Courtney: Beyond the Cake, stories that inspire, uplift and fill your soul with joy, much like cake! In this new lifestyle podcast, Courtney Rich of the popular Instagram account, Cake by Courtney, puts the cake aside for a moment each week as she returns to her roots in journalism to share inspiring stories of everyday people, as well as well-known celebrities. New episodes each Wednesday morning!
Making Life Beautiful with Shea McGee
After graduating with a degree in Communications, Shea McGee realized her heart wasn’t in media - it was in design. She made a huge leap and switched careers, with her own home remodel as her first design portfolio project. As she documented the results and started taking on clients in the Southern California area, Shea’s aesthetic started to catch attention and she became one of the first design influencers on Instagram. A few years into design, Shea finally convinced her husband Syd to join her and Studio McGee was officially launched. Since then, the firm’s design and fan base grew, paving the way for the launch of their own brand of products, McGee & Co, as well as a multi-year partnership with Target for Threshold, a book “Make Life Beautiful,” and most recently, a Netflix series, “Dream Home Makeover.”
Shea is also the mother of two girls, with one on the way and in today’s episode, shares with us how she works to manage her business and family, why asking for help is okay, what’s next for Studio McGee, and how we can make life beautiful.
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Recognizing Miracles with Carrian Cheney
What started out as a way to share some of her favorite recipes with friends and family, quickly turned into a saving grace for Carrian Cheney and her family. It wasn’t long after she launched her blog, Oh Sweet Basil, nearly 13 years ago, that her husband Cade was out of work and Carrian was facing one of the biggest physical, mental and spiritual challenges of her life during her second pregnancy. She spent months in the hospital - often alone, scared, and in pain, but she knew she was meant to have that child, even if it meant risking her own life. During that time, and after, Carrian’s blog not only became a source of income for their family, it became a place of community and connection.
In today’s episode of “Courtney, Beyond the Cake,” Carrian opens up about the many miracles she experienced during two pregnancies that took great sacrifice from not only her, but also her family, as well as how sharing these experiences, along with a love of gathering families in the kitchen, has impacted thousands.
Navigating Life's Wins and Losses to Better Strengthen the Family On and Off the Court with Lee Anne Pope
She grew up on the basketball court, following her dad’s career as a college men’s basketball coach. She knew the game like the back of her hand. Still does. Learning from her dad as they watched his players, went on recruiting trips and just spent time together at the dinner table, were some of Lee Anne Pope’s fondest memories with her dad, Lynn Archibald.
It was years of moving from state to state, years of wins, and years of losses that taught Lee Anne and her family what it really means to be part of a team, on and off the court. What she didn’t know in her youth, however, was that her experiences as the coach’s daughter would be preparing her for a future as a coach’s wife.
But it was certainly not planned or expected. Lee Anne actually graduated with a Broadcast Journalism degree from Brigham Young University and landed a job at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut right out of college. The job of her dreams, or so she thought.
It wasn’t long after she started at ESPN that a friend encouraged her to move down to Manhattan and take a job with her as David Letterman’s assistant - a job that would change her life forever and actually help get her back on the basketball court.
Lee Anne Pope is the wife of BYU Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Mark Pope, she’s a mother of four girls, and she’s helping to build the best locker room in America! (I’m only a little biased - wink wink).
Today, Lee Anne shares with us the lessons she learned from her parents during the ups and downs of her dad’s career, as well as how her childhood experience shaped her and prepared her for her career, for marriage and for motherhood.
Choosing Light and Love with Rena Doman
If you head over to Perk Energy on Instagram and other social platforms, Rena Doman is the bright-eyed, energetic, friendly face you’ll likely see in the company’s Instagram stories, posts and reels. She’s one of the three co-founders of the company best known for their warm, “hug-in-a-mug,” energy pick-me-up. In just five short years, Rena has helped grow the Perk brand and the loyal Perk community.
But what many people and loyal Perk followers don’t know about Rena is the journey she’s been on that has landed her alongside her husband and co-founder, Gary Brown.
In today’s episode of “Courtney, Beyond the Cake,” Rena dives deep into her story of love and loss, and how choosing to see the light in the midst of pain and darkness has helped her find happiness and love - again.
Rena is a dear friend and someone I look up to so much. I’m so grateful for her honesty and insight today. By the end of the episode, I found myself wanting to look at life through her eyes. She sees so much beauty in the day-to-day and I’m so thankful for the reminder in today’s conversation to slow down, to find gratitude, and to look for the many opportunities we really do have to choose light and love.
Moving Through the Noise to Love the Life You Live with Naomi Davis
What started out as a blog to share her New York newlywed adventures with family and friends, has since turned into a journey shared with millions of readers all over the world. For nearly 14 years, Naomi Davis has celebrated motherhood, family, travel, good food and life’s simple joys on her blog, Love Taza. Now, as the mother of 5 and after a huge move across the country, Naomi opens up even more about marriage, motherhood, friendship and family in her new book, “A Coat of Yellow Paint: Moving Through the Noise to Love the Life You Live,” showing readers how to ignore the noise distracting you from living with purpose, to seek out the silver lining, and focus on building a life you love.
I’ve been a huge fan of Naomi for years now and I’m so thrilled to have her on the show today. She’s opening up about life as a Juilliard dancer, what caused her to change her relationship with her body, how her family blog turned into a business, lessons of motherhood and family, and some valuable life lessons that have taught her how to slow down and focus on what matters most.
A Coat of Yellow Paint: https://www.amazon.com/Coat-Yellow-Paint-Moving-Through/dp/0785238689/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=coat+of+yellow+paint&qid=1617150341&sr=8-1
The Highlight of My Week
Wednesdays have become my favorite part of the week because of this podcast. Courtney has the most inspirational guests who’s stories will change your life for the better. Hearing these interviews has given me strength in hard times. Courtney has a way of directing the conversation to help you feel like you are sitting among friends chatting. I can’t recommend this podcast enough, I share it with everyone I come in contact with because everyone needs a slice of Courtney Beyond the Cake💗
Love this podcast! Courtney is so positive and inspiring and seems like the kind of friend and neighbor you’d love to have! I love the stories I hear on this podcast and the interesting guests that she interviews.
Heidi Powell interview was a complete waste of an hour
I was totally and completely disappointed with the Heidi Powell interview. I wasn’t familiar with who she was before listening to the podcast but listened to it based on the self-worth description. It was a total waste of time. Save yourselves the hour that you can’t get back.