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Through conversations and interviews, Christine Koh + Asha Dornfest offer inspiration and tactics to help you edit the unnecessary from your life so you’ve got room to enjoy the awesome.

Through conversations and interviews, Christine Koh + Asha Dornfest offer inspiration and tactics to help you edit the unnecessary from your life so you’ve got room to enjoy the awesome.
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Through conversations and interviews, Christine Koh + Asha Dornfest offer inspiration and tactics to help you edit the unnecessary from your life so you’ve got room to enjoy the awesome.




Episode 141: Fall Check-In

Fall has been full of contradictions and transitions (and plenty of joy), so we thought this would be a good moment to pause and check in with what’s going on beyond the podcast. In Episode 141 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha give listeners a window into their lives right now. They share what’s going on at home and work, how they’re approaching self-care, and what they’re especially looking forward to this Fall. + + + + + Every week, Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for...


Episode 140: Raising Good Citizens

During this divisive moment in our country, how do we model good citizenship for our kids? In Episode 140 of Edit Your Life, Christine interviews Rana DiOrio, co-author of the forthcoming book What Does It Mean to Be American? Rana shares what inspired her to write the book, what she felt was missing in the children’s book publishing market, and how books can open the door to two foundational aspects of good citizenship: inclusivity and empathy. + + + + + This week’s episode is sponsored by...


Episode 139: Nurturing Your Friendships

Our friendships are precious, but they can also be crowded out by the intensity of work, family, and stress. The good news? The first step toward reversing that dynamic is simply to notice it, and friendships can be nurtured through small doses of time and attention. In Episode 139 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha reflect upon friendship, how it has changed as their kids have gotten older, and share 8 crowdsourced ways to treasure and celebrate your friends. + + + + + This week’s...


Episode 138: Everyday Stress Management

Between Fall transitions, triggering news headlines, and the general pace of work and life, many folks are battling debilitating levels of stress. And while a relaxing day at the spa sounds nice in theory, it’s not something everyone can carve out time or money for, and it doesn’t address the reality that daily stress management is crucial. In Episode 138 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha share 8 practical, totally doable everyday stress management tactics that are working for them. + +...


Episode 137: Talking to Kids About Sexual Harassment

The allegations of sexual assault against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh shined a painfully glaring light on the importance of discussing harassment and abuse with kids. In Episode 137 of Edit Your Life, we rebroadcast Christine’s interview with Nora Gelperin, Director of Sexuality Education and Training at Advocates for Youth. She shares down-to-earth advice about how to talk to kids about sexual abuse: what it is, how to recognize it, and how to protect themselves. Christine and...


Episode 136: Dreaming Big + Making Change

On November 6, Americans will have the opportunity to vote for a record number of women running for public office. One who burst onto the scene last year is former fighter pilot and mother of three Amy McGrath, the Democratic candidate for Kentucky’s 6th US House district. In Episode 136 of Edit Your Life, we rebroadcast Christine’s November 2017 interview with Amy. In this wide-ranging, personal conversation, Christine and Amy talk about finding and using your voice, how best to support...


Episode 135: Parenting Through Fear

A listener letter by inspired this important conversation about parenting during this era of mass school shootings. How do we send our kids to school when school doesn’t feel safe? Is our fear in line with the actual risk, not only about school shootings, but other dangers our children face? How do we balance nurturing their independence while doing our protective jobs as parents? In Episode 135 of Edit Your Life, Asha and Christine respond to these big questions with the help of licensed...


Episode 134: Tips for Communicating with Teens

Say the phrase “communicating with teens” to another parent and you’ll often be met a sigh and an eyeroll. While parenting teens comes with its complications, we’ve discovered there are also many joyful surprises along the road leading to our kids’ independence. In Episode 134 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha share anecdotes and tips for communicating with teens. They suggest shifts in perspective, conversational tweaks, and ways to communicate non-verbally that can help open the door...


Episode 133: Recalibrating Your Social Media Use

Do you have a love/hate relationship with social media? For many of us, what used to be a useful tool or harmless diversion has morphed into something more complicated, so recalibrating your social media use calls for more nuanced advice than “just light it all on fire!” In Episode 133 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha talk about the what and how of managing social media, and also dig into the why. They share simple tweaks that will help bring your social media use back in bounds while...


Episode 132: Media & Entertainment Favorites, Vol. 5

The kids are back to school and (totally related) we’re back to our regular weekly schedule! We’re kicking things off with something light and fun: a rundown of our current media favorites. In Episode 132 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha talk about the books, TV shows, movies and podcasts that have them laughing, thinking, learning, and relaxing right now. This week’s episode is sponsored by Epic! Visit getepic.com and use promo code EDIT for two months free! + + + + + Every week, Edit...


Episode 131: How To Be a Happier Parent

The word happiness gets thrown around a lot, especially when it comes to family life. But what does “being a happy parent” mean? Does it mean we’re having fun? We’re on top of things? We’re sure of ourselves? None of us feels those things all the time, but most of us would like to feel those things more. In Episode 131 of the Edit Your Life podcast, Asha interviews KJ Dell’Antonia, author of the new book "How To Be A Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every...


Episode 130: Stretched Too Thin

When author Jessica Turner surveyed over 2,000 working moms about the pain points in their lives, the phrase that kept coming up was “stretched too thin.” As a working mom she certainly identified with that feeling, and out of those data and her own experience came her new book Stretched Too Thin: How Workings Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter and Thrive (Revell, September 2018). In Episode 130 of the Edit Your Life podcast, Christine interviews Jessica about the power of intentionality,...


Episode 129: How to Teach Kids Life Skills

Summer is the ideal time for your kids to learn real-world life skills no matter how old they are. And judging by the viral popularity of our recent “100 Life Skills You Can Teach Your Kids in 5 Minutes or Less” list, people want to get started. In Episode 129 of the Edit Your Life podcast, Christine and Asha follow up on their list with practical tips for how to teach kids life skills. They talk about the importance of frustration tolerance, how to nudge to reluctant kids to learn, the...


Episode 128: Prioritizing Joy + Optimism

The news cycle has been relentless and painful, which is all the more reason that it’s important to do give yourself a little space to settle into something good. In Episode 128 of Edit Your Life, Christine interviews novelist Katherine Center. Christine and Katherine talk about Katherine’s latest New York Times bestselling book, How To Walk Away, the human condition, positive vs. negative valence theory as it relates to fiction, why prioritizing happiness and joy matters, women writers, how...


Episode 127: Everyday Relationship Tips

When you’re in a relationship, there’s a tendency to fall into patterns and assume that things stay constant. But the reality is, relationships reflect a collection of human and situational variables that change over time and require continued love, care, and evaluation. In Episode 127 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha share 8 tactics that will help you self-reflect and make everyday communication tweaks to navigate the changing variables of your relationship, and remember to have fun...


Episode 126: Managing Summer Screen Time

Screen time poses a challenge for most families, but even more so during the summer, when school structure falls away and many kids’ free time (good!) defaults to being filled with “zombie” electronics (bad!). Simplistic, catch-all rules ignore the fact that managing screen time is complicated. In Episode 126 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha acknowledge the complexity of our ever-changing relationship with electronics. They talk about what has worked (and what hasn’t) in their families,...


Episode 125: Serendipity Space [Rebroadcast]

What is serendipity space? It’s the practice of mindfully leaving (and creating!) pockets of space in your schedule. In Episode 125 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha rebroadcast one of their earliest episodes, during which they talk about serendipity space (a term they coined in Minimalist Parenting) and share tactics for how to create it in your life in order to reduce stress, foster creativity, and encourage spontaneity. + + + + + + Every week, Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for...


Episode 124: How To Create Your Village

When you’re swamped by the demands of work and early parenting, it can feel like finding your community is just another chore on an endless to-do list. And yet it’s during those early years when you most need support! In Episode 124 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha respond to a listener who isn’t sure how to begin building community around her family. They offer big picture + practical recommendations for how to create your village, starting with activities that are already part of your...


Episode 123: Spring Check-In

When they’re not writing or recording, Christine and Asha are doing a bunch of other things, including navigating things like home projects, kid schedules, relationships, and self-care. In Episode 123 of Edit Your Life, they take a break from lifestyle editing practicalities and share what’s top of mind for them this spring. + + + + + Every week, Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for decluttering your home, schedule, and mental space without getting bogged down by perfection. Hosts...


Episode 122: Helping Teens Thrive

Let’s flip the script on parenting teens and focus on the beauty and satisfaction of this intense time. In Episode 122 of Edit Your Life, Christine interviews Dr. Ken Ginsburg, co-director of the newly formed Center for Parent and Teen Communication at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Christine and Ken bust myths and misconceptions about teen motivations and attitudes and they talk about how to help teens embrace self-determination as parents transition toward mentorship. Dr....