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When I Grow Up is a podcast hosted by me, Katie Philo. Each episode, I interview a guest about the trials, tribulations and joys of growing up. Whether you want to be a writer, lawyer, actor, farmer or still have no idea… it’s always reassuring hearing about the twists and turns in other people’s paths. Dialling it back to those childhood dreams and subsequent journeys, we’ll discuss how they arrived at their current destination, what they’ve learned along the way, as well as their remaining hopes and dreams. I’ll also interview a number of career coaches to understand how to find your passion and way in life. I want to show people that it’s OK to be unsure. It’s OK to have moments of failure, indecision – and of course success. After all, we’re all still figuring it out and forever growing up.

When I Grow Up Katie Philo

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When I Grow Up is a podcast hosted by me, Katie Philo. Each episode, I interview a guest about the trials, tribulations and joys of growing up. Whether you want to be a writer, lawyer, actor, farmer or still have no idea… it’s always reassuring hearing about the twists and turns in other people’s paths. Dialling it back to those childhood dreams and subsequent journeys, we’ll discuss how they arrived at their current destination, what they’ve learned along the way, as well as their remaining hopes and dreams. I’ll also interview a number of career coaches to understand how to find your passion and way in life. I want to show people that it’s OK to be unsure. It’s OK to have moments of failure, indecision – and of course success. After all, we’re all still figuring it out and forever growing up.

    Great Jones Co-founders Sierra Tishgart & Maddy Moelis: How They Decided to Become First-Time Entrepreneurs

    Great Jones Co-founders Sierra Tishgart & Maddy Moelis: How They Decided to Become First-Time Entrepreneurs

    My guests this episode are Great Jones co-founders Sierra Tishgart and Maddy Moelis. 
    Great Jones is a modern cookware company designed to make home cooking simple with beautiful high-performing cookware at an accessible price. 
    Sierra and Maddy started Great Jones because they believe in the power and pleasure of making food with your own hands. Not only business partners, they’re also childhood friends of 20 years who first met at summer camp, where they bonded over a love of Chipwich ice-cream sandwiches and pizza pockets. 
    Prior to starting Great Jones, Sierra worked as a Food Editor at New York Magazine and won a James Beard Award for her writing. She also hosted a show for CBS This Morning interviewing chefs. Maddy comes from the start-up world, where she managed consumer insights for Warby Parker and was a Product Manager at Zola. They embarked on the Great Jones adventure together as first-time entrepreneurs. 
    I visited their beautiful New York office to hear all about:
    How they met at camp over 20 years ago and how their lives have intertwined since
    The evening when Great Jones began and how the business grew from a single idea
    Leaving established careers to become entrepreneurs 
    What life is like as a business owner and the challenges that come with it
    It was so inspiring hearing how Sierra and Maddy got their business off the ground, and I really hope their story inspires anyone else who has an idea but doesn’t know what to do to take it to the next level. They’re also amazing examples of people taking leaps of faith into the unknown.
    Find out more about Great Jones: https://greatjonesgoods.com (https://greatjonesgoods.com/) .

    • 43 min
    Orchid Project CEO & Founder Julia Lalla-Maharajh: Leaving the Corporate World to Found A Charity

    Orchid Project CEO & Founder Julia Lalla-Maharajh: Leaving the Corporate World to Found A Charity

    “I realised I had to change something quite seismically in life because what I was doing had no real congruence or value anymore for me... I quit that job and went into a phase of not having a job or business card or identity. It was really tough. I consider that year utterly formative in my life… I started to tune into what motivated me and what I wanted to do. I realised I wanted to see more of the world… I was starting to follow my instincts.”
    My guest this episode is CEO and Founder of Orchid Project, Julia Lalla-Maharajh. 
    After spending 18 years in the corporate sector, Julia decided to leave her job in search of something else. She first volunteered in Ethiopia where she came to understand the devastating scale and impact of female genital cutting. In 2010, she won a YouTube competition to take an urgent human rights cause to Davos and lead a panel discussing how to end FGC. After which, she spent time in Senegal and The Gambia, visiting communities and seeing the incredible change at the grassroots level. In 2011, Julia founded Orchid Project, a UK-based NGO that is catalysing the global movement to end female genital cutting. 
    Julia has been recognised for her commitment to ending FGC in being named ‘Influencer of the Year’ by the Directory for Social Change in 2010, being honoured by the Queen as a ‘Woman Agent of Change’ on Commonwealth Day in 2011.  In 2017 Julia was awarded an OBE.
    Julia’s story is exactly the kind I set out to tell on this podcast. Hearing how Julia made the brave leap from a successful career in the corporate sector to founding a charity for a cause she truly believes in was, well, nothing short of inspirational. We talked all about:
    Realising that a corporate career was incongruent to her core self and value-systems 
    Making the leap into the unknown and what it felt like
    What FGC is and how Orchid Project, the charity she founded, is helping put an end to the practice 
    And how the inner-journey is just as important as the outer journey 
    It affects over 200 million women and girls around the world. It is a global issue. It’s estimated that around 68 million girls could be cut over the next decade. This is such an important issue. To find out more, you can visit orchidproject.org. And of course, listen to our conversation.

    • 46 min
    The War On Drugs' Charlie Hall: Taking Your Passion Full Time & The Magic of Mentoring

    The War On Drugs' Charlie Hall: Taking Your Passion Full Time & The Magic of Mentoring

    “To have the opportunity to play music for people and spread some joy… I’ve been going to shows my whole life and felt feelings of euphoria and all those emotions that music can convey. To be a little part of that on the other side of things is an absolute privilege.” 
    My guest this episode is Charlie Hall, who is the drummer for the Grammy-Award winning band, The War on Drugs.
    Growing up, music was always what Charlie loved most. He received his first drum kit aged four from his Grandma. Various instruments lay around his house and he taught himself how to play these without lessons. 
    At university in Virginia, Charlie brought together two interests, studying both Music and Psychology. After college, he moved to San Francisco with his now-wife, taking up various jobs in the service industry, before becoming a teacher at a high school similar to the one he attended. In the evenings, he continued pursuing his passion for music, playing in an array of bands. In 2003, he moved to Philadelphia to be closer to his family and took up a role at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. He quickly became a part of the music scene in Philly where he met AdamGranduciel, who was putting together the band that would evolve into The War on Drugs. 
    After playing on and off with The War on Drugs, he became the band’s resident drummer in 2013 and has since toured the world, released two critically acclaimed albums, the second of which, A Deeper Understanding, won a Grammy in 2018 for Best Rock Album.
    Today, he considers his role in life to be rooted in his family, as a mentor and as a musician. 
    I’ve loved the War on Drugs since I first heard Lost in the Dream. There is something so epic about their music. The soundscapes. It’s music designed for a stadium. I’ve never interviewed a musician on the podcast before, despite being an avid music fan. So this was an all-round dream in many ways. I travelled to Charlie’s lovely neighbourhood in Philadelphia and we talked about: growing up and how music first came into his life, the importance of mentors and teachers in his life, balancing full-time work alongside his passion for music, making the decision to make music full-time with The War on Drugs and the advice he wants his children to carry with him always. 
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    • 40 min
    Mindset Coach, Speaker & Writer Africa Brooke: Self-Discovery In Sobriety

    Mindset Coach, Speaker & Writer Africa Brooke: Self-Discovery In Sobriety

    “The very last time that I drank was not because anything spectacularly different happened. It was simply because I was exhausted. I knew that if I didn’t stop, I would end up losing everyone in my life. I also knew that I am destined for something much bigger. I’ve always been an entrepreneur and had so many ideas of things I want to do, but alcohol was a barrier to all of those things. I knew that I had to choose.” 
    My guest this episode is London-based Mindset Coach, Speaker and Writer, Africa Brooke. 
    In late 2016, Africa decided to get sober after nearly a decade of destructive drinking and many failed attempts of moderation. At this point, she made a personal commitment to a conscious journey of healing and self-discovery. This prompted her to begin openly sharing her struggles and eventual success story – on & offline – and over the course of 3 years, she’s inspired and built an ever-growing global community of over 20,000+ people. 
     
    In shifting her mindset, she’s transformed her own life, and is now on a mission to support other women to do the same through telling her story and Mindset Coaching. 
     
    Africa is also the Founder and Owner of The Cherry Revolution -- an Award Nominated Non-profit organisation that aims to break societal norms surrounding women, identity and sexuality by making shameless pleasure a priority) & Discovery Dive (Holistic personal and professional development company - where mindset meets strategy for women entrepreneurs).
     
    This conversation really was an absolute joy. I really admire how open Africa is about her own experiences and how she is using her story to help others. 
     
    We talked all about:
     
    What it was like moving from Zimbabwe aged 9 and how this impacted her self-identity
    Why she decided to get sober and what this journey has looked like so far
    How recovery has helped her reconnect with others, but also herself 
    Her Mindset coaching and how she helps others 
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    • 49 min
    Speech Tank Co-Founders Marisa Polanksy & Kristine Keller: The Power of Female Friendship

    Speech Tank Co-Founders Marisa Polanksy & Kristine Keller: The Power of Female Friendship

    My guests (yes guests!) this episode are Speech Tank co-founders Marisa Polanksy and Kristine Keller. They’re both speech-writing experts, specializing in one-of-a-kind speeches for any occasion. 
    Marisa Polansky also heads up Brand Marketing for co-working space called Union, having spent many years in publishing as a book editor at a major publisher. She's also a published author of a series of children’s books, including Today I'm a Racecar Driver and Today I'm a Dancer.
    Kristine Keller is currently Director of Brand Partnerships at The Wing, a network of work & community spaces designed for women. Prior to this, she was a writer covering fashion and wellness. She holds an M.A. in Psychology from New York University, where she worked as a trained fieldworker, mastering a method of questioning that helps people share their stories. 
    This is the first time I’ve interviewed two people on the podcast before and oh my god, it was so much fun. These two have such a wonderful friendship. They met in college and immediately hit off, then became roommates in New York ten years, as well as starting a business together. 
    I dropped by their apartment in Brooklyn for a chat and we talked all about how they met, the importance of having hype women in those moments of self-doubt, how they started their speech writing company Speech Tank, and balancing multiple jobs alongside each other. They had so much sage advice to offer and I honestly left beaming from ear to ear. 
    Word of warning: the sound is a little patchy in places. I’m still learning on the job, but at least I remembered to hit record. That’s a story for another time.
    Find out more about Speech Tank:
    www.speechtank.com (http://speechtank.com/)
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    • 49 min
    Amandah Wood: How People Find Meaning in Their Work and Lives

    Amandah Wood: How People Find Meaning in Their Work and Lives

    “There has to be a separation. Work has always been an extension of my identity. If a project failed, then I had failed… it’s only in the last year that I’ve been able to find that separation, where I’m not my work. I’m still passionate and excited about the work that I do. But if something fails or doesn’t go the way I expected, it no longer impacts my self-esteem in the way that it used to.” 
    My guest this episode is Amandah Wood. She is extremely passionate and curious about the ways people find meaning in their work and lives. It was this curiosity that led her to found the website and podcast Ways We Work, an interview series that explores what people are putting work into and why. By day, she works in Diversity & Belonging Operations at Shopify, ensuring every employee feels included, valued and heard by guiding and informing Shopify toward designing and building better products and employee experiences. She is also a certified coach helping people get in touch with what is truly important to them and determining their own definition of success. 
    As someone with very similar interests and curiosity around how people find fulfilment through work, I first encountered Amandah through the brilliant Ways We Work. I messaged her on Instagram to tell her how much I loved reading her interviews and was then delighted to discover she was launching Ways We Work as a podcast and was lucky enough to be interviewed by her. 
    She’s so eloquent in the way she articulates ideas, and incredibly introspective. I loved talking to her about all the things that ruminate in my brain constantly, and she is the best thought partner on so many work-related and self-identity topics. 
    We talked all about how what works means to her has changed over time, how she balances her personal passions and multiple work identities, what she’s learned about fulfillment from interviewing people for Ways We Work and much more.
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    Ways We Work on Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/ways-we-work/id1459817739)
    Ways We Work website (http://wayswework.io/)
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

lbritters ,

Great listen for the happiness seeker!

If you are wondering what to do with your life then give this a listen. Some great perspectives, really relatable

randygal ,

I love it!

Katie is a refreshing voice to the world of podcast and the discussion on “adulting.” It’s SUCH an inspiring perspective and conversation on navigating your life in your mid-20s (or anytime really?). It makes me remember I’m not alone in feeling completely and utterly lost in this world. Thanks Katie ☺️

hjlandi ,

YES FINALLY SOMEONE HAS SAID IT!

It's very easy to feel a little lost when Instagram tells you everyone is living their #BestLife. Katie is a natural interviewer and easy to listen along too. Each episode leaves feeling a little more inquisitive, curious and intelligent...

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