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Clarity on Fire is a podcast for people who know what they DON’T want out of their life and career, but aren’t sure what they’d RATHER be doing. We're Kristen and Rachel, two best friends from college and certified life coaches who are here to help you cut through the information overload, get unstuck, and focus not JUST on how you can have a career you’re passionate about, but how to create a whole LIFE that feels fulfilling.

In a world where it’s easy to exist but hard to feel alive, we want you to experience the relief of knowing that YES, you’re allowed to want more out of your life and career. And NO, you don’t have to wander through the dark anymore. Our job is to light the fire that shows you the way.

Clarity on Fire Rachel East and Kristen Walker

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    • 5.0 • 144 Ratings

Clarity on Fire is a podcast for people who know what they DON’T want out of their life and career, but aren’t sure what they’d RATHER be doing. We're Kristen and Rachel, two best friends from college and certified life coaches who are here to help you cut through the information overload, get unstuck, and focus not JUST on how you can have a career you’re passionate about, but how to create a whole LIFE that feels fulfilling.

In a world where it’s easy to exist but hard to feel alive, we want you to experience the relief of knowing that YES, you’re allowed to want more out of your life and career. And NO, you don’t have to wander through the dark anymore. Our job is to light the fire that shows you the way.

    Message from the Universe: You have everything you believe you lack

    Message from the Universe: You have everything you believe you lack

    Need a little clarity, guidance, or just a fun pick-me-up?
     
    Then today’s your day, because we’re back with another Message from the Universe episode! And oooh, it’s a good one. ✨👀🔮
     
    We pulled a few cards from The Enchanted Map deck by Colette Baron-Reid. One or all has a message for you — come find out what it is! 
     
    And, mini spoiler (but not really): We ended the episode by talking about how good Rachel is at dream interpretation (not to brag but, VERY good), and how fun it would be to interpret a few listener dreams on the next Message from the Universe episode.
     
    So, if you’ve got a good one to share, email contact@clarityonfire.com, subject line “Dream,” and maybe you’ll hear us unpack it in a future episode!
     
    Check out the cards and written descriptions here. And after you listen, leave a comment to share how this one spoke to you!
     
    APPLY TO WORK WITH US 1:1!
     
    If you need more guidance than one little message from the universe episode can give you, then you’re in luck because… 
     
    One-on-one coaching is open for enrollment NOW through Friday, February 3! A few pointers to keep in mind:
     
    Instead of taking on clients whenever, we accept applications a few times per year, in waves.  
    We’re only taking on about 10 people this time, and some of those spots are already taken! If you’re seriously considering 1:1 coaching, fill out the “sign me up” form on this page and one of us will be in touch to talk about it.  
    This is for people interested in getting started ASAP (in January/February).  
    We’re offering both 3-month and 6-months options. We’ll walk you through the difference when we have an intro call with you.  
    You don’t have to be 100% certain that this is right for you — but serious enough to want to discuss it.  
    Fill out the application here and one of us will be in touch ASAP to schedule a chat with you.
     
    We’re excited to work with some of you more officially!
     
    LINKS
     
    Leave us a comment on this episode
     
    Take the Passion Profile Quiz
     
    Submit your question for a future episode of Dear Krachel 
     
    Check out our YouTube channel

    • 48 min
    Side Chat: 6 MORE ways to have a career you love

    Side Chat: 6 MORE ways to have a career you love

    Back in May of last year we did an episode that quickly became a classic: 6 ways to love (and keep) your job for years and years.
    It hasn’t even been a year yet, but we’ve been mentally adding to that list ever since!
    So, in this month’s brand-new Side Chat, we’re back with a sequel to that conversation. No need to listen to last year’s episode first, though you’ll definitely want to after hearing this new list!
    Listen in as we talk about…
    Why focusing on figuring out what job you want really, truly DOES NOT MATTER, The one trait you need to develop that will make or break your life & career fulfillment, What your childhood blueprint is, and why you’ve got to examine it before making any kind of life or career transition, And a lottttt more! Come leave a comment after you’ve listened to share how this episode resonated with you!
    APPLY TO WORK WITH US 1:1!
    How awful would it be to keep quitting jobs, over and over, thinking you just haven’t found the right one yet … when really, the solution is to work on yourself?
    We’re proof that when you address you first — your desires, your triggers, your boundaries, your default settings, your talents, your bad habits, your emotional ups and downs, your identity — then a job (or a relationship, or anything) you truly enjoy (and one that has staying power) is the natural byproduct.
    That’s what we do for other people in coaching. And if you like the sound of that, then allow us to inform you that TODAY, January 20th, we’re officially accepting applications for new coaching clients!
    Instead of taking on clients whenever, we accept applications a few times per year, in waves. We’re only taking on about 10 people this time! If you’re seriously considering 1:1 coaching, fill out the “sign me up” form on this page and one of us will be in touch to talk about it. This is for people interested in getting started ASAP (in January/February). We’re offering both 3-month and 6-months options. We’ll walk you through the difference when we have an intro call with you. You don’t have to be 100% certain that this is right for you — but serious enough to want to discuss it. Fill out the application here and one of us will be in touch ASAP to schedule a chat with you.
    We’re excited to work with some of you more officially!
    LISTEN TO THESE EPISODES NEXT
    Side Chat: 6 ways to live (and keep) your job for years and years (May 2022)
    Side Chat: Why obsessing over your career doesn’t work (March 2022)
    Why career coaching has (almost) nothing to do with your career (October 2020)
    LINKS
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    Check out our YouTube channel

    • 52 min
    Getting your groove back with Kim Scott

    Getting your groove back with Kim Scott

    A year ago, Kim Scott found herself in an all-encompassing funk.
     
    Nothing was going right. Issues with family were popping up, friendships were coming apart at the seams, and she was totally unsatisfied with her job. 
     
    She vaguely remembered a time, too long ago, that she had mojo — when she was vibrant and alive and full of energy — but hadn’t connected with that version of herself in so long, it was hard to believe she’d ever existed.
     
    In this month’s new interview with a normal person, my former client Kim and I got into how she went from totally groove-less to getting her groove back in less than a year.
     
    Listen in as we talk about…
     
    How she lost her groove in the first place and found herself overwhelmed by problems, Some major signs that you’ve lost your energy and zest for life, The most important thing to do every day if you want to deeply enjoy life again, Some really fun and inspiring stories about what’s happening for Kim now that she’s turned things around.  
    Come leave a comment after you’ve listened to share how Kim’s journey resonated with you!
     
    MORE ABOUT KIM
     
    Kim has always been open to taking risks and isn't afraid to step out and try new things. She joined the Army at 17, moved to Dallas when she got out, and made a life for herself without knowing anyone personally. All she knew was that she had a cousin there, and figured she’d make it work!

    Kim was pulled into project management in 2016 and really liked it. But after getting PMP certified and leaving that employer, things still weren’t glamorous. After reaching a breaking point, she reached out to Clarity on Fire (after listening for years!). Like many at the beginning of coaching, Kim had family issues, work issues, and the isolation from Covid hadn't helped.  

    Today, Kim is at a much better organization. She may not be 100% in love with her work, but knows that the career journey is a never-ending cycle, so she's ready to keep taking risks in this new phase of life and use the tools she learned while working with Rachel to move onwards and upwards.
     
    WANT TO WORK WITH US?
     
    It’s almost time for our next round of coaching enrollment — that small window, a few times per year, when take on new coaching clients!
     
    We’ll be accepting applications starting next Friday, January 20!
     
    You’re the right person to work with us if:
     
    🔥 You know that getting a better job (or partner, or more money, or whatever) isn’t going to turn you into a brand-new person…
     
    🔥 BUT, you believe that becoming a brand-new version of yourself will get you a better career (or partner, or more money, or whatever).
     
    🔥 And, you’re done with figuring things out on your own. If you knew how to solve all of your problems, you’d have done it already!
     
    🔥 AND you want some serious accountability — an expert to guide you through the changes you need to make and make SURE it actually sticks.
     
    If you’re nodding along, then check out all the details about 1:1 coaching here, so you’re ready when we open enrollment next Friday!
     
    LISTEN TO THESE EPISODES NEXT
     
    From the hood of despair to happiest you’ve ever been with Tiffanie Hoang (September 2022)
     
    From quitting with no plan to dream job with Sonya Shen (May 2022)
     
    Bonus Book Club! Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver (November 2018)
     
    LINKS
     
    Leave us a comment on this episode
     
    Take the Passion Profile Quiz
     
    Submit your question for a future episode of Dear Krachel 
     
    Check out our YouTube channel

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Dear Krachel: I’m burned out, broke, & ready for something new

    Dear Krachel: I’m burned out, broke, & ready for something new

    We’re baaaack! Did you miss us? 💁🏼‍♀️
     
    We feel refreshed and ready to dive back into podcasting after our little hiatus, so let’s start with a brand-new episode of Dear Krachel!
     
    If you’re new to Clarity on Fire, Dear Krachel is a monthly advice segment where we answer listener questions about life, career, relationships, existential angst, and anything that helps you become a more whole, fulfilled version of yourself.
     
    This month we answered questions from:
     
    Naked & Afraid, who left the corporate world and has been teaching yoga and freelancing for the last 8 years! The lifestyle freedom has been great, but the financial ups and downs have gotten to her. She thinks she’s ready to transition back into a more traditional job, but she’s afraid of giving up her freedom. What advice do we have for going back to the corporate world?  
    Laura, a Thriver and people-pleaser whose company is open to paying for professional development. She’s interested in taking a course, but worried that if she does, her company might take that the wrong way — she doesn’t want to get pushed down a new career path or asked to take on extra responsibilities. How can she pursue growth without sending the message that she wants to take on more work?   
    No Man’s Protégé, a Firestarter whose boss is the CEO of a small start-up. He’s decided to mentor her — AKA, try to turn her into another version of him — and she’s not down with that. Then again, maybe there’s something she could learn from someone in his position, if she could just get over her frustration with him? How should she navigate this tricky dynamic with an overbearing boss?  
    Come leave a comment after you’ve listened to share how our advice for these listeners resonated with you!
     
    LISTEN TO THESE EPISODES NEXT
     
    Dear Krachel: How do I get my boss to let me work less? (June 2021)
     
    Dear Krachel: What if I don’t want a big, fancy career? (April 2018)
     
    Blog: Stop going to the hardware store for milk (November 2018)
     
    Blog: Are YOU the reason you’re stuck? Or is your job to blame? (June 2018)
     
    LINKS
     
    Leave us a comment on this episode
     
    Take the Passion Profile Quiz
     
    Submit your question for a future episode of Dear Krachel 
     
    Check out our YouTube channel

    • 48 min
    Why we’re taking a hiatus & when we’ll be back!

    Why we’re taking a hiatus & when we’ll be back!

    Yep, you read that subject line right — starting today, we’re taking a hiatus from the podcast! 😲
     
    We’ve been podcasting for 4.5 years now, if you can believe it, with verrrry few short breaks (mostly time off around the holidays). 
     
    The urge to take a longer break has been creeping up on us slowly-but-surely for a while, and as people who walk our talk, we can’t very well encourage others to take breaks and sabbaticals and listen to their intuition and then not do the same for ourselves!
     
    So, in the final new podcast episode of this year, we’re getting into our decision to take a hiatus. We’re talking about…
     
    How we could tell we were on the path to burnout (and how you can, too), The worries that came up around making such a big decision, What we’re going to be doing in the meantime, And when we expect to be back!  
    If you’re a longtime fan of the podcast, we SO appreciate your dedication and hope you won’t miss us too much during this time off.
     
    And if you’re newer to Clarity on Fire, congrats, because you just got the perfect opportunity to catch up on about 370 episodes! 😉
     
    We’ll still be posting on Instagram while we’re away, so follow us there if you haven’t yet! 
     
    LISTEN TO THESE EPISODES NEXT
     
    Side Chat: Why you don’t need motivation (August 2021)
     
    Side Chat: Balancing the mind, body, & soul (July 2021)
     
    Side Chat: Permission to do something crazy (August 2022)
     
    LINKS
     
    Leave us a comment on this episode
     
    Take the Passion Profile Quiz
     
    Submit your question for a future episode of Dear Krachel 
     
    Clarity on Fire Discord Server
     
    Check out our YouTube channel

    • 46 min
    How to make 7 of the biggest life decisions with Jamie Hillman

    How to make 7 of the biggest life decisions with Jamie Hillman

    Like many of us, Jamie Hillman spent years following the typical life roadmap that was supposed to lead to happiness. 
     
    Go to school? Check.
    Get a job? Check.
    Generally figure out how to be a functioning adult? Check. 
     
    But somewhere along the way, she started to question… Where is this roadmap even taking me. Who created it in the first place? And (most importantly), if I’m doing everything “right,” why do I still feel lost?
     
    All that questioning led to an overconsumption of books, articles, personality assessments, podcasts — anything she could find that would help her finally get some answers to the big life questions that kept plaguing her. 
     
    Eventually, she realized that no expert could answer these questions for her … she’d have to go inward to find the answers unique to her and the life she wanted to create. 
     
    As Jamie developed her own intuition and self-trust, she wanted to help other women go through the same process. So … she wrote a book about it! (Check it out: 7 Signposts: Find Your Direction in Life's Foundational Decision) 
     
    Listen in as I ask Jamie about…
     
    What the book-writing process was like, and how it deepened her practice of going inward for her own answers. How much we all crave a one-size-fits-all answer, and why that almost never works. The seven big life decisions Jamie identified that most of us get stuck on, and a deep-dive into one of the seven.  The two conflicting approaches for finding direction about each of these big life questions, and how to figure out which is right for you.  
    After you’ve listened, leave a comment to let us know how Jamie’s story resonated with you.
     
    MORE ABOUT JAMIE HILLMAN
     
    For as long as she can remember, Jamie has felt the unyielding desire to make the world a better place, especially for girls and women. As a Passion Profiles Firestarter, an Enneagram 3w4, and a Questioner type on the Four Tendencies, she has never been one to accept the status quo. She began writing her new book, 7 Signposts, while in her former day jobs of software & management consulting and teaching at the University she graduated from. Now, she is running her Jamie on Purpose brand full time, which provides resources for personal & professional development for young professional women through her blog, podcast, courses, and now her book, 7 Signposts. 
     
    The book is a guide for young women on how to navigate 7 of the most important decisions she must make to create a life that's aligned to her, by exploring the two most often debated "right" choices for each decision, and encouraging her to trust the compass, not the map. 
     
    7signposts.com 
    jamieonpurpose.com 
    instagram.com/jamieonpurpose
     
    LINKS
     
    Leave a comment on this episode
     
    Take the Passion Profile Quiz
     
    Submit your question for a future episode of Dear Krachel 
     
    Check out our YouTube channel

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

NorthwestRabble ,

Changed my life

I started listening to this podcast in 2019 when I was at a low point in my professional life. I had taken the “Passion Profile Quiz,” but was in denial about the results (Side-Hustler). I hated my job and felt I had lost touch with myself - I didn’t know who I was anymore. This podcast made me question WHY I felt so stuck and depressed and gave me actionable ideas about how to make constructive changes. Rachel and Kristen’s combination of angst and encouragement also spoke to my inner turmoil, and I did sign up for coaching eventually (absolutely fantastic, BTW). It changed my life for the better. I’m now on a path that is far more aligned with who I am (not who I was trying to be!).

As an aside, the “Message from the Universe” episodes are my favorite - they keep me focused on finding and listening to my intuition!

Lucb202 ,

Weekly Wisdom I Look Forward To!

It doesn’t really matter the topic, I love listening to Kristen’s

sassy healthy fit ,

Love the chemistry and the content

Rachel and Kristen are a lot of fun and bring a great mix of spiritual woo and also practical ideas to live your best life. Really loving this podcast!

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