When Jim and Mélanie first met, they only agreed on one thing: this relationship was going somewhere good. They disagreed on everything else – from Jim saying he was “not a dog person” to Mélanie saying she had no interest in shoes. Everything from religion to politics put them at polar opposites, but they had one fabulous thing in common in that they could debate, read, learn, grow, and rethink their positions without becoming emotionally challenged dimwits. Both believe that you are in charge of your own future and being a perpetual victim is just plain dumb. They decided that together they could do anything, so they sold all of their belongings and moved from Seattle to Las Vegas on a wing and prayer. And a “check engine” light.

Mélanie left the accounting world to pursue her dream of being a professional speaker. She has since traveled to 47 states and four continents and has five published books currently available on Amazon.

Jim left his job with the federal government to pursue his dream of being an actor. He has since been in multiple movies, two music videos, and three shows on the Las Vegas Strip. He currently acts with the Nevada Shakespearean Guild.

Through sincerely tough times and brilliantly amazing times, the two have managed to keep it together, even when *one* of them was being so difficult that the other wanted to whack him with a waffle maker…ahem…just sayin’. Through it all, they kept their humor, and it is this that they intend to inflict on you, the listener.

Well, that and great advice from the happiness guru herself, Abigail.

Jim finally admitted that he loves dogs. Mélanie still won’t wear shoes unless forced. Abby is the voice of reason that holds the whole hot mess together. Listen to CounterCultureWISE for encouragement, light political debate, common sense challenges, humorous rants, joy advice, and interviews from the art, acting, and speaking worlds.