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Women Who Went for It! is a bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Certified Whole Person Coach and Career Change Agent, Sara McArdle. The show features inspiring chats with successful industry changers who share how they found the clarity, courage and momentum to step into a deeper vocation and a life of meaning and fulfillment. We hope you'll see just how many before you have GONE for it—and they're eternally grateful that they took the risk!

Women Who Went for It! Podcast Sara McArdle

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    • 4.9 • 22 Ratings

Women Who Went for It! is a bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Certified Whole Person Coach and Career Change Agent, Sara McArdle. The show features inspiring chats with successful industry changers who share how they found the clarity, courage and momentum to step into a deeper vocation and a life of meaning and fulfillment. We hope you'll see just how many before you have GONE for it—and they're eternally grateful that they took the risk!

    Podcast on Pause Announcement with Sara McArdle

    Podcast on Pause Announcement with Sara McArdle

    In this short audio segment, Sara announces that she's stepping back from the podcast for the time being to care for her spinal and ergonomic health. In the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery, she re-shares some listener favorites from her interviews with black women, and she gives gives some suggestions on where to find podcasts from people of color, as well as podcasts that confront racism in America. And lastly, she asks for listener support in finding specific kinds of new guests for the show when she's back on the air.
     
    Sara discusses:
    Taking time to heal from the things she mentioned on the last Sara Solo Show about signs & synchronicities Some listener favorites from her interviews with black women: Chef Tanorria Askew of MasterChef Fame Interior Designer Courtney McLeod Environmental Educator Sanaa Green Makeup & Skincare Entrepreneur Adora Drake Finding podcasts from people of color via Podcasts in Color Listening to podcasts that confront racism in America Career Mentor Toni Patterson Call for guest nominations to pull from when she's back on the air Full guest criteria and nomination form on her website (no nominations accepted by email) Connect with Sara and Women Who Went for It:
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/womenwhowentforit 
    Website: www.womenwhowentforit.com 
    Nominate a Podcast Guest: www.saramcardle.com/podcast-guest 
    Email: sara.mcardle.coaching@gmail.com 
    Phone: 503.893.2043
     
    Want to make your own career change?
    Download Sara's Seven Cs of Successful Career Change Chart. 

    • 7 min
    Career Change Signs and Synchronicities with Sara McArdle

    Career Change Signs and Synchronicities with Sara McArdle

    In this Sara Solo Show, Sara talks about a big sign she recently received about life changes she needs to make and shares intriguing stories of other synchronicities along her journey, thus far. She gets real about the idea that "everything happens for a reason," she outlines how to recognize when all signs point to "yes," and she gives an example of what it looks like when you hit a dead end. And last, but certainly not least, she gives suggestions for how you can set up a two-way conversation with the universe to get the guidance you crave.
     
    Sara discusses:
    A big question: how do I know which decision is the RIGHT one?
    The inclination to look outside ourselves for answers
    A big sign that Sara got from the universe
    Ergonomics:
    Ergonomic Desk Height Calculator
    How to Make Your Space More Ergonomic
    Best Stretches for Office Workers
    You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
    The belief that "everything happens for a reason"
    What signs and synchronicities are
    Suzanne Giesemann's Messages of Hope podcast
    “Synchronicity – An Acausal Connecting Principle” by Carl Jung
    Signs on Sara's Career Path
    Coach Training World in Portland, OR
    The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
    The benefits of signs and synchronicities
    Masculine vs. feminine approaches
    How subtle signs can be
    “Synchronicity is an ever-present reality for those who have eyes to see it.” - Carl Jung
    What a sign feels like
    How to set up a two-way conversation with the universe
    What it might look like when something ISN'T your path
    Remind yourself: "Things are always working out for me."
    Giving back to the podcast:
    Sara's PayPal: sara.mcardle.coaching@gmail.com
    Sara's Venmo: @Sara-McArdle-Seattle
    ...and more!
    Connect with Sara and Women Who Went for It:
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/womenwhowentforit 
    Website: www.womenwhowentforit.com 
    Nominate a Podcast Guest: www.saramcardle.com/podcast-guest 
    Email: womenwhowentforit@gmail.com
    Phone: 503.893.2043
     
    Want to make your own career change?
    Download Sara's Seven Cs of Successful Career Change Chart. 

    • 53 min
    From Early Learning to Essential Oils with Jen Alonso

    From Early Learning to Essential Oils with Jen Alonso

      In this episode, Sara chats with Jen Alonso about her journey from the hospitality industry to early learning to essential oils. Jen shares how her oils business gave her a way to contribute to her family and have her own identity outside that of stay-at-home mom; she gives the inside scoop on what it's actually like to do direct sales; and she talks about how she stepped up as primary breadwinner and her husband jumped in to take on the bulk of the household and childcare duties when his chef position was eliminated due to the coronavirus pandemic. Today, Jen owns a business called Lavender Branches, where she offers group classes and individual support for making healthy lifestyle changes through the use of doTERRA essential oils.
     
    Want to make your own career change?
    Download Sara's Seven Cs of Successful Career Change Chart.
     
    Sara and Jen Discuss:
    How Sara knows Jen
    Jen always knowing she wanted to be a mom
    Jen studying broadcast journalism and quickly realizing it wasn't her thing
    Growing up as a "military brat"
    Working in Yellowstone National Park
    Working at hotels and restaurants
    Working in early learning
    Meeting her husband and starting a family
    Going back-and-forth between working and being a stay-at-home mom
    Needing more identity than just being "mom"
    Looking into home businesses
    Starting to pay more attention to ingredients in products
    Discovering doTERRA through an ER nurse
    Realizing quickly that doTERRA was the direction that she wanted to move in
    Learning through direct experience
    Her doTERRA business supporting her values of family, continuous learning, travel, contribution, etc.
    What it's like to teach adults vs. preschoolers
    How she knows she's now doing "her thing"
    Her husband getting laid off from his chef position
    Becoming the breadwinner while her husband took over to care for the home and the kids
    How she got her business started, financially
    What she loves about doTERRA as a company
    Stepping up the number of classes she's teaching, reaching out to more people, ramping up
    What it's like to do direct sales with friends and family
    How she got comfortable with selling
    The ways that doTERRA gives back to the community
    Her support system
    What she learned about "career" from her military family
    How Jen lives life on her own terms
    How her life has changed since she changed careers
    Putting up positive, visual reminders around you to keep you on track
    What the day-to-day of Jen's work looks like
    The large network of support in doTERRA
    The Gallup Strengths Finder Clifton Strengths: store.gallup.com/p/en-us/10108/top-5-cliftonstrengths
    Two of Jen's favorite oils: Balance (tree blend) and Adaptiv (emotions blend)
    Sara's love for lavender
    Jen's advice for anyone who wants to become a doTERRA Wellness Advocate
    The low financial investment of getting started
    The pros of using natural products
    ...and more!
    Jen's Full Bio:
    Jen Alonso spent a decade in the hospitality industry and then a decade in early learning before becoming an essential oils wellness advocate.
     
    Jen's interest in natural health began after the birth of her first son. She was suddenly very aware of the things he was exposed to and felt a responsibility to make better choices. She began reading product labels and looking for non-toxic, natural options⁠—not just in the foods she and her family were eating, but in the household products they were using.
     
    In 2014, Jen started using essential oils as a teacher in her preschool classroom, and then she began diffusing at home. She immediately dove head-first into learning all she could about using them safely on her kids, her husband, herself.
     
    When Jen left her position as a preschool teacher to stay at home with her kids, her husband worked as a chef. Still, Jen found that she wanted to contribute financially in a meaningful way. So, she became a doTERRA w

    • 43 min
    From Corporate Sales Rep to Independent Grocer with Amanda Heins

    From Corporate Sales Rep to Independent Grocer with Amanda Heins

    In this episode, Sara chats with Amanda Heins about her journey from food service industry sales rep, to serial entrepreneur, to independent grocer. Amanda shares the story of her husband passing unexpectedly in 2018 and leaving her sole owner of the store; discovering detailed notes he'd made about upgrading the business; and carrying out and wrapping up his envisioned remodel the day before construction was halted due to COVID-19. Today, Amanda lives in Roslyn, Washington and owns The Roslyn Grocery, a business operating on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic.
     
    Want to make your own career change?
    Download Sara's Seven Cs of Successful Career Change Chart.
     
    Sara and Amanda Discuss:
    How they know one another
    Amanda attending Evergreen State College
    Working at a restaurant / spa
    Intending to become a doctor, but deciding against it
    Being offered a job with Food Services of America
    Moving to Roslyn, Washington
    Feeling the stress of working a commission-based job and being on the road all the time
    Having her children & her husband becoming a stay-at-home dad
    Realizing that her job wasn't working for her anymore
    Opening a gift shop
    Opening a candy store
    Selling her businesses to employees
    Opening the grocery store with the vision of Roslyn being walkable
    The long hours that they worked to get the grocery up and running
    How they made it work, financially
    Opening a restaurant across the street Selling the restaurant and gallery
    Her husband suddenly passing Helping her kids navigate grief
    Her store becoming passive income for her
    Taking on volunteer work
    Being her best self for her kids
    Doing a solstice ritual and letting go of her past
    Turning down an offer to move the store into a larger space
    Cleaning her house and stumbling upon old notes from her husband about expanding the store
    Securing the money to remodel
    Finishing up the remodel the day before the governor halted construction during coronavirus pandemic
    Ramping up security and stocking up the store for coronavirus
    Real talk on toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and gloves
    Her supportive mother-in-law
    Her longer term plan
    Her pleas for people who live in Western Washington to stay home
    Her many leaps of faith and refusal to live in fear of the "what-ifs"
    What this pandemic is teaching us
    Why she believes everything happens for a reason
    ...and more!
    Amanda's Full Bio:
    Widow and single mother, Amanda Meck Heins, is owner and operator of The Roslyn Grocery in Roslyn, Washington.
     
    Amanda graduated with a bachelor's of science degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington with the intention of going on to become a doctor. Having worked her way through school in multiple restaurant capacities, she was recruited by restaurant distributor, Food Services of America, and she took a sales position in beautiful Kittitas County, Washington.
     
    When Amanda's children were born, her husband Matt stayed home, and she continued working. But sitting at home, caring for two babies every day became too much. So, the couple decided to open a little gift shop in Roslyn, which was just the beginning. Not long after, Amanda decided that her family and marriage were far more important to her than her sales position with FSA, which had proven to be time-consuming and high-pressure. So, she quit her position there, and the couple went on to open a candy store called Roslyn Sweets & Treats, then The Roslyn Grocery, and then The Red Bird Cafe. While she has since sold the gift shop, candy store, and cafe, Amanda still owns the grocery store.
     
    Just two years ago, on her 40th birthday, Amanda's husband Matt died suddenly and left her a solo parent, and sole owner of The Roslyn Grocery. Early on, Amanda struggled with the grief of carrying on the business without him. But, with the love and support of her staff and community, she has continued to bring their

    • 50 min
    Creating Your New Normal During COVID-19 with Sara McArdle

    Creating Your New Normal During COVID-19 with Sara McArdle

     
    In this Sara Solo Show, Sara shares some of her own, personal struggles during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and how she has gradually warmed to what she knows to be true of this time: it is a huge opportunity. She talks about the power of observing our thoughts, behaviors, and habits in this stay-at-home reality and taking what we learn about ourselves to make little tweaks to our lives that will not only get us through our quarantine, but support us to create our own "new normal" when we reemerge.
     
    Sara discusses:
    Her well-timed break from the podcast
    Vacationing during the onset of a pandemic
    Her own COVID-19 fears
    Softening to the idea that we can learn from the situation we're in
    What this pandemic is teaching us about presence, the illusion of stability, and our values
    Adapting the 7Cs of Successful Career Change to success during COVID-19
    Sara's companion worksheet: COVID-19 Self-Reflection Questions
    Links:
    Down Dog Yoga app
    Insight Timer app
    7-Minute Workout app
    Ordering groceries for pickup or delivery:
    Amazon Prime Now
    Amazon Fresh
    Instacart
    Hellofresh
    Blue Apron
    Zoom Video Conferencing
    Honey of the Heart Hive
    Victorious Lives
    Parklandia podcast
    Homemade Wanderlust YouTube Channel
    Sara and Jen Turnbull's Earth Day Essential Oils Online Class
    Sara's Facebook page
    Career Mentor, Toni Patterson
    Sara's companion worksheet: COVID-19 Self-Reflection Questions
    Sign up for a free call w/ Sara during April or May & design a stay-at-home life that's aligned with your values
    ...and more!
    Connect with Sara and Women Who Went for It:
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/womenwhowentforit 
    Website: www.womenwhowentforit.com 
    Nominate a Podcast Guest: www.saramcardle.com/podcast-guest 
    Email: sara.mcardle.coaching@gmail.com 
    Phone: 503.893.2043
     
    Want to make your own career change?
    Download Sara's Seven Cs of Successful Career Change Chart.

    • 45 min
    From Marketing to Scalp Micropigmentation with ChristinaMarie Cooper

    From Marketing to Scalp Micropigmentation with ChristinaMarie Cooper

    In this episode, Sara chats with ChristinaMarie Cooper about her journey from fashion design and marketing to scalp micropigmentation. ChristinaMarie talks about how personal brand and presentation have always played a big role in her life, the moment she realized that marketing wasn't a fit for her anymore, and the circumstances that led her to her new, lesser-known but highly fulfilling field that fits so many aspects of her personality. Today, ChristinaMarie is the owner and lead scalp micropigmentation, or hair tattooing artist, at Precision SMP Hair Solutions Clinic in Lynnwood, Washington in the United States.
     
    Want to make your own career change?
    Download Sara's Seven Cs of Successful Career Change Chart.
     
    Sara and ChristinaMarie Discuss:
    How Sara knows ChristinaMarie ChristinaMarie honing her "personal brand" early in life
    Growing up in Missouri
    Always being known for her fashion sense
    Her love of music
    Realizing Missouri wasn't a long-term fit for her
    Going to school for fashion in Miami, sight unseen
    Help from her father
    Styling for musical events
    Helping pick artists for a Latin music festival
    Completing her two year associates program and wondering what to do next
    Moving back to Missouri
    Starting a hip hop + rock record label
    Creating a business plan and borrowing money from parents
    Working at a clothing store
    Meeting her husband
    Working as an admission coordinator
    Her husband going back to school for aviation
    Having kids
    Feeling overwhelmed managing her young kids and work life
    Being let go from her job
    Moving to Washington in 2008
    Feeling like she was home, immediately
    Her education not transferring well to the Seattle market
    Fashion not feeling right for her anymore
    Going back to school for marketing
    Working in marketing & PR after graduation
    Noticing her pattern of looking for white saviors
    Her husband's hair loss and how it impacted his self-confidence
    Learning about scalp micropigmentation and her husband receiving the treatment
    ChristinaMarie being inspired to learn how to do scalp micropigmentation, herself
    How SMP fits so many aspects of her personality
    Going to school for scalp micropigmentation
    What scalp micropigmentation is and how it works
    What she loves about being her own boss
    Her own fears of failure and money fears
    Support from her husband and family
    How her background in marketing supports her business
    Business startup taking longer than expected
    The benefits of temp work
    What she'd do differently if she had to do it all over again
    Advice she'd give to fellow career changers
    ...and more!
    ChristinaMarie's Full Bio:
    ChristinaMarie Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Strategic Communications at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, as well as an associates degree in fashion communications and merchandising at Miami International University of Art & Design. She then went on to become a digital marketing specialist in Seattle, Washington.

    Upon realizing the marketing industry was no longer feeding her spirit, she know she needed something more. For years, she struggled to find a new career direction that not only helped to achieve financial freedom and success, but also one that fit her personally. Her search ultimately led her  becoming a certified scalp micropigmentation technician, which fulfilled her passion of empowering people to be the best version of themselves.
     
    Today, ChristinaMarie is the owner and lead scalp micropigmentation, or hair tattooing artist, at Precision SMP Hair Solutions Clinic, specializing in all forms of hair loss, including male pattern baldness, receding or non-existent hairlines, female densification or alopecia treatments. ChristinaMarie and her company believe that scalp micropigmentation is an effective treatment to hair loss and thinning hair without surgical rest

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Heather@HGF-Consulting ,

Thank YOU Sara!!

I am a former colleague of Sara’s, a friend, and even a coaching client. I was so excited when she started this podcast, and I saved it to my podcast library, yet I hadn’t listened to a single one of her podcast until recently. I know, what is that about right?

I found myself listening to the podcast of the financial gal turned reiki master, and then the lawyer turned dog whisperer :-). Both were great episodes. Both spoke to my heart.

Because I do so much driving for work I can listen to podcasts often on all day long. I found myself wandering into the seven Cs Episodes and I think I’m on the third now.

These are all chopped so full of incredible information that Sara shares. Are wisdom speaks. There is literally something I take from every episode, sometimes two or three. I am at a point in my life where I am struggling with my career, again!! I’ve just lost my son to an accidental opioid OD, and whereas in the past, I was already looking for a career path change, today that is even more clearly coming through. Clearly as in the voice speaking in my head, yet in clearly as to knowing exactly what I am supposed to be doing????

Sara’s Podcasts have been instrumental these past few weeks listening to them. Like I said every one literally speaks to me. If you haven’t saved Women Who Went For It podcast to your library, do that. Then once you find the ones that speak to you, save those again to your library. Do it!!! Just do it for yourself. You will be very happy that you did!!!
Thank you Sara!
Heather

Jaki McQuiston ,

Founder of The Creativity Loft

Sara, I think this is a wonderful idea for a podcast and you execute it quite exceptionally. Thank you for providing this inspiration and giving a voice to these women and their stories. What a wonderful legacy you are bringing to the world.

2labs4su ,

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