Financial Freedom? Yes Please! - EP 79

 

“It’s never too early to learn about how to handle money in your business.”

—  Melissa Houston

 

Dealing with finances can be one of the most nerve-wracking aspects of running a business — but it’s also one of the most important.

 

Unfortunately, since money management isn’t taught in schools the way it should be, many of us feel confused (or even intimidated) when it comes to understanding our numbers. 

 

Financial strategist Melissa Houston helps business owners push through the overwhelm, get a handle on their finances, and put themselves on a path to building real wealth.

 

And she actually makes it feel easy!

 

The key? Addressing money mindset issues.

 

“Money is a very emotionally charged topic, especially for women,” Melissa explains. “If we have things that are holding us back in our business because of these money mindset issues that we’ve been...

Strengthening Our Communication And Boundaries For Success - EP 78

 

“I think that long before I became a coach as a career, that’s the role that I played all my life.”

—  Michele Young

 

If you have trouble saying “no” in your business — or personal life — you’ll want to take some notes during this week’s episode!

 

Michele Young is a certified coach-practitioner who helps business owners uplevel their communication skills and learn how to build stronger business relationships.

 

It’s a career that fits her like a glove.

 

Michele has always been an emotional caretaker, offering support and advice to friends and family. Her early jobs included executive assistant and copy editor, both supportive roles.

 

Michele is so amazing at what she does because her work is in alignment with her zone of genius.

 

Michele believes that work doesn’t have to be a slog or unhappy, as long as we aren’t trying to fit a square peg into a round hole....

Tapping Into Your Best Introvert Skills - EP 77

 

“Even 33 years later, I do every once in a while have to think of putting my
superhero cape on and mentally making that stance when I have a difficult
day ahead of me,  and just empower myself.”

—  Karin Welsh


Some occupations are tailor made for introverts. Others can be a little more of a challenge.

 

Karin Welsh is a real estate broker and a hardcore introvert — two things that form an unexpected pairing!

 

The real estate industry is not a place where you would expect introverts to thrive, and it’s true that many aspects of the job of real estate agent do favour extroverted people. Yet Karin has managed to become very successful... and has discovered that being an introvert has actually provided her with strengths that are ideally suited to her work.

 

Karin discovered a love for real estate when she was a child, observing her realtor father selling houses and her stay-at-home mother creating a cozy and inviting...

How To Get Your Business Ready For The Holidays (For Time Off!) - EP 76

 

It’s that time of year again, my friends. We’re lighting candles, decorating trees, and putting together shopping lists for feasts with friends and family.

 

But we’re also putting together holiday promotions, coming up with strategies for the new year, and trying to clear our schedules so that we can enjoy a little rest and relaxation.

 

In this week’s episode, I share five tips on how to get your business (and yourself) ready for the holidays, so that you’re prepared to dive back into work after your winter break without feeling overwhelmed.

 

If this holiday season you’d rather focus on being fully present while spending time with loved ones and having second helpings of your holiday meal than on taking care of your business, then let’s begin!

 

Listen now to learn what to include in your auto-reply, how to avoid an overpacked schedule, and what to do with your calendar apps — it all starts when you...

Navigating The News And Protecting our Energy - EP 75

 

“We tend to get triggered just by hearing things that contradict our worldview.”

—  Sara Beth Wald

 

Many of us want to stay up to date with what’s going on in the world today, but are anxious (and maybe even fearful) about the chaotic state of the news.

 

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to stay informed without dealing with the overwhelm? 

 

My guest, Sara Beth Wald, is a self-professed news nerd who is passionate about helping people understand and access the news of the day with less anxiety and fear, through consuming it mindfully. 

 

As a former journalist and social worker, she’s ideally trained for this sort of work!

 

The truth is that many news sources are more interested in selling to us than in keeping us informed, and the information that we’re given is often calibrated to suit a specific target audience.

 

And it can be hard to figure out where the truth lies!

...

Asking for Permission - EP 74

 

“We are masters and captains of our own ships. And most of the time, we know exactly what to do.”

—  Julie Greenham

 

Be prepared — I get a little bit fired up in this episode! That’s because this episode’s topic is one that pops up far too often in the lives of entrepreneurs. Yes, even in my own life.

 

I want to talk about the act of asking permission for things… in our own businesses.

 

Put up your hand if you’re guilty of this. I’m guessing that a lot of listeners have caught themselves seeking the permission or approval of other people when making decisions in their role as founder and CEO. 

 

This type of behaviour can often be traced back to childhood, to the idea of raising our hands, waiting our turns, and relying on authority figures to guide us.

 

But if we need to seek approval for every step that we want to take in our businesses, that slows us down… and can even...

Being Creative (Even If You Think You Aren’t) - EP 73

 

“Creativity is really broad, it’s not that you have to be able to paint or draw. I think everybody has creativity in them in some form. It might be in baking, it might be in gardening, it might be in sewing or knitting.”

—  Lorraine Thomson

 

Do you consider yourself creative?

 

While many people may answer “no,” creativity can mean many different things! And there can be no telling where your creative journey can take you.

 

My guest for this episode is Lorraine Thomson, who always knew that she wanted to be an artist... even as she set it aside to pursue a career in nursing.

 

10 years into her career as a nurse-practitioner, the urge to create became too overwhelming. Lorraine left her job and returned to school, where she earned a degree in Fine Arts from Western University.

 

Lorraine now works full-time as an artist, creating and teaching others how to create through the Zentangle Method, a relaxed...

The Word "Expert" - EP 72

 

“You can be just a few steps ahead, and you’re still able to help someone else.”

—  Julie Greenham

 

How do you feel about the word “expert”? Or how about “leader”? Many of us feel ambivalence or a sense of disconnect about being referred to as an expert or a leader in our fields — no matter how long we’ve been doing our work!

 

For a long time, I felt very uncomfortable with the word “expert.” It’s not a label that naturally occurred to me when I thought about myself and my work, and I resisted having it applied to me. I had very definite ideas of what it meant to be an expert: I thought that you had to know everything inside and out. That you couldn’t stumble over your words or concepts while doing Lives, or even while talking to other people. That you needed to know the answer to every single question, always.

 

These were very unreasonable standards. And very, very...

Tapping Into Your Introvert Strengths To Thrive In Business - EP. 71

 

“We want other people feel unstuck when it comes to seeing the world.”

—  Garrett Oler

 

If you have chronic wanderlust or just want to experience a change of scenery after being locked down for the past couple of years, you’ll want to check out this episode!

 

My guest, Garrett Oler, is the co-founder of Connected Family Travel, a business that is dedicated to helping families experience the dream vacations they never thought they could afford, through ‘travel hacking’ with travel points and smart action plans!

 

While Garrett identifies as introverted, he enjoys doing Lives and showing up in front of his audience. In this conversation, we talk about how to avoid being pigeonholed by labels and expectations, the state of the travel industry post-lockdowns, and why it really does take a village, whether we’re talking about raising a family, starting a business, or even doing your marketing!

 

In‌...

Replay: How to Navigate Online Networking as an Introvert - Ep. 70

 

“You don’t really have that opportunity for the awkward small talk in an online networking event.”

—  Angela Hall

 

In-person networking doesn’t come easy to everyone… and that’s especially the case for introverts.

 

But “who you know” still plays a vital role in helping you land new clients, earn valuable referrals, and gain access to opportunities to grow your skill set.

 

But here’s the good news: during this period of physical distancing, Zoom meetings, and virtual events, introverts have the chance to flex their mingling muscles and shine online.

 

My guest, Angela Hall, is an interior decorator who specializes in creating comfortable home spaces, and in this conversation she shares some deep insights on becoming comfortable in online spaces.

 

While this is a replay of an early episode of the podcast, it’s packed with valuable tips to help you navigate our new digital...

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