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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 19, 2018

“Growth that means something needs to be gradual and you need to earn it.”

 

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Building an Oprah magazine worthy company doesn’t happen overnight. And chances are, there’s lots that went on (and didn’t work out) behind the scenes. That’s why I’m so wildly excited to share the story of Greetabl and one of it’s co-founders with you in this episode! My love, meet Zoë Scharf - previous graphic designer turned entrepreneur.

We talk about:

  • Greetabl’s not-so-overnight success
  • The cereal box that inspired the idea for Greetabl
  • Why slow growth means more
  • The first version of Greetabl that you never heard of (and why it totally flopped)
  • Creating a great product isn’t everything + how Greetabl grew their customer base

 

WHO IS ZOË SCHARF?

Zoë Scharf is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Greetabl. Zoë is is a brand and design expert with a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. At Greetabl, Zoë focuses on the company's vision, brand, digital and physical product, and marketing efforts. Previously, Zoë consulted startups, advising and implementing brand strategy, story and design. At her former position at XPLANE, she worked with Fortune 500 companies on simplifying complex ideas using visual thinking.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

@fight2breathe on Instagram

www.greetabl.com

Greetabl on Instagram

Zoë on Instagram

Jun 18, 2018

“Passion keeps you going on entrepreneur days that are hard. Because if I fall in love with the business and the business ebbs and flows, I’m going to fall out of love.”

 

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The first two years of starting a business are a giant freaking learning curve! Megan Hartman-Sparks is right at that two year mark and she’s sharing about what that journey has been like so far - the highs, the lows, and the one thing that’s kept her going from the start. Megan’s company, Lymph Candy, is a non-toxic, vegan, aluminum free deodorant, and she spends a lot of her time educating customers and pregnant women on why that’s so important. So, of course, she educates us a little at the beginning of our convo, too. If you’re interested in switching to natural products for yourself and your home, deodorant is a great place to start and Megan explains why.

We talk about…

  • why Megan’s first pregnancy was the catalyst for launching Lymph Candy
  • how surrounding yourself with other amazing women entrepreneurs can transform your first few years in business
  • how the most difficult parts of business are also the greatest learning opportunities
  • the basic foundations of building a business that you spend the first two years trying to get right

 

WHO IS MEGAN HARTMAN-SPARKS?

Megan Hartman-Sparks is an energetic people person who graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in Communication Studies & a minor in Spanish. Megan worked at top retail brands like Anthropologie and Lululemon before launching herself into the advertising world. Working on Dannon, Unilever, and Beiersdorf she saw just how powerful global companies are across Food & Personal Care categories especially with healthy advertising budgets. Finished with building someone else’s dreams, after the arrival of her first son, she decided to start Lymph Candy. She serves as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and oversees all supplier relationships, business logistics and strategic partnerships.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

www.lymphcandy.com

Jun 18, 2018

“I used to not believe that I could feel this good without making a lot more money or having way more downloads of the podcast. I thought I had to have all of those things in order to feel as good as I do right now.”

 

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I’ve spent years chasing business success to try to feel better. I believed that more money, more downloads, more validation would somehow help me feel better, too. It’s a belief that’s chased me my whole life - do this to accomplish that to feel this great. And, my love, it’s just not true. I’m living proof of it. After a dozen or so conversations that have gone something like this …

Friend: So, how are you?

Me: I’m so good. Like really good. I feel incredible and the wild thing is that I used to believe I couldn’t feel this great without making more money or having more downloads of the podcast, but I feel that great already without any of those things.

Friend: Wow, really? That’s amazing!

… I thought it was about time I shared all of this with you. Because, sister, I know I’m not alone.

So, in this L chat, I’m sharing with you how I’ve learned to feel so good regardless of how my business is doing on any given day and how you can, too.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Episode 192

Jun 11, 2018

“The challenge is you’ll always have new challenges. It doesn’t stop. You’re never “there”. There’s always “what’s next?”

 

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Our stories of who we are today and the work we do in the world is so heavily influenced by our stories of years ago. That definitely rings true of the inspiration behind the fashion brand Cuyana. And, my love, I got to sit down with the founders, Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah to hear it all!

We talk about…

  • Introducing the revolutionary idea of “fewer, better things” to the fashion industry in 2013
  • Why “fewer, better things” is not a minimalist philosophy
  • How they met serendipitously and became business partners
  • Persevering despite the “no”s and no responses
  • Why it’s important to have support outside of your business as an entrepreneur

 

WHO ARE KARLA GALLARDO + SHILPA SHAH?

Karla Gallardo, Co-Founder and CEO of Cuyana

Karla started Cuyana with the vision of creating a global design house that inspires intentional buying through pieces that are crafted with integrity. After growing up in Ecuador, Karla moved to the United States where she earned her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and her Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Brown University.  She previously worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Group and at the Apple Online Store as a Business and Strategy Analyst. The name Cuyana means “to love” in Quechua, Karla’s native

language , symbolizing her love of fashion, travel, and giving back.

Shilpa Shah, Co-Founder and CXO of Cuyana

Shilpa was drawn to Cuyana for the opportunity to create products rich in meaning, quality, and story. Beginning her career in Interaction Design, Shilpa has over 15 years of experience designing web and mobile interfaces for Fortune 500 companies including Disney, AT&T, and Sun Microsystems. In 2012, she graduated with her MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Shilpa is passionate about celebrating the the multifaceted spirit of modern women through creating a culture of empowerment.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

www.cuyana.com

Cuyana on Instagram

Shilpa on Instagram

Karla on Instagram

Jun 11, 2018

”Maybe it doesn’t need to take a grandiose gesture. What if it is just one tiny action that really could make a world of a difference?”

 

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What would you do if you were 1% more courageous? That’s the question Jude Martinez started asking herself when she was faced with some really big fears after playing it safe for years. That question would also later be her catalyst for launching In Her Shoes, a global organization committed to catalyzing courage for young girls and women around the world. You know those pivotal moments in your life that you can look back on and say “That. That was moment things changed.” Here’s one of Jude’s: after being accepted to her dream law school, she realized that the thing she had always wanted wasn’t at all what she really wanted. Scared of what everyone would think, she secretly declined her acceptance and told everyone else she was deferring for one year. She gave herself that one year to “figure it out”. And that’s where our story begins...

We talk about:

  • How playing small for years protected her from fear
  • How fear is now her best compass
  • How Jude intuitively made the decision to turn down a giant opportunity she’d spent years working towards
  • How she turned her passion for social entrepreneurship into starting her own organization

 

WHO IS JUDE MARTINEZ?

Judith Martinez is the Founder and CEO of InHerShoes and Chief of Strategy at Orenda Collective. InHerShoes is a millennial led, social impact driven, global organization committed to catalyzing courage for young girls and women around the world. Their mission is simple: activate the genius of a generation to make a difference in their communities now. A by-product being re-defying traditional standards of what it looks like to be a successful woman today. When she’s not catalyzing courage for women at InHerShoes, she’s equipping startup entrepreneurs and small businesses with strategies that grow profit and social impact at boutique consulting agency, Orenda Collective.

Judith has worked with organizations such as Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, world-class leaders such as Leon Panetta, and has shared her voice on behalf of youth at the Youth Assembly, United Nations. Selected as a StartingBloc fellow in Washington, D.C., Judith has worked with organizations such as ReWork, Mind Hatch, and the Transformative Action Institute. She has co-authored Students Lead Now, the first book written by students, for students, on student leadership in the higher education space, and was most recently selected to work side by side with Echoing Green Fellows in building a Social Innovation and Leadership program to equip college students with 21st century skill sets for success at Claremont McKenna College. Recognized by The Next Big Thing Movement as one of 2017's Millennial Influencers, she was nominated to join the ranks of Forbes 30 Under 30 for her commitment to first generation women and transforming what it means to be a non-profit in this day and age. She most recently was honored as one of CSQ Magazine’s #NextGen10 awardees for her impact in Arts, Culture, and Philanthropy in the Los Angeles entrepreneurial eco-system, alongside folks like Kobe Bryant, Jeff Stibel, and Jesse Draper in Innovation & Tech.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

TEDx

Youth Assembly at the United Nations

Ashoka

Episode 176 with Emily Ann Peterson

”Bare Naked Bravery” by Emily Ann Peterson

In her Shoes on Instagram

www.inhershoesmvmt.org

Jun 11, 2018

“If you could bring an intentionality to this idea that allowed you to go deeper and make this idea better and allowed you to flourish in the growth and the challenges of this idea, imagine the abundance that you could continue to see from that idea.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE:

I love sharing the things that are impacting my life and biz with you. My hope would be that if it resonates, that it brings a new light and awareness and excitement to your work and every day. So, I’m sharing with you something new that came into my awareness recently that I first started applying to life and recently began applying to my business. If, like me, you desire to experience more depth in your life, this one's for you, sister. And if you have no idea what that means, give it a listen. It may be just the thing you’ve been needing to hear.

 

Jun 4, 2018

“I had to start choosing myself over the stories I’d made about other people.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Your business shouldn’t only serve your customers and clients while leaving you emotionally empty-handed and overwhelmed. Can I get an amen?! For a lot of us, it takes learning the hard way to rebuild a better way, though. That’s why you’re here, listening to Jessica’s story. I hope, if anything, her story inspires you to dream up what success looks like for you differently. I hope it encourages you to reflect on how you’re currently building your business. I hope it empowers you to let go of what’s not working and start redefining the rules of entrepreneurship. Because a business can serve you first while also serving your customers and clients better.

We talk about…

  • How anxiety can be your compass
  • Redefining what the “rules” of entrepreneurship are for you
  • Restructuring how you do business so your biz can serve you first
  • Finding “success” and then feeling miserable
  • Trusting your intuition even when outside opinion and logic don’t line up

 

WHO IS JESSICA RODRIGUEZ?

Jessica Rodriguez is the founder of The Day Dream Achiever and Business Strategist with an unapologetic mission to help purpose-driven coaches and strategists increase their profits, without increasing their work hours, through scalable offers and funnels.

Never one to shy away from the opportunity to share what she’s learned, you can find her each week on the #daydreamachievers podcast (available on iTunes and Stitcher) where she provides straightforward, actionable strategy and powerful conversations on what it really takes to step into a scalable and sustainable business model.

Through her Achievers Circle membership community, multiple self-study programs and a touch of client work, she continues to see what is possible when women stop apologizing for wanting more and go after it.

When she’s not talking all things business, you can find her curled up on the couch making inappropriate jokes with her hubby, miserably failing at not letting her furbabies take over the house, Netflix binging or traveling to the next adventure life brings.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

”The Crossroads of Should and Must” by Elle Luna (book)

”The Crossroads of Should and Must” by Elle Luna (on medium)

Lisa Carpenter

The Aligned CEO podcast

The Daydream Achiever podcast

www.thedaydreamachiever.com

Jun 4, 2018

”I felt like I couldn’t breathe anymore. My life was changing and I couldn't breathe. I was drowning. So, I did this and I got oxygen in my lungs again. And it’s been my journey. It’s worked out. I’m still alive. I still have clothes on my back. My dog is still fed. It has been so difficult, but it’s been my journey and it’s the path I chose.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

I hope you listen to this conversation. I hope you feel the depth of light that radiates out of the darkness of Amy’s story. And I hope you know that the same light can radiate out of your own dark moments. Amy wrote off entrepreneurship a long time ago. Life had different plans, though. After losing her father traumatically, being disowned from the rest of her family, being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and realizing her dream job was everything she didn’t want within a two year span, Amy found herself leaving behind the corporate world to start her photography business.

We talk about…

  • Working yourself to a really unhealthy point
  • Dealing with the hardships of life and business
  • How much your mindset can change in a short timespan
  • When her business didn’t grow overnight (or the first year)
  • How the hard stuff opens the door to experiencing the good

 

WHO IS AMY BONE?

Amy is the owner of Bone Photography where she captures love stories, senior celebrations and “I-do’s” in Rockford, IL and the Chicagoland area. She goes beyond being a local photographer by serving a much wider audience and striving to tell her story and share her education with the world. Whether you show up for her Joke of The Day or follow her blog about the ups and downs of owning a business, Amy puts 100% of herself into what you receive. Rocking her pink overalls and sharing photos of her dog, Amy is a safe place to land and to hear the sweet words of “me too”.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Episode 205 with Ji-Youn Kim

Episode 68 with Ruthie Lindsey

”You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero

Amy on Instagram and Facebook

www.bonephotography.co

Jun 4, 2018

“I want you to know that boundaries are going to do something incredible. They will change how you feel about your business. They will change how you feel about your clients and your customers. They will change how you feel about everything. And it’s kind of like magic. Because nothing else will change, except for you. And yet, everything will feel totally different.”

 

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Boundaries are like magical fairy dust for your heart and your biz. You don’t need a fairy, though, because you are your own queen in shining armor here to save you from overwhelm, my love. I’ve spent the majority of my 20s learning how to set boundaries and getting comfortable with doing it. There was a point in my life when I couldn’t set a boundary with a fly. Now, I flip boundaries like pancakes at IHOP and it’s transformed how I feel about my business. So, I’m sharing with you how I’ve done that and the three key places where I’ve been able to transform how I do biz with boundaries.

I talk about…

  • How to set boundaries in business with love and intention
  • Setting boundaries with your inbox
  • My out of office email response that helps me set inbox boundaries
  • Setting boundaries to build deeper relationships and connections
  • 4 questions to ask yourself when setting boundaries
May 28, 2018

”It could have been the worst thing that ever happened to me to lose my job right after we bought a house. But really that mess was what allowed me to create this beautiful, amazing business that I have today.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

One morning, Mandi woke up to find an email in her inbox letting her know that her company closed overnight and just like that she was out of a job. In less than twenty-four hours, though, Mandi had launched the beginning of what is now She Can Coterie, a boutique business and marketing management agency where she runs of a team of almost twenty. Love, if you’re still looking for your dream, it may just be waiting for the right moment to fall into your lap. Never doubt the possibility that arises from the rumble of a what feels like a big mess.

We talk about…

  • that inner knowing that you’re meant to own your own business without yet knowing what that is
  • the importance of having hobbies and fun things you enjoy doing outside of your business
  • how Mandi decided on her ideal client
  • having uncomfortable conversations as a leader

 

WHO IS MANDI HOLMES?

Mandi Holmes is CEO of She Can Coterie, a boutique business and marketing management agency for online, service-based, female business owners.

She Can Coterie started in 2015 when Mandi was unexpectedly laid off from a job as a virtual assistant herself and is now a fully-functioning, expert team that does it all! Blogging and editorial work, social media management, customer service, technical support, inbox support, systems creation, travel and invoicing... you name it, She Can Coterie can do it! The options are truly endless. To date, SCC has helped more than 100 business owners get organized, strategize their next steps, and take action towards their biggest dreams.

Mandi believes that women should run the world, that asking for help is vital to success, and that having an iced latte in your hand makes you unstoppable. When she's not leading her team, upleveling She Can Coterie, or serving powerful women around the world you can find her with her nose in a good book, playing "bathetball" with her sweet son Henry, or binge-watching Netflix with her husband.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Jess Lively’s podcast

Tanya Geisler

www.shecancoterie.com

She Can Coterie on Instagram

May 28, 2018

”I realized that I don’t control what other people think or say about me. But I have 100% control over how I let it affect me. I get to choose my attitude.”

 

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She went to Harvard business school, her father was the founder of Trek Bicycles, and she spent years working her way up the corporate ladder. But it was entering the race for governor of Wisconsin that helped her escape the cage of her comfort zone. And it was through losing that race that she finally found her confidence again. Mary Burke is one hell of a woman and an incredible fountain of wisdom, my love. So, hold onto your heart, this is going to get good.

We talk about:

  • How our comfort zone cages us in
  • The 3 biggest lessons she learned from losing the run for governor
  • Why Mary started “toning it down” and playing small after years of success
  • The Catalyst for launching her organizing, Building Brave

 

WHO IS MARY BURKE?

Mary founded Building Brave to create a global online community of 10 million women who are connecting, inspiring and empowering each other.  She grew up wanting to be a business person just like her dad, Dick Burke, founder of Trek Bicycles. After a successful career in the private sector and an unlikely campaign that almost made her governor of Wisconsin, she found her passion and path in empowering women.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

”The Confidence Code” by Katty Kay

www.buildingbrave.org

The Building Brave app

May 28, 2018

“In any and every moment, you can find this sense of calmness and peace and certainty that you have everything you need in this very moment. And whatever has not yet arrived, you do not yet need. Trust that it will find it’s way to you when the timing is right.”

 

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I’ve been meditating for four years now. It took awhile to find my groove and really learn to enjoy it. Guided meditations were a game-changer for me in the beginning, though. So, I’ve created this beautiful guided meditation for you business owners who are feeling that daily stress and overwhelm of trying to do it all and figure it all out. So, get cozy, hit play, and take 15 minutes for a little self-care for yourself today, my love.

May 22, 2018

”It is not your job to make people like you. It is your job to like you. And that is it.”

 

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In our conversation, Vasavi describes emotional sobriety as the ability to deal with life without having to reach for things externally to make us feel good on the inside (soo good, right?!). At the time of recording, she was five months sober and living in a sober living house. And, my love, this conversation with her is one of the greatest sermons I’ve ever heard. One year ago, Vasavi was living a double life: coach, social worker, and TV personality by day, cocaine and alcohol addict by night. And she’s sharing so much of what she’s learned in this conversation.

We talk about…

  • How she built a brand on pride and ego that ultimately led her to drugs and alcohol
  • Overcoming a cocaine and alcohol addiction
  • Life after addiction in a sober living house
  • Why the question “what’s my motive?” is one to ask yourself every day!
  • Codependency
  • What it means to be emotionally sober

 

WHO'S VASAVI KUMAR?

Vasavi Kumar is often described as "your kick-in-the-pants guide en route to your desired destination.” She is a grateful recovering addict, licensed social worker, special education teacher, and a certified coach. Vasavi holds dual Masters degrees in Special Education from Hofstra University and Social Work from Columbia University. She's a pro at attracting media and works with her clients to create and go after opportunities that are aligned with their brand values. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, was a regular on NBC’s Kansas City Live as the “Keepin’ It Real Guru.” and was on VH1’s Basketball Wives where she coached one of the main stars of the show. She truly believes that with impeccable character, work ethic, and unwavering values, you can do, be and have anything you want. Connect with her at www.VasaviKumar.com.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

www.vasavikumar.com

Vasavi’s Facebook group: Know Yourself. Do Anything

May 22, 2018

”We get to choose what we want to believe. And we don’t have to hold onto beliefs that are no longer serving us just because we think that our beliefs should serve others.”

 

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I know the feeling, sister. You don’t want to be the weirdo lone believer that doesn’t believe what everyone else does. Running from your beliefs doesn’t make you more happily fit in, though. It leaves you misaligned and not belonging to the one person who matters most - you. So, in this episode, I’m sharing with you one profound question that gave me the answer I’d been looking for for months. I’m also sharing with you about my journey away from religion towards spirituality and how I found myself in a past life regression therapy session visiting myself in past lives.

 

LINKS IN THIS EPISODE:

”Journey of Souls” by Dr. Michael Newton

”Destiny of Souls” by Dr. Michael Newton

Dr. Brian Weiss on The Oprah Show

May 22, 2018

“Do what you can with what you have.”

 

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Rather than pursuing the traditional (and expected) legal route after graduating from one of the top law schools in the country, Christina found herself building a business as a yoga instructor … and designing logos, trying her hand at calligraphy, learning floral design … and trying to find the one thing that would stick. She spent nearly three years in limbo not knowing where her income was going to come from, going into a ton of debt, and watching everyone else seemingly figure it out. Cut to today. Christina runs two very successful businesses, a law firm that focuses on intellectual property, and The Contract Shop, a contract template store for creative entrepreneurs. And along the way, she’s broken every mold of expectation to build a life and business that she loves.

We talk about…

  • Why Christina didn’t practice law for several years after college
  • How attending creative conferences before she had launched her business helped her figure it out
  • The pivotal conversation with Jenna Kutcher and the Rising Tide Society meeting that inspired Christina to use her legal know-how to work with creatives
  • How she’s embraced her fun + goofy side in the serious, uber-professional world of attorneys

 

WHO IS CHRISTINA SCALERA?

Christina Scalera is the attorney and founder behind The Contract Shop, a contract template store for creative entrepreneurs, wedding professionals, and coaches.

Three years ago, Christina found herself dreaming of pursuing a more creative path, and she started to look for alternatives to her in-house legal job. She explored everything from teaching yoga to becoming a freelance graphic designer to opening an Etsy shop.

In the process, she ended up coming full circle by creating a business that brought the benefit of her legal training to help her fellow creatives.

When she’s not staring at a computer or awkwardly standing on cafe chairs for the perfect overhead latte photo, you can find her in the woods doing things that are sometimes dangerous but always fun, like riding horses, skiing and reluctantly camping.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

The Illume Retreat

Creative at Heart Conference

Making Things Happen

Kirstie Marie

Jenna Kutcher

www.thecontractshop.com/trfe

May 14, 2018

”The amount you’re being paid does not validate you.”

 

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Follow your passion, not the paycheck. Spoiler alert: that’s the moral of the story. It isn’t the entire story, though, and JJ Anderson’s story is one you’re going to want to listen to. It isn’t some finely tuned inspirational speech encouraging you to dig deep, pursue joy, and forget about the money. It’s a real life, raw, messy and beautiful account of one girl’s journey from dropping out of college to becoming the youngest talk show host in America at an independent sports television network to learning that the pursuit of money isn’t everything.

We talk about…

  • the unexpected life-changing advice professional boxer, Evander Holyfield gave JJ
  • starting a video production company with no video production experience
  • why making money the first priority is a mistake
  • when your business partner is also your romantic partner
  • how sitting in NA and AA meetings with her parents as a little kid taught her lessons that still drive her today

 

WHO IS JJ ANDERSON?

At the age of 21, JJ Anderson earned the title of youngest talk show host in America at an independent sports television network. During this time, she worked side by side with Mortal Kombat producer and the station’s founder Larry Kassanoff to deliver original quality programming on an international platform. Through hosting, JJ was able to discover a true passion for connecting with others and so she quickly began to take on the role of a producer in order to be more hands on with the process. Recognizing the ample opportunity and freedom in digital media- JJ helped to establish LA based media + production company HRDWRKER with the mission of creating inspirational on- demand content. Through HRDWRKER, she strives to tell captivating stories and create awareness around important social issues. Since the company’s establishment in 2014, JJ has had the amazing opportunity to create segments and series for various world-renowned media corporations and entities such as: NYLON, Juxtapoz Magazine, The California African-American Museum, Topo Chico, and Eddie Bauer.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

www.lynda.com

www.storyandheart.com

www.hrdwrker.com

HRDWRKER on Instagram and Facebook

HRDWRKER on Youtube

Episode 122 with Lizzy Okoro

May 14, 2018

“Honestly, I get as shocked as you do hearing my story. It does feel surreal.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

She’s a world-renowned international DJ that’s breaking barriers as one of very few south asian female DJs in a male-dominated field. And though she fully embraces her alter ego, DJ Goddess, when she’s on stage, she’s one of the most down-to-earth, wonderful human beings you’ll talk to. Oh, and spoiler alert: she wanted to become a doctor and was one of the nerdiest ones among her friends in college. Becoming a DJ was never in the plans. Loves, this is a story you've got to hear and a woman you’ve got to know. And I’m so wildly excited to introduce you to Jessica Dhillon, or as the world knows her, DJ Goddess.

We talk about…

  • How Jessica went from being on track for med school to world-renowned, international Bollywood DJ
  • How she built a thriving business as a successful DJ
  • Pushing barriers as a south asian female DJ in a male-dominated industry
  • Performing in front of 40,000+ people for her first gig
  • Dealing with pre-performance nerves
  • Embracing her alter ego when she’s on stage

 

WHO'S JESSICA DHILLON (DJ GODDESS)?

DJ Goddess aka Jessica Dhillon has been dubbed a triple threat. This beauty and brains, with a 4.0 GPA and Biology and Business Degree UBC graduate has become one of Bollywood's top  international female DJs. She spins EDM/House, Rap/Hip Hop, and Bollywood around the globe including London, Dubai, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, LA, Africa, Qatar, and many more cities around the world! She is quickly becoming a Bollywood celebrity favourite and has a series of Official Remixes (White Hill Music) to her name including NA JA (4 million), Bamb Jatt, Lahore and more.

She also had her debut feature with Speed Records on an original alongside Amrit Maan in Guerrilla War, where she sung the hook and is nearing it's way to 30 million views. Her remixes has also garnered the attention of their respective singers including Guru Randhawa, Honey Singh, Diljit Dosanjh and more.  One of her remixes Illegal Weapon got picked up after hitting a Million on her individual youtube channel by Garry Sandhu himself and his label. Her mashup of Guru Randhawa's Suit and High Rated Gabru recently hit 2 million views.

DJ Goddess is currently producing her own original music and started strong with an EDM style cover track on Bruno Mars "Locked Out Of Heaven" alongside Bollywood sensation Shraddha Pandit (known for Paani Wala Dance) singing.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

Crown that Goddess

DJ Goddess on Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

May 14, 2018

”Belonging in this space means that I have to do what is right to me, even if that means I stand alone. Even if that means that none of you are coming along on this journey with me.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

The one thing we can be sure of, in life and in business, is change. It's happening around us and to us (ohh hiiii, wrinkles!) every day, sister. So, as TRFE continues to evolve and change, I want to pull back the curtains and share with you how I'm feeling, what my fears are, and why I'm allowing the brand to evolve and change despite the foundation I’ve already built.

I share about…

  • letting my intuition guide this new phase of TRFE
  • not being able to explain decisions with logic when it just feels “right”
  • how I’ve been embracing the spiritual journey of entrepreneurship
  • how the “stupid” decisions I’ve made in the past were the best decisions I could have made

 

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Join the Sisterhood

Episode 204: L Chat | Hi, I'm Lauren...

“Braving the Wilderness” by Brene Brown

What’s your decision-making superpower?

May 8, 2018

”Do it now because one day you’re going to wake up and the only thing you’re going to think about is what you didn’t do, not the mistakes that you made.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

If you’ve ever had the desire to travel the world while working and live the digital nomad life, I’m so excited to share this episode with you! After building her business for eight months, Anna Grymes left her Wall Street job, sold everything in her New York City apartment, and spent the next year traveling the world while continuing to run a thriving business. And I ask her ALL the questions! Starting with the really big one we’re all wondering: how did you find the courage to leave behind this career and cozy six-figure salary life you’d spent over a decade building? Her answer had me praise hands’ing all alone in my office and wanting to scream her answer from the freaking mountaintops.

So, make sure you listen all the way through for that golden life nugget. I also asked her all of the other questions we’re all wondering (especially those of us who dream of doing this one day)... how did you plan so that you’d always have internet? How did you balance work while not having a consistent routine and traveling to see all of these amazing spots? How’d you make friends and meet other people while traveling alone?

We talk about…

  • when you wake up and realize that the life you’ve been consciously working so hard towards isn’t the life you want anymore
  • what it’s like to travel the world solo
  • how to build a business that supports your digital nomad life
  • how to find, meet, and connect with other digital nomads while traveling
  • what the not-so-glamorous and unexpected parts are of the digital nomad life

 

WHO'S ANNA GRYMES?

Anna Grymes started her entrepreneurial journey in 2016 by creating a marketing services company focused on the real estate industry. Her life’s passion is travel and she built her business around doing just that. While working in the demanding finance industry on Wall Street in NYC she realized she was going to need a lot more than three weeks of vacation to see the world. So, Anna built her business around location-independent living, quit her corporate job, and can be found running her company anywhere from a hammock in Thailand to a pub in Dublin. She has recently launched a business strategy and coaching business to help other aspiring entrepreneurs find that freedom in their lives, too. Anna is a Jacksonville, Florida native and graduated with an MBA from the University of Florida.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Join The Sisterhood

Anna on Instagram and Facebook

www.annaoutofoffice.com

May 8, 2018

”Trusting ourselves is terrifying. And the only reason it’s terrifying to trust ourselves is because we don’t yet know ourselves.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Hi love. I’m glad you found your way here to this L chat, because my heart feels like you need this message today. If you’re feeling panicked about or paralyzed by all the decisions you’re trying to make in your business right now (and the overwhelming amount of options that are out there that “may” work), this episode is for YOUUUU!!! Also, so is this *hug*. You need to shut down the noise, love, listen to this episode and then go get to know this mentor. Let her guide you the rest of the way.

You’ll learn about…

  • How to stop looking for external validation for your choices
  • The one person you need to talk to before you consult with anyone else
  • 3 types of knowledge and the only one you need to be looking for right now

 

LINKS IN THIS EPISODE:

Join the Sisterhood

TED Talk: “The person you really need to marry” with Tracy McMillan

May 8, 2018

“When we own our story fully, it gives other women permission to do the same. And when that happens, we can create a ripple effect of women owning their truth and owning their story and stepping into their power. And that’s always been my purpose.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Ladies, it’s possible to beautifully and seamlessly merge motherhood and entrepreneurship. I didn’t say it was always easy. I did say it was possible. And Michelle Knight is the badass queen that’s a beautiful example of this! She’s not only figured out how to merge them beautifully while growing her coaching business from the ground up, but she’s also figured out how confidently own her story (and motherhood) in the process.

So, naturally, I had to have her back on the podcast (she first came on in episode 82; another great listen!) to dive into all of this and how she did it. Whether you’re a mama or not, I hope this story inspires you in some way, my loves.

We talk about…

  • What it means to own your story
  • Vulnerability and the fear of being seen
  • How she incorporates her son into her business (and live videos!)
  • Learning to let go

 

WHO'S MICHELLE KNIGHT?

Michelle Knight is a mother, wife, world traveler and storyteller. She is also a Branding and Business Coach and the founder of Brandmerry.com.

She works with female entrepreneurs who are struggling to gain visibility and traction in taking their business to the next level and supports them in tapping into their story to create a standout brand and message that positions them as an expert in their industry. In just 9 months,

Michelle launched her freedom-based business and left her 9 to 5, while raising a new baby. Just one year into her coaching business, Michelle created a 6-figure business and thriving community of women ready to share their story.

Now she spends her time supporting women to achieve time, financial and location freedom while traveling the world with her little family of three and exploring life with her son.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

www.brandmerry.com

Michelle on Instagram and Facebook

Michelle’s private FB community: “Authentic Brand Builders”

Join The Sisterhood

Episode 82: Embracing What Makes You Different with Michelle Knight

Moms with Hustle podcast

Apr 30, 2018

“When you’re a business owner, you are your business. And you have to take care of yourself. And if you’re not taking care of yourself, then your business suffers.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

It’s a theme throughout her business story. Trusting herself, launching, and things falling into place. She didn’t launch a PR company, but that’s what it bloomed into. She didn’t create a podcast with the goal of finding new clients, but that’s exactly what happened. My loves, meet my dear friend, Brittney Lynn. I get to share her story with you today, and I hope that it inspires in more ways than one.

What we talk about…

  • How paying off debt was the catalyst for her starting her business
  • Why Brittney wasn’t willing to start her business as a side hustle
  • Starting her business without a plan
  • Experiencing anxiety for the first time as a business owner
  • The fear of rejection when pitching yourself
  • The benefits of therapy as a business owner

 

WHO IS BRITTNEY LYNN?

Brittney Lynn is a PR & Online Marketing Strategist for online entrepreneurs worldwide. She has nearly 10 years of experience working in the online marketing industry and has a passion for helping others grow their reach, revenue, and impact through strategic PR.

She's also the host of the Day in the Life podcast, which gives a glimpse into the daily lives of people from across the world who work in a variety of industries. Stepping into the lives of these fascinating guests will encourage, inspire and challenge listeners as they share in each guest's trials and triumphs, learning that we are all connected and are more alike than we realize.

She's based in Dallas, Texas with her husband and pup.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Join The Sisterhood

How I Built This podcast

Smart Passive Income

”You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero

Day in the Life podcast

Lauren’s episode on the Day in the Life podcast

-www.brittneyllynn.com

www.dayinthelifepodcast.com

http://brittneyllynn.com/category/podcast

Brittney on Instagram and Twitter

Apr 30, 2018

”We look everywhere except for ourselves for the answers.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Feelin’ overwhelmed by all those shoulds you should be doing in your business that keep piling up? I hear ya, sister. Woosah. I got you, boo. And I want to share with you why your intuition/inner guidance/wisdom/whatever-ya-wanna-call-it is far more important to your business than any of those shoulds are right now. If you missed last week’s L chat, that’s OK. If this episode resonates with you, though, I highly recommend going and listening to it (episode 207) after. If you’ve been wondering why your intuition is all that great and if learning how to listen to it is really all that important, you’ve stumbled across the right episode. And I’m eager to share with you just why I think it’s so wildly important.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Join The Sisterhood

”Luminous Light” by Jacob Israel Liberman

The Lively Show podcast

Episode 207

Apr 30, 2018

“Pulling the trigger to actually go for it was the hardest part in the whole process.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Back in 2009, Tara Foley was writing a blog focused on finding and sharing clean beauty alternatives. Today, with multiple retail locations popping up across the country and an ecommerce site, she’s the founder, leader, and visionary of Follain, a healthy beauty retail alternative, where she aims to create a clean and green Sephora. In our conversation, Tara walks me through every step of the process from foregoing law school to spending four months working on a lavender farm and France.

We talk about…

  • Taking a business idea from blog to national retailer
  • Balancing education and a retail as Follain educates consumers on clean beauty
  • How she strategically built and tested a foundation for Follain before launching
  • The role mentors have played in her journey
  • Her piece of advice for anyone just starting out
  • What she learned from her first pilot store
  • Testing different business models early on to learn and grow
  • The challenges of leading + managing a team of experts with knowledge that surpasses yours

 

WHO IS TARA FOLEY?

Back in 2009, Tara was on a completely different career path (law!), working long hours, and trying to stay healthy. It occurred to her that she focused on fitness and healthy eating - but not what she put on her face and body. So she started asking questions and launched a blog focused on finding clean options. The response showed her how many of us wanted to understand what we’re putting on ourselves and where to find effective, luxurious, nontoxic options. When the concept won a national retail business plan competition during her MBA program at Babson, she knew she was onto something! After years of hands-in-the-dirt learning both on a lavender farm in France and with a private label beauty company, she founded Follain in 2013 because she believed and still do that no one should have to sacrifice health for beauty. With degrees in public policy and business, Tara's vision, passion, and activism fuel Follain’s growth, and its mission of improving the health and lives of others.

Tara Foley launched Follain in July 2013, as the healthy beauty retail alternative, and a catalyst for cleaning up the U.S. beauty industry. Before Follain, Tara researched safe and sustainable skincare, apprenticing on an organic lavender farm in France, and with a private label skin care company in Maine. With degrees in public policy and business, Tara's vision, passion, and activism fuel Follain’s growth, and its mission of improving the health and lives of others.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

www.follain.com

Clean Beauty 101, Follain’s online mag

Episode 197

Apr 23, 2018

”The beautiful thing about that question is this: it takes you out of the fear of this moment. And it asks you to imagine yourself at an age when life is very different.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Loves, my heart could not be more eager to share this gem that has guided my life for over seven years now with you!! In the summer of 2011, without realizing what was happening, I began asking myself this one question that would end up guiding me over the next seven years of my life. In hindsight, I’ve realized this question was instrumental in helping me learn how to listen to my intuition. It’s also been the foundation of the joy and happiness I experience. As I’ve shared more about listening to my own intuition, I’ve gotten more questions about how to know if what you’re hearing is really coming from your intuition. So, I’m finally sharing with you the one question that helped me and can help you if you’re just starting out.

I’m sharing about…

  • how to practice listening to your intuition when you don’t know where to start
  • the one question you can start asking yourself today to learn how to listen to your intuition
  • how to know if the answers you’re getting are coming from your intuition
  • how I get advice from my 80-year-old-self
  • how to view your decisions today from a place of peace and wisdom

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Join The Sisterhood

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