EP 27: A Cheat Code to Life?

 A Vermont cloud photo by Brennen to brighten your day

A Vermont cloud photo by Brennen to brighten your day

Today we chatted about dealing with (outside) negativity you start to get unstuck. We also talked about what we're calling Spontaneous Excellence, and why it's like a cheat code to life. Finally, we give some bonus tips about "money-maker" apps on your smartphone. There's lots of good stuff and we hope you enjoy listening to the episode as much as we enjoyed recording it!

Also: GOAL MAGIC was named one of Philadelphia Magazine's 13 Made-in-Philly Podcasts to Listen to Right Now! Hooray!!

Oh, and here's the Mel Robbins Ted Talk we mentioned in the episode. It's pretty awesome, so we'll try hard to get Mel on the show for you guys one day. 

Onward,
Cynthia & Brennen

This week's healthy episode is sponsored by Wellness by Cynthia. Wellness by Cynthia is my own site and blog where I educate and dish about my favorite wellness products, tips, and experiences. Check it out! https://wellnessbycynthia.com/
 
BONUS: If you enroll as a Young Living essential oils rewards member, I’ll give you $10 towards your second order when you contact me and mention the code “Goal Magic.”

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EP 26: Adventures with Cynthia & Brennen

 Brennen with his new cycling "brother" Ignacio (Nacho) Pino, who helped him climb Mt. Baldy in LA.

Brennen with his new cycling "brother" Ignacio (Nacho) Pino, who helped him climb Mt. Baldy in LA.

Hey everybody! In this week's episode, Cynthia and I share some adventures going on with our lives right now, including some BIG news. We wanted to show you that we're constantly working on getting unstuck and growing, just like you are. We hope you enjoy our tales of cycling, new friendships, half-marathons and lots more!

Onward,
Cynthia & Brennen

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BONUS: If you enroll as a Young Living essential oils rewards member, I’ll give you $10 towards your second order when you contact me and mention the code “Goal Magic.”

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EP 25: Cheryl Rice on Transforming Pain & Loss into Growth

 Cheryl Rice

Cheryl Rice

I am so happy to share this interview with Cheryl Rice, who spent many years in corporate before stepping out and beginning her coaching practice as well as her You Matter Marathon. She talks about her pivotal moment when literally her body was speaking to her to make a life shift - I was shocked at what happened that caused Cheryl to reflect on her life and ultimately make the career switch.

About Cheryl Rice:

Cheryl Rice works with high potential leaders at every level. She has been working with clients to improve individual, team and executive performance for over 20 years. Cheryl’s speaking, and coaching clients include: Pfizer, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Penn Medicine, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Drexel University, Campbells Soup, and the Wharton School.

Cheryl has held significant positions in the healthcare, financial
services and technology industries. Past corporate positions include Director of Organization Development for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, AVP of Leadership Development at ACE International, and leadership consulting roles at CIGNA, NovaCare, and SMS (now Siemens).

Cheryl is especially gifted in helping women cultivate their leadership presence, develop confidence, and establish a healthy and mindful approach to work and life. She is also the author of the inspiring memoir, Where Have I Been All My Life? Additionally, her essays and commentaries have appeared in local and national publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago Tribune, Cure Today, and Maria Shriver’s Blog, Architects of Change.  

In 2016 Cheryl founded the You Matter Marathon (no running required!), a global kindness and community building program in 59 countries.

With a BA in Psychology from Monmouth University, an MS in Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS in Organization Development from Pepperdine
University, Cheryl brings significant academic training to compliment her
practical work experience. Additionally, Cheryl is an ICF certified coach, has a certificate in Applied Positive Psychology and taught classes in organization change at local universities.

Highlights from Cheryl's interview 

  • A case of hives revealed to Cheryl how unhappy she was in her corporate life
  • After she quit her job she felt untethered and unnerved
  • Cheryl had to create structures in her life to feel centered
  • She kept hustling and doing piecemeal work
  • She was doing a lot of journaling and created "monthly reports' for her goals
  • She started training for a half marathon to reframe her view of herself
  • She also worked with a coach
  • Started to think of herself more as a business owner
  • It's really important to honor your relationships and keep in touch with people
  • What goes up, goes down... and what goes down goes up
  • It helps to replace anxiety with curiosity and confidence
  • Cheryl believes in planting seeds with people
  • "Where can I add value in a way that makes me feel alive"
  • "Find your tribe and love on them, and you will get love back"
  • The sudden death of her mom led to great sadness, but also insights
  • She mined her grief to grow as a person
  • When you feel stuck, try shaking your body
  • All about how Cheryl founded the You Matter Marathon (no running required)
  • and so much more!

Connect with Cheryl:

youmattermarathon.com
yourvoiceyourvision.com
Email: cheryl AT yourvoiceyourvision.com

Here's to Getting Unstuck,
Cynthia

This week's healthy episode is sponsored by Wellness by Cynthia. Wellness by Cynthia is my own site and blog where I educate and dish about my favorite wellness products, tips, and experiences. Check it out! https://wellnessbycynthia.com/
 
BONUS: If you enroll as a Young Living essential oils rewards member, I’ll give you $20 towards your order when you contact me at hello@wellnessbycynthia.com and mention the code “Goal Magic.”

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EP 24: Jennifer Buxton on Getting Unstuck Through Blogging and Travel

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Jennifer Buxton

I am thrilled to share this lovely interview with Jennifer Buxton, who started her career as an educator, then transitioned into blogging as The Real Posh Mom, which eventually lead her to her work empowering women as well as being a content strategist. Jennifer’s journey  took her and her family to Montenegro. She talks about what it was like to overhaul her life - she revealed something to me in that part of the interview that made me think about my own life and how I define it. Strap yourself in for this interview because it rocked my world!

Highlights from Jennifer's interview:

  • Jennifer started blogging organically while she was bored at home with her young child
  • The blog grew as she started responding to reader questions and comments
  • She was determined not to lose herself as a person after becoming a mom
  • Eventually a company flew her out and paid Jennifer (along with other bloggers) to get a spa treatment
  • She started presenting herself as a sort of freelance marketer for companies who wanted to reach her audience
  • Began to feel more like a full-on businesswoman and less like a mom who had a blog
  • Started to become a brand ambassador for companies she really loved
  • She is not a big fan of unhealthy competitiveness, especially among women
  • "Comparison is the thief of joy"
  • She made it her mission to empower women and help them find their voices
  • She and her husband were working too hard though, and they needed to make a change
  • Her husband was feeling like every day was Groundhog's Day
  • Eventually they sold almost all of their possessions and moved to Montenegro
  • Once a year, sit back and evaluate what you're doing in life
  • Slowing down is not a bad thing
  • She and her husband ended up opening a co-working space in Montenegro
  • "Never feel stuck because you always have choices!"

Connect with Jennifer:

Here's to Getting Unstuck,
Cynthia

This week's healthy episode is sponsored by Wellness by Cynthia. Wellness by Cynthia is my own site and blog where I educate and dish about my favorite wellness products, tips, and experiences. Check it out! https://wellnessbycynthia.com/
 
BONUS: If you enroll as a Young Living essential oils rewards member, I’ll give you $20 towards your order when you contact me at hello@wellnessbycynthia.com and mention the code “Goal Magic.”

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EP 23: Robert Farrington on Turning Your Side Hustle into Your Main Hustle

 Robert Farrington

Robert Farrington

What’s up everyone and welcome to the GOAL MAGIC podcast, where it’s our mission to help you get unstuck and get going! Today I got to interview Robert Farrington, who is a Millennial money expert and founder of thecollegeinvestor.com. Robert’s path is a fascinating one—starting with his time working as a manager at Target while blogging on the side, to making $45,000 a month (!) on his blog. How’d he do it? Robert gives us a behind-the-scenes look at his journey in this episode! 

Top Takeaways from Robert:
 

  • Robert always saw his blog The College Investor as a side hustle (until recently)
  • He kept going because he loved it
  • It took him a long time to start making money from the project
  • Things started happening when he began networking with other bloggers
  • Industry conferences really helped as influencers started sharing his content
  • He learned to listen to readers and produce content they wanted, rather than what he wanted
  • Think about your ROI before investing in an expensive degree
  • "Show me where you spend your money and time, and I'll show you what you value"
  • Really look at your household expenses closely. Chances are you can reduce them
  • Look for ways to earn more money in your spare time
  • It's important to challenge assumptions about success
  • If you have an unconventional lifestyle, some people may be judgmental

Connect with Robert: 

Blog: The College Investor
Podcast: The College Investor Audioshow
Youtube

I hope this episode inspires you to go for your dreams! 

Here's to Getting Unstuck,
Cynthia

This week's healthy episode is sponsored by Wellness by Cynthia. Wellness by Cynthia is my own site and blog where I educate and dish about my favorite wellness products, tips, and experiences. Check it out! https://wellnessbycynthia.com/
 
BONUS: If you enroll as a Young Living essential oils rewards member, I’ll give you $20 towards your order when you contact me at hello@wellnessbycynthia.com and mention the code “Goal Magic.”

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EP 22: Matt Lambert on Chasing Your Passions

 Matt Lambert

Matt Lambert

I hope you check out this interview that I recorded with Matt Lambert, who is a social innovator and strategy consultant. Matt has had an interesting career and life journey that had him move from the US to Montenegro with his family. In one of his corporate jobs, Matt was urged to find what he loves and then craft a role around that, which had a powerful influence on how he viewed his career path from then on. There are tons of takeaways in this episode as Mike shares his hard-won insights on how to get unstuck.

Episode Highlights:

  • Why leaders need to recognize and support people's unique strengths
  • How you can create a job for yourself instead of just accepting what's out there
  • Why it's ok to feel discontent with the different stages of life
  • How it's good to challenge systems and ways of thinking that aren't working for us
  • If you're going to challenge a system, you have to understand the system
  • How living in a foreign country teaches humility
  • "Just keep swimming."
  • Failure means you're trying... it's ok to make mistakes
  • Don't let an old story from your childhood hold you back from pursuing your dreams
  • You can always change and do something different


Connect with Matt:
Look for him on social media: @musingmr
https://mattlambert.me/

Here's to Getting Unstuck,
Cynthia

This week's healthy episode is sponsored by Wellness by Cynthia. Wellness by Cynthia is my own site and blog where I educate and dish about my favorite wellness products, tips, and experiences. Check it out! https://wellnessbycynthia.com/
 
BONUS: If you enroll as a Young Living essential oils rewards member, I’ll give you $20 towards your order when you contact me at hello@wellnessbycynthia.com and mention the code “Goal Magic.”

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EP 21: Exercise as a Way to Get Unstuck

 Photo of me climbing a mountain by  Andy Williams . 

Photo of me climbing a mountain by Andy Williams

Cynthia and I sat down for a really nice chat about how we use exercise to keep us unstuck. We shared our favorite workouts, from very easy to very, very hard! 

In the course of the conversation, I opened up about how I've fought depression for much of my life. Hard cardio workouts have gotten me up and out of the darkness, many many times.

Here are some of the highlights: 

  • Cynthia has been walking a lot more... and loving it
  • Twenty minutes of cardio per day helps Brennen stave off depression
  • Cynthia does super hard pilates workouts when her back can handle it
  • Hard workouts can shift your mindset in terms of what you think is possible for yourself
  • Rather than measuring your progress by how you look, try focusing on how you feel and what you can do 
  • When you look in the mirror, be grateful to be alive rather than criticizing your own appearance
  • The best reason to exercise is to show yourself some love! 

If you haven't worked out in a while, we challenge you to get back in the habit, starting today... and then every day after that.

You Got This, 
Brennen & Cynthia 

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EP 20: How to Keep Your Promises to Yourself

 Brennen is keeping his promise to do more pull-ups. 

Brennen is keeping his promise to do more pull-ups. 

One of the worst feelings in the world is telling yourself you were going do something and then letting yourself down and not doing it. It could be a vow to exercise or send that important email to a client or apply for that inspiring new job you really want. Breaking your promises to yourself is just the worst kind of letdown, right? It leads to negative self-talk and poor self-esteem over time.

In this episode, we chat about our ways of keeping promises to ourselves and others. Cynthia also shared some details about how she got started on her new wellness business

We recorded this back in the dead of winter in Philadelphia, but hopefully it's warm wherever/whenever you're listening! 

Book Recommendation: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Here's to being true to ourselves! 

Onward,
Cynthia & Brennen

This week's healthy episode is sponsored by Wellness by Cynthia. Wellness by Cynthia is my own site and blog where I educate and dish about my favorite wellness products, tips, and experiences. Check it out! https://wellnessbycynthia.com/
 
BONUS: If you enroll as a Young Living essential oils rewards member, I’ll give you $10 towards your second order when you contact me and mention the code “Goal Magic.”

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EP 19: Lisa Lord on Leading a Life of Inspiration

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Lisa Lord is a dynamic and inspirational speaker and executive coach who developed her point of view initially as an executive in Human Resources working for Fortune 500 corporations.

After decades of experience on the inside of corporations, Lisa chose to launch a unique coaching and consulting service to share her wisdom and help individuals advance their careers.  She is frequently engaged to help businesses re-humanize their employment practices, remembering that people are more than just assets. Lisa’s unique approach and passion helps individuals and leaders to make a meaningful connection with one another.

Lisa has helped clients to address disconnects due to generational differences, changes in employment practices, and a lack of self-awareness.  When individuals discover how to let their strengths shine, amazing transitions occur.

Key quotes and takeaways from this awesome interview: 

  • "I've really learned to pay attention to what inspires me."
  • "I'm the kind of person who was always comfortable making changes."
  • "As you're discovering what you do, you end up learning a lot about yourself."
  • After she left corporate life, Lisa started having lunches and coffees with everyone she knew.
  • Finally she got the advice to just start doing a thing she thought she might love, and do it for free, while paying attention to how it made her feel. 
  • She tried to do more things that she found inspiring. 
  • She's a huge fan of Audible.com.
  • When your brain is engaged in something creative and inspirational, the rest of your brain lights up. 
  • Cynthia's big positive shift happened when she realized corporate life wasn't her "everything."
  • How it's totally normal to not know what your passion is.  
  • What does a good life look like? What would it feel like?
  • Key question to ask: What it something you did that made you feel really, really proud?
  • Just because you're good at something, doesn't mean you love it. 
  • Telling people that they can do anything, DOES add a lot of pressure to someone. 
  • If you have a bunch of side hustles, you don't necessarily need to pick just one. 
  • Look for a "money job" that will give you the flexibility to find your dream job. 
  • Try the Gallup Strength Finder
  • What to tell people who might not understand your quest for an inspiring career. 
  • What we should tell our kids instead of "you can do anything."
  • Book Recommendations: Brene Brown's Daring Greatly and Amy Cuddy's Presence
  • The key to inspiration is that you'll know if it's working in the first thirty seconds. 

Connect with Lisa: 

Here's to Getting Unstuck,
Cynthia

This week's healthy episode is sponsored by Wellness by Cynthia. Wellness by Cynthia is my own site and blog where I educate and dish about my favorite wellness products, tips, and experiences. Check it out! https://wellnessbycynthia.com/
 
BONUS: If you enroll as a Young Living essential oils rewards member, I’ll give you $10 towards your second order when you contact me and mention the code “Goal Magic.”

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EP 18: How Alexis Siemons Turned her Love of Tea into a Fulfilling Career

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I'm so happy to share this interview with my friend Alexis Siemons. As a tea enthusiast, Alexis writes about her steeped adventures on her website and blog, Teaspoons & Petals. She also teaches a series of culinary tea classes, and develops tea-infused recipes for restaurants.

Alexis is currently a tea consultant for La Colombe, which is one of my favorite cafes and also the place where Cynthia and I came up with the idea for GOAL MAGIC. Alexis’ recipes and stories have been published in Women’s Health, Grid Magazine and Design*Sponge… among many other publications. But above all else, Alexis is a positive and fearless entrepreneur who has turned her passion into her life’s work, and that is why she’s on the show!

Key quotes and discussion topics:

  • The very first post on Teaspoons & Petals
  • Why it's important to take time to appreciate beauty
  • The power of designing your own major 
  • The pitfalls of the advertising industry for creative people
  • Why short-form writing is taking over the Internet
  • "Tea is like traveling through your taste buds."
  • Alexis recommends oolong tea as a good place to start learning about tea flavors
  • How drinking tea can help manage stress
  • If you're succeeding at everything, then you're probably not doing things to their fullest
  • Why we should celebrate failures
  • "I want to hear no a lot because that means I'm reaching out and trying to create something unique and when that yes comes along, it's going to be a great fit."
  • The value in nurturing a community
  • How to find your "tribe"
  • What to do when you hit a dry spot in your business
  • Why if it's not 100% a yes, it's a NO
  • "My definition of success is waking up every morning and wanting to jump out of bed to go pursue your career."
  • Don't let fear stop you

Contact Alexis:
Email: alexis AT teaspoonsandpetals.com
Instagram
Teaspoons & Petals

Stay Magical,
Brennen

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