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Women Who Went for It! is a bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Career Change Agent, Sara McArdle. The show features inspiring chats with successful industry changers who share how they found the clarity, courage and motivation to step into a deeper vocation and a life of meaning and fulfillment. We hope you'll see just how many before you have GONE for it—and they're eternally grateful that they took the risk!

Jan 5, 2020

Women Who Went for It Podcast Guest: Sharon Podobnik Peterson

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 to stay safe, about experiencing a breakdown during her honeymoon that led her to make big changes in her career path, and talks about how she is still figuring out her own style of work / life balance and figuring out what to say "yes" vs. "no" to. Today, Sharon not only owns Go Love Yourself Box, the #1 rated subscription box for personal growth, but she's also a leadership coach, speaker, writer, business owner, and professor of education at Johns Hopkins University.

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Sara and Sharon Discuss:
  • How Sara found Sharon
  • Sara and Kristen Jawad's upcoming Ladies' Self-Love Spa Night on Feb. 3 - Tickets
  • Sharon learning from her entrepreneurial mother
  • What she learned growing up with very little money
  • Working hard and overachieving to stay safe
  • Studying abroad in Australia and Germany
  • Triple majoring at University of Pittsburgh in psychology, sociology, and German
  • Getting recruited by Teach for America to be a middle school math teacher
  • Her promotion to instructional coach
  • "Everything is Figureoutable" book by Marie Forleo
  • Becoming a second grade math teacher
  • Going back to work for Teach for America, this time teaching teachers how to teach
  • Her promotion to instructional specialist
  • A shocking discovery
  • Leaving and working in her dream job at an arts charter school
  • Working as Adjunct Professor of Education at Johns Hopkins University
  • Burning the candle at both ends
  • Taking Ambien to make it through the night and Xanax to get through the day
  • Getting married and having a breakdown on her honeymoon
  • Realizing that the success of her marriage depended on better self-care
  • How she figured out what to do next
  • Starting a "book club," or a book subscription box
  • Her idea morphing into the Go Love Yourself Box
  • Going back to school at Georgetown University for a certificate in Executive Leadership Coaching
  • Pursuing two new careers in tandem to see which would work better
  • The difference between coaching in education vs. coaching as defined by the International Coach Federation
  • The easing of her anxieties through coaching
  • The variety of work she does now
  • Creating work / life balance
  • Her process of setting goals each year
  • Two recommendations:
  • Learning how to be bored
  • Doing tiny experiments to figure out what's right for her
  • Noticing the ideas that keep coming back to her
  • Getting going on an idea so you don't fall in love with the plan, itself
  • How the Go Love Yourself Box works and what was in the November 2019
  • Her loudest naysayer
  • The advice she'd give herself if she had to do it all over again
  • ...and more!
Sharon's Full Bio:
Sharon Podobnik Peterson is a values-driven, multi-passionate, serial entrepreneur. Sharon founded The Go Love Yourself Box, the #1 rated subscription box for personal growth, where she delivers self-directed coaching to women monthly. She is the editor-in-chief of Go Love Yourself Magazine, a monthly publication for-and-by women. She also founded The Center for Conscious Leadership, where she empowers game changers and change agents who are moved to combat systemic inequality and existing privilege structures through workshops and executive leadership coaching.
As a leadership coach, speaker, writer, business owner, and professor of education at Johns Hopkins University, empowerment and self-actualization are at the heart of everything she does. She feels most alive when she’s reading, writing, creating, connecting, and coaching. When she’s not facilitating in-person workshops, she’s exploring the world with her husband, Mark, or reading with her spunky kitty, Annie, in Seattle, Washington.
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