Jul 2, 2014

You know when you have crazy good news but you can’t share it? And then, after keeping a lid on it for too many weeks, you feel like a tupperware container filled with too many mashed potatoes?

Exactly. I’m at the bursting point.

But I have good news for the good news: It’s finally time to spill it.

Several months ago my co-worker and good friend Michael Hyatt approached me with a new idea: a complete revamp of his podcast. Now you need to know his podcast has been wildly successful since he launched it two years ago. It’s had over 5 million downloads (yes, million) and is consistently rated in the top 10 of all business podcasts on iTunes. Impressive.

Even so, being a leader, creative and entrepreneur, he knew it was time for a change. A radical change. The best endeavors (and products, businesses and relationships) only get better if you’re willing to try something new, change things up from time to time. In this case, he decided to move from a monologue-based podcast to a conversation. In short, he wanted to hire a co-host.

That’s when he called me.

I’m thrilled to announce starting July 9, I will be the new co-host of Michael Hyatt’s This is Your Life podcast.

(don’t worry. my chin is hanging out on the floor right next to yours.)

MH MC_New Podcast

For the past couple months, we’ve been working together to create content I think you’re going to love. Once a week, we’ll be talking about leadership, business, family, personal development, messaging, and designing your dream life—the core subjects of Michael’s platform. Personally, I love how Michael’s heart and message fit well with “Making Peace With An Imperfect Life.” It was a natural fit for me. And, with you there, it’s going to feel like we’re all sitting around a table, sharing honest conversations about what matters most.

I can not wait.

As for this blog, I’m not going anywhere. You’ll still see me posting regular content, and I’ll still be doing life with you on Facebook and Instagram. But how about subscribing to the podcast on iTunes, where the conversation will be a bit more intimate? Or, if you prefer to watch the videos (did I mention we’re doing video as well as audio?), you can find them on Michael’s website once we launch.

In the meantime, here’s a little tease of what’s to come.

Thank you for sharing in my news, friends. Who would’ve thought four months ago that I would be embarking on a new project? And one that involves speaking?!  As excited as I am at this opportunity, I’m even more amazed at a God who heals diseases, parts Red Seas, and makes a girl’s small little dreams come true. Nothing but grace and mercy. In abundance.

It’s an adventure, isnt’ it? Glad you’re with me.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, what are some of your favorites? 


  1. Stacey Thureen

    Congrats Michele! Excited for you! Romans 8:28

    • Michele Cushatt

      Thank you, Stacey. Yes, he works all things together for good, whether we see it or not!

  2. Linda Lochridge Hoenigsberg

    That’s God for ya. By the way, that top picture of you and Michael is the best ever! I can’t wait!

    • Michele Cushatt

      Ha! Yes, love that picture. Kinda of sums it all up. 🙂

  3. Kelli Wommack

    I am so excited about this! I love listening to Michael’s podcast when I exercise, but you will be such a great addition!
    I love how God is using you, Michele, in the midst of crazy times. He is lifting you up! Thanks for being such a huge inspiration to us all. Blessings!

    • Michele Cushatt

      I listen to his podcast while I exercise, too. What am I going to do now?! 😉 Thanks, Kelli. Can’t wait to hear what you think.

  4. Kim

    That is so totally awesome! Now, what is a podcast and how do I do it?!?! LOL (kinda, but not really)

    • Michele Cushatt

      Ha! No worries…A podcast is like a radio program. The good news is you can subscribe via iTunes and download it to you phone, iPod, MP3 player or your computer. I love listening to podcasts while running errands or taking a run. If you click on the link above, it will take you to iTunes where you can subscribe (it’s FREE!) and then download to your phone, etc. Hope this helps!

  5. Nick

    Contratulations Michele! You and Michael will be amazing together! I’ve been a big fan of the TIYL Podcast for a while and am very much looking forward to your addition!

  6. Jon Stolpe

    I listen to many podcasts including Michael Hyatt’s podcast. I’m looking forward to listening to the change.

    Here are a few of my other favorite podcasts (in no particular order):
    Read to Lead Podcast (Jeff Brown)
    Right Where You Are (Tammy Helfrich)
    Beyond The To Do List (Erik Fischer)
    1 Year Daily Audio Bible (Brian Hardin)
    The EntreLeadership Podcast (Dave Ramsey and crew)
    RELEVANT Podcast
    Catalyst Podcast

    • Michele Cushatt

      Good ones, Jon. I listen to many of these myself, and I’ve thought about adding “Beyond the To Do List.” Thanks for the recommends!

  7. Bethany Turner

    I am so excited you are going to be a part of the podcast. Michael’s is one of my favorites.

    I also enjoy Jeff Goin’s The Portfolio Life, The Art of Simple, and The Relevant Podcast.

    • Michele Cushatt

      I just added Jeff Goin’s podcast to my list, but haven’t listened yet. Thank you for the ideas, Bethany!

  8. Andy Traub

    Michele, you know that I have a tremendous respect for Mike and his content but I haven’t listened to his podcast in the past because I REALLY prefer podcasts with dialogue. I know you see this as a great opportunity to join something that’s already successful but as someone who has hosted several shows I can tell you with great confidence that you are going to help GROW Mike’s listenership. His show is very, very good but with you on board it’s going to be great.

    I’m also very proud of Mike for letting go and letting you into the circle on his part of his business because it requires a tremendous amount of trust to let someone into something that has so much exposure. That speaks to how much he trusts you. It says that you’re a pro and that you’re more than capable of taking the show to a whole new level.

    Congrats to Mike for making a great choice and congrats to you for working so hard to hone your skills so that you’re perfect for this role. Excited for the new episodes. I promise I’ll listen now.

    • Michele Cushatt

      I’m so glad you’ll be listening, Andy. I have great respect for your work. Lots for me to yet learn, but I plan to enjoy the process. Thank you for your encouragement!

  9. sue k

    I hope you are changing that road shot towards the end (with the double yellow stripe) to a shot you two on scooters! That would be so fun – and saying “going somewhere”!

    I’ve been following Michael for a long time, you just recently – looking forward to seeing you two together!!

    Congrats, Michelle!

  10. Tor Constantino

    Congratulations Michele, you’re going to be fantastic! It’s always good to see good things happen to great people!

  11. Deanna

    Oh My, THIS is better than chocolate! I can’t wait to listen! 🙂

  12. coco

    This is AMAZINGLY, INCREDIBLE news!! So excited for you, my friend. Two of my favorite people in one place. Congrats!

  13. Michael Hyatt

    Thanks, Michele. I am SOOOOOO excited to have you on-board. I loved recording our first “season” (all 13 episodes) with you. You exceeded my expectations. You will definitely take this show to the next level. It’s all I can do to keep from jumping the gun and sharing what we have created!

    • Michele Cushatt

      Thank you, Michael. Your ongoing belief and encouragement means the world! Besides, recording that first batch in Nashville was a BLAST. Who knew “work” could be so much fun?! Honored to partner with you!

  14. Melissa Milbourn

    What a year you’ve had my friend : )
    Super excited for you!

    • Michele Cushatt

      Seriously. The extremes of this year is really something, isn’t it? Thankful for YOUR presence in it.

  15. Renee Swope

    “Immeasurably {{MORE}} than we could think of or imagine.” Eph. 3:20 That’s been my prayer for you friend, ever since the fall. And this?? All I can say is wow. Im so excited!!! You and Michael are two of my favorite thought-leaders and communicators. Both of you bring very unique insights and gifts and are so complimentary. Honestly, he’s so smart and this is definitely a brilliant next step!

    Now about listening to podcasts…. it’s been a desire but not yet an action-item. Starting July 9th it will be! I can’t wait, and JJ is really looking forward to it too.

    • Michele Cushatt

      My friend, I have no words for how precious your prayers and presence have been to me. THANK YOU. God has answered, beyond anything I could dream or deserve, in countless ways. Thank you for being a huge part of this journey! Love you!

  16. jerolyn

    Oh wow, Michele! That is so exciting. Can’t wait to start listening.

  17. Patricia Hunt

    Congratulations Michele! We will be looking to seeing you on the show! Praise God!

    • Michele Cushatt

      Thank you, Patricia! Looking forward to hearing what you think.

  18. Otis

    Michele, I am super-stoked for you, for Michael and for all of us. I’ve been following Michael for years now. Among many of the gifts of following him has been coming across you. I do think that you are going to add something special to the new podcast–a woman’s view, the drawing out of our self-proclaimed introvert, adding your life and work experience. I wish you the very best, and will be listening… and watching! Otis

  19. Melissa Mashburn ~ Mel's World

    Woohoo!!!!! Seriously super excited for you and can’t wait to hear all about it…love Michael’s podcast (listen every week) and know that you will be a fantastic addition to the new format!

  20. Tammy Strait

    So excited for you Michele! It was so great meeting you this weekend, you have some amazing big God dreams taking shape & I couldn’t be more thrilled for you and the blessing being placed on your obedience. Bring it girl! Cheering all the way!

  21. Jan

    Hello – I’m listening to your interview with Michael discussing 10 Blogging Mistakes. Thank you so much, it is not only helpful but really encouraging. Best, Jan



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