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Unpolished 11: The Inspiration Tribe
Have you ever had the experience of your soul nodding “heck yes!”? That feeling is what this conversation is all about. Sarah shares an update on her experience hosting a recent workshop and how she did NOT have a vulnerability hangover this time. Her experience was radically different because she felt more confident in her authenticity and was coming from a place of giving the gifts she could give instead of from the need to perform. We talk about how shifting our mindset can take the...
Unpolished 10: Authenticity
We talk a lot about vulnerability on this podcast, and in this episode, we explore the idea of authenticity through two different analogies we’ve both come across. Sarah shares the metaphor of how we present ourselves to the world is like a room that we get to decorate however we want. It’s scary to present the room exactly as you want it, showcasing every detail that represents you, but having the courage to be exactly who we are is where we can find deeper joy. When we think about how this...
Unpolished 09: The Art of Showing Up
What if we looked at every experience as an opportunity to learn something? When it comes to building our businesses, we’ve found that this approach really helps us stay open to possibilities and find even the smallest ways to move forward. This episode starts off with Stacy sharing insights that she learned from a recent round of giving free coaching calls and how the idea of practicing confidence is more about getting out of our own way and letting it come through. We explore the idea that...
Unpolished 08.5: Right Now Is The Destination
Progress isn’t usually a straight line - sometimes there are loops and circles, but it’s all still movement. If you drew a bunch of loops on a piece of paper, the line is still moving forward even though there’s a portion of that loop that’s moving backward. This mini-episode was a parting thoughts conversation we had after wrapping up a previous podcast recording. We talk about the importance of knowing our triggers so that we can set the right boundaries for ourselves. We also discuss how...
Unpolished 08: Courage Over Comfort
What happens we finally take that leap and are able to move past our fear? In this episode, Stacy talks about her experience finally doing something that she had avoided for a while, and what happened as a result. We talk about why doing the scary things our intuition is pushing us toward is so important, and how we can view this process as a game instead of a scary mountain we have to climb alone. Being authentic, vulnerable, and telling our story - whatever that may be in the moment - is...
The Vulnerability Hangover
Have you ever woken up the day after you've done something vulnerable and thought to yourself - oh my goodness, what did I do?! Well, that is what Brene Brown calls a vulnerability hangover. In this episode, we dive deep into this topic and talk about our recent experiences and what we do to recover. We examine the different roadblocks we come up against as we try to take steps forward on our entrepreneurial journeys—fear, our inner critics, the seeking of validation—and we share different...
Unpolished 06: A Productive Waste of Time
We all find ourselves saying “I don’t have enough time”, but is that really true? When we really think about, we actually end up wasting a lot of time—from mindlessly looking at our phones, to being uncomfortable with doing nothing, or even caught up in thoughts that aren’t productive. In this episode, we talk through ways of minimizing the anxiety around wasting time and commit to testing out small ways in which we can each be more productive and add more balance to our lives. After...
Unpolished 05: Confronting Fear
This episode focuses on what it’s like to put ourselves out there and the scary vulnerability that comes with testing and learning. We each share a personal story around the experience of offering our services for free in the spirit of moving our businesses forward. We also talk about how judging others is often a reflection of our own insecurities, how failure is just another way of learning, and the importance of building in recovery time once we take vulnerable actions. After listening to...
Unpolished 04: Being Okay With Being Real
What started as a conversation around professional family photographs turned into a conversation around vulnerability, authenticity and so much more. In this episode, we discuss the downfall of the word should, the unnecessary pressure we put on ourselves by trying to compete with the perfect social media photo, and the value that each and every one of us provides by putting our own unique filter on the different ideas and experiences we each come across. We all need to find our own way of...
Unpolished 03: The Comparison Trap
Why do we get so triggered by people posting that they found the miracle solution? Or the perfect family photo? Why do we all get stuck in the trap of trying to make it sound like we’re all further along and experienced than we actually are? What would happen if we just spoke from the place of our raw, real, authentic selves? And what would happen if we gave ourselves permission to change the rules in our lives at any point in time? In this episode, we dive into these questions and more! In...
Unpolished 02: Crankitude
Crankitude. What is this yucky feeling that sometimes pops up and throws a monkey wrench in your day? What does it mean when your soul is out of alignment with some aspect of your life? This episode focuses on what it feels like to be stuck and explores different ways of looking at and learning from our pain. Here’s the blog post from Tara Mohr that Stacy mentions sparked some insights for her: http://www.taramohr.com/2017/11/pain-of-the-soul/ After listening to this episode, come join our...
Unpolished 01: Resistance is Futile
What happens when we allow ourselves to just feel the feelings? It’s scary, but an important way to move through some tough emotions. This episode starts off by examining one of our favorite quotes: “Pain = Struggle x Resistance” and later comes back to the idea of clean pain vs. dirty pain and how pain can actually be used as a path to learning and growth. We also talk about how we talk to ourselves is so different than how we talk to our friends—and the need to find more compassion on the...
Unpolished 00: A Very Unpolished Introduction
Meet Sarah and Stacy, two women whose lives fatefully crossed paths on their entrepreneurial journey. This episode almost never saw the light of day, but in the spirit of being unpolished, we decided to share so people get to hear our story and understand how we met and why we decided to create this podcast in the first place. We can find plenty of examples of people who “made it” on the entrepreneurial journey, but the middle part—the part that’s messy and hard and where both of us find...