Find Your Awesome with Kristin Mayer

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Kristin Mayer: “Don’t be afraid to take that step.”

In 2010, Kristin Mayer launched Betty Designs with a backpack full of cycling jerseys, tank tops and a round-trip ticket to Kona. Now seven years later, Betty Designs is a one-stop-shop for premium women's cycling, swim and triathlon gear. But don't think for one minute that Mayer's success is a fluke. She's been intimately involved with the triathlon community as both a designer and an athlete since 1996. She's designed custom kits for some of the best in the business. Her past client roster includes companies like AVIA, Her Sports + Fitness magazine, K-Swiss, Ryka, Triathlete Magazine, World Triathlon Corporation and Zoot, not to mention countless professional athletes. 

Her edgy designs continue to push the envelope blending high fashion elements with performance apparel. "I launched Betty Designs in the fall of 2010 in order to bring something different to women's triathlon and cycling clothing. I wanted to marry my love for fashion and surf culture into bold, edgy designs for the endurance athlete", says Mayer. She has the mindset of an athlete, the vision of a designer and the connections of an industry insider.  

This conversation was so much fun. We talk about the creation and evolution of Betty Designs and of Kristin herself. Kristin shares how trusting her gut and making big leaps have brought her to where she is today. She opens up about her biggest failure and how resilience and being courageous through fear have led to her success today. We cover force vs. flow, along with intuition and inspiration. She shares her thoughts about what a badass is and what “do epic shit” means to her. And she opens up about trying to raise a brave, open-hearted teenager. This episode is fun and real and inspiring. I hope you have as much fun listening to it as we did creating it.

Nuggets:

“I’m always scared when I take the leap—every single time—but there’s something about that that just lights my soul on fire.”

“I don’t want to be the one standing out, but I want women to feel that it’s okay to own who they are.”

“There’s something about triathlon. I learned every year that I competed how to push myself a little bit more and I tried to better myself and that was incredibly empowering for me.”

“I built this brand because it’s things I wanted myself.”

“When you get away from that intuitive sense, it’s like you’re forcing it and intuition is not anything that is forced.”

“I was so overwhelmed at that time in my life. Everything was so overwhelming and big to me, and bigger than me, that I couldn’t see that simple thing in front of me. I couldn’t see that I could take that one step right there, that I didn’t have to go all the way to the top of the mountain.”

“If I overthink, it’s not happening.”

“I think the overriding theme of my entire life would be ‘just don’t be afraid to take that step.’”

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Kristin started Betty Designs

  • How being a heart-driven, emotionally driven, intuitive woman has helped Kristin create her brand and her life

  • About Kristin’s biggest failure—and how it led to her success

  • How she’s raising a teenager with an open dialogue

 

Check out
http://bettydesigns.com/

And follow Kristin on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter:
@bettydesigns

Music: bensound.com

Find Your Awesome with Nicholas George

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Nicholas George:
“When vulnerability knocks on your door, you have to open it.”

Nicholas George is a 19-year veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, a Professionally Certified Coach and a Men’s Mentor who helps people tap into their limitless potential using strategies and techniques to expand their consciousness in leadership, self-empowerment and wellness. In addition to his coaching practice, LivConsciously, Nicholas is a founder of the wellness initiative Active 8 Life and is a co-creator of The Hero’s Movement.

Nicholas’ passion of connection and service were born in the wake of his own personal storms in which he was given the opportunity to reach deeper to discover connection to his own universal self. As Nicholas evolves on his own personal journey of discovery, he strives to help others do the same by freeing the potential that every person has inside of them.

In this episode, we really dig into vulnerability and what it means for men, for parents and for all humans. We talk about managing our energy and emotions and investing in our own wellness. And we talk about Santa Claus. Nicholas drops a whole lotta wisdom in this episode, so lean in and listen closely.

Nuggets:

“When I get past everything I know, I realize I don’t know a damn thing.”

“I used to have a really hard time being with my own anger and being with other people’s anger. And once I started accepting anger, things started to change exponentially for me because I realized that anger is a cover for vulnerability.”

“If vulnerability shows up, it’s there to bring you the truth.”

“Acceptance is about surrender and trusting yourself.”

“I don’t think vulnerability is meant to be faced alone until you’ve practiced for a bit.”

“The energy you experience does not belong to you. Let it flow through you.”

“We maintain everything. We take care of our cars and our houses and for whatever reason we seem to be at the bottom of the list. When the cars are gone and the houses are torn down, you’re still going to be there. You have to invest in your personal wellness.”

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why Nicholas and his son still believe in Santa Claus

  • How to hold your children without holding onto their pain

  • How Nicholas stopped fighting vulnerability

  • How to experience another person’s energy without holding onto it for them

 

Learn more about Nicholas at: 
https://www.livconsciously.com/

Follow him on Instagram and Facebook:
@LivConsciously

Music: bensound.com

Find Your Awesome with Elizabeth McCourt

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Elizabeth McCourt:
“Screw the rules.”

Elizabeth McCourt is a certified leadership coach, speaker, author and the President and Founder of McCourt Leadership Group. She works with high-level individuals and teams as a strategic partner in both their professional and personal goals. Elizabeth is on a mission to help people embrace their own resilience with the mindset that ‘wins’ don’t always have to be spectacular, they can be small and impactful.

Elizabeth just completed her first novel Sin in the Big Easy, which will be published in March 2018. We talk about the process of writing a book. We discuss grit, resilience, failure and freedom from perfectionism. If you’re chasing a dream, whether it’s writing a book, starting a business or finishing a race, this conversation is for you. 

Nuggets:

“If you say, ‘I don’t think you can do that,’ then that is my impetus to say, ‘oh, you watch me.’”

“The flaws of a person can be the most beautiful part of them.”

“When I gave myself permission to have fun and enjoy it, it just started flowing.”

“The people that I love that aren’t here anymore have made me braver.”

“We can let fear derail us or we can turn it into motivation.”

“Celebrate the little wins as much as you do the big wins.”

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How giving herself permission to quit helped Elizabeth persevere after feedback derailed her
  • How she found freedom in giving herself permission to produce crap
  • How letting go of other people’s opinions and her desire “to do it right” led to freedom
  • How she uses her own failures to inspire others to be courageous

Learn more about Elizabeth at
www.mccourtleadership.com

Follow her at
www.twitter.com/ecmccourt

Watch her TEDx talk at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhHiUGLcn_U

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Music: bensound.com

Find Your Awesome with Peter McDougall

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Peter McDougall:
Leaning Into Uncertainty

In September 2016, my husband and I sold our house in Maine and hit the road. We’ve been traveling throughout the United States and sharing a small camper with our dog ever since. Pete and I sat down to share what this unplanned nomadic journey has been like for us. We talk about comfort zones, control, uncertainty and choice.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Pete went from loving (and depending on) comfort zones to finding joy and excitement in uncertainty
  • How close we came to settling for a situation that was “fine” and how we called ourselves out before it was too late
  • How we use our very different strengths to make this nomadic life work
  • Plus some tales from the road

Read more about our adventures at:
https://chocksup.wordpress.com/

Music: bensound.com

Find Your Awesome with Natasha Lindor

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Natasha Lindor:
“Energy is Everything.”

The daughter of parents who immigrated to the United States from Haiti for a better life, Natasha Lindor grew up believing a top-notch education and a relentless work ethic unlocked the door to success. After checking all the boxes, including degrees from two high-ranking universities and a 15-year climb up the ladder of soul-sucking success, Natasha hired a coach for a work-life balance upgrade and traded in her corporate heels to help others invite more purpose, passion and possibility into life and work. Today Natasha is the go-to career and lifestyle success coach for uncompromising professionals who want to be more than a job title. She teaches women how to succeed with soul so they can live, love and work on their terms. This was such a fun conversation. Natasha’s energy is electric and joyful. Prepare to learn and smile.

Nuggets:

“When we try to make ourselves fit into something, that’s when we get frustrated and bored.”

“Surrounding yourself with people who are not settling and who are going after what they want helps to create some momentum for you as a reminder that you can create whatever you want.”

“Social media can be a source of inspiration or desperation.”

“We’re all intuitive. It gets beat down because school is all about logic, facts and information. That’s important, but the fun part is listening to your unique programming for fun and ease and joy.”

“The more women are listening to their own intuition on their best way to be, the better off we’re all going to be.”

“My parents came here for a better life. I got the education, but really I didn’t feel like I was having that much of a better life than they anticipated. My parents worked really hard, but they had a purpose—to send me and my sister to good schools. I was working really hard, but the purpose wasn’t there.”

In this episode, you’ll learn:

·      How Natasha manifested her dream home in Hawaii

·      How to hold out for what you know is right

·      How Natasha met her husband by feeding her own soul

·      How tapping into her intuition helped her experience more play, fun and joy

·      How she transitioned from a corporate career to a life and career that she created

·      How allowing yourself to truly feel your feelings leads to a richer life

Learn more about Natasha at
https://theandfactor.com/

Music: bensound.com

Find Your Awesome with Meg Haines

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Meg Haines:
“Love is the only thing that’s real.”

Meg Haines is an intuitive life coach, a healer and a spiritual teacher. She helps women create a loving relationship with themselves, deepen their spiritual connection and share their gift authentically so they can serve the world in the way they were always meant to. Meg has trained under world-respected teachers including Doreen Virtue, Brian Weiss, John Holland and Robert Holden and has earned certifications in Coaching, Angel Therapy™, Past Life Regression, Reiki I & II and Integrated Energy Therapy™. And, perhaps more importantly, Meg is love. In this powerful conversation, she shares her own spiritual journey and walks us through her continuous growth. She shares how she went from “why is this happening to me” to “this is happening for me.” Meg explains what it means to plug into divine connection and shares her own experience with the divine feminine. Meg is a powerful mentor with a huge heart. She’s wise, funny and approachable. Open your ears and your hearts as you tune into this hour of magic.   

Nuggets:

“We’re all in it together. We’re all on our journey together. And no matter whether you’re in an ebb or a flow moment, you’re perfect exactly where you are. [It’s okay to] have no expectations for yourself or your growth or where you should be, but just to allow yourself to be in the process.”

“It’s just showing up everyday in the best way that you can. And that’s why you have a practice—to help you do that.”

“We think we have to figure this life thing out all by ourselves and that’s what makes us struggle.”

“Joy is your purpose.”

“We’re really just here to learn and to grow and to love and to be open to joy. And to find beauty and magic in our connections. And, yes, we’re here to do things. And yes, we’re here to birth and manifest beautiful things into the world—game-changing things into the world—but we want to enjoy it too.”

In this episode, you’ll learn:

·      The story of Meg’s spiritual journey

·      What it means to plug into divine connection

·      How to navigate the 21st century as an empath

·      How thinking of life as a reality game helps Meg stay connected with what matters

·      How to connect with your angels

·      What the divine feminine is

·      How to balance being and doing

·      How to create a gratitude practice (especially for perfectionists)

·      How Meg went from “why is this happening to me” to “this is all happening for me”

Learn more about Meg at
meghaines.com

Music: bensound.com

Find Your Awesome with Amy Dixon

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Amy Dixon:
“In losing my sight, I actually gained more vision.”

It was such an honor to kick off the Own Your Awesome podcast with a conversation with Amy Dixon. Amy lost 98% of her sight due to a rare type of Uveitis and is now using her gift to break down barriers and inspire others. An internationally-ranked paratriathlete, Amy recently became the first female blind athlete to complete an Xterra triathlon. She will be competing in the World Championships in Rotterdam in September and has her sights on the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Amy also works as a patient advocate and travels the globe as a motivational speaker, all with her guide dog Woodstock by her side. Amy is a bright light with so much wisdom to share. This conversation blew me away and I am so excited to share it with you.

Nuggets:

“People can adapt to anything.”

“You are entirely in charge of the conversation in your head.”

“In losing my sight, I actually gained more vision.”

“Surround yourself with people who are good at things you’re not good at.”

In this episode, you’ll learn:

·      How Amy’s blindness progressed

·      How blindness led Amy to her start in triathlon only 4 years ago

·      How she found the gifts in visual impairment

·      Amy’s definition of grit and the role grit plays in her life

·      How she went from being a self-described “egomaniac” to leading with empathy

·      How she learned to ask for help

·      Amy’s tricks for staying present

·      Her secret weapon for digging deep in races

·      How Amy uses gratitude, perspective and joy to live her best life and perform her best

 

Learn more about Amy at
amydixonusa.com

Music: bensound.com