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Women Who Went for It! Podcast

65 EpisodesProduced by Sara McArdleWebsite

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 mea… read more

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Episode 065: Podcast on Pause Announcement with Sara McArdle

June 7th, 2020

7:16

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 …

Episode 064: Career Change Signs and Synchronicities with Sara McArdle

May 24th, 2020

53:38

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 …

Episode 063: From Early Learning to Essential Oils with Jen Alonso

May 10th, 2020

43:22

  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 …

Episode 062: From Corporate Sales Rep to Independent Grocer with Amanda Heins

April 26th, 2020

50:51

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 …

Episode 061: Creating Your New Normal During COVID-19 with Sara McArdle

April 12th, 2020

45:40

  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 …

Episode 060: From Marketing to Scalp Micropigmentation with ChristinaMarie Cooper

March 15th, 2020

48:27

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 …

Episode 059: Career Change as the Ultimate Act of Self-Care with Sara McArdle

March 1st, 2020

37:32

  In this Sara Solo Show, Sara discusses the relationship between career change and self-care, and asserts that changing one's career from doing …

Episode 058: From Lawyer to Life Coach with Former Client Susan Goodkind Wideman

February 16th, 2020

46:31

In this episode, Sara talks with her former client, Susan Goodkind Wideman, about Susan's journey from elder law attorney to life design coach for Mid-Lifers and Baby Boomers. Susan shares that, after she burned out …

Episode 057: From Medical Administration to Real Estate with Jeanie Kendall

February 2nd, 2020

46:58

In this episode, Sara talks with Jeanie Kendall about her journey from medical administration to real estate. Jeanie chats about her hesitation in leaving a career that wasn't everything she longed for because she had …

Episode 056: Being an Empath in the Workplace with Sara McArdle

January 19th, 2020

54:04

In this Sara Solo Show, Sara discusses the workplace gifts and challenges of being an Empath, as defined by Dr. Judith Orloff. She gives examples of …

Episode 055: From Educator to Monthly Subscription Box Creator with Sharon Podobnik Peterson

January 5th, 2020

56:58

In this episode, Sara talks with Sharon Podobnik Peterson about her journey from educator to monthly subscription box creator and executive leadership coach. Sharon chats about growing up in poverty and over-achieving …

Episode 054: From Admin and Customer Service to Graphic Design with Gillian Levine

December 22nd, 2019

44:56

In this episode, Sara talks with Gillian Levine about her journey from administration and customer service to graphic design. Gillian talks about her rocky start in university and the "career world," and her …

Episode 053: Being Highly Sensitive in the Workplace with Sara McArdle

December 8th, 2019

49:43

In this Sara Solo Show, Sara discusses the gifts and challenges of being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), as defined by Elaine Aron, and an Empath, …

Episode 052: From Computer Programming to Career Mentoring with Toni Patterson

November 24th, 2019

31:28


In this episode, Sara talks with Toni Patterson about her journey from psychology to computer programming to law to career mentoring. Toni not only …

Episode 051: From Physical Therapy to Firefighting with Christi Shibata

November 10th, 2019

47:05



In this episode, Sara talks with Christi Shibata about her journey from architecture to physical therapy to firefighting. Christi talks about her career plans changing when she sustained repeated concussions from …

Episode 050: Ten Ways Career Change is Like Dating with Sara McArdle

October 27th, 2019

32:34

  In this Sara Solo Show, Sara discusses all the ways that career change and realizing one's life work is like dating in hopes of meeting one's life …

Episode 049: From Investment Finance to Interior Design with Courtney McLeod

October 13th, 2019

57:29

  In this episode, Sara talks with Courtney McLeod about her abrupt and intentional departure from a well-established career in private equity real estate to pursue her bigger dream of interior design. Courtney shares …

Episode 048: From Mortgage Accounting to Reiki with Michele DeCamp

September 29th, 2019

54:54

  In this episode, Sara talks with Michele DeCamp about the journey through the undiagnosed chronic pain that ultimately led her to leave mortgage …

Episode 047: Collaboration and Asking for Help with Sara McArdle

September 15th, 2019

37:17

  In this Sara Solo Show, Sara delves into the seventh of her Seven Cs of Successful Career Change, a system that addresses the most common areas …

Episode 046: From Marketing and Communications to Marriage and Family Therapy with Sara Wilson

September 1st, 2019

31:09

  In this episode, Sara McArdle talks with Sara Wilson about her journey from marketing and communications to marriage and family therapy. Sara …

Episode 045: Career Catch-Up Convo with Massage Therapist and Self-Care Coach Kristen Jawad

August 18th, 2019

43:06

  In this episode, Sara talks with Kristen Jawad, who was featured on episode 003 of Women Who Went for It. At the time, Kristen detailed her journey from education to massage. Since January of 2018, Kristen's career …

Episode 044: Cultivating a Community of Supportive Go-Getters with Sara McArdle

August 4th, 2019

33:00

  In this Sara Solo Show, Sara delves into the sixth of her Seven Cs of Successful Career Change, a system that addresses the most common areas that …

Episode 043: From Lawyer to Dog Sanctuary Owner with Jen Dulski

July 21st, 2019

56:38

  In this episode, Sara talks with Jen Dulski about her journey through crippling grief after the tragic passing of her best friend to finding hope …

Episode 042: From Corporate Risk Manager to Novelist with Tikiri Herath

July 7th, 2019

47:49

  In this episode, Sara talks with Tikiri Herath about her journey from managing corporate risk programs for the Canadian government to writing thriller novels. Tikiri shares how major, life-disrupting events caused …

Episode 041: Communication and Putting Ourselves Out There with Sara McArdle

June 23rd, 2019

37:22

  In this Sara Solo Show, Sara delves into the fifth of her Seven Cs of Successful Career Change, a system that addresses the most common areas that …

Episode 040: From Real Estate Agent to Personal Concierge with Sondra Firestein

June 9th, 2019

53:22

  In this episode, Sara talks with Sondra Firestein about her journey from real estate agent to personal concierge. Sondra shares how she stumbled across her business idea, how she overcomes the critical voice in her …

Episode 039: From Nonprofit to Coworking Art Studio Ownership with Jaki McQuiston

May 26th, 2019

49:55



In this episode, Sara talks with Jaki McQuiston about her journey from the nonprofit world to owning and operating an art studio and coworking space. Jaki shares the story of losing her son when he was just 11 days …

Episode 038: Courage and Questioning Our Thoughts with Sara McArdle

May 12th, 2019

29:28

  In this Sara Solo Show, Sara delves into the fourth of her Seven Cs of Successful Career Change, a system that addresses the most common areas …

Episode 037: From Fashion to Farmers Markets with Sarah Dylan Jensen

April 28th, 2019

47:35

  In this episode, Sara McArdle talks with Sarah Dylan Jensen about her journey from the fashion industry to social media, marketing, and managing farmers markets. Sarah Dylan Jensen shares how she established personal …

Episode 036: From Hospital Psychometrist to Thrift Stylist with Kelly Herzberg

April 14th, 2019

47:23

  In this episode, Sara talks with Kelly Herzberg about her move from hospital psychometry and standardized testing for kids with Autism into thrift styling. Kelly talks about how she transitioned her career over a …

Episode 035: The Keys to Clarity with Sara McArdle

March 31st, 2019

28:18

  In this Sara Solo Show, Sara delves into the third of her Seven Cs of Successful Career Change, a system that addresses the most common areas …

Episode 034: From Graphic Designer to Career Astrologer with Natalie Walstein

March 17th, 2019

40:01

  In this episode, Sara talks with Natalie Walstein about her move from graphic design into career astrology. Natalie shares what astrology revealed …

Episode 033: From Attorney to Restaurateur and University VP with Colleen Kerr

March 3rd, 2019

49:08

  In this episode, Sara talks with Colleen Kerr about her epic journey from being the "Erin Brockovich of Kentucky bluegrass stubble burning" to …

Episode 032: Curiosity and Investigating the Unexpected with Sara McArdle

February 17th, 2019

27:27

  In this Sara Solo Show, Sara delves into the second of her Seven Cs of Successful Career Change, a system that addresses the most common areas …

Episode 031: From TV Production to Environmental Education with Sanaa Green

February 3rd, 2019

40:52

  In this episode, Sara talks with Sanaa Green about her nonlinear journey from television production to environmental education. Today, Sanaa leads National Audubon Society's Wild Indigo initiative in Detroit, a …

Episode 030: From Hazardous Waste to Tiny Houses with Dee Williams

January 20th, 2019

46:04



In this episode, Sara talks with Dee Williams about her tiny house business and minimalist lifestyle. After building and moving into her own 84 square foot tiny house in 2004, Dee saved enough money and time to cut …

Episode 029: Commitment, Time Tracking and the Power of No with Sara McArdle

January 6th, 2019

33:12

  In this Sara Solo Show, Sara delves into the first of her Seven Cs of Successful Career Change, a system that addresses the most common areas that …

Episode 028: From Financial Services to Fitness with Clem Lafrades

December 23rd, 2018

55:52

  In this episode, Sara talks with Clem Lafrades about her journey from financial services to fitness. Clem shares stories of how overcoming adversity led her to creating her dream gym, how she decides which projects …

Episode 027: From Attorney to Interfaith Leader with Aneelah Afzali

December 9th, 2018

57:03

  In this episode, Sara talks with Aneelah Afzali about her journey from attorney to community activist, interfaith leader, and justice advocate. Aneelah shares what it was like to leave her legal career and very …

Episode 026: The Myth of Personal vs. Professional with Sara McArdle

November 25th, 2018

19:24

In this Sara Solo Show, Sara lays the foundation for her Seven Cs of Successful Career Change, a system that addresses the most common areas that …

Episode 025: From Marketing to Skincare and Makeup with Adora Drake

November 11th, 2018

36:54

  In this episode, Sara talks with Adora Drake about her journey from working in corporate marketing to founding a beauty business. Adora shares how beauty products have helped her feel more empowered in her life, the …

Episode 024: From Advertising to Jewelry with Carol Gavhane

October 28th, 2018

47:22



In this episode, Sara talks with Carol Gavhane about her journey from advertising, through years of dealing with secondary infertility, to …

Episode 023: From Marina Supervisor in the Tropics to Waste Management in Antarctica with Sadie Rusby

October 14th, 2018

53:29

In this episode, Sara talks with Sadie Rusby about her choice to cycle the world before going to university and then working short term, contract positions in the environmental field, all while keeping her eye on her …

Episode 022: From Admin and Retail to Art and Writing with Mary Anne Radmacher

September 30th, 2018

47:42

In this episode, Sara talks with Mary Anne Em Radmacher about her rise from working whatever minimum wage jobs she could get to being a successful …

Episode 021: From International Marketer to Pilot with Michelle Knoll

September 16th, 2018

1:02:26

In this episode, Sara talks with Michelle Knoll about her twisting, turning journey from international marketer for the Walt Disney Company to …

Episode 020: From Home Office Organizer to Activist and Writer with Jennifer Hofmann

September 2nd, 2018

59:10



In this episode, Sara talks with Jennifer Hofmann about her journey from home office organizer (and much more!) to activist and writer. Jen talks about how everything she ever did in her wildly varied career led up …

Episode 019: From Latin Teacher to Plant Nursery Owner with Lucile Whitman

August 19th, 2018

42:39

  In this episode, Sara talks with Lucile Whitman about her journey from teaching Latin in prep school to purchasing an orchard and starting a …

Episode 018: From Social Work to Life Purpose and Holistic Wellness Coach with Sharon Roemmel

August 5th, 2018

44:57

  In this episode, Sara talks with Sharon Roemmel, BSW, ACC, E-RYT, about her journey from social work to life purpose & holistic wellness …

Episode 017: From Credit Union to Personal Chef with Tanorria Askew

July 22nd, 2018

48:41

  In this episode, Sara talks with Tanorria Askew about her journey from being a 15-year credit union professional to becoming a personal chef. Thanks to insistence from her friends that she audition for "MasterChef" …

Episode 016: From Research and Program Evaluation to Portrait Photography with Judy Lee

July 8th, 2018

42:59

  In this episode, Sara talks with Judy Lee about her journey from research and program evaluation at a university to transformative women's portrait photography. After agonizing struggles with fertility, pregnancy …

Episode 015: From Public Relations to Farming with Jake Keiser

June 24th, 2018

36:39

  In this episode, Sara talks with Jake Keiser about leaving her lifestyle as an award-winning, six-figure earning, Hamptons-vacationing publicist in Tampa, Florida to become a farmer in rural Mississippi. …

Episode 014: Leaving Corporate 3 Times for Wellness with Michelle Wong

June 10th, 2018

43:46

  In this episode, Sara talks with Michelle Wong about leaving her cushy (but ill-fitting) corporate software engineering career three times before …

Episode 013: From Saving Every Penny for Travel to Founding a Travel Company with Beth Whitman

May 27th, 2018

51:36

  In this episode, Sara talks with Beth Whitman about working odd jobs and saving every penny to travel the world before taking the leap and founding her own travel company. Beth shares her views on "confidence" and …

Episode 012: From Hostelling to Public Health to Nonviolent Communication with Erin Merrihew

May 13th, 2018

41:23

In this episode, Sara talks with Erin Merrihew about her path from opening a hostel in Bolivia to becoming a Nonviolent Communication-based …

Episode 011: From Car Sales to Marketing, Branding Social Media with Erin Alexander

April 29th, 2018

36:07

  In this episode, Sara talks with Erin Alexander about selling cars for 15 years and raising a son who went on to play Major League Baseball—all as a single parent—before pursuing a passion all her own: starting a …

Episode 010: From Nursing to Ministry to Counseling to Life Coaching with Eva Cruz Pena

April 15th, 2018

37:05

  In this episode, Sara talks with Eva Cruz Pena about her journey from nursing to ministry to counseling and eventually life coaching. Eva shares …

Episode 009: From Tech to Nursing with Jennifer Farrell

April 1st, 2018

37:51

In this episode, Sara chats with Jennifer Farrell about working in the tech industry for a decade and then going back to school and becoming a …

Episode 008: A Lifesaving Move From Excite.com to MamaCon with Leanne Kabat

March 18th, 2018

55:33

  Leanne Kabat is alive today, in large part, because she followed the call to pursue her deeper life's work. As an International Media Manager for …

Episode 007: From Audio Production to Founding a PR Firm with Sabrina Hutchinson

March 4th, 2018

44:26

  In this episode, Sara chats with Sabrina Hutchinson about moving from audio production to founding a successful PR firm in Los Angeles. Sabrina …

Episode 006: From Global Travel to Childbirth and Parent Support with Rebecca Blankinship

February 18th, 2018

39:38

  In this episode, Sara talks with Rebecca Blankinship about how she pivoted from global travel and cross-cultural awareness to parenting and …

Episode 005: From Social Work to Festival Creation with Angie Louthan

February 4th, 2018

51:56

  In this episode, Sara talks with Angie Louthan about following her intuition from social work to creating and producing a festival, and other jobs …

Episode 004: From Teaching to Psychic Mediumship with Melissa Peil

January 21st, 2018

1:02:23

  In this episode, Sara talks with Melissa Peil about leaving her "corporate dream job" as a teacher in the healthcare field to become a full-time …

Episode 003: From Education to Massage with Kristen Jawad

January 4th, 2018

47:43

  In this episode, Sara talks with Kristen Jawad about her journey from education to massage, wellness and self-care. They touch on the topics of recognizing the work that's right for you, the importance of exploring …

Episode 002: From Hollywood to Software with Chelsea Behrens

January 4th, 2018

39:18

  In this episode, Sara talks with Chelsea Behrens about her journey from Hollywood to the software industry, and everything in between. They touch …

Episode 001: Podcast Introduction and Sara's Personal Story

January 4th, 2018

38:58

  In this very first episode of Women Who Went for It!, Sara outlines her own story of career transformation and shares her intentions, hopes and dreams for the podcast: to help give you the clarity, courage and …

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