Lighten Up with Melanie Dale
By Melanie Dale
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I use laughter as a coping strategy for life’s messes and this podcast to externally process everything going on in my mind, from books to the zombie apocalypse. Each episode I invite a friend to join me and we discuss hot topics, relationships, faith, trends, books, movies, and the latest developments on important things like Netflix and Twitter. I ask them how they lighten up and how they’re sharing the light in their communities. My goal is for you to feel like you’re sitting in the room with us while we eat Nerds Ropes, cackle hysterically, and solve all the world’s problems.
||CleanLighten Up #22: Courtney Westlake||Melanie talks with Courtney Westlake, author of A Different Beautiful, about her daughter, Brenna, who was born with harlequin ichthyosis. Courtney shares what God has taught her through Brenna and finding beauty in the unexpected.||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #21: Jen Glantz||Melanie talks with Jen Glantz, author of Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire) about her new book and her business as a professional bridesmaid. They talk about wedding disasters, online dating, and their favorite and least favorite things about weddings....||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #20: Todd Phillips||Melanie talks with Todd Phillips, founder and president of The Last Well. They talk about his mission to bring clean water and the gospel to every person in Liberia, hope after the Ebola outbreak, his transition from pastor to head of a global...||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #19: Laura Parker||Melanie talks with with Laura Parker, co-founder of The Exodus Road, a nonprofit fighting human trafficking around the globe. Laura shares a KILLER rat story, talks about living abroad, and they discuss their feelings about New Years resolutions,...||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #18: Esther Emery||Melanie talks with Esther Emery about her new book, What Falls from the Sky. After her husband had an affair with her best friend, Esther moved across the country with her family and embarked on a year without the internet. She currently lives off the...||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #17: Jamie Laslo||Melanie talks with Jamie Laslo, who co-founded Ornaments4Orphans with her husband, Scott. They talk about how they're using ornaments to empower artisans and preserve families in East Africa, and Melanie and Jamie share their favorite Christmas...||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #16: Chantel Adams||Melanie talks with Chantel Adams, founder of Forever We, which connects kids with cancer with families who care. They talk about Forever We's dolls and books, childhood cancer awareness, and also selfie sticks, high-waisted pants, and their Hogwarts...||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #15: Bekah Jane Pogue||Melanie interviews Bekah Jane Pogue, author of Choosing Real: An invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned. They talk about the book, their Thanksgiving traditions, and Melanie may have processed some intense feelings about people...||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #14: Zach Hoag||Zach Hoag is an author, preacher, and creator from New England. Planting a church in one of the least churched cities in the U.S. (Burlington, Vermont), and pursuing ministry beyond that in a variety of spaces, Zach has learned a few things about the...||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #13: Jennifer Dukes Lee||Melanie talks with Jennifer Dukes Lee about her new book, The Happiness Dare. She took the quiz to find her happiness style and Jennifer psychoanalyses her and explains all five happiness styles, Experiencer, Doer, Thinker, Giver, and Relater....||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #12: Lydia Mays||Melanie talks with Lydia Mays, the founder of See Beautiful, a philanthropic company focused on giving back, which empowers children and adults to see and create more beautiful in the world. They cover dogs in strollers and purses, plus...||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #11: Kari Kampakis||Melanie talks to Kari Kampakis, author of 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know, about her new book, Liked, releasing November 15. They cover navigating your middle and high school girls through social media and "mean girls," as well as writing,...||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #10: Alli Worthington||Melanie talks with Alli Worthington, COO of Propel, founder of Blissdom, and author of Breaking Busy, about cutting out distraction, writing books, and leading leaders, plus how we need to lighten up, movie reviews, and When Pumpkin Spice Goes Too...||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #9: Alex Dale||Melanie talks with Alex Dale, her long-suffering graphic designer husband who of his own volition dressed up in a Maimed Cookie Man costume to become the It’s Not Fair mascot at the book launch party. They interview each other, discussing important...||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #8: Kendall Ashley||Melanie talks with Kendall Ashley, a writer at Nerdist and Geek & Sundry and editor at a publishing house, about bun-stuffing in ballet, her perspective as an editor, San Diego Comic-Con, and all their conflicted feelings about the new Harry...||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #7: Chris Marlow||Melanie talks with Chris Marlow, founder of Help One Now and author of Doing Good Is Simple, about his new book, Ryan Reynold’s parenting tweets, and sending kids on mission trips. There may have been a moment when they were both talking about...||7/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #6: Steen Jones||Melanie talks with Steen Jones, new author and founder of COLORS scarves, about her debut novel, The Door Keeper, our awesome kids with autism, spending the night in a treehouse, and reasons women were committed to mental institutions in the...||7/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #5: Osheta Moore||Melanie talks with Osheta Moore, podcaster and blogger at Shalom in the City, about her practice of shalom, lightening up about dinners, and her hair. Then they deep dive into The Princess Bride about everything from favorite quotes, characters, and...||6/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #4: Jenny Rapson||Melanie talks with Jenny Rapson, editor of ForEveryMom.com, about three B’s: bad reviews, bikinis, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She reads her one-star reviews for the first time ever, Jenny shares how she thinks people need to lighten up, and they...||6/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #3: Jamie Ivey||Melanie talks with The Happy Hour Podcast’s Jamie Ivey about visiting jail, The Walking Dead, books, being a sports mom, and what three things Jamie’s currently loving.||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #2: Logan Wolfram||Melanie talks with Logan Wolfram, author of Curious Faith and head of Allume Conference, about how we can bring light to our communities, chopping off her hair and going gluten free, origami, launching her first book, and husbands buying maxipads.||5/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLighten Up #1: Courtney DeFeo||Melanie talks with Courtney DeFeo, author of In This House We Will Giggle and creator of ABC Scripture Cards about how Courtney is helping her kids lighten up and other extremely important topics, like naked podcasting, arm-on-hip picture posing,...||4/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
A little bit of happy
In a world where there is so much negative media, Melanie puts a little bit of happy in my ears. We don't need to take everything in life so seriously. Thank you for that reminder. I have loved each of the guests.
Melanie's podcast is delightful and fun, two things I need in my life. Also, her laugh rocks. Adorbs. Keep up the good work!
Mel is hilarious
Melanie is genuine and hilarious and a joy to listen too!