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Author: Cynthia Spitalny & Brennen Lukas

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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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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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