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Podcast - Finding Fearless Podcast

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

Episode 12

Finding Fearless - 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

Finding Fearless - 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

Finding Fearless - 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
Episode 9

Finding Fearless - Episode 9 - Edi Osborne

There is this incredible super power that many of the  women in my life have where they identify another woman I need to know and then they make sure we get connected. Maybe it’s a because they see a similarity in our stories, or a common way of being, or some sensed shared history. Every time I’ve been introduced to another woman in this way through a friend, I always end up saying “Where has she been all my life?” That is exactly how I felt when I first was introduced to Edi Osborne. Although she was new to me, she felt like someone I had known for a very long time.

The interesting thing about meeting Edi, is that we connected at a point of major transition in our own individual lives.  For myself, the birth of my newest child has called me to question my work in the world of technology and consider what the right next step for me is work wise. For Edi, there has been a realization and a reckoning that after 25 years of working with accountants, she wants to make a shift to working solely with conscious entrepreneurs that are looking to change the world for the better.

The thing about us women, is that by our very nature, we are always shifting and changing. Externally and internally we are never staying the same. And as is such, we want the world to do the same. I see women constantly coming up against these moments of impasse, of where they have changed and yet the job, or the partner, or the place they are at has stayed the same. Those are the moments we must move on. Take a leap, start a shift, make a bigger impact.

This conversation touches heavily on our need to change shape as women in order to create change the world, and the questions that entrepreneurs must start asking in order to build a better one. Edi and I touch on what it means to be a business shaman, and how to set one identity aside to make space to do you biggest (and most important) work possible. We also talk about the power of this #MeToo moment and the actions men need to take for us all to move forward to a better place.

To learn more about Edi's work, you can visit the Mentor Plus Website, check out Edi's book, or connect with her via email.

Madeline Reeves
Episode 8

Finding Fearless - Episode 8 - Evandra Tager

Whenever we see another woman #CrushingIt in the working world, it’s easy to assume that she got to that point by possessing a skill or quality that’s out of our reach. She had more education, better networking abilities, some element of privilege, or a leg up in the world that others lacked. But more often than not I’ve found in my conversations with successful women that there is one underlying factor that separates them from the pack, and that is their consistent ability to show up and work hard.

That is exactly why I wanted to share the story of my dear friend & sister-in-law, Evandra Tager. Evandra is the VP of Customer Experience & Advocacy at Oracle. For those who aren’t familiar with the company, it is ranked #82 on the Fortune 500 and generated $964 million in revenue in 2017. Just by sheer size and status of the company she works for, it’d be easy to assume that Evandra got to her position by having some special advantage over the rest of us. However, when you listen to her story you’ll discover that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Evandra is a queer Brazilian daughter of an immigrant family, who never studied anything remotely related to technology. Her career in a call center at AT&T began out of necessity, and each role she has risen to has been the result of her hard ass work. She isn’t the product of privilege, and anyone who knows would tell you she brings humility, strength, and kindness to everything that she does. I  hope that by hearing her story, you’ll see where you share common ground with her. Ground that is ripe for planting the seed that success isn’t about what we have or where we come from, it’s about the intentional vision we bring to our work and to our lives each and every day.

Use the audio player above to hear our conversation and listen to Episode 10 of the Finding Fearless Podcast.

Madeline Reeves