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!

Roxanne Wilson on Pivoting with Passion

Roxanne Wilson on Pivoting with Passion

Roxanne Wilson is a former Appellate Lawyer and Supreme Court Justice Clerk who pivoted her career to become an accomplished event planner and skincare influencer. She is the owner of a Jazzercise Franchise, a well-traveled speaker, radio personality, and the first African-American woman to compete in the final four of the NBC hit reality TV series, The Apprentice, with President Donald Trump. She is the author of Footprints in the Boardroom and has served as spokesperson of the national Make-A-Wish Foundation’s “Destination Joy” campaign. She is also an active supporter of various non-profit organizations throughout her community, the founder of the young professionals’ group at her church, and served as a mentor for young girls in middle and high school. 

Roxanne joins me today to share why she pivoted her successful career as an appellate attorney to follow her passion and become an event planner and skincare influencer. She shares what it was like working as a television and radio personality, the challenges she faced throughout her career pivots, and how her religious beliefs and spirituality helped keep her grounded while pivoting her career. She also explains why taking time away from work to relax and unwind is critical to your overall health and wellbeing. 

“Sometimes we don’t realize that it’s okay to have fun with what you are doing in your 9 to 5. In fact – you should be having fun!” – Roxanne Wilson 

This Week on the Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women in Business: 

    • What it was like as a contestant on The Apprentice. 
  • Challenges she faced while pivoting her career. 
    • The importance of giving yourself permission to make mistakes. 
    • What inspired her to write her book. 
    • How her spirituality kept her grounded during difficult and stressful moments. 
    • Why she decided to become an event planner and skincare influencer. 
  • The challenges she faced while balancing her career and relationships. 

This week’s Permission to Pause:  

Finding moments to take respite is important.

Thank you to our guest expert, Roxanne Wilson. 

To contact Roxanne and learn more about Footprints to the Boardroom go to https://roxannewilson.com/  

You can also connect with Roxanne on any of the following social media channels: 

Engage on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RoxanneWilsonOnline/   

Follow on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/roxtalks/  

Contact on Twitter https://twitter.com/RoxanneWilson  

Visit https://roxannewilson.com/

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 

Create Your Balance. Create Your Joy.  

Thank you for listening! 

Managing Mindset By Creating Alter-Egos with Whitney Nicely

Managing Mindset By Creating Alter-Egos with Whitney Nicely

On Today’s Episode of the Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women Podcast, Whitney Nicely is the Queen of real estate investing in East Tennessee. She is an expert property investor, speaker, and real estate coach whose career initially began while living on her parent’s couch and working a desk job where she made $24,000 annually. Deciding there were better options and possibilities waiting for her, she decided to take a leap of faith and begin her real estate journey. 

In less than three years, she built her real estate empire to an impressive $2.5-Million in assets – acquiring 19 homes, 19 apartment units, and seven lots of land. Today, she coaches hundreds of women how to use no money down, no credit, and no banks to finance real estate deals through her REI Rock Star and First Deal Done Fast programs. 

Whitney joins me today to share how creating an alter-ego can help you manage your mindset, improve your mental health, and combat burnout and impostor syndrome. She explains how she handled negative comments and lack of support from her significant other while beginning her journey into real estate and entrepreneurship and how she found her “custom fit balance” to building her business while maintaining a long-distance marriage. She also explains why she believes the key to success in life and business is to maintain strong mental health.

“It’s the mental health that keeps strong women strong and setting a good foundation.” – Whitney Nicely 

This Week on the Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women in Business: 

    • The biggest challenge she has had to overcome throughout her career. 
    • How finding a like-minded mentor impacted her success. 
    • How she handled negative comments and lack of support from her significant other while starting her business. 
  • How she maintains a long-distance marriage while growing her business. 
    • How creating an “alter-ego” to separate your emotions from your business decisions can impact your success. 
    • How she helps women become successful in real estate. 
  • Why she believes having a strong mindset and mental health is the key to building your empire. 

This week’s Permission to Pause:  

Surround yourself with strong women and allow yourself to celebrate your accomplishments frequently.

Thank you to our guest expert, Whitney Nicely. 

To contact Whitney and learn more about First Deal Done Fast Go to www.firstdealdonefast.com  

You can also connect with Whitney on any of the following social media channels: 

Engage on Facebook https://business.facebook.com/whitneynicely   

Follow on Instagram https://piknu.com/u/whitneynicely  

Contact on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/whitneynicely  

Visit https://www.whitneynicely.com/

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 

Create Your Balance. Create Your Joy.  

Thank you for listening!

Newell Anderson on Building the Right Teams to Avoid Burnout

Newell Anderson on Building the Right Teams to Avoid Burnout

Newell Anderson is the Co-Founder and Principal Partner of Caccioppoli Anderson LLC, a boutique marketing firm specialized in creating dynamic, impactful marketing design and branding campaigns that seamlessly marry their client’s needs, unique style, quality, and personality. His role with the company includes extensive public relations, marketing campaigns, event planning, advertising, and developing strategies for branding that drive revenue for international and domestic organizations.

 

 

Newell joins me today to discuss how delegating tasks and hiring the right teams can help entrepreneurs and corporate executives avoid burnout. He explains how trying to “wear all the hats” in your organization or business can eventually lead to burning out, how to identify and hire the right teams, and the how periodically “stepping back” and taking breaks can impact your efficiency and happiness. He also explains why it’s critical for businesses to focus on incorporating personality and “the human touch” into their marketing and branding strategies and how developing a flexible plan of action can impact the success of your business. 

“You need to learn how to control what’s really important. You need to be able to prioritize your life just as you do your clients.” – Newell Anderson

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

  • How trying to do everything in your business eventually leads to burnout. 
  • How his company helps brands grow their business. 
  • The importance of focusing on building relationships to grow your business. 
  • How entrepreneurs can incorporate “the human touch” into their marketing and branding strategies. 
  • The importance of building the right team. 
  • How to identify and hire the right team. 
  • The importance of creating flexible plans and strategies that can adapt to changes in your business. 

This week’s Permission to Pause 

Go out and walk. Clear your head.

Thank you to our guest expert, Newell Anderson. 

To contact Newell and learn more about Caccioppoli Anderson LLC Go to www.caccioppolianderson.com 

You can also connect with Newell by phone or email: 

Phone: (917) 656-8142 

Email: Newell@CaccioppoliAnderson.com 

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 

Create Your Balance. Create Your Joy.  

Thank you for listening!

Blazing Trails and Personal Branding with Stephen A. Hart

Blazing Trails and Personal Branding with Stephen A. Hart

Stephen A. Hart is a brand strategist and the founder of Isles Media, LLC. He is also the creator of Brand You™, a digital platform that provides done-for-you services to help entrepreneurs and professionals create a digital footprint by expressing their passion and creativity so they can change the world. Stephen also owns, operates, and hosts Trailblazers.FM, the top ranking podcast that interviews black industry leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs. Due to his efforts, he was selected as one of the 100  Modern Men of Distinction by Black Enterprise. 

 

 

Stephen joins me today to share how he blazed trails — the story of his success, sudden downfall, and how he used his time to take a break from entrepreneurship to reflect, gain clarity, pivot, and refocus on what was important in his life. He shares how his daughter impacted his decision to create Trailblazers.FM™ as well as how your personal brand impacts your success. He also shares the turning point that led him to intentionally care for himself as well as what gives him a greater sense of purpose as he achieves his goals. 

“At the end of the day, if you don’t have a heart and a passion for pursuing that dream, it’s not going to last.” – Stephen A. Hart 

This Week on Balance Boldly for Entrepreneurial Woman in Business: 

  • The inspiring story of how his wife stuck with him despite the collapse of his business  
  • What it took to pay their clients back and rebuild their reputation 
  • How he got back on his feet personally and professionally 
  • Who his target audience was when he started Trailblazers.FM 
  • The numbers that reflect the podcast’s success 
  • What Brand You™ is about 
  • How branding helps set you apart from your competitors 
  • Essential branding elements to consider to make you stand out 
  • How to determine your target audience 
  • The relevance of focusing and understanding your buyer 

Key Takeaways: 

  • F.A.I.L. represents your First Attempt In Learning. 
  • You have to do something that you’re not only talented and skilled at doing in running a business, but do something that you’re genuinely passionate about and that you have the heart to do. 
  • Your brand helps set you apart in so many ways.  
  • You have to be very clear about the people you’re speaking to — and speak only to them. 
  • Serve the person that you intended to serve. Focus on serving one, and several thousand people will become your superfans and buy into exactly what you’re trying to help them to do 

A Little Gentle Honesty:

  • Do not deplete yourself — giving so much of you to the whole that you’re left with a negative balance, and you can’t create the memories that matter for your life and business. #BrandYou

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