Alaina Brown: Shii.Mii'ing her way to the top

Alaina Brown was working her way up the corporate ladder in a job that took her around the world and looked quite glamourous. There was only one problem.

She was miserable.

So she decided to start her own business, Shii Mii, creating a brand of luxe positive affirmation cards.

Find out what makes this young, sharp and hungry entrepreneur tick and get an inside look into what it takes to go from concept to physical product in 4 months!

LINKS

Order Shii Mii from the Shii Mii website!

https://shiimii.com/

Shii Mii on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/shiimiishake/

Shii Mii on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/shii.mii/

Check out new business names quickly!

https://www.namecheckr.com/

 

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Episode 13 - Nic Mora: Blogger and TV host extraordinaire

Nic Mora is an LA-based lifestyle and fashion blogger who also regularly TV hosts.

She's also female, fierce and a lover of French Fries!

In this interview we discussed what it takes to be a successful blogger, some of the obstacles Nic had to overcome on her path and what the future has in store for the feisty brunette.

Web: http://givememora.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/GiveMeMora/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/nicmoraxo/
Tw: https://twitter.com/NicMoraXO
Snap: @NicMora

Reach out to me anytime at adrian@womanandbeyond.com!

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Episode 12 - Jessica Lynn: Going on gut instinct

It was a rare privilege getting to interview country star Jessica Lynn.

Whilst she's obviously achieved a high level of success (at the time of our interview she had just returned from a whirlwind European tour), it was obvious that Jessica is genuine, grounded and that her success is down to a combination of hard work and going with gut instinct.

Surrounded by her family, her close-knit band and going out of her way to look after her fans, it's safe to say Jessica Lynn is one country star you're going to be seeing, and hearing, a lot more from.

Jessica Lynn's site:
https://www.jessicalynnmusic.org/

The Fear to Freedom Project, our women's empowerment and mental health initiative, launches on Saturday 2nd December:
https://www.thef2fproject.com/

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Episode 11 - Not feeling good enough? F*** that s***!

Over the last couple of months, there have been two incidents with my friends where it really struck home just how crippling the feeling of 'not being good enough' can be.

But did you know that EVERYONE suffers from that feeling? It's one of two PRIMARY FEARS, the second of which is that IF we're not good enough, THEN we won't be loved.

But if everyone has it and it's a fear that will never go away for good, what can we do about it? That's the topic of this episode of the Woman & Beyond podcast.

FEAR TO FREEDOM LAUNCH TEAM:

http://bit.ly/f2f-launch-team

FEAR TO FREEDOM LAUNCH LIST:

http://bit.ly/f2f-launch-list

RSVP FOR THE FEAR TO FREEDOM LAUNCH:

http://bit.ly/f2f-launch

FEEDBACK

Got any comments or feedback on this episode? Got an idea you'd like covered in a future episode? Hit me up on adrian@womanandbeyond.com!

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Episode 10 - Why I'm turning my back on personal development

Is it possible you've done TOO MUCH personal development?

Are you full of platitudes and cliches, but your life hasn't changed?

In this episode I go into why I'm leaving personal development on the shelf for now, and maybe why you should too... or not.

JOIN THE FEAR TO FREEDOM LAUNCH TEAM

http://bit.ly/f2f-launch-team

RSVP FOR THE FEAR TO FREEDOM LAUNCH

http://bit.ly/f2f-launch

LINKS

FEEDBACK

Got any comments or feedback on this episode? Got an idea you'd like covered in a future episode? Hit me up on adrian@womanandbeyond.com!

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Episode 9 - Emily Treglown: So what if I'm not perfect?

Have you ever struggled with feeling unloved at times? Well imagine growing up without your parents. That was Emily Treglown's story.

“It's the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it.”
- Frank Warren

Emily's story is one of incredible courage and it's one I'm sure you can relate to in terms of trying to find your place in the world, making mistakes, making sacrifices and moving on.

Given her upbringing, one could forgive her for having a pretty bleak outlook on life, yet she remains relentlessly focussed on the positive.

I interviewed the Melbourne-based model in the lead up to the Continents Pageant Australia.

LINKS
IG: https://www.instagram.com/emilytreglown_
FB: https://www.facebook.com/emily.treglown

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Episode 8 - Rachelle Panitz: Breast cancer & The So Brave Project

Rachelle Panitz was diagnosed with breast cancer as a young mother. To complicate matters further, she had to fight to have her initial suspicions taken seriously, eventually leading to a confirmation and diagnosis.

The So Brave Project was born out of Rachelle's struggles. Its aim is to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research, as well as empowering young breast cancer survivors.

We interviewed at the scenic Sydney suburb of Kirribilli.

LINKS
So Brave website: http://sobrave.com.au/

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Episode 7 - 'You Are a Badass' book review

In this episode I'm chatting to my good friend Kirby Bridges about our favourite book "You Are a Badass" by Jen Sincero.

I've read many personal development books in my time, but I love this one in particular because it's a) short and b) full of attitude.

As I mention in the podcast, it's like you're actually in someone else's head, complete with that little voice that drives you crazy.

As for Kirby, "You Are a Badass" is her favourite book of all time.

Unfortunately I can't actually share all my highlighted notes and passages (that I mention in this episode) without giving away my Amazon login details, but you CAN get yourself a copy of this awesome book here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B3M3VWS

Got feedback? Let me know what you think:

adrian@womanandbeyond.com

 

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Episode 6 - Sexual abuse isn't a compliment #metoo

(WARNING: this episode contains some explicit language and potentially triggering material)

Unless you've been living under a rock, you would have heard of the #metoo movement on social media and the sexual abuse scandal that's surrounded Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Whilst whatever punishment is meted out to him hardly seems enough, it does beg the question what are we, as a society, actually going to DO about it?

A hashtag is all well and good, awareness is all well and good, but how does something like this not only happen, but get covered up for so long?

I also reveal my own #metoo moment as well as share a very special and shocking advertisement I found during my interview research.

Got feedback? Let me know what you think:

adrian@womanandbeyond.com

Watch the TV ad I mention in the podcast:

https://player.vimeo.com/video/143117651

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Episode 5 - Brooke Murray: Dancing her way to the top

Brooke Murray is warm, effervescent and genuine in person... everything you'd expect from a cheerleader.

What you might not expect is that someone whose job is to literally cheer people on could have fought such a tough battle against mental illness at such a young age (at the time of our interview, she was only nineteen).

Brooke's recovery is proof positive that people can overcome any challenge, however it also shows that first appearances can be deceiving.

I caught up with the dancing, cheerleading, pageant-competing and self-confessed chocoholic at Sydney Olympic Park for this entertaining interview.

LINKS
FB: https://www.facebook.com/brookemurrayyyy/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/brookemurrayyyy/

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Episode 4 - Kendra Black: First the Big Apple then the world

Kendra Black's passion for the performing arts has taken her all over the world, beginning with ballet and now in the recording artist genre.

When it comes to her career, she's focussed, confident and extremely passionate, admitting that work often becomes play and vice versa, but what's most refreshing about Kendra is her love of authenticity, not just in people but in the sounds she's producing.

Her pursuit of success, whilst remaining true to herself in an industry as competitive as the music industry, is inspiring to say the least, and she seems so switched on that you can't help but feel that this is one young artist who'll find her way to the top.

LINKS

Website: http://www.kendrablackmusic.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/kendrablackmusic/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/kendrablackmusic/
T: https://twitter.com/kendrablacklive

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Episode 3 - Amelia Conway: Undefinable

Amelia Conway is Wonder Woman... seriously!

She's a graphic designer by day, and then EVERYTHING else by night: psychology student, model, pageant competitor, dancer... and she GAMES and STREAMS!

Maybe the only thing she's not so good at is having any free time on her hands whatsoever.

Oh, and this marks the first time I get to interview a unicorn... just watch the interview and you'll see what I mean.

LINKS

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ameliaeconway
IG: https://www.instagram.com/mealia_c/
Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/mealiac

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Episode 2 - Kate Johnson: Proving you can have it all

There was one very good reason why I wanted this interview with Kate Johnson to be our launch interview: I believe she's an amazing example of a woman who has it all.

Through hard work and determination, Kate has forged a multi-faceted career in everything from the Australian Air Cadets to being an international model. She's also started her own business selling PETA-certified (animal cruelty free) lip glosses.

In terms of being an inspirational role-model, I couldn't think of a better example than Kate Johnson.

(Special thanks to my dear friend Julijana Nikolis for taking the interview reins on this one!)

LINKS
Website: https://www.katejohnson.com.au/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/KateJohnsonAustralia/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/thekatejohnson_/
T: https://twitter.com/thekatejohnson_

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Episode 1 - Why women's empowerment?

For this first episode of the Woman & Beyond Podcast, I wanted to answer a question I get asked frequently:

Why would a man work in women's empowerment?

Whilst some ask it from a place of scepticism or judgement, I believe it's still a question worth answering.

If you have any feedback on this episode, email me:

adrian@womanandbeyond.com

TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:18 Intro
  • 1:54 Why NOT?
  • 5:14 How it all started
  • 13:50 From tennis coach to life coach
  • 17:00 The US election and the women's march
  • 19:45 My love for interviewing people and the Fear to Freedom Project
  • 25:14 A special podcast announcement - The Crisis Text Line
  • 30:06 I'd love to serve you in any way I can
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