Pausing with Aaron McHugh

In episode 31 of The Pausecast...


  • Experience a guided pause led by Aaron

  • The missing piece most of us miss when it comes to leading yourself

  • How Aaron got out of being “unstuck”

  • How to lead without “driving hard”

  • How Aaron learned to take in more renewal resources and “nutrients” and how it changed his life

  • Depleting vs. fulfilling merit badges

  • Why being busy instead of feeling fulfilling.

  • How burnout can shift to be a practice of living

  • Learn to have your own “no” permission slip

  • How to create more emotional “calories” to match high depletion rates

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Aaron McHugh


Aaron McHugh is a writer, podcaster, adventurer, author, and career liberator who is learning to master a sustainable work-life balance while weaving the rhythms of play and enjoyment into his every day routine.

He hosts the fast-growing podcast “Work Life Play,” leads Reboot Your Life experiential weekends, speaks widely, and is an affiliate advisor to McKinsey & Co., helping drive large culture transformations in North America.



Rachael O'Meara


Rachael O’Meara is a transformation leadership and executive coach who empowers overwhelmed, successful women to take back their lives and live a fulfilling, thriving life. She created The Pausecast to help listeners be more self-aware as they learn how to intentionally shift their behavior and live purposeful, empowered lives every day.


For the past tweleve years, Rachael's experience in sales and client services at Google has helped her have a pulse on what it takes to be a successful and thriving transformational leader. 

Her book Pause was named one of 2017's top business books for your career and was featured in the New York Times and on and the TEDx stage in 2019.


Rachael lives in San Francisco with her husband and pauses as much as possible to ski, road bike, and BE (which is a life long challenge!).


She has a Master's in Transformational Leadership and Coaching from the Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential and has an MBA from Fordham University.

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