Half Better

The show about making small improvements with you and your better half

About the show

Lesley and Zachary love learning about productivity, making small improvements, and how to become the best version of themselves (as individuals, a couple, parents).

Come listen to their conversation about what they're learning, progress they're making, and how their goals are going.


  • Episode 36: Simplicity Parenting: Book Discussion

    January 10th, 2019  |  54 mins 28 secs

    “Simplification offers a new way forward for parents; it aligns their daily lives with the dreams they originally held for their family. Before things got so crazy”

  • Episode 35: Goal Setting for Couples

    January 3rd, 2019  |  55 mins 6 secs

    Yep - it’s that time of year when everyone is setting goals and resolutions, or making declarations about what they are going to achieve in 2019. We’re doing the same thing, but with a little twist - goal setting is absolutely something that we do with each other in mind.

  • Episode 34: Bits and Bobs

    December 19th, 2018  |  49 mins 45 secs

    Today on Half Better, we check in on where we are and what we’re up to as the year comes to a close. It’s a pretty candid conversation about how we’re struggling with a lot of things right now as the year comes to a close.

  • Episode 33: Cultivating Gratitude

    December 4th, 2018  |  43 mins 47 secs

    With the holidays in full swing around us, gratitude is really top of mind for everyone. Yet, gratitude should not be a seasonal thing, not something that you think about only when the holidays force you too.

  • Episode 32: How (and Why) to Create a Journaling Habit

    November 13th, 2018  |  44 mins 6 secs

    Today on the podcast, we talk journaling. If you’re looking at your daily routines and thinking about adding a journaling habit, it can seem really daunting. Today, we break down the why’s and how’s of creating a journaling habit, and we also discuss the benefits that we’ve seen with the introduction of a journaling habit into our lives. 

  • Episode 31: Do You Have Room for Big Magic in Your Life? (Book Discussion)

    November 6th, 2018  |  36 mins 13 secs

    This month on the podcast, we’re discussing creativity starting with the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

    Do you have room for creativity in your life? Do you allow space for things that make you smile and bring you joy? That brings you beyond the mundane of your life and the roles you encompass into something more?

  • Episode 30: Mindset in the Workplace

    October 29th, 2018  |  56 mins 19 secs

    Today on the podcast, we round out our discussion of Carol Dweck’s book Mindset by discussing how mindset plays a role at work.

  • Episode 29: How to Encourage Your Children Towards a Growth Mindset

    October 23rd, 2018  |  1 hr 7 mins

    This week on the podcast, we continue our deep dive discussion of the book Mindset by Carol Dweck with a focus on parenting. We delve into what growth mindset looks like in parenting, what it doesn’t look like, and how to pass on a growth mindset. 

    Growth mindset parenting is a little more than “praise the process, not the outcome”. It also isn’t enthusiastically and blindly saying “you can do anything you can put your mind to!” Rather, it looks more like helping your children to find the resources to make progress towards their goals, such as hard work, trying new strategies, and seeking input from others. 

  • Episode 28: Confronting the Myths of Our Health and Fitness Mindset

    October 15th, 2018  |  39 mins 30 secs

    What are some things that you can do to get yourself over the negative talk hump? We discuss about viewing health and fitness as a continual work in progress and viewing set-backs as motivating, and not the end all be all.

  • Episode 27: Mindset in Relationships

    October 8th, 2018  |  36 mins 59 secs

    In relationships, there is a whole other layer to the mindset puzzle. There is a me, a you, and a relationship. And ALL THREE can have their own mindset! What a wonderful opportunity for growth, especially if you can view that all three of those pieces in the puzzle have the opportunity to grow and change.

  • Episode 26: MINDSET: Are You Fixed or Growth Oriented?

    October 1st, 2018  |  44 mins 56 secs

    Today on the podcast, we discuss the book Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, where she explores the two mindsets and how each one affects the way you live and perceive your life. While possessing many layers, the fixed mindset is essentially when you believe that your qualities are carved in stone Whether you are naturally good at something or not, you will not work at improving yourself. In contrast to this is the growth mindset, which Carol says is “based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts, your strategies, and help from others. Although people may differ in every which way - in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests or temperaments - everyone can change and grown through application and experience…. the passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of a growth mindset”.

  • Episode 25: #achieve2018

    September 24th, 2018  |  44 mins 32 secs

    Last weekend, Lesley and Zachary spent some time in Nashville at the Full Focus Planner Achieve Conference. We had such a great time and walked away feeling energized and ready to tackle our goals. On today’s podcast, we talk about some of the great ideas and inspiration that we got from attending the conference together.

  • Episode 24: Back to School Rhythms

    September 17th, 2018  |  37 mins 58 secs

    As we head into the school year, we wanted to do a deep dive into our school rituals.

  • Episode 23: Evaluating Your Relationship (with Your Phone)

    September 10th, 2018  |  1 hr 9 mins

    This week on the podcast we discuss the book How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine A. Price. While the title of the book may feel daunting, the book is more of a guide to evaluate the use of phone and media technology in your life.

  • Episode 22: Looking Back on Year One

    September 3rd, 2018  |  40 mins 44 secs

    As Donald Shon says, “Reflective practice is a dialogue of thinking and doing through which I become more skillful.” What Zach and I have learned over the past few years, is that taking the time to continuously reflect on where you are and what you’ve already done goes really far in taking you where you want to go. With that in mind, we look back at our first full year with the podcast HalfBetter to look at what we accomplished, what we struggled with and what we’re going to do next.

  • Episode 21: How to Make Traveling (with a Family) Less Stressful and More Enjoyable

    August 27th, 2018  |  56 mins 59 secs

    Zach and Lesley have traveled a lot together, both with and without kids, and we’ve compiled a bunch of our best tips for making your trip a little more like a vacation, even if you do have kids.