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Pausing with Derek Sivers

In episode 30 of The Pausecast...

  • A guided writing pause led by Derek

  • How writing helps to pause and create

  • How to live your life as a series of grand experiments

  • How living intentionally and saying no are ways to refresh and renew

  • What lessons have you learned from pausing?

  • How making changes now is a good move

  • Hear about Derek’s new book, and it’s inspiration

  • The metaphor when you “crack the code”

  • How the Muppets, safes, and rainbows are important cues to pause.

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Derek Sivers


Derek Sivers is an American writer, musician, programmer and entrepreneur best known for being the founder and former president of CD Baby, an online CD store for independent musicians. His current projects and writings are all at



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 certificate in Transformational Coaching from the Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential and has an MBA from Fordham University.

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