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

In this episode, Sara talks with Michelle Wong about leaving her cushy (but ill-fitting) corporate engineering career three times before fully committing to her passion: serving as a wellness and lifestyle strategist. Michelle shares how her understanding of and beliefs about money came into play; she explains network marketing and she gives tips for getting out of your head and into your body. Michelle uniquely blends nutrition, supplementation, intuition, self-care and leadership...


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

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 talks about how to tune out the opinions of others and tap into one's own, inner guidance. Through her brands WanderTours, Wanderlust and Lipstick, and Be Bold, Beth writes travel books, leads trips and culinary adventures across the world, delivers public talks and hosts her...


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

In this episode, Sara talks with Erin Merrihew about her path from opening a hostel in Bolivia to becoming a Nonviolent Communication-based communication & leadership coach. Erin opens up about balancing her perfectionist tendencies with her commitment to being true to herself, as well as the stories we tell ourselves that keep us stuck in positions that are no longer the best fit for us. In her work leading classes and workshops, in private coaching and in consulting for businesses, Erin...


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

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 social media, marketing and branding company. Erin Alexander is the Founder, CEO, and Top Social Butterfly of FinallySocial.com. Over the last three years, Erin has grown Finally Social from a boutique social media company to a full-service marketing enterprise. Sara and...


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

In this episode, Sara talks with Eva Cruz Pena about her journey from nursing to ministry to counseling and eventually life coaching. Eva shares how she connects with her intuition, follows her heart and "lives whole, piece by piece." Eva coaches professional and entrepreneurial women to achieve the creative dream that burns deep within them so they can live the full expression of themselves, show up fully in the world and connect to their power and creative source. Sara and Eva...


Episode 009: From Tech to Nursing with Jennifer Farrell

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 nurse. Jennifer talks about taking a pay cut to pursue what she loves, the payoffs of making her career change (including reclaiming her free time!) and the satisfyingly steep learning curve of the nursing profession. Today, Jennifer is a Registered Nurse on staff for a Surgical Cardiac Unit at Swedish Medical Center Cherry Hill Campus in Seattle,...


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

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 Excite.com in the 90s, she oversaw partnerships in Japan, Australia and Canada. After falling and lying paralyzed on the floor for hours one night, Leanne was given 5 years to live. Until one breakthrough moment at a MamaCon conference for moms, she'd lost all hope. Leanne now owns MamaCon, as well as MamaConnects, a podcast and media company...


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

In this episode, Sara chats with Sabrina Hutchinson about moving from audio production to founding a successful PR firm in Los Angeles. Sabrina talks about saying "yes" and figuring the "how" out later, her passion for building & maintaining lifelong relationships, having a de facto "board of directors" and defining her ideal client. In 2011, Sabrina leveraged 15 years of sales and marketing experience and founded Defiant Public Relations, an entertainment PR firm working with composers,...


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

In this episode, Sara talks with Rebecca Blankinship about how she pivoted from global travel and cross-cultural awareness to parenting and childbirth support—and did it as a single mom. Rebecca shares how she recognized her passions, how parenting traditions in other cultures inform the work she does today and she gives some easy self-care tips for new parents. Offering a continuum of care from preconception to parenting, Rebecca Blankinship has been described as a life doula, holding...


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

In this episode, Sara talks with Angie Louthan about following her intuition from social work to creating and producing a festival, and other jobs along the way. Angie shares how she first learned to go with her gut, and how a health crisis compelled her to create a kinder world, from the inside out. Angie is the founder and creator of The Kind Fest—an event in Snohomish, Washington that brings together leaders, businesses, organizations and artists in one place to help empower people...


Episode 004: From Teaching to Psychic Mediumship with Melissa Peil

In this episode, Sara talks with Melissa Peil about leaving her "corporate dream job" to become a full-time psychic medium. They chat about what it was like for Melissa to step into a career outside of the "mainstream," the importance of following one's intuition and a big key to building confidence. Melissa offers readings that provide insight that help empower her clients to make informed decisions, overcome obstacles and even connect with passed-on loved ones. Sara and Melissa...


Episode 003: From Education to Massage with Kristen Jawad

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 and playing and even the concept of "career." Kristen specializes in wellness massage for women in her Kirkland, Washington studio and offers experiential workshops in the Seattle area. Sara and Kristen discuss: Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of...


Episode 002: From Hollywood to Software with Chelsea Behrens

In this episode, Sara talks with Chelsea Behrens about her journey from Hollywood to the software industry, and everything in between. They touch on the topics of Chelsea's process for finding a career that was better than she ever imagined, as well as the importance of continued personal growth, staying inspired and cultivating the right mindset. Chelsea works at the Software as a Service (SAAS) company, Concur, as a Solutions Consultant and also connects the community by hosting...


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: Seattle Insight Meditation Society Nonviolent Communication: A Language...