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There's a new wave of leaders on the horizon! Everyday, amazing women, who know there's something more - and who go after it. Women who are ready to contribute in new and different ways, making a difference right where they are. Welcome to Intentional Optimists Podcast - the podcast for Unconventional Leaders. Join host, Andrea Johnson - Certified Life Coach and DISC Consultant - each week for actionable tips and advice on how to grow, step up, make a difference and yes - LEAD! You’ll meet inspiring women who are making a difference in their local community, each leading in unconventional and creative ways. Discover how to use your unique interests and skills in your community - to help you become a role model, encouraging, empowering and mentoring other women to do the same. Because here’s the thing - YOU are the answer. YOU are the future of leadership, and the role models for future generations. To learn more about Andrea Johnson and Intentional Optimism, visit www.theintentionaloptimist.com, or join the Intentional Optimists Facebook Group, a global community of women helping women.

Intentional Optimists - Unconventional Leaders Andrea Johnson

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There's a new wave of leaders on the horizon! Everyday, amazing women, who know there's something more - and who go after it. Women who are ready to contribute in new and different ways, making a difference right where they are. Welcome to Intentional Optimists Podcast - the podcast for Unconventional Leaders. Join host, Andrea Johnson - Certified Life Coach and DISC Consultant - each week for actionable tips and advice on how to grow, step up, make a difference and yes - LEAD! You’ll meet inspiring women who are making a difference in their local community, each leading in unconventional and creative ways. Discover how to use your unique interests and skills in your community - to help you become a role model, encouraging, empowering and mentoring other women to do the same. Because here’s the thing - YOU are the answer. YOU are the future of leadership, and the role models for future generations. To learn more about Andrea Johnson and Intentional Optimism, visit www.theintentionaloptimist.com, or join the Intentional Optimists Facebook Group, a global community of women helping women.

    Episode 61 - I Am Grateful

    Episode 61 - I Am Grateful

    Grateful - feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful. This is how we do what we do.  
    Intentional Optimism - Your Vehicle for Personal Growth:
    Optimistic = hope and a futurePresent - wonder, generosity, kind / openEnergetic - industry, excitement, life focusedCourageous - leader, adventurous, undauntedWise - words, respectIntentional - plan, purposeful, good finances Topics discussed in this episode: 
    Grateful: is an adjective. A modifier for a noun - like your heart or attitude.Needs expression: just holding it won’t do any good. It needs to be shared.Ask yourself:
    Are you living with a grateful heart?WHO do you need to thank today?Get involved!
    Newsletter:  Optimistic Living
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    Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com
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    Noom: A Mindful Way to Eat Learn how to intentionally challenge your mindset in order to take control of your health.Skillshare: Spark your creativity. Get 40% Off Annual MembershipDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)

    • 15 min
    Episode 60 - Finding a Creative Outlet with Courtney Thompson

    Episode 60 - Finding a Creative Outlet with Courtney Thompson

    Courtney Thompson is an educator, instructional coach, mother, and avid lover of running, the mountains, and reading. Courtney is a National Geographic Certified Educator, recent Teacher of the Year, and the owner of Blue Ridge Graze Box.  Blue Ridge Graze Box curates custom charcuterie-style boxes in the Charlottesville, Va area.  Through years of being an educator she was able to hone in on and fine tune her leadership skills that she said never existed previously.  This allowed her to pursue her side hustle using her creativity and starting her business, Blue Ridge Graze Box.  Courtney’s work is beautiful and delicious and her newly found leadership skills will propel her business to the next level.
     Topics discussed in this episode: Helping
    Feeding 2 loves - teaching and charcuterieFinding a creative outletLeadership principle: Understanding others strength and letting them shine - including your ownHabit:
    Always practice the basics - Teaching on a regular basisAsk people about the things they care aboutGreen Flags:  Are you ready to lead through a creative outlet?
    Are you willing to take risks and be uncomfortable?Are you an “example setter?”Do you practice what you preach?Advice:   
    Find someone who inspires youTake time to talk about it with someone you trustBuild your skills and foundationWhere to find Courtney:
    Website: Blue Ridge Graze Box
    LinkedIn:  Courtney Thompson
    Facebook: Blue Ridge Graze Box
    Instagram: @blueridgegrazebox
    Contact me:  brgrazebox@gmail.com
    Discount Code:  $10 off  through December 19, 2021, use Graze10
    Become an Intentional Optimist!
    Newsletter:  Optimistic Living
    Collaborative Group Coaching Community: Launch From The Beach
    Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com
    Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook Group
    Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist
    Linked In Andrea Johnson

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    Noom: A Mindful Way to Eat Learn how to intentionally challenge your mindset in order to take control of your health.Skillshare: Spark your creativity. Get 40% Off Annual MembershipDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)

    • 56 min
    Episode 59 - A Little Kindness, Please

    Episode 59 - A Little Kindness, Please

    The 3rd facet to the tenet of Present is kindness and openness.  Kindness and openness are the bedrock of being present.
    You've got to try a little kindness
    Yes, show a little kindness
    Just shine your light for everyone to see
    And if you try a little kindness
    Then you'll overlook the blindness
    Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets - Glen Campbell
    Does this sound naïve?  Trite?  Let’s look at the concept of kindness today.
    Intentional Optimism - Your Vehicle for Personal Growth:
    Optimistic = hope and a futurePresent - wonder, generosity, kind / openEnergetic - industry, excitement, life focusedCourageous - leader, adventurous, undauntedWise - words, respectIntentional - plan, purposeful, good financesTopics discussed in this episode: 
    Kindness / Openness: 
    Emotions: I will feel what is happening NOW. I don't run from my feelings. They tell me things I need to know.Non-judgement: Every human is created in the Image of God, worthy of kindness, grace, respect and saving.Poor/Disenfranchised: I open my heart and hands to those in need. I have enough to share.Ask yourself :
    What are YOUR heart attitudes regarding kindness and openness?What emotions does it stir up?Where is judgement showing up for you?Get involved!
    Newsletter:  Optimistic Living
    Collaborative Membership Community: Launch From The Beach
    Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com
    Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook Group
      ●  Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist
      ●  Linked In Andrea Johnson
    Grab your FREE:
    Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools
    “Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”
    Need some tools?
    Try New Things - 30 Day Challenge
    Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!
    Noom: A Mindful Way to Eat Learn how to intentionally challenge your mindset in order to take control of your health.Skillshare: Spark your creativity. Get 40% Off Annual MembershipDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)

    • 16 min
    Episode 58 - Positive Interruptions, with Dr. Terainer Brown

    Episode 58 - Positive Interruptions, with Dr. Terainer Brown

    Dr. Terainer Brown is a wife, mother, educator, author, motivational speaker, educational consultant, and is currently the Chief Education Officer for the US Airforce and is the Founder and Executive Director of Student Success for Cultured for College™. With more than 20 years in education, Dr. Brown has served as a college advisor with several student success programs and college preparation efforts geared toward improving students’ chances of enrolling in college. 

    “While all these programs approach removing barriers to higher education from various directions, they are all focused on one goal, and that is to assist students with the tools to matriculate, persist, compete, and complete their post-high school education.” 
     Topics discussed in this episode: 
    Serving as mentors from a young ageListening and connecting with childrenUnderstanding the work I was purposed to doLeadership Principle:  Relationships are importantHabit - Wisdom of Time
    Get to know peopleI have to slow down and mean ‘how are you today”Ask people about the things they care aboutGreen Flags:  
    If you start something - take breaks when you need, but be able to finishFind a way to elevate to raise your voicePlug away and little pieces at a time.  Advice:  Find your sweet spot.  
    Figure out your passionStart making a planUse the technology and resources availableWhere to find Terainer:
    Websites: www.terainerbrown.com, Cultured For College
    Facebook: Dr. Terainer Brown
    Instagram: @drterainerbrown
    You Tube: Terainer Brown, Ph.D
    Blog post: Work Your Path, Not Fast Food!
    GET INVOLVED!
    Newsletter:  Optimistic Living
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    Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com
    Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook Group
      ●  Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist
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    Noom: A Mindful Way to Eat Learn how to intentionally challenge your mindset in order to take control of your health.Skillshare: Spark your creativity. Get 40% Off Annual MembershipDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 57: Resilience in Weight Loss

    Episode 57: Resilience in Weight Loss

    Resilience can be applied to any area of your life. Weight loss and the struggle that it is has been a hot topic lately, so I’m sharing a bit of my story, and how resilience plays a role in how I have lost, and manage my weight - and you can too.
    Intentional Optimism - Your Vehicle for Personal Growth:
    Optimistic = The hull, the vehicle that gets you from island A to island B.Present = The centerboard - keeps you upright, focused, centered.Energetic = The sail - captures & harnesses the wind, propelling you forward.Courageous = The rigging - holds everything together in proper tension, resilience. Wise = The rudder - keeps you on track, heading in the right direction.Intentional = Setting everything up to properly capture the wind.Topics discussed in this episode: 
    RESILIENCE: 
    CHARACTER: I choose to do what I say I will do, even when it's hard, because the more I practice, the more solid my character becomes.CONSISTENCY: I do the small things, daily, that make big things possible. My processes and methods are aligned with my "why."FOCUS: I keep my eye on the prize. Knowing where I'm going prevents getting distracted by challenges.Ready to make changes in your weight loss journey?
    There’s NO quick fix - you have to be willing to work for it.There IS an answer - it’s unique and individual to you.You CAN be resilient! If you are successful in other areas, you can be successful here.Get involved!
    Newsletter:  Optimistic Living
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    Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!
    Noom: A Mindful Way to Eat Learn how to intentionally challenge your mindset in order to take control of your health.Skillshare: Spark your creativity. Get 40% Off Annual MembershipDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)

    • 29 min
    Episode 56: Sponsors vs. Mentors with Catherine Cantey

    Episode 56: Sponsors vs. Mentors with Catherine Cantey

    Catherine is a tenacious connector and recovering banker. She helps leaders think differently so individual contributors and executives can avoid burnout, tear down silos, find prospects before they know they need your services and stop client confusion by creating clear calls to action to meet and exceed goals. Catherine has successfully consolidated 20+ years of corporate best practices in a simple framework called Business Vitality. Catherine is a wife and mom, and cares about closing the broadband gaps in rural communities.
     Topics discussed in this episode: 
    Difference between a sponsor and a mentorLeading by meeting others needsThink Differently about Business Vitality, and your career.Tips on Thinking Differently:
    Find yourself a Sponsor - the best way to do that is to BE a sponsor.Reframe your circumstances: both positive and negative ones will give you valuable information on how to move forward in your career.Prepare and care for yourself throughout the journey.Where to find Catherine:
    Website: https://www.catherinecantey.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherinecantey/ 
    GET INVOLVED!
    Newsletter:  Optimistic Living
    Collaborative Group Coaching Community: Launch From The Beach
    Email me at andrea@theintentionaloptimist.com
    Join me over in the Intentional Optimists Facebook Group
      ●  Follow on Instagram @theintentionaloptimist
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    Grab your FREE:
    Andrea's Favorite Planning & Productivity tools
    “Ultimate DISC communication Cheat Sheet”
    Need some tools?
    Mini Course: “Uncovering Your Core Values”
    Try New Things - 30 Day Challenge
    Skillshare
    Get your own DISC Assessment, and don't forget the 10% discount (code "PODCAST") at check out!
    Noom: A Mindful Way to Eat Learn how to intentionally challenge your mindset in order to take control of your health.Skillshare: Spark your creativity. Get 40% Off Annual MembershipDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AndreaJohnson)

    • 55 min

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Consistency, doing what you say you're going to do and looking at weight as taking care of your body and your health!
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