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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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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.

Nov 30, 2017

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”When I started, I was like - OK, I’m just a stay-at-home mom that needs something to do - and that’s how I viewed myself for a long time.”

with Leitia McHugh

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Know a mom who started a biz so she could stay at home with her kiddos? Leitia McHugh did, too. She dreamed of being that stay-at-home mom doing all the fun crafts with her kiddos. Then, she started The Confetti Post in her daughter’s old nursery, and before she knew it, she found herself with a biz that was outgrowing that nursery and she wasn’t so sure she wanted to stay at home anymore. In today’s episode, Leitia shares about…

  • how the not-so-average parties she threw in high school inspired The Confetti Post

  • how she started at business so she could stay at home with her kids (and how that’s changed!)

  • mom expectations

  • struggling with depression after having her second child, but feeling too ashamed to talk about it out loud

  • how SEO has paid off for her biz

  • deciding to pay herself after a year of investing in the business

  • where she now sees the biz growing

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WHO IS LEITIA MCHUGH?

Leitia McHugh is the founder of The Confetti Post, an online "party in a box" gifting service. She started The Confetti Post as a way to share her love of parties with everyone and to help others bridge the gap when they want to celebrate someone they love, but long distances get in the way. Think care packages, but a lot more fun and without all the work hopping from store to store to find the perfect items, buying a boring box, then fighting the lines at the post office. These party themed gift packages are the best solution to brightening days and celebrating others even when miles separate.

Leitia has lived in Indiana her entire life and currently finds home in an urban neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she loves to swing on her front porch and walk to parks and the library with her children. She is an self-described ice cream aficionado, party thrower, and color lover. Prior to becoming a mom and starting her business, her educational and professional time was spent in the nonprofit world. When she is not working, she loves new adventures with her husband, playing board games with her kids, and spending time with extended family.   

Leitia believes that businesses can and should be a powerful force for good in the world. She lives this out with The Confetti Post, first through the company's mission and product, and also by sourcing primarily from other small businesses who create products under ethical practices and giving 10% of The Confetti Post profit to nonprofit organizations whose missions are to ensure every child's birthday is celebrated.  

MORE OF LEITIA

www.theconfettipost.com

The Confetti Post on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest

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Nov 29, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”When I charge less than what I’d like to be paid, I feel like I usually pull that card out in desperation. I’d rather have something coming in than nothing.”

with Helene Kwong

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I want to have more convos about money and business. Starting today. Because getting comfortable asking for money, charging more to up-level your business, and finding that sweet spot where you can charge what you want to get paid and also work with your dream customers is a freaking roller-coaster ride.

So, I asked my friend Helene Kwong to come on and share about her own journey. We’re not sharing some 3-step formula for how to make six-figures or how to charge more. We’re just sharing honestly about our own journeys with money as entrepreneurs.

We’re talking about…

  • Figuring out what’s a fair price that you’re happy with and your customer is willing to pay

  • The problem with pricing yourself lower to try to make yourself more available and attractive for certain clients

  • Why you’re current pricing model should be based on where you want to be

  • Accepting less than what you want out of desperation

  • The fears we have with increasing our prices

  • How charging less than you’re worth leads to resentment

  • What the law of attraction has to do with money and business

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WHO IS HELENE KWONG?

Helene Kwong is the CEO and Founder of Hashtagitude, a digital marketing agency based in Denver, Colorado. Hashtagitude provides custom, collaborative solutions to small businesses seeking to not only grow their sales but also their communities. Hashtagitude's mission is to get small businesses active online and genuinely connecting with customers with consistent, seamless content and community engagement. Marketing solutions include content writing, SEO, Google Adwords, social media strategy and execution, photography, and videography. Helene has been in marketing for eight years and has worked with companies coast-to-coast (from Los Angeles to New York City). She is also an active member of the Denver business community, serving as a Board Member of the Denver Retail Incubator (DRI Goods) and as an Ambassador for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

In her free time, Helene can be found being crafty (she crochets, knits, sews, cross-stitches ... the list goes on), checking out the latest and greatest restaurants around Denver with her partner Ryan, or cuddling with her two cats, Kitty and Simba.

MORE OF HELENE

www.hashtagitude.com

Hashtagitude on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

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Nov 28, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”Anything can trigger a doubt. And then all of a sudden, it’s full-on doubt spin. That doubt leads to another doubt which leads to another doubt which leads to another doubt. And before I know it, I can’t stop the thoughts. And they’ve led to full-blown panic alert mode.”

with Lauren Frontiera

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You know the feeling. One doubt comes up after you get an unexpected email or zero comments on an Instagram post and suddenly that one doubt leads to a hundred doubts and before you know it, you’re in full blown panic mode. I feel ya sister. And I call this doubt-spin. It’s when you’re doubts start spinning you out of control. It happened to me just last week.

The bad news? If you’re running a business, doubts and fears are a natural part of it.

The good news? There’s two questions I ask myself when I’m in full-blown panic mode that defuses things right away. It’s like an instant woosah. Or the calm feeling after a glass of wine. And I’m sharing them both with you today!

P.S. These two questions work when nothing else (meditation, going for a run, taking a break, slamming your head into the wall) will.

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Nov 16, 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 Brooke Saxon-Spencer

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Ever wondered what it's really like to have your magazine on the shelves of Barnes and Noble? The answer may surprise you. Or do you ever think about whether or not businesses are really making as much money as you think they do? Instagram can be deceiving.

Today, Brooke Saxon-Spencer, the creator of Belong Mag, is giving a real behind-the-scenes look at what it's all like. Seriously. If you’ve ever wanted to be a fly on the wall, here’s your chance. There’s nothing Brooke leaves off the table.

We talk about…

  • Her career before Belong

  • Her struggle to find community as a blogger + how that inspired Belong

  • Why she recently decided to go back to work full-time for someone else

  • The challenges of working a taking on a full-time job

  • What it’s really like being on the shelves in Barnes and Noble

  • The hardest parts of advertising, getting contributors, and more

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WHO IS BROOKE SAXON-SPENCER?

Brooke is the creator of Belong Mag, a quarterly digital and print magazine celebrating the art and community of blogging, social media and creative entrepreneurship.

MORE OF BROOKE

www.belong-mag.com

Belong Mag on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest

Behind Belong on Instagram

Nov 15, 2017

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”If you can’t love yourself and your business first, how in the hell is somebody else gonna love you and your business?”

with Grace Nixon Peterson

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This week, we’re picking up right where we left off in episode 157 with Grace Nixon Peterson.

Need a quick recap? Grace left her career as a teacher several years ago and started blogging under the handle @yourbiggestfangrace. She recently opened a stationery company with her sister and business partner, Leah, called Tiny and Snail. After leaving her teaching career to blog, Grace found herself fielding some really weird (and intrusive) questions from strangers in the dog park that led to a whole lot of doubt and insecurity around money.

This week, we’re talking with Grace about when she made the transition from calling herself a blogger to calling herself an artist and the whole new layer of doubts that came with that. Like Grace says, there’s a time and a place to have doubts and to sit in those, but there’s also a time and place to have your own back and to be proud of the work that you’re doing. Grace shares both the real and the funny and inspires with the truth that by being your own biggest fan, you can shift how others (yourself included) view you and the work that you do.

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WHO IS GRACE NIXON PETERSON?

Grace Nixon Peterson is legitimately one of the coolest people alive. She is single-handedly keeping the postal service afloat by sending mail 3-5 times a week, she brews her own kombucha, makes her own yogurt, and once had to go to physical therapy for an extreme crafting injury (aka creating over 75 envelopes by hand for Christmas cards). She’s one of the most dynamic and caring people you’ll ever meet. She tackles things that scare her like taxes, establishing LLCs, calling lawyers, and fighting wild boars in the grasslands of Miami with her trusty rescue dog sidekick, Graham, and golf pro husband Bobby.

Grace founded the stationery company Tiny and Snail alongside her sister Leah (who is a her hype-woman and wrote the above paragraph). Vibrant and delightful, each illustration and custom piece of stationery from Tiny and Snail is imbued with joy for both the sender and receiver.

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www.tinyandsnail.com

Tiny and Snail on Instagram and Facebook

Grace on Instagram

Nov 14, 2017

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”To get to do that first thing in the morning, and having had meditated and worked out, it’s like I did all those things for me before I even looked at my to do list for the day … it just feels so good.”

with Lauren Frontiera

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Ever wonder what someone’s day is really like?! Do they wake up early? Stay up late? Work crazy hours? I’m nosey as hell, so I wonder about this all the time. And, now, you no longer have to wonder these things about me. Because I’m spilling all the beans…

I’m sharing about…

  • what a typical day in the life with me looks like
  • whether I’m an early bird or night owl
  • how I start every day (before I even get out of bed)
  • everything I do before I even look at my to do list in the morning
  • and how often I work in the evenings!
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Nov 10, 2017
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In this exclusive episode, brought to you by Yoga Club, I'm sitting down with three female entrepreneur yogis to hear their stories - stories about the hard parts of mamahood, addiction, closing businesses, and the doubts of building one of Las Vegas’ biggest yoga festivals.

I sat down with three female entrepreneur yogis - Tiffany Blackham, Crystal Gray, and Kris Blunt - to hear their stories. We talk with one mom whose struggle to help her son who has an immune system deficiency led to her starting a business. Another launched a yoga festival five years ago and still experiences that fear of what if no one shows up? One yogi opened her own yoga studio only to realize that she was feeling bogged down by the business side of things, so she sold it three years later.

Want to be reminded that you're not alone? Want to learn from three amazing women and feel inspired? This one's for you.

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THE LADIES

Tiffany Blackham

Tiffany Blackham is a yoga educator, wife + mom to 3, health & wellness advocate and creator of Stone Fox Feather - a line of healing delights. She loves sharing her insights and daily doses of inspiration on living a life full of passion, balance, and soulful exchanges. More about Tiffany and her company can be found on her websites TiffanyBlackham.com and stonefoxfeather.com

Crystal Gray

Crystal Gray is a senior yoga teacher, teaching for over 10 years and studying with master teachers from all over the world. She is a soul-purpose and intuitive business coach, helping women get into alignment with the Divine Feminine and create the life and business their soul is desiring. Along with her husband of 10 years, Crystal owns a 20-acre organic vegetable farm and enjoys watching her daughter run through the sprinklers in the fields! After selling her yoga studio in 2016, she now focuses her efforts online. Crystal loves collaborating with other like-minded female entrepreneurs who have the mindset of working together, lifting each other up and cultivating our own and others' unique gifts. Check out www.yogagoddessacademy.com for more information!

Kris Blunt

Kris is a former dancer and currently teaches yoga. She's also the founder of Vegas Gone Yoga Festival, an annual full weekend festival bringing out 500 yogis. Her career has enabled her to travel worldwide to Belgium, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Korea, Monte Carlo, Paraguay, Russia, Spain and parts of the Caribbean. She performed in famed venues such as Russia’s Bolshoi Theater, New York City’s Carnegie Hall and celebrated dance festivals at Lincoln Center and Jacob’s Pillow.

Nov 9, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”A business is an ever-evolving thing … Sometimes that means stepping back. Sometimes that means redirecting. Sometimes that means offering something different that you feel scared to offer.”

with Kristen Ley

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It all started in her garage over five years ago, with zero clue how to use a letterpress and a Christmas demonstration gone bad. But today her products are sold in over 900 stores around the world and she recently created an exclusive line of products for Target.

Kristen Ley is sharing her story of how it all began. We talk about the name Thimblepress and the story (and collection of tacky gas station thimbles) behind it, her first business pre-Thimblepress, first opening her shop, and why she no longer dreams of building it into this huge business.

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WHO IS KRISTEN LEY?

Kristen Ley is the founder, owner and creative director of Thimblepress®. Founded in a garage back in 2012, Thimblepress® is design & lifestyle company aiming to create products that make people happy and encourage celebrating each other and ourselves. Each product is filled with loads of love & color. Thimblepress® is sold in over 900 retail shops internationally and Thimblepress® products are also available on Thimblepress.com. Thimblepress® recently sold an exclusive line of products in Target stores and Target.com, and has collaborated and/or with many different brands such as Hallmark, Moon & Lola, Glitter Guide, Throw Pillow, Speak Wines, June & January & Keds.  

Thimblepress® loves unique products that help elevate & showcase personal style be it on a desk, in hands or on walls. Thimblepress® wants to be a part of helping you create lasting memories, fill a room with color, bring a smile to a face & make you feel unique & special. Thimblepress® ultimately wants to be a small part of helping spread joy around the world.

In Kristen’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends & her Goldendoodles Willow and Henry in her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. She also loves Jesus, painting, travel, perusing the local flea markets & a good movie on Netflix. 

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www.thimblepress.com

Thimblepress on Instagram and Pinterest

Kristen on Instagram and Pinterest

Nov 8, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”If you’ve been bringing in a paycheck and been able to support yourself and contribute to your family for awhile, and then all of a sudden that paycheck isn’t there, it’s such a personal crisis ... an identity crisis.” 

with Grace Nixon Peterson

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I know what you’re thinking... 

Lauren what’s this feel-good BS you’ve rounded up about being your own biggest fan?! We know. But cut the crap. We want substance. Real stories. Someone else telling us she feels all the really shitty doubts, too. 

My loves, would you ever expect anything less from me?! And most certainly not from “legitimately one of the coolest people alive” (according to her bio, and I totally agree). 

I sat down to chat with Grace Nixon Peterson, one of the founders of Tiny and Snail, a new stationary company, and things got deep and real fast. 

Grace left her career as a teacher several years ago and started blogging under the handle @yourbiggestfangrace. What she didn’t realize was that she was also embarking on a journey full of weird questions from strangers in the dog parks, hours spent weeding through all the doubts that kept coming up, an identity crisis tied to money, and learning how to be her own biggest fan.

This convo was so damn good, that we talked for nearly an hour. So, get cozy and dive into part one. And then get really freaking excited because part two airs next Wednesday.  

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WHO IS GRACE NIXON PETERSON?

Grace Nixon Peterson is legitimately one of the coolest people alive. She is single-handedly keeping the postal service afloat by sending mail 3-5 times a week, she brews her own kombucha, makes her own yogurt, and once had to go to physical therapy for an extreme crafting injury (aka creating over 75 envelopes by hand for Christmas cards). She’s one of the most dynamic and caring people you’ll ever meet. She tackles things that scare her like taxes, establishing LLCs, calling lawyers, and fighting wild boars in the grasslands of Miami with her trusty rescue dog sidekick, Graham, and golf pro husband Bobby.

Grace founded the stationery company Tiny and Snail alongside her sister Leah (who is a her hype-woman and wrote the above paragraph). Vibrant and delightful, each illustration and custom piece of stationery from Tiny and Snail is imbued with joy for both the sender and receiver.

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www.tinyandsnail.com

Tiny and Snail on Instagram and Facebook

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Nov 7, 2017

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”There is no right or wrong way to build a business. There is no right or wrong way to have a business.”

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

There is no right or wrong way to build a business. There are no freaking rules, people. But there are ways to do it that are right and wrong for you. So, in today’s episode, I’m talking about just that - and how it applies to this podcast and the business I am growing. I also share about fears (duh!), not setting goals, and I may or may not cry.

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Nov 2, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”You literally have no idea what impact you can make on somebody’s day because you don’t know what they’re going through. And at that point, that was one of the darkest points in my life.”

with Britt Hyatt + Kelsey Christine

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You never know when you’re going to meet the lady that’s going to turn your crying-in-the-airport-bathroom-stall day around. And there’s definitely no warning signs that she’s going to become one of your best friends and soon after, your business partner.

Kelsey Christine and Britt Hyatt’s paths crossed on an otherwise ordinary post in a Facebook group … that changed everything. After building and growing their businesses alongside each other for nearly two years, they decided to combine them into one … before they’d ever even met in person!

I have never laughed and cried so much in one podcast episode! So, to say I’m really excited to share this one with you is most definitely an understatement. I’m freaking pumped.

We talk about:

  • The fated Facebook meet-cute

  • Their careers pre-launching their own businesses and why they each decided to take the leap

  • Deciding to go into business together before they’d ever met in person

  • When a business relationship became a friendship

  • Mom guilt

  • Launching their new brand together

  • And more…!

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WHO ARE BRITT HYATT + KELSEY CHRISTINE?

Kelsey is the co-founder, brand designer, and brand strategist behind Launch Your Daydream, where she provides custom brand design for other female creativepreneurs. With a background in Marketing Consulting, she helps clients dig deeper than just creating a pretty logo. She’s a craft beer-loving crazy cat lady who collects vinyl records and tattoos. She started her business in California, but relocated to Virginia this summer with her husband. Kelsey holds the following ideals close to her heart: creative entrepreneurs should empower one another, positive vibes should be the only vibes, and working relationships should become friendships.

Britt is the co-founder, website designer and web strategist behind Launch Your Daydream, where she provides custom website design in Squarespace + Showit 5 for creative business owners. With 15+ years experience and degrees in Web Content Development + Communications, Britt has a passion for positivity, people, and launching gorgeous websites for creative + small biz owners. Once she met Kelsey, the two joined forces and launched their branding + website agency, Launch Your Daydream. Britt has lived in Cleveland, Ohio her entire life, living + loving life there with her husband + son.

Kelsey + Britt are biz BFFs that recently combined their branding + website design businesses to form a new design studio called, Launch Your Daydream. Kelsey, Britt, and their Dream Team provide custom designs + educational resources for female creative business owners who are looking for a source of encouragement, excitement, and confidence within their biz.

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www.launchyourdaydream.com

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Britt on Instagram

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Nov 1, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

””I think that a lot of the intentions are good and we all want to help people and we all want to be nice and kind, but sometimes, we have to be uncomfortable. And change and growth doesn’t come from being comfortable and cozy.”

with Danait Berhe

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

I sat down with Danait Berhe to talk about the elephant in the (online creative entrepreneur community) room.

By the way, the phrase “elephant in the room” means “an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss, or a condition of groupthink no one wants to challenge.”

Just wanted to make that clear. Because we’re talking about something that’s a very obvious problem that’s not being discussed or challenged.

And that is a lack of support and inclusivity for diversity. In online communities, conference line-ups, expert round-tables … you name the place. This is probably an issue.

If this topic makes you uncomfortable, that’s OK. Please listen anyways. Like Danait said, “I think we all need to be a little uncomfortable in these conversations for us to really learn and move forward.”

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WHO IS DANAIT BERHE?

Danait crafts brands that create connection, impact, and profit for creative female entrepreneurs.  Leaving behind a promising future in the medical field to start her small business, she marries the art of branding and the science of marketing to create not only a beautiful brand, but one that converts. 

A firm believer in being the change she wants to see in the world & passionate about uplifting women along the way she is on a mission to make the world a better place in her own way. When not writing about herself in the third person she enjoys hanging out with her fur baby, eating homemade Eritrean food, and spending too much time watching Netflix.   

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www.designsbydanait.com

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Oct 31, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"I feel like this may be the first time we're really meeting."

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Despite all the things I share on the podcast, there’s still a lot about me that you may not know. So, let’s pretend it’s girls wine night. Mmkay? And dive into the good goods and all the things we’d be chatting about if we were hanging out IRL. So, I’m sharing with you 10 things you may not know about me. And maybe they’ll give you a little more insight into me, and my story, and the lady behind the podcast.

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Oct 26, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”There aren’t right answers. There’s really just perspectives and perceptions. And sometimes as a community, a collective, we all agree on things. But there will almost always be the marginalized.”  

WITH TRIPT AND PRABH JOHAL LISTEN!

WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

From the socialization of females that leads to imposter syndrome to battling anxiety and depression and not feeling able to talk about it to a lack of inclusivity in the online creative community and the non-inclusivity of lumping all women of color into one category, this is one hell of a conversation.

Sisters and co-creators of Buzzing Creatives, Tript and Prabh Johal are two amazing women. And while they spend their weeks pursuing a PhD in Classical Archaeology and teaching creative entrepreneurs how to leverage social media to grow their businesses, we talk about so much more in this conversation.

We talk about…

  • Living and growing up in a South Asian immigrant family
  • How academia has played an important role in both of their roles
  • The socialization of females from a young age that leads to imposter syndrome and not owning our worth
  • A lack of inclusivity in the online creative entrepreneur space
  • Mental health and speaking out about our experiences of it
  • How a love of handmade products inspired Buzzing Creatives
  • Why “women of color” is not an intersectional and inclusive term
  • And so much more...
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WHO ARE TRIPT + PRABH JOHAL?

Tript & Prabh of Buzzing Creatives, are social media experts that specialize in Instagram & Pinterest - and yes they are sisters! They teach creative entrepreneurs how to grow their business online by leveraging social media. Buzzing Creatives was born out of their knowledge, experience, and passion for teaching. Being creatives at heart, Tript & Prabh are passionate about creative entrepreneurs turning their creativity into profitability without compromising their artistic integrity. 

Buzzing Creatives was developed at a time when both Tript & Prabh were on individual trajectories which they thought would never meet.  But what they forgot was that more than being sisters they were best friends and more than best friends they were soul mates. To have your sister as your soul mate is the best case scenario, you just can’t lose and so their individual fates aligned perfectly to create a window in time when Buzzing Creatives was finally born!

Buzzing Creatives has grown into a community of creatives that inspire each other. At the heart of buzzing creatives is the belief that innovation is the result of a community full of supporting creatives and that is why they place emphasis on building a sense of community where teachers are students and vice versa, so everyone can learn from each other and grow as creatives.

Outside of Buzzing Creatives, Tript & Prabh both love to travel, read books, watch bollywood, listen to U2 and go on crazy adventures. Tript has a Master’s Degree in Gender and International Development from the Institute of Development Studies UK along with her BA from the University of British Columbia.  Prabh is currently doing her PhD in Art History with focus on Classical Archeology at the University of Toronto, she completed her Masters in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford and previously completed her BA from the University of British Columbia.    

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www.buzzingcreatives.com

Buzzing Creatives on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest

Buzzing Creatives Facebook Group

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Oct 25, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”A lot of us try to follow along with other people who are in their entrepreneurial journeys, but that does not mean that you have to do the same things that they’re doing. And it also doesn’t mean that you can’t be successful doing things your own way.”

with Kayla Hollatz

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To be able to do it your own way in a way that feels really good + true to you. That’s the goal, right? In life. In business.

In today’s episode, Kayla Hollatz is sharing about her upcoming conference, Your Own Way Conference. It’s a 100% charitable business conference she’s organized in her hometown of Minneapolis. The conference is meant to inspire and empower entrepreneurs to build a business their own way and all proceeds are being donated to a local organization to support sex trafficking survivors. It’s amazing.

And in our conversation., Kayla shares about...

  • How she went from not seeing herself as anyone who’d ever plan an event to putting on a huge business conference

  • Taking herself out of her comfort zone of building online communities to building them in her own local community

  • Building a business your own way

  • Living out your priorities and values

  • Her own experience of sexual assault: how it affected her mental health, when she started speaking about it, and how it’s inspired this work that she’s now doing

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WHO IS KAYLA HOLLATZ?

Kayla Hollatz is a copywriter, ghostwriter, and content creator for small businesses in the visual and tech industries. She is also the host of Your Own Way Conference, a 100% charitable business conference in Minneapolis, MN inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs to build a business their own way with all proceeds donated to Mission 21 to support sex trafficking survivors. 

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www.kaylahollatz.com

Episode 50 with Kayla

Your Own Way Conference

Kayla on Instagram and Twitter

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Oct 24, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”What really is the main driver behind how we feel about ourselves and what dictates our worth, at any given moment, are our own greatest fears.”

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Hi, my name is Lauren, and I’m scared of change. There. I said it.

No matter how much change I experience and how much my business continues to evolve, change scares the poo right outta me. So, in this episode, I’m sharing about why it scares me so flipping much, how luck plays a part in success (eek! I’m ready for the daggers for this one!), and the one question I’ve been asking myself a lot (that I think you should be asking yourself, too).

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