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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


Episode 001: Podcast Introduction and Sara's Personal Story

  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 motivation you need to step into a deeper vocation and a life of meaning and fulfillment. Sara coaches women to find work that delights and energizes them, and aligns with their purpose.   Sara discusses:

  • The focus of her work as a career change agent
  • The distinction between her role and those of career counselors
  • Why she was inspired to do create a podcast
  • The kinds of women she'll be interviewing
  • The kinds of insights and inspiration these women will share
  • Sara's story
    • Her opinions of work/life balance growing up
    • How she picked her future career in design
    • Her experience at university
    • Working in Yellowstone National Park
    • Stories and limiting beliefs from people around her
    • "Falling into" her first real job
    • Her brief departure from design
    • Personal challenges she faced during this "detour"
    • Landing a nonprofit design job and still feeling like something was missing
    • Trying to talk herself into feeling satisfied
    • Looking for fulfillment through hobbies
    • Going inward to find meaning through meditation, dreams, spirituality, etc.
    • Tackling the things that scared her
    • Learning and practicing Nonviolent or Compassionate Communication
    • Learning to say "yes" to what's right and "no" to what's not
    • Volunteering and personal growth
    • Community recognition
    • Joining a leadership group
    • Seeking external advice about what she was good at
    • Hearing the term "coaching" for the first time
    • Following her curiosity, intuition and "coincidences"
    • Checking out coaching schools
    • Securing the finances to make it happen
    • Getting certified
    • Figuring out her niche
    • What it's like to have a bigger sense of purpose behind your work
    • Her biggest surprise
    • Finding the right combination of work for her
    • How she hopes to help others find their most meaningful and fulfilling work
    • Resources that Sara recommends
...and more.   Connect with Sara:   Sara's full bio: Sara McArdle coaches women to find work that delights and energizes them, and aligns with their purpose. Sara wasn't born with an obvious "calling.” In fact, while she knew when she started working as a professional graphic designer that something was missing, she waited 20 years to make a change. In 2013, she began practicing NVC—a discipline that helps people transform negative self-talk, identify what matters most to them and take steps toward a more wonderful life. Her experience of empowering herself and others was so transformative and inspiring that she pursued a Whole Person Coach® certification and launched a business to help women recognize and make the most of their unique gifts, and—like her—spend the rest of their lives doing work they’re madly in love with.

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