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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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Oct 18, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”The more embarrassing and uncomfortable and awkward moments that you have, the more you grow. You should constantly be embarrassed of your past self.”

with Kayla Dugger

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

There’s another side of entrepreneurship we don’t talk about a lot. The leaving. It happens. A lot. And just like starting a business, leaving one has it’s own closet full of anxieties and doubts and fears and, well, really hard shit. In this episode, Kayla Dugger, shares all about the hard shit, the middle of night ugly cake baking, the anxieties she tried too hard to mask, and that moment when she finally said ‘bye’.

If you’re just starting out, Kayla shares some soul-shaking truth that may change how you’re doing what you’re doing (seriously, go listen). If you’re knee-deep in the anxiety-filled swamp and are wishing someone could just come rescue you and whisk you away, Kayla shares what she wishes someone would have told her a year ago (it’s real and powerful and honest and I think you may need to hear it).

We talk about…

  • The hard parts of being a 23-year-old entrepreneur with two businesses and a business partner

  • The inner conflicts she faced as a young entrepreneur

  • Why she exited both businesses and sold her halves to her business partner

  • What the year after has looked like

  • Getting honest with herself about her anxieties and her ego

  • Coping with anxiety and taking responsibility

  • Why she’s not ready for entrepreneurship again just yet

  • What she wishes someone would have told her before she left

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WHO IS KAYLA DUGGER?

Kayla Dugger is that moment when you’re trying to hurry up and put your change back into your purse while people are waiting in line behind you, come to life.

She is best known (by some) for co-creating Hygge Co-Working and you can follow her on @helpmeandie on Instagram for some quick business therapy or @duggerkayla if you'd like to follow someone who does not know how to use social media.

MORE OF KAYLA

Help Me Andie

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Kayla on Instagram

Oct 17, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”No matter how drained and empty I felt, I felt worthy. I felt good enough. Because society tells us that our worth is tied up in how hard we work, or how much we work, or how much we make. And how much we make is so often taught that it’s a reflection of how hard we work and how much it hurts to work that hard.”

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

When I started this new practice of getting into alignment before taking action, I had no idea that it would bring up so many self-limiting beliefs. But alas, last week showed me just how many of those beliefs I’ve been carrying around (and how much of my worth and identity were tied to how hard I efforted and worked my way to success). If you’re interested in alignment before action and giving it a try, listen to this first. I have a feeling we’re more similar than we are different and some of these very same things may come up for you, too.

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Oct 12, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”I am what I am. I’ve gone through the experiences. I’ve learned so much because I did things alone and that is making me who I am today.”

with Nora Wendel

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Nora Wendel spent her life traveling, living, and growing up around the globe. From Thailand to India to London and Australia, she embodies the heart and soul of a global nomad. An entrepreneurial global nomad, might we add!

In this episode, Nora takes us through her story, the good and the bad parts of growing up everywhere and nowhere, and how she got started on her entrepreneurial career. From launching her first business in India to releasing her latest after moving to Bali, we talk about it all (self-love, anxiety, and how many languages she speaks included!).

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WHO IS NORA WENDEL?

Born and brought up in the wild dance of life that is South East Asia, the daily chaos of creativity has allowed Nora to be a multi-passionate female entrepreneur. She is a a visual designer, a dancer, a yogi, a photographer and global gypsy constantly enjoying the beautiful adventure of life.

Nora just launched "The Photo Forest" -  a new wellness stock photography platform showcasing diverse and real images that depict multiple cultures, beliefs, lifestyles and people, with the aim of making sure YOU and YOUR TRIBE feel represented.

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www.thephotoforest.com

The Photo Forest on Instagram and Facebook

Oct 11, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”Extroverts: stop inviting us to video dates!!”

with Roniece Wright

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Extroverts, listen up! Introverts, you're welcome, too. If you're an introvert, this conversation may leave you doing praise hands IRL and spewing all the gratitude at Roniece for finally shedding light on skype dates for us extroverts. However, if you're an extrovert, chances are, like me, you're still clueless. And video and skype dates are totally normal and comfortable for everyone!

In this episode, I sat down with Roniece Wright of The IntroCreative, and we talked all things video and how it's so different for introverts and extroverts. We talk about...

  • why video is hard/uncomfortable for introverts
  • how video is distracting as an introvert
  • why she personally doesn't like video
  • how extroverts should approach skype dates with introverts
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WHO IS RONIECE WRIGHT?

Roniece Wright is a self-published author, Content Marketing Strategist, and founder of TheIntrocreative.com, a marketing agency dedicated to helping creative introverts create powerful content, connect it to all of the right people, and communicate with their fellow creatives + target audience. She has been featured in multiple publications including Belong magazine, various podcasts, and an array of other blogs. She has written for other brands such as Bloguettes, This is HER Movement, and CreateHER Stock. When she's not helping her clients up-level their creative businesses, you'll find her at a movie theater with a large bag of popcorn!

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www.theintrocreative.com

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Oct 10, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”I have been efforting my way towards trying to make some of these things happen for months now. And they haven’t. And the first week that I finally commit to getting in alignment before taking any action with the business, I make more progress than I collectively have made in the past four months.”

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

We’re taught to effort our way to success. We’re taught that in order to build and grow a successful business we must work so hard that it hurts. And I call bullshit. So, I’m trying something new. Inspired by Jess Lively, I’ve spent the past week focusing on getting in alignment before taking action. I’ve felt so much better, produced far better work, and seen more results than I’ve seen in months. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not.

So, in today’s episode, I’m sharing …

  • what it means to get in alignment before taking action
  • how this is different than what we’ve been taught
  • what it means to effort your way to success
  • what work feels like for me when I’m in alignment versus when I’m efforting my way to success
  • some of the results I experienced over the past week
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Oct 5, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"I’m just going to be unapologetically me, and if you won’t accept that, that’s fine, but this is me and I cannot water myself down anymore because it’s mentally exhausting.”

with Naseem Khalili

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

No matter how different our stories, there are a few things that are integral parts of all of them: getting lost, finding yourself, soul-searching, and love. And those parts of our stories are so intricately woven into our stories, that it’s impossible to separate them from who we are as entrepreneurs.

In today’s episode, Naseem Khalili, a wedding + event planner in the San Francisco Bay area shares her story. And yep, you guessed it … it’s got all of those things. After getting laid off suddenly, Naseem found herself moving back in with her parents, feeling totally lost.

But after a few months of soul-searching, things began to fall into place.

We talk about …

  • losing your identity in your job title
  • what happens when people speak truth into you
  • the hard parts of being single in your 20s while all of your friends are getting married
  • the inconsistencies in income as a wedding planner
  • sacrificing time with friends + family to focus on your biz
  • and so much more!
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WHO IS NASEEM KHALILI?

Based in the Bay Area, Naseem is a sucker for funfetti, all things 90's, and Rifle Paper. One of her favorite things to do is bring people together for celebrations.

After graduating from UC Davis, Naseem moved to San Francisco to work for a tech start up. In April 2016, she decided to change things up and follow a new endeavor that was pressed upon her heart — to start her own business as a wedding planner. Since then she's been a busy bee, hustling to grow Naseem Events and simultaneously using her voice to empower this generation of young women to freely live our their passion and calling.

In her free time you can catch her exploring for the perfect brunch spot, finding any excuse to play hostess, or trying to guess your Myers-Briggs personality type.

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www.naseemevents.com

Naseem on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

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Oct 4, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”The side hustle thing has always been a part of my journey, but the side hustle thing gets so much flack from our community. There’s such a strong chase and a strong desire towards achieving that full-time milestone.”

with Dannie Fountain

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Authenticity is bullshit. Whiskey is good straight. And sometimes turning your successful, high-profile business back into a side-hustle is the right thing to do.

Those are a few of the lessons from this kickass convo with Dannie Fountain. Dannie shares her big announcement that she’s turning her biz back into a side-hustle to become a Googler. Yep. She’s going back to work for Google. And she shared her thoughts, feelings, fears, and all the things here on the podcast before announcing it to the world. So, grab a glass of whiskey or whatever you like drinking straight (water counts) and join us for this amazing convo.

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WHO IS DANNIE FOUNTAIN?

Dannie Lynn Fountain is a marketing strategist and whip-smart whiskey drinker. Currently working at Google, Dannie honed her skills working in marketing for brands such as Whirlpool and H&R Block. She has a combined 9 years experience as an entrepreneur and strategist. Today, she works with entrepreneurs and corporate clients alike to brainstorm, strategize, and implement strategic marketing processes to better their business and increase their sales. Beyond strategy, Dannie is the author of three books on entrepreneurship and a regular speaker on strategy worldwide. Her work has been submitted to and recognized by Cannes Lions, the Effies, and more.

MORE OF DANNIE

www.danniefountain.com

Dannie on Instagram

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Oct 3, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”I should, I should, I should do all the fucking things and when I say it out loud, it just makes me angry because no I shouldn’t.”

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

If you haven’t read Elle Luna’s The Crossroads of Should and Must, I can’t recommend it enough (had to refrain from saying YOU SHOULD just then…). I was so inspired by the book that today’s entire episode is all about it. I’m sharing the shoulds and musts (if you’re like huh? ... I’ll explain in the episode) that I wrestle with daily growing this podcast. And in total honesty, some days I walk out a champion. Other days, I lay flat on the mat defeated.

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WAIT. EXPLAIN SHOULD VS. MUST.

In this episode, I define Should and Must based on what Elle shares in her book. Here are the excerpts from the book that I read in the episode...  

SHOULD "Should is how other people want us to live our lives.

It's all of the expectations that others layer upon us. Sometimes, Shoulds are small, seemingly innocuous, and easily accommodated. "You should listen to that song," for example. At other times, Shoulds are highly influential systems of thought that pressure and, at their most destructive, coerce us to live our lives differently.

When we choose Should, we're choosing to live our life for someone or something other than ourselves. The journey to Should can be smooth, the rewards can seem clear, and the options are often plentiful."

 

MUST "Must is different. 

Must is who we are, what we believe, and what we do when we are alone with our truest, most authentic self. It's that which calls to us most deeply. It's our convictions, our passions, our deepest held urges and desires - unavoidable, undeniable, and inexplicable. Unlike Should, Must doesn't accept compromises.

Must is when we stop conforming to other people's ideals and start connecting to our own - and this allows us to cultivate our full potential as individuals. To choose Must is to say yes to hard work and constant effort, to say yes to a journey without a road map or guarantees, and in so doing, to say yes to what Joseph Campbell called "the experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.

Choosing Must is the greatest thing we can do with our lives."

For more, grab Elle Luna's book here.

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Sep 28, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

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

with Kim Argetsinger

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

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

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

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WHO IS KIM ARGETSINGER?

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

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Sep 27, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

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

with Taylor Lee

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

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

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

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WHO IS TAYLOR LEE?

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

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

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Sep 26, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

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

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

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

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Sep 21, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

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

with Sarah Vermunt

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

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

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WHO IS SARAH VERMUNT?

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

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Sep 20, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

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

with Megan Lee Johnson

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

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

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

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WHO IS MEGAN LEE JOHNSON?

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

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

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Sep 19, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

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

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

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

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Sep 14, 2017
EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

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

with Nagina Abdullah

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 13, 2017
EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

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

with Elise Crawford Gallagher

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

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

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Sep 12, 2017
EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

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

with Lauren Frontiera

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

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

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

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

with Brittany Coffee

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

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

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

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Sep 6, 2017
EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”I’m not going to apologize for being a mess sometimes.”

with Ashleigh Blatt

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

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

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

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

with Lauren Frontiera

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

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

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Aug 31, 2017

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”I absolutely 1000% believe in our product but sometimes when people start asking you so many of these questions, it starts to make you doubt what you know to be true.”

with Alexa Jones

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A college assignment to create a better treatment for jaundice for developing countries led this female entrepreneur into a business venture she never imagined.

Alexa Jones, the co-founder and CEO of TheraB Medical, is sharing story in this episode. It all began with an engineering camp in high school. And now she’s pitching investors, working towards FDA approval, and knee-deep in the weeds of the emotional rollercoaster that is #startuplife. But let’s take it back to the beginning...

Growing up as a girl, engineering isn’t one of the main career paths you’re often told about. And as a female CEO in the startup tech world, Alexa doesn’t often find herself across the table pitching female investors. There’s a lot of challenges. And we haven’t even mentioned that as a medical startup, TheraB hasn’t sold one product yet. They can’t. Until they get FDA approval. But that kind of approval is hard and expensive to get. Insert investors. Except investors want to invest in businesses with a proven track record of sales.

This is one hell of an inspirational convo for every one of you female entrepreneurs.

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Alexa Jones is the co-founder and CEO of TheraB Medical, a medical device startup founded at Michigan State University in 2014. She is a graduate of MSU with a degree in Biosystems Engineering.  During her senior year at MSU, an engineering design project led to the inception of TheraB, where she and TWO other students invented “Snuglit”, a wearable treatment for infant jaundice.

After graduation, Alexa moved to Salt Lake City, UT, and spent nearly 2 years as an analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co. In late 2015, she realized her passion for entrepreneurship and growing her company and moved back to Lansing, MI, where she now works full time as CEO of TheraB. In her free time, she loves travel, photography, and spending time with family and her black lab, Harvey. 

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Aug 30, 2017
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”A lot of people nowadays are looking for a place where they can just show up as themselves.”

with Molly Ho

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Molly Ho, the founder of Wholehearted Woman, wanted to create a space online that featured real stories by everyday woman. And in this episode, that’s exactly what we talk about - our stories. How they help us create community, why it’s so difficult to share the hardest parts of them, and how it feels for Molly, as an introvert, to share her story out loud, on the spot. There’s no right or wrong way to share your story. And as business owners, it can feel even more complicated trying to figure out how to weave your uber personal story into your business. But as we’re learning as we watch more and more female entrepreneurs stand up and own their stories out loud, even though it feels hella raw and vulnerable, sharing your story creates the opportunity for you to build connections and bridge gaps with your audience.

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Molly is a 24-year-old blogger sharing her stories and experiences over at Wholehearted Woman, about living, struggle, fear, courage, showing up, unconditional love, mental health, community, personal growth, mindset, and more. And she’s also probably eaten over 100 slices of pizza this year. So, there’s that. ;)

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Aug 29, 2017
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”If we are ever going to grow successful businesses and be awesome bosses to other employees, it begins with us.”

with Lauren Frontiera

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In this episode, Lauren shares about being a bad boss to yourself as an entrepreneur. Because let’s be real, we talk a lot about being a great boss in the corporate world when you’re managing other people, but the talk of being a good boss to yourself is pretty nonexistent in the world of entrepreneurship. So, Lauren gets real (emotional) and shares about how she’s been a terrible boss to herself. And she opens up a conversation we need to be talking about more - the importance of respecting, supporting, and caring for ourselves like we would any other employee.

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Aug 24, 2017
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“Looking back, it’s been all of these different combinations of gut feelings and pivots and one right after the next.”

with Meghan Maydel

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In this episode, Meghan Maydel shares her career and entrepreneurial journey - from cake decorating to feeling miserable working in a corporate ad agency to building her own ad agency and working with creative entrepreneurs. Meghan is a Marketing + Positioning Strategist for service-based creative entrepreneurs. She’s got what she does and who she works with figured out to the T. But her owning-her-own-business journey didn’t start out right there. After several pivots and twists and turns and an adventure as a coach, she found her sweet spot. Or as she calls it, her “zone of genius”. In our conversation, Meghan shares about all the twists and turns and why she always goes with her gut, even when it’s terrifying. And she shares about her most recent twist, why she’s changing up her business yet again, and how terrifying it really is - but she’s doing it anyways.

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Aug 23, 2017
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”That’s how it began. I began to obsess over someone else’s highlight reel.”

with Alisha Robertson

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Alisha Robertson, a business coach for creative women, shares about that time she almost closed her biz and went out in search of a full-time job. Not because her business was failing. Not because money wasn’t coming in. The main driver? Comparison. Like the majority of female entrepreneurs, comparison really kicked up in Alisha’s life when she started her online business. And she fell into the mental trap of believing that because one thing was working for someone else, that’s what she had to do in order to build a successful biz. Spoiler alert: it didn’t work. Instead, it drove her further and further away from why she started in the first place. In our conversation, Alisha shares about how she ultimately pulled herself out of the comparison trap, continued on with her business, and learned how to spot comparison early on and use it for inspiration rather than envy.

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Alisha Robertson is a business coach dedicated to helping creative women live their life & create their business on purpose. She’s a self-published author, currently working on her second book, “Living Over Existing” and the creator behind several physical products created to help online business owners organize and build their brands. Through her work, Alisha empowers women to uncover their voice, ditch fear, gain clarity & begin making money doing what they love. 

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