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Work From Your Happy Place is the podcast that equips you with the tools, know-how, and motivation to live your dreams and find your happy place. Entrepreneur, Best Selling Author, Speaker, Trainer, Consultant and Podcaster, Belinda Ellsworth brings you conversations with others who have found their happy place in work and in life.

Work From Your Happy Place with Belinda Ellsworth Belinda Ellsworth

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    • 4.7 • 287 Ratings

Work From Your Happy Place is the podcast that equips you with the tools, know-how, and motivation to live your dreams and find your happy place. Entrepreneur, Best Selling Author, Speaker, Trainer, Consultant and Podcaster, Belinda Ellsworth brings you conversations with others who have found their happy place in work and in life.

    Stepping Into Your Super Power As An Actor with Ashley Blanchet

    Stepping Into Your Super Power As An Actor with Ashley Blanchet

    In business, especially the art industry, we face a lot of rejections, and it is easy to get ahead of ourselves or think that we cannot get where we want to be. However, when you are resilient, focused, and true to yourself, your dreams will come true in a way you might not expect, which can be more special than what you would have created for yourself. 

    Sometimes we don’t see ourselves at different levels of success because of what people say and perceive about us. But taking power out of other people's hands and owning our own identity, regardless of how others see us, will empower us and change how we walk into a room.

    In this episode, Broadway actor Ashley Blanchet talks about how to step into your power as a woman (and a black woman) and how to own the your power and the things that make you different instead of shying away from them and trying to hide them from people. 


    “People are all over watching, and if you have the integrity to do good works no matter what, it will come back around.”

     
    Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
    [03:19] Ashley's career journey and how she got where she is today.
    [06:13] Ashley's Broadway comeback experience in WAITRESS at Barrymore theater.
    [08:40] What was it like for Ashley to be the first black woman to play the role of Elsa?
    [11:34] A lesson that Ashley learned in a camp as a kid that she will never forget. 
    [13:09] How is Ashley able to thrive in an industry where rejection is constant and part of the process? 
    [18:42] Ashley's favorite and memorable projects that she has been part of.
    [23:38] How has pivoting helped Ashley discover new ways to use her acting skills during the pandemic?  
    [27:17] The things Ashley keeps exploring and stretching herself in to improve and grow. 
    [30:44] Ashley's advice on self-tapes and taking classes to get your skills set and how to keep them accessible
    [35:13] What is Ashley doing to engage her fan base? How Ashley navigates performing and the business side of being a performer.
    [37:46] Ashley’s advice on how to find a good agent, create a package, and put yourself out there.
    [41:45] What does working from your happy place means to Ashely?  
    [43:59] Ashley’s advice for young people starting out on how to find their unshakable success.


    About Ashley Blanchet -
    Ashley Blanchet was most recently seen on Broadway as Dawn in WAITRESS at the Barrymore theater. Other Broadway credits include: FROZEN, (where she was first black woman to play the role of Elsa), BEAUTIFUL (the locomotion), ANNIE (star to be), and MEMPHIS.

    This summer she was Miss New Hampshire in the world premiere of the new musical THE BEDWETTER, written by Josh Harmon and Sarah Silverman. Favorite regional credits include: Cinderella (Title role; Papermill Playhouse), Oklahoma (Ado Annie; Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Film/TV: The Good Fight, "Better Nate Than Ever,” on Disney+, and the award winning short animated film "Are You Okay?" for which she voiced the title character, Raquelle.

    Ashley received her BFA in Musical Theater from The University of Michigan where she was awarded the Kurt Weill Award for Excellence in Theater. Ashley is also a proud alum of The Boston Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, and The Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA. Coming up - this Christmas she is set to return to the Paper Mill Playhouse as Maria in The Sound of Music.

    How to connect with Ashley Blanchet:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/a_blanchet
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-blanchet-b42a48152/



    About the Host -

    Belinda Ellsworth is a Speaker, Trainer, Best-Selling Author, and Podcaster

    She has been a...

    • 46 min
    3 Tips to Make Mornings Easier for Working Parents

    3 Tips to Make Mornings Easier for Working Parents

    Do you want your children to have a successful morning routine?
    Do you dread the mornings because of the chaos that comes with getting your kids ready for school? If so, you're not alone.

    But there are some things you can do to make the morning routine easier for everyone. In this episode, my focus is on helping parents get their kids off to school on time. I know from personal experience that it can be a challenge to keep up with a morning routine, especially when you have kids.


    Key Learnings from the Episode:
    How to make the morning easier for parents with school-aged children
    Tips for getting kids off to school on time.
    How to keep kids' homework organized


    About the Host -

    Belinda Ellsworth is a Speaker, Trainer, Best-Selling Author, and Podcaster

    She has been a professional speaker, mover, and shaker for more than 25 years. Having built three successful companies, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs make better decisions, create successful systems, and build business strategies using her "Four Pillars of Success" system.

    Belinda has always had a passion and zest for life with the skill for turning dreams into reality. 

    Over the last 20 years, she has been expertly building her speaking and consulting business, Step Into Success.
     

    How to Connect with Belinda:
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/stepintosuccess
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/belindaellsworth
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/stepintosuccess/
    Website - www.workfromyourhappyplace.com

    • 10 min
    Banjo Playing Mastery with Max Wareham

    Banjo Playing Mastery with Max Wareham

    We live in the age of information. Today you can go online, search for how to play banjos in the style of the Northwest or in North Carolina, and learn it. Traditionally, you had to physically find the people playing and spend some time with them to learn, but not anymore. 

    However, with so much information, it’s easy to lose sight of the artists. So make sure you find the people who are actually playing and ensure whatever self-education you’re doing is supplemented with actual relationships. There is so much that can be transmitted through the relationship that cannot be transmitted in any other way. 

    In this episode, Max Wareham, a banjo player, shares his journey in music and the lessons he has learned in his mastery process. Your dream in music, banjo, or guitar mastery is valuable, and it’s worth spending the time to make it happen.


    “It’s easy to lose sight, but it all comes back to the people and relationships.”


    Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
    [02:34] Max shares how he got started and where he is today. How Max shifted his career to become a professional musician.
    [05:25] Two greatest skillsets that have helped Max navigate his journey.
    [08:23] How Max incorporated archeology with what he was doing in music.
    [12:15] Max's most memorable performance/project that he has worked on. 
    [15:46] Things that Max has been doing to engage his fan base.
    [17:47] How Max navigates the business side of his career.
    [20:12] Max’s definition of working from his happy place. 
    [23:25] Practices that Max does to continue with his learning journey. 
    [25:38] Max's advice to someone who wants to master banjo or guitar.



    About Max Wareham - 
    Wareham, who studied with banjo masters Tony Trischka and Bill Keith, was introduced as a significant voice on the instrument with the release of Peter Rowan’s latest album, Calling You From My Mountain, on which he plays banjo and sings harmony.

    Prior to joining the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Wareham taught music extensively, played bass with the psych-pop outfit Sun Parade, and wrote songs and produced several albums under various aliases. Much of his work in bluegrass and education is focused on early bluegrass banjo styles and how they can offer alternative paths to expression within the bluegrass idiom.

    Resources Mentioned -
    Rudy Lyle: The Unsung Hero of the Five-String Banjo: https://www.maxwareham.com/product-page/rudy-lyle-the-unsung-hero-of-the-five-string-banjo

    How to connect with Max Wareham:
    Websites: https://www.maxwareham.com/ https://maxwareham.bandcamp.com/
    Listen to Max’s music at: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/max-wareham/1290349278 / https://open.spotify.com/artist/30LXom98tWrl14BKI1xNUI


    About the Host -

    Belinda Ellsworth is a Speaker, Trainer, Best-Selling Author, and Podcaster

    She has been a professional speaker, mover, and shaker for more than 25 years. Having built three successful companies, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs make better decisions, create successful systems, and build business strategies using her "Four Pillars of Success" system.

    Belinda has always had a passion and zest for life with the skill for turning dreams into reality. 

    Over the last 20 years, she has been expertly building her speaking and consulting business, Step Into Success.
     

    How to Connect with Belinda:
    Facebook - a...

    • 28 min
    How Creativity, Curiosity, and Risk-Taking can help you Succeed with Kristina Snyder

    How Creativity, Curiosity, and Risk-Taking can help you Succeed with Kristina Snyder

    Doing what you love, applying your creativity and curiosity, and being fearless in everything you do, whether starting a business, getting an idea, or exploring it, can help you take move forward in your career.

    Creative people are bound to face failures. That’s inevitable. But you need to be willing to fail and be a risk taker. Not allowing yourself to get stuck when you do have a failure, but instead focusing on bouncing back & trying new things will make your success journey easier and faster.

    In this episode, Kristina Snyder, CEO of Snyder, one of the world's best-known artist representation agencies, shares her story of how she found her way to success through creativity, curiosity, and risk-taking.

    “There is no failure; there are adjustments and recalculating.”

    Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
    [01:58] Kristina talks about her journey to becoming one of the world's best-known and most respected artist representation agencies. She also talks about what the word “parlé” means and why it is one of the words she loves. What is the one reason why most people get stuck in their lives?
    [06:43] Kristina talks about what have been her superpowers and how her willingness to fail has led to her success.
    [12:19] The reality is that nobody really cares. Why is failing necessary for success?
    [16:28] How can creativity, curiosity, and risk-taking help you succeed? Do people become more curious with age?
    [21:40] Kristina shares some marketing strategies that her company has implemented in her agency to increase their reach and get in front of their audience. What is organic marketing from Kristina’s viewpoint? What are some of the mistakes people make in online marketing?
    [28:11] What does working from your happy place mean to Kristina?
    [32:30] Kristina’s advice on what is the best way to become an artist.


    About Kristina Snyder -

    Kristina is a former photography agent, photo editor, photographer and travel writer, and has meandered through the creative communities in New York City since she arrived from her native Sweden in the late 80’s. During the day, she worked in the photo industry as an editor and researcher at magazines like Newsweek, Time and People, and in the evenings she was “the girl who schlepped music equipment from CBGB’s at three in the morning” after her husband's gigs.

    Today, Kristina is the founder and CEO of SNYDER, one of the best known and most well-respected artist representation agencies in the world with offices in the US and the UK. Kristina has used her experience and insight in the field to build a reputation for developing excellence in the illustrators, animators and visual artists that the agency represents. Many of the SNYDER artists are award winners and have been featured as speakers at industry events and festivals. Kristina has won multiple awards for Creative Direction for promotional pieces from Communication Arts.


    How to Connect with Kristina Snyder:
    Website: http://wearesnyder.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aka_kristinasnyder/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wearesnyder_/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristina-snyder-3390ab6/

    • 35 min
    How to Organize Your Emails and Paper Materials to Save Time

    How to Organize Your Emails and Paper Materials to Save Time

    Are you dealing with any of this?

    Not being able to find things when needed
    Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work you have to do each day
    Not being able to stick to a routine

    An unorganized mailbox and papers could be the reasons behind those issues.

    When your inbox and files are cluttered, it can easily become overwhelming, and sometimes you inadvertently miss critical messages or follow up commitments.

    If you have been struggling to keep up with your bills and manage your papers and emails, you're not alone and this episode is for you.

    In this episode, I share three tips that will help to organize your paper piles and sort your emails so that you only have to touch them once.

    Key learnings from the Episode:
    How to sort your email into three piles that can help you save time
    What do you do next once you have sorted your emails
    How to keep your inbox decluttered
    How to sort your papers into four baskets


    About the Host -

    Belinda Ellsworth is a Speaker, Trainer, Best-Selling Author, and Podcaster

    She has been a professional speaker, mover, and shaker for more than 25 years. Having built three successful companies, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs make better decisions, create successful systems, and build business strategies using her "Four Pillars of Success" system.

    Belinda has always had a passion and zest for life with the skill for turning dreams into reality. 

    Over the last 20 years, she has been expertly building her speaking and consulting business, Step Into Success.
     

    How to Connect with Belinda:
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/stepintosuccess
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/belindaellsworth
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/stepintosuccess/
    Website - www.workfromyourhappyplace.com

    • 11 min
    The Impact of Empathy in Business with Jamie Hodari

    The Impact of Empathy in Business with Jamie Hodari

    Empathy in business helps you provide better solutions and build long-lasting relationships with your customers.

    When your products and services are focused on the solutions your target audience is looking for; you get to build stronger emotional connections with your audience.

    When Jamie Hodari couldn't find a professional workspace for an important meeting, he was inspired to create Industrious, a company that provides high-end, flexible workspaces for people all over the country. In this episode, Jamie Hodari talks about how the ability to empathize with their customers and understand what they need has been the key to their business success.

    Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
    [02:02] Jamie shares the background story of his company, Industrious. He talks about how his business has grown during COVID.
    [09:38] Jamie talks about the skillsets that helped him to build and run a successful business.
    [11:46] Jamie shares three tips for staying productive and getting the utmost outcome.
    [19:30] Jamie reflects on the moment he is super proud of in their business. What has been the greatest challenge in their business, and how have they transformed their business through it?
    [23:28] Why is acknowledging the problem the best way to deal with it?
    [26:04] What does working from your happy place mean to Jamie?
    [31:01] Jamie's piece of advice for someone who wants to start a business.


    About Jamie Hodari -
    Jamie Hodari is the CEO & Co-Founder of Industrious, the flexible workspace redefining standards of hospitality and community in the workplace.

    As an entrepreneur, Hodari specializes in innovation and growth, having previously founded Kepler, a rapidly growing organization experimenting with new models of university education in Rwanda.

    Under Hodari’s leadership, Industrious has seen dramatic growth over the last few years, and especially amidst the COVID where traditional offices can’t meet the needs of a workforce seeking out hybrid and remote employment. With more than 100 locations around the country and growing, Industrious is positioned to be an influential force in shaping the future of the workplace. Past and present Industrious members include: Compass, Heineken, Humana, Lyft, Pandora, Pinterest, Zillow, and Startup Grind.

    Hodari holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.P.P. from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Columbia University.

    How to Connect with Jamie Hodari:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamie-hodari-4397897/
    About the Host -

    Belinda Ellsworth is a Speaker, Trainer, Best-Selling Author, and Podcaster

    She has been a professional speaker, mover, and shaker for more than 25 years. Having built three successful companies, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs make better decisions, create successful systems, and build business strategies using her "Four Pillars of Success" system.

    Belinda has always had a passion and zest for life with the skill for turning dreams into reality. 

    Over the last 20 years, she has been expertly building her speaking and consulting business, Step Into Success.
     

    How to Connect with Belinda:
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/stepintosuccess
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/belindaellsworth
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/stepintosuccess/
    Website - www.workfromyourhappyplace.com

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
287 Ratings

287 Ratings

Mind Power Junkie ,

Couldn’t agree more

Work from your happy place is a podcast that does an awesome job of focusing on how to make work positive. I believe that work is a spiritual endeavor, and this podcast does a great job of illustrating how to do that. Good job!

Deb Browns Apple Stuff ,

I just did not know! A Podcast?

Wow! Finally taking a walk this AM and this podcast hopped on and there I heard Melinda Ellsworth! Our DS guru does podcasts? And interviews? It was a great show with you interviewing Michael Shaw. Of course, I did not know him and had to go scope him out. Great interview. Covered so much. Nice work!
Hey, how’s that guitar thing coming?
My hubs plays a guitar and you are right… it is awesome to be able to play and haul it
Out to make for a sweet tune at the end of the day or to change up a gathering of friends
Will listen for more!

Kristina Lucia ,

Inspired to always strive to work from my happy place

As I write this review, I am at the moment in my present Happy Place. I was referred to this podcast by a networking contact and am so grateful for the guidance. As an entrepreneur, I was immediately drawn in by the stories of the guests. Each guest has a unique story and demonstrated that working from a happy place is listening to your heart and soul and taking a leap of faith. I really enjoy the conversations and learning more about Belinda’s journey as well. These conversations very powerful and thought provoking. There is a wonderful consistency in the interviews while also hearing the unique journey of each guest and how they arrived to the moment of working from their happy place. I look forward to listening to more episodes!

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