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Wake Up To Your Life

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If you are tired of living your life on autopilot and are ready to take action, welcome to the Wake Up To Your Life podcast! TV personality and certified life coach Colleen Odegaard will help you wake up to your one precious life.Colleen puts three decades of interview experience to work to bring yo… read more

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February 22nd, 2024


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118. Ten Days on Match

March 15th, 2023


I said I would NEVER do online dating. Then my stupid friends talked me into it. Spoiler alert:  I didn't like it.


In this episode I share why I …

117. Conscious Communication

March 10th, 2023


We're told that happy couples have great communication.  But what exactly does that mean?


In part, it's being able to listen with the intent of …

116. I Don't Know What to Call this Episode

March 7th, 2023


In this episode I share a hard truth for me to accept.


The state officially says I'm no longer a married person.


For some reason, this makes me …

115. The Blame Game

February 22nd, 2023


Do you blame your parents, your spouse, your stupid boss, the weather, your HOA president, slow drivers, etc. for all your problems?


It's hard to build a life you love on a foundation of blame.


We need to take …

114. Start Where You Are. Use What You've Got.

February 15th, 2023


If you feel stuck in some area of your life, this episode is for you.

Perhaps you're coming up with all kinds of reasons as to why you're stuck.  

But I contend you can start where you are and use what you've got.  …

113. Comparisonitis

February 1st, 2023


It happens to all of us.  We compare ourselves to other people.  And sometimes that leaves us feeling bad about ourselves.


When you come down with a case of "comparisonitis", there are things you can do to improve …

112. Love Your Body Without Losing a Pound

January 25th, 2023


Please stop saying you're fat.  Please stop hating your body.


With care, compassion and practice you can learn how to love your as she is today.


111. What to do When You're Emotionally Hijacked

January 18th, 2023


When your emotions take over and you're all worked up, you need to get grounded.  


In this episode I share a mindfulness technique as taught by the …

110. What to do if Your Resolutions or Goals go off Track

January 12th, 2023


If you're having a hard time sticking to your resolutions, practicing two things will help you get back on track:




109. Dealing With Haters

December 7th, 2022


Haters gonna hate.  We know this.  But it still hurts.


In this episode I remind you of some things to think about when you find yourself ruminating on something a meanie has said about you.


I'm rooting for you!


108. Junk Thoughts

November 30th, 2022


Your thoughts are driving your actions and your actions create your results.


If you have junk thoughts, it's tough to create a life you love.


In …

107. Dealing With Difficult Family Members

November 23rd, 2022


You have at least one.  Maybe you have several.  Family members you love, but they still get under your skin.


They insist on getting into political …

106. Emotional Immaturity/Abandonment in Relationship with Jason VanRuler

November 16th, 2022


Have you ever abandoned yourself in a relationship? It can look like sacrificing things that are really important to you in order to fit into someone else's life.  This can be a relationship killer.


So can emotional …

105. Your Questions Answered

November 9th, 2022


In this episode I answer listener questions.

Questions like, how do I reconnect with my partner?  How do I stay on track with my goals when there are so many distractionns?  How do I form healthy habits?  

If you have a …

104. Wake Up to What's Important with Rabbi Steve Leder

October 26th, 2022


What do you regret?

When was a time you led with your heart?

What is love?

What is a good person?


These are among the questions posed by Rabbi Steve Leder in his latest book, For You When I Am Gone.


Rabbi Leder has …

103. Dealing With Rejection

October 19th, 2022


When you experience rejection or criticism, what do you do?  I've been known to get defensive, cry, take it personally, feel sick to my stomach, then eat chips and salsa.  Can you relate?


There are much better ways to …

102. What To Do With Anger with Jennifer Fights

October 12th, 2022


Holding onto anger isn't good for you. 


But if someone has really hurt you, it can be hard to let go of it.


In this episode, Mental Health …

101. One Skill to Change Your Life

October 5th, 2022


It's a skill that can change your life. 




You can learn how to be brave.  And once you do, you can apply the skill to your relationships, career, health and finances.


To be brave, you need GOALS. Big, …

100. Wake Up in the Hot Seat

September 28th, 2022


Episode 100 brings you a special guest host.  Avid listeners will recall Colonoscopy Nicole, who has since been renamed "Nicolonoscopy".  (How could …

99. Old Soundtracks, New Playlists with Jon Acuff

September 21st, 2022


What's an old soundtrack?  Those broken, negative thought loops that run through your brain.  The ones that say that you don't measure up, you're not …

98. Don't Give Up on Yourself

September 14th, 2022


You are too important to give up on yourself.

The world needs your brand of weirdness!

If you're about to give up on your dreams, listen to this episode.  It's a quick reminder of what to do when you're tired, burned …

97. Parenting Expectations and Disappointments with Dr. Chris McCarthy

September 7th, 2022


Your daughter doesn't get invited to the sleepover and she's upset.  Do you call the girl's mom?  


Your son forgets to bring his homework to …

96. Lessons at 52

August 31st, 2022


Lean into the ache... don't try to outrun it. 

Love is all that matters. 

Your relationships need to be nurtured.

Make peace with your body.  She's the only one you get.

Forgiveness is mandatory.  I know it sucks.  But …

95. Everyone Makes Mistakes with Eugene Robinson

August 24th, 2022


Take a moment to think about big mistakes you've made.  Now imagine having the world know about those mistakes.


That's what happened to Eugene Robinson.  Eugene played football in the NFL for 16 seasons.  He played in …

94. Mental Health Boundaries with Social Media

August 17th, 2022


You have someone you love to hate and keep looking at his or her social media.  That's hate scrolling.  I'm guilty!

You read every depressing story …

93. Wake Up to an Empty Nest

August 10th, 2022


Sending your kids off to college is bittersweet.


On the one hand, you're so proud!  You wanted this to happen.  It's the order of things.


On the …

92. Toxic Positivity

July 28th, 2022


Look on the bright side.  It'll all work out.  Everything happens for a reason.  Things could be worse.




Toxic positivity isn't …

91. Stop Waking Up Hungover

July 13th, 2022


Do ever say, "I've had a hard day.  I deserve a drink."

Do you believe that you need alcohol to have fun?

Do you use it to ease your social anxiety?

90. Wake Up for Others

July 6th, 2022


If you're feeling down in the dumps, one sure fire way to feel better is to do something nice for someone else.  I know, I know... you're thinking …

89. How to Have Better Conversations

June 29th, 2022


If you're tired of small talk and long for deep, meaningful conversations, this is for you.


Be interested and interesting.

Be a good listnener.

Ask …

88. Lies You're Believing

June 15th, 2022


You have many thoughts you think are true, but are actually lies.


Thoughts like: I'm not good enough, I can't make more money, I'll never find love... all LIES!


Listen to this quick episode in which I remind you to …

87. The Apartment, The Anniversary, The Graduation

June 8th, 2022


Apartment = Trigger

Anniversary = Trigger

Graduation = Trigger

I'd been feeling more "normal" for a while.  Then a series of things triggered me, …

86. Living and Grieving

June 1st, 2022

When we experience loss, we have to grieve.

But grieving can feel scary and overwhelming.  How do we feel our feelings without getting swallowed up …

85. Comparing and Fearing

May 25th, 2022


Fear and comparison can keep you stuck.

When people say "don't compare" and "be fearless" that's not partiuclarly helpful. 

Listen to this quick …

84. Dating Do's and Don'ts

May 18th, 2022


If you're single and looking for love, this episode is for you.  And coupled up folks, you might learn something too!

Jennifer Hurvitz is a dating …

83. Wake Up Sex

May 11th, 2022


Is it difficult to have honest and vulnerable conversations with your partner about sex?  Sex therapist Dr. Laurie Watson wants to normalize talking …

82. Stop Making Everything So Hard!

April 27th, 2022


Stop making everything so damn hard already!!!

CEO coach Danielle Jefferson believes we can make things easier.  And when things are easier, we can enjoy our lives more.  

Danielle works with small business owners to …

81. The Deets on Divorce

April 20th, 2022

In this episode, I'm giving you an update on how I'm doing one year after my 21 year marriage imploded.

I tell you what I've learned about myself, how I deal with loneliness and anger, and how I've learned to enjoy my …

80. No One Knows What They're Doing!

April 13th, 2022

No one knows what they're doing when they first start a new thing.


You think they do because you see them on social media and they appear to be killing it.


But there was a time they didn't know what they were doing …

79. Increase Happiness

April 6th, 2022


Perhaps you think you need a different body, a better job, a relationship, or a million dollars to be happy.

Your fixed idea of what you think you …

78. Stop Hitting Snooze on Your Relationship with Jason Van Ruler

March 30th, 2022

Good relationships don't just happen.  Cliche but true.

If you're tired of having the same fight with your partner over and over again, or if you feel more like roomates than lovers, this episode is for you. It's also …

77. The Art of the Apology

March 23rd, 2022


Two simple words that can be so difficult to say… I’m sorry.   If you value your relationships, you need to be able to say these words and receive …

76. True, Not True, Maybe True

March 16th, 2022


If someone says something that upsets you and you just can't stop thinking about it, put the comment through the filter of True, Not True, Maybe True.


If you get really defensive when someone offers you feedback, this …

75. When You Just Can’t Deal w/ Tiffany Carter

March 9th, 2022


You know those days when you wake up and think… ugh I just CAN’T today!  You think you can’t face your boss, have that difficult conversation, clean …

74. Happy Box

March 2nd, 2022


My friend Lily is six years old and she has something she calls a Happy Box.  She says she keeps her favorite treasures in it.   We should all have …

73. Embracing Aging with Sheri Lynch

February 23rd, 2022

We live in a youth obsessed culture.  Women often fear aging.  We worry if we'll be relevant, beautiful or sexy as we age.  

LIsten to syndicated …

72. Complaining is Killing Your Mojo

February 16th, 2022

Is it hard for you to talk without complaining?  Incessant negative chatter is crushing your vibe and the vibes of those around you. Listen as I make …

71. Think This, Not That

February 9th, 2022

I'm not good enough.  No one will hire me.  I'll never be successful.  I'm going to be single forever.

NO!!!!  Those thoughts are a buzz kill.  

70. The Back Nine

February 2nd, 2022

I tell my friends that at my age, I'm on the back nine.  More life is behind me than in front of me.

It's not morbid... it's reality.  And when we intentionally think about the fact our days are numbered, it informs us …

69. Everything Does NOT Happen for a Reason

January 26th, 2022

You've heard people say, "Everything happens for a reason."  That makes me want to throw things.


Telling someone who is hurting that this terrible thing he or she is going through is happening for a reason won't make …

68. You Can!

January 19th, 2022


You are competent.  You are capable.  You are strong.  You can do what needs to be done.  

In this episode I share why it's critical you remind yourself constantly just how capable you are.

When my husband left me, I …

67. Small Promises

January 12th, 2022


Resolutions don't work.  Keeping small promises to yourself is what creates big changes over time.  Listen as I share how to take a grandiose …

66. In With The New

December 15th, 2021


I wanted to boycott Christmas.  I didn't think I could stomach getting a tree and decorating in my new life as a single person.  I thought it would …

65. When the Holidays are Hard

November 24th, 2021


It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year.  But you're not feeling that.  Maybe that's because it's your first holiday season after …

64. Posture is Everything

November 3rd, 2021


Straighten up.  Shoulders back.  Chin up.  Your posture matters. It's connected to your confidence.  Listen to my conversation with …

63. Catastrophic Thinking

October 27th, 2021


You tend to think the worst is going to happen.  That catastrophic thinking is costing you.  I know, I do it too. 

I'm getting a divorce.  I have painted a bleak picture of my future.  I'm assuming everything will …

62. The D-Word

October 13th, 2021


Divorce sucks.  Whether you want it or not, it blows.  I'm getting one.  My heart hurts.  I'm learning to grieve and live.


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61. Roll With It

September 15th, 2021


Your business didn't work out.  You're not happy with your body.  You thought you'd be married by now.  You thought you'd have kids at this point.  You didn't plan on getting divorced.  When life doesn't go according to …

60. Birthday Brain Dump

September 8th, 2021


I turned 51 last month.  I spent some time thinking about things I wish I'd known a long time ago.  Breathe.  Use the good towels.  Forgive.  Not every thought you have is true.  Stuff like that.  I hope that my …

59. Hot or Cold

August 25th, 2021


Remember playing Hot/Cold when you were a kid?  Someone would hide an object and you'd have to find it.  If you were getting closer to it, he or she …

58. Self Compassion

August 18th, 2021


If you'd like to feel better, practice self compassion.  Speak to yourself the way you would to a good friend.  In this episode, learn more about why …

57. Give More, Gain More

August 11th, 2021


Being selfish can come very easily for many of us.  What if we decided to be more giving... to think more about what we can give rather than what we can get?  My friend Meghan Trainor is the most incredible fitness …

56. When People Are People-y

August 4th, 2021


When you feel irritated by your spouse, your co-workers, your kids, neighbors or anyone... it's easy to think, "if only they would stop doing what …

55. Wake Up Your Confidence

July 28th, 2021


I had to give a speech on confidence recently to a group of business owners.  Ironically, I didn't feel all that confident myself.  When you are plagued with self doubt and insecurity, you can coach yourself out of that …

54. Wake Up Your Creativity

July 21st, 2021


If you've ever said that you're not a creative person, this conversation is for you.  kenT Youngstrom is a successful artist whose work hangs in the …

53. Radical Acceptance

July 14th, 2021


When you receive news you don't like, how do you handle it?  Do you resist it, fight against it, get caught up in anger, and then turn to unhealthy …

52. Finding Your Purpose

June 30th, 2021


Isn't there more to life than THIS?!  If you've ever had that thought, perhaps you're struggling to find your purpose.  Discovering what your purpose …

51. No is a Complete Sentence

June 16th, 2021


If you find yourself constantly saying YES when you want to say NO, you probably feel resentful.  Learning how to say "no" is good self-care.  No is …

50. Judgy McJudgerson

June 9th, 2021


What is she wearing?! I knew their marriage would never last... I mean do you hear how she talks to him?  She hasn't aged well at all.


Be honest.  …

49. Two Wolves

May 26th, 2021


This title tells you nothing about this episode.  But trust me, the Native American parable of the Two Wolves is a good one.  It reminds us that we …

48. 5 Things to Tell Yourself

May 5th, 2021


I don't care if you think affirmations are hokey.  They really work!  I share some I practice on the daily.  Remove the negative thoughts and tell …

47. Responding Instead of Reacting When Triggered

April 28th, 2021


If you get triggered by something, what do you do?  Do you REACT or RESPOND?  Being reactive often means we're letting our emotions run our lives.  There are ways to ground yourself and choose how to respond to any …

46. By Age 14

April 21st, 2021


If talking to your teen or tween makes you crazy, you need to listen to this episode.  Practicing this one technique will make all the difference with your child.  It's called "Botox Brow".  Parenting expert, author and …

45. Your Questions Answered

April 14th, 2021


What do I do if I feel undervalued at my job?  Why can't I lose weight?  How do I say no without hurting someone's feelings?  Should I chase my …

44. Overthinking

April 7th, 2021


Overthinking is killing your dreams.  Overthinking is keeping you from being productive, it's keeping you stuck, it's keeping you from taking action.  Overthinking is a nice hiding place.  You can tell yourself you're …

43. Forgiveness

March 31st, 2021


If you find it hard to forgive people, you're in the right place.  If holding a grudge is your jam, you need to listen.  Being unforgiving hurts …

42. Powerful Questions

March 24th, 2021


Life coaches ask a lot of questions.  And for good reason.  When you're asked a thought-provoking, powerful question, you come up with insightful …

41. I'll Be... With Edwin McCain

March 17th, 2021


Singer/songwriter Edwin McCain recorded two of the most popular love songs in pop music history.... I'll Be and I Could Not Ask for More.  He'd …

40. When Things Don't Go Your Way

March 10th, 2021


You don't make the sale, you don't get the job, your boyfriend breaks up with you, you don't win the Emmy award.  The last one just happened to me.  And I was really bummed out about it.  I was thinking that my work is …

39. Frientimacy

March 3rd, 2021


If you want deeper and more meaningful friendships, you want  "frientimacy".  Shasta Nelson is a friendship expert who coined that word.  She says to …

38. Wake Up Your Money Mindset

February 24th, 2021


If you want to pay off debt, spend less than you make.  That's not exactly breaking news.  Bernadette Joy is a money expert.  She says to really make …

37. Negativity Shmegativity

February 17th, 2021


If you find yourself getting caught in negative thinking, this episode is for you.  When you spend a lot of time indulging negative thoughts, it's a …

36. Pushing Through Fear

February 10th, 2021


You've got that thing you want to do.  Change your career, write a book, public speaking, start your side hustle.  But every time you think about it, fear shows up and ruins all the fun.  In this episode I talk about …

35. From Chaos to Connection

February 3rd, 2021


It's easy to put your marriage on autopilot.  You're cruising along, busy with kids and work and chores and errands.  Then you wonder why you feel so disconnected from your spouse.  A great marriage doesn't just happen …

34. I Need Carbs

January 27th, 2021


When your jeans are unforgiving and cutting off your circulation, do you ever think, "That's it.  I'm doing a juice cleanse for the next three …

33. Owning Your Story

January 20th, 2021


Are there parts of your past that you would rather not remember?  My guest on this episode talks about the importance of owning your story.  Roshanda …

32. What the Tourette?

January 13th, 2021


I have Tourette Syndrome.  And because of that, I spent much of my life thinking I was weird, unlovable and not as good as other people.  In this episode I talk about my tics.  And I also share the beauty that has come …

31. Making Decisions

January 6th, 2021


Do you have a hard time making decisions?  Do you catch yourself often saying "I don't know" or "I'm confused"?  Maybe you don't trust yourself to make the "right" decision so instead you just never decide.  Doing this …

30. Finding Your Swagger

December 30th, 2020


People with swagger put themselves out there, they’re bold, they take risks.  How would having just a little more swagger change your career, your …

29. Get Your Hopes Up

December 23rd, 2020


If you've ever said, "I don't want to get my hopes up", listen to this episode.  I think we SHOULD have hope.  You dress rehearse disappointment so that you won't be bummed out if you don't get the job or if the person …

28. Wake Up Wrap Up

December 16th, 2020


I wrap up some of the big takeaways from this year's Wake Up To Your Life episodes and how they can help you stop living on autopilot.  The importance of your thought, feeling your feelings, setting and achieving goals, …

27. Create Your Energy

December 9th, 2020


If you get easily discouraged, you're feeling low-vibe, or experiencing a lot of negativity because of your circumstances, this episode is for you.  Fitness Coach Meghan Trainor is a FIREBALL.  Listen as Meghan shares …

26. Everyone Got Prollins

December 2nd, 2020


Prollins (prol-inz)

-made up word, can be an adjective, can be a noun

Something that is a problem, problematic, not to your liking.  Can also be a …

25. How to Enjoy the Holidays... for Real

November 25th, 2020


Don't write off the holidays!  I know things feel impossibly difficult right now.  But you really can have more moments of enjoyment this season by …

24. The Comparison Trap

November 18th, 2020


If you're scrolling on social media and find yourself thinking... she's so much prettier than me, I could never be as successful as her, her life is …

23. Why Change is Hard

November 11th, 2020


I'm making a big change in my life.  I'm saying goodbye to my TV career after nearly three decades and I'm going all in with my coaching business. I'm excited and scared.  In this episode I talk about how we can embrace …

22. What Is Your No Costing You?

November 4th, 2020


When you repeatedly say no to your dreams, you shortchange yourself and those around you.  What would happen if you said "yes" to what's in your …

21. Fear of Failure

October 28th, 2020


The fear of failure can keep you from trying new things or ever really GOING FOR IT.  As a life coach I see this with my clients.  I also experience it myself.  In this episode I talk about how you can reframe the way …

20. She Flew the Coop

October 21st, 2020


What brings me joy?

What do I truly want?

What brings me energy?

What lights me up?

Asking these questions really shook up Sarah Colon Harris.  She …

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