32 episodes

Faithful Career Moves is a podcast dedicated to helping people confidently enter the job market, improve their employment, start side gigs, or create small businesses by partnering with a higher power.This is not to say that you'll find "hidden menu" secrets or a fast path to success. No, in fact, the career advice you'll find on this site can apply to anyone, regardless of their belief system. But as someone who worked solo for many years, I can tell you with 100% conviction that the day I started partnering with Jesus Christ in all things is the day that the details of my career also started to fall into place and the ups and downs started to feel purposeful. I felt peace in the disappointments and more blessed in the triumphs. I stopped worrying so much about the "what ifs" and started recognizing the hand of God in the day-to-day.Knowing the source of my success made all the difference and gave me the comfort and encouragement I needed to venture even further.​This podcast offers a combination of career and spiritual guidance because I can no longer separate the two.

Faithful Career Moves Shelley Hunter

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

Faithful Career Moves is a podcast dedicated to helping people confidently enter the job market, improve their employment, start side gigs, or create small businesses by partnering with a higher power.This is not to say that you'll find "hidden menu" secrets or a fast path to success. No, in fact, the career advice you'll find on this site can apply to anyone, regardless of their belief system. But as someone who worked solo for many years, I can tell you with 100% conviction that the day I started partnering with Jesus Christ in all things is the day that the details of my career also started to fall into place and the ups and downs started to feel purposeful. I felt peace in the disappointments and more blessed in the triumphs. I stopped worrying so much about the "what ifs" and started recognizing the hand of God in the day-to-day.Knowing the source of my success made all the difference and gave me the comfort and encouragement I needed to venture even further.​This podcast offers a combination of career and spiritual guidance because I can no longer separate the two.

    Holding On When Finding Your Career Takes MUCH Longer than Expected

    Holding On When Finding Your Career Takes MUCH Longer than Expected

    Before becoming a journalist, Stacey Carruth started a lengthy investigation into her own career--only she didn't see it that way at the time. She only saw failure.

    After serving a mission as a young adult, Stacey returned to college at Brigham Young University. Though she had started her post-secondary education as a science major ("to prove she was smart"), her thoughts changed while on her mission. She recalls, "I discovered a whole new area of life that sparked me and sparked my interest. I loved learning languages. I loved talking to people. I loved learning about the culture and what causes people to make the decisions they do or live the way they do."

    This change of heart led Stacey to change her major to Latin American studies. A campus event called "The Hunger Banquet" prompted her to lean further into helping people in developing countries.

    But practicality won out. Nervous about being in college for so long and needing to make money, Stacey switched her major back to clinical laboratory science so she could graduate as soon as possible.

    After graduation, she worked in a lab for a year before quitting to be home with her kids. Of the job, she said, "It served its purpose. It helped us get my husband through college. It paid the bills, but I only did it for a year because it was just so boring." 
    Longing for a Career
    As a new mom, Stacey loved being with her children but discovered she didn't love the homemaker lifestyle all that much. And though she felt guilty for wanting to work outside the home, she still longed for a career. But at the time, Stacey couldn't find a job that inspired her enough to justify disrupting the family arrangement or paying for childcare. So she spent the next several years experimenting--enrolling in various degree programs, starting projects, writing a blog, researching, and more--all to find purpose beyond life as a stay-at-home mom. 
    To be clear, Stacey valued the time spent with her kids. But with every passing year, she felt a little more lost in her faith and out of touch with the job market.
    She remembers lamenting to a friend, "I'm so proud of how I've spent the last 12 years. I have no regrets. I built an amazing marriage brick by brick with blood, sweat, and tears. I have amazing children, and I worked so hard to get rid of cultural and old habits from my upbringing, build a good relationship with them, and raise good children. I've tried to do wonderful things with my faith journey and in my faith community. I'm so proud of what I've done, but none of that shows up on a resume. That's a blank resume."
    Ironically, that gap on her resume plus the unseen career attempts would one day be the perfect "lack of experience" necessary for Stacey to become a sought-after journalist with a much-needed fresh perspective. And though she didn't know it then, her career launch could not have come at a better time.
    It's a good story. Have a listen.
    Mentioned in this Interview
    Mother MusingsSolutions Journalism NetworkTrusting News~~~~~
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    • 34 min
    At the Pinnacle of Her Career at NASA, She Left the Artemis Program to Serve a More Important Mission

    At the Pinnacle of Her Career at NASA, She Left the Artemis Program to Serve a More Important Mission

    Sister Michelle Amos had just started to flourish in the empty-nest phase of her career when she got called to serve a mission instead.
    Having been a NASA Engineer at Kennedy Space Center for 30 years, Sister Michelle Amos is passionate about her career. But it's not the most important thing in her life. Instead, she prioritizes God and Family (in that order) above her work.
    Sister Michelle Amos and a colleague at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Here are some of the ways she has shown allegiance to those priorities over the years:
    Engaging in Service. Despite working full-time, Sister Amos never turned down a church calling or an opportunity to serve in the community. She served as the Relief Society President, Young Women President, Stake Young Women President, Cubmaster, and more at church. She did plenty of outreach at schools for NASA and led community events in Orlando as well.Carefully Choosing Projects. When colleagues pushed for bigger and better opportunities at work, Sister Amos stood down, determined to be available to her children as much as possible. She went to the office early so she could leave in time to pick the kids up from school and rarely worked on projects that required overtime.Waiting to Further Her Education. Though she wanted to obtain a master's degree, Sister Amos delayed post-graduate studies until the kids were older and a little more self-sufficient. She recalls, "I was a mother, I had small children, so I had to wait until my children were in high school or out of the home to take on management training or get my master's degree. I remember sitting at the table with my kids; we were all doing homework."Partnering with Her Husband. President John Amos encouraged Sister Amos to apply for the job at NASA. He supported her desire to work after the kids came along as well. She says, "President Amos has always been supportive of my career as an engineer. ... President worked locally in the city, so he could be there if there were emergencies at school. We knew our positions. We were able to plan if there were school activities or school events."In addition to those daily choices, this successful engineer also had to make big decisions too.
    When the kids went off to college, Sister Amos finally got the chance to further her career and take on more significant opportunities. In November of 2018, she got selected to join a flagship project as a Systems Engineer for the Mars 2020 Rover--a role she relished and temporarily moved to California to fulfill. Then just as the team prepared for the launch, Sister Amos and her husband got called to serve as mission leaders for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    Once again, Sister Amos sublimated her career aspirations to put God first in her life.
    In this interview, you'll learn how she made the decision, what it cost her, and the unexpected blessings her obedience brought. Plus, as amazing as her career at NASA was, you'll hear why Sister Amos believes it was simply preparation for the higher calling she now holds.
    It's a good story. Have a listen.
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    • 41 min
    How this DIY Designer Became an "Overnight" Success

    How this DIY Designer Became an "Overnight" Success

    Jamilla King, founder of @AnothaDIYProject, shares how she transformed her life and now she transforms spaces for a living.

    BEHIND THE SCENES WITH JAMILLA KING
    Having built a social media presence of 60+K followers in just over a year, Jamilla King of @AnothaDIYProject may seem like an overnight success. And in some ways, she is. A couple of months ago, only 2K people followed her Instagram account. But focusing on the audience alone is like admiring the paint on the wall without acknowledging the effort required to prep the surface or build the intricate panel work it covers. The numbers aren't the whole story.
    So what is the story? How did Jamilla go from a single bathroom design in March of 2021 to a schedule full of clients and thousands of followers a year later? You'll have to listen to the full episode to find out, but here are a few of the highlights:
    She quit her job. No kidding. With a newly issued real estate license and $50 in her bank account, Jamilla leaned into a heartfelt prayer. Then she typed up a resignation letter and walked.She refused to go back. It took six months before Jamilla closed her first real estate deal. That's some 180 days without a paycheck. To survive, she hustled and borrowed and even humbled herself to ask for help. When people questioned her decision to quit her job before she had a stable client base, she replied, "I didn't come this far to just go back." And she never did.She posted her progress. Growing up, Jamilla loved interior design. But without many African American women in the business or an understanding of how the industry works, she pursued other career options. After leaving her job to become a realtor, she redesigned her bathroom. She created an Instagram account to post progress pictures, and people noticed.She pivoted. After seeing Jamilla's work on Instagram, a few friends asked her to do projects in their homes. Another friend suggested she charge and start doing work for other people. With some resistance, Jamilla finally said, "Okay, fine."She praised God. With a modest social media following and a small roster of paying clients, Jamilla posted a video expressing gratitude for the life she now leads. It was a simple post showing her work, thanking God for the gifts she's been given, and appreciation for the ability to do what she loves for a living. The post went viral. Now, @AnotherDIYProject has several thousand followers, and Jamilla has more work than she can handle.Those are the highlights. 
    Listen to the full podcast to hear the behind-the-scenes moments that made this business happen. Of course, followers are fabulous, and going viral is mind-blowing. But success is never actually overnight. The heart of this story is Jamilla's decision to align with God and have the courage to follow His guidance day by day when things didn't look so Instagram-perfect.
    It's a good story. Have a listen.

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    • 22 min
    The Journey to Becoming an Etsy Top Seller

    The Journey to Becoming an Etsy Top Seller

    Learn the moves that took Debbie Thompson (@TomDesignShop) from selling jewelry in art markets to launching a successful online business that supports her family and helps people preserve memories.
    The Most Important Lesson Learned
    When I book a guest on the Faithful Career Moves podcast, I have specific questions in mind. In this case, I wanted to know how Debbie Thompson became one of Etsy's top jewelry sellers. I wanted to know how she built the business, how long it took to make a profit, and how her life changed. (Of course, I also wanted to know how she saw the Lord's hands in the process.)
    So, that's how the interview started.
    But when we finished talking, the thoughts that lingered in my mind had nothing to do with the nuts and bolts of the business. Instead, I reflected more on the emotional side of this journey. The success of Tom Design Shop belies the mental and emotional challenges Debbie overcame to create it.
    Like the engraving needle touching metal for the first time, this interview only scratches the surface of the past 16 years. Still, I promise it's long enough to leave a mark. Here are just a few of the lessons that have stayed with me:
    Be Flexible. Debbie didn't set out to be a jewelry designer. She planned to sell photography at an art market and only made earrings as a backup plan. When customers bought the earrings instead of the prints, Debbie bought more beads and made more baubles. That is the first of many times this entrepreneur adjusted her business to meet demand and circumstances.Be Partners. When Tom Design Shop became profitable, Debbie's husband quit his job, set aside his career aspirations, and went to work for her. (He started out making bangles.) When they needed to move the business from their home to a commercial space, the Thompsons created alternating schedules so they could both care for the company and their kids.Be Creative. After having a baby, Debbie found herself lost in new motherhood, living in a new area, away from her support system, and suffering from undiagnosed postpartum depression. Making jewelry and starting an online business helped her rebound. The same thing happened when she delivered her second baby, only worse. Creating new designs somehow pulled her through again.Be Thankful. In Debbie's words, "There are things that happen just at the right time that shouldn't have happened. I think, 'Oh, my gosh, that was an answer to my prayer.' I'm constantly asking, asking, asking. I think it's also so important to thank, thank, thank, because just like your kids constantly asking for something, it gets hard. It gets draining on you. After I recognize and see the hand of God, I'm so thankful, and I thank Him."Though Debbie struggled with each transition in her life, the inspiration to keep making and selling jewelry played a significant role in her healing. That blessing alone would have been worth building the business. But as the success of Tom Design shows, God's plans are always bigger and better than we can imagine for ourselves. Since we can't see what he has in store, all we can do is follow each prompting received and trust that He's working in the background for our benefit.
    That is the lesson I never want to forget.
    Listen to the interview to learn more.
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    • 21 min
    Rebooting a Tech Career Two Decades Later

    Rebooting a Tech Career Two Decades Later

    When her husband lost his job, this stay-at-home mother of four decided SHE could go back to work--only to discover that the tech industry had moved well-beyond her skillset.

    When Cathleen Poulsen’s husband got laid off from work, she lovingly waited for him to find another job. As time without a paycheck wore on, however, her patience wore out. In the midst of increased frustration and rising anxiety, she got an unexpected answer to her earnest prayer for help: YOU have skills.
    Taking the hint, she dusted off her computer science degree from 1995 and watched a few online videos to re-engage with the technology she had mastered in her pre-mom days. Then figuring she had "nothing to lose," Cathleen applied for a software development position at Family Search, a nonprofit genealogical organization run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    The hiring process seemed promising until she got to the interview.
    It didn't go so well.
    Cathleen recalls, "It was a technical interview. It was me and eight engineers who were sitting there just throwing all these technical questions at me."
    After the meeting, the hiring manager kindly took Cathleen aside and said that her skills were not where they needed to be to fill the software development position. Then, to her surprise, he offered her an internship instead. 
    Thrilled with the outcome and grateful for an opportunity to update her expertise, Cathleen still had to prove herself--a challenge she did not take lightly.
    An Unexpected Blessing
    Because she hadn't worked in the tech industry for several years, Cathleen got quickly overwhelmed with how much had changed. She shares, "The first two weeks at the internship, I think that I cried every day on the way home from work. I came into it confident because I didn't know any better, but I realized how much I needed to learn."
    She had to overcome hurdles at home too. "When I was done I still needed to make dinner and then I still needed to help with homework. Then I still needed to get people to bed. Then I still needed to try to do some learning so that I didn't appear so dumb the next day," she laments.
    But Cathleen did not give up. She devised a plan at work to ensure she never asked the same question twice which increased her confidence. Her husband took on the after-school activities at home, and they held family councils with the kids to discuss more ways they could all work together.
    With time, Cathleen settled into her work and the family settled into a new routine. When the internship ended, Family Search offered her a full-time position as a Quality Assurance Engineer. She happily accepted the job.
    But wait, there's more (blessings)
    In this interview, Cathleen shares the many ways in which her family has been blessed by this experience.
    Spoiler alert: she loves her job, her husband got an opportunity to be more intentional with his career, and the kids became more independent. She saw the hand of God in the transition and recognized He had been guiding her towards a career reboot the entire time she'd been out of the workforce.
    Listen to the interview to learn more.
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    • 22 min
    Successfully Mixing an Art Career with Motherhood

    Successfully Mixing an Art Career with Motherhood

    Allie Zeyer put down the paintbrush to support her husband’s career and start a family. After a loss, she picked it back up to find herself.


    The Fine Art of Mixing
    Here’s what I know about mixing paint. 
    Whether you buy a gallon of latex paint at the hardware store or a bunch of acrylics at the craft store, to get the exact color you want for a project, you’ll likely have to blend a few colors together. At Lowe’s or The Home Depot, a machine can do that for you by adding precisely measured tints to a base color.  At Hobby Lobby, you will have to eyeball the options yourself and pick a couple that might work when swirled together with a paintbrush.
    In both cases, you’ll probably have to experiment with the mix a bit to get the look you want. Even then, you may need to make additional adjustments when you see how the paint dries or the color is affected by the surface it's on or the light in the room.
    In short, it's a process.

    The Fine Art of Mothering
    As a professional artist, Allie Zeyer has to mix, experiment, and adjust all the time, but not just on the palette. She does the same in her personal life, continually finding ways to blend career aspirations with her cherished role as a wife and mother.
    In this interview, Allie shares her early dream of becoming an artist, how she shelved the work to provide for her family, and the heartache that drove her to return to the studio earlier than expected. She additionally explains some of the lessons learned along the way. For example, she found that she has to compartmentalize her life meaning she cannot paint and parent simultaneously without getting frustrated or compromising the outcomes. She has to pace herself, sometimes skipping events or saying ‘no’ to gallery opportunities. And she needs help. Her husband, who encourages her to keep mixing both worlds, often takes the kids out of the house on Saturdays so Allie can have dedicated time alone. 
    In short, it’s a process.
    But as Allie explains, “there’s been nothing but positive rewards from this” including some fun family trips, bonding with dad, and the kids finding scenes or barns they think mom should paint. She additionally says that pursuing this passion and developing her talent makes her feel good which, in turn, makes her a better mom. So even though the family has had to make adjustments, everyone is happier on the whole.
    In short, for Ally and her family, it's a process that's working just fine.
    Mentioned in this Interview
    Allie Zeyer's WebsiteAllie Zeyer's InstagramWilcox Gallery in Jackson, WYRelics Gallery in Holladay, UtahJeffery R. Pugh, artist who inspires Allie Visit FaithfulCareerMoves.com and learn the secret to finding the career you were born to do.  Here's how it works:
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

ASB Creates ,

Just what I need to hear!

Shelley has a way of knowing what we need to hear. She serves up examples and stories of women who have gone back to work and found success. This podcast always has a nugget that keeps me thinking and gives me ideas!!

schmama04 ,

Great messages

A friend referred me to this podcast and I’m really listening to the different experiences of each woman interviewed. I appreciate the positive messages about involving the Lord in our decisions regarding career and family. I was particularly touched by episode 3 with the mom who chose to be a stay at home mom. It was just what I needed to hear. I own and manage a business with my husband but am blessed to primarily be home with my 5 children. It is truly a career, as was defined in this episode, but it is so easy to forget that! Thank you for the simple inspiring messages you are bringing through this podcast.

guesswholoulou ,

Uplifting listen

I love listening to this podcast. The host is thoughtful and insightful and I have been really inspired as I listen to the stories of the women she interviews. An uplifting listen for sure.

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