This Miraculous Life

This Miraculous Life offers direct access to host Sara Oliveri Olumba's two cents on liberating yourself from the bullshit, and tuning in with the miraculousness of life. Each episode Sara responds to real life problems with practical, some times science-based, and honest solutions for navigating life without losing touch with what it really is - a profound and awesome gift.

Sara has a Master's degree in Positive Psychology - the science of human thriving. And is currently named the "Best Life Coach in Washington DC" for the 2nd year in a row as selected by readers of the Washington City Paper.

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    How to Navigate Interracial Relationships in Trump Era

    How do we stay connected when our families are at odds? Are most people in America actually racist? How do we prevent people of color from having to carry the burden of discussing and standing up for racial justice? Together with interracial relationship expert, Huma Sikander, Sara responds to a listener who has reached out for advice about how to navigate a strained interracial relationship post-trump. Learn the two most important keys to successfully navigating an interracial relationship.

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    Overcome Millenial Burnout

    Sara takes up Anne Helen Peterson’s insight-breaking Buzzfeed article on Milennial Burnout. Building on the article Sara shares what Millennial Burnout is and how it came to be. Then, Sara begins to step toward what the brilliant Buzzfeed article could not quite uncover - how to OVERCOME and free ourselves of this never-ending burnout cycle! Liberation awaits.

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    How To Set a One Word New Year’s Resolution

    Sara shares how to get SO clear on your intention and resolutions for the coming year that you can distill it down into just one word. She also shares why and how taking this approach to resolutions is helpful. Can you accept her challenge to hone in on your one word?

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    What to do When Your Partner is Not Out of the Closet

    This week’s episode begins with a question about how to create “love” and “space” with a partner who is not “out of the closet.” Together with two amazing guests: Louis Alloro, Positive Psychology doctoral student, and Melissa Sampson, critical care nurse, Sara provides tips and research to help the writer tap into love even amidst pain. Both Louis and Melissa share their own deeply personsl experiences as members of the LGTBQ community as well as their loving advice.

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    How to Set Boundaries at the Holidays

    The holidays are expected to be a blissful, joy-filled, time of perfect baking, perfect decor, and perfect family/friend memories. But, in truth, it rarely works that way. This week Sara responds to questions about how to manage this division between the expectation vs. the reality of the holiday – including the essential step of learning how to set boundaries! Tune in to learn how to embrace the imperfection of the holidays, and plan accordingly!

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    What to do about an abusive relationship

    Have you ever had a friend in trouble, but not know how to help them? In today’s episode, Sara hears from someone who is concerned that a friend is going to get married to an abusive partner. Looking from the outside-in, it may be obvious how bad or dangerous a relationship has become. However, those involved may not be able to separate passion from poison. In this episode Sara invites Michell Stanley, holistic psychotherapist and licensed social worker to help understand how we can be there for our friends in an extremely difficult situation while still not abandoning ourselves - and how to separate helpfulness from judgement. Finally we will learn what is actually helpful - and what just makes us as the outsider looking in - feel better.

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    How to Let Go of Looks

    Have you ever felt your insecurities run away from you? Or feel that your flaws were outside of your control? In this week’s episode, our writer, ​Ugly Duckling,​ expresses frustration that their appearance is affecting their life, especially professionally. The writer wonders how to make peace with the fact that they may receive fewer opportunities or different treatment due to not being traditionally attractive. In response, Sara discusses ways to build confidence, take initiative, and methods for confronting and coping with unfair treatment. Finally Sara reveals how to liberate yourself from concerns about your looks, once and for all.

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    The Why of Relationships

    Have you ever looked around only to notice all of your friends are either married and talking about kids, or single and talking about getting married? You try to connect and understand them but something tells you that cookie cutter “find a mate, get married, have kids, live happily ever after" life just isn‘t for you. So... if that‘s not for you, then what is? Do you even want a long term relationship? If not about that picture perfect life then what are relationships about? Sara breaks down how to figure out these big life questions - especially when you sense that your answer is different from everyone around you! And ultimately reveals her take on the real WHY behind saying Y or N to a romantic commitment.

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    Dating and Compatibility

    Have you met someone attractive and charming, but still struggle to determine whether or not they are a compatible partner for you? Aren’t you supposed to​ just know​ when you’ve got a good catch? Not necessarily. When first meeting a potential partner, people may experience a range of emotions: excitement, nerves, lust, etc. Amongst these feelings, how can you really decide if someone is right for you? In today’s episode, Sara hears from a woman who has recently been on a first date, but is unsure of the criteria she should use to decide whether or not to continue on to second or third dates.

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    Social Media Sick

    "Have you ever felt like social media is sucking away your happiness? Sometimes it’s your best friend and makes a bad day brighter? But other times it’s your worst enemy and diminishes the joy in what would have otherwise been a great day!?

    In today’s episode Sara responds to a listener who is trying to navigate the comparison trap that social media brings along with it! A trap that we have all fallen into at some point in this social media era. Sara discusses, in this era, how do we protect our happiness? How do we stop comparing ourselves? And if/ how we can use social media in a way that is conducive to a happy life!"

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