How Two Biz Besties Make More Progress Together

I'm excited to introduce you to two of my students, Amanda McKinney and Jessica Kinsey. They've taken accountability partnership to a whole new level!

Jessica runs, where she supports not-for-profits make a bigger impact and achieve incredible results. Amanda runs, where she shows yoga teachers how to stay connected to their values while running a sustainable and profitable business. While they're busy running their own businesses, they share an office space and even get coached by me together.

On this episode you'll hear why an accountability partner is more than just a cheerleader - it's a business asset!


Listen and learn how:

  • To find the right accountability partner and become a great one yourself

  • Giving and receiving honest feedback is essential to grow your business

  • Having someone keep an eye on you will ensure you actually get your work done

  • Knowing your next best step is all it takes to keep forward momentum in your business

You'll love hearing their unique experiences and I bet you'll be inspired you to go out and find your perfect accountability partner if you haven't already!


Staying on Track When Motivation is Low (Bizdom Episode)

Megan Hale is back on the mic with Steph in the first Business Wisdom episode of 2019! Together they share their perspectives on how to stay on track through the unavoidable challenges you'll face as you grow your business.

Steph asked The Courage and Clarity community "where are you struggling when it comes to accountability and your big goals?" and boy did you deliver some great questions!


On this episode you'll hear:

  • What accountability means to Megan

  • What Steph and Megan's accountability partnership looks like and their best tips to be a good partner yourself

  • Macro vs micro goals - how do you take a big ol' dream and break it down into what needs to happen on a daily or weekly basis?

  • How they handle themselves when their best laid plans get steamrolled by the realities of life

This episode if full of Steph and Megan magic! You'll feel not only inspired, but also ready to show up and be accountable in your business.

More Than a Plan: 5 Ways to Actually Accomplish Goals

Welcome to Accountability Month!

It’s a timely topic for this time of the year – as the fresh energy and shininess of the New Year fades into the reality that is… life.

Today I’m sharing 5 great tips to help you set the right kind of goals, and hit them even when everyday life throws its normal curve balls at you.

Because no matter how well you plan, you can’t be ready for every distraction. So let’s normalize this reality (instead of feeling shame or that we’re not good enough)


 You’ll get lots of Clarity from this episode as I cover:

1)      What is accountability and how is does it differ from motivation? (plus why it’s so important you know the difference)

2)      Chunking down bigger goals + how to implement weekly habits to make steady progress on them.

3)      How to Measure Progress so that you don’t feel like you’re just going around in circles!

4)      Good Better Best - a simple framework to set healthier goals that will have you celebrating more often and seeing more success.

5)      Sharing with someone - why having an accountability partner is crucial as you build your business.

Laying out your business plans is only a small part of the big picture. Follow the five tips in this episode so you can pull those plans into reality!

Show Notes

The Courage & Clarity Podcast is TWO (time to celebrate!)

Well, it’s official, my podcast is a toddler!

These past two years have been such an amazing journey. There are so many brilliant episodes and guests it was hard to pick just five to highlight this week, but I really think there’s something here for everyone.

A big heartfelt thank you to everyone who has downloaded an episode, left a review on ITunes, followed me on Instagram or contributed in The C&C Community. None of this would be possible without YOU.

Now it’s time to check out these five killer episodes!

Most Downloaded Episode EVER:

Minimalist Baker The Secret to Building a Rock Solid Brand with Dana Shultz (Episode 81)


Popular Throwback Solocast:

8 Clarity Blockers to Bust Through to be Successful (Episode 40)


Biggest Game Changer:

What Two Seasoned Entrepreneurs Wish They Had Known When They Started (episode 90 - the premier of the Bizdom Series)


Most Inspirational:

How to Stop Fighting Against Your Life and Fall in Love with it Instead w/ Catherine Rains aka The Hotel Artist (episode 57)


Fan Favorite:

How to Run Your Own Business Staycation (episode 115)


How to Declutter Your Desk (and Keep it That Way!) with Jen Rao

How would you like to start 2019 with a clear desk AND a clean slate?

My guest this week is Jen Rao, and she'll help turn your home office space into an uncluttered area of inspiration. One where you can build your business with confidence and without the stress of never being able to find anything!


In this episode you’ll get clarity on how to clear your desk and keep it that way:

Intentions: we discuss how to set a strong emotion based intention, which is the key to creating sustainable results. And for my woo-woo naysayers out there, hang with us through this mindset work. Jen and I get deep into how this practice can create concrete results for you!

Projects: learn how to break down your office space into smaller, more manageable projects to beat overwhelm and see results quickly.

Habits: once you’ve put in the effort of clearing your office space, learn how habits are the secret to keeping your space just how you want it!

As we hit the new year running, let’s forget about trying to become something we’re not, or striving for picture perfect ideals that may always be out of reach. This episode will inspire you to create your best space, while working with and appreciating what you’ve already got.

Show Notes

Money Mindset, Morning Routines & When to Pivot: End of 2018 Q+A

To celebrate another trip around the sun, I’m getting reflective and sharing my most honest answers to 5 of the questions I hear the most of from my clients and community.


Join me as I take a look back at 2018 and answer my community's most common questions.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • My take on money mindset and how to master it even if you’re tired of hearing about it!

  • Why I prioritize rhythm over routine in my mornings

  • My best advice for when it’s time to pivot or not in your business

  • How grief has affected my life and business

This episode’s a juicy one, have a listen and then head over to the Courage and Clarity Community and let me know your biggest takeaway!

Show Notes

Selling is Easy! How to Overcome the Fear of Sales

I hate sales.  I swear I hear these three words (or a variation of them) on a weekly basis.

Which is really a shame, because in order to make that dream business of yours a reality? You’re going to have to make some sales. 

Today on this first ever live episode, I’m breaking down all of the fears associated with selling - and giving my absolute best tips and tricks to sell with ease.   

Let’s transform the vision we have of selling from cheesy sales person to effortless value provider.  Sounds good right?


This action-packed episode is broken down into 5 parts:

  • Why it’s so important to be thinking of selling as easy

  • The number one thing that will kill your sales and how to fix it

  • A real-life example of how effortless selling can be

  • Six shifts from sucky selling to easy selling so you can go from feeling crappy to in flow

  • 15 Supportive Affirmations to use when you’re stuck in the fear of selling

Loved this episode and want to check out a live broadcast of an upcoming C&C podcast? 

Join my free Facebook community so you can get in on the fun. After I finish recording, I open the floor to questions exclusive to the members who’re joining me live!

Click here to request access

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How to Totally Stand Out in a Crowded Market with Shunta Grant

Today on the show Shunta Grant shares a hefty dose of inspiration to follow your flow and create a life you truly love. She's a master at creating and nurturing loyal customers because her business decisions come from the heart.

Think your niche is too crowded or you’re too late to the party? Shunta’s here to show you how to make such an impression on your true fans that you’ll be all they choose!


Shunta is the owner of Because of Zoe, a hair bow company she started on accident before she left her job as a lawyer.

In her Courage story you’ll hear how she leverages connection and community within her fan base and creates what she calls her Loyal League.

In her Clarity episode we dig into her action packed advice to get to the other side of busy, which she's turned into her second successful business!

  • Why you should start with you life priorities before you business priorities

  • How to create harmony in your business and life

  • Why simplifying and streamlining your offering and processes is essential to your success

  • The difference between setting goals and defining them

This episode if packed full of inspiring insights and actionable advice - plus Shunta has a special offer for you! Head over to and use the code “courage” to get a special price on her amazing course!

Show Notes

Things "Successful Entrepreneurs" Don't Talk About

What kind of success are you chasing in your business right now?  To finally make x amount of income, or hit a certain number of subscribers on your email list?  Maybe it’s to sell out your course or coaching program.

The hope is: hit your external goals and everything will be great.  Your worries will go away. Stress will disappear!

If this sounds about right, it’s time for a reality check.


Steph and Megan are back on Courage and Clarity, spilling all of their truths.  They take an honest look back on the highs and lows they’ve experienced in 2018. While this year has brought on multitudes of outward success for them both, you’ll hear how that didn’t magically make their struggles go away.

It’s important as entrepreneurs that you hear the other side of the story.

In Megan’s Courage Story You’ll Hear:

  • Why 2018 was one of the most vulnerable and difficult years of her life

  • How she lead her largest group of women yet in Wild and Holy, with her husband deployed and two children under two at home

  • That despite her business hitting financial goals, she struggled personally

  • How she found her way back into the flow

In Steph’s Courage Story You’ll Hear How She:

  • Experienced huge success in only ten short months which brought up a fear of rising stakes

  • Hit all of her “best” revenue goals, but fear still crept in

  • Battles with the story line that you have to work really hard and really long to see success  

  • Worries that all of a sudden her “beginner’s luck” is going to run out

Both Megan and Steph share what inner work they focus on to meet these struggles and challenges and how you can too. Plus learn why good, better, best goals are essential in your business and how you can join Megan’s free training to master them.

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The Keys to Freedom as an Entrepreneur with Jessica Eley

If you’re like me and most entrepreneurs, you dream of success and living a happy life on your own terms.  But how do you achieve this if every step of your journey you have to battle your own old programming?

Success doesn’t make everything better. You need to learn how to enjoy the process too.

So today Jessica Eley is back on the show! She’s a mindset coach for high achievers (did I mention she’s also my coach?) with an abundance of wisdom that I know you’re going to love.

You’ll  hear about my specific challenges when it comes to mindset and how I’m working through them (no secrets here!).


Today we’re diving into Jessica’s four quadrants theory to find out what fear is holding us back from the life and biz we want.

Once you know where you land, this episode explains how to address your triggered reactions in a mindful and productive way.

Plus we discuss why all entrepreneurs need to master the skills of detachment and ownership in order to not only succeed, but to enjoy their success!

You can head over to Jessica’s site and take her quiz here.

Show Notes

How to Build a Viral Community Anchor with Cailen Ascher

Cailen Ascher is a business and lifestyle coach whose name has become synonymous with the 3 Day Work Week.  

Imagine growing your business and making more money while working less hours.  Sound impossible? Cailen will show you it’s completely do-able with her powerhouse community anchor.

Today we’re chatting about where the idea for her 3 Day Work Week came from and how she leveraged it to build her incredible brand!


In Cailen’s Courage story you’ll hear:

  • Why she designed and used the 3 Day Work Week in her own business before turning it into a wildly successful community anchor

  • How she doubled her income while working half the hours  (seriously, do the math on that, it’s a business owners dream!)

In the Clarity half of the episode you’ll hear:

  • Why working less hours doesn’t automatically mean a pay cut

  • A/B Weeks and how they benefit not only you but your clients

  • How she developed a course and program around her community anchor

Today’s episode centers around a topic I’m super passionate about. It’s pure magic when you listen to your audience and build something they actually want!

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How to Run Your Own Business Staycation

My secret’s out. There’s a practice from my corporate days that I stole. I think it’s so good, you should try it too!

Companies hold retreats for their employees all the time. It’s a thing, right? Yet as entrepreneurs, it’s easy to think it’s too expensive, it’s a waste of time or it’s too indulgent.

But what happens when you change your environment, focus on treating yourself and give you and your business the time and love it deserves?


I’ve just wrapped up my own business staycation, and the response from my community was so strong. I knew I had to devote an episode to sharing what exactly I was up to in my hotel room with my multi colored poster boards and markers!

You’ll hear why it’s integral for every level of entrepreneur, when and where it should happen and who should be involved.

I also outline what exactly went down in mine, right down to the four poster boards I created:

  • Dreams 2019 and beyond

  • What’s working and what’s not

  • Revenue goals

  • Content plan

After this brainstorming session and a good night’s sleep, I woke up refreshed and ready to create my implementation plan. Out came my calendar and I plugged in how to best make my plans come to life.

It’s normal to have a little voice in the back of your mind telling you this is a waste of time, that you don’t really need to have a business staycation. But that voice wants you to play safe. It knows that this is a chance to be bold and dream big and create a solid action plan to make it all come true.

This is a chance to combine self-care with business strategy. If that’s not balancing the head and the heart of business, I don’t know what is!

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How to Find Satisfaction as an Entrepreneur (Hint: More Money Won’t Do It)

When you’re starting a business from scratch, it’s easy to look ahead to the next milestone or achievement and think “once I get there, then I’ll be happy”.

  • Once I have 10,000 followers… my business will feel important and legit.

  • After I start making over six figures… all my money worries will go away.

  • If I can build my business to the size of needing staff… then I’ll have really made it!

Today’s guests, Emylee Williams and Abagail Pumphrey from Think Creative Collective have surpassed all of those milestones and then some.  They’re back for a second time on Courage and Clarity with a heavy dose of reality of what it’s like to run an incredibly successful online biz.

Think it’s all rainbows and unicorns once you’ve “made it”? Think again.


In this episode we explore how to feel satisfied as an entrepreneur.  Because depending on outside vanity metrics or monetary milestones just doesn’t cut it.

Emylee and Abagail had reached a point to where every hopeful entrepreneur wants to be. They had solid products, a large and engaged audience and steady income. Yet even though they were successful, they were both still unhappy and stressed.  They just weren’t excited about what they were doing anymore.

Something else was out there that they needed to be doing.  They knew they needed to listen to their guts, follow their instincts and do something that felt fun and fresh again.

Enter the Boss Project Summit.

These ladies were so in tune with this new idea, that within two weeks of even thinking of it, doors were open for registration.  

What exactly is the Boss Project Summit? Over the course of 4 days, 40+ speakers (myself included!) are going to shake things up in the attendees’ businesses. Whether it’s branding help, messaging tweaks, funnels set up, social media strategy in place, financial planning, mindset shifts, or more, they’ve got you covered.

And if you’re reading this before November 6 2018 - you can still snag your free ticket here.

This summit is such a great example of doing what feels right in your business vs doing what you think you should be doing.  

This episode has something for all of my listeners, those just starting out and the more seasoned of the bunch.  Have a listen and then head over the Courage and Clarity Community on Facebook and tell me what your biggest takeaway was!


How to Get Out of a Funk, Rut or Creative Standstill

Feast or famine, the classic entrepreneurial challenge. 

As a business owner you’ll have times when your physical and creative energy is low, and you start to question it all.  You’ll be scared that if you spend a day in your flannel pj’s watching This is Us on Netflix surrounded by crumpled up tissues – that somehow your business won’t survive.

You built a business to have more time and freedom, but now taking a break is scary and it feels like you’ll never regain your momentum. 

How do I know all of this?  Because I’ve been there.  Not just last week – but this exact same time last year as well!

I’ve had two tricky Octobers in a row. And since I’ve just experienced one, I’m sharing how to lean into a funk.  Because as much as we always want to get “out” of it as quickly as possible, the only way out is through.

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The good news is if you take a step back and acknowledge your patterns, you can handle a much-needed break or a surprise funk with skill and ease. You know, instead of thinking your world and business is crashing and burning to an end.

Seriously, my greatest idea from last year, the 15 Minute Planner, even came from the tail end of a “funk”! 

The Clarity half of this episode includes four tips to navigate a break or funk:

  1. Strategic Pause - How to plan out a break on your calendar that makes sure you gain confidence in stepping away from your business knowing it will be there when you come back.

  2. Ownership- A necessary break in the flow of your business isn’t an excuse for a “woe is me” crisis.  You’ve got to trust that you’ve got the creativity and skills to figure it out!

  3. Trust- Trust that “future you” can handle it and course correct.  In order to give yourself and your business the space you need, you’ve got to believe this!

  4. Cramming vs Resting - Doubling your work so you can take a bit of time off isn’t a rest.  It’s cramming.  Instead, change the questions to – how do I work less? What can I Say no to? What ball can I drop? 

Show notes

How We Sold Out a Live Event (Bizdom Retreat Recap)

The first ever Bizdom Retreat is a wrap!  But before parting ways, Steph and Megan couldn’t resist getting together one more time. Rather than their usual Skype calls, they’re in the same room to record how it all went down.  

You’ll hear the backstory of how the first ten episodes “Bizdom” came to be.  Nope, it wasn’t a long thought out strategic plan. It was born from the simple idea that your work should feel fun.  

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As they look back on the path leading up to the retreat you’ll hear:

  • Steph’s initial reaction to Megan’s idea of leading this retreat (the story may surprise you!)

  • How they sold out every spot, without fancy funnels or advanced marketing techniques

  • A particularly magical story of how one of the retreat members made it there

  • What it was like to take the leap and book the non-refundable house

The success of the Bizdom Retreat is proof that one of the best sales techniques is when you show up sincerely and with real value for your customers.

From No Idea to Sold Out Group Program in Two Months

Meet Kalissa Scopes, an incredible student of mine with an inspiring entrepreneurial story to share. In this episode we discuss how her hard work she dedicated in Crickets to Customers has paid off. She went from unsure if she even had a business idea to filling ten spots in her first small group program in under two months!

Kalissa specializes in race equity and her new business can be found at She is committed to supporting fellow white people in their anti-racism work.

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In her Courage episode you'll hear:

  • The challenges she faced after being laid off from her government job of 15 years

  • The long path of self-doubt she faced in her desire to build her own business

  • Why she based her business on this incredibly important topic

In her Clarity episode she shares:

  • Why she chose Crickets to Customers even after being disappointed with other business courses

  • How she followed the steps of the course like a recipe and refused to deviate from the lessons

  • Her transformation from uncertainty to running her first small group program with confidence

Kalissa's story will really hit home for anyone hoping to build an online business but worried that their topic doesn't fit the mold. It’s also more proof that you don’t need an audience of thousands (or even hundreds!) to make real money in your business.

One Easy Secret for Creating Content on Multiple Platforms

Do you struggle with coming up for content for multiple platforms week after week in your business?

There’s some marketing gurus out there who insist you need to show up on every possible platform.  Instagram. Facebook. Pinterest. Twitter. And don’t forget about your email list!

When we spread ourselves too far and thin, the quality of work is diluted and it’s too easy to end up feeling drained and uninspired.

Today’s solo episode will help with the common challenge of “what the heck should I create for them this week?”

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I’m going to let you in on a super simple secret so you can create engaging content for your audience, easily and across multiple platforms.

After listening to this episode, I want you to sit and take a good look at the different corners of the Internet where you offer content and ask yourself these questions:

  • Why are you there?

  • What is each platform’s purpose?

  • Do you feel pulled in too many directions? If so, it’s time to let one go

When you follow the tip I share today, you’ll know what to post and where each week - without reinventing the wheel!

How to Get Your First Three Clients

You believe in your dream and you’re ready to put in the work.  But the fact remains - if you’re ever going to take your business full-time or leave your current job, you’re going to have to land paying customers!

Today’s episode is the perfect follow up to last week’s “Is Your Dream Really Possible?” and another solo show where I answer a question that was posted in The Courage and Clarity Facebook Group.

This question resonated with so many in our community.  Amanda believes in herself and her talent, but what’s her next step when it comes to finding her first three clients?

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What a great chance for me to look back on my career and share five actionable steps that I’ve used myself that will lead to real paying clients.

No fancy funnels or marketing here.  These are tips that everyone can do - you don’t need a lot of money for ads or any special circumstances.  And while I believe it’s the simplest path to paying clients, don’t mistake simple for easy!

In this Clarity episode you’ll hear:

  1. Why I recommend going one-on-one with your services as your first step

  2. How crafting one core and simple offer will make business easier on you and your future clients

  3. The benefits of leveraging IRL opportunities (even if they make you uncomfortable at first!)

  4. The power of your very own personal Rolodex

  5. My recommendation of going paid or offering free services when you’re brand new in your business

Some of these tips will put you out of your comfort zone, but this is where your unshakable belief in your dream is necessary.  To see your vision through, you’ll need to risk rejection, put the work in, cold call and do things that scare yourself.

When you’re faced with uncomfortable challenges in your business, you’ve got to have the courage to see your vision come true. And if you stick with it, you'll be rewarded for your conviction and your steady action towards your dreams.

Is Your Dream Really Possible?

Do you ever feel terrified of your big dreams?  Scared because if they don’t come true you’ll be devastated?

I think we’ve all been there.  And lately I’ve heard a common theme around this develop in the C&C community, my Instagram and even with my 1:1 coaching clients.  

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When we’re scared our dreams might not come true, we place conditions on them. “I’ll give this ten years to work, or I’ll go back to that career I didn’t really love”. We create backup plans and time constraints on our businesses. This energy of not being “all-in” is like telling your business you don’t believe in it 100%

I know with Courage & Clarity that once I committed fully, let go of the “how” and came to terms with the fact that it would be messy and uncomfortable at times - my business transformed!

So when you’ve got big dreams, you’ve got to let go of the conditions you put on your dreams and replace them with some faith and trust.

Like I’ve talked about so many times on this show before, if you keep showing up, you’ll get whatever you’re dreaming of.

I promise, when you’re all in, focus your energy and move forward with steady actions, The Universe will conspire on your behalf. You don’t get to choose the “how” - you just need to show up and believe.

I get pretty deep into mindset and energy talk, but don’t worry, I didn’t leave the brass tacks out of this episode.  I’ve also included:

  • 8 key points for you to consider when going after your dreams.

  • An easy and fun tactic that helped me fill the pre-sale of my first course launch

I loved recording this episode for you all, as I reflect on my journey to building C&C into what it is today and dreaming of all it will become.

By the end of listening to this I want you to not only realize that your dream is possible, but that it’s already on its way to you!

What To Do With Your Dream When You’re Dealing with Crisis

On this Bizdom episode, Steph and Megan answer a question that will apply to every entrepreneur at one point in their business building journey.  

Courage & Clarity Community member Brigitte has recently discovered that her father has Alzheimers and she will be traveling more to be with her parents, all while raising her children and running her business.

Her question is:

“How can she work and stay focused on her mission while she has family slow but irreversible crisis to focus on?”

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Many listeners of this podcast can relate.  Business builders are do-ers, go-getters and used to being in control and “making things happen”.  The knee-jerk reaction is to make space and carry on like the crisis isn’t happening.

In the Courage episode we discuss mindset adjustments for challenging times:

  • How to adjust your energy levels and expectations of yourself during times of crisis

  • Affirmations to focus on

  • Why you absolutely need separation between yourself and your business

In the Clarity episode we discuss four tactical ways to approach your business in times of crisis:

  • A/B Weeks

  • Batching content and adjusting schedule to take full week off

  • Minimum Viable Effort

  • Minimum Viable Income

It’s a fact:, we’re all going to face a challenging time in our business and personal life.  But if we’re honest with ourselves in how much we can give and strategic in how we schedule ourselves, we can truly design our lifestyle businesses to fit our needs.

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