Written by: Brittany Naturaltylist M. of Let’s #BeWomen Support Group
Evening Ladies… 💋💋💋
I want you to focus on a concept and word that holds much meaning and power tonight. I am sure many of you can connect and relate. Continue reading
OVERCOME FINANCIAL FEARS WITH HOPE IN GOD’S WORD – If money (or the lack of it) has you feeling stressed, you can turn to God’s Word for comfort. written by Hanna DeMarco
You run your card through the machine a second time, a third time, a fourth. But each time, you see the same words pop up on the screen, screaming at you as the machine angrily beeps: DECLINED.
Frantically, you search through your bag for cash, loose change, anything. Nothing.
You think, Okay, maybe I can do this. I can make this work.
You ask the cashier to take off the extra loaf of bread. You tell yourself you can get rid of the carton of eggs, the box of cereal, the hand soap.
Then you run your card a final time. But, still, it’s not enough.
Customers waiting behind you in line begin to grumble. You can feel their hot stares. You see a few of them grab their carts and stomp away to a different checkout line.
Briefly, with a surge of dark humor, you think, “Maybe I should just start bartering with the cashier.
But you don’t. Instead you politely apologize, watch the cashier place your bags behind the counter, and leave empty-handed.
Left with Nothing, Given Everything
When you’re caught at the end of a checkout line with no money in your bank account to pay for your purchases, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, humiliated, and defeated.
But even in those incredibly jarring and stressful moments, God is with you. With God, you do not need to feel defeated. Instead, you can rest in the comfort and assurance of God’s protection over you—even when you feel like you are left with nothing.
If you’re wracked with financial dread today, I invite you to meditate on these Bible verses of hope and safety:
- Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:6-7 (GNTD)
- May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit. — Romans 15:13 (GNTD)
- Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you. — 1 Peter 5:7 (GNTD)
- The LORD himself will lead you and be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you, so do not lose courage or be afraid. — Deuteronomy 31:8 (GNTD)
Women-Hosted Podcasts for Entrepreneurs
While most of our picks focus on topics like business and stories of successful women, we’ve thrown in a few bonuses: brain-building podcasts about science and human relations to give you a break from busy entrepreneur life, and boost creative and critical thinking. Pop in your earphones, sit back, and absorb some great discussion by the women of podcasting.
1. Being Boss
Hosts: Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon
Casandra Campbell, Content Marketer, Shopify
“As the name suggests, Being Boss focuses on one of the more delicate parts of entrepreneurship: being a boss. Being the person in charge and responsible for growing a successful business is tough, but it’s also rewarding. Being Boss aims to make your transition to this role smoother.” – Casandra
2. The Great Girlfriends Show
Hosts: Sybil Amuti and Brandice Daniel
The hosts of this podcast have great energy and chemistry with each other and with their guests. Episodes cover a really wide range of subjects like empowerment, beauty, emotional health, and love, but many episodes are geared towards women in starting businesses. Sybil and Brandice’s guests are often really inspiring and entrepreneurial women of color.
Episodes of note: #84 and 85, Creating a Successful Business from Scratch
Host: Gretchen Rubin
Topic: Success and Happiness
Dayna Winter, Writer, Shopify
Episode of note: #29, The Fantasy of Perfection“At the top of each episode, Gretchen rattles off the goals/keywords for that day’s podcast, which helps to understand what to expect before you commit to 30 minutes of the topic. If you like Gretchen’s books (I recommend The Happiness Project), her podcast is presented in the same manner—casual, light, and peppered with personal anecdotes. The topics vary from parenting to eliminating clutter to time management but are all centered around making the life and work decisions that ultimately make you happy. The podcast is full of tips to help achieve efficiency and minimize stress—perfect for busy entrepreneurs.” – Dayna
4. Women of the Hour
||Host: Lena Dunham
Francine Navarro, Developer, Shopify
“Each episode in this podcast miniseries features candid conversations with women sharing unexpected and sometimes uncomfortable insights about questions big and small. While the guest list includes well-known figures like Zadie Smith, Joss Whedon, and Dunham’s co-stars on Girls, the most memorable episodes, such as the one on faith and spirituality, showcase the individual stories of everyday women whose experiences and personalities are nevertheless inspiring.” – Francine
5. After the Jump
Host: Grace Bonney
Topic: Creators and Entrepreneurs
Chelsea Rudderham, Talent Acquisition, Shopify
“Host Grace Bonney interviews established and up-and-coming designers, artists, and entrepreneurs to showcase what challenges they face in pursuing their passion and craft.” – Chelsea
6. Raise Your Hand Say Yes
Host: Tiffany Han
Brand strategist and creative director Tiffany Han interviews some really inspiring women—designers, bloggers, and entrepreneurs alike—on topics like risk taking and productivity. Her podcast aims to “light fires under creative women to create bold brands and businesses that they love”. Episode of note: #51 Lisa Congdon on Passion Projects
7. Magic Lessons
Host: Elizabeth Gilbert
Recommended by: Katie Hudson, Marketer, Shopify
“Sometimes it can feel like creativity can be hard to come by. Where do people find their inspiration? How do they stay motivated and push through any roadblocks that prevent them from doing what they truly love? As a continuation of Eay, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert interviews a variety of people from different backgrounds and shares their amazing stories of success. This podcast is inspiring, uplifting, and a great storytelling piece. Check it out!” – Katie
Host: Lindsay Goldwert
Recommended by: Dayna Winter, Writer, Shopify
Episode of note: #20, Mike Lemme: Should You Put Your Dreams on a Credit Card?“This is ‘the podcast for the financially challenged’ (*raises hand*). Lindsay takes dry topics like personal finance and makes them funny—but she’s also very knowledgable. The episodes vary from repaying student loans to asking for money, and many, like the episode below, are relevant to bootstrapping, self-funded entrepreneurs. Lindsay’s great podcast voice and her guests, who are often comedians, keep each topic engaging.” – Dayna
Host: Stephanie Langford (and husband, Ryan)
Topic: Entrepreneurship and Family
Recommended by: Theresa Nguyen, Talent Development, Shopify
“Love this podcast! Stephanie and her husband are serial entrepreneurs that also love to travel. They juggle multiple businesses and 6 children and travel the world for stretches at a time. Really inspiring.” – Theresa
10. She Means Business
Host: Carrie Green
Recommended by: Chelsea Rudderham, Talent Acquisition, Shopify
“Carrie Green is passionate about starting and growing businesses. Her podcast takes the listener through a weekly show filled with tips and tricks to help entrepreneurs build successful businesses.” – Chelsea
11. The Broad Experience
Host: Ashley Milne-Tyte
Topic: Women in the Workplace
Recommended by: Shannon Gallagher, Apprentice Product Manager, Shopify
Episode of note: #96, Burnout“The Broad Experience is an honest show about women’s unique experience in the workplace. The host is no-nonsense and she does a great job of uncovering and intelligently discussing issues that many of us have, but not all of us talk about.” – Shannon
Host: Lisa Chow
Kevin McPhillips, Order Manager, Shopify
Episode of note: S2E1, Origin Story“Season two of StartUp follows an all-female tech startup building the online dating site, Dating Ring. It is a raw and intimate day-to-day account of how frantic and difficult it can be to run a tech startup. It follows the company and the founders through the lifecycle of their business, and frequently touches on the complexities of being women entrepreneurs in a male dominated field. Season 3 is also good, covering a number of topics, but largely the controversial story of American Apparel and its founder Dov Charney.” – Kevin
If you’re looking for even more podcast inspiration from the badass women running businesses on Shopify, check out our very own Felix Thea on Shopify Masters, as he interviews the likes of Debbie Sterling of Goldie Blox, Cindy Chan of Dotoly, and Candice Galex of Bikini Luxe.
Or—get this, Girlboss—why don’t you create your own podcast?
What’s coming through your headphones these days Under Your Brim? Share your favorite women-hosted podcasts in the comments below.
Australian newscaster Karl Stefanovic wore the same suit every day for a year to draw attention to an all too common form of sexism. Co-host of the Australian morning news show “Today,” Stefanovic became frustrated with the unsolicited fashion advice and appearance-based criticisms viewers regularly offered his female co-presenter, Lisa Wilkinson. He then decided to conduct an experiment. He wore the same blue suit on air every day for a year, and, as the TV personality revealed to Fairfax Media, absolutely nobody said a thing:
No one has noticed; no one gives a sh*t. But women, they wear the wrong colour and they get pulled up. They say the wrong thing and there’s thousands of tweets written about them. Women are judged much more harshly and keenly for what they do, what they say and what they wear.
I’ve worn the same suit on air for a year –- except for a couple of times because of circumstance –- to make a point. I’m judged on my interviews, my appalling sense of humour – on how I do my job, basically. Whereas women are quite often judged on what they’re wearing or how their hair is … that’s [what I wanted to test].
According to Debora Spar, President of Barnard College and author of “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection,” such scrutiny of appearance is a reality for many women today.
Don’t let the scrutiny of others impact you because you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Though it seems like a cute churchy saying, this verse says that God made you special. God has a special purpose and plan for you. Be not only confident but comfortable in who you are because you are intentionally unique Under Your Brim!
H/T Jezebel 11/14
It was a bestseller that begat a catchphrase and, we thought, a movement: Lean In. Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s 2013 book on how to get ahead (or just get equality) in the workplace became an immediate touchstone for a generation of women who had gotten their foot in the door but now didn’t know what to do. Continue reading