Courage isn’t a topic that I’ve talked about a lot on this show, but after learning a little more about the work that Kate Swoboda is doing, I was excited to invite her on the show. One of the things I really want to do on the Working Parent Resource Podcast is pull back the curtains on what’s REALLY motivating our behavior as working parents. I see a lot of solutions out there to help overwhelmed working parents, but a lot of them only address the surface level of the complex issues that parents are facing. Today Kate and I are diving much deeper into what really holds people back from pursuing a life that feels really GOOD for them. We talk about the reality of establishing new habits, and how our habits really are the foundation of the life we live. Kate not only offers some really interesting insights, but she also offers very practical action steps for you to take as you begin to implement these things into your own life.

Kate Swoboda is the creator of, Director of the Courageous Living Coach Certification at, and author of the book, The Courage Habit. Her work has appeared in USA Today, Forbes, Entrepreneur, MindBodyGreen, and more. The Courage Habit discusses the connection between the psychology of courage and the neuropsychology of habit-formation, and the tools can be used in leadership, parenting, with creativity, and more. 

Show Notes:

Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Kate Swoboda Website

Kate Swoboda Facebook

Kate Swoboda Instagram

The Courage Habit: How to Accept Your Fears, Release the Past, and Live Your Courageous Life by Kate Swoboda

Avoid These Risks of Being a Perfect Parent

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron

Burnout Rescue Plan

Deliberate Life Challenge

Working Parent Resource Website

About the Working Parent Resource:

Welcome to the Working Parent Resource Podcast. This podcast is all about helping burned out working parents escape survival mode by becoming more intentional at home, at work, and everywhere in between. Together we explore fundamental principles of psychology, the latest research on subjects such as happiness, productivity, mindfulness and relationships, and we hear personal stories that are all designed to help you become the best version of yourself in a noisy and demanding world. Let’s break down the overwhelm together so you can create a more deliberate and fulfilling lifestyle on YOUR terms.

Sarah Argenal is the Founder and CEO of the Working Parent Resource and Host of the Working Parent Resource Podcast. She has her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy and Adult Development and is a Certified Professional Coach with 20 years of experience in psychotherapy, coaching, college-level instruction, program development, and project management. Sarah lives with her husband and two little boys in San Diego, California. 

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