Episode 35: Better Health with Victoria Akkari

Victoria's company (and her passion) is called Victoria Akkari Organic Culinary Oil. She works with a Women's Cooperative Aberdare, in the South Western region of Morocco. There, the women make the culinary Argan Oil by hand, in the ancient, traditional way. This is what Victoria imports and she does the bottling and the labelling in Long Island. Victoria has a passion for this and she has many wonderful ideas for the future, to expand and incorporate working with other Moroccan cooperatives. Listen in to find out more about Victoria and the benefits of edible Argan Oil.

Today, Victoria and Nicole discuss:

   •     The difference between edible and non-edible Argan Oil.

   •     The importance of knowing where what we eat or put on our bodies comes from.

   •     How Victoria came to find herself creating a company based around Argan Oil and supporting Women's Cooperatives in Morocco.

   •     Victoria's background, growing up.

   •     What Victoria had to do, in order to import a food product from Morocco.

   •     How Victoria found her commercial kitchen in Long Island.

   •     How Victoria started her business while she was still employed in a job.

   •     How and where Victoria sells her products.

   •     How Victoria got to sell her products at ABC Carpet.

   •     The properties and benefits of Argan Oil and how to cook with it.

   •     The Argan Tree and it's fruit that produces the oil.

   •     Victoria describes the labour intensive job of extracting the Argan Oil.

   •     Victoria explains what a women's cooperative is and how it works.

   •     How Victoria found the Women's Cooperative that she works with currently.

   •     Why fair trade is even more important than organic.

   •     Some great ways to eat and cook with Argan Oil.


Victoria Akkari can be found across all the social media platforms.

Victoria's website:www.victoriaakkari.com -to buy Argan Oil from Victoria online

Argan Oil can also be bought from ABC Carpet and Home in NYC

Episode 34: Listening to Intuition w/ Tanya Brown

If you would like to know what it's like to have psychic abilities, or how a person gifted with clairvoyance or clairsentience uses those talents to help people, listen in and find out, as Nicole's psychic guest, Tanya Brown, shares her story, on this week's show.

Tanya, who comes from New Jersey, is psychic, clairvoyant and she's also a business coach. Tanya describes her psychic ability as being like having someone whispering the answer to a question in her ear. She explains clairvoyance by saying that her guides give her information, in the form of pictures, which she can 'see' when she closes her eyes. She's also clairsentient, which means that she can feel what her clients are feeling, either emotionally, or physically. Tanya's journey so far has been really fun and interesting. Join her and Nicole this week's show to find out more about her and about how she uses her gifts to help her clients with their lives and in their businesses.

Today, Tanya talks to Nicole about:

   •     How her gifts developed in stages and how she learned to work with them.

   •     How she came to realize that her grandmother was her Spirit Guide.

   •     The ad that she put on Craig's list to do free Tarot readings and what happenedas a result.

   •     How she initially put her abilities down to luck.

   •     The prophetic dreams that she's had.

   •     How she describes her sense of really knowing.

   •     How her Guides urge her, in loud voices, her to do as they recommend.

   •     How the information comes to her in various ways.

   •     How channeling gives her a nauseous feeling.

   •     Nicole explains how you, as a listener, can benefit from hearing Tanya's story.

   •     How Tanya's participating in a Brian Weiss Event worked as a catalyst for awakening her to her abilities.

   •     What Past Life Regression is all about.

   •     What she experienced during some of her Past Life Regressions.

   •     How Tanya's family accepts her gifts and abilities.

   •     How her clients find her.

   •     Why she prefers working with people that she's never met before.

   •     Why it takes more energy for her to work with people that she knows well.

   •     How her journey has brought her to the full realization of who and what she really is today.

   •     How she feels after she's done a reading.

   •     Why people tend to contact her, either regarding their businesses, or for themselves, personally.

   •     That she is more afraid of not doing, than doing- and how that really works in her life.

   •     Nicole talks about Tanya's courage and confidence in doing what she does.


Tanya's website: www.laurenstjulian.com

Tanya Brown on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest


Book: Many Lives Many Masters by Brian Weiss.

Episode 33: Supporting Black Owned Businesses w/ Sharee Johnson-Cammon

If you're interested in finding out about what drives and motivates someone with an active social conscience, join Nicole and her guest, Sharee Johnson-Cammon, on this week's show. Listen in and find out about Sharee and what she does to educate and raise the awareness of her community.

Sharee is from Houston Texas and she's the founder and owner of the BAM Black Friday Market, which she started in 2015. Although she shies away from the limelight, Sharee is active with social justice movements and with raising awareness about inequality, oppression, police brutality, communities and education. Listen in this week and find out what Sharee does to raise community awareness and create business opportunities for black people.

This week, Sharee and Nicole discuss:

   •     Providing information to inform and educate people, without overwhelming them.

   •     How Sharee's business came about and what provided the impetus to make it happen.

   •     That Sharee's business is a whole new thing for her.

   •     How people of color tend to be overlooked for events and conferences.

   •     Sharee's bold approach to getting out there and taking risks as an entrepreneur.

   •     Sharee's planned event, now to be launched in 2017 and how she responded to the pressure to make it happen.

   •     The momentum and motivation for creating something or for making something happen.

   •     How people have been conditioned to believe that black owned businesses are inferior, and Sharee's efforts to create awareness to change that perception.

   •     What really motivates Sharee.

   •     How you can make a change with the money you hold in your hands.

   •     Sharee's white friends' responses to what she's doing.

   •     How some people have labelled Sharee racist for what she does.

   •     The obvious disinvestment in black communities.

   •     The criticism that has been directed towards Sharee, due to her focus being only on black owned businesses.

   •     How businesses capitalize on black (people's) pain.


Sharee's website: www.bamblackfridaymarket.com

Dates for BAM Black Friday Market: 24th November 2017

                                                    25th November 2017 and

                                                    27th November 2017- Online for Cyber Monday

Follow Nicole on all the social media outlets- @liveblacksheep

PodcastsNicole Letelier
Episode 32: Women Designed + Manufactured w/ Dara Elliott

This chat was super insightful and inspiring. Dara is the founder of Brevity Brand which is launching its first piece of apparel the Do Anything Jacket. 

In this episode we talk about:

  • The process of designing and producing a piece of apparel
  • Her drive for creating a social enterprise 
  • The importance of getting away from the computer + email and just going out and meeting people. She started showing up at factories and meeting with pattern makers at as a result was able to move faster on getting her jacket designed.
  • Going in person to the factories also opened her eyes to the huge disparity of women owned vs male owned manufacturing plants
  • Launching a successful KickStarter campaign - we go behind the scenes with step by steps to ensure your campaign is successful
  • Ignoring naysayers! Going against the grain and trusting your gut - all the established fashion experts advised her against Kickstarter and told her she can't build a brand or launch a sustainable biz on Kickstarter but trusting her gut that this wasn't true she meet with newer brand owners who supported her vision stating many had regrets on not doing it 
  • What Dara learned about entrepreneurship from watching her immigrant parents run a donut shop waking up at midnight everyday.
  • Why she feels so passionate about women owned factories producing her work, in the USA and only using vegan materials.

Resources mentioned in this episode include:

Get your Do Anything Jacket at https://brevitybrand.com/

And connect online at https://instagram.com/brevitybrand and @BrevityBrand

PodcastsNicole Letelier
Episode 31: Unpacking Latino w/ Lupita Santana

This week Nicole brought Lupita Santana her online buddy for a friendly jam on the way we experience being Latinas. The idea for this conversation came when Nicole learned that like her, Lupita was married to someone from a different Latino culture, and was now living in her husband's native country.  Having spent time living abroad in a Latin country Nicole was curious about Lupita's experience being an 'Latina expat' in a Latino country

Please note, there may be some points of views expressed that some people may not agree with as we are speaking from our POV and perspective.  As always, all feedback is welcomed.

Lupita, originally from Arizona, is Mexican-American and she lives in the Dominican Republic with her husband, son and their dog. She and her husband, who hails from Santa Domingo, have been married for two years. She is an entrepreneur, currently working as a VA, however she's transitioning more into Project Management and into the Online Business Manager side of things. Lupita finds great joy in doing anything which involves planning and organizing. Listen in and find out more about Lupita, her work and how her Latino background forms an integral part of her cultural identity .

On this week's show, Lupita talks about:

   •     How she and her husband met and ended up living in the Dominican Republic.

   •     Her background.

   •     The confusion about her identity, as either American or Mexican, depending on where she lives.

   •     What it's like being married to someone who has a different cultural heritage to your own.

   •     How her Spanish has changed since she's been living in the Dominican Republic.

   •     The difference between women in the Dominican Republic and those in Mexico.

   •     How she values herself so much more, as a woman, since living in the Dominican Republic.

   •     The food from DR that she loves the most!

   •     Being raised in a different culture to that of your parents.

   •     How Lupita used therapy to accept her identity.

   •     What she came to realize through marriage therapy.

   •     The differences that she sees in the Dominican, Mexican and American people and how she believes that it's possible for someone to incorporate the best of all of them.

   •     What her family thinks of the work that she does.

   •     Her husband's new career and how the change affected his family.

   •     What she does to help her and her husband's families to accept their online work.

   •     Her husband's supportive attitude towards her work and her personal growth.

   •     How, as women, we tend to put unnecessary pressure on ourselves.

To contact Lupita:

Lupita's website: www.lupitasantana.com

Lupita on Facebook: Lupita Santana

PodcastsNicole Letelier
Episode 30: Get Better Sleep w/ Aycee Brown

This week Nicole welcomed Aycee Brown to the podcast to talk to us about the launch of Good Night Darling Co. her company dedicated to helping us get better sleep. 

In this episode we talk about:

  • Why is sleep is so important that she would start a company around it? 
  • The moment when she knew you this idea had to be birthed.
  • The journey and process of creating a product based business.
  • Being a serial entrepreneur (Aycee started her first biz at age 8!!)
  • How the micro-agressions and the hustle of WOC that affect us during the day affects our sleep e.g., being the only person of color in office 

Aycee is so awesome she even created a special promo code just for Black Sheep Podcast listeners. Enter BLACKSHEEP to score 15% off any product in the store.

We agree that sleep is so important to any Black Sheep Lady that this winter we featured her fade to black. herbal tea & tincture combo in our Holiday Buy Brown Guide and since then she has added more products and soon will be launching a sleep consultation practice. 

Sign up to be notified when it launches and to purchase visit www.goodnightdarling.co/collections/all and connect with her on Facebook and Instagram @goodnightdarlingco and Twitter @GNDarlingCo

Want help finding awesome women of color owned business? Get on our list to access our latest Buy Brown Guide is coming out soon. Don't miss out on these amazing products by women of color owned businesses. Sign up here http://bit.ly/buybrownguide to be notified when the new guide is released.

Get support for your journey! Join our FREE online community the Black Sheep Society at https://www.facebook.com/groups/iamblacksheep/

Episode 29: Money, Money, Money

If you are looking for new or better ways to manage and work with your money, listen in this week as Nicole and Jess jam around the issue of people of color working with finances in ways which are different from the traditional norm in America today.

In this episode, Nicole points out that that in the US today, the majority of wealth is not held by women of color and also, that a good portion of the community of color in the US have immigrant parents, so there are some people who have a drastically different experience with money to that of their parents. She also mentions that, due to the large number of entrepreneurs within the community, the ways that the money comes in and how it is organized, can to be very different from the traditional 'get paid every two weeks with a 41K'. She explains that this community tends to design their own innovative ways with money and finds it possible to work through things by having conversations about them. Listen in to this week's show and find out about different ways thatmoney can be organized and managed in your personal and professional life and also get some actionable tools and tips, that you can take away and apply.

This week, Nicole and Jess discuss:

• How Jess, Nicole and their partners work with their personal finances and how they developed their budgets.

• The value of using a spreadsheet.

• How your cash flow can impact on your financial plans.

• How Nicole works with her business finances.

• The importance of keeping track of your monthly finances.

• Looking at who's funding what and considering switching to black owned, or small community banks.

• Looking for banks that don't support things that you don't believe in.

• The value of having conversations around shared finances, either personal, or in business.

• The importance of your projections being based on real numbers.

• Nicole explains why she works with an accountant to help her with her taxes.

• Why cash flow is a big thing.

• Why it's really important to save money.

• Jess explains how mint.com works for her.

• The benefit Jess finds in using the app splitwise.com.

• Why Nicole still finds herself using cheques.

• How many people still operate using cash only (or cheques).

• Why Nicole loves the 'So Money Podcast' with Farnoosh Torabi.

• The online tools that Nicole really recommends for you.



Website: www.liveblacksheep.com

Live Black Sheep is to be found across all the social media platforms.

Resources mentioned on the show:


www.youneedabudget.com (For Business)








www.ellevest.com  (For Women)

Episode 28: The Break Up

This week we break the news - we are breaking up! Jes is going to be stepping down from the Black Sheep Podcast and the Live Black Sheep brand. 

We know, we know...shocking!  But it's all love and all good. Tune in to hear our candid conversation where we process this decision together for the first time since we made the decision with love and grace. 

Upmost was our commitment to maintaining our friendship and staying in integrity.

We came to this decision in late January as it became clear that at this point Jes doesn't have the time to devote to the podcast. We then went through the process of working through the logistics mainly over email. This chat is our first time we got on the phone since that call to discuss and process the end of our partnership.

This episode is a great one for anyone curious about what it is like to partner with grace and integrity even when it doesn't work out.

  • We cover lessons learned...partnership agreement early on. Hello...yeah that would be very helpful to have had early on. Especially if money is being paid out and/or shared assets are being created.
  • We talk about getting clear...are you partnering on a business or a project? Our lack of clarity created a space for uncertainty and resentment to build.

Although it is sad - we are filled with gratitude for the journey and time together and the ability to end this part of our relationship and maintaining our friendship. 

Past Episodes referenced in episode:

Episode 21: Maintaining Motivation and Momentum

Episode 15: Live From Toronto: Schedules and Workaholism

Episode 14: 3 Keys to Success: Risk Taking, Failure + Being Vulnerable

Episode 27: Making Decisions

In this week's episode we explore decision making.

How do we make decisions, how do we prioritize? Each in every day there are a lot of decisions that need to be made. Join Jes and Nicole in a candid chat about how we approach decision making in our lives and catch up with each other on the decisions we are weighing in our lives.

Some of what we heard in the Black Sheep Society our free online community we've heard women are making decisions about:

  • When starting a coaching practice how do you niche down?
  • Do you take a full time gig for the income to support your side hustle as it grow?
  • How do you refer to yourself when you are a multi passionate entrepreneur?
  • How do you brand yourself when you have multiple hustles?

Want help finding awesome women of color owned business? Get on our list to access our latest Buy Brown Guide is coming out soon. Don't miss out on these amazing products by women of color owned businesses. Sign up here http://bit.ly/buybrownguide to be notified when the new guide is released.

Episode 26: Being a Woman of Color Owned Biz

As we celebrate International Women's Day support the March 8, 2017, called "A Day Without A Woman." https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Activity/8413/BeBoldForChange-campaigns We are excited to shared our chat on the joys and challenges of being women of color owned business and certifications that one can apply for as a minority and women owned business. 

For more information on the March 8th Campaign, the Women's March website suggests three ways to participate in the strike:

  1. Women take the day off work — whether you are paid or unpaid.
  2. Refrain from shopping for the day — or if you must shop, choose small, women- and minority-owned businesses.
  3. Wear red in solidarity with those participating in and supporting the strike.

In this episode Nicole interviews Jes as she takes us through the  process of earning a certification to become a minority and women business.

What is this? A Certification businesses can gain to access RFPs for diversity supplier needs.  The Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWB) Certification. 

State and city certifications are available - JPD has NYC and NY State certification along with New Jersey.

We also talk about how accountability in this process (and in life!) is very important when moving a cumbersome process forward.

As many conversations between Nicole and Jes go this episodes also flowed into a chat about the challenges and sometime annoyances of doing business as a women of color. 

Nicole shares a frustrating process of contract negotiation with two white men. Jes shares how she stood up to a business bully

Looking for accountability?
Join the Black Sheep Society our free online community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/iamblacksheep/

Have a women of color owned product or service you want to promote? 
Email us hello@liveblacksheep.com and get featured in an upcoming Buy Brown Guide. 

Want help finding awesome women of color owned business? Get on our list to access our latest Buy Brown Guide is coming out soon. Don't miss out on these amazing products by women of color owned businesses. Sign up here http://bit.ly/buybrownguide to be notified when the new guide is released.

Resources mentioned in this episode:


Episode 25: When Life Gets Hard

We don't know about y'all but it has been really intense in these parts! Things have been so busy and intense here at Black Sheep HQ that we paused the podcast release and took two weeks off to get healthy and caught up on the insane amount of everything February threw at us! Anyone else? 

Funny enough, we actually recorded this episode prior to taking a forced hiatus. This episode is a raw chat between Nicole and Jes after a 2 hour check in about the intensities of life. As we were chatting we realized that this type of realness and raw conversation is what makes podcasts so awesome and what YOU our amazing tribe keeps telling us you like. So if you need a dose of community, connection and realness (as well as tips and thoughts about what to do when s**t gets really intense) this one is for you!

We would love your feedback! Email us or leave a review at iTunes. 

And join us in the FB group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/iamblacksheep/ to get support on your Black Sheep journey.

Are you on the list? Our latest Buy Brown Guide is coming out soon. Don't miss out on these amazing products by women of color owned businesses. Sign up here http://bit.ly/buybrownguide to be notified when the new guide is released.

Episode 24: Investing in Ourselves

This week Nicole and Jes keep it light in a fun discussion on ways we can take care of our external selves that serve to support our internal workings (you know feelings, emotions etc :) and yes we talk about money!!

Topics discussed:

  • The use of color to support us to feel different
  • Smartly investing in ourselves even when times are lean
  • Our personal brand is a part of what we are selling and what we communicate externally has implications
  • Becoming aware of the things we have surrounded ourselves with and around how they are impacting how we feel inside
  • The power of owning the energy you want for the day - both negative and positive through our personal branding
  • Making smart purchases

What do you love to invest in? Let us know @liveblacksheep or in the Black Sheep Society our community group.

Resources mentioned in this episode include:

WildFang.com http://www.wildfang.com/

Kiran Ghandi - The Future is Female shirt

Episode 23: Finding Your Cause and Embedding it Into Your Life

This week's episode is all about giving back in a way that is sustainable to your life and maximizes impact around your cause.

This episode has a freebie - The Ready, Set , Do (Good) mini course is designed to help embed giving into your biz or life. It outlines seven ways to give back, get it for FREE at www.liveblacksheep.com/findyourcause

A hallmark of every client Nicole has even coached is that they are values-driven women. And whether through their work or personal lives they seek ways to give back. 

Many of them are also multi-passionate and have a ton of ideas and projects they are trying to juggle. Sound like you? 

This week Nicole uses Jes as a case study of how she works with clients to launch social good projects. Make sure you grab your freebie to get access to Nicole's coaching process that helped Jes maximize her social impact through the social impact initiative she birthed called www.poweredbyher.com

This week we are Black Sheep because...

"I am Black Sheep because I am taking risks to talk more about the things I am passionate about." - Nicole

"I am Black Sheep because I make unreasonable asks." - Jes

The #BlackSheepAsk Challenge is live! 

For 30 Days we are making small and large asks to get out of our comfort zone. When you make your ask tag us #blacksheepask

Terms mentioned in this episode: 

DoGoodLiving.com - Spectrum of Social Change

There is a pipeline of change, where along a change journey to affect this wrong is your intervention going to be placed?

Social Entrepreneurship - Mission driven for-profit entity that from it's start is intended to do social good for world. Or non profits that create revenue generating streams. 

One-for-One Model - Buy a product, company donates one.


B-Corps - "B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency." 

Source: https://www.bcorporation.net/what-are-b-corps

Example: SustyParty - http://www.sustyparty.com/

Non Profit with Revenue Generating Streams - These organizations are supported by both donations and "incorporate some form of revenue generation through commercial means into their operations. Income-generating activities are not conducted as a separate business, but rather are integrated into the organization's other activities." 

Source: http://www.4lenses.org/Setypology/iga

Examples include: 

Social return on investment (SROI) - "is a principles-based method for measuring extra-financial value (i.e., environmental and social value not currently reflected in conventional financial accounts) relative to resources invested." 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_return_on_investment

Organization mentioned in this episode:

Unreasonable Institutehttps://unreasonableinstitute.org/
Ashoka - https://www.ashoka.org/
AshokaU - http://ashokau.org/
The New School Social Innovation Initiative - http://www.newschool.edu/social-innovation/

To learn more about Nicole's coaching work with clients around social impact visit www.DoGoodLiving.com

Have a cause or effort you support - tell us so we can support and share with the community.

Episode 22: Creating Content for Social Media

This episode is a training for those of you new and seasoned entrepreneurs who want to re-examine and re-commit to your online presence.

Other episodes that would be good to listen alongside are Episode #: 12 Launching a Website in 5 Steps and Episode 20: Being Seen.

This week's episode picks up where we left off last week talking about motivation and momentum. For #liveblacksheep, 2017 is the year of striving for consistent communication across our channels and maintaining that momentum.

Topics we explore include:

  • Choosing a platform the best services your voice + style
  • Understanding how you best produce content
  • Choosing your content focus areas

Coaching Corner: The Black Sheep Ask Challenge is here!

In last week's episode we introduced you to a TED Talk: What I Learned from 100 Days of RejectionThis week we are officially kicking off our #BlackSheepAsk Challenge. Until Feb 15th we can use #blacksheepask to share our about our asks, no matter how big or small. From Jes, "I plan to start with smaller asks and build from there. I feel both exhilarated and scared! All the more reason to do this!"

Will you join?

Follow us #blacksheepask and join the tribe in the Black Sheep Society our free FB group where we will share behind the scenes from our asks!

Tools + Tech + Programs we love!

A new feature of our weekly newsletter will be a feature on a program, software or tech tool we love that we think you should be aware of as well.

As this week we are focused on social media we are featuring Coschedule our all-in-one content marketing editorial calendar solution. Why we love it?

  • Create one social media campaign across all your channels at one time?!
  • Month a glance to visually see the communication with your audience
  • One step connecting to all our social channels for the non techy black sheep

They have a free 14 day trial we suggest you try out.

" I love Google Calendar and planning in advance. I am also visual and seeing the week or month laid out helps me manage my time + stress.With Coschedule I get the same visual of my month filled with my batched content. It literally provides me with a sense of joy and calm when I can see my content laid out for me." - Nicole

Enter one of her new favorite tools - CoSchedule,

Other social media planning software we mentioned - 

Design Related Apps/Software:

Also check out JPDStudio.com 

Episode 21: Maintaining Motivation + Momentum

This week we talk about motivation and momentum and what we each need to maintain both. 

Topics we explore include:

  • What is the difference between motivation and momentum?
  • The importance of values-based motivation + doing work that is meaningful
  • The importance of growth and education + learning in maintaining momentum

Coaching Corner
In this episode we asked you to consider the following questions to help with motivation and momentum, especially when either (or both!) are stalled: 

  • What am I learning from this process? (as easy or hard as the task or project at hand is)
  • How I am growing? (personally or professionally)
  • What can I say I now know that I can apply to a future project or endeavor?

What motivates you or enables you to keep up momentum? Send us an email at hello@liveblacksheep.com and we will feature your response in an upcoming episode!

Part of maintaining momentum for Nicole was finding tools and software that can support her to maintain the flow of work. When she gets bogged down doing work that doesn't inspire her she can loose motivation which in turn affects the momentum of her projects. Sound like you?  

One of the biggest hurdles you might have heard her discuss in Episode 20: "Being Seen"- was maintaining a presence on social media. Doing it manually was causing a bottleneck.

Enter one of her new favorite tools - CoSchedule, an all-in-one content marketing editorial calendar solution that lets her plan out all of her social media posts ahead of time.

They have a free 14-day trial we suggest you try out here.

Looking for community, inspiration and accountability? Join our free FB group!

Have you signed up for our Buy Brown Guide yet? Each month we curate five women of color owned businesses to feature in a themed guide. Leverage your purchase and download this free guide today.

Episode 20: Being Seen with Danielle Fontus

Welcome Black Sheep! Today we are talking about being seen. There’s no one better to have this discussion with than Dani Dares. She’s an event concierge and does she ever make an impression! She’s constantly in search of a one way ticket to a fascinating destination. 

Nicole got very clear about “being seen” this week. She didn’t realize how much she struggled with being seen until she stopped and thought about it. There’s something to be said for surrounding yourself with people who are actively doing what you aspire to. With a new year on the horizon, Nicole is determining to make strides toward being comfortable being seen. It’s a brain switch that she is committed to making.

Jessica also shares how she had struggled with the branding for her design firm (JPD Studio). There was some emotional attachment, and let’s be real - some baggage! So she set a date and made it happen, even though she was hesitant!

Dani has to make a conscious decision to be seen on social media. In this episode, she made a confession about being a very shy only child. She cried and had panic attacks all the way through high school when she was called on for anything. College and waitressing helped her learn how to talk to anyone. She’s not going to not do something because she’s scared of being seen. Don’t you think if Danielle can do it, you can too?

Is being seen and being heard different? Well, we have our own opinions about it and we aren’t necessarily all on the same page. Some people with big brands are introverts, and it’s interesting to see how it plays into how people actually connect with the messages we are putting out.

Fear causes us to do a lot of things. It causes us to doubt ourselves. It caused Dani to edit herself and not pursue what she wanted to do. She shares a story about her personal battle to be Miss Harlem Shake - eventually she just went for it, even though there was stiff competition from highly qualified contestants. Each morning was an exercise in doubting herself. She would pep-talk herself all day long and take action. The next morning, she embraced the doubts and went for it anyway. If you really want something, you have to keep going.

Personal posts on Facebook always get the most attention and reaction on Facebook. Showing others what you are struggling with somehow endears you to others. Getting a following around your cause involves just being YOU!

“I meditate in the morning and work at a place that’s completely night life!” - Danielle Fontus

Don’t miss this honest discussion around how we are “seen” by the world and how we show up in the world. From being vulnerable on social media, to curating the content you present to the world, it’s all a balancing act that we all struggle with. Being seen can happen with actions both big and small - from wearing a bold lipstick to planning a big event. All contribute to your visibility in the world.

Danielle shares her journey to personally branding She Dares as her own and how that will affect the next phase of her journey.  She’s determined not to let any of her fear and insecurity hold her back from accomplishing everything she wants. She’s putting her intention out and walking into it!

Finding others who have similar visibility and intentions to be visible can help you get where you want much faster than you could on your own. You need the “go hard” friend that will keep you on your toes and pushes you to “get your ticket” too!

Connect with Dani:

Snapchat: @DaniDares




Join the Black Sheep Facebook Group!

The Power of You Teens is Danielle’s charity of choice.

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Episode 19: Slowing Down to Go Fast - 2017 Planning

This week on the Black Sheep Podcast we are taking a little Halloween break before we push to end the season and launch a series of projects we are working on behind the scenes to support our tribe.

Tune in to hear about what is in store for the podcast and for 2017.

And if you have yet to listen to our first episodes where we introduce the Black Sheeps take a listen after the intro.

Free coaching offer! Take advantage of a free 30 minutes coaching session with Nicole by giving 15 minutes to provide feedback on the direction of season 2 of the podcast. Email Nicole at hello@liveblacksheep.com if you want to score one of the 2 free coaching sessions.

FEEDBACK PLEASE! We want to know what episode was your favorite? We are planning season 2 and want more of what works for you. Email us hello@liveblacksheep.com

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Episode 18: The Importance of Allies w/ Leora Edut

We had two special guests this week – Leora Edut, founder of Goddess on the Go http://goddess-onthego.com/ and mother to 15-month-old Cariel.  As a working momma we invited Leora on the show along with Cariel. There will be background sound but nothing says Black Sheep like recording with your kid. #workingmomhustle

This week we tried something different. Nicole was visiting family in Denver; Jes was in JPD offices and our guest Leora was home in Long Island City.

Although we aim to showcase women of color on the podcast practicing what we preached a few episodes ago, we decided to bring on a white ally for a conversation on embracing diversity and raising biracial kids, while also taking about the importance of sisterhood in our lives.

Highlights include:

·         In episode we talked about the importance of white allies and raising children of color.

·         Leora talks to us about Goddess on the Go – a women’s movement bringing together women of all ages, races, and social economic backgrounds to experience what sisterhood really is. Goddess on the Go is a quarterly event (Detroit, LA, NYC) full day with movement, ritual, learning tools to take on the go and apply into everyday life.

·         Leora tells us, growth happens when we get together in sisterhood b/c  as one person we can only hold so much for ourselves.

·         We talk about Leora’s childhood in Detroit where she was exposed to various races and ethnicities. “Diversity is a great place of learning for people. You can learn the most from people that look the least like you” – Leora

·         We explore the experience of a white woman raising a biracial child and raising conscious children regardless of race or ethnicity. Nicole shares about her experiences as a mother and the, “constant evaluation of what is being consumed by my child.”

·         We talk about the importance and need for white mothers to be just as horrified about the injustices that occur against children of color and taking action to change this.

·         We asked Leora to speak on her experiences as a white Israeli woman raising a biracial child with her black male partner.  

·         She shares that, “change must happen with each of us, standing up and using our voices, not pulling the wool over our eyes.”

·         Leroa shares that, “Fear is a motherfucker, it can be the thing that really divides us from getting to know one another.” But that we all must, especially white allies stand up to injustices and to say something when white privilege is occurring. “We can do it with knowledge, we can do it with love but we need to do it,” Leora tells us.

·         She challenges everyone to, “Get out of your bubble and go see what it is like in other people’s communities – you will see the humanness that is in each one of us and you will look past the color and see into the hearts of people”. And maybe all the things that you may have been scared of that media has perpetuated, isn’t true, and maybe you will have an eye opening experience. And for the mothers and fathers, include your children in this journey to give that gift to your child as well.

·         “Get your children immersed into other peoples culture, get out of your bubble, you will be amazed at not only the value, but the jewels, the gift of life that come with that. It’s priceless to connect with people that you would normally not connect with.”  -  Leora Edut

Mentioned in this episode:

Doll Test – In the 1940s, psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark designed and conducted a series of experiments known colloquially as “the doll tests” to study the psychological effects of segregation on African-American children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkpUyB2xgTM

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Episode 17: Launching + Loving Your Podcast

In this episode we pull back the curtain and take you through the steps needed to launch a podcast by giving your behind the scenes of launch. If you are considering launching a podcast this episode is a much. It was recorded as a free training with a free worksheet to accompany this episode that can be found at http://liveblacksheep.com/freebie-launch-podcast

If you aren’t looking to launch a podcast but are curious to see behind the curtains of the Black Sheep Podcast and hear about how the idea was birthed, the role of collaboration in our launch, and how Nicole and Jes ended up teaming to make this a co-hosted show vs. a one woman show tune in!

We also recommend you also check out episode 13 on - 3 Keys to Success – Risk Taking, Failure, + Being Vulnerable http://bit.ly/liveblacksheep14  and episode 12 - Launching a Website in Five Steps http://liveblacksheep.com/12    


Ready to launch your podcast? Want more free help launching your podcast? We want to bring one lucky lady onto the show for free live coaching to talk through her ideas and her launch!  Email us at hello@liveblacksheep.com

Resources mentioned this in episode:

Donate to Haiti Relief Efforts - These are just three organizations that were recommended to us to support Hurricane Mathew Relief efforts




Donate to Standing Rock – The Dakota Access Pipeline, which is a violation of the Sioux Nation’s right to oppose destruction of their land (the use of the termnation means just that, this is their land.) Native peoples from around the world, as well as allies have gathered to support this effort. Protestors rights are being violated, they are being arrested and attacked and money is needed to support legal fees and for supplies.


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Episode 16: Going for Your Dreams…Smartly

This week we welcomed coach and creative, Ariane Hunter to the show for a conversation about going for your dreams. She shares her journey from MBA + corporate employee, to fulltime photographer, to one-on-one life coach at www.arianehunter.com and now founder of http://www.shewentforherdreams.com/

In this episode Nicole, Jes and Ariane shared their journeys - the joys + challenges - of taking their leaps of reinvention – from corporate marketer to non profit employee, from fulltime employee to entrepreneur, from creative to coach.

For this episode we asked Ariane to share some coaching tips for someone with a dream for change and added a few of our own! Whether you want a new job, a new career or new services for your biz, we created a place to start in our free worksheet. Download it at www.liveblacksheep.com/freebie-dreams

Have feedback on the show? Email us to hello@liveblacksheep.com What episode did you like, what do you want more of?

Highlights include:

  • A conversation on how to allow the creative + entrepreneurial callings we have as Black Sheeps to guide us.
  • The challenge of telling your family + friends when you want to take the leap and work for yourself, quit a lucrative job and go for your dreams.
  • How when you leap, it’s not only a journey for you but for those around you who when seeing you go for your dreams feel they have been given permission to also go for their dreams. Your journey becomes a starting off point for them to start reflecting on their dreams.
  • “When you are the mirror for your family and friends you show them what is possible through your dreams.”
  • We talk about the need to protect your dreams, “when embarking on the dream be protective about who you share that with.” Doing something different can make others fearful and you need to surround yourself with the right people who will encourage and support. (More in Resources below)
  • We talk about the responsibility of women of color to leave a legacy and chart new paths for our younger women, as well as honoring the sacrifices of the older generation of Black Sheeps that gave us the freedom we have to go for our dreams.
  • The isolation of working with for yourself at times and the power of community
  • We talk about how going for you dreams can take different forms. It isn’t only for entrepreneurs. “It might be sharing your ideas at the board room.”

Ariane is an example of her own project #SheWentforHerDreams. She takes us through her journey, the feelings, the moment of clarity, and the plan of action she took in creating her new venture that takes the passion she has for coaching her clients 1-1 on launching their dreams to form a space for community gatherings, workshops and group accountability to work through ideas as you start the journey towards going for your dreams.

The first year of the project was visual and storytelling to tell the stories of women going for their dreams. Then she launched the offerings for the community. A true example of how going slow along a clear plan can yield tremendous return and rewards. She is now launching her first Symposium on the Fear of Failure October 15th in NYC – http://bit.ly/2dpJ31b

We talk about the fact that because dreams are so intangible it is hard to discuss them. “What do you dream about is a powerful question that can provoke thoughts. Our dreams call us to the ways in which we need to grow the most” – Ariane Hunter

What are the tools do we recommend for going after your dream?

A coach - A coach is designed to create a safe space for you to dream and help co-create, guide and encourage your action plan.

A mastermind – a group working towards their dreams to support, challenge and hold accountable. Set meetings and weekly/biweekly/monthly reports keep momentum going.

Accountability partner – if a group seems too much a one-on-one partner you text, email or call with each week to keep you motivated and not isolated.

A community who inspires – This could take the form of a mastermind but can also just be a 1x meet up, or  FB group in or outside of your field.

The good news is #LiveBlackSheep can help. Join our FB Group to connect with other Black Sheeps today! And download our free worksheet to get started at http://liveblacksheep.com/freebie-dreams

You can learn more about Ariane at http://www.shewentforherdreams.com/ and connect with her on Instagram

We loved these quotes from Ariane’s visit and know you will too!

“I had a hunger, a calling, that pulled me into this path of who am I? What do I want to contribute to this world? - Ariane Hunter

“Seeing the world in a very unique way, my way.” - Ariane Hunter

“I feel like dreams get a bad rap.” - Ariane Hunter

If you give ten people a camera, and the same water bottle to shoot, you are going to get ten different photos and I think that there is something unique and special about that.” Ariane Hunter

“If there is something you are called to do you have a responsibility to explore that.” - Ariane Hunter

“Our dreams call us to the ways in which we need to grow the most. It is a courageous act to embark on the journey of going for your dreams.” – Ariane Hunter

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