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The Arrow Living Female Athlete podcast is for the dream-chasers, truth-seekers, go-getters, risk-takers, “should”-shunners, and all those who despise the word “average” even more than “moist” “chunky” and “panties” combined. Professional soccer player and blogger, Kendall Johnson, tells stories, provide tips, and interviews world class athletes and experts to empower female athletes to uncover their own unique recipe that allows them to play and live in the most fulfilling way possible.

The Arrow Living Female Athlete Podcast Kendall Johnson

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The Arrow Living Female Athlete podcast is for the dream-chasers, truth-seekers, go-getters, risk-takers, “should”-shunners, and all those who despise the word “average” even more than “moist” “chunky” and “panties” combined. Professional soccer player and blogger, Kendall Johnson, tells stories, provide tips, and interviews world class athletes and experts to empower female athletes to uncover their own unique recipe that allows them to play and live in the most fulfilling way possible.

    54-Sarah Hauser-on riding deathly waves, living your dream life, and the magic of the ocean

    54-Sarah Hauser-on riding deathly waves, living your dream life, and the magic of the ocean

    In today’s episode I interview professional windsurfer Sarah Hauser. 
    Sarah grew up in New Caledonia, a French Island, east of Australia and North of New Zealand. with a population of 300,000 people, She started windsurfing at 13, and knew that no matter what she had to do it as much as possible. 
    When Sarah was 18 she went to France for 5 years to earn her masters degree in computer science.
    At 23, Sarah was now able to work for big companies, but nothing excited her as much as windsurfing. She decided to fly to Maui alone and enter a windsurfing competition. Sarah had not competed in 5 years, but she ended up getting 5th place and caught the attention of sponsors. Over the next couple years, Sarah gradually took extended trips to Hawaii. She competed in more competitions, met her future husband, and eventually made officially moved to Hawaii to pursue her dream. 
    Since turning pro in 2015, Sarah is a 2x International Windsurfing Tour Champion, and 3x Windsurfer of the Year.
    In our conversation Sarah talks about 
    -the high altitude training she does on the top of 10,000 ft high volcanoes 
    -her strategy for when she gets washing-machined by a wave
    -what compels her to ride waves that are big enough to kill her
    -why she believes people connect so strongly with the ocean
    -the multiple jobs she works on the island to fund her athletic career
    -her tip for people overcoming their fear of getting pounded by the ocean 
    -the Bob Marley song she sings when she needs to calm her nerves on the waves
    And more. 
     
    Enjoy my conversation with the fearless, dream-chasing, Sarah Hauser 
    Shownotes and resources can be found at arrowliving.com/sarahhauser 

    • 1 hr 18 min
    53-Meghan Klingenberg-on how to stay confident through the ups and downs, Daring Greatly, and playing hooky

    53-Meghan Klingenberg-on how to stay confident through the ups and downs, Daring Greatly, and playing hooky

    In today's episode, I interview World Cup Champion, US national soccer team member, Portland Thorns FC defender,  Meghan Klingenberg. 
    When Meghan was thirteen years old, her mom pulled her out of middle school. The two of them road tripped to University of North Carolina to see the women's soccer team play for the first time. After that game, Meghan began writing letters to the head coach Anson Dorrance, expressing her interest in playing for his team.
    Her dreams of becoming a Tarheel came true, and her career accelerated from there. After college, Meghan was drafted to the Women’s Professional Soccer league. She received her first call up to the full national team in 2011 and became a mainstay from then on out. In 2012, she just missed out on the Olympics roster, and went to London as an alternate. This experience created a huge paradigm shift for Meghan. She knew that if she wanted to be on the team, then she had to be different than everyone else. So she opted to head overseas to Sweden and play with some of the best players in the world. 
    Meghan unconventional path paid-off, and in 2015, she started every match in the World Cup, and helped the team win gold. 
    She currently plays for the Portland Thorns, who won the NWSL championships last season
    In our conversation, Meghan talks about 
    -her insanely competitive family, and how a Disney Trivia game night turned into family members shunning each other for days 
    -her involvement with the USWNT Players Association and standing up for equal pay
    -how she deals with the pressure of US national team camps
    -the value she has found in seeing a therapist
    -her approach for dealing with haters on social media 
    -how she became Edie’s (Portland Thorns head coach, Mark Parson’s daughter) special friend
    And more. 
    Enjoy my conversation with the lively, confident Meghan Klingenberg.  
     
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    52-My First (and not last) Experience with Psychedelic Drugs as a Professional Athlete

    52-My First (and not last) Experience with Psychedelic Drugs as a Professional Athlete

    In today's episode, I read a piece I wrote titled My First Experience with Psychedelic Drugs as a Professional Athlete
    "When I was a twelve year-old aspiring professional soccer player,  I distinctly remember watching a commercial where a narrator sternly announced “this is your brain.” An image of a soccer ball popped onto the screen.  A couple seconds later, the narrator even more fervently added  “this is your brain on drugs.” A football appeared. 
    There was no way in hell I was going to risk losing my soccer ball.
    My entire life, I viewed drugs as the devil. Until, September 25th,  2015, when everything changed. 
    I was driving alone to Black Butte Ranch in Central Oregon, listening to an episode of the Tim Ferriss Show podcast. He was interviewing..." to continue reading full story CLICK HERE 
     
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    • 11 min
    51-Tiffany Weimer-on starting side businesses to afford to play professionally and sleeping with her soccer ball

    51-Tiffany Weimer-on starting side businesses to afford to play professionally and sleeping with her soccer ball

    In today’s episode I interview professional soccer player and Duktig brand co-founder Tiffany Weimer.
     
    Tiffany is a goal scoring machine. At North Haven High School in Connecticut, she scored 109 goals. At Penn State University, she netted 91 goals and holds the NCAA record for most consecutive games with goals scored with a total of 17. She earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, was a Mac Herman Trophy runner up, the Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year, and Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Year.
     
    Tiffany has played professionally for 10 years with stints in Finland, Brazil, Sweden, Denmark, and the US.
     
    In the NWSL she’s played with the Portland Thorns, Washington Spirit, Boston Breakers, and is currently with the Houston Dash.
     
    Tiffany was the kind of kid that named her soccer ball and slept with it at night. Her involvement in soccer extends beyond the pitch. Tiffany utilized her journal degree and became the founder and Editor-In-Chief of Our Game Magazine, a women’s soccer quarterly magazine. After 5 years, she decided to part ways, and recently co-founded The DuKtig Brand which provides planners to help players and coaches to be more organized, prepared, and professional at every level.
     
    In our conversation we talk about:
     
    -her appearance on The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 playing soccer with Blake Lively
    -the creative ways she makes money to be able to fund her career as a professional female athlete
    -why she felt she went about her college recruiting process entirely wrong
    -what she learned from playing overseas in Brazil and Finland
    -how journaling her training sessions helps her understand herself better.
    -the negative effects she believes GPS numbers and sports science has on players
    -how being a practice player further improved and enhanced her love for the game
    -the mental training app that she uses in the morning
     
    And more.
     
     
    Enjoy my conversation with the soccer-obsessed, journal-er Tiffany Weimer
     
     
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    50-Erin McLeod-on playing fearlessly, enjoying the process, and making art from the heart

    50-Erin McLeod-on playing fearlessly, enjoying the process, and making art from the heart

    In today’s episode I interview Canadian national team goalkeeper and Olympic medalist, Erin McLeod.
    Erin’s obsession with competing in the Olympics  began at childhood in Alberta, Canada. Despite doubters, Erin was convinced it was going to happen. It did. And more.
    Erin has represented Canada in three World Cups, and two Olympics, earning a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. She is now seen as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
     Erin’s talents extend beyond the soccer field. She is a tattoo artist, the co-founder of the clothing line company Motive Collective, the creator of Motive Nation (providing content and resources for people striving more more), the wife of pro-footballer Ella Masar,  and the mother to two chihuahuas,  among many other things.
    Through it all, Erin has an insatiable hunger to grow, learn, evolve, and inspire.
     
    In our conversation, Erin talks about
    -how her obsession with Wayne Gretzky and the Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles spurred her art career
    -the influence her art has on her goalkeeping
    -what it was like living and playing in Jakarta, Indonesia as a child during the riots
    -the risk scale, created by  Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, that she uses  to rate her days
    -her interaction with Lebron James at the Olympics
    -why her third ACL tear served as an opportunity to fall in love with the game again
    -the period-tracking app that she uses to enhance her performance on the field
     
    And more.
     
    Enjoy my conversation with the creative, never-ending learner Erin McLeod

    • 1 hr 21 min
    49-Adele Jackson Gibson-on connecting with her body through Crossfit, a beauty pageant, and shaving off her hair

    49-Adele Jackson Gibson-on connecting with her body through Crossfit, a beauty pageant, and shaving off her hair

    In today’s episode, I interview Adele Jackson Gibson. Adele is a Crossfitter, sports model, and editor for The Players Tribune editor, (one of my favorite sports athlete news sources because it provides stories that come directly from the athletes, told by the athletes, as opposed to the media skewing their stories) 
    Adele played goalkeeper at Duke University.  She then attended New York University and earned a masters degree in journalism.  After college, Adele discovered crossfit and fell in love with how it allowed her to test her limits and give purpose to her workouts.  As you’ll hear,  Adele is not afraid to be herself and is constantly pushing her boundaries. 
    In our conversation Adele talks about:
    -why she shaved her hair off and moved to Japan 
    -how crossfit gave her confidence to embrace her muscular, sprinter-type body
    -her experience entering a Miss America beauty pageant and how she was treated different based on her physical appearance  
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    -why she believes that it’s a misconception that you need to work hard 
    -how modeling influences her confidence 
    -why she believes no one should have to worry about money EVER
    -the book that changed her entire perspective on life  
    and more. 
    Enjoy my conversation with the insightful, growth-seeking Adele Jackson Gibson 
     

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

kc11120 ,

Great podcast!

Kendall is a fantastic interviewer! Really enjoy the balance between the lighthearted and deeper conversations. Keep up the good work!

Thorns Forever ,

Thorns Forever

This year I moved into a house off of the Oregon State campus where I attend college and work, which meant I was going to need to find something to listen to during my long walk in/out. I remembered your posts about podcasts and thought I'd check some of them out. One of the best decisions I made, because each and every episode is filled with a lot of laughs, but even more inspiration. Learning about all of these female athletes, and their journeys, while walking into class/work is not only super cool but also super encouraging. My mood instantly gets a big boost when I hear the Arrow Living tune start playing, and "Hello Arrowlivers" that follows. I love these podcasts so much, and they've become part of my weekly, and even daily routine. I'm sad to see you leaving the Thorns, but I'm excited to see what the future holds for you. I have to admit I got a little emotional listening to the Rose City Soccer reflection. The chills that came over my whole body when you start talking about the "goggles" you guys wear during a game to get in the zone, and how there are special occasions in which you take them off, and you said "Like, when we score a goal at Providence Park. I chuck the glasses aside, hands flail in the air, smoke bombs ignite, and I allow myself to rumble with the roar of the crowd." I just closed my eyes and it took me right to The Park, and I was experiencing the exact feeling you were describing. There are truly none like it. I would just like to thank you for making these podcasts. They've enhanced my life, and I'll always be grateful for that.

Mmcmillan9177 ,

My Favorite

Arrow Living gives me so many feelings and is always the highlight of my day. As a huge fan of these athletes, and simply as a human navigating through life, this podcast always brings me a jolt of inspiration to keep going. Kendall is so genuine and I appreciate the realness and honesty of these stories! More please :)

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