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Feb 26 2020

CTLP Episode 156 – Looking On the Bright Side with Melanie Shankle

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Show Notes-

On the Cultivating the Lovely podcast this week, MacKenzie Koppa interviews Melanie Shankle, co-host of The Big Boo Cast and author of several books, including her newest title On the Bright Side. Together MacKenzie and Melanie talk the new book, podcasting, skin care and more! 

  • MacKenzie shares how she first heard about Melanie and what she loves so much about her podcast
  • Melanie and MacKenzie do a little breakdown of their Outlander addiction and the new season
  • Melanie talks a little about her book On the Bright Side and why it needed to be written
  • Returning to a culture of civility and being kind to others with opposing views

We’ve lost sight of what matters most. We’ve forgotten how to be decent human beings. We’ve lost the art of looking on the bright side.

Melanie Shankle
  • The importance of finding a few friends who can be your tribe
  • Watching out for comparison and insecurity in friendship
  • Trusting God with our own lives and with our children, as well
  • Guiding our children through disappointment and helping them learning from failure
  • Melanie and MacKenzie talk all about skincare
  • Melanie’s current typical daily routine

Current Lovelies-

Melanie: knowing when to say “no” to things and making the most of her daughter’s time at home

MacKenzie: cutting her own hair after a bad haircut and rocking it

Resources Mentioned-


On the Bright Side


Gone With the Wind

Find Melanie-

You can find Melanie on her website and listen to her podcast, The Big Boo Cast. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at

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