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.
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.
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.
As we celebrate International Women's Day support the March 8, 2017, called "A Day Without A Woman." We are excited to share 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.
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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?
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!!
What do you love to invest in? Let us know @liveblacksheep or in the Black Sheep Society our community group.
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.
In last week's episode we introduced you to a TED Talk: What I Learned from 100 Days of Rejection. This 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
Welcome Black Sheep! Today we are talking about being seen. There’s no one better to have this discussion with than Danni 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.
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.
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 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.
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
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 our journeys - the joys + challenges - of taking our 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 http://liveblacksheep.com/freebie-dreams
When you love what you do, and are in the flow it can be hard to not work, but when does the scale tip into workaholicsm and unhealthy behaviors? We explore this in a candid conversation that led to Jes having a break through on air as Nicole coached her to remove blocks around an area she was stuck in that was preventing her from scheduling the final stage of her company’s rebrand.
This is a great episode for anyone with challenges around schedules, working too much, and needing some coaching to push through. There is a ton of free coaching for listeners both – live on air and in the show notes.
It’s Nicole and Jes this week in what ended up being a full-length episode exploring three keys to success for Living Black Sheep.
We started off doing an episode on failure but as the conversation evolved we found ourselves needing to also talk about the role of risk taking and vulnerability in failing. It was a candid conversation where we explore failure in our own lives and businesses. Furthermore, if we #liveblacksheep as #WOC, trailblazers in our families or communities, taking risks, the stakes are even higher and the spotlight shines even brighter and that must be addressed.
Patia Braithwaite is a memoirist + essayist based in Harlem, NYC currently working on her book based on dating around the world on Tinder. In this conversation Patia shares her tips on getting featured as a writer on the inter-webs and her process for coming up with her pitches. She talks about how to keep the creativity flowing and how writing from life has been key to her success. She ponders the challenges of being women of color occupying space as creatives and entrepreneurs and shares that T-Boz is her TLC archetype. It was an insightful and fun conversation filled with tid bits for anyone who needs to write as part of their work or life, as well as anyone looking to get started.
In this mini episode Jes and Nicole share five steps for effectively launching a website. It is expected that there will be over 1 billion websites launched by end of 2016. Whoa! And while there are a ton of DIY options for those of us with no design or coding skills, the truth is there is a lot of planning that should go into not just the design but the content and launch plan for your site.
This week we welcomed Dior Vargas to the podcast for what was a very important and inspiring conversation. Dior is an American Latina feminist mental health activist and the instigator of a project focused on creating a community to eradicate the stigma of mental illness for people of color.
Dior’s work is so important for our communities and her conviction and commitment towards social justice, advocacy and activism for women and people of color is inspiring for us all.
When we decided to continue our conversation on the power of collaboration and partnering we thought of no one would be better to join us than Gaby and Nadia, our boss besties from Miami.
This was a fun interview filled with concrete examples of ways we all have used the power of we to create amazing things in our lives. This is a must episode for anyone who is seeking motivation and inspiration for creative ways to engage with others to further a shared vision. From business partnerships that started in coffee shops, to artistic partnerships that launched from Instagram, there is a little something for everyone in this one!
Tara Jefferson Pringle is committed to the self care of women. This focus has been evident throughout her entrepreneurial journey. Currently she offers self care to women through her bimonthly subscription box – The Bloom Beautifully Box.
More than a box, she is creating a community for women devoted to self care and well being.
We had such an awesome chat with Desi that even after we stopped recording our full length episode we kept right on chatting. Highlights include lots of laughs and nostalgia as we dish on our favorite games and the importance of fun.
This week we welcomed creative entrepreneur Desi Sanchez to join us for an intimate and revealing conversation about owning your creativity and following the road less traveled as a young black sheep who dreamed of being an artist.
We were welcomed cofounder and CEO of Eat in Chef Ara Galarza who shared the story of how Eat in Chef came to life.
Using their tech platform, Eat in Chef has created a local and affordable chef to consumer pipeline. Their goal is to localize chefs, similar to Air B&B, where you can request a chef to come to you home as an option to dine in. How cool is that?!
We asked Ara to be "you" and she brought it. We loved her authenticity and passion. We loved it and so will you!
This week Jessica allowed us to record a live check in between her and Nicole (who has been consulting with the team) to see how things are going and offer tips to listeners on how to manage investing in your business while running a business and serving clients.