How Embracing "The Mess" Leads to More Creativity || with Cori Connors

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

“There are all sorts of ways for us to make a nice big mess and come out with something glorious in the end.”

I knew Cori Connors growing up as the "Mom" of the neighborhood--the one always ready to laugh with instead of scold you, eager to cheer you on, and willing to sit with you when you're down.

She is an angel to many, and she also has an angel voice backed by her record-selling songwriting abilities.

Cori talks about how creativity cannot flourish while in the restraints of perfectionism; that in order to really get to the meat of who we are and the gifts we have, we need to get comfortable with being messy.

Cori shares how we can better discover our talents and offer our own weirdness to the world with a bold confidence, one centered in love, curiosity, and imperfection.  That's what Cori does, and she can tell you the truth--life is better messy.

 

You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show please share it, subscribe and leave a review!!


Show Notes
Cori's website, blog, Instagram, and Facebook
Cori's Songs Played on the podcast: "Pontiac Rocket," "Memoria," "Broken"
Book by next week's Guest: "Place I Stopped on the Way Home" by Meg Fee
Most recent episode with Debbie from the Mayes Team
Vibrant Bite fitness and nutrition coaching (enter the code "PROGRESS") and your FREE WEEK here
The Mama Ladder's High Five Grant, and FREE E-book for About Progress Listeners
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica for coaching or podcast consulting
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas

Transforming Your Life through Re-Connecting || with Debbie Mayes of the Mayes Team

Monday, May 21, 2018


"Those things I’m thinking or feeling are there to guide me, and I can trust what is going on inside of me and it will lead me to good.”

Two years ago, Debbie Mayes and her family moved from a 5,000 sq foot home to a 200 sq foot remodeled bus and it changed everything.  

Here's the thing: it's not about the bus. It's about RECONNECTION.

You see, the problem the Mayes family had was that they weren't as connected as a couple, as a family, or individually as well with their own emotions.  Debbie and her husband, Gabriel, dove deep to repair what was broken for their household, and for them it meant allowing their emotions to act as beacons for self-healing and spending real quality time together as a family.

So after listening to this interview, maybe you'll be interested in pairing your life down to the basics like the Mayes family did.  Or perhaps you'll figure out how to better own the inner voices within you.  Either way, Debbie and her team just want you to know that what's on the other side of this work is a much happier life.


You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show please share it, subscribe and leave a review!!





Show Notes
The Mayes Team website, Instagram, and Facebook
Bethel Podcast that Debbie referenced
Last Week's Episode on COMPARISON
Vibrant Bite fitness and nutrition coaching (enter the code "PROGRESS") and your FREE WEEK here
The Mama Ladder's High Five Grant, and FREE E-book for About Progress Listeners
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica for coaching or podcast consulting
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas

Getting Past the Comparison Trap || How Focusing on What We Lack Strips Us of Joy, and What We Can Do About It

Wednesday, May 9, 2018



Do you know that using social media directly correlates with higher rates of depression and anxiety?  I believe the root of why this is the case is COMPARISON.  After all, comparison truly is the thief of joy.

I hate imagining how many times in my life (both on social media and in real life) I've been too caught up in seeing what I lack in comparison to others, only to miss the incredible blessings right in front of me.  I'm sure the number is countless.

I know that comparison is the root of my history of eating disorders, depression, anxiety, shame, worry, etc.  Related to that are my flaws: I can be a people pleaser, I want people to like me, and I often look to others to reflect back my worth.

BUT, I also believe that discovering this tendency in myself to compare has been a huge blessing.  It's something I can actually work on and move past towards a richer, fuller life.  Overcoming the comparison trap is a lesson I've had to learn over and over again, because it's sneaky and masks itself as other things (examples: stress, anxiety, apathy, sadness, etc.).

Today's podcast episode is all about comparison.  I talk about how it crept up on me the past few months and directly influenced my confidence and my productivity, and how I almost quit everything podcast-related because of it.  I also share what the comparison trap can look like for all of us, including how easy it is to get caught in it through social media, and teach WHAT we can do to shift our mindset away from comparison towards self-assurance.


You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show please share it, subscribe and leave a review!!



Show Notes
Last Week's Episode on FEAR
The Mama Ladder's websiteInstagramFacebookHigh Five Grant, and FREE E-book for About Progress Listeners
Worth Of Souls Project--where you can get the album, find out more about it and the project, and explore resources.  PLEASE SHARE IT! (+ About Progress episode with three of the artists behind it.)
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica for coaching or podcast consulting
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas


Overcoming Fears that Get in the Way of Your Progress || with Crystalee Beck

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

"You already have within you what you need."

What's holding you back from going after a goal, business, or piece of self-improvement?  I bet you a million dollars that we can take whatever reason you'd say and get it back to the real main root: FEAR.

Crystalee Beck from The Mama Ladder is on the show to teach us about seven common fears people face on their way to success and how to overcome them.  So whether you're a mama who wants to turn her hobby into a business, an empty nester who can't get out of a rut, or a single man who can't seem to find the courage to switch careers, this episode is for you.

Listen in to hear how we can overcome fear in the form of self-doubt, fear of failure, fear of SUCCESS (yes, this is real!), fear of money, and more. Crystalee teaches that all you need to overcome your fears is already inside of you.

Additionally, Crystalee shares an incredible opportunity for a mama who wants to get a business going with the High Five Grant. The Mama Ladder is hosting a contest to give 5K to a deserving mom-turned-entrepreneur.  Let's make a winner an About Progress listener!  (And if we do, I'll have the winner on the show!)

Crystalee has kindly given our listeners her e-book on fear for FREE!  Click here to get it. 



You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe and SHARE!!


Show Notes
The Mama Ladder's website, Instagram, Facebook, High Five Grant, and FREE E-book for About Progress Listeners
Last week's episode with Amber Runyon
Worth Of Souls Project--where you can get the album, find out more about it and the project, and explore resources.  PLEASE SHARE IT!
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica for coaching or consultations
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas

Creating Light for Those in Darkness || with Amber Runyon of Eleventh Candle Co.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

“People need three things to thrive: safe place, safe people, and safe purpose. We always forget that purpose piece”

On a humanitarian trip to Ethiopia, Amber Runyon saw a big need--women and their families who were in the eleventh hour of suffering due to the effects of human trafficking.  Imagine her shock when upon returning home, she discovered that her own city--Columbus, Ohio--was the fourth biggest city in the U.S. with human trafficking.  What she first thought was a foreign problem was in her backyard--women who were sacrificing themselves to feed their children, with devastating outcomes.

Amber wasn't going to have that.

So this nurse became a founder of an incredible company, one that benefits victims of human trafficking, and in turn their families and larger communities, most domestic and abroad.  Without any experience, but a lot of determination, Amber created a pathway out for those women by providing them with a save PLACE, PEOPLE, and PURPOSE.  Amber talks about what her company does and how it helps those who are in darkness come back to the light.

Amber also shares how she herself learned to create light in her own life after realizing she wouldn't want to be friends with herself.  She now feels differently about that, and Amber teaches us how she got there.  Be ready to be SUPER inspired by this incredible woman!


You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!


Show Notes
Eleventh Candle Co. Website (use the code "PROGRESS" to get 20% off!), Instagram, and Facebook
Last week's episode with Andi Veenker
Worth Of Souls Project--where you can get the album, find out more about it and the project, and explore resources.  PLEASE SHARE IT!
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica for coaching or consultations
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas

How Self-Improvement Starts with Self-LOVE || with Andi Veenker

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


“The second you start doing something, you change your state.”

Andi Veenker is a fitness wizard and self-help fanatic.  But here's the best thing about her--she preaches that nothing will fix you (no book, no weight on the scale, no achievement, no nothing) UNTIL you love yourself first.  And in order to find that self-love, you need to do something.  (Does that sound familiar?)

Andi is on the show to share how she learned to face depression head on by doing something about it as early on as possible (in contrast to her first round with postpartum depression).  She teaches us how filling your life with daily small-to-great courageous acts will empower you to face those mental demons and create something spectacular with your life.

You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!





Show Notes
Andi's Instagram and Website
Last week's episode on JOY
Worth Of Souls Project--where you can get the album, find out more about it and the project, and explore resources.  PLEASE SHARE IT!
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica for coaching or consultations
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas




JOY--how you can have it, and now

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

"Joy [is] a spiritual way of engaging with the world that's connected to practicing gratitude."
~Brene Brown

If you've been working on happiness, get ready to up-level it to JOY.  

Joy is different than happiness. It's deeper and more eternal in nature and effect.  It's earned through opposition. It's chosen and cultivated.  And when the going REALLY gets tough, the good news is that "joy" will be there for us.

In this episode, we go deep in discussing why joy is different and longer lasting than happiness, and how we can choose it by focusing on:

1) Keeping Perspective
2) Being Present
3) Maintaining a Practice of Gratitude


You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!



Show Notes
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (affiliate amazon link)
Last week's episode with Paul Cardall, Kenz Hall, and Charley Jenkins: 
Worth Of Souls Project--where you can get the album, find out more about it and the project, and explore resources.  PLEASE SHARE IT!
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica for coaching or consultations
More Podcasts from About Progress

Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas
 
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