Mindfully Managing the Sticky Tricky for Your Balance Featuring Chantelle Fitzgerald

Mindfully Managing the Sticky Tricky for Your Balance Featuring Chantelle Fitzgerald

Chantelle joins me, Naketa R. Thigpen today to share how she figured out the need for equipping the workforce on how to deal with sticky and tricky situations in the workplace. She dives into the different professional situations that impact how we see ourselves as well as her personal stories that show how she recovered from depression. Chantelle also explains the meaning of the acronym PAUSE in her online course The Power of The Pause and how your mindset, thoughts, and the things you say to yourself affect your response and your ability to ‘get up’ and move forward.

Chantelle Fitzgerald is the founder of Mindset Strategies, LLC, where she equips leaders with the training and tools they need to become the best version of themselves. She is a certified mindfulness and emotional intelligence trainer and the host of the online show Mindset on RVNTV, where she converses with industry leaders about the challenges they encounter and the mindset they have to press on. Before founding her business, Chantelle was a French instructor, studied abroad, and worked for international education.

“We say there is power in the PAUSE because if you can pause, there is power to figure out what your next best move will be, and that could save you from a lot of headaches later.” – Chantelle Fitzgerald

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

  • Examples of sticky and tricky situations in the workplace
  • Why it’s necessary to take a step back and reflect on life
  • Why there is power in the pause
  • The time in Chantelle’s life when mindfulness became her savior
  • How to change your mindset and your thoughts that are causing your problems
  • How the tools Chantelle used as a performer growing up hurt her desire to be someone in their next-level game of mindfulness and mindset
  • How to move past survival into thriving
  • A life-changing tool that helps people who are suffering to open up to you

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • Meditate daily. Be self-aware enough to know when you need a break. Constantly improve yourself.

Connect with Chantelle Fitzgerald:

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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 @asknaketa on IG, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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

Thank you for listening!

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.

Connect with Deanna Deacon:

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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!

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!