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Author: Andrea Owen

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Join Andrea Owen, life coach and author, as she serves up self help in a easy-to-digest way that is also practical and implementable. Andrea brings you guests as well as solo episodes on topics such as perfectionism, the inner-critic, courage, and more.
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Heather Chauvin is back on the show! Our conversation answers the question, “What is worth your time and energy?” Heather is a leadership coach who helps ambitious, overwhelmed women conquer their fears and become leaders at work and home. She is also the author of the book, Dying to Be a Good Mother.  We examine what is truly worthy of your time, discuss emotional regulation and Heather’s Red/Yellow/Green zone methodology. Finally, we explore the topic of managing your energy and surrendering to guilt.   “You’ve got to feel the discomfort in order to feel the good stuff.” ~ Heather Chauvin In this episode you’ll hear: How Heather’s grandmother inspired her ‘shit or get off the pot’ moment, and led her to write her first book, Dying to Be a Good Mother. (9:52) Heather shares her Stage-4 Cancer diagnosis journey. (10:27) The “million-dollar minute” concept. “If every sixty seconds of your life is worth one million dollars - are you satisfied with your investment?” (22:23) The Red, Yellow, and Green Zones and how they can be used in your life and at work. (28:30) Energetic time management is reverse engineering of how you want to feel. (33:31) A conversation about guilt: “Who benefits from you feeling guilty?” (36:04)  
I have one of my favorite people back on the show, Samantha Bennett! Sam is an artist, writer, poet, actress, and creativity/productivity, specialist. She is also a dear friend. She re-joins me to talk about a variety of personal development topics, including friendships, the concept of re-parenting yourself, and how to handle disappointment.   Sam is the creator of The Organized Artist Company, dedicated to helping tens of thousands of creative people get unstuck, helping them to focus and move forward on their goals. This episode is very much a ‘greatest hits’ compilation between Sam and me. We hope you enjoy it!  In this episode you’ll hear: Handling life’s disappointments and giving yourself grace. “Disappointment is taking score too soon.” (10:40) Some helpful strategies for re-parenting yourself. (15:59) Sam helps us to think about productivity in a different way. (19:13) Nothing is more important than your transformation. (31:46) The one thing that determines the quality of your life. (35:44)  
Have you ever been in a situation where you had to be something you didn’t intend to be? Maybe it was taking care of aging parents, or you were thrust into single-motherhood. That is what this week’s guest refers to as an Accidental Alpha Woman. Author and Master Certified Coach, Karen Wright, joins me to talk about being the accidental alpha woman, how to reconnect with the real you, and create a life that has more ease. We also discuss what it means to be strong as a woman, dealing with judgment, and not making yourself small at the expense of others' comfort. I hope you enjoy our conversation.  In this episode you’ll hear: How Karen’s personal experience inspired her to write, “The Accidental Alpha Woman,” plus she explains what an Accidental Alpha Woman is. (4:16) The importance of identifying your values and how that can help define what is important to you in a relationship. (11:00) The reason women feel the need to “carry the world on their shoulders” and be strong. (12:09) How to reconnect with the real “you” and create a life that has greater community, ease, and fun using the R.E.C.E.I.V.E framework. (25:22) Why it’s important for women to find their voice. (28:33) Internalized misogyny and the alpha woman. (33:52) Book Giveaway! We are giving away two copies of Karen Wright’s book, Accidental Alpha Woman. Listen to this episode for all the details!  
I’ve talked about burnout many times on this podcast and I’m no stranger to it. In fact, in 2020, I took an 8-month break from Instagram partly due to burnout. So I wanted to have an expert on to talk specifically about this topic. Joining me to explore this widespread issue is two-time TEDx speaker, Joanna Denton. In 2014, after two burnouts in five years, Joanna decided to leave the tax world behind and change her life completely. Today, she's a speaking and executive coach for thought leaders, business executives, and entrepreneurs.  Burnout is something many women struggle with - no matter their life’s circumstances and is more prevalent than we actually think. Together, Joanna and I discuss the different phases of burnout, the lessons Joanna learned from her journey back from it, and how to ask for help when you are feeling mentally or physically burnt out.  Why it is so difficult for leaders to talk about burnout, and what can we do to make it easier. (6:20) The difference between depression and burnout. (8:00) Joanna’s burnout journey and how her life improved as a result of her burnouts. (12:18) The biggest lessons Joanna learned during her journey back from burnout. (17:22) Joanna’s book “The Different Truth", what the title means and how it encourages readers to start a conversation about choices and step into a new truth. (37:08) Asking for help and being vulnerable. (45:47)  
Why are women perceived (or misunderstood) as angry? And, what can we do about it? That's just one of the many topics covered during my conversation with Leslie Lyons. Leslie is Founder of Bombshell Movement Studio in Chicago (a sensual movement studio), host of the Beyond the Pole: Tales from the CEO podcast, and a sales and leadership coach for female entrepreneurs.  Together we also discuss embracing your “too muchness,” using your quiet strength to speak up, and exploring women’s empowerment in some nontraditional ways. We also have a very candid conversation about Christianity. “The work of feminism, at the heart of it is liberation, and liberation starts with using your voice.” Leslie Lyons In this episode you’ll hear: Leslie’s personal story of how she came to her work as a leadership coach and owner of a sensual movement studio in Chicago. Anger’s purpose and why women are perceived (and misunderstood) as angry and what we can do about it. How a woman can embrace her ‘too-muchness’ “You weren’t put on this Earth to blend into the background.”  Unshakeable leadership - what it is and some ways women can harness it. We discuss Christianity, self-awareness, and how our spirituality evolved over time.  
Hard conversations, resilience, and boundaries are some of the cornerstones of personal development. And, they happen to be some of the topics covered during this week’s show. Joining me to discuss all things personal development is my guest (and dear friend), Fawn Germer. Fawn is the best-selling author of nine books, including an Oprah Book. She is one of America's top women's leadership speakers and is the top-ranked woman on the prestigious Global Guru's List of best leadership and motivational speakers worldwide. Together we discuss enduring great loss, coping with grief, and why boundaries are essential. When I think of one word to sum up our conversation, it is resilience. As Fawn so perfectly stated, “Every shitstorm ends.” And as her mother once told her, “It doesn’t matter what happens to you, it matters what you do with it.”  🚨 Book Giveaway! 🚨 Tune in to hear how you can win a free copy of Fawn’s latest book, Coming Back! How to Win the Job You Want When You've Lost the Job You Need. In this episode you’ll hear: How a Google search which included the words, “Life Coach + Bullshit,” led to our long-lasting friendship. (4:32) Why Fawn dislikes motivational speakers, even though she is one! Plus, her journey to becoming a motivational speaker and author. (7:00) How Fawn endured a year of extreme loss - and why she says, “Every shitstorm ends.” (23:14) The fastest way to stop a downward spiral. (28:01) Uncomfortable conversations and how to make peace with them. (33:04)
Laura Cathcart Robbins is back on the show this week! She joins me for an essential conversation about racism, how the lack of conversations about race can be scarring for children, and the pain and trauma of race relations between black and white women. Laura is a freelance culture writer and host of the popular podcast, The Only One In The Room. I am thrilled to have her back on the show! And just to be clear: If we are going to make the world a better place and make ourselves better humans, we must continue to have conversations about race and do the work. Because when we are talking about women’s empowerment, we’re talking about feminism, and when we’re talking about feminism, we’re talking about patriarchy; and when we’re talking about patriarchy, we’re talking about white supremacy. It’s all connected.  In this episode you’ll hear: What white parents should be teaching their children about racism. (5:06) Why black women find it hard to trust white women. “Some of us are dealing with unprecedented grief. We are broken with pain and unvalidated anger.”(20:12) Laura offers an intimate glimpse into her interracial relationship and how the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery affected it. (36:10)  
Happy Wednesday! It’s been a full week since we watched or listened in horror as rioters breached the U.S. Capitol. In this episode, I have a quick chat (before our interview) with Jessica Sharp, my personal friend, and DEI consultant. As I’ve conveyed before, personal development and social justice work are directly connected, so Jessica and I discuss our thoughts on, “This isn’t who we are” (referring to the U.S.) and more.    Switching gears, when it comes to personal development and behaviors like perfectionism, people-pleasing, and over-achieving - the goal isn’t eradicating them. Instead, it’s recognizing when these behaviors jump into the driver’s seat and learning to draw on tools to help maneuver the road ahead. This week, Martina Barnes joins me to talk about these behaviors, how to recognize when they are taking over our “life bus,” and how to harness your reliable personal power.  Martina G. Barnes is an experienced psychotherapist, life fulfillment coach, and master intuitive who helps high-achieving women transform the areas in their lives where they lack reliable personal power. She teaches women practical ways to shift how they show up for themselves and express Reliable Personal Power in every area of their lives. In this episode you’ll hear: Recognizing that personal development work and social justice work are interwoven. (5:16) Common default behaviors women struggle with such as perfectionism, control, and people-pleasing and how Martina applies those behaviors to what she calls the “Life Bus” analogy. (20:00) What blocks high-achieving women from having Reliable Personal Power. (25:20) Not wanting to be perceived a certain way (ie: a bitch or aggressive, when standing up for yourself). (27:25) Opening ourselves to deeper intimacy and friendships - courage brings so many beautiful rewards.  (34:10) How trauma impacts connection to your intuition. (42:16)  
Last year was a year where many had a lot to carry. As we enter 2021, all of that heaviness won’t magically go away. But, as the new year approached I got to thinking about the new year and goals. I wanted to talk about it, but not in the usual ‘’Let's talk about goals, yahoo!” kind of way. So, Charlie Gilkey is back on the show! He offers a unique perspective on self-help, goals, and productivity.   Charlie helps people start finishing the stuff that matters. He's the founder of Productive Flourishing, author of the book Start Finishing (2019) and The Small Business Lifecycle (2012), and host of the Productive Flourishing podcast.  In this episode you’ll hear: As we step into a new year, Charlie offers some ways you can be more present in your life. (7:35) How and why you should identify your genius when it comes to tackling goals. Plus, why you should pay attention to the linguistics you use around your goals. (13:18) How supporters, a support system, or a success pack can help you move forward with intention. (17:39) Three strategies for tackling your plans and goals in order to finish strong. (40:48)  
There are many facets of personal development that can stand to adopt a level of discipline, similar to the discipline required by professional athletes. My guest, Dre Baldwin, is a former professional basketball player who built a publishing empire and authored an impressive 27 books. He has an interesting perspective on discipline, which is the focal point of this week’s episode. As someone who mildly recoils at the word discipline, I was fascinated and eager for my conversation with Dre. When I think about a goal I want to achieve (whether it’s personal or professional), I make a mental list of all the things I need to do in order to complete the goal. And sometimes, y’all, just the idea of the discipline needed to succeed, it’s exhausting.Dre and I explore many areas of discipline, from how it affects success, how it helps to create confidence and builds mental toughness for everyday life.  In this episode you’ll hear: The four pillars of Dre’s "Work On Your Game" philosophy and how you can use it in your everyday life. (9:13) Why discipline is an important aspect of success. (11:02) How discipline creates confidence. (18:34) Creating mental toughness for business and life. (24:46) Taking personal initiative for your career and business: information is great, but you need to take initiative and do something with it.  (34:05) The energy you put out is the energy you get back. (37:02)  
It’s no secret we are living in complicated times. Sometimes going back to the basics to focus on the present can be incredibly helpful. This week, Laura Cathcart Robbins, speaker, and host of the podcast, The Only One In The Room, joins me to talk about turning shitty situations into amazing opportunities.  Laura went viral when she wrote an article about being the only Black woman in the room at an Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed writing event.  She has been active for many years as a speaker and school trustee and is credited for creating The Buckley School’s nationally recognized committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Together we discussed her experience being ‘othered’, as well as, how sharing that experience encouraged people from all ethnicities, races, genders, and abilities to speak out and feel connected with one another. She also offered a transparent look into her life as a mother and addict, going into treatment, wrestling with shame, and how she is coping today. She is a true wordsmith in both her writing and in her speaking. I hope you enjoy our conversation.  In this episode you’ll hear: Laura shares her experience as the only one in the room at a retreat hosted by Liz Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed. (5:00) How the retreats changed after Laura’s article went viral and some of the lessons she learned from the entire experience. (11:25) Laura talks openly about being a mom in recovery from addiction. (22:08) Words of encouragement for living in these trying times. (42:25)  
We’ve all experienced some form of grief over the last several months; grieving our life before COVID, people we’ve lost and more. Joining me for a deep and transformative conversation about grief is acclaimed grief educator, Christina Rasmussen. Christina is also the author of Second Firsts and Where Did You Go? and host of The Dear Life Podcast. In this episode you’ll hear: Christina describes grief as a catalyst for redefining entry. She shares about her philosophy on grief and the process of reentry or returning to life. (5:13) Invisible losses: any experience that broke your heart and how they dictate the narrative of your life. (10:39) Grief, COVID-19, and being triggered by invisible losses. (20:43) How to know when you are ready to do life reentry work. (24:48) Does reentry or returning to life mean you won’t experience waves of grief? (26:58) The phases of reentry or returning to life. (36:47)  
Over the last few months, I’ve been exploring various personal development modalities with my guests. Another area that has been of interest to me is hypnotherapy. To explore this topic and discuss how we can utilize hypnotherapy to transform our subconscious mind is my bestie, Amy E. Smith. Amy is a certified and credentialed confidence coach, masterful speaker, and personal empowerment expert. She is also a certified hypnotherapist who aids hundreds of women in stepping into their authentic power and craft the lives they desire. Together we discuss various methods that can help you analyze and address the state of your subconscious mind, including emotional freedom technique (EFT), dreams and what they mean, as well as what your handwriting can tell you. In this episode you’ll hear: From a lay person’s perspective, Amy describes hypnotherapy.  (12:38) How the conscious and subconscious work and what it has to do with the inner critic. (19:35) EFT: what it is and how it can help. (26:03) Handwriting analysis and what it has to do with the subconscious. Plus, how Amy uses this modality in her work. (27:59) How analyzing your dreams can help you solve problems. (37:58)  
There are multiple ways to heal, and you know I love to give you many avenues. This week we are exploring the topic of internal family systems and how this modality can be a powerful lens of healing. Rebecca Ching, our unofficial resident therapist returns to the show to help us understand more about this type of healing.  Rebecca is a psychotherapist, trauma-informed leadership coach, and host of the Unburdened Leader podcast. She helps established leaders, entrepreneurs and business owners navigate the curveballs of life + leadership without sacrificing their health, important relationships, and their business bottom line.  In this episode you’ll hear: Rebecca shared an in-depth explanation of internal family systems (IFS). (4:47) There are many ways to heal and staying curious about the various methods.(19:04) With IFS all parts are welcome. No judgment. (27:00) Trusting your practitioner and how to break away from a clinician you no longer trust. (30:31) How someone might resolve a common conflict using IFS. (38:40) This is a lifelong practice, it’s not one and done. (47:56)  
How can you have more tools to become the best version of yourself? Well, today we are going to find out how Human Design can help you get there. Erin Claire Jones is a guide, coach, and speaker who uses Human Design to help thousands of individuals and companies step into their work and their lives as their truest selves and to their highest potential. Human Design was a new topic to me and I had so many questions for Erin! Together, we explored the different Human Design types, ways of making decisions, strategies, and more. Erin even read my Human Design chart and shared some specific insight into my true self. She provided practical tools and suggestions so you can integrate them into your own life too, plus how you can learn about your own Human Design.  In this episode you’ll hear: Erin describes Human Design and how understanding your design gives you permission to be who you are. (4:12) Human Design can help you in your day-to-day life, Erin explains how. (8:33) The five different types of Human Design. (11:07) The different ways of making decisions using your inner authority. (21:58) Using Human Design as a tool for high performance and understanding what aspects of your design are getting you off track. (26:53) Some strategies to help overcome dark spots or shadows in your life. (28:43) How women can use Human Design to make full-bodied choices. (37:30)
Are you a woman who has trouble listening to their intuition and has unresolved trauma? This week, Lara Riggio joins me to discuss using energy work to heal from trauma. She says that moving these emotions through the body is key and explains how energy healing versus talk therapy can help.  Lara is an Energy Intuitive. Her videos, classes, and sessions have helped tens of thousands discover and heal the mind/body, ancestral, and past life blocks that sabotage health and happiness. Enjoy our conversation.  In this episode, you’ll hear: I start the episode off by sharing the strategies I use to combat anxiety thought-spirals. (2:39) How Lara helps clients create a safe space to work through unresolved trauma. (10:38) Using energy healing to address trauma and how it helps you to retrain your reaction to it. (13:29) Some tell-tale signs someone needs to seek out a trauma therapist. (19:45) Reprogramming your response to triggers. Being present to the feelings you are feeling and teaching yourself to keep yourself safe. (34:16) What is happening biologically when you are triggered. (29:40) Making decisions with greater clarity during times of anxiety. (37:59)  
Ancestors and ancestral healing is a topic I’ve been really curious about lately. And with many topics that pique my interest, I found an expert to bring onto the show to discuss it further. This week, Ash Johns, an international spiritual life coach, and ancestral healer, joins me to discuss ancestral healing, an interesting aspect of personal development.   Ash Johns is also a conscious business strategist, speaker, and creator of ​Creating Queendoms™, a holistic healing and business development program for visionary femm-preneurs and healers ready to create (or nurture) empires in alignment with their soul's purpose, contribute to healing the world and cultivate generational wealth through their deepest dreams and desires.  Ash starts off with an intention setting practice and then explains how she came to be a spiritual life coach and ancestral healer. (10:02) Ancestral healing and why is it important to our lives. (20:00) The role of a Psychosynthesis Coach and how Ash approaches the work she does. (23:56) The intersection between courage and compassion with your ancestry. (35:00) Some considerations before choosing a spiritual life coach or healer. (37:40) Small steps a woman can take towards their own ancestral healing. (43:52) Energy channeling and clearing - what is it and how it helps. (46:20) Ash’s thoughts on the spirituality of witchcraft. (50:00)  
Finding joy when a difficult relationship ends is possible. This week, Liza Harper, a life redesigner, joins me to talk about finding joy and clarity through relationships and life’s transitions. She’s a life and divorce coach who seeks to empower women to unleash their desires.  We discuss some ways you can infuse joy into your life. Liza opens up about the personal development work she did for herself and how it led her to do the work she does today.  Plus, we explored fear, shame, and stigma surrounding failing relationships. In this episode you’ll hear: How Liza helps her clients find joy in the next chapter of their lives. (5:02) Why it always works out when you bet on yourself. (14:42) Ignoring your intuition during a difficult past relationship. (26:02) Fear and shame women may experience following a relationship with a narcissist. (35:04)  
It’s no secret that this year has been challenging and many have been put into situations where they need to have tough conversations. In fact, many problems can be solved when two people can have a thoughtful, mature, and healthy conversation. Yet, having tough conversations or simple communication was never taught to most of us in school; we don’t know how to do it. This week, Alexandra Jamieson returns to the podcast to discuss how to have game-changing conversations.  Alexandra is the co-author of Radical Alignment, a book about how to have tough conversations at work and at home. In this episode, Alex helps us learn the steps needed to show up as your best self, regardless of how the conversation turns out.  How a communication workshop for couples inspired Alex and her husband, Bob, to write their book, Radical Alignment. (22:00) How we fall into traps of bad communication. (10:00) Why the common culprit in miscommunication is the missing conversation. (18:16) You can create team psychological safety with equal speaking time. (25:00) The 4 steps in the All-In Method, including declaring the topic of conversation. (24:27) How to invite someone to an emotional or high-stakes conversation. (40:00)
“Narcissism” seems to be a buzzword these days and I wanted to have an expert on who can give us the low-down. According to trauma therapist, Britt Frank, everyone has shades of narcissism. She goes on to say that high-level narcissism is an addiction to self-protection by any means necessary. And for those who have experienced a relationship with a narcissist, it is a traumatic experience.  In this week’s episode, Britt joins me to discuss how to heal from traumatic relationships, including those in which narcissistic abuse is present. Britt is also a teacher and speaker who specializes in the "Science of Stuck."  In this episode you’ll hear:  What is a narcissist and how does someone know they may be in a relationship with someone who is a narcissist? (6:33) Britt’s goal is “dismantling the mental health myths that keep us feeling STUCK and SICK”. She shares what she means by that. (13:34) Dealing with trauma: Some signs or patterns which signal someone should deal with their trauma. (16:07) Why someone may get physically addicted to their narcissist and experience withdrawals. (22:27) How someone can begin to heal from a narcissistic relationship. (27:03) Mother wounds and grieving our childhoods (the things we didn’t get) or other parts of our lives. (31:04) How COVID has affected Britt’s work, including the collective processing of COVID trauma. (38:13)  
Comments (5)


Great podcast

Apr 28th

Lecturer Rempel Maan

please laugh less. You laugh like a demon. It's irritating.

Mar 31st

Tim BryanPC

the podcast on white supremacy and patriarchy is really out of character with what I believe this podcast was supposed to be. If I wanted to hear liberalism I watch TV if I want to hear independent thought and individualism I listen to podcast. unsubscribing thank you very much

Sep 21st

Sylvia Sargeant


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Luis Coppin, Jr.

Awesome podcast. Thanks you. I just signed up.

Feb 10th
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