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43 minutes | 3 days ago
Can't Fake the Numbers - A Tax Talk With Tatiana Tsoir
With tax season upon us, the Finding Fire Podcast sat down with Tatiana Tsoir (@tatianatsoir.author), CPA, and author of "Dream Bold - Start Smart" (available March 16, 2021). Tatiana not only highlights the key points of her inspirational and informative book, but also talks about the tax and finance side of running a business and being an entrepreneur. We examine what tax themes business owners should be aware of, and why having a finance partner will help your business thrive. We learned a lot during this conversation with Tatiana, and know you will too. Enjoy!
41 minutes | 11 days ago
Life Being a Mayor and Entrepreneur
“There’s a line drawn in the sand. What’s it going to take for you to cross that line to pursue your passion?”On today’s episode of the Finding Fire Podcast, we sit down with Chris Swanson – Mayor of Two Harbors, MN, Co-Founder of Destination Duluth, CEO of Pure Driven (a digital marketing firm) and owner of Garage Starts (a business to strengthen, support, and empower entrepreneurs). We chat with Chris about how he finds balance owning two businesses and running a town, while still spending quality time with his family. Chris also discusses the importance of letting go and delegating in order to focus on the areas that will help the businesses, town and employees grow. There is a lot of knowledge being shared in this episode about entrepreneurship and life. Sit back and enjoy!
72 minutes | 19 days ago
Date Night - A Valentines Episode
"We are learning a lot of this on the fly, but the cool thing is that we get to step outside of this box that's been painted for us."- Ryan Miller-Finding Fire We had a blast recording this Valentines Day episode with our wives, Lyss Miller and Amy LaFlamme! We definitely couldn't pursue Finding Fire and our dream without their support! We had some amusing and deep conversations during this episode that sheds light on both of our personal and professional lives. We can't wait for you to hear this one and we thank you for all of your support along the way. Enjoy!
47 minutes | 25 days ago
Crafting A Path To Happiness & Success
"If I leave this job, I’ll never be able to get it again. I knew if I left, that was it. I had to be really ready to give it up. I had a hard time leaving, It wasn’t something I wanted to give up, but I knew I had to make a choice.”On today’s episode of Finding Fire Podcast, we sit down with Missy Luukkhonen, owner of The Little Green Bean. The Little Green Bean specializes in handmade gnomes for all seasons, home decor, and DIY kits for many items. We chat with Missy about her journey to being an entrepreneur, her decision of leaving her 9-5 she enjoyed, and how a hobby turned into so much more than a hobby. Enjoy this episode!
46 minutes | a month ago
The Best Christmas Ever
"I came down the stairs, looked at the tree, and had a sinking feeling in my gut. I was struggling with my health and it was a crazy time for me. That sinking feeling was how am I going to explain to my son the next morning that Santa missed him?" - Don LiimatainenTune in and listen to Don's entrepreneurship journey and how he turned that sinking feeling into a fire and created the Best Christmas Ever!
48 minutes | a month ago
A Guide To Living In Yellow: Finding Beauty In The Normal Everyday Ups/Downs/Average Events of Life
“I felt like for years I was just settling for something good, until I walked out of that seminar and decided I was going to build a business where I’m hiring people and making adult woman income.”During this podcast episode we sat down with Erin, Founder of Living In Yellow, who is a lifestyle and fashion blogger. Erin talks about the early years of her 9-5 at the credit union while blogging on the side pursuing her side-hustle. After six years of consistent blog posting and building momentum by slowly monetizing, Erin decided to take the leap and make Living In Yellow her full time gig. As Erin would say, “grab a glass of wine, sit back, relax and stay a while.” Enjoy the episode!
63 minutes | a month ago
Melting Away The Stresses of Life
"Start asking yourself what am I good at, what am I not good at, and what do I want to give my life to? If you spend time in that section, the work becomes invitational, exciting and fun!" -Justin Jutunen One of the things we wanted to focus on in 2021 was self care, so we went out and found Justin Jutunen of Cedar & Stone. Justin talks about pursuing his passion and goal to serve the flourishing of Duluth, MN through guided sauna experiences to help people learn the health benefits, the practice, and the history of sauna. Relax and Enjoy
37 minutes | 2 months ago
Reignite Your Soul and Change Your Thoughts Into Actions
When was the last time you disconnected from the hustle? When was last time you reconnected with yourself? When was the last time you took a real look at your own wellbeing? Katie Quade, owner and visionary of Balanced Roots Retreats, aims to offer you the opportunity to do just that. She combines a number of elements to offer a luxurious lifestyle retreat, geared to create connection with others, inspire change within yourself and transform thoughts into actions. Tune in and listen to how she dodged the average prescription of life.
7 minutes | 2 months ago
Mixing a Recipe for Success
For this episode, we reflected on our podcast guests during 2020 and put together a mix of advice from each guest. Thank you to all of our guests for sharing your stories and inspiring others to pursue their dreams, to find their passion, and most importantly to find their FIRE! Sit back, jot down some notes and enjoy the plethora of advice from these local entrepreneurs and business owners as we close out 2020.Thank you all for your love and support. We already have a great podcast guest lineup for 2021! FIRE UP!!!
2 minutes | 2 months ago
Happy Holidays From Finding Fire
Happy holidays to you and your family from Finding Fire! We started this journey over a year ago and wanted to thank you all for your support and following us on our journey. On this short episode we look back and reflect on the past year, while looking at what's to come. 2021 is going to be FIRE! Have a great holiday season everyone.-Finding Fire
48 minutes | 3 months ago
Full Speed Ahead and Never Looking Back
It’s 3 p.m. on a Friday and your friends just got into town. They're at a local restaurant waiting for you. You'd go, but you have that feeling... that feeling that you'll get in trouble if you leave early... that you shouldn't... that you are CHAINED TO YOUR DESK. During this episode with Alicia Lokke we sat down and discussed the journey of feeling trapped in a role that wasn't a good fit and how she discovered her calling of being a realtor. Having the ability to manage oneself and adapting to meet client needs are just a few of the many skills that Alicia possesses. We are excited for you to hear this episode. Thank you for your support!
60 minutes | 3 months ago
Turning Sips Into Smiles, One Cup at a Time
“Turning sips into smiles, one cup at a time.” During this episode, we spoke with Dean from Mike & Jens Cocoa Mix. Listen in as Dean shares his story of taking his self-made Cocoa mix from his “little kitchen” to an international brand.
65 minutes | 3 months ago
Are You Building Your Dream or Someone Else’s Dream?
What moment in your life has made you change directions completely? Was it a birth of a child, loss of a loved one, leaving a corporate job, or something else profound? For Kristina Amys, a few of those were the catalyst, and what’s sweeter than starting up your own baking shop to find fulfillment? For her, nothing. Listen to Kristina's journey about leaving her corporate job, raising three kids, all while starting her own sweet shop with sugar on top!
34 minutes | 3 months ago
Pushing Progress Over Perfection
“Don’t wait until something is perfect to push it out to the world.” During this episode, we sat down with Aubrey DeBettignies, owner of The Altered Abode, and discussed everything from interior design and tips, to stepping out of your comfort zone, not playing it safe and taking a leap to pursue your passion. Listen to Aubrey’s story about taking a childhood passion and turning it into a successful business.
41 minutes | 4 months ago
Getting Over Your Ego And Seeing Results
Reinvent Your Hustle and pursue your passions! We sat down with Kristine, owner of Reinvent Your Hustle, and discussed everything from being laid off, the emotions that follow, and then turning that into an opportunity of a lifetime. This Episode is fire and Kristine dishes out pure gold for anyone looking to take the next leap within their career. Tune in and if you enjoy the episode, follow us @findingfirepodcast and be sure to follow @reinventyourhustle
38 minutes | 4 months ago
Small Sacrifices For Long Term Success
Jamie Tolaas is owner of Wholehearted Health and Fitness and talks with us about how her pursuit of college cosmetology major didn’t pan out. She discusses how she eventually found her passion in health and wellness while also pursuing her desire to do something meaningful with her life by helping others. She provides a wealth of inspirational advice that anyone can apply to their own lives.
68 minutes | 4 months ago
Sales Expert and Leadership Aficionado: Rob Stenberg
We sat down with Rob Stenberg of Stenberg and Associates, who has the expertise and art of sales running through his veins. A local expert who will provide you with a breadth and depth of knowledge on sales and leadership. Tune in and enjoy!
19 minutes | 4 months ago
A piece of advice from the finding fire guys - a round table discussion
This week’s episode is a change of pace from our normal rigamarole. Matt, Ryan and Pete all offer one piece of advice that we’ve acquired through our personal and professional lives. Take it or leave it, love it or hate it, either way way it’s free advice!!!
48 minutes | 4 months ago
Challenging Oneself While Motivating Others To Succeed
Jay Belcastro needs no introduction, but we’ll humor you anyway. Jay is a long time friend who was our high school marketing teacher and DECA advisor. He is currently superintendent of Two Harbors High School and has a ton of great stories and advice for our listeners. He’s inspired us and he’ll inspire you. Sit back and enjoy!
56 minutes | 5 months ago
Bauble Hobby To Small Shop Boss
You can take a simple crafting hobby and turn it into a successful side hustle. We interviewed Lyndsey Krenzen Manning who took her love of crafting and opened her own Etsy shop- The Bauble Fairy. She’s grown a following of over 16k on Instagram and built a strong customer base. Listen to her story and be inspired to pursue your own side hustle.
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