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The Easily Distracted Entrepreneur offers business owners support for the emotional side of business. The host Amber Hawley is a licensed therapist, multiple biz owner and former tech industry drop out who works with high-achieving, easily distracted entrepreneurs with mindset & strategies to stop suffering for success.

For ADHD {and ADHD-ish} business owners who live in Distraction City, with shiny object syndrome, and live life with other tendencies that keep us from doing our best work. 

You want a sustainable life. A work/home/school/family stability that WORKS, functions on good habits, systems, and approaches that set us up for immeasurable success both personally and professionally. 

With a mix of psychology, strategy and support (that only a bestie can give), The podcast formally known as My Biz Bestie aims to make the entrepreneurial journey less lonely and a lot more fun!

We cover everything from burnout and overwhelm to ADHD and use strategies to have more ease and success in your business by taking neurodiversity, brain biases and over 14 years of clinical experience working with business owners, executives, and professionals in Silicon Valley to help you have a more fulfilling life and business.

The Easily Distracted Entrepreneur Amber Hawley

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The Easily Distracted Entrepreneur offers business owners support for the emotional side of business. The host Amber Hawley is a licensed therapist, multiple biz owner and former tech industry drop out who works with high-achieving, easily distracted entrepreneurs with mindset & strategies to stop suffering for success.

For ADHD {and ADHD-ish} business owners who live in Distraction City, with shiny object syndrome, and live life with other tendencies that keep us from doing our best work. 

You want a sustainable life. A work/home/school/family stability that WORKS, functions on good habits, systems, and approaches that set us up for immeasurable success both personally and professionally. 

With a mix of psychology, strategy and support (that only a bestie can give), The podcast formally known as My Biz Bestie aims to make the entrepreneurial journey less lonely and a lot more fun!

We cover everything from burnout and overwhelm to ADHD and use strategies to have more ease and success in your business by taking neurodiversity, brain biases and over 14 years of clinical experience working with business owners, executives, and professionals in Silicon Valley to help you have a more fulfilling life and business.

    Tips To Utilize Social Media For Your Business with Andréa Jones

    Tips To Utilize Social Media For Your Business with Andréa Jones

    Does the thought of creating content for your social media account sound overwhelming? I hear that all the time, entrepreneurs feel that pressure to do all the things but they struggle with social media. Our special guest, Andréa Jones, is a Social Media Strategist who helps her clients with everything from do-it-yourself (DIY) to done-for-you (DFY). Andréa demonstrates many ways that social media can be a business tool and really awesome tips for getting onto social media.

    Andréa discusses how finding a place on social media to help you grow your business is a challenge and she provides examples on how to do it. Andréa covers the three most important questions for social media strategy and she also reveals three methods for reaching your end goal. We all know that being a business owner means you are handling many aspects of running your business but you need to remember that social media is a segment of those running parts.

    Andréa and I also address how building content is a learned skill and it takes time to develop, especially if you are trying to build sustainability content. We also talk about being discouraged when comparing your status to other high level influencers, that each business works differently, and has its own levels of creating content. There is a difference between being on social media as a content creative versus being on social media as a business owner.

    Everything takes time and creating healthy habits with social media is important and the best way to reach those goals is to set aside time to prep. Another topic we touch base on is don’t forget that the behind the scenes is just as important and you need to figure out what works best for your business. Listen to your community. It is more than just the follower count, it is about the interaction and engagement.

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    Resilience and Resistance with Marisol Solarte-Erlacher

    Resilience and Resistance with Marisol Solarte-Erlacher

    Therapist and wellness consultant Marisol Solarte-Erlacher joins me in this episode to discuss her position as a trauma therapist and her views on trauma, especially amongst women within the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community. Marisol and I met at a thought leadership program, and after getting to know a little bit more about her and the wonderful things that she does, I knew that I had to have her on the podcast!

    You would probably be hard-pressed to find someone who has not been impacted by trauma in one way or another in their life, but people – especially women – within the BIPOC community tend to have an even extra layer added to that due to societal problems like sexism and systemic racism. There is often extra pressure and responsibility – pressure to be a good representative of and for your community and to be a voice, and taking time to focus on yourself is therefore often seen as selfish. Marisol encourages such people to give themselves permission to take that time to themselves and to not have to constantly be that voice at the table.

    She and I also talk about how important it is to create space for other people's humanity. That tends to be, in fact, one of the reasons why there is that extra layer of trauma and struggle for BIPOC women because they are so often dehumanized and objectified and consequently don't have that space. They frequently develop further coping mechanisms such as extreme independence, and even though, as Marisol points out, all coping mechanisms are helpful in some way or else we wouldn't use them, there are times when they are unhealthy and not helpful. That's why taking that time to ourselves is so important.

    I am so excited to have had Marisol on the podcast because this topic is so important and is far too often overlooked. Small decisions that most other people would likely take for granted are exaggerated, causing all of that extra pressure that we talk about in this episode, and it is, again, so important that we address this and talk about it. Be sure to check out Marisol's podcast Resilience and Resistance Podcast and to also be on the lookout for her new podcast Work Trauma Is Real which is launching very soon!

    Links and Resources
    Marisol’s WebsiteResilience and Resistance PodcastResilience and Resistance Podcast - Instagram PageBessel van der Kolk M.D. - The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

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    Productivity Strategy for the Neurodiverse / ADHD business Owner with Special Guest Maelisa Hall

    Productivity Strategy for the Neurodiverse / ADHD business Owner with Special Guest Maelisa Hall

    I have a super special guest today that I'm pretty dang excited about. I’m joined by the one, the only Dr. Melissa Hall! That is right, my biz bestie is back! (At least for today!)

    The reason we wanted to do this episode together, besides it being more fun is that we're going to talk about an ADHD strategy for getting things done. And you know, both of us have ADHD. We specialize in ADHD. We love supporting our ADHD community.

    So if you're about to tune out because you don't have ADHD, do not worry. The strategy actually works for everyone and it can be really helpful, but it's particularly helpful for all of our neuro-diverse peeps out there. Today we are doing a deep dive on body doubling.
     
    Body Doubling is one of those things that sounds so simple but it is a really great strategy. It may have been something that you are already doing and not even aware of it.
     
    I actually just kind of intuitively did this without knowing that I was doing this well before I understood, or even before I knew I had ADHD or that this strategy is actually a thing. We're going to talk about different ways to utilize the strategy and kind of our experience of things that do work and don't work so well.

    We go into what is Body Doubling, how to structure it, what can make it not as effective and why we think you should give it a shot. (It's research based ya'll).

    If you want to try it out with a pro, head on over to amberhawey.com/innercircle to learn all about the Inner Circle where we cowork EVERY month.

    Dr. Maelisa Hall is a licensed psychologist, nail design enthusiast, and multi-passionate entrepreneur. Through her business QA Prep, she empowers therapists through trainings and consultation on clinical documentation. Maelisa focuses on the “why” behind the usual recommendations and encourages clinicians to think outside the box, while also keeping their ethics intact. A true ENFP, Maelisa aims to make sure all of her endeavors are meeting a need in the community while also allowing for plenty of laughter and fun.

    Website/Business Links: 
    QA Prep https://www.qaprep.com/ 

    Social Media Links: 
    Instagram @maelisahall https://www.instagram.com/maelisahall/ 
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/maelisa-hall-psy-d-28923177 
    QA Prep YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCytXRIFI17MtbmTh5QTJhsg 

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    A Ten Second Strategy for Success and Happiness

    A Ten Second Strategy for Success and Happiness

    If you have been around me in the past few months you would have heard me singing the praises of my favorite new show! I have been telling EVERYONE and I do mean everyone about it. From parents at my daughters soccer games, to people at stores, my esthetician and all my friends and family. I’m obsessed! And for good reason, it's a fresh and much needed bringer of joy and love show called Ted Lasso. 

    I can’t get enough. Literally. I have watched the premiere 10 episodes so many times I can’t even count. It was suggested to me by a friend when I was having one of those particularly rough days that happen in entrepreneurship and it was leading me to an existential crisis of sorts. 

    She gave me kind support and then suggested that I watch the show. It was 9pm and I immediately found it on AppleTV and started watching. I watched straight through all 10 episodes. Sitting in bed with my ipad and headset. My husband came in and went to sleep and I kept watching and finished at 3:30 in the morning. I laughed and I cried and I felt renewed. I had faith in humanity again and I felt inspired to do my best and be my best. 

    Seriously, it was the best pep-talk ever!

    I have so many favorite moments that I think speak to leadership, striving to be the best, having goals that can at times feel like they defy the odds but there is one that occurs in episode 2 that I think every entrepreneur should have in their arsenal.

    Ted Lasso delivers his charmingly unique brand of coaching, and a brilliantly simple strategy for keeping your head straight in business when things go wrong. 

    AND THEY WILL!

    Ted: “You know what the happiest animal on earth is?” 
    Sam: “No”
    Ted: “A goldfish, you know why? Because it has a 10 second memory. Be a goldfish, Sam.”

    When you make a mistake yes you should try to rectify the situation if possible, be honest, be accountable but without a doubt BE A GOLDFISH!

    Let the weight of the emotion leave you, don’t go down a shame spiral but acknowledge and move on. Give yourself ten seconds to feel bad then move forward as the badass biz owner that you know you are. 

    Now I know that sometimes our missteps can have bigger consequences or hit us in a particularly vulnerable area or time so maybe we need more than ten seconds, maybe we need fifteen minutes or an hour or a day. Allow yourself to feel those feelings but then move forward.  

    Don’t let mistakes define who you are or what you think about yourself. Then you can try to repair the situation and make any changes necessary to your approach or your systems. 

    So my strategy and hope for you this week is to be a goldfish!

    If you feel like you could use some extra support about dealing with the emotional side of business such as mindset, overwhelm, adhd and burnout then head on over to amberhawley.com to find more resources and ways to work with me.

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    A story about change, getting unstuck and doing scary things.

    A story about change, getting unstuck and doing scary things.

    In today's episode I share a story about getting unstuck, making changes and doing something that felt scary. Which included an important announcement about the podcast.

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    How to cultivate your own thought leadership with Carol Cox

    How to cultivate your own thought leadership with Carol Cox

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42 Ratings

EricaBushwell ,

Awesome podcast!

Amber, host of the Easily Distracted Entrepreneur podcast, highlights all aspects of entrepreneurship, growth and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Topcu, A. ,

Amber is exactly what I needed to hear

Not only does Amber have the most lovely voice to listen to, her episodes are filled with exactly the kind of inspiration and insights I need to hear these days. The past year has been tough in terms of regaining my motivation to expand in my private therapy practice. Amber has been a major encourager on my path to getting my business started. And now I can continue to move towards my larger goals thanks to the wealth of information in her amazing podcast episodes. Keep up the great work, Amber!

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Love my weekly dose of Amber

My Biz Bestie podcast is practical, funny, insightful, and all around amazing podcast that keeps you engaged from start to end. It’s a place to feel understood as a business owner, gain some kickass insights and leave ready to tackle business. Amber also is an awesome host- I have a hard time listening to most podcasts because the hosts are boring or can’t keep an audience’s attention, but Amber’s got it!

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