Releasing Negative Energy with Deanna Deacon

Releasing Negative Energy with Deanna Deacon

Deanna joins me, Naketa R. Thigpen today to discuss the impact of releasing negative energy to achieve a healthier work/life (and LOVE) balance. She shares her own experiences with loss and grieving and how she realized that in order to survive and thrive, her mindset needed to change. She discusses why it matters to recognize emotional triggers as well as the value of knowing how to release negative energy before it gets bottled up inside. She also shares how intuition guides her everyday choices and how being open to guidance and support helps fight feelings of negativity and isolation.

Deanna Deacon motivates women to be strong and successful by harnessing their innate feminine energy to achieve growth and prosperity, all while experiencing happiness and a deep sense of fulfillment. She is a spiritual personal trainer who employs mindset alchemy, energy healing, and has a knack for unlocking joy, laughter, and energy from anyone and everyone she meets. An empathic coach and a modern-day goddess rolled into one; it is her mission to guide, inspire, and enlighten.

“Allow yourself to feel guided. Allow yourself to feel supported, and that will create that massive shift for you.” – Deanna Deacon

This Week on the Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women In Business Podcast:

  • How a personal tragedy prompted a drastic change in Deanna’s outlook on life.
  • The ten-year period of grieving and the break down that followed.
  • How she reached the point of acceptance and how it started her journey into nutrition and holistic wellness.
  • The unpleasant feelings that watching emotionally disturbing movies bring to the surface.
  • The importance of acknowledging the feeling of being triggered, instead of suppressing it.
  • The relationship between energy and disease and why it’s important to experience energy-releasing techniques.
  • A simple, time-efficient way to release negative energy.
  • Allowing intuition to guide your decisions.

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • I really allow my intuition to guide me, so I do everything in my life intuitively. I make sure that I’m asking myself questions all day.

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On the Balance Boldly Podcast, host Naketa R. Thigpen talks with ambitious women in business (and a few brave men) from a wide array of industries about their pursuit of success, how they face business burnout and what work/life balance looks like for them. Not your conventional self-help podcast, Balance Boldly uncovers real solutions to real problems afflicting real people at home and in the workplace, daily.   

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Now Go. Create Your Balance. Create Your Joy. But remember, do it, BOLDLY!

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Unleash More YIN to WIN in Your Work/Life with Dr. Barbara Cox

Unleash More YIN to WIN in Your Work/Life with Dr. Barbara Cox

Dr. Barbara joins me, Naketa Thigpen today to discuss how she created her new book. She shares her thoughts on imposter syndrome as well as her experiences while writing the book. She discusses existing research on social contagion and how a person’s disposition can influence their environment. She also discusses the concept of the feminine archetype and how it impacts community-building.

Dr. Barbara Cox is the author of The Muse Process: Unleashing the Power of the Feminine for Success and Fulfillment. She uses her experience and expertise as a coach and psychologist to assist organizations and communities in making operational changes and enhance their personal intuition through understanding the feminine archetype. As a public speaker, she has spoken about the psychology of building community in both groups and cities at the UNESCO 2018 World Congress for the Organization of World Heritage Cities, and has been featured as a subject matter expert in numerous publications.

“It’s okay to have fun. It’s okay to enjoy your life.” – Dr. Barbara Cox

This Week on the Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women In Business Podcast:

  • Barbara’s new book and how imposter syndrome played a major part in its development.
  • Social contagion and the impact of happier people on their immediate environment.
  • The idea of the feminine archetype and why it matters in terms of building community.
  • The personal struggles that she went through while writing the book, particularly in relation to social isolation issues.
  • What she learned from studying communal cultures and how families thrive in such communities.
  • Her self-care routine, which includes daily meditation.

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • I make regular salon appointments for manicures. I’m a girly girl; I get my hair done; I get my nails done; I have an hour to myself, and I try not to have my phone on while I’m doing that.

Connect with Dr. Barbara Cox:

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On the Balance Boldly Podcast, host Naketa R. Thigpen talks with ambitious women in business (and a few brave men) from a wide array of industries about their pursuit of success, how they face business burnout and what work/life balance looks like for them. Not your conventional self-help podcast, Balance Boldly uncovers real solutions to real problems afflicting real people at home and in the workplace, daily.   

If you enjoyed this episode, head over to iTunes, Spreaker, iHeart Radio, or Google Play to subscribe to the show and leave your honest review.

Connect with me, Naketa R. Thigpen @asknaketa on IG, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Now Go. Create Your Balance. Create Your Joy. But remember, do it, BOLDLY!

Thank you for listening!

How You Show Up Matters in Balancing It All with Melanie Augustin

How You Show Up Matters in Balancing It All with Melanie Augustin

Melanie joins me, Naketa Thigpen, today to discuss her work at Zip Code Wilmington and how the incredible journeys of career transition that her students go through reflect her own unique career change story. She shares her insights on imposter syndrome and how the stories of her students inspire her to carry on with her mission. She also shares what made her decide to go on this new track, how she got over her fear of being judged for her decisions, and how she manages to balance her responsibilities as Executive Director, wife, and mother – no matter how busy she gets.

Melanie Augustin heads the nationally-recognized nonprofit software development school,  Zip Code Wilmington, as its Executive Director. With the mission of empowering individuals from diverse backgrounds to become professional software developers, Zip Code Wilmington guides its students through an intensive 12-week course. Melanie brings her own experience of career transition to the table, having worked in Washington, D.C. as an attorney specializing in employment law.


“I think I’ve always had the mindset that I can make it work if I work hard enough at it.” – Melanie Augustin

This Week on the Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women In Business Podcast:

  • The diverse profile of Melanie’s students at Zip Code Wilmington
  • Imposter syndrome and the struggle her students go through in pursuing a new career track
  • Her own career track transition from lawyer to educator
  • What pushed her to make the decision to pursue this new mission
  • How she found the confidence in herself to shift careers – and the support she got from her family
  • How she draws inspiration from the difficult journeys of the people she helps
  • How she takes care of herself at home, especially when she has to bring the “mother” hat forward
  • How she makes her children and husband feel that she loves them, despite her busy schedule

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • I’ve tried meditation — I’m not really good at it — so every day at lunch, I’m at the gym. That is my form of meditation.

Connect with Melanie Augustin:

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On the Balance Boldly Podcast, host Naketa R. Thigpen talks with ambitious women in business (and a few brave men) from a wide array of industries about their pursuit of success, how they face business burnout and what work/life balance looks like for them. Not your conventional self-help podcast, Balance Boldly uncovers real solutions to real problems afflicting real people at home and in the workplace, daily.   

If you enjoyed this episode, head over to iTunes, Spreaker, iHeart Radio, or Google Play to subscribe to the show and leave your honest review.

Connect with me, Naketa R. Thigpen @asknaketa on IG, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Now Go. Create Your Balance. Create Your Joy. But remember, do it, BOLDLY!

Thank you for listening!

Balancing Motherhood and Business with Kem Odike

Balancing Motherhood and Business with Kem Odike

Kem joins me, Naketa R. Thigpen today to discuss how women and minorities should support one another in professional industries. She shares her business journey: her mission, her motivation, and what she does to achieve her objectives. She emphasizes the importance of people from different backgrounds working together, and shares the “stop, listen, and learn” approach to succeeding in a professional environment. She also discusses the challenges of balancing work, family, and business, and underscores the significance of focusing on strengths instead of perceived limitations.


“This is why we form partnerships: because people bring different gifts to the table.” – Kem Odike

Kem Odike encourages women and minority business owners in establishing strategic partnerships through her business, KemKlicks LLC. Utilizing her 20 years of experience as a Digital Marketing Manager for some of the world’s largest web hosting companies and advertising agencies, Kem inspires her clients to think big and see beyond the present. Having lived in several countries, Kem is quite familiar with a wide range of diverse cultures; however, she chooses to reside in the Philadelphia Suburban area, with her husband and 3 lovely children.

This Week on the Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women In Business Podcast:

  • The issues surrounding women supporting one another
  • How Kem’s business got started
  • The flawed notion of women seeing other women as rivals
  • Encouraging women and people of different ethnicities to work together
  • Taking the good and the bad, and turning them into something beautiful
  • What she does to make an impact with KemKlicks
  • The “stop, listen, and learn” approach, and how it helps Kem accomplish her mission
  • The challenges of juggling family, work, and business
  • Why women should not look at their perceived limitations
  • The need to focus on one’s strengths, and the benefits of forming partnerships

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • I work out occasionally; I love to go the sauna. I have my moment of zen there. I relax, I think, I meditate, and I think of my day and my strategy moving forward.

Connect with Kem Odike:

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On the Balance Boldly Podcast, host Naketa R. Thigpen talks with ambitious women in business (and a few brave men) from a wide array of industries about their pursuit of success, how they face business burnout and what work/life balance looks like for them. Not your conventional self-help podcast, Balance Boldly uncovers real solutions to real problems afflicting real people at home and in the workplace, daily.   

If you enjoyed this episode, head over to iTunes, Spreaker, iHeart Radio, or Google Play to subscribe to the show and leave your honest review.

Connect with me, Naketa R. Thigpen @asknaketa on IG, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Now Go. Create Your Balance. Create Your Joy. But remember, do it, BOLDLY!

Thank you for listening!

Go Build It with Sheri Kurdakul

Go Build It with Sheri Kurdakul

Sheri joins me, Naketa Thigpen today to share the story of how VictimsVoice came to be. She discusses how her daughter turned an unpleasant experience at school into an opportunity to learn new skills and make a major difference in the lives of abuse victims. She explains the challenges of dealing with domestic abuse, why it is a pertinent issue for both men and women, and how culture affects the way we handle such problems. She also shares her own experiences with domestic abuse and why enabling victims to take control of their healing process means so much.

Sheri Kurdakul is a business owner, professional consultant, and the founder and CEO of VictimsVoice. Driven by the desire to give back and honed by over 5 years of working with startups, she specializes in coming up with effective solutions to complicated issues. She has spoken and written at length about her experiences and areas of expertise. She has used her learnings from 29 years of domestic abuse to become a figurehead in helping victims – whether male or female – to take control of their situation, rebuild their lives, and hold their abusers accountable.


“When you are a victim of domestic violence, that’s something very, very personal.” – Sheri Kurdakul

This Week on the Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women In Business Podcast:

  • How and why Sheri’s 10-year-old daughter developed an anti-bullying app
  • The “big miss” or critical mistake of many anti-bullying apps
  • How the personal nature of domestic abuse makes it hard for us to speak out when we’re on the receiving end
  • Why it’s important to give domestic abuse survivors the power to talk about their experiences if and when they want to
  • The difference between our culture and other cultures in handling such sensitive issues
  • Her personal experiences with domestic abuse
  • How finding an old journal that she tucked away showed her just how different she is now from the person she used to be
  • Why abuse is not just a female problem

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • I stick my hands in the dirt and garden like crazy. I love to garden and I wanted to learn the science behind it. In the winter, you’ll find me sitting somewhere with a glass of wine, reading.

Connect with Sheri Kurdakul:

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On the Balance Boldly Podcast, host Naketa R. Thigpen talks with ambitious women in business (and a few brave men) from a wide array of industries about their pursuit of success, how they face business burnout and what work/life balance looks like for them. Not your conventional self-help podcast, Balance Boldly uncovers real solutions to real problems afflicting real people at home and in the workplace, daily.   

If you enjoyed this episode, head over to iTunes, Spreaker, iHeart Radio, or Google Play to subscribe to the show and leave your honest review.

Connect with me, Naketa R. Thigpen @asknaketa on IG, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Now Go. Create Your Balance. Create Your Joy. But remember, do it, BOLDLY!

Thank you for listening!

How Embracing Your RAW Can Lead to Your Success with Dr. Yashima

How Embracing Your RAW Can Lead to Your Success with Dr. Yashima

Dr. Yashima White AziLove is the founder of YWA Enterprises where she equips entrepreneurs and influential people to transform their businesses, organizations and personal lives using the power of Elevated Communication and Branding. Aside from working with Fortune 100 companies around the globe, Dr. Yashima has been a key player in the marketing industry – ever since she started blazing trails at age 35 when she built her $1 Million personal and professional development agency. As a provocative speaker, Dr. Yashima finds herself on stage with celebrities and other cultural influencers as she shares her gift of being a fantastic storyteller to the marketplace.

 

 

Dr. Yashima joins me today to share why she embraced her rawness and how this process led her to success. She discusses the importance of the reinvention process as well as why reinventing yourself is vital in your everyday life. She also shares the developmental process and journey she had to go through to come to a place where she makes no excuse for who she is as well as how she moved from the space of denying and deflecting the word ‘raw’ to a space of reinventing herself so she can embrace it.

“We should at least be trying to speak out of love.“ – Dr. Yashima

This Week on the Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women In Business Podcast:

  • How Dr. Yashima convicted me about having the humility to be coached
  • Why it’s a good thing when people compliment you or your work as raw
  • Why she encourages people to go through their journey without sugarcoating what’s happening
  • How she connected her current rawness to her childhood experiences
  • How she knows when to check herself when something is in misalignment in her spirit
  • What we need to tap into to achieve success and balance in your life
  • Why it’s necessary to fill your cup first so you can ultimately be the blesser you were called to be

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • It’s about permission, calendarizing, and being intentional about the time you spend with yourself.

Connect with Dr. Yashima:

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On the Balance Boldly Podcast, host Naketa R. Thigpen talks with ambitious women in business (and a few brave men) from a wide array of industries about their pursuit of success, how they face business burnout and what work/life balance looks like for them. Not your conventional self-help podcast, Balance Boldly uncovers real solutions to real problems afflicting real people at home and in the workplace, daily.

If you enjoyed this episode, head over to iTunes, Spreaker, iHeart Radio, or Google Play to subscribe to the show and leave your honest review.

Connect with me, Naketa R. Thigpen @balanceboldly on IG, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Now Go. Create Your Balance. Create Your Joy. But remember, do it, BOLDLY!

Thank you for listening!