Heroine: Women’s Creative Leadership, Confidence, Wisdom

By Majo Molfino

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Discover female legends, badasses, and rule-breakers who will make you laugh, weep, and feel alive again. Eavesdrop on real, vulnerable, intimate conversations, like listening to two good friends talk over a cup of tea or glass of wine. We go deep.

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How To Voice & Stand Up for Your Needs — Boundaries Minisode (4/4)
For more tips and inspiration, go to my website majo.co and follow me on Instagram @majo.heroine You made it this is the last and final minisode in a four part series on boundaries. If you haven’t already done so, make sure to listen to the entire series from top to bottom, because it will give you a full picture on how you can maintain healthy, strong, boundaries to be more badass in a world that is clawing at your time and attention. In this episode, I want to introduce you to a four-step communication tool for speaking up when something is bothering you, when you feel someone has overstepped one of your boundaries, and you want to let them know that’s not cool with you. Because in working with and talking to hundreds of women, I noticed a pattern – after years of growing up in the patriarchy, when something bothers us, we don’t speak up. You know, It starts in our teens. Harvard researchers found that during adolescence, girls stop speaking from their experience, and expressing their true feelings and thoughts, even though they were outspoken as children. They literally lose their voices, become more quiet, and say “I don’t know” a million times, really as a way to hide. The researchers conclude “to say what they are feeling and thinking often means to risk losing their relationships...” Sound familiar? It starts in our teens but carries on into our 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond. The tool I want to introduce to you is called nonviolent communication – NVC for short. Started by a psychologist in the 60s, Marshall Rosenberg, this process will help to communicate to others about you need with less judgment. You might want to pause the audio and grab a paper if it’s helpful to take notes. Surely, you’ve been in a scenario, where you’ve felt triggered and want to respond, so what can you do? NVC consists of four simple steps: Step 1: State the facts – What events did you observe? Step 2. State your feelings – How did you feel? Step 3. State your needs – What is your unmet need? (Note: I like to give the option of stating your values here, if that works better in a professional context than your needs) Step 4. State your requests – What is your request? What do you want moving forward? I’m going to break it down and run through examples and tips. Step 1. What events did you observe? __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Example: “Last month, you authored the article about our project.” Notice here, that I’m sticking to the facts. It’s something that a third party objective observer would agree , and couldn’t be argued. Tips: So, you want to stick to the facts. “You seldom do what I want,” is an evaluation, versus “You did not attend the last three meetings,” which is more factual. You want to be specific. “She frequently attends,” is too vague, versus “She attended at least three times a week,” which is precise. You want to focus on observable behaviors. Memories about words people said can be subjective and distorted, so report on actions. Step 2. How did you feel? “I felt … __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Example: “I felt frustrated.” Tips: Focus on emotions and sensations. Most derive from these five: sadness, disgust, fear, joy, and anger. Avoid thoughts (e.g., "I feel like I didn't get a fair deal"), stories about yourself (e.g., "insecure"), how you think others are evaluating you (e.g., "unimportant"), or what we think others are doing to us (e.g., "misunderstood," "ignored"). Be vulnerable. It takes courage to state something plainly, but it’s powerful! Step 3. What is your unmet need or value? “Because I need/value …. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Example: “Because I need/value collaboration and equality.” Tips: Focus on universal human needs and/or cultural values. Under your feeling is an unmet need or unheld value. That’s why you’re hurt, sad, surprised, frustrated, because some universal human need feels like it isn’t being met. For a list of common needs, check out: www.cnvc.org/Training/needs-inventory Step 4. What is your request? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Example: “When we launch the next product, I’d love to author the announcement post. How does that sound?” Tips: Use clear, actionable language. Don’t expect a yes. Requests are free of demand. We put the request out there, but it may not necessarily be met. Empathize. If you receive a "no,” don’t give up. Instead, empathize with what is preventing the other person from saying "yes" before deciding how to continue the conversation. So there you have it, the four steps to non-violent communication. Honestly, it’s one of the most powerful communication tools I’ve come across – and I’ve used it on myself and with clients, with family, with friends, and it’s really given me the power to set a boundary about what I need and want, and share how I feel about a situation, instead of staying quiet, and stewing in my bitterness. Outro: That’s it. We have wrapped up our minisode series on boundaries – I hope you found it helpful. Since starting the series, you have gained so many more tools in your toolbelt to conserve, and yes, protect your energy, so that you can invest it towards your creativity and calling on this planet. We really need you to have those boundaries as a modern woman, so that you rock your heroine’s journey to its fullest. If you care about living an empowered life, go follow me on Instagram @majo.heroine more juiciness – and go to my website majo.co and get on my email list for more updates about my work and this podcast. You got options. Lots of love, heroine.
Nov 08, 2018
Reclaiming Multiple Identities in the Age of Extremism — Shiza Shahid
I’m thrilled about today’s interview. Shiza Shahid co-founded The Malala Fund along with the youngest Nobel-Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. I’m sure you already know this, but just in case, Malala was the young girl in Pakistan who was shot in the head on her school bus by the Taliban for going to school, but she survived and became internationally recognized. So Shiza, who I speak to in this interview, was one of Malala’s early mentors. While in college, Shiza started a secret summer camp for girls in Pakistan, which is also her home country. Today, Shiza is a venture capital investor and many other things. Named one of Time's "30 Under 30 People Changing the World" and Forbes "30 Under 30 - Social Entrepreneurs," she’s also host of the USA Today news show "ASPIREist," which activates millennials to have a positive impact. http://majomolfino.com/blog/2018/11/1/shiza-shahid In this episode, we talk about why empowering women around the world is so important and what Shiza sees as global trends as she travels to different continents. As a fellow immigrant, she shares how culture helped her shift perspectives, and what it means to reclaim your identity when you grow up cross-culturally. Highlighted Excerpt: Majo: You do so much. How do you stay grounded? How do you avoid overwhelm or do you just feel overwhelmed? Shiza: How do I avoid overwhelm? I think perhaps by  not comparing myself. I think a lot of the overwhelm comes from comparison. Now when we do good things we have to put it on Instagram and count how many likes it got, and I think a lot of that comparison causes dissatisfaction and unhappiness. Because if you go and truly help someone, the way that will make you feel will give you so much satisfaction, it will calm the fatigue and help with the overwhelm, so as long as you don’t go to that place of you know, “Is this good enough?Am I good enough?” and allow the satisfaction of doing your work become overshadowed by the comparison, which I think we’re constantly in the middle of particularly here in the West. I was in Pakistan for a while, and I realized that I didn’t buy anything for weeks, and I was barely on social media, and I came back to the U.S. and started getting hit by all these ads and all these things I felt I needed to buy, and information about other people doing other things. Majo: When you came back you started noticing that you were comparing? Shiza: Absolutely. I think that over here, there’s a lot of that comparison, even when you’re doing so called social impact work, you’re still comparing – Majo: Right. Like, who’s doing more social impact work. Shiza: Right. I think avoiding that. Getting outside this place which can really do that to you, and focusing on direct impact. Show Notes: Shiza’s parents and upbringing in Pakistan [3:20] On volunteering as a teenager in women’s prisons and her passionate activism as a young woman [5:36] Applying to college in the U.S. on a whim and her decision to go to Stanford where she was first exposed to technology and entrepreneurship, but still feeling connected to help women and girls back in Pakistan [6:58] The online diary of Malala Yousafzai (at the time, 11 years old), inspiring Shiza’s creation of a secret summer camp amongst dangerous circumstances [11:30] Joining McKinsey and receiving the news of Malala being shot [14:00] On co-founding and building The Malala Fund at age 22 and leaving the safe, predictable path [21:00] Witnessing Malala become the first child to win The Nobel Peace Prize and how it shifted stereotypes about what courage looks like [26:00] On the polarization of technology, tech utopianism, and how social media creates a divide and leads to a rise in extremism, as well as the need for a representative group of people making decisions [28:00] On being a global citizen and how that perspective-shifting encourages entrepreneurship [32:20] The patterns she sees across the world, particularly around the false facts and news, as well as untapped opportunities such as supporting women in computer science in the Middle East [36:00] How to deal with feelings of overwhelm and unhappiness in a culture of consumerism and comparison [40:00] On reclaiming identity having grown up cross-culturally [43:00] REFERENCES: Learn more about Robin Berzin and Parsley Health here. A BIG THANK YOU & SHOUT OUT TO OUR BADASS PATRONS ESPECIALLY:  Brigid Cabry Nelson leads Lettershop, an award-winning creative studio that serves a wide range of clients—from boutique retailers to large corporations—approaching each and every project with vigor and enthusiasm. Learn more about Brigid and her work here. Bianca Wendt, an award-winning art director and graphic designer based in San Francisco and London. Learn more about Bianca and her work here. Pssst....don't forget to follow me on Instagram for more goodies, inspiration, and updates when episodes drop – yay! MUSIC: by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs
Nov 01, 2018
Doing Less & Ruthless Prioritizing — Boundaries Minisode (3/4)
For more tips and inspiration, go to my website majo.co and follow me on Instagram @majo.heroine This is the third minisode in a four part series on boundaries. Make sure to listen to the entire series, so that you can have those healthy boundaries that allow you to thrive as a modern woman, when there are so many demands on your time and energy. In this episode, I’m going to give you a process for clearing crap off your plate. We all have very full plates, don’t we? We pile it on there, because we’re ambitious, smart, modern women. In hundreds of women, I’ve seen us dry ourselves up and burn ourselves out and feel so overwhelmed and anxious because our plates are simply too full. It’s an epidemic that needs to stop. Here’s what you can do. Write a list of your commitments or things you said “yes” to but that you aren’t excited about or really meant to say no to. These also might be thought of the logistics and operations of life, that take away and claw at your energy from doing deeper, more meaningful work. These are things that may feel more like “shoulds” or obligations. Go ahead and pause this minisode if you need to, and grab a piece of paper, and then come back. Here’s an example list you might write: Host dinner for the family next Saturday Go to Cape Cod in July Write out the brief for Jackson Grocery shopping Create four columns, and write the following empowering VERBS at the top: ELIMINATE, DELEGATE, AUTOMATE, ASK FOR HELP. Your next step is to slot your different tasks into each column. The idea is to get all those annoying “should” activities of your plate and into one of these buckets. It’s amazing what eliminating can do – oftentimes, we think we have to do something, but do we really have to? Time and time again, I’ve seen that the real issue is that we’re afraid to say no and back out...make sure to circle back to the first minisode about how to no. Let’s define these for a second. Eliminate is obvious – take it off your list, and it ceases to exist. Delegate is when you request that somebody else do the task, instead of you. That’s pretty clear. Asking for help is different from delegating in that you’re still doing the task, but you’re doing it with someone, or having someone take a part of it off your plate. But what about automate? Automate is when you build a system that makes the behavior easier to do on a repeating basis. So, let’s take grocery shopping, a way to automate that, and cut down on your time doing it, is to use a tool like Instacart, in which you have a set repertoire of groceries that you get weekly, or signing up for one of those farm-fresh CSAs that deliver to your door. The point is, you’re not spending loads of time thinking about and doing it every week. Capeeshela? That’s it, if you care about living an empowered life as a woman on this planet, follow me on Instagram @majo.heroine more juiciness – and go to my website majo.co and get on my email list for more updates about my work and this podcast. You got options. Make sure to be in touch. Lots of love, onward!
Oct 25, 2018
Disrupting the System & Throwing Out the Rules — Robin Berzin
Today, I speak with Dr. Robin Berzin. She’s the doctor, founder, and CEO of a wellness and medical practic, Parsley Health, that takes a whole mind-body approach to your health. Robin is on a mission to heal and reinvent American healthcare when less than 4% of CEOs in the healthcare space are female. She’s a real badass with a medical degree from Columbia University who has raised millions of dollars in venture capital. In this episode, we talk about how she dealt with being lost and confused after college, having a baby while fundraising for her startup, and how to build your creative confidence as a woman. http://majomolfino.com/blog/2018/10/18/robin-berzin Highlighted Excerpt: Majo: How did your yoga practice help you align into your purpose? Robin: It taught me to listen. It taught me to listen to myself. I think I was someone who was a little bit trapped in her head and I think a lot of us live with a bit of a concrete wall between our bodies and our heads and we don’t really pay attention to what’s happening in our bodies, and we live in our minds and we live in the past; we live in the future and we’re never present. And if you’re somebody who is like a grades getter, go-getter, and an overachiever in any way, whether that’s in sports or academics, you’re rewarded constantly for that, right? It’s reinforced in our educational system and it’s certainly been in mine growing up in Baltimore and going into this all-girls school that was very academically oriented and also athletically oriented. I wasn’t good at the athletics part but I was pretty good at the academics part. For me, yoga was this moment of literally just waking up to right now and I realized I had this huge concrete wall between my head and my body. And then in many ways, there’s kind of low-grade abusing myself living on really crappy food, not really exercising, partying at night, hating my job, being in a crappy relationship with a crappy boyfriend at the time, and I think yoga was just this kind of stillness. And then I started listening; and then I started looking back to undergrad and back in my life and starting asking the questions, “What do I want to do? What do I care about? What is interesting to me and how do I want to spend my time?” Show Notes: - On childhood, her early days as a “neat freak” and “good girl.” [01:55] - Working as a paralegal and stumbling on a yoga studio that would change her life. [04:42] - Losing her grandmother to colon cancer and her growing interest in medicine; winning the award for a paper in complimentary medicine. [09:17] - Her amazing experience working with Dr. Oz and Oprah’s team. [20:20] - Reaching out to Dr. Oz to get the job. [23:09] - How she learned to fundraise and how she managed after giving birth to her son. [26:04] - Her thoughts on starting a company – don’t overthink it, just do it. [32:02] - What she reclaimed during her heroine’s journey. [33:42] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Robin's website – ParsleyHealth.com Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Oct 18, 2018
A Simple Technique for Staying Grounded — Boundaries Minisode (2/4)
For more tips and inspiration, go to my website majo.co and instagram @majo.heroine This is the second minisode in a four part series on boundaries. Make sure to listen to the entire series, so that you can have those healthy boundaries that allow you to thrive as a modern woman, when there are so many demands on your time and energy. Have you ever been talking to someone and then you felt completely drained? Maybe that person was in a terrible mood, or complaining, or qualifies for a personality disorder. Whatever, the case, you feel fried. In this minisode on boundaries, I’m going to give you a simple technique for staying grounded when you’re face-to-face with someone who feels like they might be sucking the energy off of you. Obviously, the most ideal scenario is for you to steer clear from energy vampires, or to cut the conversation short, and leave. But let’s say you’re locked in, and you’re like fuck, what do I do? The technique is this: drop your attention down to your feet, specifically the soles of your feet. Feel them make contact with the ground. Go ahead and do that now as you listen to this, bring your attention to your feet. And then take deep lower belly breaths. So, attention on the feet, and deep breaths while the person is speaking. The benefits of this simple move are amazing. You will walk away feeling less floored, and swayed by the other person’s emotions. If you’re an empath like me, you’ll feel less emotional contagion between you and the person. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. That’s it, if you care about living an empowered life as a woman on this planet, go follow me on Instagram @majo.heroine more juiciness – and go to my website majo.co and get on my email list for more updates about my work and this podcast. You got options. Make sure to be in touch.
Oct 11, 2018
Esther Perel on Masculinity, Power & Relationships at Work
I am so honored to bring to you this conversation with a personal heroine of mine: Esther Perel. Esther is truly a thought leader in the space, with a perspective on modern relationships that is refreshingly original, insightful, and pretty un-American. Recently, she’s been stretching the bounds of her work beyond the bedroom, which is the focus of this episode. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/10/4/esther-perel Can we apply something like couple's therapy to co-workers and how easily does it translate? In this episode, Esther shares how to bring the relational intelligence from our romantic lives (things like trust, empathy, vulnerability, etc) into our most difficult, stressful work relationships and creative collaborations, especially in the context of patriarchy and the #MeToo movement. Esther’s work practically saved my relationship with my husband before we got married– and her work really helped us see what sustains desire between two people over the long-term. Her celebrated TED talks have garnered more than 20 million views and her international bestselling book Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence became a global phenomenon translated into 25 languages. Her newest book is the New York Times bestseller The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity. Esther is also an executive producer and host of the popular podcast called Where Should We Begin? I know you will find this conversation fascinating and applicable to your life. Show Notes Esther shares about her childhood as a bold and extroverted girl, her experience as an immigrant and the daughter of Holocaust survivors, and getting by on the goodwill of people willing to help her. [2:48] Esther turns the table on Majo and asks why she felt pressured to focus on her career over relationships for so long. Plus, how Esther became a “disciple of people” and learned to navigate uncertainty while writing her first book. [7:43] Why Esther enjoys taking on difficult and taboo subjects, and her non-prescriptive approach to finding solutions. [11:35] The major problem with our current culture of experts. [15:43] Bringing her expertise to the context of work: Esther shares her insights as a cross-cultural therapist, and the big shift she’s seeing toward reliance on relational intelligence as the core of company success. [19:59] Why do 65% of startups fail? Co-founder breakups. Esther discusses the deep, intimate, and often turbulent relationship between company founders. [26:10] Majo shares two true scenarios with Esther for advice on how to navigate relationships. Scenario 1: A woman being constantly triggered by her male manager who refuses to listen to her advice. [30:51] Scenario 2: A woman feeling disempowered by a male CEO who favors his own ideas over hers. [38:24] On difficult conversations, what’s missing from the #MeToo movement, and how we reshape and redefine relational thinking through communication (not policies or rules). [43:23] “Patriarchy doesn’t just hurt women.” On polarized systems, masculine vs feminine, and the honesty required on both sides. [46:30] From the bedroom to the boardroom – more resources on translating the personal to the professional. [49:39] Resources: Majo’s website – majo.co Esther’s website – estherperel.com Esther’s event – “The Masculinity Paradox” on November 10 in NYC – estherperel.com/therapists-and-coaches Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Oct 04, 2018
How To Say No — Boundaries Minisode (1/4)
For more tips and inspiration, go to my website majo.co and follow me on Instagram @majo.heroine This is the first minisode in a four part series on boundaries. Make sure to listen to the entire series, so that you can have those healthy boundaries that allow you to thrive as a modern woman, when there are so many demands on your time and energy. By the end of the series, you’re honestly going to feel like you have so many more tools in your toolbelt to conserve your energy, so that you can channel it towards your creativity and calling on this planet. Because we ain’t got time, to be diddle daddling, OK? We need you to have those boundaries, so that you can function and be a badass. In this minisode on boundaries, I’m going to give you a simple template for saying no. SO SIMPLE you’re going to be like OMG, why did this take so long? LMK ask you this one question – How do you feel when you say yes to something, but you really mean no? Take a few seconds to think about it. What feelings come up when you agree to something you don’t really want to do, or care to do? When I ask most women this, they admit they feel resentful, bitter, annoyed, at the other person and themselves. It’s a radical concept but when you say YES when you mean NO so that you can please someone or not make them upset or because it’s easier, YOU LOSE TRUST IN YOURSELF. You essentially abandon yourself. That’s a big problem. The solution to this is to communicate what you want, to communicate your focus, and communicate your priority. Let’s take a really sticky situation. One of my clients wanted to quit her job forever, but was stalling because she didn’t want to set this boundary – to say no more to this soul-crushing job that was sucking the life out of her. She was scared of her boss’ disappointment, of her parent’s backlash etc. You know the drill. When we drilled down, it became obvious that she was nervous about not finding the right words, or screwing up in the moment, so we wrote out a script that she could practice and role play with her friends and roommates. That made it way easier. Based on the “sandwich” technique, she started and ended on a positive note, and shared her desire for the future as the filling of the sandwich. It looked like this: Positive: I’m grateful that I spent the last two years at this company as I learned so much. Desire: It’s time that I focus on transitioning into design that focuses on social impact and international development. Positive: Again, I want to reiterate that I’ve grown enormously through your guidance and appreciated all the autonomy you’ve given me throughout the years. Notice how she didn’t say NO to the job, but say YES to her focus...to the direction she wanted to move in. You can do this for anything – if someone asks you for your time, energy, or money, instead of saying NO, telling them what you’re saying YES to. I can’t go to Jamaica this year, because I’m focusing on launching my Etsy store. I can’t speak at your event on pickles, because I’m focused on almond milk this year. I can’t donate $100 to your campaign, because I’m donating my funds this year to animal right’s issues. Get it? So clear. Let people know what you care about, and they’ll understand you’re saying no to them, and they’ll respect you for it. They’ll be like dang, this woman knows what she wants. And if they’re pissed and you experience backlash, then fuck em’. That ain’t your problem. Your commitment is to yourself. Go get it, heroine. That’s it, if you care about living an empowered life as a woman on this planet, go follow me on Instagram @majo.heroine more juiciness – and go to my website majo.co and get on my email list for more updates about my work and this podcast. You got options. Make sure to be in touch.
Sep 27, 2018
How to Let Go of Idealism & Create More Freely — Keiko Agena
Do you want to create more freely? If so, you might wanna shift your relationship to mistakes, and let go of some of that idealism. That’s the central topic of today’s show with actress Keiko Agena. You might remember Keiko for her supporting role as Lane Kim – the punk rock obsessed daughter of strict Korean-American parents on the show Gilmore Girls. I know I was pretty obsessed with Gilmore Girls back in the day. Recently, Keiko has been recurring on SWEET/VICIOUS, COLONY and the new Netflix release of 13 REASONS WHY. http://majomolfino.com/blog/2018/9/20/how-to-let-go-of-idealism-create-more-freely-with-keiko-agena She’s also the author of a new Artist workbook called No Mistakes. In today’s episode, we talk about Keiko’s experience as an Asian American woman in the world of acting and Hollywood, why you don’t have to call yourself an artist, and the one thing she recommends you do to bring more creative freedom into your life. As a heads up: For the next eight weeks, there will be an episode dropping every Thursday – alternating between interviews and minisodes. The minisode series is all about boundaries, my favorite topic, so stay tuned for those too. Show Notes: ● On childhood, acting, auditioning and landing a role on Gilmore Girls show. [02:23] ● Transitioning from Hawaii to the mainland and realizing how being Asian American would impact her acting career moving forward. [06:06] ● The ease of temping in contrast to her discomfort and anxiety while on Gilmore Girls. [09:50] ● More on Gilmore Girls and newfound interest in drawing, arts, and creativity. [19:44] ● About her new book, “No Mistakes: A Perfect Workbook for Imperfect Artists”. She also talks about how what you do will label you eventually. [22:21] ● Her advice for creative women who want to unleash or discover their creativity. [30:50] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Keiko's website – mskeikoagena.com Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Sep 20, 2018
Why It's Essential to Fail — Jaclyn Johnson
Have you ever been knocked down, and had to dust yourself off to start again? Today’s guest, Jaclyn Johnson, talks about the career blows early on in her journey and the blessings that came from them. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/6/14/reclaim-work-with-jaclyn-johnson I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring you this CEO and powerhouse behind beloved conference and site for millennial working women, Create & Cultivate. She is also author of a new book, WorkParty, which is available for pre-order now. Jaclyn’s a real boss lady who has been named Forbes 30 Under 30, a “Self-Made Woman” by LA Times, and A Woman of Note by The Wall Street Journal. What’s most inspiring to me about Jaclyn is how much she truly believes in the power of creative, millennial women to change the world. In this episode, Jaclyn and I cover her journey of starting over again, what she means when she says it’s important to be “nice” at work, and whether we modern women can indeed have it all. Alright, heroine, this is the last episode of the season, and we’ll pick back up in a few months in September. Enjoy the summer, I hope you get outside and play, and don’t forget that you can follow me on instagram in the meanwhile to stay updated @majo.heroine –! Show notes: - Jaclyn shares about her childhood; very independent and ambitious, always wanting to explore, making her a little bit of a troublemaker. [02:11] - On her teenage years and her three jobs in high school [03:12] - How she interned her way to getting a job right after college because she graduated early. The massive disconnect she noticed between education and real life business skills. [04:35] - Jaclyn started blogging at a very early age, in 2007. She shares how she learned analytics from a friend and how she found out her blog had gained traffic. [06:12] - On moving to California after the recession hit, getting laid off three months after the move, and recovering from depression so that she could start her own freelance work as a social media marketing specialist. On partnering up with a girl who shared her co-working office space and their eventual business break-up [07:31] - How she got back on track, doing almost everything herself. What she learned from the past. [10:16] - On her book and what she meant by “be nice.” Insights about women having it all. [29:19] - How she reclaimed working for herself, by herself, and became successful after a crappy situation. [37:10] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Jaclyn's website – jaclynrjohnson.com Jaclyn's book – workparty.com Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Jun 14, 2018
Speak Up & Tell Your Truth — Luvvie Ajayi
Luvvie is an award-winning writer and 15-year blogging veteran known for her razor-sharp wit, and her take on all things pop culture, race, media, and technology. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/5/31/speak-up-with-luvvie-ajayi Her debut book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual was a New York Times Bestseller and is a series of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives. It passes on lessons and side-eyes on life, social media, culture and fame, addressing those terrible friends we all have to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma’s wake on Facebook. Show Notes: -On Luvvie’s childhood in Nigeria, their move to the U.S. when she was nine years old, and how she adjusted to American culture. Her name was different; her accent was different. [2:55] -Her choice of psychology as a major in college, why she dropped her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor, but why she also didn’t think she would make a good therapist. [7:29] -On her experience after college, going into marketing internships while figuring out what she really wanted to do, including starting her now-famous blog back in college. [8:36] -Luvvie’s journey in becoming the marketing coordinator of a non-profit while developing her blog as a hobby; winning an award for “Best Humor Blog” in 2009. [13:20] -On writing recaps for the show, Scandal, by Shonda Rhimes which eventually garnered her attention online and grew her fanbase. [15:49] -How she came up with the idea for her New York Times Bestseller “I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual.” [19:48] -On feminism: why a lot of people – especially women of color – have a hard time calling themselves feminists. [25:58] -Reclaiming what it looks like to be a creative: writing, speaking, running a business, and hosting the Rants and Randomness podcast, and why you should let your work evolve with you. [41:45] References: - Majo's website: majomolfino.com - Learn more about I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual – luvvie.org/im-judging-you-book/ Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters. Don't forget to follow Majo on Instagram for book giveaways – instagram.com/majo.heroine/
May 31, 2018
Move Beyond Fear & Doubt — Amber Rae
Do you get anxious? Let’s get real. We all do. And we need tools to deal with the worrisome thoughts and the uncomfortable feelings that naturally come up from living life. We need tools to help us put worry aside and step into a more positive state, the state of childlike, exuberant wonder. Enter today’s guest, Amber Rae, who is a total badass and who Mind Body Green called her "The Brene Brown of Wonder." More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/5/17/wonder-over-worry-with-amber-rae She is an author of a book that was just released this week, Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential (Hello, who doesn’t want to do that? You can find out more about how to order the book in the show notes because honestly every woman needs to read this Now, ASAP). In addition to being an author, Amber is an artist and speaker who has been featured in The New York Times, TIME, Fast Company, BBC, ABC World News, Tim Ferriss's blog, and more. Previously, she helped launch six best-selling books with Seth Godin. Show Notes: -Amber shares about her childhood; how her mother has influenced her in so many ways and how she’s lost her father in a car accident at a very young age. [2:56] -Her very early interest in psychology and reading books related to the discovery of how the psyche works; her pre-puberty story and starting her own magazine. [8:01] -On dealing with the development of her physical body and her emotions; her high school life and the start of her wanting to be liked and approved by people. [10:53] -A brief description of her college experience and chosen course; her great dating relationships and her ending up with someone who broke her. [18:07] -Life after college; getting into tech; moving from San Francisco to New York upon the advice of her friend Ahmed Gupta. [24:19] -The high and low of her life; lowest was when she self-sabotaged her successful career/work; highest was when she met her soon-to-be-husband, Farhad. [36:56] -About her book, “Choose Wonder Over Worry.” [41:26] -About her reclaiming her truth and essence without denying any part of herself. [53:42] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Learn more about Choose Wonder Over Worry – choosewonder.com - LIVE Event w/ Majo & Amber: Book Passage Sunday, May, 20th @ 4pm in Corte Madera, CA --> bookpassage.com/event/amber-rae-majo-molfino-choose-wonder-over-worry-corte-madera-store - LIVE event w/ Amber: Women Catalysts Sunday, May 20th @ 7pm in San Francisco, CA --> wonderoverworrywithamberrae.splashthat.com/ Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
May 17, 2018
Being Weird is Your Superpower — Laurie Segall
When we’re kids and teens, being called weird is an insult. But as we grow older, we realize so much of our superpowers come from allowing ourselves to be weirdos. Being weird is about following your quirks, strange esoteric interests, and inexplicable curiosities. Let’s face it: the best art and ideas come from the land of weird. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/5/2/be-weird-with-laurie-segall This is the focus of today’s show with Laurie Segall, a Senior Tech Correspondent for CNN and Editor at large for CNN Tech. She’s also the host of CNN’s first CNN Originals – Mostly Human – an amazing six-part docu-series that explores sex, love, and death through the lens of tech. As an award-winning journalist, she specializes in understanding the impact of tech on our daily lives. Show Notes: -Laurie as a little girl: Weird and funny, a Southerner and of a Jewish background who felt she never fit in, loved talking to people who didn’t fit in. [4:35] -On her journey as a young journalist, her undercover mission with her father at a purity ball that led to her public declaration of her virginity. [15:20] -Laurie’s fundamental mind shift: “I want to work at CNN!” The steps she took to get to where she is now, starting out and doing anything she was told to do. [22:30] -On interviewing Ariel Castro’s daughter, realizing the power of technology to investigate, and doing a docu-series on “Sex, Drugs, and Silicon Valley”. [39:00] -Pitching “Mostly Human” to CNN President, Jeff Zucker: How Laurie used her experiences going into dark places to make the “Mostly Human” show possible and how people that surrounded her have contributed to her success through their suggestions and advice. [43:54] -Laurie’s realization about how people live their lives on social media, choosing how they portray life while masking the reality of pain and sadness. [49:45] -Her interest in AI and the creation of the Laurie bot shows the possibilities of the future through technology. Laurie shares how she has reclaimed her confidence and weirdness to be who she wants to be without trying to fit in. [56:12] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Learn more about Mostly Human – money.cnn.com/mostly-human/ Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
May 03, 2018
Design That Empowers Women — Gabrielle Guthrie
Gabrielle Guthrie is the founder of Moxxly, a company that is redesigning the breast pumping experience for the modern mama. In this episode, Gabrielle shares her personal and professional journey into becoming a designer-founder who has thrown her life’s mission into building a product that re-humanizes the experience of breastfeeding for women. Gabrielle and her two female co-founders use the best of product design, business, and engineering to give mothers their dignity back. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/4/18/design-for-women-with-gabrielle-guthrie Show Notes: -Gabrielle shares her life as a creative little girl who loves to make things, growing up with two older brothers and her father who raised them. [2:50] -The challenges she faced in high school, her rebelliousness, and her relationship with her father. [6:28] -On her experience of freedom in college but how she hadn’t been thinking about the next step. [10:36] -While working on a thesis, she and her project partner talked about starting a company that will help change the lives of women and the challenges women faced throughout their lifetime. [14:47] -On her journey into failure, eventually selling the company and what she learned from the experience. [25:50] -Her travel to China after the acquisition of her company and her rise again after realizing the root cause of the product’s failure, leading to a comeback and a better product. [31:50] -Some tips for those who feel passionate about something or are planning on becoming founders. [40:37] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Learn more about Moxxly – moxxly.com/ Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Apr 19, 2018
Is There Something More For You? — Kathryn Finney
Today’s episode features writer, women’s advocate, and tech entrepreneur Kathryn Finney. Named one of the most influential women in tech by Inc Magazine, she’s the Founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided, which fosters economic growth by empowering black and latina women entrepreneurs. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/4/4/something-more-with-kathryn-finney Kathryn talks about the courage required to find your tribe and take a leap when you feel there’s more out there for you. From her travels to Ghana during the height of the AIDS epidemic and deciding to become an epidemiologist, to starting one of the first fashion blogs and changing up all of her plans, Kathryn shares how she’s dealt with fear and challenges on her path to figuring out what she wants most out of life. Show Notes: -Kathryn as a little girl: Business savvy from a young age, she learned the value and power of making her own money. Plus, the examples of entrepreneurship that had an impact on her growing up. [1:58] -Challenges during her formative years, and Kathryn’s inspiring message on finding your own tribe and having the courage to take a leap. [7:42] -Her first trip to Ghana on a college fellowship, the humbling experience of contracting malaria, and how it all inspired her work. [13:35] -Her thesis on how the HIV AIDS virus impacted violence against women in South Africa, deciding to become an epidemiologist, and the events that changed her trajectory. [19:20] -Reaching a crossroads: Kathryn’s insights on sacrifice vs decision, and figuring out what you really want out of life. [24:20] -How Kathryn found herself running a non-profit organization and starting an influential blog. [30:35] -On teaching herself how to make money from her blog before there was a clear path to doing it, landing a book deal, and how Kathryn compartmentalizes fear. [35:50] -The TV deal she almost went through with: Realizing it wasn’t what she wanted, what she learned, and how she handled the backlash. [39:51] -The movement that emerged for Kathryn as a result of attending conferences and realizing there were so few women who looked like her. [49:53] -What Kathryn has reclaimed on her heroine’s journey. [55:58] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Kathryn's website – kathrynfinney.com Check out digitalundivided – digitalundivided.com Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Apr 05, 2018
Showing Up When It's Hard — Jasmine Aarons
Jasmine Aarons is the founder of VOZ – an ethical fashion company with a mission to protect and promote the stories, livelihoods, and cultural values of rural indigenous women around the world. Jasmine has spent years working with artisans in South America, creating a collaborative design model with an inspiring ethical and sustainable vision. More about this episode: http://majomolfino.com/blog/2018/3/21/passion-ethics-with-jasmine-aarons In this episode, Jasmine shares her journey to becoming a founder, taking us through the moments in her life where she wanted to give up, but didn’t. She talks about the “blessing” of being a novice, and shares key insights and moments of growth as a founder. Show Notes: -A precocious, creative little girl with an old soul: Jasmine’s childhood, plus the challenges she faced in her teens. [2:20] -How theater and performance saved her in high school, and how that training has aided her throughout her life. [7:26] -“It has never felt easy, but I’m willing to show up”: On Jasmine’s college years, being shameless about having a weakness, and the moments where she wanted to give up but didn’t. [9:20] -On the thesis that was the seed for her work today – Jasmine’s passion for culture and concern for ethical systems, and the inspiring mission behind VOZ. [12:45] -The journey to Chile that changed her life, and Jasmine’s insights on what it takes to be a founder. [19:10] -On dealing with the peaks and valleys of founder life, how the vision behind VOZ has grown, and Jasmine’s passion for celebrating feminine leadership and women’s stories. [26:35] -How VOZ champions sustainability, connection, and authenticity, and what feminine leadership means to Jasmine. Bonus: An inspiring story about one of VOZ’s artisans. [30:48] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Learn more about VOZ and their vision – madebyvoz.com/ Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Mar 22, 2018
Your Story is Your Power — Elle Luna & Susie Herrick
We’re kicking off the new season with two returning guests. Elle Luna is a SF based artist and author, and Susie Herrick is a licensed therapist with over twenty years of experience. Together, they have co-authored a new and timely book: Your Story is Your Power, Free Your Feminine Voice. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/3/7/your-story-is-your-power-with-elle-luna-susie-herrick In this episode, they dive into the idea of taking back our stories as women. Elle and Susie explain what this means, why it matters, and how to get started. They share beautiful insights on bringing into awareness the conditioning and cultural messages hidden in our subconscious that affect us, and also teach us about the Enneagram, a powerful personality typology that will help you see your ego defenses more clearly. Show Notes: -What Elle and Susie were like as little girls. [3:02] -The stories and fairytales that capture us when we’re young, and how these apply when starting to look at our own stories. [5:19] -Our journeys as a labyrinth – spiraling into the center of our own stories, and bringing into awareness the hidden cultural messages that affect us. [9:22] -Bringing things into consciousness: “When a person has a coherent narrative, they have more capacity for relating to others.” [13:50] -On enneagrams, personality typologies, and what can be discovered about our growth and aspects of the self. [17:35] -Elle shares how she found and approached the center of her story. [28:39] -On feminine leadership and power, tending and befriending, and overcoming the fears that underlie our innate tendencies. [33:53] -Susie shares a beautiful, personal passage from their book. [43:16] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Elle's website – elleluna.com Susie's website – susieherrick.com Find their book, Your Story is Your Power - workman.com/products/your-story-is-your-power Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Mar 08, 2018
Welcome to Heroine with Majo Molfino
Welcome to HEROINE, so glad you’re here with us. I’m your host Majo Molfino. What is this show all about? HEROINE features leading female experts and authors in creativity, leadership, business, feminism, and personal growth about their own journeys and what they’ve learned along the way. I’ve had the pleasure to interview Award-Winning Artists, New York Times Best-Sellers, CEOs and Execs – you name it. These women are legends, Badasses, Rule-Breakers, Risk-Takers. Women from all backgrounds and walks of life who are changing the world with their ideas and stories. Show notes: - Interview snippets with Isabel Allende, Eileen Fisher, and Luvvie Ajayii - Website: majomolfino.com/podcast
Mar 01, 2018
Clarity & Service {Claudia Chan}
Claudia Chan is a leadership expert, social entrepreneur, and founder of S.H.E. Summit, an annual conference that celebrates women’s leadership and gender equality. She’s also the author of the newly released book, This Is How We Rise. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/28/clarity-service-with-claudia-chan Claudia hit a breaking point in her thirties that led her down the path of “waking up” to what she truly felt passionate about. In this episode, she offers a framing of leadership where both men and women work together toward gender equality, and gets honest about the obstacles she’s still working on today. You’ll also learn her unique toolkit for reacting effectively when meltdowns arise. Show Notes: -Claudia as a little girl: Strong-minded and confident, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, and eager to become an adult. [2:20] -On her early desires to achieve success and prestige, the strides she made after graduating college, and internalizing her surrounding culture that seemed focused on material wealth. [8:02] -Claudia’s breaking point: “Waking up” to a life of purpose, and the steps she took to grow spiritually and as a leader. [12:39] -A new trajectory focused on caring about women’s issues and gender equality, and the crazy momentum women have right now in this “4th wave” of feminism. [19:23] -Inviting men into the conversation: How Claudia and her husband divide and conquer as co-CEOs of their family and life. [26:09] -Getting honest about how she takes care of herself while “doing it all” – Claudia dives into her book, sharing her strategies and tools. [33:10] -The internal obstacles Claudia’s still working on today, and her final words of wisdom. [37:51] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Claudia's website – shesummit.com/founder S.H.E. Summit – shesummit.com This Is How We Rise – shesummit.com/book Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Dec 07, 2017
Poetry & Listening {Joy Harjo}
Do you ever rely on your intuition when you’re at a crossroads? Today’s guest has trusted in this power for most of her life, and it’s led her to where she is today. Joy Harjo is a poet, musician, and author, and an inspiring female figure among Native American artists and the broader poetry community. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/28/poetry-listening-with-joy-harjo Joy hit a major crossroads while taking her pre-med courses, where she had to decide whether to follow the more conventional path or commit herself to what she truly felt connected to. You’ll love her profound insights on the importance of listening and following your “inner knowing”, along with her tips for self-renewal and honoring your creative side. Show Notes: -What Joy was like as a little girl, how she coped with the unique challenges within her family, and the important relationship she built with her ancestors. [2:20] -After music was literally taken away from her, the chance to attend an American Indian art school “saved her life”. [8:54] -On the challenges Joy faced as a young wife and mother, and her process of building a better life for herself. [12:30] -How she reconnected with art and started writing while attending medical school. [15:53] -“I know beyond knowing that this is the path I’m supposed to take.” How Joy found the courage to follow poetry. [21:06] -On connecting to your intuition (or “the knowing”), listening to the voices of your ancestors and your own spirit, and resisting the conventional path. [24:04] -How Joy stays fluid while creating/performing across a range of artistic mediums. [29:30] -Joy’s tips for paying attention to your creative impulses and making time for them. [32:50] -Joy shares about the importance of learning to listen, changing your beliefs to open up what’s possible, and picking up the saxophone at forty. [36:38] -“Perhaps the world ends here.” Joy closes by reading one of her gorgeous poems. [40:29] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Joy's website – joyharjo.com Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Nov 30, 2017
Holiday Announcement
A quick announcement about our holiday schedule so you know what to expect the rest of the season. As we take this short break, we invite you to explore our database of 70+ incredible, empowering interviews. Wishing you all a beautiful and happy Thanksgiving next week! Would you like to see future episodes in the coming year and continue to be inspired? You can now support the show directly for as little as the price of a cup of coffee. We're so close to our goal! Support the show & sign up for rewards at https://www.patreon.com/heroinefm
Nov 16, 2017
Creative & Analytical {Erin Benzakein}
Erin Benzakein is one of the nation’s leading farmer-florists and the founder of Floret Farms. Her recent book, Cut Flower Garden published by Chronicle Books, will teach you how to grow and cut your own seasonal blooms. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/28/creative-analytical-with-erin-benzakein In this episode, Erin shares what she’s learned about the importance of leveraging rules and structure, while making space for creativity and beauty. She is a great example of balancing feminine and masculine traits, following your intuition, and listening to the whispers of your inner voice. As a bonus, you’ll also learn about the magic of flowers. Show Notes: -On being an anxious and curious little girl, her love for growing things from an early age, and her dream of her own “little plot of land”. [2:17] -Dropping out of high school as an angry teen who couldn’t see a future for herself. [6:59] -Starting a family at a young age, always taking the path less traveled, and her lifelong struggle of listening to her inner voice. [11:31] -How a book inspired Erin to leave the city and start living her dream, and the beautiful partnership she has with her husband. [14:30] -Erin’s biggest challenges starting out. [18:33] -When things really started to click, and the fears Erin had to push up against along the way. [21:36] -How not liking to feel “held back” has fueled her love for learning and figuring things out on her own. [28:34] -“It’s okay to fail”: Erin’s insights on failure as a prerequisite for success. [31:51] -On the balance between the feminine/creative side and the masculine/business side. [34:14] -The importance of making space for creativity to grow and thrive, the magic of flowers, and what Erin has reclaimed for herself on her journey. [38:51] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Learn more about Erin and Floret Farms – www.floretflowers.com Get her book, Cut Flower Garden – chroniclebooks.com/titles/floret-farm-s-cut-flower-garden.html Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Nov 09, 2017
You Are A Badass {Jen Sincero}
Jen Sincero is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of You Are a Badass, and most recently, You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth. After being fed up with merely scraping by for years, Jen decided to focus on figuring money out. She took a leap of faith that led her down the path to fully embracing money and wealth, and her latest book uncovers the mental blocks she had to overcome to let the money flow. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/28/you-are-a-badass-with-jen-sincero In this episode, you’ll learn how to detach from the icky stigma of wanting more money, seeing it instead as the energetic exchange between people that it really is. Jen also shares her insights on the association between self-promotion and shame, especially among women. Her open, no-nonsense approach will motivate and inspire you to feel excited about whatever it is you have going on. Show Notes: -How being challenged by a second grade teacher who set firm boundaries was exactly the kind of attention Jen needed as a little girl. [2:40] -Jen in her twenties: college years, landing a dream job, being ignored in a male-dominated environment, starting a rock band – all while being unsure of what she was doing with her life. [3:38] -Falling in love with her drummer, writing her first book, and constantly reinventing herself. [8:03] -Jen’s lowest point of being broke and still clueless about what she was doing with her life, her first big break, and the power of being excited about what you’re doing. [11:22] -Powerful insights on the association between self-promotion and shame (especially for women). [16:10] -On exploring her sexuality while on her first book tour, writing a sex column, and helping people get over shame. [24:39] -Tired of scraping by, Jen decided to devote her time and focus on figuring out money by reading self-help books, going to seminars, and taking a big leap of faith. [29:32] -On the energy behind money, our attitudes toward our day jobs, and Jen’s insights on making compromises. [36:29] -Still unsure of what she was doing with her life in her forties, Jen “just kept doing the next right thing.” [42:40] -Looking back on the success of her books, You Are A Badass and others, and Jen’s final words of wisdom. [44:57] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Jen's website – jensincero.com Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Nov 02, 2017
Trusting Your Vision {Brenda Chapman}
Today’s episode features Academy Award Winning film director, Brenda Chapman. She was the head of story for The Lion King, co-director of The Prince of Egypt, and the writer and co-director of Disney-Pixar’s Brave. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/28/trusting-your-vision-with-brenda-chapman In this episode, you’ll learn about Brenda’s own heroine journey, how she began directing when she didn’t feel completely ready for it, and her resilience as one of the few women in animation. As an expert storyteller, she also helps us see how we can learn from characters and their flaws, and what they can teach us about our own lives. Share in the wisdom of a true feminist and gifted creative who trusted her vision and kept fighting for what she believed in. Show Notes: -Growing up in a small town in the midwest, Brenda spent most of her time escaping into the world of reading, drawing, and making up stories. [2:50] -How she fell in love with storytelling while studying animation at CalArts. [6:18] -How she got Disney’s attention, her defining moments there, and the circumstance that made her privately ashamed for years. [8:25] -Being one of a few female directors: How she stepped into her leadership, some of the amazing films she’s worked on, and leaving Disney for Dreamworks. [13:45] -The inspiration behind the story of Brave, a love story between mother and daughter. [18:05] -Working at Pixar, and how her biggest challenge made her a stronger artist, director, and creator. [26:24] -How the support of her colleagues helped Brenda through a dark time, and the surprising opportunities that poured in. [31:39] -How the heroine’s journey differs from the hero’s, and Brenda’s insights on the importance of using external metaphors to shine a light on internal obstacles. [34:47] -The flaw Brenda had to overcome/embrace on her own heroine’s journey, and her final words of wisdom. [39:07] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Brenda's website – brenda-chapman.com Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Oct 26, 2017
Isabel Allende: Truth & Story
Isabel Allende is a woman who fearlessly enters the imaginal realm and trusts where her instincts take her. The most widely read Spanish-speaking author in the world, her books have sold over 65 million copies worldwide. She received the Medal of Freedom from Obama and carried an Olympic flag with Sophia Loren. But that’s not all that makes her incredible. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/28/truth-story-with-isabel-allende Isabel understands struggle, pain, and what it means to fight, and she passionately serves women and girls around the world through her foundation and work. In this episode, Isabel explains what really makes a heroine, sharing the darkest moments on her own heroine’s journey, and offers profound insights on feminine energy and how it can change the world. Show Notes: -Isabel’s somber and isolated childhood: Growing up in Chile after her father abandoned them, the death of her grandmother, and finding solace in reading and storytelling. [2:59] -How love and feminism saved her from her angry teenage years, disgusted by authority and male chauvinism. [5:12] -On having to flee Chile for Venezuela, Isabel’s insights on immigrants and refugees, and having “too much imagination” to be a journalist. [7:33] -Why Isabel sees stories as truer than truth, and how her twenties and thirties provided the necessary raw material for her writing. [11:08] -A passionate rebel heart – Isabel explains the key quality her female characters have, plus the survival stories of real women she’s witnessed through her organization. [14:02] -On sisterhood and female community, and the difference between the hero’s and heroine’s journey [17:03] -Isabel’s “dissent”: The darkest phase of her heroine’s journey, and her wisdom on trials making the heroine. [26:27] -The high price Isabel has paid for feminism, and how feminine energy can change the world. [31:57] -How Isabel has seen women and feminism change, and why you should never try to avoid pain. [36:08] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Isabel's website – isabelallende.com Check out the incredible work being done through The Isabel Allende Foundation – isabelallende.org Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Oct 19, 2017
Creative Flow {Denise Jacobs}
Today’s episode features author, speaker, and creative evangelist Denise Jacobs. She’s spoken at Creative Mornings, Adaptive Path, TEDx, and more, and is the author of Banish Your Inner Critic, which dives into some of the most important subjects for creative women leaders today. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/28/creative-flow-with-denise-jacobs In this episode, Denise breaks down creativity’s two opposing forces: creative flow and the inner critic. She shares her insights on how women are socialized to take on more than we need to, offers some of the most practical tips for producing and maintaining a state of creative flow, and provides an array of tools for managing your inner critic. Show Notes: -Denise’s self-consciousness about being extremely tall as a little girl, and how she found solace in reading stacks of books and developing a sense of humor. [1:36] -On being told by a teacher that she was a perfectionist (which she later realized was not a compliment), and becoming aware of her inner critic. [5:45] -The aha moment Denise had after swirling in self-doubt and fear while working on her last book. [9:38] -The teaching experience that helped her realize her passion for speaking to people and her gift for being on stage. [14:27] -Diving into her book: How creative flow and the inner critic interact, and practical tips for recognizing and dealing with the latter. [16:03] -How to train your inner critic and recognize when it’s showing up in subtle ways. [22:52] -On dealing with overwhelm, reframing situations in ways that empower us, and the importance of To-Don’t lists. [28:27] -On being aware of our comparison triggers in the age of social media, how women are socialized to take on more than they need to, and Denise’s final words of wisdom. [34:57] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Denise's website – denisejacobs.com Find her book, Banish Your Inner Critic – innercriticbook.com Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Oct 12, 2017
What's Your Purpose? {Ruby Warrington}
Purpose is something we all seek on the heroine’s journey, especially at breaking points when we may wonder where our lives are headed and what really matters. This is the central theme in today’s episode with Ruby Warrington, author of Material Girl, Mystical World and founder of The Numinous, a wonderful online resource that helps bridge the gap between mystical and mainstream. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/28/whats-your-purpose-with-ruby-warrington Ruby covers the definition of dharma (or “purpose”) and how we find our own, as well as how to strip away the layers of conditioning that can leave us feeling stuck. In sharing her journey of coming out of the spiritual closet and finding her dharma, Ruby also provides practical advice for enhancing our personal and professional lives. Show Notes: -Ruby as a girl: A talkative child who was enamored with the idea of expressing herself through words. [2:10] -Finding independence after high school, dreaming of working in fashion during her college years, and her first job at a print magazine. [6:29] -On landing her dream job and everything she thought she’d always wanted, and the stress, confusion, and anger that quickly followed in the form of an existential crisis. [9:44] -The critical point in Ruby’s journey that reshaped her future: taking up a new passion project after much self-reflection. [13:26] -On the imbalance that comes when we neglect our sense of mystery and wonder, Ruby’s vision for The Numinous, and how the universe intervened on her behalf. [18:45] -Establishing herself as a freelance journalist, turning points on the path to achieving her vision, and coming out of the spiritual closet. [22:48] -Diving into Ruby’s book, Material Girl Mystical World, and the concept of dharma. [25:40] -Spiritual tools and techniques that help strip away layers of conditioning to reveal our true purpose. [29:54] -Bonus story: Ruby gets personal and emotional about her hair – a metaphor around connecting to the inner, divine feminine. [35:55] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Ruby's website – rubywarrington.com Check out The Numinous & find Ruby’s book, Material Girl, Mystical World – the-numinous.com/material-girl-mystical-world-book Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Have questions about this episode? What are some of your challenges? Leave a message or send a text to 513-HEROINE. Submit an iTunes review for the show and then email us that you’ve done it at majo@heroine.fm – receive a free audio training on personal branding & how to reach out to women you admire in return! Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Oct 05, 2017
Smart Leaps {Margaret Stewart}
Margaret Stewart has spent her career focusing on designing user experiences that change the world in fundamental ways. As the VP of Product Design at Facebook, and formerly at YouTube and Google, Margaret sees design as creativity in the service of others. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/28/smart-leaps-with-margaret-stewart In this episode, Margaret opens up about her biggest challenges as a woman leader, breaking down some of the notions that tend to hold us back. Along with her inspiring managerial style, she shares insights on the tricky emotions of ambition and guilt, and her recipe for smart leaps of faith and taking risks that pay off. Show Notes: -Margaret shares about growing up as the youngest of 9 kids; an early maker and performer who often wondered what her role in life would be. [2:20] -On the bold move she made after college, her first jobs in the early days of the internet, and the pattern that emerged for her around risk-taking. [6:34]] -How women are socialized to be more cautious, and Margaret’s experience and wisdom in getting over that. [11:43] -Margaret breaks down some of the big risks and leaps of faith she took, plus her thoughts on the value of naivety. [16:35] -On ambition and guilt, dealing with negative critique, and Margaret’s biggest challenge. [20:56] -Majo and Margaret discuss: Feminine qualities in the workplace, and Margaret’s inspiring management and leadership style. [26:46] -What Margaret has reclaimed for herself on her heroine’s journey. [32:28] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Learn more about Margaret – medium.com/@mags Rebecca Garza-Bortman's podcast Advice from Mom – advicefrom.mom Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Submit an iTunes review for the show and then email us that you’ve done it at majo@heroine.fm – receive a free audio training on personal branding & how to reach out to women you admire in return! Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Sep 28, 2017
Self-Care & Leadership {Elena Brower}
Elena Brower is an internationally recognized author, yoga teacher, and speaker. She wrote The Art of Attention, and most recently, Practice You, a gorgeous journal for self-reflection. Elena has contributed to The Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen, and has been featured in Yoga Journal and The New York Times. She’s a true pioneer in the world of yoga. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/28/self-care-leadership-with-elena-brower In this episode, Elena shares about her journey and approaches deep, introspective truths as she and host Majo discuss the power of meditation and journaling. Elena offers her unique insights on the energy behind money, and years of wisdom on why self-care is so important. Show Notes: -Elena growing up – a gawky, intuitive girl who would look in the mirror and ask, Who are you? [2:42] -Her teenage years, what she studied at Cornell, first jobs, and living in Italy. [6:38] -Finding her calling, getting started with yoga, and Elena’s insights on teaching. [11:37] -On husting as a yoga teacher and opening her own studio. [14:39] -What Elena learned from running her own businesses, and how she found a way to make the money she needed to fund the life she wanted. [17:52] -On fear of success, sharing energy, and the unique perspective that makes her a good teacher. [26:04] -Elena’s tough-love wisdom on self-care and creating time for yourself. [29:37] -On her new book, Practice You – Elena shares some of her profound, introspective writing prompts. [31:38] -The powerful effects of journaling and meditation, and Elena’s final words of wisdom. [36:43] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Elena's website – elenabrower.com Get her book, Practice You – practiceyou.com Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Submit an iTunes review for the show and then email us that you’ve done it at majo@heroine.fm – receive a free audio training on personal branding & how to reach out to women you admire in return! Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Sep 21, 2017
Keep Going {Ash Huang}
Today’s episode features writer, artist, and designer Ash Huang. Her essays have appeared in FastCompany, Offscreen Mag, and Lean Out. Her novel, The Firesteel, won first place in the Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards. An early designer at Twitter and Pinterest, and currently at Adobe, Ash has also been her own boss over the years, giving her unique career insights to share. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/28/keep-going-with-ash-huang Along with the ups and downs of her personal journey, Ash talks about the importance of knowing the rules (and how they’re subjective), the paradox of structure, and what it means to be free in your work. If you’re a multi-passionate creative, Ash offers encouraging wisdom on changing things up. Show Notes: -Ash growing up: A creative girl who talked to animals, dealing with feelings of “otherness”, and her desire for unique self-expression. [1:57] -On loving her college years, graduating at the height of the recession, and her struggle to find a job. [6:30] -Ash’s insights on following the rules, and her growing desire to be more free in her work. [11:22] -The ups and downs of getting started as a freelancer. [15:57] -On working at Twitter in its early days. [19:12] -Learning about product design at Pinterest, and the onslaught of illness that forced her to step back and reevaluate her path. [23:49] -Ash’s reflections on cultural rewards, fighting against the system, and figuring out her authentic process. [29:23] -“My first brush with real art…” On writing her novel, The Firesteel, and departing from the Good Girl archetype. [34:08] -On Ash’s transition from freelance to Adobe, and the unsexy sexiness of having structure. [40:29] -On being multi-passionate and changing a lot through her twenties, and Ash’s final words of wisdom. [45:15] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Ash’s website – ashsmash.com Sponsor: TuneIn – tunein.com Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Sep 14, 2017
Road to Independence {Aminatou Sow}
The new fall season kicks off with Aminatou Sow, host of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast where she discusses all things pop culture, politics, and feminism with her long-distance best friend. A fierce boss lady, digital powerhouse, and writer, Aminatou has been named in Forbes 30 Under 30 in Tech and amongst Women to Watch by KQED Arts. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/28/road-to-independence-with-aminatou-sow In this episode, Aminatou shares about being raised in a conservative Muslim family and her experience immigrating to the U.S. From working at a toy store when she had no other prospects, to becoming her own boss and a well-known podcast host, Aminatou has excellent advice for creative women working full-time who want to become more independent and level up in their leadership. Show Notes: -Aminatou’s childhood: Growing up in Nigeria in a conservative Muslim family that emphasized intellectual curiosity. [1:25] -Thoughts on her high school days, being a feminist, and wanting to live in America. [4:30] -College years and the pressure to achieve as a child of immigrants. [7:28] -The unexpected death of her mom, what she learned, and how she moved on. [14:10] -Living in Belgium and DC, struggling to find a job amidst the obstacles of being an immigrant, and the job that taught her humility. [15:30] -Landing her first “real” job… and then the recession hit – how panic and anxiety turned to hustle. [21:09] -How Aminatou redefined her path after being granted asylum and built a solid digital PR resume. [27:33] -How the Call Your Girlfriend podcast got started. [30:32] -The “weird ride” to becoming her own boss and Aminatou’s insights on the long game. [35:17] -Aminatou’s advice to women working full-time who want to level up in their leadership and gain more independence. [40:03] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Call Your Girlfriend – callyourgirlfriend.com Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.com Want to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters
Sep 07, 2017
Introducing New Season
New Fall Season kicks off Thursday, September 7! You're in store for more amazing interviews featuring the real journeys of inspiring heroines. But don't wait for the season to start – connect with us now! Join us for Heroine's first Live Q&A call on Thursday, August 31. Go to http://www.heroine.fm/call to register. Ask a question, participate a little or a lot, or just listen in! Our lead host Majo will be sharing tips & insights on starting Heroine that you can apply to your own projects and ideas. Followed by a Q&A where you can ask her anything! Register at http://www.heroine.fm/call
Aug 24, 2017
Feeling Alive {Kim Chambers}
In today’s bonus episode, Majo speaks with Kim Chambers, one of the world’s best marathon swimmers and the sixth person to complete the ultimate open water challenge “Oceans Seven.” She also set a world record as the first woman to swim thirty miles to the Farallon Islands through one of the largest concentration of great white sharks. Surprisingly, Kim only discovered swimming a few years ago. A daughter of farmers and a ballerina for many years, Kim talks about the value of learning discipline and a strong work ethic, and shares about the accident that changed her life – setting her on a new life course. Her journey reveals what’s possible when you choose to jump into the deep end and follow your bliss. Show Notes: -On growing up on a farm in New Zealand, dancing ballet, and how Kim learned tenacity at a young age. [1:32] -Defining moments from adolescence: Attending an all-girls school, witnessing the death of a friend, and more. [6:20] -Kim talks about the impact of travelling a lot with her family, and studying Human Computer Interaction at Berkeley. [12:15] -The perks of classical training and discipline, plus how having a routine sets a strong foundation. [18:32] -Becoming a “completely different person in the last ten years”: Kim shares about the accident that nearly required the amputation of her leg (and how it was the best thing that could have happened to her). [22:54] -On her newfound desire for freedom, feeling drawn to the water, and getting started as a swimmer. [29:58] -Kim’s relationship to water: Making friends with dolphins, talking to sea lions, feeling spiritual connections with islands, and swimming with great white sharks. [34:29] -How Kim relates to fear, her most challenging swims, and her advice to other women wanting to take a new leap. [42:15] References: Check out Kim's adventures at http://kimswims.com/ Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com Go to http://www.heroine.fm/survey and give us your feedback on the show so we can continue to delight you with Heroine – Receive an audio training on the Inner Critic as a gift in return!
Aug 03, 2017
Gloria Steinem & Lateefah Simon in SF
A few months ago our host Majo attended a live conversation at the Women’s Building between SF-based activist Lateefah Simon and Gloria Steinem, who became nationally recognized as a leader and spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the late 60s and early 70s. She’s been an inspiration to generations of women who want to live life on their own terms. This episode is a compilation of some of the most interesting moments from the historic conversation, with Majo weaving in and out to provide context and insights. As a woman who’s been around the block and long-engaged in social and political activism, Gloria has powerful wisdom to share on the topics of feminism, sex, race, our current political climate, and how we can have an impact. Show Notes: -Introducing Lateefah and Gloria, and the setting for this historic conversation. [0:00] -Defining feminism. [2:34] -Gloria weighs in on why white, married women voted for Trump, and talks about the ways in which our minds are colonized. [4:48] -“If we look up, we feel disempowered. Look at each other.” [9:39] -Using empathy to design solutions: A story about sex-trafficking in Zambia. [14:34] -Gloria’s advice for affecting change and making an impact. [18:57] References: The Women's Building – https://womensbuilding.org/ Gloria Steinem – http://www.gloriasteinem.com/ Akonadi Foundation – https://akonadi.org/ 94.1 KPFA – https://kpfa.org/ Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com Go to http://www.heroine.fm/survey and give us your feedback on the show so we can continue to delight you with Heroine – Receive an audio training on the Inner Critic as a gift in return!
Jul 06, 2017
Quick Reminder
A quick reminder about our summer schedule & feedback survey. Go to http://www.heroine.fm/survey and give us your feedback so we can continue to delight you with Heroine. We want to hear from you! In return, we'll send you an audio training on the inner critic — it's a win-win!
Jun 22, 2017
Inner Voice & Trust {Jenna Bott}
Today’s bonus episode features Jenna Bott, Art Director for the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, who worked on the visual identity for Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Option B. Amidst holding down full-time jobs and having three children, Jenna shares how she came to call herself a designer over a decade of freelance projects, working at a small agency, and landing clients like Lean In. She also talks about dealing with rejection and imposter syndrome, and what it means to be “paid to learn.” For anyone looking to bridge into what they really want to do, Jenna has fantastic insights and advice to offer. Show Notes: -Jenna growing up: A “visually particular” tomboy who didn’t identify as an artist. [2:32] -How she felt a strong pull to the arts in college, but went in a completely different direction, plus her one creative outlet and the job that sparked her love for design. [6:55] -Jenna shares the pivotal motivation and insights that came after a crushing rejection. [10:28] -On her decision to switch things up after becoming pregnant, and the internal challenges around embracing herself as a designer that she had to get over. [14:08] -Growing her freelance business while working full-time with three kids... how this hustle phase paid off when Jenna landed Lean In as a client. [19:59] Persevering through self-doubt by trusting her inner voice, plus great advice from one of Jenna’s mentors. [23:18] -On being in process and still figuring things out, and how she approached her work on Option B. [27:57] -Majo and Jenna discuss Sheryl and her new book: Her goal to normalize the conversation around grief, making it okay to talk about, and the importance of knowing how to comfort others. [31:51] -What Jenna has learned from her work on Option B, and her final words of wisdom. [34:40] References: Option B – https://optionb.org/ Get the book – https://optionb.org/book Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation – https://sgfamilyfoundation.org/ Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com Go to http://www.heroine.fm/survey and give us your feedback on the show so we can continue to delight you with Heroine – Receive an audio training on the Inner Critic as a gift in return!
Jun 01, 2017
Have Feedback?
Go to http://www.heroine.fm/survey and give us your feedback so we can continue to delight you with Heroine. We want to hear from you! In return, you'll receive an audio training on the inner critic — it's a win-win!
May 25, 2017
New Schedule {Important!}
Today’s short ‘n’ sweet episode is a quick announcement about our new summer schedule – it’s going to be a LOT lighter! Deep breath. Because here’s the truth – we could all use a little break and the chance to slow down. Majo shares the aha moment she had before coming to this decision, plus drops some teasers on the bonus episodes you can expect to see over the next few months. She also shares about how far her dream has come over the last year to create a podcast that brings women’s voices together.
May 11, 2017
Leading Teams {Kristy Tillman}
Kristy Tillman was the Design Director at Society of Grownups and a designer at IDEO in Boston before making her way up to become the Head of Communication Design at Slack, a messaging tool for teams. This is a recent position for Kristy, who is real and honest about being “in process.” Her insights on building strong and diverse teams are powerful, especially if you’re considering becoming a manager. As a black woman in design, Kristy offers advice for those who feel like they don’t fit into the dominant culture of their company. She also talks about holding out for the right opportunities, the qualities that make strong managers and designers, and her unique formula for success. Show Notes: -Kristy growing up: From a precocious girl in a bike gang to a vulnerable teen who had to learn to become self-assured and independent. [3:20] -Figuring out what she wanted to do in her college years, internships at Nasa and elsewhere, and discovering her love for design. [10:21] -Some of Kristy’s bigger career transitions, and the unique approach she took with her application to IDEO that helped her get noticed. [17:40] -On her favorite projects at IDEO, building her own design teams, and the discomfort she’s occasionally felt as the only black woman in her work culture. [22:48] -On accepting uncomfortable situations, her love for building teams and bringing people together, and her advice for when you don’t feel like you fit into your company's work culture. [26:37] -Kristy shares insights from her first experience building and constructing teams and how she fell in love with it, plus her advice to anyone considering management work. [31:03] -How Kristy finally transitioned to Slack after the right role presented itself, and her unique recipe for success. [35:58] -On what the last six months at Slack has looked like and building the culture of a new team, plus what Kristy looks for in a designer. [40:42] -Kristy’s final thoughts, her 99U talk on “inviting yourself to the table”, and future goals. [49:12] References: Kristy’s blog – http://www.tomorrowlooksbright.com/ Her 99U talk: “Inviting Yourself to the Table” – http://99u.com/videos/53998/kristy-tillman-inviting-yourself-to-the-table Slack – https://slack.com/ Episode Sponsors: Lingo App – http://bit.ly/lingo-app TuneIn – http://tunein.com/ Music by Lucia Lilikoi – https://lucia.bandcamp.com/
May 04, 2017
New Rules of Work {Alex Cavoulacos}
The world of work has seen a lot of change in recent years, and it can be tough to keep up. What do these changes mean for your career and leadership? Alex Cavoulacos breaks it down and shares her career expertise in today’s episode. Named one of INC’s 15 women to watch in tech and Forbes 30 under 30, Alex is co-founder and COO of TheMuse.com, a career platform and community helping millions of Millennials find inspiring careers. Alex talks about making the leap from her job as a consultant to starting this groundbreaking company, and dives into their book The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating your Career. Alex also shares her productivity hacks, her genius approach to to-do listing, and how to create your personal brand authentically. Show Notes: -On her strong, self-driven personality growing up, and the grit and rigor she learned from her schooling outside the U.S. [2:43] -Some of the lessons she learned in school, like dealing with pressure and separating efforts from results. [8:47] -Alex’s college years: throwing previous training out the window, exploring new fields, and getting a clearer sense for how she wanted to go about impacting the world. [15:00] -How Alex met Kathryn and what drove them to get started with The Muse. [20:25] -The pain points that came up in deciding between staying at her job and taking a chance with The Muse, and how she ultimately made the leap. [28:32] -Diving into their new book, The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career. [21:06] -The main difference Alex has noticed between men and women when it comes to career work, and how The Muse helps less-traditional workers be successful. [35:41] -On the importance of personal branding and how to create your brand authentically. [38:15] -Alex’s productivity hacks and insights, plus her genius approach to to-do listing. [43:48] -On saying no, the difference between an employee mindset and a leader mindset, and what Alex has reclaimed on her journey. [47:52] References:. TheMuse.com – https://www.themuse.com/ Get their book, The New Rules of Work, available now – https://www.themuse.com/thenewrulesofwork Episode Sponsor: Lingo App – http://bit.ly/lingo-app Music by Lucia Lilikoi – https://lucia.bandcamp.com/
Apr 27, 2017
Shifting Careers {Veronica Belmont}
Last year, Veronica Belmont hosted HBO’s Red Carpet Premiere for Game of Thrones. But after spending ten years as an online media personality, she decided to leave the world of video behind her and become a product manager. On today’s show, she shares about the ups and downs of being a freelancer, switching careers after ten years and embracing a new and unknown path, and how she’s becoming an expert in her new field. If you’re thinking about transitioning your role or industry and jumping over into something kind of but not really related, this is the episode for you. Show Notes: -Veronica growing up: A rough and tumble kind of girl who loved gadgets and tinkering with toys. [2:01] -Her fascination with computers and games, joining the punk rock scene in high school, and studying Audio Production at Emerson. [5:54] -Veronica’s first taste of feeling blocked because she was a woman, and how she ended up moving to San Francisco. [11:10] -The hustle phase: Using Craigslist for everything (even her mattress), facing lots of rejections, and landing an internship at CNET. [15:53] -Diving into her audio career, shifting from behind-the-scenes work to sharing her voice and co-hosting, and the leap to video. [23:45] -Going from a super high to a super low: Veronica’s huge opportunity to host the HBO premiere of GOT, and her mistake of reading all the nasty comments about it afterward. [31:36] -“It’s okay to know yourself well enough to know when you need a change.” Veronica shares about her decision to end all her contracts and stop video work. [34:39] -On freelancing, the podcasts she continues to work on and how they’ve evolved, and her transition into Product Management. [38:53] -The importance of becoming an expert in your domain, joining Bot Makers, and Veronica’s advice to people wanting to break into a new field. [42:32] -The tendency women have to disqualify themselves from new opportunities (while men seem to do the opposite), and Veronica’s words of encouragement. [47:55] -What Veronica has reclaimed for herself on her heroine’s journey. [50:45] References: Veronica’s personal website – http://veronicabelmont.com/ Sword & Laser podcast – http://swordandlaser.com/ Growbot website – https://www.growbot.io/ Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Apr 20, 2017
Do You Own It? {Jaime Derringer}
Jaime Derringer started the blog Design Milk even though she wasn’t a designer – she was simply curating what she thought was beautiful. Today it’s one of the best-known design blogs out there dedicated to modern design – offering what’s new in art, architecture, fashion and technology, and more. In today’s episode, she and our host discuss the importance of having clarity on your hobbies versus your job, while still embracing all that you are as a creative renaissance woman. Jaime also talks about her depression and anxiety during her twenties, and shares the mindset shifts and energy management tips that helped her to leave it in the past. Show Notes: -Growing up: On being an independent girl who preferred the art store to the toy store, expressing herself with piercings and pink hair, and struggling to find herself. [1:52] -Why she chose to major in Asian Studies in college, even though it was a “useless” degree to her. [7:37] -On her depression and anxiety during her twenties, and the exercise that saved her. [10:22] -Moving around, becoming a mom, and how she got started with Design Milk. [12:55] -Jaime talks about how long it took to find a job where she felt comfortable, how she had to fake it ‘til she made it, and having the confidence to figure things out. [16:58] -On taking on new challenges, being multi-modal, and her hobbies for relaxation. [23:34] -Jaime and Majo talk about identity and wearing different hats, plus the big aha Jaime had that expanded her creative freedom. [27:03] -Some of the common pitfalls of working through big projects, plus tips on energy management. [32:09] -Jaime shares her final words of wisdom on increasing her capacity and what she’s reclaimed on her journey. [36:07] References: Design Milk – http://design-milk.com/ Jaime's personal website – http://www.jaimederringer.com/ Dog Milk – http://dog-milk.com/ Adorn Milk – https://adorn-milk.com/ Find Jaime on Twitter: @designmilk @jaimederringer Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Apr 13, 2017
Hardship & Creativity {Ashley C. Ford}
Ashley C. Ford is a writer, editor, and speaker who has written and guest-edited for publications like The Guardian, ELLE, BuzzFeed, Slate, and many more. But only a few years ago, she had a very different story. After getting fired from all her part-time jobs at once, she hit rock bottom, but was able to find the inspiration to move forward after reading a self-help book. Soon after, she became friends with Lena Dunham, started writing for BuzzFeed, and is now a senior writer at Refinery29 while also working on a personal memoir. As a survivor of sexual assault, Ashley talks about letting go of shame and the relationship between personal hardships and creativity. She also shares her perspective on Black Girl Magic and what she’s reclaimed on her heroine’s journey. Show Notes: -Ashley as a little girl: A precocious, early reader who asked a lot of questions and was highly skeptical of adult authority. [2:57] -On hitting puberty as a young woman – “It’s not about us, it’s about the way the world starts to react to us.” [10:11] -Ashley talks about her father, who was in prison for most of her life, and how their relationship was further complicated after learning what his crime had been. [17:46] -On personal experiences relating to creativity, why Ashley struggled so long to figure out what she wanted to do, and how she ended up becoming a writer. [21:04] -Diving into Ashley’s transition to becoming a writer – from surviving on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to checking out all the self-help books at the library to getting a job at Buzzfeed. [26:57] -Some of the beliefs she had to let go of in order to lead, plus her beautiful perspective on "black girl magic". [32:05] -Ashley’s advice for making yourself more visible and vulnerable, her wisdom on shame, and what she’s in the process of reclaiming for herself. [38:25] References: Ashley's website – http://www.ashleycford.net/ Episode Sponsor: UENO - http://ueno.co/ Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Apr 06, 2017
Feminist Fight Club {Jessica Bennett}
Today’s episode features a powerful interview with Jessica Bennett – a journalist who writes on gender, sexuality, and culture. She recently authored the book Feminist Fight Club, an office survival guide for a sexist workplace that’s packed with hilarity and insights on the subtle and sneaky sexism that still exists in modern workplaces today. Jessica talks about how women have been programmed to feel competitive with each other, whether it’s okay to cry at work, and shares practical tools and techniques for dealing with sexism at work. She also shares how she overcame imposter syndrome to write for big names like the Times, and how you can overcome self doubts too. Show Notes: - A “geeky” girl with unyielding ambition and lots of lofty goals. [0:00] - How she began to notice that the men around her were getting promoted faster and published more often, and how that led to uncovering an amazing story about women in the 70s who had felt the same frustration… [1:56] - Growing up in liberal Seattle, Jessica admits that she wasn’t always interested in gender issues, and shares how she came to form the first feminist fight club. [6:03] - Majo and Jessica talk about the subtle and insidious nature of sexism even in modern and progressive workplaces. [10:30] - Diving into the book, Feminist Fight Club: How we self-sabotage, dealing with imposter syndrome, and more. [11:13] - How women are programmed to feel competitive with each other: “It doesn’t have to be this way… we have the power to change this.” [15:52] - To cry or not to cry at work? Jessica breaks down the stigmas around crying. [20:29] - How communication and speech impacts the way we are perceived, and other stereotypes on how women are supposed to behave. [25:55] - On reclamation, and the importance of bringing humor into issues like this. [31:49] - How we can bring men into this conversations, the surprising thing that Jessica has reclaimed on her journey, and her advice to women. [35:26] References: http://www.feministfightclub.com/ http://www.jessicabennett.me/ Episode Sponsor: UENO - http://ueno.co/ Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Mar 30, 2017
Creative Freedom {Shyama Golden}
What is creative freedom – and when do you feel it most? Shyama Golden is an artist and designer who has found a range of ways to express her artistry. As a daughter to scientist immigrants, her parents encouraged her to pursue something practical. But after ten years of taking that route, Shyama felt the time was right to let her artsy side shine. Shyama shares when she has felt the most and least creative freedom on her journey to becoming a sustainable artist – from her work in graphic and interactive design, to her paintings of families living inside of dinosaurs and a giant Sasquatch made of cats. This episode will get you wondering what phase of creative freedom you're in, and whether it’s time for a change. Show Notes: -Shyama as a little girl: an introverted, only child who liked trying new and “weird” things. [2:56] -On her immigrant parents, college years, and how the nature of her first job affected her creative freedom. [7:12] -How rejection and getting laid off turned out to be a blessing in disguise. [13:18] -From full-time work, to freelance work, to a sabbatical focused on making her own art. [17:28] -How a chance opportunity to participate in an art exhibit helped quiet her inner critic and revealed the positive power of deadlines. [21:58] -Deciding to move to SF for new challenges and opportunities, and the regret she felt initially. [27:09] -Shyama’s insights on sustaining herself as well as having mentors and patrons. [35:14] -The internal shifts Shyama has made to protect her creativity, plus her progress on Catsquatch. [40:38] References: Check out Shyama's work – http://shyamagolden.com/ Episode Sponsor: Adobe Creative Residency – http://adobe.com/go/creativeresidency Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Mar 23, 2017
Cultivating Bravery {Caroline Paul}
Interested in learning how to de-condition away from fear and towards bravery? According to Caroline Paul, girls are socialized to be fearful instead of brave — and it’s not doing us any favors. As one of the first women in the SF Fire Department and author of the children’s book, The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure, Caroline has great insights on the relationship between being adventurous and being creative. Caroline talks about how interacting with nature can help us cultivate bravery, and shares powerful insights on the relationship between fear and exhilaration. She also does a fantastic job of breaking down the cultural rituals between men and women, which can help explain why women sometimes feel uncomfortable in male-dominated workplaces. Show Notes: -Growing up as the shy twin: how being an identical twin uniquely shaped Caroline growing up. [4:52] -Discussing the research on girls during the pivotal pre-teen years, and what that time was like for Caroline. [9:39] -College years, being baffled by the idea of careers and what she wanted to do, and how she came to be one of the first women at SF Fire Department. [13:32] -Caroline shares about the early difficulties of working in such a male-dominated field, and the different cultural rituals between men and women. [19:35] -Being the first to volunteer for things, striving to out-brave the men and the backlash that came with that, and the different flavors of bravery. [26:25] -On why parents protect girls more than boys, and the revelation Caroline’s mother had that led her to encourage her daughters to be more adventurous. [29:24] -On Caroline’s book, The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure. [32:09] -How we begin the process of de-conditioning ourselves away from fear: Caroline’s advice to practice bravery in small steps, and her powerful final thoughts. [35:08] References: Caroline’s website: http://www.carolinepaul.com/ Get Caroline’s book, The Gutsy Girl: https://www.amazon.com/Gutsy-Girl-Escapades-Your-Adventure/dp/1632861232 Caroline’s TED Talk, “To raise brave girls, encourage adventure”: http://www.ted.com/talks/caroline_paul_to_raise_brave_girls_encourage_adventure Caroline’s New York Times Op-Ed, “Why do we teach girls that it’s cute to be scared?”: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/21/opinion/sunday/why-do-we-teach-girls-that-its-cute-to-be-scared.html?_r=0 Episode Sponsors: UENO – https://ueno.co/careers Adobe Creative Residency – http://adobe.com/go/creativeresidency Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Mar 16, 2017
Back to Six {Linda Liukas}
On the heroine’s journey, a lot of our speakers find that they return to the magic, playfulness, and confidence they had as little girls. Linda Liukas is a beautiful example of this cycle. A computer programmer and children’s book author, she hopes to create a more diverse and colorful perspective of technology – starting with the poetry of coding. Linda’s coding book for children quickly became one of Kickstarter’s most highly funded children’s books, and her recent TEDx talk has garnered over 1.5 million views. Her unapologetic, girlish enthusiasm is contagious – she’ll get you thinking back to what you were like as a little girl and perhaps remind you of parts of yourself you’d like to reclaim. Show Notes: -Linda as a very imaginative little girl who loved role-playing with friends and tinkering on her dad’s computer. [3:51] -How she came to develop a brave and curious attitude towards technology, plus the hilarious story of teaching herself to build a fan website for her girlhood crush, Al Gore. [7:30] -Thoughts on identity: Linda talks about how pre-teen girls often feel like they have to define themselves in very binary terms. [13:20] -Linda’s decade away from computers and technology, what she did instead and why, and how she found her calling. [18:20] -The small steps that led to her true career, early opportunities, and the start of her children’s book. [21:48] -On getting swept up by projects, never graduating, and moving to New York to work with a new start-up. [28:34] -Dealing with self-doubt as her book started to take off, and the importance of taking time and creating empty space for deep work. [34:45] -Launching her kickstarter: How she dealt with imposter syndrome as she started to see huge success. [41:04] -On her TEDx talk and speaking more broadly about her work, plus Linda’s insights on being many things at the same time. [48:27] References: Hello Ruby website: http://www.helloruby.com/ Linda's TEDx talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/linda_liukas_a_delightful_way_to_teach_kids_about_computers Episode Sponsor: Adobe Creative Residency – http://adobe.com/go/creativeresidency Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Mar 09, 2017
Creative Revival {Debbie Millman}
Debbie Millman is a writer, educator, artist, brand consultant, and host of the radio show Design Matters (the world’s first podcast about design). In this episode, she shares her wisdom on dealing with criticism, what to do when you’re in an ‘inner critic storm’, and how to funnel your energy towards your one non-negotiable. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/27/creative-revival-with-debbie-millman She and Majo also discuss Debbie’s darker childhood days, facing rejection in her twenties, and achieving great success in her thirties as a brand consultant. More recently, she realized a connection to her true creative spirit was missing and that she needed to circle back to it. As a creative woman now in her fifties, Debbie’s wisdom and words of encouragement strike a powerful chord. Show Notes: -Debbie opens up about her difficult childhood, touches on her coming-of-age years, and shares how she was recently astounded by a picture of herself from when she was two. [5:01] -The evolution of her creative expression: From making perfumes and writing bad poems as a girl to editing newspapers and magazines in college. Plus, how her twenties came to be dubbed “experiments in rejection and failure”. [10:45] -On rejection and feedback, the idea of the “good girl myth”, and the parts of herself she disregarded in order to please her inner misogynist. [15:28] -Debbie talks about her success as a branding consultant, circling back to her creative roots, and how it’s taken a long time to feel comfortable in her own skin. [20:56] -On getting bullied by a design blog, taking responsibility for our choices, and achieving your one non-negotiable. [25:16] -“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Debbie offers advice on making things happen for yourself. [32:27] -How Debbie deals with criticism and feedback today. [37:08] -Debbie and Majo discuss an issue many women grapple with, and how they each are working to overcome it. [43:11] References: Majo's website – majomolfino.com Debbie's website: http://debbiemillman.com/ Episode Sponsors: Adobe Creative Residency – adobe.com/go/creativeresidency UENO – ueno.co/careers Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Mar 02, 2017
Redefining Success {Grace Bonney}
Grace Bonney started the blog Design*Sponge many years ago, and today it’s one of the most trusted places online to go for creative inspiration. Her journey has had several points of big changes, like when she decided to pursue her blog full-time, when she came out as gay, and when she was diagnosed with diabetes. She’s an excellent example of how we sometimes must cycle through the heroine’s journey more than once. Grace is also the author of the recently released book, In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs, and shares Heroine’s mission to support and empower creative women from all walks of life. In this episode, you’ll learn the mistakes Grace has made in order to grow, and the lessons she’s learned as her business has evolved. Show Notes: -Grace growing up: A quiet and shy girl who struggled to feel like her natural self was accepted. [4:17] -Transferring to a small liberal arts college after feeling like NYU was too big for her, and how that shifted her path for the better. [10:22] -Dealing with pushback and criticism, coming out at thirty, and the importance of transparency. [14:30] -On her early career, the evolution of Design*Sponge, and some deeply-seated patriarchal beliefs that she had to unlearn in order to lead. [21:08] -Majo and Grace discuss misconceptions about women, like the false sense of competition, and Grace shares how a lot of her growth has come from making mistakes. [27:24] -On setting boundaries and letting go of guilt, redefining herself and her business, and the aftermath of being diagnosed with diabetes. [34:11] -Defining success in your own way: Grace shares what a successful day looks like for her. [40:12] -Digging into her book, In The Company of Women. Grace reveals the huge myth that almost every women she interviewed had learned to let go of. [44:19] -Discussing some of the most important messages to women in Grace’s book, including the encouragement to take up more space. [50:17] References: http://www.designsponge.com/ http://www.designsponge.com/book http://www.thehivery.com Episode Sponsors: InVision – https://www.invisionapp.com/company Adobe Creative Residency – http://adobe.com/go/creativeresidency Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Feb 23, 2017
Drop the Ball {Tiffany Dufu}
Are you a fixer who loves taking responsibility and caring for others, but feel like you have too much on your plate? You’re not alone. Today’s episode features Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer at Levo League and author of the new book Drop the Ball – a must-read for all of us trying to do everything ourselves and struggling to embrace imperfection. Tiffany’s gems of wisdom include the value of delegating with joy, a concept she calls “strategic chaos”, and the three attributes to look for in a partner before you build a life with them. She also talks about motherhood as the last frontier of dropping the ball. Show Notes: -Tiffany growing up: An imaginative “good girl” who experienced early on a sense of injustice that sparked a feminist spirit. [5:25] -Trying to be valued and liked in her teenage years, plus the benefit of experiencing failure at a young age. [9:59] -College years, realizing she had more options than she’d been shooting for, and how she got into the nonprofit world. [15:11] -On the specialness of millennials and the powerful meaning behind the title of her book. [20:33] -How Tiffany and her husband fell into default mode when it came to the division of domestic labor – and what they did when that didn’t work. [25:10] -How to delegate tasks in a meaningful way and other essential tips for busy women. [31:39] -Learning to live with chaos: An incredibly amusing story that resulted in restored balance at home. [36:49] -Exploring our social conditioning as women, and how to stay focused on what matters most. [42:40] -Tiffany shares why motherhood is the final frontier in “dropping the ball”, plus the three attributes any partner of yours should have. [45:30] -On our relationships with our mothers, having a greater sense of service, and Tiffany’s final thoughts. [51:52] References: Check out Tiffany’s website and find her new book, available now, at http://tiffanydufu.com/ Episode Sponsors: UENO – https://ueno.co/careers Adobe Creative Residency – http://adobe.com/go/creativeresidency Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Feb 16, 2017
Design for Good {Patrice Martin}
Design is powerful magic – It can help solve some of the world’s most urgent, critical problems. Patrice Martin is co-founder of IDEO.org, an organization that works to improve the lives of people in poor and vulnerable communities through design. Patrice shares about her past struggles to be taken seriously as a petite woman, what she’s observed as a difference in creative confidence between men and women, and some of the incredible projects her team is focused on. Her conversation with Majo is living proof that design, when done well, can change the world. Show Notes: -Patrice shares a funny childhood story about persistence that anticipated one of her strongest personality traits as an adult. [5:05] -High school years: Finding her identity in art. [7:36] -Thinking of technology as a medium to create experiences, plus other formative experiences during college. [10:56] -Patrice’s experience at IDEO – applying a design lens to complicated questions and issues. [17:55] -Her transition to IDEO.org, the organization she co-founded that focuses on social impact and poverty. [21:46] -What she’s learned as a leader, how to set up an environment where people thrive, and her spot-on insights on the difference in creative confidence between men and women. [26:30] -Designing for good: Some of the exciting projects Patrice and her team are focused on. [34:01] -On the importance of being part of a community of mothers who are figuring out the work-life balance together. [43:35] -Patrice’s final words of wisdom and advice. [52:47] References: http://www.ideo.org/ Episode Sponsors: Adobe Creative Residency – http://adobe.com/go/creativeresidency InVision – https://www.invisionapp.com/company Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Feb 09, 2017
Discipline & Faith {Alana Nichols}
This interview had our host in tears. In today’s episode, Majo speaks with Paralympic Gold Medalist Alana Nichols. Playing sports was like a safe haven for Alana, whose family life wasn’t always ideal. But at 17, she broke her back in a snowboarding accident that left her unable to walk again. As a lifelong athlete, this was devastating. Alana grappled with denial, depression, and isolation in college, until a magical moment turned everything around. Her story is about the power of practice, discipline, grit, and faith. And she shares powerful insights on gratitude – seeing what we have instead of what we don’t have. Show Notes: -Growing up as a confident, active tomboy who found her identity in sports at a young age. [4:13] -On always being a risk-taker and her dreams of playing Olympic Softball. [8:46] -Coming into her identity as a young teen, dealing with social pressures, and missing the presence of a mother who wasn’t able to be there for her. [13:48] -Playing sports in high school, being approached by colleges offering scholarships, and the accident that brought everything to a halt. [17:04] -Reflecting on that critical moment in her journey when everything changed, and her initial denial of it all. [22:18] -The hard transition Alana faced upon returning home after rehab. [30:05] -How taking a chance shortcut led to Alana’s magical moment when she was at her lowest point. [35:25] -Mourning her loss with grace, moving forward, and developing a new dream. [38:47] -Alana’s journey to the Paralympics and beyond, her insights on risk-taking, and final words of wisdom. [45:23] References: http://www.alanajanenichols.com/ Episode Sponsors: InVision – https://www.invisionapp.com/company Adobe Creative Residency – http://adobe.com/go/creativeresidency Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Feb 02, 2017
Victim to Queen {Justine Musk}
In today’s episode, we speak with with writer, speaker, and soul-blogger Justine Musk, who has long been exploring the heroine’s journey in her work. She’s bold, honest, raw, and her story is an uncanny fit of the heroine’s arc. Justine found her true voice and power as a creative leader after rising up from her own personal underworld. She shares how we can look to myths for guidance and offers advice for putting yourself out there. Her insights on our relationship to emotions, what she calls “non-predatory” power and leadership, and why saying 'no' is so important as a woman will blow you away. Show Notes: -Justine’s early years: A small town, bookish girl who couldn’t wait to grow up. Early influences, teenage awkwardness, and learning to stand up for herself. [4:30] -Coming into her own in her college years, wondering where she belonged, plus her awareness of the disconnect between how people were perceiving her and how she perceived herself. [9:14] -The story of goddess Persephone and why Justine connects so strongly with her. [12:52] -The benefit in connecting to myth, “post-traumatic growth”, and Justine’s insights on dealing with pain. [18:33] -How Justine emerged stronger and more empowered after descending to her lowest point. [22:43] -Justine’s advice for putting yourself out there, plus why it’s important for women to be unconventional. [27:02] -Taking a closer look at feminine authority and leadership, and the power of saying ‘no’. [32:23] -On women’s relationship to emotions and feelings (especially in the workplace). [35:54] -Justine shares her excitement for an issue she’s exploring and what she’s working on now. [39:05] References: Check out Justine's blog at http://justinemusk.com/ Episode Sponsors: UENO – https://ueno.co/careers Adobe Creative Residency – http://adobe.com/go/creativeresidency Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Jan 26, 2017
Are you an "artist"? {Lisa Congdon}
Ever get the feeling that it’s too late to do what you love? In this episode, even our host admits to feeling that way sometimes, thinking it’s “too late” because she's already thirty. But thirty is around the magical time that artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon had her artistic revival. After working many years in education, she felt like a part of her wasn’t being fed. On a fluke she took an art class with her brother, and the experience changed her life. Lisa is best known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design and hand lettering, as well as her work as an author. She and Majo cover some topics Lisa hasn’t shared on a podcast before, including the unsexy parts of her work and challenges she still grapples with, and discuss why some women can be so afraid to step into their creative power. Show Notes: -Lisa’s early years: A young girl eager to please and figure out her place, her awkward teenage years, and the layers of self-doubt and insecurity she had to shed. [4:34] -“Is this really what I want to be doing?” Lisa’s insights on her early career and the creative outlet she sought to feel “fed”. [10:58] -The fluke that triggered her creativity and path to becoming an artist. [15:02] -On deserving to be a creative, exploring loneliness, and opening oneself up to the world. [18:34] -Some of the internal challenges Lisa faced, including thinking of herself as a victim. [24:41] -Lisa’s advice to Majo on coming out of the creative closet. [28:46] -What defines an artist? Plus, conflicting thoughts on sharing your work via social media. [33:33] -The unsexy parts of Lisa’s world as an artist. [37:24] -Still “in process”: Lisa shares things she’s never discussed on a podcast before, including her plans to connect her work with activism and some of the vulnerabilities she grapples with. [42:51] References: More on Lisa at http://lisacongdon.com/ Episode Sponsors: UENO – https://ueno.co/careers Adobe Creative Residency – http://adobe.com/go/creativeresidency Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Jan 19, 2017
Bonus: Elle Luna
Starring in this bonus episode is returning guest, Elle Luna. Majo hosts a Q&A with the author and artist, who drops deep, timely wisdom that will help you reflect for the new year. Elle shares her profound perspective on the difference between 'should' and 'must', and why it's so important to be aware of our 'should's as women. She is an activator and a catalyst who will get your heart stirring and your mind bubbling with ideas. References: The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna Learn more about Elle at http://elleluna.com/ Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Jan 05, 2017
Quick Update
A quick update from Majo during the break — including a preview into next year's interview lineup. Happy Holidays!
Dec 29, 2016
Bonus: Ayla Nereo
In this bonus episode, Majo hosts a Q&A with musician and environmental activist Ayla Nereo. Ayla is an incredible soul with an uncanny ability to listen to her surroundings and channel the inspiration she hears into musical form. Ayla shares insights on some meaningful topics, like the importance of listening, being vulnerable, and how we all possess a unique puzzle piece to the bigger picture of our world. Her advice is timely and will inspire you to speak up and share your own creative gifts. References: Learn more about Ayla at http://aylanereo.com/ Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Dec 22, 2016
Transition & Learning {Jesse Genet}
How many fifteen-year-olds do you know have a mid-life crisis and stop to ask themselves, What really matters in life? Jesse Genet was one of them, and today she’s the Designer, Founder, and CEO of Lumi, a company that lets you easily brand your own packaging. Her journey to entrepreneurship started in high school – she basically petitioned herself out of her senior year and drove across the country to L.A. with nothing but a dream and her 1969 Lincoln convertible. Jesse is a perfect example of a perpetual learner, constantly putting herself in uncomfortable situations in order to grow. She offers great counterintuitive advice to women who are seeking to be more creative and take more risks, and as a bonus, she’s straight up hilarious. Show Notes: -Jesse Genet growing up – a serious girl who wanted to be taken seriously. [3:32] -Going through life phases early and fast, plus the turning point for her creativity. [7:32] -How Jesse deftly figured out a way to leave high school early, and other evidence of an independent spirit. [13:24] -On the benefits of being flexible, and choosing to view life with an opportunistic lens. [19:12] -“I always wanted to level up.” On constantly putting herself in uncomfortable situations in order to learn and grow. [21:34] -From a low year of being lonely and poor to creating a new path for herself. [27:21] -The ups and downs of being a CEO, plus Jesse’s insights on developing new skills. [34:18] -Jesse shares about her inner critic and offers advice to other women who want to be creative leaders and take more risks. [39:55] References: More on Jesse at http://jessegenet.com/ Lumi website – https://www.lumi.com/ Episode Sponsors: UENO – ueno.co/careers InVision – invisionapp.com/company Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Dec 08, 2016
Designing Rituals (6/6)
You are human. You make mistakes. You aren’t perfect and you certainly aren’t a machine. We all know this, and yet so many of us hold ourselves to idealized standards of very disciplined people with high willpower. In a perfect world, maybe we’d actually be like that. But the truth is that even after you design your ritual and test it out, eventually it will morph, lessen, or decay altogether. This is completely natural. We have to design for the maintenance of our rituals as much as the creation of them. In this flash wisdom episode, host Majo talks to us about the importance of self-compassion and shares three things that have helped her develop a “reset” mindset when rituals fall to the wayside. Show Notes: -Check out and pre-order the new ebook: The Magical Effects of Morning and Evening Rituals, shipping on December 8 – plenty of time to order as a Christmas gift! Find it at mariamolfino.com/rituals and use the code “heroine” to get $10 off. -Music by Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com References: -You can read through the steps & resources outlined in this episode and the others in this series at mariamolfino.com/blog. Scroll down to the Rituals category. -If you’re a woman in the SFBA interested in joining my women’s group, let me know at mariamolfino.com/group. Some of the incredible supporters of Heroine – Check them out! -Brigit Kang (http://beauteparler.com/): Brigit is a SF-based designer with a great eye for beauty who is now focusing on weddings. -Coleen Baik (http://coleenbaik.com/): Coleen is an independent designer and artist who has worked with legends like Gloria Steinham and whose art has explored the heroine’s journey. -Daniel Steinbock (http://danielsteinbock.com/): Daniel is an incredible musician and philosopher with a beautiful mind. His album, The Blade, is to die for. -Greyson MacAlpine (http://greysonmacalpine.dribbble.com/): Greyson a very supportive product designer at UENO, our lead sponsor who you know is always looking to hire designers at https://ueno.co/. -Kelsey Janda (http://kelseyjanda.com/): Kelsey is a very talented designer in the Midwest whom I recently bonded with. Her work is very cool and interesting, so for the designers listening, check out her work. -Mamie Rheingold (http://beta.onuniverse.com/): Mamie is an amazing legend who is developing the coolest app called Universe that allows you to unleash your creativity and basically make whatever you want with an app. -Meredith Rom (http://www.risingwomenleaders.com/): Meredith has her own podcast called Rising Women Leaders. If you’re into feminine spirituality, you’ll want to check her out. -Laura Porcelli (http://lauraporcelli.com/): Laura is my aunt and a very talented artist. She’s freaking dope and so is her work. -Rhiannon Griego (http://www.ghostdancercollection.com/): Rhiannon is a soul-sister and a really incredible textile artist. She makes woven garments, beaded jewelry...I wore a pair of her earrings to my wedding. Her love for beauty and for our planet is really felt in her work.
Dec 01, 2016
Art & Service {Lynsey Addario}
A woman in complete service to what she does, who is even willing to die for her work, definitely fits the archetype of the heroine. Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist who has photographed women under the Taliban, documented misogyny in the Congo, and been on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11. From capturing the lives of transgender prostitutes in New York to her continued work on Syrian refugees and those displaced by war, Lynsey seeks to do justice for her subjects by capturing the true essence of their humanity. Lynsey is also a New York Times bestselling author. Her memoir, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, is so filled with vivid details and vulnerability, including her very close call as a hostage in Libya, that Steven Spielberg will soon be directing a movie based on her life starring Jennifer Lawrence. Lynsey’s spirit and drive will inspire you to recognize the unique impulses and passions we all have inside of us. Show Notes: -Growing up with parents who encouraged her to express herself, follow her dreams, and learn things for herself. [4:19] -Receiving her first camera, becoming a self-taught photographer, and breaking into the business (which involved sneaking a shot of Madonna). [8:10] -How Lynsey found her calling early on, and the inspiring purpose that drives her. [12:53] -How she furthered her career by asking for an advance on the wedding she didn’t intend to have. [15:31] -Bringing milk and cookies to transgender prostitutes: Lynsey’s method of getting to know people before photographing them. [17:20] -Going to Afghanistan as an unmarried, American female photographer during a time when photography was outlawed by the Taliban. [22:07] -The unique barriers (and dangers) of being a woman photojournalist. [25:43] -The brutal week she spent as a hostage in Libya: Being groped and assaulted and constantly threatened with execution. [28:56] -Deciding to have a child after surviving the ordeal in Libya, plus Lynsey’s thoughts on living a “dual life”. [34:19] -“This job is not about me, it’s about the people I cover.” Lynsey shares how she’s able to continue her work despite the trauma and violence she’s seen. [38:48] -An incredible story of kindness from a young boy displaced by war, plus what Lynsey is working on now. [42:59] References: Lynsey’s Website – www.lynseyaddario.com You can find Lynsey’s best-selling memoir (now in paperback!) on Amazon.com – Search “It’s What I Do” in books. Episode Sponsors: UENO – ueno.co/careers InVision – invisionapp.com/company Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com
Nov 23, 2016
Designing Rituals (5/6)
Rituals are growing, evolving things with their own stubborn intelligence. That’s why the same exact rituals are hard to sustain over time. Since we are constantly changing with the months, seasons, and our environments, it makes sense to allow our rituals to organically change along with us. This approach is not only more realistic, forgiving, and practical, but it honors our naturally changing feminine energy. Majo described in Part 4 how to design your morning and evening rituals after identifying actions that aligned with your deeper desires. Now it’s time to anticipate and even welcome change. In this flash wisdom episode, Majo shares three principles that will help you add flexibility and fluidity to your rituals in a way that honors your body’s natural rhythms. Show Notes: -Check out and pre-order the new ebook: The Magical Effects of Morning and Evening Rituals. Get it through our Indiegogo campaign at bit.ly/heroinelive – You’ll be investing in your own self-care while supporting women’s voices. -Music by Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com References: -You can read through the steps & resources outlined in this episode at mariamolfino.com/blog, How to Evolve Your Rituals.
Nov 17, 2016
Community & Heritage {Bethany Yellowtail}
If you’re looking to understand your creativity and how it connects to your roots, this interview will surely spark some ideas and inspiration for you. Bethany Yellowtail is an influential Native fashion designer who shares her Crow and Northern Cheyenne heritage with the utmost sensitivity and care. When our host first stumbled upon her, Majo was struck by Bethany’s work and its beautiful celebration of Native American culture (without the ickiness of appropriation). They cover what it was like for Bethany growing up as one of the only Native girls in a mostly white public school, how she envisioned her brand and met her co-founder, and the inspiration behind her artist collective. Not only is she carving out an entirely new space in the fashion industry, but she’s doing so in a way that is positively impacting Native communities. Show Notes: -Bethany as a little girl: An old soul growing up on the Crow Indian Reservation. [4:43] -On her parents and Native heritage, and dealing with racist mentalities that still exist to this day. [8:52] -The extreme culture shock of her college years in L.A. and the emergence of her unique brand. [12:51] -Bethany’s business partner who arrived via “divine intervention” and the launch of their first ecommerce products. [17:26] -Her point of view around authentic native representation in fashion, plus the lessons she learned working for other companies. [21:21] -How Bethany’s work is a way of sharing her culture, and how she deals with criticism. [25:03] -On the theme of reclamation and how it relates to modern-day issues impacting Native communities. [31:39] -Bethany shares about the inspiration and vision behind her artist collective. [33:31] References: Bethany Yellowtail – www.byellowtail.com Artist collective – www.byellowtail.com/all Heroine Live! IndieGogo campaign – bit.ly/heroinelive Music by Lucia Lilikoi – lucia.bandcamp.com Episode Sponsors: UENO – ueno.co/careers InVision – invisionapp.com/company
Nov 10, 2016
Designing Rituals (4/6)
Ready to design your morning and evening ritual? Even if you’re not, this flash wisdom episode will help you go through the motions to see what happens. In the last episode of this series we identified actions that align with your deeper desires. The next step is even simpler: sequencing these actions into a ritual. A ritual is simply a structure with intention, something we make sacred through our attention and love. They provide a way to elevate the mundane (taking a shower) into a magical experience. In this fifth episode of the Designing Rituals series, host Majo walks you through the ritual designing process, inviting you stay experimental as you explore what works best for you. Show Notes: -Check out and pre-order the new ebook: The Magical Effects of Morning and Evening Rituals. Get it through our Indiegogo campaign at bit.ly/heroinelive – You’ll be investing in your own self-care while supporting women’s voices. -Music by Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com References: You can read through the steps outlined in this episode at mariamolfino.com/blog, The 6 Steps to Designing Your Ideal Morning Ritual.
Nov 03, 2016
Shifting Power {Eileen Carey}
Our speakers often hold up a big mirror, sometimes revealing traits within us that need to be developed or amplified. Eileen Carey is a super feminist who offers that experience as an outspoken, unapologetic woman with a thirst for power. An overachiever who doesn’t always follow the rules, Eileen is CEO of Glassbreakers, which provides solutions for companies that want to keep their employees diverse and engaged by tackling diversity at the corporate level. Eileen comes from a long line of strong, opinionated women, and she continues in their tradition. In her interview she shares her thoughts on the fluidity of gender, drops some tough-love for women who feel like they can’t completely be themselves at work, and talks about the difference between career and corporate feminism in a way that is refreshingly direct and authentic. Show Notes: -Eileen’s powerful upbringing: Coming from a long line of strong and rebellious women. [4:02] -On her independent and strong-willed personality, speaking up despite labels of being bossy or bitchy, and being comfortable with being controversial. [9:27] -College years and discovering her true passions, plus the elite job she found on Craigslist that opened the doors of power to her in Manhattan. [14:53] -Eileen shares about her thirst for power and how that guided her when the recession hit and her career became uncertain. [19:39] -On being the “token millennial” during Occupy Wall Street, plus stories of Eileen’s mom the “corporate feminist”. [24:53] -A lively discussion on masculine vs feminine in work cultures, and Eileen’s critical advice to jobseekers. [28:49] -The value of diversity – One of the main catalysts for starting Glassbreakers. [34:20] -The rock-bottom years: Eileen shares how moments of darkness in her life led her to make (good) drastic decisions. [39:13] -Eileen’s lifelong passion for feminist causes and her thoughts on Hillary being the most overqualified candidate. [44:55] -Some tough-love advice on work-life balance, what it takes to scale a huge company, and the importance of building amazing teams. [49:07] References: Check out Glassbreakers at www.glassbreakers.co Music by Lucia Lilikoi - lucia.bandcamp.com Episode Sponsors: UENO - ueno.co InVision - invisionapp.com
Oct 27, 2016
Designing Rituals (3/6)
Pleasure gets an interesting rep, don’t you think? Spiritual traditions all over the world have told us to “transcend” pleasure, or at the very least not get too attached to it. Our American culture built on puritanical principles makes us feel wary of anything that’s too pleasurable, or that comes through pleasure versus hard work. Layer on gender, and we have a whole other conversation about so many of us women (especially good girls) who feel guilty about experiencing pleasure. In this flash wisdom episode, Majo describes how our morning and evening rituals become the pleasurable bookends to our career work, revealing how pleasure and discipline aren’t mutually exclusive. Your biggest takeaway will be the three steps she outlines to help in designing rituals that are aligned with your deeper desires. Show Notes: ***Heroine Live! event on 10/27 – RSVP & check out other perks at http://www.bit.ly/herpod -Check out and pre-order the new ebook: The Magical Effects of Morning and Evening Rituals (available at mariamolfino.com/rituals). Use code “heroine” to get a special rate through Nov. 1! -Music by Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com References: -The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
Oct 20, 2016
Fight for Authenticity {Nancy Douyon}
Many of our guests have had their fair share of obstacles they’ve had to overcome, but Nancy Douyon is on a whole other level. A user experience researcher at Google, Nancy found her way to happiness and stability only after bridging a new and bewildering culture, bouncing around foster homes and living on the streets, and coming to terms with her broken childhood. You won’t believe the magical, serendipitous encounter with the MIT Media Lab that changed (and potentially saved) her life, revealing an aptitude for computers and design at a young age. Another big theme from her interview is the struggle she faced with her mom and how she was able to heal that relationship – a true hallmark of the heroine’s journey. Nancy is real, resourceful, and she has an incredible story to share. Show Notes: -An inquisitive daughter of immigrants: Nancy’s early years in Boston surrounded by her Haitian culture. [4:33] -Feeling confused, behind, and like an outsider as she tried to bridge American culture, plus the remarkable outcome of running away. [10:35] -How she got connected to Computer Clubhouse, an MIT program where she learned to produce music, code, use photoshop, build robots, and lead her peers. [16:28] -The lowest point: Bouncing around between being homeless and different foster homes. [19:02] -The role of art and design as her only respite during a phase of anger and loneliness. [24:32] -How she chose to get revenge on the foster care system, and her struggle to afford college. [28:24] -Finding her passion, acknowledging her skills (despite stereotypes), and taking first steps to healing the relationship with her mother. [34:44] -Moving forward and making amends, plus her decision to “show love through technology”. [42:49] -How the earthquake in Haiti affected Nancy and her family, and the growth she experienced as a result. [45:33] -“Fight to be authentic” and other advice from Nancy for women on their own journeys. [48:23] References: Tech Social Impact Conference - www.techsocialimpact.com *Nancy has been working on multiple support efforts in Haiti - visit her relief outreach page at: www.douyonsignature.com/outreach Music by Lucia Lilikoi - lucia.bandcamp.com Episode Sponsors: UENO - ueno.co InVision - invisionapp.com
Oct 13, 2016
Designing Rituals (2/6)
Here’s the truth nobody ever told you: rituals are really hard to hold down. A lot of people like to pretend it’s a snap to set rituals into place. When we hear about the daily do’s of others (especially successful people of today) it can be inspiring, but it can also make you feel kind of shitty if you’re struggling to nail down your own. We all make mistakes in how we approach and think about rituals— from the time we set them to how we relate to them after we “fail.” In this flash wisdom episode (part 2 in the Designing Rituals series), our host Majo proposes a key shift in our orientation and relationship to rituals with a feminine approach that honors all that is fluid and cyclical, and in way that promotes self-compassion. -Check out and pre-order the new ebook: The Magical Effects of Morning and Evening Rituals (available at mariamolfino.com/rituals). Use code “heroine” to get a special rate through Nov. 1! -Music by Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com References: -The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna -Gretchen Rubin’s quiz: The Four Tendencies
Oct 06, 2016
In Progress {Jessica Hische}
Years ago, Majo (our host) invited Jessica Hische to speak at the first Women In Design event and she blew everyone away with her humor, honest vulnerability, and passion for her work. Jessica is a lecturer, illustrator, and type designer – hands down one of the most important designers living amongst us in our generation today. Her clients include Wes Anderson, Dave Eggers, Penguin Books, The New York Times, Tiffany & Co., the list goes on and on. She recently released her book, In Progress, where she shares her creative process, how her career unfolded, and how each opportunity leads to the next. Jessica and Majo may have only scratched the surface in this interview, but they cover a lot of juicy stuff plus wisdom and tips for the striving creative. Show Notes: –Growing up as a quiet art kid from a small town. [4:08] –On Jessica’s work ethic, the awkwardness of high school, and her book, In Progress. [10:13] –How her parents’ divorce made her a kinder person, and why “oversharing” is a huge part of who Jessica is. [14:53] –The shock of criticism: Being told she wasn’t “good enough” and how she responded. [20:16] –Dealing with competition in art school, doing lots of internships, plus a great pro tip for students. [26:30] –Going all in: The illustration promo she put together to get noticed, and how it paid off. [31:44] –On working insane hours, being upfront with her boss about what was important to her, and how hard it was to quit. [42:16] –Diving into freelancing full-time and being her own boss: How Jessica dealt with doubt and her biggest fear. [50:24] –Why Jessica likes to think of her life and career as a constellation, plus some great advice for creatives looking to attract business. [54:20] –The importance of being an accessible creative leader, speaking her truth, and maintaining humility without losing self-confidence. [1:01:08] References: In Progress by Jessica Hische jessicahische.is/awesome
Sep 29, 2016
Designing Rituals (1/6)
Now that we’ve finished the Creative Confidence series, we’re launching a new flash wisdom series called The Magical Effects of Morning and Evening Rituals. In this first episode, our host makes the case for why you must fiercely protect your daily rituals as a creative woman. So why is it even important to have daily rituals? Think for a minute of all the stimulation we have at our fingertips day to day: our laptops, iPhone, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, the list goes on and on. Engaging in these great tools and platforms hour upon hour makes our brains tired in this sneaky, unnoticeable way. Establishing a daily ritual is a beautiful, joyful way to remain rooted, stay sane, and keep life magical. Join Majo (formerly Maria, she explains more about the name change in the episode) for the introduction to her six-part series on rituals, and learn four big reasons to fiercely protect at least 5 minutes of space and time for yourself every day. Also check out and pre-order her new ebook: The Magical Effects of Morning and Evening Rituals (available at mariamolfino.com/rituals). Use the code “heroine” to get a special rate. Show Notes: -Check out and pre-order Majo's ebook at http://mariamolfino.com/rituals -Music by Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com
Sep 22, 2016
Strength & Mindset {Nidhi Kulkarni}
Before Nidhi Kulkarni co-founded Spitfire, she did what many of us do after graduating college – she found a good, safe job where she worked hard and burned a lot of midnight oil. But she soon realized she was only pushing herself to avoid the fact that she felt lost and creatively unfulfilled. When the chance came to take a creative side project to the next level, she took it and launched Spitfire Athlete, a strength training and weightlifting app of thousands of users that helps women build physical and mental strength. Nidhi and her co-founder have created a community of women that focuses on reconnecting with your body and building a confident mindset. What’s just as special is that they did it their own way, going against the “founder myth” that tells us we have to raise a buttload of money from VCs (most of whom are men). For you good girls with a passionate creative side project wondering whether to take the leap, Nidhi offers some wonderful advice. Show Notes: -Nidhi growing up: On being quiet and introverted, her love for sports, and testing her own limits. [3:38] -The teacher who helped change her trajectory and what it was like being the only girl in her programming class. [8:05] -Nidhi reflects on the reasons for holding herself back in the past, and why she forces herself to do things she’s afraid of. [12:46] -On practice, intimidation, and the rigors of studying computer science at MIT. [16:38] -Dealing with stress, the importance of rowing (exercise), plus -Nidhi’s brief encounter with “imposter syndrome”. [22:02] -After college: Nidhi talks about feeling lost for a while, working a lot, and the encounter that forced her to decide between taking a chance and playing it safe. [27:46] Starting Spitfire Athlete and a new phase of life. [34:12] -From a super high to a frustrating low: Nidhi shares why buying into the “founder myth” and following a prescribed set of steps didn’t work for them (and what they did instead). [38:03] -The vision behind Spitfire Athlete: Taking a unique and vital approach to women’s fitness by growing strength and confidence. [43:23] -Nidhi shares an incredibly moving success story from one of their users. [49:17] “Nothing compares to doing something that is fully your own.” -Nidhi’s advice to women with side projects they want to move forward. [51:04] References: Spitfire Athlete at spitfireathlete.com Spitfire Athlete is a fitness app that helps women build their strength and power through structured training programs. The app features bodyweight and weight training programs for a variety of goals and sports from rock climbing to triathlons to powerlifting. The app has helped women around the world lift more than their bodyweight, learn how to do their first pull-up, and train to overcome anorexia. Training with Spitfire Athlete is about cultivating the athlete’s mentality — it’s not about what you look like, it’s about what you can do. The warrior’s mentality of strength, mental toughness, grit and dedication. Download their app: https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id822040342?pt=2083816&ct=heroinepodcast&mt=8 Music by Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com This episode's sponsors: UENO (ueno.co), InVision (invisionapp.com/company#jobs)
Sep 15, 2016
Overly Independent (Block #10)
This is the 10th and final #flashwisdom episode in the series, The 10 Blocks to Creative Confidence, and it’s all about being overly independent. Many of us (especially women) find it difficult to ask for help or fear being a “burden” to anyone. As a result, we’re so eager to achieve financial independence that we often choose paths that focus more on financial reward than heart. Join Maria as she talks about the harm in being overly independent, sharing her own examples of how she grapples with this today. Learn how pride, fear, and the inner critic prevent us from following our most meaningful path in our quest for independence. Do some gentle introspecting to uncover whether or not you’re comfortable asking for help or if you’re being blocked by a “make it on your own” mindset. Show Notes: -Download Maria’s free playbook and catch up on all ten blocks at mariamolfino.com/free-playbook -Music by Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com
Sep 08, 2016
Being a Creator {Ariana DeBose}
Have you heard of the Broadway musical Hamilton? It’s a story of one of America’s founding fathers, featuring a score that blends hip hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway. It has won 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and our own President has seen it. In today’s episode we hear from one of the show’s stars, Ariana DeBose, a woman who had the courage to follow her intuition, drop out of school, and fulfill her dreams. Ariana is a young, passionate, multi-talented woman with many creative projects already under her belt. We talk about her challenges as an outspoken girl and one of the only students of color in her peer group, her encounter with anorexia and the pressure she felt as a teenager to be perfect, and what it means to her to be a true creator. Show Notes: -Ariana’s childhood: Her early love for cinema and how she connects that love to her passion for theater today. [2:55] -On being raised by a mother who treated her like an adult, never being afraid to ask questions, and her start with dancing. [10:24] -The challenge that took a self-assured teen out of her comfort zone, plus Ariana’s perspective on needing approval from others. [13:46] -Her struggles fitting in, always being the smart girl, and rubbing people the wrong way with her focus and ambition. [17:04] -“I thought I had to be perfect.” Ariana’s struggle with perfection and finding solace in dance. [20:31] -How her inner faith and intuition helped her fight the odds, drop out of college, and move to New York to become a dancer. [23:18] -How she came to realize the importance of being there for the creation of projects she worked on, and making her broadway debut. [27:53] -Lessons from the last six years: Not taking things too personally, knowing your own worth, and fighting stereotypes. [31:35] -On what it means to Ariana to be a creator, and how it felt getting the part in Hamilton. [36:20] -“What are some of the internal barriers women face today who want to create?” Ariana shares her insight. [40:31] Music by Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com Episode Sponsor: UENO at ueno.co
Sep 01, 2016
Pressure (Block #9)
In this flash wisdom episode, host Maria Molfino gets personal about the 9th block to creative confidence – Pressure. She shares about the pressure she once felt to repay her immigrant parents for their sacrifice, and how her “save the world” complex left her feeling stressed, angry, and unable to follow her true path. Listen to her story of the lesson she learned during her travels in India that helped reframe her perspective around pressure, and how small acts of kindness really can make a difference in the world and in yourself. Alleviate some of the pressure in your life by taking a step back and bringing this tendency into your awareness. Show Notes: -Download Maria’s free Creative Confidence Playbook at mariamolfino.com/free-playbook -Music by Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com
Aug 25, 2016
Owning Your Desires {Emily LaFave Olson}
It’s not uncommon for girls who grow up in a patriarchal society to wonder if being a boy would be better; to see masculinity as more powerful than femininity. That was the case for Emily LaFave Olson, but a conversation with her mom led her to a realization that changed her life (and her perspective on the feminine). Emily is a fierce entrepreneur whose choice to take back her maiden name and become co-CEOs with her husband sets her apart as a woman unafraid to ask for what she wants. We cover a lot of ground in this episode, like how to manage the voice inside our heads that tells us we’re not good enough or smart enough, why women often struggle to ask for what they want, and how to get in touch with the inner feminine in a hyper-masculine world. Show Notes: -Emily’s childhood: Growing up close to her dad, a natural leader, and always believing she could do whatever a boy could do. [3:14] -Teaching herself to cook from magazines and beginning to see the world through the lense of food. [9:30] -College years, their first business, and feeling “not smart enough”. [13:12] -Why she had to reach out to her parents to help reconcile her inner critic and her huge realization about the power and strength of the feminine. [20:40] -Standing up to fear: When and how it clicked that she needed to change her name back and become co-CEOs with her husband. [25:57] -How to get what you really want, plus the importance of her husband’s participation in her vision. [30:55] -On internalized patriarchy, making Big Asks, and why women have a hard time demanding what we want. [33:52] -How to get in touch with the inner-feminine while surrounded by hyper-masculinity at work. [39:54] Music: Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com Episode Sponsor: UENO at ueno.co
Aug 18, 2016
Chronic Stress (Block #8)
What is chronic stress? Unlike acute stress, chronic stress is constant and low-grade, wearing and tearing on the nervous and immune systems over time. You may not even realize you’re being affected, but studies show that chronic stress makes it harder for us to be creative, think outside the box, and be mentally flexible. In this flash wisdom episode, host Maria Molfino explains how this form of stress cripples our energy and willpower, inviting the inner critic to come out and play. Practice some compassionate self-inquiry to reveal the impact chronic stress has over your life and learn basic steps you can take to keep it in check. Show Notes: -Download Maria’s free Creative Confidence Playbook at mariamolfino.com/free-playbook -Music by Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com
Aug 11, 2016
Eileen Fisher: Reclaiming the Voice
A big piece of the heroine’s journey is reclaiming what’s been lost. For some of us, it’s our intuition, our creativity, or our sense of self trust. For Eileen Fisher, it’s been her voice and her courage to lean into difficult conversations. This design magnate has scaled an incredible organization that generates over $300 million a year in revenue, but she didn’t have an easy start or a path paved with roses. What makes her shine even more is her passion for sustainability, empowering women, and living life with purpose. In her interview you’ll learn the conditions she’s created for her success, her thoughts on purpose and embodiment, and the principles that guide her leadership today. Show Notes: -Eileen’s upbringing: Early desires for a simplified wardrobe, the subconscious influence of Catholic school uniforms, and making her own prom dress. [3:25] -How she used her math skills to help her in business and in finding creative expression. [8:23] -Falling in love with the concept of simplicity and putting together her first pieces. [11:47] -How a design-thinking mindset gave her the confidence to move her ideas forward. [16:12] -Eileen’s biggest challenges starting out (and how she overcame most of them through sheer resourcefulness). [17:31] -Overcoming her fear of communication and reclaiming her voice. [22:23] -On being a mom, getting divorced, and trying to run a business (the toughest part of her journey). [26:18] -The quality that allowed her to keep going during the hard times. [30:38] -Meaning, purpose, and other principles that guide Eileen’s leadership today. [33:12] -Beyond profits: The importance of sustainability, organic materials, and supporting women’s bodies. [39:15] -Eileen’s daily advice for supporting relaxation (which in turn, supports creativity). [45:33] Discover Eileen’s newest initiative, the Learning Lab, where she is creating opportunities for people to get enlivened and inspired through a focus on the mind-body connection, creative leadership, and purpose-driven living. With online and on-site workshops and events, the Learning Lab offers space to try on new ways to live and work that feel more integrated and authentic. Connect soon and sign up to be a part of Eileen's vision at www.eileenfisherlearninglab.com Music by Lucia Lilikoi: lucia.bandcamp.com Sponsor: UENO http://ueno.co
Aug 04, 2016
Numbing Feelings (Block #7)
We live in a culture that medicates feelings. Women are especially under constant pressure to restrain our emotional lives; we apologize for our tears, suppress our anger, and tone down our passion out of fear of being called hysterical. Join Maria in this flash wisdom episode about the 7th block to your creative confidence and expression: numbing feelings. Learn the consequences of this tendency, such as missing out on feelings essential to the creative process, and the important role feelings play in creative leadership. Maria offers empowering wisdom to help you bring this tendency into your awareness and leverage your feelings to great effect. Show Notes: -Download Maria’s free Creative Confidence Playbook at mariamolfino.com/free-playbook References: -Medicating Women’s Feelings by Julie Holland (NY Times, Feb. 2015) -Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability (TEDx Houston, Jun. 2010) -Music by Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com
Jul 28, 2016
Creative Confidence {Andréa Mallard}
Imagine graduating from college and flying to Europe for your first job as a journalist. Instead of things going as planned, you end up bartending in the red-light district to survive. That’s Andrea Mallard’s “fall from grace” story, but it’s not where her story ends. From making friends with the head pimp on the street to becoming Chief Marketing Officer at the inspiring and innovative company, Omada Health, Andrea’s journey is filled with personal insights about finding the creative confidence to lead on your own terms. In her interview she busts a few myths that keep you second-guessing yourself, shares her perspective on work cultures that support whole people, and offers advice on how to integrate work and home life. Show Notes -Maria introduces Andrea Mallard. [1:45] -The “lost year”: How Andrea ended up stranded in Paris and tending bar in the red-light district. [3:55] -The wake up call she needed to stand up for herself and land a job at Forbes Magazine. [9:59] -Analytic vs. creative and Andrea’s decision to be both, plus the epiphany that helped her get confident fast. [14:52] -The big secret around feeling like an imposter and how to stop getting in your own way. [20:02] -On sexism in the workplace, being a working mom, and how to integrate work and home life together. [25:00] -Why it's so important to be your authentic self at work. [30:52] -Andrea talks about being a leader on her own terms and shares a 100% unique example of creative confidence. [35:31] -The most exciting thing about working at Omada, plus Andrea’s advice to her younger self. [40:48] References: www.andreamallard.com Omada Health: www.omadahealth.com Music: Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com
Jul 21, 2016
Attachment to Outcomes (Block #6)
Do you hold back from going after what you want because you’re too tied to how things will turn out? Host Maria Molfino shares how our attachment to outcomes is keeping us from the joy and pleasure of our creative process. In this short 'n' sweet episode, learn how to create space between your work and the results and maintain a healthy outlook around how other people perceive you and your own expectations. Show Notes: -Download Maria’s free Creative Confidence Playbook at mariamolfino.com/free-playbook -Music by Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com
Jul 14, 2016
Luck & Opportunity {Katie Dill}
Katie Dill, Head of User Experience Design at Airbnb, grew up with a creative background that was far from typical. So how did she land her dream job at a company centered around creating unique experiences for their users? Katie shares all about her journey, which often required her to step outside her comfort zone, and how she found her niche. Learn specific ingredients designers have that are useful to leaders, how she handles growing pains and tough feedback, and her wisdom on the relationship between luck and creating opportunities. Show Notes: -Katie’s outdoorsy upbringing as a talented problem-solver and trouble-maker. [4:30] -How she discovered her niche and figured out how to make a career out of it (despite feeling out of her element). [10:58] -On her transformative trip to Italy, where she learned how much there is to gain by going outside your comfort zone. Plus, how to talk yourself out of talking yourself out of things. [15:58] -Creating opportunity vs. Luck (and the relationship between them). [20:17] -The different types of designers at Airbnb, Katie’s own creative vision as a designer, and how being creative makes her a better leader. [24:48] -Do women have a secret superpower they need to unlock? Katie, Maria, and Linda discuss. [29:19] -Dealing with transition: How Katie used positive self-talk, self-reliance, and self-confidence to adapt. [34:43] -Her biggest career challenges. [41:44] -How Katie handles growing pains and critical feedback (including the toughest pieces of feedback she’s ever received). [46:35] References: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg Music: Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com
Jul 07, 2016
Comparison (Block #5)
Continuing the series on the blocks to creative confidence, host Maria Molfino reveals the fifth block: Comparison. Comparison is an ugly face of the inner critic, and a huge de-motivator. Learn what comparison feeds on, how it can warp your standards for success, and what you can do to keep it in check. Show Notes: -Download the free Creative Confidence Playbook at Mariamolfino.com/free-playbook -Music by Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com
Jun 30, 2016
Aphrodite Emerges {Elle Luna & Susie Herrick}
In this episode, host Maria Molfino takes on two inspirational women in one go: Elle Luna, a SF based artist and author, and Susie Herrick, a licensed therapist with over 20 years experience and author of an upcoming memoir, Aphrodite Emerges (to be released in the Fall). They tackle some big themes, the biggest being inner misogyny. Hear about their journeys and the challenges they faced, how to know when you’re following expectations vs. your deeper calling, the expansive power of dreaming bigger, and their upcoming workshop Aphrodite Emerges: Activate the Goddess Within (now open for enrollment at www.aphroditeemerges.com). Show Notes: -On Susie’s spiritual upbringing, and her earliest realizations of negative self-talk and the conflicting expectations within women in our society. [3:54] -Considering our ‘should’s: Where they come from, what they’re like for women, and how they imprison us. Plus, the powerful one-liner Elle read about Susie that caused them to meet. [8:36] -The insanely busy, exhausted, dried up, and deeply dissatisfied state Elle was in before turning things around. [11:46] -How do you cross over from discontent and inner dissonance to other side? Susie shares her own experience. [13:33] -Elle reads from their book, Aphrodite Emerges, about destroying ego and accepting new callings for life. [18:55] -On the conflict women face in a “balanced” work culture and the kinesthetic experience of ‘should’ and ‘must’. [23:46] -Culturally inherited misogyny: The oldest prejudice. [27:03] -Coming to terms with the social emotions of blame and shame. Plus, how Susie’s relationship with her father strengthened after opening up to him about some buried issues. [32:23] -Elle and Susie talk about their upcoming workshop in August, Aphrodite Emerges: A Journey to Unleash the Godess Within. [39:58] References: Aphrodite Emerges retreat info at http://www.aphroditeemerges.com The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna Misogyny: The World’s Oldest Prejudice by Jack Holland Sponsor: UENO http://ueno.co Music: Lucia Lilikoi lucia.bandcamp.com
Jun 23, 2016
Vision Quest {Majo Molfino}
We’re taking a little break from the blocks to creative confidence series to honor an important one-year anniversary. In this episode, host Majo Molfino shares her recent interview with SOULS of Society creator Dijon Bowden, in which she opens up for the first time about her three-day vision quest in the desert that she embarked upon one year ago today. Get to know Heroine’s founder and host through her own journey, one that challenged her on every level, as well as the immense preparation it required and the heart-opening moments that made it all worth it. Brace yourselves, this one’s intense. Show Notes: -Episode intro: Honoring an important one-year anniversary in the life of Heroine's host, Majo Molfino. [0:00] -On writing her novel and how it inspired her to go on a vision quest. [2:35] -The tradition of vision quests, and the discipline and preparation required. [9:10] -Some of the major insights Majo gained. [14:20] -What it was like being on a mountain in the desert with no food or water. [17:35] -On working with a Medicine Woman to prepare, and the predominant emotions she felt during the quest. [21:13] -Coming down the mountain: Meaningful metaphors around water (and being thirsty!), and not being recognized by her parents. [25:41] -How the experience sowed many seeds that will continue to sprout for a long time, plus Majo pre- and post- vision quest. [34:41] -Majo shares some immediate life changes following the event, as well as a few poems she wrote about her experience. [41:20] References: SOULS of Society at www.soulsofsociety.com Music: Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com
Jun 16, 2016
Courage & Hustle {Sofya Polyakov}
CEO & co-founder of The Noun Project, Sofya Polyakov inspires us through her heroine's journey, which includes immigrating to the U.S. from Russia, working insane hours, holding meetings out of her car, and having the courage to embrace the unknown by starting a company for the first time. She also shares her perspectives on key issues that commonly block us from reaching our full potential as creative leaders. Show Notes: - Growing up stubborn and independent in communist St. Petersburg. [10:00] - Sofya’s teenage years, immigrating to the U.S., and the importance of being adaptable. [14:57] - On staying motivated, searching out people who challenge you, and the inspiration behind The Noun Project. [19:07] - How Sofya had the courage to launch a startup without a lot of experience and her perspective on what leadership really is. [23:19] - Challenges getting started on The Noun Project. [28:40] - The big turning point: How Sofya rose to the challenge and played every card she had when it was all on the line. [35:40] - On perfectionism, the fear of failure, and the qualities that allow you to give your all when you’re ready to give up. [40:50] - The trap of comparison: Feeling intimidated but putting yourself out there anyway. [46:26] - Sofya’s views on balancing business and being a mom, and the type of CEO she strives to be. [52:04] - How she has built a culture of trust within her team, and the two qualities she considers most valuable in new employees. [57:04] References: - http://thenounproject.com Sponsor: - http://ueno.co
Jun 09, 2016
Guilt of Pleasure (Block #4)
How's your relationship with pleasure? Host Maria Molfino talks about the tendency to feel guilty about pleasure and where that guilt comes from. Learn why it's so important to slow down and access pleasure in your day-to-day. Show Notes: -Download the free Creative Confidence Playbook at Mariamolfino.com/free-playbook. -Music by Lucia Lilikoi, lucia.bandcamp.com
Jun 02, 2016
Grit & Generativity {Helena Price}
Do you have a creative passion you never imagined could pay the bills? Host Maria Molfino introduces us to tech photographer Helena Price. Recently named Silicon Valley’s most wanted photographer, this heroine rekindled a lifelong passion and made it her career. Find out what it takes to make the leap into becoming a full-time creative, and learn some surprising ingredients that can help in the process. Show Notes: -Young Helena: Her background, being perceived as the “smart kid”, and dealing with feelings of isolation. [1:23] -Helena talks about her first exposure to photography and what it was like growing up in a creatively-stifled hometown culture. [6:45] -On college (and skipping class), falling in love with the tech scene, and touring with music bands. [10:57] -Some of the challenges Helena faced and how she survived on her own. [15:58] -What it took to be taken seriously and become a success early in her career. [21:49] -How photography came back into the picture (to stay). [25:59] -From getting her first job to drowning in work offers, plus Helena’s theory on how to make sure everything works out. [30:22] -Grit. Can women learn to have more of it? [34:00] -What she’s working on now: Her first, personal project that’s showing people a side of tech they haven’t seen before. [39:12] -Helena’s amazing advice to women wanting more creative expression in their lives. [43:22] References: Techies by Helena Price: www.techiesproject.com Music: Lucia Lilikoi: lucia.bandcamp.com Find Heroine at: Heroine.fm Twitter.com/heroine.fm Instagram.com/heroine.fm Facebook.com/heroine.fm
May 26, 2016
Perfectionism (Block #3)
Is your tendency towards perfectionism blocking your creative confidence? Writer and coach Maria Molfino reveals the root of perfectionism's dark side and shares how you can decrease its power over your life. Show Notes: -Download the free Creative Confidence Playbook at mariamolfino.com/free-playbook References: -The Gap by Ira Glass -Big Magic by Liz Gilbert Music: -Lucia Lilikoi lucia.bandcamp.com
May 19, 2016
Creative to CEO {Marian Goodell}
How did Marian Goodell go from studying photography and creative writing to becoming the CEO of Burning Man, one of the biggest sociocultural experiments of our time? The link is fascinating, especially for those who are both creative and analytical and who aren’t following a straight and predictable path. Find out how Marian deals with criticism (i.e., she is too impatient and her tone is too "demanding") and how she filters feedback. Show Notes: -Marian as a little girl: Learning self-acceptance, how to embrace differences, and enjoying the perks of being a fiery redhead. [2:34] -The role of Marian’s family in shaping her to become a strong, confident woman. [8:47] -On attending an all-girls college, running for student body, and the first time she decided to be a leader. [13:16] -“My role as a CEO is very much that of a storyteller”: How Marian’s creative, analytical side made her the right woman for the job. [16:37] -On being a “cat herder” and what that means to her as a leader, and other leadership qualities. [21:47] -Why Marian cares about providing opportunities, giving people the benefit of the doubt, and sharing differing perspectives. [27:04] -Stories of her father and his participation in Burning Man 2008 (a year before he passed away). [30:32] -Marian and Maria discuss failure and the fear of rejection, the importance of creative confidence, and the challenges (and benefits) of collaboration. [35:14] -On feminism and fathers, and finding the balance between feminine and masculine leadership traits. [40:30] -Looking beyond gender: Taking a hard look at qualities like patience, aggression, compassion. [47:26] -How Marian filters and utilizes criticism/feedback. [52:38] -Have you ever felt like an imposter? The inner critic vs empowering voice. [57:44] -Burning Man: Marian’s vision for the project’s future, her favorite principles (Leave No Trace and Radical Self-Expression), and being poised in the world as a catalyst for social change. [1:01:53] References: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg Burning Man at burningman.org Music: Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com Find Heroine on: Heroine.fm Twitter.com/heroinefm Instagram.com/heroine.fm Facebook.com/heroine.fm
May 12, 2016
Fixed Mindset (Block #2)
Host Maria Molfino shares how a fixed mindset – believing things about yourself cannot change – is blocking your creative confidence. - Creative confidence playbook: mariamolfino.com/free-playbook
May 05, 2016
Meaning over Happiness {Dr. Vivienne Ming}
If you believed you could never be happy, would you go on living? That’s the question that echoed in Dr. Vivienne Ming’s mind when she contemplated killing herself, before she became a woman, mom, neuroscientist, technologist, and LGBT advocate. Dr. Ming shares more about the wisdom that saved her life, and how it led her to focus on the one superpower that predicts success over and over again. Show Notes: - Vivienne’s upbringing, not living up to expectations, and realizing she was “different.” [1:30] - The lowest point — Suicide, and why she decided not to do it. [4:39] - On her larger-than-life father and his example of “living a life of substance.” [7:54] - How intrinsic motivation fueled her shift away from the brink of suicide. [12:02] - From flunking out of college to getting perfect scores in everything the second time around. [14:59] - On her year at the Machine Perception Lab and the start of her professional success. [19:08] - Learning to counter her destructive-perfectionism through perseverance. [21:31] - On feeling free to follow what she believes to be right. [25:09] - Women’s tendency to worry about how they are being perceived rather than whether they are being true to themselves. [26:51] - On meeting her wife in graduate school and opening up about wanting to be a woman. [31:13] - The immediate effects of Vivienne’s gender transition – losing her position at Stanford, being treated differently by close friends and strangers alike, and observing implicit gender biases. [35:38] - Vivienne’s work at Socos: Studying the predictors of success and optimizing life outcomes. [42:43] - Defining a meta-learner and the main categories that predict success. [47:33] - How to strengthen our meta-learning abilities. [52:49] - Vivienne’s perspective on how society influences gender roles and the enduring disparities between men and women. [54:55] References: Dr. Ming’s organization Socos: www.socoslearning.com Music: Lucia Lilikoi at lucia.bandcamp.com Find Heroine on: Heroine.fm Twitter.com/heroinefm Instagram.com/heroine.fm Facebook.com/heroine.fm
Apr 28, 2016
Following the Rules (Block #1)
Following the Rules: Little girls outperform boys in school because they do their homework, listen to their teachers, and follow the rules. But that can backfire when it comes to creative leadership. Writer and coach Maria Molfino explains why and how following rules could be blocking you in unexpected ways. Show notes: - Download the free Creative Confidence Playbook: mariamolfino.com/free-playbook - Lucia Lilikoi music: lucia.bandcamp.com
Apr 19, 2016
Discomfort & Risk {Roz Savage}
How and why does a management consultant become the first woman to row across three oceans? How does she overcome the ocean at night, and above all, the doubts swirling in her own mind? Roz Savage, environmental advocate and TED speaker, shares the specific process that set her on this wild adventure – one that you can do in under ten minutes. Show Notes: - Roz’s upbringing as the perpetual new girl and her skill at jumping through childhood’s hoops. [1:51] - How Roz got stuck for 11 years pretending to be something she didn’t want to be. [10:00] - On the epiphany (inspired by a simple self-help exercise) that changed her life. And why she waited to act. [12:58] - From self-sabotaging to her lowest point, to finding transformational confidence and her life’s calling. [17:39] - How the unlikely idea emerged to use ocean rowing as her platform for bringing environmental awareness. [24:46] - Going into the first race (as the only solo female) and the challenges she faced. [29:35] - How Roz destroyed self-limiting beliefs and redefined what she was capable of. [35:50] - On surprising herself, being grateful for challenges, and choosing to see her discomfort as a clear sign of success. [39:15] - The story of her emotional decision to be rescued when she really needed it. [44:11] - The toxicity of criticism: Roz’s theory on why people criticize, dealing with with her own inner critic, and how she stays true to her vision. [49:22] - Understanding internal motivations and taking ownership over your life. [56:13] - On the importance of amplifying heroine journeys, being open to spiritual perspectives, and balancing feminine and masculine energies. [1:00:55] - Looking to the future: Roz’s belief that stories like hers help others to challenge old paradigms. [1:09:35] - Roz breaks down the exercise that changed her life and discusses the importance of crafting your own story. [1:12:28] - Lucia Lilikoi music: lucia.bandcamp.com References: Roz Savage’s book, "Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean." Roz Savage’s website, http://www.rozsavage.com/
Apr 19, 2016