Design Your Second Half



Design Your Second Half is a podcast conversation about intentionally realigning yourself with joy, connection and fulfillment in your second half of life. Host Nancy DelSanto's own second half story was the spring board for the podcast. After becoming empty nesters, she and her husband moved from the suburbs to the beach, sold 80% of what they owned, and absolutely love their new lifestyle. As an award winning interior designer, Nancy has helped clients navigate big changes of their own from moving to remodeling. In this podcast, Nancy talks with other experts about how to create a lifestyle filled with connection, a home that supports you, and an outer glow to share with the world. Find out more, including ways to connect with me, at


  • What You Really Want and How To Get It In Midlife

    12/03/2019 Duración: 16min

    Nancy DelSanto calls out to forty and fifty-year-olds to embrace midlife by recentering on their true self and weeding out activities that no longer bring them meaning and purpose, joy or connection. Tools discussed in this episode are available at ttps://  

  • Why Travel Is Important: Immersive Experiences, Bucket List Ideas, & Overcoming Anxiety About Traveling

    26/02/2019 Duración: 35min

    Just back from Maison et Objet, the international interior design show, Barbara Bell shares how travel and design can change the way you live. Nancy Del Santo and Barbara discuss traveling as an immersive experience, bucket list travel ideas, overcoming anxiety about traveling, and getting started with your own travel itinerary. Link to the episode page and contact links at http://askdecor/podcast/23

  • How Luxury Cruises Are Changing The Way We Travel with Eve and Thomas Chauvel

    12/02/2019 Duración: 30min

    From iconic cruise destinations to the newest safari land and cruise packages, travel experts Eve and Thomas Chauvel share what you should consider for your next trip. Learn about expedition voyages, river cruises, small ship cruises, personalized excursions, and the benefits of inter-generational cruise experiences. 

  • Music As Therapy: A Case For Crowding Out TV Time

    29/01/2019 Duración: 13min

    Host Nancy DelSanto talks about the results of her experiment with a fruit and vegetable rich diet, intermittent fasting, and other recommendations from medical doctor Felice L. Gersh. Could you change your life by doing more of something that’s beneficial to you and less of something that isn’t? Nancy talks about the benefits of listening to more music and reducing your TV time. Easy ways to create a visually compelling environment for listening to music are shared.

  • Why An Integrative Approach To Women’s Health Is Better Medicine with Dr. Felice L. Gersh

    15/01/2019 Duración: 01h02min

    Nancy DelSanto talks with Dr. Felice L. Gersh, M.D. about integrative medicine, the therapeutic toolbox used to treat early-stage medical issues, the role of estrogen in women’s bodies, menopause and midlife. Circadian rhythm, sleep cycles, the role of digestion, the benefits of a plant-based diet, and new studies about fasting are also discussed.

  • Abandon New Year’s Resolutions and Do This Instead

    01/01/2019 Duración: 16min

    Statistically, New Year’s Resolutions don’t work. Nancy DelSanto advocates for a one word intention that can change your upcoming year. Bonus materials help you map our your intention and how it will affect the things you make time for in your life. You can infuse your one word intention into all aspects of your year going forward. Motivation, inspiration, and practical how-to advice is shared. Tools at

  • Sustainable, Non-Toxic Furniture - What You Should Know Before You Buy with Shannon Willey

    18/12/2018 Duración: 32min

    Can furniture be healthy for you? Shannon Willey, proprietor of Sea Green Designs LLC, works with artisans and eco-conscious companies to create beautiful furniture, lighting, and accessories that are better for your health. Discover 7 top tips for a sustainable home and how to get a coastal inspired look. Learn the right questions to ask about furniture finishes, textiles, and upholstery materials before you decorate your home so you don't end up with something that will pollute your home's air quality. Get the cheat sheet at 

  • How To Align Your Thoughts and Intentions For a More Authentic New Year

    04/12/2018 Duración: 22min

    As 2018 ends, Nancy Del Santo walks you through a 3 step process to set yourself up for a lifestyle that brings you more joy, connection, and fulfillment. Reflecting on her own transformation living on the coast as an empty nester, Nancy shares how you can side step anxiety and regain your confidence even when the future is uncertain. Get bonus content and a reflection cheat sheet at

  • 3+ Things You Should Know About Financial Planning For Your Second Half

    20/11/2018 Duración: 23min

    Attention women over 50: it’s likely you'll be the one in charge of your family's finances. Do you feel comfortable about how you’ll afford your second half of life? Get a better understanding of budget formulas that work, unexpected costs in retirement, and the value of a team to help you navigate your financial future. Get bonus materials at

  • How To Use Intuition And Synchronicity For A Better Life

    06/11/2018 Duración: 18min

    Use your wisdom to step into the life you really want in your second half. • Stories of how intuition can help you problem solve, lead you toward more joy, and keep you safer • Watch for signs of synchronicity to know you’re on the right path • How to try new things and know if you’re going in the right direction Get a special exercise that will surprise and delight you at 

  • Life After Love & Loss

    23/10/2018 Duración: 30min

    Fashion and beauty blogger Grace Liang shares her story, from a childhood in China to her life in America. The loss of her father haunts her for years. Her husband’s illness and death culminates in Grace’s sense of meaning and purpose as a messenger to others. She shares with us her experiences and life after loss. Read more at

  • Bring on the Holidays: 4 Steps to Eliminate Overwhelm

    09/10/2018 Duración: 17min

    So many things get added into the holidays, from home maintenance and repairs to make everything perfect for your Thanksgiving guests to holiday decorations, gifts, and parties to attend. If you're a high achiever, you'll get everything done at the expense of your health and wellness. Let's talk about strategies to stop overwhelm and make this your best season. Download the fun sheet so you can begin making these ideas work for you.

  • How To Curate Marvelous Memories & Feel Off The Clock

    25/09/2018 Duración: 29min

    Laura Vanderkam is a time makeover expert. Her newest book Off The Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done holds nuggets of gold for anyone designing their second half.  She’s sharing actionable ideas you can implement today to improve your experience of time and make marvelous memories.   There’s a lot of information here for midlife empty nesters. I’ve made a special checklist so you don’t need to worry about remembering everything. You can get it at

  • Renewing your meaning and purpose: Making a difference in your second half

    11/09/2018 Duración: 16min

    Your lifestyle, your home, and your changing reality. Wisdom for midlife empty nesters.  How to get out of your own way to live life more fully. How baby steps can move you past your fears and change the way you think. For more information, visit

  • Mentoring & Advocacy: CASA Improves Lives One Child At A Time

    28/08/2018 Duración: 44min

    Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national mentoring program with legal status, perfect for empty nesters who want to give back and add more meaning to their midlife experience. CASA provides a different kind of volunteer opportunity that makes a profound, positive impact for children in the foster care system. Regan Phillips, CEO of CASA Orange County, shares her expertise.

  • 3 Outlandish Steps to Craft A Better Legacy

    14/08/2018 Duración: 16min

    Create meaningful legacy with experiences that are novel and new over tried and true. A story about downsizing and living more joyfully. Wisdom for midlife, empty nesters, grandparents in the making and life with grown children. How to change your mind-set for better relationships and what one thing you want to avoid by changing your focus.

  • 3 Things To Know If You Own Jewelry, Art or Notable Furniture with Sheryl Gillett

    31/07/2018 Duración: 26min

    Expert Sheryl Gillett holds the highest honor in the oldest appraisal organization in the United States. If you have special things to sell, donate, or pass down, Sheryl explains how to determine their value. Links:  

  • 4 Essential Moving Hacks To Save Money and Avoid Chaos

    17/07/2018 Duración: 17min

    These 4 essential moving hacks are relevant for empty nesters who have accumulated a lot of stuff and are downsizing. Learn about taking an inventory of your furniture, art, and collectibles. Use my free worksheet. Create a photo collage of your desired lifestyle and look. Create a floorplan with multi-functional spaces. Outsource estate sale and dealer consignment support for those things you can’t use in your new home. For more information, visit the show notes at

  • Six Secrets to Simplify Your Life and Live Intentionally

    03/07/2018 Duración: 22min

    Life is complicated. We have too many things to do and too many commitments. We feel stressed out trying to fit everything into our day. By the time we’re in our 40s and 50s we start thinking that there must be more to life. Those things that you were naturally drawn to early in your life hold secrets to designing your second half more authentically. Use vacation as inspiration Outsource Eliminate steps in a process Eliminate entire categories from your To-Do list Get your free worksheet to help you remember and rekindle what you loved as a child at

  • The Easier Estate Sale: Full Service & Online

    19/06/2018 Duración: 20min

    Moving is not for the faint of heart. Everything But The House (EBTH) is a new, national company that helps you navigate the stuff you don’t want to take with you on your next move. Shawna O’Connor is a Los Angeles based sales specialist with Everything But The House. She shares her experience with traditional estate sales companies and the online bid platform and full service sales support offered by her firm. Shop by category but sell whole house contents. The most searched category is jewelry followed by home furnishings but EBTH sells everything from oil painting to golf clubs.

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