Quit Happens | How (and why!) to strategically quit your job, leave your relationship, or part ways with toxic mindsets.

Dr. Lynn Marie Morski is a physician, attorney and lifelong quitter. Through her “Quitting by Design” website she helps people carve out successful lives through strategic quitting. Her goal is to destigmatize quitting and illustrate what a useful tool it can be in creating a fulfilling life. In this show, she interviews people who have used strategic quitting successfully in their paths with the goal of providing listeners actionable advice to help them quit their way to success.
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Sep 3, 2019

Are you financially prepared to quit your job to start something new? There are so many aspects you need to consider, and financial expert, Ryan Inman, is proof that sometimes taking that leap with only your savings account is enough to land on your feet.  

Ryan started his business, Physician Wealth Services, after leaving a hostile work environment. He got to the point where he just couldn’t take it anymore, so left his job without any notice. While Ryan landed feet first, he also had a solid savings account built up after years of working.

Perhaps the most important interpersonal lesson from Ryan is that you should always endeavor to help people without the expectation of anything in return. This is how you build relationships and your network, even if you didn’t have an existing one when you started your new venture.

Ryan talks us through how to prepare your finances for quitting your job. It starts with knowing how much you spend each month, building a savings pot (or nest egg), and speaking with people in your new industry about what kind of money you can expect to bring in.

When it comes to saving money, it’s easy to listen to experts weighing in on your weekly Starbucks. But why should you cut something out of your life that brings you joy? Save money on something that you don’t like and that isn’t necessary.

Finally, Ryan gives us the low-down on student loan debt. There are things you need to know about your student loan repayments, even if you aren’t thinking of quitting your job. But if you are, there’s also a host of things you should avoid if you’re encumbered with debt.

Do you know how much money you’re bringing in each month, and how much you’re spending? What expenses can you cut out of your life to save money? How will you handle your debt when you quit your job? Let us know in the comments on the episode page!

In This Episode:

  • What happens when you take a leap and leave a job without notice
  • Why you need to leave hostile work environments when there is a better life out there
  • How to build your network from the ground up
  • Why you should help people without any expectation of something in return
  • How to prepare your finances for quitting your job
  • Why you should speak to people in the career you want to switch to
  • How to choose what to save money on; it’s not necessarily about the Starbucks
  • What some things to avoid are if you want to quit while you have significant amounts of debt
  • What you need to know about student loan repayments



“If I don’t do this now, I’m never gonna do it. So let’s jump in!” (6:56)

“When it comes to saving money, I want you to think about cutting something that doesn’t make you as happy as other things.” (18:15)

“If you have student debt, it might stink, it’s not the sexiest thing in the world, but please understand what kind of debt you have. Is it federal, private, what repayment options are available to you because before you quit, you want to understand this? It might have drastic implications on what you do going forward with your loans.”  (24:21)


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Aug 26, 2019

Have you gone to Burning Man? If you haven't, you may have heard some crazy things about it in the media. But what you may not have heard is how beautiful the freedoms you can find there are, and how applying those to our everyday lives can be transformative. Burning Man is a beautiful example of how quitting societal norms can lead to living more aligned and authentically in every area of our lives.

Aug 21, 2019

There’s quitting, and then there’s being issued cease and desist letters from your registered board when you’re practicing what you know is right quitting. That’s what today’s guest, Cassie Bjork, experienced when she was a registered dietician who didn’t agree with the nutritional guidelines at the time.

Cassie studied to be a dietician, but when she started gaining weight and her dad had a heart attack doing all the “right” things, she knew there was something wrong. So Cassie started learning about other aspects of nutrition, which led to her dietician practice having a more open approach to healthcare. However, the registered board disagreed, and after a 5-year battle culminating in a court battle, Cassie had had enough.

She knew that fighting for what she believed in was important, but the stress and anxiety weren’t worth it. In fact, while having her dietician’s license helped her gain credit originally, maybe Cassie didn’t even need it anymore. That’s when Cassie decided to quit fighting.

It wasn’t an easy decision to make. She was always known as Dietician Cassie. But some identities you grow out of. 

That process of transformation is uniquely personal and often long-winded. It’s something Cassie had to experience on her own, almost like breaking up with yourself. But it has led to so many more opportunities than she could have imagined.

When you break the rules that don’t serve you anymore - amazing things can happen.

Have you ever fought for your beliefs, even if they’re not what your professional organization preaches? Are you afraid to quit your job and lose part of your identity? How has negative publicity served you? Let us know in the comments on the episode page!

In This Episode:

  • How you can fight for your right to teach what you believe
  • Why quitting never feels easy
  • Why you have to go through your process of transformation on your own
  • How negative publicity can still bring you new clients and opportunities
  • What happens when you break the rules that aren’t serving you
  • How you can outgrow your identity



“I was the only dietician saying butter is good for your waistline. Eat more calories to lose weight. Exercise less to increase your metabolism! And then the dietician board served me cease and desist orders. As a dietician, I could only talk about food.” (5:46)

“I fought for that dietician’s license because I wanted to make a change from the inside out. I worked so hard for it.” (9:20)

“I didn’t know what would happen or what my followers would think and if I’d lose credibility. The unknown can be really scary. Quitting can be such a process of transformation. I really didn’t know what way it would go, all I knew was that it felt so right.” (11:07)

“I don’t have to be defined by my career or my credentials. I can be me and that’s enough.” (17:28)


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Aug 13, 2019

They say "No pain, no gain." And usually, I totally disagree. But in this week's episode, I discuss the difference between pain and discomfort, and how discomfort can help us grow and bring us benefits, both physically and mentally.

Aug 6, 2019

Imagine working for a company that you not only morally disagree with, but has completely unethical and illegal practices? That’s the kind of career that today’s guest, Thaddeus Owen, went into when he left college. But Thaddeus knew there was more to life and his career, so he quit that toxic environment to create something incredible.

Thaddeus is the founder of PrimalHacker, a company devoted to biohacking our health to get the best out of our bodies. He started his biohacking journey by figuring out what worked best for him - living closer to work, cycling every day, and eventually, creating a life that meant he could work from home.

He opens up and shares what it was like working for that unethical company he started with. I was shocked to learn how big companies hire psychologists and use manipulation techniques to sell their products. Thaddeus always felt dubious at his company, and when he started educating himself, he was able to change his career - and life.

Thaddeus started writing about his biohacking journey on his blog when he was first exploring his new course. When a company reached out asking him to be an affiliate, he had no idea what he was signing up for but took a chance. A chance that paid off big time!

We also talk about biohacking our own health. Thaddeus shares some of his best tips for how we can all get better sleep at night. He says that modern disease started with the introduction of the lightbulb and says we should all sit near natural light through the day… and limit our artificial light at nighttime. Thaddeus also gives us some advice on how we can improve the lighting situation in our own homes.

Have you ever worked for a company that’s completely against your morals? Do you limit your exposure to artificial light throughout the day and evening? How can you create your perfect life? Let us know in the comments on the episode page!


In This Episode:

  • What it’s like to work for a completely unethical and sometimes illegal organization
  • How companies use manipulation to make more purchases
  • How you can educate yourself and change your career
  • Why you should start exploring alternative routes and then writing about them to help you advance in your career
  • What happens when you take risks and work with affiliate programs
  • How you can learn to sleep better at night
  • When and why modern disease started
  • Why you should try to sit near bright windows throughout the day
  • How we can have healthy lighting in our homes
  • What happens when you create the perfect life for you



“We would hire Ph.D. level psychologists to tell us how to manipulate women into buying things that they don’t need, and tricking them to think that the benefits of the product are such that they will help the woman when they actually do nothing.” (7:09)

“In a primal society, whether you believe in God or evolution or both, human biology was never designed to see blue light after dark.” (21:09)

“When I changed careers, I took a huge pay cut. Most people chase money and they chase wealth. I was chasing a career that was in line with my beliefs and my personality from a spiritual standpoint and everything else. I took a huge pay cut and that’s not easy to do.” (27:26)

“If you enjoy what you do and you enjoy where you are, you’re going to have higher and increased health.” (31:46)



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Jul 31, 2019

There's a phrase in the song "Wait for It" from Hamilton that has always spoken to me. It's sung by Aaron Burr, who just can't seem to get the success that Alexander Hamilton has achieved in the same time frame. He sings, 

"I am the one thing in life I can control
I am inimitable I am an original
I'm not falling behind or running late
I'm not standing still I am lying in wait."

On today's episode, I discuss the often painful wait for success in any area: career, hobby, relationships, etc. And hopefully, provide some respite for those for whom the wait has gotten exhausting.

Jul 23, 2019

Quitting the American dream as an NFL player to focus on what you’re really passionate about sounds crazy, right? Well, that’s exactly what retired football player, Nick Murphy, has done! He’s creating the lifestyle of his dreams where he can prioritize his family while helping others actualize their goals.

Nick is a coach who works with you to create and grow your own lifestyle business, so you can live a life you feel comfortable with and have a business you’re passionate about. He’s an author and avid podcaster, and I’m so excited to share this interview with you.

When he was in the NFL, Nick signed seven different contracts in four years. He felt like he lacked control in his life, and while a part of him liked feeling like he just had to show up, a bigger part felt like he’d rather be in charge. So he quit the NFL to create a career that works for him.

Time is one of the biggest things that can hold you back from achieving something. When you put a time limit on a goal, you’re not allowing your true potential to shine through. You can’t put a time control on something that should be full of love and passion.

But what you can do is learn how to prioritize your project and career so that you work within your zone of genius. Finding what you’re truly passionate about often means outsourcing the things that don’t bring you joy. That’s why I outsource my podcast management to the amazing Counterweight Creative and Nick makes use of Upwork.

How do you prioritize what matters most to you in both work and home life? Do you ever outsource tasks you don’t love? What kind of goals do you set yourself? Let me know in the comments on the episode page!

In This Episode:

  • Why you need to find a good spot of control in your life
  • How professional sports can lead to a complete lack of control
  • How you can create a career that is balanced with your home lifestyle
  • Why setting annual goals doesn’t always work
  • Why you need to have love and passion in order to be a successful entrepreneur
  • How you can prioritize staying in your zone of genius
  • How you can make more money working for yourself than for a corporation
  • Why you need to reprioritize what matters to you in your career


“It just got to the point where I was like, I can’t control anything. Like, I could work my face off on a high school field and keep these kinds of meaningless side jobs to just keep playing the game and try to do the thing. My phone may never ring, or I could sit on my ass and do nothing and my phone could ring in an hour. And I just couldn’t handle that lack of control. I knew I could do more than that, so I just quit pursuing football.” (3:14)

“Let’s take time out of the equation for a minute. If this is the thing you know you’re going to do and success is guaranteed, and you’re doing the work and you’re trusting the process, it’s gonna happen.” (7:56)

“No one sits down when you’re in high school and says ‘how do you most profoundly want to use the rest of your life? What is the coolest thing you can come up with doing?’ Forget how to get it paid for or how to make money out of it and how to get a degree in it - what do you want? What fires you up? We don’t start there. So we’re constantly backtracking from this place that was fake to begin with. Some of us find an authentic way to do what we want and some of us don’t, so they stay and they settle and they suffer. And it’s sad.” (24:00)


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Jul 16, 2019

In the first of what will be every other week Lynnbetweenisodes (shout out to Tim Ferriss for coining the term 'inbetweenisodes' that I just stole and bastardized), Lynn Marie tells a story about the importance of engaging in activities that bring you joy so that you can more clearly feel when something doesn't light you up.

Jul 9, 2019

One of the more unique quitting stories I’ve ever heard comes from today’s guest, Nurse Jonathan Mendoza! Imagine being at the top of your field after years of schooling only to decide there’s more that you want out of it. So you strategically quit to go back to school to study for another degree that will basically downgrade your title.

That’s exactly what Jonathan did. He got an undergraduate degree and then studied to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. But he quickly realized that being a chiropractor alone wasn’t fulfilling his healthcare vision. Jonathan quit his high-paying job and started a second undergraduate degree to become a nurse practitioner.

He received a lot of negativity from fellow students as he was already a doctor, and embarking on this new career path. And then when he skipped working as a nurse to complete his Master’s and become a Nurse Practitioner. All to enable him to truly create the type of holistic healthcare practice he envisioned.

Now, Jonathan is the master of injections. He opened his own clinic, the MSW Lounge, just outside Austin, to provide his patients with vitamin infusions to boost their health. Combined with his chiropractic background and supported by a talented and diverse team, Jonathan and the MSW Lounge are revolutionizing healthcare.

When you stop working for the money and start finding your own path towards fulfillment, magic can happen. So many opportunities open up when you embrace stress and changes as they come your way. And truly practicing what you preach makes all the difference.

Are you working to your full potential and fulfillment? How have you strategically quit something to incorporate all your academic letters into creating your perfect job? Have you learned to listen to your body? Let me know in the comments on the episode page!

In This Episode:

  • What can happen when you strategically quit
  • How you can combine your multiple credentials to create your perfect work
  • What happens when your body decides it’s time to take a break
  • Why you need to work for self-fulfillment rather than money
  • How you can make a responsible and realistic decision to quit
  • How opportunities open up when you’re facing entrepreneurial stress
  • Why you need to embrace the changes you make in your life
  • Why you need to follow your own advice when you’re teaching wellness principles



“Technically, I do this and this, but my credentials are this. Those letters don’t define who I am, they allow me to practice and work a certain way.” (6:38)

“I think that’s why entrepreneurs love the start-up game. I think that’s why people love quitting because there’s an opportunity and there’s fun that comes with it. That stress that I had was a completely different kind of stress than I had when I finished my master’s degree. The stress of opening a business is fun stress. It sucks, but it’s fun stress.” (15:54)

“I molded my lifestyle to the point now where I think we’re thriving, only because things are more in balance and I think that’s the only way life can be. And that’s the only way to work.” (23:17)


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Jul 3, 2019

Last Fourth of July I did a solo episode on Five Quits to Find Your Freedom - and well, let's just say I did it again this year:) I recently did some transformational work and found five quits I'm going to implement in my life, and maybe they might spark some thoughts as to similar quits you may want to implement in yours.

Jun 25, 2019

You don’t need to know where you’ll end up at the end of the road if you quit something that’s not right for you. Taking that first step can be daunting. But as today’s guest, coach, and podcaster Mike Bledsoe, shares, exploring so many different avenues has led him to be a more well-rounded person who is 100% passionate and dedicated to his work.

Mike is a lifelong student who works with coaches to completely transform their careers. After his entrepreneur journey featuring the military, sales, physical training, and more, he’s well-equipped to help coaches find their place in the world.

Today, we’re talking about why it’s so important for every aspect of your life to incorporate play into it. Play lets you explore different areas and just have fun… both of which leads to a happier existence, which shines through in your work.

It’s okay to quit opportunities that don’t align with where you are in life. Most of the time, when you do this, you’ll actually reposition yourself closer to your values, interests, and passions. When you’re feeling inspired, it’s often a good idea to take a chance - you never know what will happen.

Are you driven by money and your finances or your inspiration and passion? How do you feel when you’re on the right path? When’s the last time you took a chance on something you feel inspired by? Let me know in the comments on the episode page!

In This Episode:

  • Why you need to play more every day
  • How to face the people who told you 'you wouldn’t make it'
  • How a book can completely change your perspective on yourself
  • Why it’s okay to quit something to pursue opportunities more in line with your passions
  • Why you don’t need to see the destination to take steps along the path
  • What the difference between a serial entrepreneur and a serial quitter is
  • How to take a chance when you’re feeling inspired
  • What a difference asking for something makes
  • How not letting the pressures of needing money dictate what you pursue in life
  • How quitting can make you a more well-rounded person



“More is not better. What you need is space, and play creates space.” (2:32)

“I never thought that I could get paid so well to do something I love so much. And that would not have happened if I hadn’t quit.” (19:39)

“People that love you will give you the worst advice.” (25:02)

“What I realized during the retreat was that I didn’t know how many of the choices I’d made in my life up to that point were actually my choices or some type of belief that was planted there from a previous moment.”(48:05)

“Even when things were going well, I was still behaving desperately. So I decided I would only act out of inspiration, no matter what happens.” (53:02)

“I let curiosity be my guide and I’m not limited by trying to fix something. To me, that’s one of the biggest keys to moving quickly.” (1:11:51)


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Jun 18, 2019

If you’re not happy with your job now, you won’t be happy with your job in 30 years. Think about that and decide if you’re really okay with spending the rest of your life doing something that doesn’t resonate with you. Today’s guest, Dr. Natalie Crawford, decided she didn’t want to spend 30 years doing something that didn’t make her happy, so she quit.

Natalie was in her first-year residency in emergency medicine when she realized that something was missing. Because of the type of life she wanted, she asked for and received advice from others that influenced her decision to enter into emergency medicine. She didn’t like the thrill of a new patient everyday and she actually found herself trying to follow cases through, even after they left her care.

She watched her peers thrive in this environment but knew it wasn’t right for her. Natalie approached her advisor and transparently let him know that this wasn’t the right career path for her. Facing her fear and speaking up allowed her to begin the search for what was right, and her advisor turned into her biggest advocate to get where she wanted to go.

For Natalie, putting that extra effort in was beneficial to her finding what type of medicine she actually wanted to practice. She knows that every step she’s taken, even the ones that weren’t right, were necessary to get her to where she ultimately wanted to go.

After all, what’s the worst that could happen?

Are you happy in your career? Have you pictured the worst case scenario if you quit? Do you know what you want out of life? Let me know in the comments on the episode page!

In This Episode:

  • How input from other people can affect where you head in life, even if it’s not the right way for you to go
  • Why something that’s right for someone else isn’t always what’s right for you
  • How transparency and honesty can help you get ahead in life and connect with other people who can help you navigate what the right path
  • Why it’s worth putting the extra effort in to get to your goal
  • How every step along the path leads you to where you’re meant to be, even if that step wasn’t the right one for you
  • What happens when you name the absolute worst thing that can happen if you quit


“We only have this one life to make things matter and if we spend our time on something, it’s innately time away from other things: family, free time, other interests. So it needs to be worth it. And the only way to make it worth it is by knowing what really matters to you and making sure your choices are in line with that.” (1:39)

“Sometimes you have to be in something to get a better grasp of what is important to you or at least the things that are not.” (7:52)

“When you’re in that unknown period, that ‘this isn’t right for me but I don’t know what is,’ you start to doubt yourself.” (11:27)

“By quitting, sometimes you’re advocating for yourself in the strongest way that you can.” (26:33)

“The time is gonna pass, we might as well be happy while we do it.” (32:19)


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Jun 11, 2019

Learning to trust yourself can be a challenge, especially when you’re struggling with imposter syndrome. Feeling like you’re not good enough, or experienced enough, to compete with the experts in your industry is a very real thing. Today’s guest, Dayne Barkley, tells us how he challenged his imposter syndrome and came out on top.

Dayne started his working life as an actor in Los Angeles. He loved making people laugh, being the center of attention, and bringing someone else’s story to life. What he didn’t love was the process of acting: learning lines, rehearsing, and living to someone else’s schedule just wasn’t for him.

He knew he had to leave, but he was afraid to follow his passion for health and biohacking. Instead, he told his friends that he was taking a break… but this break led to him quitting. Dayne says he felt like a failure, but he realized that just because he was getting better at acting didn’t mean he was going to like it again.

In this episode, we’re talking about Dayne’s transition from acting to biohacking. The hardest change for him was going from a career focusing on the outside appearance and performance to something that looks purely at the inside. And because he was new to health and wellness, Dayne was challenged with imposter syndrome.

Though feelings of defeat were high, Dayne wasn’t about to let imposter syndrome keep him from his dream. He learned ways and techniques to work through it and proved that his experience and ways were different from anyone else in the industry, and that difference is what sets him apart from his competitors.

Have you ever felt imposter syndrome? Do you know where your inspiration comes from? How do you know whether you should push through something or quit? Let me know in the comments!


In This Episode:

  • How a life event can trigger an insight into health and wellness
  • How a break from something can lead you to never go back
  • Why getting better at something won’t necessarily make you like it more
  • Why you need to quit worrying about other people’s opinions of you
  • How to transition from a career focused on the outside, to one looking at the inside
  • What it’s like to work through imposter syndrome
  • How to reframe your imposter syndrome and see it as a positive
  • Why you might still have breakdowns when you’re on a path that you love
  • How career inspiration can come from unexpected places
  • How to know when to push through wanting to quit



“I transitioned to a whole other field of work which was hard to navigate and understand. I didn’t really have a lot of life experience to be able work my way through things, or find out how to keep things going. The most important part was that I found something I was really passionate about.” (9:34)

“The past 12 months I’ve been on a spiritual awakening that has helped me understand my place in this world and how I have to deliver my gifts and talents, which are truly unique and different from any other practitioner out there. I might have learned from a lot of them, but I’ve digested differently.” (15:30)

“What helped a lot was having support. If I was just by myself and without this idea out to the world and sharing it would have been enough for me to throw the towel in, because no one would know and no one could keep me accountable and support me. Having that support around me, friends and family, and sharing my intention kept me going.” (25:47)


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Jun 4, 2019

Quitting is always difficult, but quitting the only life you’ve ever known comes with a unique set of obstacles and hurdles to overcome. Today’s guest, Coach Tara Garrison, was living the perfect Mormon life, but deep down, she knew something didn’t feel right. This is her story of how she listened to her gut, quit her life, and changed her destiny.

Tara had it all - the marriage, the 4 kids, the community and friends, the Mormon education… but something didn’t feel right to her. When she started learning more about health and nutrition and living a more natural life, she started to feel more awake and aware of where she was in her life. It helped her realize that everything she questioned since she studied the Book of Mormon at university was her body telling her she wasn’t living where the Universe wanted her to.

Following a divorce with her husband, Tara braved the consequences of leaving her Mormon life behind and left the church. She didn’t have a plan, literally zero dollars to her name, and ended up couch surfing, before finally hitting a break with a personal trainer friend of hers.

After taking her life into her own hands, Tara is now working as a successful health and wellness coach. And once she made the decision to start her own coaching business, all the pieces started fitting into place.

In this episode, we’re talking about why you need to feel and experience the pain you’re going through in order to understand what a situation is trying to tell you. Tara also explains what happened to her social and community life when she left the Mormon church, but why going through this hardship was still the best decision for her. Plus, how taking risks and quitting can lead you to take on new experiences you never would have considered in your old life.

Knowing how to break down the stressful thoughts and feelings you’re going through is so beneficial to working through them and understanding other perspectives. But regardless of how other people feel about a situation, it’s more important to live in your truth and follow what you need to do to be a healthier version of yourself. When you do this, the Universe will start providing bountiful opportunities for you.

How do you feel when you’re in a situation you don’t like? Do you know how to deal with emotions that arise, even after you thought you left them behind you? Have you ever quit the only life you’ve ever known? Let me know in the comments!

In This Episode:

  • Why you shouldn’t disconnect from emotional pain you’re experiencing
  • How quitting something can contribute to intense social anxiety
  • What new experiences quitting something can lead to
  • Why it’s important not to replace what you’ve left behind with the first opportunity you come across
  • How to handle the emotions that resurface when you meet someone from the life you left
  • How you can take a stressful thought and break it down to understand where it comes from
  • Why you should do whatever you need to do in order to come out the other side as a healthier version of yourself
  • What it’s like when you start living with your heart
  • How to recognize when you fall back into old patterns
  • Who the most important person for you to rely on is
  • How to know if you’ve made the right quit in your life



“I’ve had to learn to speak up and talk when you’re going through pain and you’re going through hard times.” (5:00)

“It’s my job to have forgiveness and compassion and love, no matter what. And to not give or surrender my power to them.” (19:10)

“The Universe just started saying yes, and yes, and yes, and yes as soon as I started putting myself out there and acting.” (32:20)



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May 28, 2019

Reinventing yourself to live closer in line to your values is something we should all strive to do, especially if we’ve been following a path that doesn’t feel quite right. And the brilliant thing is, it’s never too late! Today’s outspoken and hilarious guest, Alli Waddell, is over 40 and states, without a doubt, that she is quitting herself!

Alli has been in the wellness industry for 17 years, starting as a fitness instructor and exploring careers as a nutritionist, attending culinary school, and realizing that true health comes from within. She’s now opened her own ketamine infusion clinic, Illumma, where they provide alternative mental health treatments. It’s been a long journey to get to where she is now, but Alli has faced both her supporters and naysayers with a casual, and sometimes crass, nonchalance.

But now that Alli has found a career path that fulfills her, she’s turning her attention to being a voice for those who can’t speak up. In this rare politically fueled episode, we talk about the recent war against women’s reproductive health and Alli opens up and shares the many reasons why having an abortion was the right choice for her.

Alli’s passion for women’s reproductive rights is rampant in this episode. She shares that when she hits menopause, she might mourn the children she never had, but she made the decision to be childfree of her own free will, and with complete confidence. It’s okay to mourn our choices and still be satisfied with them.

We need to break the stigma of what your life has to look like in order to have an abortion. Unwanted and unexpected pregnancies can happen to anyone, and there is no shame in making a tough decision. Education and healthcare are paramount to reducing the number of abortions, not bans.

How do you live in accordance with your values? Have you ever felt you want to start over again, even when you’re hitting later in life? Do you stand up for the rights of others? Let me know in the comments on the episode page!

In This Episode:

  • What it’s like to step away from your life and reinvent yourself
  • How you can be brave and help others be brave
  • Why you need to let go of your past self to grow forward
  • Why it’s okay to start over when you’re “over the hill”
  • What it means when you feel relieved when people cancel on you
  • Why you need to consider every aspect of life when it comes to an unexpected pregnancy
  • Why it’s okay to still mourn your choices, even though you made them with confidence
  • Why access to healthcare and education will reduce the number of abortions
  • Why we need to break the stigma of what people have an abortion look like



“I have to let go of her in order to fully embrace this new thing. To me, feels like the next evolution of me, in this higher version of myself.” (5:49)

“That unease is just because I don’t know that I’ve done the work that I need to do to kind of solidify, or that vision hasn’t fully come into what exactly that is gonna look like.” (10:53)

“[When I got an abortion,] it was f*cking hard, it was hard and it was sad and it was traumatic… but it was the best choice. And it was the best choice for everyone involved. It was the best choice for him, it was the best choice for me, and it was the best choice for that baby.” (19:34)

“I think if you believe in pro-life and you haven’t adopted a kid from foster care, you need to shut the f*ck up.” (22:46)

“I feel like we’re living the la-la land. But the only thing that I can say, is I think this is the final death grip of a bunch of old white men who are f*cking terrified about the storm that is about to come raining down on them. And this is their last ditch effort to grab onto all they can have because their time is coming to an end. And they know it, and they’re scared shitless. Because that’s what happens when people are scared, they go after f*cking power.” (23:31)


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May 21, 2019

There’s a fine line to walk between being unsupportive and letting someone make decisions for themselves. When today’s guest, personal trainer and paleo guru Tony Federico, was a teenager, he was a chronic quitter. He didn’t have anyone telling him not to quit when he wasn’t feeling something, and instead of this having an adverse effect on his life, Tony’s confidence in his own decisions grew.

Tony has quit nearly everything he’s come across in life - karate, football, high school, and a fair few of his jobs. But this doesn't mean that he’s wasting his life. Far from it, actually.

Tony has used his tendency to quit to have some forced introspection and truly examine what he wants out of life. After a death in his late teens, he used this period to figure out and understand that he wants to spend his life focused on health and wellness.

For the past 10 years, Tony has been working as a personal trainer and contributor to paleo health publications. And now, he’s working as the Vice President of Marketing for paleo health company, Natural Force.

In this episode, Tony and I talk about how taking hold of your own life decisions, even if it means quitting, can lead to some incredible experiences and opportunities. We also look at what happens if you actually stick something through to the end - and see what amazing outcomes are possible.

Tony eventually replaced his quitting tendencies with overcommitment. This led to some issues as well, however, and ultimately led him to realize he needed to find a place of balance between quitting and committing. We also examined the differences between the “painful known” and the “unknown possibility” and talked about how these concepts can help you find balance.

Are you, or have you been, a chronic quitter? How have you learned to explore the limitless possibility to design your own life? Do you use exercise to help you make decisions?

In This Episode:

  • How a lack of introspection can lead you to quit
  • Why it’s important to let a child make some decisions on their own, without parental intervention
  • How you can use tragedy and your tendencies to quit to start to examine the self to help you learn and grow
  • What benefit yoga and other wellness exercises can have on your mental health
  • How your life events can impact your decision to start sticking to things
  • What happens when you commit to something and see it through to the end
  • Why you need to figure out what type of hard you’re working through
  • How to reach a point when you realize you need balance
  • Where you can balance on the threshold between discomfort and pain
  • How you can become a more balanced version of yourself
  • What the “painful known” and the “unknown possibility” are
  • Why you should never burn bridges when you quit
  • How you can make strategic decisions to better your health, relationships, and life



“Maybe that’s part of it. I didn’t have a lot of people telling me to not quit.” (6:14)

“There is an openness for the first time and a willingness to do the self-examination for the very first time.”(9:08)

“It’s hard, but that doesn’t mean you need to stop. Discomfort is part of the process. You’re not gonna feel good the entire time.” (12:27)

“It’s not just about quitting something or committing to something. It’s about - what am I really trying to achieve in my life. What is the real big picture goal?” (16:32)

“How do you know the next thing is going to be better? And the answer is - you don’t. But what you do know is the pain you don’t want.” (27:22)


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May 15, 2019

Have you ever pursued a goal, only to later realize that goal wasn’t going to fulfil *you,* it was only going to serve your ego or fill a void you had inside?

That’s exactly what happened to Bryan Stacy when his near decade-long pursuit of getting into the FBI culminated with him realizing that the reasons he’d wanted that job were to fill a void within himself. At that point he embarked on some major changes - many of which led him to follow the things that made him anxious and find ways to deal with his own pain points head-on.

May 7, 2019

In a rare solo episode, Lynn Marie lays it all out: how she got into medicine, how she felt along the ten-year journey it took to get from pre-med to sports medicine/family medicine board certified, and the struggles to make medicine work since then.

She’s been in her own strategic quit for years, and, taking her own advice, she finally had to leave clinical medicine, even if the next thing wasn’t yet in place.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry (actually, she cries *for* you so you’re off the hook there), but most of all, you’ll get a look into why she’s so passionate about helping others quit - because she’s been there, and she’s living what she preaches.

May 1, 2019

For most entrepreneurs, the fear of not having enough money to keep a venture going can be daunting. As can the fear of ruffling feathers to the point that their business may suffer due to its disruptiveness.

When he set out to change healthcare, J.R. Burgess came up against both of those fears. He had to quit the mindsets around money and societal approval that were holding him back, and since doing so, his business has soared.

If you've ever feared investing money in yourself or your business, or you've feared going against the grain, this episode is for you!

Apr 24, 2019

Sometimes you quit when things aren’t working…and sometimes, life forces a quit on you.

SOMA Breath founder, Renegade Pharmacist Niraj Naik, faced just that when life dealt him with a crippling illness that forced quits upon him. Quitting with no safety net led him to have to figure out entrepreneurship in a hurry and find ways to heal his body and his mind in the process.

His journey back to health led to him developing a revolutionary style of breathwork that can help anyone who needs just a little more peace in their lives.

Apr 17, 2019

Have you ever felt stuck or unhappy in your job, so you up and quit and went to work somewhere else doing the same thing - only to realize that you were equally as unfulfilled in the new place?

Author, podcaster and all-around inspirational badass Steph Gaudreau did, and it was a great wake-up call to her that she needed to quit her entire career. This led her to enact a beautifully textbook strategic quit that included identifying and facing down several fears.

She points out that it’s not about being fearless, it’s about taking action despite those fears to get to your ultimate goal.

Apr 10, 2019

Many kids dream of becoming professional athletes when they grow up, assuming that it would be a dream job that they could never imagine leaving before they were forced out.

Which is what makes former Major League Baseball pitcher Doug Nickle’s story all the more incredible. He had the dream job and quit it - not because he could no longer play, but because he realized he was more than just a baseball player. He wanted to determine what success was on his own terms, with no conditions.

It’s a great story for anyone struggling with a dream job that may no longer be *their* dream.

Apr 2, 2019

If you’ve ever been hit by a massive health crisis, you may have experienced being given medical advice by trusted sources that just didn’t feel right to you. Dr. Brenda Walding had that same experience when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she realized that to save her own life, she'd have to quit handing over supreme authority over her body and start listening to her heart.

Through her journey she was able to quit making decisions out of fear, quit living according to others’ ideas of success and happiness, and found a way to turn cancer into a divine opportunity. It’s a beautiful story that should empower anyone facing their own health issues to start their own self-directed healing.

Mar 26, 2019

Medical school spends four years teaching doctors how to treat disease, but almost no time teaching the wellness practices that can prevent disease before it starts. So when Next Health founder Dr. Darshan Shah found himself starting to develop health issues, he decided to educate himself on how to modify his lifestyle to optimize his health.

His quest was so successful in reversing his own conditions that he began teaching the same lifestyle interventions to his patients, often times saving them from having to go under the knife to solve their weight issues.

He then became so passionate about changing our model of healthcare from one that focuses on treating disease to one of health optimization, that he has taken his mission to help society quit being sick to the next level by opening health optimization centers to empower patients to take their wellness into their own hands.

Mar 19, 2019

Most entrepreneurs have a quitting story. Some have useful tips on how to make the most of your post-quit life. But today we’ve hit the jackpot, as our guest is Focusmate founder and CEO Taylor Jacobson - who has both!

Taylor not only had to face a difficult quit to start his entrepreneurial journey but he also realized that through what he learned in his own struggles to be productive, he could help others in his same position to make the most of their time.

So if you’re looking to make a job quit and are burning the candle at both ends with a side hustle and a main gig, or if you’re an entrepreneur trying to find more hours in the day, take a listen to Taylor’s story of how accountability can help you turn busyness into productivity.

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