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Written by: Brittany Naturaltylist M. of  Let’s #BeWomen Support Group


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Overcome Financial Fears

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.download

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:

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you. — 1 Peter 5:7 (GNTD)
  4. 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)
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Young, Ambitious and Beautiful: Millennials Help Black Women Build Businesses

By Mia Hall – At the beginning of 2017, Forbes wrote that there were no Black women running any of the Fortune 500 companies. Lauren Bealore and her team at Young, Ambitious and Beautiful (YAB) are working now to shift that statistic. Continue reading

What’s in Your Podcast Playlist?

 

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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
Topic: Entrepreneurship

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Recommended by:
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
Topic: Entrepreneurship

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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


3. Happier

Host: Gretchen Rubin
Topic: Success and Happiness
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Recommended by:
 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

Topic: Women

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Recommended by:

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

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Recommended by:

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
Topic: Entrepreneurship

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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
Topic: Creativity

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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


8. Spent

 Host: Lindsay Goldwert
Topic: Finance

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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


9. Entrefamily

 Host: Stephanie Langford (and husband, Ryan)
Topic: Entrepreneurship and Family

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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
Topic: Entrepreneurship

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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

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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


12. StartUp

Host: Lisa Chow
Topic: Entrepreneurship

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Recommended by:

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?UnderHerBrim_Blog

What’s coming through your headphones these days Under Your Brim? Share your favorite women-hosted podcasts in the comments below.

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TV Anchor Wears Same Suit Every Day For A Year To Prove Sexism Is Prevalent

5457368-i-have-nothing-to-wear-cartoonAustralian 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!UnderHerBrim_Blog

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Mind them Feet! Spring Public Service Announcement (again)

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Ahhhh it’s a beautiful day! The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the temperature is projected to reach record highs! WOOO-WHOOO!

Spring colors abound with mild temperatures sending big clunky boots Maxim-Malevich-3-650x650with the snow salt in the treads, back into closets. Time to show love to the open-toed, slingbacks and sandals as they emerge from their winter hibernation and take center stage.

At Under Her Brim we feel that it is important to share information that will empower, support and help our readers stay knowledgeable and prepared. In the true spirit of preparation we share this Spring Public Service Announcement in love – Mind them Feet!!!


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Do not turn away from the nail salons if the pedicure stations are full!!
 
Do NOT be thwarted by the crowd! If the pedicure station is full, make an appointment, run an errand and go back—Press forward and get that pedicure!!

If all else fails it does not hurt to take the time to maintenance them at home.Clip them nails, sand those heels and lotion before bed (make sure they are clean). Be encouraged, you can do it!!

Also remember when it comes to lotion, you CAN and are encouraged to reapply often throughout the day.  Your feet will Thank you.  Your skin will Thank You and finally, those of us who get a glimpse of those nails reaching over your shoe hitting the ground making tap sounds from Under our Brim sincerely Thank You.

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4 Bible Verses for Repairing YourSelf-Image

What happened to her? I can hardly recognize her anymore. Her sweet, pure, child-like
beauty has changed into a done-up mannequin with an awful spray tan. These were myself-image thoughts as I watched one of my favorite shows, notorious for choosing contestants based on talent and not looks. Revolutionary, right….except once you’ve been selected, in come the make-up artists, hairstylists and fashion police. Why? Because IMAGE MATTERS. It matters to the world, it matters to those around you and let’s be honest, it matters to you.

We care about what others think of us. I did! Growing up in New York City, image is everything. Even grandmas have designer handbags and toddlers have “Air Jordans”. To this day, when I visit my mother, I feel like I must look my sharpest to gain the approving nods of the people on the subway and in the bodegas. But, what happens when you do not have the approval of others. When you’ve been rejected because you’re not pretty enough, or skinny enough, or athletic enough. Perhaps you’ve been told you’re not smart enough for that job. Maybe a parent has told you, “Why can’t you be more like your brother.” Your self-image is destroyed and your confidence is shaken.

Self-Talk-Poster-2-15-13I had to learn to tune out those negative voices and thoughts and replace it with the truth of God’s Word. God loves me and thinks the world of me. The Bible says, I am the apple of his eye. If you’re struggling with your self-image, turn to these four verses to see what God says and thinks about you.

1.  Am Created in His Image: So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. Genesis 1:27

2. I Am Not a Mistake: You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother’s womb. When my bones were being formed, carefully put together in my mother’s womb, when I was growing there in secret, you knew that I was there- you saw me before I was born. Psalm 139: 13, 15-16a

3. I Have A Purpose:  God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

4. I Am Loved and Accepted: …I have loved you, so I continue you to show you my constant love. Jeremiah 31:3


NenaPodbury

Nena Podbury is a project associate at American Bible Society. Originally from the Bronx, she has co-authored children’s curriculum and served in children’s ministry for 12 years doing Sidewalk Sunday School. Nena is married with two children, Noah and Emilia.