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Podcast #265 // Rachel Bailey on Redefining Perfect Parenting, Part I

August 14th, 2018 Posted by Podcast, The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast 0 thoughts on “Podcast #265 // Rachel Bailey on Redefining Perfect Parenting, Part I”

 

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Today’s guest is my friend and clinical psychologist, Rachel Bailey. Rachel has over 10 years experience working with children, teens, and young adults – and their parents. In this two-part episode, we dive into redefining and normalizing the parenting experience. During this first episode, we discuss Rachel’s approach to parenting, why it’s okay to love your kids but not love parenting, actual words to say and strategies to use during difficult parenting issues like tantrums, our own parenting foibles, and more.

Rachel and I get honest and real about our own “yuck” (Rachel’s great term for how we act “bad” when we feel bad and one of my favorite concepts of hers!) and how we feel better and happier as parents when we let go of needing to be perfect.

We also mention Rachel’s Parenting Academy during our conversation. You can find out more about the Academy and how Rachel can support you here.

For additional resources and support, find Rachel on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

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Podcast #264 // Dorena Williamson on ThoughtFULL

August 7th, 2018 Posted by Podcast, The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast 0 thoughts on “Podcast #264 // Dorena Williamson on ThoughtFULL”

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I’m thrilled to welcome Dorena Williamson back to the podcast to discuss her new book, Thoughtfull: Discovering the Unique Gifts in Each of Us. I interviewed Dorena a few weeks ago about her first book, Colorfull, and I loved that conversation, so I was eager to have her back on the show to continue our conversation. On this show, we discussed the inspiration behind Thoughtfull, talking to kids about differently-abled people, teaching kids about the inherent value of all people, and the importance of being thoughtful. We also talked about bully and talking to kids about how to address bullying.
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Podcast #263 // Eli Jaxon Bear on a Spiritual Revolution

July 31st, 2018 Posted by Podcast, The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast 0 thoughts on “Podcast #263 // Eli Jaxon Bear on a Spiritual Revolution”

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A deeply personal memoir, An Outlaw Makes It Home, is an odyssey, a journey out, and a return home. Pulling no punches, this candid, compelling and raucous spiritual adventure story, follows Eli Jaxon-Bear on his journey from underground revolutionary to spiritual awakening.

Eli takes us with him from the civil rights marches in Alabama to his time as a federal fugitive during the Vietnam War, from the
uncharted outback of Peru to a monastery in Japan, an initiation into a Sufi clan in Marrakesh, and the streets of India in his quest for a final
teacher. It is here that he meets Papaji, ultimately ending his search for freedom and finally finding true love and fulfillment.

Can sex, drugs and revolution lead to a life of true love and lasting fulfillment? An Outlaw Makes It Home answers this while showing us
the tests and traps that confront all of us as we navigate through life in the search for happiness.

In this episode we discuss Eli’s journey, finding happiness and what happiness means, and his work at the Leela Foundation. We also touch on the enneagram and finding our true selves.

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Podcast #262 // Sasha Heinz on Positive Psychology, Happiness, and Worth

July 24th, 2018 Posted by Podcast, The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast 0 thoughts on “Podcast #262 // Sasha Heinz on Positive Psychology, Happiness, and Worth”

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Dr. Sasha Heinz was one of the first 33 people to have received a Masters degree in Positive Psychology and has studied under and taught alongside some of the most influential and innovative psychologists in the field, like Martin Seligman, Ph.D. She’s also a life coach who uses the Cognitive Coaching Model to help her clients change their behavior. In this episode we discuss positive psychology and Dr. Heinz’s self-coaching tool, the Cognitive Coaching Model. We also dive into an interesting discussion on what happiness means and the pressure to feel happy all the time. Additionally, we touch on worthiness and how to get back to our inherent self-worth.

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Around Here Lately // Athleta Sisters and Lots of Swim

July 23rd, 2018 Posted by Life 0 thoughts on “Around Here Lately // Athleta Sisters and Lots of Swim”

Hello, hello on this gloomy Monday in Northern Virginia. Yuck is the only way to described this weather. It’s been pouring on and off since Saturday. Truthfully, we did need the rain. It hasn’t rained in weeks, and our grass was turning yellow. But, phew, it’s POURING out there now! Bea and I got stuck in the downpour this morning during our walk! The kids are supposed to have an inner-squad meet tonight, but by the looks of the weather, I’m not sure about that!

This past week I was able to meet up with my fellow Athleta brand ambassadors for lunch and sisterhood. Initially I wasn’t going to be able to make it since Dan was out of town, and I didn’t have anyone to watch the kids. But, Dan ended up on the red eye and back in town quicker that we thought, so we did a quick kid swap and I headed down to Georgetown to meet up with my fellow Athleta sisters. I’m excited for another year as an ambassador, and I’ve been brainstorming ideas and collaborations for this coming year. And, of course after lunch I popped in to the Athleta Georgetown store to pick up a pair of the new Skyline pants. These pants are so cute! I can’t wait to style them.

In other news, like every week this summer, we’re swimming, swimming, swimming. I’ve tried out a couple volunteer jobs during meets, but I’ve landed on Clerk of Course as my favorite. It is much like herding cats. Specially, herding wet cats of different ages, some who might cry. Ha! No one cried! Well, a few 6 and unders got a little quivery, but my fellow Clerks and I headed off tears. I like clerking because I love the kids. Yes, it’s challenging to get them to listen and sit still and stay in line. But, my love for working with them overpowers the need to repeatedly tell them to sit down. 😉

Moving on, here’s what I’m -ing this week:

Reading All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin. I’m only a little bit in, but so far I’m enjoying it. I finished The Woman in the Window, and it was awesome. Highly recommend.

Checking out P.Volve and the P.Ball. P.Volve is a streaming workout that shapes, tones, and defines muscles. P.Volve is sponsoring my podcast this week and offering 30 days free streaming at pvolve.com/bagley. If that interests you, go check it out for 30 days free! Your glutes will thank you! HA!

Uploading a new weekly vlog. I love putting together video content. Anything in particular you’d like to see?

Trying out Adobe Rush as a Beta Tester. I love trying new products, so when Adobe put out the call for Rush Beta Testers, I jumped on it. I’ve been testing it out, and so far I’m impressed!

Wondering what I’m going to do with the kids in August when swim team is over…

Running out of IT Cosmetics CC Cream. I’ve tried several BB and CC creams, and this is my favorite. It’s also the most expensive. But, a little goes a long way. I don’t love heavy coverage, just a little bit to cover up hyper pigmentation and acne scars, and this does the trick. It’s definitely a “your skin but better” product.

Loving these Berkinstock Gizah EVA sandals. They are made out of a Croc-like material, which means they clean up like a dream. Just soap and water in the sink. They look fancier than flip flops, and I think they are a more secure open-heeled footwear option. I have the silver pair, and I’ve received numerous compliments.

That’s what’s going on around here – what’s going on where you live? Is it pouring every day? What are you reading?

Podcast #261 // Bethany and Scott Palmer on Money and Relationships

July 17th, 2018 Posted by Podcast, The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast 0 thoughts on “Podcast #261 // Bethany and Scott Palmer on Money and Relationships”

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Money can be a huge source of conflict for couples. When couples don’t see eye to eye on saving and spending, their relationship suffers. Scott and Bethany Palmer, a.k.a. The Money Couple, discovered this money disconnect after years of working with couples and set out to change the conversation. Together they created The Five Money Personalities to help couples learn more about themselves and each other.

In this honest conversation about money, Scott and Bethany explain the five money personalities and how couples can work to understand each other. We also talk about money mistakes, painless ways to save, and stopping money fights before they start.

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Around Here Lately // Michael’s First Meet and Taylor Swift

July 16th, 2018 Posted by Life 0 thoughts on “Around Here Lately // Michael’s First Meet and Taylor Swift”

After many nice days in a row, it’s hotter than blazes today! We’ve been lucky since it hasn’t been too terribly hot this summer, but, phew, it was a warm morning at swim practice, and it will be a hot night at tonight’s B Meet.

And speaking of B Meets, Michael swam in his first B Meet last week! He ended up swimming last minute in the Fourth of July Relays, so since he successfully made it across the pool as part of the relay team, we figured he could swim in a B Meet. We asked him, and he said yes! I wasn’t sure if he would end up being too scared to do it, but he surprised us all and enthusiastically made his B Meet debut!

He believes he came in second (#fakenews), but we let him think whatever he wants. He’s proud of himself, and we’re so proud of him!

In other news, we saw Taylor Swift! This was Kate’s first concert, and I took her along with my mom and my sister. It took us over two hours to get there, but Taylor was worth it. She is spectacular! I’ve seen many concerts, but this one ranks up there as one of my favorites. If you can go see her, go. She was well worth it!

This week we aren’t planning to see any famous pop stars. But we are swimming, of course! Here’s what’s been going on around here lately:

Reading The Woman in the Window. I finished Educated last week, and I loved it (it’s hard to read in parts, but I could not put it down).

Watching re-runs of The Office on Netflix. I watched this show when it first came out, but I forgot so much. It’s been fun to watch it again and appreciate the story line anew.

Listening to Forever 35. I love Kate and Doree and their guests. The topic of self-care gets thrown around a lot, and I love how they explore what self care means in different contexts and for different personalities. I was talking to a friend today about being intention setting partners like Kate and Doree are for each other, and I love that idea! Maybe once swim team is over…

Feeling nervous about the fall. I have six weeks left of summer, so six more weeks before life around here changes dramatically. All three kids will be in school every day, all day (meaning from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). I quit my job exactly eight years ago today, so this fall will be the first time in over eight years that I will have a substantial period of time to do…well…I’m not 100% sure, but I’m open to what comes!

Going over and over and over the new choreography for my classes at the gym. I get new material four times a year, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but it feels like a lot!

Needing to go through my closet. I’d really love a closet organization system, but that’s not in the cards right now. But I still need to take a look through my stuff and get real about what I actually wear.

Rolling a ball under my shoulder blades because my back and shoulder muscles hurt! I pulled a muscle last week, and it improved quickly, but I still feel tight and achy across my shoulder blades. I’m considering getting a massage, but I’ve never had one, so I’m hesitant!

Eating salads with Tessemae dressing! I LOVE Tessemae’s! It’s the best salad dressing I’ve ever tried. Have you tried Tessemae’s? Do you have a favorite?

Breaking up sibling fight after sibling fight. Or, letting them go at each other like a pack of wolves. I love going to the pool because no one fights at the pool. When we’re at home, the three of them are INSANE. If they aren’t loving each other, they’re going after each other. It’s so draining to listen to them go at it.

Picking up my camera and working on re-starting my weekly vlogs. I love vlogging and making video, but it’s time consuming, and I’m tired from the aforementioned sibling fighting. But, I feel more inspired and more energetic today, so I picked up the camera, and I’m going to work on a vlog for this week.

That’s it for me for this week! Let me know what you’re reading and drinking and eating and thinking about!

On Body Odor and Trying Natural Deoderant

July 11th, 2018 Posted by Wellness 0 thoughts on “On Body Odor and Trying Natural Deoderant”

I can’t remember exactly how old I was, but I’m pretty sure I was either a rising third grader or rising fourth grader when I first thought about deodorant. Not about deodorant itself but about applying deodorant to my person. I was at a summer camp I detested at my school, and the camp counselors called us all to attention and explained in not kind words that some of us smelled and we should, you know, and they mimicked applying deodorant under their arms.

I remember feeling confused. Wasn’t deodorant for adults? I was nine-years-old, ten at the most. I didn’t even have arm pit hair! And these people were insinuating I was smelly!

Anyway. I don’t know if it was this incident or perhaps just experiencing adolescence that made me sensitive to body odor, specifically under arm body odor. No one wants to be the smelly kid! Growing up I used whatever deorderant my mom got on sale at CVS, and when I was old enough that I had to purchase my own toiletries, I went for the clinical strength stuff. I am not messing around when it comes to BO!

I’m a sweaty person. When I’m exercising, sweat pours from every orifice. I told my BodyStep class the other day I had sweat coming out of my eyeballs! Because I did! When I go about my daily life and it’s particularly hot outside, I will sweat. I will hope I had the foresight to wear a tank top of at least a shirt that won’t show the growing pit sweat under my arms.

To combat this sweaty issue, I’ve used the most maximum strength deodorant available. And sometimes it didn’t even work! So the other day at Costco when I was pursuing the toiletries aisles I came across a three pack of Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant. Hmmm, I wondered, would this work?

As I was examining the package, a Costco employee handing out samples of electrolyte water near by asked me if I’ve ever tried a natural deodorant and did it work? I said, no, I had not, and I gave her a brief history of my sweat issues, and we agreed I should give it a try. “Do you come here often?” she asked. (Ummm, you obviously don’t know me because, yes, Costco is by Numero Uno store). “Next time you’re here, come find me and tell me if it works!”

I will, Costco employee, first name L. I will.

In order to test this deodorant, I’ve been wearing it every day since Sunday. I plan to wear it for a week and report in my findings. If you follow me on IG, you will have seen I did a pit smell test with Kate the other day, and she reported I smelled “okay.”

HA!

No, seriously, she said I smelled fine. I didn’t smell like vanilla and lavender, but it wasn’t stinky. My pits weren’t 100% dry, but they also weren’t sweaty. Just a little tacky.

So there you have it, a few days in with natural deodorant. So far my biggest complaint is the texture. It’s ROUGH! It feels like I’m scrapping my arm pits with sandpaper. I don’t know what to make of that, but I’m hoping the texture will smooth with use.

Do  you use natural deodorant? Which one? What other natural products do you love?

Podcast #260 // Julie Reisler on Getting a Ph.D in You

July 10th, 2018 Posted by Podcast, The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast 0 thoughts on “Podcast #260 // Julie Reisler on Getting a Ph.D in You”

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Today’s guest is Julie Reisler, author and Life Designer, and she is the founder and CEO of Empowered Living, a Life Design and personal development company. While Julie has a Master’s Degree in Coaching and more than 12 certifications in health and wellbeing, her Masters could have been in people pleasing and crappy self esteem. Author of, Get a PhD in YOU: A Course in Miraculous Self-Discovery, Julie authentically shares the extensive personal-growth wisdom that came from her own struggles with body image, relationships, and feeling “not enough.”

Julie is also in the short documentary, Hungry For More, where she shares openly about her journey with emotional overeating to finding out what really makes you full. Julie is a multi-time TEDx speaker, meditation teacher on the popular app, Insight Timer, and faculty member at Georgetown University’s coaching program, Julie is enamored with helping you to master your inner world so you can master your outer world. Julie’s purpose and passion is to guide you to become your you-est you! She is a mama of two, step-mama of one, happily remarried, and in love with her very imperfect life.

I loved this chat with Julie because we both shared our struggles and how we work through our insecurities. We openly discuss perfectionism, people pleasing, and feeling unworthy, and I know this honest conversation will help others feel less alone. Also, we talk about her book, Get a Ph.D in You and how we all can come to know our truest selves.

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Around Here Lately // Heat Wave, Ambulance Ride, and 10 Years Married

July 9th, 2018 Posted by Life 0 thoughts on “Around Here Lately // Heat Wave, Ambulance Ride, and 10 Years Married”

Two weeks ago, Dan and I celebrated 10 years of marriage. We celebrated it in the traditional style of forgetting all about it. HA! At least mostly. Dan did buy me flowers and wrote a sweet note. I realized it was our anniversary when I saw the flowers and note. And then I took our kids to swim practice and their well visits. Ha! We did get out to dinner and saw Ocean’s 8 on Saturday night. I didn’t take any pictures because I was just so thankful to be eating a hot meal I didn’t prepare, could eat with two hands, not get up the entire time, and not have to clean up after.

In other news we’re swimming, swimming, swimming. Kate has swam in each A Meet so far, and she’s placed every time. She’s worked hard the entire year, and she’s put in extra hours with one of the coaches to improve her starts. We’re so proud of her!

In related pool news, Thomas scared the bejesus out of me and everyone else at the pool (and then all of the Town of Vienna) when he jumped into the pool, attempted a twirl, and hit is head on the side of the pool. I grabbed him out of the water immediately, and he never lost consciousness or swallowed water or became disoriented, but it was still scary. The guards call 911, and I took my first (and I hope last!) ambulance ride. Thomas screamed from the moment I pulled him out of the pool until we were safely enclosed in the ambulance. And then he perked up immediately and asked the responder all sorts of questions. Then he asked him if he could drive him BACK to the pool! I mean, honestly!

Thank goodness he’s just fine. But, phew. What a scare. Here’s to no more accidents this summer!

Switching gears, here’s what’s going on around here this week:

Trying out natural deodorant for the first time. I know this has been a thing for a long time, but I’ve resisted because I sweat a lot. A lot, a lot. I just didn’t think any natural deodorant could stand up to my sweat. But then I found a three pack of Schmidt’s Rose and Vanilla scented deodorant at Costco and snapped it up. I’ve only tried it out for one day, but so far, no stink! I’m going to try it all week and report in on IG stories. Let me know if you use it and like it.

Reading Educated by Tara Westover. I’m only a little ways in, but I’m really into it.

Drinking lots of coffee and cold brew from my cold brew maker.

Listening to the new BodyStep and BodyPump on repeat. I need to learn these new moves ASAP, so I’m listening to the music over and over and over again.

Washing endless loads of laundry. We’re at the pool every day, so I’m constantly rotating swim suits and towels, plus, I think we go through more clothes in the summer since we get sweaty.

Teaching Kate the art of cleaning toilets. My kids hardly ever flush the toilet. Why, oh, why?!? This weekend I taught Kate how to clean her bathroom and scrub her toilet. I am so over cleaning up after these kids! My mom used to say: I’m not your maid. I find myself saying that, too!

Swimming each and every day! Last night someone on IG mentioned it’s 5.5 months until Christmas, and I had a mini freak out. I love summer, and I dislike winter. I don’t even like fall because it means WINTER IS COMING. I’m feeling a little sad that swim team is almost over, and we’re approaching half way through summer. I’m trying to look at it as season half full, but since I get panicky about the fall/winter, I’m struggling.

Are you a summer lover or do you hate the heat? Are you also drinking cold brew and washing endless loads of laundry? Have a great week!

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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sarah@bagley.org