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The Bright Morning podcast, hosted by Elena Aguilar, explores the many ways we can cultivate courage. Elena is a coach, educator and author. She is also the CEO and founder of Bright Morning Consulting, an education consulting firm. In some episodes, Elena has conversations with guests who reveal the risks they've taken and the courage they've built. On other episodes, Elena masterfully coaches her guests towards fulfilling their life's purpose. These intimate and authentic conversations inspire listeners to listen to their own callings and take action in their lives. But they provide even more: they model how we can have conversations that count, and how we can guide others to listen to their inner voice and cultivate courage. Listeners will use these communication skills with their colleagues, clients and loved ones. This is a podcast about listening and being fully present with other people, and it's a podcast about how we live a fulfilling, meaningful life.

The Bright Morning Podcast Elena Aguilar

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    • 5.0 • 344 Ratings

The Bright Morning podcast, hosted by Elena Aguilar, explores the many ways we can cultivate courage. Elena is a coach, educator and author. She is also the CEO and founder of Bright Morning Consulting, an education consulting firm. In some episodes, Elena has conversations with guests who reveal the risks they've taken and the courage they've built. On other episodes, Elena masterfully coaches her guests towards fulfilling their life's purpose. These intimate and authentic conversations inspire listeners to listen to their own callings and take action in their lives. But they provide even more: they model how we can have conversations that count, and how we can guide others to listen to their inner voice and cultivate courage. Listeners will use these communication skills with their colleagues, clients and loved ones. This is a podcast about listening and being fully present with other people, and it's a podcast about how we live a fulfilling, meaningful life.

    Remember. Reclaim. Restore. In Conversation with Trisha Moquino

    Remember. Reclaim. Restore. In Conversation with Trisha Moquino

    This week Elena is in conversation with Trisha Moquino, the founder of Keres Children's Learning Center (KCLC) in Cochiti Pueblo, NM. KCLC is a Keres-language revitalization school that uses an intergenerational approach to immersion and dual-language with Montessori pedagogy. It is one of very few schools in the country that provides children with the opportunity to learn through their heritage language. And a few years ago it didn’t exist. 
    In this conversation Trisha graciously teaches about the history of displacement and war on Native peoples and also beautifully shares the pressing need to support Indigenous people today in reclaiming their children’s education and honoring their heritage in school systems. 
    Mentioned in this episode: 
    Learn more about Trisha: The Indigenous Cheerleader Learn more about the Keres Children’s Learning CenterSupport Trisha and the Keres Children’s Learning Center by making a donation 

    • 51 min
    What Makes a Conversation Transformational

    What Makes a Conversation Transformational

    This is a Quarterly Wisdom episode. Today Elena explores two foundational understandings that are essential if you want to have conversations that allow for transformational and deep connection. First, what the phrase “every conversation counts” means and how it is a core belief of every Transformational Coach. Next, what a Transformational Coach must believe about their role relative to their coachee and what we often see getting in the way of that being a reality.
    This episode is for you if:You are committed to being a Transformational Coach Your conversations sometimes feel transactionalYou find yourself giving a lot of advice or telling people what to do more than you’d like...or think you should be in your coaching conversations

    Click here for show notes, including everything mentioned in this episode 
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    • 27 min
    REPEAT: How to Feel Better: How to Make Changes that Last

    REPEAT: How to Feel Better: How to Make Changes that Last

     our final week on break from recording new episodes we’re replaying one of our favorite mini-episodes from Elena’s How to Feel Better program. Earlier this spring we aired daily episodes for this four week program and today we’re bringing you one that is relevant all year long: How to Make Changes that Last. If you’re looking to make behavioral changes in pursuit of the life you want to live, this is the episode you need today. 

    While the program has concluded, you can access all episodes and the weekly guides at any time by signing up here.  

    • 29 min
    REPEAT: How to Feel Better: Reflect on Last Year

    REPEAT: How to Feel Better: Reflect on Last Year

    In this repeat of this  mini-episode Elena walks you through the second Feel Better exercise in the How to Feel Better Week 2 Program Guide: “Reflect on Last Year" as we journey through week 2 in the four week program. 
    Sign-up for the (free!) How to Feel Better 4-week program

    • 8 min
    REPEAT: How to Feel Better: How am I Feeling?

    REPEAT: How to Feel Better: How am I Feeling?

     We’re taking a short summer break on the podcast. Over the next three weeks we’ll be replaying a few of our favorite mini-episodes from Elena’s How to Feel Better program. Earlier this spring we aired daily episodes for this four week program and today we’re bringing you one that is relevant everyday: How am I Feeling?

    While the program has concluded, you can access all episodes and the weekly guides at any time by signing up here.  
    Sign-up for the (free!) Feel Better program here. 

    • 7 min
    Freedom Dreaming with Dr. Nicole Evans

    Freedom Dreaming with Dr. Nicole Evans

    In this episode Elena talks with Dr. Nicole Evans, former principal and current Executive Director of Urban Education and Student Engagement at Harris-Stowe State University. The two explore how Dr. Evans pursued a commitment to making equity “the plate” and not an add-on during her time as principal of City Garden Montessori, a public school in St. Louis Missouri. 
    This episode is for you if: 
    You’re ready to move past admiring the many and complex problems perpetrating inequities and begin creating something different. You want to hear the story of how one principal lived into the calling of what Dr. Bettina Love calls “freedom dreaming.” You’re working to create more inclusive and welcoming spaces for all students and families. You’ve considered if it’s time to leave an organization or a role where you are experiencing oppression. You can find full show notes, including everything mentioned on the show here. 

    Mentioned in this Episode
    Embracing Equity Leadership Residency program Our Liberation is Bound Together (blog post co-written by Dr. Evans) All-Inclusive+ Bright Morning Membership (Opportunity for more connection with Elena and a years worth of professional development!) Friend of the Podcast (Opportunity for more connection with Elena) 

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
344 Ratings

344 Ratings

ChilenaAlSurDelMundo ,

Cultural lens and prespectives

Elena brings so much into a coaching conversation. What I love the most about her work is that she, at times without mentioning, is addressing cultural issues- as she digs into beliefs and values. Her approach is so natural. I only would change the way she pronounces her own names: Elena Aguilar sounds much powerful in Spanish. I am a SouthAmerican woman and I look up to her. Pronouncing our names the way they are is important.

WendyR67 ,

Real Insight

I have attended Elena’s sessions at conferences and also read her books. In my experience, she is the only presenter who regularly coaches someone completely unrehearsed in front of her audience. This podcast is a fantastic extension of her work. This is not show business. This is authentic insight into the real growth that can happen when a skilled coach listens, supports thinking, and trusts that the client can and will improve. So good!

KaraMC2020 ,

Amazing show

Really amazing to witness Elena in action - I have been using these tools w my staff at a local nonprofit and can’t say enough about how useful they have been - especially during this time of the pandemic. Personally fulfilled too after listening to this podcast. Amazing show.

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