Be strong. Protect the Weak. Love Everyone. ™

#21: Jessica Honegger: Founder Noonday Collection (Reair)

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Today I talk with Noonday Founder and CEO Jessica Honegger.

She is so fun and funny to talk with. We talk about how she is courageously accepting herself and in turn that helps her celebrate others well. Celebrating our own flaws and loving our whole selves helps us have freedom to love others well.  

We laugh a lot, but there are so many nuggets of truth about loving ourselves with authenticity so we love others well.

We talk about rest and hustle, and she tells a great story of loving others intentionally when we may feel insecure ourselves. We talk about staying in the uncomfortable and being vulnerable.

She gives us some practical steps to accept ourselves and others.


Jessica has written a book all about this called Imperfect Courage which is one of my favorite books of the year.

“Leadership is about creating space for other people to step in and lead, and about doing less as a leader and entrusting others to do those things.”

“I really tried to own the gifts that I have.”


“I am choosing to focus on what I have been given and what I have, and when my attention is on that, it is completely changing the energy I have and what I am bringing to people. I feel like I am showing up for my life.”


“We don’t arrive at a place of joyfully celebrating others without intentionality.”


“To be authentic in celebrating others, I had to believe in the places in me that are worth celebrating.”


“It’s a lot easier to celebrate others when you can celebrate what you have to give and what you have to give matters, then you can run in your lane, and be in awe of people that run in their lane.”


Find Jessica:

@jessicahonegger

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/jessicahoneggerofficial/

Website: https://jessicahonegger.com/


BOOK:

IMPERFECT COURAGE

Noonday website:

https://www.noondaycollection.com/


Apparel:

Be strong story

www.bestrongstory.com




#20 Lauren Carpenter: Co-Founder Branded Collective (Empowering survivors of sex trafficking)

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Today I interview Lauren Carpenter who is a breath of sweetness and compassion to others. Lauren is Co-founder of Branded Collective, a jewelry company that partners with those who are survivors of sex trafficking. Listen in as we dive into how each of us can use our talents, maybe the ones we didn’t even know we had, to help others. 

We talk about the power of encouraging one another and recognizing the gifts of others and telling them about it. 


Some other things she talks about:


  • Not being afraid to jump into something new, to use your skills in creative ways. 

  • The skills she learned along the way lent themselves to what she does now, but she needed someone to nudge her and encourage those.

  • When you actually know the story and know the person it changes you. 

  • Sometimes it just takes one person to call out our gifts and change the trajectory of our lives. 

  • Gratitude check-in

We talk about the signs of sex trafficking and how this happens right in our own neighborhoods. It’s not just a far away thing.  She tells of staying aware and keeping our eyes open to others, so we can notice when things may seem “off”. We dive into why it’s so important to research and come alongside those who are doing work in the trenches.There are many forms of sex trafficking and we talk about the signs and what to do when something feels “off”.

If you see a woman or child who doesn’t seem like they belong with who they are with: 

Call Human Trafficking hotline:

1 (888) 373-7888


Books and Websites:

Branded Collective: https://www.brandedcollective.com
Get their jewelry and impact a survivor of sex trafficking:

Half the sky:http://www.halftheskymovement.org

BOOK: Half the Sky

End Slavery in Nashville Tennessee:https://www.endslaverytn.org

Connect with Lauren and Branded:

Instagram: Brandedcollective

Lauren Carpenter: laurenhcarp

Facebook: Branded Collective

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#19 Emma Hicks: Founder of Camp Cimb

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Emma Hicks is a 27 year old powerhouse who wears many hats: wife, mother of 3, entrepreneur, chef and baker (solely for her family ;), aunt, Rising Tide Society QC Tuesday's Together co-leader, antique picker, and 1st generation hobby farmer.

She is the host and founder of Camp Climb (a retreat for females with a creative business or looking to pursue a creative passion) and Iowa Gathering (highly curated, intimate vintage market; brought to life because of HGTV). Craving a disconnection from the online world, building ‘in real life’ relationships, creating experiences, and being a part of positive community, she bet on the fact others were hungry for it too. She acknowledged her gifts, talents, and expertise: planning/coordinating, bringing together communities, running a small business, and igniting powerful connections. After countless brain dumps and a few sketchpads later, she is climbing her mountain to make an impact.


Today Emma is teaching us how to build on behalf of others. How to leverage our gifts and talents to build beautiful things that can help  others too.


She teaches us about leveraging an open arms mentality to relationships, family and even business.


Emma is a breath of fresh air, someone who understands what it’s like to run a business, but also knows how to unplug an enjoy the simpler things in life. She balances both really well, which is so hard to do in the age of constant technology and social media.


Listen and be inspired to do what you are gifted at, stay present, and unplug so you can stay recharged to build your life on behalf of others.


Connect with Emma’s retreats: Camp Climb

http://gocampclimb.com/

Connect with Camp Climb on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/campclimb/

Facebook: Camp Climb

Connect with Emma: hicks_emma


#18 Branden Harvey: Founder, GOOD GOOD GOOD CO.

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TITLE: HOW TO FIND THE GOOD IN THE WORLD

Branden Harvey is a storyteller focused on the good in the world.

If Branden’s learned one thing from his work, it’s this: There's no shortage of good news in the world. You just have to know where to look. He's the host of the podcast Sounds Good, the creator of the Good newspaper, a printed newspaper full of good news, and has built an online community over more than 250,000 world changers. He's helped brands like Disney, Square, Southwest Airlines, and (RED) tell meaningful stories with heart all over the world. He's been written about and featured by media including The Washington Post, Seventeen Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and Mashable.

Branden looks for the helpers, he celebrates the helpers, and his company gives us all tangible steps to get involved.  In this episode Branden helps us look for the helpers and be the helpers.

Branden was a humanitarian photographer where he traveled the world hearing others stories and seeing others perspectives. He gives us tangible steps of how to get involved in our community and find the things that break our hearts so we can do something about it.

SOME THINGS WE TALK ABOUT:

“When we take action towards the injustices of the world that’s the ultimate antidote to cynicism and apathy. “

I see a lot of pain, what can I do?


t takes all of us to move the needle.

We talk about how it’s important to know what is going on in the world. Reading the news and being impacted by stories that might not affect us personally, but should affect us.

How can we be affected by others stories and also be a solution to their injustices.

It’s complicated but also simple.

It’s ok, to let these stories break your heart.


“You cannot selectively numb emotion.” Brene Brown

He talks about how he used to reject pain, but now lets it penetrate his heart.

We talk about our brains internal negativity bias and how we can change this bias. So many times we forget to savor the good news.

Allow your heart to break

Look for the helpers

Be a helper

Don’t go it alone.  

You will be inspired by this conversation to be a helper. To find those who need help and be the one who does good for those who need it.


Connect with Branden:

GOOD GOOD GOOD CO:

https://www.goodgoodgood.co/

Get a Goodnewspaper:

https://www.goodgoodgood.co/goodnewspaper

SOUNDS GOOD PODCAST:

https://www.goodgoodgood.co/soundsgood

Instagram: http://instagram.com/goodgoodgoodco

Branden’s instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brandenharvey/?hl=en

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#17 Heather Boersma: Author, Speaker, Mama of 3

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Heather Boersma Episode 17

Searching for Worth and Significance


Our guest today is Heather Boersma, a speaker, author and life coach who loves to adventure with her husband Alex and their three kids Cohen, Claire and Byron. She has been speaking to teen girls and women for the past 12 years in Canada and the USA. She has  recently published her second book, Letters from a Big Sister, where she collaborated with other authors like Jamie Ivey, Jessica Honegger who was on our show and Jenna Kutcher, to share letters of advice they would write to their younger self.



Today we talk about what we would say to our younger self now. All the struggles we went through as teens and how sometimes those insecurities and struggles follow us into adulthood. We discuss the cycles that all of us deal with when it comes to how we find our worth and significance. How can we  remind ourselves daily that we are worthy and significant.


We talk about the difference between rest and striving. She gives us her red flags for when she needs rest and needs to stop striving. She teaches us ways to see our own red flags.


We talk about identity and what we are all searching for,  how we search for worth in all the wrong places.


Who am I?

Am I accepted?

Am I worthy?


She talks about her struggles with bullying and how those struggles inspired her to write a book for young girls, as well as living her life on behalf of others to know they are valuable and worthy.

Some quotes I loved:

“Leading with Vulnerability creates connection.”


“I am not moving forward unless it’s with TEAM.”


“You don’t have to work for love and significance, you can LIVE from love and value, just because God dreamt you up. Just because YOU are!”


It’s the difference between walking into a room and saying, “Here I am”, and instead staying,” There you are.”


“Who can I find today that I can bless and hear their story?”



“I focus on finding others who need someone to listen.”



“Live from LOVE and not FOR love.”



“You actually have to love yourself in order to love others.”

We also talk about online time for teens and adults. We talk about safeguards you can create as parents for your child as they start to engage on social media.


Connect with Heather.

https://www.heatherboersma.com

Instagram :Heatherboersma

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heather.boersma.3


Get Heather’s book: Letters from a Big Sister

https://www.amazon.com/Letters-Big-Sister-Shared-Encourage-ebook/dp/B07NPX97ZY

Other books from Heather:

DREAM BIG: https://www.amazon.com/Dream-Big-Beyond-Could-Imagine/dp/1770694536

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#16 Danielle Strickland: Speaker, Author, Founder of Amplify Peace, Brave Global, Infinitum, Women's Speaker Collective

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This has to be one of the most important interviews I have ever done. Danielle gives us practical ways to listen and learn from those we may have never known. Whether it be refugee, homeless, those in foster care, etc... Danielle’s goal is to live a life of love and she gives us very practical ways in how to take the first steps in becoming love in our communities.

Today we are talking to one of the best, when it comes to caring for those in the margins. She defines the marginalized as those who are not in the main narrative. Some people can be obvious and some not as much.


Danielle talks about no matter where we live or what we do it is our responsibility to find and learn from those who have been pushed out of the main story.


”We have to go out of our way to get in the way.”


“We have to be willing to let go of knowing everything, and humble ourselves and learn from others.”

She gives us the steps to

LISTEN

LEARN

LIVE

As a 20 year veteran of the Salvation Army, Danielle has fought for those who are marginalized or have felt less than. Danielle Strickland is currently based in Toronto, Canada. Her aggressive compassion has served people firsthand in countries all over the world. From establishing Justice Departments for The Salvation Army, to launching Global anti-trafficking initiatives, to creating new movements to mobilize people towards transformational living. Danielle trains, advocates, and inspires people to live differently.

Danielle is the author of 5 books with her most recent being The Ultimate Exodus: Finding Freedom From What Enslaves You and The Zombie Gospel: The Walking Dead and What it means to be Human. She is host of DJStrickland Podcast, Co-founder of Infinitum, Amplify Peace, Brave Global and Women Speakers Collective. Danielle is a mom of 3, wife to Stephen Court and has been affectionately called the "ambassador of fun".



Some things we talk about:

+There is no such thing as a stupid question, when it comes to understanding those we many not know.

+When you serve someone it’s not about you, it will be uncomfortable.

+Change doesn’t happen without disruption.

+How to change the Story:

  1. Become the learner

  2. Look for those who are not in the main story and get into their story.

  3. Be a voice for those in the margins.

+Be humble and curious

+The stages of listening

+Healthy rhythms for life well lived.

+How to practice listening

She mentions:

The four forms of listening

Adam Kahane https://thesystemsthinker.com/the-potential-of-talking-and-the-challenge-of-listening/


How to connect with Danielle Strickland:

https://www.daniellestrickland.com


Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/daniellejstrickland/


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanielleJStrickland

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#15 Rian Smoak: IRONMAN triathlete Founder of Tri DAT

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Today I am interviewing Rian Smoak. Rian is a Triathlete and has competed in multiple marathons and triathlons, including the Ironman Championships in Hawaii, which is the Mecca of all Ironmans. After Rian crossed the finish line in Kona he knew he needed to provide an opportunity for someone else to have that feeling, who maybe couldn’t finish on their own. This started the partnership with his teammate Bryce. Bryce has Cerebral Palsy and is in a wheelchair. CP makes him unable to walk or use his legs. Through an incredible friendship they are taking the triathlon world by storm. Rian is giving Bryce the opportunity to cross finish lines. Rian and Bryce have competed in multiple races together. This consists of Rian pulling Bryce in a boat on the swim portion, pulling Bryce behind his bike, and pushing him in a race stroller on the run.



This Saturday they will be tackling a FULL Ironman at IM BOULDER.



You will be so inspired to hear Rian talk about why he knew he had to use his passion for racing to help someone else, how he changed his attitude when it comes to competition. How a friendship formed between two very different but similar men, and how Bryce is teaching us all to be grateful, inspired, and being present is what life is all about it.



We also talk about how we can treat others with special needs, and how Bryce can teach us to treat everyone with kindness and respect even if they may seem different.


Connect with Rian and Bryce:

Instagram: tridat365

Facebook: Rian Smoak

Follow them at Ironman Boulder this weekend!

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#14 Michelle McKinney: Founder of Dreams Unleashed, Life Coach

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DREAMS UNLEASHED

Michelle McKinney is our guest today and she brings the FIRE and inspiration to know what our purpose is and live in it. She helps women design, define and bring their God-given dreams to life. She believes that every woman can fulfill her God-given purpose, and she is on a mission to help them get there. That’s why she started her company,  Dreams Unleashed, to help others pursue their dreams.

My favorite piece of advice is when she says, “Our dreams are never about ME, they’re always about others”.

When we live into our gifts and purpose we are making others better and serving others.

She talks about advocating for ourselves which in turn helps us advocate for others.

If you are squelched in your dreams or don’t know what your purpose is, this is the podcast for you. And if you know your purpose this podcast will inspire you to stick with it.

Michelle gives us some tangible ways to know our gifts and steps to live into them.

She is literally coaching us through this podcast and you can use many of the tips she talks about RIGHT NOW.

CHECK OUT OUR INSTAGRAM:

@bestrongstory instagram to see how you can get a 45 minute Free coaching call with Michelle.

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Coaching with Michelle McKinney

Dreams Unleashed- get your coaching now

http://www.dreams-unleashed.com


Instagram:

Michelle.mckinney

https://www.instagram.com/michelle.mckinney/


Books we reference:

Good to Great by Jim Collins

Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren




#13 Justin Kruger: Founder of Project Kynd

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Justin Kruger founder of Project Helping and KYND KITS talks about how his struggle with mental illness helped him be passionate about serving. Justin hospitalized himself twice without a soul knowing. He even won the sales rep of the year at his former business the same year he went into the hospital and no one knew. 


We talk about the stigmas of mental illness, why it is so hard to talk about it, and how some silently struggle for years. 

After years of struggling silently Justin went on a service opportunity with his then new girlfriend, only because he didn’t want to look like a jerk for not going. After he experienced serving others is when his whole world changed. It led him to lead a life of service and use that passion to help heal others with the same struggles he had. 

This is a beautiful story of the silent struggles many of us face and how one man came through the other side and is helping others along the way. 

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Connect with our guest:

Instagram: @ProjectHelping

www.Projecthelping.org


Connect with Justin Kruger

Instagram: @Justin.kruger.81



Our Sponsors: 

Allergy Free Baking Company

Today we wanted to thank our sponsor, Allergy Free Baking Company. They are a dedicated gluten free and nut free bakery specializing in flavorful and unique baked goods that everyone can enjoy. They are locally owned and are located off of C-470 and Quincy in Morrison. They are passionate about making natural and wholesome alternatives.

https://www.allergyfreebakingcompany.com

#12 Jennifer Peters: Founder of JUST BE Kitchen

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Jennifer accidentally became a restaurant owner when she was researching for a school project. It was something she loved and realized that she could create a space that was nourishing for others bellies, but also for their soul.

She has created JUST BE KITCHEN, a place for overall wellness for body and soul. Just BE Kitchen is a 100% gluten, grain, & refined sugar free fast-casual committed to nourishing guests with PALEO, Whole30, KETO & AIP friendly comfort food!

Jennifer talks about her self-discovery and turning her pain into passion which helped her create a space for others to connect belong. It is much more than a place to get great food.

From her past and fear of abandonment, she teaches us how to turn our pain into passion and how to bring our vulnerable selves out into the world.

I know so many of you will resonate with her stories of a place of self-love and self-discovery. She talks about nourishing our whole self by learning to love ourselves first because we were all made for connection.

This episode is about putting yourself out into the world, learning about nourishing your whole self, and using your pain to fuel passion and well-being in others.

JUST BE KITCHEN

https://justbekitchen.com

Instagram: @justbekitchen
Facebook: @justbekitchen


Some quotes we loved:

  • When you are in a place of self-discovery, when you are healing wounds from the past, all these others parts of wellness you can’t unknow, because you start to learn other ways to take care of yourself, and know better ways of worthiness.

  • It really starts from a place of self-love and self-discovery. You can't undo what you learn on that journey.

  • I had to put a piece of who I am out there.

  • The minute you put something that is a part of you out into the world it is a vulnerable feeling.

  • I wanted to create a place of belonging and connection a place that people could come and be mindful. She got resistance on all of this, but she kept her mission of making people feel comfortable and the overall well being of her customer at the heart of things.

  • Every person is made for connection.

  • My goal is to have them feeling really nourished, satisfied, and cared for.

  • There has always been this thing about eating healthy about lack and stripping back. But being well nourished is not just about lack or sacrificing good food. They wanted to create a menu that was nourishing to your tastebuds as well as healthy for your body.

  • When I am taking care of myself I feel better, and I take care of others better too.

  • I wanted to create a space that I felt inspired.


21:51

We talk about how to nourish our whole self, where do we start?


24:00 When we heal wound from the past and come to place of self-discovery we can’t unlearn things along the way.


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#11 Jeremie Kubicek: Founder Giant World Wide

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Welcome friends, today we are talking about one of my favorite topics, LEADERSHIP.

You can tell how excited I am because I am talking SO fast the whole time I am interviewing our guest Jeremie Kubicek.

His former companies and current company GIANT WORLDWIDE has the mission to raise up liberating leaders who change their leadership culture in every sector. He is one of Incs  top 100 leadership speakers.

No matter if you are leading a company or one person, all of us are leading in some way or another. We talk about how a title doesn’t mean much, but influencing others is what leadership is all about.

He talks about his near death experience that changed everything for him. It changed his entire definition of leadership. You will have goose bumps after this story.

We talk about how a leader is  someone who fights for the highest possible good of the person they lead.

We talk about the 100X leader, which is his new book and blueprint to help us understand our health as a leader.

He takes us through how to lead ourselves mentally, physically, spiritually, and how we can assess if we are a healthy leader.

He calls it the health index…he uses me as an example. Follow along and see where you end up.

At the very end he leads us through the 5 circles of leadership.

YOU WILL DEFINITELY WANT TO TAKE NOTES ON THIS ONE!

It’s important to find people who are for us, and finding people who are fighting for our highest good.

Connect with Jeremie:

https://www.jeremiekubicek.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeremiekubicek/

Jeremie’s company

GIANT WORLD WIDE

https://giantworldwide.com

BOOKS:
100x Leader:

MAKING YOUR LEADERSHIP COME ALIVE:

5 GEARS: How to be Present and Productive When There is Never Enough Time.

5 VOICES: How to Communicate Effectively with Everyone you Lead.

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#10 Theresa Mazza: Hope House of Colorado (serving teen mothers)

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Love without an agenda



Today I have Theresa Mazza with me. She is currently the volunteer director of Hope House of Colorado. Hope House metro-Denver’s only resource providing free self-sufficiency programs to teen moms, including Residential, GED, and College & Career Programs.



She talks about the stigma of being a teen mother, and how to see people without judgment, but get to know the story behind the person.

We talk about living out our calling to love our neighbors well.

She talks about how to be in relationship with others and how we can serve one another. She teaches us how we can sometimes see serving as a project instead of experiencing the humanness of others.

Theressa reminds us all to love without an agenda. That sometimes the best thing is to just show up for someone.


Hope House of Colorado:

Donate or run their 5k:https://www.hopehouseofcolorado.org

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#09 Cathryn Shaw: Founder and Director ALL AMONG US

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TITLE: THE POWER OF ONE


Today’s podcast is with my sweet friend Cathryn Shaw. It started with one homeless couple, and keeping her eyes open to others. She started asking what they needed after trial and error and started to become part of the homeless story.

She has became and advocate for the homeless, but now has created true kinship with the homeless.  She is founder and director of ALL AMONG US. THE MISSION OF ALL AMONG US IS TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH A DESIRE TO TRANSITION FROM GENERATIONAL POVERTY TOWARD SELF-SUFFICIENCY.

She shares her heart for the homeless and how we all can provide dignity to others. She shares her unlikely path to founding an organization called ALL AMONG US and Women’s Care Center.


This is such a powerful conversation of the power of one person. Finding your one person to come alongside and build relationship with. Make sure and listen to end when she talks about the 10% it is so important

Connect with ALL AMONG US:

Website: https://allamong.us

Instagram: allamongusinc

Facebook:

BOOK she references: When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor: by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Some key takeaways:

Find your one person.

Someone in poverty’s 10% will likely be different than yours.

The things people were asking for were so simple.

The power of one person

I was at first an advocate but became a friend.

(Show sponsored by Karr Bick your NOTHING ORDINARY place for bathroom, kitchen, and everywhere places.
https://karrbick.com)

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#08 Ben Higgins: Bachelor season 20 and Founder of Generous Coffee

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Title: Bachelor Ben Higgins uses his platform for generosity

People may know Ben best from his time on season 20 of ABC The Bachelor.  The Bachelor has allowed Ben an enhanced platform to share what he is most passionate about which is his faith, his hope for humanity.

Ben is using his platform to change the world. We dig into some of his heart projects which include Generous International a company dedicated to giving profits to social issues around the world starting with coffee. He also works closely with Humanity for Hope United an organization that assists underserved villages in remote part of Honduras.


We talk about no matter how big our influence we can serve others right where we are.  Every person has the capacity to love another and change another life.

We talk about life after the Bachelor and what that has looked like with his work with charity.

Connect with Ben:

Instagram: @higgins.ben

Generous Coffee: @generous_coffee_

www. generousmovement.com

Ben’s Restaurant:

Ash’ Kara https://www.ashkaradenver.com

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#07 Susan Ramirez: Founder of Austin Angels

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TITLE: EVERY CHILD DESERVES A CHANCE



Today I talk with Susan Rameriz, founder of Austin Angels. Austin Angels is a non-profit that helps improves the lives of foster care children.

We talk about how to come alongside all children so they feel worthy and loved.




Susan left a high paying corporate job to do something that gave her purpose and to do work on behalf of others.  We talk about what that looks like, and how to lean into a calling for our lives even when we don’t have all the answers.

She was invited to a foster care conference and it changed her entire life. Listen to this powerful story.

Susan also gives us some simple steps to love vulnerable children well and we talk about the ins and outs of the non-profit world.


Donate to Austin Angels and help come alongside Foster Care:

https://www.austinangels.com/donate.html

Connect with Susan Ramirez:

Instagram: @mrssusanrameriz

Austin Angels:

Instagram: @Austinangelsnonprofit

Facebook: Austin Angels

www. austinangels.com

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#06 Becky Conzelman: Founder Faith Rxd

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My dear friend Becky Conzelman is on the podcast today. She is founder and executive Director of Faith Rxd.

We recorded this podcast last month in hopes to air today. Since then Becky has suffered a brain aneurysm and is in an induced coma. We talked with her team and we decided to air this interview because we want everyone to know Becky’s heart for others, her passion for faith and fitness, and a faith that doesn’t falter. We know that she would want others to be encouraged in their own journey of uncertainty and pain. I do life daily with Becky and get emotional when I hear her talk, but her heart shines through this podcast and I hope you are all encouraged.

Becky was a pro-cyclist and her dream was to go to the Olympics, but because of a random rule, she did not make her dream ofthe Olympics. We talk about keeping our faith when our dreams are crushed. When we have worked so hard for something and it doesn't shake out like we planned. Becky was also a 5x Crossfit Games athlete and Grid athlete. She has an amazing resume, but her heart for others and her faith in God is what truly sets her apart.

She has a burden for the Crossfit community to know Christ and that is what Faith RXD does. They merge faith and fitness.

You won’t want to miss our interview, I promise.


How to connect with Faith RXD:

If you would like to encourage or show appreciation to the Conzelman family I encourage you to donate to Faith Rxd: www.faithrxd.org

If you would like to see if there is a chapter in your area
Go here:

https://faithrxd.org/chapters/#.XKPLSy2ZOu4

Instagram:@faithrxd

Facebook: FaithRxd


Becky Conzelman

Instagram: @beckyconzelman

Follow her journey here: https://www.facebook.com/BeckyConzelmanFanPage/

If you have any questions about what you heard today contact info@faithrxd.org

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#05 Ben Nockels: Founder COMMOMPLACE books: "Living a life of paying attention"

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“Living a life of Paying Attention to those around us”


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Ben Nockels is the owner and founder of Commonplace bookstore in Okc. Commonplace has been featured as one of OKC favorite places to go. He built commonplace books because of his love for books and people. Ben wants everyone to feel welcome and brings everyone to the table.


The reason I have Ben on is because he is one of the best I know at creating space and margin for others.


He teaches us how to live intentionally so when our “schedules” are interrupted we don’t view it has an interruption but a gift to connect with others.  He lives a life of “paying attention with ever increasing measure.” He teaches us how to pay attention to others and the world around us.


Ben has some incredible ways that he lives his life for others, you don’t want to miss this inspiring conversation.


Instagram:

Twitter: @BenNockels

Instagram: @bennockels


Commonplace

@commonplaceokc

Website:https://commonplacebooksokc.com



Books we reference:

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Love is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends:

Tim Sanders


The three things we have to share with others from Tim Sanders book that stuck with Ben.

Knowledge

Network

Compassion


Compassion: Henri Nouwen:

“Compassion means to suffer with”


“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times







#04 Megan Tamte: Co-founder and Co-CEO of Evereve

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“Tiny Behaviors that can change a life.”

Today I talk with Megan Tamte who is the founder and Co-CEO of Evereve a fashion brand she created because of a disastrous trip to the mall soon after having her baby. So she created a place for mothers to feel beautiful and special. Evereve’s tag line is “with heart,” we talk about how loving others is the most important part of their business. They hire people who love fashion but who love people more!


We take leadership lessons and the “tiny behaviors” they teach their employees, and how we can train this behavior in our own life and pass on to our children. They are ways we can see people the way they need to be seen. Simple behaviors like remembering a name or looking someone in the eyes and being genuinely concerned for others.


She talks about teaching her kids about empathy, how they can think beyond themselves, and see others as masterpieces. She has some amazing nuggets for parents about showing her kids that they are loved no matter what they do, or what they achieve. Instead of celebrating the accomplishments of her kids, she just celebrates who they are.


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Follow Megan Tamte:

Instagram: @megantamte



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Instagram: @evereveofficial

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#03 Liz Bohannon: Founder of Sseko Designs

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Liz Bohannon is our guest this week on Be Love podcast. Liz is the founder and CEO of Sseko designs. An ethical fashion company using fashion to create opportunity & community for women globally.

We laugh a lot and tell our funny breast feeding stories. We know you moms, can relate! Those loud machines ya’ll!

The core of our conversation is about how to love others well by creating an open heart and learning how to look at everyone as beautiful creations. She talks alot about curiousity and how being intentional to see others as teachers in her life has helped change her views on having to always be right.

We talked about how loving others is keeping an open heart when others think differently than us. She talks about practicing everyday to listen and have an open heart to others, which is not something that comes natural to her. She gives us some incredible advice on this (starts at 13:10). We discuss how we are both giver and receivers, creating kinship with others.

She talks about how to have dignified and uplifting conversations with others who think differently than us. (19:51)

She talks about how commitment is her love language and helping these girls go to University in Uganda was not an option NOT TO DO! (30:00)

The last question about how she has experienced a small act of kindness and love is powerful. (35:00)



Find Liz:

Linkedin:

Instagram: @lizbohannon

Invite Liz to speak:


Find Sseko Designs

Instagram: @ssekodesigns

Learn more about Sseko designs

Join Sseko Fellows Program

Book mentioned:

Barking to the Choir: Father Gregory Boyle

(Talking about Radical Kinship)



#02 Jessica Honegger

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Today I talk with Noonday Founder and CEO Jessica Honegger.

She is so fun and funny to talk with. We talk about how she is courageously accepting herself and in turn that helps her celebrate others well. Celebrating our own flaws and loving our whole selves helps us have freedom to love others well.  

We laugh a lot, but there are so many nuggets of truth about loving ourselves with authenticity so we love others well.

We talk about rest and hustle, and she tells a great story of loving others intentionally when we may feel insecure ourselves. We talk about staying in the uncomfortable and being vulnerable.

She gives us some practical steps to accept ourselves and others.


Jessica has written a book all about this called Imperfect Courage which is one of my favorite books of the year.

“Leadership is about creating space for other people to step in and lead, and about doing less as a leader and entrusting others to do those things.”

“I really tried to own the gifts that I have.”


“I am choosing to focus on what I have been given and what I have, and when my attention is on that, it is completely changing the energy I have and what I am bringing to people. I feel like I am showing up for my life.”


“We don’t arrive at a place of joyfully celebrating others without intentionality.”


“To be authentic in celebrating others, I had to believe in the places in me that are worth celebrating.”


“It’s a lot easier to celebrate others when you can celebrate what you have to give and what you have to give matters, then you can run in your lane, and be in awe of people that run in their lane.”


Find Jessica:

@jessicahonegger

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/jessicahoneggerofficial/

Website: https://jessicahonegger.com/


BOOK:

IMPERFECT COURAGE

Noonday website:

https://www.noondaycollection.com/


Sponsors: Gwen's Secret Ingredient


Apparel:

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