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Business with Purpose takes you “behind the scenes” with some of the world’s most generous entrepreneurs with host Molly Stillman of "still being molly blog - stillbeingmolly.com." From the CEOs of mission-driven brands, to directors of small, community non-profits, and everything in between, Molly is sitting down with men and women who believe in changing the world through not only their personal lives, but also their professional careers. We believe that every person was created with a purpose, for a purpose and this podcast gives inspiration for how we can all make an impact by supporting businesses with purpose.

Business with Purpose Molly Stillman - Blogger, Speaker, Believer, and Social Change Agent

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Business with Purpose takes you “behind the scenes” with some of the world’s most generous entrepreneurs with host Molly Stillman of "still being molly blog - stillbeingmolly.com." From the CEOs of mission-driven brands, to directors of small, community non-profits, and everything in between, Molly is sitting down with men and women who believe in changing the world through not only their personal lives, but also their professional careers. We believe that every person was created with a purpose, for a purpose and this podcast gives inspiration for how we can all make an impact by supporting businesses with purpose.

    The Value of Community Right In Your Backyard | Stephanie Flies, City Mom Collective

    The Value of Community Right In Your Backyard | Stephanie Flies, City Mom Collective

    My guest this week is Stephanie Flies, who is passionate about building local communities. She is the Founder & Director of City Mom Collective, growing the network after founding its original site, Scottsdale Moms Blog, in 2009.
    Now living in the greater Minneapolis area, she oversees the national network by spearheading growth strategies, sales initiatives, and shepherding and encouraging an ever-increasing number of moms managing individual local parenting websites.
    She is married to Alan and is the mom to three girls, Nora, Elsie, and Audrey.
    4:02 – Stephanie 101 Stephanie has a passion for gathering people. Even in middle school, she wanted to help people get together. Her girls are 13, 11 and 9. 11:42 – A social introvert A few years ago, Stephanie was feeling down and not herself. She realized she wasn’t seeing her close circle of friends very often and wasn’t serving others with her gifts. Service of community, while we’re serving other people, it refills us back. Stephanie calls herself a social introvert. 19:35 – Connecting during the pandemic When the pandemic began, they were still connecting people online. Local events changed a lot, and they followed local rules for gathering. 23:35 – Deep roots of happiness People often think they will be happier when they get (fill in the blank). But you need deep roots and family. Social media fuels wanderlust. Stephanie’s business uses social media for good. The only people you don't have a lot of choice about is your neighbors and your birth family. Those are usually the most intentional people God put into your life to love. 33:09 – Get to know your neighbors Take the first step and put yourself out there. People will feel loved if you take the one step to make them feel welcome. Find out what energizes you and use that to serve and connect with your neighbors. 43:29 – Get to know you Something memorable that happened in past year? Her daughter turned 13, and they let her pick and plan a trip. Something we’d never guess about her? That she’s introverted. FEATURED QUOTES
    I read somewhere that the only people you don't have a lot of choice about is your neighbors and your birth family. Those are usually the most intentional people God put into your life to love.
    I’ve always had a passion for gathering people.
    Service of community, while we’re serving other people, it refills us back.
    Everyone needs community to some extent.
    CONNECT:
    https://www.momcollective.com/
    Thank you to our partners of the show!
    Are you looking to clean up your household cleaning products this year? MamaSuds would like to help! The best way is to simply start with one product. Every time you run out of a specific cleaning product, replace it with a non-toxic one. Another tip, purchase a product that has multiple uses. The MamaSuds Collection has many multiple use products (castile soap or the toilet bombs are just a few!). Their blog has lots of great tips and a castile soap recipe that you can print and make a lot of your own effective cleaners! Give them a try at www.mamasuds.com and don't forget to use the coupon code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
    I’d like to thank our other partner of the show and that’s Tradlands. Tradlands is an INCREDIBLE sustainable fashion brand that believes in clothing that you can live in NOW and love forever. Clothing that not only makes you feel like your best self, but also fits in a way that flatters. Their gorgeous dresses, pants, tops, and more are designed to move with you throughout your busy days. Their Nico dress is my dress in a love language —not only does it have sleeves, but also POCKETS and you know how I feel about dresses with pockets. I love how comfortable and stylish each piece - and they come in colors like classic neutrals or vibrant hues. One of the things I love most about Tradlands is their focus on sustainability and creating small batch clothing that lasts… they never over produce what

    • 49 min
    Life Starts Now | Chanel Dokun

    Life Starts Now | Chanel Dokun

    My guest this week is Chanel Dokun, an author, life planner, and relationship expert trained in marriage and family therapy. Through her speaking and coaching, women get clarity on their life purpose so they can unlock their potential and build a life they love.
    In addition to working with clients one-on-one, Chanel is the co-founder of Healthy Minds NYC, a thriving group therapy practice in Manhattan. Prior to her work in mental healthcare and coaching, she worked in publishing at Hearst Magazines.
    Her first book, Life Starts Now: How to Create the Life You’ve Been Waiting For, releases Fall 2022.
    2:48 – Chanel 101
    She loves drinking honey lavender lattes, volunteering with local entrepreneur organizations, and spending time with her family. When she’s not working, she splits her time between New York City and Atlanta with her psychiatrist husband and son. 9:51 – Finding life purpose
    People take themselves too seriously, and we put too much pressure on ourselves to figure everything out. There’s more joy, uncertainty and discovery when you take the pressure off yourself. Three questions to ask yourself: Who am I? Where am I headed? How am I going to get there? 12:47 – Living from the outside in
    People are intent on living from the outside in. We have so many voices. We are so connected, and it feels like we are pressured to conform to a particular way of living. We take on other people’s voices as their own.  Women, in particular, are looking at external reference points. We need to shift from that place that often leads to us getting things we don’t want or aren’t satisfying. 22:02 – Standing in your own identity
    Chanel nearly drowned in shallow water as a child and finally figured out she could stand up and save herself. In women’s lives, they often feel like they’re drowning and failing in life even though from the outside everything seems good. You need to stand in your own identity 37:32 – Reclaim your morning
    Do a morning dump and figure out what’s plaguing you. Then have a clean slate to start your day. We tend to pile everybody else’s needs and expectations on ourselves. 41:35 – Get to know you
    Strangest pet peeve? When people text her. Memorable or impactful experience? Taking her son to see her book in a bookstore. FEATURED QUOTES
    Who am I? What do I do well? What are my gifts? Where am I going with my life, and how am I going to get there?
    People take themselves too seriously.
    People are intent on living from the outside in. We have so many voices. We are so connected, and it feels like we are pressured to conform to a particular way of living.
    CONNECT:
    https://chaneldokun.com/
    https://chaneldokun.com/lifestartsnow
    About Chanel: 
    Chanel Dokun is the author of Life Starts Now: How to Create the Life You've Been Waiting For. She is a certified Life Planner and Relationship Expert trained in Marriage and Family Therapy. Chanel specializes in helping women step into their life’s true calling through her Women of Consequence life planning organization. Prior to running her own business and co-founding a therapy practice, called Healthy Minds NYC, she worked in publishing at Hearst Magazines. She now splits her time between New York City and Atlanta with her psychiatrist husband and son. Chanel's writing and contributions have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Real Simple, Woman's Day, Essence, Moneyish, Christianity Today, and Relevant Magazine.
    Thank you to our partners of the show!
    Are you looking to clean up your household cleaning products this year? MamaSuds would like to help! The best way is to simply start with one product. Every time you run out of a specific cleaning product, replace it with a non-toxic one. Another tip, purchase a product that has multiple uses. The MamaSuds Collection has many multiple use products (castile soap or the toilet bombs are just a few!). Their blog has lots of great tips and a castile soap re

    • 47 min
    The Gift of Creating Havens | Liz Bell Young

    The Gift of Creating Havens | Liz Bell Young

    My guest this week is Liz Bell Young, a writer, experience designer and mother of three in Cincinnati.
    Author of the memoir, “In the Wide Country of Love” and creator of the Anthropologie-distributed Haven Magazine, Liz is an MFA graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The University of Cincinnati.
    She is a contributing author for The Magnolia Journal, Artifact Uprising, Darling Magazine, HERE Magazine, and Procter & Gamble.
    Liz’s upcoming book on building havens is represented by Punchline Agency.
    4:41 – Liz 101 Liz loves 3 dimensional creative experiences and is a full-time freelancer. She drives a van, is very tall and her kids have a turtle. Despite her different interests, she could never shake the desire that she wanted to be a writer. She has a masters in fine arts and creative writing. 10:34 – Creating experiences As a child, she enjoyed creating little worlds and experiences. Getting to combine writing with experiential work has been so energizing to Liz. Liz and her friends designed a camping experience for women. 21:40 – Writing for church Liz became a senior writer at her church and training alongside the church’s designers. When they worked together, their work was so much better. She wrote printed materials, scripts, immersive prayer services. 24:41 – Haven magazine Liz wanted to make something concrete and tangible that could be sold on a shelf. 35:08 – Success stories Liz doesn’t see things as black and white – successes and failures. When something goes wrong or she doesn’t get what she wants, she figured she’d get it the next time. You need to celebrate people, even if they get what you want. 49:28 – Taking off the pressure Try to take the pressure off yourself. Liz has been considering the idea of hospitality with what you have. Love people in simple and thoughtful ways. 53:40 – Get to know you Strangest pet peeve? Water on public bathroom sinks. Favorite TV show as a kid? Felicity FEATURED QUOTES I could never shake this desire that I really wanted to be a writer.
    Getting to combine writing with experiential work has been so energizing to me.
    Writing can help heal people.
    Love people in simple and thoughtful ways.
    CONNECT:
    https://www.lizbellyoung.com/
    Thank you to our partners of the show!
    Are you looking to clean up your household cleaning products this year? MamaSuds would like to help! The best way is to simply start with one product. Every time you run out of a specific cleaning product, replace it with a non-toxic one. Another tip, purchase a product that has multiple uses. The MamaSuds Collection has many multiple use products (castile soap or the toilet bombs are just a few!). Their blog has lots of great tips and a castile soap recipe that you can print and make a lot of your own effective cleaners! Give them a try at www.mamasuds.com and don't forget to use the coupon code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
    I’d like to thank our other partner of the show and that’s Tradlands. Tradlands is an INCREDIBLE sustainable fashion brand that believes in clothing that you can live in NOW and love forever. Clothing that not only makes you feel like your best self, but also fits in a way that flatters. Their gorgeous dresses, pants, tops, and more are designed to move with you throughout your busy days. Their Nico dress is my dress in a love language —not only does it have sleeves, but also POCKETS and you know how I feel about dresses with pockets. I love how comfortable and stylish each piece - and they come in colors like classic neutrals or vibrant hues. One of the things I love most about Tradlands is their focus on sustainability and creating small batch clothing that lasts… they never over produce what they make and focus on only the highest quality materials. And you know how much I love supporting small businesses, too. Check them out at https://tradlands.com/businesswithpurpose and use the code MOLLY20 for 20% off!

    • 57 min
    How (and Why) to Shift Your Money Mindset | Jen Smith, Frugal Friends

    How (and Why) to Shift Your Money Mindset | Jen Smith, Frugal Friends

    My guest this week is Jen Smith, a personal finance expert and author of the Amazon best-selling book The No-Spend Challenge Guide.
    Jen and her husband paid off $78,000 of debt in less than two years making well under 6-figures. She talks about it on her blog, Modern Frugality, and as the co-host of the Frugal Friends Podcast.
    3:07 – Jen 101 Jen’s podcast teaches people how to spend. She believes people can live a life they love with the money they already have. 9:48 – Money mindsets We think that money is just numbers on a screen when you check your account balance or dollars in a wallet, but it’s only a means to get the things you want. Money touches everything in your life that you care about. 19:30 – Pivotal moments There are pivotal moments in your life where you can choose to be challenged, but it will provide a lot of growth. 21:58 – Dealing with debt Paying off debt is like going on a diet. You try to go extreme and lose it fast, and then a week in you aren’t doing it anymore. The radical middle is making small changes with large impact. 32:41 – Less friction The less friction and barriers there are to paying for something, the more people pay, on average, according to studies. 39:53 – Post debt hangover After paying off debt, it can be hard to get over the shame of how you previously spent money. You can always choose a different path. 51:17 – Get to know you Her splurge item? CrossFit Something we’d never guess about her? She doesn’t like celery. FEATURED QUOTES When I was able to identify what a money mindset really is, I was able to start identifying what I thought about money.
    We think that money is just numbers on a screen when you check your account balance or dollars in a wallet, but it’s only a means to get the things you want.
    Money touches everything in your life that you care about.
    https://www.modernfrugality.com/author/jensmith/page/5/
    https://www.frugalfriendspodcast.com/about/
    Thank you to our partners of the show!
    Are you looking to clean up your household cleaning products this year? MamaSuds would like to help! The best way is to simply start with one product. Every time you run out of a specific cleaning product, replace it with a non-toxic one. Another tip, purchase a product that has multiple uses. The MamaSuds Collection has many multiple use products (castile soap or the toilet bombs are just a few!). Their blog has lots of great tips and a castile soap recipe that you can print and make a lot of your own effective cleaners! Give them a try at www.mamasuds.com and don't forget to use the coupon code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
    I’d like to thank our other partner of the show and that’s Tradlands. Tradlands is an INCREDIBLE sustainable fashion brand that believes in clothing that you can live in NOW and love forever. Clothing that not only makes you feel like your best self, but also fits in a way that flatters. Their gorgeous dresses, pants, tops, and more are designed to move with you throughout your busy days. Their Nico dress is my dress in a love language —not only does it have sleeves, but also POCKETS and you know how I feel about dresses with pockets. I love how comfortable and stylish each piece - and they come in colors like classic neutrals or vibrant hues. One of the things I love most about Tradlands is their focus on sustainability and creating small batch clothing that lasts… they never over produce what they make and focus on only the highest quality materials. And you know how much I love supporting small businesses, too. Check them out at https://tradlands.com/businesswithpurpose and use the code MOLLY20 for 20% off!

    • 56 min
    Sustainability & Future-Proofing Your Business | Selina Ho, Recloseted

    Sustainability & Future-Proofing Your Business | Selina Ho, Recloseted

    My guest this week is Selina Ho, founder & CEO of Recloseted, a company that is working to transform the harmful fashion industry. She learned she had to do her part after learning the devastating truths behind garments.
     
    Selina gathered a team of all-stars — from sourcing experts to material scientists – and leveraged her own business experience working at startups and Fortune 500s to help amazing slow fashion clients. 
     
    When she’s not working, Selina loves to hike and snowboard, meditate/do yoga, or cook a new recipe.
     
    3:57 – Selina 101
     
    Recloseted is the first one-stop consulting agency for sustainable fashion. The company helps launch and scale sustainable brands and make existing companies more sustainable. She wore a polyester shirt at work and broke out in a rash. That led her down a rabbit hole of what’s in clothing.  
    7:39 – What she has learned
     
    A lot of synthetic materials are made out of oil. Cotton uses so much water. Selina was shocked by the treatment of garment workers.  
    15:42 – How she helps companies
     
    Recloseted works with companies to determine budget, resources and goals.  Many of the owners are creative, passionate people who need business knowledge.  
    21:07 – Bumps along the way
     
    There are trials and tribulations and rough patches, but you need to keep going. You haven’t failed until you stop.  
    25:13 – Leveling up
     
    At every level of business, you become a better version of yourself. You keep leveling up. A big thing has been realizing and learning how to lose control. When it’s your business, you really like to hold on tight. You need to trust other people to do good work, and you need to empower them.   
    30:43 – Future proofing your business
     
    Sustainability is not a nice-to-have. It’s a must-have.  Make sure your finance and business is sustainable and in order.  
    39:20 – Recloseted Radio
     
    Selina talks more about this topic on her podcast, Recloseted Radio  
    41:24 – Get to know you
     
    Favorite meal? Poke bowl Something we’d never guess about her? She’s very outdoorsy  
     
    FEATURED QUOTES
     
    For me, a big thing has been just realizing and learning how to lose control. When it’s your business, you really like to hold on tight.
     
    You need to trust other people to do good work, and you need to empower them. 
     
    At some point, you need to not be the smartest person in the room. 
     
    https://www.recloseted.com/
     
    Thank you to our partners of the show!
    Are you looking to clean up your household cleaning products this year? MamaSuds would like to help! The best way is to simply start with one product. Every time you run out of a specific cleaning product, replace it with a non-toxic one. Another tip, purchase a product that has multiple uses. The MamaSuds Collection has many multiple use products (castile soap or the toilet bombs are just a few!). Their blog has lots of great tips and a castile soap recipe that you can print and make a lot of your own effective cleaners! Give them a try at www.mamasuds.com and don't forget to use the coupon code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
    I’d like to thank our other partner of the show and that’s Tradlands. Tradlands is an INCREDIBLE sustainable fashion brand that believes in clothing that you can live in NOW and love forever. Clothing that not only makes you feel like your best self, but also fits in a way that flatters. Their gorgeous dresses, pants, tops, and more are designed to move with you throughout your busy days. Their Nico dress is my dress in a love language —not only does it have sleeves, but also POCKETS and you know how I feel about dresses with pockets. I love how comfortable and stylish each piece - and they come in colors like classic neutrals or vibrant hues. One of the things I love most about Tradlands is their focus on sustainability and creating small batch clothing that lasts… they never over produce what they

    • 45 min
    How Personas, Platforms, and Profits are Hurting the Church | Katelyn Beaty

    How Personas, Platforms, and Profits are Hurting the Church | Katelyn Beaty

    My guest this week is Katelyn Beaty, an editorial director for Brazos Press. She loves words and believes they can change the world. Katelyn is a Midwest native living in New York City and has written for The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New York Times on topics such as politics, gender, and theology.
    She is cohost of the Saved by the City podcast and previously served as print managing editor at Christianity Today. She’s the author of Celebrities for Jesus: How Personas, Platforms, and Profits Are Hurting the Church and A Woman's Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World.
    2:48 – Katelyn 101 Katelyn’s an oldest child and an INFJ/Enneagram 3w4. She was excited to head to Italy to spend some time with girlfriends. 7:10 – Passion for writing She loved reading the newspaper as a child and learning what was happening around the world. Katelyn was the kind of student who enjoyed writing papers in high school and college. 10:00 – College newspaper In college, Katelyn loved writing op-eds in the college newspaper. Students came up to her and said they appreciated her articulating what they had been thinking. 20:30 – Celebrities for Jesus book It’s not a light, breezy topic, but it’s hopeful. Don’t center ministries on one charismatic individual. Spiritual leaders need accountability, especially those with big platforms. 45:10 – Forgiveness You need to make things right when things are broken. Restitution is important when you have done wrong. Avoid apologies that sound like PR statements, and sit out longer than you think you need to. 1:03:29 – Get to know you Weirdest pet peeve? Standing on a moving walkway FEATURED QUOTES I enjoy helping authors steward their message well.
    I was the kind of student who, in high school and college, enjoyed writing papers.
    The bigger your platform, the more accountability you need.
    CONNECT:
    https://www.katelynbeaty.com/
    Thank you to our partners of the show!
    Are you looking to clean up your household cleaning products this year? MamaSuds would like to help! The best way is to simply start with one product. Every time you run out of a specific cleaning product, replace it with a non-toxic one. Another tip, purchase a product that has multiple uses. The MamaSuds Collection has many multiple use products (castile soap or the toilet bombs are just a few!). Their blog has lots of great tips and a castile soap recipe that you can print and make a lot of your own effective cleaners! Give them a try at www.mamasuds.com and don't forget to use the coupon code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
    I’d like to thank our other partner of the show and that’s Tradlands. Tradlands is an INCREDIBLE sustainable fashion brand that believes in clothing that you can live in NOW and love forever. Clothing that not only makes you feel like your best self, but also fits in a way that flatters. Their gorgeous dresses, pants, tops, and more are designed to move with you throughout your busy days. Their Nico dress is my dress in a love language —not only does it have sleeves, but also POCKETS and you know how I feel about dresses with pockets. I love how comfortable and stylish each piece - and they come in colors like classic neutrals or vibrant hues. One of the things I love most about Tradlands is their focus on sustainability and creating small batch clothing that lasts… they never over produce what they make and focus on only the highest quality materials. And you know how much I love supporting small businesses, too. Check them out at https://tradlands.com/businesswithpurpose and use the code MOLLY20 for 20% off!

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