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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.

    All Things Money - Answering Your Financial Questions with My Husband, John! | EP. 310

    All Things Money - Answering Your Financial Questions with My Husband, John! | EP. 310

    Today’s show is an extremely requested episode. My husband, John, is a financial advisor and is here to answer all your money questions. Many of you have emailed and DMed me asking for this episode, so let’s jump into it.
    3:11 – Why take financial advice from John? John is a financial advisor and owns a media company, Third Wheel Media. He migrated from journalism to interviewing financial advisors. He decided to do the job himself. 5:45 – John’s financial lessons Both of John’s grandfathers were good with money but in different ways. One grandfather was good at earning money by selling candy for a living. He was also a good investor. His other grandfather was good at not spending money. He didn’t make much money but he was a good saver and sent his kids to college. 8:39 – John’s first house John bought his first house at age 25 and put 20% down. 11:20 – Question: How to budget on one income and make decisions jointly? This is more of a marriage question. All of the money that comes into the household is joint money, no matter who earned it. With second marriages, spouses often maintain separate financial lives. 19:36 – Question: Do we have an allowance? Yes, we each have our own spending money each month. And yes, we have a monthly budget. If you have a blow money spending category, you can buy whatever you want. 27:05 – Question: Should kids get an allowance, tithe, etc.? Our son is 6½, so he doesn’t understand as much about money. Our daughter, who’s older, understands more. We have kids’ piggy banks – spend (80%), share (10%) and save (10%).  35:15 – Question: What is a good dollar amount for retirement? No offense, but this is a pointless question because it’s impossible to answer. John has clients who retired with $175,000 in retirement savings. Most people would say that’s not enough, but they don’t spend much and are happy that way. John also has clients who aren’t getting much of a Social Security benefit. They have almost $2 million in savings, but they spend a lot each month. 42:38 – Question: Where do I start when living paycheck to paycheck? People in this boat are often so stressed that they can’t get out of their own way. There is a path out of debt, but it won’t happen overnight. Define your priorities (rent, car payment, food, etc.) and increase income. 52:12 – Question: Are you comfortable talking about money with family and friends? We’ve made money this thing you can’t talk about in our culture, but it isn’t like that in other cultures. It drives John crazy that families don’t talk about money, and children don’t know the financial situation of their aging parents. Why can’t we have these generational conversations about money? 56:01 – Question: Should I do a 529 or IRA for kids? Do a 529 for kids. A Roth IRA is not the best use of this money. 58:14 – Question: How do you save for a vacation when there are other priorities? You don’t have to spend a bunch of money on a vacation. It can be simple. If money is that tight, the vacation probably isn’t a priority. 1:04:08 – Question: What to do if my finances feel out of control? If you’re in financial despair, you don’t have a good command of your numbers. Find out what you spend on groceries and miscellaneous expenses. Spend a couple months and look at every expense. FEATURED QUOTES There’s always a way out (of debt). The question is, how disciplined and motivated are you to make it happen? – John
    If you are in a marriage or partnership … it has to be a mindset shift where this is our money, and not his money and her money. – Molly
    This is why you need a financial advisor. We can figure this stuff out with you and determine what your life looks like and how much money you need. – John
    Why can’t we have these generational conversations about money? – John
    CONNECT:
    https://rosewoodwealthmanagement.com/
    Thank you to our partners of the sho

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    The Impact of Laughter | Michelle Fortin, Top Knot Comedy

    The Impact of Laughter | Michelle Fortin, Top Knot Comedy

    My guest today is Michelle Fortin, an award winning broadcast journalist, speaker, comedian, and actress. Her energetic personality and quick wit keep audiences entertained and encouraged.
    She routinely emcees events and conferences, and gives keynote addresses on motherhood, relationships, and faith. She's made numerous TV appearances on shows like Good Morning America, TODAY, The List, and Inside Edition.
    In 2019, PHOENIX Magazine named her among the "Great 48" – a list of the Valley's Most Influential People.
    As the brunette-half of the popular comedic duo, Leeann & Michelle, you may recognize Michelle from viral parodies and comedic sketches, which have accrued 40 million views.
    4:43 – Michelle 101 Michelle lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids. She started her career as an anchor, reporter and producer. Her dream was to be Katie Couric. After talking with her former college professor, she became an adjunct professor in communications and got interested in improv. 15:12 – Improv shows Michelle travels the country doing improv and speaking. 22:30 – Reset the rhythm year Michelle did nothing for a year, calling it her “reset the rhythm year.” She did not work and turned down social invitations. She cooked new meals, played with her kids and slowed down. It was tough for her because she is a high capacity person who is much better busy than bored. 31:39 – Finding your community Michelle and her family try to get together with friends often and in an informal way. She pursues friendships, which can be tough to do as an adult. 41:01 – The best comedy Jerry Seinfeld once said the best comedy is when you lean your head back, laughig and say, “That’s so true.” 44:54 – Top Knot Comedy Michelle and Leeann want to bring joy and respite to people through their comedy. Michelle shares funny memes each week for different enneagrams. 50:07 – Finding humor Comedians love to find humor where you don’t expect to find humor. 1:04 – Get to know you Strangest pet peeve? The sound of people clipping their fingernails. Who would she do a comedy show with? Me, Molly Stillman! FEATURED QUOTES It doesn’t matter what your job is .., improv is for everybody.
    I’m a high capacity person. I’m much better busy than bored.
    Comedians love to find humor where you don’t expect to find humor.
    CONNECT:
    https://punchlineagency.com/michelle-fortin https://www.youtube.com/c/LeeannMichellefunny/ 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 h

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Creating a People Matter Culture in the Workplace | Josh Block, Block Imaging

    Creating a People Matter Culture in the Workplace | Josh Block, Block Imaging

    My guest today is Josh Block, president of Block Imaging, a second generation family business in Lansing, Mich., specializing in refurbished imaging equipment, parts, engineering service and mobile solutions.
    A few areas Josh focuses heavily on are: fostering a culture where people thrive and in turn serve and bring value to the healthcare community; inviting people into investing in a worthy mission and writing an uncommon story; and challenging, encouraging, and equipping people to become more capable than they would have ever imagined.
    Aside from work, Josh enjoys being a husband and dad, playing golf, traveling, and playing the guitar.
    5:11 – Josh 101 He turned 40 last September and feels like he has transitioned to the second half of life. Josh has 165 team members in Lansing and spread around the world. 10:55 – Thrust into leadership Josh experienced forced humility when he was thrust into a leadership position. He knew nothing about their Japan operation. He had to come in and ask for help and be humble. In Josh’s experience, running a large business is easier than a small business. 16:07 – Company culture Treat others as you’d like to be treated. Eventually, treat others as they’d like to be treated. The three Ts his company lives by – make thoughtful decisions, be transparent and be together. 23:48 – Helping other companies Common things others companies struggle with are keeping info private, bosses making decisions all on their own and not being thoughtful. 35:40 – Working on a book Josh is working on a book about leadership and creating a “people matter” culture. 44:06 – Get to know you Favorite TV show as a kid? Saved by the Bell and Fresh Prince of Bel Air Favorite meal? Qdoba or Chipotle burrito bowl FEATURED QUOTES I think running a large business has some things that are easier than running a small business.
    We believe that people matter more than anything.
    https://www.blockimaging.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!

    • 52 min
    Embracing A Second Chance at Life | EP 307: Marcy Gregg

    Embracing A Second Chance at Life | EP 307: Marcy Gregg

    My guest today is Marcy Gregg, an abstract oil painter, author, speaker and survivor. Her life changed forever in 1990 at age 30 after a serious complication arose during the birth of her third child, leaving her in a coma with little hope to survive.
    Marcy miraculously woke up days later, only to believe she was 17 years old. Much of her memory was gone and she was left with the daunting task of rebuilding her identity in a life she did not recognize.
    Marcy was determined to make the most of her second chance at life and eventually found herself picking up a paintbrush. In sharing her life story on various stages and in living rooms across the nation, Marcy seeks to inspire others by finding beauty in the abstract, both in life and art.
    Her book, Blank Canvas, was published on May 24.
    4:28 – Marcy 101 She is a professional artist, mother of three, grandmother of four and one on the way. Marcy lives in Charlotte, and her paintings are on display across the country. 5:15 – In a coma After Marcy had her third baby, she fell into a coma. Doctors told her husband that if she woke up, she likely wouldn’t be the same. She finally woke up and believed she was 17 years old. 12:38 – Gifts from God Even though she lost years of memories, she was able to remember her husband from when they were teenagers. When Marcy’s three kids came to visit her in the hospital and she held them, she knew they were hers. 16:30 – Praying for memories Marcy prayed for God to return her memories. Her body was healed but her mind wasn’t. She got angry at God and turned to alcohol. She drank to forget what she couldn’t remember. 24:50 – Walk of honesty Beginning her walk of honesty, Marcy told her family about her drinking problem. She woke up one morning and had a desire to paint. 27:58 – Her painting journey Marcy had no memory of taking painting in college. She became an artist in residence and painted in a studio. A passion for color and oil painting grew within her. Although what happened to her has been difficult, Marcy believes God is the master artist of her life. 36:35 – Blank Canvas People asked Marcy to write a book about her life, but she never felt called to do it. A friend had a dream that Marcy was supposed to write this book. 40:29 – Get to know you Favorite meal? Grilled salmon and broccoli Art influence? It comes naturally FEATURED QUOTES I knew I had to let go and trust Him no matter what.
    I really surrendered my will to God’s will.
    I began to really trust God with the no-matter-what’s.
    I drank to forget what I couldn’t remember.
    CONNECT:
    https://www.marcygreggart.com/ https://www.marcygreggart.com/memoir 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

    • 47 min
    Using Your Unique Gifts to Serve Others | Paige Allen

    Using Your Unique Gifts to Serve Others | Paige Allen

    My guest today is Paige Allen, a pastor, a speaker and writer. She’s passionate about opening doors for others to have “a-ha” moments in scripture. Paige is known for her sometimes-hilarious yet vulnerable storytelling that disarms in order for truth to settle in hearts.
    Paige grew up as a pastor’s kid, and although she thought she would try and stay away from vocational ministry, she’s now served on the same church staff wearing multiple hats for more than 17 years.
    Currently, Paige serves as executive pastor at Church on the Rock in Lubbock, Texas, where she preaches often, leads the staff, gives oversight to global missions and The New Legacy Home for Women.
    She also leads a thriving women’s ministry and co-hosts the Bloom Talks podcast, where unknown but remarkable women tell their stories of God’s faithfulness.
    5:03 – Paige 101 She lives in the Texas panhandle with her husband and two daughters, 12 and 10. Her father started the church where Paige works now. 8:25 – Power of naming There is power in giving names to things. People often live up to their names. Names are powerful, because they speak identity over us. 17:14 – Upcoming book Paige is working on a book that will come out in 2023. She is fascinated by stories of women in the Bible whose names we don’t know. 25:23 – Women in ministry When Paige was 14, she felt called to preach and share God with others. A man she knew told her she was a woman and would be better as a counselor. Paige put her dreams of preaching on the backburner but still had the dream inside her. 38:30 – Using her gifts Paige uses her gifts to glorify God and serve Him. There is power in seeing someone who looks like you do something you love. Find out what doors are open for you and focus on those. When you get to know people’s stories, you feel connected to them. 46:54 – Get to know you Favorite meal? Mexican food Something we’d never guess about her? She cross-stitches FEATURED QUOTES You don’t have to have a massive Instagram following or be on a stage or whatever. Jesus sees you.
    Jesus shines a spotlight on you, and he cares about all of those things that are precious to our heart.
    I love learning from the experts, but I also love learning from the people right next to us.
    CONNECT:
    http://www.paigeallen.net/
    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/busi

    • 54 min
    A Business of Stewardship & Radical Generosity | Cody Foster, Advisors Excel

    A Business of Stewardship & Radical Generosity | Cody Foster, Advisors Excel

    My guest today is Cody Foster, the co-founder of Advisors Excel in Topeka, Kan. His company has a mission of helping good financial advisors become great business owners so they can help people enjoy an amazing retirement.
    Since they were founded in 2005, they’ve grown from three founders to about 800 employees, making them one of the largest employers in Topeka. They’ve been named a great place to work for four years.
    5:10 – Cody 101 Advisors Excel sits between financial advisors and insurance and investment companies they access products through. Cody dreamed of working with a professional sports team. But in college, his grandma declared bankruptcy on a business. He wanted to learn more about money and financial services. 7:20 – How does Advisors Excel work? It’s the simplest business model, but hard to explain. Advisors Excel represents about 50 different insurance companies, like Nationwide, etc. Financial advisors go through Cody’s company to work with the insurance companies. 13:53 – Healthy paranoia Cody has a healthy paranoia, knowing that he has to keep growing and developing. As the leader, you have to be the most committed to your personal growth and development. 20:50 – Lessons learned about money If you inherit money but haven’t done things to develop as a person, you will struggle. You need to grow into a person who can handle major responsibilities. Cody didn’t grow up with a lot of money, so he is able to be content no matter how much money he has. 26:44 – Being generous Financially successful people tend to be more generous. Instead of talking about being generous, show people how to do it. 38:47 – Employees and strangers Cody read a book about Andrew Carnegie, who did not treat his workers well but was very generous with strangers. It blows Cody’s mind when bosses treat strangers better than their employees. 50:46 – College visits Cody was struck by how college visits with his son were so different. Some colleges took extra care to make potential students feel special. That can translate to your business. 56:30 – Jones Project Josh Jones was a close friend of Cody’s and a key team member. He struggled with mental health issues and took his life last year. On June 1, the Jones Project launched to help more people. 1:03:00 – Get to know you Has he ever been nervous to interview anyone? Yes, President Bush Favorite TV show as a kid? Andy Griffith Show FEATURED QUOTES In my ideal, dream world, nobody would know who I am. I’m actually a lot more of an introvert than an extrovert.
    I have been able to model generosity in action and inspire other people.
    I wish we told more stories about the companies and the people that are super generous, because they outweigh those that are not.
    As the leader, you have to be the most committed to your personal growth and development.
    The happiest people tend to be the most generous people.
    CONNECT:
    https://www.advisorsexcel.com/?rel=Logo https://twitter.com/codygfoster 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 flatt

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