Ready for honest and vulnerable conversations that will inspire you towards action? Join Noonday Collection Founder Jessica Honegger as she asks compelling guests about their stories, their tips, and their lessons on living lives of purpose by leaving comfort and going scared. Whether she’s picking someone’s brain about parenting styles or asking the CEO of a billion-dollar company about their professional pitfalls, expect these genuine conversations to be your weekly dose of motivation.
As International Justice Mission’s Regional President of North America, Melissa Russell is leading a huge team of people in the work of protecting the poor from violence. Her honesty about her faults (and strengths!), as well as a fierce determination to equip all of us in the work of justice, has been seminal in the global movement to end slavery. And on top of that, she just so happens to be one of Jessica’s best friends! Today, these dear friends talk about leadership, collaboration, and a little girl named Esther. This one will tug at your heart.
When Amena Brown steps on stage, she carries with her not only a life full of experiences, but the ability to communicate her journey through a deep, vulnerable, hilarious, and bold artistic voice. Today, Amena and Jessica talk about the power of vulnerability and how we can change the messages that play on a loop in our mind. Plus, Amena shares the amazing story of collaborating with THE Tracee Ellis Ross!
Doesn’t every little girl dream about trying out for American Gladiator on the day of her wedding? Well Ally Davidson did just that – and won the competition! But it was what she did after the win that may surprise you. As Jessica and Ally talk about the journey of opening the life-changing fitness experience, Camp Gladiator, they’ll challenge all of us to consider how we spend our time, what our purpose is, and how we’re leveraging our life to make an impact on the world!
To celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Heather Avis is joining Jessica for an incredible conversation about inclusion and advocacy. Heather is not only an Instagram star and mom to three adopted kids—two with Down Syndrome— but she has made it her mission to introduce the world to the unique gifts of those pushed to the edges of society. This is an episode that will leave you inspired and saying to everyone, “Hi! What’s your name?”
How many of us have looked in the mirror and said things we’d never say to another person? This is the reality for so many of us who struggle, deeply, with simply accepting our body – let alone loving it. Today, Jessica and Hillary have a deeply personal and practical conversation about body image, raising healthy daughters, and re-framing our internal monologue to be one of health and love.
As an author, speaker, spiritual director, retreat guide and yoga instructor, Phileena Heuertz is passionate about spirituality and making the world a better place. Today we’re spending time with Phileena in considering what really grounds us. So take a break and listen to Jessica and Phileena as they share their own journey of “contemplative spirituality.” And after you listen, be sure to check out the recent Going Scared episode featuring Phileena’s husband Chris Heuertz, author of the popular book The Sacred Enneagram.
It’s important that we talk about anxiety and depression. Because in one form or another, we’re all on the journey of better mental health and searching for renewal. Yet the “fix” for our symptoms isn’t always clear, and often we feel alone in the struggle. Today, long-time friends Rebekah and Jessica take us through their own stories and give practical advice. We hope the honesty of this conversation is helpful for your life and story!
What if you took every business and life lesson you’ve ever learned and tossed it out the window – would you be crazy? Suzy Batiz doesn’t think so. Forged by a life marked with struggle, innovation, and bravery, Suzy challenges what it means to be content and how we can be fulfilled – now. Today, Jessica sits down with Suzy who bravely shares the story of her life and how she’s re-framing entrepreneurship.
From being mentored by Mother Teresa, to launching South Asia’s first pediatric AIDS care home, to writing the incredibly inspirational The Sacred Enneagram – Chris Heuertz possesses a special blend of wisdom and insight. Today, Chris and Jessica talk about his incredible journey, the importance of community, and how every number of the Enneagram tackles grief and loss.
There are two things you’re going to notice about Simon Bailey. First, his laugh – it’s the best! And second, his unwavering belief that for people to build the future they’re hoping for, they must be fearless. Today, Jessica and Simon have a really fascinating and wide-ranging conversation on attitude, relationships, divorce, and going scared!
Most people know Heather Land from her viral and hilarious “I Ain’t Doin’ It” videos. But what may surprise you is Heather’s journey and her decision to be bold in the midst of a crazy upheaval in her life.
Today, Heather and Jessica get deep into what it’s like becoming famous, life after home school, and the aftermath of addiction.
How does a promising tech. wiz go from surviving alone in the wilderness (for a long time!) to starting the incredible children’s book company, Literati? Well, her story and her path will surprise you and give you the courage to do things you’ve never done before.
Today, Jessica and Jessica sit down in the Noonday office to discuss life, courage, entrepreneurship, and – wait for it – fishing!
After a brief summer break, Going Scared is back and better than ever! And what better way to kick off our new season than with the fabulous Lauren Scruggs Kennedy. Lauren is a celebrated lifestyle blogger, advocate for individuals with limb differences, and non-stop, high-energy entrepreneur. You’re going to love her. Today, Lauren shares her amazing journey with Jessica and inspires all of us to live lives of bravery and purpose!
We all know that choosing to be content with what we have is the better way to live. Yet so often we find ourselves thinking, “If only I could afford that, or weighed that much, or had this kind of marriage – my life would be so much better.” So many of us struggle with contentment, which is why Jessica’s conversation with Rachel Cruze is so important. Rachel is the bestselling author of The Contentment Journal, a 90-day journey towards contentment. Today, Rachel gives us some really practical knowledge about loving the life you have, and not someone else’s. And as a bonus, we’ll get some insider knowledge about what it was like growing up the home of famed financial guru, Dave Ramsey.
Luvvie Ajayi is the hilarious and honest author of “I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.” In addition she’s the writer of of the super-popular AwesomelyLuvvie.com, host of an amazing podcast titled, “Rants and Randomness,” and just launched yet another podcast with Yvonne Orji called “Jesus and Jollof”! Luvvie is an amazing person, and today she and Jessica talk about pop-culture, media, race, friendship, social justice and – why not – beauty products. Get ready to laugh!
Remember when you were little and you played “pretend” for hours on end? Except for you, it wasn’t pretending. You really were someone else and you could fly, dance, tumble, and sing just like that person. Well Todd Herman is trying to harness that childlike imagination to help us adults release the power inside of us. Today, Jessica and Todd get deep into what it means to have an alter ego and why it’s so important to literally put on the cloak of our idealized self.
Today you get to drop in on SXSW and listen to a special conversation between good friends Jessica Honegger and Jen Hatmaker! They’re talking about Jessica’s book, Imperfect Courage, what it means to go scared, and what kind of courage is required to start – and stay.
How many times have we told ourselves to “stay in the moment” or “it’s the journey, not the destination?” Well today, Jessica and our guest Jordan Lee Dooley talk about just that. These friends get into what it means to celebrate the journey and not just get hung up on the outcomes. From finding mentors, to networking efficiently, to supporting other women – this is an episode you’ll need to listen to a few times!
Alexander McClean is the Founder and Director General of African Prisons Project. This organization empowers changemakers within prisons who will use the law to bring justice to some of the world’s most vulnerable. Alexander and his team are based in London, UK, and work in East Africa – particularly in Kenya and Uganda – with men, women and children. They provide legal training and services, as well as improving prison conditions through libraries, health awareness and life-skills. Today, Alexander and Jessica talk about the state of the East African prison system as well as how Alexander saw a problem in the world and took bold steps to change it. If there’s an issue in the world that you care about or there’s some injustice that breaks your heart – today’s episode will matter a great deal to you.
Emily P. Freeman is a writer, creative director, and spiritual mentor who helps create space for the soul to breathe so people can walk in step with their calling. Today, Emily brings her unique brand of steady, thoughtful, reflective wisdom to Going Scared. Sit back and savor Emily and Jessica’s conversation conversation as they discuss how all of us can create space in our lives, gain some perspective, and become empowered to do the next right thing.
Mandy Arioto is on a mission. In her life and in her new book she is challenging us not just to have moments of fun – but to live lives that are remarkable and defined by joy. Yet that’s ofter easier said than done, right? Today, Jessica and Mandy talk about the dedication it takes to have more fun and how all of us can do things right now that will empower us to enjoy life! Oh, and they also talk about Hallmark movies, rock climbing, and vasectomies. It’s a great conversation!
Hal Elrod’s story is, quite frankly, insane. As someone who has defeated death (twice!) Hal is uniquly qualified to share his thoughts on how we can truly live.
Today, Jessica and Hal not only chat about his amazing journey, but how through persistence, tenacity, and just doing the things you’ve got to do – we can achieve more than we’ve ever thought possible.
Are you tired? Of course you are! We all are. That’s why today’s conversation between Dr Saundra Dalton-Smith and Jessica is so important.
As a board-certified internal medicine physician and the author of her new book, “Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity,” Dr. Dalton-Smith has a lot to teach us about getting quality, lasting, and rejuvenating rest.
Today on a very special episode, Jessica hosts a roundtable with Liz Bohannon and Molly Stillman. Liz is the Founder and CEO of the ethical fashion brand Sseko Designs, and Molly is the curator of the Still Being Molly blog and Business with Purpose podcast.
Together, these friends cover a lot of ground. From The Office to entrepreneurship to the importance of fair trade – this is a hilarious and inspiring episode. Enjoy!
With a lofty title like “Publisher of Forbes Magazine,” you’d think that Rich Karlgaard was a young, scrappy go-getter who was groomed for greatness at an early age. But that’s just not Rich’s story. Today he sits down with Jessica and talks about what it meant for him to buck the traditional trends of early achievement and how his story can influence our own aspirations and parenting styles.
If you’ve ever used social media for anything other than sharing pictures of dogs and cute kids – this is your episode. This week, photographer and business strategist Jasmine Star takes us to social media school and teaches entrepreneurs how to build a brand, market it on social media, and create a life they love.
What does it mean to be home? Alan Graham has leveraged his life’s work to answer that question. Today, Alan and Jessica discuss his revolutionary Community First! Village—a 27-acre master planned development in northeast Austin that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness.
And in this discussion about what it means to be chronically homeless, Alan teaches all of us the importance of being in community and loving our neighbor.
Reshma Saujani is a pretty incredible person. First, she is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. And as if that wasn’t enough, she is also the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress, a viral TED speaker, and the author of a new book, “Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder.”
Today, Reshma and Jessica take us inside what it looks like to be a little less perfect (even forgoing spellcheck!) to make room for the things that matter. In addition, Reshma shares some incredible advice for raising daughters who aren’t afraid to fail.
John Ruhlin has no problem with being called a master networker. Because to John, networking is not some cheap sales tactic, but a vital way to connect and build long-term relationships. Which, we all need. From sales, to breaking into a new friend-group, to navigating the treacherous waters of the PTA, we could all use a little help fostering deep networking relationships.
Today, John is giving us the gift of effective networking. With his revolutionary “Giftology” approach to building connections, John and Jessica discover what it means to communicate value and deepen relationships.
Today we celebrate the stories, lives, and empowerment of women. Joining Jessica are three amazing Noonday artisans: Moon Sharma, Jalia Matovu, and Anne Nzilani. These four friends sit around the table and get deep into what it means to be a woman who lives of dignity and purpose.
Anne Mahlum is an entrepreneur who builds businesses with purpose. From Back on My Feet, a non-profit she founded in 2007 to change the way those who experience homelessness see themselves, to [solidcore], a fast-growing boutique fitness company – Anne uses her story and her passion to change the lives of countless people. Today, Anne gets personal with Jessica on her life story, her drive to succeed, and her path to becoming a double-entrepreneur.
There’s a good chance you already know who Dominique Dawes is. She was a gymnast who competed in three Olympic Games, winning team medals in all of them – becoming the only American gymnast to do so. She was part of the “Magnificent Seven” at the 1996 Atlanta Games. And if that wasn’t enough, she is the first female African-American gymnast to win an individual medal. But these days, Dominique faces a task that she says is drastically more challenging than gymnastics ever was – motherhood. Today, Jessica and Dominique get deep into what makes an athlete, and what life is like when the competition ends.
Today on a very special Valentine’s Day episode, Jessica and Joe take us deep inside their marriage. From courtship to navigating marriage, kids, and business – Joe and Jessica are giving us the real, funny, and emotional story.
From a very early age, Tiffany Aliche understood the value of a dollar (and a power bill). But like so many of us, she made some financial missteps that led her to reexamine her own views of money, and how she manages it. Today, Tiffany, aka “The Budgetnista,” inspires others to manage their money in a way that helps them reach their goals and turn their dreams into reality. Today, Jessica and Tiffany have an incredibly helpful and practical conversation about spending, saving, and taking control of your financial life!
Following the death of her father and subsequent child abuse when she was five, Becca Stevens dedicated herself to creating a loving community for survivors. In 1997 she opened Thistle Farms. Thistle Farms is a women’s residence that provides free housing, medical care, therapy and education. In addition, the Global Market of Thistle Farms helps employ more than 1,800 women worldwide. This week, Jessica and Becca have an honest, funny, and inspiring conversation about what it looks like to restart your life and turn tragedy into healing.
From a harrowing medical journey to the New York Times bestseller list, Danielle Walker has an incredible story to share. Diagnosed at 22 with a debilitating autoimmune disease, she suffered for years until one day, she started cooking. Today, Jessica walks with her friend Danielle though her journey, as well as her dogged determination to restart her healing, over and over again.
Myquillyn Smith is helping us with our “Restart” series by giving us wisdom to (yet again) tackle our homes in a way that adds more, but costs less! Jessica and Myquillyn chat about what it means to decorate your home in a way that isn’t necessarily perfect, but is beautiful and purposeful.
Well it’s that time of year again, the time to make resolutions – and, let’s be honest, break them. But what if you knew yourself better? What if you understood your core tendencies and didn’t focus on a “new you,” but rather a better understanding of what really drives you? Today, Jessica chats with bestselling author, speaker, podcast host and blogger Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen’s work on our four core tendencies will get us all restarted on our goals and set us up for success and happiness in the new year!
Steph Gaudreau’s mission is to help us think about our bodies and minds in loving, healthy ways. Yet so often we spiral in the messages we tell ourselves and chase some elusive goal that’s just not realistic. Today, on our last show of the year, Steph chats with Jessica about the peaks and valleys of dieting as well as what we can do to better care for ourselves.
Sometimes inspiration strikes at unforeseen and surprising times. Such is the case with Adelle Archer who, in her quest to honor her friend and mentor who had recently died, created a multi-million dollar business. Eterneva allows people to take the ashes of departed loved ones and turn them into diamonds. Adelle and Eterneva are creating a new category in the business world and are redefining what it means to remember. This week, Adelle shares her story and her entrepreneurial spirit with Jessica.
When we think about starting something new, our first objection is usually, “But when?!” In a life filled with never ending to-do’s and very little margin, Jessica Turner challenges women to push beyond the limitations of time and make bold decisions to pursue their dream. This week, Jessica sits down with her friend Jessica Turner to discuss all things motherhood, entrepreneurship, and creating space for the things that matter.
Down to her last $35, Shuronda Robinson went scared and leveraged it all to start a hugely successful communications firm. This week, Shuronda sits down with her friend Jessica and talks about the fear of starting something new, the joy in finding your truth, and making the decision to jump into the deep end.
To start a new project, a new season, or even a new business – we have to know ourselves. We have to know what drives us and what hinders us. And one of the best resources for discovering our core motivations is the Enneagram. This week, Jessica goes on an emotional journey with Enneagram master, Ian Cron. Jessica and Ian chat about what the Enneagram means for the “starter,” and how we can all lean in and start going scared!
This week kicks off a special series of shows we’re calling our “Starter Series.” Each week we’ll hear from someone who knows what it takes to go from a moment of inspiration to a realized dream. To start us off, Jessica chats with Alli Webb. Alli is the founder of Drybar, a business that started as an outlet for a stay-at-home mom and has now become a $100 million dollar brand!
In this final week of a special series of shows, Jessica walks through the concluding chapter of her book with special guest, Andy Crouch. Andy is a thought leader, writer and speaker. And in all those pursuits, Andy moves people to discover what it means to build a flourishing world by being the people they were designed to be. This conversation is honest, emotional, and really important for all of us who desire to lead lives of meaning and impact.
As world changers, entrepreneurs, and all around high capacity people, one of the hardest things for us to do is rest. Yet it’s critical for us to know when and how to quit trying. To give us wisdom in this area, Jessica speaks with author and CSO Aaron Edelheit. Aaron has discovered an ancient and simple solution to finding margin in a life that seems to never have enough hours. Also, this week continues a special series of shows where Jessica takes us through the themes of her brand new book, Imperfect Courage, one chapter at a time!
We all need to be people who leverage our power and bring what we’ve got to the table to make the world a better place. In the case of this week’s guest, Latasha Morrison, she is bringing all of us to the table to talk about race, reconciliation, empathy, and building bridges. Listen in as Jessica talks with her friend Latasha about what it means to not just to be a spectator, but to be someone who uses their life for the sake of others. Also, this week continues a special series of shows where Jessica takes us through the themes of her brand new book, Imperfect Courage, one chapter at a time!
When we think about the idea of “widening your circle,” what are we really considering? Do we actually want to dive into the stories of people who are unfamiliar to us – even if it’s uncomfortable? This week, Jessica spends time in the home of Shannan Martin. Shannan is popular blogger, speaker and author. Her new book, The Ministry of Ordinary Places, encourages us to uncover the hidden corners of our cities and neighborhoods and invest deeply in the lives of people around us. Also, this week continues a special series of shows where Jessica takes us through the themes of her brand new book, Imperfect Courage, one chapter at a time!
As CEO of the groundbreaking and wildly successful beauty brand, The Lip Bar, Melissa Butler knows what it means to courageous. From quitting her lucrative Wall Street career to mixing lipstick shades in her kitchen – Mellissa has created a place where all women can embrace their beauty. This week, Jessica and Melissa talk about the importance of widening your circle outside of the traditional norms and embracing the beauty that’s inherent in all people. Also, this week continues a special series of shows where Jessica takes us through the themes of her brand new book, Imperfect Courage, one chapter at a time!
It is hard to imagine a more effective and inspiring commitment to collaboration than that of Caitlin Crosby and Brit Gilmore. These women have created the wildly successful and impactful brand, The Giving Keys. The Giving Keys, through their social impact employment model, support job creation for people transitioning out of homelessness. This week, Jessica gets deep with Caitlin and Brit and dives into their relationship, collaboration, drives, and dreams. Also, this week continues a special series of shows where Jessica takes us through the themes of her brand new book, “Imperfect Courage,” one chapter at a time!
This week we get to learn from Jamie Ivey about the power of sisterhood and collaboration. Jamie is the host of the wildly popular podcast, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, as well as a sought after speaker and writer. Her newest book, If You Only Knew, gives a brutally honest account of stepping out of shame and insecurity and into a life of transparency. Jessica and Jamie have an incredibly honest conversation about discovering the sisterhood effect and being more than just observers of each others stories – but participants in them. Listen in as they dive into what it really means to do life together, and how we can all harness the power of sisterhood in our own lives. Also, this week continues a special series of shows where Jessica takes us through the themes of her brand new book, Imperfect Courage, one chapter at a time!
What does it really mean to know someone – and to allow yourself to be known? What it root of shame and how do we reframe that story to experience compassion? Those questions, what on earth neuroplasticity is, and much more this week as Jessica chats with her friend, mentor, and special guest, Curt Thompson. Curt is a best-selling author and the founder of Being Known, an organization that seeks to help people explore the integral relationship between deep, meaningful connections and the development of healthier minds, healthier communities and ultimately, a healthier world. Also, this week continues a special series of shows where Jessica takes us through the themes of her brand new book, Imperfect Courage.
This week on a very special LIVE episode, Jessica chats with Ashley Lemieux and Amy Brown. Ashley is the founder of the Shine Project that, to date, has provided over 40 scholarships to inner-city youth. Amy is the co-host of the wildly popular Bobby Bones Radio Show and cares deeply for the people of Haiti. These three friends get real – very real – about the times they’ve felt most exposed and how they were able to discover their courage. Get ready for this one!
Have you ever wondered what this Enneagram craze is all about? Well this is your week! Get ready to go on a journey of self-exploration with Jessica and her guest, Suzanne Stabile. Suzanne is an Enneagram Master (for real, that’s her title) and the author of a number of groundbreaking books including the recently released, The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships. Also, this week continues a special series of shows where Jessica takes us through the themes of her brand new book, Imperfect Courage.
This week Jessica has a revealing and vulnerable conversation with her friend, Jenna Kutcher. Jenna is a photographer, podcaster, educator, social media influencer, and entrepreneur. And today, Jessica and Jenna get honest about body image and what it means to truly own your worth. Also, this week continues a special series of shows where Jessica takes us through the themes of her brand new book, “Imperfect Courage,” one chapter at a time!
Can you believe it!? Jessica’s brand new book, Imperfect Courage, is released today! Here to chat with Jessica on this momentous occasion is her dear friend, Jennie Allen. Jennie is a sought after speaker, writer, and collaborator. She is also the founder and visionary for the million-strong IF:Gathering, which exists to gather, equip, and unleash the next generation to live out their purpose. Listen in as Jessica talks with Jennie about her experience as a first-time author — and all the vulnerability, life lessons, and excitement that come along with it!
Today we get to spend time with Megan Tamte. Megan is the incredible CEO of Evereve, a women’s retail brand with 85 stores across the country. The company also has a new subscription styling service called Trendsend. Both Evereve and Trendsend are committed to serving women by helping them feel beautiful and powerful and good about themselves! In this episode, Jessica and Megan get real about life as a working mom—and how women can reject the voices that tell them they aren’t enough and embrace their imperfectly courageous stories instead.
Also, this week continues a special series of shows where Jessica takes us through the themes of her brand new book, “Imperfect Courage,” one chapter at a time!
Hugette Montesinos-Rodriguez is deeply committed to stirring the heart, mind and spirit of today’s woman, redefining the standards of beauty and challenging popular culture through candid conversation, thoughtful research, and prolific editorial content. As the founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Creative Director for Disfunkshion magazine, she is a wealth of wisdom and encouragement – and perhaps most inspiring of all, she takes a nap every day!
Also, this week continues a special series of shows where Jessica takes us through the themes of her brand-new book, Imperfect Courage, one chapter at a time!
From investigating the genocide in Rwanda to being the founder and CEO of IJM, the worlds largest organization dedicated to ending slavery, Gary Haugen know what it means to be courageous. This week, Jessica and Gary chat about what it looks like to stare down fear and take bold steps despite the consequences. Also, this week begins a special series of shows where Jessica takes us through her brand new book, “Imperfect Courage”, a chapter at a time!
Jennifer Pharr Davis knows a thing or two about endurance. Jennifer is a wife, mom of two, author, entrepreneur, and a record-setting long-distance hiker. In 2011, Jennifer set the record for the fastest completed hike on the Appalachian Trail, finishing the 2181-mile trail in 57 days, hiking nearly 50 miles a day. Jennifer stopped by to tell us about her new book The Pursuit of Endurance, the many parallels between entrepreneurship and life on the trails, the huge difference between stopping and quitting.
We’ve all faced this huge Going Scared moment: job searching. Résumés, cover letters, interviews, networking—it’s draining at best, and gut-wrenching at worst. There are dozens of nuances to navigate in our ever-changing job market, and it’s hard to know how to prioritize our tasks. That why we’re thrilled to have career-building expert Alexandra Cavoulacos on today’s episode.
Alex is the co-founder and president of The Muse, a platform used by over 50 million people a year to find a job, learn professional skills, or advance their careers. She is the co-author of The Wall Street Journal bestselling book The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career.
Today’s conversation with Alex is chock-full of job search tips, like how to determine your career values, deciphering if a company is right for you, the best way to get your name in front of the right people, and why you should always have questions for your interviewer.
Why aren’t you making money from doing what you love? What’s stopping you? According to certified business coach and Ramsey personality Christy Wright, it’s you. To create a successful, satisfying career, you have to write your own permission slip. And today’s episode will help you reach for pen and paper and start writing.
Christy has a passion to empower women to become accomplished business owners. She is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Business Boutique, and she created her online academy and podcast to connect women with an online community that can offer tools and advice to burgeoning business owners.
In this conversation, Christy shares tips on how to find balance between work and life, how to be fully present wherever you are, and why sometimes you need to say yes, even when you don’t know the next step forward.
What does leadership mean? For today’s guest, leadership means to be intentional with influence and help others rise together. Author and leadership coach Jo Saxton has helped thousands of women put aside their fears and embrace becoming the leaders they were meant to be. On this episode, Jo reveals her own journey from cocoon to butterfly that she documented in her new book, The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Are Made For, how she grew up a Nigerian child raised by a white foster mother in London and discovered the power of her own voice. We also discuss why it’s vital that women seek community with others who are alike to—and different from—them, and how we can flex the muscle of facing our fears and change the periods in our lives into commas.
Ever wonder if you have what it takes to be a good leader? Fred Kofman is here this week to tell us his thoughts on how to be “awake” to your own potential as a leader. Fred is the newly appointed advisor for leadership development at Google and was formerly the vice president of executive development at LinkedIn. His life passion now is to help people become transcendent leaders. Fred believes that leadership cannot be bought. and that it requires you getting in touch with ourselves, finding our life mission, committing to our values (and the courage to stand for those). He gives practical and helpful insight as to how to look within ourselves to discover our mission and purpose, and true life examples of how to put conscious leadership into practice.
When Holly Thaggard’s friend was diagnosed with skin cancer in her early 30s, Holly set out to learn everything she could about sunscreen, skin damage, and skin care. A former schoolteacher and professional harpist, Holly’s journey to entrepreneurism has been fueled by her passion to “change the way the world thinks about sunscreen.” Holly launched the successful and innovative sunscreen brand, Supergoop!, in 2007.
Full of triumphs and failures, of dead ends and redirected paths, Holly’s story is courageous and inspired. It’s especially encouraging for anyone who sees a problem and has an idea to make difference.
Why is it that we’re so often able to show wells of compassion for other people, but can rarely find it for ourselves? In today’s episode, Dr. Kristin Neff will help us answer this question. Kristin is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, being the first one to operationally define and measure the construct over a decade ago. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and examines why we take this less-than-kind approach with ourselves, and how we basically respond with a “fight or flight” approach to ourselves–thinking that we can “whip ourselves into shape.” Kristin shows us that we really don’t have to beat ourselves up to change, and she outlines the steps to developing self-compassion. She encourages us that when we show the same kindness, support and encouragement to ourselves that we show others, we will radically change our lives.
Alison Faulkner is a writer, speaker, and “self-proclaimed nonsense dancer,” who knows all about “walking in the messy middle.” She has worked with Fortune 500 companies and has been creating content for over 10 years. She built a business on throwing 900 person female dance parties, and found that the behind the hoopla, she was crashing and burning. When she couldn’t figure out how to scale the business and preserve her sanity, she took a step back and started doing the things she wanted to do. Thus, The Alison Show was born, as well as Alison’s podcast Awesome with Alison and Allison’s Brand School. Now, she’s not ashamed to share the times “she break downs and cries under her desk, the times she fails, the times she wants to quit.” Even after a recent car accident, Alison has been pushing through the pain to embrace possibility. Alison’s mantra is: Only you can be you, and you’re already as awesome as you need to be.
Amy Moffett Brown is the bubbly co-host of the wildly popular Bobby Bones Radio Show that airs out of Nashville, Tennessee. At first blush, Amy looks like she has it all–fun job, happy family, partner in successful non-profits. Amy’s wins in life came from broken places that she turned into good–from her Mom’s difficult battle with cancer, to her burden for the impoverished people of Haiti. Jessica and Amy talk about the bravery it takes to actually make lemonade from lemons when your heart is broken, and how simply “asking” in regards to opportunity is a risk we all need to take more often.
Our guests this week epitomize the heart of friendship, determination and courage. Patrick Gray & Justin Skeesuck have been friends, literally, since birth, having been born in the same hospital merely 36 hours apart. When Justin was diagnosed in his early 20’s with a degenerative muscular disease, although they no longer lived in the same city, Patrick was at the ready to support and help as he could. Their mantra for their friendship centers around intentionality, and if the other person has a need, desire or dream, they are there for each other to support and facilitate it. When Justin, now wheelchair bound, voiced his desire to make a trek across Spain through the Camino de Santiago, Patrick didn’t hesitate to show up and see how they could make this dream a reality together. They share the details of this incredible journey (the inspiration for their book “I’ll Push You”) and how they look at “fear as an opportunity,” while following their hearts in friendship, instead of letting logistics get in the way.
Jeremy Cowart is an award winning photographer, artist and entrepreneur, having been named “Most Influential Photographer on the Internet” by Huffington Post, Forbes and Yahoo in 2014. Jeremy’s mission in life is to “explore the intersection of creativity and empathy.” He has published four books and is a sought-after speaker, having presented at TEDx, the United Nations and creative conferences across the country. He shares about an idea that was so big, he wasn’t sure he was supposed to pursue it, and then how, at every turn, the idea kept coming back to him; along with clear signs and the means to make it happen. If you’ve ever pivoted from what you thought you were called to in order to do something completely different, you’ll love hearing what Jeremy has to say about the “normality” of insecurity and doubt, and moving forward despite of it.
This week’s conversation features Jessica chatting with her friend Rachel Hollis, the founder of Chic Media, whose most recent book, Girl Wash Your Face, has been a blockbuster best-seller. Rachel gives insight into what it takes to build a business, and the time she’s had to move, shift, and change to accommodate new directions and initiatives. Rachel and Jessica share their perspectives on “going all in” even when there’s a chance you might fall on your face. They reiterate the value of having a key group of close friends/confidantes, the power of a supportive “tribe,” and the satisfaction of building community that lifts each other up during all of our wins and losses.
Jessica Kim started her first business in college, where she made baked goods in her dorm room. When a professor there told her she was “onto something,” Jessica hit the ground running. Having just one person believe in her was the spark she needed to turn this side venture into a full-fledged business. After growing “Jessica’s Wonders” into a major company that was distributed in nearly 500 stores, Jessica sold the company and kept forging her entrepreneurial path. She shares how she went on to start two other successful businesses and shows how she was able to take a great idea and create businesses through various startup tactics. For anyone who is looking to turn their vision into a reality, she gives us five practical and accessible ways to raise money to finance your dream, and how the power of believing in yourself and aligning yourself with others who share your vision is key to a satisfying and successful business.
Mary Marantz is an author, a speaker and a top photographer. She and her husband were named one of the top 15 wedding photographers in the world, according to Profoto. They have also been featured in publications including Martha Stewart, Style Me Pretty, and more. Mary shares her story of grit and figuring out where she belonged. Growing up from humble means in a West Virginia coal mining country, she eventually ended up at Yale Law School. As she navigated this unknown terrain, walking alongside others who seemed sure of their paths toward law and education, Mary felt that she was made for something different. Despite offers right out of college for law jobs that paid 6 figures, Mary decided to “leap and believed the net would appear.” That leap eventually led to the highly successful photography business she and her husband run today. Mary’s conversation with Jessica about their respective “going scared” moments will challenge us all to question the stories we may tell ourselves that keep us from pursuing our dreams.
Michelle McKinney defines herself as a “Dream Architect.” She has dedicated her life to helping women design construct, and bring their dreams to life, building off her own experiences with insecurities and doubts and moving to confidence and assuredness of her calling. She encourages us to “not settle for the known,” but to be bold in our moves toward the “right things” for our lives—ready to embrace failures and learn from them.
Bob Goff, author of the breakaway bestseller Love Does, is an encourager, a teacher, a ”recovering lawyer,” and the Hon. Consul to Uganda. After practicing law for 25 years (he declared that he was the only lawyer that wore a Micky Mouse watch) he gave up his law firm to pursue writing and speaking full time. Along the way he has connected with others who are on their own adventures, and is driven to help others unlock their potential to love and be loved greater. Bob isn’t interested in agendas, he’s interested in getting past them and being super real. Feeling stuck? Be inspired by Bob to get “unstuck” and find power in being present and available to life and to those around you. His new book is Everybody Always.
Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women, we invited Roopa Mehta to join us on this special bonus episode of the Going Scared Podcast. Roopa is the CEO of Sasha, an organization that creates meaningful opportunities for artisan groups in rural areas throughout all of India. She and a group of activists came together because of a deep love for their craft and textile traditions. They understand how vulnerable their communities are and were, and that they required intervention. They devised a plan to get market success, development opportunities and gave artisans the tools to be able to run their own businesses; for themselves, their families, their communities, and for the future of their children. Her story will inspire you as we celebrate her accomplishments, today, along with so many women who have made incredible strides to make the world a better place, on International Women’s Day.
Emily Ley is a wife, mom and entrepreneur. After quitting her stressful corporate job in hopes of starting her own business, Emily found that she had worked herself into even more stress. After conceiving and creating the wildly popular, success came and the demands for her time pressed in even harder. Emily shares how she chose to simplify–using the tenets she had preached to others about paring back and living for what matters most–in her own life. She and Jessica talk about what it looks like when we’re more deliberate with how we spend our time, and the dreaded “no,” word that each of them had to embrace in a new way in order to claim margin in their lives.
A wise person once said; “There are four words that can often mean the difference between the fear of failure and the courage to try – I BELIEVE IN YOU.” Jenny McGee, of the Starfish Project, takes that message to the women she serves in East Asia who are exploited and trafficked; and empowers them to begin new lives. Daily, she goes into the brothels of the city and offers an alternative for women who have either been forced into trafficking, or felt like they had no other options. Through education, counseling, and economic solutions, the Starfish Project is transforming lives and restoring hope to exploited women. Jenny also shares what it’s like to say “‘yes,’ without knowing the rest,” in answering the call to help women in the most desperate of situations, and how she finds her resolve through strong mentors and the support of her family.
This episode finds Jessica talking with her good friend Jen Hatmaker. Jen is a speaker and author, whose latest book Of Mess & Moxie, debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller List. Jessica and Jen both have platforms where they encourage women to live out their dreams and lift each other up in the process. They discuss why it is so vital that we cheer each other on and how there’s plenty of space for us all to succeed. They also discuss the courage it takes to live outside your own “echo chambers,” and that taking the first steps toward your purpose may be hard, but “they are the ones that will lead you all the way home.”
Longing to be more efficient with your time AND make meaningful time for yourself, and for those you love? Today’s guest is on a mission to retrieve our minds from distraction, and to help us restore true connection in our workplaces and in our relationships. Curt Steinhorst is the CEO of Focuswise, a company whose goal is to equip people and organizations to overcome the challenges of our constantly technologically connected lives and workplaces. Curt unpacks all the issues we have with technology, including the expectations to always be “on,” battling the feeling that we’re not doing enough, and addiction to “escaping” through our phones. He lays out steps to help us reclaim what really matters, and encourages us to put technology in its place to enhance our lives; not rule it.
This week, Jessica visits with Mica May, the CEO of May Designs, which specializes in custom stationery, notebooks, gift items, clothing and more. Mica shares how she got her start as a “solo-preneur,” and how she moved to a team environment as an entrepreneur. For those of you who may be feeling like you have to “go it alone,” whether you’re starting a new project, business or just a life change/circumstance, Jessica and Mica lay out the benefits of looking to others for support and encouragement for all the things we’re chasing.
We kick off our very first episode of The Going Scared Podcast with a guest that perfectly defines what it means to “Go Scared.” Jalia Motavu is a Ugandan artisan and entrepreneur who started her business seven years ago. Despite tough times, financial hardships and discouragement, she persevered and providentially, she crossed paths with Jessica, who herself was taking a huge risk starting her own business. The two women discuss the courage, faith and fortitude it took for them to believe in their dreams and to trust and depend on each other as they stepped into the unknown; and how they now consider each other “sisters” on a mission to change the world.