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#WeGotGoals is a podcast by aSweatLife.com on which we talk to high achievers about their goals - some they've already accomplished and some they're striving to accomplish in the future. After writing about goals and sharing stories from some very impressive people, we discovered something we didn’t anticipate: asking people about their goals – past and present – gives them an easy way to share their story. And by asking others to share something they were proud of accomplishing and saying something they wanted to achieve in the future aloud, we reinforced two principles we’re passionate about: recognizing your accomplishments and going after what you want. And just writing these stories didn’t seem to do them justice anymore. It seemed fitting that these inspiring people share their journeys themselves, using their own voices. And thus, the #WeGotGoals podcast was born. This podcast is hosted by Cindy Kuzma, Maggie Umberger and Jeana Anderson Cohen of aSweatLife.

#WeGotGoals is a podcast by aSweatLife.com on which we talk to high achievers about their goals - some they've already accomplished and some they're striving to accomplish in the future. After writing about goals and sharing stories from some very impressive people, we discovered something we didn’t anticipate: asking people about their goals – past and present – gives them an easy way to share their story. And by asking others to share something they were proud of accomplishing and saying something they wanted to achieve in the future aloud, we reinforced two principles we’re passionate about: recognizing your accomplishments and going after what you want. And just writing these stories didn’t seem to do them justice anymore. It seemed fitting that these inspiring people share their journeys themselves, using their own voices. And thus, the #WeGotGoals podcast was born. This podcast is hosted by Cindy Kuzma, Maggie Umberger and Jeana Anderson Cohen of aSweatLife.
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#WeGotGoals is a podcast by aSweatLife.com on which we talk to high achievers about their goals - some they've already accomplished and some they're striving to accomplish in the future. After writing about goals and sharing stories from some very impressive people, we discovered something we didn’t anticipate: asking people about their goals – past and present – gives them an easy way to share their story. And by asking others to share something they were proud of accomplishing and saying something they wanted to achieve in the future aloud, we reinforced two principles we’re passionate about: recognizing your accomplishments and going after what you want. And just writing these stories didn’t seem to do them justice anymore. It seemed fitting that these inspiring people share their journeys themselves, using their own voices. And thus, the #WeGotGoals podcast was born. This podcast is hosted by Cindy Kuzma, Maggie Umberger and Jeana Anderson Cohen of aSweatLife.

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Episodes

How Rafe Offer, Sofar Sounds Co-Founder, Created a Global Community Through One Simple Idea

4/22/2019
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Ten years ago, when Rafe Offer created Sofar Sounds, he had no idea what kind of global community he would build. He didn't know how badly people needed real, tangible, human connection. He was just frustrated with his experiences at concerts by musical artists he knew and respected. With the drive to improve his own listening experience, Offer came up with a relatively simple idea: invite artists into people's homes to play an intimate set. The audience would kindly be asked to not use...

Duration:00:34:44

How Failure Expert Sarah Robb O'Hagan Creates Her American Dream

4/17/2019
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"I do think that I’ve become the patron saint of failure," Sarah Robb O'Hagan said as I spoke to her for the #WeGotGoals podcast with a laugh. But that's exactly what made me pay attention when I met her two years ago: a special sort of grit that's simultaneously powerful and vulnerable. On this week's episode, Robb O'Hagan and I talk about her goals, sure, and they're well worth a listen, but I was most struck by her retelling of childhood in New Zealand. It's also telling to note what was...

Duration:00:34:54

How Robyn LaLonde of EDGE Athlete Lounge Created “Cheers for Athletes”

4/10/2019
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Some athletes aim to run or bike faster, others to score more points or lift heavier. But those at Chicago’s EDGE Athlete Lounge have the same underlying target: “becoming better people and helping each other attain whatever goal is in front of them.” Robyn LaLonde and her husband Brian opened EDGE about five years ago as a space where athletes can “do hard things together,” she told me on this week’s episode of #WeGotGoals. The idea came to the couple when they were training for an...

Duration:00:38:50

How Olivia Rogine of Girls' Night In Brings Community from Online to Offline

4/3/2019
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I have a few things that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who will listen to me: the fancy Medjool dates from Trader Joe's, my acupressure mat, the book Station Eleven. And for the past few months, I've added Girls' Night In to that list. Girls' Night In (GNI) is an email newsletter that goes out every Friday, and it's dedicated to all things self-care and the joy of staying in. Expect to get a blend of product recommendations, buzzworthy conversation topics, and a few #longreads to...

Duration:00:34:03

Coss Marte Sets a Big Goal From Solitary Confinement, Creating ConBody

3/27/2019
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By the time Coss Marte, Founder and CEO of ConBody, landed in solitary confinement at Rikers Island Prison he was ready for a new path. And that path would eventually lead him to create a fitness sensation with a built-in cause component that landed him in The New York Times, Buzz Feed, Elle, Vice, and The Startup podcast. While sitting alone in his cell 23 hours a day, he reflected on his ninth incarceration. This time, he had gotten his own health in-check, losing 70 pounds through prison...

Duration:00:29:19

On the #WeGotGoals Podcast: 50 Years of Jazzercise with President Shanna Missett Nelson

3/20/2019
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My first memory of fitness was in, you guessed it, a Jazzercise class. In elementary school I had a few classes at my dance studio, but that didn't feel like a workout. (And why should it? It was dance. It was just fun!) It wasn't until my aunt dragged me to her Jazzercise class one summer afternoon, and I was sandwiched between so many adult women dancing furiously for an hour, dripping sweat and repeatedly giving each other high fives between songs, that I made the connection: dance and...

Duration:00:37:09

How Runstreet’s Marnie Kunz Creates an Artistic, Athletic Community

3/13/2019
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Runners might travel the streets of their city for years without noticing some of the art that decorates alleys, buildings, and walls. Marnie Kunz aims to change that—and to bridge gaps between the communities of athletes, artists, and local businesses while she’s at it. Through her company, Runstreet, she hosts approximately three- to four-mile guided art runs at a relaxed pace through New York and other major cities (a goal she’s particularly proud of—leveraging sponsorships and other...

Duration:00:32:42

Season 3 of the #WeGotGoals Podcast Kicks Off—Here's How We're Changing Things Up This Time

3/6/2019
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On the first two seasons of #WeGotGoals, we sought out individual goal-getters that we admired, whose missions aligned with ours and whose passions we found motivating and inspirational. Standouts like Kate Field of The Kombucha Shop, Jillian Lorenz of The Barre Code, Sarah Spain of ESPN, and Jen Ator of Women's Health all graced our airwaves, sharing their invaluable advice and inspiring us to dream even bigger. And while the heart of that won't change during season 3 of the pod, we...

Duration:00:27:54

The Season Two Finale of #WeGotGoals: Here's What We Learned on the Podcast This Year

2/27/2019
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Readers and listeners, today marks a special day in aSweatLife chronology. Today we celebrate Episode 90 of the #WeGotGoals podcast. And it's not just special because it's episode number 90; we're also celebrating our two-year anniversary of sharing big time goal getters' stories on this podcast platform. We've had just about 90 guests on our podcast over the past two years—from Olympians to world champion runners, from critically acclaimed authors to activists, Survivor contestants to...

Duration:00:24:44

How Jillian Lorenz Built The Barre Code, a Fitness Empire that Empowers Women

2/20/2019
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When The Barre Code first opened its doors in River North eight years ago, there was something different about it from the start. Rather than touting what women could lose—weight, say, or “cottage cheese”—founders Jillian Lorenz and Ariana Chernin instead put their focus squarely on what each and every person who walked in the doors could gain. “Our studios are so much more than just fitness,” Lorenz told me at a special live recording of #WeGotGoals at the Hotel Moxy in Chicago. “We use...

Duration:00:30:00

How Kate Field of The Kombucha Shop Nailed Her Shark Tank Pitch

2/13/2019
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One of the workplace hazards of recording a podcast is that a lot of the time, we end up recording over the phone. And with that medium—especially if it's the first time you're ever talking to this person beyond email—developing a good chemistry between host and guest is kind of a 50-50 toss-up. You might get along like a house on fire (which is a really weird phrase, by the way), or you might wait out awkward pauses during which you're not sure whose turn it is to speak or whether it'll...

Duration:00:46:54

These Four Chicagoans Are Using Fitness to Make a Big Difference in Their Communities—and You Can Help Them

2/6/2019
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When you look at problems like systematic oppression, the 20-year life expectancy gap between people of color and Caucasian communities, a lack of physical activity programming for kids, or even stigma about accessing mental health services … well, it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed. The high achievers on this week’s episode of #WeGotGoals, however, chose to face these issues head-on rather than shrinking from them. Each one has created a unique way to improve their communities—all using...

Duration:00:45:26

How Maya French, Co-Founder of Koia, Makes a Point of Mentoring Other Females in the Beverage Industry

1/29/2019
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Here's a behind-the-podcasting-scenes nugget for you: before I interview anyone for our podcast, I obsessively Google them, usually all within the last 45 minutes leading up to our scheduled interview time. I like to think all the information will be fresh in my head then; it's definitely not cramming, or anything. Right? So it was at approximately 1:17 pm that I called Marie, our Director of Partnerships, who met Maya French (co-founder of Koia) at a past #SweatworkingWeek Fitness...

Duration:00:31:10

FREE MVMT Shop's Ashley Rockwood Explains Why She Picks up Shop

1/23/2019
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The concept of the pop-up shop changed the way businesses think about brick-and-mortar retail. If you're a small business owner who doesn't want to sign a seven-year lease before you've proven your concept, you don't have to. Trailblazers - big and small - have reinvented retail by creating short-term opportunities in retail to test concepts, using underutilized space and social media to fill those spaces for a moment in time. Ashley Rockwood, founder of FREE MVMT Shop is that for fitness....

Duration:00:36:21

How Dr. Mark Cucuzzella Goes Slow to Go Fast—Really Fast

1/15/2019
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Dr. Mark Cucuzzella is the author of the new book Run for Your Life—all about how to achieve longevity in the sport—and has finished marathons in under three hours for 30 straight years. But at one point earlier in his career, he was told he’d have to give up running altogether. For this week’s episode of #WeGotGoals, I caught up with Cucuzzella in Austin at The Running Event, a trade show for running retailers. The way he overcame setbacks serves as a powerful example of charting your own...

Duration:00:34:28

"In the Kitchen and in Life": #WeGotGoals-Worthy Lessons Learned By Chef Ryan Kikkert

1/8/2019
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Ryan Kikkert, now Executive Chef of The Little Beet Table, a Chicago and New York-based restaurant concept, began his career journey as a journalism major. Deep down, though, the moment he set foot in a restaurant kitchen he felt drawn to its beautiful chaos. While completing his undergraduate degree in advertising and public relations, he ultimately knew he'd use it to aid this other passion - working his way into the restaurant industry and creating a name for himself - as it quickly...

Duration:00:35:11

Podcast Remix: Sarah Spain Stands for Doing The Work and Against Harassment

12/28/2018
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We're highlighting episodes of our podcast #WeGotGoals this month that taught us something or stayed with us for one reason or another. I spent my life watching women break into sports — but so has anyone born after 1972 when Title IX passed. In 1995 at 10-years-old, I saw the first women's hockey team in my puck-worshiping Minnesota town and vividly remember the town's debate around girls playing the sport. In 1997, women played basketball professionally with the creation of the WNBA. And...

Duration:00:39:08

Podcast Remix: How Jen Ator Found Gratitude In the Midst of the World Championship IRONMAN

12/19/2018
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As one of the hosts of the #WeGotGoals podcast, I've had the privilege of hearing from insanely cool goal getters, entrepreneurs, CEOs, and leaders in the health and wellness industry. This week, though, I wanted to revisit an episode that fellow co-host Jeana Anderson Cohen led months ago. Episode 37 is with Jen Ator, Fitness Director of Women's Health. In this episode, you'll hear Ator talk about a truly wild goal she trained for and accomplished: The World Championship IRONMAN at Kona. I...

Duration:00:47:52

#WeGotGoals Holiday Remix: How Our Podcast with Laura Vanderkam is Inspiring Me to Take Time This Holiday Season

12/12/2018
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Ironically, it's often during the "most wonderful time of the year" that time becomes a rarefied commodity. Ads and jingles and carols are pressing the importance of spending quality time with loved ones, but between shopping, holiday parties, pageants, and oh yeah, all the stuff that occupies your time in any normal week, you're hard-pressed to spend quality time with anything besides your Mary Poppins-esque work/gym/random White Elephant present bag. I'm guilty of this too, and that's...

Duration:00:37:12

#WeGotGoals Holiday Remix: Learning from Amanda McGrory’s Mindset Shifts All Over Again

12/5/2018
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Sure, there’s a lot to be said for shiny new presents left underneath the tree (and we have a whopping 10 gift guides to help you in that effort). In other cases, though, great treasures come from digging deep in the back of your closet or dresser drawer to find that shirt you’d forgotten you bought, that necklace you were gifted by your grandmother, or some other item you once wore regularly but is now long-buried. This holiday season, the #WeGotGoals team is unearthing some of our...

Duration:00:25:58