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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: December, 2017
Dec 21, 2017

What if I told you that you have full creative control over your days? It can so often feel like we don’t. It feels like everyone else and a long to do list of demands is what’s controlling our every move. The good news? That’s not true.

Aileen Xu, lifestyle blogger, Youtuber, and podcast host is sharing about her journey from totally-lost-after-college to building a successful business and how she’s become the artist of her own life. This is your reminder: you get to create your own days. Don’t ever let someone else take that power away from you.

Aileen and I talk about…

  • Building a business on YouTube
  • The creative control we have over how we spend our days.
  • Sticking with it even when growth is slow
  • The pressure she feels as her audience grows
  • What it means to be an artist of life
  • Shedding the shoulds and figuring out what you really want out of your life
  • How to set goals that are achievable without feeling overwhelming

 

Sponsored by Wit + Wisdom.

Wit + Wisdom is a podcast and business for female entrepreneurs that are tired of the fluff and filters often found online. Hosts Kirsten Thompson and Erin Shebish offer 15+ cumulative years experience in blogging and business. They share this wisdom in the form of practical and actionable advice and inspiration to pursue their version of success. In addition to providing real and easy to implement business advice, Wit + Wisdom provides a hub for business and personal growth, offering a unique blend of coaching, consulting and strategy through one on one services, educational videos and blog posts as well as top-level guests that impart their expertise.

Sign up for their 2018 launch waitlist at http://bit.ly/witandwisdomtrfe

Dec 20, 2017

Calling a soon-to-be mompreneurs or any of you ladies that think you may want to be a mom one day alongside running your biz. Rachel Allene Heckmann, who came on the podcast back in episode 65 to share her story, is back!!! And five months into her mompreneur journey, she’s sharing about everything that’s changed, what she didn’t expect, and how her work week went from 40 hours to 10-15.

 

We talk about…

  • How her daily work schedule has changed
  • How she’s able to get everything done in less than 15 hours a week now
  • Choosing priorities in her biz + what she’s had to give up
  • What she didn’t expect!
  • Comparison as a mompreneur

Sponsored by Wit + Wisdom. Sign up for the 2018 launch waitlist at http://bit.ly/witandwisdomtrfe

Dec 19, 2017

I’d love to skip right through that day of ugly tears after losing my job or that one time just a few weeks ago when I was feeling like total garbage because my first podcast sponsorship rejection stung way worse than I expected … and I’d love to just tell you how the podcast has been downloaded over 55 thousand times this years. And that I’ve had over 90 incredible convos with amazing female entrepreneurs. And put out over 100 new episodes this year. But all of that is just bullsh*t without the real stories behind it. So, in celebration of the end of this wild roller-coaster of a year, today I’m sharing with you several of the real stories behind the amazing things that have happened this year.

 

I share about…

  • Going from producing one podcast episode a week to three a week
  • Rebranding from The Grit and Glitter Podcast to The Real Female Entrepreneur
  • Struggling with money insecurities after losing my job and main source of income
  • Getting my first rejection from a podcast sponsor and then getting my first sponsor less than a week later

 

Sponsored by Wit + Wisdom. Sign up for the 2018 launch waitlist at http://bit.ly/witandwisdomtrfe

Dec 14, 2017

You know that turning point in your life when everything changed? We’ve all got them. And no matter what rules you try to write for your life (“that could never happen to me”), sometimes you find yourself at another crossroads … one you never saw yourself at.

In 2015, Ashlyn Carter was diagnosed with and partially hospitalized for an eating disorder, generalized anxiety, and depression. Soon after recovery, she realized that something had to change, and she left behind her fast-paced career in big city PR to start her own business. Calligraphy turned into copywriting and before she knew it she was working with creative industry leaders like Jenna Kutcher, Hilary Rushford, and Heather Crabtree.

We talk about …

  • Dealing with anxiety and depression

  • Being addicted to work + putting work before yourself and other important relationships

  • Not having a language for mental illness

  • The fears of niching down in your business

  • How your physical and mental health directly affects your business’ bottom line

  • Making rest a priority and taking a sabbatical as an entrepreneur

  • And more...!

Dec 13, 2017

You started a business to have all of this freedom, right?! And now you find yourself chained to your business feeling like you have less freedom and flexibility than when you were working in your big corporate 9-5 job with only two weeks vacation. I get you, boo. And so does Allison Burns. That’s why Allison is sharing all about losing that sense of freedom in her business after five years and realizing that it wasn’t at all in alignment with her life values.

We talk about …

  • What happens when you love the work you do, but you start feeling chained to your business

  • Getting your business back in line with your values

  • Why you CAN burn out doing work that you love

  • A helpful visualization practice Allison has used to get clear on her values

  • Being intentional with your time and freedom in business

Dec 12, 2017

Why are people not telling you how weird and awkward and hard it is to take a passion project and turn it into a business?

I don’t know. But I am.

Because I’ve been in this really awkward middle school dance for the past year, slow dancing like I haven’t a fucking clue back and forth between business and passion project … not really sure how to make the transition and start taking myself seriously. So, if no one else has, I’m going to tell you just how weird and awkward and hard this really has been.

Dec 7, 2017

You hear a lot about the excitement of taking a business full-time. But what about the fears? You know, the leaving-a-steady-job part and telling your family that you’re leaving that job that you were so great at because your floral design business isn’t just a hobby anymore. What about that first year when you’re still working full-time as a TV news reporter and you’re also designing the flowers for 32 weddings and maintaining the 10-acre lavender farm you just moved to and your emotions are through the roof because you’re overwhelmed as hell and you also know you’re going to have to make a decision soon?

Yeah, that.

In this episode, we’re sitting down with Kalin Sheick to talk about all of it. Kalin is a floral designer in Northern Michigan who lives and hosts events at a small lavender farm she runs with her husband. When she's not flowering for weddings, she’s hosting a dinner party, leading a workshop and mentoring women who want to create businesses they love.

In our convo today, we’re hopping in a time machine and going back a bit, though … back before the lavender farm was even a dream and she was just picking flowers out of the garden at her rental house because it was fun and she was still working as a local TV news reporter.

We talk about…

  • That gut knowing/feeling that there’s something more for you

  • The humble beginnings of starting her floral design business

  • Deciding to sell their house and buy a farm

  • The fear of quitting your job to take your hobby full-time

  • Why that fear (see above) is always worse than the actual moment of doing the scary thing

  • The loneliness of working for yourself

  • Setting boundaries when you live where you work and you work where you live

  • How she’s keeping her sanity amidst the holiday crazy

  • How she moves past failure

  • And so much more…!

Dec 6, 2017

As a perfectionist, do you ever struggle with never thinking you’re exactly “ready” to ask for that collaboration or pitch yourself at a high value?

When Ashly Mcvea-Figueroa left her corporate career in events, promotions, and sponsorship with the NBA and started her own business, she was surprised at how much more difficult it was to have the same level of confidence in her work.

Pitching yourself as your business or brand is a totally different experience than pitching another company’s products or services. And suddenly, even after a successful career of climbing the corporate ladder, you can find yourself doubting your capabilities like never before.

We talk about…

  • Struggling to pitch yourself confidently

  • Confidently pricing yourself (or your products or services)

  • Comparison in entrepreneurship

  • The unexpected differences in a corporate career versus working for yourself

  • Women feeling less confident or qualified for opportunities in business than men

Dec 5, 2017

“I’m a feminist business owner.” I said it out loud for the first time.

But it was more of a question than a statement.

And, then, all of the pieces started to fall into place. Why I’d felt scared of feminism. Why I was so worried about what others would think if I called myself a feminist. What all of this has to do with business and me and where I grew up and life and, well, everything.

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