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Goal Magic is a weekly podcast hosted by entrepreneurs Cynthia Spitalny and Brennen Lukas. Our goal is to help you get unstuck in your life—your career, relationships, fitness and finances. To do that, we interview inspiring, magical people and share the tactics and resources that have helped us the most. Let the magic begin!
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We are kicking off 2020 with one of our favorite guests and fit-fluencers, Mackie Root. Yep, he’s back and we are dishing on the best things you can do to kick off your healthiest year yet because more than ever, we all know how our health can influence so much - from our mindset to our sleep to our productivity and even our stress. It’s why we wanted to get an expert in to guide you on the best way to make it happen. About Mackie Root  Mackie Root is the founder of the ReadySetActive Online Training platform, which is a health coaching business on a mission to help busy people live healthier and happier. He is a health coach, online personal trainer, a group fitness coach in Philadelphia, with classes at Unite Fitness and Flywheel Sports. Mackie combines the latest science in nutrition and training with motivational techniques to create efficient and effective weight loss protocols for clients. Follow Mackie Root: @mackieroot Readysetactive.com Quick programming note: We decided to launch our episodes on a bi-weekly basis now! Brennen and I grind these episodes out week after week but we burned ourselves out as a result. Our content that we were recording became a message for us and to us, in many ways. We have no one else helping us [yet] and so decided that in order to maintain our creative energy and keep the momentum going on the podcast, we needed to back off how much content we are producing. This was a difficult decision for us, but in doing this we will be able to book bigger and more influential guests and bring even higher quality content to you all without feeling like we are on the treadmill from hell. Thanks for understanding and we appreciate your support and listenership! Happy 2020! Here’s to Getting Unstuck, Cynthia & Brennen
Happy Holidays to all the friends and listeners of our show and welcome to our last podcast of 2019... and of the decade! I can’t quite believe how many closures are happening as 2019 comes to an end, but I just wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season and new year. I hope our show has helped you out, brought you joy, brought you clarity, or been a good friend to you when you needed one. In closing out the year, we have a really special episode that I recorded with Celia Gaze who went from burnt out working at the National Health Service in England and trying to be a good partner and mother to going almost bankrupt trying to make a farm into a business to then putting a bowtie on a llama and changing the course of her life. I don’t want to spoil any of the story for you because Celia has one wild ride to success. About Celia Gaze Celia Gaze is an entrepreneur and founder of The Wellbeing Farm. She worked in the NHS for 14 years in a senior management role, before reaching the verge of burnout and quitting her job to start her own business. She used this as a springboard to transform her life by creating the multi-award winning wedding and events venue The Wellbeing Farm. Celia has won multiple awards for her innovative work and also recently won Implementer of the Year at the National Entrepreneur Awards. She is the author of an inspirational new book Why Put a Bowtie on a Llama?, which offers highly practical advice on turning your crazy idea into a successful business. Connect with Celia www.thewellbeingfarm.co.uk info@thewellbeingfarm.co.uk @wellbeingfarm on instagram Get Celia’s book Please help us reach our goal of 100 reviews on apple podcasts! If you feel inclined and haven’t already done so, we would love it if you would leave us a review and give some love back to help us achieve our goals and close out this year strong. Happy Holidays, Cynthia & Brennen
As we round out the year and head into the new year, which is always a great time for resetting and restarting, we want to give you the tools you need to light a fire and blaze a trail for whatever you want to achieve in your own life. It’s why we brought back Andy Ramage, who started One Year No Beer, had appeared on the Rich Roll show, and now has written a book Let’s Do This which will help you understand what you need to get or stay motivated. Fun teaser: it’s a really simple thing that everyone can do every day. But you have to be willing to show up. About Andy Ramage: Andy is a former professional athlete. After injury cut short his career, he went on to create two multimillion-dollar city brokerages.   After achieving traditional “success” Andy was left unfit, unhealthy, overweight, stressed and unhappy. He believed there had to be another way to win big in the city while staying super fit, healthy, maintaining a happy home life and doing it with a smile on his face. So he set out on a quest to study peak performance and well-being. As part of this process, Andy took a break from alcohol. It was this experience that helped him unlock the behavioral change code and revitalize his business and life. Inspired, Andy co-founded with Ruari Fairbairns a world-leading behavioral change platform OneYearNoBeer.com (OYNB) which is a 28, 90 or 365-day alcohol-free challenge. OYNB has inspired over 70,000 people to transform their relationship with alcohol and power up their life. Andy’s first book, The 28-Day Alcohol-Free Challenge, is a best seller, and his second book on motivation called Let’s Do This is available to pre order on Amazon now. Andy also has a TEDx talk: This Pill Will Make You Limitless. You can catch Andy almost daily LIVE on both the @OneYearNoBeer & @_andyramage Instagram and FB pages inspiring over 90,000 followers.  Andy also has masters degree in coaching psychology and positive psychology and is currently exploring a PhD. Andy’s unique background, education and experience make him one of the world’s leading behavioral change & peak performance experts.  Connect with Andy: @andyramageofficial @oneyearnobeer Let’s Do This Here’s to Getting Unstuck, Cynthia & Brennen Please check out our “Mantras with Goal Magic” PDF which you can get for FREE when you sign up for our Magic Boost emails. Mantras aren’t just for Buddhist monks and yogis anymore - they have been game changers for both Brennen and I, which is why we wanted to introduce people to a different way of thinking and being, especially for those who have never tried mantras. You literally can use these anywhere, so they are great for taking that first step towards a goal. Get your free download now when you sign up for our emails at www.goalmagic.co/magicboost.
We have an awesome episode this week for all the moms out there. I actually came across our guest today when I was searching for exercises to help my bad back, and ironically, found videos about core health and postpartum strength training. I kept saving videos from her as she popped up in my social feed, but was most impressed with her focus on women during and after pregnancy because there seems to be so little out there for anyone who is trying to establish their core connection again after pregnancy. I also just loved her down home, real perspective as a busy mother of four children and a woman running her own business. About Andrea Allen Andrea Allen grew up playing sports but didn't get into fitness and health until college. She used physical exercise to pull herself out of her depression her freshman year of college and became hooked on the endorphins. She graduated with a degree in public health education. Andrea became a fitness instructor during this time as well. In 2007 she tore her ACL while playing lacrosse for BYU in a game versus Air Force so she got stuck sitting around for a few months. It was around this time that she realized that she had to do more than exercise to get fit; she needed to eat healthy to feel good about herself and realized what a gift a healthy body is. But things weren’t all roses and unicorns from there for Andrea. She started binge eating, but her habits slowly turned to balanced eating and now she shares her meals and workouts with her fans, and in particular moms. Andrea is the mother of 4 children, the first two (twin girls) of which were conceived after fertility treatments, and in-vitro.  She is now the Founder and Owner of Deliciously Fit n Healthy where she is making multiple 6-figures and helping moms during pregnancy and postpartum.  @deliciouslyfitnhealthy on Instagram https://www.deliciouslyfitnhealthy.com/ Here’s to Getting Unstuck, Cynthia & Brennen Please check out our “Mantras with Goal Magic” PDF which you can get for FREE when you sign up for our Magic Boost emails. Mantras aren’t just for Buddhist monks and yogis anymore - they have been game changers for both Brennen and I, which is why we wanted to introduce people to a different way of thinking and being, especially for those who have never tried mantras. You literally can use these anywhere, so they are great for taking that first step towards a goal. Get your free download now when you sign up for our emails at www.goalmagic.co/magicboost.  
Brennen and recorded this episode together because Brennen witnessed a friend's life event that shifted his own life in a big way. For those of you who are stuck in any way, this show is a great reminder that nothing is permanent, not even your life; that you can change at any point; and that if we can get unstuck in our everyday lives so can you. Meanwhile, we want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We want to thank everyone who has been listening and following along with Goal Magic. We are grateful for everyone who has helped build our show. If you feel inclined and haven’t already done so, we would love it if you would leave us a review on apple podcasts and give some love back. Thank You, Cynthia & Brennen
With the holidays next week, and the onslaught of parties, goodies, and just the overall stress that we sometimes feel to make it all happen, we wanted to bring back one of our favorite guests to help us manage our health during this time, Mackie Root. Mackie and I chat about the best ways and the most simple things you can do to ensure that you don’t let the holidays “gift” you with an extra 15 pounds come the new year. For those of you who hadn’t listened to our first episode with Mackie, you should definitely check that out because he does a great job of simplifying what we all really need to do to hit our fitness goals or just stay healthy. In this episode, it’s all about managing your health without depriving yourself. About Mackie Root Mackie Root is the founder of the ReadySetActive Online Training platform, which is a health coaching business on a mission to help busy people live healthier and happier. He is a health coach, online personal trainer, a group fitness coach in Philadelphia, with classes at Unite Fitness and Flywheel Sports. Mackie combines the latest science in nutrition and training with motivational techniques to create efficient and effective weight loss protocols for clients. Instagram: @mackieroot Readysetactive.com Mackie’s Free Stress Relief Guide We want to let you know that we’ve released our NEW “Mantras with Goal Magic” PDF which you can get for FREE when you sign up for our Magic Boost emails. Mantras aren’t just for Buddhist monks and yogis anymore - they have been game changers for both Brennen and I, which is why we wanted to introduce people to a different way of thinking and being, especially for those who have never tried mantras. You literally can use these anywhere, so they are great for taking that first step towards a goal. Get your free download now when you sign up for our emails at www.goalmagic.co/magicboost. Other links you may want to check out: Our website Our YouTube channel Our Facebook Group Please leave us a review! Here’s to Staying Fit & Healthy, Cynthia & Brennen
Our episode today was recorded with a dear friend of Brennen’s and mine. We have been lucky enough to work with Russ Hickman when he took our photos for both our Goal Magic shoots. Upon learning more about his unusual childhood, his path from wannabe director living in NYC to finding passion in photography and stills, and finally his road to coming out we just had to get him on as a guest on the show. You’ll have to tune in to get all the juicy details! About Russ Hickman Russ Hickman is a professional lifestyle photographer based in Philadelphia. He specializes in photographing people in all different types of life events, which can range from editorial portraits and weddings to corporate headshots and professional branding. His work is best known for its colorful, cinematic style and he uses his humor and film background to make images that overflow with emotion. He loves coffee, any and every dog, movies/tv and nerds out over anything photography related. Connect with Russ: russhickman.com www.instagram.com/russhickman https://twitter.com/russhickman https://www.facebook.com/russhickmanphotography We also want to let you know that we have released our new “Mantras with Goal Magic” PDF which you can get for FREE when you sign up for our Magic Boost emails. Mantras aren’t just for Buddhist monks and yogis anymore - they have been game changers for both Brennen and I, which is why we wanted to introduce people to a different way of thinking and being, especially for those who have never tried mantras. You literally can use these anywhere, so they are great for taking that first step towards a goal. Get your free download now when you sign up for our emails at www.goalmagic.co/magicboost. Other links you may want to check out: Our YouTube channel Our Facebook Group Leave us a review! Here’s to Getting Unstuck, Brennen & Cynthia
Unless you’re living in the dark ages, you know or have heard or even seen how cannabis has become THE hot topic in our country. From CBD to legalizing marijuana, cannabis is the girlfriend everyone wants to date or is dying to be. It’s why we decided to bring on a trailblazer in this space, who has been on the front lines of this trend for over a decade. Not to mention, this person is a woman, working in [what was] a very masculine space. For all these reasons and more I was eager and excited to talk to Claudia Post.  Claudia Post is an award-winning and seasoned leader, business owner, nonprofit executive and experienced problem solver with the ability to steer change and transform organizations. As a dynamic strategic thinker and influential change agent, Post consistently demonstrates commitment, leadership and vision. She has proven her effectiveness in cultivating and leveraging professional relationships throughout organizations and across industries. Post founded Diamond Courier Service, Inc., a same day, time-critical, bicycle and car delivery service. As she built the company from one location and four employees into the national Diamond Transportation Group, Inc. with 10 locations, over 350 employees, and enhanced vertical services, revenue escalated and Diamond became a multi-million-dollar organization. Post most recently founded Claudia Post Advisors, a marketing, sales, logistics, and management consulting company. As a facilitator, Claudia Post enables organizations and individuals to realize their full potential. She uses her entrepreneurial and leadership skills to assist others in developing pathways for growth and accomplishment. As a catalyst, she can spark innovation and cultivate vision among her clients. As a community leader Post has served as a director, officer, committee chair, and/or advisor to scores of educational, business and industry associations, and nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Post has been a teacher, mentor and advocate helping entrepreneurs to develop business, personal, and professional skills. Having recognized cannabis as the next frontier, Post founded Smokin’ Hot Solutions - which focuses on digital marketing communications for the industry. Armed with a tremendous amount of knowledge and a huge network of connections in the industry, she distinguishes her agency by being at the forefront of all things cannabis related. Equipped with a wealth of business acumen, she connects the dots for her clients. Connect with Claudia: https://smokinhotsolutions.com claudia@smokinhotsolutions.com We also want to let you know that we JUST released our NEW “Mantras with Goal Magic” PDF which you can get for FREE when you sign up for our Magic Boost emails. Mantras aren’t just for Buddhist monks and yogis anymore - they have been game changers for both Brennen and I, which is why we wanted to introduce people to a different way of thinking and being, especially for those who have never tried mantras. You literally can use these anywhere, so they are great for taking that first step towards a goal. Get your free download now when you sign up for our emails at www.goalmagic.co/magicboost. Other links you may want to check out: Our YouTube channel Our Facebook Group Leave us a review! Here’s to Getting Unstuck, Brennen & Cynthia
Our episode today is one that is fueled by our own desire to continue to push for a fair and representative democracy. While voting is not something that everyone does in every election (local or presidential) we want to urge people to go and vote so that your voices are heard more loudly and consistently. The Atlantic is saying to brace yourself for the voter “tsunami” and Pew Center Research is showing that Gen X’ers, Millennials, and Gen Z are turning out in higher numbers than Baby Boomers. The importance of getting your voice heard through your vote has never been more apparent or needed, which is why we wanted to bring on our guest today, Jess Riegel. Jess Riegel is Co-Founder and CEO of Motivote, a voting accountability platform for Millennials. Jess started her career with Teach for America, leading first-grade classrooms in New Orleans and Newark. As a consultant with Cause Strategy Partners, she advised nonprofits and foundations on board governance. She also led impact evaluation efforts for an educational tech startup, Kinvolved. While earning her MPA in Social Impact, Innovation and Investment from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service, Jess served on the Rockefeller Foundation’s social finance team. Jess holds a B.A. in Urban Studies and Political Economy from the University of Pennsylvania. Connect with Jess: Learn about Motivote: https://www.motivote.us/ Join Motivote: https://join.motivote.us/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/motivoteUS Meanwhile, we want to invite you into the Backstage Pass Goal Magic Community Group on Facebook. Our group is a very dynamic, supportive, and creative bunch who is full of awesome ideas, is always willing to help, and has already had some amazing conversations about our struggles and goals. We’d love to meet you, and so would our community, so drop us a note to say hi once you’re in! Here’s to Getting Unstuck, Cynthia & Brennen     Goal Magic Music Credits
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” Aristotle once said, and it’s one of the reasons that I brought our next guest on our show. The episode we have got for you today will have you turning the mirror on yourself over and over, so that you can better understand your own reactions to loved ones in your life, and have you taking responsibility instead of pointing the finger, which is what most of us do when faced with a situation that has us thinking “why did they do that ME?” Our guest today, Figs O’Sullivan, who is the leading Relationship Therapist in San Francisco and the Bay Area, will help everyone realize that your reactions are actually not at all about the other person, they’re all about you... and that is a constant for everyone. This episode is going to change your relationship with yourself and help you reflect on what’s really happening when someone lashes out at you, or you break down and feel helpless, or a loved one gets angry and takes it out on you. About Figs O’Sullivan Fiachra “Figs” O’Sullivan, is the Founder and Chief Empathy Officer at Empathi, which provides step-by-step guidance for couples and individuals who care about their relationships. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who is certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and individuals, and a passionate entrepreneur, driven to change lives for the better. He strives to interact with clients as a fellow traveler on life’s journey, allowing them to easily dive deeper into their “stuff” with his down-to-earth philosophy. Constantly working on his skills and psychotherapeutic approach, Figs is passionate about helping couples love each other and feel more connected. Figs has spent years working with frustrated couples at a crossroads in their relationship; they want to make things work but are stuck in what Figs calls their “Waltz of Pain”, which led him to create Empathi. Inspired by attachment theory, improvisational dance and theatre, experiential psychotherapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy, Empathi provides fun, effective, and simple solutions to help couples stop fighting and snuggle more. Figs designed Empathi to be available for everyone, no matter their socio-economic status, orientation or station in life. Having been heard on NPR “All Things Considered” as a Relationship Expert, Figs is the most sought-after and highly-rated couples counselor in Silicon Valley! Figs is funny, engaging, opinionated, quick-witted, and sometimes irreverent—delivering it all with a charming Irish brogue. www.empathi.com Before we get to our interview with Figs, we wanted to invite you all into the Backstage Pass Goal Magic Community Group on Facebook. We know that some of you may be thinking “another facebook group to keep track of” but our group is a very dynamic, supportive, and creative bunch who is full of awesome ideas, is always willing to help, and has already had some amazing conversations about our struggles, our goals, and some laughs about a YouTube video gone wrong. We’d love to meet you, and so would our community, so click on the link in our show notes and drop us a note to say hi once you’re in! Meanwhile, we want to invite you into the Backstage Pass Goal Magic Community Group on Facebook. Our group is a very dynamic, supportive, and creative bunch who is full of awesome ideas, is always willing to help, and has already had some amazing conversations about our struggles and goals. We’d love to meet you, and so would our community, so drop us a note to say hi once you’re in! Here’s to Getting Unstuck, Cynthia & Brennen
One of the biggest things on my mind is millennial debt and the crisis it is creating for our economy. I think about this A LOT, in part because my husband and I discuss his student debt ALL. THE. TIME. Business Insider says that the average millennial earns $35,455. The average student-loan debt per 2018 graduate is $29,800. A recent SuperMoney report found that, since the 1970s, young adults have seen only a $29 income increase, while college tuition has more than doubled” which means that, sadly, we are getting more educated without any financial opportunity on the other side of it. This topic has sometimes been called “the next bubble to burst” and it’s something that our current democratic presidential candidates have policies around, should they make it into office. The issue is that big! Because I think this topic is *so* critical for so many people, I wanted to bring back a favorite guest of ours, 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 then making $45,000 a month on his blog to now making multiple 7 figures. Robert focuses on millennials and millennial money, as a major topic of his expertise. About Robert Farrington Robert Farrington is a Millennial Money Expert and Founder of TheCollegeInvestor.com. He is on a mission to help millennials get out of student loan debt and start building wealth for their future. He also helps parents make smart choices about college financing options and navigating the complex world of paying for school. Through his work at TheCollegeInvestor.com, Robert Farrington has emerged as one of the nation's leading student loan debt experts.​ Farrington launched TheCollegeInvestor.com from his home in 2009​, while finishing his MBA at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management. Being passionate about investing and personal finance, he wanted to connect with others who shared his passion. Not finding what he was looking for on campus, he created TheCollegeInvestor.com as a resource for young adults about money, covering topics from paying for college and escaping student loan debt, to investing their first dollars after graduation. Since then, Robert Farrington has shared his successful student loan and wealth building expertise with thousands of ​young adults, both online, in person, and as a contributor to major publications such as Forbes and Huffington Post. The San Diego native's drive to help others and "geekiness" have fueled his work as a blogger, journalist, entrepreneur, and family man. Farrington earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science from UC San Diego, and an MBA from the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. Passionate about his family, FinTech, and watching the latest Marvel movie, Farrington resides in San Diego with his wife and son. www.thecollegeinvestor.com Also wherever you get your podcasts: https://thecollegeinvestor.com/audio-show/ Meanwhile, we want to invite you into the Backstage Pass Goal Magic Community Group on Facebook. Our group is a very dynamic, supportive, and creative bunch who is full of awesome ideas, is always willing to help, and has already had some amazing conversations about our struggles and goals. We’d love to meet you, and so would our community, so drop us a note to say hi once you’re in! Here’s to Getting Unstuck, Cynthia & Brennen
Cynthia and I have a fun episode for you today where we try out our brand new Wheel of Questions segment. What is the Wheel of Questions, you ask? It’s a list of quirky questions that we’ll randomly ask guests at the end of each show, just for fun. Now, I must admit that this segment didn’t quite go as we planned, but the results are pretty funny and we got into some interesting territory.  Meanwhile, we want to invite you into the Backstage Pass Goal Magic Community Group on Facebook. Our group is a very dynamic, supportive, and creative bunch who is full of awesome ideas, is always willing to help, and has already had some amazing conversations about our struggles and goals. We’d love to meet you, and so would our community, so drop us a note to say hi once you’re in! Here’s to Getting Unstuck, Cynthia & Brennen     Goal Magic Music Credits
Bret Moleta went from working corrections full time and having a side hustle as a web design firm, to nearly going bankrupt in 2011 after his employees did the unthinkable, to rebuilding and becoming an SEO (search engine optimization) expert with a thriving 7-figure business.  For those of you thinking that you have no clue what SEO is, not to fear. We break it all down in this episode!  About Bret Moleta Several years ago, Bret’s background as a web designer and entrepreneur led him to a realization. He met so many dedicated local business owners who wanted to succeed on the web, but they had no idea how to market their businesses online. This problem became his mission, and fit his tech and entrepreneurial skill set perfectly. He launched Mindsaw in 2000, and has been helping local business owners succeed online ever since. He’s helped thousands profit from online marketing, and makes his customers “way more money than they spend on us.” Email: BretMoleta@gmail.com Website: Mindsaw.com Youtube Channel: Mindsaw360 Meanwhile, we want to invite you into the Backstage Pass Goal Magic Community Group on Facebook. Our group is a very dynamic, supportive, and creative bunch who is full of awesome ideas, is always willing to help, and has already had some amazing conversations about our struggles and goals. We’d love to meet you, and so would our community, so drop us a note to say hi once you’re in! Here’s to Getting Unstuck, Cynthia & Brennen     Goal Magic Music Credits
And, as many of you may know, Brennen and I have our own YouTube Channel where we host an after show for anyone who wants to hear more about our own perspectives on the interviews we do. But while we have this channel, we realized we probably weren’t the experts on it that would make it a success. So we turned to Nate Woodbury, who offered some amazing, instantly actionable things we (or anyone) can do to make their channel a smashing success. About Nate Woodbury: Nate Woodbury is a YouTube Producer, currently producing 9 daily YouTube channels. He helps clients grow their YouTube following, and turn their channels into lead generation machines that generate seven figures. He teaches others how to leverage their expertise on YouTube, and position themselves as the Hero that people are searching for. As a master of efficiency, Nate is an expert in developing ways to minimize time and expense, and maximize results. Connect with Nate: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/NateWoodburyHero LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/nate-woodbury/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/betheheronate/ Before we get to our show, we wanted to see if you could help Brennen and I with some of our own goals that we are working towards. Yep, even Brennen and I hold ourselves to our own goals because we, also, are mortals :) Here’s what we are asking: Help us get to 100 apple podcast reviews. If you listen to this free podcast every week, we would be so honored if you would give us a shout on apple podcasts! And for our 2nd goal...it’s a lofty one where we are trying to inspire 100% more people through our emails by the end of 2019. So if you haven’t yet received some of our magic in your inbox, get your butt on that list today to see what folks are sharing about on insta!  Other important links: Our website Our YouTube channel Our Facebook Group ALSO, we wanted to see if you could help me and Brennen with some of our own goals that we are working towards. Yep, even Brennen and I hold ourselves to our own goals because we also are mortals :) Here’s what we’re asking: Help us get to 100 apple podcast reviews. If you listen to this free podcast every week, we would be so honored if you would give us a shout on apple podcasts! And for our 2nd goal...it’s a lofty one where we are trying to inspire 100% more people through our emails by the end of 2019. So if you haven’t yet received some of our magic in your inbox, get your butt on that list today to see what folks are sharing about on insta!  Here’s to Getting Unstuck, Cynthia & Brennen     Goal Magic Music Credits
Conviction comes before action. This was a quote that we posted on instagram the other day (which, if you haven’t yet checked that out you need to get on that train!) about how committing to something mentally informs your body to then take action. This tenet of life remains true for everyone - did you ever find yourself doing something or calling someone or emailing about something somewhat mindlessly and wonder what made you do it? But when you look back, you realize you had been thinking about it day in/day out and on/off for many days or weeks. It’s like your body knew before your brain admitted what it was doing (which was basically hypnotizing you, ha!)  Conviction coming before action is something that our guest this week knows about all too well. Hi everyone and welcome to show where it’s our mission to get you unstuck. As some of you may know if you’ve listened to our show or read our emails, we have a partnership with the Handel Group. I have been honored to interview Lauren Zander, whose work has been read by THE Halle Berry, among other celebrities. And so it is with great pleasure that I got to interview her sister, Marnie Nir. About Marnie Nir Humor, compassion and candor are the driving forces in Marnie Nir’s work as a Coach with The Handel Group. She finally returned from Florida to her home state of New York, but has shuffled around, from New York to California and back again.  Marnie’s professional and personal life has come full-circle as well. A student of Slavic Language and Literature at UCLA, Marnie graduated with a BA and an understanding of Russian Literature as “purification through suffering.” Years later, after several jobs in publicity and production, most notably for the Moscow Circus, she began to see that, at least in her own life, suffering was not mandatory. After marrying and giving birth to her first child, Marnie started coaching with her sister, Lauren Zander, creating the dream of who she wanted to be as a mother.  However, her work with Lauren took everything in her life to a much deeper level. More than a decade later, she is now the mother of two, a trained Coach in The Handel Method, a freelance writer, a blogger for the Huffington Post, DatingAdvice as well as her own blog (The Sour MILF) and formerly a columnist for the Jupiter Post and Westport News. Most notably, she and her writing partner have created a half-hour animated TV series: Mother Up!, which stars Eva Longoria.  As with every area of her life, Marnie’s coaching is characterized by joyful honesty and courageous commitment. She brings lightness and levity to her work with her clients. “I have zero problem telling on myself. I use my inner jerk to point out theirs.” Consequently she is continually inspired by the difference that telling the truth offers to her clients. For Marnie, it’s about building the muscle of personal integrity, where what comes out of your mouth is so important. “In this way, you can really go from ‘I will go to the gym,’ to ‘I will win an Emmy.’” Having been married for more than 18 years, Marnie particularly enjoys working with wives, mothers and singles, because she is well-acquainted with the challenges they face and speaks b*#ch, martyr and chicken fluently. Marnie offers her clients the tools they need to author the lives they want, with wit, sincerity and her occasional truck-driver mouth. She lives in Pound Ridge, NY with her husband and two children. For Goal Magic listeners only we have a special offer from the Handel Group: You can learn to human better with Lauren Zander's online coaching course, Inner.U. If you sign up now with your GOALMAGIC75 coupon you’ll get $75 OFF! Your subscription includes lifetime access to Inner.U, 12 audio coaching sessions from Lauren Zander, 1 free private coaching session with an HG coach, 14 homework assignments, and the interactive Promise Tracker to accelerate your accountability and track your promises and consequences. Claim your $75 off: http://bit.ly/GOALMAGICMR0807 ALSO, we wanted to see if you could help me and Brennen with some of our own goals that we are working towards. Yep, even Brennen and I hold ourselves to our own goals because we also are mortals :) Here’s what we’re asking: Help us get to 100 apple podcast reviews. If you listen to this free podcast every week, we would be so honored if you would give us a shout on apple podcasts! And for our 2nd goal...it’s a lofty one where we are trying to inspire 100% more people through our emails by the end of 2019. So if you haven’t yet received some of our magic in your inbox, get your butt on that list today to see what folks are sharing about on insta!  Here’s to Getting Unstuck, Cynthia & Brennen     Goal Magic Music Credits
Embracing challenge is a theme we have been talking about for the last couple weeks on the podcast, which is why I’m super excited to bring you an interview I recorded with Andy Ramage, founder of One Year No Beer (OYNB).  For anyone who doesn’t know about or hasn’t heard about OYNB, it’s become an international movement, reaching almost 100K people! Andy’s message is so powerful and hit me at a time when I was uncovering some of my own epiphanies around my distaste for alcohol after spending so many years wining and dining with colleagues and clients. Andy has been on the Rich Roll Podcast, which is where I got hooked on his message, and then asked him to come on our show. About Andy Ramage: Andy is a former professional athlete. After injury cut short his career, he went on to create two multimillion-dollar city brokerages.   After achieving traditional “success” Andy was left unfit, unhealthy, overweight, stressed and unhappy. He believed there had to be another way to win big in the city while staying super fit, healthy, maintaining a happy home life and doing it with a smile on his face. So he set out on a quest to study peak performance and well-being. As part of this process, Andy took a break from alcohol. It was this experience that helped him unlock the behavioral change code and revitalize his business and life. Inspired, Andy co-founded with Ruari Fairbairns a world-leading behavioral change platform OneYearNoBeer.com (OYNB) which is a 28, 90 or 365-day alcohol-free challenge. OYNB has inspired over 70,000 people to transform their relationship with alcohol and power up their life. Andy’s first book, The 28-Day Alcohol-Free Challenge, is a best seller, and his second book on motivation called Let’s Do This is available to pre order on Amazon now. Andy also has a TEDx talk: This Pill Will Make You Limitless. You can catch Andy almost daily LIVE on both the @OneYearNoBeer & @_andyramage Instagram and FB pages inspiring over 90,000 followers.  Andy also has masters degree in coaching psychology and positive psychology and is currently exploring a PhD. Andy’s unique background, education and experience make him one of the world’s leading behavioral change & peak performance experts. Here’s to getting Unstuck, Cynthia & Brennen Sponsor Love Brennen's bakery, Whipped Bakeshop, is celebrating an incredible 10 years of magical cakes and sweets in Philadelphia! This past year they have been running a contest called #52CakesGiveaway where they are giving away a cake a week, along with bonus prizes from local sponsors.  This week, Goal Magic is that sponsor! Head over to Whipped Bakeshop's Instagram page (@whippedbakeshop) on Thursday, September 12 to enter to win a special cake AND a free 45-minute Skype coaching session with Brennen and me. We'll get you unstuck!  In order to win the prizes, you or a friend must be able to pick them up in person from Whipped Bakeshop on Saturday, September 14. You'll find complete rules on their Instagram post, so check that out on Thursday at noon. Good luck!        Goal Magic Music Credits
If anyone knows Brennen and I, you know that we are kind of health freaks. I personally love a good workout that makes my muscles shake and gets me in a full-body sweat. I love learning about how nutrition and lifestyle can affect the body, and I love learning how herbs and nutraceuticals can affect the body, so it’s no surprise that I was psyched to have Mackie Root on our show to talk fitness. For anyone who has struggled with their weight or isn’t feeling their most fit, you’ll want to hear what Mackie has to say about how he changed his fitness level and health and how you can change your own as well - it’s so simple, yet it’s brilliant! About Mackie Root Mackie Root is the founder of the ReadySetActive Online Training platform, which is a health coaching business on a mission to help busy people live healthier and happier. He is a health coach, online personal trainer, a group fitness coach in Philadelphia, with classes at Unite Fitness and Flywheel Sports. Mackie combines the latest science in nutrition and training with motivational techniques to create efficient and effective weight loss protocols for clients. Connect with Mackie: Social: @mackieroot Readysetactive.com Before we get to the episode, we wanted to let you know that we have a special offer for Goal Magic listeners. If you go to readysetactive.com, click on "GOAL MAGIC" in the menu bar, you'll get access to your FREE e-book on 24 healthy ways of managing stress. You'll also get access to HUGE discounts for Goal Magic listeners on training and nutrition programs. To unlock those offers, go to readysetactive.com today! Here’s to getting Unstuck, Cynthia & Brennen Sponsor Love We have changed our emails to help better support our community. Our emails are now 20-30 second reads of inspiration and motivation to rev up your day. These emails are intended to be highly share-able so please forward to others to help spread the love and get them psyched about uncovering the limitless possibilities and opportunities that await each of us if we allow ourselves to get unstuck. If you haven’t already signed up for our emails, get your butt on that list today to get some magic in your inbox every week!      Goal Magic Music Credits
I once heard a quote that read, “The day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” and it always reminds me that transitioning and becoming can be a really scary thing, but everyone has a tipping point. Everyone has that threshold where they realize that whatever is on the other side of the pain they are feeling HAS to be better than the muck that they’re in. It’s why this week’s episode is so near and dear to Brennen and me because we have both been there.  For anyone who doesn’t know the Goal Magic story, our podcast actually began because we were stuck and seeking ways to stretch ourselves creatively and professionally. We both felt weighed down by the idea of what our lives would look like if we continued on the same path, doing our same thing, and still feeling like something is missing. We both had this amazing creative energy together when we had worked together and knew there was a spark still there, but didn’t know what to do with it. And from this energy - this feeling of stuck-ness - Goal Magic was born. It’s why we are excited to be able to offer back to our community a way that we can now help them get unstuck. By launching our coaching, Brennen and I get to work directly with YOU and move you through this transition, whatever it may be - losing weight, a major career change, a swirling feeling of anxiety and challenges in all areas of life, financial debt, and more. Brennen and I talk coaching today, so tune in to hear if you’re ready to change your life! Here’s to getting Unstuck, Cynthia & Brennen Sponsor Love If you’ve been enjoying our podcast or maybe our emails and courses, we would really love and appreciate if you left us an amaze-balls review on iTunes or give us a shout on instagram. We put this content out week after week for FREE, without asking anything from you... so we would LOVE if you can take 1 minute of your day to leave us a review or tag us in an Insta story about why you love our show. If you’ve already done one of these things, THANK YOU!     GOAL MAGIC Music Credits
Perhaps you’re still figuring out your life’s purpose, or you have an idea but you're still crystallizing what your life’s work means to you and the people connected with you. To help you sort all of that out, we got to speak with Dr. Nicholas Pearce about his latest book and his five questions that will get you on the path to finding out your true purpose. About Dr. Pearce: Dr. Nicholas Pearce is an award-winning professor of management and organizations at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, the founder and CEO of The Vocati Group, a boutique global executive advisory consultancy, and assistant pastor of Chicago’s historic, 12,000-member Apostolic Church of God.  He is the author of The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Authentic Life’s Work. An internationally recognized thought leader on values-driven leadership and organizational transformation, Dr. Pearce is a trusted adviser, executive coach, and sought-after speaker for corporations, social impact organizations, communities of faith, and governments on six continents. His speaking and consulting clients include Facebook, Google, Hyatt, JPMorgan Chase, McDonald’s, NASA, Nike, and many others (to name a few). His thought leadership has been featured in global media including The Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, CNBC, CNN, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post and many other publications. Celebrated for his leadership and scholarship, Dr. Pearce has been a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow since 2015 and has also been named Kellogg’s MSMS Professor of the Year, a Galbraith Scholar by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a Public Voices Fellow by The OpEd Project, and one of Chicago’s 40 Game Changers (under 40) by WVON/Ariel Investments. He has also been honored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Mustard Seed Foundation, National Black MBA Association, and Union League Club of Chicago, among other notable institutions. Dr. Pearce holds his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the S.B. in Chemical Engineering & Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a concentration in Religious Studies earned in conjunction with Harvard Divinity School. Before coming to Kellogg, Pearce worked in Deloitte Consulting’s human capital practice. A Chicago native, Dr. Pearce resides in his hometown with his wife, Tammy, son, Nolan, and dog, Baxter. Connect with Dr. Nicholas Pearce: Website: nicholaspearce.org Book: The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Authentic Life’s Work Social: @napphd ALSO, we want to let you know that we have changed our emails to help better support you. Our emails are now 20-30 second reads of inspiration and motivation to rev up your day. We love the idea of creating momentum in our community so we decided to find new ways to do that. These emails are intended to be highly share-able so please forward to others to help spread the love and get them psyched about uncovering the limitless possibilities and opportunities that await each of us if we allow ourselves to get unstuck. If you haven’t already signed up for our emails, get your butt on that list today to get some magic in your inbox every week! Here’s to getting Unstuck, Cynthia & Brennen Sponsor Love If you’ve been enjoying our podcast or maybe our emails and courses, we would really love and appreciate if you left us an amaze-balls review on iTunes or give us a shout on instagram. We put this content out week after week for FREE, without asking anything from you... so we would LOVE if you can take 1 minute of your day to leave us a review or tag us in an Insta story about why you love our show. If you’ve already done one of these things, THANK YOU!     GOAL MAGIC Music Credits
Our episode this week is for anyone who is part of the gig and/or expert economy - who finds themselves wanting to work, but also wanting to not feel drained by the micro-decisions around how to manage work with babies, kids, aging parents, or perhaps even a side hobby that you adore. I’ve personally become interested in the gig economy and the expert economy when I finally made the decision to leave corporate and any semblance of a full time job. I was too exhausted by the politics, by working for incompetent people, and by the feeling of not receiving the rewards or merits of the effort that I was putting in. I know there a lot of you who can relate to this, and what I was feeling, and one of those people was also Gina Hadley. Gina wanted to work but didn’t want it to be at the mercy of her life, like so many other people. And so when she created The Second Shift, she enabled a workforce of highly trained and capable women to work and live on their terms. About Gina Hadley Gina Hadley does not like the status quo--if something doesn't work, fix it. As co-founder of The Second Shift, making change is her daily mission. She works in close partnership with companies to design working cultures that support and retain women. By demonstrating how even small changes ripple into big impact, Gina helps businesses of all sizes shift their workplaces forward into more flexible, nimble working structures. In addition to being a co-founder, Gina is in charge of new business at The Second Shift. In this role, she takes a consultative approach, nurturing close relationships with business partners and remaining connected to them from onboarding through ongoing engagements. Together they create solutions that best support their business needs and identify opportunities to incorporate on-demand expertise into their human resources strategies. Gina is known for helping move clients from talk to action. She also speaks regularly at industry conferences as a leading expert on the future of work, gender equity as good business, and flexibility as a talent pipeline solution. Prior to founding The Second Shift, Gina was Worldwide Creative Coordinator at Ogilvy & Mather on the IBM business, and later pursued an entrepreneurial path as a founder of ads.com and Urban Monkeys in Seattle. Gina is an expert in being flexible and nimble, having moved her family cross-country four times in five years as a freelance consultant herself. She is now settled back in New York City with her husband and teenage daughter and son. Gina holds a B.A. from Connecticut College and an MFA from New York University. Connect with Gina: Instagram: @thesecond_shift Web: Thesecondshift.com Here’s to getting Unstuck, Cynthia & Brennen Sponsor Love If you’ve been enjoying our podcast or maybe our emails and courses, we would really love and appreciate if you left us an amaze-balls review on iTunes or give us a shout on instagram. We put this content out week after week for FREE, without asking anything from you... so we would LOVE if you can take 1 minute of your day to leave us a review or tag us in an Insta story about why you love our show. If you’ve already done one of these things, THANK YOU!     GOAL MAGIC Music Credits
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