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LIBERTY ROAD with Nada Jones
68 minutes | Nov 30, 2022
38. How the “Hansel and Gretel” Model Built an Omnichannel Retail Brand: Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker of Sugar Paper
This episode was originally released on October 20, 2021.In 2003, Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker came together with a common goal: to develop a collection of fine stationery for a new generation. Sugar Paper would have the quality of the fine paper goods they saw on their mother’s desks, but with an aesthetic and feel that was made for the modern girl. Armed with an antique letterpress, they brought their vision to life in a stationery collection centered on quality, love and dedication to the craft. Nearly twenty years later, that quality, love and dedication are still seen in every Sugar Paper product they design and make in their Los Angeles studio. In this episode, Nada sits down with Chelsea and Jamie to discuss how they have navigated growing their retail brand into an Omnichannel business and lifestyle brand to include multiple retail locations, a wholesale division, a licensing partnership with Target, and selling DtC. This is the second episode in our season focused on retail, but if you want the backstory on this dynamic duo, tune in to episode 88! They are generous, transparent and accessible, and a must-listen for all business partners. This episode is filled to the brim with retail model options that will help you consider how to structure and grow your own retail brand one crumb at a time--you gotta listen to understand that reference! You can follow Sugar Paper at @sugarpaperla on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. You can check out their amazing products at sugarpaper.com. Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
60 minutes | Nov 23, 2022
37. How to Disrupt an Industry One Facial at a Time: Jenn Worley
This episode was originally released on September 18, 2019.When good friends and busy, working moms Karey Burke, Dawn Olmstead and Jenn Worley couldn’t find a great facial that they could afford on a regular basis, they decided to build it. The powerhouse trio envisioned a place where men, women & teens could get spa-grade facials without all the fuss sans dark rooms and Peruvian flute music. Their goal was to create a fun, fresh, modern destination with an upbeat and uplifting vibe. Together with celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Harold Lancer, and a team of superstar estheticians the Face Haus was launched in Los Angeles in 2013, and the brand hasn’t stopped growing—or glowing—since. Join our conversation with CCO, Jenn Worley, for a look at how she built a disruptive service brand, took on investors to expand into multiple locations, and cultivate a culture of inclusivity with employees and customers alike. Follow Jenn at @jenn_worley and Face Haus @facehaus on Instagram. Be sure to check out Face Haus services at thefacehaus.com. Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
57 minutes | Nov 17, 2022
36. If You Don’t Know How to Do It, Find Somebody Who Does: Alli Webb
This episode was originally released on May 26, 2021. Alli Webb is the Co-Founder of Drybar and Squeeze and an N.Y. Times Bestselling Author. After spending 15 years as a professional hairstylist, Webb left the hair industry in 2005 to start a family. Alli was a stay-at-home mom for 5 years before deciding it was time to pursue the creative side of hairstyling at a new mom-pace. She began offering affordable in-home blowout services to her mommy friends, which quickly expanded into a mobile operation. 10 years later and over 150+ locations across the U.S., Webb’s Drybar has exploded into a nationally recognized and highly sought-after brand. In this episode, Nada sits down with Alli to discuss her recently launched jewelry company Becket + Quill. This is her first experience with a direct-to-consumer business and first venture without her Drybar team involved. At the age of 46, she advises it is never too late to start a business and if there is something you don’t feel confident doing, find people that have the skills to do it. She talks about her motivation to start a podcast and her belief that every business has different measures of success and fulfillment. In this conversation, Alli is patently honest about her own struggles and strengths and the importance of being vulnerable. You can learn more about Alli by following @alliwebb, @becketandquill, @raisingthebarpod, @thedrybar, @squeeze on Instagram. You can see Becket + Quill’s jewelry here. Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
67 minutes | Nov 9, 2022
35. When Reinvention is a Way of Life: Garance Doré
Garance Doré is the founder of the skincare line Doré, which launched in May 2022. Born in Corsica, Garance grew up dipping in and out of the sea and running wild through nature. She established her career, and creative spirit, in Paris before moving to New York to become internationally recognized for her illustrations, street-style photographs, and writing. Garance has returned to her French roots and has merged her love of simplicity and nature with a desire to deliver clean, gentle, and effective Made-in-France skin care for everyone. This newest iteration of Doré was born because Garance believes, "life isn’t meant to be spent in front of a mirror." In this episode, Nada sits with Garance to discuss her journey from fashion influencer and blogger to skincare company founder and writer. Garance holds nothing back and opens up about her struggle with anxiety and depression. From sharing her news on social media to her refusal to be defined by the experience, she is candid and accessible at every turn. Garance also talks about the gift of having a soulful outlet separate from her business and the power of setting boundaries. Be sure to check out Doré’s website, and sign up for her newsletter. And while you're at it, grab a copy of her style guide meets memoir book, Love Style Life--we're sure you'll love it! Follow on Instagram: @dore, @garancedore. Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures
51 minutes | Nov 2, 2022
34. How a Traditional Career Led to Modernizing Motherhood: Dr. Whitney
Whitney Casares, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a board-certified pediatrician, author, speaker, and full-time working mother of two. She is a Stanford University-trained private-practice pediatrician. Dr. Whitney, as she refers to herself, holds a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from The University of California, Berkeley, and a Journalism degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is a Mama Mindset Thought Leader and the author of The New Baby Blueprint: Caring for You and Your Little One (American Academy of Pediatrics, March 2020) and The Working Mom Blueprint: Winning at Parenting without Losing Yourself (American Academy of Pediatrics, May 2021). Her work focuses on helping working moms prevent and banish overwhelm and burnout. Dr. Whitney hosts the Modern Mommy Doc Podcast and is the Founder and CEO of the Modern Mamas Club App. In this episode, Nada sits down with Dr. Whitney to discuss the reality of juggling your work, passions, and family life. She shares her journey from a traditional career path to entrepreneurship, launching a blog, podcast, and app, all providing information and tools to working mothers. She opens up about how much time it took for her ventures to generate an income and why she chooses to straddle her entrepreneurial platforms and her practice as a pediatrician. She gives us tools to deal with the stresses of motherhood and the validation that we are not alone. Be sure to check out Modern Mommy Doc’s website, download the Modern Mamas Club App, and listen in on her podcast for the Modern Working Mom: Modern Mommy Doc Podcast. Check out her books The New Baby Blueprint: Caring for You and Your Little One (American Academy of Pediatrics, March 2020) and The Working Mom Blueprint: Winning at Parenting without Losing Yourself (American Academy of Pediatrics, May 2021). Follow on Instagram: @modernmommydoc Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
45 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
33. Curating What You Love Into a Business: Lori Runnfeldt
Lori Runnfeldt opened her boutique, True Love Always, in 2022. She spent years gathering a collection of her favorite things from all over the world, and now they are available for discerning shoppers to enjoy at her Montecito boutique. There is something for everyone in this curated collection of accessories and treasures for your home, wardrobe, and jewelry box. TLA's little-of-this and a little-of-that merchandise mix makes every nook and cranny a place to discover. At the heart of the brand is Lori's philosophy, built on finding objects that burrow their way into our everyday narrative and grow to hold value beyond any thread count, design motif, or fashion trend. Loving it and sharing it is what this start-up does best. In this episode, Nada sits down with Lori to discuss heading into life as an empty nester and looking for her next move. Runnfeldt shares the soup-to-nuts experience of launching a retail shop. From the backroom and the first wholesale account to finding people to fill in the gaps and learning to believe in herself and her vision, Lori takes us step-by-step through her process. Her words of wisdom about trusting your gut and knowing when to wait before moving forward versus shooting from the hip are a lesson in entrepreneurship. She reminds us to “be yourself, follow your gut, and wear a helmet!” Be sure to check out True Love Always website. And, if you are in the Montecito area the address is: 1115 Coast Village Road Montecito, CA 93108. Follow on Instagram: @tlagoods Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
43 minutes | Oct 19, 2022
32. When Creativity is a Necessary Ingredient for Success: Kristina Snyder
Kristina Synder is a former photography agent, photo editor, photographer, and travel writer. She has meandered through creative communities in New York City since arriving from her native Sweden in the late 80s. During the day, she worked as an editor and researcher at magazines like Newsweek, Time, and People, and in the evenings, she was “the girl who schlepped music equipment from CBGB’s at three in the morning” after her husband's gigs. Today, Kristina is the founder and CEO of SNYDER, one of the most well-respected artist representation agencies, with offices in the US and the UK. Kristina has used her experience to build and develop illustrators, animators, and visual artists. Many of the artists SNYDER represents are award-winning creators and industry leaders. Kristina herself has taken home multiple awards for Creative Direction. Kristina is in the very beginning stages of writing a book on creativity and risk-taking. She believes that creativity is a mindset that can benefit both business and life. Her creativity comes from her deep connection to nature, art, books, photography, film, and creative writing. In this episode, Nada sits down with Kristina to discuss her definition of creativity and how she has applied it to launch her agency and grow her team at SNYDER. She shares why SNYDER is a 100% female-owned and operated team representing more than 50% female artists. She credits her balanced life with her daily practice of walking media-free for an hour each morning. This regular ritual allows her to unplug, listen to her thoughts and tap into her creativity. She encourages us to do the same. Be sure to check out SNYDER’s website. Follow on Instagram: @wearesnyder_ Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
55 minutes | Oct 12, 2022
31. When to Close a Door and Create Space for Opportunity: Amy Swift
Amy Swift Crosby is a brand strategist and copywriter. She has positioned or voiced messaging across the commercial spectrum, from iconic brands like Mandarin Oriental, PepsiCo, Guess Brands, Limited Brands, Pottery Barn, and BVLGARI to boutique brands like B&H Photo and Video, Sur La Table, The Wild Unknown, The Class by Taryn Toomey, ErgoBaby, Barre3 and legendary metaphysical bookstore, Bodhi Tree. Outside of these industries, she has created strategic plans and messaging campaigns for hospitals, real estate campus projects, universities, the U. S. Government, and the State of California. Amy has also been active in the entrepreneurial space as a founder of SMARTY, a community for women-owned business leaders, and BDY SQD, a group of health and wellness studios in Boston and New York City. She now consults with brands, founders, and CEOs using brand strategy to drive growth and build relevance within a channel or industry. In this episode, Nada sits with Amy to discuss the decision to close BDY SQD’s doors in 2022. This rare and much-needed conversation is missing from the entrepreneurial playbook, and we are grateful to Amy for sharing her story. Ending an entrepreneurial chapter is as important as launching one. The learning curve is steep and relentless, and in time can provide clarity that guides your next steps. Amy shares that she learned she would much rather be a CEO’s wingman than a CEO. She also acknowledges her need for work to return to something sensuous--something you find interesting that utilizes your skills. Amy recommends the Huberman Lab podcast, cold outdoor showers, "Four Thousands Weeks" by Oliver Burkeman, and “Six Walks” by Ben Shattuck. Be sure to check out Amy’s website and her podcast, The Brand Smiths. Follow her on Instagram: @amyswiftcrosby Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
57 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
30. How a Fashion Designer Created a Micro-Factory to Mobile Retail Brand for Moms: Morgan Hutchinson
BURU was founded in 2013 by Morgan Hutchinson after she realized that there was a fashion void for new moms. Today she designs and produces responsibly-made bespoke pieces from her downtown LA micro-factory. Morgan began her career in Manhattan and managed to build a successful lingerie company called Passport Panties before moving to Beijing with her now husband, Brett. Just weeks after moving back to the US from China, Morgan became a mother and struggled to find clothing that would withstand the demands of new motherhood. While she didn't want to sacrifice style, she needed pieces that were comfortable, washable and functional. Her BURU designs transcend generations, seasons, and phases of motherhood. In this episode, Nada sits down with Morgan to discuss how she launched her childhood dream of becoming a fashion designer. She shares how she, along with her business partner and husband, has chosen the slower route of building their brand and how that benefits their long-term goals of owning the entire manufacturing to retail cycle. Community has been at the core of BURU’s growth. Whether on social media or in person connections, Morgan has brought her loyal following together by giving them access to her designs through her BURU Busses; vans made into mobile shops! Whether you're a mother or not, you will appreciate Morgan’s message of empowering women to find their personal style and own it. Oh! And listen closely to her travel hack for kids–we’re gonna give it a try too! Check out BURU website and their Side Zip Turtleneck Knit Dresses, it comes in multiple colors! Follow her on Instagram: @shopburu. Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
55 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
29. Is Social Media Too Young for Me: Korinna Howie
Korinna Howie is the digital creator behind the Instagram account @isthistooyoungforme. There she shares her love of sustainable fashion, cruelty-free beauty, and stuff that makes her, and consequently us, happy. When a family issue required Korinna’s time and attention, she put her career on hold. Desperate for a creative outlet, she decided to try her hand at social media. Her interest in fashion and beauty and her relaxed and casual approach turned her into everyone's BFF. Her account has become more than a “what clothes to wear and which potions to apply” platform. ITTYFM has become a community of kind and like-minded women looking for connection as much as advice. In this episode, Nada sits down with Korinna to discuss her unintended role as an influencer. She gets honest about the money she has made, the types of brands she works with, and the 3 hours a day spent answering DMs. With a focus on being more than a curated account on “the Gram”, she shares the one question she always asks herself before posting anything, “What's in it for the person that follows me?” This is the question that drives her and keeps her community coming back for more. Korinna reminds us to find what gives you joy and make time for those things every day. She also shares her go-to skincare product “Weleda Skin Food.” Follow her on Instagram: @isthistooyoungforme Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
52 minutes | Sep 21, 2022
28. How A Gap in the Market and 7 Core Values Launched a Sustainable Solution: Amy and Mellisa Segal
Together Segal was founded in 2019 by twin sisters Amy and Melissa Segal. The two launched their independent clothing label for petite women who live consciously and choose thoughtfully. As petite women, the sisters felt a gap in the market for sustainable and timeless wardrobe essentials for women under 5’4. The Segal sister’s simple mission is to create intentional designs for petite women and offer timeless, minimal, and versatile wardrobe essentials made to last. In this episode, Nada sits down with Amy and Mellisa to discuss how their business backgrounds equipped them to create their clothing label and how they divide and conquer some tasks while sharing others. The co-founders share how they had to educate themselves about the industry, surround themselves with experts, and ultimately take a leap of faith. The two trade stories about the importance of community; whether their community of petite women or fellow female entrepreneurs, they are passionate about building and leaning into a circle of like-minded women. Their energy is contagious and will leave you ready to take your own creative leap. Check out the Together Segal website. Amy shares that she lives in Together Segal’s Ali Pant and Mellisa says that traveling is made easy with the Andy dress in your suitcase. And follow on Instagram:@togethersegal Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
56 minutes | Sep 14, 2022
27. When People Say “No” There’s a Better “Yes” Waiting for You: Trae Bodge
After 15 years as co-founder of the cult cosmetic brand Three Custom Color Specialists, Trae Bodge felt like she hit a wall. She decided it was time to branch out. Her search for a corporate spot in her industry yielded nothing so she turned her attention to writing freelance. Discovering her love for sharing budget friendly living ideas landed her a job at RetailMeNot, eventually becoming their spokesperson. A layoff prompted another search for what was next, she took matters into her own hands and launched her career as a smart-shopping expert. Today Trae is an accomplished lifestyle journalist and TV commentator specializing in smart-shopping, personal finance, and retail for over a decade. She has appeared on TV over 1,000 times; including Today Show, GMA3, NBC Nightly News, Inside Edition, and network affiliates nationwide. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, on podcasts and IG Lives, addressing such topics as media relations, entrepreneurship, and how to navigate the media landscape as an on-air talent and expert source. She has co-founded the media coaching firm, One Take, sharing her career expertise with others. In this episode, Nada sits down with Trae to discuss how not being a fit for one industry led to finding the perfect fit for her. Trae opens up about how difficult it was for her to find what was next, and the value of a Whisper Network. She credits her success to her tenacity, hard work, and living her brand. She also emphatically states that entrepreneurship is not for everyone. Trae leaves us a free tip suggesting the easiest way to save money is with a browser extension from a coupon site like CouponCabin, Slickdeals, Rakuten, or Honey. Check out Trae’s website. If you are interested in receiving media coaching from Trae, check out One Take. And follow on Instagram: @truetrae @onetakemediacoaching Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
38 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
26. Creating a Life of Adventure fueled by Curiosity: Heidi Zumbrun
Heidi Zumbrun is a life-long fine art and commercial photographer living in Los Angeles. With roots seated deeply in the surf and motorcycle worlds, her lens provides a unique and daring firsthand photographic diary of Los Angeles’ beach and street cultures. Her editorial perspective is fueled by a love of fashion, good waves, two wheels and the lifestyle that goes along with it. Heidi received a BFA from UC Santa Barbara and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her photographs are included in the permanent collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Museum, Denver Museum, and the Ulrich Museum. She is a recipient of the Phelan Award, Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award, and the Artadia Fund for Art & Dialogue. Heidi’s always seeking the unusual to create the beautiful. In this episode, Nada sits down with Heidi to discuss the wild ride that her photography career has taken her on. From her start in a fine art gallery to learning to develop film in a tent as a white water rafting photographer, she discusses how each chapter of her career has equipped her to be who she is today. Heidi also shares how she has had to balance times of plenty and famine, and why she thinks being an “unstuck” woman has been liberating. Check out Michael Beck’s Unstuck Woman project on Instagram: @unstuckwoman Check out Heidi’s website. And follow on Instagram: @heidizumbrun Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
48 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
25. Designing a Space and a Life with Purpose and Intention: Faith Blakeney
Faith Blakeney is a designer, stylist, and mother. As a child, she spent countless hours in her Berkeley, California home redecorating her room, dressing up, and dancing in the mirror. She studied architecture at UC Berkeley, designed costumes for the local theater, and immersed herself in all things old and beautiful at the local auction house where she worked. After fifteen years of studying and working in France, Italy, and New York, Faith launched her design studio in 2010. Today, she brings passion, purpose, and play to her clients, whether dressing them for the red carpet or designing their dream spaces in LA, NY, and beyond. In this episode, Nada sits down with Faith to retrace her incredible journey from living in Italy to understanding firsthand what Dolce Vida means. Her dream of taking a leap into interior design was confirmed one day when she earned her first client while chatting up a guest at a wedding reception. The two laugh and tear up as Faith conveys her passion for creating spaces for others to feel at home and to give back something more than “decor”. She discusses how her upbringing impacted her perspective and purpose to create beauty on this planet. Faith suggests you read: Calling in "The One" by Katherine Woodward Thomas. And Nada says the Botton Bunk article Faith referenced, “How This Guy Went From A Bottom Bunk in Jail to Top of A Melrose Sneaker House” is a must-read. Check out Faith Blakeney’s website. And follow on Instagram: @studiofaithblakeney Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
51 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
24. Creating Joy and Finding Confidence: Corrie Sullivan
Corrie Sullivan is an artist and the founder of Corrie in Color. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Aaron, and three daughters, Sienna, Scarlett, and Indigo (yes, all color names). The two initially left Ireland to spend a year exploring LA and are still here 12 years later. Corrie has always been creating. Her childhood love of texture and art led her to a degree in Textile Design and Art History from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Corrie is fascinated by the powerful way in which art influences and moves people. She loves soaking up inspiration from creative cities, museums, fashion, and food. And if you ever have the pleasure of running into Corrie she is sure to be wearing one of her quintessential bright outfits. In this episode, Nada sits down with Corrie to discuss how her pursuit of creating spaces of joy led her into the art installation world. Whether for private events, corporate events, short-term installations, or permanent installations, Corrie has become the go-to designer for top brands. Corrie loves owning and running her own company and shares that she has even fallen in love with spreadsheets. She opens up about working with a team of freelancers and how to keep everyone working as a cohesive team. Be sure to read: Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness Book by Ingrid Fetell Lee, and I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time by Laura Vanderkam. Check out Corrie in Color’s website. And follow on Instagram: @corrie.in.color Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
42 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
23. Teaching Mid-lifers How to Wear Their Confidence: Roz Kaur
Roz Kaur is a Sacramento-based stylist, as well as a diversity and pro-age activist. She has worked in the fashion industry for over 30 years, teaching women how to develop and maintain their authentic personal style. In this episode, Nada sits down with Roz to discuss her journey as a stylist and influencer. Roz’s fearless approach to dressing has garnered a loyal Instagram following and earned her a top spot amongst pro-age advocates. Her secret sauce, she does it all "for the fun of it." Ms. Kaur shares that the only thing she is trying to sell is confidence. Her passion for empowering women is infectious. And listen until the end–you won’t want to miss the three simple and accessible style tips Roz shares to amp up your wardrobe! Follow Roz on Instagram: @roz_creativestylist. Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
53 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
22. Finding Freedom in Setting Clear Boundaries and Expectations: Reni of Sun and Salt Creative
Reni is a ‘tell it like it is’ entrepreneur who has run and operated several successful creative businesses in the design + service industries. Her experiences in retail, merchandising, staging and graphic design have taught her a million lessons about what she wants and doesn’t want from her current venture. Together with her mother, Reni launched a bespoke gifting business for realtors and professionals. After years of creative directing and managing her branding agency, Reni started Sun and Salt Studio as a community space to learn and explore one’s creativity. Reni was no longer able to offer face-to-face creative classes due to the Pandemic. She decided to shift her focus to her creativity and reimagined her offering under the name Sun and Salt Creative. In this episode, Nada sits down with Reni to discuss her clear vision of what Sun and Salt Creative would and would not be. She sets clear expectations for herself, her business, and her life using what she learned in her previous ventures. Reni articulates how her goals differed from venture to venture and how they reflected where she was at in her life. Be sure to try out Reni’s bonus recommendation of cold-pressed coconut oil for your skin. Check out Sun and Salt Creative’s website. And follow on Instagram: @sunandsaltcreative. Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
47 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
21. Deep Diving Into the Next Chapter of Your Venture and Your Life: Kirsten Blazek
Kirsten Blazek is the creative director behind A1000xBetter - a multifaceted design firm founded on the principle that design is a nuanced and layered process that requires you to look beyond the surface. Kirsten has an incredible eye for design, and her eclectic interiors showcase her love of vintage treasures, bohemian style, moody spaces, and penchant for the American Southwest. In 2016, Kirsten launched A1000xBetter as a staging company based in LA. Needing to challenge herself, Kirsten has shifted her focus from staging to interior design. It was a risk to leave behind the staging business she successfully cultivated over years of hard work, but a risk worth taking to pursue life-giving work that allowed Kirsten and her team to create permanent spaces from the ground up. In this episode, Nada sits down with Kirsten for a second time! Blazek first shared her start-up story with Nada in 2017. Today, Kirsten discusses how A1000xBetter's transition was born of personal growth as much as professional aspirations. She talks about the need to pause and reassess when you find yourself losing passion for your work. Be sure to listen to Kirsten’s first interview with Nada: Episode 4: How Taking a Risk Allows You to Create Your Dream Job, and Kirsten's recommendation: Mark Groves for those looking for a personal growth podcast. Check out A1000xBetter’s website. And follow on Instagram: @a1000xbetter. Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
40 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
20. How a Mother’s Love and Determination Accidentally Launched a Clean Skincare Brand: Jennifer Archie
Jennifer Archie is a Los Angeles native. After graduating from Howard University with a microbiology degree and venturing into the study of mold, she ended up working in her father’s business for 15 years. Itching to do something new, she took a position with a non-profit for a year, and later tried her hand at her own business, but things were not going according to plan. While on the journey to figure out what was next for her professional future, her daughter, June, was experiencing dry scaly skin and a mild case of eczema when she was a baby. Jennifer spent a lot of time and money searching for a product to relieve her discomfort. After steroid prescriptions and numerous over-the-counter products, she decided to make her body butter. She started with the basics. As she researched and learned about other types of butter and essential oils, she began to develop a butter that the whole family could benefit from. Friends started asking for a jar of the healing concoction and insisted on paying when Jennifer would offer it up for free. One order after another poured in and a business was born. Looking once again to her daughter for inspiration, this time for a brand name, she recalled June saying “I love my...Butta!” And so, Junie Bees Butta was born. In this episode, Nada sits down with Jennifer to discuss how each experience in life leads to the next. Even those detours prove to be meaningful. At a time when Jennifer was giving up on one entrepreneurial venture, another opportunity appeared. Through hard work and with the support of a small and intentional community of like-minded women, Ms. Archie saw her company soar. The interview will leave you wondering if your next opportunity is right in front of you. It also offers a freeing perspective as Jennifer so wisely says, “there is no boat to miss.” For all your butta needs check out Junie Bees Butta’s website. And follow on Instagram: @juniebeesbutta Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
58 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
18. How Two Friends and Full Time Professionals Created Wellness Events to Explore and Learn Together: Traci Fleming and Jennifer Parker-Stanton
Traci is a self-proclaimed “Swiss-Army knife in heels.” She is a seasoned leader with a 20-year plus history with corporate, non-profit, and entrepreneurial organizations. She is centered on building brands, businesses, and bottom lines. Currently, Traci is the President of the interior design firm House of Honey. She is responsible for the day-to-day business, marketing, and operations. Jennifer is a Realtor and Founding Partner at Deasy Penner Podley. After starting in the world of styling and costume design, she decided that she had enough of the movie industry. She got her real estate license and hasn’t looked back. She has almost 16 years of experience in real estate serving clients throughout Southern California. Although thriving in separate careers, friends Traci and Jennifer decided to launch The Grateful Shed; a wellness concept space rooted in the appreciation of friendship, nature, and healing. Located in a shed behind Jennifer’s house, they create immersive gatherings and experiences dedicated to the cultivation of connection through rituals, remedies, and workshops. They align individuals with healers, experts, and brands that celebrate nature, community, and well-being. In this episode, Nada sits down with Traci and Jennifer to discuss how The Grateful Shed came to be. The two friends open up about their growing desire for a space of learning that relates to their current stage in life. They also discuss why they are not turning this project into a business any time soon, and how that allows more freedom for The Grateful Shed to evolve. Traci and Jennifer have lots of great suggestions to check out! Traci recommends listening to David Sinclair’s podcast. She also shares staying healthy through detox protocol Fascia Flossing, Lymphatic System self-care, Intermittent Fasting, taking Metacurcumin supplements, and Infrared Sauna -she goes to her local gym for this! Jennifer says you will thank her after trying Honey Mama’s yummy treats. And, recommends her meditation teacher and friend - Austyn Wells. To sign up for The Grateful Shed’s newsletter and to learn about all of their upcoming gatherings, check out their website. And follow on Instagram: @the.grateful.shed Please follow us at @thisislibertyroad on Instagram--that's where we hang out the most. And please rate and review us —it helps to know if this podcast is inspiring and equipping you to launch and grow your ventures.
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