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Podcast - Finding Fearless Podcast

The Finding Fearless Podcast exists to share the stories of empowered women as they navigate and innovate in the working world.

 

FINDING FEARLESS PODCAST


Episode 14 - Stacy Kildal

What does “balance” even mean these days? Does it actually exist for business owners or is it a myth that we need to debunk entirely? As women dive into business ownership we are told to aim for “balance”, but many of us don’t know what that looks like. Especially if you’re someone who is scaling a side gig while working full time, the concept of “balance” likely doesn’t fit into your reality.

In the latest episode of the Finding Fearless podcast, I reconnected with my dear friend, Stacy Kildal to talk about what it took for her to go from employee to entrepreneur. We dug into her reasoning behind making this change, and what it took to make such major leap. The endeavor wasn’t an easy one, it took heart, hustle, and hard work. Over the course of several years of supporting clients on the side she diligently built a business that could not only turn a profit and support her family, but also become a platform for her to expand her reach in the accounting industry as a whole.

Today, Stacy is the owner and operator of Kildal Services LLC, a consulting company that specializes in offering Quickbooks training and bookkeeping services to small to medium size businesses. In addition to her consulting firm, Stacy is one of the hosts of the QBO Show, a very popular accounting industry podcast. Her expertise in the world of Quickbooks has  also earned her a spot as a member of Intuit’s Writer Trainer Network, and recognition for the past five years as one of the Most Powerful Women In Accounting.

Stacy and I sat down to talk about how she became a business owner, the ever present myth of work/life balance, prioritizing mental health & self care, creating clear business boundaries, and some of the key lessons we aim to pass onto our kids about both business & life in general.

Use the audio player above to listen to my conversation with Stacy Kildal.

To find out more Stacy and connect with her further, you can visit her website at www.stacyk.net


Madeline Reeves
Episode 13 - Sami Sweeney

There is nothing that inspires me more than a woman that knows her own strength. When I met Sami Sweeney for the first time, it was obvious that that was the type of woman I was dealing with. A former gymnast and cheerleader, Sami has become Seattle’s very own Pure Barre powerhouse, owning 6 locations in the area. In the past year Sami has expanded her domain even further, launching herself headfirst into both motherhood and the next level of entrepreneurship with a new venture she helped co-found called 421 Reset.

The thing that I admire most about Sami though isn’t just the fact that she carries herself with strength, it’s the fact that she’s teaching & inspiring other women to do the same. Through weekly classes, ongoing challenges, and health reset programs she is helping women discover their power and potential through full body fitness. Inside her studios Sami is empowering a staff of over 100 women to operate as leaders and promoters for the fitness foundations that Pure Barre is built on. A mastermind that seems to be constantly in motion, Sami is also a beacon for strength & wellness to the wider community as a brand ambassador for not only her own companies, but Lululemon & Fitbit.

When I look at a woman like this, I start to wonder, where does her strength and inner fire come from? Was it something that she was born with or was it built over time? Luckily for me, I was able to sit down with Sami and hear how her story started, and how she has evolved to become such a force within the fitness community in Seattle. In our conversation we touch on the challenges she has faced as a female business owner, how she was inspired to co-found a new venture, and how motherhood has completely changed the game and inspired her to keep aiming higher when it comes to her goals.

Use the audio player above to listen to my interview with Sami Sweeney.

You can also can connect further with Sami by following her on Instagram, following her Pure Barre studios on Instagram, and by checking out the latest 421 Reset challenge on their website.

Madeline Reeves
Episode 12 - Adrienne Rabena

Sometimes life hands you lemons, or so the saying goes. If there’s anything I’ve learned over time, it’s that it is what you do with those lemons that really matters in the end. So when I discovered my hard drive was corrupted and all 3 of the original episodes of this podcast were lost, I picked myself up (after shedding a few tears), and decided it was the perfect opportunity to re-record something more beautiful & meaningful than had existed before.

Luckily for me, Adrienne Rabena was totally game. For those of you that don’t know Adrienne, she is powerhouse yogi entrepreneur and founder of The Craft: Art of Yoga Teaching as well as the creator of the Bohemian Barre Method. Adrienne owns two mind-bogglingly beautiful studios the Seattle area (one in Phinney & one in West Seattle), and she also leads yoga teacher trainings and retreats for students around the globe in partnership with her incredible husband, Eric. In addition to her own training programs, Adrienne is also a featured teacher on Alo Moves.

But beyond knowing what Adrienne has built, which is impressive to say the least, I want listeners to know who she is at her core. Because Adrienne is a woman that lights my world on fire. She is the real deal, and she is one of the people I look to because I know she is doing the work. Every time we connect and collide, I find this blissful opportunity for us to both go deeper into understanding our stories, how they’ve shaper our world view and relationships, and how they’ve propelled us forward in the world to be creating work that calls to us and makes a difference.

To hear us unravel all of this and much much more, use the audio player above to listen to Episode 12 of the Finding Fearless.

Also, if you’d like to connect further with Adrienne, you can follow her & find her using the links below:

Adrienne’s Instagram - Studio Instagram - Website - Facebook

Madeline Reeves
Episode 11 - Reyna Marrufo

I think it’s high time we dispel the perception that women need to be of a certain age to be on their way or “making it” in the world. I, for one, have been lying about my age for years so that people would stop using it as a means to discredit my abilities. That’s right, I’ve been lying about being older, not younger. I am sure I’ll find this ironic when I get to be in my sixties.

It’s become increasingly apparent to me that we need to be highlighting the stories of the next generation. Young women are most certainly the future, and our current cultural moment has made it quite clear to me that they are also the present. There is so much resting on the shoulder of Gen Z, and they know it. That is why they aren’t waiting to take action.

Enter, Reyna Marrufo, a 21 year old Latina writer, blogger, activist, and entrepreneur. Like many of her generation that grew up with access to the entire world on an iPhone in her pocket, Reyna is an amalgamation of ideas and abilities, full of light and an eagerness to take on the systems that held the women before her back. With the internet as her main medium, she dropped out of college to pursue a calling that she couldn’t keep quiet. Whether she is podcasting, writing, creating content on Youtube, or leading personal development workshops in her local community in LA, Reyna has proven she is a force to be reckoned with.

I stumbled across Reyna’s work while bouncing around the web in search of creative content, and I was struck by the wisdom and poise behind her work. Little did I know she was a young power house with a desire to take on the world and make it better and brighter for other women like her. I immediately knew that I wanted to hear her story, and I’m glad that she was willing to let me capture a piece of it so that I could share it with all of you.

Use the audio player above to listen to my interview with Reyna Marrufo.

To learn more about Reyna’s work you can check out her website, follow her on Instagram and Youtube, and subscribe to her podcast.


Madeline Reeves
Episode 10 - Lindsay Behringer

Social media is a fascinating thing. I think that's why journalists and the rest of us can't stop talking about it. It's so dichotomous. It has sparked us questioning the impact of things like device dependency, online bullying, and what happens to our social fabric when a big segment of the population is living just for the 'gram.  But it also has brought us a whole other level of cross cultural connection over areas of passion. It's sparked movements like #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, and #BodyPositivity. It's forced the issue on important conversations that were being ignored or even silenced by other media platforms.

What social media has brought us more than anything though is people. And in particular, people that we can connect with as part of our #Tribe, regardless if that person lives 10 or 10,000 miles away. In fact, it was social media that brought Lindsay Behringer my way.

Lindsay is an entrepreneur, mommy, and an outspoken advocate on social media. After the birth of her daughter, Isabel, she quickly discovered that the bras she could wear while nursing fell into 1 of 2 categories: sexy or beige. Lindsay's frustrations in trying to find a bra that felt like it was actually designed for moms led her to build a bra & ultimately a business of her own: Behr Bras.

After incubating and designing a first line of bras, Lindsay jumped through the hurdles of fundraising and production. Along the way, positive feedback from women and customers helped her to realize that her "little idea" was making a big impact. As her business has grown, Lindsay has become more than just an entrepreneur, she is now also an outspoken advocate for the breastfeeding movement, body positivity, and women everywhere.

Use the audio player above to listen to my interview with Lindsay. To learn more about Behr Bras you can visit the website and get 20% off your first purchase using the code: FIT20.

Madeline Reeves