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Podcast #240 // Kayla Aimee on In Bloom: Trading Insecurity for Confidence

February 20th, 2018 Posted by Podcast, The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast 0 thoughts on “Podcast #240 // Kayla Aimee on In Bloom: Trading Insecurity for Confidence”

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It’s my honor to have my friend Kayla Aimee back on the podcast. This is the third time I’ve had Kayla on the show (listen to our first show here and our second show here), and speaking with Kayla is always encouraging and inspiring.

In this episode we talk about Kayla’s new book, In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence. Kayla shares her story of feeling not good enough, trying to win affection from others, and people pleasing, a story I can  relate to too well. We both discuss feeling inadequate, not fitting in, and comparison.

I love this honest discussion about insecurity and what can happen when we learn to let go of those stories we tell ourselves. I hope this encouraging conversation lifts your spirit and resonates with your soul.

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25% Friends // Podcast #51 // The Enneagram Edition

February 15th, 2018 Posted by Podcast, The 25% Friends Podcast 0 thoughts on “25% Friends // Podcast #51 // The Enneagram Edition”

We love chatting about personality types, so today we’re dedicating the entire show to the Enneagram!

+We discuss what the enneagram is and all the types.

+We chat about our type and what we agree/disagree with about our type.

+We also discuss how our Enneagram Type plays with our Myers Briggs and habit type.

+We also go off on lots of fun tangents related to our Enneagram.

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Podcast #239 // Ashlee Hurst on Love, Marriage, and Sex

February 13th, 2018 Posted by Podcast, The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast 0 thoughts on “Podcast #239 // Ashlee Hurst on Love, Marriage, and Sex”

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In their book, Hope For Your Marriage, Clayton and Ashlee Hurst candidly share the story of their ailing marriage, how they got it back on track, and the tools they’ve utilized to help tens of thousands of other couples do the same.

Five years into their marriage, Clayton and Ashlee found themselves hanging on by a thread – disconnected and “nothing more than roommates.” Feeling like there was nowhere to turn, they hid their struggles.

In Hope for Your Marriage, the Hursts combine their personal experience with biblical wisdom to address the most common roots of marital decay – communication issues, unforgiveness, unresolved tension, mishandled conflict and unrealistic expectations – revealing small, manageable changes that can be implemented to get a marriage back on the right track.

Ashlee Hurst and I had an honest and open conversation about sex, communication, and challenges in our own marriage. This vulnerable conversation got me thinking a lot about relationships. Real relationships aren’t like romantic comedies or sitcoms. Ashlee and I speak candidly about how we talk to our spouses about sex, vulnerabilities, and more.

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Podcast #238 // Heather Woodward on Intuition and Metaphysical Gifts

February 6th, 2018 Posted by Podcast, The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast 0 thoughts on “Podcast #238 // Heather Woodward on Intuition and Metaphysical Gifts”

In this show, Heather Woodward explains how she made the move from work as an office manager to a psychic and tarot card reader. Does that feel like a wild stretch or what? Heather’s story is fascinating, and I love how she took a risk and changed career paths.

Heather also talks about her childhood and how her religious background and how both of her parent’s psychic abilities influenced her eventual career. She also explains what being a psychic means and her belief that we’re all psychic – if we choose to listen to ourselves. I love how Heather talks about the power of listening to our gut and how listening to our gut helps us tap into the universe.

In this episode Heather takes something that feels woo-woo and makes it tangible and relatable.

This interview is fascinating, and I loved talking with Heather about all things metaphysical, intuition, and the power of connecting with yourself to make decisions, face obstacles, and tap into what’s true for you.

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25% Friends // Podcast #50 // The Self Care Edition

February 1st, 2018 Posted by Podcast, The 25% Friends Podcast 0 thoughts on “25% Friends // Podcast #50 // The Self Care Edition”

Welcome to the Self-Care Edition! In this episode Kim and Sarah discuss:

+What is self-care? What does it mean to us?

+What do we look like and how do we act when we’re low in the self-care department.

+Fitting in self-care into our schedules.

+Tips and advice for self-care rituals throughout our days.

+Why self-care is important to us.

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Please connect with us on our Facebook page! We love hearing from listeners. Ask us a question or leave us a comment about the show. And you can also email us at 25percentfriends@gmail.com

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Podcast #237 // Alli Worthington on Fighting Fear, Anxiety, and Worry

January 30th, 2018 Posted by Podcast, The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast 0 thoughts on “Podcast #237 // Alli Worthington on Fighting Fear, Anxiety, and Worry”

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Everyone carries anxiety on some level, unique to their specific personality and season of life. According to research, an estimated 18 million Americans struggle with anxiety, and women are 60 percent more likely to experience anxiety in their lifetime. But author and entrepreneur Alli Worthington is convinced there’s a better way—a way we can fight to live brave and unafraid.

In Fierce Faith: A Woman’s Guide to Fighting Fear, Wrestling Worry, and Overcoming Anxiety she lays out a blueprint for making the daily choice to not allow worry to dictate our lives – something she had to learn herself.

When an unexpected onslaught of tears caught her off guard in the Target parking lot, Worthington sought counsel from close friends and realized she had allowed fear to paralyze her. Once she was able to identify what situations in her life caused the fear, she was able to take steps to combat worry and anxiety in her life.

She shares practical and tangible ways readers can fight their own fear. Tackling eight universal fears women of all ages face—from the fear of rejection and betrayal to the constant worries moms entertain surrounding their children, Worthington asks the questions women are already thinking but are often too scared to voice. Through practical insight, Worthington leads readers on a journey to identify fear-based thinking, overcome the big and small worries in life, learn simple tricks to stop the anxiety spiral and live a more confident, less worry-filled life.

In this honest conversation, Alli and I both share our fears, worries, and anxieties and discuss strategies for working through those moments when we feel paralyzed with fear.

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Podcast #236 // Kristen Kill on Finding Selah

January 23rd, 2018 Posted by Podcast, The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast 0 thoughts on “Podcast #236 // Kristen Kill on Finding Selah”

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Stretched beyond her capacity in raising a large family in the middle of Manhattan, Kristen Kill longed for something she did not know had a name—until she found it in the Psalms.

Kristen and her husband moved to New York City with four (now 5) small children. Kristen writes that “as our life swelled, my heart began to shrink.” But just as before, Kristen found respite in the concept of selah – of taking a pause, a break, a breath. From ivy rustling in the wind on a street corner to baking with her kids and coffee with friends, Kristen found rest and fully changed her and her faith.

Quite literally selah means interlude. If the Psalms were written as music, selah was the signal to the musicians to rest. “Even at the height of these measures, voices and instruments would hush. Silence would linger. There was space to take a breath. Release. Relief.”

As she continued to study to Psalms, she examined where these rests and pauses occurred – seventy-one times total – she began to see selah in her own life and saw the importance of creating these moments of rest, of silence to connect with God. Finding Selah offers hope for anyone hungry for the peace of God amidst the craziest of days.

In this episode we dive deep into this concept of pausing. Kristen and I talk about why we’re resistant to pause (because we’d have to come face to face with our thought!), and how we can come to befriend the pause. This encouraging, heart-warming, open, and honest conversation left me feeling inspired and willing to take a pause to listen to my thoughts and what my inner voice is trying to tell me.

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A Purposeful Week, Vol. 10 // Practicing Mindfulness

January 22nd, 2018 Posted by Life 0 thoughts on “A Purposeful Week, Vol. 10 // Practicing Mindfulness”

Hey, Monday! And it’s nearly 60 degrees out! That’s my kind of January. We had a pretty good weekend, a good mix of getting things done and resting. I find the weekends can be a hard balance between those two things: productivity and rest. We don’t usually hit it, but when we do, it’s so nice!

We capped off the weekend watching the U.Va. vs. Wake Forest game. We’ve gotten really into college basketball, and it’s so much fun to watch the Hoos. Dan and I both graduated from U.Va., and it’s so fun to cheer on the team. I have a post brewing on this I hope to write this week.

So here we are, back at it. The kids have another short week this week, a half-day Thursday, no school Friday, and no school Monday. I’m tempering my expectations given those day off of school. Before I set this week’s intentions, here’s how last week went:

+Try a new salad

I did this…and it turned out…yuck. I’m not sure what went wrong, but I will try again.

+Work on hand lettering

Whomp, whomp. Nope.

+Write

Yes and no. I got a lot of good thinking done on what I want to try and some material outlined. Some is better than none!

+Make a video/FB live

No. I did my weekly vlog, but that’s it.

+Start meditation practice

No…and yes. I didn’t use any app or sit in silence. But I did realize I do have a meditation practice. I walk Beatrice every morning, alone, in the dark, quiet break of day, and I realized that time is a meditation. I’ve been listening to Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday and contemplating all the wisdom in those talks on happiness, love, the soul, God, etc… I think that counts! I certainly feel more mindful and it creates a sense of peace in my day. That being said, I would like to create an additional practice, but my walks are good for now.

About half way through the week last week I realized I wasn’t accomplishing these tasks. But I was accomplishing a whole bunch of other things I didn’t list out. And then I realized the whole point of being purposeful is to consider with care what I’m doing and why. And I did do that.

Do you beat yourself up over tasks and to-dos? I do. But I’m working on adjusting as necessary, remembering santosha, and, knowing there is always tomorrow!

For this week, I want to think more about tapping into my why. Why I create digital content, why I do the things I do, etc… I find when I just fly from one thing to the next, I’m not present at all. And when I’m not present, I don’t digest any part of my day, find gratitude, or, really, act effectively.

Here’s what I want to do this week:

+Create a personal list of commandments

+Use my planners

+Start a gratitude journal

+Try Simple Habit app

What are you working on this week? How do you stay purposeful?

25% Friends // Episode #49 // The Four Tendencies Edition

January 18th, 2018 Posted by Podcast, The 25% Friends Podcast 0 thoughts on “25% Friends // Episode #49 // The Four Tendencies Edition”

It’s a new year, a time when many of us want to create new habits and get rid of habits that don’t serve us. We’ve talked about habits before (here is part 1, part 2, and part 3), but in this episode we dive deeper into habits through a discussion of Gretchen Rubin’s new book, The Four Tendencies. We talk about:

+Each of the habit styles

+Our habit type and how we’ve changed, if at all

+The pros and cons of our habit type

+The habit type of other people in our lives and how that affects how we interact

+What we’ve learned about ourselves through our habit type

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Please connect with us on our Facebook page! We love hearing from listeners. Ask us a question or leave us a comment about the show. And you can also email us at 25percentfriends@gmail.com

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Podcast #235 // Andrea Owen on How To Stop Feeling Like Sh!t

January 16th, 2018 Posted by Podcast, The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast 0 thoughts on “Podcast #235 // Andrea Owen on How To Stop Feeling Like Sh!t”
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Andrea Owen is an author, podcaster, and certified life coach who helps women get what they want by letting go of perfectionism, control, and isolation and choosing to practice courage instead. She is the proud author of 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life: BS Free Wisdom to Ignite Your Inner Badass and Live the Life You Deserve. Andrea has helped thousands of women manage their inner-critic to create loving connections and live their most kick-ass life.
In this episode Andrea and I take a deep dive into her latest book, How to Stop Feeling Like Sh!t: 14 Habits that are Holding You Back from Happiness. We talk about:
+How Andrea hit bottom in 2007 with a messy divorce, skidded into another toxic relationship, and had to start all over.
+How she decided to take radical responsibility and change the direction of her life.
+Overcoming people pleasing, perfectionism, and the need to control.
+Managing the inner critic.
+Why the concept of “‘being strong” and giving “zero f!cks” is actually harming us.
Throughout this episode, Andrea and I both share our vulnerabilities and insecurities. We open up about our fears, weaknesses, and worries. This is real talk about imposter syndrome, not feeling like enough, and how we can change that self-talk to take on our goals, ambitions, and desires.
PS: This is the second time I’ve had Andrea on the show. Listen to the first episode here.

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Hi! I’m Sarah, I am passionate about creating community, building deep connections, and the power of creativity. I live in Northern Virginia with my husband, our three kids, and our golden-lab mix.

I believe in leggings as pants, and I drink my coffee black. I love shopping at Costco, teaching group exercise classes, and, athleisure.

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