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.

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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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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!

What You Have Now Is What You Asked For Back Then with Raquel Miller

What You Have Now Is What You Asked For Back Then with Raquel Miller

Raquel joins me, Naketa Thigpen, today to share what inspired her to incorporate her love for traveling to her gift registry business. She explains the difference between being in a place of generosity through giving and expecting something in return for something given. She also shares the foundations and pillars of her company and why she chose those to be the bedrock of her business and shares her ability to process and move in her own chaos.

Raquel Miller is a proud Carribean-American business leader, a social connector, and the owner of Bunchful Birthday + Holiday Registry. She is a poet and a remarkable speaker on various topics such as entrepreneurship, leadership, and cultural gift-giving as well as a phenomenal storyteller who is not afraid to share and be honest about her highs and lows in business. With over 17 years of experience in operations and sales, she has developed her skills as a business-savvy entrepreneur devoted to encouraging and enabling others to discover their prosperity and achieve the success they desire. Her motto is: Make a Difference NOW.

“The challenge you’re facing right now is in preparation for something you asked for.” – Raquel Miller

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

  • How Raquel started her business as she took advantage of her gift as a giver
  • Why she believes that the ability to give is a privilege
  • How we tend to become blind when we are on the receiving end
  • The foundation of what drives us and who we are as a company
  • Why she chose the slogan “Life’s a gift” to be the vision and driving force of the company
  • The challenges she faces as a giver while she was starting her company
  • An overview of how she founded her company Bunchful
  • The natural impulse we have when we experience a setback in business and how to move past it
  • Why she makes it a point to step out of her comfort zone and explore unchartered waters in business
  • Why she tries to set her ego aside while exploring unknown territory
  • How writing permits her to pause

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • I put all the gadgets aside, breathe the air, and observe while I walk down the street with a tiny notebook in hand.

Connect with Raquel Miller:

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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!

How to Avoid Being Smothered by Emotions with Beth Lawrence

How to Avoid Being Smothered by Emotions with Beth Lawrence

Beth Lawrence is an event producer and experiential marketing expert who has launched several brands and provided PR services to many small businesses. She is the CEO of a events production, marketing, and PR firm based in Philadelphia as well as the co-founder of The Industry Formula, a company that offers sales and marketing templates as well as consulting services to small-to-mid-sized companies. She is a human rights advocate who served as the former Silent Auction Co-Chair for the Human Rights Galas and the campaign manager for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Women of the Year for two consecutive years. Additionally, she is a founding member of the PartyPartners of Philadelphia.

Beth joins me today to share how she understands her body, so she doesn’t feel trapped by the things that are going on around her. She explains why you need to listen to your body and how her closest relationships help her manage stress and avoid burnout. She also shares why controlling her emotions to look at things more pragmatically is daily work for her as well as how she deals with her ‘little glass box of emotions.’

“Come at things from a place of value and a place of learning.” – Beth Lawrence

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

  • What experiential marketing is and how it should impact customers and clients
  • The difference between an event planner and an event producer
  • Why connecting with her husband is one of the effective ways she handles burnout
  • How journaling, meditating, and guided meditation help her recharge
  • Why she feels the need to break her routine and do something else
  • The challenge with wanting to be the best at everything right away

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • Look at your week and pencil in a FREE DAY.

Connect with Beth Lawrence:

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 like what you hear on the BalanceBoldly for Ambitious Women Podcast, Please subscribe, rate and share to help us ensure the ambitiously bold and brave have access to valuable life, love, and business balance tools.

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

Create Your Balance. Create Your Joy.

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Breaking Boxes and Letting Go Expectations with Kyana Brathwaite

Breaking Boxes and Letting Go Expectations with Kyana Brathwaite

Kyana Brathwaite is a registered nurse and the CEO and founder of KB Caring Advocacy & Liaison Services (or KB CALS), a company that partners with their clients and assists them in an interactive and participatory process of discovering the best customized health and wellness plan for individuals, families, and businesses that will best fit their needs. In addition to planning, her company also coordinates support in the medical community, health systems, and with insurance providers. While giving her best to help others, she is also a wife and a homeschooling mother to two beautiful children.

Kyana joins me today to share how she broke the boxes she has put herself in as she learns to let go of expectations set by others and our society. Kyana shares how she started a bottom role as a nursing assistant, how she broke expectations along the way, and how she found herself helping others as the CEO of her own company. She also shares some compelling stories that exemplify being mindful of what others say so you can break expectations as well as being careful yourself so as not to put others in a box.

“It’s not just about you breaking your own box, but being mindful that you don’t put other people in the box because it’s comfortable for you.” – Kyana Brathwaite

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

  • Why Kyana’s mentors were a significant part of her career path.
  • The first box others have put Kyana in regarding the pace she’d have to do as she becomes a critical health care provider.
  • The box she broke that allowed her to blossom in her work.
  • Rich lessons to learn when she put herself in the apology box because of her pregnancy.
  • The opportunities that opened her up to want to have more autonomy and explore her nursing skills.
  • How her reputation preceded her and its effects on her career and working environment.
  • How her injury affected her career and her identity.
  • Why her next job turned out to be a total disaster.
  • The release she didn’t know she needed – until she got it.
  • What she dealt with as she became an entrepreneur.
  • How her career change affected her worth and the way she sees herself.
  • What she did to fill in the healthcare gap between the health system and care seekers.
  • How she was able to listen to patients individually at KB CALS.
  • Why she finds comfort in floatation therapy and hanging out with her mother-in-law.

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • Sometimes, somebody else has to allow you to be you before you can really see who you are.

Connect with Kyana Brathwaite:

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 like what you hear on the Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women Podcast, Please subscribe, rate and share to help us ensure the ambitiously bold and brave have access to valuable life, love, and business balance tools.

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

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

Thank you for listening!

How to Change the Narrative of Your Life with Kristie Bergey

How to Change the Narrative of Your Life with Kristie Bergey

Kristie  Bergey is an Associate with Very Real Estate who helps people get new leases in a record-breaking time of less than 3 hours. With her background in real estate, she grasps the essence of the investment world. It is no surprise that she is also an entrepreneur who creates new businesses. Today, she travels the world and embraces the cultural differences in Philadelphia while owning three homes.

Kristie joins me today to share what led her to change the narrative of her life and how her change in mindset resulted in the success she’s currently enjoying today. She shares what inspired her to begin investing in herself, how she failed in her attempt to have a thriving business while clinging to a false sense of security as well as the things she would have done differently about these “crutches.” She also shares why she makes it a point to help others avoid the challenges she faced and her reflections and realizations along the way.

“It’s not about the ‘woulda, shoulda, coulda.’” – Kristie Bergey

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

  • How Kristie started with self-investment
  • Why you need to invest in yourself first
  • A hard lesson she learned about success
  • What you can do with the “blank slates” professionally and personally
  • What is a careerpreneur?
  • The significance of accepting pivots that happened in your life
  • How her romantic relationship evolved to another level of healthy friendship
  • Why she travels every year and engages with her surroundings
  • What she realized about self-care during her travels
  • Why she wants to focus on caring for her mental health

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • Be intimate with yourself – do Pilates.

Connect with Kristie Bergey:

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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!