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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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May 31, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"It might be time to just pull back and create what you can create as a human. You can't be superhuman. You can't do all the things."

with Trena Little

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

The idea that you have to hustle to be successful (or happy) and if you're not hustling you're a failure has become a widespread belief within the entrepreneurial space. And frankly, it's bullshit.

And exhausting.

I don't want to make light of the entrepreneurial journey. It's hard. And requires a lot of hard work. But we've bought into this idea that to hustle means to work non-stop and leave the rest of your life behind until you've "made it".

So, in this episode, I sat down with Trena Little, a video and YouTube strategist for online business owners, to talk about her own frustrations with 'the hustle' over the past year and half of running and growing her business. Trena also shares something fascinating that happened in her business once she she stopped hustling and how she's redefined success for herself.

Grab a drink and get cozy. This is about to get good.

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WHO IS TRENA LITTLE?

As a video and Youtube strategist, Trena helps online business owners create a video content strategy that works for their business. Being a busy business owner herself, she understands the importance of making video simple and painless but effective and lasting.

Her YouTube videos are her sales team and they do the heavy lifting for free! When she’s not in front of a camera, she’s in her “mom-iform” of yoga pants and a tee chasing her 2 kids around alongside her husband, her high school sweetheart.

MORE OF TRENA

www.trenalittle.com

Trena on Instagram and Twitter

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May 30, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"Imposter syndrome is very real and alive!" 

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

This isn't your average, surface-y level BS convo about imposter syndrome.

It's me sharing about feeling like a total freaking imposter (read: fake, fraud) after a really important call. I wanted to sit down in the moment and share with you what was really going on in my head.

So, in this episode, less than 20 minutes after getting off the phone call that left me with a really bad case of IS, I sat down at the mic and recorded my thoughts - in real-time. I share about why I haven't felt IS in a really long time and what it really says about me.

Spoiler alert: I don't share 3 nice, neat steps on how to overcome it. I just share with you my own real-life experience. And, well, if you're feeling like a big imposter, too, I hope me sharing my story helps.

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  • "You Are a Badass" by Jen Sincero (psst.. this is an affiliate link, so if you purchase the book or other things using this link, I may get some cash money! thank you!)
May 25, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"It's going to be so different than you ever expected."

with Kat Schmoyer

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

10 months. That's how long it took this lady from starting her business to launching one of the biggest creative conferences in the country. 17 months. That's how long it took her to take her wedding planning business full-time. And now, 3 years in, she's running 3 different brands, managing a team of wedding planners, and planning her 7th conference.

I know. I feel tired, too. Her energy is palpable, though. Just you wait until you listen!

In this episode, I sat down with Kat Schmoyer, the founder of Dear Sweetheart Events and The Creative At Heart conference (and our wedding planner #funfact), to chat about her journey. We talk about the whirlwind that has been the past three years for her and how in the world she manages it all (or doesn't - the hard parts, too, of course).

I also ask Kat about how she handled things when the conference came under fire last year and received some pretty brutal public backlash. We also chat about why this past year has been so difficult for her and how she's moved through things like grief and loss and miscarriage while still trying to run these businesses.

It's 50 minutes of amazing. So, what are you waiting for? Let's dive right in.

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WHO IS KAT SCHMOYER?

Hi, brave dreamer! I’m Kat and I help creative boss ladies (boss ladies like you!) dream big & bold. I’m all about #realtalk & real results. I believe in reaching for the stars with an iced chai in my hand. I’m the owner, lead planner & florist behind Dear Sweetheart Events and the founder and visionary of Creative at Heart Conference. I’m an educator, #ontheroadtofulltime encourager & believe every big, bold dream needs #hardworkandfairydust . 

My HS sweetie, Matt, and I live in a two stoplight town with our Brittany Spaniel, Knox. We’re currently obsessed with reruns of Friends & Home Improvement, spend weekends hiking with Knox & Friday nights ordering chinese takeout. My vices include all the pink things & sappy romance novels on my Kindle.

MORE OF KAT

katschmoyer.com

Kat on Instagram

creativeatheartconference.com

Creative at Heart on Instagram and Facebook

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May 24, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"I don't need anybody else's love. And that's terrifying to say, but it is the most freeing thing ever."

with Caroline Zook

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Mark this as one of those episodes you should listen to every month. Seriously. Like red wine and dark chocolate, it's good for the heart. And well, life in general.

In this episode, I sat down again with Caroline Zook, artist, designer, and writer at Made Vibrant, to ask her how she answered this question for herself when it came up recently in her own life and business. That question? "Is there any room left for me?"

I won't even try to condense her wisdom and response into a few sentences, but I will tell you that we end up talking about everything from redefining success, to alignment vs achievement, to insecurities and external validation. The good stuff.

Also - indulging in red wine and dark chocolate while you listen is highly suggested!

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WHO IS CAROLINE ZOOK?

Caroline Kelso Zook is the artist, designer and writer behind Made Vibrant, an online space dedicated to helping soulful creatives live and work as their most vibrant selves (#yasss).

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Sign up for Caroline's newsletter

www.madevibrant.com

Caroline on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube

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May 23, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"I started this podcast because I wanted people to know they weren't alone. Because me too."

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

I started this podcast because I wanted people to know they weren't alone. Because me too.

Little did I know how much I would learn about myself and life and being a freaking human from these conversations.

I've talked to over 60 women on this podcast (and that doesn't include all of the future episodes I've recorded that you haven't heard yet). And boy, have they taught me mucho about the world.

In this episode, I'm celebrating 100 episodes (just hit that milestone last week, in case you missed it) by sharing with you the 3 episodes that have impacted my life the most plus the 3 biggest lessons I've learned from all of these conversations.

It's about to get sappy, y'all. Whoops. Sorry, my southern twang just slipped out. 😃 Let's do this.

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May 18, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"You get to decide for yourself what feels right and what is good, and you can let all the other stuff go. And just having that permission, really changed my life."

with Chelsea Laine Francis

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

There's nothing like stalking someone on Instagram for months and feeling like you really know them and then sitting down with them for a podcast soul chat and realizing they're really far more amazing than you ever could have guessed through IG's tiny, square lens.

#TrueStory.

In this episode, I sat down with Chelsea Laine Francis, a photographer based in Austin, TX, to learn about her story - from fitting women in bras at Lane Bryant to buying her first camera to moving across the country and rather than working at Target, just happening to launch a professional photography career.

Ok. So, there's a lot more to the story than that. But I'll let Chelsea do the story-telling.

If the wild coincidences of the universe somehow led you right here, though, and you know the fear of taking leaps and then redefining everything, this convo is your heartbeat. I'm glad you're here.

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WHO IS CHELSEA LAINE FRANCIS?

Chelsea Laine Francis is a stop-to-take-a-photo kind of gal as much as she's a stop-you-to-tell-you-how-pretty-you-are kind of gal. She appreciates the little things, laughs and cries with her whole heart, and loves nothing more than long conversations over pancakes and breakfast meats. As a photographer, she loves to capture life, editorial work, and love because she believes that everything is worth celebrating. You can find Chelsea in Austin, TX or traveling for work, on Instagram at @ohhhchelsea and you can email her at hello@chelsealainefrancis.com

MORE OF CHELSEA

www.chelsealainefrancis.com

Chelsea on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest

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May 17, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"If I said no to non-ideal stuff right off the bat, I would not have ever learned what I should say yes to."

with Brittany Branson

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

100 episodes!!! What! What!

Pretty pumped to pour the wine and celebrate tonight! But for now, one kickass conversation to celebrate the big 1-0-0!

In this episode, I sat down with Brittany Branson, a wedding and floral painter, to talk about some of the advice she received from more seasoned business owners when she was just starting out - Brittany challenges that advice and questions some other commonalities we're seeing in the creative/online biz space right now.

If you love a good conversation that challenges the status quo and makes you question the norm (hand raise!), this convo is for you!

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WHO IS BRITTANY BRANSON?

After spending a few years working in arts legislation at the local and federal levels, Brittany couldn’t help but follow that small whisper to leave it behind and become an artist herself! As the painter and creative mind behind By Brittany Branson, Wedding & Floral Art, she loves telling stories and capturing memories through whimsical brush strokes and ethereal color schemes (like these gorgeous pieces). She’s particularly passionate about live “panoramic” painting at weddings and events, creating custom backdrops, venue paintings, and other heirloom keepsakes!

With a heart to encourage wedding professionals to utilize art as a unique foundation for styling and design, Brittany is also incredibly passionate about helping left and right brained humans alike work their creative muscles to diversify their God-given talents and serve others in more beautiful ways! She’s a sundress-loving Jersey Girl serving the Washington, DC area and beyond. When not at her easel, Brittany’s devouring Starbucks very berry hibiscus refreshers (no berries, no water), oogling over fresh flowers, loving on her airline pilot hubby Tim, and smothering their rescue pup, Bolt, with kisses.

MORE OF BRITTANY

www.bybrittanybranson.com

Brittany on Instagram

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May 16, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"Why do we go into business with this expectation that we should have already made it to the finish line without going through the journey?"

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

It's episode freaking 99 (celebratory dance)!!!

And even though we're closing in on 100 episodes, I'm really just getting started with this whole biz thing.

So, in this episode, I'm sharing about my own frustrations with feeling like I need to have already "made it" when I'm just starting out.

Overnight success is BS. But the expectation that you should do just that is hella real.

So, if you're overwhelmed by these ridiculous expectations that you're putting on yourself to have already "made it" - whatever the hell that means - this is for you, boo.

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May 11, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"I just wanted to be noticed. I didn't know that my paintings would sell to anyone."

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

I think our becomings happen so gradually that we don't even notice it until we've finally bloomed. The blooming part always seems so serendipitous, too. Because we had no idea we were becoming all along.

In this episode, I sit down with Amira Rahim, a contemporary abstract expressionist painter, to hear the story of how she became an artist.

It wasn't all paint clothes and easel and painting on the side of the streets until she got her big break - I know, that's what I expected, too.

It was more law school and trying out different jobs until one simple line from a movie changed everything for her - it was that serendipitous moment of her becoming.

Amira shares about how she went from blogging about her art to working full-time as an artist, what changes when your art becomes a business, dealing with negative feedback, and getting comfortable with fear.

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WHO IS AMIRA RAHIM?

Amira Rahim is a contemporary abstract expressionist painter whose work has been procured by collectors around the world, and most notably, by the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi. Amira has been featured in Ebony Magazine, The Huffington Post, Design Mom, The National, Minted and Time Out Abu Dhabi. Trained in Sociology, Amira became a full-time artist to address feelings of solitude and displacement while abroad. Through her daily art practice, she explores the possibility of intuition and spontaneity through her use of bold color, vigorous brushstrokes and whimsical composition (like this beauty). In addition to painting, Amira runs an online community, Passion Color Joy, where she guides new and seasoned artists on things from selling a first painting to developing a brand, business and website. 

MORE OF AMIRA

Passion Color Joy on Instagram

Passion Color Joy Facebook group

www.amirarahim.com

Amira on Instagram and Facebook

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May 10, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"Really early on, I realized I had a choice. And I realized this thing was going to define me."

with Christine McAlister

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Christine was almost full-term with her first pregnancy, which had been healthy and normal. She was running a successful business, getting ready to meet her first baby, and living a pretty happy life. Then, everything changed.

In this episode, I sit down with Christine McAlister, a business and success coach, to learn about the tragedy that changed everything for her and how she turned this tragedy into "triumph", as Christine says.

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WHO IS CHRISTINE MCALISTER?

Christine McAlister is a business & success coach and expert on turning tragedy into triumph (ahem, listen to this convo). An online entrepreneur since 2005, she's passionate about helping other women overcome their self-doubt and fear to create and grow their own online businesses. Her company, Life With Passion, helps high-achieving, motivated go-getters use their unique gifts to quit and stay out of their 9-5 jobs, get freedom to travel and work on their own terms, and do work that matters.

MORE OF CHRISTINE

www.lifewithpassion.com

Life With Passion Facebook Group

Christine on FacebookInstagram, Twitter

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May 9, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"That's exactly what the fear made me want to do. I was paralyzed. I could not make a decision. I could not think for myself."

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

I had never been so overwhelmed by fear regarding my career and the work that I was doing. And honestly, it made sense. I was swimming out into unchartered territory without a life vest.

Everything changed, though, the instant I realized that fear had an opposite. And if I could somehow learn how to harness it the moment the fear showed up, I could do the all the damn things. So, heads or tails?

Well, it doesn't really matter. Just listen.

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May 4, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"As a 16 year old, I was like: Ok, what do I do now? I've got this cool idea, but I don't know what to actually do with it."

with Neha Raman

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

She's a badass. A 20-year-old badass. And she's revolutionizing the nail polish industry. Oh, and she's starring in a new reality competition show on TLC.

I told you she's a badass.

In this episode, I sit down with Neha Rama, the 20-year-old CEO and co-founder of Rungh, a do-it-yourself nail polish set that lets you create your own custom shades of nail polish.

In our convo, Neha shares about both the good and the bad parts of being such a young entrepreneur, how the idea for Rungh started at a home improvement store, and what the past few years have been like creating and growing the business.

Cheers to badass women, of all ages, rocking the business world!

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WHO IS NEHA RAMAN?

Neha Raman is the 20-year-old CEO and co-founder of Rungh. Rungh offers a do-it-yourself nail polish set which allows you to create your own custom shades of nail polish (pretty stinking cool). Neha was also cast on the TLC show, Girl Starter, which aired in April 2017. Neha is excited to make her mark in the world and inspire individuals around her.

MORE OF NEHA

www.rungh.com

Rungh Cosmetics on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Neha on Instagram, Twitter

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May 3, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEAK:

"You following the advice of somebody else over listening to your internal body wisdom - that's really a diet."

with Rachael Hartley

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE:

Diet culture has deep roots that start infiltrating our lives well before we ever enter middle school. So, imagine the challenge of marketing a non-diet service (intuitive eating) to our diet-obsessed world.

It's hard.

In this episode, I sit down with Rachael Hartley, a private practice dietician and a food/wellness blogger, who's built her entire business around intuitive eating. She shares about what it is and what challenges she's faced trying to market it.

Intuitive eating is different than some fad diet. There aren't any before and after photos. And it's not about re-shaping your body.

So, how do you even begin to bulldoze through those deep diet roots? Listen to find out how.

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WHO IS RACHAEL HARTLEY?

Rachael Hartley is a private practice dietitian and a food and wellness blogger at avocadoadaynutrition.com. Her passion is helping people rediscover the joy of eating by helping them make peace with food and their bodies (yes, to all of this!). She works with clients one-on-one both virtually and out of her Columbia, SC office. On her blog, she shares nutritious and delicious recipes (like this one I'm drooling over) and inspiration for a life well nourished. When she's not working on her business, she's usually playing with her two big fluffy dogs, or traveling with her husband, eating her way through the world!

MORE OF RACHAEL

www.avocadoadaynutrition.com

Rachael on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

May 2, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"At the end of the day, I knew that this is what I must do. Not what I should do."

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE:

Not gonna lie. This is terrifying. The whole taking the leap thing. And it doesn't even matter one iota that I've taken big, terrifying leaps before. Because no amount of leaps can numb the guttural fear that comes with thrusting yourself into the unknown.

In this episode, I'm sharing about why and how I decided to go all in on the podcast - even though it's making no income right now. This is going to be fun. No, but seriously. 

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