Episode 36: Stacks on Stacks

…of paper

Sucky Moment of the Week (3/5) Poor preggo Nicole locked herself of car and home. Inspired Action Don’t panic.

Send in your sucky moments to podcast@angelawagnercoaching.com with any questions or inspired actions – you might be featured on the podcast!

Ask Coach AWags + Major Topic: Paper A listener wants to know how to cut back on how much paper she keeps around the house. But how do you know which papers are important to keep and which are cool to toss? Angela and Nicole talk about how to cut back on paper as well as fun ways to reuse it.

Send in your questions on anything from life to love to diet and exercise (like yoga!) and beyond at podcast@angelawagnercoaching.com to be featured on the podcast.

Try This: Go through your file cabinet or wherever you keep your papers “organized” 😉 and get rid of everything you can. It’s liberating, trust us.

Angela SHOUT out to the guy helping Angela fix her jaw issues, Dr. Riggs!

From the Episode:

AWC Goodies:

  • Sign up for the AWC Newsletter for a free weekly dose of awesomeness from Angela. Just go to the home page and scroll down to enter your email and get connected!
  • Angela is gifting 40 FREE clarity calls to put some love and kindness out into the world for her 40th birthday. Sign up for your 40 for 40 call and spend 30 minutes with Angela to spark inspiration in your life.
  • Check out the 7 Days to Make Your Life Sparkle Challenge! Every day, Angela will send you a super quick and easy challenge that, over the next week, will help you clear out the physical and digital clutter that is weighing you down. Go to https://angelawagnercoaching.com/ to sign up!
  • Like what you hear on the podcast? Then check out Angela’s online program, Spark. Through simple and fun exercises (and on your time), Spark will help you gain 8 hours back in your week so you can stress less and do YOU.

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Episode 35: The Four Agreements (Part 2 of 2)

Don’t cry over spilled booze!

Sucky Moment of the Week (3/5) An entire bottle of rum shattered on the floor during what was supposed to be a relaxing cocktail hour. Inspired Action Don’t cry over spilled booze.

Send in your sucky moments to podcast@angelawagnercoaching.com with any questions or inspired actions – you might be featured on the podcast!

Major Topic: The Four Agreements (Third and Fourth) The next two agreements in don Miguel Ruiz’s book, The Four Agreements are “Don’t Make Assumptions” and “Always Do Your Best.” Angela and Nicole discuss how putting these ideas into practice can change your life for the better.

Ask Coach AWags Carlie feels like even her free time is starting to feel like work, and she wants to know how she can get back to truly relaxing without feeling guilty or like she’s wasting time.

Send in your questions on anything from life to love to diet and exercise (like yoga!) and beyond at podcast@angelawagnercoaching.com to be featured on the podcast.

Try This: Do something that has absolutely nothing to do with work or growth that is just for the sake of fun.

Sweet (and found!) Frida.

Nicole SHOUT out No one understands Nicole’s love of animals as much as Vic… because he is often the accomplice to her pet-rescuing adventures. Shout out to Vic for supporting the craziness and helping Nicole rescue dogs like Frida (photo on the right)!

From the Episode:

  • On the Blog: In honor of Baby E’s imminent arrival and Nicole’s ever-increasing need for yoga in her life, we’ve got some awesome posts from Angela on practicing yoga while pregnant, including
  • The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz
  • Sign up for the AWC Newsletter for a free weekly dose of awesomeness from Angela. Just go to the home page and scroll down to enter your email and get connected!
  • Angela is gifting 40 FREE clarity calls to put some love and kindness out into the world for her 40th birthday. Sign up for your 40 for 40 call and spend 30 minutes with Angela to spark inspiration in your life.
  • Check out the 7 Days to Make Your Life Sparkle Challenge! Every day, Angela will send you a super quick and easy challenge that, over the next week, will help you clear out the physical and digital clutter that is weighing you down. Go to https://angelawagnercoaching.com/ to sign up!
  • Like what you hear on the podcast? Then check out Angela’s online program, Spark. Through simple and fun exercises (and on your time), Spark will help you gain 8 hours back in your week so you can stress less and do YOU.

Connect with us:

If this episode sparked something in you, please be sure to subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, leave us a rating and review on iTunes (how to do that here!), and tell your friends about us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or good old-fashioned word of mouth! Thanks for visiting.

Episode 34: The Vagina Whisperer

This week’s bold and insightful guest, pelvic floor PT, Sara Reardon.

Sucky Moment of the Week (3/5) Sara and her husband woke up to find that their efforts to help their toddler sleep through the night backfired in a majorly crappy way. Inspired Action Even if something seems really bad, try to find the humor in the situation vs getting mad or letting it ruin your day.

Send in your sucky moments to podcast@angelawagnercoaching.com with any questions or inspired actions – you might be featured on the podcast!

Major Topic: Women’s Pelvic Health Sara Reardon is a Pelvic Floor PT and specializes in prenatal and postpartum care for women. Sara debunks some common myths, gives us tips and tricks on how to take care down there, and answers Nicole’s burning questions about what happens when baby E decides to bust out.

Try This (Ladies!): Look at your vagina in the mirror. Ever checked out what’s goin’ on down there? Now you’ll know!

Ask Coach AWags Send in your questions on anything from life to love to diet and exercise (like yoga!) and beyond at podcast@angelawagnercoaching.com to be featured on the podcast.

Sara SHOUT out  Sara is able to do all the things she does thanks to her husband’s hard work and help. Keep up the awesome, Neil!

From the Episode:

  • Reading Materials: Body After Birth (Sara and Angela are both featured in this UTSW article!)
  • Get you a Squatty Potty. It will make your life a lot smoother 😉
  • Here are some great videos showing how to do some of the techniques Sara mentioned in the episode: C Section Massage and Perineal Massage
  • Find Sarah on Instagram (@the.vagina.whisperer) and on her website, www.thevagwhisperer.com, or email her at sarareardonpt@gmail.com
  • Like what you hear on the podcast? Then check out Angela’s online program, Spark. Through simple and fun exercises (and on your time), Spark will help you gain 8 hours back in your week so you can stress less and do YOU.

Connect with us:

If this episode sparked something in you, please be sure to subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, leave us a rating and review on iTunes (how to do that here!), and tell your friends about us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or good old-fashioned word of mouth! Thanks for visiting.

Episode 33: The Four Agreements (Part 1 of 2)

Sucky Moment of the Week (5/5) Luke’s having a tough time with the transition to a big boy bed, and the lack of sleep is starting to get to everyone in the fam. Inspired Action Don’t wait until you are in a desperate place. When you need help… get help! Ain’t no shame, people.

Send in your sucky moments to podcast@angelawagnercoaching.com with any questions or inspired actions – you might be featured on the podcast!

Major Topic: The Four Agreements (First and Second) Angela and Nicole discuss the first two sections of The Four Agreements, a set of principles based on Toltec wisdom and presented in the book by don Miguel Ruiz for living a happier life. The first two agreements are 1. Be Impeccable with your Word and 2. Don’t Take Anything Personally.

Try This: Identify a person in your life with whom you might not be in your full integrity, and have a clearing conversation with that person. This is all about being honest and clearing the air, but coming from a place of love and not having any expectations of how the person will respond.

Ask Coach AWags Robin has started making healthy changes to her diet and wants to know how she can inspire her boyfriend to do the same.

Send in your questions on anything from life to love to diet and exercise (like yoga!) and beyond at podcast@angelawagnercoaching.com to be featured on the podcast.

Nicole SHOUT out Nicole caught precious Phoenix sprawled out on the kitchen floor just bathing in the sweet sunshine and lovin’ life! This little pup is showing us how to slow down and enjoy the little moments, cause those are what makes up all the big moments.

From the Episode:

  • On the Blog: Brutally Honest
  • The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz is one of our favorite books EVER. Seriously. Check it out.
  • Denaye Barahona hosts the podcast, Simple Families, for moms looking to simplify their outlook on parenting
  • If you want to overhaul your eating habits and start making healthier choices, the Advocare 10-Day Cleanse is an awesome place to start. Click here to find out more and order your cleanse.
  • What would you do with 8 extra hours in your week? Would you get more sleep? Catch up on your reading? Spend time with family and friends? Start that new project? With Spark Online, you’ll get tools to help you stress less, sleep more, and feel free in just 5 weeks. Click here for more info

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Brutally Honest(?)

Throughout my adolescence and college years, I prided myself on what I thought was a strength of mine: Brutal Honesty. I didn’t want to waste anyone’s (or my own) time by beating around the bush or sugar coating things. I told it like it was. I was a straight shooter, and people often complimented me on it. I was so straightforward and “confident.”

I even convinced myself that this behavior was a symptom of my supreme self-confidence. I knew I was smart and funny and brave enough to say the things no one else would say. Classic bad bitch. I mean, high school is like prison – you must never show any sign of weakness.

But, in all this “telling it like it is,” I neglected to consider how what I was saying ever affected anyone else. I was trying to project this image of female power and strength. I definitely wasn’t going to let being a girl make me blend into the background of a man’s world. I was raised listening to “Free to Be… You and Me” for crying out loud and Marlo Thomas and Friends certainly didn’t want me to stay silent.

Now that I’m a little older I can see that I wasn’t being “cool” or “confident.” I was kind of just… mean. This week on the podcast Angela and Nicole talked about the first agreement from The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz. The first agreement is “Be Impeccable with your Word.” I think I needed to go through my phase of brutal honesty in order to fully grasp how important those words are. I know now that you can’t just go walking around saying whatever to project an image. What we say and do affects others, and I never want the way I live my life to cause unnecessary suffering, for myself or for others.

I say it to the kids I nanny, just as my mother said it to me: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. And, man… those words are impeccable.


Sarah Mowery is the Podcast Marketing Editor for the Spark – Inspire Your Life Podcast and an avid podcast listener. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Sarah enjoys writing, playing outside, going to concerts, and anything else she can list here that will make you think she’s cool. Sarah is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and a member of the teaching team at YogaSport in Dallas. You can read more of her writing here.

Episode 32: Bulk Buying Busted, Stopping Snack Attacks

Bulk buying means really stocking up, but consider whether you need SO much of what you’re buying.

Sucky Moment of the Week (5/5) Nicole’s air conditioning was out for three days, and if you’ve ever expierenced a Texas summer, you know that is not cool. Inspired Action When things are heating up around you, keep a cool head and move forward. Complaining does not help the situation.

Send in your sucky moments to podcast@angelawagnercoaching.com with any questions or inspired actions – you might be featured on the podcast!

Major Topic: Bulk Buying Buying in bulk can be super efficient, and coupons can save you money, but, when taken to an extreme level, both can be lead to dangerous shopping habits. We take a closer look at what you’re really getting for your bulk and couponing efforts.

Stacks. On. Stacks.

Try This: What’s your most common destination for “bulk” buying? Amazon? Costco? Sam’s Club? Refresh your shopping habits by taking a month off from your #1 place.

Ask Coach AWags A listener who works from home wants to know how avoid mindless fridge and pantry runs every time a snack craving attacks.

Send in your questions on anything from life to love to diet and exercise (like yoga!) and beyond at podcast@angelawagnercoaching.com to be featured on the podcast.

Angela SHOUT out Luke and Angela can’t get enough of Fat Straws! This delicious place is local to DFW, but wherever you live go out and find a place to get your healthy summer sweet treat fix. It’s so important to support local businesses!

From the Episode:

  • Reading Material: Bulk Smart, What A Healthy Grocery List Looks Like from Positive Health Wellness
  • Helpful refrigerator alarm to curb the snack attacks
  • Check out Angela’s new online challenge, 7 Days to Make Your Life✨Sparkle✨! It’s completely FREE online and, over the course of just a week, will help you find ways to clear out the clutter in your life so you can feel better and do more. Go to https://angelawagnercoaching.com/ and scroll down to sign up!
  • What would you do with 8 extra hours in your week? Would you get more sleep? Catch up on your reading? Spend time with family and friends? Start that new project? With Spark Online, you’ll get tools to help you stress less, sleep more, and feel free in just 5 weeks. Click here for more info

Connect with us:

If this episode sparked something in you, please be sure to subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, leave us a rating and review on iTunes (how to do that here!), and tell your friends about us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or good old-fashioned word of mouth! Thanks for visiting.

The Wagner crew had so much fun on their San Antonio family road trip.

Bulk Smart

Over the past year or so, I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of waste I create. It’s weird to think about because having trash is just a normal part of like living in a home, but we produce SO. MUCH. WASTE. And yeah there’s landfills and “recycling” (not as effective as we may think, people, it’s a disheartening Google search) for that stuff, but I’m all about efficiency over here and it seems to me like the preventative approach usually wins out. Create less trash —> less trash/recycling/STUFF for me or the garbage guy or the landfill guy or the guys going to treasure hunt in the landfills (oh, sorry you guys 😬) to have to deal with.

This week on the podcast Nicole and Angela talk about bulk shopping and how it (and similar bargain hunting methods like it) can lead to dangerous shopping habits. And it is TRUE. It may seem logical to buy 400 rolls of toilet paper because they are at a 1000% bulk discount and by God everybody poops! But like… where ya gonna put all that tp dude? Whatever, keep the toilet paper if you need to, but that’s not what I’m here to talk about.

I want to talk about the other kind of bulk buying. You know those bins you see at the grocery stores all full of different colored rice and trail mixes and stuff? Yeah, the ones you take like one or two dark chocolate peanut butter covered pretzels out of when no one’s looking? Yeah those bins.

This is where you want to shop, people. And, yes, it does take a teensy bit of planning ahead, but it is so worth it. The bulk section of the grocery store is good for everyone. It’s good for the planet, it’s good for your wallet, and it’s good for your health.

This month, as you run out of groceries, start to think about the elements of your pantry that could be found in the bulk section. As you run out of these items, make note and take an extra little cloth bag or glass jar with you to the grocery store. Ran out of rice? Perfect, they’ve got that in bulk! Oatmeal? Bulk. Dried fruit? Bulk. Flour? Bulk. Spices? Bulk. Dark chocolate peanut butter pretzels? Oh, just take a couple, they won’t notice.

This is a great practice to add into your shopping routine. I’m not saying you have to go full granola all at once and only eat things you can find in the bulk bins and forage in the meadows. Just try to integrate a little more bulk into your life, one staple at a time.

My favorite thing about bulk shopping is how efficient it’s made my shopping and cooking system. I mean, bulk is CHEAP. You save so much money on sheer packaging and branding alone. Which reminds me… the packaging. No longer do I have to tear open a plastic bag of almonds and keep that stupid chip clip on them only to throw away yet another plastic encasing after I’m done with them. Not to mention how cluttered a pantry full of plastic looks, and the fact that you suddenly end up with like 12 bags of almonds that are a sixteenth of the way full because the little packages get so small when they’re almost empty and then they just get lost in shelf purgatory until your next pantry cleanout. But JARS, guys. Oh, magical jars! Put your almonds in jars. Know when you need more almonds. Never crumple up another plastic almond bag.

You know who else hates plastic packaging? Oh, I don’t know, just our ever-providing Mother Earth is who! We’re so used to buying things all wrapped up, but once you start thinking about the possibilities, you’ll see how many key ingredients really have no need for all that mess. Just give me my food, I’ll provide the container, everybody’s happy.

The bulk shopping method can help with your eating habits, too. When your kitchen is full of whole, real, simple ingredients like quinoa, rice, beans, lentils, spices, nuts, seeds, and that bag of dark chocolate peanut butter pretzels you ended up buying to make up for all the ones you sneaked, you’ll have all the staples you need to mix and match with fresh produce for super easy, unprocessed, healthy meals.

If you have questions on plant-based eating, reducing waste, or bulk grocery shopping, hit me up! Meet me in the comments or send an email to sarahcmowery@gmail.com. I love to talk.


Sarah Mowery is the Podcast Marketing Editor for the Spark – Inspire Your Life Podcast and an avid podcast listener. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Sarah enjoys writing, playing outside, going to concerts, and anything else she can list here that will make you think she’s cool. Sarah is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and a member of the teaching team at YogaSport in Dallas. You can read more of her writing here.