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Do you remember how curious you were as a kid? Some of us never grew out of that and it’s made all the difference. Pick from any of 100+ episodes to learn from humans who courageously and creatively went after their curiosities, and made an impact, so you can too.

Each week, personal development coach, business coach, and “warrior” mom Melissa Llarena helps you go from imagining to living your best life. In this podcast, you will learn how to believe in yourself, unleash your biggest potential, leave perfectionism behind, and build a fulfilling life. You deserve the best. Learn from entrepreneurs (Suzy Batiz, Beth Comstock), creators (GaryVee, James Altucher), world changers (David Meltzer, Asha Curran), beacons of hope (Raphael Rowe, Dr. Joel Fuhrman), and world-class storytellers (Cal Fussman, Jordan Harbinger). Tune in to discover how you can overcome life’s biggest challenges and embrace its wonderful surprises.

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Do you remember how curious you were as a kid? Some of us never grew out of that and it’s made all the difference. Pick from any of 100+ episodes to learn from humans who courageously and creatively went after their curiosities, and made an impact, so you can too.

Each week, personal development coach, business coach, and “warrior” mom Melissa Llarena helps you go from imagining to living your best life. In this podcast, you will learn how to believe in yourself, unleash your biggest potential, leave perfectionism behind, and build a fulfilling life. You deserve the best. Learn from entrepreneurs (Suzy Batiz, Beth Comstock), creators (GaryVee, James Altucher), world changers (David Meltzer, Asha Curran), beacons of hope (Raphael Rowe, Dr. Joel Fuhrman), and world-class storytellers (Cal Fussman, Jordan Harbinger). Tune in to discover how you can overcome life’s biggest challenges and embrace its wonderful surprises.

Follow Melissa @melissallarena on Instagram for daily pep talks and behind-the-scenes insights. Follow An Interview With Melissa Llarena and share the show with someone who wants to step into their greatness.

    Fall Back in Love with Your Craft Again with Lorin Martin

    Fall Back in Love with Your Craft Again with Lorin Martin

    Have you ever wanted to do something in your life but you just never had the courage to do it? Maybe you've pursued your passion to become a doctor or a pharmacist, or a lawyer because you wanted to do good in the world. But then you ended up working in an organization that’s got its own set of ideas you don’t necessarily align with. 
    Lorin Martin used to work as a pharmacist at CVS. For her, really getting to know the clients and getting to know customers was paramount. But it wasn’t something she could do there. After graduating from Texas A&M University with her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Lorin Martin received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Texas in Austin. Upon graduation, she managed an independent pharmacy in Austin for 3+ years, where her passion for compounding grew.
    Currently, Lorin is the owner of Bear’s Compounding Pharmacy and the Pharmacist-In-Charge. Born and raised in Georgetown, Lorin could not be happier to be planting her roots back in her hometown!
    Could you even imagine a fun pharmacy? That's what Lorin's pharmacy is! Finally, it’s now aligned with the things she enjoys the most. If you feel that you've fallen out of love with your profession, learn how to find your way back to falling in love with your craft again. 
    In this episode, you will hear:
    What if you are unhappy with your industry’s practices and you think you can build a better solution?  How can you reinvent yourself and fall in love again with your profession? The benefits of launching in your hometown and bringing big city thinking back What if you could be resilient enough to step into entrepreneurship? Should you partner with your partner? Listen to this success story for inspo.  What steps might there be if you were to launch your own physical store? Ideas around collaborating and best practices to achieve success early on when capacity is limited  
    Share this episode with a power couple with big dreams of owning a business or someone who is curious about launching a new concept in their industry.
    Similar Episodes:
    Van Lai-DuMone Explains How Creativity Workshops Can Increase Creativity in the Workplace, Episode 87
    How To Find Inspiration For Creating Viral Content, Katherine Young Creator of the Girls’ Life Magazine Cover Meme, Episode 52
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    @bearspharmacy
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    So many moms are struggling to survive much less to thrive and use their superpower of imagination and for those moms, I have opened a waitlist for moms who want to be first in line for my upcoming book: How to reawaken your imagination to see the greatness in yourself.
    Here’s what you can expect: Every Friday, I share with you an insight that I have uncovered about the book-writing process as a mom and I tell you very practically how to implement these insights so that you can start feeling more confident about someday writing your own story or just on how to use your imagination a bit more each day.
    If you are a mom who is ambitious and seeks to make the biggest impact possible in her life and teach her kids how to do the same then this waitlist call is precisely for you.
    Go to www.melissallarena.com/waitlist 
    You are invited to send me a DM. What did you uncover from this episode?
    https://www.instagram.com/melissallarena/

    • 1 hr
    EPIC Local Spots Where You Can Unravel Life’s Challenges Featuring @HikeAustin’s Creator Matthew Guthrie

    EPIC Local Spots Where You Can Unravel Life’s Challenges Featuring @HikeAustin’s Creator Matthew Guthrie

    When was the last time you went out for a hike in the mountains, walked on the ocean, or just experienced nature? Being outdoors can do wonders. So, get your hiking boots or your surfboard ready because you definitely would want to head out after hearing this episode. 
    Born and raised in Austin, Texas, USA, Matthew Guthrie grew up exploring its greenbelts (i.e. woods) and parks. His passion for the outdoors led him to create Hike Austin, an organization devoted to promoting and protecting the green spaces around Austin. His first visit to Westcave was on an elementary school field trip and he has stayed connected to Westcave ever since. Matthew is a photographer whose work has been published in local/regional magazines. Matthew also has a passion for entrepreneurship and currently works as a producer on The Build Show. 
    Today, Matthew discusses the mental break you get from being outdoors. Sure, it’s difficult to find time – but it takes intention. It’s a matter of getting to that headspace where you can turn your head off for 10, 15, or 20 minutes so you can come back to whatever you’re doing, feeling renewed and re-energized. Matthew also talks about kindness as well as the importance of nature conservation and how we can all use our imagination to conserve our beloved environment.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    How nature is a mental massage to help you untie life’s “knotty” challenges Why Austin is one of America’s kindest cities? How our mindset is reflected on other people and how we can be more accountable for our interactions How conflict and difficulties can make you a kinder person Why conserving Austin’s natural ecosystems should be a priority, especially for newcomers and/or developers  The BEST swimming holes in surrounding Austin, Texas, USA Share this episode with anyone who is curious about hiking in Austin or who wants to learn more about why conserving Austin’s natural beauty should be prioritized.
    Similar Episodes:
    How to Plan Your Perfect Summer Travel Through Curiosity and Wonder with Author Jenny Herbert, Episode 82
    The Secret To Healing Goes Back To Indigenous/Aboriginal Traditions As Told By Joe Williams, Episode 132
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    Supporting Resources:
    @guthrie.atx
    @hikeaustin
    Join Me
    So many moms are struggling to survive much less to thrive and use their superpower of imagination and for those moms, I have opened a waitlist for moms who want to be first in line for my upcoming book: How to reawaken your imagination to see the greatness in yourself.
    Here’s what you can expect: Every Friday, I share with you an insight that I have uncovered about the book-writing process as a mom and I tell you very practically how to implement these insights so that you can start feeling more confident about someday writing your own story or just on how to use your imagination a bit more each day.
    If you are a mom who is ambitious and seeks to make the biggest impact possible in her life and teach her kids how to do the same then this waitlist call is precisely for you.
    Go to www.melissallarena.com/waitlist 
    You are invited to send me a DM. What did you uncover from this episode?
    https://www.instagram.com/melissallarena/

    • 50 min
    How To Turn Life’s Silliness Into Your Brand Featuring Squidinki Co-Founder Max Mendez

    How To Turn Life’s Silliness Into Your Brand Featuring Squidinki Co-Founder Max Mendez

    Imagine being an illustrator with a studio in Sydney right next to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Australia, who gets to use their talent to give people a good laugh at the silliness of life?  This week’s guest is Max Mendez and his artistry is behind the Squidinki brand. 
    Squidinki is a unique brand founded by Max Mendez and Kerry Findlay. With degrees in Industrial and Interior design respectively, Max and Kerry have had extensive experience working in design and branding agencies throughout the world, including England, Spain, America, Singapore, and Australia. Now after more than 10 years of designing brands and retail interiors for many prominent Australian and international brands, Max and Kerry decided to follow their passion for illustration and design, and create their own brand, Squidinki.
    Inspired by the humor Max sees in everyday life, and a desire to spend life sketching it, Squidinki was born. Max's witty and humorous hand-drawn illustrations are sold both as limited edition artwork and featured on everyday products with the hope of bringing a chuckle to your day.
    In this episode, Max shares how he creates vs. thinks about promoting his creations. He delves into his sources of inspiration and speaks fondly about his co-founder and partner Kerry. 
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Reawakening your imagination by noticing the silliness around you as a creator Stretching your imagination by bringing in a loving critique How to see the viability of your artistry How to come up with unexpected and more creative ideas Depicting things in different ways so that you can build a reputation The commercialization of art: creative vs. conceptual i.e. how to turn art into income The whiteboard exercise to reawaken your creativity Share this episode with fellow creative souls with a sense of humor or with anyone who dreams of being able to sell their art.
    Similar Episodes:
    How Do You Leverage Creativity To Reduce Anxiety With Sarah Spencer, Episode 80
    From Teaching Art to Being Featured In Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crushing It!, Hear How Luis-Miguel Caraballo Is Accelerating His Goal Of Making Art History, Episode 13
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    Supporting Resources:
    https://squidinki.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/squidinki/
    https://www.facebook.com/squidinki
    Join Me
    So many moms are struggling to survive much less to thrive and use their superpower of imagination and for those moms, I have opened a waitlist for moms who want to be first in line for my upcoming book: How to reawaken your imagination to see the greatness in yourself.
    Here’s what you can expect: Every Friday, I share with you an insight that I have uncovered about the book-writing process as a mom and I tell you very practically how to implement these insights so that you can start feeling more confident about someday writing your own story or just on how to use your imagination a bit more each day.
    If you are a mom who is ambitious and seeks to make the biggest impact possible in her life and teach her kids how to do the same then this waitlist call is precisely for you.
    Go to www.melissallarena.com/waitlist 
    You are invited to send me a DM. What did you uncover from this episode?
    https://www.instagram.com/melissallarena/

    • 1 hr 7 min
    The SECRET to SUCCESS Behind Australia’s Chocolatier Rebecca Knights

    The SECRET to SUCCESS Behind Australia’s Chocolatier Rebecca Knights

    What could be possible for moms who want to launch their own businesses and reawaken their imagination? A life consumed by making gooey chocolate that’s for one.
    Hear how this chocolatier (and mom), Rebecca Knights, navigated business over the course of 20-plus years, from working for BBC to doing a no sugar campaign with Sarah Wilson, and to even being hired to put together a chocolate event for Adele. All of the decision moves that wound her up to having a successful chocolatier career are truly impressive.
    Rebecca is a business collaborator and decadent inventor in the kitchen. Rebecca started in the food industry to support her design studies. She soon took off to France to pursue her other passion and trained at Valrhona Chocolate until opening the first cocoa chocolate in Edinburgh in 2004. After 10 years of working and training in Europe, she finally opened Coco Chocolate in Kirribilli, merging her two passions for chocolates and design.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Striving to achieve to survive The admin and sales aspects of running a chocolate business Finding the beauty in the small vs. empire-building How people’s palates have evolved over the years Rebecca’s current collaborations Opening a physical shop vs. an online store Share this with a chocolate lover or a creative small business owner who wants to build a profitable brick and mortar shop/s.
    Links
    https://cocochocolate.com.au/
    https://www.instagram.com/cocochocolateau/
    Join Me
    So many moms are struggling to survive much less to thrive and use their superpower of an imagination and for those moms, I have opened a waitlist for moms who want to be first in line for my upcoming book: How to reawaken your imagination to see the greatness in yourself.
    Here’s what you can expect, every Friday I share with you an insight that I have uncovered about the book-writing process as a mom and I tell you very practically how to implement these insights so that you can start feeling more confident about someday writing your own story or just on how to use your imagination a bit more each day.
    If you are a mom who is ambitious and seeks to make the biggest impact possible in her life and teach her kids how to do the same then this waitlist call is precisely for you.
    Go to www.melissallarena.com/waitlist
    You are invited to send me a DM. What did you uncover from this episode?
    https://www.instagram.com/melissallarena/
    Related Episodes:
    Jessica James-Thomson, Owner of the yarn shop, Ginger Twist Studio, Talks About Career Transitions, Finding Your Own Pace, and Tackling Ambitious Goals, Episode 27
    World Barista Champion Hugh Kelly Reveals the Future of Coffee, Episode 111

    • 52 min
    Finding Joy, Clarity, and Confidence as a New Entrepreneur with Jessica Burgio

    Finding Joy, Clarity, and Confidence as a New Entrepreneur with Jessica Burgio

    This conversation is perfect for new or aspiring entrepreneurs. What if you are new to self-employment and you want to put together a beta offer? What’s the key to having massive clarity on what you want to sell? Who might you want to ask to be your first clients? What if you could uplevel your skills to more deeply serve every one of those clients and get more money for your time? How do you handle the fear of building a coaching business or pivoting into a new entrepreneurial offer? 
    It’s natural to have more questions than answers when it comes to being an entrepreneur, that’s why you will surely enjoy the energy and vibe of this week’s podcast guest, Jessica Burgio. Host of the Beauty Inspires Beauty podcast, Jessica is an educator and speaker helping salon owners and stylists around the world to grow their business, while growing themselves. Her unique approach focuses on encouraging her clients to grow through personal development and self-care, all while offering the tools needed to build a thriving, sustainable salon business. 
    Even if you are not in the beauty industry, you will definitely get a lot out of this conversation because the core entrepreneurial foundational skills are the same across sectors. 
    Before jumping into today’s story and wisdom, I want to be sure you are connected to a completely free group of powerful, driven, and resilient moms with child-proofed coaching or services businesses that can bounce back faster after family interruptions. 
    What is a child-proof business? The key to business success as a coach, podcaster, or service business professional is that you and your business can navigate the volatile and unpredictable changes – childcare, illness, newborn, homeschool, etc. Join our Facebook group: Resilient Moms With Child-Proof High Impact Businesses: https://bit.ly/curiousmom.
    Share this with anyone in the beauty business or who would like to launch an entrepreneurial beauty coaching practice. Hint: Share this with your beautician!
    About Jessica
    Through her Behind the Beauty Brand membership, the podcast, networking events and in person workshops, Jessica Burgio mentors beauty professionals with concrete, approachable, and proven steps to help grow and scale their business. 
    This BEAUTY INSPIRES BEAUTY community was created simply to help owners and stylists not only grow their business, but grow their confidence. Combining her deep passion and care for people and her love for the industry, Jess has made it her mission to unite the beauty industry and empower anyone that is a part of it. In between, you can catch Jessica dropping weekly business truth bombs on her IG stories, providing helpful resources for beauty entrepreneurs! 
    Highlights
    Trust: Work with people you already like and that you can trust, with them being okay with you messing up or not being perfect.
    Testing: Launch today your beta offer by inviting people you like to experience and give you feedback. Your community and your clients will tell you exactly what they want from you.
    Mastery: Initially stick to the things that you can unapologetically talk about, share, and get really passionate about. If you step into a space, what part of that job could you do really well and then go above and beyond that.
    Zone of genius: Stick to your zone of genius and slowly build a team before you're ready.
    Investment: Invest in yourself and bet on yourself. Work for the things in order to have the life you want.
    Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship is a wild west territory for a lot of people. Some people are cut out to be an entrepreneur, and some people just want to show up and work. There's a place in any industry for both types of people. 
    Empathy: It truly helps if you walk the walk in order to be able to empathize, sympathize, relate, and understand the people you're coaching. Being able to hold space for your client is a skillset.
    Confidence: Step into the fear. At the same time, do the things yo

    • 1 hr 17 min
    The Rules of Raising An Entrepreneur by A Mom Who Did Margot Machol Bisnow

    The Rules of Raising An Entrepreneur by A Mom Who Did Margot Machol Bisnow

    These days, the thought of entrepreneurship for our kids as a viable career option doesn’t sound completely foreign or nuts. It may sound risky or unstable and less conventional than becoming a doctor, lawyer, engineer, or accountant – but it’s an option that is increasingly getting popular, especially since the advent of the internet.
    Do you think you have an aspiring entrepreneur in your home? What can you do to nourish her or his interests in launching something one day? How important are school grades? Are there any differences between socioeconomic backgrounds or cultures? Would the idea of entertaining a gap year for your child raise your blood pressure – and should it? 
    When I was growing up, the internet didn’t exist yet I was that little girl who picked up a green book about how to become an entrepreneur. I was fascinated by the ideas that kids could come up with to make money. But that was where the buck stopped for me until 2011 when I launched my own coaching practice. 
    I love the creativity and imagination that go into figuring out the best solution for prospective clients. This truly fills me up with straight-up joy!  It is with this context that I want to introduce this week’s guest Margot Bisnow, a mom of two entrepreneurial sons. Margot offers a lot of valuable insights including some rules you have to think about when raising an entrepreneur child. Don’t get me wrong. You can't just take an uninspired kid and send them to entrepreneur camp. It's about raising a kid that's not afraid to take risks because entrepreneurs are risk-takers.
    Before jumping into today’s story and wisdom, I want to be sure you are connected to a completely free group of powerful, driven, and resilient moms with child-proofed coaching or services businesses that can bounce back faster after family interruptions. 
    What is a child-proof business? The key to business success as a coach, podcaster, or service business professional is that you and your business can navigate the volatile and unpredictable changes – childcare, illness, newborn, homeschool, etc. Join our Facebook group: Resilient Moms With Child-Proof High Impact Businesses: https://bit.ly/curiousmom.
    Share this with a parent who wants to raise an entrepreneur child in a way that they feel seen, heard, loved, and supported. This is a great conversation that will make you wonder how else can you be a loving and supportive parent to your kid!
    About Margot
    Margot Machol Bisnow is a writer, wife, and mom from Washington, DC. She has a BA in English and an MBA from Northwestern University. She spent 20 years in government, including being an FTC Commissioner and in the White House as staff director of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.
    Margot’s book, “Raising An Entrepreneur: How To Help Your Children Achieve Their Dreams,” features entrepreneurs and parents discussing how to raise children who are confident, creative, resilient, and happy.
    Highlights
    Curiosity: Observe the interests of your child inside/outside of school and let them explore them deeply – explore their persistence/grit
    Appreciate: Offer your kids the stability of your love regardless of their professional choices and mistakes. Appreciate and support them for all the things they’re accomplishing.
    Options: Consider entrepreneurship as another viable option but it is also one that cannot be forced.
    Mentorship: It's so important for kids to have a mentor, somebody (not their parents) who is telling them that what they're doing is great, especially if it's in the area that the kid loves. 
    Control: You can't control how life goes, but you can control how you deal with it, how to approach it, and how to respond. 
    Success: Believe that your love and support are what they need to succeed, not anything that you thought. 
    Support: It's a mistake for parents to say to their kids, "spend all your time doing stuff you hate or stuff you're not good at." Don’t

    • 1 hr 2 min

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