Sucky Moment of the Week (2/5) Our Podcast Marketing Editor and guest co-host for the week, Sarah Mowery, was bummed when no one showed up for the yoga class she was supposed to teach and record, but Cameron pushed her to follow through anyway. Inspired Action Don’t be discouraged when things don’t go exactly the way you want or expect. Make the most of any situation, even if it means straying from the “ideal” path.
Try This Unitask for one week. Begin every task by asking yourself, “What am I doing right now?” and do only that thing until you finish or reach a stopping point. No distractions!
Sarah SHOUT out Sarah has a new level of appreciation for her parents after becoming a full-time nanny. Big shoutout to Joe and Betsey...
Sucky Moment of the Week (2/5) Nicole’s car breaks down right as she and Angela are about to go to lunch. Inspired Action Always be prepared. Stay calm and allow the solution to present itself when sucky obstacles happen, because they will happen, whether we are ready for them or not.
Major Topic: Be Average Our total perfectionist hosts discuss the value of not aiming to be perfect, how striving for perfection can paralyze your forward progress, and how being average allows your unique perspective and voice to shine through in any endeavor. This juicy nugget is one of many from Improv Wisdom by Patricia Ryan Madson.
Try This Find all your travel-sized, hotel, or free sample toiletries and cosmetics, line them up in a row in your shower or bathroom, and use them all up (or rid your home of them in some other fashion). Expert level hack: Stop accepting and bringing home all free samples in the first place!
Sucky Moment of the Week (5/5) Angela had way too close of a call when she had to save baby Zoe from nearly choking to death on a leaf. Inspired Action Angela realized she needs to be watching Zoe at all times, and that cleaning is just not that important.
Major Topic: Focus Want to be more efficient with the ways you use your time? We talk about the importance of wisely and intentionally using our *free* non-physical resources: Time, Energy, and Attention.
Try This Treat. Yo. Self. Take yourself out on a date and do nothing but enjoy your own company.
Nicole SHOUT out Nicole throws one out to our very own host, Angela! Knowing how sick Nicole was feeling, Angela sent her home early and made her go see the doctor. We should all be so lucky to have a boss who helps us take care of ourselves.
Sucky Moment of the Week (4/5) Angela and Nicole have been working hard to switch the point of sale system at YogaSport Dallas to another provider, and it seems like everything that could have gone wrong has. Inspired Action Be patient while you’re waiting for the uncomfortable stuff to pass (it does pass).
Major Topic: Money Nicole doles out some tips for fun and effective ways to save money in your everyday life.
Ask Coach AWags Karen asks: How do you avoid beating yourself up over setbacks? Angela’s friend and behavioral change expert Erik Gnagy weighs in.
Try This if you’re having trouble deciding what to purge from your closet. Line up every item in each category and subcategory of clothing (short-sleeved t-shirts, sweaters, dresses, etc.). Every day, you have to wear whatever is first in line for whatever category of clothing you pull from that day. If the item you pull makes you think “meh,...
Major Topic: Ch-ch-changes We tend to avoid change instead of embracing it, even when it’s a change we want to make for ourselves. Angela and Nicole have been going through some major changes and discuss how they handle that first scary step out of the So-Called Comfort Zone (it’s a thing).
Sucky Moment of the Week (3/5) Nicole didn’t understand what the big deal was when Vic got upset with her for not using the plastic produce bags at the grocery store, but it turned out it wasn’t really about the bags at all. Inspired Action Truly acknowledge the feelings of others. If you go into a conversation with an agenda, you are not listening generously.
Try This! Take something off your to-do list. If you still haven’t tackled that nagging, recurring task, reevaluate whether you really need to, or are just telling yourself you “should”.
Angela SHOUT out Sharon, Angela’s...
Major Topic: Decluttering (cont’d) Nicole has taken her obsession with decluttering and minimalism to “the crazy level”, as Vic would say, and her closet now consists of nothing but her absolute favorite things.
Sucky Moment of the Week (5/5) Angela’s cat and partner in life, Bella, passed away after 19 years together. Inspired Action Cherish the memories, and take the time you truly need to grieve loved ones lost.
Try This! Pick a random act of kindness that inspires you, and do it this week!
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Sucky Moment of the Week (1/5) Caleb’s habit of leaving dirty dishes in the sink was driving Nicole bananas and causing unnecessary tension. Inspired Action Google it! If you have a problem, odds are someone else has had it before and has a great solution that will eliminate the need for an argument.
Major Topic: Decluttering If, somehow, you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo’s method of tidying, get ready to have your drawers, dressers, closets and whole world changed! Angela talks about this decluttering method that gave her permission to get rid of all the things except those that spark joy.
Try This! Do a shoe purge by laying all of your shoes out in one space, sorting them into categories, try them on, and get rid of the ones that no longer spark joy.
Nicole SHOUT out Nicole’s entire day was brightened when she joined one of her yogi students in a spontaneous dance party. Shout out to Christopher and the ...
Special Guest: Henry Lopez, serial entrepreneur, business owner, business coach and mentor, and co-host of The HOW of Business podcast, joins us as our first special guest on the show. We revisit the last week’s topic of a Complaint Free World as Henry shares how the Complaint Free challenge has been fitting into his (and his wife’s) life.
Sucky Moment of the Week (3/5) Henry got pretty down on himself after his guest appearance on yet another podcast didn’t got as well as he would have liked for it to (or so he thought). Inspired Action It often takes a shift in perspective for us to realize how overly critical we are of ourselves.
Try This! Identify an area of your life in which you’ve been too hard on yourself, and give yourself a break!
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Sucky Moment of the Week (1/5) Nicole and Vic went on a camping trip with a big new tent, but setting up camp didn’t go quite as smoothly as usual. Inspired Action Sometimes you just have to stuff that pride in a pocket, admit when you need help, and listen.
Major Topic: A Complaint Free World We talk about something Angela’s used in her trainings for years – A Complaint Free World – and why we and everyone around us can benefit when we quit complaining (expressing pain, grief, or discontent) and gossiping and start speaking with thought and intention. Nicole sums it up beautifully with this inspiring quotation:
“Before you speak, ask yourself: Is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve the silence?” – Sathya Sai Baba
Try This! The (abridged) Complaint Free World Challenge. Try to go one week without complaining or gossiping. Wear a complaint free world bracelet or use any bracelet you already have, and switch it to your other wrist...
Sucky Moment of the Week (1/5) Nicole’s new fur baby, Shiner, literally ate her couch beyond repair, and it wasn’t exactly his fault. The Inspired Action When Nicole and Vic skipped their morning run, Shiner had no choice but to take his pent-up energy out on the couch! Every action has a reaction, and it’s important to be cognizant of how our choices may impact the lives of others — even our pets.
Major Topic: Sleep Angela and Nicole discuss Ariana Huffington’s book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time, and how they’ve seen sleep — and a lack of it — affect their wellbeing in different phases of life.
Try This! As kids, we tend to have rituals surrounding bedtime, but many of us lose those as adults. This week, try this: Turn off all your electronic devices (yes, including your iPhone) at least 30 minutes before you go to sleep. Make this a new part of...