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Business with Purpose takes you “behind the scenes” with some of the world’s most generous entrepreneurs with host Molly Stillman of "still being molly blog - stillbeingmolly.com." From the CEOs of mission-driven brands, to directors of small, community non-profits, and everything in between, Molly…

Molly Stillman - Blogger, Speaker, Believer, and Social Change Agent


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    How this Beauty Brand is Going Beyond Fair Trade | EP 281: Olowo-n'djo Tchala, CEO of Alaffia

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 51:24

    My guest this week is Olowo-n'djo Tchala. Born in the village of Kaboli, Togo, West Africa near the border of Benin, Olowo-n'djo grew up sharing an 8'x10' room with seven siblings and his mother. Although they did not always have enough, his mother, Ina, instilled in him the importance of kindness and generosity by always sharing what they could. Unable to afford school fees, Olowo-n'djo dropped out of school in the sixth grade to help support his family. After meeting his wife he founded Alaffia in 2003. In 2004, armed with his understanding of the value of indigenous West African resources and sustainable business ideologies, he launched Alaffia's first collective. Alaffia continues to redefine the natural products industry through its values of beauty, equality and empowerment. Alaffia handcrafts award-winning clean, green beauty and grooming products and is a social enterprise on a mission to invest in a more equitable future. 4:25 – My personal testimonial I'm such a huge fan of Alaffia. My son Amos, who is almost 6, had horrible eczema as a child. We tried everything. Somebody recommended Alaffia to me, and I became a believer. It was safe and smelled amazing. It was a lifesaver. 6:09 - Olowo-n'djo 101 He sees Alaffia as everybody's brand, not just his. He feels honored to do something that he believes in. 10:43 – Meeting his wife Olowo-n'djo's wife, Rose, studied chemistry and is from Washington state. He decided to follow her because, “You have to follow the one that touches your heart.” 14:38 – Meaning of Alaffia Alaffia means peace and health. His beauty brand represents a social movement, not just a business. 18:55 – How his business sprouted Olowo-n'djo's mother instilled a sense of responsibility in him. He wanted to be a subway engineer at one point to help find clean water. 21:20 – Fair trade model Alaffia has gone above the idea of the  “fair trade” model. He is setting a standard for other companies. 24:36 – Funding births Olowo-n'djo has funded over 6,500 births. 29:24 – Women's issues I am so grateful to Olowo-n'djo for talking about important topics, like women's' maternal health. Women often have to advocate for themselves, so it's nice to see a man advocating for us. 33:53 – Biggest challenge The biggest challenge he faces depends on the day. The challenges are continuous, and there are incredible difficulties. 37:09 – His products Alaffia makes a lot of bath products, but they also make creams for moisturizing the skin. 41:29 – Get to know you Who would play him in a movie? He would play himself. Who would play his mom in a movie? His aunt FEATURED QUOTES I don't want anyone to feel sorry for us. We have so much to offer the world. I get to do something that I deeply and profoundly believe in, really deep in my heart and my soul. CONNECT: https://www.alaffia.com/ About Olowo-n'djo Tchala: Olowo-n'djo Tchala, founder and CEO of Alaffia, was born and raised in the village of Kaboli, Togo, Africa located in the Central region near the border of Benin. Growing up, he shared an 8' x 10' room with his mother and seven siblings. Olowo-n'djo's mother taught him the importance of kindness and generosity and by the age of five, Olowo-n'djo was working on the family farm to help support his family. After meeting Prairie Rose Hyde, who was serving in the Peace Corps at the time, he came to the United States and worked his way through school, eventually graduating from the University of California, Davis with a degree in organizational theory. Shortly before graduation, Olowo-n'djo and Rose felt they had the responsibility to fight the injustices that existed in West Africa. They founded Alaffia, which handcrafts award-winning clean and fair trade beauty and grooming care. The organization advances gender equality and alleviates poverty through the fair trade of indigenous African resources such as unrefined shea butter, African black soap, coconut oil and neem extract. Thank you to our partner of the show! Are you looking to clean up your household cleaning products this year? MamaSuds would like to help! The best way is to simply start with one product. Every time you run out of a specific cleaning product, replace it with a non-toxic one. Another tip, purchase a product that has multiple uses. The MamaSuds Collection has many multiple use products (castile soap or the toilet bombs are just a few!). Their blog has lots of great tips and a castile soap recipe that you can print and make a lot of your own effective cleaners! Give them a try at www.mamasuds.com and don't forget to use the coupon code MOLLY for 15% off your order!

    22 Ways to Be Happier in 2022 | EP 280

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 28:17

    I'm so excited about this episode. Can you believe that it's episode 280? I'm already thinking about what I'm going to do for episode 300. I've been doing this podcast for nearly 5½ years, which is crazy. Today's show is about 22 ways you can be happier in 2022. This list is a chance for you to think about things and see if there are areas that you might want to improve, grow or change in 2022. 4:46 – Learn to laugh at yourself 5:19 – Put your phone away 5:52 – Learn something new 6:45 – Go outside 7:53 – Declutter your stuff 8:32 – Make mistakes and acknowledge it 9:00 – Pick your battles 10:11 – Serve others 10:48 – Eat tacos or burritos 11:00 – Text and call your friends 11:36 – Call your family 11:47 – Forgive someone 12:48 – Try a lo-dough ($) month this year 13:38 – Face a fear 14:09 – Learn to accept a compliment 14:42 – Perform random acts of kindness regularly 15:17 – Take a trip 15:33 – Exercise 16:26 – Turn off social media and news media 17:05 – Create a gratitude list 17:28 – Pray 18:02 – Dig into God's word Ok, now that you've read my list, what would you add to it? I want you to know I'm praying for you, and I'm truly grateful for you. You've had a massive impact on my life. It is so meaningful anytime you listen to my show and share it. 19:55 – Interview with my kids, Lilly and Amos The funniest animals on the farm are the guineas and baby goats, which jump like maniacs. If we could add any animals to the farm, it would be cows, horses, and peacocks. If you want to be happier in 2022, you should skateboard, take a walk, get outside and come see our baby goats. Follow our mom on Instagram and you can see 3,000 videos of our baby goats. We saw the baby goats being born, and all the moms there were like, “I feel ya, girl. I feel ya!” FEATURED QUOTES The Creator God gave us this beautiful creation, the earth and the sun and the sky ... Just get outside. It can do so much for your emotional and mental health. This list is a chance for you to think about things and see if there are areas that you might want to improve, grow or change in 2022. Learn to laugh at yourself. People who take themselves way too seriously tend to have a tougher time rolling with the punches. Put your phone away. No, seriously. Put it away. For me, learning more about the Lord and his nature has been life changing, perspective shifting and one of the most impactful things in my life.  Thank you to our partner of the show! Are you looking to clean up your household cleaning products this year? MamaSuds would like to help! The best way is to simply start with one product. Every time you run out of a specific cleaning product, replace it with a non-toxic one. Another tip, purchase a product that has multiple uses. The MamaSuds Collection has many multiple use products (castile soap or the toilet bombs are just a few!). Their blog has lots of great tips and a castile soap recipe that you can print and make a lot of your own effective cleaners! Give them a try at www.mamasuds.com and don't forget to use the coupon code MOLLY for 15% off your order!

    Why the Principles of Improv Are for Everyone | EP 279: Joy Eggerichs Reed, Punchline Agency

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 60:11

    My guest this week is Joy Eggerichs Reed, author of Get to the Publishing Punchline, released in June. She is also the founder of Punchline Agency and has been a speaker over the past decade. Between 2005 and 2015, Joy worked as Conference Director for her parents Love and Respect marriage conferences. She later created the Love and Respect Now website and The Illumination Project small group study as resources for her generation on the topic of singleness, dating and marriage. In 2014, Christianity Today named Joy one of 33 leaders under the age of 33 shaping the next generation. Over the course of the last decade of creating content and speaking, Joy has discovered a love for learning through interviewing. She enjoys hosting events, interviewing speakers and mediating dialogues. She has taken several years of improv comedy classes to help her listen, add levity, and let the conversation and event unfold in a unique way. She enjoys helping others communicate on camera, be themselves on stage and develop talks and presentations. 3:45 – Joy 101 Joy grew up as a pastor's daughter and watched her father speak on stage. She loved being on stage and watching people talk, but she often felt dumb and out of her lane. She thought about going into fashion but decided it wasn't for her. 10:11 – Living in Paris Joy and her husband Matt have been living in Paris, France since 2017 and have two children, Millie and Emerson. 15:08 – Improv comedy She took improv classes for five years and loved SNL, especially when she was in high school. When you get into an improv community, it's kind of like a family. 25:59 – Good comedians Try using “yes, and” instead of “no, but” in conversations to move it along in a positive way. One of the things that she noticed about really good comedians is that they're noticers. They notice every single, little detail. 33:11 – Reel challenge Joy and Molly are doing Reel challenges on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/reel/CXWEO8MIgCG/) 43:20 – Writing a book She wanted to help kids in the foster system and encourage them to write. People sometimes feel really lonely in the writing process and it can be overwhelming, so she wanted to create something to help writers. 53:47 – Get to know you Best concert she's attended? Coldplay and Harry Connick Jr. Do audio books count as reading? Yes! FEATURED QUOTES When you get into an improv community, it's kind of like a family. One of the things that I noticed about really good comedians is that they're noticers. They just notice every single, little detail. People sometimes feel really lonely in the writing process and it can be overwhelming.  CONNECT WITH JOY: https://punchlineagency.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Bernard-Baguette-Silly-Discover/dp/1955051046 https://www.instagram.com/reel/CXWEO8MIgCG/ Thank you to our partner of the show:  MamaSuds helps label-reading moms create a safe and nontoxic home for their family by creating synthetic free household cleaners. And one of those cleaner is MamaSuds Fine Linen Soap- which is the best thing since Sliced Bread. Wash your high-quality sheets, linens, delicates, and organic fabrics with a Fine Linen Soap to keep them looking newer and softer longer. Use 3-4 capfuls for high-efficiency machines on delicate cycle, 4-6 capfuls for regular machines on delicate cycle. Head over to MamaSuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!

    Running a Fabric Led Sustainable Fashion Brand | EP 278: Nancy Zeffman + Eileen Willett, Cucumber Clothing

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 46:11

    My guests this week are Nancy Zeffman and Eileen Willett, co-founders of Cucumber Clothing. Their brand offers luxury, cooling, sustainable clothing and nightwear for women. After meeting at school gates 20 years ago, they became friends and started Cucumber four years ago. They wanted create clothes for busy women who wanted luxurious, everyday clothes without having to wear sky-high heels and uncomfortable garments. Their simple, multifunctional designs slip perfectly into every woman's wardrobe, and the ultra-modern performance fabrics mean the clothes move with you, not against you and always feel beautifully soft against the skin. 4:41 – Nancy 101 Nancy is from London and started her career in advertising. She took some time off to be a mom and do some charity work before starting Cucumber. She also mentors small businesses and gives talks about female entrepreneurship. 5:57 – Eileen 101 Eileen is Japanese-Canadian and was born in Vancouver. She moved to England for several decades and started a family. She loves mentoring women and helping them with mid-life pivoting. Eileen and Nancy also love to exercise. 9:32 – How Cucumber started They wore workout gear a lot and wanted to replicate the comfortable feeling in something that you could wear all day. Their company is all about sustainable, comfortable fabrics. Making anything leaves a carbon footprint, but they try to do it in the lightest way possible, in a way they feel proud of. 12:09 – Fabric-led fashion It's a fabric-led fashion brand. You can wear Cucumber clothes to bed, to work, to the club, anywhere. 17:20 – Customer feedback They launched with six nightwear clothes, and they branched out after customer feedback. Some people said the clothing was great for breastfeeding moms. 19:00 – Researching fabrics You can work with agents who work with mills that make fabrics or you can approach mills directly to get samples of their fabrics. Their fabric feels like cotton and is lightweight but doesn't absorb sweat. 24:47 – Preloved section Some pieces are pRELOVD returns and are clearly labeled as such. Others are end of line, new or unused/never made production samples. 33:52 – How to get started If you want to start a business, just start. At some point, you just have to go for it. Having a co-founder is a fantastic thing, because it allows you some flexibility. 38:07 – Get to know Nancy and Eileen Nancy's favorite thing about being a Londoner? She loves being a city girl Eileen's most versatile clothing piece? Her Cucumber strappy top FEATURED QUOTES We wanted a business we could feel proud of. – Nancy Making anything leaves a carbon footprint, but it's trying to do it in the lightest way possible, in a way that we feel proud of. – Nancy Our clothes look really lovely, and you can dress them up, you can dress them down. You can wear them to bed. You can wear them out clubbing, if you want to. – Eileen CONNECT https://www.cucumberclothing.com/ Discount code: purpose15 ABOUT NANCY AND EILEEN: Co-founder at Cucumber Clothing, Nancy is a born and bred Londoner. She began her career in advertising, working at Saatchi and Saatchi on some major blue-chip clients and FMCG brands. Following this she worked for several years in the charitable sector before co-founding Cucumber Clothing, a fabric led fashion brand. Chosen as one of small business Britain's #ialso2020 celebrating top female entrepreneurial talent, Nancy is also a speaker on female entrepreneurship and slow fashion. She also mentors start-up businesses and co-hosts round table events on a variety of female facing subjects. Born in Vancouver to Japanese parents, Eileen trained in fashion in Paris and San Francisco before settling in London to work at Nicole Farhi where she was instrumental in growing the menswear brand. She founded and ran her successful bespoke accessories brand before launching Cucumber Clothing with her Co-founder Nancy Zeffman in 2017 making ‘luxurious clothing for everyday', using ultra-soft technical fabrics. Shortlisted for the 2020 Asian Woman of Achievement Awards, Eileen is a speaker on female entrepreneurship/slow fashion and co-hosts i:Entrepreneur's weekly Wednesday Lives series of interviews featuring entrepreneurs from a diverse background. Thank you to our partner of the show:  MamaSuds helps label-reading moms create a safe and nontoxic home for their family by creating synthetic free household cleaners. And one of those cleaner is MamaSuds Fine Linen Soap- which is the best thing since Sliced Bread. Wash your high-quality sheets, linens, delicates, and organic fabrics with a Fine Linen Soap to keep them looking newer and softer longer. Use 3-4 capfuls for high-efficiency machines on delicate cycle, 4-6 capfuls for regular machines on delicate cycle. Head over to MamaSuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!

    From Good Intentions to Real Cultural Change | EP 277: Bethaney Wilkinson, The Diversity Gap

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 46:47

    My guest this week is Bethaney Wilkinson, a facilitator, author, and champion of race-conscious leadership. She has dedicated more than a decade to exploring the intersections of community, racial justice, and social change—specifically in the organizational context. In her work with business and non-profits, she co-designs and facilitates learning and culture-shaping experiences for teams. As part of her work in diversity and cultural change, Bethaney is an invited speaker at major conferences and top global companies. She is host of the popular podcast, The Diversity Gap, and is the founder of The Diversity Gap Community, an online learning platform for leaders seeking to pair their good intentions for diversity with true cultural change. 9:29 – Bethaney 101 She is a facilitator and racial justice educator who helps teams be more supportive of diverse groups of people. 10:14 – What led to her passion? She ended up doing the work after trying to support people in her community. She wanted to fill the gaps and help people work together. 12:41 – Challenges organizations faced One of the biggest challenge was many leaders go-to action was let me diversify my team and board. That intention was positive, but they weren't asking If their culture supported diversity. 14:38 – Media hype versus real change If you're not experiencing the harmful effects of racism, it is very easy to turn it on and off. Think of it like an iceberg. What you see is diversity, and most people stop there. Below the water is where actual transformation and reconciliation happens. 19:53 – Creating culture change Culture is the stories we tell ourselves – who is the victim and who is the hero? Focus on values, the ways you behave and what you prioritize. 26:03 – Fear of making mistakes You will say the wrong thing, and you will do the wrong thing. After you get over that hump, the real work is being willing to receive feedback. 31:15 – Receive feedback A good lesson for any leader is to be able to receive feedback. 37:22 – Get to know you Best concert she's ever attended? Rising Appalachia FEATURED QUOTES Do you want to do the hard work it takes to maintain that relationship? How are we willing to change to adapt to actually serve people who we're not practiced at serving? If you're not experiencing the harmful effects of racism, it is very easy to turn it on and off. You will say the wrong thing, and you will do the wrong thing. After you get over that hump, the real work is being willing to receive feedback. CONNECT WITH BETHANEY: https://www.bethaneywilkinson.com/ About Bethaney Wilkinson:  Bethaney is a writer, leader, and social entrepreneur who has dedicated more than a decade to exploring the intersections of community, racial justice, and social change. Bethaney began her career as co-founder of Atlanta Harvest, a high-production development farm on a mission to create jobs and strengthen economies in disadvantaged communities. She then founded G.Race Dialogues, a faith and community-based initiative designed to support individuals and organizations pursuing racial reconciliation. Bethaney expanded her research and broadened her reach after joining the team at Plywood People, a non-profit in Atlanta leading a community of startups doing good. As part of her work in diversity and cultural change, Bethaney is an invited speaker at major conferences and top global companies. She is host of the popular podcast, The Diversity Gap, and is the founder of The Diversity Gap Academy, an online learning platform for leaders seeking to pair their good intentions for diversity with true cultural change. Thank you to our partner of the show:  MamaSuds helps label-reading moms create a safe and nontoxic home for their family by creating synthetic free household cleaners. And one of those cleaner is MamaSuds Fine Linen Soap- which is the best thing since Sliced Bread. Wash your high-quality sheets, linens, delicates, and organic fabrics with a Fine Linen Soap to keep them looking newer and softer longer. Use 3-4 capfuls for high-efficiency machines on delicate cycle, 4-6 capfuls for regular machines on delicate cycle. Head over to MamaSuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!

    How Faith & Business Don't Have to Be Mutually Exclusive | EP 276: Michelle Myers + Somer Pheobus, She Works His Way

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 72:23

    My guests this week are Michelle Myers and Somer Phoebus, the founders of She Works His Way. Their organization counteracts culture's way with a gospel-centered approach to work and womanhood. They also believe that community is greater than content and that women's priorities should be Christ, home and work, in that order. What started as a Google Hangout with four friends has now grow into a global ministry that reaches thousands of women daily. 5:55 – Somer 101 Somer lives in Annapolis and is a pastor's wife. From a young age, she enjoyed working and had an entrepreneurial spirit. She has two daughters, 19 and 21. 9:07 – Michelle 101 Michelle despises birds (☺) and lives in Asheville. She is also a pastor's daughter who married a pastor. She has three kids, the oldest is 10, and the youngest is 5. She quit her job and went to seminary. She wanted to learn more about ministry and find out what God wanted her to do with her life. 12:47 – She Works His Way It's a discipleship community for working women to encourage and equip them to stop compartmentalizing their faith. When you're in your purpose, everything, all the hard, it has purpose. 15:12 – Mixing faith with profit This can be done well or poorly. It depends on what your motives are. It's one thing to put your faith on your company website. It's another to live it out. If you make decisions based on what you think other people's perceptions of you are going to be, you're going to struggle for the rest of your life.  If you're called to put faith on your billboard, put it on there. 25:35 – Achieving balance When we try to achieve balance, we try to be everything that God has called us to be and then everything that the world expects us to be. But it's not balance, it's bondage. Women often feel like they're on a hamster wheel on a tightrope. 37:44 – Drowning in information The first place they send women is to the local church, because community is so important. We're desperate to be inspired and get motivation, and we are drowning in information. They suggest informational fasts for women to take a break from consuming so much information. 52:09 – Analysis paralysis If you feel overwhelmed, try these three simple steps: Do a weekly brain dump on a sheet of paper Categorize your brain dump by home, career, big projects Schedule it on your calendar FEATURED QUOTES If you make decisions based on what you think other people's perceptions of you are going to be, you're going to struggle for the rest of your life. – Somer If you're called to put faith on your billboard, put it on there. – Somer When you're in your purpose, everything, all the hard, it has purpose. – Somer What is your view of God, and who are you? – Somer What are you called to? What is God asking of you? And then you step in obedience to whatever that is. – Somer CONNECT: https://sheworkshisway.com/ https://sheworkshisway.com/book/ Michelle Myers had no idea what started as a Google hangout at 5am with three friends would one day result in the title of "founder" of she works His way. But here we are, six years later, with thousands of women gathered for the same reason we started: How can I glorify God, honor my family, and serve others at work? Basically, her happy place is encouraging + equipping working women to live for the glory of God and the good of others. Home will always be her favorite place to be, with her husband, James, and their three children, Noah (9), Cole (6) and Shea (3). Somer is a lead communicator +  managing partner at she works HIS way. She spent the first half of her career building the businesses of others and the second half building and selling a few businesses of her own. She is also the creator of Productivity Academy + the owner of Somer Phoebus Consulting, where she coaches other working women and female entrepreneurs in the areas of productivity, leadership, brick and mortar business, and scaling for growth -- all while keeping their priorities in line: faith, then family, then business. Somer is married to Kent, a pastor at Redemption Church in Annapolis, MD, and mom to their two lovely daughters, Kennedi (19) and Ava Liz (17). Thank you to our partner of the show:  MamaSuds helps label-reading moms create a safe and nontoxic home for their family by creating synthetic free household cleaners. And one of those cleaner is MamaSuds Fine Linen Soap- which is the best thing since Sliced Bread. Wash your high-quality sheets, linens, delicates, and organic fabrics with a Fine Linen Soap to keep them looking newer and softer longer. Use 3-4 capfuls for high-efficiency machines on delicate cycle, 4-6 capfuls for regular machines on delicate cycle. Head over to MamaSuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!

    How to Go From Paycheck to Purpose | EP 275: Ken Coleman, Author & Radio Host

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 51:44

    My guest this week is Ken Coleman, the #1 national bestselling author of The Proximity Principle and nationally syndicated host of The Ken Coleman Show. Pulling from his own personal struggles, missed opportunities and career successes, Ken helps people discover what they were born to do and provides practical steps to make their dream job a reality.  The Ken Coleman Show is a caller-driven career show that helps listeners who are stuck in a job they hate or searching for something more out of their career. His latest book, From Paycheck to Purpose, was released in November. 4:02 – Ken 101 Being a husband and father is Ken's priority in life, but his career is not far behind. 5:25 – How he got here Ken is a pastor's kid, and his dad told him he was created to do something with his life. There was a glaring need that he grew up with – that he had to figure out what God's will for his life is. He wanted to be a politician with a background in business and leadership. He eventually lost his passion for that kind of work. 15:06 – From Paycheck to Purpose When you feel lost or stuck in your life and career, it feels all consuming. Ken discovered he had a passion for broadcasting and communication. He began working for Ramsey Solutions and helping people through his show. He finally realized if he wanted to drive transformation in people's lives, he needed to give them a clear path. 28:16 – Finding meaningful work The pandemic created a great resignation as people sought meaning in their lives and careers. People were forced to face their mortality and the preciousness of life. They began asking themselves what they want to do with their lives. 41:15 – Words of wisdom What does Ken say to people who hate their job and feel stuck? Focus on facts, not feelings. Figure out what skills you have acquired and what knowledge you have gained. You can build on the skills you have, no matter your age. You will sabotage yourself if you keep looking back at your past jobs. Keeping looking up at the mountaintop of your dreams. 45:13 – Get to know you His most played song? Elevation Worship's Wait on You Who would play him in a movie? Jason Sudeikis True generosity he has witnessed? Dave Ramsey gave away more than $1 million FEATURED QUOTES What do I want to do with the rest of my life? What other changes do I want to make? Life's too short to just go get a paycheck. There was a glaring need that I grew up with. I gotta figure out what God's will for my life is. If you're driving transformation, people need a clear path. LINKS: https://www.ramseysolutions.com/ken-coleman https://www.ramseysolutions.com/store/books/from-paycheck-to-purpose-by-ken-coleman   ABOUT KEN COLEMAN: Ken Coleman is America's Career Coach, the nationally syndicated radio host of The Ken Coleman Show and No. 1 bestselling author. He has been featured in Forbes, appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, and the Rachel Ray Show. Since 2014, he has served at Ramsey Solutions, where he offers expert advice to help thousands of people every day discover what they were meant to do and how to land their dream job. Follow Ken on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube or at kencoleman.com.   Thank you to our partner of the show:  MamaSuds helps label-reading moms create a safe and nontoxic home for their family by creating synthetic free household cleaners. And one of those cleaner is MamaSuds Fine Linen Soap- which is the best thing since Sliced Bread.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Wash your high-quality sheets, linens, delicates, and organic fabrics with a Fine Linen Soap to keep them looking newer and softer longer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Use 3-4 capfuls for high-efficiency machines on delicate cycle, 4-6 capfuls for regular machines on delicate cycle.  Head over to MamaSuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order! 

    How to Connect Book Enthusiasts with Authors | EP 274: Allison Trowbridge, Copper Books

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 45:32

    My guest this week is Allison Trowbridge, founder and CEO of Copper, a disruptive social platform that connects book enthusiasts and readers directly with authors. Copper offers a unique, subscription-based model for authors and a community for like-minded individuals. Copper offers everything from a customized bookshelf, discussion guides, audio hosting, and so much more. It takes the reading experience to a whole new level. Allison is also an accomplished author in her own right. She published her book, “Twenty-Two: Letters to a Young Woman Searching for Meaning,” back in 2017 with Harper Collins while completing her MBA at Oxford's Business School. 5:27 – Allison 101 She had a very wild, winding journey before creating Copper. She comes from the non-profit world and anti-trafficking and ethical companies. What she's building now is the company that she wished had existed when she was launching her own book. 7:07 – Ethical brands Allison started as a volunteer for an anti-trafficking organization, Not For Sale, while she was in college and was then hired to work there. 14:18 – How she published her first book She published “Twenty-Two” through Harper Collins. She wrote the book after feeling like there was no guidance or leadership for that season of her life. How do you handle careers and friendships and relationships?  She wanted a mentor for those life experiences. When she feels like she really need something and it doesn't exist, she asks herself: “How do I help create it for those who are coming up behind me?” 21:27 – What is Copper? When she published her book, she realized she loved the publishing industry but realized there wasn't a lot of technology or innovation going on in the industry. She wanted a way to build a base of readers without doing a dance on Instagram to get followers. 28:11 – Her dreams for Copper Within five years, she wants to build the LinkedIn of the book world. A major goal is to help underserved and underrepresented voices get discovered and amplified and find their audience. She also wants to help audiences find each other. 32:00 – Get to know you Favorite genre? Business books and cozy mysteries Does she ever not finish books? All the time. FEATURED QUOTES I became really passionate about publishing and books as really a driver for social change and greater impact. Books can transform lives, quite literally. What I'm building now is the company that I wished had existed when I was launching my own book. When I feel like I really, really need something and it doesn't exist, I'm like, how do I help create it for those who are coming up behind me? CONNECT: https://copperbooks.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Twenty-Two-Letters-Young-Searching-Meaning/dp/0718078160 ABOUT ALLISON TROWBRIDGE:  Allison Trowbridge is the founder and CEO of Copper, a disruptive social platform that connects book enthusiasts and readers directly with authors. As the publishing landscape continues to lean into book clubs and social media as the cornerstone of a book launch marketing campaign, Copper streamlines the process, offering a unique subscription-based model for authors, and a community of like-minded individuals who want to engage with the authors they love and other voracious readers. Offering features like a customized bookshelf, discussion guides, audio hosting, and more, Copper takes the reading experience to a new level. Allison is also the host of impact podcast, "Real Good Company" with Caitlin Crosby, founder & CEO of The Giving Keys where the two discuss and interview luminaries doing great things. An accomplished author in her own right, Allison published her book, “Twenty-Two: Letters to a Young Woman Searching for Meaning” in 2017 with HarperCollins while completing her MBA at Oxford's Said Business School. Prior to her work in the publishing industry, Allison worked within the global anti-slavery movement, leading marketing, fundraising, and international campaigns.

    Visionary Storytelling | EP 273: Heather Maio-Smith, StoryFile

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 38:47

    My guest this week is Heather Maio-Smith, an award-winning interactive storytelling pioneer and technology visionary who brings more than a decade of storytelling leadership to her brand new company, StoryFile. In 2010 Heather was creating an exhibit on intergenerational testimony with Holocaust survivors. She created a 3D prototype and formed a partnership to secure in-depth interviews interactively. Heather had always intended that once the survivors were filmed, that anyone should be able to tell their story and save it for future generations. In 2017, StoryFile was created as an automatic, cloud-based platform that would bring the power of conversational video into everyone's hands. 3:03 – Heather 101 She became an expert in intergenerational testimony and had great conversations with older people. She wanted everyone to be able to tell their story so future generations could actually talk to them and have a conversation. 6:46 – How does StoryFile work? She didn't know if her idea would work. They built a system that was completely automated and online. You record yourself answering a bunch of questions about your life. You can choose from 1,600 questions. 13:02 – Answers for future generations There's no reason nowadays that you can't have in-depth conversations with people you love. Do a StoryFile for a future generation you'll never meet. Some people think it's a bit egotistic to do, but it's not. It's a gift to future generations. 19:05 – Tell your story It's one thing to write down your story or do an audio recording of yourself, but you miss the non-verbal communication. The video element allows you to see the essence of the person. Every generation has gone through really difficult things, but it's what you learn from it and can pass along. 27:27 – How to start StoryFile Go to StoryFile.com and pick how many questions you want to do. You can pick individual questions or by topic and start recording. 28:27 – Get to know you Best concert she ever attended? Madonna in a small venue FEATURED QUOTES We wanted everyone to be able to tell their story this way so future generations could actually talk to them and have a conversation. If my kids could have the ability to talk to my grandfather, that would be amazing. Because then they would understand me and maybe understand themselves a little more. It's one thing to write down your story or do an audio recording of yourself, but you miss the non-verbal communication. CONNECT: https://storyfile.com/ ABOUT HEATHER MAIO-SMITH: Heather Maio-Smith is an award-winning interactive storytelling pioneer and technology visionary who brings over a decade of immersive storytelling leadership to StoryFile.  In 2010, Heather developed the first 3D interactive conversation with Holocaust Survivor Rose Schindler through her creative agency Conscience Display. At the time, she was creating physical video installations at the United Nations, USC, and in Havana, Cuba, but she understood that the future of storytelling lay at the intersection of digital media and ‘natural conversation' and decided to create it. Heather developed a strategic partnership with two global entities with competencies in visual media and technology - USC Shoah Foundation and the Institute for Creative Technologies.  The partnership she led has resulted in the development of a new medium - natural conversation video. Through Heather's leadership, immersive interactive natural conversation video has gone from being a concept to a reality, combining hi-fidelity multi-scopic video with voice commands to deliver commercial grade natural conversation with an individual, whether it's  a life-sized video or on your mobile device, replicating the emotional experience of having a conversation with a person. She developed and pioneered Dimensions in Testimony, a program to interview Holocaust Survivors in volumetric interactive video without that survivor actually being present. Dimensions in Testimony won both the People's Choice Award and the Jury Prize at Sheffield Doc Fest in 2016. She produced and led the project before moving on to found and lead StoryFile. As a leader in content based technology, she has spoken about Natural Conversation at Microsoft (2017), US Holocaust Museum (2017), Dartmouth College (2018), FoST (2018),  SXSW (2019), SXSW (2019), The LA Times Festival of Books (2019), M.I.T. (2020), and AI Summit (2020). Heather's work has been featured in Fast Company, NBC's The Today Show, The New Yorker, Reuters and BBC. She was also featured on 60 Minutes in 2020. Instagram: @storyfile Website:  www.storyfile.com

    How to Choose Stability in a Rootless Age | EP 272: Daniel Grothe

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 63:00

    My guest this week is Daniel Grothe, associate senior pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. He is the author of Chasing Wisdom and The Power of Place: Choosing Stability in a Rootless Age. He is a two-time Grammy-nominated musician. He and his wife Lisa live on a hobby farm with their three children. You may remember Daniel. He was on my podcast in 2020, episode 205, and he is one of my favorite interviews of all time. He's hilarious, kind and wise. 4:40 – Farm updates The resident elk herd is moving through right now. They just harvested their 20th cow and sent out another 2,000 pounds of beef. Life is full on Quiet Waters Ranch. 13:45 – The Power of Place: Choosing Stability in a Rootless Age We live in a divorce culture. It's easy to be done and leave. We live in a place of impermanence, where everything is replaceable. Many people run from little annoyances and idiosyncrasies. But if we submit to where we are, God can make something of us. 22:37 – An age of wanderlust We live in a society of great cultural and social dislocation. We are living in an age of wanderlust. We have the deepest pockets of any society in history and maybe the loosest roots. 27:42 – Place, worship and people National Geographic did a study called the blue zones, pockets of centenarians who lived over 100 years old. They ate a lot of fish, walked a lot, stayed in the same place most of their lives, had a place of worship and had long-term friendships. Place, worship and people matter to longevity. 35:32 – The art of place making If you're not in a threatening environment and are having just run of the mill problems, practice the power of place. People are the great purifiers. Make where you live wonderful, beautiful, life giving and rich. The art of place making – have you created a little nest, a little area where you can be human? 38:46 – Come home to family Do your work, go get your money and come on home to your people where you're safe. Life is complex and people are going to frustrate us at work, but come home and feel peace. There is a depth of riches to be found in friendship. 43:21 – Sacred canopy of church Church can be a sacred canopy to provide joy, safety and protection. Submit to your local church 44:25 – Community What are you doing to make your community better? 52:07 – Stay in place You have all that you need right where you are. 55:33 – Get to know you Best concert he's ever been to? Boyz II Men What actor should play him? Jim Carrey FEATURED QUOTES The art of place making – have you created a little nest, a little area where you can be human? If we submit to where we are, God can make something of us. We live in a society of great cultural and social dislocation. We are living in an age of wanderlust. There is a depth of riches to be found in friendship. CONNECT: https://danielgrothe.com/ THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNER OF THE SHOW: MamaSuds helps label-reading moms create a safe and nontoxic home for their family by creating synthetic free household cleaners. And one of those cleaner is MamaSuds Fine Linen Soap- which is the best thing since [Pumpkin] - Sliced -Bread Wash your high-quality sheets, linens, delicates, and organic fabrics with a Fine Linen Soap to keep them looking newer and softer longer. Use 3-4 capfuls for high-efficiency machines on delicate cycle, 4-6 capfuls for regular machines on delicate cycle. Head over to MamaSuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!

    How to Build a Business with Passion | EP 271: Grant Trahant, Causeartist

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 49:38

    My guest this week is Grant Trahant. He is the founder of Causeartist, a global community of conscious consumers, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and the individuals who support them, who believe social enterprise can positively impact the world. Causeartist's founder, Grant Trahant, grew up in New Orleans, where he was introduced to social issues at an early age. He became fascinated by the idea that businesses could solve societal challenges — skipping over the need for political intervention. He began seeking out social entrepreneurs to learn more about what they were doing and how he could be involved, and uncovered a bustling world of enterprises determined to make the world better through business. Today, Causeartist has told the stories of hundreds of brands and business leaders to people in more than 200 countries. Grant operates Causeartist with a growing team of media experts, writers, and editors, all of whom are passionate about improving systems and lives through the power of social enterprise. 4:42 – Grant 101 He created Causeartist 8 years old to showcase ethical and sustainable alternatives. As the years go by, consumers want to understand more about what they buy. 11:55 – From the beginning Bridget Hilton, founder of LSTN Headphones, is a good example of someone Grant has known from the beginning and watched her growth. You don't have to be doing $5 million in revenue to make an impact and have a good business. 16:09 – How to become successful There is so much technology to develop something that could scale really well with just you. The barrier to entry is to start your own thing. You can scale ecommerce very quickly. Don't start too big with too many products. What do you want to see in the market that doesn't exist? Don't make it complicated. The best brands and companies Grant has seen have started with one product. 22:23 – Hurdles Passion always helps, especially if you love what you do. The bad times come and go. Little wins mean the world and can help you keep going. 30:19 – Life-changing stories Grant's friend Trinity is one of the most inspirational people he knows. Trinity grew up in the slums of Uganda and was living on the streets. He was saved by a group and given a laptop. Technology changed his life. 35:59 – Job creation vs. career creation How do we create careers instead of just jobs? 38:28 – Get to know you Most played playlist? Lo-fi music – no words and very chill acoustics Something we would never guess about him? He's massively double jointed FEATURED QUOTES One product can turn into an entire business. As the years go by, consumers want to understand more about what they buy. You don't have to be doing $5 million in revenue to make an impact and have a good business. Don't make it complicated. The best brands and companies I've seen have started with one product. CONNECT WITH GRANT: https://causeartist.com/ ABOUT GRANT TRAHANT:

    20 Ways to Become a Financially Responsible Adult | EP: 270

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 46:46

    It's episode 270 of this podcast, which means it's time for another solo episode where I talk about what's on my mind. Today's topic is money and 20 ways you can become a financially responsible adult. You don't have to do all 20 to be responsible, but these tips can be helpful.  I used to have a series on my blog called “Molly's Money.” I'm not Dave Ramsey, but getting out of debt was a big part of my story. I know that when your personal finances are out of whack, it throws everything out of whack. In the past 10 to 14 years, I've learned a lot along the way. Where I am now in my financial journey is totally different from years ago. I'm married to a financial advisor, who has taught me a lot. One of the most common reasons marriages end is over finances. My hope and encouragement is that I can impart some wisdom and share some things I've learned along the way. In no particular order, let's jump into the tips: 6:48 – Live within your means Live on less than you make. Don't max out credit cards. Have extra money at the end of the month. We live in a culture that is constantly creating this desire to spend and buy. 8:54 – Know how to budget It's surprising how many people don't have a monthly budget. I didn't do this well early on in my debt-free journey. To this day, my husband and I have a shared monthly budget. 11:12 – Save for emergencies You need to have 3 to 6 months of expenses set aside for an emergency. Your heat pump goes out, you break a leg – no matter what it is, you need this money. My husband and I decided to increase our emergency fund since we live on the farm now. 14:01 – Save for the future The future is unpredictable, so you need to save for the future. Maybe it's a Roth IRA or 401k. If you are young, just imagine how much money you could save. 15:08 – Pay your bills on time Pay them on time – all of them! I'm speaking from experience. 15:35 – Check your credit report Check this yearly. Make sure there's nothing wonky on there. You may be a victim of identity theft, and you might not know. 19:14 – Learn how to shop for insurance Health insurance and auto insurances are not the only ones you need. You also need life insurance. Life is fleeting. You need to protect your family. 21:33 – Control your spending habits Are you an impulse buyer? What's your spending style? Find out what your style is and how to control it. 22:28 – Get debt under control If you're in debt, try to tackle it and get out. It's going to be hard, but you can do it. 25:11 – Give, give, give I was in debt, but I felt called to start tithing to my church. My mindset changed when I began to think of money as a gift and I was to be a good steward. 28:44 – Start buying smart You need to be shopping around and know what you're paying for. Don't buy a new car. Buy a barely used one for a better price. 30:04 – Get a job Get a job, any job. This is the best time in history to get a job. At one point in my debt-free journey, I was working four jobs. 33:07 – Know about your job's benefits Does your job offer any benefits? Talk with your boss and see what you can negotiate if they don't offer what you want. 34:23 – Learn to read fine print If you're signing your name, you better be sure you're reading the fine print. 35:06 – Learn about your taxes Taxes aren't fun. Nobody likes them. But know the difference between feeral, satte and local. Know how much is being withheld from your paycheck. 36:52 – Know what you need to do to buy a house What do you need to do to qualify to buy a house? What is PMI? What does your real estate market look like? 38:33 – Know what is needed to qualify for a mortgage Learn about escrow, PMI and other things you need to know about mortgages. 39:02 – Learn about everyday financial services What fees are you paying for things? Know the ins and out of your accounts. 40:26 – Don't borrow money from family or friends It gets awkward and creates tension. There are exceptions to this, but in general, don't do this. 42:05 – Be an eager student Be a constant learner. There are a lot of things that have changed over the years with how we handle finances. FEATURED QUOTES When you give, it shifts your entire mindset on money. I'm not Dave Ramsey, but getting out of debt was a big part of my story. I'm married to a financial advisor. When your personal finances are out of whack, it throws everything out of whack. You feel stressed. THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNER OF THE SHOW: MamaSuds helps label-reading moms create a safe and nontoxic home for their family by creating synthetic free household cleaners. And one of those cleaner is MamaSuds Fine Linen Soap- which is the best thing since [Pumpkin] - Sliced -Bread Wash your high-quality sheets, linens, delicates, and organic fabrics with a Fine Linen Soap to keep them looking newer and softer longer. Use 3-4 capfuls for high-efficiency machines on delicate cycle, 4-6 capfuls for regular machines on delicate cycle. Head over to MamaSuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!

    How Make Your Dreams a Reality | EP 269: Teneshia Warner, EGAMI Group

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 43:17

    My guest this week is Teneshia Jackson Warner. She founded EGAMI Group in 2007 and has accumulated more than a decade of experience in multicultural marketing, project management and inspirational life coaching. As CEO, Teneshia has led the agency from a dream concept to a thriving multi-million dollar business, delivering award-winning work for major brands, such as Procter & Gamble, Verizon Wireless, Dasani, Rosa Regale, General Motors, Target, KFC, Major League Baseball, Delta and more. In 2012, Teneshia released her first book, Profit With Purpose: A Marketers Guide to Deliver Purpose-Driven Campaigns to Multicultural Audiences, which earned rave reviews as the first-of-its-kind to be focused on multicultural, purpose-driven marketing. Teneshia is the recipient of a number of career awards, including the coveted Black Enterprise Rising Star Award, Black Enterprises Forty Under 40, AdColor MVP and The Network Journals Forty Under 40 Award. She's also been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, Essence magazine and Black Enterprise, along with guest appearances on ABC News and The Steve Harvey Show for her entrepreneurial and purpose-inspired successes. 3:28 – Teneshia 101 She is headquartered in New York and is a creative at heart. Beyond being a CEO, Teneshia says she is definitely a dreamer and believes in the impossible. She loves setting her own path and even being called crazy sometimes. She is passionate about inspiring other dreamers. 4:59 – What sets EGAMI apart? Proctor and Gamble is a long-standing client, and they created a campaign to celebrate black beauty. Her team helps companies understand their brand purpose. 9:59 – Helping people fulfill their dreams Her dreamers' boot camp is a four-phase approach. Teneshia wanted to create a system that other people could follow to create their own success and follow their dreams. Phase 1 is identifying the dream and putting people through exercises to figure out where they get their best ideas. For some people, it's in nature. 17:30 – From Idea-land to reality Ask yourself what you need to do in the next 12 months to make your dream come true. What about the next 90 days? It needs to be measurable and attainable. 23:42 – Learning from obstacles Tapping into your dream warrior within is key if you're going to be on a dream journey for a long time. You need to fight the dream giants who will be in your way. Obstacles come. Are you willing to fight? 30:15 – Her next dream Teneshia wants to expand EGAMI group and its footprint and impact in the world. She wants to help dreamers globally and give them action-oriented plans. Personally, she would like to put health and wellbeing at the forefront of her life. 35:08 – Get to know you What's on her most played playlist? Some song by Prince Fictional character she wants to meet in real life? Sarah Jessica Parker from Sex and the City FEATURED QUOTES I realized I chose a career path based on earning potential with little to no regard for passion or purpose. I made myself a promise that I want to design a life where purpose and passion leads, and I want to see where it takes me. Beyond that title of CEO, I am definitely a dreamer. CONNECT: https://egamigroup.com/ ABOUT TENESHIA: Teneshia is the founder and CEO of one of the nation's most successful multicultural marketing and communications firms, EGAMI Group. Her book, The Big Stretch: 90 Days to Expand Your Dreams, Crush Your Goals, and Create Your Own Success, is a soul-searching, life-transforming, 12-week boot camp that reveals how to get from where you are to where you dream to be – in life and in business. THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNER OF THE SHOW: MamaSuds helps label-reading moms create a safe and nontoxic home for their family by creating synthetic free household cleaners. And one of those cleaner is MamaSuds Fine Linen Soap- which is the best thing since [Pumpkin] - Sliced -Bread Wash your high-quality sheets, linens, delicates, and organic fabrics with a Fine Linen Soap to keep them looking newer and softer longer. Use 3-4 capfuls for high-efficiency machines on delicate cycle, 4-6 capfuls for regular machines on delicate cycle. Head over to MamaSuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!

    The Power of Mentorship & Self-Discipline | EP 268: Stephen Scoggins

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 62:05

    My guest this week is Stephen Scoggins, an award-winning entrepreneur who helps people discover who they are, why they are here and what to do about it. Stephen uses the pain of his past and the lessons he's learned along the way to help people discover themselves. Growing up, life was really difficult for Stephen. When he was just 22, he found himself homeless and on the verge of suicide. During that season, a mentor gave him a second chance opportunity. From there, Stephen launched a multi-million dollar construction company and has gone on to launch several other successful businesses ranging from real estate to thought leadership with top line revenue over $100 million. Stephen is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of giving others the same gift of freedom he received by offering a practical and empowering education to those looking for a second chance to level up, catapult forward and make their dreams a reality. 4:28 – Stephen 101 He's a serial entrepreneur in the Raleigh, N.C. area. He has written books and is a speaker and life-change agent. He wants to help people master their life. 5:20 – Seven businesses He owns seven business, including in construction, real estate, thought leadership and live event series. 6:20 – Massive life changes The old Stephen wouldn't have thought the new Stephen was possible. At age 13, he asked God, “Please let me be the one to break the family curse.” He felt led to make that request. 20:30 – The power of mentors As Stephen began doing public speaking, one of the number one questions he got was “Can you mentor me?” He couldn't say yes to everyone, but he told them that “Mentors are all around you.” 30:37 – Laws of legacy The top 1% on average have 8 to 12 mastery level ways of doing things. Only 26% give that to someone else. Everyone is searching for purpose, but you need to serve the person you used to be. 34:13 – Am I doing enough? Stephen wondered if he was doing enough to help others or if he was too focused on himself. The question is: What lives are you impacting along the way? We all struggle with pride. Focus on being genuine and leaning on God. 42:38 – Self discipline The best advice for self-discipline is: Start small, win big. Make a list of things that are distracting you and what you need help with. Learn as much as you can and put together an action plan. 56:30 – Get to know you Most played song? Gladiator Fictional character he'd want to meet? Wolverine FEATURED QUOTES Never has it been easier in our lives to have direct access to thought leadership. The secret to one's amplification and/or success, no matter what that means to you, is simply nothing more than the way you think, because it controls the way you behave. I want to help people master their life. CONNECT WITH STEPHEN: https://stephenscoggins.com/ THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNER:  MamaSuds helps label-reading moms create a safe and nontoxic home for their family by creating synthetic free household cleaners. And one of those cleaner is MamaSuds Fine Linen Soap- which is the best thing since [Pumpkin] - Sliced -Bread ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Wash your high-quality sheets, linens, delicates, and organic fabrics with a Fine Linen Soap to keep them looking newer and softer longer.  Use 3-4 capfuls for high-efficiency machines on delicate cycle, 4-6 capfuls for regular machines on delicate cycle.  Head over to MamaSuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!

    Using Grit and Innovation to Grow a Multi-Million Dollar Business | EP 267: Mei Xu, Chesapeake Bay Candle Co.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 56:50

    She is the author of Burn, which details her story of ingenuity, determination, and luck. Spanning three decades, from 1991 when she arrived at Washington's Dulles Airport, to today, Mei's story is one of stunning success. She built a multi-million-dollar company, met and counseled thousands of entrepreneurs and business people, and even advised the President of the United States Barack Obama on the topic of job creation. Mei successfully negotiated the sale of Chesapeake Bay Candle to Newell Brands in 2017, a conglomerate with a $14 billion portfolio of consumer goods. She is now focused on helping women-owned consumer product companies grow and prosper with the Yes She May product platform. 4:40 – Mei 101 Mei grew up in China and was one of two daughters. Her parents told them they could do anything boys could do. At age 12, she enrolled in a foreign language middle school, and that was a big turning point for her. It allowed her a chance to find out what it would be like to be a diplomat. 11:50 – Making candles Mei's dad found out she was making candles and was very confused. He said, “What does a candle do?” If you're afraid to start something new, Mei says, “You have to roll up your sleeves and find whatever it takes to get started.” 21:50 – Billion-dollar industry Candles are a billion-dollar industry. They speak to her audience and are popular, especially around Christmas. People didn't burn her candles in the beginning because they were too decorative and pretty. So, she realized she wanted people to burn them so they would buy more. 27:22 – Do it better We need to ask ourselves how to do things better and get more women involved in the supply chain and manufacturing.  36:13 – Yes She May Mei wants to connect consumers with brands that are owned by women They searched around the world for designers and brands in beauty, fashion and wellness. 41:52 – Women-owned businesses Mei says very few women-owned businesses make more than $250,000 a year. That can make it hard to get your products in Target, Macys or other large stores. 44:51 – Burn book Her book is about preservation and the immigrant story. You can never abandon where you came from. Your story could inspire other people. 50:14 – Get to know you Who would play Mei in a movie? Reese Witherspoon Hidden or unusual talents? She has great comedic timing and instinct Best vacation? Sardinia boat trip FEATURED QUOTES The pandemic also made me realize that we are really all connected. It sounds dazzling just to think, as a student, as a diplomat, how does she end up making candles? My dad was very confused. You have to roll up your sleeves and find whatever it takes to get started. CONNECT WITH MEI: https://www.meixu.com/ https://yesshemay.com/ ABOUT MEI XU: Mei Xu, a Chinese American entrepreneur, is the founder and CEO of two global companies, Yes She May and Chesapeake Bay Candle® and author of Burn which details her journey from China to starting and growing a multi-million-dollar business in the U.S. In June 2020, Mei created the e-commerce platform, Yes She May (www.YesSheMay.com) to help women-owned brands reach a larger audience and scale. Her team aims to provide consumers a curated collection of thoughtful, high quality products made by talented women vendors from around the world. THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:  Ready to ditch the bleach forever but can't find a bleach alternative that actually works? You've got to meet this Extra Strength Oxygen Powder by MamaSuds. It launches July 15th and I've had the chance to try it out early and I love it so much! It really tackles the dirt and odor in our clothes. And as usual there are multiple uses for this new product. Not only is it a laundry booster and stain remover, but it's a great scouring agent on any non-porous surface. If you head to their website and sign up for their email list you'll get an email with an early bird special coupon when oxygen powder launches PLUS use discount code MOLLY and get an EXTRA 15% off! www.mamasuds.com ---- Speaking of stories behind brands that change the world, I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    How to See Value In Others & In Ourselves | EP 266: Emily Bernath

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 43:58

    My guest this week is Emily Bernath, a rape survivor, sexual assault victim advocate, author and speaker. She just released her newest book, Broken Lenses Volume 2: Seeing Others' Value in a World of Division. She has spoken to hundreds of people belonging to various faiths, age groups, and nations, and has taken the message of her first book, Broken Lenses: Identifying Your Truth in a World of Lies, to book stores across the nation. Emily has a passion for reaching out to women and guiding them to living out an identity rooted in truth. After being a rape survivor, Emily found her life quickly turn away from having everything she thought she wanted and towards feelings of both hopelessness and worthlessness. It was during that time, and being open about her experience, that it became apparent to her just how many other people experience those same feelings and so easily allow things that aren't true about them define them. 3:59 – Emily 101 Emily never dreamed of being an author, but it was something God placed on her path. She struggled with reading as a child and hated reading. She preferred chemistry and math in school and liked the challenge. 7:06 – Turning to God Emily grew up in church but never had a deeper meaning to her life. She lived the typical college party life. She was raped at the end of her second year of college. Emily was angry, turned to God and said, “What the heck?” 12:30 – Lies she told herself One of the biggest lies Emily told herself was that her body was tainted by the rape. She felt worthless, taken advantage of and not like herself anymore. She wanted God to show her how her body was still a temple. 18:00 – Seeing people as God sees us When we see others as God sees us, it unites us. When we see people as the world sees us, it can tear people apart. 21:15 – Seek to understand When people share polarized opinions, they shut themselves off to listening and learning. Seek to understand, not be understood. 23:43 – Listen to survivors Abuse of any kind has a spiritual impact. Faith means complete trust in God, but a lot of abuse is caused by someone you trust. 29:22 – Seasons of healing Emily's healing journey was a multi-step process. She's still finding freedom in new areas. Sharing her story in writing was an act of surrender, because now anyone can read what happened to her. She has gone through seasons of healing. 32:57 – Advice for assault survivors You are worth being helped. You're not a burden. Don't assume that people won't help you. There are so many resources out there. 36:25 – Get to know you Guilty pleasure? Chicken wings What she'd do differently if no one judged her? Nothing. Maybe shave her head. FEATURED QUOTES Once I was able to see myself for the truth and for how God sees me, the enemy has no power over that. You just can't overcome God's truth. The truth will set you free. And that's really what I want for people is to be free from the lies and the condemnation of this world, and there's a lot of it. CONNECT WITH EMILY: http://emilybernathauthor.com/ ABOUT EMILY: Emily Bernath, a rape survivor, is a sexual assault victim advocate, author, and speaker. Her first published book was Broken Lenses: Identifying Your Truths in a World of Lies (Morgan James Publishing, 2019). Bernath's newest book is Broken Lenses, Volume 2: Seeing Others' Value in a World of Division (Morgan James Publishing, June, 2021). Bernath, who completed a 40-hour Sexual Assault Counselor Training course provided by UCASA, serves as an active board member with the non-profit, Reveal to Heal International. She offers support, counseling, and advocacy for sexual assault victims. She has participated in, and spoken at, numerous events and fundraisers in support of such victims with The Rape Recovery Center and The Walk of No Shame. She attends a non-denominational church, K2 the Church, and has a passion for reaching out to women and guiding them to living out an identity rooted in truth. She has spoken to and shared this passion with hundreds of people belonging to various faiths. She serves as a mentor to the next generation in youth ministry and speaks at numerous events in the Salt Lake Valley. She has also shared her passions through humanitarian work in eSwatini, Africa. Bernath earned her Master's in Business Administration from the University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business, in 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Toledo in 2014. She resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, please consult: www.emilybernathauthor.com. THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:  Ready to ditch the bleach forever but can't find a bleach alternative that actually works? You've got to meet this Extra Strength Oxygen Powder by MamaSuds. It launches July 15th and I've had the chance to try it out early and I love it so much! It really tackles the dirt and odor in our clothes. And as usual there are multiple uses for this new product. Not only is it a laundry booster and stain remover, but it's a great scouring agent on any non-porous surface. If you head to their website and sign up for their email list you'll get an email with an early bird special coupon when oxygen powder launches PLUS use discount code MOLLY and get an EXTRA 15% off! www.mamasuds.com ---- Speaking of stories behind brands that change the world, I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    Embracing Trials to Lead a Life of Significance | EP 265: Warwick Fairfax, Founder of Crucible Leadership

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 42:58

    My guest this week is Warwick Fairfax, a leadership adviser who helps people uncover their unique path to effective leadership through the learning power of story and an enlightening path of self-discovery. Growing up in a prominent family-owned media business in Australia that he eventually led – and lost – Warwick has both witnessed and experienced the challenges of high-pressure, high-impact leadership. After losing the 150-year-old family business, Warwick examined not only his own shortcomings and losses, but also life principles and lessons he learned from family members that came before him and some of history's greatest leaders. 5:07 – Warwick 101 Warwick's brand, Crucible Leadership, is about getting past setbacks and failures to lead a life of significance dedicated to serving others. He grew up in a very wealthy, privileged background in Australia. His family owned a 150-year-old massive media business. He spent many years trying to live up to his family's expectations. 9:16 – Company's ideals Warwick's family felt like the business had strayed from its ideals. Money, influence and prestige changed people's perspectives, and there was fighting among the family. 12:30 – Company goes south After Warwick took over the family business, the company went south. As a reserved person who doesn't like the limelight, it was a nightmare for him to deal with and very brutal. 15:03 – How he rebounded Warwick was fortunate that he came to America and married his wife. He realized God loves him unconditionally and he is more than his mistakes. He was never attracted to money, and it's not vitally important to him. He and his wife had kids in the 1990s, and his background was irrelevant to his children. 20:45 – Finding his identity It took years for Warwick to find his identity and purpose. You have to stop comparing yourself to others. Warwick does his best work, but he is not defined by what he does. 25:38 – Crucible Leadership Your worst day does not define you. Sometimes your mission in life comes out of a crucible. 28:26 – Life is about evolving He tells his children that life has a habit of evolving, and you need to make the best choice you can at the time. Trust the process and trust yourself. 34:16 – Get to know you Favorite TV show growing up? Skippy the bush kangaroo Favorite meal? Artichokes and cheesecake FEATURED QUOTES Your self-esteem isn't about how good a meal you cooked or how perfect your house is or how successful your business is. I'm not somebody that's ever been attracted by money. I'm not against it, but it's not something that's vitally important to me. I try and do my level best at whatever I do, but yet, I'm not defined by what I do. I'm trying to wean my self-esteem off of success and achievements. CONNECT WITH WARWICK FAIRFAX: https://crucibleleadership.com/ ABOUT WARWICK FAIRFAX: Warwick Fairfax is the founder of Crucible Leadership, a philosophical and practical breakthrough in turning business and personal failures into the fuel for igniting a life of significance. He has been hailed by Forbes as offering “compelling insights for anyone who would like to wake up feeling inspired by their work, but doesn't” … insights rooted not in a checklist of glib to-do's but in his own experience at the epicenter of one of the most spectacular business failures in the history of his home nation of Australia. Fairfax was only 26 when, as the fifth-generation heir to a media empire bearing his family name, he led — and lost — a multibillion-dollar public takeover bid. The result? The company founded by his great-great grandfather slipped from family control after 150 years, leaving him to examine not only his own shortcomings and losses, but also his life's principles and the lessons he learned from family members who came before him and some of history's greatest leaders. It has been by shaping these insights as a leadership adviser that Fairfax has enabled others to learn from what he describes as their own “crucible experiences” and emerge to lead a life rooted in who they are. His journey has opened a door for men and women from all walks of life to not only bounce back from failure, but to become the leaders they were born to be. Fairfax is the author of Crucible Leadership: Embrace Your Trials to Lead a Life of Significance (Mount Tabor Media, 2021). In the book discusses for the first time his thoughts and actions in launching the John Fairfax Ltd. takeover and explains what he learned about himself from that devastating failure — who he was and was not, what his unique design, purpose, passions and vision really were. He shares insights from his experience and interviews other leaders who have leveraged their crucible moments to live and lead with significance on the podcast BEYOND THE CRUCIBLE, available through all major podcasting channels. Fairfax holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified executive coach. He is an Elder at Bay Area Community Church. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife, Gale. They have three children who are in the process of developing their own unique paths to lives of significance. THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:  Ready to ditch the bleach forever but can't find a bleach alternative that actually works? You've got to meet this Extra Strength Oxygen Powder by MamaSuds. It launches July 15th and I've had the chance to try it out early and I love it so much! It really tackles the dirt and odor in our clothes. And as usual there are multiple uses for this new product. Not only is it a laundry booster and stain remover, but it's a great scouring agent on any non-porous surface. If you head to their website and sign up for their email list you'll get an email with an early bird special coupon when oxygen powder launches PLUS use discount code MOLLY and get an EXTRA 15% off! www.mamasuds.com ---- Speaking of stories behind brands that change the world, I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    In the Business of Redemption | EP 264: Holly Christine Hayes, Sanctuary Project

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 67:45

    My guest this week is Holly Christine Hayes, founder and CEO of Sanctuary Project, a survivor-run nonprofit social enterprise in Austin, Texas, employing and empowering women who've survived lives of trafficking, violence, and addiction. As a survivor herself, Holly knows the path to recovery can be long and rocky. Her vision and leadership create a safe space for other survivors to grow in practical skills, unleash their creativity, embrace their femininity, and heal their hearts – all in community with other survivors. Holly is an award-winning author, podcaster and coveted women's ministry and business leadership speaker. She and her husband, Jeff, enjoy life on a hobby farm, with their chickens, goats, cows, dogs, and the newest addition to the farm, their daughter Havana, who they welcomed two years ago. 6:15 – Holly 101 Holly was a trafficking survivor and now spends her days focusing on redemption and telling her story. Her trafficking lasted a few months, but she has had a rich life since. Although she was trafficked, that's no who she is. She now has a jewelry line and helps other women. 10:32 – Glorifying difficult stories Society often glorifies difficult stories and gruesome details. We should focus on how people became respectable members of society and turned their lives around. The pornography of pain is a real thing. 16:36 – A rad life The rad life Holly has today didn't come overnight. She now has freedom in Christ and fought hard for it. If you're in a tough journey, be patient with yourself. You'll experience failures and successes. It's important to have those life experiences. 21:59 – Helping women Holly helps women with therapeutic tools and Biblical tools. Many of the women struggle with self-hatred and self-esteem issues. Holly surrounds them with positive feedback and beautiful things. 25:28 – Starting a non-profit Holly started her career as a shoe shiner and then worked in real estate and fashion before starting her non-profit. 31:38 – Challenges in business Holly never expected her business to be as successful as it is. She found a much larger market for it than she imagined. Doors have swung wide open, and it's an interesting problem to have. Her biggest challenge is accepting help and giving up some control. 48:42 – On the horizon Holly is excited to have some new products coming out for the holidays. She has an expanded stain glass collection coming. 49:31 – Get to know you Why start a farm? She lived in Paris before moving to Austin and was used to cheaper prices for goat cheese. She and her husband joked about getting a goat. Long story short, she now has goats but never milks them. FEATURED QUOTES Because my internal world is well, my external world is well as well. I can make decisions for myself and set boundaries for myself to keep that world well. I want survivors, I want women to feel so empowered that they are not their past. They are not their story. Yes, I was trafficked, but that's not the entirety of my story or who I am. This rad life I have today didn't come overnight. CONNECT WITH HOLLY https://www.hollychristinehayes.com/ ABOUT HOLLY CHRISTINE HAYES: Holly is a survivor of human trafficking, abuse, and addiction. When she hit rock bottom, she found herself homeless and crying out on the floor of a public bathroom. Now she is the Founder/CEO of a company helping other women break out of the dark cycle. Sanctuary Project is a survivor-run nonprofit jewelry enterprise, based in Austin, that provides meaningful employment and job training to women who have survived trafficking, violence and addiction. Holly is now a wife, mom author and speaker. Holly Christine Hayes is Founder + CEO of Sanctuary Project, a survivor-run nonprofit social enterprise employing and empowering women who've survived lives of trafficking, violence and addiction in Austin, Texas. Holly is a survivor of human trafficking, abuse, and addiction. When she hit rock bottom, she found herself homeless and crying out on the floor of a public bathroom. Her vision and leadership create a safe space for other survivors to grow in practical skills, unleash their creativity, embrace their femininity, and heal their hearts – all in community with other survivors. Holly is passionate about sharing her vulnerable journey of healing. She speaks in jails, recovery communities and conferences all over the globe. She and her husband, Jeff, enjoy life on a hobby farm and vineyard outside of Austin, with their chickens, goats, cows, dogs and one-year-old daughter Havana. THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:  Ready to ditch the bleach forever but can't find a bleach alternative that actually works? You've got to meet this Extra Strength Oxygen Powder by MamaSuds. It launches July 15th and I've had the chance to try it out early and I love it so much! It really tackles the dirt and odor in our clothes. And as usual there are multiple uses for this new product. Not only is it a laundry booster and stain remover, but it's a great scouring agent on any non-porous surface. If you head to their website and sign up for their email list you'll get an email with an early bird special coupon when oxygen powder launches PLUS use discount code MOLLY and get an EXTRA 15% off! www.mamasuds.com ---- Speaking of stories behind brands that change the world, I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    How to Take Back Your Time | EP 263: Christy Wright

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 56:46

    My guest this week is Christy Wright, a #1 national best-selling author, personal development expert and host of The Christy Wright Show. Since 2009, she has worked at Ramsey Solutions. Her new book, Take Back Your Time: The Guilt-Free Guide to Life Balance, is being released Sept. 14. It's a guilt-free guide to life balance. 3:50 – Christy 101 For the past 10 years, Christy has helped women start small businesses. She has been expanding beyond business and helping people in personal development. She's also a mom to three kids – 6, 4 and 1. 6:45 – Entrepreneurship Christy was raised by a single mom who was an entrepreneur, and Christy started her own businesses. An influx of people started online businesses, but they didn't have any business background, so Christy began helping them. Eventually, she wanted to teach about more than just business. 13:20 – Work-life balance In 11 years of being a public speaker, the number one question she's asked is about work-life balance. She began trying to find solutions to the work-life balance question people asked. What we really need is different than what we think we need. 19:03 – A different definition Christy says she defines balance in the book but says it's not a warm, fuzzy thing. It's about doing the right things at the right time. She defines the path to balance. 21:32 – Root causes of imbalance Four things keep us from doing the right things at the right time – doing too many things, not doing enough things, doing the wrong things, and not doing the right things. 25:33 – Losing yourself You don't lose yourself overnight. It's a little at a time. Life gets busy. You've got kids who need snacks. Ask yourself: What is important to you? This can differ depending on the season you're in. Christy wants to help people get their time back and get back to who they are in the process. 34:59 – The path to balance Step 1: Figure out what matters Step 2: Stop doing what doesn't matter Step 3: Create a calendar that reflects what matters Step 4: Protect what matters Step 5: Be present for what matters 41:35 – Feel like you're failing? Women often say they feel like they're failing, but they're not, they're just always focused on the place where they're not. 47:19 – Dangerous messages There are two somewhat dangerous messages out there. One, in the faith world, is the dangerous message of submission. Two, in the personal development world, is the dangerous message that women should focus only on themselves. 52:17 – Get to know you Her hype song? Anything by Black Eyed Peas Unusual talent? She can say the alphabet backwards FEATURED QUOTES What if balance isn't something you do, what if it's something you create? I wrote the book I needed. I started having a desire to teach on more than just business. You don't lose yourself overnight. It's a little at a time. Life gets busy. You've got kids who need snacks. I want to help people get their time back and get back to who they are in the process. LINKS: https://www.ramseysolutions.com/christy-wright THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:  Ready to ditch the bleach forever but can't find a bleach alternative that actually works? You've got to meet this Extra Strength Oxygen Powder by MamaSuds. It launches July 15th and I've had the chance to try it out early and I love it so much! It really tackles the dirt and odor in our clothes. And as usual there are multiple uses for this new product. Not only is it a laundry booster and stain remover, but it's a great scouring agent on any non-porous surface. If you head to their website and sign up for their email list you'll get an email with an early bird special coupon when oxygen powder launches PLUS use discount code MOLLY and get an EXTRA 15% off! www.mamasuds.com ---- Speaking of stories behind brands that change the world, I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    A Drink Supporting People in Recovery from Alcohol & Drug Addiction | EP 262: Wes Hurt, CLEAN Cause

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 54:43

    My guest this week is Wes Hurt, a father of two boys, a serial entrepreneur and a person in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. His love of business coupled with the desire to use his experiences and gifts for the greatest good resulted in the birth of CLEAN Cause. Wes created an Organic Sparkling Yerba Mate beverage as an alternative and organic caffeine source. Based in Austin, his business supports addiction recovery with 50% of net profits funding sober living scholarships. 4:43 – Wes 101 Wes began experimenting with drugs and alcohol in high school. Over the next 20 years, his addiction grew. He went to six rehabs and one psych ward. He had a daily addiction to opiates and was popping 30 to 35 pills a day and added crack on top of that. 11:15 – The root cause People shared their addiction stories with Wes, and he realized how big the problem was. Society often focuses on the leaves of a tree versus the roots. The root cause of addiction is more important to understand. Addiction is just a flavor of affliction. We've all got something. We all use something to fix it, to cope or to medicate or to heal. 18:15 – CLEAN Cause Wes says entrepreneurship chose him, he didn't choose it. He enjoyed starting businesses and had an inherent desire to make businesses better. Within months of getting sober, he had a flicker of inspiration to use his story to help others. 32:03 – Company with a mission His Organic Sparkling Yerba Mate beverage has low- and no-calorie options. His company provides scholarships to people who need help. 39:07 – Why a sparkling beverage? Wes loves caffeine, so he wanted to create a sparkling beverage. He wanted a drink that didn't make him feel like crap. 41:57 – What's next? He wants to further develop his non-profit, the CLEAN Cause Foundation. Wes is talking with a few big celebrities about promoting the brand. 47:58 – Get to know you Who would play Wes in a movie about his life? He doesn't know, maybe Dax Shepard. His favorite meal? Pepperoni pizza FEATURED QUOTES Addiction is just my flavor of affliction. That's it. We've all got something. We all use something to fix it, to cope or to medicate or to heal. What I believe is society often focuses on the leaves of a tree versus the roots. We have a spine. We're bold. We're not looking for handouts. SHOP NOW: https://cleancause.com/discount/PURPOSE (Use code PURPOSE for 30% off your first order!) ABOUT CLEAN CAUSE: Clean Cause is on a mission to support individuals in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction by donating 50% of profits to fund sober living scholarships.  Coined “CLEAN Kickstarts,” these are intended to bridge the critical gap between rehab & reintegration.  The CLEAN Cause product line consists of 9 amazing tasting, USDA organic certified, sparkling yerba maté beverages that come in low & zero calorie options.  Each 16-ounce can is packed with 160mgs of organic caffeine to power your everyday passions all the while supporting individuals recovering from alcohol & drug addiction.  CLEAN Cause's 40 plus employees are dedicated to building a brand that empowers consumers to leverage their purchases that ultimately support individuals in recovery from alcohol & drug addiction. ABOUT WES HURT: Wes is a father of two boys, a serial entrepreneur, and a person in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. His love of business coupled with the desire to use his experiences and gifts for the greatest good resulted in the birth of CLEAN Cause. Based in Austin, Texas, CLEAN's innovative business model supports addiction recovery with 50% of net profits funding sober living scholarships. Being an avid consumer of caffeine, he created a product that he knew would fill a need he had in his everyday life - an amazing tasting organic sparkling yerba mate with low sugar & 160mg of naturally sourced caffeine per can. Since then, CLEAN Cause has granted over 2,170 sober living scholarships representing more than $1,085,000. THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:  Ready to ditch the bleach forever but can't find a bleach alternative that actually works? You've got to meet this Extra Strength Oxygen Powder by MamaSuds. It launches July 15th and I've had the chance to try it out early and I love it so much! It really tackles the dirt and odor in our clothes. And as usual there are multiple uses for this new product. Not only is it a laundry booster and stain remover, but it's a great scouring agent on any non-porous surface. If you head to their website and sign up for their email list you'll get an email with an early bird special coupon when oxygen powder launches PLUS use discount code MOLLY and get an EXTRA 15% off! www.mamasuds.com ---- Speaking of stories behind brands that change the world, I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    The 7 Habits for Exponential Spiritual Growth | EP 261: Justin Kendrick, Pastor of VOX Church

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 53:33

    My guest today is Justin Kendrick, the lead pastor of Vox Church, which he founded in 2011 with a small group of friends on the doorstep of Yale University. Since then, Vox has grown to multiple locations across New England. Justin's newest book, “Bury Your Ordinary: Practical Habits of a Heart Fully Alive,” walks you through seven different habits to live the life that you were created to live. 3:30 – Justin 101 Justin is 38 and lives in the northeast. He grew up in a typical home and had an encounter with God as a teenager that changed his life. His dad dragged him to an urban, inner city church, and it was the first time he heard about God's grace. The whole direction of his life changed. In 2008-09, he and his wife dreamed about starting a church. Vox Church turns 10 this September. 10:11 – Bury Your Ordinary Justin heard the voice of the Holy Spirit in his heart. You need to ask yourself what your plan is for spiritual growth. It's growth in love, and that can seem ambiguous. It's not how many Bible verses you know. It's about habits. Justin's book helps people grow in their love for God. 20:40 – Spend time with God You need to spend time alone with God regularly. Try spending the first hour alone with Him. Jesus is not at the center for a lot of us, and we need to keep him there. You don't do these habits so God likes you more. You do them so you can learn to love God more. 30:40 – Most difficult habit Habit 6, a weekly Sabbath, was the most difficult. Everybody in Justin's area walks, talks, drives and moves fast. Taking a break to pause and pray felt very unnatural. That time to rest is so important for your soul. There are seasons for harvest, and there are seasons for rest. 43:05 – The idea of grace No matter what religion you practice, grace is so important. God deeply loves you. Don't obey God to be accepted. You are fully accepted, so that should make you want to obey God. 46:54 – Get to know you What would Justin want to win an Olympic medal in? Basketball Best vacation ever? Mexico with his wife FEATURED QUOTES We had always seen church as a profoundly boring and irrelevant part of the culture of New England. So we started dreaming about what it would look like to start a church for our friends. I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit in my heart. If you don't have a plan for spiritual growth, it really won't grow. LINKS: https://voxchurch.org/home https://amzn.to/2Yf27YD About Justin Kendrick:  Justin Kendrick is the lead pastor of Vox Church, which he founded in 2011 with a small group of friends on the doorstep of Yale University. Since then, Vox has grown to multiple locations across New England. The dream of Vox Church is to see the least-churched region of the U.S. become the most spiritually vibrant place on earth. Justin and his wife live outside New Haven, Connecticut with their four children. ---- THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:  Ready to ditch the bleach forever but can't find a bleach alternative that actually works? You've got to meet this Extra Strength Oxygen Powder by MamaSuds. It launches July 15th and I've had the chance to try it out early and I love it so much! It really tackles the dirt and odor in our clothes. And as usual there are multiple uses for this new product. Not only is it a laundry booster and stain remover, but it's a great scouring agent on any non-porous surface. If you head to their website and sign up for their email list you'll get an email with an early bird special coupon when oxygen powder launches PLUS use discount code MOLLY and get an EXTRA 15% off! www.mamasuds.com ---- Speaking of stories behind brands that change the world, I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    WORKSHOP: How (and WHY!) to Get Started Wholesaling with Emily Grey of The Flourish Market | EP: 260

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 69:06

    Today we have a special guest, Emily Grey of The Flourish Market. She is one of my nearest and dearest friends and was one of the first guests on this show. Today she's sharing her expertise in wholesaling and how to thrive with your business, even during a pandemic. If you are a brand owner, this is your episode. If you are a consumer, I think you might be fascinated by our discussion. Today we're talking about how to get started wholesaling and why it matters. 8:38 – From fashion truck to brick and mortar Five years ago, Emily had a fashion truck. She was a one-woman show, packing the orders and shipping. She now has a team of 16 and has scaled her business with no loans. When the pandemic hit, she closed her shop and leaned into her investment banking background. She stepped up as a retail consultant. 13:17 – Changing retail landscape There's a lot of bad advice on the Internet, for businesses especially. The biggest thing that's changed in the retail landscape is they are only asking themselves one question – Will this sell? 17:23 – Smaller, smarter buying decisions Retailers are now making smaller, smarter and more frequent purchases and ordering every 3 to 4 weeks instead of every 3 to 4 months. If you're already wholesaling, lower your opening order to $150 instead of $500 to $1,000. 20:42 – Ship quickly and use online shopping Businesses are now ordering first from brands that can ship quickly. Online shopping and curbside deliveries are more popular than ever. Make your pictures better than ever. Consumers associate the nicety of your product with the nicety of your images. 25:40 – Shopping values Consumers are focusing on shopping their values when it comes to themselves and when they're gifting. Made in the USA, black-owned, female-owned and ethically made are just some of the things people look for when shopping. 31:49 – Product innovation Retailers want to discover something new and are looking for innovation. Do 4 to 6 mini collection launches per year instead of just fall and spring. 41:41 – Pitch mistakes to avoid Reach out to businesses and pitch them. But there are some mistakes to avoid. Don't copy and paste mass messages. Don't make it about you, your brand and your brand story. It should be about the retailer. 1:03:33 – Full circle moment Emily has been successful by surrounding herself with women and coaches who support her. It matters who you spend your time with and who you give your ear to. There is an absolute need to be around people who say, “I believe in you.” FEATURED QUOTES I think it matters who you spend your time with and who you give your ear to. – Emily That is an absolute need to be around people who say, “I believe in you.” – Emily Consumers associate the nicety of your product with the nicety of your images. – Emily I'm known for an inspirational kick in the pants. – Emily LINKS https://emilygreyco.com/ https://www.theflourishmarket.com/ https://thewholesaleway.com/businesswithpurpose THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:  Ready to ditch the bleach forever but can't find a bleach alternative that actually works? You've got to meet this Extra Strength Oxygen Powder by MamaSuds. It launches July 15th and I've had the chance to try it out early and I love it so much! It really tackles the dirt and odor in our clothes. And as usual there are multiple uses for this new product. Not only is it a laundry booster and stain remover, but it's a great scouring agent on any non-porous surface. If you head to their website and sign up for their email list you'll get an email with an early bird special coupon when oxygen powder launches PLUS use discount code MOLLY and get an EXTRA 15% off! www.mamasuds.com ---- Speaking of stories behind brands that change the world, I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    Leading with Excellence | EP 259: Adeyinka Adegbenle

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 37:25

    My guest today is Adeyinka “Yinka” Adegbenle. She is a former financial services professional turned author, excellence strategist and excellence coach. Her goal and life's purpose is to equip leaders with transformational habits and systems of excellence. Yinka believes that excellence is choosing to rise above average or mediocrity. She is releasing a book, Joab: King David's Top General. It's all about leadership, personal development and character building. 4:07 – Yinka 101 Yinka moved to the U.S. from England in 2001 so she could go to graduate school. She had a dream job lined up with one of the largest investment banks in the world. In 2009, during the Great Recession, her role was eliminated. She was pregnant with her second child and jobless. Her doctor worried about her pregnancy and the amount of anxiety and stress she was under. Yinka discovered self-development and living a life of excellence. She learned the habits of excellence. 8:51 – Habits of excellence Finances were a huge part of her learning. She wanted to be a better steward of her resources. She worked on discipline. If she said she was going to do something, she did it. 12:37 – Discipline Time management was the toughest part for Yinka. She was not good at managing her time initially. 14:46 – Time to rest You have to be intentional about time to rest. Yinka takes retreats by herself so she can recalibrate and recharge. It's going to be hard for you to show up as the best version of yourself if you're hustling all the time. 19:33 – Joab: King David's Top General Joab is one of Yinka's favorite leaders of all time. Personal development is key, and you need to take care of yourself in private so you can be better in public. 26:10 – Goals for her book Leadership is weighty and comes with huge influence. As a leader, you need to do the work so you have the right traits. 29:54 – On the horizon She wants to help clients become better in their personal lives and businesses. She also plans to write another book. 31:38 – Get to know you Something you'd never guess about her? She's an avid baker. Signature dish? Banana bread Best vacation? Hawaii FEATURED QUOTES We're not chasing perfection. It's knowing who you are and then just determining that while you're on this planet … I'm going to do my best to show up as my best version daily. – Yinka It was during that journey that I found my calling and got clarity in life. – Yinka It's habits that make up who you are. – Yinka It's going to be hard for you to show up as the best version of yourself if you're hustling all the time. – Yinka CONNECT: Website LinkedIn Instagram Facebook Yinka's book "Joab, King David's Top General: Essential Lessons on Character" ABOUT YINKA: Adeyinka Adegbenle MBA, PMI-PMP, is a former financial services professional turned Author, Excellence Strategist and Excellence Coach, and mother of 3. Her goal and life's purpose are to equip leaders with transformational habits and systems of excellence. Adeyinka has spent years gaining mastery on habits and systems of excellence that continue to yield outstanding results for her. She now teaches these systems and habits to her clients and various organizations. Yinka's recently released book "JOAB, KING DAVID'S TOP GENERAL" speaks about leadership, personal development, and character building. THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:  Ready to ditch the bleach forever but can't find a bleach alternative that actually works? You've got to meet this Extra Strength Oxygen Powder by MamaSuds. It launches July 15th and I've had the chance to try it out early and I love it so much! It really tackles the dirt and odor in our clothes. And as usual there are multiple uses for this new product. Not only is it a laundry booster and stain remover, but it's a great scouring agent on any non-porous surface. If you head to their website and sign up for their email list you'll get an email with an early bird special coupon when oxygen powder launches PLUS use discount code MOLLY and get an EXTRA 15% off! www.mamasuds.com ---- Speaking of stories behind brands that change the world, I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    Radical Generosity & Using Social Media for Good | EP 258: Sharon McMahon, @SharonSaysSo

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 66:46

    My guest today is Sharon McMahon, of Sharon Says So. She's a former high school government and law teacher who earned her reputation as America's government teacher amidst the historic 2020 proceedings for her viral efforts on Instagram to educate the general public on political misinformation. Through a simple mission to share non-partisan information about democracy, Sharon has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers online, affectionately called the “Governerds,” who look to her for truth and logic in a society plagued by bias and conspiracy. 4:55 – Sharon 101 Her goal is to give people education so they can make their own educated opinions and not have a viewpoint shoved down their throat. She also has fun and doesn't take herself very seriously. 6:09 – Entrepreneurial background She did door-to-door sales as a child and sold Girl Scouts cookies. She also created her own bookmarks and sold them to neighbors when she was 10 years old and made $50 in one weekend.  9:15 – Career path Sharon went to college to be a teacher but thought about going into the medical profession. She eventually determined she was destined to be a teacher. 12:22 – Businesses and Instagram Her career path is bizarre and was not a straight-line trajectory. She got really into knitting and people started asking her for custom knitting projects, but it wasn't profitable. A customer asked her to dye some yarn, and she realized that dyeing yarn was more profitable than knitting. She grew her hand-dyeing business into one of the largest studios in the world and eventually sold the business to one of her employees. She started taking pictures of knitting patterns and projects, and people started asking her to take their pictures. She then became a photographer and eventually started Sharon Says So. 20:18 – Hot topics in a nonpartisan way That skill of not taking a position and providing fact-based information is something she developed in the classroom. She found that the more you argue with somebody about their opinions, the more deeply they begin to hold them. 23:10 – Opinions based on emotion Most of our opinions do not exist because somebody has rationally examined all the facts and then made a determination. We mostly make a determination and then find facts to support our opinion. 28:29 – Rapid growth and challenges Sharon Says So has had such rapid growth, and she constantly feel like she's not doing enough or helping enough people.  The amount of hate she gets is miniscule compared to the kindness people show her. 38:03 – A common bond Sharon and I have something in common – we each have a parent, my mother and her father, who were Vietnam veterans and died from Agent Orange exposure. 45:20 – Generosity She has raised millions of dollars for eliminating medical debt and helping people in need. Her dream has been to be rich like Oprah or Ellen and give away money to help people without a second thought. 57:35 – Get to know you Favorite non-living president not for political reasons? James Madison because he was fascinating and John Adams for his intelligence and principle. Favorite whale? Humpbacks FEATURED QUOTES Most of our opinions do not exist because somebody has rationally examined all the facts and then made a determination. We mostly make a determination and then find facts to support our opinion. – Sharon My goal is to give you education so that you can make your own educated opinions and not have a viewpoint shoved down your throat. – Sharon That skill of not taking a position and providing fact-based information is some-thing I developed in the classroom. – Sharon The more you argue with somebody about their opinions, the more deeply they begin to hold them. – Sharon CONNECT WITH SHARON: https://www.sharonmcmahon.com/ https://www.instagram.com/sharonsaysso/ THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:  Ready to ditch the bleach forever but can't find a bleach alternative that actually works? You've got to meet this Extra Strength Oxygen Powder by MamaSuds. It launches July 15th and I've had the chance to try it out early and I love it so much! It really tackles the dirt and odor in our clothes. And as usual there are multiple uses for this new product. Not only is it a laundry booster and stain remover, but it's a great scouring agent on any non-porous surface. If you head to their website and sign up for their email list you'll get an email with an early bird special coupon when oxygen powder launches PLUS use discount code MOLLY and get an EXTRA 15% off! www.mamasuds.com ---- Speaking of stories behind brands that change the world, I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    Helping Others Grieve Pregnancy Loss & Stillbirth | EP 257: Ashley Opliger, Bridget's Cradles

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 54:06

    My guest today is Ashley Opliger, president and executive director of Bridget's Cradles, a nonprofit ministry dedicated to providing comfort, hope and healing to families grieving the loss of a baby in Heaven. They have donated cradles to more than 1,100 hospitals in all 50 states. Ashley lost her daughter, Bridget, during pregnancy. Ashley's mother knit a blanket for Bridget and made it into a knitted cradle. That was the start of Bridget's Cradles. This discussion is very personal to me, because I have had the horrific experience of losing babies, my sons Elijah and Malachi, during pregnancy. 5:21 – Ashley 101 Ashley lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband, Matt. They have three children, their daughter Bridget in Heaven, and their two sons who are 4 years old and 6 months old. Her life right now is a mix of motherhood and ministry. She had a subchorionic hemorrhage while pregnant with her daughter Bridget and was on bed rest for 11 weeks before losing her daughter. 10:50 – Deep grief Ashley was dealing with deep grief when she came home from the hospital. She fell to her knees in Bridget's nursery and asked God why she had to lose her daughter. She surrendered her grief to God, and she has seen God redeem her grief so she can help others. 17:54 – Cradles Nurses saw the knitted cradle Ashley had for her daughter. They said it would be nice to have those for other babies who pass. Ashley created Bridget's Cradles. Nurses say the cradles are unique and special gifts to give grieving families. 25:16 – Nurses Once the cradles are shipped to hospitals, nurses are responsible for giving them to families. Nurses are the hands and feet of the cradles. 32:25 – Volunteers can knit cradles You can volunteer to knit cradles. They will send patterns, dimensions, yarn type and colors. The cradles are shipped to Bridget's Cradles, and they add lace, ribbon and charms. Every cradle has a cross on the foot. 40:09 – Cradles are for everyone A few hospitals have said no to the cradles because of the religious connection and the crosses on the foot of the cradles. Families can choose to remove crosses from the cradles. The cradles are for everyone. 46:49 – Get to know you Guilty pleasure? Dark chocolate What she's reading? Mama Bear Apologetics FEATURED QUOTES There's nothing wrong or weak about going to counseling. I think it's a sign of strength to be able to go in and have someone help process that grief. – Ashley “My life right now is a mix of motherhood and ministry.” – Ashley ADDITIONAL RESOURCES OR LINKS THAT NEED TO BE INCLUDED IN POST https://www.bridgetscradles.com/ About Ashley Opliger: Ashley Opliger is the President and Executive Director of Bridget's Cradles 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Wichita, Kansas. Bridget's Cradles donates cradles to over 1,090 hospitals in all 50 states and comforts over 26,000 bereaved families a year. She is the host of the Cradled in Hope podcast and the leader of Hope Gatherings support groups. Ashley is married to Matt and they have three children: Bridget (in Heaven), and two sons. She is a fully-devoted follower of Christ who desires to share the hope of Jesus and Heaven with families grieving the loss of a baby. THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:  Ready to ditch the bleach forever but can't find a bleach alternative that actually works? You've got to meet this Extra Strength Oxygen Powder by MamaSuds. It launches July 15th and I've had the chance to try it out early and I love it so much! It really tackles the dirt and odor in our clothes. And as usual there are multiple uses for this new product. Not only is it a laundry booster and stain remover, but it's a great scouring agent on any non-porous surface. If you head to their website and sign up for their email list you'll get an email with an early bird special coupon when oxygen powder launches PLUS use discount code MOLLY and get an EXTRA 15% off! www.mamasuds.com ---- Speaking of stories behind brands that change the world, I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    Why Slow and Steady Growth in Business Matters | EP 256: Haley Jaeger, Atonement Design

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 38:14

    My guest today is Haley Jaeger, founder and designer of Atonement Design. Haley has been a designer since she was a child and is a dear friend of mine. Whether it was clothing, jewelry, or decor, Haley was engulfed in creativity. As her skills evolved, she gravitated towards pairing an artistic eye with partnerships with talented artisans across the globe, and the concept for Atonement Design was born. 3:43 – Haley 101 She's a northern California girl and lives in wine country. She and her husband are very passionate about sustainability. She has an online boutique. 6:01 – Her journey to sustainability Haley says she was naïve in high school and thought it would be easy to have a boutique that focused on fair trade and artisan made items. She fell in love with the concept of fair trade and enjoyed partnering with artisans. Designing clothes and jewelry has always been her creative outlet and helped her after her dad died. 11:04 – Atonement Design Haley was trying to figure out what direction she wanted to go and thought about being a full-time missionary or working in ministry. She felt like the Lord was encouraging her to be a light to people in the design industry. While reading the Bible, the word “atonement” kept coming up, so she decided to name her company after that. 17:01 – Growing her company She started making jewelry and selling it to friends, but she wanted to grow even more. Education, delegating and therapy have been crucial to her success. 25:20 – Pivoting in a pandemic Despite the pandemic, Haley has been able to grow her business online, and she learned how to market to her customers. She started selling her jewelry in a Facebook group and hired her first assistant to help pack orders. 30:49 – Get to know you Favorite song to sing? Al Green's “Let's Stay Together” Favorite meal? Gyro tacos FEATURED QUOTES I think that's how my business has grown – is just going to counseling and figuring out my stuff and figuring out all the barriers. – Haley How I've grown has just been little steps. – Haley I was doing a lot of in-person events and not as many online sales. When COVID shut things down … I had to do all online and discovered that I do have customers there. CONNECT: https://atonementdesign.com/ ABOUT HALEY: Haley Jaeger is the founder and designer of the socially conscious lifestyle brand, Atonement Design. She has been a designer since she was a child- whether it was clothing, jewelry, or decor, she was engulfed in creativity. As her skills evolved, she gravitated towards pairing an artistic eye with partnerships with talented artisans across the globe, and the concept for Atonement Design was born. After receiving her B.S. in Business Management with a focus on non-profit organizations and entrepreneurship, she worked in sales, marketing, and accounting before taking the leap into full-time entrepreneurship and focusing fully on Atonement Design in 2020 Haley loves bulldogs, french fries, and crafts. When she's not working, you can usually find her wine tasting around her Sonoma County home, playing cribbage with her husband at their favorite brewery, or at game night with her girlfriends. THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:  Ready to ditch the bleach forever but can't find a bleach alternative that actually works? You've got to meet this Extra Strength Oxygen Powder by MamaSuds. It launches July 15th and I've had the chance to try it out early and I love it so much! It really tackles the dirt and odor in our clothes. And as usual there are multiple uses for this new product. Not only is it a laundry booster and stain remover, but it's a great scouring agent on any non-porous surface. If you head to their website and sign up for their email list you'll get an email with an early bird special coupon when oxygen powder launches PLUS use discount code MOLLY and get an EXTRA 15% off! www.mamasuds.com ---- Speaking of stories behind brands that change the world, I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    Turning Your Mess into a Message | EP 255: Toni Collier, Broken Crayons Still Color

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 54:43

    My guest today is Toni Collier, founder of Broken Crayons Still Color, an international women's ministry that helps women process brokenness and get to hope. She serves alongside her husband, Sam, who is the pastor of Hillsong Atlanta. 4:55 – Toni 101 Toni wakes up every morning and thinks, “Lord, don't let me mess this up, because I'm crazy.” She grew up in a tough environment as a child, with a verbally abusive dad and a mother who was sick. She lost her virginity at 13 and began drinking and doing drugs. 11:30 – Unhealthy survival tactics In counseling, Toni wondered why she ran to so many things that were unhealthy when she was younger. A counselor told her that young people try their best to survive but they don't always have the best strategy. 20:02 – The double life Some people's lives look great on social media, but it's not great on the inside. Toni lived a double life for 25 years. She was a cheerleader, got good grades and was involved in extracurricular activities. But she would sneak out of her house to meet her boyfriend and eventually slept with different guys. 25:26 – Broken Crayons Still Color Toni tells the story of picking her daughter up from school and buying her a box of crayons. Her daughter colored with them so hard that they broke, and it led to a breakthrough in Toni's own life and how she dealt with difficulties in her life. 30:00 – Scars that stay with us Toni's mistakes will always be with her. They are scars that are healed and sealed and still present. It brings up anxiety, concern and worry. God never promised us a life of perfection. He will be with us in the imperfection. 47:31 – Overcomer: Defeating Anxiety and Abuse You can pre-order her book now, Overcomer: Defeating Anxiety and Abuse. It will be available Aug. 23. 49:20 – Get to know you If she could win a medal in any sport? Power walking Best vacation? Costa Rica Song she could listen to over and over? Britney Spears' Hit me baby one more time FEATURED QUOTES I literally wake up every morning and I'm like, “Lord, don't let me mess this up, because I'm crazy.” – Toni The double life, in my personal opinion, is the difference between a fan and a follower of Jesus. – Toni Stay passionate. Find a way. – Toni LINKS https://brkncrayons.com/ https://tonijcollier.com/ ABOUT TONI:  Toni Collier is the founder of an international women's ministry called Broken Crayons Still Color, which helps women process through brokenness and get to hope. She serves alongside her husband Sam who is the Lead Pastor of Hillsong Atlanta. She is a speaker, host, and consultant that has helped organizations with creative marketing, leadership, student ministry, and strategic planning. Toni is teaching people all over the globe that you can be broken and worthy and unqualified and still called to do great things. She doesn't want you to just face your demons, she wants you to quash the illusion of your brokenness so you can live the most colorful life possible, on and off stage. THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:  Ready to ditch the bleach forever but can't find a bleach alternative that actually works? You've got to meet this Extra Strength Oxygen Powder by MamaSuds. It launches July 15th and I've had the chance to try it out early and I love it so much! It really tackles the dirt and odor in our clothes. And as usual there are multiple uses for this new product. Not only is it a laundry booster and stain remover, but it's a great scouring agent on any non-porous surface. If you head to their website and sign up for their email list you'll get an email with an early bird special coupon when oxygen powder launches PLUS use discount code MOLLY and get an EXTRA 15% off! www.mamasuds.com ---- Speaking of stories behind brands that change the world, I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    Growing an Employee-Owned Brand in Haiti | EP 254: Julie Colombino-Billingham, Deux Mains

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 51:59

    My guest today is Julie Colombino-Billingham, founder of Deux Mains, which means “two hands,” a Haitian-owned and operated business that handcrafts high-quality footwear, handbags and accessories. 97% of all raw materials are repurposed or sourced locally on the island and manufactured in their 100% solar-powered factory. Use code MOLLY to get 15% off from DeuxMains at Deuxmains.com! 5:28 – Julie 101 She was a professional ballet dancer and worked for Cirque USA. She is also a trained disaster responder. She got a full-time job at the United Way and wanted to respond to the Haiti earthquake. 9:10 – Going to Haiti Julie landed in Haiti 10 days after the earthquake and said the destruction was like nothing she had ever seen before. She remembers more of what she smelled and heard versus what she saw. Julie met a woman at a tent camp, and the woman said she didn't want bottles of water – she wanted a job. 10:46 – The beginning of Deux Mains After a month in Haiti, Julie came back to Florida, sold her house, quit her job at the United Way and went back to Haiti two weeks later with $7,000. They raised money and started an education and job training program. 21:49 – New jobs They have a beautiful factory that is all solar powered. Their goal is to create 300 new jobs in the next three years. People wanted recycled fashion, but they didn't want it to look recycled. 33:34 – The business today The business has 40 employees and was able to continue during Covid. They got some government contracts. They had to change their business model and now do more direct to consumer sales. 35:30 – Expanding product line They didn't want to waste anything, so they started making earrings out of leather scraps. Customers started asking for specific products, including a laptop sleeve. They are working on a woman's wallet. FEATURED QUOTES “A woman I met in a tent camp said she didn't want any bottles of water – she wanted a job.” “I get to be the proud voice of many people who have made us what we are today.” “It's a gift anytime we get feedback – good or bad – because we're still learning.” CONNECT: https://deuxmains.com/ - use code MOLLY for 15% off ABOUT JULIE: To sustainably fight poverty in Haiti, Julie Colombino-Billingham created a business that provides great, dignified jobs.  Deux Mains is a Haitian owned and operated business that handcrafts high-quality, footwear, handbags and accessories.  97% of all raw materials are repurposed or sourced locally on the island, and manufactured in our solar powered factory.  In a country where 85% of the population does not have access to the formal jobs and only 1% of the population is University educated, Colombino designed a model using the best practices of the nonprofit and for profit sectors.  She incubated a nonprofit arm of the business called REBUILD globally that provides revolutionary education and paid job training programs to the most vulnerable.  Every program graduate is then guaranteed a dignified, living wage job at Deux Mains. Under Colombino's leadership, the past 10 years has been a dramatic evolution from earthquake recovery to a sustainable and eco-friendly business that was quickly propelled into the world of ethical fashion. Just a few of the partnerships deux mains has created include: United Nations, Kenneth Cole, Eileen Fisher, USAID and the Clinton Foundation to fight poverty and strengthen families in Haiti and provide customers a fashion accessory brand they can be proud to wear. THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNER:  Ready to ditch the bleach forever but can't find a bleach alternative that actually works? You've got to meet this Extra Strength Oxygen Powder by MamaSuds. It launches July 15th and I've had the chance to try it out early and I love it so much! It really tackles the dirt and odor in our clothes. And as usual there are multiple uses for this new product. Not only is it a laundry booster and stain remover, but it's a great scouring agent on any non-porous surface. If you head to their website and sign up for their email list you'll get an email with an early bird special coupon when oxygen powder launches PLUS use discount code MOLLY and get an EXTRA 15% off! www.mamasuds.com

    Fighting Climate Change Through E-Commerce | EP 253: Dane Baker, EcoCart

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 39:21

    My guest today is Dane Baker, founder and CEO of EcoCart, which makes fighting climate change simple, cost effective and accessible for everyone. EcoCart has two products, a Shopify app that merchants can install in their online stores and give their customers the opportunity to make their orders carbon neutral and a Google Chrome extension that calculates and offsets the carbon footprint of your online shopping orders at no cost to you. 4:32 – Dane 101 He started EcoCart with a simple mission in mind: to make the fight against climate change easy, affordable and accessible so that everyone can do their part. 6:32 – What is EcoCart? They enable a consumer to offset or mitigate the carbon footprint of their e-commerce orders through environmental projects. 10:26 – Entrepreneurial spirit Dane has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and sold avocados door-to-door in fourth grade. He thinks entrepreneurship is a great vehicle for change in the world. The environment has always been the most pressing issue in his mind, and it's a really tough problem to solve. 12:43 – Early stages of his business Dane became more obsessed with the idea over time and couldn't stop thinking about it. He wanted to test his hypothesis and see if the business worked. People seemed interested in Dane's idea, so he got to work building his idea. 18:00 – What he's learned Color, fonts and other visuals are so important to his business and consumer psychology. 23:50 – Is it really free? If you install the browser extension and shop online, Dane's company gets a commission from brand partners they work with. They use that money to buy certified carbon offsets or donate to earth-saving projects. 27:52 – What has surprised him The thing that surprised him most is the percentage of customers that click the box at checkout. On average, it's 28%. 33:00 – Get to know you What would he like to win a medal for? A triathlon. Best vacation? Cancun with his family. FEATURED QUOTES We started EcoCart with a simple mission in mind: to make the fight against climate change easy, affordable and accessible so that everyone can do their part.  I think I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit about me. The environment has always been the most pressing issue in my mind, and it's a really tough problem to solve. CONNECT: https://ecocart.io/ ABOUT DANE BAKER:  Dane Baker is the Founder & CEO of EcoCart, which makes fighting climate change simple, cost-effective, and accessible for everyone. EcoCart has two products: a Shopify app that merchants can install into their online stores to give their customers the opportunity to make their orders carbon neutral, and a Chrome extension that calculates and offsets the carbon footprint of your online shopping orders at no cost to you. Previously, Dane has set out to make the world a better place through entrepreneurial ventures such as limiting materialistic consumption and waste with a peer-to-peer rental marketplace and providing gig-economy workers the wages and benefits they deserve with a first-of-its-kind gig economy employment platform. Thank you to our partners of the show: Ready to ditch the bleach forever but can't find a bleach alternative that actually works? You've got to meet this Extra Strength Oxygen Powder by MamaSuds. It launches July 15th and I've had the chance to try it out early and (INSERT YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH IT). And as usual there are multiple uses for this new product. Not only is it a laundry booster and stain remover, but it's a great scouring agent on any non-porous surface. If you head to their website and sign up for their email list you'll get an email with an early bird special coupon when oxygen powder launches PLUS use discount code MOLLY and get an EXTRA 15% off! www.mamasuds.com. --- I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com. Use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    From NASA to Social Entrepreneurship | EP 252: Ferzan Jaeger, Founder of Olive & Loom and Kin & Care

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 38:09

    My guest today is Ferzan Jaeger, the founder of Olive & Loom. Her mission is to bring her customers traditional, old world goods with a fresh, modern aesthetic. Raised in Istanbul and settled in the U.S., Ferzan's passion is exploring new ways to bring these two cultures together. She loves to surround herself with simple treasures that remind her of family, history, her favorite foods, and the vibrant Mediterranean lifestyle. After having kids, she has become even more interested in raising them in a multicultural environment and teaching them her family traditions. 4:45 – Ferzan 101 She has a very quantitative side to her. She loves science and math but is also very creative. While working at NASA, she discovered a more creative, entrepreneurial side to herself. 8:30 – Growing up in Istanbul She felt like life events took over her destiny. She wanted to find out what she liked besides math and science. 12:15 – Finding herself in her 30s Farzan felt like she started finding herself in her 30s. She wanted to do her own thing and be an entrepreneur. She settled into a routine and realized that nothing mind blowing was happening for her to quiet the noise of wanting to be an entrepreneur. 17:12 – Olive & Loom Ferzan wanted to do something on her own and was struggling with homesickness. She couldn't find any Turkish products. She started her company with Turkish towels and olive oil soaps. It started getting traction, but not as much as she wanted. She eventually left NASA to focus on her business. 25:32 –A different approach Many women think they can do more, but she underestimated how difficult it would be to run two brands. It's important people know it's not a charity brand. 27:46 – Misconceptions Some people have misconceptions about working with the refugee community. Even though they have accents, we all think the same. 32:43 – Get to know you What sport would she want to win a medal in? Tennis What she misses most about Turkey? The food FEATURED QUOTES “This desire to do something for myself and use a more creative side of me grew and grew and grew.” – Ferzan “Do you just stay somewhere, dreaming of some other aspect of a life, or do I just go follow my dreams?” – Ferzan “It's like these life events kind of take over your destiny in a way.” – Ferzan CONNECT: https://www.oliveandloom.com/ Thank you to our partners of the show: It's time for a SPRING CLEAN REFRESH! Let's get that home sparkling, the safe way with MamaSuds! Castile soap is the superhero of soaps, it really does it all- from the windows to the walls! It's truly the only soap you need. What can you do with MamaSuds Castile Soap? Clean the floors, scrub the counters, bathtubs and tile, clean the baseboards, the windows and the blinds, you can even use it to clean the carpets! Grab a gallon of MamaSuds Castile Soap and start tackling all of your Spring Cleaning to-do's at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order! --- I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com. Use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    How Fitness Changed His Physical + Mental Health | EP 251: Dilan Dane, System2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 56:55

    My guest today is Dilan Dane, CEO of System2, the first relationship based, technology accelerated fitness brand that prioritizes longevity over quick fix exercise fads. He grew up in Sri Lanka, and his family's income was less than $20 a month. Through the kindness and generosity of others, Dilan was able to move to the U.S. at 20 and received a scholarship and financial aid to attend MIT, where he studied computer science and physics. It was not always easy because he barely spoke English and struggled with social anxiety. He was completely overwhelmed and felt physically and mentally exhausted. After passing out during a final exam, a professor offered Dilan the chance to take the exam again if he sought help immediately for his depression. Dilan eventually learned about fitness and therapy, which changed his life. That led him to found System2. 3:58 – Dilan 101 He lives in San Francisco and runs a fitness/tech startup company. He wants to bring a team of coaches to every human. Growing up in Sri Lanka, his dad was a police officer and his mom was a housewife. Dilan was always good in school and was encouraged to apply to U.S. universities. 11:48 – Dilan's childhood He had a very complicated relationship with his father. His father was a good man who wanted to provide for his family, but he struggled to do that and had problems with alcohol and anger issues. He craved his father's love the most and wanted his father to see him. His father was so proud that Dilan was top of his class, and that became Dilan's identity. He craved that recognition and love. 18:45 – An angelic professor An angelic professor made a huge impact on Dilan's life. He noticed that Dilan did well in class but failed finals and encouraged Dilan to meet with a therapist. The therapist encouraged Dilan to exercise, and the habit stuck. 30:59 – Fitness world What really helps with mental health is changing your core set of habits, including moving your body, Dilan says. 34:50 – System2 Besides fitness, Dilan is also passionate about artificial intelligence. Due to recent advancements, he thought there might be a way to take personal training and make it scalable. It would give trainers multiple eyes, so they can see their clients when they work out in person, at home or on the road. 40:25 – How System2 works People do better when they're not struggling alone. System2 gives people a coach, trainer and friend who helps people move forward in their journey. People pay $99 a month and get a custom program. 49:36 – Get to know you Most unusual talent? Trusting people very quickly. Something important he doesn't talk about a lot? Spending more time with his aging parents. Who would play him in a movie? Jake Gyllenhaal FEATURED QUOTES “Having the opportunity to learn from incredible people in their respective fields, that was very inspired.” “There's a running joke in Silicon Valley that all the startup founders have daddy issues.” “MIT is a very intense and hard place to survive at. Not everyone survives that place, but I did.” “I feel like a lot of us have, in some way, this angelic person show up in your life, and it might be for just like a moment, but that really makes a big difference in your life.” “I sometimes think all problems are problems of loneliness.” CONNECT:  https://getsystem2.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/dilandane/ Thank you to our partners of the show: It's time for a SPRING CLEAN REFRESH! Let's get that home sparkling, the safe way with MamaSuds! Castile soap is the superhero of soaps, it really does it all- from the windows to the walls! It's truly the only soap you need. What can you do with MamaSuds Castile Soap? Clean the floors, scrub the counters, bathtubs and tile, clean the baseboards, the windows and the blinds, you can even use it to clean the carpets! Grab a gallon of MamaSuds Castile Soap and start tackling all of your Spring Cleaning to-do's at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order! --- I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com. Use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    Tips for Shopping on Facebook Marketplace | EP 250

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 19:37

    Wow! It's episode 250. Can you believe it? It's astonishing to me that I recorded episodes 1-8 in the summer of 2016 and am still doing this five years later. This week's episode is a solo one, and I'm answering your questions about shopping second hand on Facebook Marketplace. I get so many questions about this. Shopping second hand is one of the most ethical ways to shop, and I've often shared my passion about it. Today, I'm sharing my favorite shopping tips with you. 2:26 – A love for Facebook Marketplace When we moved to the farm, I sold a lot of our stuff on Facebook Marketplace. But I bought a ton of stuff, too. Probably, easily, three quarters of the things in our new home are from Facebook Marketplace. 6:59 – Before you search Make sure you set your filters – location radius, mileage and local pickup. I almost never, ever, ever shop for anything that's going to be shipped to me. 8:21 – Mileage and location For me, for most items, I'm not willing to drive more than 20 to 25 miles. If it's a larger ticket item, I might expand the area or look around where my family lives so they can pick it up. Set your radius and mileage on your mobile phone's Facebook app versus the desktop version. I can be more precise in the mobile app. 9:48 – Searching Try different search terms. If you search rocking chairs, people list it different ways – wood rockers, rocking chairs, front porch chairs, etc. 11:08 – Save, save, save When you click on a listing, you can save an item. Use it very liberally. It tells Facebook it's the kind of thing you're looking for. It also helps to check back on an item and see if it's still for sale. If it's been several days or weeks, you can negotiate a lower price. 12:24 – Select “notify me” You can select “notify me.” This lets you know if a new listing fitting your criteria comes up. It's not perfect and can sometimes be delayed. 13:00 – Ready to buy You might have to fight to get a hot ticket item if it's priced well or free. If you see something you like, message the person quickly and write a personal message. 15:24 – Can you negotiate? Yes and no, but if it's a hot ticket item listed for less than 24 hours, I typically offer full price. If it's been listed for several days or a week, I'll try to negotiate. 17:09 – Don't ghost people There is nothing more annoying when someone ghosts you. It's very frustrating. Don't do this. 18:14 – The most important tip You have to be patient. If you are looking for something, and you need it right away, Facebook Marketplace is probably not going to be the best place to search. FEATURED QUOTES “Shopping second hand is keeping things out of landfills and giving things a second life, or a third life, or a fourth life.” “In the last year or so, I have developed a bit of – I don't want to say addiction, because that sounds really negative – a love for shopping on Facebook Marketplace.” “How to shop second hand on Facebook Marketplace – I'm giving you my tips of how I snag really amazing deals.” “Most people on Facebook Marketplace want their stuff gone.” “If you are looking for something, and you need it right away, Facebook Marketplace is probably not going to be the best place to search.” Thank you to our partners of the show: It's time for a SPRING CLEAN REFRESH! Let's get that home sparkling, the safe way with MamaSuds! Castile soap is the superhero of soaps, it really does it all- from the windows to the walls! It's truly the only soap you need. What can you do with MamaSuds Castile Soap? Clean the floors, scrub the counters, bathtubs and tile, clean the baseboards, the windows and the blinds, you can even use it to clean the carpets! Grab a gallon of MamaSuds Castile Soap and start tackling all of your Spring Cleaning to-do's at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order! --- I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com. Use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    Turning Problems into Solutions | EP 249: Ingrid Carney, Ingrid & Isabel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 53:31

    My guest this week is Ingrid Carney, founder and CEO of Ingrid and Isabel. She spent six years at three of the top five global advertising agencies before migrating to Silicon Valley startups. But it was her own personal experience with pregnancy that inspired her greatest business success. After struggling with what to wear, she thought of a simple problem solver to keep her pants up as her belly grew. This helped her get more life out of her own clothes. Her invention, the Bellaband, became wildly popular. Her maternity retail sales brand is the now the largest in the U.S. 4:29 – Ingrid 101 Ingrid is married and has two daughters. She was pregnant with her oldest daughter, Isabel, when she got the idea to create the Bellaband. They live in San Francisco. 5:29 – Favorite place she has lived She lived in Italy, and it will always hold a special place in her heart. 7:45 – Entrepreneurial spirit Ingrid doesn't remember having an entrepreneurial spirit when she was younger, but she found a letter she wrote to her grandmother about wanting to run a business. She never set out to own a company, employ people or be a CEO. She only wanted to help other women. 10:28 – Career path Before starting her company, she worked in advertising and marketing and leaned into the creative side of herself. She loved talking to people and asking questions about products and services. She then worked for startups in Silicon Valley and worked alongside engineers. It helped her hone her skills of helping people and marketing to different audiences. 15:53 – Pregnancy problem turned inspiration Ingrid found that control top pantyhose were not flattering, so she folded them down. It softened the line at her waist and smoothed things out. When she was pregnant, she started problem solving when her pants didn't fit correctly. She wrapped an Ace bandage around her waist, but it didn't work. Then she put a tube top over her pants, and it worked. 24:05 – Sustainability Ingrid invests a lot into sustainability and wants to educate her consumers. She supports domestic and international production when done correctly. 33:44 – Selling like hotcakes She took baby steps and measured risks and asked mom friends to test her Bellaband samples and give her feedback. Her Bellabands started selling like hotcakes, and it took her less than three years to become a seven-figure business. 46:01 – Get to know you What childhood movie she can't get out of her mind? Close Encounters of the Third Kind Song she has to sing along to? A Mariah Carey song with high notes, and Chainsmokers songs FEATURED QUOTES “Every company needs its superpower, whatever it is. For some people, it's fabric.” – Ingrid “I took a break, I had a baby, I went through post-partum depression, came up for air and was like, ‘Let's do this.'” – Ingrid “We slowly went out and started to expand when we had validation from the market.” – Ingrid CONNECT: https://www.ingridandisabel.com/ About Ingrid Carney: Ingrid spent years in advertising, but it was her own personal experience with pregnancy that inspired her greatest business success. Struggling with what to wear, she thought of a simple problem-solver to keep her pants up when her pregnant belly grows, suggesting she NOT buy maternity so soon, but get more life out of her own clothes. Nearly twenty years and twelve patents later, Ingrid's widely popular invention (the Bellaband®) evolved into the maternity apparel company Ingrid & Isabel, which is now the largest maternity retail-sales brand in the US. About the Brand, Ingrid & Isabel: In 2003, the Bellaband® hit the shelves as the first pregnancy belly band on the market. Today, that single invention has grown into a national company offering a full-range of maternity essentials sold in specialty stores across the country, as well as major retailers like Nordstrom, Amazon, Bloomingdale's, Gap and more. In 2017, the brand launched their sister line, Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel, which is available at more than 1,800 Target stores nationwide. From belly to baby, the brand's got your back - they try everything they make on actual pregnant women, tailoring the fits to real bodies of all sizes at every stage of pregnancy and postpartum. The brand source's the highest-quality fabrics with the softest feel and stretch, and only work with WRAP-certified factories, ensuring humane and ethical conditions during production. Ingrid & Isabel is indeed a brand for Moms by Moms. Thank you to our partners of the show: It's time for a SPRING CLEAN REFRESH! Let's get that home sparkling, the safe way with MamaSuds! Castile soap is the superhero of soaps, it really does it all- from the windows to the walls! It's truly the only soap you need. What can you do with MamaSuds Castile Soap? Clean the floors, scrub the counters, bathtubs and tile, clean the baseboards, the windows and the blinds, you can even use it to clean the carpets! Grab a gallon of MamaSuds Castile Soap and start tackling all of your Spring Cleaning to-do's at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order! --- I'd like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands'? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What's also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com. Use code MOLLY for 15% off!

    Sustainability + Versatility | EP 248: Kristi Soomer, Encircled

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 45:08

    My guest this week is Kristi Soomer, founder and CEO of Encircled, a line of innovative, sustainable and versatile women’s wear based in Toronto. She wanted to help women do more with less in their wardrobes. She launched her online store in 2012 and now has a studio in Toronto. 5:58 – Kristi 101 The brand started as a travel clothing line. Kristi came from a corporate career and never went to fashion school, but she wanted to make comfortable, stylish clothes. 7:41 – The beginning She was packing for a yoga retreat in Costa Rica and didn’t know what to pack. She liked the concept of a piece of clothing that could be versatile and used many different ways. She used a versatile scarf she had and improved it until she created her own prototype. 12:16 – Creating a brand She started with a product instead of a brand and developed a brand that wrapped around her product. She named her company Encircled because it made her think of her circle scarf. 14:51 – Ethical fashion Kristi was ahead of the curve when it came to sustainable fashion, but some people didn’t understand why it mattered. She says authenticity and integrity are really important to her, so she became curious about sustainable fashion and human rights in the fashion supply chain. 19:18 – Progress over perfection Kristi says it’s impossible to shop perfectly, but you can find better brands, better fabrics and better options. Try to take incremental, small steps. People expect her to be perfect and they criticize what she drives, but there’s a lot of grey area in sustainability. She believes in progress over perfection. 29:23 – Turning point in her business It was a hard decision to quit her career, and her family didn’t support her desire to be an entrepreneur. She started seeing growth in the business in 2015. She began hiring people to help her, and she plans to have 20 employees this year.  35:50 – On the horizon She started a podcast, is doing interviews and started an email marketing course and goal setting course. She wants to help female entrepreneurs level up. She wants to keep creating comfy, dressy clothes and expand product development and find new fabrics. 39:35 – Get to know you Favorite meal? Hamburgers Song she has to sing? Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” FEATURED QUOTES “Authenticity and integrity are really important to me.” – Kristi “I became very curious and very interested in human rights in the fashion supply chain.” – Kristi “There are very few women who ever surpass the million-dollar mark in revenue. We passed that in 2015 and continue to grow, and I want more women to be able to do that.” – Kristi CONNECT WITH KRISTI:  https://www.kristisoomer.com/ https://www.encircled.ca/ ABOUT KRISTI: Kristi is the founder and CEO of Encircled. A line of innovative, sustainable and versatile womenswear based in Toronto and retailed exclusively online. A former management consultant who virtually lived in airports, Kristi started Encircled with the dream of helping women do more with less in their wardrobes. Frustrated with the lack of versatile and stylish travel clothing, she started designing it. With no fashion background and little capital, she launched her online store in 2012. Today, Encircled has a beautiful studio in the Junction Triangle area of Toronto, a team of 12, and makes all of its clothing within 35km of their studio. Encircled has been featured in publications like FASHION magazine, NOW Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and Apartment Therapy. Encircled is also a certified B Corporation, and winner of the StartUp 50 Fastest Growing companies in Canada in 2018. In 2018, Kristi was named to the Clean50, a list honouring the top contributors to clean capitalism and positive environmental impact through business in Canada. Kristi holds a degree in Finance from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from Queen’s University. Learn more about Encircled at: www.encircled.ca. Thank you to our partners of the show: It’s time for a SPRING CLEAN REFRESH! Let’s get that home sparkling, the safe way with MamaSuds! Castile soap is the superhero of soaps, it really does it all- from the windows to the walls! It’s truly the only soap you need. What can you do with MamaSuds Castile Soap? Clean the floors, scrub the counters, bathtubs and tile, clean the baseboards, the windows and the blinds, you can even use it to clean the carpets! Grab a gallon of MamaSuds Castile Soap and start tackling all of your Spring Cleaning to-do’s at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order! --- I’d like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands’? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What’s also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com.

    Promoting Joy + Making a Difference | EP 247: Fisayo Che, Elisamama

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 47:16

    My guest this week is Fisayo Che, a mother of three and founder of apparel brand Elisamama. She created the brand after a long search for quality kids’ clothing that was fun and functional and used colors like her Nigerian roots. Every piece of her clothing is made in Nigeria, and she wants to provide jobs and skills training for people there.  3:31 – Fisayo 101 Elisamama is founded with a commitment to promote joy and to make a difference. She wants to provide an economic opportunity for her artisans. 5:38 – Where does her joy come from? There’s a saying that Nigerians are the happiest people. They don’t take life as seriously, and they are thankful to have a home and be happy. 7:42 – Moving to the U.S. She was born in Europe and traveled elsewhere, so she didn’t have a cultural shock when she moved to the U.S. 10:03 – Finding stylish kids’ clothes People think FIsayo has a deep love for fashion, but that’s not the case. Fashion, for Fisayo, is more about utility. There has been a huge shift to neutrals in the past few years, but Fisayo prefers more colorful clothes with more personality. 15:27 – Talent is equally distributed, opportunity is not We have to keep reminding ourselves that talent is equally distributed but opportunity is not. She noticed that quality was not a priority in the sewing world in Nigeria. 22:40 – Tipping point Fisayo felt responsibility for the lives of her team members and felt pressure for her company to be successful. It’s an intense motivation to keep her business going. 27:02 – Developing her team Technology has been one of her company’s biggest blessings, especially as she develops her team. 30:29 – On the horizon Fisayo wants to pick up additional retail accounts and keep the ship afloat. 35:40 – Get to know you Something you’d never guess about Fisayo? She wrestled in high school. FEATURED QUOTES “Elisamama is my brand that is founded with a commitment to promote joy and to make a difference.” – Fisayo “We design and we produce really fun, vibrant, exciting, joyful clothing using African-inspired prints.” – Fisayo ABOUT FISAYO CHE:  Fisayo Che, a mother of three, is the founder of apparel brand Elisamama. Fisayo established the brand after a long search for quality kids’ clothing that was not only fun and functional but also reflects a bold use of color, emblematic of Fisayo’s Nigerian roots. The Elisamama brand’s joyful, easy-to-wear and stylish clothing is made with African-inspired wax print fabrics. Every piece is handmade in Nigeria by a team of local artisans. While the core business of Elisamama is providing quality clothing that promote joy, the heart of the business mission is to provide jobs and skills training for Nigerian artisans, with the purpose of providing them a pathway towards economic empowerment and improved quality of life. Thank you to our partners of the show: It’s time for a SPRING CLEAN REFRESH! Let’s get that home sparkling, the safe way with MamaSuds! Castile soap is the superhero of soaps, it really does it all- from the windows to the walls! It’s truly the only soap you need. What can you do with MamaSuds Castile Soap? Clean the floors, scrub the counters, bathtubs and tile, clean the baseboards, the windows and the blinds, you can even use it to clean the carpets! Grab a gallon of MamaSuds Castile Soap and start tackling all of your Spring Cleaning to-do’s at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order! --- I’d like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands’? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What’s also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com.

    Win At Work and Win at Life | EP 246: Megan Hyatt Miller, Michael Hyatt & Co.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 52:33

    My guest this week is Megan Hyatt Miller. She is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Michael Hyatt & Company and the co-host of the popular business podcast, Lead to Win. She is also Michael’s oldest daughter. As the architect of Michael Hyatt & Company’s standout culture, she is committed to helping her team win at work and succeed at life, while also delivering phenomenal results to their customers. Under her leadership, Michael Hyatt & Company was named as one of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2020, which ranks the top companies in America for their employee engagement. When she’s not taking the company to new heights, she’s fully present at home with her husband Joel and five kids in Franklin, Tenn. 4:55 – Megan 101 Her dad started the performance coaching business in 2011, and she joined in 2012. Megan thought she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, but she was going stir crazy and decided to join her dad in the business. 8:18 – The double win This concept of the double win comes out of her dad’s and her personal experience. Her dad was a workaholic and hit a wall in his 40s. They wrote a book to explain how they make succeeding at work and in life possible. 11:27 – Work-life balance Women are always asked about work-life balance, but men rarely are. Men have been conditioned that it’s not OK to bring their personal life into work. 14:20 – Negotiating as a couple Men and women should be co-CEOs of the family and create equal distribution of labor. You need to establish your non-negotiables in three categories – self-care, relational priorities and professional results 28:03 – Hustle culture Women have been sold this lie that we can do it all if only we’re somehow smart enough or good enough, and it just leaves us feeling crummy. 44:12 – Get to know you Guilty pleasure? Magazines and Netflix alone in my bedroom FEATURED QUOTES “This concept of the double win comes out of my dad’s and my personal experience.” – Megan “Men have been conditioned that it’s not OK to bring their personal life into work.” – Megan “Women have been sold this lie that we can do it all if only we’re somehow smart enough or good enough, and it just leaves us feeling crummy.” – Megan LINKS: https://michaelhyatt.com/author/meganmiller/ https://www.amazon.com/Win-Work-Succeed-Life-Principles/dp/0801094690 Thank you to our partners of the show: It’s time for a SPRING CLEAN REFRESH! Let’s get that home sparkling, the safe way with MamaSuds! Castile soap is the superhero of soaps, it really does it all- from the windows to the walls! It’s truly the only soap you need. What can you do with MamaSuds Castile Soap? Clean the floors, scrub the counters, bathtubs and tile, clean the baseboards, the windows and the blinds, you can even use it to clean the carpets! Grab a gallon of MamaSuds Castile Soap and start tackling all of your Spring Cleaning to-do’s at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order! --- I’d like to introduce you to Deux Mains. In French, Deux Mains means two hands. Why ‘two-hands’? Because everything they create is made by trained artisans who use their two hands to make their life better while crafting beautiful products. Truly, this is a company that set out to change lives and make a positive impact in the world. It started when the founder, Julie, wanted to create dignified jobs in Haiti, a place she was growing to love, and that was exploding with creativity. She wanted to share this talent with the world. Julie set up an educational program to train people with artisan skills and then went on to build a factory that operates on 100% solar energy. Deux Mains now employs more than 40 artisans that handcraft premium leather goods, jewelry and sandals. Their lives are forever changed by their craft. What’s also cool is their products incorporate an eco-friendly twist, working with responsibly sourced materials and repurposed inner-tube and tires in their designs. When you buy from Deux Mains, you get to be part of a movement that is making a difference in the world, while adding an incredibly well-made piece to your closet that supports conscious living! You can discover their products online at deuxmains.com.

    Unhurrying Your Heart | EP 245: Jennifer Dukes Lee

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 58:21

    My guest this week is Jennifer Dukes Lee. She lives on a 5th generation Lee family farm in Iowa, where she and her husband are raising crops, pigs and two beautiful humans. She writes books, she loves queso and enjoys singing loudly. Once upon a time she didn’t believe in Jesus, and now He is her CEO. She just released her latest book, Growing Slow: Lessons on Un-hurrying Your Heart from an Accidental Farm Girl. 4:14 – Jennifer 101 She lives in northwest Iowa. Her husband’s great, great, great grandparents had the original farm. She is a farm wife, even though she never imagined being in that role. 7:40 – Growing fast and slowing down Jennifer is an over achiever, and her personality makes her want to grow things fast. She left her newspaper job to be on the farm with her family. Even though she was in the more peaceful setting of a farm, she kept working hard and was told by a doctor that she was stressed out and “had a hurried heart.” She has since adopted a new way of living. 14:57 – A growing slow year Jennifer began studying her farmland and how seeds grow to find out why some things grow faster and others slower and how seasons affect the farm. 26:50 – Soil of your heart Jennifer says you should take time every day to examine the soil of your heart. Come to God with your hands open and ask him to take some of your burdens or worries. Go through your seasons of life with open hands. 32:52 – Practices to slow down To slow yourself down, there are little things you can do, like not checking your phone at stoplights. Also, don’t multitask. Uni-tasking is better and you have more focus. 36:50 – Remember, reflect, return Jennifer asks me to remember, reflect and return. I also share my struggle with not being as far ahead as I planned. 4:30 – Get to know you Her hype song? Chumbawumba “I Get Knocked Down” Favorite TV show growing up? Three’s Company FEATURED QUOTES “I’m a farm wife, and I didn’t expect to be in this life.” – Jennifer “You can be busy and still go about it with a peacefulness in your heart.” – Jennifer “Take time every day to examine the soil of your heart.” – Jennifer CONNECT: https://jenniferdukeslee.com/ ABOUT JENNIFER: Jennifer Dukes Lee lives on the fifth-generation Lee family farm in Iowa, where she and her husband are raising crops, pigs, and two beautiful humans. She writes books, loves queso, and enjoys singing too loudly to songs with great harmony. Once upon a time, she didn't believe in Jesus; now he's her CEO. Find Jennifer at JenniferDukesLee.com and on Instagram at @JenniferDukesLee.

    The Unexpected Power of Selflessness | EP 244: Richard Lui, Author, MSNBC

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 45:08

    My guest this week is Richard Lui. As a veteran journalist, he has spent more than 30 years in television, film, technology and business. He previously worked with CNN Worldwide and is currently at MSNBC. He is the first Asian American man to anchor a daily national cable news program. He just released his first Book, “Enough About Me: The Unexpected Power of Selflessness.” 5:17 – Richard 101 Richard says he has lived a life of zigging and zagging. He has worked in many different fields, including small business, technology, Fortune 500 and journalism. 7:16 – What led him to journalism? He says his family encouraged him to be open to life, which is why he has worked in several different jobs. 11:03 – Selfishness pandemic Richard’s goal was to create an anti-self-help book. He says the idea that we are living through a selfish pandemic is real. He wanted to dig into the topic in an approachable way without being too heady. 16:42 – Generous people are happier and live longer Gratitude is the healthy cousin of selflessness. It’s giving, it's vulnerable. When you send a gratitude letter to someone, you get a personal benefit by thinking of others. Studies show you’ll live longer, look better, be happier. One chapter in Richard’s book is called “Goodness is Gorgeous,” because you look better when you are generous. 27:30 – Reminding himself about selflessness Even though he wrote a book about selflessness, Richard sometimes has to remind himself to practice what he writes about. 32:54 – Stories that stick with him In Ferguson, Mo., a man’s store was looted every night, but he still opened every morning. Richard asked the man why he continued opening the store, and the man said he kept opening for his customers because they needed him. 36:05 – What’s on the horizon? Richard wants to do a project about caregiving and look at organizational selflessness. 38:07 – Get to know Richard What child’s movie scarred him? Christmas Story Something you would never guess about him? He has a bunny FEATURED QUOTES “Who knows what’s next? … Anything’s possible.” – Richard “Our goal was to create an anti-self-help book.” – Richard “Gratitude is the healthy cousin of selflessness. It’s giving, it's vulnerable.” – Richard https://richardlui.com/ About Richard Lui: Veteran journalist Richard Lui has more than 30 years in television, film, technology and business. Currently at MSNBC and previously with CNN Worldwide, he is the first Asian American man to anchor a daily national cable news program, and a team Emmy and Peabody winner. In addition to journalism, Richard’s 15-year business career involves a fintech patent and launching six tech brands over three business cycles. He has lived, worked, and volunteered on every continent. Richard is a Celebrity Champion for the Alzheimer’s Association, Caregiving Champion for AARP and Caregiving Ambassador for BrightFocus Foundation. His first book, Enough About Me: The Unexpected Power of Selflessness, releases in March 2021. Thank you to our partner of the show: It’s time for a SPRING CLEAN REFRESH! Let’s get that home sparkling, the safe way with MamaSuds! Castile soap is the superhero of soaps, it really does it all- from the windows to the walls! It’s truly the only soap you need. What can you do with MamaSuds Castile Soap? Clean the floors, scrub the counters, bathtubs and tile, clean the baseboards, the windows and the blinds, you can even use it to clean the carpets! Grab a gallon of MamaSuds Castile Soap and start tackling all of your Spring Cleaning to-do’s at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!

    Creating a Digital Heirloom | EP 243: Ashley Kenny, Heirloom

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 45:20

    Creating a Digital Heirloom | Business with Purpose Podcast EP 243: Ashley Kenny, Heirloom My guest this week is Ashley Kenny, the CEO and founder of Heirloom, a startup company founded in 2020 that allows you to send video cards to friends and loved ones. As a journalist, she spent 15 years traveling the world and making groundbreaking documentaries. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and two children. 4:06 – Ashley 101 She fell in love with long-form documentary making and worked for National Geographic and other outlets. Now she is the CEO and founder of Heirloom, which she launched with her brother. 9:09 – Tapping into her passion Ashley is a storyteller who has worked in different mediums. She loves asking questions and investigating. 17:12 – A need for community and connection Ashley called her grandma last spring and noticed she seemed down and not like her usual happy self. She was in lockdown during Covid and missing her family. She mailed her grandmother a video of her children to cheer her up, and she wanted to do the same for other people, especially seniors who don’t have access to computers or phones. Ashley’s brother helped her with the technology. 29:03 – Different kinds of videos people send People have sent many different kinds of videos – graduations, birth announcements, ultrasounds, gender reveals, birthday tributes 36:52 – A powerful message Send videos to people who have impacted your life, and let them know how much you care. It could be a really powerful opportunity to send a message to somebody in your life that has really had an impact on you, and maybe you haven’t really told them. 38:12 – Get to know you First thing she does when she gets home from a long trip? She gets a cup of fresh water from her tap. Favorite food? Fried rice FEATURED QUOTES “I’ve always been super curious about people’s backgrounds, about what makes somebody who they are, about where they’re from.” – Ashley “I was a huge snoop growing up as a child … I had to see everything.” – Ashley “This is a way to connect people when they can’t be together.” – Ashley “We’re hoping this is an heirloom, a keepsake, something people will hold onto for years to come.” – Ashley TRY HEIRLOOM - use code MOLLY10 for $10 off! https://sendheirloom.com/

    Radically Listening to do Good | EP 242: Jenny Nuccio, Imani Collective

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 58:07

    My guest this week is Jenny Nuccio. She’s a dear friend of mine and founder and CEO of Imani Collective, a social enterprise and holistic women’s empowerment program in Kenya, committed to breaking generational poverty. 9:44 – Jenny 101 Most people know her as the founder of Imani Collective. She is married and has three children. Jenny has some cool projects coming up, but she can’t share what they are just yet. She hasn’t even told her parents about the projects yet. She has been in Kenya for the last decade of her life and plans to stay there. 14:14 – Swahili She speaks Swahili, but she’s much better at understanding it. 19:23 – What led her to Kenya She saw a church bulletin about going to Kenya. There was a peace that resonated in her soul, and she realized she needed to be on that trip. She kept coming back to Kenya and doing what she calls “radically listening.” 27:50 – Doing it all Jenny says she gets asked all the time how she does so much, but she says no one is doing it all. She believes God is using her as a vessel to help others. 38:14 – Pivoting her business Jenny does a lot of custom orders and creates beautiful products, but she has made some changes to her business during the pandemic. She wanted to be an e-commerce business, so she started leaning into it. She also wanted to diversify her line more. 44:39 – Getting her EdD She’s getting her doctorate. She partially wants it for credibility, because she wants to be taken more seriously. She felt annoyed after meeting with mostly white men at investment meetings and being treated like a little girl. 51:58 – Get to know you Favorite TV show when she was younger? Friends Something people would never guess about her? She didn’t travel outside the country until she was 18 FEATURED QUOTES “I have some really exciting projects happening this year that I can’t even share with you guys. Just be looking out for that … Not even my parents know. That’s how behind-the-scenes it is.” – Jenny “There was just this peace that resonated in my soul, and it was like, ‘You need to be on this trip (to Kenya).’” – Jenny “I did go on a mission trip, but not with the mentality or intention of like, ‘I’m coming to serve and I’m coming to make things better.’ It came of like, ‘I’m coming to learn and grow and see what else is out there in these beautiful cultures.’” – Jenny “I’ve always just said, ‘God used me as a vessel. I’m just a vessel for this.’” – Jenny CONNECT: https://imanicollective.com/ About Jenny Nuccio: Jenny is the Founder and CEO of Imani Collective — a social enterprise + holistic women’s empowerment program in Mombasa, Kenya committed to breaking the generational poverty. Having lived as an integral part of her Kenyan community since 2013, she is committed to the collaborative advancement of equitable opportunity for the friends she works with every day, as well as for marginalized populations world-wide. She also is the Co-Founder of the School of Ethical Impact and brings a unique intersection of both classroom + real-world social entrepreneurship expertise.  But this is only part of her identity: Most days you can find her laughing with her kiddos, wondering the streets of Mombasa, or simply enjoying a great cup of Kenyan coffee. She wears many hats, but some of her favorites are being a wife and mother of three who is passionate about spreading joy and helping inspire women from all walks of life to pursue their dreams and step into their true potential. Thank you to our partner of the show: It’s time for a SPRING CLEAN REFRESH! Let’s get that home sparkling, the safe way with MamaSuds! Castile soap is the superhero of soaps, it really does it all- from the windows to the walls! It’s truly the only soap you need. What can you do with MamaSuds Castile Soap? Clean the floors, scrub the counters, bathtubs and tile, clean the baseboards, the windows and the blinds, you can even use it to clean the carpets! Grab a gallon of MamaSuds Castile Soap and start tackling all of your Spring Cleaning to-do’s at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!

    Beauty Amidst Chaos | EP 241: Adisyn Pyles, Freeleaf LTD.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 44:22

    My guest this week is Adisyn Pyles, co-founder and CEO of Freeleaf, an international social enterprise making beautiful products while providing employment and holistic care to at-risk, abused and exploited women. 2:29 – Adisyn 101 She moved to China in 2011 and started Freeleaf in 2016. She knew she was passionate about women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation. 6:30 – Starting Freeleaf Adisyn didn’t want to start a business and she had no business experience, but she knew she wanted to serve vulnerable women. She wanted to highlight traditional art and design as part of her business. 10:11 – How her products have evolved She started with home décor and wanted to create something unique, brighter and statement pieces. 13:11 – What has surprised Adisyn There have been so many surprises along the way, including how difficult the job is at times and how tough it is to develop a product. She’s also surprised by the community they’ve development at the company. 15:53 – What she loves about China Although she's an introvert, she loves the pace, energy and opportunity in China. There’s such fast movement. 17:25 – Leaving China Adisyn and her family decided to leave China when Covid hit last year. They expected to be in the U.S. for a couple weeks until the pandemic was over, but it has taken longer. 26:23 – The core of her business During Covid, Adisyn has had to focus on the core of her business and the core of her family and let go of larger expectations, hopes and pressures. 29:42 – Her staff in China Adisyn has kept in touch with her staff in China, but it has been challenging. They have faced a lot of the same problems working women in the U.S. face, including finding childcare during a pandemic. 34:08 – On the horizon Adisyn wants to develop new products, but the process has been taking a long time. She wants to create more home décor products. 37:30 – Get to know you Child’s movie that scarred her for life? Bambi, The Lion King Favorite Chinese dish? Spicy shrimp FEATURED QUOTES “I knew I was passionate about women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation.” – Adisyn LINKS: https://www.freeleafltd.com/ https://www.instagram.com/_adisyn/ https://www.instagram.com/freeleafltd/ About Adisyn Pyles: Adisyn Pyles is the co-founder & CEO of Freeleaf, an international social enterprise making beautiful products while providing employment and holistic care to at-risk, abused, and exploited women. Combining her passions for women’s rights, collective freedom, and finding beauty amidst chaos, Adisyn co-founded Freeleaf alongside JiaYi Lan in 2016.  With an MA in International Community Development, a tenacity for excellence, and a commitment to sustainability, Adisyn has led the Freeleaf brand through considerable growth—employing over 20 women in the last few years, being recognized by the Kerring Foundation as one of the top 5 social enterprises in China, and being highlighted as a female founder by the Spanx Red Backpack Brigade.  Adisyn and her family have had a wild year, being displaced from their home in China by COVID since January and welcoming their second son in October. They are currently living in Austin, TX waiting out the pandemic and eagerly looking forward to returning to their lives and work in Asia.

    Answering Your FAQs About Our Farm! (With a Special Guest!)| EP 240

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 32:25

    Happy Episode 240, everyone! Normally, each week I interview a nonprofit director, community leader or person who is trying to make an impact. But it is time for a solo episode, so my special guest this week is my husband, John. 2:21 – One of my most popular episodes My last solo show, episode 230, was one of my most popular episodes. I told the story about us buying a farm. I got an influx of questions from people wanting to know more. 4:10 – Did we always want a farm? John always wanted land. He grew up on a large piece of property and was frustrated as a kid that his family couldn’t have chickens because of the neighborhood HOA. John has been pretty tight with money most of his life, but he believes it prepared him for our big move to the farm. 8:54 – The transition from land to farm We decided to turn our land into a farm because we wanted to be more self-sufficient and self-sustainable. 10:30 – Animals and things we’ll grow We’ll start with chickens. Maybe turkeys later this year and bees. Next year, goats and maybe a pig. I want a horse, but John is not interested in them because it sounds like a money pit. We’ve talked about donkeys. 13:42 – What we want to grow Corn, okra, tomatoes, cantaloupe, cucumbers, watermelons and fruit trees – nothing too exotic. We have a ton of walnut trees. If you have walnut recipes, send them our way. 16:55 – Will farming be our new job? No, it will not be our main job. Part of the goal is to reduce our expenses and create some independence and sustainability. We want to have some revenue associated with the farm. That is a goal we are working towards. We also want to bless people with the food we grow. 18:55 – Do we have a name for the farm? We don’t have any farm names yet. Send us suggestions – hello@stillbeingmolly.com 19:42 – John’s vision for the farm John enjoys doing physical work and wants our kids to enjoy being outdoors and living sustainably. FEATURED QUOTES “We officially moved into the farm last week, and it still honestly feels really surreal.” – Molly “I’ve been pretty tight with money most of my life.” – John “My house is worth 75 times my car value, and it’s not cause it’s a million-dollar house. It’s because I have a 2007 Tundra that I bought 11 years ago.” – John “We want God to just use this place to bless others however He sees fit.” – Molly Thank you to our partner of the show:  It’s time for a SPRING CLEAN REFRESH! Let’s get that home sparkling, the safe way with MamaSuds! Castile soap is the superhero of soaps, it really does it all- from the windows to the walls! It’s truly the only soap you need. What can you do with MamaSuds Castile Soap? Clean the floors, scrub the counters, bathtubs and tile, clean the baseboards, the windows and the blinds, you can even use it to clean the carpets! Grab a gallon of MamaSuds Castile Soap and start tackling all of your Spring Cleaning to-do’s at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!

    Healing From Within | EP 239: Veronica Villanueva, Alive Well Thrive

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 47:02

    My guest today is Veronica Villanueva, who discovered her “why” in life after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2016. Through her work as a wellness expert, she aims to inspire others through a holistic lifestyle built on a commitment to self-growth and good nutrition. She is a trained chef and health coach based in Los Angeles and the co-founder of Alive Well Thrive, a cannabis line aimed at creating the highest quality cannabis products to help others live their healthiest lives. This is an area I don’t know much about, but I want this to be a place where we can be curious and ask questions. 2:24 – Veronica 101 “I’m very excited to say I am alive despite doctors telling me I had less than 6 months to live in September 2016,” said Veronica. She was told she wouldn’t make it to 50 years old. She’s now 53 and credits her survival to studying integrative medicine. 4:45 – What her life was like before cancer Before her cancer diagnosis, people would have assumed Veronica had a perfect life. She was a super mom with three beautiful, smart children. She protected her kids from reality and sheltered them with a bubble of perfection. But on the inside she was an anxious mother. She was raised to believe that she should stay home with her children, which she did, but she wanted more in her life.    8:42 – What led to her lung cancer diagnosis? Veronica was going through a divorce, but she and her husband agreed to wait until their kids were in college. The divorce became ugly, and it was a shock to her system. She didn’t eat, didn’t sleep and ate tootsie rolls and drank coffee. She started having back pain, and that was the first sign of lung cancer. 14:18 – Loving herself Veronica knew she would beat the cancer and live. The diagnosis opened her eyes to how she was living. She finally felt like she mattered, and she decided to prioritize herself. “I live a life right now where I come first all the time, and that’s not being narcissistic. That’s not being egotistical. It’s honoring myself. I’m rarely depleted. I’m always replenished,” said Veronica. 18:16 – Detoxing her body Veronica detoxed her body with good food and her environment by choosing which people she wanted to be around, what she read, etc. “I really cleaned my life from the inside out,” said Veronica. “There’s not bad fat in my life.” 20:21 – Her businesses She has VeronicaVillanueva.com, which is where she coaches people and helps them become healthy. She also has Alive Well Thrive, which has medicinal cannabis for people with cancer. 25:00 – Why cannabis? Veronica’s company uses cannabis for medicinal purposes, not for vaping. It helps shrink and eradicate tumors, especially at high doses. It can also help with nausea and loss of appetite. 35:30 – Her faith Veronica’s faith has played a huge role in her recovery. She doesn’t believe she got cancer because she did something bad, and she doesn’t believe in karma. 41:25 – Get to know you Her favorite meal – Carrot ginger soup and lentil soup People think she’s an extrovert, but she prefers to be home Cooking and music make her happy FEATURED QUOTES “I’m very excited to say I am alive despite doctors telling me I had less than 6 months to live.” – Veronica “I learned to love myself and to give myself all the care and love that I am so amazing at for other people.” – Veronica “I live a life right now where I come first all the time, and that’s not being narcissistic. That’s not being egotistical. It’s honoring myself. I’m rarely depleted. I’m always replenished.” – Veronica “I really cleaned my life from the inside out.” – Veronica http://veronicavillanueva.com/ https://alivewellthrive.com/ About Veronica: Veronica Villanueva discovered her "why" after being diagnosed with stage IV cancer in 2016. Through her work as a wellness expert, Veronica aims to inspire others to embrace a holistic lifestyle built on a commitment to self-growth and good nutrition. Veronica is a trained Le Cordon Bleu chef and a Health Coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and she has a degree in International Relations from UC Berkeley. Veronica is currently based in Los Angeles, CA and is the Co-Founder of Alive Well Thrive, a cannabis line aimed at creating the highest quality cannabis products around to help other live their fullest and healthiest lives yet. Thank you to our partner of the show:  It’s time for a SPRING CLEAN REFRESH! Let’s get that home sparkling, the safe way with MamaSuds! Castile soap is the superhero of soaps, it really does it all- from the windows to the walls! It’s truly the only soap you need. What can you do with MamaSuds Castile Soap? Clean the floors, scrub the counters, bathtubs and tile, clean the baseboards, the windows and the blinds, you can even use it to clean the carpets! Grab a gallon of MamaSuds Castile Soap and start tackling all of your Spring Cleaning to-do’s at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!

    Hope is a Verb | EP 238: Amy Downs, Author & Survivor of the Oklahoma City Bombing

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 56:18

    We are going to face tragedy in our lives. It’s a guarantee. It seems unfair and we have questions about why bad things happen. But as a person of faith, I know what Jesus said – in this world we will have trouble, but take heart because he has overcome the world. We don't have to let tragedy define us. My guest today took an unimaginable, world-shattering tragedy and used it for good. Amy Downs is the CEO of Allegiance Credit Union, formerly known as the Federal Employees Credit Union, which lost more than half of its employees in the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995. In the years since the bombing, Amy became a mother, lost more than 200 pounds, competed in an Ironman Triathlon, got her MBA and became CEO of the same credit union that was bombed. 4:17 – Amy Downs 101 Amy is 53 years old. She has a side hustle as a book writer and speaker. She loves riding her bike and adventure. Surviving the Oklahoma City Bombing changed her life in a lot of ways. 6:20 – Big hair and lack of purpose In 1989, Amy had big, amazing hair. She says it was the only thing she had going for her at the time. She dropped out of college and was floundering, not knowing what to do with her life. She took a job as a teller at the credit union in Oklahoma City. 9:35 – April 19, 1995 On April 19, 1995, Amy was sitting at her desk on the third floor when the bomb went off. She was screaming “Jesus help me!” but she didn’t recognize the sound of her own voice. She fell three floors and was buried under 10 feet of rubble. Then, all the noise stopped. She was lying there, not knowing if she was dead or alive. 14:40 – Buried alive “I’m buried alive,” said Amy. “All I can do is think about, I’m getting ready to die at 28 years old, and I’m realizing, I’ve actually never lived. I’ve never lived with purpose.” She was buried for more than 6 hours. 19:57 – Desperate to live Amy’s rescuers talked about whether they needed to amputate her leg to get her out of the rubble. She told them to do what they needed to do to get her out. She was desperate to live. She remembers looking up at the sky, taking a breath of fresh air after being rescued. 25:15 – Changing her life She wanted to be a different person, but she had so much physical and emotional trauma that she didn’t know what to do. But she didn’t let go of that belief. First, she began praying every day. 34:19 – Hope is a Verb Amy wrote a book, “Hope is a Verb.” It was a 10-year project. She wanted to figure out how to help people. 41:43 – Coping with PTSD Amy still struggles with PTSD. She gets nervous if she’s in a crowded space with a lot of people. She also struggles when April comes around each year. 50:20 – Get to know you What kids’ movie scarred her? Wizard of Oz monkeys Something you’d never guess about her? She was a DJ on a radio station FEATURED QUOTES “It was like I had this incredible come to Jesus meeting that I haven’t been able to shake for the rest of my life.” – Amy “There is a purpose for you. I don’t care what it is, what business it is that you’re doing. There is a purpose for you.” – Amy “All of a sudden, everything went dark. I could hear people screaming all around me.” – Amy “I’m buried alive … All I can do is think about, I’m getting ready to die at 28 years old, and I’m realizing, I’ve actually never lived. I’ve never lived with purpose.” – Amy CONNECT: https://amydowns.org/ https://www.amazon.com/Hope-Verb-Journey-Impossible-Transformation/dp/1734645407 Thank you to our partner of the show:  It’s time for a SPRING CLEAN REFRESH! Let’s get that home sparkling, the safe way with MamaSuds! Castile soap is the superhero of soaps, it really does it all- from the windows to the walls! It’s truly the only soap you need. What can you do with MamaSuds Castile Soap? Clean the floors, scrub the counters, bathtubs and tile, clean the baseboards, the windows and the blinds, you can even use it to clean the carpets! Grab a gallon of MamaSuds Castile Soap and start tackling all of your Spring Cleaning to-do’s at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!

    A Unique Approach to Pediatric Therapy | EP 237: Brittni Winslow, Emerge Pediatric Therapy

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 41:50

    One of my favorite verses of scripture is 1 Peter 4:10, which says: "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms."   I really believe that we were all given a gift to use to help, serve and bless others. I think serving, teaching and nurturing children is one of the best gifts. It takes a special person to be able to work in the life of a child, especially with children who are neurodivergent or neurodiverse.    My guest today is Brittni Winslow, a dear friend of mine who lives in Durham, N.C. She is an occupational therapist and executive director of Emerge Pediatric Therapy in North Carolina. She helps create confident kids through customized therapy.     6:46 – Brittni 101   Brittni is married and has three daughters. She is an occupational therapist and always wanted to open her own business.    8:17 – How is occupational therapy different from physical therapy?   Brittni works on functional skills for kids, such as play, caring for themselves, sitting at the dinner table, etc. Physical therapy is working on strengthening or rehabilitating.    9:17 – What makes Emerge so different?   Brittni wants Emerge to be different from other occupational therapy providers. A big part of that is working with the kids and educating the parents, teachers and community partners. “We want to make sure everyone is on the same page and everyone is educated on how to best work with this child,” said Brittni. “I truly believe that no kid is intentionally trying to be bad. There are some ways that their system might be wired that makes it really hard for them,” said Brittni.   14:07 – Generational changes in helping children   Brittni says she’ll often hear parents say, “I dealt with this [issue] as a kid.”  Kids are sometimes misjudged as being lazy, disinterested or having behavioral problems. But really, there are some underlying issues that could easily be addressed.    16:48 – Removing the stigma   "It’s not that how these kids are wired is wrong. It’s just a different wiring,” said Brittni. You need to uncover what will work best for kids.   20:51 – Has Brittni’s job affected how she parents her own kids?   She’s always taking one hat off and putting another hat on. She tries to use her tools to help her own children.  Even though Brittni has helped hundreds of kids, it can be hard to help her own children. But, having kids has helped her be a better OT and help other parents.   26:35 – How Covid has impacted her business   Brittni has worked on compassion fatigue with her therapists to make sure they are OK.   31:10 – Sensory night at the Durham Bulls   They partnered with the Durham Bulls baseball team and did a sensory night for kids. Some parents said it was the first baseball game they ever took their child to.    36:20 – Get to know you   Song she has to sing? Any song from the Trolls soundtrack Who has influenced her the most? Her grandfather Favorite meal? Angus Barn steak and salad     FEATURED QUOTES   “We want to make sure everyone is on the same page and everyone is educated on how to best work with this child.” – Brittni   “I truly believe that no kid is intentionally trying to be bad. There are some ways that their system might be wired that makes it really hard for them.” – Brittni   "It’s not that how these kids are wired is wrong. It’s just a different wiring.” – Brittni https://www.emergepediatrictherapy.com/

    Shoes For Kids, Created By a Kid | EP 236: Carter Waugh, Critts Shoes

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 41:55

    Think back to when you were a kid. Do you remember your flip-flops falling off and scraping your feet along the concrete? Guess what? Kids still have this problem. My guest today took his own footwear problem and decided to actually do something about it. Carter Waugh, 11, is the founder of Critts, a customizable flip-flop clog hybrid designed for running, jumping and climbing. His dad, Ryan, also joins us for the interview. 2:53 – Carter 101 He loves lacrosse, skateboarding, golf, tennis, sometimes basketball, and, of course, designing shoes. Carter was on a family vacation in the Caribbean. He wasn’t happy with his flip-flops or Crocs and asked his dad, Ryan, if he could design his own shoe, called a Flip Critt. His dad told him to create a business plan. 5:30 – Ryan’s reaction Ryan was amazed by his son’s business plan and drawing and his emotional intelligence 9:50 – How Carter designed the Flip Critt Carter didn’t realize how time consuming and difficult it would be to design a shoe He met with a Los Angeles shoe consultant, who helped with the process, and then met with manufacturing consultants in China 19:02 – What Carter has learned At first, Carter thought, “Wham, bam, I’m done.” But the shoe-making process took longer than he realized. “At first I was just like, ‘It’s a cool idea. I might not be able to do it. I mean, I’m like 8. Who makes a shoe when they’re 8?’ But once I got into it, I started liking shoes. I started liking them a lot.” Besides learning a lot about shoes, he has also learned a lot about doing interviews and talking with adults. 23:18 – What Carter’s parents have learned Ryan said he has learned more from his son than his son has learned from him. He says his son is a special human who sees the good in everybody and everything around him. Carter’s initial mission statement was: “To spread happiness, safety and security to all critters.” 26:22 – Carter’s methods Carter’s approach to life is refreshing and fascinating, according to his dad. He wants the business to be simple so people can enjoy his shoes. 32:02 – Critts Cares Carter has created Critts Cares. Every time someone buys a pair of Critts shoes, $2 goes back to his old elementary school. 33:45 – Get to know Carter What song hypes him up? Lil Nas X, Holiday What actor should play him? Someone with orange hair, obviously FEATURED QUOTES “This was a real life thing, organically, that came out of the mind of an 8-year-old that was like, ‘Wow!’” – Ryan “After a while, like two years, I finally perfected it to what I have today. And now I’m selling it and hearing tons of feedback on it … and a lot of people love it.” – Carter “At first I was just like, ‘It’s a cool idea. I might not be able to do it. I mean, I’m like 8. Who makes a shoe when they’re 8?’ But once I got into it, I started liking shoes. I started liking them a lot.” – Carter LINKS: https://critts.com/ ABOUT CARTER:  Founder, visionary and overall goofball is a talented 11 year old named Carter “Critt” Waugh. He is a very active leader with an active imagination.  He loves sports and is a talented lacrosse attackman. He loves his friends, his family and basically he loves anything that gets him dirty and sweaty. He has been the perfect test subject for his creation.    

    Spreading the Joy | EP 235: Shalini Samtani, Open the Joy

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 45:11

    Every parent knows one of the scariest times is when your child gets sick. But when a child is hospitalized or diagnosed with a rare or serious illness, it affects everything. It can be really scary for children who are struggling. My guest today is taking her personal pain with her own child’s sickness and bringing joy to sick kids all around the country. Shalini Samtani is the founder of Open The Joy and the Spread the Joy Foundation. 4:29 – Shalini 101 Spread the Joy Foundation delivers activity kits to children at their hospital bedside. She started making the kits on her kitchen table with her mother three years ago. Last year, she sent 5,000 to 6,000 kits to more than 100 hospitals across the country. Open the Joy is a for-profit company that makes toys focused on well-being and emotional intelligence in kids, such as a love and forgiveness box, anger management box, etc. Shalini got the idea after being in a hospital room with her daughter and trying to Google ways to entertain her and keep her positive. 6:42 – Difficult news Shalini’s daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease that caused her body to react differently to sickness. 10:15 – Finding her purpose Shalini never imagined she would design kids’ toys. She describes the experience as finding her purpose. Giving back to sick kids is what drives her. 16:38 – How to buy the toys Toys are sold on Open the Joy’s website and Amazon. They have launched a new emotional intelligence line of toys, including a love and forgiveness box, anger management box and a kindness mission box. 19:24 – “You heal by healing others.” “While the world is focusing on making kids smarter, our focus is to make them kinder,” said Shalini 25:35 – Spreading like wildfire Shalini has been amazed at how quickly her business grew. She says it has spread like wildfire. 27:22 – How her kids view the hospital now Her daughter doesn't have any memories of being in the hospital. She now associates the hospital as a place where you get a joy box, because of Shalini’s business. Her daughter and son think the hospital is a place where you do nice things for people. 38:05 – Get to know Shalini What brings her joy? Snuggles What song she loves to sing? Yellow by Coldplay FEATURED QUOTES “I never believed in my wildest dream that’s what I was going to do – to design a toy collection.” – Shalini “I’ve always been kind of like one of those souls, finding my purpose.” – Shalini “The give back – that’s what drives me more than anything.” – Shalini “We want it to be fun and engaging, but we also want it to be nutritional for their souls and for the development of their minds.” – Shalini “While the world is focusing on making kids smarter, our focus is to make them kinder.” – Shalini “You heal by healing others.” – Shalini “I never really understood why this little project grew like wildfire … I feel like I watch miracles.” – Shalini ADDITIONAL RESOURCES https://www.openthejoy.com/ https://www.spreadthejoy.org/ Shalini Samtani has a diverse background in Law, Real Estate and Design. However, her true passion lies in brining joy to sick kids. She is the founder of Open The Joy® a truly unique toy company that focuses on building emotional intelligence in kids; and the Spread The Joy Foundation® a registered non-profit that delivers free activity kits to hospitalized children at their bedside. Since its launch in 2019, Open the Joy has won several industry awards including Best New Products for Kids 2019 at NY Now, New Kids on the Block award at Toy Fair 2020, and Best New Manufacturers award at Toy Fest West 2020. Shalini Samtani’s leadership and the truly unique nature of her business has been awarded recognition by the Tory Burch Foundation 2020, as one of the top 50 female entrepreneurs selected nationwide.

    Caring for Foster Families | EP 234: Allie Roth, With Love, Oregon

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2021 54:47

    Did you know there are more than 400,000 children in the U.S. who are in the foster care system? The average age of a child in foster care is 8 years old, and there are more boys than girls. There are so many kids who need a home, support and love. My guest today is Allie Roth, president and founder of With Love, which aims to help foster families change the lives of children ages 0-6 by providing resources that nurture dignity, hope and community. 2:42 – Allie Roth 101 Allie is married with two children and has always loved kids. She was a teacher and learned about some of the needs in the community. She doesn’t say “foster kids.” She says “kids in foster care.” She created her nonprofit in the Portland area. 7:18 – Misconceptions about foster care In Oregon, about 1 in 100 kids are in foster care, which is double the national average. It is not normal. On any given day, there are around 7,000 kids. Part of the reason is the opiate crisis and housing instability 13:28 – Misconceptions about kids in foster care No kid goes into foster care through a fault of their own. Kids need a loving place to land while their parents are in rehab or have other issues. 60% of the kids in foster care come from neglect. 17:15 – Fulfilling needs They have volunteers who shop for the kids so the kids feel seen and known. They gather car seats, bottles, shoes and other basics. After 90 days, foster parents can reach out and ask for more supplies. 21:53 – How did Allie begin With Love? Beginning a nonprofit is really hard. Allie talked with other nonprofits to find out how they did it. She focused on volunteering, and found a lot of retired people who wanted to help. 27:27 – Connecting with other organizations Allie gets calls and emails all the time about working with other organizations. She is very active on social media and has met a lot of people through that. Eventually, she wants to do replication seminars so people can learn about foster care 101. 36:17 – Ways people can support Allie’s work Intentionality is key. Instead of just dropping your stuff off at a donation center, ask yourself, “Who can I bless with what I have?” Allie believes in transparency and shares how her organization is doing in an annual report and on social media. 43:11 – How her kids have adapted to being foster family Having kids is a huge asset. For Allie’s family, she brings in kids who are younger than her children. They don’t have a placement all the time, so her kids get excited when a new child comes to stay. 46:27 – Get to know Allie Her guilty pleasure? People Magazine Song she has to sing? Panic at the Disco’s “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” FEATURED QUOTES “In Oregon, there are about 1 in 100 kids in foster care. That number is double the national average, so that is not normal.” – Allie “On any given day [in Oregon], there are around 7,000 kids in foster care, ages o to 18.” – Allie “Volunteers are the heartbeat of what we do.” – Allie “Who can I really bless with what I have? That’s being intentional.” – Allie CONNECT: https://www.withloveoregon.org/ https://www.withloveoregon.org/allie-roth About Allie Roth:  Allie Roth is the President and Founder of With Love, which is a non-profit organization working to support foster families in Portland, Oregon. For Allie, With Love is more than an organization with a cause, it’s a must-have movement. Since 2013, she has brought love and dignity to the forefront of foster care, changing the lives of thousands of families and kids in the community.

    Diversity in Children's Literature | EP 233: Sailaja Joshi, Mango & Marigold Press

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 44:53

    I’m an avid reader, and one of my favorite things to do with my kids is to read to them. A few years ago, I realized it was easy to find books where my kids could see themselves in the story. But I began to take that for granted and wanted to include more diverse literature. My guest today is Sailaja Joshi, CEO of Mango and Marigold Press. She has built a company dedicated to this very idea, that books need more diversity. 3:56 – Sailaja 101 Mango and Marigold Press is an independent publishing house that shares sweet and savory stories of the south Asian experience. Sailaja is a mom, wife, passionate runner and excited about disrupting the publishing space. 7:05 – Her personal experience The idea of Mango and Marigold started during Sailaja’s first pregnancy. She wanted a library themed baby shower. She was looking for books that represented her culture, history and heritage. What she found was really disappointing. Some of the books she found were culturally inaccurate or insensitive. She decided to do something about it. She had an entrepreneurial spirit but knew nothing about publishing. 11:39 – How she started her business She tried writing books, and it didn’t work. So she asked a friend with a background in children’s literature for help. “I think it’s really important for children to be able to see themselves and children to see others having these great moments of joy, and that’s what our books do,” said Sailaja 16:41 – What she’s learned after publishing 20 books A big piece she learned is how the books are healing, not for children, but for parents “I think for so many parents, these books are things that they were just dying for in their youth and didn't have,” said Sailaja 19:55 – Feedback The books resonate because they are great stories and are empowering. Sailaja says it’s a wonderful feeling. 27:03 – Her favorite book Each book has a special meaning and a deep place in her heart. “I love stories that just celebrate black and brown joy. Those need to take up all the space on the bookshelf,” said Sailaja. 33:32 – Get to know Sailaja Her favorite song to sing – Destiny’s Child Bootylicious Her favorite meal – pizza Favorite TV show – 80s and 90s children’s shows FEATURED QUOTES “I’m really excited about bridging the accessibility gap in children’s literature and beyond.” – Sailaja “I was looking for books that represented my culture, my history, my heritage, and what I found was really disappointing.” – Sailaja “I think it’s really important for children to be able to see themselves and children to see others having these great moments of joy, and that’s what our books do.” – Sailaja “I think for so many parents, these books are things that they were just dying for in their youth and didn't have.” – Sailaja ADDITIONAL RESOURCES OR LINKS https://mangoandmarigoldpress.com/ https://mangoandmarigoldpress.com/pages/sailaja-joshi About Sailaja Joshi: Sailaja N. Joshi is a design thinker, intersectional feminist, mother to two, a bibliophile, an entrepreneur, lover of bold, modern design, diversity activist, and an aspiring dog owner. A Massachusetts native, Sailaja grew up a voracious reader. From Leo the Lop to Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Amelia Bedelia, she loved every book she read. If you were to ask her today what her favorite book is, she'd likely say either the Harry Potter series OR The Tao of Pooh. It really depends on the day.  She has always been interested in exploring multicultural generations  and loves using those skills in new and exciting ways as the CEO and founder of Mango & Marigold Press. Mango & Marigold Press is an award-winning independent publishing house that shares the sweet and savory stories of the South Asian experience. Founded in 2014, the company has produced fourteen books across four different product categories and been featured on The Today Show, Us Weekly, People Magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post and so much more. In 2019, the company unveiled its #1001DiverseBooks initiative. With this program, Sailaja has committed to raising the funds to donate 1001 new, diverse books to literacy nonprofits bridging the accessibility gap within literature for children and teams. Community members can sponsor books for just $10 and through this program ensure that everyone has access to high quality, diverse literature. The company launched the initiative with its 14th book Finding Om and reached their goal of raising funds for 1001 books in just five short days. The company's mission has expanded to not only bridge the diversity gap in literature for children and teens but also improve the accessibility of diverse books in underserved communities. Her ambition is to have Mango & Marigold Press be an active participant in the field of multicultural literature, moving forward with the belief that we need diverse literature for all in a diverse world. The company recently expanded its collection to include both young adult and middle grade books (to be published in 2021!) When she's not working to change the face of publishing, she can be found hanging with her two adorable children at the park or at circus class (really, that's a thing). Thank you to our partner of the show, MamaSuds! How much time do you spend reading labels? A lot right? MamaSuds would like to help you take the stress of research out of your life with their truly safe, non-toxic household cleaning collection. They have everything you need to keep your family and your home clean and safe. If you've seen my Instagram Stories, you know I love their laundry soap! The best part is that they use plants and minerals to make their products- NOTHING SYNTHETIC. 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    Fundraising with Purpose | EP 232: Carol Fassino, FairTrade Caravans

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 39:31

    If you went to public school or played sports growing up in the U.S., you remember fundraisers – the wrapping paper, popcorn, catalogues, etc. We all have these memories. Fundraisers are important to help organizations raise money, but what if we changed the way that we fundraise? What if we made an impact not only for the organizations that we’re raising money for but also the people making the things we are selling? My guest today is Carol Fassino who created Fair Trade Caravans, which provides transparent information about products’ origins, stories behind the artisans and farmers and how the products are priced. 3:14 – Meet Carol Fassino Carol came from a structured world, including public schools and working in the electronics industry. She worked in the corporate world until a few years ago. She never wanted to climb the corporate ladder and had a lucky opportunity to reevaluate what she wanted to do with the second half of her career. She wanted to make a difference. She decided fair trade fundraising was the way to go. 11:15 – How Carol started her company She explored how to start the company online instead of visiting schools one by one. “It is so hard to get past the initial 10 people that love your idea, that are related to you, that are friends with you. You go out there, and you think everyone is going to embrace that idea, and they don’t,” said Carol. 16:14 – Response and feedback The feedback and response to Carol’s business have been great, and her business has grown. 23:25 – A lasting impact It starts with us as adults to teach children how products are made and teach them about fair trade. “We’re trying to make fair trade a global mission through empowering a caring community of doers,” said Carol. 25:17 – How do the fundraisers work? People can set up their fundraiser online with all the products they want, including their logo and how much they want to raise. Carol sends the school a check for 25% of the product sale. The challenge we’ve had is getting the word out and promoting the fundraisers. 27:55 – A diverse product line Carol has a diverse product line, including home decor, jewelry, coffee, tea, etc. Carol sells products between $15 and $40. 31:37 – Get to know Carol Carol is a big reader and reads the newspaper every morning. She also likes lighter fiction and historical fiction. Her favorite song – Total Eclipse of the Heart Her favorite meal – something with a lot of flavor FEATURED QUOTES “It is so hard to get past the initial 10 people that love your idea, that are related to you, that are friends with you. You go out there, and you think everyone is going to embrace that idea, and they don’t.” – Carol “We’re trying to make fair trade a global mission through empowering a caring community of doers.” – Carol https://www.fairtradecaravans.com/

    Coffee with Purpose | EP 231: Brian Holland & Britt Mooney, Phoenix Coffee Roasters

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021 64:21

    We all know that coffee is one of the most popular beverages. I fully admit I am in the minority for not being a coffee drinker. But I can’t deny how much coffee culture has an influence on our communities, our country and our world. There are so many people involved in the supply chain. My guests today are Brian Holland and Britt Mooney of Phoenix Roasters in Atlanta. They wanted to take their passion for coffee and for people and make a difference. They are two of the most incredible people. 3:50 – “You haven’t had our coffee” I don’t like coffee, but Brian and Britt say they can convert me. “We convert the 70% of people who want to love coffee into coffee lovers,” said Brian. 8:08 – Britt and Brian 101 Brian is founding pastor of Phoenix Community, a church planning network. He was a church youth pastor for 20 years. In 2008 they started Phoenix Roasters because they ran out of money as a church. Britt grew up in the church. He was drawn to teach overseas with his wife, and they were missionaries. When God called him back to the U.S., he wanted to live as a missionary in his own country. He wanted to work with Brian and describes the coffee business as living the dream. 13:35 – Say Yes. How God-Sized Dreams Take Flight Britt wrote a book, Say Yes. How God-Sized Dreams Take Flight. It tells their story and asks readers: What has God called you to do? People always want to know where they are going and how they are going to get there. But you need to trust God. 18:30 – Say yes and be blessed We’re told if we say yes, we’ll be blessed. In their business, they try to help the kinds of people that Jesus would have helped. 23:16 – Figuring out the next steps A guy on their leadership team kept saying, “What if we’re a marketplace church?” It’s an international model. They wanted to do coffee shops. Brian asked God what He wanted him to do. He heard God say, “It’s not in the shop. It’s in the bean.” 28:43 – The roaster story They realized there’s no money in repackaging somebody else’s coffee beans. “We realized we needed a better business model, and we’re going to have to learn to roast our own coffee,” said Brian. “But none of us knew how to roast.” 35:02 – Coffee that matters Mother Theresa once asked a man, “What do you do that matters?” You want to have purpose and meaning in your life. God led them into ways for their coffee to matter. 46:00 – What is on the horizon? They have plans to be aggressive, and they want to help the micro farmers who are getting swallowed up by big corporations. 53:10 – Get to know you Strangest pet peeve – Brian can’t stand hard swallowers Something we would never guess – Britt used to have long hair and was in a heavy metal Christian band FEATURED QUOTES “We always say around here, we’re blessed and highly caffeinated.” - Brian “We convert the 70% of people who want to love coffee into coffee lovers.” – Brian “In 2008 we started Phoenix Roasters because we ran out of money as a church.” – Brian “We realized we needed a better business model, and we’re going to have to learn to roast our own coffee. But none of us knew how to roast.” – Brian LINKS https://phoenixroasters.coffee/ https://www.amazon.com/Say-Yes-God-Sized-Dreams-Flight/dp/156309410X Thank you to our partner of the show, MamaSuds! How much time do you spend reading labels? A lot right? MamaSuds would like to help you take the stress of research out of your life with their truly safe, non-toxic household cleaning collection. They have everything you need to keep your family and your home clean and safe. If you've seen my Instagram Stories, you know I love their laundry soap! The best part is that they use plants and minerals to make their products- NOTHING SYNTHETIC. The head mama at MamaSuds is Michelle Smith and she has spent a crazy amount of time tracking down exceptional ingredients so they are not only safe for you and your family but sustainable for the planet. MamaSuds wants to inspire you to live a smart, healthy and sustainable life that brings you joy and peace of mind. Try them out at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!

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