Episode 54: Cianna Stewart; No Complaints

Cianna Stewart

Sucky Moment of the Week (5/5) As a self-published first-time author, Cianna accidentally made decisions that resulted in her book release date being delayed. She felt frustrated, angry with herself, and completely in over her head.  Inspired Action Cianna realized that her drive to achieve was pushing her to do too many things at once. She eased up on herself and learned that in the future she needs to slow down and ask others for help.

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Major Topic: Moving from complaining into problem-solving  Cianna Stewart – founder of The No Complaining Project and author of No Complaints: How to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Joy – has been studying the impact and mechanics of complaining for over a decade. In this episode, she shares tools that have helped her and countless others move from a place of complaining and victimization into personal power, productivity, gratitude, and mindfulness.

Try This: Next time you catch yourself complaining, think about the person you’re talking with and imagine how they’re perceiving the conversation. Are they having a good time? Is this conversation bringing you closer? If the answer is likely “No”, try shifting the conversation into a topic that involves the other person’s passions.

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Cianna SHOUT out to her Instant Pot for helping her save time AND eat healthy. Best of all, it turns itself off and is explosion-proof. Secondary shout-out to the fabulous Instant Pot Customer Service Team who were immediately ON IT and saved the day when Cianna’s Instant Pot stopped working.  

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Cianna Stewart

Episode 53: Clearing Out Clutter, Part 2

Sucky Moment of the Week (4/5) Angela’s Friday morning consisted of a FULL 30 minutes of just getting the kids to put their coats on. They are at that stage where they listen to nothing. Inspired Action Prep as much as you can the night before so that by the time you wake up, everything is out and ready to go.

How do you get your kids to cooperate in the morning? Email your suggestions to angela@angelawagnercoaching.com and we may just share your words of wisdom on the show!

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Simplicity Tip (New Segment!) Horizontal spaces – flats spaces like countertops, desks, and tables – are a common trigger for stress when they get messy. This week, go through your house or office and notice where you see piles of clutter that consistently stress you out. Start your declutter journey there. Designate a home for each of your items – a place where it will live from here on out.

Major Topic: Decluttering Your Spaces, Part 2 Angela and Nicole dive even deeper into how we can add more joy and freedom to our lives by keeping only what we love and need. They share specific ideas for how to stop the clutter creep and save money.

Try This: Clean off your kitchen counters! De-own whatever you don’t use (give it away or trash it) and find a home for everything else (in a drawer, on a hook, etc). Take before and after pictures and tag us on social media: @coachawags, #sparkcleanout2018

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Angela SHOUT out to her essential oil diffusers (all 6 of them). They are part of her daily ritual of relaxation, intentional living and creating a space.

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Nicole helped her sister, Brandi, declutter. Here is BEFORE…
…and AFTER!
Coat rack BEFORE…
…AFTER – so fresh and so clean!

 

Episode 52: Clearing Out Clutter, Part 1

Sucky Moment of the Week (5/5) Nicole discovered that cholic is NO JOKE after Fiona spent days crying non-stop. Inspired Action Parent or not, we can all relate to feeling helpless when we’re in an unfixable situation. Be patient and know that you’re doing your best. Try a mantra: “Be patient. It will get better,” or  “This is just a moment in time.”

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Major Topic: Decluttering Your Spaces Nicole and Angela offer up advice on how to simplify your 

spaces by getting rid of items that don’t give you joy or purpose.

Try This: Go through a room or closet in your house and find a few items that you’ve held onto that you don’t really use or love. Ask yourself the question: What do I expect to achieve by keeping this item? Let us know how it goes!

Spark Program New Year Special The Spark Program will give you the tools to get started on your goals, stay motivated, tackle obstacles, and feel more positive and energetic. Register now for a super discounted rate at: https://angelawagnercoaching.com/spark/

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Nicole SHOUT out to her mom, aka “Mimi”, who was there for support during the entire cholic episode.

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  • 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 51: Fitness + Diet Resolutions

Luke’s magic transforming tape measure.

Brilliant Moment of the Week (4/5) Angela found inspiration watching her toddler, Luke, turn a simple tape measure into an adventure using his imagination. Inspired Action Find more ways to be creative, even in simple ways.

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Major Topic: New Year’s Fitness and Diet Resolutions  Nicole presents strategies for how to start healthy fitness and diet routines that fit our lives (not the other way around), with an emphasis on balance, flexibility, and inspiration.

Try This: Add five minutes to your day. Set your alarm five minutes earlier and use that time to start that routine you’ve been wanting to do (stretching, meditation, alone time with your coffee, whatever).

Serious about making BIG changes in your life? Angela is offering a Fireworks VIP Package for those interested in one-on-one results based coaching. Email angela@angelawagnercoaching.com or read more on her website.

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Angela SHOUT out to her winter hat for keeping her warm and cozy during the cold winter days. Secondary shout out to Nicole’s blanket doing the same good work.

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  • 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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Shout out to Angela’s winter hat.
Acknowledgment to Nicole’s blanket for keeping her cozy during recordings.

Episode 50: Nicole is Back!; How to Kick Booty in 2018

Brilliant Moment of the Week (5/5) Fiona (formerly known as Baby E) made her grand entrance into the world DURING the solar eclipse. To honor that, Nicole gave her the middle name Soleil, which means “sun” in French. Inspired Action Take the time to honor and celebrate each and every moment, big and small.

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Major Topic: New Year’s Resolutions Angela and Nicole challenge the unrealistic expectations and fears that often go with resolutions. Angela provides two new approaches to New Years goal-setting: the Un-Resolution, and Choose One Word.

Try This: Create an Un-Resolution and One Word for 2018 – write each of them down and display them. Listen to the episode and check out the article below for tips on how to make your goals even SMART-er ;). Share them with us at angela@angelawagnercoaching.com.  

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Nicole SHOUT out to all the Labor & Delivery Nurses on the planet for helping people through terrifying experiences every day. You are an inspired and selfless group of people.

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Episode 49: Best of 2017

In this special recap episode Angela walks us back through Season 1 of the Spark Inspire Your Life Podcast, stopping along the way to spend some time with our favorite episodes of 2017. We’ll revisit all the best parts of the best conversations with the best co-hosts and guests, and leave you inspired to take on the new year. 

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  1. Episode 43: Denaye Barahona from Simple Families talks to us about how to take a minimalist approach to parenting that allows kids to lead the way in play.
  2. Episode 39: Jeanine Donofrio of Love & Lemons uses the lessons she learned from starting a food blog to encourage everyone to just go for what they want creatively, to try something new without even knowing where it’s going. You can always stop if it doesn’t work out.
  3. Episode 34: Sarah Reardon, the vagina whisperer, is our guest. If you are a woman, you must listen to this episode. Sarah is a pelvic health specialist who is using her hilarious Instagram account and her practice to educate women on their bodies and bring awareness to issues of women’s pelvic health.
  4. Episode 30: Angela shares a great lesson from one of life’s sucky moments, and she and Nicole give us some tips to reduce screen time when it feels like the addiction is ubiquitous and tough to avoid for ourselves and those around us.
  5. Episode 26 is all about the Five Love Languages. Everyone can benefit by knowing more about what makes those we love feel the most loved.
  6. Episode 21: Our Mother’s day special episode with Marie Barrese was jam-packed with wisdom from Angela’s mom and some truly inspirational shout outs from listeners to their own mamas.
  7. Episode 15 is all about time and how we prioritize it. This is a great one for getting real with yourself and committing to making the most of your and others’ time, with some great tips from Angela and Nicole to help get clear.
  8. Episode 9 on embracing change shows how change, though scary and uncomfortable, can often be the best thing to help us grow and lead us where we want to be.

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  • 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 48: Melissa Culbertson; Capturing the Everyday

Sucky Moment of the Week (2/5) It was time to go to soccer practice, but the socks were still wet, so… the kids wore wet socks ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Inspired ActioBe prepared. When there’s a lot going on, set yourself up for success by getting things ready ahead of time.

Capturing the Everyday: Melissa snaps herself getting ready for a workout class, a typical moment to look back on in the future

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Major Topic: Capturing the Everyday Melissa Culbertson has made a career in the world of digital sharing, from her role as a social media strategist at Burt’s Bees to her site helping other bloggers and online entrepreneurs. But Melissa thinks we need to shift away from creating the perfect scene to share on social and more toward capturing the everyday moments as they actually happen. How and why to do that, on the podcast.

Try This: Give your phone or camera to someone else and have them take a picture of the moment you’re having. Make it a natural, unposed moment, and make sure you’re actually in the picture.

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Melissa SHOUT out goes to none other than the sometimes tall but always dark and handsome and life affirming… COFFEE.

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  • 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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Take a Moment, In the Moment

Take a moment to capture the moment. I know, I know. We talk so much about putting down the phones and the cameras and staying present in the current moment – what about that?

Well, there’s a balance. And, just like when you’re literally trying to balance on one foot, you might not ever actually feel like you’ve achieved that balance perfectly, but you’ll at least have one foot firmly on the ground, wobbling at the ankle but keeping you in an upright position.

That balance is going to look different for everyone, but there’s a huge difference between the compulsive ways we use our phones and cameras and an intentional use of them as a tool to help us appreciate the things that happen in our lives each day.

Capture the everyday moments. Stop yourself in the middle of making breakfast, when there’s half a box of cereal spilled on the floor and your kid’s hair is still in a mess of a braid from the day before, and snap a picture. This is real. No pinterest-worthy avocado toast with an artful drizzle of olive oil. Show the chaos, and all of it.

Make sure you’re capturing a little bit of everything that happens throughout your day. You don’t have to do this all the time (it’s all about that balance yo), but when you find yourself thinking, “Man, this is nice,” or “Ha! I can’t believe this is my life,” or even “I can’t wait for this week to be over,” take a moment, in the moment, to make it a memory you can look back on in five years and think, “Ha! That was nice. I can’t believe that was my life. I was so stressed out that week, but it was kind of fun.”

Think about the things you’re going to want to look back on, and capture them for yourself, not for the ability to show others, thought sharing them with others is a great way to connect and engage as long as you’re doing so mindfully of your intentions. It’s not single the Instagram-worthy sunset you’re going to remember in 20 years, it’s the fact that you always used to climb up on the rooftop to watch the sunset with your honey at that house you both loved.

Capture the moment, in the moment. This way, you’re not just grabbing an image, you’re taking time to notice what you’re doing and why it matters. Instead of moving the croissant a little closer to the latte to get that perfect photo that shows how well you brunch (we’ve all done it, but like whyyy do we do it?), you’re noticing what’s worth remembering about your life, just as it is. Nothing for show, just for keeps. And if you decide to share, that’s cool, but if you don’t, that’s just yours.

Episode 47: Jessica Williams; Helping Women Level Up at Work

Sucky Moment of the Week (4/5) Jessica is facing another long period of long distance with her beau. Inspired ActioReach out for support and problem solve, but don’t forget to take care of yourself, too.

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Major Topic: Negotiating Your Salary Jessica Williams, a leader working to advance the professional development of strong, powerful female leadership, gives us her steps to successfully negotiate your salary, focusing on the specific challenges that women face in the workplace.

Try This: Work on your relationship with money and how you relate it to your worth in the world. Notice what your belief systems are. Read The Soul of Money to transform how you think about money.

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.

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  • 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:

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How to Negotiate Like a Boss

When it comes to our careers, money, though one of the most important factors, remains a somewhat taboo topic. However, in order to make informed career decisions, we have to be comfortable talking about and asking for what we want when it comes to compensation.

Jessica Williams, a leader in empowering women and advancing the professional development of female leadership, was our guest on the podcast this week and shared some of her tips on how to negotiate your salary, taking into account all the unique challenges that come with being a woman in a male-dominated workforce. Jessica is developing an online course to help you powerfully negotiate your salary, so look out for that on her website.

Here are Jessica’s tips to negotiate your salary like a boss:

  1. Analyze the situation – Become an expert on what you’re worth in the job market based on your skills, your experience, and your position. Use helpful websites like Glassdoor, Payscale, and Indeed to research the going rate for what you do.
  2. Decide what you value – Is it just more money? More vacation time? The ability to work from home? Flexibility? Leadership opportunities? Get clear on what is important to you so you can negotiate from powerful position.
  3. Research your counterpart in the negotiations – You need to be able to show some compassion and understanding. What are their motivations, and how can you leverage your skills and knowledge of what they need to make the negotiation process feel mutually beneficial? Also, try to understand the other person’s personality to make your arguments that much more personal and effective.
  4. Know what your bottom line is – You have to decide the point at which you are willing to walk away from this job or opportunity. That way, you’ll know when there’s wiggle room and when there’s not and be confident and willing to walk away if you truly cannot meet your bottom line.
  5. Work on your confidence – Examine what your relationship to money is and figure out why, if at all, the subject makes you feel uneasy. Plus, get yourself feeling good and well before you go in for the conversation. Sleep, exercise, and eat healthfully. Get yourself ready to be unstoppable.
  6. During the conversation, express your gratitude. Approach the negotiation from a collaborative point of view, and express that from the get-go.
  7. If you don’t get where you want the first time, don’t take “just no” as the final answer. Look for other ways to get what you need, whether it be more vacation time, a bonus structure, cell phone reimbursement, or other creative ways to up-level parts of your career.
  8. Be patient and know that this is a process. Ask to renegotiate at regular intervals.