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.

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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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This Year Do More of What You Want Featuring Jo Dodds

This Year Do More of What You Want Featuring Jo Dodds

Jo Dodds is the Founder of POWER to Live More, where she helps home-based coaches and consultants improve their productivity, organization, wellbeing, energy, and resilience to unlock the POWER within, get more done, and live a healthier, happier life. She is also a member of the core team at Engage for Success, a movement committed to helping organizations and business leaders improve their personal and organizational growth through evidence-based case studies, tools, and support. She is the host of the POWER to Live More podcast and co-hosts the Engage for Success Radio Podcast.

Jo joins me today to share what it means to ‘break boxes,’ have the POWER to live more, and how she lives this out not only in her business but in her day-to-day life. She discusses the relevance of having a team, acquiring the support you need, and creating boundaries to get things done and be able to live more each day. She also explains the significance of asking questions that will help you do things differently and can be beneficial to you, your organization, and the people around you.

“It’s about deciding what you want to do and how you want to live your life – and making everything sort of fit around that.” – Jo Dodds

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

  • How she lives out the fundamental principles of the POWER to Live More
  • Why she works from an energy point of view
  • The significance of having boundaries regarding tasks and schedule
  • How she helps other women leaders break their boxes in the corporate setup
  • Asking different level questions to get the different level solutions
  • When she gives herself permission to pause – and how
  • Why she makes it a point to read every day
  • What she does when she’s feeling a bit down

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • I’m not fitting into anyone elses boxes. I’m creating my own. #IDoWhatIWant

Connect with Jo Dodds:

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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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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.

Thank you for listening!

Breaking Through and Becoming with Kyana Brathwaite

Breaking Through and Becoming with Kyana Brathwaite

In this episode, Kyana shares how she had her breakthrough while dealing with her own identity issues. She shares her identity journey, the challenges she faced and how she dealt with them as well as the significance of knowing what you want to give, what you’re open to receiving, and what you refuse to receive. She also shares why it’s crucial to break expectations and how honesty helps her continue to heal and have better relationships.

If you heard last week’s interview, you understand why we absolutely had to follow-up with Part-2, today!

If you are new to the show or missed last week, let me reintroduce you!

A registered nurse, Kyana Brathwaite founded KB Caring Advocacy & Liaison Services (or KB CALS) to help people, families, and businesses find the best wellness plan that suits their various medical needs. Kyana’s clients go through an interactive and participatory process as she connects with health systems and the medical community, including insurance providers, to coordinate assistance and support for her clients. When she’s not busy helping others, she spends her time taking care of her husband and two gorgeous children.

“Because I’m starting to get to know me — because there’s a process, I can now open up and give other people grace and share that love.” -Kyana Brathwaite

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

  • How Kyana used to define success
  • The effect of growing up in a single-parent household
  • The negative statements she made herself believe growing up that contributed to the notion of her identity
  • Why she felt the need to cling to her relationships for her identity
  • The difference between listening and taking heed
  • How you can share your gifts
  • How knowing herself affected her relationships and connections
  • What she does when people get uncomfortable with her honesty

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • Give yourself permission to not plan and go with the flow.

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 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.

Thank you for listening!

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!