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45 minutes | 6 days ago
The Unexpected Power of Selflessness | EP 244: Richard Lui, Author, MSNBC
My guest this week is Richard Lui. As a veteran journalist, he has spent more than 30 years in television, film, technology and business. He previously worked with CNN Worldwide and is currently at MSNBC. He is the first Asian American man to anchor a daily national cable news program. He just released his first Book, “Enough About Me: The Unexpected Power of Selflessness.” 5:17 – Richard 101 Richard says he has lived a life of zigging and zagging. He has worked in many different fields, including small business, technology, Fortune 500 and journalism. 7:16 – What led him to journalism? He says his family encouraged him to be open to life, which is why he has worked in several different jobs. 11:03 – Selfishness pandemic Richard’s goal was to create an anti-self-help book. He says the idea that we are living through a selfish pandemic is real. He wanted to dig into the topic in an approachable way without being too heady. 16:42 – Generous people are happier and live longer Gratitude is the healthy cousin of selflessness. It’s giving, it's vulnerable. When you send a gratitude letter to someone, you get a personal benefit by thinking of others. Studies show you’ll live longer, look better, be happier. One chapter in Richard’s book is called “Goodness is Gorgeous,” because you look better when you are generous. 27:30 – Reminding himself about selflessness Even though he wrote a book about selflessness, Richard sometimes has to remind himself to practice what he writes about. 32:54 – Stories that stick with him In Ferguson, Mo., a man’s store was looted every night, but he still opened every morning. Richard asked the man why he continued opening the store, and the man said he kept opening for his customers because they needed him. 36:05 – What’s on the horizon? Richard wants to do a project about caregiving and look at organizational selflessness. 38:07 – Get to know Richard What child’s movie scarred him? Christmas Story Something you would never guess about him? He has a bunny FEATURED QUOTES “Who knows what’s next? … Anything’s possible.” – Richard “Our goal was to create an anti-self-help book.” – Richard “Gratitude is the healthy cousin of selflessness. It’s giving, it's vulnerable.” – Richard https://richardlui.com/ About Richard Lui: Veteran journalist Richard Lui has more than 30 years in television, film, technology and business. Currently at MSNBC and previously with CNN Worldwide, he is the first Asian American man to anchor a daily national cable news program, and a team Emmy and Peabody winner. In addition to journalism, Richard’s 15-year business career involves a fintech patent and launching six tech brands over three business cycles. He has lived, worked, and volunteered on every continent. Richard is a Celebrity Champion for the Alzheimer’s Association, Caregiving Champion for AARP and Caregiving Ambassador for BrightFocus Foundation. His first book, Enough About Me: The Unexpected Power of Selflessness, releases in March 2021. Thank you to our partner of the show: It’s time for a SPRING CLEAN REFRESH! Let’s get that home sparkling, the safe way with MamaSuds! Castile soap is the superhero of soaps, it really does it all- from the windows to the walls! It’s truly the only soap you need. What can you do with MamaSuds Castile Soap? Clean the floors, scrub the counters, bathtubs and tile, clean the baseboards, the windows and the blinds, you can even use it to clean the carpets! Grab a gallon of MamaSuds Castile Soap and start tackling all of your Spring Cleaning to-do’s at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
45 minutes | 13 days ago
Creating a Digital Heirloom | EP 243: Ashley Kenny, Heirloom
Creating a Digital Heirloom | Business with Purpose Podcast EP 243: Ashley Kenny, Heirloom My guest this week is Ashley Kenny, the CEO and founder of Heirloom, a startup company founded in 2020 that allows you to send video cards to friends and loved ones. As a journalist, she spent 15 years traveling the world and making groundbreaking documentaries. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and two children. 4:06 – Ashley 101 She fell in love with long-form documentary making and worked for National Geographic and other outlets. Now she is the CEO and founder of Heirloom, which she launched with her brother. 9:09 – Tapping into her passion Ashley is a storyteller who has worked in different mediums. She loves asking questions and investigating. 17:12 – A need for community and connection Ashley called her grandma last spring and noticed she seemed down and not like her usual happy self. She was in lockdown during Covid and missing her family. She mailed her grandmother a video of her children to cheer her up, and she wanted to do the same for other people, especially seniors who don’t have access to computers or phones. Ashley’s brother helped her with the technology. 29:03 – Different kinds of videos people send People have sent many different kinds of videos – graduations, birth announcements, ultrasounds, gender reveals, birthday tributes 36:52 – A powerful message Send videos to people who have impacted your life, and let them know how much you care. It could be a really powerful opportunity to send a message to somebody in your life that has really had an impact on you, and maybe you haven’t really told them. 38:12 – Get to know you First thing she does when she gets home from a long trip? She gets a cup of fresh water from her tap. Favorite food? Fried rice FEATURED QUOTES “I’ve always been super curious about people’s backgrounds, about what makes somebody who they are, about where they’re from.” – Ashley “I was a huge snoop growing up as a child … I had to see everything.” – Ashley “This is a way to connect people when they can’t be together.” – Ashley “We’re hoping this is an heirloom, a keepsake, something people will hold onto for years to come.” – Ashley TRY HEIRLOOM - use code MOLLY10 for $10 off! https://sendheirloom.com/
58 minutes | 20 days ago
Radically Listening to do Good | EP 242: Jenny Nuccio, Imani Collective
My guest this week is Jenny Nuccio. She’s a dear friend of mine and founder and CEO of Imani Collective, a social enterprise and holistic women’s empowerment program in Kenya, committed to breaking generational poverty. 9:44 – Jenny 101 Most people know her as the founder of Imani Collective. She is married and has three children. Jenny has some cool projects coming up, but she can’t share what they are just yet. She hasn’t even told her parents about the projects yet. She has been in Kenya for the last decade of her life and plans to stay there. 14:14 – Swahili She speaks Swahili, but she’s much better at understanding it. 19:23 – What led her to Kenya She saw a church bulletin about going to Kenya. There was a peace that resonated in her soul, and she realized she needed to be on that trip. She kept coming back to Kenya and doing what she calls “radically listening.” 27:50 – Doing it all Jenny says she gets asked all the time how she does so much, but she says no one is doing it all. She believes God is using her as a vessel to help others. 38:14 – Pivoting her business Jenny does a lot of custom orders and creates beautiful products, but she has made some changes to her business during the pandemic. She wanted to be an e-commerce business, so she started leaning into it. She also wanted to diversify her line more. 44:39 – Getting her EdD She’s getting her doctorate. She partially wants it for credibility, because she wants to be taken more seriously. She felt annoyed after meeting with mostly white men at investment meetings and being treated like a little girl. 51:58 – Get to know you Favorite TV show when she was younger? Friends Something people would never guess about her? She didn’t travel outside the country until she was 18 FEATURED QUOTES “I have some really exciting projects happening this year that I can’t even share with you guys. Just be looking out for that … Not even my parents know. That’s how behind-the-scenes it is.” – Jenny “There was just this peace that resonated in my soul, and it was like, ‘You need to be on this trip (to Kenya).’” – Jenny “I did go on a mission trip, but not with the mentality or intention of like, ‘I’m coming to serve and I’m coming to make things better.’ It came of like, ‘I’m coming to learn and grow and see what else is out there in these beautiful cultures.’” – Jenny “I’ve always just said, ‘God used me as a vessel. I’m just a vessel for this.’” – Jenny CONNECT: https://imanicollective.com/ About Jenny Nuccio: Jenny is the Founder and CEO of Imani Collective — a social enterprise + holistic women’s empowerment program in Mombasa, Kenya committed to breaking the generational poverty. Having lived as an integral part of her Kenyan community since 2013, she is committed to the collaborative advancement of equitable opportunity for the friends she works with every day, as well as for marginalized populations world-wide. She also is the Co-Founder of the School of Ethical Impact and brings a unique intersection of both classroom + real-world social entrepreneurship expertise. But this is only part of her identity: Most days you can find her laughing with her kiddos, wondering the streets of Mombasa, or simply enjoying a great cup of Kenyan coffee. She wears many hats, but some of her favorites are being a wife and mother of three who is passionate about spreading joy and helping inspire women from all walks of life to pursue their dreams and step into their true potential. Thank you to our partner of the show: It’s time for a SPRING CLEAN REFRESH! Let’s get that home sparkling, the safe way with MamaSuds! Castile soap is the superhero of soaps, it really does it all- from the windows to the walls! It’s truly the only soap you need. What can you do with MamaSuds Castile Soap? Clean the floors, scrub the counters, bathtubs and tile, clean the baseboards, the windows and the blinds, you can even use it to clean the carpets! Grab a gallon of MamaSuds Castile Soap and start tackling all of your Spring Cleaning to-do’s at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
44 minutes | a month ago
Beauty Amidst Chaos | EP 241: Adisyn Pyles, Freeleaf LTD.
My guest this week is Adisyn Pyles, co-founder and CEO of Freeleaf, an international social enterprise making beautiful products while providing employment and holistic care to at-risk, abused and exploited women. 2:29 – Adisyn 101 She moved to China in 2011 and started Freeleaf in 2016. She knew she was passionate about women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation. 6:30 – Starting Freeleaf Adisyn didn’t want to start a business and she had no business experience, but she knew she wanted to serve vulnerable women. She wanted to highlight traditional art and design as part of her business. 10:11 – How her products have evolved She started with home décor and wanted to create something unique, brighter and statement pieces. 13:11 – What has surprised Adisyn There have been so many surprises along the way, including how difficult the job is at times and how tough it is to develop a product. She’s also surprised by the community they’ve development at the company. 15:53 – What she loves about China Although she's an introvert, she loves the pace, energy and opportunity in China. There’s such fast movement. 17:25 – Leaving China Adisyn and her family decided to leave China when Covid hit last year. They expected to be in the U.S. for a couple weeks until the pandemic was over, but it has taken longer. 26:23 – The core of her business During Covid, Adisyn has had to focus on the core of her business and the core of her family and let go of larger expectations, hopes and pressures. 29:42 – Her staff in China Adisyn has kept in touch with her staff in China, but it has been challenging. They have faced a lot of the same problems working women in the U.S. face, including finding childcare during a pandemic. 34:08 – On the horizon Adisyn wants to develop new products, but the process has been taking a long time. She wants to create more home décor products. 37:30 – Get to know you Child’s movie that scarred her for life? Bambi, The Lion King Favorite Chinese dish? Spicy shrimp FEATURED QUOTES “I knew I was passionate about women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation.” – Adisyn LINKS: https://www.freeleafltd.com/ https://www.instagram.com/_adisyn/ https://www.instagram.com/freeleafltd/ About Adisyn Pyles: Adisyn Pyles is the co-founder & CEO of Freeleaf, an international social enterprise making beautiful products while providing employment and holistic care to at-risk, abused, and exploited women. Combining her passions for women’s rights, collective freedom, and finding beauty amidst chaos, Adisyn co-founded Freeleaf alongside JiaYi Lan in 2016. With an MA in International Community Development, a tenacity for excellence, and a commitment to sustainability, Adisyn has led the Freeleaf brand through considerable growth—employing over 20 women in the last few years, being recognized by the Kerring Foundation as one of the top 5 social enterprises in China, and being highlighted as a female founder by the Spanx Red Backpack Brigade. Adisyn and her family have had a wild year, being displaced from their home in China by COVID since January and welcoming their second son in October. They are currently living in Austin, TX waiting out the pandemic and eagerly looking forward to returning to their lives and work in Asia.
32 minutes | a month ago
Answering Your FAQs About Our Farm! (With a Special Guest!)| EP 240
Happy Episode 240, everyone! Normally, each week I interview a nonprofit director, community leader or person who is trying to make an impact. But it is time for a solo episode, so my special guest this week is my husband, John. 2:21 – One of my most popular episodes My last solo show, episode 230, was one of my most popular episodes. I told the story about us buying a farm. I got an influx of questions from people wanting to know more. 4:10 – Did we always want a farm? John always wanted land. He grew up on a large piece of property and was frustrated as a kid that his family couldn’t have chickens because of the neighborhood HOA. John has been pretty tight with money most of his life, but he believes it prepared him for our big move to the farm. 8:54 – The transition from land to farm We decided to turn our land into a farm because we wanted to be more self-sufficient and self-sustainable. 10:30 – Animals and things we’ll grow We’ll start with chickens. Maybe turkeys later this year and bees. Next year, goats and maybe a pig. I want a horse, but John is not interested in them because it sounds like a money pit. We’ve talked about donkeys. 13:42 – What we want to grow Corn, okra, tomatoes, cantaloupe, cucumbers, watermelons and fruit trees – nothing too exotic. We have a ton of walnut trees. If you have walnut recipes, send them our way. 16:55 – Will farming be our new job? No, it will not be our main job. Part of the goal is to reduce our expenses and create some independence and sustainability. We want to have some revenue associated with the farm. That is a goal we are working towards. We also want to bless people with the food we grow. 18:55 – Do we have a name for the farm? We don’t have any farm names yet. Send us suggestions – email@example.com 19:42 – John’s vision for the farm John enjoys doing physical work and wants our kids to enjoy being outdoors and living sustainably. FEATURED QUOTES “We officially moved into the farm last week, and it still honestly feels really surreal.” – Molly “I’ve been pretty tight with money most of my life.” – John “My house is worth 75 times my car value, and it’s not cause it’s a million-dollar house. It’s because I have a 2007 Tundra that I bought 11 years ago.” – John “We want God to just use this place to bless others however He sees fit.” – Molly Thank you to our partner of the show: It’s time for a SPRING CLEAN REFRESH! Let’s get that home sparkling, the safe way with MamaSuds! Castile soap is the superhero of soaps, it really does it all- from the windows to the walls! It’s truly the only soap you need. What can you do with MamaSuds Castile Soap? Clean the floors, scrub the counters, bathtubs and tile, clean the baseboards, the windows and the blinds, you can even use it to clean the carpets! Grab a gallon of MamaSuds Castile Soap and start tackling all of your Spring Cleaning to-do’s at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
47 minutes | a month ago
Healing From Within | EP 239: Veronica Villanueva, Alive Well Thrive
My guest today is Veronica Villanueva, who discovered her “why” in life after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2016. Through her work as a wellness expert, she aims to inspire others through a holistic lifestyle built on a commitment to self-growth and good nutrition. She is a trained chef and health coach based in Los Angeles and the co-founder of Alive Well Thrive, a cannabis line aimed at creating the highest quality cannabis products to help others live their healthiest lives. This is an area I don’t know much about, but I want this to be a place where we can be curious and ask questions. 2:24 – Veronica 101 “I’m very excited to say I am alive despite doctors telling me I had less than 6 months to live in September 2016,” said Veronica. She was told she wouldn’t make it to 50 years old. She’s now 53 and credits her survival to studying integrative medicine. 4:45 – What her life was like before cancer Before her cancer diagnosis, people would have assumed Veronica had a perfect life. She was a super mom with three beautiful, smart children. She protected her kids from reality and sheltered them with a bubble of perfection. But on the inside she was an anxious mother. She was raised to believe that she should stay home with her children, which she did, but she wanted more in her life. 8:42 – What led to her lung cancer diagnosis? Veronica was going through a divorce, but she and her husband agreed to wait until their kids were in college. The divorce became ugly, and it was a shock to her system. She didn’t eat, didn’t sleep and ate tootsie rolls and drank coffee. She started having back pain, and that was the first sign of lung cancer. 14:18 – Loving herself Veronica knew she would beat the cancer and live. The diagnosis opened her eyes to how she was living. She finally felt like she mattered, and she decided to prioritize herself. “I live a life right now where I come first all the time, and that’s not being narcissistic. That’s not being egotistical. It’s honoring myself. I’m rarely depleted. I’m always replenished,” said Veronica. 18:16 – Detoxing her body Veronica detoxed her body with good food and her environment by choosing which people she wanted to be around, what she read, etc. “I really cleaned my life from the inside out,” said Veronica. “There’s not bad fat in my life.” 20:21 – Her businesses She has VeronicaVillanueva.com, which is where she coaches people and helps them become healthy. She also has Alive Well Thrive, which has medicinal cannabis for people with cancer. 25:00 – Why cannabis? Veronica’s company uses cannabis for medicinal purposes, not for vaping. It helps shrink and eradicate tumors, especially at high doses. It can also help with nausea and loss of appetite. 35:30 – Her faith Veronica’s faith has played a huge role in her recovery. She doesn’t believe she got cancer because she did something bad, and she doesn’t believe in karma. 41:25 – Get to know you Her favorite meal – Carrot ginger soup and lentil soup People think she’s an extrovert, but she prefers to be home Cooking and music make her happy FEATURED QUOTES “I’m very excited to say I am alive despite doctors telling me I had less than 6 months to live.” – Veronica “I learned to love myself and to give myself all the care and love that I am so amazing at for other people.” – Veronica “I live a life right now where I come first all the time, and that’s not being narcissistic. That’s not being egotistical. It’s honoring myself. I’m rarely depleted. I’m always replenished.” – Veronica “I really cleaned my life from the inside out.” – Veronica http://veronicavillanueva.com/ https://alivewellthrive.com/ About Veronica: Veronica Villanueva discovered her "why" after being diagnosed with stage IV cancer in 2016. Through her work as a wellness expert, Veronica aims to inspire others to embrace a holistic lifestyle built on a commitment to self-growth and good nutrition. Veronica is a trained Le Cordon Bleu chef and a Health Coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and she has a degree in International Relations from UC Berkeley. Veronica is currently based in Los Angeles, CA and is the Co-Founder of Alive Well Thrive, a cannabis line aimed at creating the highest quality cannabis products around to help other live their fullest and healthiest lives yet. Thank you to our partner of the show: It’s time for a SPRING CLEAN REFRESH! Let’s get that home sparkling, the safe way with MamaSuds! Castile soap is the superhero of soaps, it really does it all- from the windows to the walls! It’s truly the only soap you need. What can you do with MamaSuds Castile Soap? Clean the floors, scrub the counters, bathtubs and tile, clean the baseboards, the windows and the blinds, you can even use it to clean the carpets! Grab a gallon of MamaSuds Castile Soap and start tackling all of your Spring Cleaning to-do’s at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
56 minutes | 2 months ago
Hope is a Verb | EP 238: Amy Downs, Author & Survivor of the Oklahoma City Bombing
We are going to face tragedy in our lives. It’s a guarantee. It seems unfair and we have questions about why bad things happen. But as a person of faith, I know what Jesus said – in this world we will have trouble, but take heart because he has overcome the world. We don't have to let tragedy define us. My guest today took an unimaginable, world-shattering tragedy and used it for good. Amy Downs is the CEO of Allegiance Credit Union, formerly known as the Federal Employees Credit Union, which lost more than half of its employees in the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995. In the years since the bombing, Amy became a mother, lost more than 200 pounds, competed in an Ironman Triathlon, got her MBA and became CEO of the same credit union that was bombed. 4:17 – Amy Downs 101 Amy is 53 years old. She has a side hustle as a book writer and speaker. She loves riding her bike and adventure. Surviving the Oklahoma City Bombing changed her life in a lot of ways. 6:20 – Big hair and lack of purpose In 1989, Amy had big, amazing hair. She says it was the only thing she had going for her at the time. She dropped out of college and was floundering, not knowing what to do with her life. She took a job as a teller at the credit union in Oklahoma City. 9:35 – April 19, 1995 On April 19, 1995, Amy was sitting at her desk on the third floor when the bomb went off. She was screaming “Jesus help me!” but she didn’t recognize the sound of her own voice. She fell three floors and was buried under 10 feet of rubble. Then, all the noise stopped. She was lying there, not knowing if she was dead or alive. 14:40 – Buried alive “I’m buried alive,” said Amy. “All I can do is think about, I’m getting ready to die at 28 years old, and I’m realizing, I’ve actually never lived. I’ve never lived with purpose.” She was buried for more than 6 hours. 19:57 – Desperate to live Amy’s rescuers talked about whether they needed to amputate her leg to get her out of the rubble. She told them to do what they needed to do to get her out. She was desperate to live. She remembers looking up at the sky, taking a breath of fresh air after being rescued. 25:15 – Changing her life She wanted to be a different person, but she had so much physical and emotional trauma that she didn’t know what to do. But she didn’t let go of that belief. First, she began praying every day. 34:19 – Hope is a Verb Amy wrote a book, “Hope is a Verb.” It was a 10-year project. She wanted to figure out how to help people. 41:43 – Coping with PTSD Amy still struggles with PTSD. She gets nervous if she’s in a crowded space with a lot of people. She also struggles when April comes around each year. 50:20 – Get to know you What kids’ movie scarred her? Wizard of Oz monkeys Something you’d never guess about her? She was a DJ on a radio station FEATURED QUOTES “It was like I had this incredible come to Jesus meeting that I haven’t been able to shake for the rest of my life.” – Amy “There is a purpose for you. I don’t care what it is, what business it is that you’re doing. There is a purpose for you.” – Amy “All of a sudden, everything went dark. I could hear people screaming all around me.” – Amy “I’m buried alive … All I can do is think about, I’m getting ready to die at 28 years old, and I’m realizing, I’ve actually never lived. I’ve never lived with purpose.” – Amy CONNECT: https://amydowns.org/ https://www.amazon.com/Hope-Verb-Journey-Impossible-Transformation/dp/1734645407 Thank you to our partner of the show: It’s time for a SPRING CLEAN REFRESH! Let’s get that home sparkling, the safe way with MamaSuds! Castile soap is the superhero of soaps, it really does it all- from the windows to the walls! It’s truly the only soap you need. What can you do with MamaSuds Castile Soap? Clean the floors, scrub the counters, bathtubs and tile, clean the baseboards, the windows and the blinds, you can even use it to clean the carpets! Grab a gallon of MamaSuds Castile Soap and start tackling all of your Spring Cleaning to-do’s at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
42 minutes | 2 months ago
A Unique Approach to Pediatric Therapy | EP 237: Brittni Winslow, Emerge Pediatric Therapy
One of my favorite verses of scripture is 1 Peter 4:10, which says: "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." I really believe that we were all given a gift to use to help, serve and bless others. I think serving, teaching and nurturing children is one of the best gifts. It takes a special person to be able to work in the life of a child, especially with children who are neurodivergent or neurodiverse. My guest today is Brittni Winslow, a dear friend of mine who lives in Durham, N.C. She is an occupational therapist and executive director of Emerge Pediatric Therapy in North Carolina. She helps create confident kids through customized therapy. 6:46 – Brittni 101 Brittni is married and has three daughters. She is an occupational therapist and always wanted to open her own business. 8:17 – How is occupational therapy different from physical therapy? Brittni works on functional skills for kids, such as play, caring for themselves, sitting at the dinner table, etc. Physical therapy is working on strengthening or rehabilitating. 9:17 – What makes Emerge so different? Brittni wants Emerge to be different from other occupational therapy providers. A big part of that is working with the kids and educating the parents, teachers and community partners. “We want to make sure everyone is on the same page and everyone is educated on how to best work with this child,” said Brittni. “I truly believe that no kid is intentionally trying to be bad. There are some ways that their system might be wired that makes it really hard for them,” said Brittni. 14:07 – Generational changes in helping children Brittni says she’ll often hear parents say, “I dealt with this [issue] as a kid.” Kids are sometimes misjudged as being lazy, disinterested or having behavioral problems. But really, there are some underlying issues that could easily be addressed. 16:48 – Removing the stigma "It’s not that how these kids are wired is wrong. It’s just a different wiring,” said Brittni. You need to uncover what will work best for kids. 20:51 – Has Brittni’s job affected how she parents her own kids? She’s always taking one hat off and putting another hat on. She tries to use her tools to help her own children. Even though Brittni has helped hundreds of kids, it can be hard to help her own children. But, having kids has helped her be a better OT and help other parents. 26:35 – How Covid has impacted her business Brittni has worked on compassion fatigue with her therapists to make sure they are OK. 31:10 – Sensory night at the Durham Bulls They partnered with the Durham Bulls baseball team and did a sensory night for kids. Some parents said it was the first baseball game they ever took their child to. 36:20 – Get to know you Song she has to sing? Any song from the Trolls soundtrack Who has influenced her the most? Her grandfather Favorite meal? Angus Barn steak and salad FEATURED QUOTES “We want to make sure everyone is on the same page and everyone is educated on how to best work with this child.” – Brittni “I truly believe that no kid is intentionally trying to be bad. There are some ways that their system might be wired that makes it really hard for them.” – Brittni "It’s not that how these kids are wired is wrong. It’s just a different wiring.” – Brittni https://www.emergepediatrictherapy.com/
42 minutes | 2 months ago
Shoes For Kids, Created By a Kid | EP 236: Carter Waugh, Critts Shoes
Think back to when you were a kid. Do you remember your flip-flops falling off and scraping your feet along the concrete? Guess what? Kids still have this problem. My guest today took his own footwear problem and decided to actually do something about it. Carter Waugh, 11, is the founder of Critts, a customizable flip-flop clog hybrid designed for running, jumping and climbing. His dad, Ryan, also joins us for the interview. 2:53 – Carter 101 He loves lacrosse, skateboarding, golf, tennis, sometimes basketball, and, of course, designing shoes. Carter was on a family vacation in the Caribbean. He wasn’t happy with his flip-flops or Crocs and asked his dad, Ryan, if he could design his own shoe, called a Flip Critt. His dad told him to create a business plan. 5:30 – Ryan’s reaction Ryan was amazed by his son’s business plan and drawing and his emotional intelligence 9:50 – How Carter designed the Flip Critt Carter didn’t realize how time consuming and difficult it would be to design a shoe He met with a Los Angeles shoe consultant, who helped with the process, and then met with manufacturing consultants in China 19:02 – What Carter has learned At first, Carter thought, “Wham, bam, I’m done.” But the shoe-making process took longer than he realized. “At first I was just like, ‘It’s a cool idea. I might not be able to do it. I mean, I’m like 8. Who makes a shoe when they’re 8?’ But once I got into it, I started liking shoes. I started liking them a lot.” Besides learning a lot about shoes, he has also learned a lot about doing interviews and talking with adults. 23:18 – What Carter’s parents have learned Ryan said he has learned more from his son than his son has learned from him. He says his son is a special human who sees the good in everybody and everything around him. Carter’s initial mission statement was: “To spread happiness, safety and security to all critters.” 26:22 – Carter’s methods Carter’s approach to life is refreshing and fascinating, according to his dad. He wants the business to be simple so people can enjoy his shoes. 32:02 – Critts Cares Carter has created Critts Cares. Every time someone buys a pair of Critts shoes, $2 goes back to his old elementary school. 33:45 – Get to know Carter What song hypes him up? Lil Nas X, Holiday What actor should play him? Someone with orange hair, obviously FEATURED QUOTES “This was a real life thing, organically, that came out of the mind of an 8-year-old that was like, ‘Wow!’” – Ryan “After a while, like two years, I finally perfected it to what I have today. And now I’m selling it and hearing tons of feedback on it … and a lot of people love it.” – Carter “At first I was just like, ‘It’s a cool idea. I might not be able to do it. I mean, I’m like 8. Who makes a shoe when they’re 8?’ But once I got into it, I started liking shoes. I started liking them a lot.” – Carter LINKS: https://critts.com/ ABOUT CARTER: Founder, visionary and overall goofball is a talented 11 year old named Carter “Critt” Waugh. He is a very active leader with an active imagination. He loves sports and is a talented lacrosse attackman. He loves his friends, his family and basically he loves anything that gets him dirty and sweaty. He has been the perfect test subject for his creation.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Spreading the Joy | EP 235: Shalini Samtani, Open the Joy
Every parent knows one of the scariest times is when your child gets sick. But when a child is hospitalized or diagnosed with a rare or serious illness, it affects everything. It can be really scary for children who are struggling. My guest today is taking her personal pain with her own child’s sickness and bringing joy to sick kids all around the country. Shalini Samtani is the founder of Open The Joy and the Spread the Joy Foundation. 4:29 – Shalini 101 Spread the Joy Foundation delivers activity kits to children at their hospital bedside. She started making the kits on her kitchen table with her mother three years ago. Last year, she sent 5,000 to 6,000 kits to more than 100 hospitals across the country. Open the Joy is a for-profit company that makes toys focused on well-being and emotional intelligence in kids, such as a love and forgiveness box, anger management box, etc. Shalini got the idea after being in a hospital room with her daughter and trying to Google ways to entertain her and keep her positive. 6:42 – Difficult news Shalini’s daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease that caused her body to react differently to sickness. 10:15 – Finding her purpose Shalini never imagined she would design kids’ toys. She describes the experience as finding her purpose. Giving back to sick kids is what drives her. 16:38 – How to buy the toys Toys are sold on Open the Joy’s website and Amazon. They have launched a new emotional intelligence line of toys, including a love and forgiveness box, anger management box and a kindness mission box. 19:24 – “You heal by healing others.” “While the world is focusing on making kids smarter, our focus is to make them kinder,” said Shalini 25:35 – Spreading like wildfire Shalini has been amazed at how quickly her business grew. She says it has spread like wildfire. 27:22 – How her kids view the hospital now Her daughter doesn't have any memories of being in the hospital. She now associates the hospital as a place where you get a joy box, because of Shalini’s business. Her daughter and son think the hospital is a place where you do nice things for people. 38:05 – Get to know Shalini What brings her joy? Snuggles What song she loves to sing? Yellow by Coldplay FEATURED QUOTES “I never believed in my wildest dream that’s what I was going to do – to design a toy collection.” – Shalini “I’ve always been kind of like one of those souls, finding my purpose.” – Shalini “The give back – that’s what drives me more than anything.” – Shalini “We want it to be fun and engaging, but we also want it to be nutritional for their souls and for the development of their minds.” – Shalini “While the world is focusing on making kids smarter, our focus is to make them kinder.” – Shalini “You heal by healing others.” – Shalini “I never really understood why this little project grew like wildfire … I feel like I watch miracles.” – Shalini ADDITIONAL RESOURCES https://www.openthejoy.com/ https://www.spreadthejoy.org/ Shalini Samtani has a diverse background in Law, Real Estate and Design. However, her true passion lies in brining joy to sick kids. She is the founder of Open The Joy® a truly unique toy company that focuses on building emotional intelligence in kids; and the Spread The Joy Foundation® a registered non-profit that delivers free activity kits to hospitalized children at their bedside. Since its launch in 2019, Open the Joy has won several industry awards including Best New Products for Kids 2019 at NY Now, New Kids on the Block award at Toy Fair 2020, and Best New Manufacturers award at Toy Fest West 2020. Shalini Samtani’s leadership and the truly unique nature of her business has been awarded recognition by the Tory Burch Foundation 2020, as one of the top 50 female entrepreneurs selected nationwide.
55 minutes | 3 months ago
Caring for Foster Families | EP 234: Allie Roth, With Love, Oregon
Did you know there are more than 400,000 children in the U.S. who are in the foster care system? The average age of a child in foster care is 8 years old, and there are more boys than girls. There are so many kids who need a home, support and love. My guest today is Allie Roth, president and founder of With Love, which aims to help foster families change the lives of children ages 0-6 by providing resources that nurture dignity, hope and community. 2:42 – Allie Roth 101 Allie is married with two children and has always loved kids. She was a teacher and learned about some of the needs in the community. She doesn’t say “foster kids.” She says “kids in foster care.” She created her nonprofit in the Portland area. 7:18 – Misconceptions about foster care In Oregon, about 1 in 100 kids are in foster care, which is double the national average. It is not normal. On any given day, there are around 7,000 kids. Part of the reason is the opiate crisis and housing instability 13:28 – Misconceptions about kids in foster care No kid goes into foster care through a fault of their own. Kids need a loving place to land while their parents are in rehab or have other issues. 60% of the kids in foster care come from neglect. 17:15 – Fulfilling needs They have volunteers who shop for the kids so the kids feel seen and known. They gather car seats, bottles, shoes and other basics. After 90 days, foster parents can reach out and ask for more supplies. 21:53 – How did Allie begin With Love? Beginning a nonprofit is really hard. Allie talked with other nonprofits to find out how they did it. She focused on volunteering, and found a lot of retired people who wanted to help. 27:27 – Connecting with other organizations Allie gets calls and emails all the time about working with other organizations. She is very active on social media and has met a lot of people through that. Eventually, she wants to do replication seminars so people can learn about foster care 101. 36:17 – Ways people can support Allie’s work Intentionality is key. Instead of just dropping your stuff off at a donation center, ask yourself, “Who can I bless with what I have?” Allie believes in transparency and shares how her organization is doing in an annual report and on social media. 43:11 – How her kids have adapted to being foster family Having kids is a huge asset. For Allie’s family, she brings in kids who are younger than her children. They don’t have a placement all the time, so her kids get excited when a new child comes to stay. 46:27 – Get to know Allie Her guilty pleasure? People Magazine Song she has to sing? Panic at the Disco’s “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” FEATURED QUOTES “In Oregon, there are about 1 in 100 kids in foster care. That number is double the national average, so that is not normal.” – Allie “On any given day [in Oregon], there are around 7,000 kids in foster care, ages o to 18.” – Allie “Volunteers are the heartbeat of what we do.” – Allie “Who can I really bless with what I have? That’s being intentional.” – Allie CONNECT: https://www.withloveoregon.org/ https://www.withloveoregon.org/allie-roth About Allie Roth: Allie Roth is the President and Founder of With Love, which is a non-profit organization working to support foster families in Portland, Oregon. For Allie, With Love is more than an organization with a cause, it’s a must-have movement. Since 2013, she has brought love and dignity to the forefront of foster care, changing the lives of thousands of families and kids in the community.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
Diversity in Children's Literature | EP 233: Sailaja Joshi, Mango & Marigold Press
I’m an avid reader, and one of my favorite things to do with my kids is to read to them. A few years ago, I realized it was easy to find books where my kids could see themselves in the story. But I began to take that for granted and wanted to include more diverse literature. My guest today is Sailaja Joshi, CEO of Mango and Marigold Press. She has built a company dedicated to this very idea, that books need more diversity. 3:56 – Sailaja 101 Mango and Marigold Press is an independent publishing house that shares sweet and savory stories of the south Asian experience. Sailaja is a mom, wife, passionate runner and excited about disrupting the publishing space. 7:05 – Her personal experience The idea of Mango and Marigold started during Sailaja’s first pregnancy. She wanted a library themed baby shower. She was looking for books that represented her culture, history and heritage. What she found was really disappointing. Some of the books she found were culturally inaccurate or insensitive. She decided to do something about it. She had an entrepreneurial spirit but knew nothing about publishing. 11:39 – How she started her business She tried writing books, and it didn’t work. So she asked a friend with a background in children’s literature for help. “I think it’s really important for children to be able to see themselves and children to see others having these great moments of joy, and that’s what our books do,” said Sailaja 16:41 – What she’s learned after publishing 20 books A big piece she learned is how the books are healing, not for children, but for parents “I think for so many parents, these books are things that they were just dying for in their youth and didn't have,” said Sailaja 19:55 – Feedback The books resonate because they are great stories and are empowering. Sailaja says it’s a wonderful feeling. 27:03 – Her favorite book Each book has a special meaning and a deep place in her heart. “I love stories that just celebrate black and brown joy. Those need to take up all the space on the bookshelf,” said Sailaja. 33:32 – Get to know Sailaja Her favorite song to sing – Destiny’s Child Bootylicious Her favorite meal – pizza Favorite TV show – 80s and 90s children’s shows FEATURED QUOTES “I’m really excited about bridging the accessibility gap in children’s literature and beyond.” – Sailaja “I was looking for books that represented my culture, my history, my heritage, and what I found was really disappointing.” – Sailaja “I think it’s really important for children to be able to see themselves and children to see others having these great moments of joy, and that’s what our books do.” – Sailaja “I think for so many parents, these books are things that they were just dying for in their youth and didn't have.” – Sailaja ADDITIONAL RESOURCES OR LINKS https://mangoandmarigoldpress.com/ https://mangoandmarigoldpress.com/pages/sailaja-joshi About Sailaja Joshi: Sailaja N. Joshi is a design thinker, intersectional feminist, mother to two, a bibliophile, an entrepreneur, lover of bold, modern design, diversity activist, and an aspiring dog owner. A Massachusetts native, Sailaja grew up a voracious reader. From Leo the Lop to Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Amelia Bedelia, she loved every book she read. If you were to ask her today what her favorite book is, she'd likely say either the Harry Potter series OR The Tao of Pooh. It really depends on the day. She has always been interested in exploring multicultural generations and loves using those skills in new and exciting ways as the CEO and founder of Mango & Marigold Press. Mango & Marigold Press is an award-winning independent publishing house that shares the sweet and savory stories of the South Asian experience. Founded in 2014, the company has produced fourteen books across four different product categories and been featured on The Today Show, Us Weekly, People Magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post and so much more. In 2019, the company unveiled its #1001DiverseBooks initiative. With this program, Sailaja has committed to raising the funds to donate 1001 new, diverse books to literacy nonprofits bridging the accessibility gap within literature for children and teams. Community members can sponsor books for just $10 and through this program ensure that everyone has access to high quality, diverse literature. The company launched the initiative with its 14th book Finding Om and reached their goal of raising funds for 1001 books in just five short days. The company's mission has expanded to not only bridge the diversity gap in literature for children and teens but also improve the accessibility of diverse books in underserved communities. Her ambition is to have Mango & Marigold Press be an active participant in the field of multicultural literature, moving forward with the belief that we need diverse literature for all in a diverse world. The company recently expanded its collection to include both young adult and middle grade books (to be published in 2021!) When she's not working to change the face of publishing, she can be found hanging with her two adorable children at the park or at circus class (really, that's a thing). Thank you to our partner of the show, MamaSuds! How much time do you spend reading labels? A lot right? MamaSuds would like to help you take the stress of research out of your life with their truly safe, non-toxic household cleaning collection. They have everything you need to keep your family and your home clean and safe. If you've seen my Instagram Stories, you know I love their laundry soap! The best part is that they use plants and minerals to make their products- NOTHING SYNTHETIC. The head mama at MamaSuds is Michelle Smith and she has spent a crazy amount of time tracking down exceptional ingredients so they are not only safe for you and your family but sustainable for the planet. MamaSuds wants to inspire you to live a smart, healthy and sustainable life that brings you joy and peace of mind. Try them out at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
40 minutes | 3 months ago
Fundraising with Purpose | EP 232: Carol Fassino, FairTrade Caravans
If you went to public school or played sports growing up in the U.S., you remember fundraisers – the wrapping paper, popcorn, catalogues, etc. We all have these memories. Fundraisers are important to help organizations raise money, but what if we changed the way that we fundraise? What if we made an impact not only for the organizations that we’re raising money for but also the people making the things we are selling? My guest today is Carol Fassino who created Fair Trade Caravans, which provides transparent information about products’ origins, stories behind the artisans and farmers and how the products are priced. 3:14 – Meet Carol Fassino Carol came from a structured world, including public schools and working in the electronics industry. She worked in the corporate world until a few years ago. She never wanted to climb the corporate ladder and had a lucky opportunity to reevaluate what she wanted to do with the second half of her career. She wanted to make a difference. She decided fair trade fundraising was the way to go. 11:15 – How Carol started her company She explored how to start the company online instead of visiting schools one by one. “It is so hard to get past the initial 10 people that love your idea, that are related to you, that are friends with you. You go out there, and you think everyone is going to embrace that idea, and they don’t,” said Carol. 16:14 – Response and feedback The feedback and response to Carol’s business have been great, and her business has grown. 23:25 – A lasting impact It starts with us as adults to teach children how products are made and teach them about fair trade. “We’re trying to make fair trade a global mission through empowering a caring community of doers,” said Carol. 25:17 – How do the fundraisers work? People can set up their fundraiser online with all the products they want, including their logo and how much they want to raise. Carol sends the school a check for 25% of the product sale. The challenge we’ve had is getting the word out and promoting the fundraisers. 27:55 – A diverse product line Carol has a diverse product line, including home decor, jewelry, coffee, tea, etc. Carol sells products between $15 and $40. 31:37 – Get to know Carol Carol is a big reader and reads the newspaper every morning. She also likes lighter fiction and historical fiction. Her favorite song – Total Eclipse of the Heart Her favorite meal – something with a lot of flavor FEATURED QUOTES “It is so hard to get past the initial 10 people that love your idea, that are related to you, that are friends with you. You go out there, and you think everyone is going to embrace that idea, and they don’t.” – Carol “We’re trying to make fair trade a global mission through empowering a caring community of doers.” – Carol https://www.fairtradecaravans.com/
64 minutes | 3 months ago
Coffee with Purpose | EP 231: Brian Holland & Britt Mooney, Phoenix Coffee Roasters
We all know that coffee is one of the most popular beverages. I fully admit I am in the minority for not being a coffee drinker. But I can’t deny how much coffee culture has an influence on our communities, our country and our world. There are so many people involved in the supply chain. My guests today are Brian Holland and Britt Mooney of Phoenix Roasters in Atlanta. They wanted to take their passion for coffee and for people and make a difference. They are two of the most incredible people. 3:50 – “You haven’t had our coffee” I don’t like coffee, but Brian and Britt say they can convert me. “We convert the 70% of people who want to love coffee into coffee lovers,” said Brian. 8:08 – Britt and Brian 101 Brian is founding pastor of Phoenix Community, a church planning network. He was a church youth pastor for 20 years. In 2008 they started Phoenix Roasters because they ran out of money as a church. Britt grew up in the church. He was drawn to teach overseas with his wife, and they were missionaries. When God called him back to the U.S., he wanted to live as a missionary in his own country. He wanted to work with Brian and describes the coffee business as living the dream. 13:35 – Say Yes. How God-Sized Dreams Take Flight Britt wrote a book, Say Yes. How God-Sized Dreams Take Flight. It tells their story and asks readers: What has God called you to do? People always want to know where they are going and how they are going to get there. But you need to trust God. 18:30 – Say yes and be blessed We’re told if we say yes, we’ll be blessed. In their business, they try to help the kinds of people that Jesus would have helped. 23:16 – Figuring out the next steps A guy on their leadership team kept saying, “What if we’re a marketplace church?” It’s an international model. They wanted to do coffee shops. Brian asked God what He wanted him to do. He heard God say, “It’s not in the shop. It’s in the bean.” 28:43 – The roaster story They realized there’s no money in repackaging somebody else’s coffee beans. “We realized we needed a better business model, and we’re going to have to learn to roast our own coffee,” said Brian. “But none of us knew how to roast.” 35:02 – Coffee that matters Mother Theresa once asked a man, “What do you do that matters?” You want to have purpose and meaning in your life. God led them into ways for their coffee to matter. 46:00 – What is on the horizon? They have plans to be aggressive, and they want to help the micro farmers who are getting swallowed up by big corporations. 53:10 – Get to know you Strangest pet peeve – Brian can’t stand hard swallowers Something we would never guess – Britt used to have long hair and was in a heavy metal Christian band FEATURED QUOTES “We always say around here, we’re blessed and highly caffeinated.” - Brian “We convert the 70% of people who want to love coffee into coffee lovers.” – Brian “In 2008 we started Phoenix Roasters because we ran out of money as a church.” – Brian “We realized we needed a better business model, and we’re going to have to learn to roast our own coffee. But none of us knew how to roast.” – Brian LINKS https://phoenixroasters.coffee/ https://www.amazon.com/Say-Yes-God-Sized-Dreams-Flight/dp/156309410X Thank you to our partner of the show, MamaSuds! How much time do you spend reading labels? A lot right? MamaSuds would like to help you take the stress of research out of your life with their truly safe, non-toxic household cleaning collection. They have everything you need to keep your family and your home clean and safe. If you've seen my Instagram Stories, you know I love their laundry soap! The best part is that they use plants and minerals to make their products- NOTHING SYNTHETIC. The head mama at MamaSuds is Michelle Smith and she has spent a crazy amount of time tracking down exceptional ingredients so they are not only safe for you and your family but sustainable for the planet. MamaSuds wants to inspire you to live a smart, healthy and sustainable life that brings you joy and peace of mind. Try them out at www.mamasuds.com and use code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
26 minutes | 3 months ago
The Story of How We Bought our Farm \\ EP #230
The other day I was having a conversation with a friend, and I realized I’ve been doing this podcast for 4½ years. A couple years ago, around episode 100, I introduced solo shows every 10 episodes. So, here we are – episode 230. Today’s episode is about something personal to me. 0:39 – We bought a farm! If you follow me on Instagram or read my blog, Still Being Molly, you know that my family and I recently bought a farm. I know that for a lot of people, people are probably thinking, “What? This is random!” It’s something we’ve been dreaming and praying about for a really long time. Today, I’m going to tell you the story about how it all happened. 4:11 – The lowest point in my life In fall 2010 I was at arguably the lowest point of my life. I was tens of thousands in credit card debt. I didn’t know many people where I lived and worked a bunch of jobs. I didn’t know the Lord. I was struggling with broken relationships. In late 2010, I started dating my now husband, John, started attending church with him and was saved. 6:06 – Talking about hopes and dreams John and I began talking about our dream of owning a farm. When we got engaged, we dreamed about what our life would look like. One of the things we talked about regularly was buying land, building a house and being more self-sustainable. I was working hard to pay off my debt. 8:37 – Serious conversations about money As a young married couple, John and I had a lot of conversations about money. John didn’t struggle with money, but I did, so we wanted to have clear communication. We have a joint budget and track every dollar that comes in and goes out. We started to put money away for a big expense down the road like land or a house. 11:00 – Our little garden We started with a garden in our backyard, and it started with one little garden bed, and it was a giant fail. I had this dream of having this massive garden. The only food we were able to grow was cucumbers, and they took over and grew through the fence. As the years went on, we got better at gardening. After five years, we had a truly, truly successful garden. 13:32 – Getting aggressive about savings About two to three years ago, we really started being very aggressive in our savings towards land. We hustled and we worked really hard. At the end of 2019, we began to realize this could become a reality sooner rather than later. We began looking at land and had many contracts fall through. 18:20 – Pursuing houses on land We finally decided to pursue houses on land instead of building a house. We looked at upwards of 15 houses and put in offers but kept getting rejected or outbid. John came home one night frustrated about the home-buying process. We had been praying. Later that night, three hours later, a house came on the market. We both looked at it, we looked at each other and said, “I think this is it.” We went to see the house that weekend and finally got the house. 21:52 – A dream come true We aren’t living there yet. We are doing renovations, but we are just so, so thankful. It is a dream come true. In a lot of ways I still feel like I’m dreaming. I share this whole story because, for nearly a decade, this was something that John and I had talked about and dreamed about and prayed about and saved for. I want to encourage you, if you have a dream, make little steps each day. We want to be able to serve others with this home. FEATURED QUOTES “My family and I recently bought a farm … People are probably thinking, ‘What? This is random!’ … It’s something that we have been dreaming about and praying about for a really long time.” “A house came on the market … We both looked at it, we looked at each other and I said, ‘I think this is it.’” “We are just so, so thankful. It is a dream come true.” “I share this whole story because, for nearly a decade, this was something that John and I had talked about and dreamed about and prayed about and saved for.” “We want to be able to serve others with this home.”
55 minutes | 4 months ago
Investing in African Students | EP 229: Dr. Lydiah Kemunto Bosire, 8B Education Investments
I think we can all agree that education is important. My guest today is passionate about making higher education accessible and giving opportunities to incredibly bright students in Africa for development and education around the world. 1:13 – Dr. Lydiah Kemunto Bosire’s background Dr. Bosire is the founder and CEO of 8B Education Investments, a financial and education technology platform specialized in lending to African students to attend world-class global universities. 5:48 – Meet Dr. Bosire The “B” in 8B stands for billion. They want to find out what Africa needs to do in order to compete, innovate and thrive in a world of 8 billion people. 8:51 – What led Dr. Bosire to do this work She was born in western Kenya and went to United World Colleges. She found that international spaces in business and other sectors were not inclusive, and she wanted to see more people like her in those spaces. 14:40 – Breaking down barriers and expanding opportunities Dr, Bosire realized she needed more people like herself in power to help others. Her sole purpose is to address the key bottleneck, which is the financing. If financing was as available for African students as it is available to a Chinese student or Indian student or a Singaporean student, a lot more African students would be in universities. 24:41 – Narrative matters Our words matter. How we tell stories matter. Because those things begin to get imprinted in our minds, in our culture, in our society. 32:10 – Charity vs. education investment It doesn’t have to be either or. It doesn’t have to be charity or education investment. It can be both. “You’re saying to somebody, ‘I see this potential in you. I see this talent in you, and I’m investing in your education for a greater purpose.” – Molly 37:45 – Not enough innovation in nonprofit There’s not enough innovation in the nonprofit space. Business can be used for good, like a nonprofit. Overall, most nonprofits don’t innovate because they just don’t have to. But businesses have to innovate. 48:03 – Get to know you questions Who has influenced Dr. Bosire the most? Oprah What song she has to sing along with? Frozen ballads Favorite dinner – Kale and avocado First thing she does when she gets home? Hug those close to her FEATURED QUOTES “That’s the business that I am in now, of making opportunity.” – Dr. Bosire “If we had financing as available for African students as it is available to a Chinese student or Indian student or a Singaporean student, we would have a lot more African students in universities.” – Dr. Bosire ADDITIONAL RESOURCES OR LINKS https://africaglobaleducation.com/ https://twitter.com/8B_AfricaEdu About Dr. Lydiah Kemunto Bosire Dr. Lydiah Kemunto Bosire is the Founder and CEO of 8B Education Investments, a financial and education technology platform specialized in lending to African students to attend world-class global universities and supporting them to succeed. 8B is on a mission to strengthen Africa’s human capital by equipping the continent’s future leaders and ecosystem builders to innovate, compete, and thrive in the knowledge economy of the 21st century. A Kenyan national, Lydiah brings to the field of innovative finance her personal experience, and over eighteen years working on issues of international politics, development, and human rights. Prior to founding 8B, Lydiah worked at the United Nations, the World Bank, and leading global NGOs. Most recently, she served as lead for the UN-World Bank Partnership at the Department of Political Affairs of the UN Secretariat. While completing her studies at the University of Oxford, Lydiah co-founded Oxford Transitional Justice Research. Lydiah was a pioneer of the global youth movement around HIV/AIDS. She co-founded the YouthForce advocacy platform used at all international HIV/AIDS conferences since, and served as a founding board member of the non-profit Keep a Child Alive. Lydiah currently serves on the board at WorldQuant University, and is a member of the UWC Atlantic College Advisory Council. She publishes and speaks on a wide range of topics, including on the role of innovative finance in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN and the World Bank in conflict-affected states, and the role of world-class human capital in African development. Lydiah completed her doctorate (D.Phil) in Politics at the University of Oxford. She also holds a Master of Science from Oxford, where she attended as a Clarendon Scholar. She received an undergraduate degree with honors in Government and a Master of Public Administration at Cornell University. Thank you to our partners of the show: Ammas Umma Did you know I have an ethical brand directory? That's what Chelsea used to start finding products for her boutique almost four years ago! Now, Amma's Umma carries over 50 intentionally sourced brands and is the perfect one stop shop for all your gift giving needs. As a thank you to the Still Being Molly community, she is offering 20% off with code SHOPWITHMOLLY. Head to shopwithmolly.com for all the details. GOEX At GOEX, we believe in the power of purchase. We use a simple t-shirt to connect our customers with their apparel makers. GOEX customers sustain fair wage jobs that liberate workers from poverty and empower them in their families and communities. We are proud to be a verified member of the Fair Trade Federation. Shop sustainable, eco-friendly t-shirts and sweatshirts with purpose today at goexapparel.com. Simple Switch I want to introduce you all to a company I believe in that helps you more conveniently purchase with purpose, SimpleSwitch.org Simple Switch is an online marketplace for ethical and impactful shopping. They let you shop online for more than 3,000 products ranging from everyday essentials like toilet paper and hand sanitizer, to special gifts like journals or jewelry. Every product has a positive environmental or social impact, like planting trees or fighting human trafficking. 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34 minutes | 4 months ago
Know Yourself, Know Your Money | EP 228: Rachel Cruze
I remember my journey of becoming debt free. I read so many books about how to take control of your money and how to budget. There are a lot of financial resources out there, but there’s not much about why you handle money the way you do. My guest today is Rachel Cruze, and she is trying to tackle that very issue. Rachel is a two-time No. 1 best-selling author, financial expert and host of The Rachel Cruze Show. Her new book is Know Yourself, Know Your Money: Discover WHY you handle money the way you do, and WHAT to do about it! 3:42 – Rachel Cruze 101 Rachel is an author and speaker and loves talking about anything involving money and personal finance. She is the daughter of financial expert Dave Ramsey. She became interested in public speaking when she was 15 and realized it was a gift she wanted to share. 6:16 – Being Dave Ramsey’s kid Rachel jokes that people think she had mutual fund birthday parties and summer budget camps growing up. But her mom and dad taught her a lot about money. They filed for bankruptcy the year she was born. She learned how to handle money emotionally, spiritually and tactically. But the conversations with her parents were never obsessive or legalistic. Her parents let her make mistakes so she and her siblings could learn to handle money. 9:38 – What she learned from her parents Rachel watched her parents become successful with money and be outrageous givers. She has been impressed with the private ways they are generous, without any fanfare. 11:20 – My childhood and financial past When times get tough, some turn to alcohol or drugs. As I explain to Rachel, I turned to spending money and used it as a coping mechanism. I was $36,000 in credit card debt in 2008 and became debt free in 2012. 15:28 – Know Yourself, Know Your Money Money is so emotional. There is so much guilt and shame around this topic. Your net worth starts to become your self worth, and you start to believe: “This is who I am.” Breaking that cycle is so powerful. 18:46 – The psychology behind money To understand why you handle money the way you do, you have to go back to the way you grew up. There are four money classrooms people fall into: anxious, unstable, unaware and secure 25:17 – How to begin changing bad money habits You have to have an element of hope. Getting out of debt requires a lot of sacrifice, so you have to know why you’re doing it. 27:12 – Adapting to change Doing a budget is not fun, but once it becomes a part of your life you can’t imagine not having it there. It takes a shock to the system to change. 29:41 – Get to know Rachel What does Rachel do when she wants to treat herself? She doesn’t need a designer bag. She loves spa days, pedicures and pampering. Her favorite song to jam out to? “I’m Proud to Be an American” Her favorite meal? Pepperoni and banana pepper pizza FEATURED QUOTES “Your net worth starts to become your self worth, and you start to believe: ‘This is who I am.’ To break that cycle is so powerful.” - Rachel “To understand how you handle money today, you have to go back to your childhood.” - Rachel ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: https://www.rachelcruze.com/ https://www.rachelcruze.com/store/product/know-yourself-know-your-money-book
50 minutes | 4 months ago
How Whales Inspired Her to Start an Ethical Business | EP 227: Kelsey Waliszewski, Moi Moi Market
59 minutes | 4 months ago
How to Read the Bible in a Year | EP 226: Tara-Leigh Cobble, The Bible Recap
Here we are, it’s the end of 2020, and this year has been bananas. There have been beautiful things but also a lot of really difficult things, and I wanted to end the year in kind of a unique way. I have shared openly on this show over the last few years about how my faith is the foundation of all that I am and how it has influenced my life and changed me in so many ways. In the last few years, I have read through the Bible in one year. In 2020, I finished my third reading of the bible in a year, cover to cover, chronologically. It’s been formative and life changing. If you’ve never read the Bible, please don’t click away. I’m sharing this episode from my heart about something I really believe is life changing. My guest this week is Tara-Leigh Cobble. She is the creator and host of the Bible Recap Podcast and the author of the book, The Bible Recap. She founded D-Group, an international network of weekly discipleship and accountability groups, and she hosts a daily radio show called The God Shot. She hails from Dallas, TX by way of Eastern TN, and I’ve had the privilege of hearing her voice every day as I read the Bible throughout the year. The Bible Recap has greatly impacted my life and I wanted to learn more about Tara and her the work behind The Bible Recap. 6:00 - The Tara-Leigh 101 Tara-Leigh wasn’t always someone who read the Bible. She might have told you she loved it, but she hadn’t read it. She knew it was true, but she didn’t know what it said. Cleary, that has all changed and along with writing The Bible Recap and hosting Bible Recap Podcast, she also founded D-Group, which stands for Discipleship Group. it is a weekly Bible study and discipleship group that meets in homes and churches and online and does deep dives into books of the Bible and topics of theology. She started D-Group the same year she started reading through the Bible because she needed and wanted to talk to people about what she was reading. She started learning about so much she never knew growing up in the church and wanted to talk about it. Tara-Leigh was working in ministry and not even reading through the Bible yet. She spent her days talking to people about and singing about the God of the Bible but had not read all of his word. One day, a friend asked if she’s ready the whole Bible. She’d been a student of the word, but still hadn’t read the Bible in its entirety. Her friend recommended she read the whole thing (even the genealogies). She was told it would take 12 minutes a day to read it in a year. Surprisingly, the commitment was not the hard part. It was what she was seeing when she was reading it. She had not yet encountered a lot of these things about the Lord and realized she’d taken things out of context, was not understanding things rightly, and was reading it as if looking into a mirror looking back at herself instead of holding a lens to see the living God and who He is. Tara-Leigh’s friend encouraged her to stick with reading through the Bible and challenged her to look for God and His character. It was a huge awakening for her to read through the Bible chronologically the first time, but even more so the second time when she started looking for God instead of how he could make all her dreams come true. 15:38 – Through the Bible in a Year Tara-Leigh has read through the Bible 14 times now. Even on read 14, she’s learning new things and seeing some things for the first time. She recently recorded a podcast episode on God’s intervening in our lives. A few days later while she was praying, she felt like God was telling her, “I don’t intervene.” She measured it against scripture to see if it was really from the Lord. She looked through Hebrews to see if the word intervene shows up anywhere. It doesn’t. She looked through the Greek and Aramaic translations and the word “intervene” is nowhere in the Bible. She looked up the word in the dictionary. To intervene, you have to be outside of a situation and insert yourself into it, and God is not outside of any situation. Tara-Leigh had to go back and edit that podcast episode. 😉 Some resources that have been the most impactful for Tara-Leigh in her study and The Bible Recap have been sermons by pastors who teach exegetically (line by line, word by word), and John Piper’s database with all scripture he’s taught. You can look up specific topics and verses. It’s especially great if you’re an auditory learner. It helped Tara learn how to study scripture and understand it ways she never had before. John Piper also has a tool called “Look at the Book” that Tara-Leigh recommends. Once she learned how to study the Bible, the Faith Life Study Bible (free online resource) and a Greek/Hebrew lexicon have been helpful tools as well. 23:25 – Living, Breathing Love Letter Tara-Leigh has been able to maintain her passion for reading the Bible even when working on The Bible Recap for work. As she began, she realized she wasn’t interested in separating what she was doing for work from her personal relationship with reading the Bible. She found so much joy in reading for her study and it turned into a heart of worship and arched her heart back to God. When you really start learning about God, the God in the scriptures, you want to share that with others. Learning about the God in the scriptures ignites a hunger in us to continue to seek the spirit of God. If you think reading the bible in a year is daunting, The Bible Recap breaks the process down in a way where the reading is a daily, comforting habit instead of an overwhelming obstacle. 30:31 – Chronologically The Bible is not actually laid out chronologically but more like a library. There’s a history section, a law section, poetry section, and so on. It is helpful for organization but not necessarily for getting to know a person. Our aim in reading the Bible, especially as Christians is getting to know God’s character and finding out who He is; the story of God rescuing His people. When we start at the beginning and go through the story of God rescuing His people, we can understand the entire story and fall in love with the lead character. There are parts of what God does that are not going to look good if we only see them out of context. When we treat out Bibles like a magic 8 ball, it doesn’t help us know God. We have the gift of diving into the Bible and going straight to God to see what He has to say. It might not always be the quickest and easiest route, but if we focus on getting to know God, the answers we are seeking will actually start to come to us from our knowledge of who God is. The Bible Recap partners with The Bible Project to provide even more resources on each book of the bible with the day’s reading, discussion, and The Bible Recap podcast to help support you and remove every obstacle in the way of people reading scripture with a clear path through. There’s something for each learning style! There also tools and weekly and daily discussions to help readers learn how to study the bible. 40:43 – The Bible Recap in 2021 New features to The Bible Recap include a daily study guide with 5-6 questions a day and weekly discussion guide for groups of people to use together that are about 10 questions a week. There’s something for every style of learning between the individual guides, group guides, book, and podcast! There’s also another podcast resource called “The Bible Kneecap” which is a daily prayer podcast to respond to what you’re learning about in the Bible. It will help you practice prayer and grow in your prayer life. Join The Bible Recap If you’d like to join The Bible Recap, email firstname.lastname@example.org! Remember that you don’t have to start on January 1st and it’s OK if you get behind! You can download the You Version Bible App for free and when you email email@example.com, you can join me and I’ll send you an invite to my Bible Recap group! Join us, we’ll do it together! 48:10 - Getting to Know Our Guest Find out fun facts about Tara-Leigh like what her favorite book of the Bible is (it may change from time to time), what song she has to sing along with when she hears it, and one of her biggest goals in life which ties into what it means to her to run a business with purpose. 12:16 – “I was reading scripture backwards. I was reading it as if looking into a mirror like it was about me, and not a lens to see the living God and who He is. That was the hard part. That I thought, ‘Uh oh, God’s not who I thought he was, He’s not here to serve me.’ “ 12:59 – “A lot of people will walk away from faith when they go through something hard, when they hit a trial...and they walk away from God because of the hardship in their life…but I was about to walk away from God because of what I saw in the Bible.” 19:25 “God is not outside of any situation. He is actively involved and engaged in every story...God shows up and he acts on behalf of his people.” 25:03 – “I was finding so much joy in what I was learning in my study that it turned into a heart of worship. It arched by heart back in praise to Him.” Thank you to our partners of the show: Ammas Umma Did you know I have an ethical brand directory? That's what Chelsea used to start finding products for her boutique almost four years ago! Now, Amma's Umma carries over 50 intentionally sourced brands and is the perfect one stop shop for all your gift giving needs. As a thank you to the Still Being Molly community, she is offering 20% off with code SHOPWITHMOLLY. Head to shopwithmolly.com for all the details. GOEX At GOEX, we believe in the power of purchase. We use a simple t-shirt to connect our customers with their apparel makers. GOEX customers sustain fair wage jobs that liberate workers from poverty and empower them in their families and communities. We are proud to be a verified member of the Fair Trade Federation. Shop sustainable, eco-friendly t-shirts and sweatshirts with purpose today at goexapparel.com. Simple Switch I want to introduce you all to a company I believe in that helps you more conveniently purchase with purpose, SimpleSwitch.org Simple Switch is an online marketplace for ethical and impactful shopping. They let you shop online for more than 3,000 products ranging from everyday essentials like toilet paper and hand sanitizer, to special gifts like journals or jewelry. Every product has a positive environmental or social impact, like planting trees or fighting human trafficking. Simple Switch is offering a discount exclusively for our listeners. Check out the marketplace on simpleswitch.org and get 20% off your first order with code PURCHASEWITHPURPOSE at checkout! The Lemonade Boutique This episode is sponsored by The Lemonade Boutique, a women’s clothing with a cause store. Featuring ethically made and fair trade items from over 10 countries, every item is made by women facing extreme challenges such as trafficking, poverty, and more. Your purchase empowers women to take life's lemons and make lemonade. Shop at THELemonadeBoutique.com. Listeners of the Business with Purpose Podcast can save 15% by using code PURPOSE15 at checkout.
36 minutes | 5 months ago
Pivoting in the Pandemic | EP 225: Marissa Goldstein, Rafi Nova
The word for 2020 has been PIVOT. Especially when it comes to sustaining a business during an economy in the middle of a global pandemic. My guest today is living this idea of pivoting out. Her story about launching a business at the beginning of a pandemic and them completely pivoting is incredibly inspiring and you are going to love this conversation. Marissa Goldstein is a proud mother of two sets of twins. Yes, you heard that right – two sets of twins. She’s also the CEO of the leading sustainable travel accessory brand Rafi Nova. As an avid traveler, Marissa founded Rafi Nova to encourage families to travel while creating meaningful connections with global communities. While the pandemic shifted her company’s production to face masks, it expanded the company’s ability to connect and protect communities and support social causes committed to inclusivity. Under Marissa’s leadership, Rafi Nova will have donated more than 150,000 masks to organizations in need and workers on the front lines by the end of the year. This was such an incredible conversation and Marissa is such a leader in this area. Grab a warm, cozy, festive drink and Join me as I chat with Marissa. 4:42 - The Marissa 101 Marissa is the co-founder and CEO of Rafi Nova. Rafi Nova is a social enterprise on a mission to create great products that meet the ever-changing needs of families and communities, and serves to connect, inspire, and encourage others to get out there and go. She and her husband are parents to TWO sets of twins. Marissa’s family lives life on the go (or certainly before the pandemic). For the last 3-4 years, they spent half the year living in Vietnam, and the other half living right outside of Boston, MA. After Marissa finished her MBA in 2015, she joined her husband working at his manufacturing business helping consumer products companies in the US make products overseas in Vietnam. They’ve always had a wanderlust, and quickly fell in love with Southeast Asia on an around the world trip. They settled in Vietnam, creating their own supply chain and amazing community of friends. Their niche was bags, backpacks, duffel bags, luggage, etc. Every weekend they traveled to other Southeast Asia countries to meet with different ethnic women and tribes. In Northern Vietnam four years ago, they met women trying to sell their trinkets with a colorful textile wrapped around then. They discovered the women’s stories as well as the story behind the artform that has been passed down from generation to generation. It started to disappear because of technology and younger generations choosing different career paths in cities. Marissa and her husband wanted to find a way to use that textile traditional art form and put them on meaningful products in the US while also supporting the women, telling their stories, and preserving the art form. They started their own brand, Rafi Nova, which is named after their two sets of twins. They goal was to create useful products and accessories that people can wear when they’re on the go. All of the Rafi Nova products use upcycled textiles that have a story. Marissa and her husband spent a year building the company in Vietnam and came back to Boston to officially start the company. It was right as Covid-19 started spreading in the US, before anyone knew what was coming. They launched the day after the product arrived on February 16th and two weeks later received their town’s stay-at-home orders before Rafi Nova even had a shot at thriving. They knew they needed to put their factory to good use to help during the pandemic as well as keep their factory opening as product orders began plummeting. It was actually their four-year-old who suggested they start making masks. In Vietnam, people wear masks every day because of the air pollution, which gave Marissa and her family a unique perspective on masks that most Americans don’t have. They know what it takes to make a comfortable, safe, and effective mask. They called up their factory and decided they were going to make 10,000 makes to donate to front-line workers. Word caught on quickly and people were asking if Rafi Nova would sell the masks for their own personal use. It was in March, when there was a lot of dialogue about masks but nowhere to buy them. They put the masks on their website, and 24 hours later they’d done over $25,000 in sales with a gratitude for the opportunity and the need for a plan to fulfill the orders! Since that day, Rafi Nova has sold over 2 million masks, and donated over 125,000 masks and have more than 30 employees in a 7500 sq ft fulfillment center. Marissa credits her experience as a mom of two twins for preparing her for this endeavor. 19:22 – Empowering Artisans Through Partnership After discovering the traditional handicrafts in Northern Vietnam, Rafi Nova wanted to find a way to connect with local communities and communities around the world. They would stay in the communities in a very different environment than what they were used to and believe that exploring these differences is a beautiful part of life. They found that we all have commonalities. Marissa saw that the communities in Vietnam had children whose parents wanted them to thrive, just like Marissa wanted for her children. They were able to connect through their roles as mothers. Even through language barriers, the language of motherhood rose up to connect them. Rafi Nova fell in love with the traditional art form and after learning more about the tribes who made them, they wanted to bring the art to the US, not to profit of the artisans, but to tell the story of the textiles and purchase them at fair trade rates to help families profit and preserve the art in various forms. 22:07 – Seeking Adventure (in 2020 and beyond). Rafi Nova has a vision to connect the global community of families to seek adventure. 2020 was a heck of a year, and it also gave Rafi Nova an opportunity to begin. They sold a lot of masks and created a loyal customer base while also giving back during a tumultuous time in our history, fulfilling their core values. While masks are not the product they intended to sell originally, they are a part of Rafi Nova’s story and fit their mission to connect people, keep them safe, and giving back to the community. In 2021, they want Rafi Nova to be a lifestyle brand destination of ethically-sourced products that encourage families to get out, connect, and give back. Even though adventure looks different in 2020, it is still relevant to Rafi Nova’s mission, just with an evolved definition. Most of us have an ideal vision of adventure that involves hoping on a plane and exploring a place we’ve never been to. These days, it could be a family bike ride, RV trip, a camping trip, or just a walk exploring the woods behind your house together. Adventure can also mean finding new and better systems for you and your family to slow down and spend more quality time together. Rafi Nova will continue to sell masks and are also adding a new line of products to accompany us on our new adventures and journeys. 24:37 – The Ethical Piece Marissa was raised with a sense of community and giving back. It’s so important to know where our products come from, how it’s made, and who made it. When finishing her MBA, Marissa was the cofounder of a solar startup based in India creating solar energy machines that provided fans, cell phone charging and light to rural communities. Rafi Nova spends time in their factories with the factory owners every day. They are like second family and it has been eye opening to have the opportunity to join communities in understanding the lifecycle of a product. There are so many pieces of the production line and every step holds the story of a person. 27:42 – Connecting You can find more about Rafi Nova at www.rafinova.com and on all the social channels. If you want to follow Marissa and her family’s adventures, follow @twinsonthegox2 on Instagram! 28:13 – Getting to Know Our Guest Find out what song Marissa has to sing along to when it comes on the radio, a person who has influenced her the most, what she would eat if she had to eat the same meal every night for the rest of her life, her favorite TV show to watch growing up, and of course, stay tuned to hear what it means to Marissa to run a business with purpose. 14:41 - “We started this pivot out of a sense of service, not out of a sense of business.” 15:42 - “I think my experience as a mom to two sets of twins or even a set of twins prepared us for this. We always go into life being flexible and being open-minded and knowing things are not going to come as they seem and that you need to pivot in a lot of your everyday life.” 24:08 – “Adventures have new meanings these days.” 24:23 – In 2021, while we will still be selling masks, we are coming out with a line of amazing products that we’re working so hard on that can accompany you on these new adventures and these new journeys. Thank you to our partners of the show: Ammas Umma Did you know I have an ethical brand directory? That's what Chelsea used to start finding products for her boutique almost four years ago! Now, Amma's Umma carries over 50 intentionally sourced brands and is the perfect one stop shop for all your gift giving needs. As a thank you to the Still Being Molly community, she is offering 20% off with code SHOPWITHMOLLY. Head to shopwithmolly.com for all the details. GOEX At GOEX, we believe in the power of purchase. We use a simple t-shirt to connect our customers with their apparel makers. GOEX customers sustain fair wage jobs that liberate workers from poverty and empower them in their families and communities. We are proud to be a verified member of the Fair Trade Federation. Shop sustainable, eco-friendly t-shirts and sweatshirts with purpose today at goexapparel.com. Simple Switch I want to introduce you all to a company I believe in that helps you more conveniently purchase with purpose, SimpleSwitch.org Simple Switch is an online marketplace for ethical and impactful shopping. They let you shop online for more than 3,000 products ranging from everyday essentials like toilet paper and hand sanitizer, to special gifts like journals or jewelry. Every product has a positive environmental or social impact, like planting trees or fighting human trafficking. Simple Switch is offering a discount exclusively for our listeners. Check out the marketplace on simpleswitch.org and get 20% off your first order with code PURCHASEWITHPURPOSE at checkout! The Lemonade Boutique This episode is sponsored by The Lemonade Boutique, a women’s clothing with a cause store. Featuring ethically made and fair trade items from over 10 countries, every item is made by women facing extreme challenges such as trafficking, poverty, and more. Your purchase empowers women to take life's lemons and make lemonade. Shop at THELemonadeBoutique.com. Listeners of the Business with Purpose Podcast can save 15% by using code PURPOSE15 at checkout.
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