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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.

Christian Woman Leadership Podcast Esther Littlefield

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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.

    Now is the Time to Step Up and Lead (plus my scary step)

    Now is the Time to Step Up and Lead (plus my scary step)

    In this bonus episode, I'm sharing why NOW is the time for you, and for all Christians, to step up and lead. As we face a global pandemic and many people are facing circumstances they never anticipated, this is a time for us to show up and lead like never before.
    I share the time when I first called myself a leader and discuss some of the ways you might need to start leading right now.
    I'm also sharing about one way that I'm choosing to step up, even though it feels a little scary, given the current situation.
     
    Links mentioned:
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    92: Sharing the Gospel Boldly in Your Business and Work with Shar Biggers [Business Series]

    92: Sharing the Gospel Boldly in Your Business and Work with Shar Biggers [Business Series]

    How can you share about your faith boldly with prospective clients, co-workers, and even strangers? And what is the key to making decisions in business and life? 
    In the final Business Series episode, Holly and I talk with Shar Biggers about her business journey and her passion for evangelism. She shares some of her key lessons she’s learned in the process of starting and running her businesses, including how she has learned to make decisions and move forward.
    In addition, we dive deep into the issue of sharing the Gospel in your business or workplace settings, including discussing why so many Christians remain silent about their faith. Shar provides practical tips for sharing your faith and how to prepare yourself to do so. 
    We wrap up our discussion with Shar’s advice for new business owners and some of her favorite resources for ongoing growth as a business owner.
    Key Points Discussed: Life and leadership right now [3:37] Shar’s business journey [7:50] Leadership lessons Shar has learned in business [15:33] Good is good enough - letting go of perfectionism Be obedient to God’s voice Why Christians are silent in the workplace [19:20] It’s not common to talk about faith in the workplace Risk of losing your job Fear of rejection Christians who are not in the word and are not equipped to share the Gospel  Practical tips on how to share the Gospel [27:25] Wisdom and discernment Look for opportunities Start conversations - doesn’t have to be specifically about faith Make sure there’s time for a conversation Shar prefers 1:1 interaction Learn, learn, learn! Advice for someone starting a business [39:00] Leaders are Learners [45:16] TheFutur YouTube Channel How I Built This Podcast Starter Story Podcast


    Key Quotes from the Episode: “So many leadership journeys,  businesses, and ministries start because someone sees a gap.” - Holly Cain “When God tells you to do something, it’s for a reason--it’s bigger than yourself.”  “Business matters--I love business. Nothing else matters more than a person’s soul.”  “People are afraid. But our silence causes more persecution.”  “Become a student of humans and how humans react.” “Prepare yourself in prayer. Begin to concern yourself with the things God is concerned with… He is going to bring the people.”  
    Connect with Shar Biggers Website Instagram Shar is offering 10% off for any branding services or consulting. Just mention this podcast when you contact her.
    Shar Biggers is an award-winning visual designer and founder of We Are Provoke. She's also a preacher of the gospel and a youth leader who is called to evangelism in the marketplace. She is most known for her work with Amazon and for helping the up-and-comers in the world build iconically designed brands; providing them access to an aesthetic that would typically be out of reach. This is especially true for women-led businesses. Shar's overall goal is to reach souls through the marketplace, as well as spread the gospel by funding the kingdom through creative business or entertainment ventures.
     
    Episode Sponsor: Morningstar Media Services At Morningstar, it’s my goal to help Christian business owners like you grow an audience and make an impact without compromising your faith or values.
    If you already have a podcast, or if you are thinking about starting one, I want to give you my free Podcast Workflow Checklist. This is the process I use each week to keep my own podcast on track (without missing a single week since we started) AND it’s what I’ve used with my clients as well.
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    Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page  
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    91: Six Mistakes To Avoid In Your Business and Leadership

    91: Six Mistakes To Avoid In Your Business and Leadership

    Every Christian business owner and leader makes mistakes--it’s inevitable and part of the learning process. But there are some mistakes that you can and should avoid if at all possible.
     
    In this episode of our Business Series, Holly and I are discussing 6 different mistakes that Christian Business owners and leaders should avoid. Some of these mistakes are things that we’ve learned the hard way, and others are ones that we’ve seen people doing and want to avoid ourselves.
     
    While we are talking mostly about business, these mistakes can apply to leaders of any kind. Be sure to listen to the end so that you can hear our “Take Action” section and make some changes based on what we share.



    For the full show notes for this episode, visit estherlittlefield.com/episode91.
     
    To get my free Podcast Workflow Checklist, text the word PODCAST to (917) 905-8801. Or, click here to sign up.
     
    Key Points Discussed: 6 Mistakes Christian Business Owners Make Making it all about YOU [3:50] Neglecting your finances [8:20] Becoming Prideful [17:10] What's the difference between confidence and pride? No strategy [23:00] Chasing Numbers [28:53] Giving Up Too Soon [35:00] Take Action [42:00]  
    Key Quotes from the Episode: "Confidence is a quiet resting in the truth of God and who He is and who He has made me to be." - Esther Littlefield
    "I don't think that working to grow your business or an audience is wrong in and of itself. But it's when the numbers become an idol or a distraction from doing the work that God has asked you to do that it is a problem." - Esther Littlefield
     
    "Just because God has called you to something does not mean it's going to be easy." - Holly Cain
     
    "One of the enemy's strongest weapons is isolation." - Holly Cain
     
    Links Mentioned:
    Beth Moore's Instagram Post Episode 90 with Valerie Woerner Episode 85 about Creating a Strategic Plan Episode 89 about Growing Your Business or Audience Episode Sponsor: Morningstar Media Services At Morningstar, it’s my goal to help Christian business owners like you grow an audience and make an impact without compromising your faith or values.
     
    If you already have a podcast, or if you are thinking about starting one, I want to give you my free Podcast Workflow Checklist. This is the process I use each week to keep my own podcast on track (without missing a single week since we started) AND it’s what I’ve used with my clients as well.
     
    Text the word PODCAST to (917) 905-8801 and you’ll get the workflow checklist sent to you! Or, click here to sign up.
     
    Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page  
    This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode91.

    • 52 min
    90: Doing Business Differently and Building a Company with Purpose and Prayer with Valerie Woerner [Business Series]

    90: Doing Business Differently and Building a Company with Purpose and Prayer with Valerie Woerner [Business Series]

    What does it look like to do things differently as a Christian business owner? And how can you make decisions in your business and life that are both purposeful and prayerful?
    In this episode of our Business Series, I’m chatting with Valerie Woerner of Val Marie Paper about how she’s chosen to operate her business differently and go against some of the traditional business advice and practices. 
    We dive into the lessons she has learned in her business and leadership journey, including how she did not really consider herself a leader and instead “fell into” leadership roles. We also dig into some of the key values and principles she operates her business and life by and how these help her to keep things running smoothly.
    Val has offered to give away one of her beautiful prayer journals to one listener of the podcast. Head over to my Instagram page to enter by March 16, 2020.
     
    Key Points Discussed: Valerie’s Leadership journey [4:00] Val’s definition of leadership [7:30] How Val Marie Paper began [9:00] When Val decided to do things differently in her business [13:40] The values Valerie operates her business by [22:00] Leadership lessons that Val has learned through her business [27:50] Principles Valerie operates her life by [35:00] Prayer Margin Routines Advice for a younger leader [46:40] Leaders are Learners [48:40]  
    Key Quotes from the Episode: “It really takes a lot of work to be intentional, but it’s always worth it.” “We do not want to put out products that aren’t super purposeful.” “We’re helping people focus on what we think will help transform their life the most.” "Leadership is a skill to learn." "Do not forget that the power you have to do anything is through the Lord." "The hard part about margin is that, most of the time, everything you want to keep is really good stuff." "You should be spending more time learning about how to study the Bible so that you can be a better teacher, not so that everybody knows you're a better teacher."


    Other Resources Mentioned: Principles Valerie operates her life by Humility by Andrew Murray



    Connect with Valerie Woerner: Website Instagram Facebook Free Prayer Audit for Business  
    Valerie Woerner is the owner of Val Marie Paper and author of Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday, Fresh Start for Moms and The Finishing School. Her mission is to create practical tools, including her original 6-month prompted prayer journal, and content that equips women to cut through the noise of everyday life and find fullness in the presence of the Lord. She lives in South Louisiana with her husband Tyler and two girls, Vivi and Vana.



    Episode Sponsor: Morningstar Media Services At Morningstar, it’s my goal to help Christian business owners like you grow an audience and make an impact without compromising your faith or values.
    If you already have a podcast, or if you are thinking about starting one, I want to give you my free Podcast Workflow Checklist. This is the process I use each week to keep my own podcast on track (without missing a single week since we started) AND it’s what I’ve used with my clients as well.
    Text the word PODCAST to (917) 905-8801 and you’ll get the workflow checklist sent to you! Or, click here to sign up.
      Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page  
    This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode90.

    • 51 min
    89: Three Foundational Elements You Need to Grow Your Business Online [Business Series]

    89: Three Foundational Elements You Need to Grow Your Business Online [Business Series]

    Are you a business owner or content creator who wants to expand your audience online? Don’t believe the lie that there is a magical formula or a secret key that will explode your business. What is important, though, is to build a strong foundation.
     
    In this first episode of our Business Series, I’m sharing with you the 3 essential elements to growing your business or audience online. These elements will help you create a foundation for success and help you stop spending time on things that are less important.
     
    This will not be an episode about growing your brick & mortar business, as that’s not something I have experience with. But, if you want to have an online presence of any kind, take a listen.
     
    For the full show notes for this episode, visit estherlittlefield.com/episode89.
     
    To get my free Podcast Workflow Checklist, text the word PODCAST to (917) 905-8801. Or, click here to sign up.
     
    Key Points Discussed: My Business Backstory and Why a Foundation Matters The 3 Foundational Elements to Growing Your Business Online Essential 1: A Website Essential 2: An Email List Essential 3: Content What if you don’t know where to start?  
    Grab my free “Renew Your Mind” guide full of scriptures and replacement thoughts for all of those self-doubts and feelings you might have about yourself.
     
    Key Quotes from the Episode: “Every single person that you see who has built any kind of following or platform or influence… has done it over a period of several years, and they have put in a lot of time and energy that you didn’t see.”
     
    “Start simple, get fancy later.” - Amy Porterfield
     
    Episode Sponsor: Morningstar Media Services At Morningstar, it’s my goal to help Christian business owners like you grow an audience and make an impact without compromising your faith or values.
     
    If you already have a podcast, or if you are thinking about starting one, I want to give you my free Podcast Workflow Checklist. This is the process I use each week to keep my own podcast on track (without missing a single week since we started) AND it’s what I’ve used with my clients as well.
     
    Text the word PODCAST to (917) 905-8801 and you’ll get the workflow checklist sent to you! Or, click here to sign up.
     
    Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page  
    This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode89.

    • 42 min
    88: Simplifying by Asking One Key Question with Kelsy Schmidt [Simplify Series]

    88: Simplifying by Asking One Key Question with Kelsy Schmidt [Simplify Series]

    Maybe you’ve considered simplifying your life, but you’re just not sure where to start. It might be as easy as asking one key question. But the journey isn’t always a straight path. 
    In this episode of our Simplify Series, Holly and I are chatting with my friend Kelsy Schmidt. Kelsy is a wife, mom, and former corporate employee turned business owner. A few years ago, she and her husband asked one key question, and this question took them on a journey they could not have anticipated.
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    Key Points Discussed: Kelsy’s Life & Leadership Now [3:30] Leadership Journey [5:00] Kelsy’s Simplifying Journey How things began [8:20] One key question [12:00] Purchasing their first RV [14:30] The first thing they gave up [17:00] Second thing they gave up: security of her corporate job [18:30] Third thing they gave up: the closeness of to family [21:00] Moving to Georgia [25:40] Lessons learned on the simplifying journey [27:00] Learning to let go of things and make room for God [28:00] Letting go of the approval of family members [29:30] Simplifying can be messy and the need for trust [32:17] Practical ways to simplify [34:00] What you put into your mind [37:00] What you put into your body [40:00] What you spend your money on [42:00] Time & scheduling commitments [43:10] Kelsy’s habits & routines [45:16] Ideal week  Kelsy’s advice to a newer leader [47:40] Leaders are Learners [49:50] Reading the Gospels Soaking worship music  
    Key Quotes from the Episode: “What would we change now if we only had 2 years left to make an impact?” - Kelsy Schmidt
    “We have to be willing to take these steps without knowing the outcome at the end.” - Kelsy Schmidt
    “We knew we needed a change when there was no more room for God to act in our lives.” - Kelsy Schmidt
    “We needed to first give the things up to allow God to fill them back up. He can’t fill a space that’s occupied.” - Kelsy Schmidt
    “You cannot expect loved ones to understand especially when you cannot predict the outcome of your decisions.” - Kelsy Schmidt
    “The journey of simplifying is really a journey of trusting God.” - Esther Littlefield
    “When I’m ingesting the right things--God’s word, meditating on his word, memorizing his word--it always leads to freedom, rather than to the slavery of the shoulds.” - Holly Cain
    “It’s okay to say ‘no’, and there are kind ways to say ‘no’, and you still love the person when you say ‘no’.” - Kelsy Schmidt
     
    Connect with Kelsy Schmidt: Website - Grab Kelsy’s Free Guide: Our Top 10 Simple Business Automations to Jumpstart Your 2020 LinkedIn Get 30% off strategy sessions and intensives booked and paid through 5/31/2020 - Coupon code: LEAD-30-OFF  
    Kelsy Schmidt is the founder of Innowik, an operations services firm that helps business leaders through streamlining systems, data analytics, and operations strategy. She left corporate and ventured into the online business space in 2018, and founded her company shortly thereafter. She has been in operations roles for over 15 years, gaining experiences in project management, system implementations, business process automation, accounting and reporting, and supervising teams.
     
    From Kansas and now based out of Georgia, Kelsy is also a full-time RV’er who enjoys nature and exploring the US with her husband, three-year-old son, and pup. She sees her business as a vessel, and is passionate about helping people simplify their lives and businesses, and thus, living life more freely and purposefully. This simplification process (and lots of faith) is what led her and her family to implement their own big life changes over the last few years. 



    Links & Resources:  For more on time blocking and using an Ideal Week, check out episode 33 where I talk about Google Calendar  
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