You Should Know Her: Andrea Owen

Andrea Owen is an author, mentor, and certified life coach who helps high-achieving women let go of perfectionism, control, and isolation – choosing courage and confidence instead. She has helped thousands of women manage their inner-critic to create loving connections and live their most kick-ass life.

She is the proud author of 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life: BS Free Wisdom to Ignite Your Inner Badass and Live the Life You Deserve, (Adams Media/Simon & Schuster). Her second book: How To Stop Feeling Like Shit: 14 Habits That Are Holding You Back From Happiness is out now.

When she’s not juggling her full coaching practice or hosting retreats, Andrea is busy competing in triathlons, chasing her 10-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter, or making out with her husband, Jason. She is also a retired roller derby player having skated under the name “Veronica Vain”.

Andera OwenName: Andrea Owen
Occupation: Life coach. Author. Hellraiser.
Website: yourkickasslife.com
Instagram: @yourkickasslife
Twitter: @andrea_owen
Facebook: /yourkickasslife

1. What are three words that best describe you?

Bold, forthright, assertive.

2. Tell us why you’re awesome in two sentences or less.

I’ve been through hell and back and talk about all of it: the struggle, the heartbreak, the grief, as well as the learning, the wisdom and how it’s made me better. Life is a journey and no one has it all figured out.

3. What are your three biggest indulgences?

Sweatpants, expensive jeans, and chocolate chip banana bread.

4. What’s currently your favorite…

Food: Mexican
Cocktail: Been sober since 2011 🙂
Shopping destination/store: Anthropologie and West Elm
Fashion item: Currently obsessed with bralettes
Place to hangout: Home with my hubs and kids
City: My home town of San Diego
Travel item: Paperback books! (Hardback is too heavy)
Beauty product: Mac’s Studiofix
Skincare product: Coconut oil
Hostess gift: Flowers
Home décor item: Colorful throw pillows
Book: Loving memoirs right now – any and all
Website: vicicollection.com
Magazine: Haven’t read any in YEARS

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5. What’s the ONE thing you absolutely can’t live without?

Gold Bond Ultimate hand cream. My hands are really dry and it’s the ONLY one that works. I have several all over my house.

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Litterbugs.

7. If you could have dinner with anyone (living or not) who would it be, and WHY?

My maternal grandmother. She died 12 years before I was born and I know very little about her. I’d ask her All The Questions I could possibly think of, even if I was sure she didn’t know the answer, just to get to know her and find another part of myself.

8. What does it mean to you to have a strong, engaging brand and how has having one helped you?

It means to represent myself, amplified. The brand brings out the best parts of me, but the copy will always tell the truth. My brand has helped me stand out by being one of the first life coaches who talked about her own struggles. People warned me it might be “unprofessional”, but I trusted my gut and went for it. I tell people often that I built a business by being vulnerable and telling the truth.

9. What is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

That it’s all for something bigger. I wouldn’t tell myself to do anything different. It’s all turned out so perfectly— not that my life is perfect, but the path is perfect for me.

10. What is one piece of advice you would give to women today about staying true to themselves and succeeding on their own terms?

Trust your instincts. Surround yourself with women who support and love you and that you can trust. Keep learning, not just about the business you’re in, but about your own growth.

 


 

 

1. Yes Please: Amy Poehler
In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious.
$10.96, www.barnesandnoble.com

2. Coconut Oil
This wonder oil benefits in skin care, hair care, weight loss, improving digestion and increasing immunity against a host of infections and diseases.
$3.00, www.brandless.com

3. Anthropologie Gift Cards
Anthropologie’s e-gift card can be sent whenever you please – within the hour, tomorrow, next week. You’ll receive an email confirmation when the card is delivered to the recipient’s inbox, and they’ll receive instant e-gift card cheer!
$25, www.anthropologie.com

4. Kut from the Kloth Jeans
Kut from the Kloth has a long history of conducting its business following the highest ethical standards, and great products to reflect that.
$39.99+, www.kutfromthekloth.com

5. Gold Bond Hand Cream
GOLD BOND® Ultimate Healing Hand Cream nourishes and repairs dry, problem hands by adding a protective layer of moisture to restore smooth, healthy-looking skin.
$3.87, www.target.com

6. Mac Studio Pressed Powder
This one-step powder and foundation provides a matte texture with medium to full coverage.
$29, www.maccosmetics.com

7. Synergy Kombucha
Kombucha is a fermented tea that’s naturally effervescent with Living Probiotics, Amino Acids, Polyphenols, and Active Enzymes. Each unique offering from GT’s provides revitalizing nourishment to reinvigorate the mind, body, and soul.
$3.69, www.amazon.com

8. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
No need for a mixer for this recipe! Clean-up is easy too, if you want, you can mix everything in one mixing bowl. Bananas, vegetable oil, baking soda, salt, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, flour, and chocolate chips is all there is to it.
Under $10.00 at the grocery store

 


 

Exclusive Interview with Andrea Owen

Andrea’s new book, How to Stop Feeling Like Shit, is a straight-shooting approach to self-improvement for women. It dives deep into the 14 most common self-destructive behaviors women tend to engage in, and how we can create better habits for happiness. Listen in to this exclusive interview with Andrea Owen and SheBrand Founder, Liz Dennery Sanders, talk about some of these bad habits, including: the bitchy inner critic, people-pleasing, and perfectionism to learn what you can do about them.

 


 

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