013 Create Your Power: An Interview with Shauna Kessler-Frost

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For those of us that have found success in our careers, there is a sense of accomplishment and relief that the work we have put in has paid off.

But some of us may feel conflicted in our career success and our altruistic goals.

It may seem as if you cannot have both a thriving business and a deeper purpose. According to nonprofit director Shauna Kessler-Frost, it’s a matter of taking initiative and creating that purpose for yourself.

 

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Shauna Kessler-Frost is the director of the Albuquerque branch of Meals on Wheels, a meal delivery service that offers daily hot meals to individuals that may otherwise go without food. Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque was named a 2014 Non-Profit of the year Honoree by Albuquerque Business First. Prior to becoming director, Shauna was a board member and volunteer while working for a car dealership. While working in the auto industry may not seem like an obvious predecessor to nonprofit management, Shauna was able to create a purpose in her car dealership work by integrating community service into the position. Today I talk with Shauna about finding purpose in your work (whatever that may be), listening to intuition, and adjusting your language to focus on the ‘why’ rather than the ‘what’ for greater profit.

What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • How you can ‘sell’ your business or idea in a way that listeners will support it personally and financially
  • How to find lessons when your job doesn’t fit into the mold of your ‘dream career’
  • Tips for getting your ideas out to a larger audience
  • Some indicators that it’s time for a career change, and how to go about it

 

 

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More About Shauna

Shauna’s professional career began in Japan, where she was placed as a marine working for the civilian component of the Marine Corps (NCOS). When she returned to the states, she began working in marketing for a car dealership in Albuquerque, NM. Shauna admits she had never anticipated working for a car dealership, but the opportunity presented itself and she didn’t say no. And, to her surprise, it was a wonderful job. One of the leading principles of the dealership was a commitment to community service. It was through this avenue that Shauna became involved with Meals on Wheels.

Shauna began volunteering with Meals on Wheels as a meal deliverer. She would bring the prepared meals to clients, giving her the opportunity to have face-to-face time with the community that the program served. Shauna knew right away that she would like to have greater involvement with the organization; she had marketing skills from which the nonprofit could benefit, and she found herself falling in love with the community it served. For the time being, however, it made sense for Shauna to continue working at the dealership and offer her skills on a volunteer basis.

Eventually Shauna was invited to join Meals on Wheels as a board member. When the director of the nonprofit was preparing to step down she encouraged Shauna to apply for the position. She applied and was offered the position. For Shauna, working with Meals on Wheels was a way to create purpose in her life, and she gladly accepted the offer. Today she emphasizes that she is grateful for the time she spent at the car dealership. It was Shauna’s initiative to seek out purpose in her work at the dealership that led to this opportunity.

Shauna was raised with the concept that we should do something good for someone everyday and serve a purpose beyond oneself. In a way, this has been a guiding principle in her career path. Instead of constantly second-guessing herself or comparing herself to others, even when she was in a job that didn’t seem very altruistic, Shauna followed her intuition and created purpose out of her work. From car dealership to nonprofit management, She was and is able to create purpose in the work that she does.

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

Books on tape.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Stick with it. Don’t always second guess yourself.

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Meals On Wheels America

Meals on Wheels Albuquerque

012: Perfectionism As Distraction from Growth with Mary Kathryn Johnson

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Perfectionism As Distraction from Growth

Many of us pride ourselves in our ability to overcome the obstacles life throws our way and succeed in our given fields. We seek out new challenges and love to use our skills to overcome them. Sometimes, though, we can become a bit obsessive in our drive for success, and it becomes a drive for perfection. Our perfectionism then becomes a distraction from true personal growth. For Mommy Loves founder Mary Kathryn Johnson it took a serious reality check, breaking both of her legs while eight months pregnant and caring for a toddler, that lead to her realization that she needed to slow down.

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Mary Kathryn is founder and owner of Mommy Loves, the first ever online novelty maternity clothing line, parenting blogger, podcast host, and author of Say Bump and Take a Left: How I Birthed a Baby and a Business After a Huge Bump in the Road. Today I speak with Mary Kathryn about the accident that forced her to slow down, the trials of having to give up some independence, and how the experience gave her a new sense of self and the drive to start a thriving business. What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • Tips and tools for using your unique skill set to grow your business
  • How to use your parenting tools to further your business, and your business-running knowledge to strengthen your parenting skills
  • Using adaptability to see the positive and advantage in any situation

More About Mary Kathryn

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Mary Kathryn has always been a type-A. Following graduation from UC Berkeley she got a job with Jenny Craig, and within three months was promoted to a manager position. That has been a common theme in her life: she seeks to do the best and be at the highest position she can achieve. However, when it came to having children, there was no formula to follow. Especially for Mary Kathryn, who at eight months pregnant had a serious fall that lead to two broken legs and three months of dependence on others. This was a very dark time for her, as she was used to being very independent.

Mary Kathryn recalls the day that she walked out of the hospitals, casts removed, as one of the best in her life. It was at that time that Mary Kathryn realized that perfectionism wasn’t her superpower; adaptability was, and still is. She had experienced a very dark time and came out feeling like if she could get through that, she could get through anything.

Becoming pregnant had proved to have its trials as well, which was another challenge for the perfectionist in Mary Kathryn. When her and her husband did become pregnant, she made a shirt as a celebration. She printed a report card onto a T-shirt that said ‘Pregnancy 101: A+.’ The shirt was a personal celebration for her, but she found that when she wore it she had a huge response from people that saw her. After Mary Kathryn’s recovery from her accident that t-shirt stuck in her mind. With her newfound confidence, she saw the T-shirt as a calling: this would be her business venture, Mommy Loves.

Thirteen years and a thriving business later, Mary Kathryn is still at it with Mommy Loves. She has also added additional projects to her plate, and now has a podcast and coaches parent entrepreneurs. She has developed a system to help parents start up their businesses using parenting as a guideline. Those skills necessary to care for a newborn are transferrable to the beginning months of starting a business, and the keys to caring for a toddler are transferable to a young business venture. Today Mary Kathryn remembers every day to slow down and use her adaptability to succeed.

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

My morning routine.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

My adaptability.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Chill.

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Mommy Loves

Mary Kathryn Johnson’s Website

Say Bump and Take a Left: How I Birthed a Baby and a Business After a Huge Bump in the Road

011: Mindfulness to Achieve Financial and Spiritual Wealth with Leisa Peterson

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Mindfulness to Achieve Financial and Spiritual Wealth

As entrepreneurs we all inevitably have financial gain in the forefront of ours minds. Money is a major player in our decisions and choices as we move our businesses forward, whether we’d like to admit it or not. But as we move toward financial goals, many of us find our sense of spiritual wellbeing to be sacrificed. Isn’t it a contradiction to seek out material success when we also want to follow the spiritual advice that emphasizes a simplistic, non-materialistic lifestyle? Or is it possible to have them both?

 

Today I speak with Mindful Wealth Coach Leisa Peterson about just that. Leisa is self-made millionaire, a mom, wife, transformational business coach, educator and retreat facilitator. In her business WealthClinic, she specializes in coaching entrepreneurs who are ready to take their profits to a new level while at the same time creating greater joy, fulfillment, and inner prosperity for themselves. Leisa blogs about money and mindfulness for the Huffington Post, has a top-chart podcast on iTunes and is currently writing a book called Breaking Free of Scarcity Mindset: How to overcome not enough to create a business of plenty.
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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • Why it is that when we pursue our passion we don’t necessarily make money, and how to work around this
  • Suggestions for financial steps to take to lead to a successful business
  • How you can be mindful in spending and handling money
  • How you can both have financial success and spiritual abundance

 

  More About Leisa

Leisa achieved a goal that many of us dream of: she was a self-made millionaire by her mid-thirties. She has always been a go-getter, never content to wait around for success to come to her. However, when she reached her financial goals there was no sigh of relief or sense of celebration. Instead, all she felt was a need to hold onto her money and a fear of losing it. This experience revealed to her that part of her motivation to attain wealth came from a desire to find self-worth. It was then that Leisa realized that she needed to change her mindset, focus on her relationship with herself, and make a career change.   Prior to starting WealthClinic, Leisa worked in finance for twenty-two years. Following a family tragedy in 1999 she turned toward spiritual guidance through meditation and mindfulness. As her spiritual practice deepened, she began to look at the way that we as a society interact with money in so many negative ways. We hoard it, we make dumb decisions with it, and we sacrifice our joy and relationships for it. As she reflected on her own relationships around money, she began to see that if mindfulness could be applied to our feelings around money, then perhaps we could shed those negative impulses and pursue our financial goals in a healthy, mindful way.

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Today Leisa works from her heart and uses her intuition to make genuine connections with her clients. She works with established and new entrepreneurs alike, and helps them to align their personal beliefs with their financial goals to get more out of their lives and businesses. Leisa comes from the perspective that we can’t just fix one part of our lives, we need to seek out balance in every area in order to have fulfillment. She works with her clients to find their strengths, weaknesses, and make a plan to bring them all into alignment.

 

Leisa’s personal journey includes a deep relationship with self, something she realized she needed to develop if she were to help others. Self-acceptance is a huge part of the self-work that Leisa has undergone, and she emphasizes the importance of self-acceptance to her clients in her consulting work. Without self-acceptance we are constantly in a state of self-doubt and life with a scarcity mentality: fearful that we will lose what we have instead of enjoying our lives. When we live mindfully and with self-acceptance, Leisa explains, we can find wealth in every facet of our lives.

 

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

Noticing when I’m in resistance to something.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

Empathy

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Practice self-love and acceptance.

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WealthClinic.com
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010: Overcoming Fear and Seeking The Life You Want with Kate Erickson

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We’re often told that we need to ‘put in the time’ to achieve our goals. Stick with a project or company and eventually you will reap the rewards. But what happens when you have stuck around and you still feel unhappy?

Is it always the case that leaving a career means you’ve given up, or are there times when the best option is to switch things up? According to Kate Erickson, the greatest gift you can give yourself is to realize that no one is going to create the life that you want for you; you have to overcome your fears and go out and seek it for yourself.

Today I speak with Kate Erickson, creator, engager and implementer at EntrepreneurOnFire, a 7-day a week podcast that interviews entrepreneurs. Kate is also the host of Kate’s Take: The EntrepreneurOnFire Audio Blog and author of The Fire Path: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Your Online Business. Kate is passionate about helping entrepreneurs create freedom in their business and life through developing systems and processes that can help their business scale and grow.
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What You’ll Discover in This Episode

  • How you can overcome your fears to pursue your true passions
  • An easy 3-step process to create the most efficient work model
  • How to have a mindset shift to make the changes you need to grow your business

 

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More About Kate

In this episode I talk to Kate about recognizing that she needed a change, how she was able to get to where she is now, and tips on creating a life with balance and wellness.

Prior to developing EntreneuerOnFire, Kate struggled with the lack of upward mobility as well as general satisfaction in her corporate job. Her decision to begin her own business came at a time when she had been promised a promotion in her corporate job. Finally, after years of encouragement and promises, the answer had arrived. However, at the last minute the position was given to someone else. Erickson decided that day that she wouldn’t spend another minute waiting around for someone to hand her a dream job, she had to seek it out on her own.

On the day that Kate received the news that they had decided to choose someone else for the promotion, she had a mindset shift. She was devastated to hear the news but she realized that the years of dead end jobs would never lead her to fulfillment no matter what the pay. She needed to find it on her own. Soon thereafter Kate and her partner John Lee Dumas began to develop a project that has blossomed into the wildly successful EntrepenuerOnFire.

Kate actually feels grateful for that huge disappointment; it was the shake-up that she needed to realize she needed to make a change. Kate explains that although she did take the actual steps to leave her job, it was the mindset change that gave her to power to take the leap. She speaks a lot about mindset change in work that she does today; it’s the first step we all need to take to initiate any changes in our lives.

Since developing EntrepeneurOnFire Kate has come to understand her own superpowers: her mastery of systems and processes. She has developed a process that leads to optimum organization and productivity. Not only does this benefit her work and personal life, she has the joy of sharing this skill with other business people.

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

Working out everyday.
What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?
Creating systems.
What advice would you give your 25 or 30 year old self?
Stop letting fear control your actions.

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EntrepreneurOnFire

Kate’s Take: How to Embrace Fear
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009: Personal Branding and Personal Growth with MaryLou Kayser

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Personal Branding and Personal Growth with MaryLou Kayser

No one wants to be just another forgettable face in a crowd. We all want to stand out and we all have unique skills and attributes to offer. Whether you are a freelancer, an entrepreneur, or an employee for a corporation, large or small, determining that which sets you apart is can be a huge impetus for success. The fact is we all have something to offer that no one else does. And this is an important point to realize, for the sake of your own identity and for the growth of your career!
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Today I speak with author, business strategist, ghostwriter, and personal brand expert MaryLou Kayser. MaryLou works with emerging and established businesses to help them create their best-in-class assets, primarily from a writing standpoint. MaryLou has written three books, the most recent of which is a book about personal branding: Personal Branding Secrets for Beginners. Today we discuss the importance of personal branding, MaryLou’s journey to where she is today, and the growth she realized she needed to have to get here.

 

What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • Why personal branding is important for everyone, no matter where they are in their careers
  • Routines for self-care
  • Integrating the emotional and professional sides of yourself
  • Tips for accessing your creative side
Get my FREE chapter of Personal Branding Secrets now!More About MaryLouMaryLou’s success today was not met without hardships. One of the largest lessons she learned about herself was through the trauma of her divorce. With so much to handle, from being a mom to managing her own business, she tried to make things work by compartmentalizing her roles. She disconnected from her emotional needs and disengaged from processing the divorce to focus on responsibilities around her: her family and her children. And her business suffered. MaryLou learned that she couldn’t run a successful business if she didn’t attend to her own self-care.

 

This realization came about six years after her divorce when a life-changing event occurred at a conference in Portland. At the two-day conference she found herself in an environment of people that were truly investing in themselves and eager to learn what they needed to do to succeed. She felt a spark of inspiration, and realized she needed to take herself off of autopilot and dedicate time to her personal growth and emotional health.

 

This was the first step toward MaryLou’s rediscovery of self. Following the conference she took on the task of writing an e-book, and soon thereafter began a yearlong joint venture with a friend from the Portland conference. These experiences reminded MaryLou of her unique, powerful skills and were further steps toward reconnection with self.

 

MaryLou’s final step in truly discovering her ‘super power for success’ came at another conference a year later in Baltimore. She recalls the event as if she was outside of her body watching it happen. The speaker, Bo Eason, emphasized the importance of telling your own story, and something clicked for MaryLou. She realized that writing has and always will be her superpower, and has since dedicated herself to it in both a professional and personal way.

 

For MaryLou writing is more than her career; it’s her passion. She reflects that one of the reasons she was so unhappy following her divorce was because she stopped journaling. Today she journals every day, from five minutes to twenty, and feels that this is her greatest outlet and tool for self-care.

 

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:
Journaling.
What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?
I was meant to be a mom and didn’t realize it.
What advice would you give your 25 or 30 year old self?
Never stop writing.

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www.MaryLouKayser.com

www.BoEason.com

MaryLou Kayser’s Books

 

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008: Family and Work Integration with Dana Malstaff

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Creating a Full Integration of Family and Work

Many of us struggle to find some sort of balance between work and family. We feel that if our business is thriving, our family life is likely compromised; and if our attention is on our family, our business is floundering. It’s as if we can be only a mother or a business owner; only one can function at a time.

According to Boss Mom founder Dana Malstaff, we’ve been thinking about this dichotomy all wrong. As a mother and an entrepreneur, Dana suggests we stop thinking of the two roles as rivaling parts of our lives. Instead, she proposes that we integrate the two parts into one, to nurture both our family and business. Further, Dana explains that when we look at our various roles in this integrated way, the parts transform from rivals into compliments, and each actually strengthens the other!

Today I talk with Dana Malstaff, mother, author, business & content strategist, coach, podcaster, and blind spot reducer. Dana is the author of Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro, and the founder of the Boss Mom Movement. She serves Boss Moms who yearn for more time and less guilt when it comes to building their business and starting or raising their family, by providing the tools they need to get more out of their content and business, without sacrificing their family goals.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • Why Dana hates the term “work-life balance” and the language she chooses to use to talk about juggling many roles
  • How Dana plans both family and work time into her schedule in an integrated, realistic way, including app recommendations and daily rituals
  • How you can take some simple steps to begin integrating your family and work life into one, cohesive day
  • How Dana still manages to get ‘self-time’ in, despite her packed schedule

 

More about Dana:

One could argue that two of the most difficult tasks a person could take on are starting a business and becoming a parent. Dana could tell you plenty about that, as she started both at the same time. As luck would have it, Dana became pregnant on the eve of her celebratory party, honoring the beginning of her business. In a way this turn of events was a blessing, as it has shaped the direction that her business has taken.

Before Boss Mom, Dana worked as a business and content strategist with a broad clientele. As a mother and an entrepreneur, Dana found herself wracked with guilt about owning a business while raising a family. She felt the way many of us do: if we pursue our career dreams, we are sacrificing something in our family lives; we can only have one. However, when she looked at the way she had created her life, she realized that she was in fact able to have both.

This realization came at a time when she was seeking out help from a book writing coach, as she had plans to write a book. It became very clear to her that many women hear this same message, and in fact it’s not true! Dana discovered that being a successful business owner actually nurtures her family. By pursuing her career goals, she is an example to her children of the importance of following your dreams.

Dana is not suggesting that being both a mother and an entrepreneur is an easy task; she just suggests we approach these two roles in a more holistic, integrated way. For example, instead of having a work schedule and a family life schedule, Dana combines the two. Since one inevitably influences the other, doesn’t it make more sense to take them both into account? When we dedicate ourselves to doing everything that we want to, we’re essentially acknowledging that one side is going to be sacrificed. But if we commit to a realistic schedule on both ends, both our family and work life goals will be achieved. When we do that, she explains, both sides thrive.

 

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More About Boss Mom:

Boss Mom is a consulting company dedicated to helping mothers and new entrepreneurs alike get their business plan off the paper and into reality. Dana comes from the perspective of a mother trying to get a business up and running, but the format is really applicable for anyone. Boss Mom provides a community of working moms helping one another to get their business started and sustained. Boss Mom emphasizes the impact that following your career dream has on your children: “pursuing our passions is a magnificent way of showing our children that ‘work’ doesn’t have to be a negative word.”

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:
I floss everyday.
What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?
I have a lot of empathy.
What advice would you give your 25 or 30 year old self?
Accept all the support you can get.

Check Out The Links Mentioned in This Episode!

Boss Mom

Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro

Boss Mom Facebook group

Dana Malstaff Periscope

Dana Malstaff Instagram

Dana Malstaff Twitter

 www.boss-mom.com/Trello

 Free webinar that shows you how to translate your business goals into an action plan: www.boss-mom.com/webinar

007: Navigating Unknown Territory with Dr. Saralyn Mark

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It doesn’t seem immediately intuitive to connect women’s health and space travel. However, as Saralyn Mark would tell you, approaching an issue from a plethora of angles will lead not only to deeper understanding of the issue but also to new discoveries. Mark’s multi-disciplinary approach to studying women’s health is one of the reasons that she has been so successful, and this rounded approach is something she takes into her personal life. Today I have the incredible honor to speak with Saralyn Mark, a Senior Policy Advisor to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and a world-renowned leader in women’s health.
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More about Dr. Saralyn Mark

Saralyn Mark’s women’s health career took off in the mid-nineties, a time when the accepted approach to women’s health was linear and unquestioned. She advocated for a more comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach, which led to her to develop a women’s health fellowship. This fellowship has been highly successful and has inspired many similar programs. Saralyn’s work with women’s health has led her to sex and gender based studies, where she examines biological and society-based differences between men and women.

 

In addition to developing an expertise in women’s health, Saralyn studies space travel. Her unique career course is directed by her experience that “if you go through territory that hasn’t been navigated, you have to chart your own course and you have to be fearless.” Instead of narrowing her interests to fit into one neat career path, she has chosen to pursue all that interests her, be it women’s health, gender studies, space travel, or dance. Today Saralyn is a world-renowned women’s health specialist, the president of Solamed Solutions, Senior Policy Advisor to Office of Science and Technology Policy, and advisor to groups including NASA.

 

What You’ll Learn in this Episode :

  • The subtle gender and sex discriminations that Saralyn’s consulting organization iGIANT has uncovered in large companies
  • How gender and sex based differences can be seen in nearly every facet of life
  • How Saralyn maintains balance in her highly active life
  • What Saralyn does each week to have ‘self-time’
  • Tips and advice on perspective shifts to see value in the work that you do

 

Saralyn began studying women’s health in the 1990s when the accepted approach to women’s health was the “Bikini Medicine Model.” This model places focus on activity within breast tissues and the reproductive organs, resulting in a divided and disconnected understanding of women’s health and bodily functions. Saralyn recognized that this method was not sufficient, and thus developed the first women’s health fellowship to focus on a broader and more integrated study of women’s health.
Saralyn’s success with the women’s health fellowship led her to become the Senior Policy Advisor for the White House OSTP, a position she maintains today. As the Senior Policy Advisor Saralyn further pursued her dedication to interdisciplinary analysis and developed the iGIANT, or the Impact of Gender/Sex on Innovation and Novel Technologies, model. At its core, iGIANT enhances progress across the board, as it is useful for policy developers in government, industry, academia, professional societies, and advocacy to name a few. Examples of the work iGIANT has uncovered include the discovery that some car manufacturers safety features are designed to protect a average man’s build, which leads to greater injury for women when they get in accidents. Such discrete subtleties often go unnoticed but can be hugely impactful.

 

Currently Saralyn continues developing iGIANT and acts as president to her consulting organization, Solamed Solutions. She also provides consulting guidance to groups such as NASA, with whom she studies the effects of space travel on the human body. Although she acknowledges that she has met many barriers throughout her work, the progression of the work itself has come naturally. Because the work she does is truly impactful and intuitive, she feels a sense of ease and confidence each day.

 

Saralyn finds that having outlets and an understanding that she can’t do it all are her saving grace. She schedules a class in each week and recommends, “people find whatever creative outlet then can and go do it, and not be competitive with it.”

It’s difficult to cover everything that Saralyn has accomplished throughout her life, and yet she discusses her work with an air of calm. Her advice to her younger self is some that I think we may all benefit from hearing.

“The universe will take care of you. Don’t be scared, not everything is that important. If something looks impossible wait a few minutes because a door is going to open and you’re going to find another way through.”

 

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

I make I schedule in exercise classes.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

Communication

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

The universe will take care of you. Don’t be scared.

 
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Check Out the Links Mentioned in this Episode!

Learn more about iGIANT

Solamed Solutions

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

A Brief Biography of Saralyn Mark

“The Impact of Sex in Space,” an article Mark wrote for the Huffington Post

006: Brain Power with Joycelyn Campbell

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Rewire Your Brain For Greater Achievement, Control, and Happiness: A Conversation with Joycelyn Campbell

Have you ever found yourself determined to improve some aspect of your life; diet, exercise, time efficiency, yet when faced with the actual issue you go right back to your old habits? According to Farther To Go founder Joycelyn Campbell, this isn’t really your fault. Our brains function in two ways, consciously and unconsciously, and our unconscious brain has a bit more influence over our day-to-day actions. This means that we may make a conscious decision to do something, but our unconscious brain will sabotage that decision and influence us to maintain past habits.

 

Thankfully, there are ways to overcome this dynamic. Today I speak with Joycelyn Campbell about how to rewire your brain so that your conscious self is in control, instead of your unconscious brain controlling you.

 

What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • How to break old habits and create and sustain new ones
  • Tools to connect your day-to-day habits to your larger life goals
  • How to overcome communication difficulties with people in your life
  • Why those communication issues arise and tricks you can use to overcome or avoid them in the future

 

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More about Joycelyn

Prior to founding Farther To Go, Joycelyn had had a variety of professional roles. She has been a substance abuse counselor, an administrator of accounting, a graphic designer, and a writer; all of which have played a part in leading her to develop Farther To Go. The seeds for the Farther To Go concept began to take shape particularly in her work as a substance abuse counselor. That position required expert people skills and the flexibility to know exactly what sort of communication style worked best for individual clients. Using enneagram typing, a personality typing system, Joycelyn began to see that when she could figure out an individual’s personality type, she could anticipate their reactions in various situations. Further, she could aid those individuals to understand their personal communication styles and act accordingly, and teach those around them how to interact with them in the most productive ways.

 

While those communication comprehension skills were especially pertinent in her substance abuse position, Joycelyn has been using them her whole life. She has always been one to figure out problems with unique, often social, solutions. She didn’t fully recognize this ability until an event occurred a few years prior to her development of Farther To Go. She found herself in a state of general dissatisfaction with her life and she didn’t know what to do about it. She recognized that there had been many times in her life that she had been happy, and she began to contemplate what the circumstances were that created a happy life in those times past. She began to look into what she calls her ‘big picture wants’ and understood that if she could find a way to get to those, she would have joy back in her life. To do so she began to develop a system of goals, habits, and intentions to direct her toward that end goal, a project that eventually became Farther To Go.

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More About Farther To Go

Farther To Go is based off of the principle that our brains are primarily driven to maintain the status quo because that is the safest, easiest, and most energy-efficient option. This is a survival mechanism; if our past habits have lead to our survival, our brain wants to continue to maintain those habits. This can make change very difficult, as this unconscious part of your brain keeps on ‘correcting’ you back toward your old habits when you try to switch things up. Farther To Go overcomes this barrier through education. By better understanding the interactions between your conscious and unconscious brain you can rewire those interactions, making autopilot work for you rather than against you. Ultimately this allows you to achieve small goals, such as a healthier diet, as well as larger ones such as career or lifestyle changes.

 

Joycelyn also incorporates her background as an enneagram specialist into the program. The Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator is a way to determine what sort of personality type you have. This information reveals how and why you interact with the world and others in the ways that you do, and how to bring greater clarity and understanding to those interactions. Today’s freebie is a Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator sampler with 36 questions so you can determine your personality type!

 

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

My morning routine.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

I come up with atypical solutions to problems, that are often social.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Keep on doing what you’re doing.

Check Out The Links Mentioned in This Episode!

Farther To Go

005: Mom Power with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner (not just for moms!)

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Todays topic is Mom Power, and hopefully by then end of this show you will be ready to take action, whether you are a mom or not, whether you have kids at home or not.  If you’re invested in raising the next generation of kids as a mom, aunt, grandmother or friend, you’ll want to listen up!

My guest today is Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director/CEO and Co-Founder of MomsRising and she’s the author of the Motherhood Manifesto: what America’s moms want and what to do about it.

Today I’m going to talk with Kristin about the power of raising the next generation. Whether you’re a mom, sister, aunt or grandmother you’ll learn about the issues and what you can do to help. That’s what this episode is all about.

I talk to Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner about making time in your busy schedule, juggling things, realizing that you can’t do everything, working in a team so you’re not alone, having lots of partners, finding mentors, and also embracing failure.

And, the free give away today is a worksheet I developed called “The Elements of a Well Woman Life” and listeners can download it here. Get the FREE worksheet “Four Elements of a Well Woman Life” now!

I love the worksheet because it offers a quickie self assessment so you can see where you are with the necessary building blocks and outcome areas for all Well Women. I’m thinking about doing a bonus episode dedicated to this topic so stay tuned for details about that.

Get the FREE worksheet “Four Elements of a Well Woman Life” now!

 

Motherhood in America

When we reflect on the state of women say, one hundred years ago, it is clear that phenomenal progress has been made toward gender equality. So much has changed and improved to make opportunities more accessible for women that many of us don’t feel that gender equality is an issue anymore; it’s a problem of the past. However, when you take a look at stats in areas such as pay equality and healthcare accommodations, women, and in particular, mothers, come out on the bottom. Many people aren’t aware of these inequalities until they affect us directly as women, wives, or mothers.

 

For Kristen Rowe-Finkbeiner, Director, CEO and Co-Founder of Moms Rising, that realization didn’t happen until she became a mother, trying to balance her career with the care of an ill child. She suddenly saw that women are discriminated against for fulfilling one of the most important roles a person can undertake: motherhood. This realization led her to embark on a journey to fight for women’s and mother’s rights that has led to a thriving nationwide movement.

 

Today I talk with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner about her journey to creating MomsRising, the work that MomsRising does and how she runs a successful business and finds time for friends, family, and herself.

 

What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • Some of the issues that MomsRising tackles, and why they matter to you
  • How MomsRising’s work has led to changes on the national scale, and how you can contribute to their work
  • Kristin’s advice for creating a successful national business, including tips on working with others and bringing together great minds for a greater whole

 

More About Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Prior to founding MomsRising Kristin had worked in environment science. In that field, gender inequality didn’t come up regularly, so she was able to balance her roles as career person and wife fairly smoothly. Only after the birth of her son did it become clear to her that there is something wrong with the treatment of mothers in our country. As she looked more closely at the issue she came to see that not only are there serious barriers for women to maintain a reasonable income while mothering; women are actually discriminated against for being mothers. While she had to leave her job to be a full-time at-home mom, she realized that was lucky. For women who do not have a supportive partner or health insurance, motherhood means poverty. She recalls looking at a ring on her hand, a family heirloom passed down from her mother and her mothers’ mother before her, and feeling a calling to band together with other women and work for women’s rights around this issue.

 

Today Kristin functions as the Executive Director and CEO at MomsRising. The work she has contributed has led to policy changes such as the banning of junk food from school lunches, the development of laws protecting pregnant workers, and advancements in affordable childcare. MomsRising enacts changes through four avenues:

  • Bringing the voices and real world experiences of women and mothers straight to local, state, and nation’s leaders
  • Amplifying women’s voices and policy issues in the national dialogue & in the media across all platforms (from print, to radio, to blogs, social media, and more)
  • Accelerating grassroots impact on Capitol Hill and at state capitols across the country
  • Holding corporations accountable for fair treatment of women and mothers & for ensuring the safety of their products.

There are many ways to get involved with the important work that MomsRising does, and as MomsRising likes to say, the door to get involved is open to who has a bellybutton; if you’ve had a mother motherhood impacts you. Check out the links at the bottom of the page to find out how you can get involved!

 

While Kristin has a lot on her plate, she still makes self-care a priority. She says she can thank her team for creating a work environment that allows everyone to prioritize self-care. Kristin clearly has experience running a successful business, and I was so impressed to learn about some of her leadership secrets. While there’s often a ‘fight your way to the top’ sort of attitude in the business world, Kristin’s success comes from doing the exact opposite. She emphasizes the team over the leader and explains again and again how this team mentality has allowed MomsRising, and her, to find success as well as maintain a social and family life.

 

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

The super power of her family legacy to fight for women’s rights.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Stick to it.

Check Out the Links Mentioned in This Episode!

Momsrising.com

The F-Word: Feminism in Jeopardy- Women, Politics, and the Future by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

 

004: Mindful Meditation: From Doing to Being with Michelle DuVal

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Do you ever find yourself at home after a long day of work, trying to tend to self-care, and realize that in your head you are still at the office? Or you’ll be with your children and family, thinking about your next to-do list or ruminating on an argument from earlier in the day? For better or worse, we live in an incredibly busy, action-focused world. As a result we’ve grown to think that constant activity is the best way to function. What’s more, we essentially don’t know how to turn off our mind from ‘doing.’ Even in our down time our minds haven’t ‘turned off.’

According to mindfulness meditation instructor Michelle DuVal, how we relate to our lives and those around us is directly dependent on the state of our mind. An unhealthy diet and lack of exercise leads to bad health and a body that doesn’t function at 100%; shouldn’t the same be true for the health and efficiency of the mind? While we put serious attention on our physical wellbeing; our health, our hygiene, our fitness; we often forget about out the health of the mind. By dedicating care to the state of our mind, Michelle explains, we can live fuller, more present lives. Join me in my conversation with Michelle as she explains what mindfulness is, why it is important, and how anyone and everyone can incorporate it into his or her life.

In This Episode You’ll Discover:

– The differences and definitions of mindfulness and meditation

– How you can include this practice in your day-to-day activities, such as in the grocery store or at the dinner table

– The first steps to including mindfulness in your life, each day

– How to get your kids to meditate and how mindfulness can enhance your ability to appreciate the time you have with your family and loved ones

Get my FREE Mini Meditations now!What do we mean when we say mindfulness and being present? In the average day the majority of our thinking is spent rehashing the past or planning and focusing on the future; very rarely are we actually present, moment-by-moment. Our mind can only be in one place at a time, so if we are focusing on the past or the future we are not truly aware of the present. Why is this important? Because it allows you to handle every moment as it comes, instead of reacting based on past experiences or expectations. Mindfulness meditation can improve resiliency and mental focus and give you the tools to thoughtful instead of reactive throughout your day. While mindful meditation used to be met with raised brows, many studies have confirmed that this practice yields tangible, positive results. More About Michelle DuVal Michelle turned to mindfulness meditation after the stress of her nine-to-five job began to cause stress-related health issues. While she had always been encouraged to practice mindful meditation by her father, the founder of the Mindful Center, she was only able to find value in it through her own experiences with stress management. She quickly came to see the positive results of mindful meditation, and today she is the director of The Mindful Center. The mindfulness techniques that Michelle teaches lead to increased resiliency, decreased reactivity, mental focus maintenance throughout the day. I think anyone would gladly seek out those results, and Michelle has found that businesses and institutes have found these tools particularly useful. In addition to running trainings and workshops at The Mindful Center, Michelle provides onsite mindful trainings in clinical settings, such as hospitals, in corporate environments, and in schools. In all of these settings, stress and can pile up, and Michelle provides tools that individuals can use both in and out of the workplace. Today Michelle practices mindful meditation daily, in both a sitting practice and in her day-to-day life, such as at the grocery store or at the dinner table with her twin three-year-olds. She admits that balancing her various roles – mother, The Mindful Center director, and wife – is not easy, but her biggest self-care practice is, you guessed it, mindful meditation. She explains how she uses this practice to be present with her children and family, and how it gives her strength and energy to balance everything on her plate. In this Episode, Michelle and I discuss the basics of mindfulness meditation, how it improves her day-to-day life, and how you can start. She gives tips and advice applicable for newbie meditators and experts alike and shares her secrets for utilizing this tool in everyday settings, such as while doing her weekly shopping or when she’s overwhelmed as a business director or mother.

Check Out the Links Mentioned in this Episode!

Themindfulcenter.com

Mindfulness Program at UNM Center for Life

Mindfulness Meditation Programs at APS

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