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Episodes are extremely engaging with amazing guests, really is a great listen.

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By Dani Ellis - Aug 20 2016
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This is great! 👍🏼 Very enjoyable and positive 😃

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Rank #1: 089: 5 Simple Ways to Get Started

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About 5 years back I started a "company," more like a blog called "Thee Bold." Spoiler alert: it stopped almost as quickly as it started, but the funny part about it is that I took forever to launch it. And by launch it, I mean, simply make the website public. It's like I thought the world would come sprinting towards the site once I made it go live. Nope. And instead of working at it, I decided it had failed. I had spent all this time getting little pieces together of the brand I was trying to create only to lose interest after I launched when no one came running. (I don't blame them.)

With projects since then, you'd think I'd totally learn, but I still struggle with planning for too long before releasing things. For example, with this podcast, I thought about creating a podcast for a year and a half and THEN I planned it for another entire year before launching. Though I learned a lot, I 100% could have consolidated that into a month with better planning strategies and in turn, could have had 52 more episodes by now!

So why is it that we have such a hard time starting things if all the good stuff happens after the launch? It's like we almost self-sabotage before even giving others the chance to potentially not like our stuff.

I know, releasing your hard work into the world for people to judge is tough stuff. So that's why I'm gonna run through a quick list of How You Can and Should get Started on that Project TODAY!

Make sure you are really passionate about it. Some things look fun and exciting because someone else is doing it well, but it may not be your gift. Make sure what you choose to do actually gets you excited to work when you wake up in the morning!
Ask yourself why you haven't started, and then explore why you've come up with that excuse, even if it's totally legit. I've talked to so many people who have told me what they want to do and then without taking a breath have told me why they aren't doing it yet. Stop talking about what you aren't doing yet because no one cares. Talk about what you are doing and if you need help, ask for it. If people hear what you're actively doing, they are more apt to offer their help too.
Start before you feel ready. O man, this is totally the one I need to work on, but also what I hear over and over again from successful people. You will never know everything and you will learn SO much as you go along, so start now and then perfect it as you go. It will get easier once you get those first few clients/buyers/fans.
Keep yourself emotionally high. This is a game-changer. Recently I've begun to explore why some days I feel really motivated and others I don't. It's not arbitrary, you can help yourself. My #1 is to listen to something inspirational. Feel free to use this podcast or someone else who motivates you, it could even be a chat in person. That way, no matter what experiences or people you are around, you can get on that motivated high, of course, course add in energizing food and lots of water because doing your own thing requires high energy.
Stay Consistent. One of the best pieces of advice I got was from Lewis Howes from the School of Greatness Podcast after I sent him an email.
"Go for the podcast if you will do it for the next few years consistently otherwise it may not be the best move."

Will you stick with your project for the next few years, or will setbacks make you quit? Consistently take action every day!
Simple right? It's true, these 5 steps are not hard at all, they just take consistent action and confidence in yourself. Though they may take some sacrifices or changes in habits, if you really want to start something, there's no better time than now. A year later will be just that, a year later. I believe in you and know you can do these. Give yourself a deadline and get going!

And as always, have the best day ever!!!
Thanks so much for listening!! I would love if you'd leave a review & subscribe on iTunes...

Mar 26 2018

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Rank #2: 072: Getting underneath the layers of ourselves

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In Morocco, I found myself wondering what was underneath the headscarves some women wear; who was that person really. In general, I find myself wondering that about people as I watch how they interact and go about their day.

Look around you. What layers do you see?

For me, I see a painting sitting on my floor. It may just look like a ski painting, but when I think about the layers that it took to create it, I'm reminded that I painted it because I lived in Aspen, I learned to ski there, I was inspired by old ski posters and created it, it inspired a whole collection of paintings that I created a future art show around. This painting looks quite simple from the outside, but the layers of it tell a story and help me remember how I got to where I am.

So what layers do you see? Maybe nothing stands out immediately but choose something; there's always more to see. And like mine, often not just one layer appears, but multiple. From doorways to people, to books, layers unfold stories that lie unseen if you only give, hurried quick glances.

Now it's nice to look at the layers of things, but the layers of people are what I want to look at. They are often the part that can connect you the most. And we know that connection is one of the most important tools in life and business. To bring out what is inside people or yourself is where the real magic lies. That's why social media has become a tough place to find real friends. You see the exterior good things but rarely are shown the layers that accompany a person.

How do we discover what's inside others and connect? I'm fairly certain it all starts with ourselves. Do you ever pause to remember who you really are, what your real purpose is? Do you first know the layers of your own self? I think sometimes we get in groves where we walk through life  not even knowing who we are following or why we do certain things.

Take some quiet time to explore your own layers. Who are you today and why? Then, ask if you are living for the BIG picture stuff (love, relationships, moments of happiness). Or are you allowing the smaller things to act macho (moods, negative thoughts, irritations, to-do lists)? What are the layers of you exposing?

Once you realize why you're doing things and if you are staying true to your big picture goals, you'll find it easier and more comfortable to expose your own layers to others. In turn, you'll discover people with similar layers will be drawn to you, and natural connections occur. In other words, vulnerability occurs, which is a whole subject in itself.

So today, don't be afraid to explore more of yourself and share a bit more with others.

Have the best day ever!!!
Thanks so much for listening!! I would love if you'd leave a review & subscribe on iTunes...HOW TO LEAVE A REVIEW FROM YOUR IPHONE: 1. Open podcast app   2. Search for "Passion Design Project"   3. Click on my Podcast   4. Tap Reviews & tap "Write review"

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Nov 27 2017

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Rank #3: 058: How to constantly MOVE FORWARD & keep things EXCITING

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I find that when I come home after a long trip, I have mixed feelings. Coming home almost feels like coming back to a past life..
[In short, I find this is because when you allow for new experiences in your life you almost inevitably see the way you live in a new, fresh way.]
I've been thinking on this for the last few days as I've returned after business events in London, a solo birthday trip to Morocco & Portugal, an exciting art project in California, and a fun Memorial Day in NY with my bf.
All of these things are moving me in the direction that I want it to go, but at the same time, there's that weird moment when you come down from the travel high...to...what was. Which might be perfectly fine, but also I think we tend to overlook that we usually create a life based on what our family and friends have always done. Nothing bad in that, but there's so much diversity out there to take into account as well. Like, I love bringing back some little thing from my trips to begin implementing in my life. One of my new ones is a new type of bathing from Morocco!
The things I want you to remember is that we can always create the reality we want or change it into something we desire. Which, for me, means remembering the feelings, ideas, and visions of my future life I had during my time away.
During trips away from our busy day-to-day happenings, it's so much easier to think that anything is possible. I'm sure you've experienced that: being on vacation and thinking "I bet we could live here" only to come back home and never give it one more thought. A lot of people attribute that to "coming back to reality" but remember what I said, we create the reality we want. You truly can. If you want to do something, you can. You break it up into smaller steps and do the first step within the next 5 minutes. It could be as small as creating a to-do list, or one of my favorite action steps: contacting one person who could be some type of connection to get you a step further.
After coming back from trips to my old habits too many times, I'm finding that it's actually important to remember those new thoughts I had and begin to put them into play. Most often it's not major things but instead, it's simple things, like lighting a candle that smells like the beach or having deeper conversations with everyone or sitting in gratitude each day for 5 minutes. Things that make you feel genuinely happy at the end of the day.
The biggest idea from my past few weeks I'm putting into play is thinking on a bigger scale. There's a lot of awesome people and so much opportunity out there and it's really fun to be in the midst of it all. I'm also playing music while I work and getting more outdoors time. What are you doing to feel more alive?

Thanks so much for listening, it means the world to me!! I would love if you'd leave a review on iTunes and tell me what you're up to in life! 

HOW TO LEAVE A REVIEW FROM YOUR IPHONE: 1. Open podcast app   2. Search for "Passion Design Project"   3. Click on my Podcast   4. Tap Reviews & tap "Write review"

As always, you can find more episodes like this on my website at www.PassionDesignProject.com or subscribe on iTunes to get them delivered to your app.

If you know of a perfect guest for the podcast you can reach me at Haley@PassionDesignProject.com or by finding me on Facebook at Passion Design Project.

We also have a really rad group on Facebook called The Passion Designers and would LOVE to have you join!!
Have the best day of your life today!!!

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Aug 21 2017

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Rank #4: 093: My Favorite Method to Finding Your Most Profitable Niche

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I've been thinking a lot about Niche-ing down lately. For the longest time, I worked hard to stay as open as possible so that I could get as many potential clients as possible. The weird thing about my method is that it almost ALWAYS backfires. Logical thinking would say that if you open up a pool to anyone, you will give yourself tons more options for people to find you. But the thing is, most of those people won't be right for you and you end up using tons of your time trying to please everyone, when really all you have to do is please the select group that really, really, really wants what you have to give and offer to them.

I'm trying to make it sound simple, but let me tell you, I haven't found it simple at all. To be honest, most days I wish I was interested in less things and only passionate about one thing because then I wouldn't care about leaving my mini-passions behind and it would make the whole niching-down thing easier. But if you are a creative like me, most likely you are multi-passionate too and hate the idea of letting go of one of the things you're good at - even if it's not THE THING.

If this is you and you know that working within a niche is smart, but you still are having a hard time doing it or even just choosing what niche you should be going for, I'm here to make it simple for you, with a little help from one of my favorite art coaches, Maria Brophy, author of Art, Money, Success.

Listen in to hear Maria's fantastic method of niching down, and how you can improve your business or business idea today.
And as always, have the best day ever!!!
Thanks so much for listening!! I would love if you'd leave a review & subscribe on iTunes...HOW TO LEAVE A REVIEW FROM YOUR IPHONE: 1. Open podcast app   2. Search for "Passion Design Project"   3. Click on my Podcast   4. Tap Reviews & tap "Write review"

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Apr 23 2018

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Rank #5: 074: The Total Money Makeover that I Avoided

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This is kind of a weird podcast for me because if you've listened to any, you know that I'm all about positive thinking, an optimistic mindset, and just going for things. I can't even tell you how hard it is for me to sit down and look at spreadsheets and budgets, even calendars, because, I just don't operate that way.

So there's this guy...maybe you've heard of him. Dave Ramsey. If you haven't, you might be hiding under a money rock, seeing that he's written tons of stuff on finances, but it's okay and you'll know him after this podcast!

Do you guys actively manage and budget your money? I'm the type that wants everything to work out and just assumes it is. I titled this "The Money Makeover that I Avoided" because that's exactly what I did. For years, I thought reading that book was for people who didn't know how to manage money, and I was too smart for that book.I was too smart for Dave in general, he seemed so old-school.

Until recently, my boyfriend who works in finance told me I really have to start budgeting and watching my cash flow. Those words were worse than eating a gluten-free pizza. I had once recently because I was on a cleanse and it was truly terrible.

I discovered Hoopla, an app to check out library books about this same time, and lo and behold, Dave's book topped the list. In the midst of all my denial and opposition, I decided I would finally let my guard down with Dave and give him a chance. Tens of thousands of people who attribute their success to him might have something, right?

Spoiler alert: WOW! The short book was nothing short of amazing and profound and most likely, life-changing. In short, he's all about getting out of debt and staying there - aka not borrowing any more money - forever. A very odd suggestion in this day and age, right?

But as I listened to the book (it was under 4 hours), everything he said made perfect sense. The way we are trained to think debt is necessary, the way most of what we have is us trying to look good before we actually have the money, and the reality that actually having money and no debt is an incredible feeling. Duh! Right?!

In the book, he goes through a series of steps that work for absolutely everyone. I want to take you through them quickly so you can see if you are on track or maybe should listen to the book.Even if you think you are a master (or better than most) at money, that's not saying a lot since most everything is pretty terrible. Do you know anything without debt - I'm talking mortgage too? Isn't that crazy to think about? So, I hope you'll actually take these steps to heart and think about them, talk about them, and hopefully implement them! As a note, some things don't pertain to my beliefs. For example, I probably wouldn't start a college fund for my kids because I don't believe college will be as important in 20 years, and if it is, they can learn to pay for it themselves, as I did for the most part. Also, I have particular investments I like to invest in from what I've studied.

Before we start, I also want to mention mindset. Obviously, I think mindset is huge on the route to wealth, but what I learned when I gave into practical steps as well, is that having a plan and working towards a goal helps maintain the mindset. Personally, I was having a really hard time being positive when everything was out of line, but continuing to tell myself that I had to be positive or else. It was incredibly frustrating. Literally, the moment I read this book, and began and implemented his plan, I was able to easy maintain my positive and optimistic outlook on future finances. Hopefully that helps explain my method a bit more!

Baby Step 1: $1,000 cash in a beginner emergency fund
Baby Step 2: Use the debt snowball to pay off all your debt but the house
Baby Step 3: A fully funded emergency fund of 3 to 6 months of expenses (Depending on your work)
Baby Step 4: Invest 15% of your household income into retirement (I use Better...

Dec 11 2017

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Rank #6: 079: How to Thrive with your specific Personality

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Oooooh! This is a fun one! So I recently helped launch a church campus and as part of Fresh Life Church's Crash Course, you go through a series of personality tests, one of which is 16personalities.com. I'm sure most of you have done personality tests sometime in your past. I always found them somewhat hard to understand - they describe you in letters and give a little generic description and, whatever.

But not this one. This one is dead on. For real though. Once you finish, it gives you one of 16 personalities, and details exactly how you act in about 10 pages. Nothing short of incredible. Of course, most of us are not just one because that would mean we'd have tons of identical people like us in the world, but I'd venture to say it gets the majority of your personality correct, and it's incredibly enlightening.

Over Christmas, I had my entire family take it and it was so perfect and so funny. But the best part was that it made me understand everyone SO MUCH MORE. For example, I always wondered why my boyfriend always wanted to be in groups instead of just us two. Turns out a big part of his personality as a Consul is that they see friendship as extremely important, fun, and almost a responsibility. Or why my mom never wanted to participate in an energetic argument, because in her Mediator mind she only seeks harmony.

It was truly fun to explore this about everyone, but then there was mine. Debater. I couldn't believe it. I actually thought it was wrong. Thought I should be an Adventurer or Entrepreneur! But no, I got stuck with Debater. Worse was reading the description and recognizing myself and even worse yet was my boyfriend reading it and saying "I've never read a truer description." Or maybe it was the pastor emailing me back and saying he hadn't met a Debater before.

Of course, you have to embrace your personality right? Obviously, you enjoy yourself - or I should hope you do! So here's my motto and it says, "Smart and curious thinkers who cannot resist an intellectual challenge." To be honest, I never before had thought of myself as debating person. Yes I like to speak my side and have a jolly ol conversation around things, but now I realize I actually often push my ideas for the fun of it. What I failed to realize all this time is that not everyone likes to play this, let's banter back and forth for the fun of it, game. It made me realize that times I think I'm sharing smart information, I might actually come off as too much. This was incredible for me to hear.

Apparently, we Debaters only make up about 3% of the population, which is probably a good thing so we aren't all endlessly debating ideas, but also a good thing because it's unique. Because along with everything else, there are some cool tendencies I found to be true, too. We enjoy reworking systems creatively, we live to become more knowledgeable about subjects just for the fun of it, we think logically in emotional situations, and best of all we're known to be charismatic and energetic.

So now what?

I believe the trick becomes harnessing the good qualities while approaching the less than ideal qualities day by day. No, I'm not saying attempt to change your personality, I'm suggesting borrowing some good qualities from others. As a purely logical thinker, it's next to impossible for me to make judgments emotionally. But a lot of people are very emotional decision makers, and so it would do good for me to allow emotions to enter conversations along with logic, and not just dismiss emotionally charged conversations as nonsense. And as for arguments that arise, I could add a bit of compassion to my lively debates. Allowing ideas from another view never hurt anyone and would probably help my case in the long run.

But how do we change when these things are so ingrained in us? Well first, by knowing yourself. You must be able to recognize your faults and strengths. And then by reigning them in.

Jan 15 2018

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Rank #7: 073: Learning to Walk After 9 years Paralyzed | GREG DURSO

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Greg is back on the podcast again today, to talk about his experiences this year with the Indigo ExoSkeleton, a device that allows him, as a paraplegic, to walk on his own. It's really cool science and I got him on here to explain it to us and talk about his experience with it.

In this episode he touches on:

What it's like to have something taken away and then given back 10 years later.
How do you even go about re-learning something like walking
Tricks to getting out of bed if you're feeling depressed or down
How goals play a role in maintaining a positive attitude
Going about each day energetically
and lot's more

Have the best day ever!!!
Thanks so much for listening!! I would love if you'd leave a review & subscribe on iTunes...HOW TO LEAVE A REVIEW FROM YOUR IPHONE: 1. Open podcast app   2. Search for "Passion Design Project"   3. Click on my Podcast   4. Tap Reviews & tap "Write review"

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Dec 04 2017

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Rank #8: 059: Teaching English Abroad while in College | NIKKI AWAD

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On this day in Marrakech, I stopped by a co-operative and caught up with Nikki, who is a student doing a short stint abroad to teach English in Morocco. Nikki gives some practical advice on how easy it can be to travel the world and make an impact. My favorite quote:
"All you gotta do is pursue what you wanna do, it's that simple."
Take a listen if you've ever wanted to add a new experience in your life. Enjoy!!

Thanks so much for listening, it means the world to me!! I would love if you'd leave a review on iTunes and tell me what you're up to in life! 

HOW TO LEAVE A REVIEW FROM YOUR IPHONE: 1. Open podcast app   2. Search for "Passion Design Project"   3. Click on my Podcast   4. Tap Reviews & tap "Write review"

As always, you can find more episodes like this on my website at www.PassionDesignProject.com or subscribe on iTunes to get them delivered to your app.

If you know of a perfect guest for the podcast you can reach me at Haley@PassionDesignProject.com or by finding me on Facebook at Passion Design Project.

We also have a really rad group on Facebook called The Passion Designers and would LOVE to have you join!!
Have the best day of your life today!!!

Subscription links: Subscribe to the Newsletter to get podcast updates!

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Aug 28 2017

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Rank #9: 096: Keys to Being an Artist in Demand Around the World | GEMMA O’BRIEN

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You all are in for a treat today! I've got Gemma O'Brien on the podcast today, an artist who's wowed me for a while on Instagram and in a fun turn of events, I flew across the country last week to help her paint her latest mural at Google Headquarters in Silicon Valley.

It's a funny thing meeting people you've only seen on your Instagram feed - maybe this is what it feels like to online date someone. You never truly know who they are behind the 'gram! Because personally, I think I was funniest back in my Yahoo! Messenger days...the instant messenger response delay really helped me be extremely witty. But my Yahoo glory days are beside the point and Gemma was super fun. So back to her. If you've never seen her art, you NEED to. It truly is just plain awesome. Stuff you look at and can't really wrap your mind around how it got from A (blank wall) to B (wowza).

Funny enough, in my excitement of all the free food Google offers, I didn't press record correctly and thus missed half of the interview (lesson learned), but I think we ended up covering most of it in the end!

This is a really fun one and we chat about:

Her favorite destination from art travels
Pushing yourself to do more and go further despite looking to many like you are at the top
Appreciating the process, not just the final piece
What are art agents and how to do they help
How to stand out among all the Instagrammers online
How to stay unique and not copy in the art world
Do you have to have a morning routine to be successful
Remembering to appreciate what you've done in the past
Where you can find her next

Join Gemma's 200K following on Instagram @mrseaves101 and buy prints on her website at: www.gemmaobrien.com/

Take her Skillshare class HERE!
And as always, have the best day ever!!!

Thanks so much for listening!! I would love if you'd leave a review & subscribe on iTunes...HOW TO LEAVE A REVIEW FROM YOUR IPHONE: 1. Open podcast app   2. Search for "Passion Design Project"   3. Click on my Podcast   4. Tap Reviews & tap "Write review"

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May 13 2018

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Rank #10: 091: Creating a Fashion Company with a Cause | MOLLY FULLER DESIGN

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I met Molly in Fashion school back at the University of Cincinnati. She was always creating extremely innovative designs, pushing design limits way past simply "next season's style." So I was super amped to see that she is in the midst of creating her own line of clothing for teens with Autism.

After working at the Mayo Clinic after getting her Fashion Design degree, she noticed a need for the growing number of people with Autism and decided to address it herself, by creating fashion-forward clothing for teens on the Autism spectrum. She recently released an Indigogo Campaign (live in April 2018) and is looking for funding to further the line she's already started, in order to reach more people who could seriously benefit from this type of clothing.
Molly and I talk about:

When is the right time to start your own business
How to mesh different passions into one career
Why there is a need for this type of clothing
What it takes to launch a crowdfunding campaign
Details on the creation of a fashion line

I would love for you to be a part of where Molly is taking her company and you can be by visiting her campaign here: Molly Fuller Design Campaign

You can also choose to donate a shirt to 2 different Autism Organizations even if you don't need a shirt yourself!!

Oh! And one of my designs from HaleyBadenhop.com is on the shirt, so definitely check that out!
And as always, have the best day ever!!!
Thanks so much for listening!! I would love if you'd leave a review & subscribe on iTunes...HOW TO LEAVE A REVIEW FROM YOUR IPHONE: 1. Open podcast app   2. Search for "Passion Design Project"   3. Click on my Podcast   4. Tap Reviews & tap "Write review"

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Apr 09 2018

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Rank #11: 081: How to make your One Life Count

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Yooooolo!

That's right, I'm bringing back that obnoxious cliche phrase that went viral a year or two ago. But to be honest, I wish it hadn't been simply a fad.

If you weren't in the YOLO loop, it stands for You Only Live Once, and people used it mainly to describe silly things like having a huge piece of cake or staying up all night in Vegas. But I wanna get down to the real, serious - and fun - meaning.

Do you think about it very often? I know I forget a lot. I get wrapped up in day to day things and almost forget what it's all for. We surely weren't created just to make enough to pay our bills and then retire and die, were we?

I DON'T THINK SO! And that's one of the MAIN reasons I created this podcast. I don't want that for you and I'm sure, when you think about it, you don't want a life even close to that either! I hope that the podcasts I broadcasts are getting you closer to discovering and living out your passions. Therefore, this phrase really hits home for me.

When you realize that you only have this ONE life, and you're probably a fourth or a third of the way through it already - eek sorry, just being real! - you gotta stop and check yourself. What are you living for right now? Let's explore a few things that aren't very healthy to be living for:

Only being able to pay the next bill that comes by. Yes! It's smart to pay your bills, but not smart to let your bills control your life. If they are, first, figure out where you can cut down. It's almost always possible. And then begin to save. A few episodes back I talked about a Money Makeover, listen to that. Before long, you will be focusing on what you like instead of what you don't like.
To make sure your kids are successful. Everyone wants successful kids and wants others to see that they are a top-notch parent, but using your kids as a scapegoat to get out of facing your own dreams is a tactic of fear. And since I don't have kids, I believe this allows me to see it clearer, because I see people with kids doing both sides. Think about it this way: actions speak louder than words, right? If your kids see you striving to live out your dreams, they will be motivated to do the same!
To be as good as that person you see on Instagram. Oh, the dreaded comparison. I think we can all say we're familiar with death by comparison. We finally get started on a project we're passionate about and then start following someone who is three steps ahead of us and boom, lose our drive. What Instagram doesn't show is how long that person has been working, or what they are doing behind the scenes. Have patience and allow people who are further ahead to drive you and show you what's possible!
To always give off a good image. Another one that is often exploited online, always trying to maintain a perfect image can be an exhausting way to live, especially if you are pushing it on others around you as well. There's a quote that goes something like "people are impressed with strengths, but connect through weaknesses." Remember that the next time you try to put on a perfect act, and instead think about letting others connect with you.
Retirement. Though I DO think saving for retirement is vital, I do NOT think living for retirement is. I'm the biggest advocate for crunching your goals into smaller timeframes and living the life you want right now. And to be honest, there's no reason not to. If others, who started from nothing, have, then you can too. Reframe your thoughts to think about this year and even how you can condense your goals to make what you most want to happen in, say, the next 5 years. There's no reason to wait 30 years.

By changing up the way we are looking at life and going super strong after what we really want right now, one life really is enough. I encourage you to remind yourself once a week that YOLO!

Have the best day ever!!!
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Jan 29 2018

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Rank #12: 087: Leaving the Tech Start-up Grind to Lead a Life He Loves | CHRISTIAN PIUMA

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Recently I met Christian at a Silicon Couliour meeting in Jackson Hole. As someone who left a secure (yet intense) life in the tech start-up world in San Francisco, I was anxious to hear how this change to a totally different lifestyle (snowboarding, travel, love, entrepreneurship, coaching) came about!

On this Episode, Christian describes in depth how he left a life of burnout and stress in the tech world to leading a life he loves and looks forward to every day.

Expect to hear:

How to begin to totally make a 180 shift in life
Why it's important to figure out the one meaningful question you ask yourself, and how to
How you can begin to use meditation during good times so you're ready for bad times.
The power of gratefulness
How it's sometimes more important to get rid of things in life than add things
A method to prioritizing what's most important
Lots of Tony Robbins references

Enjoy!!

And as always, have the best day ever!!!
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Mar 12 2018

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Rank #13: 057: How to have GREAT Stories | 30th Birthday

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I spent my 30th birthday in London. 6 months prior I had decided that I was going to be successful by 30, which at that point only meant that I wanted my bank account overflowing with extra funds by then.  Not exactly the best foundation for success, by the way.
However, It seemed serendipitous that the graduation of the event was on the turn of decades for me, and I thought everything would pull together because it was so perfect.
I've never had a huge desire to go to London, it's mainly due to the lackluster weather and cuisine they're known for. For that reason, I should've realized my plan was flawed already, but we are good at talking ourselves into things that seem perfect, aren't we? It's like seeing the best shirt ever in a store, only to try it on and realize it really doesn't suit you, yet it's so hard to walk away from that perfect (but actually not perfect at all) shirt.
London as a city ended up being nicer than I thought, besides the exchange rate obviously. If I was a Brit, I would travel 90% of my time and get everything for 90% off.
I stayed with 2 different new-ish friends in London. If there's any advice I'd give to people starting as early as possible, it's to befriend people who have that travel itch, or who are from different countries. There's nothing better than having a familiar face and a comfy homey bed in a foreign place.
Back to my birthday, I spent it at the Ritz, at the business event with 15 chicks. Old world glam, besides being impressive in itself, doesn't interest me too much. Having all the tiny details attended to is fun, but I really just want to tell everyone to go up a bit on the relaxing and true smiles. Getting everything you want should be a happy experience filled with lots of laughs.
I did, however, get a delicious birthday cake brought out by the staff, which was crazy yum. So their cake bakers get an A+.
What the business event that day taught me about most of all is that everything is connections. Life is about relationships. What really matters is the people you interact with. I don't get very emotional but the people who did, I noticed that all of their emotions traced back to people. It was never: "that $1000 didn't make me happy" or "my Facebook ads have ruined my life;" it was "I was abandoned when I was younger and it's affecting me. It was "my mom said something to me and it's shaped my life negatively" or "my husband doesn't quite agree with me and I need to please him first" or "I don't want to outshine my sister" or "I don't want others to not trust me because someone broke my trust and I don't want people to feel the way I did."
If we can realize that it's actually our "people pleasing" that is holding us back in almost every scenario (test it for yourself), we could go crazy crazy further than we ever knew was possible. 
It's actually insane.
Please give some time to think about who you're unnecessarily trying to please in your life. This can include your kids too. I recently reminded my mom that it's more exciting for us kids to see her passionately pursuing her dreams rather than trying to please us by being there at every beckoning.
What's this require? Boundaries. Knowing you deserve more. Making it non-negotiable. Quitting using old stories as a crutch. Moving past the fear. Giving way more time to yourself. Taking action immediately. And most importantly recognizing all of your excuses and stopping all complaining.
You'll find it really empowering to hear all the "buts" you're using and having to turn them into immediate possibilities.
My latest "but" sentence was simply in my head. Those are some of the worst, by the way, because they are the stories you tell yourself on repeat without realizing. Things like "I want to start posting on social media regularly but It's a busy time right now and I don't want to be inconsistent." With one sentence, you've successfully rationalized an excuse to yourself.

Aug 14 2017

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Rank #14: 083: Creating a Product that Sells + Learning as you go | BUBBA ALBRECHT

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On this episode, I'm talking with Bubba from the company Give'r. Starting as just an idea from an adventure back in 2011, this company has grown in recent years and is now regularly featured in some of the outdoor industry's biggest publications!
Today, we deep dive into what it takes to start a product company (hint: a lot of patience and enjoyment of the little things) and Bubba gives a lot of great tips on how to start if you've got an idea for a product. Plus...

how he got started & why gloves
the struggles (and benefits) of working in a ski town
how to stay ahead business-wise & what his biggest marketing asset is
how being patient plays a part
what he wishes he knew from the beginning
what/who motivates him

If you've got a product you're going to put out into the world, let us know on Facebook!

And as always, have the best day ever!!!
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Feb 12 2018

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Rank #15: 082: Why Giving Matters

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Do you ever have a book sitting around for a long time but never make the time to get around to reading it?

Okay, I have more than a few of these, but The Go-Giver is probably the shortest book that has been. Yesterday, I gave myself a rare off-day and decided to pick up the book. Actually, I won't lie, I threw a delicious smelling bath bomb into my tub and started reading it in there! To my pleasant surprise, the book wasn't like a typical business book jam-packed with practical info but was told in the form of a parable.

Now that the book was super simple to swallow, I actually couldn't put it down. What's the last book that's been like that for you? Probably a fictional book, right? Combining these methods is pretty genius!

The book ran through 5 keys to having Stratospheric Success, which were the Laws of Value, Compensation, Influence, Authenticity, and Receptivity. Alone, these words sound pretty boring and typical, but what's interesting is the way they can be used that you might not think of.

But before we get into that, let's talk giving. I like giving, it's fun. Probably you do too. The part I don't like, buying...spending my money. Unfortunately, these two things go hand in hand, for the most part. If you aren't spending your time, resources, money, maybe you should re-examine if you're really giving anything haha! I find it especially hard to give when money isn't just freely sitting around for me to spend on others, charitable causes, even church tithes.It's just not the easiest thing to watch your money go to something besides your personal benefit.

I actually heard a quote recently and it said something like, If you don't give when you have little, you will find it much harder (and probably won't give) when you have much. Take a 10% tithe for example. If you won't give $1 out of $10 that you have, do you think you'll be prepared to give $1000 out of $10,000 that you make? Tough right?

So, knowing and hearing the importance of giving, this brought me to the question: How do I produce a giving heart, and is it even worth it?

To expand on the Laws I mentioned above, let me dive a little deeper. My biggest takeaway from this book is that giving isn't always just about handing money over, there are many other ways that we often overlook which may be more important. So let's explore these.

By Value, I mean you give more value than you take in payment. This means that if someone is paying you to do something, you freely go above and beyond. Every day you have the opportunity to do more than you're paid to do in your workplace. Look for ways to jump in and help with a giving heart.

By Compensation, I mean your income is determined by how many people you serve. No, it's not how good of job you do. Of course, doing good work is important for anything, but how much you can get paid has no limit. The more people you serve, the more you can get paid. Think about ways you can expand the realm of people you serve - this usually means you have to get creative!

By Influence, I mean how much you place other people's interests before your own. I must say, I'm quite guilty of this. If I do something, it's usually for my benefit, and even if I do it for someone else, I still want the majority of the benefit. This book dives into the importance of letting others win and helping others achieve what they want. By placing others interests before your own, you develop a unique type of respect that isn't given very often.

By Authenticity, I mean offering your personality, offering you. Many people think that they are limited when it comes to having specific skills, but we all know that more often than not, people get jobs or clients because of knowing someone and that someone liking them. By simply being a good person and maintaining confidence in yourself, you already have a ton to offer.

By Receptivity, I mean that you have to be willing to receive. I always find it funny when people feel awkward r...

Feb 05 2018

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Rank #16: 092: What To Do When You Feel Like You Aren’t Doing Enough

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Anyone have a case of the "I'm not doing enoughs?" Thought so!

Here are 10 things to remember when you find yourself anxious about being behind or that you'll never get to where you want to be. Listen in as I talk in detail about each one and how I'm working on them in my own work and life.

You'll never totally "arrive," most likely you'll always want more and thus, more time
Taking breaks actually can enhance creativity
When we take off the pressure, we are able to be inspired instead of forcing things
Never work so hard that you forget why you're working
Think about what people say about you - do they say you are a workaholic? Think about eulogies
You can do ANYTHING but not EVERYTHING
The process is often more exciting than the result, so remember to enjoy that part
Stop comparing yourself to others: social media doesn't stop, someone will always be working every second of the day and it's impossible to do that as one person
Enjoy right now, because your life is happening right NOW. Not after you accomplish your goal.
If you can learn to enjoy the journey, instead of being irritated and frustrated that everything isn't finished TODAY, you will: have more people that are behind you (because overnight success isn't inspiring), be a better version of yourself (it's no fun when you have no time for anyone), you'll be more creative (leads to better work)

Pro Tips: Set boundaries, celebrate successes, let yourself have fun in the moment, remember you are lucky to be doing what you want with your time  - if you're anxious you don't have enough turn that into gratefulness that you at least have some!
And as always, have the best day ever!!!
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Apr 16 2018

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Rank #17: 097: How to Conquer Shiny-Object Syndrome in your Biz!

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My 31st birthday was over the weekend (yippee!) and I thought that called for a solo show of one of the topics I talk about that gets the most response: Shiny Object Syndrome. If you don't know what it is, consider yourself lucky! Or maybe you didn't know it was referred to as this! Well, if you're an entrepreneur and ever find yourself jumping from one idea to the next, never really accomplishing the thing you want to accomplish, you just may be a prime culprit.

Not to fear though, there are a few things we can do to fight this and develop better habits!!

Use a notebook to write down new ideas
Schedule time for working on the new ideas that you decide are worthy of working on

Then, work on these 3 things are all things that we need to work on as we begin to move away from shiny object syndrome.

No's, Yes's, & Martyr Syndrome

Say no to: crappy emails, hanging out with people who aren't a positive influence, social media distractions, being a martyr

Say yes to: spending time on things that matter, self-care,

And then do this:

Dive into the fear of the big thing that matters
And as always, have the best day ever!!!

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May 21 2018

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Rank #18: 085: Getting over the Emotional Side of Rejection

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When was the last time you were rejected? Maybe it was today or yesterday, or maybe a year ago and you're still upset and mad about it. Whenever it was, I surely can relate and am guessing most listeners can. I hate rejection. I really do. It's annoying, hurtful, makes me feel like I wasted time, is depressing, can crush a good day, must I go on....

Sometimes I look at people online and think, "Wow, must be nice to get everything so easily!" But is that really the truth? I've experienced an extra lot of rejection lately. Mainly because I'm reaching out to a lot of people from scratch about creating murals, not knowing if they need or want one or not. At first, I thought this process was really fun. The possibility of hitting a client who wanted my services was an exciting thought and I decided people would easily say yes. Much to my dismay, getting a yes from people isn't as simple as I thought and as the no's began coming in, it really sucked.

To think logically about this, which is what I usually do, it makes sense. If people are approached about something they don't really need, they might show a touch of interest if it's cool enough, but ultimately don't have a good enough reason to say yes. (Which would be where good marketing could possibly be useful which is a topic for another time). But in addition to logical thinking, emotions are bound to come up, too. I'm pretty sure no one likes to get rejected, and mainly because it kind of makes you feel like a loser, or that you aren't good enough.

I remember hearing in a coaching course, about a year ago, that the rate you can expect people to buy from you from your mailing list is about 3%. THREE! That means you are getting a 97% rejection rate. Ouch. Of course, the bad thing to do would be to look at it that way and think about 97 people rejecting you vs. 3 people saying yes, and unfortunately, that's what we usually do, isn't it?

So how do we turn this around? How do we get past or overlook rejections (that are bound to happen) and move on to better fits? There are a couple key moments in a rejection to look at.

First, are you separating work from self? If your rejection is work related and you have decided that it is against you as a person, you're already starting off in a bad place. These types of rejections are totally different and cannot be grouped together. So separate your feelings of self with your work and start from there. To get you kickstarted doing this, pretend someone else made the mistake and you are learning from their mistake. That should help take some initial self-imposed emotions out. Then, you absolutely must remember no one is perfect and no successful person is perfect either. Remind yourself that you are bound to make mistakes, go about things wrong, do things others don't like, and then, if rejected, come through on the other side with something better.

Second, think about what the rejection is teaching you. Maybe you actually aren't perfect! No....that couldn't be right. But maybe you can learn from this rejection to see what you can do better next time and actually improve and take a better approach. With each rejection email I receive, I like to find a theme of what people are saying and take measures to figure out a better way to approach that for next time.

Third, find a trusted friend that you can talk with who will instill confidence in you. In a talk in town the other night, mentors were talking about what they found most valuable back when they were mentees. A common theme was that the mentor fostered confidence in them at the times when they didn't believe in themselves or weren't thinking big enough. I know from experience that having people around you that will speak life into you when you're feeling defeated can be a real game changer and give you the strength to move forward!

And Fourth, try again. In "Think and Grow Rich," the author talks about how persistence is often the most telling sign to a successfu...

Feb 26 2018

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Rank #19: 088: Working for Something MORE than just “Work”

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I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Starting and running your own business can and usually is a daunting task. People on Instagram love to show the beautiful, exotic, freeing part of working for yourself, but what's usually lost in that are the grueling hours of nothing happening or the numerous rejections that occur when starting out. It's super easy to feel like you're taking one step forward and then getting pushed 10 back from all directions.

If you've started your own biz, I'm sure you are well aware that it's not all fun and games. Since going off on my own, I've had the best times and also the lowest lows I've ever felt too. Times when it feels like nothing (at all!) is working out or ever will. It can be a little bit soul-crushing and cause weeks of lost motivation. For me, it became an endless cycle of 'how will I make money this month?' A revolving conversation in my head wondering if I could even make it on the path I was on and what I would do in worst case scenario.

It may seem pretty simple that I first off had a big attitude problem, but more than that, I want to talk about the bigger picture, because that's what this mentality stems from. When we do work, we have to think about WHY we are doing the work. What does it mean to you?

This is why a lot of people want to get out of their jobs because the job means nothing to them. It doesn't hit any of their personal passion points and therefore, it doesn't fill them up like work should. In the same way, even if you are working at something you love (like I was), if things aren't working out, or you're in the building phase, simply loving what you're trying to build isn't always going to cut it.

And that's when you have to remember why you're doing it. I'm assuming that if you are starting your own thing, or if you work for yourself, you're doing it because you want to and not because of the big paycheck (even though that could be a goal). So for me, once I began putting all of my focus on how I would make money, paying bills, money this, money that...that's when I hit my lowest points. I lost all focus on the big picture because I couldn't see past the next paycheck. My worth turned from something I was trying to build to defining myself by how much money I was bringing it.

So I did a little mental exercise with myself. I envisioned having all the money I wanted...and then what? I realized I didn't even know where I wanted my business to be at that point. Was were my major goals? By using all my energy striving for money, my business had somewhat lost a lot of it's meaning. I was working for nothing more than money.

So today, I'm asking you, what are you actually working for? The world tells us that money and fame are what matter. And I think those 2 things are great, but the bigger picture: what are you trying to build? What do you want people saying about you? Pretty sure I don't want people saying, Oh yeah, she paid her bills on time. Gross!

I know it's easy to lose focus on what you're working towards when the world throws so many things at you. So remember these 3 things:

Focus on what you WANT not what you don't want.

Stop saying the word "But.' If you want something, say it to the world and don't give excuses or feel the need to justify it.

Write down what you want. If you aren't sure and worry that it might change, write down the most meaningful thing you want right now (that seems semi-far-fetched).

We aren't here just to put in hours, work our lives away, and retire. I want you to make the absolute most of every day AND do something every single day that gets you a tiny step further to what you really are working towards in life - your bigger picture.

And as always, have the best day ever!!!
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Mar 19 2018

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Rank #20: 094: What’s Worked & Hasn’t Worked in the Past Year as a Full-Time Artist

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A few people have messaged me lately asking how to get started in the art world and what my trajectory has been like. Although I think it's an ever-evolving world as an entrepreneur, with the world moving SO FAST, on this episode I'm talking about things I've done that have worked and haven't worked. As a spoiler, here are the top 2 things I learned most recently:

A. Patience is key. I know, we all want things to happen like...yesterday...but the reality is success takes a lot of consistent work and a positive mindset that you can do it. The artist I worked with and admire has been painting murals for 5 years and working on her artistic style for 10...that's almost 5 times as long as me and was a good eye opener for when I'm feeling impatient!

B. On the other end, while being patient, you can't just wait for the perfect project to show up at your doorstep before taking action. If you aren't consistently doing the thing you want to be doing (even if it's in your 10 minutes of free time a day), no one is going to magically find you and give you that perfect opportunity you want. Take consistent action and always be working towards what you want and showing up!

I also touch on:

Going into debt
Collaborations
Taking Initiative
Staying Motivated
Travel
Professionalism
And as always, have the best day ever!!!

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Apr 30 2018

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