It's time for you to embrace your God-given gifts, skills, and passions and lead with confidence. Host Esther Littlefield is a pastor's wife and business owner, and she is joined by co-host Holly Cain. They discuss issues related to leading as a Christian woman, and they also interview other women who share their leadership journeys. Through this podcast, Esther and Holly offer encouragement, tools, and resources to help you live out your unique calling as a leader.
Processing 2020 - Radical Acceptance, Dealing with Grief & Criticism, and Finding the Joy with Sandy Flewelling 
Is your heart tired and worn out from all that 2020 has brought us? Perhaps you’re not interested in processing or reflecting on the year, and you can’t wait for 2021 to show up.
Although 2020 has felt challenging on many levels, Holly and I did not want to skip over reflecting, and we also didn’t want to count it out as a horrible year. We know that God still worked during this year, and He can help us find the joy and the positive even amidst the struggles.
We invited our friend Sandy Flewelling on to this episode to walk us through processing the year. Sandy does a form of counseling called Soul Care, and she provides us guidance and suggestions for how to deal with the difficulties of 2020.
Sandy shares valuable wisdom on how to accept what is, deal with the divisions in our families, churches, and communities, and how to recognize and process the grief we may be experiencing.
Topics Discussed: Why we invited Sandy on this reflection episode [1:45] What is Soul Care? [4:00] Why we need to reflect on 2020 instead of just moving on [6:20] How to begin processing what we’ve been through this year Ask 3 questions: Who would you like to be for me in 2020? What would you like to do in me through it? How would you like me to respond? Dealing with the divisiveness in our relationships, churches, and communities [13:20] Processing our grief [22:00] Unfulfilled goals & dreams in 2020 [25:22] How leaders can process the intense criticism of this year [38:00] How to know if you need to reach out and talk to someone for support [42:00] How to look back and find the joy [47:55] Fun question of the day [51:00] Key Quotes: “Try practicing radical acceptance… simply accepting that this year has been what it was, and there’s nothing we can do to go back and change it.” “We’ve always disagreed with each other; but people are filtering themselves less and less.” “Anger is a really convenient way to push aside grief.” “2020 did not rock the Kingdom of God.” “There is no benefit in beating ourselves up for something that has already happened that we cannot go back and change… so let’s just not do it.” “Life is not a sprint.” - Esther “People can be fierce… and it’s so important to know who you are in Christ, to know the authority He has given to you, and to take yourself regularly to that place of ‘this is who I am.’” Resources & Links: What You Should Do Before the New Year Begins (our reflection episode from 2018) Our 2019 Reflections & Lessons Learned Connect with Sandy: Website
Sandy Flewelling is passionate about helping you find freedom in your relationships with God, others, and yourself. Whether speaking before a group or sharing a conversation with one in her cozy office, her deep desire is to share the good news that God loves us with a life-changing love.
She attended The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology where she earned a Master’s in Counseling and now owns and operates Soul Care of Maine.
In her spare time, Sandy is a Women’s Pastor at Discover Church in Hampden, Maine. She is an unashamed lover of two long-haired felines, Buddy and Bear. Her home is in Maine, where the tender beauty of summer makes the long winters worth enduring.
Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s other podcast, The Christian Woman Business Podcast Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page
This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode128 on Dec. 1, 2020.
Sharing Your Message with a Podcast - 9 Benefits I've Experienced 
Have you ever considered starting a podcast, but you’re not sure if it would be worth it? There are 9 key benefits that I’ve experienced from starting this podcast, and I’m sharing them here.
Podcasting can be a powerful way to share a message with the world, but it can also feel overwhelming and scary. However, it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my business and leadership.
In this episode, I’m sharing with you the 9 benefits I’ve experienced since starting my podcast. This content originally aired on the Christian Woman Business Podcast episode 20, but I thought it would be helpful to share here in case you’re considering starting a show.
If you are, be sure to check out my mini-course launching Friday, Nov. 27th: Podcast in a Weekend. This resource will provide you with a step-by-step path to launch a podcast that attracts your ideal listeners and grows your business or ministry!
If you’re not interested in starting a podcast or if you just want to consider other ways to share your message, be sure to check out episode 125: How to Start Sharing Your Message.
For the full show notes for this episode, go to estherlittlefield.com/episode127
The 9 Benefits I’ve Experienced from Podcasting:
Improved Speaking Skills Increased Confidence New Opportunities Business Growth Refined Message Audience Growth Connections with Industry Leaders Relationship Growth with my Co-host Ability to Make a Bigger Impact Links Mentioned: Confident Leader Catalyst Confident Conversations Mini-Course CWBP Episode 17: Should You Start a Blog, Podcast, or YouTube Channel? CWBP Episode 19: 3 Ways to Determine if Podcasting is Right for You
Thriving in Work and Life and How to Transition From Employee to Entrepreneurship with Dr. Ronke Dosunmu 
How can you thrive in your work and your personal life when you have a demanding career? And how can you transition from employee to entrepreneurship if you have a dream you want to pursue?
If you work full-time, have your own business, or have a maxed out schedule as a female Christian leader, you know staying healthy and making time for what matters to you can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be impossible.
In this conversation, Dr. Ronke Dosunmu is sharing with us about how to thrive and stay healthy even when you have a demanding career. As a physician who owned her own private practice for 25 years, she certainly has experience and wisdom to share.
In addition, Dr. Ronke shares with us about how to transition from an employee role into entrepreneurship. She provides tips for determining your first steps as well as identifying who you need around you in order to be successful. We also learn about the habits that Dr. Ronke has used to manage her work and personal life.
No matter your current leadership role or work situation, you’re sure to gain insights and wisdom you can apply from this conversation.
For the full show notes for this episode, go to estherlittlefield.com/episode126.
Key Points Discussed: Ronke’s Leadership Journey [3:02] Leadership lessons that Ronke has learned [5:51] Healthy work/life balance [8:15] Articulating your value as a team member How to identify where you want to go Staying healthy when work/life is demanding Moving from employee to entrepreneurship [17:00] Is entrepreneurship for everyone? What are the first steps toward entrepreneurship? Who do you need around you to be successful? Business coach or mentor Personal board of directors Tips to maintain work/life balance when you’re an entrepreneur Habits to be successful in business How faith has impacted Ronke’s journey [36:00] Leaders are Learners [37:30]
Resources & Links: Podcast episodes about confidence
Connect with Ronke: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website Facebook Instagram Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s other podcast, The Christian Woman Business Podcast Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page
This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode126 on Nov. 17, 2020.
How to Start Sharing Your Message 
Most leaders have some kind of message they want to share with the world…. Something God had put on your heart, taught you, or just something you have learned and want to pass on.
The problem is, many of us don’t know where to start when it comes to sharing a message. We often are waiting to be asked, but the reality is many people won’t know you have a message to share until you start sharing it.
As Christian women leaders, we all have a duty to share the message of the gospel in all that we do. We can do this in the small, everyday choices we make. We can do this in the way that we treat someone at the grocery store, the way we speak to our co-workers, and the times we sit down and share directly from God’s word.
But sometimes God gives us a specific message based on our life experiences, our study of His word, or the needs we see around us.
In this episode, I want to chat with you about the ways you can begin sharing your message, as well as what to do if you don’t know what your message is AND what to do if you’re hesitant to share a message because it’s similar to other people’s messages.
For the full show notes for this episode, visit estherlittlefield.com/episode125.
Key Points Discussed: How to Begin Sharing Your Message One-on-one Small group settings Through writing Through speaking What if you don’t know what your message is? What if someone else is already saying what you want to say?
Resources & Links: Christian Woman Business Podcast Podcast Launch Resource - Coming Soon Episode 124 with Misty Phillip Episode 77: How to Use Social Media to Effectively Communicate as a Christian Leader Episode 23: Using Your Voice and Telling Your Story as a Leader with Abbey Jo Bailey Bonus Episode: Owning Your Voice as a Leader and Sharing Your Message Through Writing with Emily P. Freeman Episode 47 with Merritt Onsa Episode 41 with Christa Hutchins Episode 6: The Importance of Leading with Confidence Episode 67: The 5 Reasons Confidence Makes You a More Effective Leader
Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page
This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode125.
Learning to Trust and Finding Your Gifts in Different Seasons of Leadership with Misty Phillip 
How do you trust God during devastating losses and seasons of challenge and uncertainty? And how do you uncover and begin using the experiences and gifts God has given you?
Almost no one’s leadership journey is a straight and easy path, and Misty Phillip’s experience is no exception. In this episode, Misty shares some of the challenges she faced when trusting God to transition from working a comfortable corporate job to staying home to homeschool her children. In addition, she tells us how God led her into speaking and podcasting and eventually founding the first Christian podcast conference. If you’ve ever had a dream or idea to potentially speak or start a podcast, you’re sure to find encouragement in this episode.
Through our conversation, you’ll hear how Misty had to trust God through these different seasons of leadership. And you’ll learn how she started to uncover and use the gifts God had placed in her. Misty shares insights on why we need to surround ourselves with people we admire and how to find others you can trust.
For the full show notes for this episode, go to estherlittlefield.com/episode124.
Key Points Discussed: Misty’s life and leadership journey [3:36] Challenges Misty has faced [6:50] How Misty transitioned into a new phase of leadership [9:00] Leadership lessons [12:30] Misty’s podcasting journey [14:13] The journey of starting the Spark Christian Podcast Conference [20:30] Misty’s business experience [27:00] Advice for potential or new podcasters [32:10] How Misty has learned to understand her gifts [35:00] Encouragement for a new leader [39:40] Leaders are learners [41:29] How to find your safe people [45:00]
Resources & Links: Episode 93: Five Obstacles to Pursuing Your Purpose She Speaks Conference Misty’s Bible Study: The Struggle is Real But So Is God Dream Big by Bob Goff Episode 120: Vulnerability in Leadership Episode 122: Flipping the Leadership Script by Serving Spark Now Summit happening Nov. 6, 2020 - use code ESTHERNOW20 for a discount on your ticket! Christian Woman Business Podcast - episodes about podcasting (episodes 17-20) Podcast Launch Resource Wait List
Connect with Misty: Website Facebook Instagram
Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s other podcast, The Christian Woman Business Podcast Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode124 on Nov. 3, 2020.
Breaking Free from Lies and Finding Freedom from an Eating Disorder with Britney Thompson 
Have you ever found yourself trapped in an unhealthy pattern or addiction, but you’re not sure how to break free? The answer often involves breaking free from lies and replacing those lies with the truth of God.
In this episode, Holly and I speak with our guest Britney Thompson who vulnerably shares her story of breaking free from an eating disorder. We dive into her leadership journey, the steps she took to get free, and practical ways we can get rid of the lies that may be holding us back. You’ll hear why we need to bring our struggles into the light and one of the most important things Britney believes we need to do in our healing.
Key Points Discussed: Britney’s life and leadership [3:30] How Britney found freedom from an eating disorder [6:40] How this journey has transformed her leadership [14:00] The lies that kept Britney stuck [16:40] 4 step process to discern truth from lies [20:00] See your thoughts Say your thoughts Speak truth Set your mind Less obvious comforts or addictions we struggle with [27:00] Dealing with perfectionism [30:23] Why we need vulnerability and safe people [35:22] Creating a culture of healthy confession [39:45] Leaders are learners [47:57]
Quotes: “My leadership needed to be from a place of total honesty.” “I’m a better leader because of my willingness to share my brokenness and my hurts.” “One of the biggest lies is the lie of success.” “Choose to believe what God’s truth is over what you believe your truth is.” “As long as we stay hidden, it’s never going to get fixed.” Resources & Links: God-Minded: Living God-Focused in a Me-Focused World by Britney Renae Thompson Jesus Over Everything by Lisa Whittle Audacious by Beth Moore The Daily Grace Co.
Connect with Britney: Website Facebook Instagram
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Britney Renae Thompson is a dynamic speaker, author and Christian life-coach who shares lessons learned while overcoming her 15-year eating disorder. She helps Christian women move past every type of fear, doubt, and insecurity to live out God's freedom and purpose for their lives.
Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s other podcast, The Christian Woman Business Podcast Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page
This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode123 on Oct. 27, 2020.
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