Overcoming Mediocrity is a podcast for success-driven women who want to empower their thoughts, design their dream businesses, and build beautiful lives that are aligned with their destinies—hosted by Bestselling Author and Business Strategist Christie Ruffino. This show is for every woman on the edge of change who’s ready to rise up, overcome mediocrity, reinvent herself, elevate her thinking, and transform her life.
Each episode features today's top influencers and entrepreneurs on the rise as they share empowering stories and ninja tips meant to become the FUEL that will ignite a positive change in YOUR life and the lives of others.
Our guests didn’t simply coast through life, they didn't let difficult situations stop them; they set big goals, kept their eyes on the prize and they’re joining us today to share insider secrets and valuable resources you can use RIGHT NOW to step into your power and fulfill your purpose in life.
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OM22: Sofia Husnain | Rebirth
On Today's Podcast
This week I sit down with Sofia Husnain. Sofia's story began in the arms of a single mother in a country thousands of miles away where women are anything but equal partners in a male dominant society. At the age of 11, she moved to the United States with her family to find her American dream which also came at a difficult price.
From abandonment by her father to living with a chronic lifelong illness and learning to find, accept and love her true identity, Sofia's story is about self-discovery through the shadows of our past and the rebirthing that we experience through traumatic and extremely difficult challenges that we face that forever change us.
Sofia is a Registered Nurse, holistic wellness educator, author, and founder and managing director at Woman Disrupted.
How To Connect With Sofia
OM21: Erin Marcus | Be in Charge, Take Action, Get Results
On Today's Podcast This week I sit down with Erin Marcus. Erin Marcus is an award-winning business owner, international speaker, author, and consultant, who has been creating business successes for more than 20 years.
Her vast corporate experience combined with her MBA business savvy and street-smart upbringing have her working with her clients at the intersection where magnetic marketing and actionable strategy meet. the mindset work needed to bust through obstacles and maintain the motivation to take quantum leaps forward.
She has spoken for top organizations such as, Highland Capital Brokerage, Thrivent Financial, Women’s Council of Realtors, and US Bank, just to name a few.
Erin is also the host of the “Ready Yet? Podcast” sharing stories of success and inspiration all focused on the fact that you’ll never do what it takes until you become the person it takes to do it.
When not working, Erin is often volunteering at the Fox Valley Wildlife Rescue or taking care of her own small menagerie. She is also a fitness enthusiast, utilizing the ability to get uncomfortable and push for more in the gym to do the same in her business.
How to Connect with Erin https://conqueryourbusiness.com
OM20: Louie Sharp | Lead Like A Rock Star
Meet Today's Guest: Louie Sharp
Louie is a nationally renowned, world-class keynote speaker with over 11 years of professional speaking experience. He has been seen on NBC, ABC, and CNN and delivered keynote speeches for distinguished companies such as DuPont, Edward Jones, Sage, Fender, and Axalta and most recently shared the stage with Jack Canfield!
Louie served 20 years in the US Marines. His service included travel to 21 countries guarding American Embassies and flying Huey Helicopters.
He was the Vice President of sales for Sound Enhances, a global company. Add a successful business owner in his own right, Louie has started, bought & sold companies. He started his first company at 23, and 38 years later, it is still going strong.
Louie often donates his time speaking about leadership, self-confidence, and success to the less fortunate and abused. His forthcoming book is called “The Gifted Leader-How to Grow Your Business for More Profit & Freedom! “
What Is Your Story? How Did You Get to Where You Are Now?
I like to start in high school, in how I was involved in so many things. In high school, I couldn't wait to get out. I couldn't wait for my life to begin. I wanted to see the world. I came from a family that really didn't have a lot of money growing up. I knew college wasn't an option. So, I enlisted in the Marines when I was still in my senior year of high school. I worked that summer and then left for the Marines in October and never looked back. I spent four and a half years on active duty. It's funny because the last guy I worked for was my boss in the Marines was an alcoholic. So, I got off of active duty, and I started as an apprentice in a body shop in Arlington Heights at the time. And it turned out, as fate would have it, that he was an alcoholic as well. I remember he had a company meeting. And I think there were 11 or 12 of us at the time. And he stood up. And now this is 1981. He stood up and said, I'd like to make $50,000 more for me this year, but I can't afford to give anybody a raise. So I stood up and said, I want my check. I'm done. A bunch of other guys were like, Are you crazy? What are you doing? I said, did you hear what he just said? He just told all of us that he expects us to work harder, and we get nothing. It's all about him.
At that point, I broke out on my own, and I literally started in a one-car garage that had no heat, no running water. I started with $500 in my toolbox. That was almost 40 years ago; Sharp Auto Body is still going. I now have 10 employees, and it was funny because I never really set out to be in business for myself. I went into business because I was going to go back to school full time. I've been working full time during the day and going to college at night. And then I saw an ad in the paper, and there was an ambulance company looking to hire a body man. I called up, and I said, you don't want somebody coming into this building where all your drivers are sleeping overnight and fixing your ambulances from accidents with Bondo, dust, paint fumes, and all that stuff. I ended up contracting their work, and at that point, I decided to go into business full time and give up college. And as they say, the rest is history. In that process, I started a towing company, bought a mechanical repair shop, sold the mechanical repair shop, sold the towing company, still have the body shop, and started my speaking consulting business. So, you know, there's 40 years in there, but that's kind of how it got started.
I think that I still have wanderlust. I still love to travel. For me, some people are really drained by traveling. It energizes me. I think of it as an adventure. I love to see new places, experience new things, new cultures. I've always been curious, and I think that when you're curious and afraid to try new things, you discover all kinds of things that you're go
OM19: Regina Young | Standing in My Own Power
Meet Today's Guest: Regina Young
Regina Young has always charted her own journey in life and believed standing in your own power makes you unstoppable. Regina has a degree from the Art and Fashion Institute of Philadelphia in Fashion. She is a podcaster, plus-size model, personal branding image consultant, and speaker. She can be heard on Teatime Midlife Edition podcast, a weekly teacup conversation about midlife victories, struggles, and how you’re going to live your best life now in the community.
Please Tell Our Audience About Your Journey
At one point, I had to make a bunch of choices. I could do the nine to five, or I could live my dream and just take chances. I chose to do both. I didn't even choose to do one or the other. I said I can have it all, why not? I started modeling or going on the journey for modeling. That was one thing. And then at one point, I became a Ford Model. That was one of the journeys that I took. Another journey that I took was around podcasting. I got to the place in mid-life where I was like, is this all there is? Is there anything else? Or can I create something? The pandemic opened up an opportunity to be heard and seen in mid-life. And that's how I started with the podcast, Teatime Midlife Edition.
Can You Tell Us What Teatime Midlife Edition Podcast Is All About?
It is for women in midlife. Sometimes women can be alone in midlife. It shouldn’t be that way. Women should be in a community in mid-life, and it is a teacup conversation. It takes about 20 minutes, once a week, for the first season. The second season may look a little different, but we talk about the struggles, the victories, all kinds of things. In a community, supporting one another is a key to feeling fulfilled, and having a good sense of life. Feeling like life is working, because you have someone you can rely on and you could share your victories with. That's what it’s about.
How Do You Overcome the Challenges of Having Difficult Conversations Over the Airwaves?
If I want to make a difference in the world, I have to be the example. If I'm going to be vulnerable, then I assert that other people will be vulnerable. I can't ask one to do more than what I'm willing to do. Unfortunately, my father just passed away, and I shared the different phases of grief. Being open and honest like that. I'm not under the illusion that I'm the only one going through it. I feel like if I make it okay, for me to share myself, maybe you'll be okay with sharing yourself.
What Can You Say to the Mid-Lifers Listening Right Now to Pour Into Them?
I do stand in the quote, if it's to be it's up to me. You’re going to have to participate in your own rescue. That is the real deal. Believe that this too shall pass. Those are the three things that I use to move forward in any challenging situation. It’s important to be in a community. You have someone who’s the support that can help prop you up if necessary. Most of all, someone to hold your hand or comfort you when it's down and say it's going to be okay. In a community, you will get everything you need, because there's someone who's already been through it, going through it, or missed it. But the reality is you'll get everything you need in a community.
I Heard You Have Some Great Things Coming up That You're Putting Together. Could You Tell Us a Little Bit About That?
I am starting a curriculum for women in mid-life. It's helpful in midlife because there's a point where you get into a fashion rut. There's an opportunity to rebrand yourself or reinvent yourself in your image. And my course is called Model Perfect Woman. Every woman is model-perfect with style. I want to reach a lot of women, where they get to reinvent themselves and see their image newly. It’s not about trying something old and making it new. It's about authentically being yourself. Having your image represent you from y
OM18: Birgit Lueders | Let's talk about your Eyes - IRIDOLOGY
Meet Todays Guest: Birgit Lueders
Birgit Lueders is the mother of two wonderful daughters Emma and Lisa, living in Philadelphia, PA. She is a certified Master Herbalist, Yoga Teacher, Iridology Instructor, and Wellness Coach. Birgit first learned the values of an organic herbal lifestyle in her home country of Austria. Since 2009 she has operated BirgitCare -- a business focusing on health, wellness, and natural healing in Philadelphia, PA. Through BirgitCare, she offers personalized wellness coaching to support her client's emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing by using modalities like Iridology, Herbalism, Nutrition, and Colorpuncture. In 2012 Birgit founded the Center for Iridology, where she is teaching Iridology Courses around the world and annually in major cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia. In 2020, during the pandemic, she adapted her Iridology Courses for online certifications and was able to move her wellness coaching program online. Throughout the past 10 years, Birgit has been a known speaker in her field at numerous national and international EXPO’s, while being consistently featured on radio and TV. After being a Fellow, a Diplomat, and the Vice-President of the International Iridology Practitioner Association (IIPA), in 2020 Birgit became President of IIPA through 2023.
Can You Give Us a Little Backstory on How You Became a Master Iridologist?
It's a long path. And I swear, I believe that our destiny is written ahead of us, and somehow, we come into this life with our soul purpose and soul path. And we feel like we are writing it all up and then come into this lifetime, and then we live it. And if we live true to our soul, then we have every day for fun, or we feel at ease, or balanced, right. But if we do something that was not our destiny, or wasn't our, you know, expertise, then work is work. Like then you feel like you really working all day and one of my friends who is also a colleague of mine, she said, I made my passion as my profession. And I never worked a single day. And I thought that was very interesting when she said that. Because when you're really, isn't it true when you do what you were supposed to do? I mean, just you could be different for every single person, right? But if you do what, like for example, you do right now we're getting all the women together, you don't work a single day, right? And it's the same for me. I'm in a holistic field. And I wasn't meant to be in a holistic field at all, when I started, went for school, and started a career and college in the finance world because I actually thought my destiny was making as much money as possible, as quickly as possible, and then retire early. So, then I can have fun, right? I worked really hard got into a great, great job. Very early, early age 25 in a big, pretty much main world, right? I mean, there wasn't like 25-year olds running around, you know, like me. But I was honored that I was getting, you know, moves to have this amazing career. And it was the American Express bank in Vienna. So, I still remember I had so much fun buying my expensive, like suits and, purses and march to work, right. But then there was one thing that was missing, I had no fun at that job. I had zero fun. I was good at it, but I wasn't loving it. And so, there was this problem that I was talking about to friends that it didn't show like mentally, and because then I had fun on the weekend. But then it actually made itself clear that I wasn't on my right path, Physically. I became so sick constantly in my digestive system, it didn't matter what I was eating, I felt sick, nauseous, almost vomiting every Sunday. And I had this grandmother who was very connected to nature and herbs. And one day she said to me, maybe it's not what you're eating, maybe it's what is eating you. And when she said that I was like, wo
OM17: Danica Joan | Creating the Future by Restoring Families
Meet Today's Guest: Danica Joan
Danica Joan joins us to share her commitment to restoring families experiencing high conflict custody matters. As a family advocate of over 20 years, Danica created the non profit, Kids Need Both, Inc as a way of educating parents and professionals on how to create positive change in high conflict families that gives the children a whole new future. It has been through her own heartache that she found her voice as a family advocate and now makes it her life mission to help others. Life's struggles that start may be your opportunity to step into your life's calling. With over 20 years’ experience as an educator, Danica provides families with workable solutions to their custody conflicts. She is a Certified Family Mediator with Florida Supreme Court, Guardian Ad Litem, the author for Florida’s Family Stabilization Parent Education curriculum and a personal custody coach.
Tell the audience a little bit about your story.
It was my friend, Donna Eller, that introduced us and she says this could be something that would be a great place to connect. And it's been a really great opportunity to be able to, to be a contributing author in this book, because it's not, even though I knew my story, I had the basis of my story. It was actually through the writing process that I discovered so many things I didn't see before and 20 years ago was when I kind of, my journey ended up choosing its course in working with families going through high conflict custody situations, because that was where my journey started. I was going through, I ended up in a marriage that was not healthy. It was very, it was dysfunctional, and there were children involved. So, it wasn't just the decisions I made were not just for me, but it was also for my children. And yet I chose to in the marriage, thinking it was going to go one way and it didn't. And I realized I found myself in a very high conflict custody situation. So, you know, just sort of going through survival and trying to make the most of the situation. I realized, well wait a minute. This is not a calling I asked for, but it was kind of thrust upon me to help other families, other parents who were going through high conflict custody situations. So, over the course of the years, I created a nonprofit called kids need both. And its mission is to educate those who are dealing with high conflict families, not just the parents themselves. But I also found in my journey that the professionals were not very well equipped to deal with effectively deal with these high conflict families. So that's what I do today is I work with, I'm a mediator. I'm an author of the family stabilization curriculum. And I coach families who are going through divorce.
I love what you guys are and what you're doing with your nonprofit. I want you to be able to share a little bit more about that.
I was talking to a friend of mine, who's one of the founders of a divorce professionals like organization nationwide, and her and I were sharing, she says, you know, the legal field doesn't get a bad reputation for no reason, as far as you know, the legal process being dragged out, and it costing people 10s of 1000s of dollars and all that, and I've got to believe that there are good people in those in all of those fields, but there's a lot of resignation in that situation. So, you know, the thing is, is divorce has three ways to go, it can go mediation centered, it could go like collaborative, or it could go litigated, and ultimately, mediation is where the most harmonious wants, collaborative is the next stage and of course litigated is if somehow there can be an establishment of trying to filter out those families So we're not pushing everybody into the presumed litigated direction. It would make a big difference for families and that's what I do with my team, with kids need both is to create option
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Ok to be Vulnerable
I enjoyed the episode with Regina Young and how the two of you talked about the importance of being vulnerable, and being a part of a community.
I enjoy Podcasts like this, as a female business owner I like to hear real life stories. It makes me want to reach for bigger goals after hearing other peoples success stories.
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