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Life Happens Laugh Anyway

11
May 2022

Episode 71-Downsizing-When Is It Time?

Hey Humor Consumers!

Is it time to downsize? How do you know when the time is right?  

Downsizing can be a major pain in the tushy. But, it can also lighten your load in ways you haven't even imagined. Yes, it's definitely a boost to your finances to not pay higher mortgage payments, tax payments, insurance payments, maintenance costs etc. 

But, have you considered the mental game of having less to think about? 

We (Tracy and bff Cathrine) both downsized a few years ago from our 2.5 acre sized yards with 5 bedrooms, attics, full basements and 2.5 car garages. We moved into much much much smaller houses, yards and space. We share those experiences here.

Our spiritual encouragement today comes from Proverbs 24:3-4

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Tracy and Cathrine

P.S. The goal of the Life Happens Laugh Anyway podcast is to present our audience with a relevant topic weekly in an entertaining way followed by some spiritual encouragement. #lifehappenslaughanyway #tracydegraaf

***MORE ABOUT TRACY DEGRAAF COMEDY***

Tracy DeGraaf Comedian

Tracy DeGraaf is a U.S.A. national touring comedian based in the Chicago area working primarily with churches and hospitals on outreach events. She is a Christian and a breast cancer survivor, so she combines two of her passions: Jesus and Mammograms into her comedy ministry. She loves Jesus, but doesn’t want women to meet Him just yet. At her church shows she points the audience to Jesus at the end and at her hospital shows she encourages all to get and stay current on cancer screenings.

For more information go to TracyDeGraaf.com.

Check out Tracy’s social media. Facebook Youtube Instagram

4
May 2022

Episode 70-Misophonia

Hey Humor Consumers!

Do you HATE the sound of chewing? Lip Smacking? Breathing? Does the methodic tapping of a pen or fingernails make your skin crawl? 

You might have a condition called Misophonia. It's a THING. If you have it, you're going to want to tune into today's podcast where we talk all things misophonia (we think it's pronounced miz-o-phone-ia). It's an actual condition where the above mentioned sounds make ya kinda crazy!

We (Tracy and bff Cathrine) both struggle with it and as much as we LOVE and ADORE our hubbies (Muffin and Pooh....Puffin for short. aka Ron and Kenny aka sponsors), we just about go ape when they make these very common and very human noises. 

Let us know whatcha think about this info. If you struggle with misophonia PLEASE connect with us so we know we aren't alone. Ha!

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Tracy and Cathrine

P.S. The goal of the Life Happens Laugh Anyway podcast is to present our audience with a relevant topic weekly in an entertaining way followed by some spiritual encouragement. #lifehappenslaughanyway #tracydegraaf

***MORE ABOUT TRACY DEGRAAF COMEDY***

Tracy DeGraaf Comedian

Tracy DeGraaf is a U.S.A. national touring comedian based in the Chicago area working primarily with churches and hospitals on outreach events. She is a Christian and a breast cancer survivor, so she combines two of her passions: Jesus and Mammograms into her comedy ministry. She loves Jesus, but doesn’t want women to meet Him just yet. At her church shows she points the audience to Jesus at the end and at her hospital shows she encourages all to get and stay current on cancer screenings.

For more information go to TracyDeGraaf.com.

Check out Tracy’s social media. Facebook Youtube Instagram

27
Apr 2022

Episode 69-Women & Fashion

***Last Call to grab tickets for this Friday 4/29 LIVE comedy event in Lockport, IL***

Comedian Tracy DeGraaf will be performing along with Well Versed Comedy to benefit Royal Family Kids Camp at the Historic Roxy Theatre in downtown Lockport, IL on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale by clicking here.

Now, back to The Life Happens Laugh Anyway Podcast show notes:

Fashion is a THING! A few take-aways you will get from tuning into the podcast today:

How Your Clothes Affect Your Mood and 40 Things You Should NOT Wear After 40

Tracy will talk about what she wore the very first time she EVER took a comedy stage. (It was a poor choice.)

We both confess our struggles with Covid weight gain and working at getting it OFF.....again! 

***PLEASE NOTE:*** If you are receiving these show notes via email, scroll down to the bottom and hit play to hear the audio of this podcast episode. ;0)

Tracy and Cathrine

P.S. The goal of the Life Happens Laugh Anyway podcast is to present our audience with a relevant topic weekly in an entertaining way followed by some spiritual encouragement. #lifehappenslaughanyway #tracydegraaf

***MORE ABOUT TRACY DEGRAAF COMEDY***

Tracy DeGraaf Comedian

Tracy DeGraaf is a U.S.A. national touring comedian based in the Chicago area working primarily with churches and hospitals on outreach events. She is a Christian and a breast cancer survivor, so she combines two of her passions: Jesus and Mammograms into her comedy ministry. She loves Jesus, but doesn’t want women to meet Him just yet. At her church shows she points the audience to Jesus at the end and at her hospital shows she encourages all to get and stay current on cancer screenings.

For more information go to TracyDeGraaf.com.

Check out Tracy’s social media. Facebook Youtube Instagram

20
Apr 2022

Episode 68-Is Being Funny Attractive?

***Only a week left to grab tickets for 4/29 LIVE comedy event in Lockport, IL***

Comedian Tracy DeGraaf will be performing along with Well Versed Comedy to benefit Royal Family Kids Camp at the Historic Roxy Theatre in downtown Lockport, IL on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale by clicking here.

Now, back to The Life Happens Laugh Anyway Podcast show notes:

Is being funny attractive? Is the Pope Catholic? Is there celery salt on a Chicago-style hot dog? Is Chocolate good for you? Ummmmmmm.....YES! Everyone loves to laugh and if you're the source of that LOL, you're fun and funny and that is attractive.

Here's a link to an article we used while researching this topic: https://hellogiggles.com/love-sex/dating/6-reasons-someone-being-funny-is-seriously-more-important-than-them-being-hot/

***PLEASE NOTE:*** If you are receiving these show notes via email, scroll down to the bottom and hit play to hear the audio of this podcast episode. ;0)

Tracy and Cathrine

P.S. The goal of the Life Happens Laugh Anyway podcast is to present our audience with a relevant topic weekly in an entertaining way followed by some spiritual encouragement. #lifehappenslaughanyway #tracydegraaf

***MORE ABOUT TRACY DEGRAAF COMEDY***

Tracy DeGraaf Comedian

Tracy DeGraaf is a U.S.A. national touring comedian based in the Chicago area working primarily with churches and hospitals on outreach events. She is a Christian and a breast cancer survivor, so she combines two of her passions: Jesus and Mammograms into her comedy ministry. She loves Jesus, but doesn’t want women to meet Him just yet. At her church shows she points the audience to Jesus at the end and at her hospital shows she encourages all to get and stay current on cancer screenings.

For more information go to TracyDeGraaf.com.

Check out Tracy’s social media. Facebook Youtube Instagram

13
Apr 2022

Episode 67-Garage Sailing

***Need a fun night of laughter?***

Comedian Tracy DeGraaf will be performing along with Well Versed Comedy to benefit Royal Family Kids Camp at the Historic Roxy Theatre in downtown Lockport, IL on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale by clicking here. Seating is limited and will likely sell out. Don't wait until the last minute. Grab your seats NOW. ;0)

Now, back to The Life Happens Laugh Anyway Podcast show notes:

LOVE garage sailing? We do too. Let's get inspired to get out there and save some money while having FUN! As I (Tracy) write these show notes, I can look around my living room and see so many things that I love that someone else loved first.

I'm sitting in a chair right now that was purchased at Evilena's Red Dresser in Frankfort, IL (a consignment store of previously loved items).

My couch came with the house when we bought it almost three years ago. We loved the house and the couch and it saved us from having to move our old couch.

I'm looking at vintage lamps from Goodwill and the end tables they rest on are also from Goodwill. There's a midcentury modern bookshelf from a thrift store and a larger more modern shelving unit I bought from Facebook marketplace. 

It's eclectic, affordable and FUN. I might be addicted to the "hunt."

***PLEASE NOTE:*** If you are receiving these show notes via email, scroll down to the bottom and hit play to hear the audio of this podcast episode. ;0)

Tracy and Cathrine

P.S. The goal of the Life Happens Laugh Anyway podcast is to present our audience with a relevant topic weekly in an entertaining way followed by some spiritual encouragement. #lifehappenslaughanyway #tracydegraaf

***MORE ABOUT TRACY DEGRAAF COMEDY***

Tracy DeGraaf Comedian

Tracy DeGraaf is a U.S.A. national touring comedian based in the Chicago area working primarily with churches and hospitals on outreach events. She is a Christian and a breast cancer survivor, so she combines two of her passions: Jesus and Mammograms into her comedy ministry. She loves Jesus, but doesn’t want women to meet Him just yet. At her church shows she points the audience to Jesus at the end and at her hospital shows she encourages all to get and stay current on cancer screenings.

For more information go to TracyDeGraaf.com.

Check out Tracy’s social media. Facebook Youtube Instagram

6
Apr 2022

Episode 66- Who Pays For What At A Wedding?

***Need a fun night of laughter?***

Comedian Tracy DeGraaf will be performing along with Well Versed Comedy to benefit Royal Family Kids Camp at the Historic Roxy Theatre in downtown Lockport, IL on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale by clicking here. Seating is limited and will likely sell out. Don't wait until the last minute. Grab your seats NOW. ;0)

Now, back to The Life Happens Laugh Anyway Podcast show notes:

Who pays for the wedding? Long gone are the days when the bride's family paid for everything. 

In today's episode we will do two things:

1. Help you determine who pays for what.

2. Give you permission to do what you can do and not what you or someone else thinks you should do.

We share from our own experiences as well as what we have learned through researching the internet and surveying friends.

Inspirational Close: Romans 12:10 "Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves."

Call to Action: Remember....It's not about the wedding. It's about the marriage. Do whatever you can to keep that in your mind and heart as you go forward with wedding plans. ;0)

***PLEASE NOTE:*** If you are receiving these show notes via email, scroll down to the bottom and hit play to hear the audio of this podcast episode. ;0)

Tracy and Cathrine

P.S. The goal of the Life Happens Laugh Anyway podcast is to present our audience with a relevant topic weekly in an entertaining way followed by some spiritual encouragement. #lifehappenslaughanyway #tracydegraaf

***MORE ABOUT TRACY DEGRAAF COMEDY***

Tracy DeGraaf Comedian

Tracy DeGraaf is a U.S.A. national touring comedian based in the Chicago area working primarily with churches and hospitals on outreach events. She is a Christian and a breast cancer survivor, so she combines two of her passions: Jesus and Mammograms into her comedy ministry. She loves Jesus, but doesn’t want women to meet Him just yet. At her church shows she points the audience to Jesus at the end and at her hospital shows she encourages all to get and stay current on cancer screenings.

For more information go to TracyDeGraaf.com.

Check out Tracy’s social media. Facebook Youtube Instagram

30
Mar 2022

Episode 65-Kitchen Hacks

***Need a fun night of laughter?***

Comedian Tracy DeGraaf will be performing along with Well Versed Comedy to benefit Royal Family Kids Camp at the Historic Roxy Theatre in downtown Lockport, IL on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale by clicking here. Seating is limited and will likely sell out. Don't wait until the last minute. Grab your seats NOW. ;0)

Now, back to The Life Happens Laugh Anyway Podcast show notes:

Did you know that the average woman spends a CRAZY AMOUNT OF YEARS over the course of her lifetime in the KITCHEN? Can you guess how many? Is it 10 or even 20 or somewhere in-between? Listen to this episode to find out.

We need help friends. We will give you some helpful tips, tricks and hacks to save you....

TIME, FOOD and MONEY in the kitchen. 

We found the following links helpful in preparing for this episode:

36 Crazy Cooking Hacks: https://youtu.be/KVyQFwx0ly0

How to Bake Bacon: https://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2015/09/kitchen-hack-how-to-bake-bacon.html?m=1

How to Store Cilantro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rwsql6GsNj4

Inspirational Close: 1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

Call to Action: If you need to punch up your meal planning game, go to Episode 10 of the Life Happens Laugh Anyway podcast and check out our "Meal planning doesn't have to suck" episode. ;0)

***PLEASE NOTE:*** If you are receiving these show notes via email, scroll down to the bottom and hit play to hear the audio of this podcast episode. ;0)

Tracy and Cathrine

P.S. The goal of the Life Happens Laugh Anyway podcast is to present our audience with a relevant topic weekly in an entertaining way followed by some spiritual encouragement. #lifehappenslaughanyway #tracydegraaf

***MORE ABOUT TRACY DEGRAAF COMEDY***

Tracy DeGraaf Comedian

Tracy DeGraaf is a U.S.A. national touring comedian based in the Chicago area working primarily with churches and hospitals on outreach events. She is a Christian and a breast cancer survivor, so she combines two of her passions: Jesus and Mammograms into her comedy ministry. She loves Jesus, but doesn’t want women to meet Him just yet. At her church shows she points the audience to Jesus at the end and at her hospital shows she encourages all to get and stay current on cancer screenings.

For more information go to TracyDeGraaf.com.

Check out Tracy’s social media. Facebook Youtube Instagram

23
Mar 2022

Episode 64- Would You Rather?

***Do you live in the Chicago area?***

Comedian Tracy DeGraaf will be performing along with Well Versed Comedy to benefit Royal Family Kids Camp at the Historic Roxy Theatre in downtown Lockport, IL on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale by clicking here. Seating is limited and will likely sell out. Don't wait until the last minute. Grab your seats NOW. ;0)

Now, back to The Life Happens Laugh Anyway Podcast show notes:

Have you played the game "Would you Rather?" On today's episode, we just share some fun. We quiz each other with some fun questions. This was the suggestion of Cathrine's daughter Ellis. ;0) Enjoy.

***PLEASE NOTE:*** If you are receiving these show notes via email, scroll down to the bottom and hit play to hear the audio of this podcast episode. ;0)

Tracy and Cathrine

P.S. The goal of the Life Happens Laugh Anyway podcast is to present our audience with a relevant topic weekly in an entertaining way followed by some spiritual encouragement. #lifehappenslaughanyway #tracydegraaf

***MORE ABOUT TRACY DEGRAAF COMEDY***

Tracy DeGraaf Comedian

Tracy DeGraaf is a U.S.A. national touring comedian based in the Chicago area working primarily with churches and hospitals on outreach events. She is a Christian and a breast cancer survivor, so she combines two of her passions: Jesus and Mammograms into her comedy ministry. She loves Jesus, but doesn’t want women to meet Him just yet. At her church shows she points the audience to Jesus at the end and at her hospital shows she encourages all to get and stay current on cancer screenings.

For more information go to TracyDeGraaf.com.

Check out Tracy’s social media. Facebook Youtube Instagram

 

 

16
Mar 2022

Episode 63-Marriage & Staying Power

***Attention: Chicago Area***

Comedian Tracy DeGraaf will be performing along with Well Versed Comedy to benefit Royal Family Kids Camp at the Historic Roxy Theatre in downtown Lockport, IL on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale by clicking here. Seating is limited and will likely sell out. Don't wait until the last minute. Grab your seats NOW. ;0)

Now, back to The Life Happens Laugh Anyway Podcast show notes:

"Mawwwwwridge is what brings us togethhhhher today..." Who remembers that famous line from the 80s? Princess Bride anyone? Unlike Wesley and Princess Buttercup, most of us don't have to go through so much drama to get married. Staying married is another matter. On today's episode we talk about some of the dos and don'ts we've discovered in our multiple decades of marital bliss. Shout out to our sponsors and our husbands: Ron and Kenny (aka Muffin and Pooh or Puffin!) 

Below are the links we used in this episode:

https://ifstudies.org/blog/six-lessons-on-staying-married-from-couples-whove-struggled-and-made-it

https://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/guide/7-relationship-problems-how-solve-them

 

***PLEASE NOTE:*** If you are receiving these show notes via email, scroll down to the bottom and hit play to hear the audio of this podcast episode. ;0)

Tracy and Cathrine

P.S. The goal of the Life Happens Laugh Anyway podcast is to present our audience with a relevant topic weekly in an entertaining way followed by some spiritual encouragement. #lifehappenslaughanyway #tracydegraaf

***MORE ABOUT TRACY DEGRAAF COMEDY***

Tracy DeGraaf Comedian

Tracy DeGraaf is a U.S.A. national touring comedian based in the Chicago area working primarily with churches and hospitals on outreach events. She is a Christian and a breast cancer survivor, so she combines two of her passions: Jesus and Mammograms into her comedy ministry. She loves Jesus, but doesn’t want women to meet Him just yet. At her church shows she points the audience to Jesus at the end and at her hospital shows she encourages all to get and stay current on cancer screenings.

For more information go to TracyDeGraaf.com.

Check out Tracy’s social media. Facebook Youtube Instagram

 

 

9
Mar 2022

Episode 62-Minimizing Part II

***GREAT NEWS for Chicago Area fans***

Comedian Tracy DeGraaf will be performing along with Well Versed Comedy to benefit Royal Family Kids Camp at the Historic Roxy Theatre in downtown Lockport, IL on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale by clicking here. Seating is limited and will likely sell out. Don't wait until the last minute. Grab your seats NOW. ;0)

Now, back to The Life Happens Laugh Anyway Podcast show notes:

Minimizing is a thing y'all! What can we say? We're Americans! We have stuff. Today's episode will help you discover ways to deal with it. Love that. 

Links we used to research this episode:

Declutter sentimental items https://youtu.be/VlXxYEWtG14

Declutter in 10 minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRXkSIBfZfA

***PLEASE NOTE:*** If you are receiving these show notes via email, scroll down to the bottom and hit play to hear the audio of this podcast episode. ;0)

Tracy and Cathrine

P.S. The goal of the Life Happens Laugh Anyway podcast is to present our audience with a relevant topic weekly in an entertaining way followed by some spiritual encouragement. #lifehappenslaughanyway #tracydegraaf

***MORE ABOUT TRACY DEGRAAF COMEDY***

Tracy DeGraaf Comedian

Tracy DeGraaf is a U.S.A. national touring comedian based in the Chicago area working primarily with churches and hospitals on outreach events. She is a Christian and a breast cancer survivor, so she combines two of her passions: Jesus and Mammograms into her comedy ministry. She loves Jesus, but doesn’t want women to meet Him just yet. At her church shows she points the audience to Jesus at the end and at her hospital shows she encourages all to get and stay current on cancer screenings.

For more information go to TracyDeGraaf.com.

Check out Tracy’s social media. Facebook Youtube Instagram

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