Alison Tedford is an author, marketing consultant, and mom from Abbotsford, BC, Canada. Her work has been published on AlJazeera, CBC, Upworthy, and Today's Parent, and her debut book, Chronic Profit, is being released by Self Counsel Press in April 2021.
I have been following Alison online for a couple years now. She has always stood out to me as a leader and a truth teller. She speaks up to share her perspective even when it’s not comfortable. She is sassy and smart as a whip as she shares her experiences living as an entrepreneurial, Indigenious single mom with a disability. I deeply appreciate Alison’s work and her voice and I’m so honored to have her here with us for this conversation.
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I don’t want to squash your dreaming. Dreaming is beautiful and powerful and necessary.
Sometimes our dreams can be intimidating. We see them out there and they look inviting and delicious - and also terrifying.
I want to run a marathon - but how do I go from running 3 miles to running 26.2 miles?
I want to write a book - but how do I write an opening paragraph, let alone 300 pages?
I want to go back to school - but how do I find the time and money to commit to 2 more years of education?
Too often we hold our dreams as long term (seemingly impossible) visions with no action plan.
We put off the doing required to achieve our dreams because we don’t know where to start. We don’t know what the first step should be - and all the first steps we can think of feel like massive scary leaps. And massive scary leaps sound hard. So, we decide to just wait…
And often - too often - the dream dies.
In this episode, we will talk about how to move from dreaming to doing by taking specific small action steps to get started moving in the direction of your dreams.
Are you ready to GET STARTED???
Jessica's superpower is making brain science accessible and entertaining for children and adults alike. She is living this out as a clinical supervisor, nationally known speaker, author, and Shameless Mom of 3. She is also the founder and director of the training and resource platform BraveBrains.
This is Jessica’s second time on the show. I was so excited to have her back because talking to her about brain science is so incredibly helpful and insightful. Learning from Jessica makes me a better woman, leader, and mom.
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Perhaps you’ve noticed that with changing times have come changing needs, changing goals, and changing desires.
With that, perhaps you notice you’re saying YES to new things - and NO to new things.
Some of my yeses and no’s and have definitely shifted over the last year. In fact, I find myself saying yes to some things I thought I would never say yes to. Funny wildly unusual circumstances paired with a cultural uprising will make you rethink almost everything.
As you make space for new yeses, you’ll notice you’ll also be required to say no to new things in order to make space for those yeses. This is a process of discernment that requires you look closely at your core values so you can understand why each yes and each no is important to you right now.
Listen in to hear 9 things I’m saying yes to right now. It’s my hope that this may inspire your YESES (and no’s!)
Maya Luque is a strategist. She helps businesses craft smart, perceptive ways of communicating. The focus of her work is to help businesses build strong, long-lasting relationships with their customers. She has an M.F.A. and has created over 100 sculptures and installations. Her background as an artist helps her guide people towards an emotion; to help them feel connected. Art is great for strategy because art history is full of telling and re-inventing stories, themes, emotions. Maya has a passion for observing the ever-shifting puzzle of trends, human nature, and people.
Maya is also the author of The Heart Of The Matter: EMDR Through An Adoptee's Eyes. She shared her book with me on social media asking if I would be interested in sharing it with my audience. I immediately knew I didn’t only want to share the book, I wanted to share Maya’s voice and entire story. I asked Maya if she would be up for this interview. I’m so honored that she said yes. Her book and her story are so important.
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Ever since I read Michelle Obama’s book two years ago, I have been obsessed with this notion of becoming.
We are always becoming. There is no way around it.
Sometimes we are becoming more the person we know we want to be. Other times not so much.
Sometimes we are becoming a person we did not want to be. Maybe even a person we feared we would be one day.
What we must remind ourselves everyday is that WE GET TO CHOOSE.
You have many times each day where you make choices that take you closer to or further from the person you want to become. This is comforting because at any time you can course correct.
Make a crappy decision at 10 am? No worries. You can make a better one at 10:02.
While that sounds super simple and maybe even annoyingly idealistic, it’s true.
What matters most is your trend of becoming over time.
So, what is your trend? And is it heading in the direction you want it to?
I have a task for you. As you listen to this episode, you will gain clarity on who you want to become and HOW to become her. Listen in and do the task. Then let me know, how are you becoming?
Kim Evey is a Los Angeles-based actor, writer, and stand up comedian. She has appeared in numerous commercials and TV shows, written for children's animation, and created and starred in one of the first web series on Sony's Crackle.com entitled "Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show." She produced Felicia Day's trailblazing series "The Guild," a web show so successful that it was actually put on display in The Smithsonian American History Museum. As a stand up comedian, Kim's online clips have been viewed over 8 million times. She is the proud Mom of a boy who is five going on fifteen.
I met Kim through a story telling event where she shared her journey into motherhood through adoption. Her story touched me so deeply. I knew I had to invite her onto the show. What I didn’t know at the time was that Kim is also an adoptee. She was adopted from an orphanage in Korea when she was 2. Her journey from adoptee to adoptive mom so beautifully demonstrates the magic of adoption.
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“Sara, I’ve been getting your emails for 7 years and I’m finally ready to sign up for your program.”
This is the email I got from a prospective gym member back when I had my gym.
This woman had been waiting for 7 year - SEVEN YEARS - to finally qualify herself to change her life.
She came in to check out the gym a few days later and we immediately hit it off. After about 10 minutes, she confided in me, “I can’t believe I waited so long. I keep thinking where I would be if I just decided to start earlier. I’m so mad at myself.”
I have to tell you, I have had this conversation with so many women. We excel at waiting, don’t we??
Waiting to join the gym.
Waiting to go for the promotion.
Waiting to ask for the raise.
Waiting to ask for help.
Waiting to start the hobby.
Waiting to take time for yourself.
Waiting to take a chance.
Waiting to say YES.
Waiting to say NO.
Waiting to do what you want to do even if no one else gets it.
Waiting to go for it even if no one believes in you.
Waiting to choose yourself.
You know you want more - but you’re afraid of failure, worried what others might say, and filled with self doubt.
You wait because you think there will be a better time, a better option, another chance.
You tell yourself you’ll be more ready next week, next month, next year.
You watch others go before you and you decide they are more capable, more qualified, more worthy.
And you wait.
While you wait, you compromise your dreams, your desires, your sense of self
While you wait you chip away at your happiness and your worth.
The waiting is ruining your life.
I’m here to invite you to STOP WAITING.
Listen in to hear how you can stop waiting and start living a fuller life without regret.