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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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Jun 29, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"Why do you have to have an addiction to have a support group? Isn't being a girl hard enough today?"

with Alexis Jones

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

I first found Alexis and I AM THAT GIRL my sophomore year of college when I was drowning in the weight of life that feels unbearably heavy when you're 19 years old. And I've been in awe of her ever since. So, having this conversation with her was a bit of a dream come true. I think 19-year-old would freak if she knew this was real life!

While Alexis' entrepreneurial journey began her sophomore year of college with I AM THAT GIRL, it didn't stop there. She recently launched ProtectHer and is revolutionizing sexual assault prevention by going into college locker rooms. We talk more about both of those in our conversation and the how-she-got-started-doing-these-things parts of her story.

It's one hell of a conversation and Alexis is one hell of a human. 

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WHO IS ALEXIS JONES?

Alexis Jones founded the 501c3 nonprofit I AM THAT GIRL, which currently has 1M+ girls involved and chapters in over 20 countries. She is an internationally recognized author, activist, speaker, media personality. Alexis hosted a TV show on the red carpet and several shows on CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports, MTV and TLC. She also hosted and organized TEDxAustinWomen, executive produced the film, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story and won nine out of nine film festivals.

Alexis recently founded ProtectHer, a locker room program educating male athletes on the importance of respecting women. She was featured as one of AOL’s MAKERS along with Oprah, Ellen, Hilary Clinton and Sheryl Sandberg.

She was listed as one of Oprah’s #SuperSoul100, Cultivate & Creates’ Top 100, DELL’s #Inspire100, Fast Company’s “Female Trailblazers,” ESPN’s “Pop Culture’s Top Ten,” and named one of the five most influential women in Austin as a Profiles in Power winner. Alexis has spoken at The White House, Harvard, Stanford, The United Nations, Nike, DELL, Pepsi and The Girl Scouts.

MORE OF ALEXIS

www.iamthatgirl.com

I AM THAT GIRL on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter

www.protecther.com

Alexis Jones on Instagram

www.alexisjones.com

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Jun 28, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

“I think sometimes when you can’t see the beauty in yourself, it’s a lot easier to just start appreciating beauty around you.”

with Bethany Morris

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

In this episode, I sat down with Bethany Morris, the founder of The Free Woman, to talk about the importance of speaking beauty out loud. In life. In work. In everything.

Bethany shares about why this was so important for her over the past year as she found herself again and went through some really tough, dark, but transformative month. It's a deep, soulful conversation and Bethany's voice and Australian accent emanate so much beauty, and so does the conversation.

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WHO IS BETHANY MORRIS?

Bethany is the Founder of The Free Woman and is often seen with her iPhone and latte in hand. he's a writer, known for her signature giggle, and s all about living honestly. Celebrating and empowering feminine hearts to lead lives of beauty, goodness and justice in every area of influence is what her heart beats for. If you're ever in Melbourne, Australia, she'd love to have a coffee with you.

MORE OF BETHANY

www.thefreewoman.com

The Free Woman on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Bethany on Instagram

Jun 27, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"So, I will start by telling you that The Grit and Glitter Podcast is no longer going to be. In August, I'm going to be revealing..."

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

It's finallyyyy here!

In this episode, I'm revealing everything that I've been working on for the past few weeks!! The new name of the podcast. And the other really exciting thing that really was the catalyst for all of these changes.

But before sharing all of that, I want to share with you how Grit and Glitter and has evolved since the very beginning, which was actually 2.5 years ago.

So, let's go back in time a little and then have a party. Because I'm so wildly, insanely excited about what's coming next!

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  • "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed (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!)
Jun 22, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”Well, let me explain why I have a full-time job, because I think that this is a reality that many women don’t know, and is important for some to hear. Belong isn’t my full-time gig because it doesn’t pay enough to pay the bills. And it may look different from the outside…”

with Tiffany Han

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

In this episode, I sat down with Tiffany Han, writer, speaker, teacher, host of the Raise Your Hand Say Yes podcast, and downright badass human being.

I've been listening to Tiffany's podcast since before launching my own. And I absolutely adore her. There's so much to love about Tiffany, but what I love most is that she's constantly challenging herself to be her best self. And it's a constant journey, for anyone. But Tiffany really embodies that journey on a very public platform and it's really obvious throughout the entirety of her story, which you'll hear all about in this episode.

We talk about Tiffany's life and career pre-Tiffany Han coaching and Raise Your Hand Say Yes - closing her first business, which was never profitable, taking her coaching business full-time while also pregnant with twins, her public commitment to get 100 rejection letters, which led to so much more really good stuff, and #allthethings.

Ready to do the damn thing? This episode is your golden nugget of inspiration!

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WHO IS TIFFANY HAN?

Hand raiser and yes sayer, Tiffany Han is a writer, speaker, and teacher who helps highly-creative women take bold, inspired action towards the businesses (and lives!) they've been dreaming of. She's the host of the Raise Your Hand Say Yes and How to be Remarkablepodcasts and considers herself the love child of Terry Gross and Don Draper. In addition to all that podcasting, she crafts programs and resources that help female entrepreneurs not only be more successful in their creative business but also as much fun as possible. In her spare time (ha!), she starts as many dance parties as she can with her husband and twin daughters. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her favorite place to hang out online is instagram: @thetiffanyhan

MORE OF TIFFANY

Tiffany's old bog, Live Happy 

100 Rejection Letters

Raise Your Hand, Say Yes Podcast

Brand Crush

How to Be Remarkable Podcast

100 Days of Going Light

Tiffany talking about why she stopped drinking

www.tiffanyhan.com

Tiffany on Instagram and Twitter

Brand Crush on Instagram

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Jun 21, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"Stop asking yourself if you are worth it, because sister, you are worth it! You're worth that and a lot more. Your worth is not tied up in what you offer your course at."

with Kinsey Roberts

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

In this episode, I sat down with Kinsey Roberts, the host and creator of the She Creates Business podcast, to talk all about money. Benjamins. Cheddar. Dough. Moola. Stacks. You know, that paper stuff that allows us to buy things and pay rent or the mortgage. But it's about a lot more than that and it can be such a hard (sensitive) topic.

Kinsey and I talk about everything from value and worth to personal debt to money as a parent. The conversation starts out more about personal finance, and then, we get into more business + money topics ... like the struggle with placing a dollar amount on your time. And how we base our worth as a human being in our salary. And I share about my own struggles with this. And Kinsey shares this new perspective - a way to reframe this - that is absolutely brilliant. And I personally think that every business owner needs to listen to this. So, go listen.

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WHO IS KINSEY ROBERTS?

Kinsey Roberts is the host of She Creates Business, a Podcast for Wedding Pros and the upcoming, Published by Creatives. She’s obsessed with all things podcasting and frequently writes about the topic at kinseyroberts.com where she supports other creative women in starting their own shows via her course, Podcasting for Creatives.

When she’s not behind the mic, you’ll find Kinsey running Vista View Events, the wedding venue she co-owns with her sister-in-law, or playing with her cute family on their Colorado ranch. She’ll likely have coffee or a book close by.

MORE OF KINSEY

www.shecreatesbusinesspodcast.com

Kinsey on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Jun 20, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"I was the worst boss ever because I had zero grace for myself, zero love, zero empathy. I just didn't care."

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

I'm talking about self-imposed deadlines. And the problem with them. Or, well, it's not necessarily that there's a problem with self-imposed deadlines, but it's more about learning how to be flexible with them. Because setting deadlines for ourselves is hella freaking important when you're your own boss.

Ain't nobody else going to tell you to make sure that project is submitted on time. Buuuut, as your own boss, there has to be this level of flexibility - and you have to be willing to change those deadlines when they're no longer serving you.

I've thought about this a lot. And it came up for me again recently with all of these really big changes happening with work and life. So, it felt like the right time to sit down and talk about it...

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"Careergasm" by Sarah Vermunt

Jun 15, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"I went to pawn shops to sell my gold jewelry in order to fund my first website. And I didn't tell that story for years, because I thought that made me look so desperate. But now I'm like, well damn, I was desperate!"

with Jessica Honegger

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

In this episode, I sat down with Jessica Honegger, the founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection. If you haven't heard of Noonday before, they design and sell jewelry and accessories made by artisans around the world. And by doing so, they're making a difference in some of the world's most vulnerable communities.

They're changing the world! And six years into building this business, things are going really well. Jessica and her co-CEO just won an Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernst and Young.

But things haven't always been this way. At all. For a long time. And I love this conversation so much, because Jessica is super transparent about that. From not paying herself a salary for 3 years to pawning her gold jewelry in order to have enough cash to build her first website (she also shares why she didn't tell this part of her business story for years), she shares about so much.

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WHO IS JESSICA HONEGGER?

Jessica Honegger is the Founder and Co-CEO of Noonday Collection, a business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world. Noonday Collection creates economic opportunity for artisans in the developing world by connecting them to a growing marketplace in the United States.

In 2015, Inc Magazine named Noonday Collection as the third fastest growing privately held company owned by a woman in the nation. Jessica has been featured in numerous publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, and she has been nominated twice for Austin Under 40 in Entrepreneurship. She has also been a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year two times, and was the featured cover story of Austin Woman. 

Jessica founded Noonday Collection in 2010 with the dream of using entrepreneurship to alleviate poverty in vulnerable communities. Shortly after, she launched the Ambassador Opportunity, which gives women the opportunity to become stylists, storytellers, and social entrepreneurs who sell Noonday products at Trunk Shows across the U.S. In just six years, Noonday has become one of the largest fair trade retailers in the world. The company partners with 30 artisan businesses in 13 countries, creating meaningful opportunities for thousands of artisans. Plus, almost 2,000 women have joined Honegger’s vision by becoming Noonday Collection Ambassadors.

Jessica can be found in Haiti or Ethiopia on even given day of the month, but her favorite spot to be found is swinging on the porch with her three kids and husband in their artist centric neighborhood of Austin’s east side. She will happily tell you where to get the best tacos, margaritas, and massages in town.  And she is always, always, planning her next adventure, preferably one where she brings her family along with her. Next on the horizon: Uganda and Italy.

MORE OF JESSICA

Jessica on Instagram

Noonday Collection on Instagram and Facebook

www.noondaycollection.com

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Jun 14, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"I get tired of feeling like, 'OK, it's another rosey day!' Life's hard. It's messy."

with Katie Crocombe

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

This isn't your average chat about social media. So, go ahead and click play. You're going to want to listen to this one.

In this episode, I sat down with Katie Crocombe, a professional life coach, to talk about this love/hate relationship with social media we all have. It's a fascinating conversation (seriously!) and we chat about everything from how time on social media affects our families (and our kids), why we craveee social media, why numbers really don't matter, healthy boundaries, and more.

Just click play. And then pour yourself a glass of something good, grab a book, and turn off Instagram for an hour damnit! I promise you'll feel so much better!

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WHO IS KATIE CROCOMBE?

Katie Crocombe, is a professional life coach, who was trained through PCCI, and is the founder of Flourish + Co. She is passionate about encouraging giftedness in women and partnering with them to design an intentional life through speaking, coaching and leading workshops.

She’s shared her story of overcoming and her passions while leading Women’s Retreats, speaking at various Mom’s events and conferences, including MOPS, as well as at Creative Industry Meet-ups, such as RTS’ Tuesday’s Together. Katie and her husband, Matt, live in Atlanta, with their 2 daughters, Bella (9) and Ava (7).

MORE OF KATIE

Katie on Instagram and Facebook

www.flourishandco.com

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Jun 13, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"As hard as it is, we can do this. And we owe it to ourselves to invest in ourselves because we're worth it."

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

If you listened to episode 108, you heard that there's some big changes coming to the podcast soon. And with those changes, I'm getting ready to invest more in myself and this business than ever before.

This isn't a case of mo' money, mo' problems. It's more like mo' money, mo' doubt. There's this added layer of pressure for me to perform knowing that I'm spending this much money up-front before the new brand even launches. So, in this episode, I'm sharing with you what exactly I'm investing in for the new brand and why and the pressure I'm feeling because of that.

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Jun 8, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"I still have really no idea how to run a magazine. You know, two years later, I'm still figuring it out."

with Sarah Hartley

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Starting a magazine was always a dream on her bucket list. Until she really did it.

In this episode, I sat down with Sarah Hartley, creator and Editor-In-Chief of Holl and Lane Magazine, to hear her journey of taking this bucket list dream and making it a reality. Spoiler alert: making your dream a reality is hard and exhausting and not at all the glamorous Hollywood-esque journey you'd imagine.

Sarah is abso-freaking-lutely amazing and shares it all - from burnout to not being able to pay her team to big mistakes that resulted in her customers getting charged twice.

Whether you're in the weeds of growing your business or are just dreaming about one day turning your bucket list dream into a business-reality ... this. episode. is. amazing. Do yourself a huge favor, grab something good to drink, and listen.

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WHO IS SARAH HARTLEY?

Sarah Hartley is the creator and editor in chief of Holl & Lane Magazine, a magazine dedicated to showcasing real life from real women. Searching for a magazine that featured honest life in a beautiful way, that would give women a voice and a platform, Sarah set out to create that magazine. She publishes stories on infertility, miscarriage, mental health, body image, self-care, love and loss, and so much more. She wants to show women that they are not alone.

She is also a wife to Brandon, a mom to Henry, and lives near Pittsburgh, PA where she works as a marketing coordinator. In her (minimal) spare time, she loves to read, have dance parties with her son, and enjoy a beer with her husband at the end of a long week. 

MORE OF SARAH

www.hollandlanemag.com

Holl and Lane on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Sarah's post in their Editors Corner: "Let's Talk Money"

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Jun 7, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"Because I have a full-time job, it's almost like my secret life - it's what I do on the side."

with Malisa Lieser

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

There are so many fears when you're just starting out. The fear of what everyone is going to think. The fear of wondering whether or not you can actually turn this passion project into a business. The fear of not feeling like a "business owner".

Real life entrepreneur struggles. Am I right?

In this episode, I sat down with Malisa Lieser, full-time corporate marketer by day, passion-project turned business owner by night. And we talk about all of those big fears and doubts that Malisa is facing as she's just starting out.

If you're just starting out, put down whatever it is that you're doing and listen to this episode right now. Because #metoo.

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WHO IS MALISA LIESER?

Malisa Lieser is a multi-passionate working mom of two young children. By day, she works in B2B marketing to pay the bills, but her heart is in helping busy families make dinners stress-free through real food meal planning consulting. She lives her hippie life by making her own personal care items, brewing kombucha, and cloth diapering her babies.

MORE OF MALISA

www.malisalieserplanning.com

Malisa on Instagram

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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!)
Jun 6, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"Sometimes you have to stop what you're doing to figure out what you should be doing."

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

You may be wondering "what do you mean 'What's Next', Lauren?"

And in that case, I'd say, boo, you need to listen to this episode.

You should also listen to this episode if you're where I was last week ... knowing there's a better way, something more, or something greater, but not knowing how to get there.

I put aside my to do list last week to figure it all out. Oh, and I refunded my only paying podcast advertiser even though I had no clue what's next. No, I haven't lost my mind. And yes, once you listen, you'll get to hear all of the details ... including big changes coming to the podcast soon!

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Jun 1, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"I didn't have a big epiphany by any means. I just had a moment of realization that I was very unhappy with my life, and if I didn't make a change that this was going to be the rest of my life."

with Janet Gwen

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

There's never an excuse for not knowing how to do something. After hearing this story, I felt so invigorated with that truth! From coding a website to upholstering a chair - not two things I care to learn how to do, but really, there's a lot I could learn that I just haven't tried to (yet)!

In this episode, I sat down with Janet Gwen, the founder and creative director of Janet Gwen Designs, to hear about how she went from dropping out of college to working 3 different retail jobs to building her empire - and teaching herself everything along the way (thanks Google).

Janet is this bright bubbly ray of energy and I loved this conversation so much. She shares everything - from starting her business 3 different times before it finally stuck to how she creates her hand-painted cases.

Oh, and how the inspiration for her business began in the art room of her high school. You never know where inspiration will strike!

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WHO IS JANET GWEN?

Hello! I’m Janet. I’m the founder and creative director of Janet Gwen Designs. It’s a creative studio known for our gold and marble cases and hand painted phone cases (YES! HAND PAINTED!).

JGD's mission is to encourage and highlight unfiltered creativity by challenging the social standards of art. We strive to make a statement by using bold colors and textures on traditional and non traditional surfaces. We create one-of-a kind pieces of art for those customers who appreciate the little details it takes to pull it all together. We make your hustle beautiful, one art-infused piece at the time.

We want to start conversations, create real-life connections, and inspire you in your wildest dreams. We are here to cheer you on every step because we know you got this!

  Then...

Janet's very first phone case! She made this in her high school art class.

Now!

One of Janet's most recent phone case designs.

  MORE OF JANET

www.JanetGwenDesigns.com

Janet on Instagram

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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).

MORE OF CAROLINE

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

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www.chelsealainefrancis.com

Chelsea on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest

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May 17, 2017

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"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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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.

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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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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

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

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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. 

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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

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"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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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

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"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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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.

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www.rungh.com

Rungh Cosmetics on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Neha on Instagram, Twitter

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