Episode 41: Dare to Say Yes with Leah Lakins

Dani is chatting with Leah Lakins, editor, writer and publisher, or as she sometimes calls herself - a wordy, nerdy, quirky girl from Baltimore. You may have seen her name and words in popular books like Steve Harvey's New York Times Bestseller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success, and his most recent project Jump.

Leah shares her early dreams of what she wanted to be when she grew up and how her high school journal revealed pieces of her current reality. We get to learn about how her variety of career opportunities has prepared her for life as an entrepreneur doing what she loves - sharing the stories of others.

Change in her life inspired more change. After dreaming of living in New York for 10 years, she gambled on herself and moved to NYC and started her life as an entrepreneur. Leah shares about how she prepared for that major move and what some people had to say about her plans.  

We hear about some of her unique challenges of NYC living, what she loves and appreciates about the city, and how it has contributed to her career and success. Her advice to making it in this city: say yes! It is saying yes that has opened up so many amazing opportunities in Leah's life, including working with Steve Harvey. We get to hear her story of how that unfolded from starting a conversation with a fellow word nerd to the process of giving her all to the project.

Leah touches on the benefits and the importance of supporting herself with her networking community and business coach.

Leah also shares about her aerial yoga adventures and how it has improved her mind body connection, helping her find strength and confidence, and how it helped her on her trip to India.

We learn about her superpower, her anthem songs, and about a conversation that shifted her perspective on her life.   

Leah's story is a great example of seeing how she planted the seeds are planted and laid out the steps to create life she wanted, and this is just the beginning.

May this episode encourage you to "say yes" to gambling on yourself in whatever you want to see happen in your own life.

Learn more about Leah:

Website: http://www.fresheyeseditorial.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FreshEyesEditorialServices/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lakins9/

Episode 40: Felicia Gibson Jaycox - Daring to Find the Power Within

This episode is part of a series in the Take Over Season where speaker, host and adventure creator Danielle Fontus took over the podcast for chats about living a daring life.

Dani is chatting with Felicia Gibson Jaycox, the founder and executive director of The Power of You Teens - a Harlem based mentoring and empowerment group for girls ages 10 - 18.

For Felicia, this organization started at a time when she was in a lot of pain. She shares about the unexpected loss of her brother and how she coped with the help of a supportive sisterhood.

Learning to channel her pain into passion, she poured her heart into a space where she saw others hurting - teenaged girls who had lost hope, some even resulting in suicide, from life challenges they were facing, like bullying and abuse. Through volunteering, Felicia was able to push through her own pain and she rediscovered the joy she had in touching the lives of young girls that she'd felt before during her days working with a runaway center in Florida.

Today, through The Power of You Teens, Felicia has created a loving and supportive community, where she and her team of Power Women pour into these young girls the inspiration and the resources they need to discover the power within themselves and show up in the world as their best powerful selves.

From teaching one young woman to read and pairing one with a piano teacher to field trips and workshops lead by women from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, these girls are constantly exposed to the possibilities available to them. Year-round these teens participate in the program that includes things like improv classes, healthy cooking demonstrations, financial education workshops, college preparation sessions; and for four years they have put on their Empowerment Experience - their major event that intends to educate, empower and engage the larger Harlem community.

Felicia's vision has become a powerful reality thanks to her dedication and the support of the every-community who believe in and want to do whatever they can for our teens.

To learn more about The Power of You Teens, you can visit their website: http://thepowerofyouteens.org/

Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThePowerofYouTeens/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepowerofyou10

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/powerofyouteens/

Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fundraiser-for-the-power-of-you-teens-2017-girls#/

Or reach out directly to Felicia felicia@thepowerofyouteens.com if you are interested in supporting however you can.

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Episode 39: Daring to Make a Home with Evelyn Badia

Dani is chatting with Evelyn Badia, the hostess with the mostest. She has been an Airbnb host since 2010 (before airbnb was cool and a verb).

When the economy shifted, Evelyn couldn’t find work in her industry as a TV producer. She stumbled upon Airbnb in the NY Times and decided to try it as a way to save her home. Evelyn shares about how her lifestyle changed and what it was like moving out of her home as a way of income. She tells the stories of how she started her listing and her first guest. We learn in this episode the lessons she’s learned from hosting - like setting boundaries and establishing realistic expectations with clear communication. She also shares about some of her favorite guests and funny moments, like when the guy ate her avocado.

Evelyn is the ultimate hostess because not only does she create a special experience for her guests but she also contributes to her community, lending her home to neighbors during challenging times like Hurricane Sandy and home repairs as well as for their families’ visits. She equips her guests with recommendations to give them the best NYC experience while also supporting local businesses in her neighborhood.

This conversation with Evelyn is a story of perseverance and resilience. She has created a new career in this unexpected chapter of her life, which is continuing to evolve. Seeing a need that was not getting met, she has created The Hosting Journey, an international community of hosts she offers information and support on everything from how to create a listing to how to get a stain out.

From moving to NYC from Puerto Rico at the age of 15 knowing no English to creating this new business and career for herself, Evelyn has proven to be tough, someone who takes new challenges; and we see lends that strength and her voice and experience as a host as an advocate for Airbnb and other hosts.

In this episode, you will learn what it looks like not only to become an Airbnb host but what it looks like to start a new chapter from an unfortunate situation. There are great lessons and nuggets of wisdom for you to digest.

You’ll also get answers to some questions like:

-what does she (and should you) look for in an Airbnb?

-does she ever stay in hotels?

-what makes her Airbnb a unique experience?

-what kinds of things guests have left her as gifts?

-what have been some of her interesting experiences as a guest?

Here’s where you can connect with Evelyn:

Listing: https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/118971

Website: http://thehostingjourney.com/

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheHostingJourney/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thehostingjourney/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EvelynBadiaBk

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Episode 38: Daring to Go Deep with Tatiana Dellepiane

Dani is going deep with Tatiana Dellepiane - a sex and relationship expert and tantra teacher. She helps women connect to their sensuality, which she believes is our superpower.

She works with them through movements and their body to break through from shame and reach their full potential out in the world. It is her mission and her work to help women remember who they truly are.

Her journey started as she was seeking healing in her own life. During a time when she felt stuck and was experiencing pain, she found a teacher who opened up her eyes to work that used movement to help women heal their own trauma.

Having experienced abuse and trauma throughout her life, which she coped with by dismissing, Tatiana reached a point in her life, when she realized true, deep healing was necessary for her to move on. Following her own self love and spiritual journey, she went deeper which not only granted her healing but also helped her discover the work that she wanted to do for other women.

Tatiana has grown to know an intense life and existence, which has equipped her for the depth and capacity of the work she is doing with her clients. She is one to break taboo and play in the spaces in our lives that we often avoid or neglect.

In this conversation, we go deep and get messy, touching on what happens when spirituality, religion, culture, family, sex, sensuality, all collide. We hear about Tatiana's personal experience of sorting through these things, how she has grown from this work and how she helps her clients do the same,.

To learn more about Tatiana and her work, connect with her on:

Her website:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelovegypsy

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thelovegypsy

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelovegypsy

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Episode 37: Daring through Celibacy with Bernice Wooden

This episode is part of a series in the Take Over Season where speaker, host and adventure creator Danielle Fontus took over the podcast for chats about living a daring life.

We are chatting with Bernice Wooden - entrepreneur & educator, who has been in the entertainment business for 10 years. She started her own production company, Be Nice Productions, which includes videography, photography and workshops. Bernice has recently written a book How to Get a Degree in Celibacy: 10 Steps to Keeping Your Lips Closed, where she is sharing with the world about her sex life,or lack thereof.

In this conversation, we learn about Bernice's journey to where she is today in her career. She shares about the unique challenges she faced and how she overcame them and the lessons she learned from them.

In this candidly, juicy and intimate interview, Bernice dares to share:

  • what makes her uncomfortable to this day & how she approaches those uncomfortable situations

  • an emotional failure and the wins that also came with it

  • some of the excuses she's used that have limited her (which she has since overcome)

  • a private detail she hasn't shared with anyone else

In this episode, we get to hear from Bernice about:

  • growing up in Brooklyn

  • how she found her boldness

  • who she's interviewed on the red carpet

  • when she realized she was a Black Sheep

  • her experience with her unique ethnic background & what unique challenges came from that

  • all the things she thought she was going to be when she grew up

  • the jobs shes had along the way &  the lessons she’s learned and prepared her for where she is now

  • how she started in her current field - her first production job

  • her networking tips

Bernice has created her own adventure with her celibacy journey AND deciding to share it publicly with her book. We get rich insight from Bernice's experience, including:

  • how she decided to be celibate & the struggle

  • what supported her during the process

  • what she has discovered through the process (in her friendships, in her body, in her relationships)

  • the surprising reactions she heard when sharing with others (men versus women)

  • some of her temptations and how she dealt with them

  • the interesting way she got the title of her book

  • tips for anyone considering their own journey

We learn a few fun things about Bernice like:

  • her superpower

  • a random job would she do for a day

  • one of her proudest moments

So where we can find her and stay up to date on all that she is up to?

www.bernicewooden.com (You can pre-order her book here.)

Social Media:






What questions do you have for Bernice? Let's keep the conversation going! Share in the comments below.

Episode 36:The Take Over with Dani Dares
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The Black Sheep Podcast is BAAACK!

In this episode you will head from Nicole on what caused the long delay in between seasons, what to expect in upcoming seasons of the podcast and how to get your initiatives, products and services in front of our audience.

This episode is an interview by past guest Danielle Fontus who is back to interview Nicole.  This episode kicks off the “Take Over Season” where Nicole invited Danielle to take over the mic for honest chats with women who are daring to live life on their terms as a Black Sheep.

In this episode we will learn:

What has happened since last season? Nicole had baby # 2 and alot of work come her way at the same time and the impact of both these on her, her family and health. Including the low moments - “I’m failing” and high moments “im living and doing work that matters”

  • Her plans for the future of the podcast and ways to continue to support WOC.

  • How time is the most valuable currency in her home

  • Why she and Danielle are really owning not having a business and being freelancers.

  • Reacting vs responding to life’s challenges

  • Hard chats around gender norms with her husband. Deep work; money work, valuing her worth.

  • Creating an entrepreneurial life.

  • Nicole’s aspiration?  Creating a WOC Podcaster Network.


A call to listeners >>>>WOC who want to experiment with launching a podcast!Want to Take Over the Black Sheep Podcast??

We pick a topic- tied to your word, your biz, interviews or a topic to explore with NIcole

Email: Hello@liveblacksheep.com or visit www.liveblacksheep.com

A call to listeners >>>>WOC with Social Impact Efforts that Need Promotion!

The Black Sheep Podcast is looking to support smaller grassroots efforts -

We will be experimenting with in episode segments or mini episode on initiative led by WOC looking for small investment of funding. Use the Black Sheep Podcast platform to promote it.

Email: Hello@liveblacksheep.com or visit www.liveblacksheep.com

A call to listeners >>>>Micro-sponsorship for WOC with Small Businesses!

The Black Sheep Podcast and Live Black Sheep brand is looking to support smaller WOC owned businesses interested in sponsoring episodes, segments and WOC Shopping Guides.

Email: Hello@liveblacksheep.com or visit www.liveblacksheep.com

Join the Black Sheep Society and connect with fellow WOC!

Get on the list and get notified about new episodes!

Follow us @liveblacksheep

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

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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

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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

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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