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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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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Five Stars

fullsizerenderLately I’ve been keeping a nightly gratitude journal. I had already been on a big journaling kick – there is something uniquely cathartic about writing down all the nonsense rattling around in your head, reading it back to yourself, and then realizing that actually you might not be that crazy after all – and I was excited to add a new element to my nighttime routine that would help me end each day on a positive note.

What I didn’t realize was how difficult it would be. It should be easy, right? I live an extremely fortunate life full of awesome people and good music and a new season of Gilmore Girls. I have plenty to be grateful for. But as I lay propped up on my elbows in bed the first night, trying to think of non-generic things to write down, I realized how very little I think about how awesome my life is. I don’t walk around during the day thinking about how lucky I am to have a loving family and supportive friends and everything I could ever need and a lot of things I want. More often I’m thinking something along the lines of, “I’m hungry,” or “Fifty percent off is basically free!” or “WHAT LANE ARE YOU TRYING TO GET IN, BUDDY, MAKE UP YOUR MIND!” All perfectly valid thoughts, but not super self-aware.

On the podcast this week, Angela and Nicole discussed the unexpected joy that comes from leaving someone a positive review. It’s these little unexpected acts of kindness and support for our fellow human beings that make the world a better place and remind us that we are all in this together.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve continued my practice in stopping each night to truly consider what I am grateful for that day. I always come up with the obvious – family, friends, that I have a roof over my head and a job and food and water – but I have to get myself beyond those pillars to something deeper. Hopefully those basics won’t change any time soon, but what about the things in my life that have changed? When I stop to really reflect, I realize that I am grateful for so much more than just fortunate circumstance. I am grateful for myself. This thought does not emerge readily because we are so conditioned to be modest and humble, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be proud and grateful for the work we do in our lives and for the things we do for others.

So each night when I open my gratitude journal, I think about my day and give it a little review. What am I proud of? Did I find strength or patience where I needed it? Did I see some progress where I was working toward it? I write it all down. And then I think about all those other elements in my life that empower and inspire me – friends and family, the beauty of nature and the kindness of strangers, yoga and food and Gilmore Girls – and I write it all down. I may not give myself a five-star review every night, but I’ve learned to take the time to appreciate all that I have to be grateful for, including myself.


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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 assisting team at YogaSport in Dallas.