EP 38: Adorable Cat Problems

 Cynthia’s curvy kitty Bella is not shy

Cynthia’s curvy kitty Bella is not shy

This episode is a bit different from what we normally do! It’s a little lighter and more personal, just so you can get to know us better. One thing you may not know about Cynthia and me is that we both have pet cats that we adore.

Here, we tell the stories of how we came to bring our rescue cats home. We also share our cat problems in the hopes that we can one day get the amazing Jackson Galaxy on the show.

You will learn about:

Bella, who has a “cocaine claw”, is possibly addicted to catnip and pets Cynthia’s hair in the middle of the night

Oliver, who is “big-boned” and throws things on the ground when he’s hungry (which is always)

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and

Mini Me, who loves to take walks on a leash and whose favorite foods are pizza, fries and popcorn

Just to make you laugh, here’s a bonus video of cats stealing pizza.

Oh and here’s the kitten shampoo that I recommend.

We hope you enjoy this heartwarming special episode!

Here’s to Getting Unstuck,
Cynthia

Today’s episode is brought to you by Brennen's long-time friend Liberty Heise and her brand new soap company Bee Somebody. A teacher and school administrator by day, Liberty created Bee Somebody as a fun side-hustle after she started to keep bees at her home in San Antonio, Texas. 

Liberty sent me a box of bee somebody bars, and folks they have got to be the best-smelling soaps in the world. Homemade with all-natural ingredients and pure essential oils, her oatmeal and lavender soap is my absolute favorite, but I also love her prickly pear and rosemary & peppermint scents. To get your hands on these wonderful soaps, visit Bee Somebody by Liberty Heise on Etsy.

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GOAL MAGIC Music Credits

EP 37: Sarah Zero on Becoming a Lady Boss, Part 2

 Sarah Zero

Sarah Zero

Sarah Zero is the founder of Wellstruck, a branding studio that specializes in brand therapy, design, and websites for businesses owned by good people. She has a degree in Visual Communications and over 12 years experience in branding — including two years of teaching it at the college level.

Sarah also created Wellstruck Lady Boss, a series of intimate roundtable events for entrepreneurs in Philadelphia. Each event has space for just 12 women, and over 500 women have attended since it began.

As for life outside of work, Sarah lives in Delaware with her husband and pup. She does some pretty normal stuff like collecting plants, planning travel based on food, and watching movies with a strong female lead on Netflix. And sometimes she does some less normal stuff like foraging for mushrooms to make spore prints.

Sarah’s clients say she’s “refreshingly unpretentious” and her husband says she “makes fun happen.”

My favorite moments and insights from this interview:

  • Nothing seems random - Sarah ended up in visual communications orientation at her college rather than the one she was supposed to be in - it forever changed her path forward!

  • Sarah found the courage to leave corporate because of her experiences prior, where she was let go from her job and proceeded to get clients in order to pay her bills until she could find new work. She learned being an entrepreneur wasn’t that scary!

  • Sarah’s bout with cancer most resonated with me - it slowed her down and she had to stop working for awhile, which was scary. But her resilience coming off that is what shines through for me.

  • Sarah plans travel around food with her husband - how fun is that??

  • She makes spore prints from mushrooms, who knew? I loved seeing what spore prints were all about so she and I are now inst buddies. Follow her as well @heysarahzero

Here’s to Getting Unstuck,
Cynthia

Today’s episode is brought to you by Brennen's long-time friend Liberty Heise and her brand new soap company Bee Somebody. A teacher and school administrator by day, Liberty created Bee Somebody as a fun side-hustle after she started to keep bees at her home in San Antonio, Texas. 

Liberty sent me a box of bee somebody bars, and folks they have got to be the best-smelling soaps in the world. Homemade with all-natural ingredients and pure essential oils, her oatmeal and lavender soap is my absolute favorite, but I also love her prickly pear and rosemary & peppermint scents. To get your hands on these wonderful soaps, visit Bee Somebody by Liberty Heise on Etsy.

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GOAL MAGIC Music Credits

EP 36: Sarah Zero on Becoming a Lady Boss, Part 1

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Sarah Zero is the founder of Wellstruck, a branding studio that specializes in brand therapy, design, and websites for businesses owned by good people. She has a degree in Visual Communications and over 12 years experience in branding — including two years of teaching it at the college level.

Sarah also created Wellstruck Lady Boss, a series of intimate roundtable events for entrepreneurs in Philadelphia. Each event has space for just 12 women, and over 500 women have attended since it began.

As for life outside of work, Sarah lives in Delaware with her husband and pup. She does some pretty normal stuff like collecting plants, planning travel based on food, and watching movies with a strong female lead on Netflix. And sometimes she does some less normal stuff like foraging for mushrooms to make spore prints.

Sarah’s clients say she’s “refreshingly unpretentious” and her husband says she “makes fun happen.”

My favorite moments and insights from this interview:

  • Sarah sets boundaries on when she does work for clients, and when she won’t, such as nights and weekends.

  • Sarah’s bout with cancer most resonated with me - it slowed her down and she had to stop working for awhile, which was scary. But her resilience coming off that is what shines through for me.

  • Having to be out of work for a long time due to her illness taught Sarah the importance of creating business systems and having great communication.

  • Sarah plans travel around food with her husband - how fun is that??

  • Sarah’s best travel tip is to not plan everything 100% and ask a local bartender for advice on the best places to eat. Love that!

  • She also saves money by not exchanging physical gifts with her family members anymore. She and her husband ask for gift cards, which they use on travel.

  • She makes spore prints from mushrooms, who knew? I loved seeing what spore prints were all about so she and I are now inst buddies. Follow her as well @heysarahzero

Here’s to Getting Unstuck,
Cynthia

Today’s episode is brought to you by Brennen's long-time friend Liberty Heise and her brand new soap company Bee Somebody. A teacher and school administrator by day, Liberty created Bee Somebody as a fun side-hustle after she started to keep bees at her home in San Antonio, Texas. 

Liberty sent me a box of bee somebody bars, and folks they have got to be the best-smelling soaps in the world. Homemade with all-natural ingredients and pure essential oils, her oatmeal and lavender soap is my absolute favorite, but I also love her prickly pear and rosemary & peppermint scents. To get your hands on these wonderful soaps, visit Bee Somebody by Liberty Heise on Etsy.

Intro Music: We are One by Vexento
We Are One by Vexento
https://www.youtube.com/user/Vexento
https://soundcloud.com/vexento
Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/Ssvu2yncgWU

Outro music: Nostalgia by Tobu 
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https://soundcloud.com/7obu/nostalgia

EP: 35: Mary Alice Duff on Creating a Path that Fits Your Passions, Part 2

 Mary Alice Duff

Mary Alice Duff

Here’s the second part of a two-part interview with Mary Alice Duff! Mary Alice is the owner of Alice Alexander, a size-inclusive, ethically-made women’s apparel startup based in Philadelphia with both an online and brick and mortar presence. Started in September 2017, Alice Alexander offers bold, yet accessible pieces to the modern-day woman in sustainable fabrics and inclusive sizes, ranging from 0-28.

Prior to launching her own business, Mary Alice was a nonprofit executive with dual degrees in social work and law and social policy. Frustrated with the lack of high quality clothing in her size and growing increasingly aware of the negative environmental and human impacts the fashion industry was creating, Mary Alice started sewing her own clothes, consciously building a self-made wardrobe piece by piece.

Realizing there was a business in her new sewing hobby, Duff enrolled in fashion design school at Philadelphia’s MADE Institute, where she balanced taking classes and working full-time. In May of 2017, Duff left a successful career in the nonprofit sector to launch Alice Alexander.

In June 2018, with the crowdfunded launch of their second collection, Alice Alexander opened a brick and mortar location and combined production studio in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia.

My favorite moments and takeaways from part 2 of my interview with Mary Alice were:

  • There is tremendous exploitation in the clothing industry, including human trafficking and slave labor.

  • Check out Fashion Revolution and Clean Clothes Campaign if you want to have a part in improving conditions in the global garment industry.

  • All of the industry experts that Mary Alice spoke with told her that it was impossible to make a viable ethical clothing company in the U.S.

  • “If we’re not buying crap, they’re not gonna make crap.”

  • Some fashion companies are creating so many excess cheap clothes that they never sell that they have to literally burn the excess garments.

  • Crowdfunding can be a great way to market a new business. It’s more than just raising money.

  • Social media isn’t all about gaining followers… it’s about engaging with your customers.

Connect with Mary Alice Duff:

Here’s to Getting Unstuck,
Cynthia

This week our show is brought to you by Brie Valencia Designs. Brie specializes in helping small businesses articulate, document and translate the personality and values of their brands into meaningful creative solutions that drive results.

Brie worked on designing some of our photos and parts of our website for GOAL MAGIC and she did such an amazing job! She is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of marketing and design...and to top it off, she is an absolute a pleasure to work with. Whether you’re looking for a fresh new website, branding and logo design, or marketing collateral, Brie will bring your ideas to life. She is that good!

For our listeners only, get 10% off when you mention GOAL MAGIC. To contact Brie, check out her website at brievalencia.com or email her at hello@brievalencia.com.

Intro Music: We are One by Vexento
We Are One by Vexento
https://www.youtube.com/user/Vexento
https://soundcloud.com/vexento
Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/Ssvu2yncgWU

Outro music: Nostalgia by Tobu 
tobumusic.com/license
https://soundcloud.com/7obu/nostalgia

EP 34: Mary Alice Duff on Creating a Path that Fits Your Passions

 Mary Alice Duff

Mary Alice Duff

I’m thrilled to share the first part of a two-part interview with Mary Alice Duff! Mary Alice is the owner of Alice Alexander, a size-inclusive, ethically-made women’s apparel startup based in Philadelphia with both an online and brick and mortar presence. Started in September 2017, Alice Alexander offers bold, yet accessible pieces to the modern-day woman in sustainable fabrics and inclusive sizes, ranging from 0-28.

Prior to launching her own business, Mary Alice was a nonprofit executive with dual degrees in social work and law and social policy. Frustrated with the lack of high quality clothing in her size and growing increasingly aware of the negative environmental and human impacts the fashion industry was creating, Mary Alice started sewing her own clothes, consciously building a self-made wardrobe piece by piece.

Realizing there was a business in her new sewing hobby, Duff enrolled in fashion design school at Philadelphia’s MADE Institute, where she balanced taking classes and working full-time. In May of 2017, Duff left a successful career in the nonprofit sector to launch Alice Alexander.

In June 2018, with the crowdfunded launch of their second collection, Alice Alexander opened a brick and mortar location and combined production studio in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia.

My favorite moments from my interview with Mary Alice and my biggest takeaways were:

  • Mary Alice was a wildly successful and educated professional with 2 master’s degrees but that didn’t stop her from pursuing what got her up every morning, even when “what got her up every AM” shifted

  • Mary Alice’s transition from social work to fashion seemed like a huge leap but she carried through the core threads of what was important to her and what she was good at to make it happen

  • If you’re paying for a shirt what you’re paying for a burrito, your clothes are probably unethically made

  • Having a partner who whole-heartedly supports your dreams was a key component for Mary Alice to be able to make the leap she did

  • Sometimes, having BIG CRAZY dreams that you aim to achieve, in the face of people questioning or laughing at them, is the biggest driver to achieving them (and showing everyone that they were wrong)

Connect with Mary Alice Duff:

Here’s to Getting Unstuck,
Cynthia

This week our show is brought to you by Brie Valencia Designs. Brie specializes in helping small businesses articulate, document and translate the personality and values of their brands into meaningful creative solutions that drive results.

Brie worked on designing some of our photos and parts of our website for GOAL MAGIC and she did such an amazing job! She is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of marketing and design...and to top it off, she is an absolute a pleasure to work with. Whether you’re looking for a fresh new website, branding and logo design, or marketing collateral, Brie will bring your ideas to life. She is that good!

For our listeners only, get 10% off when you mention GOAL MAGIC. To contact Brie, check out her website at brievalencia.com or email her at hello@brievalencia.com.

Intro Music: We are One by Vexento
We Are One by Vexento
https://www.youtube.com/user/Vexento
https://soundcloud.com/vexento
Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/Ssvu2yncgWU

Outro music: Nostalgia by Tobu 
tobumusic.com/license
https://soundcloud.com/7obu/nostalgia