode AFTER my episode 001?

Let me tell you… a funny thing happened on the way to creating this episode. Okay, it wasn’t really funny, it was momentarily devastating. Here’s what happened…

My after-work plan for yesterday, Monday, January 9th, was to record this introductory episode, edit and publish it. The plan was for it to be published moments before Episode 001: Inner Voices.

All was going well until it wasn’t.

I was finalizing/reviewing my talking points in a Word document, when the computer locked up. The mouse worked, but the keyboard didn’t. I thought the wireless keyboard’s batteries had died. Then the monitor screens went black. The computer powered down and tried to restart–unsuccessfully.

I gave it a few minutes to try to recover, but it didn’t. I should know computer CPR, but I was a baffled bystander who could only watch as it tried to survive unassisted. When I could witness its suffering no longer, I pressed the power button so it could rest in peace.

Selfishly I bemoaned the loss of the required technology for my new podcast. Almost immediately I wrote off the contributions this magnificent tower of technology had provided thus far and replaced it with a relic: a laptop running the Windows XP operating system.

Two black screens and one relic laptop to get the job done.

Two black screens and one relic laptop to get the job done.

It took some time to reacquaint myself with a much older version of my audio editing software. Before I knew it, I was out of time.

High tech recording studio? Not so much.

High tech recording studio? Not so much.

This afternoon I recorded the episode, edited it, and discovered that the older version of the software doesn’t recognize the music and intro clips I used with my first three episodes. Oh well. Life happens, right?

So this afternoon I published a naked version of my introductory episode.

Now I have a week to figure out how I am going to put all the pieces together for next week’s episode.

Earl is working on rebuilding the computer. Fingers crossed he is successful.

Jan 10

Introducing “Reflections of a Recovering Ugly Duckling” – a Podcast

By Donna Doyon | Blog , Podcast

Good morning, good morning!

Reflections of a Recovering Ugly Duckling - a podcast with Donna Doyon

Today is an exciting day for me.

The first episode of my podcast titled “Reflections of a Recovering Ugly Duckling” will be arriving in your e-mail inbox in just a few minutes. You will receive another episode tomorrow and a third one on Thursday. After this initial launch cycle, I will be publishing new episodes each Tuesday morning.

If you are not familiar with the term podcast, let me tell you a bit about them.

Podcasts are like radio talk show programs that are available for download on demand. You don’t have to listen at a certain time or on a certain day of the week. Podcasts allow you to listen when the time works best for you.

There are hundreds of thousands of podcasts available on pretty much every topic you can imagine. My topic, as you probably can imagine, will be self-development and goal setting related.

The cool thing about podcasts is that if you have a smartphone or similar device you can automatically receive notification of new episode when they come out. You don’t have to remember to go looking for them. Some examples of “podcatchers,” as they are called are iTunes, Podbean, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and more.

For my podcast, I will be submitting it for distribution on all of these platforms, but that takes time. For now you can listen by visiting my website. If you have a specific podcatcher that you use, please let me know about it in the comments below so I can submit “Reflections of a Recovering Ugly Duckling” to it sooner, rather than later.

I hope you enjoy this new format I am using to share messages of encouragement and support.

Dec 27

Bridging the Gap

By Donna Doyon | Blog , Maximizing Mindset , Podcast

Reflections of a Recovering Ugly Duckling - a podcast with Donna Doyon

Are you who you want to be?

Are there dreams you have yet to fulfill? Are there characteristics about yourself that you’d like to change? Are you happy with the person you are?

If you are not quite the person you imagined yourself to be at this point in your life, I want to assure you that it isn’t too late to become that person. You don’t have to remain trapped in your current circumstances. You don’t have to accept the status of your current relationships. You don’t have to continue living in body or with the mindset you currently possess.

On January 10, 2017 I am going to launch (YIKES!) a podcast called Reflections of a Recovering Ugly Duckling. Each week I will be sharing my experiences and ideas on the topics of self-acceptance, self-growth, goal setting and achieving, and more. Episodes will be available on this blog page and also (eventually) thru your favorite podcast directory.

If you are ready to make changes in your life, I would be honored to serve as one of the many guides you will meet on your journey. If you would like that, too, please subscribe to this blog so you receive notification when I share something new.

If you already listen to podcasts, please let me know which directory you use so I can be sure to add Reflections of a Recovering Ugly Duckling to its list of podcasts.

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