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The Real Female Entrepreneur

The Real Female Entrepreneur podcast is a 3x weekly dose of truth and inspiration for female entrepreneurs and women chasing their creative dreams. Lauren sits down with kickass women every week for real, raw, soulful conversations about the hard parts of both business and life. If you're looking for soulful conversations to inspire you throughout your week, you're in the right place. Get cozy. Grab your headphones. And stay awhile. New episodes every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!
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Apr 27, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"It was easier to talk about the past with him than to think about how my future had literally just exploded."

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE:

Some of people's bravest moments are when they're sharing about the hardest parts of their stories.

In this episode, I sit down with Jessica Alonso of Quirk Creative to hear about the darkest, hardest, loneliest parts of her story. She shares about living with debilitating anxiety, losing someone to suicide, divorce, miscarriage, and the hardest trial she faced in her marriage. We also talk about her business and how it recently evolved, but the bulk of our conversation revolves around her life story.

Whatever you're struggling with right now, you're not alone. If you need that reminder, this episode is for you.

SUBSCRIBE + LISTEN ITUNES STITCHER   Aaron’s 2nd homecoming from Afghanistan, back when things were “normal”.

I barely talked to him during this deployment.

The birth of our sweet daughter, Riley Elizabeth.

364 days after I miscarried our first baby.

“Single” parenting while he was away.

This was about the time that I was diagnosed with postpartum anxiety & depression.

This picture ended up ALL over the news.

This was taken after he had finally been stabilized and brought back to the states.

Riley’s first quality time with her Daddy, at 5 months old. After we decided to divorce and I moved home (again)...

 I decided that Riley and I needed some photos together to mark our new chapter. She was two years old.

At the Society for Creative Founders with Malena Southworth & Amber Housley.

This conference was the first time I really believed I could run my own business.

Christmas with my sister-in-law.

I think this was our very last picture together.

  MORE OF JESSICA

www.quirkcreativedesign.com

Jessica on Instagram

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Apr 26, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

“I feel weirder when I am doing it and it doesn’t feel super true to me than when I choose not to do it.”

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE:

It's terrifying to pave your own path and do things differently than everyone else. And it's hella inspiring to see badass women doing it!

In this episode, I sit back down with Kelsey Baldwin of Paper & Oats (she shared her story in episode 13) to find out how she's been doing things her own way since day one. Stepping outside of the box has been the main driver behind Kelsey's success - in life and in business. Ready to do you, boo? Listen on for inspiration.

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www.paperandoats.com

Kelsey on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

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Apr 25, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"I know there are things from my past that I have not let go of, that I have not moved through, that I've probably just suppressed the shit out of, never even addressed..."

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE:

I want to share more with you about my life in the present moment. So, in this episode, I'm opening up about my experience with anxiety as well as my journey through therapy.

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Apr 20, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"The hardest part for me was feeling like a failure."

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Riding the waves of entrepreneurship is hard enough without struggling with grief, loss, and depression.

In this episode, Jess Freeman, a graphic + web designer and the owner of Jess Creatives, shares about losing her mom several months after taking her business full-time. She talks about her struggles with grief and depression during that time, and she also shares some amazing thoughts and suggestions on how we can support friends who are dealing with loss. We also talk about a recent course launch that Jess says what a total "flop", defining success for yourself, and how her business grew from a part-time gig to a full-time business.

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www.jesscreatives.com

Jess on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

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Apr 19, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

“If I’m with other introverts, I can handle more. And I actually become way more outgoing in that scenario.”

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE:

For an introvert, working by yourself as a solopreneur doesn't mean all of the introverted-struggles go away. And for Cat Rose, a self-proclaimed introvert and creator of The Creative Introvert, leaving behind the corporate world didn't get rid of her struggles.

In this episode, Cat shares some fascinating differences between introverts and extroverts and how they process information. She shares about the overlap she's found between Highly Sensitive People (HSP) and introversion, how introverts process thoughts and ideas differently, and how working from home doesn't solve all of an introvert's problems.

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www.thecreativeintrovert.com

The Creative Introvert Podcast

Cat on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

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Apr 18, 2017
  Episode Sneak Peek: "Who ever said that our careers have to be these finite things? That we have to stop growing at some point?"   Listen! listen & subscribe in iTunes   What's In This Episode:

Making the decision to quit is one of the hardest decisions I've ever made.

Yet, I've made it nearly a dozen times throughout my career and entrepreneurial journey. From quitting a job after only six weeks to closing a business after two and a half years, I've experienced my fair share of quitting one thing to move on to another. In this episode, I'm sharing about my own experience, the shame I felt around quitting, and how you know when it's the right time to call it quits.

  go behind the scenes   "Knowing when to quit and move on is terrifying, because even when your gut is telling you it's time, it means that it's going to require you to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. And that's scary."   join the conversation in the Facebook group   Links From This Episode:

Episode 81: My Not-So-Typical Career Path

Episode 83: Closing a Business, Depression, & The Butterfly Effect with Eileen Guan

Lauren on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

Apr 13, 2017
  Episode Sneak Peek: "I know what it feels like to say 'I need help," and no ones paying attention to you, until it's too late."   Listen! listen and subscribe in iTunes   What's In This Episode:

A young girl battling self-hatred after losing her mother and her father finds her way back to self-love again.

If you listened to Chakayla share her inspiration without hearing her story, you'd have no clue that she spent a decade of her life hating everything about herself. In this episode, I sit down with Chakayla Taylor, a certified goal success life coach, to dive into her story. Chakayla shares both the good and the bad that have shaped her into the inspirational, kickass woman that she is today, as well as the nuggets of wisdom her mother imparted to her that guide everything she does.

  "You have to want it, even when you're stumbling."   go behind-the-scenes   "This is something about life that you just cannot control. You cannot control somebody else's actions. You cannot control somebody else's reactions. The only thing that you can control is what you say ... and what you allow yourself to go through .. what you allow yourself to experience."   join the conversation in the Facebook community   "Perception is everything."   Links From This Episode:

Shonda Rhimes, "My year of saying yes to everything" TED talk

The Soup Podcast

www.chakaylajtaylor.com

Chakayla on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

S-Town Podcast

Chef's Table on Netflix

Grit + Glitter on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

Apr 12, 2017
  Episode Sneak Peek: “This is never where any of us thought that I would get, and so I sometimes wonder, “Am I doing enough with the life that I’ve been given?””   Listen! listen & subscribe in iTunes   What's In This Episode:

So many of us experience a lot of guilt around feeling the need to justify our time and how we spend our days and how much money we're making. It's a debilitating cycle that I think a lot of entrepreneurs have found themselves in.

In this episode, I sit down with the artist Alexis Drolet to talk about the guilt she's experience from chasing her dreams. After graduating with a degree in Biology and Neuroscience, Alexis spent the first part of her career working within that field. After having kids, though, she decided to start a new career as an artist.

She shares about the initial guilt she experienced because she wasn't doing what she, and others, thought she'd be doing now, given her background and degree. She also opens up about wondering whether what she's doing is living up to other people's expectations and the guilt the feels pursuing art and feeling like she should be doing something "more".

  go behind-the-scenes   “I say, “I’m an artist,” and I’ve been trying really hard to hold my head up high and say that that is who I am and what I do.”   join the conversation in the Facebook group   Links From This Episode:

www.alexisannecreative.com

Dashes of Happiness Etsy shop

Phone + desktop wallpapers Alexis created for the podcast

Alexis on Instagram and Facebook

Episode 81

Grit + Glitter on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

Apr 11, 2017
  Episode Sneak Peek: "I'm too much for a lot of people, and that's OK."   Listen! listen & subscribe in iTunes   What's In This Episode:

Maybe I've been living under this safe little shelter, but after nearly 4 years in the entrepreneurial world, this is the first time I've gotten (or seen) a public, negative review of my work. And honestly, I was quite shocked at my response.

In this episode, I'm sharing with you exactly how I felt the moment I read the review and how I've processed it over the past two weeks. I also share a little about the anxiety I've been dealing with recently (more on that in a future episode) and how this negative review unexpectedly freed me from that anxiety.

  go behind-the-scenes   "It happened and it didn't crush me. Instead, it did the opposite. It made me want to stand up taller. It made me want to talk faster and louder and be more myself than I already am. It made me love me even more."   join the conversation in the Facebook group   Links From This Episode:

Lauren on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

Apr 6, 2017
  Episode Sneak Peek: "It's hard to convince yourself that you have a place there, you have a voice there, and you have the confidence and the will to make something happen."   Listen! listen & subscribe in iTunes   What's In This Episode:

One perspective we don't hear a lot about in the entrepreneurial community is the hard parts of deciding when to close a business and how to move on from there.

In this episode, I sit down with Eileen Guan, one of the founders of Billion, a social enterprise crowdfunding platform, to talk about the journey through starting and growing Billion to deciding to close it very recently. Eileen shares about why they closed Billion, how she made that decision, and what she's doing now. We also talk about working in tech as a young female entrepreneur, dealing with depression, giving up the title of "founder/entrepreneur", and her experience as a minority female with immigrant parents.

  "I could not have done it without really strong, smart, wonderful, powerful women that bent down and extended a hand and helped lift me up."   support this episode through Patreon   "We put a lot of respect and we put a huge spotlight on people that lead in that huge way - like that are CEOs or presidents - but I think for a little while, I'm OK being someone that's working the machines in the background."   join the conversation in the Facebook community   "Originally why I pitched Billion was because I wanted to change the freakin' world. And there's probably a lot of ego in that thinking that I could do something like that, but at least I wanted to try and to be a part of it."  

Links From This Episode:

Margaret Cho

XPrize

"She Has a Name"

Give Back Hack

Claire Coder in episode 33 and episode 70

Call Your Girlfriend podcast

The Butterfly Effect

Eileen on Twitter

www.hiitsjack.com

Hi it's Jack on Instagram

Apr 5, 2017
  Episode Sneak Peek: "Fear has to be present in our lives ... but the trick is not letting it control all of your actions."   Listen! listen & subscribe in iTunes   What's In This Episode:

Lady Gaga pretty much said it spot on when she sang, "Rejoice and love yourself today, 'cause baby you were born this way."

Embracing what makes you different is this amazing thing that allows you to play to your strengths and build a business and a following of people who truly love you for you. Easier said than done, though. For so many of us, embracing what makes us different is a long journey. In this episode, I sat down with Michelle Knight, a business and branding coach, to talk about her own journey, moving through the fears of standing out, and getting OK with the fact that not everyone is going to love you.

  support this episode through Patreon   "Someone somewhere needs to hear your message."   join the conversation in the Facebook group   Links From This Episode:

www.brandmerry.com

Michelle on Instagram

Grit + Glitter on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

Apr 4, 2017
  Episode Sneak Peek: "I was a really smart, intelligent person and successful in school, and I had just always assumed that my career would reflect that."   Listen! listen & subscribe in iTunes   What's In This Episode:

I had 4 different jobs within 9 months of graduating college and 7 jobs within 2 years of graduating.

After spending all of my educational career as a straight-A student, I felt like a complete failure when it came to figuring out my career path. In today's episode, I thought it was about time that I sit down and share the real down-low with you about my career - all the jobs and dirty details. I share about working multiple jobs at once to make ends meet, how I got started with freelance work and working from home, and I answer one of the most-asked questions I get - how do I actually make money (or do I?).

  support this episode through Patreon   "It's so important to remind ourselves that we don't have to go the typical career route. And it's OK to not know what we want to do and who we want to be. And it's OK to try lots of different things, in a span of several months or several years as you're figuring that out."   join the conversation in the Facebook group   Links From This Episode:

Lauren on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

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