Brave Yes CEO

By Shawn Fink

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The Brave Yes CEO Show is a podcast for entrepreneurs who want to cultivate confidence and self-worth in order to say YES to possibility and show up more bravely and authentically in the world.

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Untangling Your Self-Worth From Your Bank Account
GET THE FREE FINANCIAL WELLBEING CHECK-IN RITUAL HERE: Your self-worth isn’t found in your bank account. Or anywhere else for that matter. It’s time to unlearn some of the ways you feel enough as an entrepreneur. Have you have ever felt like you’re not good enough because you’re not making enough money or because your business is not where you want it to be? Perhaps, you often feel low because your bank account has been dwindling, or you want to make more but you keep plateauing. Or you just aren’t getting the sales you want. Or, maybe you just are barely making enough to get by? If you feel low while thinking about your money or sales it’s possible your self worth is tangled up in your bank account. Or, it is tied up in the tactics you use to earn money. That's what this episode is ALL about ... please leave a review if this speaks to you.
Jun 19, 2022
3 Paradoxes Of Money Making Practices for Conscious Entrepreneurs
One of the key elements of being a stress proof entrepreneur is being resilient. And to be resilient you have to take extremely good care of yourself in mind, body and spirit ... but here’s the thing. If your bank account is in a scary place, you’re not going to feel good no matter how much self-care you do. Your wellbeing requires a healthy bank account. Get my FREE Weekly Financial Wellbeing Check-In Ritual download here: Sign up for my weekly Brave Yes Museletter here:
Jun 06, 2022
Let's Get Business Brave: Money, Meaning & the Greater Good
My passion and purpose is working with entrepreneurs who believe greatly in making the world a better place, helping people thrive, helping the land thrive, helping systems thrive, whatever it is, but my people really want to see change and progress. So let's do that. Let's focus on how we can make money, find meaning in our work and also do our small part to help the world in one tiny way. And so when I say let’s get business brave, what I’m really saying is, let’s really build businesses that are wholehearted, that are human centered. And, by human, I also very much mean you the founder, the leader of the business and those you serve, and those who are impacted by the work that you’re doing. So money, meaning and the greater good ... let's dig into this this week. You can get more messages and insights from me every week by signing up for my weekly email: The Brave Yes Museletter
May 23, 2022
How to Brave Up Your Mindset for Business Growth
The BRAVE YES CEO mindset is the backbone of what this podcast explores. This is a big part of the work that I do with my clients. And I’m, of course super passionate about it. And it really stems from first my own experiences as a leader as somebody who really in all spaces and jobs and experiences that I’ve had in my life, I have always been someone who could step up as a leader. Brené Brown says that leaders are “called to choose courage over comfort all day long.” Let me repeat that … “leaders are called to choose courage over comfort all day long.” That is exactly why I believe all entrepreneurs and founders need to be #BusinessBrave. Are YOU ready to become more #BusinessBrave? Book a session with me to discuss your Brave Yes Business and Life mission and goals and let's get a soulful, courageous action plan started for you. I've been writing, creating and coaching online for 15 years. Let's chat and see how my expertise and experiences can help you put yourself out there and grow your business to the size you wish. Learn more and schedule here:
May 09, 2022
Feel The Fear AND ...
We don’t just feel the fear and take our chances and hope for the best. That’s not humane — or even all that possible. We must feel the fear … AND Feel the fear and pause. Feel the fear and prepare. Feel the fear and set ourselves up for success. Sometimes we roar through a scary moment of uncertainty. Sometimes we purr.
Apr 18, 2022
What Is Your Brave Yes Business Mission
A Brave Yes Mindset is a part of what it means to be #businessbrave … but the thing is that the Brave Yes, when it’s not trivialized, is often a rare occurrence. When you look back on your life you may remember handful, maybe two handfuls of Brave Yeses that you can't really draw back on as memorable events in your life. But being a wholehearted entrepreneur requires everyday bravery. I can’t think of a day that has passed in the past 10 years of being an entrepreneur when fear didn’t show up and knock on my door. This is precisely why my work has always been super spiritual. In order to put our ideas out into the world -- to put our services, our work, our words out into the world and ask for money in return -- we must be business brave. What is required of us is far more than just showing up. We must have a fire inside of us to be brave -- there has to be something bigger pulling us along. Or else we’ll just retreat back into our nice quiet cave and hide a bit more. Being Business Brave requires us to dig deeper into a more every day type of courage that rarely makes it to your social media feed. LET'S BRING YOUR MISSION ALIVE: Brave Business Coaching may be for you if this episode speaks to what you need to bring some life back to your business.
Apr 08, 2022
The No. 1 Possibility Zapper
It’s easy to slip into “why bother” mode with something like this. Why bother — no one will read it. Why bother — people will unsubscribe. Why bother — it will be just left unread. Why bother — who am I to have a newsletter designed for writers? (museletter in my case) We do this for a very clear reason: You know what reason is, don’t you? Our fear of disappointment. Sign up for The Brave Yes Museletter: Work with me to transform your own self-doubt in private coaching:
Mar 28, 2022
Your List Of Impossible Things
As a coach for entrepreneurs, I work with my clients on the Brave Yes Journey, which is almost always about playing bigger in their work, taking up space and making bold changes for greater life alignment. I encourage my clients to set stretch-y goals — not for achievement purposes but because personal transformation happens just beyond our comfort zone. When we do something that seems nearly impossible, our courage and confidence grow exponentially. My story alone is proof. Listen to this Brave Yes CEO episode here. Looking for a Coach to help you do your list of impossible things? Let's chat. Learn about my Brave Yes Coaching here:
Mar 21, 2022
What Is Your Brave Yes Kryptonite?
What's Your Brave Yes Kryptonite?That big dream of yours ... it requires you to be what I call a courage maker. Courage makers, though, are still just human beings, not superheroes. Life circumstances will pop up out of nowhere. Your life circumstances may be exactly what’s keeping you in place and feeling stagnant and there may be nothing you can do about that. But here’s the thing. There's always something else at play in our lives as we are building something and dreaming up something new for ourselves and our work. When we can, we must remove the kryptonite and shove it out of our way. What's Your Brave Yes Kryptonite? That's what this week's podcast episode is all about. Listen now. Are you interested in my Brave Yes Action Hours? 90 minutes of coworking together on our YES projects. Register here:
Mar 14, 2022
{minisode} A Month Of Yes
{minisode} A Month Of Yes by Shawn Fink
Mar 13, 2022
What's Your Yes??
Think back to the times in your life when you said Yes — and by YES I am talking about the Brave Yeses, the kinda scary but liberating and exciting ones. Not just any yes but the yeses that were meaningful, purposeful and expansive to your life and work. As busy female founders and creatives, it’s easy to say no to ourselves. We like our noes. But I have learned that saying yes can change everything. And by that I don’t mean to other people’s yeses. I mean to the deep desires that live inside of us. JOIN MY BRAVE YES ACTION HOUR CLUB:
Mar 07, 2022
Holding More Than A Business
Holding More Than A Business by Shawn Fink
Feb 28, 2022
Growing Through The Gap
I don’t care how long you’ve been in business, you’re in the gap. And sometimes that gap is huge like an ocean. And sometimes that gap is more like a little creek. Either way, you have to go through the mess to get to the other side. What is the gap? The gap is that learning space of where you are and where you want to be. You are standing on the cusp of a field of change and you have no idea how to get to the other side. That is the gap. There’s a problem in your business, and you need to solve it.
Feb 21, 2022
{SOULCAST} The Power Of Knowing Your Worth
This month, I’ve been focusing on the importance of investing in your capacity as a CEO and entrepreneur — because in order to be braver, be bolder and do braver work in this world, we must have the capacity for it all. Without capacity we are left exhausted and floundering. We never set our best intentions forward when we are burned out an exhausted. Capacity ebbs and flows but at the end of the day, the number ONE capacity stealer that I see over and over in my work is this → a lack of self-worth. There is no bigger drain on our creativity, our energy, our wellbeing than not believing we are good enough. It just so happens that I have been coaching, studying and building a body of work around enoughness for years and it’s a huge part of my coaching program. Listen to this SOULCAST episode now.
Feb 14, 2022
Brave Work Requires Capacity
I’m a believer in Radical Wellbeing for CEOs, Founders and Entrepreneurs who are doing Brave Work. Brave Work is often your soul’s work. It’s what you were meant to do. And, it can also be doing the work you do — just very differently. Whatever your Brave Work is— maybe it’s just being more visible and taking up more space — or putting yourself at the center of the work you’ve been hiding behind for so long … you have to have the clarity, the capacity and the courage to do it. That’s the foundation of My Brave Yes Coaching philosophy and model. But today I want to focus on the capacity piece of my coaching work because so many of you reached out to say YES, CAPACITY. THAT’S WHERE I NEED TO INVEST RIGHT NOW. :) LINK -- > 22 Ways to Boost Your Capacity and do Braver Work in 2022
Feb 07, 2022
Your Expansion Is Calling
Your Expansion Is Calling by Shawn Fink
Jan 31, 2022
The 3Cs Of A Brave Yes CEO
I want to talk about an essential part of my coaching philosophy today — the Catapult Method, which is a fun way of looking at the 3 Cs of Brave Yes CEO coaching and methodology. Two episodes ago, I talked about the goal of my work with women founders and entrepreneurs is all about the A-Factor — that focuses on alignment, audacious self-worth and authenticity. If you haven’t, check out that episode. And in the last episode I went deep on my own personal word of the year — untamed — and how I see it playing out in my business this year. Today I’m going to be a bit more practical and talk about the 3Cs of a Brave Yes CEO. Plus a bonus C for fun. Clarity Capacity Courage When I began my first business in 2012 — 10 years ago — I definitely didn’t have the 3cs. But over time I learned they were essential and where I eventually began to put 80 percent of my investment and resources. So let’s dive in.
Jan 24, 2022
{Soulcast} An Untamed Business Mindset
I’ve been paying close attention to what my body wants me to know about my word of the year — untamed. In today's SOULCAST episode, part sermon, part podcast, I'm sharing my heart on what it means for me to run my business -- and coach others to do the same -- with an untamed mindset. Learn what I'm noticing about the business world, what I'm calling in for myself and my clients, and an invitation and challenge for you to take this further. Sign up for a coaching discovery call with me here:
Jan 17, 2022
Bolder Boundaries, Braver You
Bolder Boundaries go beyond the what’s OK and what’s not OK part of your business and are designed to protect your Brave Yes CEO role. As the CEO you know what you need to do today and what you need to grow your business. And yet the “today stuff” will take over. Your bolder business boundaries are meant to prevent that or lessen that. Today's episode will walk you through what bolder boundaries for yourself as the CEO will look like. Get the workbook for the Bolder Business Boundaries Boost here:
Jan 14, 2022
The Boundary Breakdown Method
Understanding what you want more time, energy and money for is the first piece to the puzzle of setting bolder business boundaries. These kind of stronger, bolder boundaries will give you the capacity to go after that big dream, goal or vision you have for your CEO life or business. Now, let’s talk about what’s not working related to those beautiful things you identified as wanting more time, money or energy for. Get the Bolder Business Boundaries Workbook here:
Jan 13, 2022
Boundaries Boost Your Capacity As A CEO
The life of an entrepreneur, business owner and CEO is not what the movies make of it. It’s a lot messier than that. Add to that if you are a mom entrepreneur with a family with chaos and uncertainty popping up all over the place, it can be a strain to move beyond survival mode in your business into thriving mode. Survival Mode often means a total devotion to the neverending todo list that you have that is often prioritized by urgency. And yet, it’s all urgent. What happens under these conditions, though, is that you’re not doing the important work that will take your business ot the next level. My hope with this challenge is to help you set Bolder Business Boundaries -- so that you are tending to the bigger picture of your business. This episode is part of a week-long series called The Bolder Business Boundaries Boost. Get on the email list and download the workbook to help you work through this Boundaries Boost.
Jan 12, 2022
Uplevel Your Business Boundaries
As the CEO of your business, you are the Queen Bee of Your Own Boundary Ecosystem. IF you have any big goals for yourself or new habits you want to start or fun things you want to do that are going to require some energy and resources, you’re going to want to develop some Bolder Business Boundaries. This is the first of a series of podcasts to help you define the boundaries you need in your business -- and for yourself. Get the FREE workbook and emails that take you a little bit deeper here:
Jan 11, 2022
The A-Factor of A Brave Yes CEO
Running a business shouldn’t feel like you are trapped. Never. I help my coaching clients dig out from that feeling of being trapped in their business — or industry — by co-creating a Brave Yes Business Blueprint that gives you a clear vision of how your want to show up as a CEO who is totally aligned with your soul’s goals. This is essential to bringing your most authentic self into your work — through your marketing sales and offers — and to cultivate audacious self-worth by activating your highest superpowers. I call this your A-Factor as a Brave Yes CEO. Sign up for the Bolder Business Boundaries Boost here:
Jan 10, 2022
What Is A Brave Yes CEO? An Intro
What Is A Brave Yes CEO? An Intro by Shawn Fink
Jan 03, 2022
My Year in Review & A Glance at the Year Ahead
PLEASE NOTE -- There is an important announcement in this episode of The Brave Yes Show that I need you to listen to if you've been a longtime follower. Hey YOU! Happy Holidays to you. I’ve been enjoying a very slow final two weeks of 2021 and I can’t tell you how needed it is. It’s been a year. So I thought I’d share my own Year in Review – and a glance at the year ahead. As I write this, it’s a Friday and I’m at my co-working space downtown and I’m looking out the big wide windows at the quiet world. And at the same time, my teenagers went off to school under some mysterious warning of a possible school shooting. It was courageous to send them to school. But honestly they didn’t even ask to stay home so I didn’t want to project my fears onto them. But to give it to you real ... I'm changing the name -- and the content slightly -- of The Brave Yes Show. On Jan. 3, the show will be rebranded to The Brave Yes CEO, a podcast for women identified CEOs. We'll explore what it means to lead authentically and bravely into our new world as entrepreneurs, changemakers and leaders. Listen to the evolution of this change in this episode! So here we go — My 2021 Year in Review
Dec 27, 2021
Soul Goals & Setting Brave Yes Intentions
What’s ONE Brave Yes Intention you have for yourself, your life or your business — for 2022? I’m hosting a very small and FREE workshop for a select few called Your Bravest Business Year Yet for any creative entrepreneur who wants to ring in 2022 with an intention of playing bigger. If this is you, please fill out the application form in the show notes. I’ll also be sharing my word of the year during this workshop. Apply now for the FREE "Your Bravest Business Year Yet" workshop with me:
Dec 06, 2021
The Courageous Act Of Starting A Business
Are you a Brave Yes Entrepreneur? Sign up for my *NEW* newsletter to get notes in between podcast episodes. TODAY's episode is for the entrepreneurs in our community because it's a big Brave Yes for sure. I talk about starting a business as a courageous act AND how it requires so many Brave Yeses to keep it going. Then I share 9 lessons learned from my own experience of being a full-time entrepreneur for the past almost 9 years. Read the episode transcript post here:
Nov 29, 2021
Scarcity Or Abundance?
Need a coach? An accountability partner on your own Brave Yes? Let's chat: Today's episode is exploring scarcity and scarcity mindset -- what it is, what it isn't and the spiritual bypassing that has been created to solve it. AND, I share three gratitude prompts to help you heal feelings of scarcity so you can cultivate more positive emotions and fuel your own capacity to do the hard things. Read the show notes here:
Nov 22, 2021
Are You In A Season Of Stagnation?
Start Your Brave Yes Discovery Deep Dive now ... Work with me 1:1 -- I have a few spaces for private coaching for creatives, creators and entrepreneurs: Head over to the blog to read the show notes:
Nov 15, 2021
A Powerful Question To Help You Lead More Courageously
The world is burning and what are YOU here to do about it? If that feels overwhelming, you're not alone. I dive into this idea of leading more courageously by walking you through one powerful question to consider. Get on the Brave Yes Newsletter here: Get the full show notes here: Please leave a review or share with a friend.
Nov 08, 2021
Are you limited by your own Capacity?
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Oct 25, 2021
Want To Be Braver? 3 Things To STOP Doing
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Oct 18, 2021
Your Invisible To Do List & Quieting The Inner Taskmaster
In my private Brave Yes Coaching, my beautiful clients — who are creators or changemakers — often talk about being frustrated that they can’t seem to make time for what matter, including their own well-being needs. But, almost always the issue is never not enough time because almost always the urgency of life has taken hold and what matters most is shoved to the sidelines. And almost always, we end up talking about your inner taskmaster. We all have one. Mine is fierce and related to her sister part of me — my inner critic. But these two are separate parts that must be addressed meaningfully.
Sep 27, 2021
Lack Of Time vs Lack Of Impact
I'M BACK! Whew, listen to this podcast to hear about why I took such a long break AND to get some inspiration for your week. I talk about my latest blog post as well: Learn more about coaching with me here:
Sep 20, 2021
5 Life Coaching Pep Talks to Help You Step Out of Languishing Mode
5 Life Coaching Pep Talks to Help You Step Out of Languishing Mode by Shawn Fink
Jul 12, 2021
The Pressure to Settle or Accept What isn't Serving You (And how to Thrive Anyway)
Sign up for the Brave Yes Newsletter here: Languishing is a no-joy land. It’s a no-pleasure space. And it’s also where so many women find themselves. This is why I have been taking you deeper into the Politics of Languishing — to explain all the reasons why women have been languishing for years. We’re languishing because we’re stuck in a power system of overworking, perfectionism, being Good Girls and putting on a strong mask even when we’re totally burned out and exhausted. Well, today I am diving into another political system we are trapped under and that is the — or sucking it up — that so many amazing, talented, star-powered women like you get stuck in stagnation and languishing rather than taking the risks — or, what I call Brave Yes Leaps — needed to show up more authentically and aligned in this unique journey of being human. Sign up for the Brave Yes Newsletter here:
Jul 06, 2021
When You're Tired of Being Strong
When You're Tired of Being Strong and There is No Other Option
Jun 28, 2021
Do You Suffer From Good Girl Syndrome?
What is Good Girl Syndrome and How Do You Know if You Suffer From It? There is no doubt that from the time we are born, being a Good Girl is instilled in us. It’s in every conversation and every parenting guideline. We move through the world teaching girls to be good. (Boys as well, but under a different set of oppressive Good Child expectations.) This is a fine line in parenting but as you grow up and become an adult it’s easy to feel the Good Child conflict within and it may be showing up for you more and more as you get older and start to see how being The Good Girl is exhausting and driving your perfectionism stress. Read this episode here: Sign up for the newsletter here: Resources mentioned in this episode: Overworking Perfectionism:
Jun 07, 2021
The Power and Destruction of Perfectionism
Jon the Brave Yes Newsletter list here: Last week, I talked about the politics of overworking and overdoing as part of my series called The Politics of Languishing, a multi-article look into the reason women have been languishing between survival mode and thriving for years. Now, I want to talk about overworking’s very close cousin — perfectionism. Nearly every woman I talk to says, proudly, she’s a perfectionist. That’s not surprising. Calling ourselves perfectionists has become a bit of a self-indulgent way to describe one’s self. However, being a perfectionist can be dangerous and unhealthy. But first, let’s dive into how we became so obsessed with perfectionism. Join the email list here:
Jun 01, 2021
The Exhausting Politics Of Overworking
Women are utterly exhausted. And, if what I believe is true — that women have been languishing for years — it’s worth it to dive into the political — small p political — traps that have led to the feeling that women cannot seem to do anything to get ahead. This series will go under the hood of the everyday political structures that my clients — and myself — have experienced that keep women feeling trapped and stuck in exhaustion and in being unable to make as much progress as they wish they could. The goal is to highlight some of these power structures and start to lean in to change them for yourself and for others. KEY SUMMARY POINTS Work is in this article is defined as anything that is not pleasure or joy. Breaking down the many layered baggage of work ethic is often a part of the coaching work I do with my high achiever clients who lean toward perfectionism and people pleasing. The tethered relationship we have with technology has played a role in our overwork that leads to extreme exhaustion. Capitalism is another part of the power structure to which we feel tied to this constant state of work. Overworking is actually causing deaths. Surprising new studies show that people who work more than 54 hours a week are at serious risk of dying from overwork. Are you trapped in Toxic Productivity mode? This is a constant state of needing to improve yourself or your life and not ever feeling satiated by those attempts. 3 ways to fight back against overworking and toxic productivity. A fun yet powerful action to take TODAY to help bring ease to all.
May 24, 2021
The Truth Is Women Have Been Languishing For Years
Join the Brave Yes Community by subscribing to the FREE newsletter: Are you languishing or flourishing?’ In a New York Times article by writer Adam Grant that went viral in April, we all nodded our heads at the fact that, yes, indeed we are languishing right now in the messy middle of this long, drawn out global pandemic. Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at Wharton and author of books such as Originals and Give and Take as well as host of the TedX podcast WorkLife, wrote in this article that we are all languishing, which he defines as the following: “Languishing is the neglected middle child of mental health. It’s the void between depression and flourishing — the absence of well-being. You don’t have symptoms of mental illness, but you’re not the picture of mental health either. You’re not functioning at full capacity. Languishing dulls your motivation, disrupts your ability to focus, and triples the odds that you’ll cut back on work. It appears to be more common than major depression — and in some ways it may be a bigger risk factor for mental illness.” Like most, I felt a big YES when I read this … that is how I am feeling. I am not used to languishing. In fact, 2020 was my best year ever for many personal and professional reasons. But 2021 has been less than thrilling for many reasons. At times it has felt exhausting and depressing. Grant wrote in his article: “Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It feels as if you’re muddling through your days, looking at your life through a foggy windshield. And it might be the dominant emotion of 2021.” So I resonated with his belief that we are languishing. Until I got to thinking more about my own research for an upcoming project and sat with the idea … and then it occured to me. Let's work together to help you build your #BraveYes path!
May 10, 2021
How To Journey Toward Wholeness
How To Journey Toward Wholeness by Shawn Fink
May 03, 2021
Ep. 24 -- Claiming Your Authentic Voice and Owning Your Story with Julie Artz
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Apr 27, 2021
Ep. 23 -- Finding Absolute Sovereignty After Motherhood With Amelia Butler
Ep. 23 -- Finding Absolute Sovereignty After Motherhood With Amelia Butler by Shawn Fink
Apr 19, 2021
Ep. 22 Embracing Your Longings After Tragedy With Michelle Currie
Ep. 22 Embracing Your Longings After Tragedy With Michelle Currie by Shawn Fink
Apr 12, 2021
Making Time For Your Dreams and Inner Longings
Making Time For Your Dreams and Inner Longings by Shawn Fink
Apr 05, 2021
Ep. 20 Moving Beyond Burnout With Nicole Lewis - Keeber
We all hit burnout at different points in our lives and when that happens we tend to just take some downtime, try to regroup and then get back to our regularly scheduled lives. This is a normal way of handling burnout. But for this week’s guest on The Brave Yes Show a little downtime wasn’t going to be enough. Nor could she even imagine what that would look like. And so her first Brave Yes — which was to leave her job as a therapist — led to her other Brave Yeses, which ultimately led her to turn her burnout story into a brand new coaching business. Nicole’s story is much like my own big Brave Yes – leaving my 9-5 job in public policy and government and going out on my own to build a coaching business. When the signs of burnout start to show up, it’s up to us to decide how to move through it. As Nicole shares so clearly and honestly life just isn’t so linear as we wish it would be. But unless we listen to ourselves, we’ll never actually live into our true purpose and passion, which denies our ability to shine authentically. Before I encourage you to click play and listen … I want to first invite you to sign up for The Brave Yes Newsletter — a FREE weekly email that will encourage you and motivate you on your own Brave Yes Journey. If joining our community and becoming more involved is your thing, please subscribe below and you’ll receive a free gift from me — my 10 Brave Yes LIving Tips to start putting into action today.
Mar 29, 2021
Ep. 19 Weighing The Costs And Choosing Authenticity Anyway With Suzette Mullen
Ep. 19 Weighing The Costs And Choosing Authenticity Anyway With Suzette Mullen by Shawn Fink
Mar 22, 2021
Ep. 18 -- Breathe In Hope, Breathe Out Fear
I'm feeling the good energy one feels after spending a positive, uplifting afternoon with other women. The spring retreat was yesterday and we really focused on exceptional well-being practices that would not only feel good but leave us lifted up and in a more optimal state emotionally and mentally. It's not the same as being in person but it's oh so good. One of the themes that came up a lot by the end of the retreat is the work that these women need to do around releasing fears. And in coaching work, this is a big part of the work we do. It's necessary to release fears in order to move forward in our lives. When we are standing up for ourselves, our beliefs, our dreams ... we are also putting ourselves out there. We are giving ourselves space to do something incredible, something novel. In this episode, I'm talking about how we need to lean toward hope -- not fear - when we are making a change in our lives.
Mar 15, 2021
Ep. 17 Putting Yourself First after Adversity with Jennifer Foxworthy
Ep. 17 Putting Yourself First after Adversity with Jennifer Foxworthy by Shawn Fink
Mar 08, 2021
Ep. 16 Reclaiming A Lost Cultural Identity With Mindy Tsonas Choi
Ep. 16 Reclaiming A Lost Cultural Identity With Mindy Tsonas Choi by Shawn Fink
Mar 01, 2021
Ep. 15 -- The Discomfort Between Comfort & Courage
In today’s Brave Yes episode, using the 3 Brave Yes Voices interviews I’ve published so far, I am taking a little time to talk about this messy middle process that happens when we say yes to a Brave Yes, what we need to do to move through it and what we find on the other side. Ready to get real about your own Brave Yes Journey? Let's chat.
Feb 22, 2021
Ep. 14 Finding Courage To Leave an Oppressive Church With Mara Irvin Clements
Ep. 14 Finding Courage To Leave an Oppressive Church With Mara Irvin Clements by Shawn Fink
Feb 15, 2021
Ep. 13 Returning To Who You Really Are With Victoria Kageni - Woodard
Sign up for the Rise Stronger Challenge now ... My guest today is Victoria Kageni-Woodard, a fashion designer and multi-passionate entrepreneur, who immigrated to the United States and ended up working in the white male dominated construction industry where she spent her days downplaying her beauty and radiance. Her Brave Yes was leaving that industry to start her own business. But really it was returning home to herself. Victoria grew up in Kenya and is a wife, mother of 4 and fashion designer. When she moved to the US she began working in the construction business where she was able to cultivate a spirit of unity and maintain her integrity in a white male dominated industry. She is now the creative force behind Gusa by Victoria, a women’s clothing line that infuses her African heritage into working women clothing. She is also the mother of a child on the autism spectrum which has propelled her in all that she does in her life.
Feb 08, 2021
EP 12: Walking a Brave Middle Path with Your Mother with Karen C.L. Anderson
It’s not easy to be yourself when it seems like everyone — even your mother — wants you to be someone else. And, it’s not easy to communicate your needs. So … When we make the Brave Yes™ decision to do just that, we are stepping more fully into being our authentic selves — and living our truth — AND we are creating an energy of courage. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not scary, or that it is easy to do — or that it’s done lightly without thought or effort. Not at all. Today, my Brave Yes Show guest did just that — with her mother. This episode is the first in a series called Brave Yes Voices. Over the next 10 weeks or so, I’ll be sharing different Brave Yes stories with you to highlight just SOME of the ways you can make a Brave Yes Leap yourself in order to be more fully you and to live in pure soul alignment. My first guest is sharing her Brave Yes story about how she has learned to walk the brave middle path with her mother … both accepting herself (and not running away) and as a result being able to experience her mother differently so they can stay in relationship. Karen C.L. Anderson is a master-certified life coach and author who has helped hundreds of smart, creative women use the difficult relationships they have with their mothers as a catalyst for growth. Sign up for the Rise Stronger in 2021 Challenge here:
Feb 01, 2021
The Power Of Discovering Your Strengths
Your strengths are your superpowers. Your strengths are what will carry you through these hard times. Your strengths are what have already carried you through. So why do you focus so much on your weaknesses? In today's episode, I'm sharing a bit more of the first lesson in the Rise Stronger Challenge that many of you have gone through already this year. Today, I'm focusing on the power of getting to know yourself — and the secret of being YOU. Get on my email list and start the Rise Stronger in 2021 Challenge -- the free version closes on Feb. 1.
Jan 26, 2021
Permission To Explore Your Brave Yes
Sign up for the Rise Stronger in 2021 7-Day Challenge Now: You get one life. You get this one precious life to do something amazing. To live in pure soul alignment. To lead with joy. Or to make an impact. And yet ... perhaps you are just dialing it all in right now and laying low. Hiding in your comfort zone. Hiding from all the hard things of the world. If you're going to change this world you are going to have to be on the frontlines. You have to roll up your sleeves and get to it.
Jan 18, 2021
Permission To Unearth Your Passions
One of my favorite RAVES that I get from my clients is how I helped them get back to themselves again. This is often done through journaling. But it can be through any medium, honestly. How You Return to yourself isn't the point ... so long as you do. So many women feel lost, as if they are just going through the motions of their life. If this is you, this latest Brave Yes episode is for you. Far too many women are walking around in this world not knowing themselves having spent too many years focused on tending to others and making sure other people shine and thrive. Like your kids. Like your co-workers and boss. Like your partner. Like your friends or family members. Well, when is it your time to shine? And that's what this show is about today. Giving you the permission to dive into your own "innerhood" to figure out what lights you up, what sets you on fire and what gives you purpose and meaning. This is the BEST time to Connect with YOURSELF. This is the time to learn how to become your own BFF. This is your chance to focus on mothering yourself in the most rich, nourishing possible way. As a coach who often helps women re-create their careers and find their bold, authentic life path, I find this inner work to be the most powerful work women can for for themselves. And yet I do realize many are afraid to look under the surface of themselves too much. But it can be fun! I promise. So I thought it would be fun to share with you some 5 ways you can Unearth Your Passion in a Quiet Pandemic Winter. I think this time of the year is always perfect for this kind of inner work. But especially so right now during this crisis where thriving in place is the goal. If you are interested in learning more about yourself and your strengths, I invite you to join my Rise Stronger in 2021 Challenge. It's designed to give you 6 science-backed tools to bring you greater well-being and resilience. Each day for 7 days, you will receive an email from me with a new element to explore and sink into in your real life. I hope each element will inspire you to do things a little differently so you can be stronger for whatever you choose to do in 2021 or whatever comes your way. Sign up now.
Jan 04, 2021
Permission To Rise Stronger In 2021
Are you ready for the New Year? What is the New Year calling from you? Resolutions. Intentions. Wishes. Promises. That all sounds good this time of the year when we are desperate for a fresh start, especially a fresh start after the most ridiculous, challenging year any of us can remember. But here's the thing. Unless you address the underlying foundation of your own wellness, any goals you set are going to feel like just one more thing to do. So, this episode is dedicated to the permission slip to focus on rising stronger so you have the energy and the stamina to handle anything. Sign up for the Rise Stronger 7-Day Challenge here:
Dec 28, 2020
Permission To Celebrate Your Mistakes
Sign up now for my Rise Stronger in 2021 Free 7-Day Challenge I spend a lot of time talking to my clients — and my teenage daughters — about how to avoid making mistakes. But the truth is that we learn so much better from our mistakes than we do from our successes. In this imperfect year of 2020 I thought it would be fun to lead you through a few questions and my share my own stories of MY mistakes in 2020 and the celebrations behind each and every one of them. Oh, and a, bonus ... I'll throw in a prompt at the end to help you celebrate your wins as well. Because we're all about honoring it ALL around here. Sign up for my Rise Stronger in 2021 7-Day Challenge now. In this challenge, I will walk you through the 6 Well-Being Strategies for Being Stronger and Calmer in your life so you can handle all the hard things to come. Let's face it, the hard stuff doesn't go away. It just changes. Being human is hard. Period. The Rise Stronger in 2021 is ideal if you're feeling a bit like you are spiraling into a negative, downward spiral of resentment and anger and frustration with those you love and work with.
Dec 22, 2020
Permission To Journey Toward Wholeness
For the longest time I was operating compartmentalized. All the parts of me were scattered about. There was the me as a working mom. There was the me as a thriving business owner. There was the me as a dreamer. There was the me as a social justice activist and anti-racist. There then there is this: the highly open-minded spiritual me. Then one day this year, I decided I needed to bring all the parts of me together into one whole. The best place to start the journey to your own wholeness is to tend to ALL the parts of you. My whole wellness inventory toolkit is the perfect way to do this. You can text the word stronger to 55444 to sign up for that to be delivered to your inbox right now. Or, use this link: When we give ourselves permission to start the journey to wholeness an exciting new world opens up for us. We are given the gift of adventure into who we are and what brings us joy — so that we can make a bigger impact in the world. My well-being inventory is just one way to start this journey. You can find lots of self-discovery tools all over the Internet and in many books. But I prefer to just start taking action. Baby steps into finding your wholeness begins with you choosing to say a brave yes. Again, if you want to assess all the parts of your well-being, text the word stronger to 55444 and you'll get the well-being inventory sent to your inbox just like magic. Kind of. Have a beautiful week.
Dec 14, 2020
Permission To Shake Things Up
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results. So why then ... are we such creatures of habit? In this episode, I'm exploring a struggle that many of my clients have around starting new habits and breaking old ones. I'm also sharing my own story of shaking things up and why I felt I needed to do something pretty crazy in 2020 like changing my coaching business name. This story is personal AND explains the concept behind The Brave Yes name as well. In my upcoming Soulfully Aligned Virtual Retreat coming up this week you will have the opportunity to learn powerful new ways to shake things up in your life for the winter — and 2021. Your retreat registration begins with a 20+ page workbook to use before, during and after our time together — encouraging you with the reminders you need to breathe and to push through your beautiful life. During the retreat I will give you an excuse to put your life on pause to breathe and I will give you the inspiration and wisdom to dig deep for the push you need to keep going and keep showing up for yourself. A link for the retreat is in the show notes or find it at [](
Dec 07, 2020
Permission To Thrive In Place
There seem to be two schools of thought right now. The camp that says that right now during this pandemic is when you should be PUSHING yourself to be amazing and doing amazing things. Or, there's the camp that says this time is hard, give yourself a break and sit on the couch and forgive yourself for doing absolutely nothing with yourself. Well, I am in the third camp ... Camp Middle Ground. In this episode of The Brave Yes, I'm sharing a bit about finding balance between being an over-achiever and a total slacker. This is about finding that place between over-performing and under-performing. Contact me to set up a FREE Rise Stronger Workshop for your frontline or essential worker team. Learn more about my upcoming Soulfully Aligned Virtual Retreat on Dec. 13 here: Read the blog post for this show here:
Nov 30, 2020
Permission To Breathe Then Push
We simply aren't meant to run full steam 24/7. Not even 12 of the 24 hours. So why are women thinking they need to? Today we're going to explore one of my favorite coaching concepts ... honoring the time to push and the time to breathe. Sign up for the upcoming Soulfully Aligned Retreat here: BOOK RECOMMENDATION: See No Stranger by Valarie Kaur (amazon link) In my upcoming Soulfully Aligned Virtual Retreat on Dec. 13 we will be doing a lot of breathing AND pushing. I want to set you up to feel replenished and uplifted SO that you have the energy and motivation to keep going, to keep pushing. The retreat begins with a 20+ page workbook to use before, during and after our time together — encouraging you with the reminders you need to breathe and to push through your beautiful life. During the retreat I will give you an excuse to put your life on pause to breathe and I will give you the inspiration and wisdom to dig deep for the push you need to keep going and keep showing up for yourself. A link for the retreat is in the show notes or find it at [](
Nov 23, 2020
Permission To Align With Your Soul
Hello! Welcome to the first episode of The Brave Yes. I am so thrilled you are here, listening. The Brave Yes is going to be a journey through the many inner revolutions -- the many Brave Yeses -- you need to experience as you move into being more fully YOU. Today, I'm sharing the first episode in my 2020 series -- called Permission. Learn more about my Soulfully Aligned Winter Retreat here:
Nov 16, 2020
Permission to Choose Courage Over Comfort
Dear Ones -- It is with GREAT excitement that I get to tell you today about a new beginning that is unfolding for me and my work. I am so excited to bring you along with me on this new journey. Today's episode goes right along with the work that I've been leaning toward over the past year -- helping YOU be YOU. And with that ... sometimes it means choosing courage over comfort. I'll be sharing so much more about this but know and trust that my goal has always been and will always remain the same here -- to help YOU shine in this world. Read the blog post here as well.
Nov 12, 2020
How To Find Your Lost Self
Every year that our children get older, a little more mature and a whole lot more independent becomes an opportunity for us, as mothers, to go deeper into who we really are as women. Motherhood changed me inside out. And, for the better for sure. I love who I am now. But figuring it all out wasn’t easy. I am hardly the same woman I used to be before children. It’s so easy to get lost in the motherlode of raising children who need so much from us at any given moment. But you can climb your way back out with time, space and attention to yourself. The reality is that getting to know ourselves while raising children takes intentional work. It takes time and space. It takes creative action and progress. And when we slow down and find connection to ourselves in the life we have, we open up an amazing amount of space in our life and minds for self-discovery, which helps us find our happy place in this life that all-too-often puts ourselves last. When we finally make time for what understanding what makes us happy, we’re calmer and more patient mothers and our whole family benefits. We all need to know how to stand out in the land of motherhood rather than get totally overwhelmed by it. Listen to this episode for my 3 strategies you need to find yourself in the midst of the rubble of motherhood and 2020. Does private coaching appeal to you? Learn more or book a FREE coaching discovery call here:
Oct 29, 2020