Posts in The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast

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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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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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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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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Podcast #234 // Robert Lustig on the Hacking of the American Mind

January 9th, 2018 Posted by Podcast, The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast 0 thoughts on “Podcast #234 // Robert Lustig on the Hacking of the American Mind”

While researching the toxic and addictive properties of sugar for his New York Times bestseller Fat Chance, Dr. Robert Lustig, a neuroendocrinologist at UCSF, made an alarming discovery—our pursuit of happiness is being subverted by a culture of addiction, depression, and chronic disease from which we may never recover. In his new book, The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains, Dr. Lustig presents the fundamental differences between pleasure and happiness – at the biological and chemical level—and explains the way big business is taking advantage of advances in neuroscience to confuse and conflate pleasure with happiness, and getting into our heads.

The Hacking of the American Mind is a scientific investigation into modern manipulative practices, and the damage they cause. Pleasure is the result of stimulation of dopamine in the brain. It is fleeting and the direct result of an outside trigger. But it always leaves us wanting more. Happiness is the result of stimulation by serotonin, a different chemical that promotes a feeling of peace and calm, a state of serenity and satisfaction, where you don’t need any more, and you are good just where you are.

But all is not lost. There is nothing inherently wrong with pleasure, just not to the exclusion of happiness. Recognizing that these behaviors are the response rather than the cause is the first step. Dr. Lustig shows us that one can still cultivate happiness through experiences with family and friends, purposeful actions like volunteering, and eating a healthier diet focused on whole foods rather than those with added sugars.

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Podcast #233 // One Little Word for 2018: Santosha

January 2nd, 2018 Posted by Podcast, The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast 0 thoughts on “Podcast #233 // One Little Word for 2018: Santosha”

Hooray! Today I’m kicking of Season 5 of the podcast and the first episode of 2018 with a little bit of a different show. This show is a solo show where I’m chatting about my reflects on 2017 and my projections for 2018.

In this episode I talk about picking one little word in the past and how those previous words didn’t work out and why. And how I’ve changed how I’ve selected my word for the year. I talk about how I used yirah as my word for 2017 and how I thought that word served me. I also discussed picking my 2018 word, santosha.

I also share my intentions for 2018 and a renewed focus on process over outcome.

Do you pick words for the year? What word did you pick?

PS: I also mention Ali Edwards. You can find out more about One Little Word on her site. If you’re doing One Little Word Workshop, I’ll see you in there!

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Podcast #232 // Rebekah Gregory on Taking Her Life Back After the Boston Marathon Bombing

December 26th, 2017 Posted by Podcast, The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast 0 thoughts on “Podcast #232 // Rebekah Gregory on Taking Her Life Back After the Boston Marathon Bombing”

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On April 15, 2013, Rebekah Gregory and her 5-year-old son waited at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to support a friend who was running. When the blasts of the bombs went off just three feet away from her, Gregory’s legs took the brunt of the blast, protecting her son from certain death. 18 surgeries and 65 procedures later, Rebekah’s left leg was amputated.

In her book, Taking My Life Back, Rebekah vividly recounts her horrifying experience on the day of the bombing, her desperate desire to locate her son, and her extensive injuries, recovery and eventual amputation. While Rebekah’s story is laced with challenges and trauma, it’s clear that the bombing was not the only incident to define her. Her story is infused with hope and determination as she refuses to see herself as a victim, but as a survivor who brings readers along her personal journey through abuse, mistakes and pain, and into the embrace of her faith.

In this episode we talk about her faith and how it has sustained her through various challenges in her life, her experience during the bombing and the details of her injuries and recovery, surviving the aftermath and her eventual marriage to her college sweetheart and miracle baby, and what it’s like to live with a prosthetic leg.

Rebekah’s story is full of inspiration and joy. I hope you find this conversation encouraging.

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Podcast #231 // Zlata Sushchik on Body Image, Wellness, and Sexy Fit

December 19th, 2017 Posted by Podcast, The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast 0 thoughts on “Podcast #231 // Zlata Sushchik on Body Image, Wellness, and Sexy Fit”

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Today’s episode is perfect if you’re thinking about a health and/or wellness goal for 2018. Zlata Sushchik, a nutrition and fitness coach, created SexyFit. SexyFit an online nutrition and fitness coaching company that has transformed hundreds of women by helping them achieve a lasting lifestyle change, find unstoppable confidence, and love their body by using fitness as a foundation for success.

In this episode we chat about the SexyFit method of fitness and wellness and Zlata’s new book, The SexyFit Method: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Complete Food Freedom, Loving Your Body, and Reclaiming Your Life.

While today Zlata is known as a health and wellness expert, she didn’t start out that way.  Zlata grew up in Moscow, Russia, and moved to the U.S. at age 16 only knowing two English words: “Hello“ and “Big Mac.” She began her fitness journey after being publicly shamed by a gym teacher for her weight.

From bullied teen immigrant to bodybuilder and beauty pageant queen, Zlata went through her fair share of struggles with yo-yo dieting, extensive gym workouts, and feeling like getting in shape was a full-time job – which, for her, it was. After winning or placing in the top five in more than 26 state, national, and international shows, Zlata was forced to leave her career after experiencing health complications caused by traditional approaches to getting in shape.

Sexyfit was created out of the notion that every woman is sexy in her own way and deserves to feel confident in her body. Zlata helps women break up with unrealistic beauty standards and escape the “I’m not enough” mindset, as well as the guilt and anxiety around food. Zlata has combined her fitness knowledge with the expertise of the more than 300 top researchers, coaches, and nutritionists whom she on interviews on her podcast.

In this show we go through the five-step formula for SexyFit to give women a body they love – on their terms.

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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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