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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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Now displaying: September, 2017
Sep 28, 2017

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”I think there’s this fallacy that we all wake up with a purpose and we just know it from day one. And we just go out and face the world, and we’re like - here’s my purpose, world! I think the reality is that for most of us, it doesn’t just come that way. We find it through taking action and through trying things and through stumbling and through falling and through sometimes falling on our face.” 

with Kim Argetsinger

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

What does an out-of-work and burnt-out actress do once she packs up her bags leaves LA and finds herself in New York City with no plan? She figures it out. In this episode, actress turned coach, Kim Argetsinger, shares all about the journey of finding herself again in a new city and how she started all over.

We talk about losing your identity after big career changes and how you cope (or don’t), the giant misconception that we all wake up knowing our purpose, getting comfortable dictating your own prices as a business owner, and the struggles you face in that first year of business.

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WHO IS KIM ARGETSINGER?

Kim Argetsinger is a success + mindset business coach who helps ambitious solopreneurs, creatives, and dreamers define and create their version of success. Her compassionate style of coaching helps clients get clear on their vision, get out of their own way, and create a personalized plan of action to bring their business + life to the next level. When Kim isn’t coaching you can find her getting her sweat on in a spin class, rocking out to country + rap, exploring Manhattan, or indulging in a glass of wine with loved ones.

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Sep 27, 2017

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”It’s always been a fear of mine - letting people into my thoughts. Because it’s been a dark place for me in the past.”

with Taylor Lee

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

It’s the dream, right? Building this business to the point where you can slide your resignation letter across the table and say “buh bye”. Poppin’ bottles and dancing through raining confetti is the ultimate going-all-in celebration (dreams, right?).

But it’s not all champagne poppin’ and confetti pop-lock-n-droppin’. There’s a whole ton of fears that come along with making that insanely terrifying transition. And in this episode, we sit down with Taylor Lee, an abstract painter, to chat about making that transition and all of the fears and uncomfortable emotions that came along with it.

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WHO IS TAYLOR LEE?

Taylor is an abstract painter that believes that the world is better with color. Taylor isfrom North Carolina and is currently traveling across the USA on her way to Mexico. 

A few words from Taylor: If I chose a color of the rainbow that best represents my personality, it would have to be red. Raspberry red. That is the color of intensity and passion. I approach my business with that intensity and that passion and that has been what has helped me grown so quickly in such a short amount of time.

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Sep 26, 2017

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”Sometimes I feel like I should be planning more. Like I should be more strategic with the podcast. But I’m not.”

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

If you’ve ever wondered how I prepare for the podcast, this episode is for you. I walk you through each of the 3 different episodes I produce every week and the planning that goes into each, as well as how I prep guests. And you may be surprised at how little planning I actually do. Of course, I couldn’t share this without also sharing about the doubts I sometimes have about how I prepare for each episode.

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Sep 21, 2017

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"There is no way that you can water yourself down or make yourself vanilla enough to appeal to everyone. And if you do, you’re going to have a really freaking boring business."

with Sarah Vermunt

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

A careergasm. According to Sarah Vermunt, yes it feels as good as it sounds. Really good. And honestly, isn't that what we're all searching for? It leads to the inevitable job hopping or Sunday nights crying at home because Monday's suck and you just want to figure out what the hell it is that you want to do that's going to feel good. For Sarah, her journey began long before the breakdown in the middle of a crowded Starbucks, but that was the catalyst for quitting her job and finally doing work that felt good. Now, she's a coach, booked out months in advance, and a published author. And she's sharing her story. We're talking about self-sabotage, owning who you are even as a chronic people-pleaser (it's totally possible), setting boundaries with yourself as an entrepreneur, and why rest is productive. Fill up your coffee and get cozy. This is one hell of a convo.

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WHO IS SARAH VERMUNT?

Sarah Vermunt is the Founder of Careergasm and the author of Careergasm: Find Your Way To Feel-Good Work. She helps people figure out what the heck they want so they can quit jobs they hate and do work they love. She writes about careers for Forbes, Fortune, Inc., and Entrepreneur. She lives in Toronto and online at Careergasm.com.

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Sep 20, 2017

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”The hardest part was the very beginning when I felt like I was doing my best and wasn’t getting hired.”

with Megan Lee Johnson

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Going full-time and paying yourself full-time don’t always go hand-in-hand. That’s a common misconception a lot of on-the-road-to-full-timers have. It’s easy to look at someone’s entrepreneurial journey and make #alltheassumptions. But nine times out of ten, those assumptions are wrong.

So, in this episode, Megan Lee Johnson, a full-time wedding + portrait photographer, opens up and shares about the journey between taking her business full-time and actually paying herself full-time. Spoiler alert: it was a long, putting-groceries-on-the-credit-card two year journey.

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WHO IS MEGAN LEE JOHNSON?

Megan Lee Johnson is a traveling wedding and portrait photographer. Megan studied graphic design at Utah Valley University before diving into a 9-5 corporate job. Years into at a company she loved, she realized she couldn’t put her heart into building someone else's dream any longer.  In 2014, she left that cozy job to build Megan Lee Photography in Laramie, Wyoming. 

Today, her work is featured in publications and wedding magazines across the country and she serves wedding clients throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Alaska, and California. Her approach to both wedding photography and life is all about finding balance between “feeling all the feels” and ’Seeing the beauty in everyday moments.’

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Sep 19, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”I think that you’re in your own way. Because I know that I am. And it’s so hard to say that out loud. Because it’s so much easier to believe that you’re doing your best and you’re giving it your all and that it’s just the universe’s fault for not bringing the customers in and making everything happen.”

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

It’s about to get real honest. Because that’s how we roll. And really, you can’t grow (as a human being or a business owner) without being honest with yourself. So, in this episode, Lauren is sharing about how she’s been getting in her own way and why she thinks we’re all getting in our own way without even realizing it. If you’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired with yourself and the lack of progress you’re making and you’re ready for some no-bullshit truth, grab your headphones.

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Sep 14, 2017
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”Sometimes you have to get rejected because it’s going to help you learn. And if you don’t get rejected, you’re already rejecting yourself.”

with Nagina Abdullah

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What happens when you find yourself in the job you always dreamed of doing, yet you feel the entrepreneurial tug?

In this episode, Nagina Abdullah, the founder of Masala Body, shares about how her weight-loss journey led to her coaching other women, and building a six-figure business in the process. She hasn’t left her dream job yet, though. And we’re talking about all of it ... Why she decided to start a biz in the first place, when she had a job she already loved. Why she hasn’t left her job. The fear of rejection when launching her first coaching program.

And because I just couldn’t leave this convo without asking - I ask Nagina, as a weight-loss coach,  to talk with me about the negative aspects of promoting weight-loss to women. It’s one hell of a convo and Nagina pulls back the curtains and gets real honest.

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Nagina Abdullah is the founder of MasalaBody.com, a blog and weight-loss coaching program for busy female professionals and entrepreneurs. Nagina lost 40 pounds with two kids while working 12+ hour days and traveling around the country in her demanding management consulting career.

When friends started asking how they could lose weight like she did, Nagina launched MasalaBody.com as a way to help other ambitious women take control of their health and weight. After blogging and building an audience, she spent hundreds of hours creating and marketing her first coaching program - only to generate exactly zero sales and $0. Nagina spent months researching and testing why it failed, and this led to the creation of her flagship 8-week weight-loss coaching program, Spice Yourself Skinny.

Nagina has taken MasalaBody.com from $0 to $100k+ annually on the side of her day job by helping other busy women lose weight without feeling deprived. She has been featured in Business Insider, People.com, and Fox News for her delicious recipes, weight-loss expertise, and online business success.  

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Sep 13, 2017
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”When I was trying to think of how to grow a business, I didn’t realize how emotional it was going to be.” 

with Elise Crawford Gallagher

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Dream about building a badass team to help you run your empire? While solopreneurship is the dream for some of us, for others, the entrepreneurial dream includes leading a team. But building and leading a team isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. There’s giant learning curves and mistakes to be made and lessons to be learned. In this episode, Elise Crawford Gallagher, founder of Ringlet Studio, shares about the hard parts of building a team.

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Over the last five years, Elise has worked with many businesses in the D.C. area to create stunning brands, digital marketing campaigns, websites and social media campaigns. In the beginning of 2016, she began Ringlet Studio with the mission of empowering women entrepreneurs' brands to be bold online.  Elise graduated with a Masters in Communication from Johns Hopkins University. Her concentrations were in Public + Media Relations and Digital Communications. She has lived in D.C. for the last eight years. And she just celebrated an August 2017 wedding to her college sweetheart. 

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Sep 12, 2017
EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"Sometimes businesses take time to grow. We write these stories in our heads that it should just be this overnight success and it should happen overnight. As soon as we launch, we should be able to do this thing full-time. And all the money should be rolling in constantly. And it’s because we see these photoshopped versions of businesses."

with Lauren Frontiera

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The “going all in” or taking-your-biz-full-time leap is so celebrated. We get so much encouragement and praise for taking that leap that it can feel like you’re taking a step back if you go back to work for someone else again.

But this isn’t the exception. It’s quite honestly the norm for so many of us in the throws of trying to build and grow a financially viable business.

So, in today’s episode, I’m peeling back those can-I-just-hide-behind-here? curtains and sharing with you why I’m going back to work for someone else again. And no, I’m not doing it because I’m giving up on this entrepreneurial journey … actually, it’s quite the opposite. I’m going to work for someone else again because I’m still 1000% in this entrepreneurial boat and I have zero plans of getting out of it. 

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Sep 7, 2017
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”That was a huge internal struggle for me … I felt really torn between the wedding creative industry and the western creative industry. Because I’m in the middle. I’m doing both.”

with Brittany Coffee

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Ever felt torn between two worlds? Like you belong in each one but they just don’t fit together. Whether you’re mentally screaming “YES!” right now (I see you, there at your computer, trying not to throw your hands up in the air like “me too!!!”) or whether you’re wondering how in the hell a passion for all things western + agriculture + the rodeo collide with wedding photography and the creative industry, this conversation with Brittney Coffee is golden!!

She shares about everything from how her passion for both of these worlds began, how they collided into one business, and taking that business full-time right after college. Oh, and also the book she’s creating. Yep. Not just writing. She’s creating and self-publishing the entire thing. She’s writing all of the stories and taking all of the photos. And she’s in the midst of bringing that to life (and trying to get it on shelves in Barnes in Noble).

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Brittany is a portrait, wedding and western lifestyle photographer. She travels the four-state area (Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma) capturing people's way of life, as well as their adored four-legged fur babies. Brittany began this crazy business as a 16-year-old sophomore in a small town in the Northwest corner of Arkansas. It evolved very naturally and organically throughout the rest of high school, throughout college, and as her career for the year following her college graduation. Brittany recently accepted a full-time position working for a small college in Oklahoma, however she will be continuing to work on her Tales & Traditions project, as well as taking pictures and hopefully returning back to school in January. 

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Sep 6, 2017
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”I’m not going to apologize for being a mess sometimes.”

with Ashleigh Blatt

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I feel guilty. I’m being selfish. It’s all about me. Love, kick that guilt to the curb because hell yes it is about you and you deserve to be selfish! I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that even though you know that to be true, you still struggle with putting yourself first and asking for me. Amiright? Well, love, grab your headphones, head outside for a walk (you deserve a damn break! And vitamin D is good for the soul.) and listen to this conversation.

After her dad died, Ashleigh Blatt decided it was time to put herself first and start asking for more. So, she set some hard boundaries, as a mom and a wife and the mother of the house, made it clear that the weekly Costco trips and grocery store runs were no longer only her responsibility, and went on to build several seven-figure businesses.

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Money-maker for celebrities and high net-worth entrepreneurs, Ashleigh Blatt came out of her behind-the-scenes role to the forefront as the Chief Curator & Master Motivator within The Power Squad Project, an email community for women entrepreneurs who want to connect with like-minded women entrepreneurs interested building a giant business that gives them freedom, a challenge, and an impact on the world.

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Sep 5, 2017
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”I want someone else to be scared. I want someone else to carry that burden of fear and doubt and overwhelm. Because it’s so damn heavy.”

with Lauren Frontiera

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Some days you just want to quit. Amiright? It’s hard. Building and growing a business from idea to wild success is really effing hard. And some days, I just want to quit. I want someone else to take over the responsibility and the doubts and the fears. I want someone else to carry all of it. And I just want to push papers. Work 9-5. Then, leave. Go home. And not spend all night worrying about the growth or success of that biz. And in this episode, I’m sharing all of this and more.

(P.S. If you do feel this way, you’re not alone. Wanting to quit as an entrepreneur is totally normal. It also doesn’t mean that you should.)

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