EPISODE 020: GOD GIVEN BIG IDEAS WITH MARLENA BANKS

In this episode, I’m talking with Marlena Banks who is a creator of relevant, faith-based resources that help forward-thinking Christian entrepreneurs execute their God-given big ideas. Her book, Big Idea Food, is a weekly devotional that serves up dope, biblical insights specifically designed to nourish entrepreneurs along their journey in business. 

Since launching her book last year, she’s started sending out a free weekly email devotional to her audience, sharing encouraging content through her social media platforms, speaking at inspirational events, and working one on one with purpose-driven brands to launch their big ideas. 

Her ultimate mission is to elevate the influence of more creators of faith so that, together, they can positively impact our world at the level God intended. 

During this episode, Marlena discussed:  

  • How she got started as an entrepreneur and her passion for helping others execute on their big ideas 
  • Big Idea Food and why she wrote it 
  • Overcoming the hurdle of feeling like she had to be perfect in order to please God 
  • Practical steps that she took to move towards walking in her purpose 
  • How it’s helpful to take inventory of your skills and gifts 
  • How she renews her mind consistently with God’s word and other ways 
  • How connecting with God can look how you want it to look
  • How she uses systems and organization to eliminate distractions and stay on task 
  • Leaving her 9-5 and her transition into entrepreneurship full time 

And so much more! Tune in now to hear how Marlena uses the gifts that God has equipped her with to make an impact in the lives of so many other Christian entrepreneurs. 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 

Spiritual Gifts Test: www.spiritualgiftstest.com 

What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles: https://www.amazon.com/What-Color-Your-Parachute-2020/dp/1984856561/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3SOBGM8KV7896&keywords=what+color+is+your+parachute&qid=1575736447&s=books&sprefix=what+color+is+%2Cstripbooks%2C136&sr=1-1

The 12-Week Year by Brian Moran: https://www.amazon.com/12-Week-Year-Others-Months/dp/1118509234

Atomic Habits by James Clear: https://www.amazon.com/Atomic-Habits-Proven-Build-Break/dp/0735211299

Follow Marlena on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marlenabanks

Follow Big Idea Food on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bigideafood

Check out Marlena’s website and other resources: www.bigideafood.com

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EPISODE 019: BEING LEDGER CONFIDENT WITH SHAMESE CAMPBELL

In this episode, I’m talking with Shamese Campbell who is the owner and principal accountant of The General Ledger Group; a virtual accounting and financial development firm that equips small business owners with the confidence in understanding their financial story to increase the life and profitability of their business.

From implementing accounting systems to creating custom profit strategies, Shamese specializes in alleviating the stress of back-office financial management by building solid tax-ready financial foundations that support the success of turning your passions into profit.

Shamese encourages entrepreneurs to be Ledger Confident™ so that they can make more strategic business decisions to retire comfortably.

I really enjoyed chatting with Shamese about her mission to increase financial literacy in the Black community. 

During this episode, Shamese discussed:  

  • How she’s overcoming perfectionism 
  • Transitioning into full time entrepreneurship
  • Her mission to impact the Black community and their money 
  • How she retired her grandmother and acquired the family tax business 
  • Top money mistakes small business owners makes 
  • What Ledger Confidence™ is and how you can get there 
  • Why it’s so hard for people to discuss finances and ask for help 
  • What to do if you can’t afford to hire an accountant right now 

And so much more! Tune in now to hear how Shamese overcame some of her own money mistakes and equips others to do the same. 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 

Trello: www.trello.com 

17Hats: www.17hats.com 

Follow Shamese on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shamese.campbell

Follow The General Ledger Group on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thegeneralledgergroup

Check out Shamese’s website and other resources: www.thegeneralledgergroup.com

I’d love for you to leave a review and stay connected with me @kristinsuttonlpc over on Instagram! www.instagram.com/kristinsuttonlpc

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EPISODE 018: REDISCOVERING SELF WITH JESSICA LAUREN

In this episode, I’m talking with Jessica Lauren who is a lifestyle + inspirational blogger over at NoRealJewelry.com, host of The Sunday Jumpstart Podcast, and a Goals Coach. 

Jessica started her creative entrepreneurial journey in 2015–when she grew tired of dealing with the constant rejection in her acting career. 

I was tired of hearing no. So I created my own yes! I started NoRealJewelry as a creative outlet. Instead of waiting around for my agent to get me auditions I started to “book” myself and develop my own content for the blog. I was done asking for permission to create. So I took my power back and made my own opportunities. Life is so funny because once I created the blog I secured campaigns with the very brands that rejected me as an actor! Lol! As NRJ began to grow I discovered that I was passionate about encouraging other women to overcome their fears and pursue their God-given passions full force!” 

Almost 4 years later and Jessica has turned her blog into a business. She just recently launched her 8-week coaching program– The Goal Getter Sessions where she helps folks break their huge Beyonce sized goals down into actionable steps while holding them accountable to their commitments and get over mental roadblocks that prevent them from being high achieving #GoalGetters. She’s also hosted several workshops + panels, created a podcast, an online store and continues to build a blog that encourages women to not only dream big but to do the work to make their dreams come true. 

Jessica is out here getting it okurrr! I love how candid she was during our interview and know that so many will be able to relate to some of her experiences. 

During this episode, Jessica discussed:  

  • How she’s currently on a journey of reconnecting and rediscovering herself
  • How she’s unlearning things that no longer serve her and how to use her voice
  • Being a recovering people pleaser 
  • What self-care really looks like 
  • How her work with No Real Jewelry has evolved over the years 
  • How it took her 9 years to book her first professional acting gig and she didn’t give up despite the rejection time after time 
  • Breaking free from a two-year situationship 

And so much more! Tune in now to hear how Jessica has pushed through all of the rejections and created her own lane. 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 

The Sunday Jumpstart Podcast: https://www.norealjewelry.com/category/podcast/

Getting out of Financial, Spiritual + Mental Debt with Kristin Sutton (my feature on Jessica’s podcast): https://www.norealjewelry.com/2019/01/20/episode-39-debt-free/

The Lowdown on Situationships with Natalie Lue Podcast Episode: https://www.norealjewelry.com/2019/07/28/episode-no-61-the-lowdown-on-situationships-with-natalie-lue/

Manifest Now by Idil Ahmed: https://www.amazon.com/Manifest-Now-Idil-Ahmed/dp/1732388504

Follow Jessica on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/norealjewelry/

Check out Jessica’s blog and other resources: https://www.norealjewelry.com/

I’d love for you to leave a review and stay connected with me @kristinsuttonlpc over on Instagram! www.instagram.com/kristinsuttonlpc

Have any questions for me or just wanna show me some love? Send me an email: hello@kristinsuttonlpc.com

EPISODE 017: LIVING THE SURRENDERED LIFE WITH CHRISTIAN MILLS

In this episode, I’m talking with Christian Mills, who is a woman of God, author, speaker and Founder of The Surrendered Life. The Surrendered Life is an online-based ministry purposing to help millennial women access the freedom and favor that comes with living a surrendered life. 

Through Christian’s own journey of surrendering control to God when life got very tough and she could not make things happen in her own strength, she learned that freedom and favor come when you decide to put your life in God’s hands and let Him take the lead.

I am grateful that I was able to sit down and chat with Christian as I believe her story is so very relatable and impactful. 

During this episode, Christian discussed:  

  • Why/how she started her online ministry and what it means to live a surrendered life 
  • How she knew that it was personally time for her to surrender to God
  • Tips to relinquish control and giving it to God
  • Her book, Surrendered: It’s About Time You Let God Lead
  • Why you have to stop taking things so personal 
  • The importance of WAITING
  • Growing up as a PK (preacher’s kid) and how it has shaped who she is today 

And so much more! Tune in now to hear how Christian finally let God have 100% control over her life and purpose. 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 

Surrendered: It’s About Time You Let God Lead by Christian Mills: https://www.thesurrenderedlife.co/book

Big Idea Food by Marlena Banks: https://www.amazon.com/Big-Idea-Food-Devotional-Entrepreneurs/dp/1732315116

She Reads Truth: https://shereadstruth.com/

Follow Christian on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christiannmillss/

The Surrendered Life on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesurrenderedlife.co

Check out Christian’s blog and other resources: https://www.thesurrenderedlife.co/

I’d love for you to leave a review and stay connected with me @kristinsuttonlpc over on Instagram! www.instagram.com/kristinsuttonlpc

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EPISODE 016: WITH TRUE LEIGH DEVINE

In this episode, I’m talking with True Leigh Devine, who is a blogger, author, entrepreneur and so much more. For so many years, True struggled with finding her purpose. When people would ask what she wanted to be, she had no answer. For years she thought she was a mistake, that God purposefully created everyone but her. In her own journey to find purpose, she discovered that she wasn’t alone. So many others felt lost like her, and it drove them to make decisions that sometimes permanently affected their futures. She became passionate about helping others, especially young women, discover their purpose and live it. She currently shares her journey, and things that inspire her on her blog Whatsoever Things Are True, her YouTube channel, and her social media.

I had such a great time gaining insight into how True has been finding purpose in “the small things” and using her platform to share what she learns along the way. 

During this episode, True discussed:  

  • What she has learned about herself since being in therapy
  • How she challenges negative self-talk and fear 
  • Tips for starting therapy for the first time
  • How her passion for purpose was birthed through her struggle with finding hers 
  • The importance of being relational in (content) writing
  • How she stays organized and on top of her tasks 
  • Stepping outside of her introvert comfort zone 

And so much more! Tune in now to hear how True walks in her purpose by serving in all that she does. 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 

Therapy for Black Girls: www.therapyforblackgirls.com

Follow True on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yours_trueleigh

Check out True’s blog and other resources: https://www.whatsoeverthingsaretruee.com/

True’s Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/trueleigh

True’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/true.devine

I’d love for you to leave a review and stay connected with me @kristinsuttonlpc over on Instagram! www.instagram.com/kristinsuttonlpc

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EPISODE 015: ON THE MOVE WITH JASMINE DIANE

In this episode, I’m talking with Jasmine Diane, who is a nationally recognized lifestyle blogger at JasmineDiane.com with a heart for teaching women how to boss up. She has been blogging for over 7 years, working with brands like Dove, Starbucks, Pepsi, KC Fashion Week and more. Most notable she was featured in Marie Claire magazine and named one of Kansas City’s “30 Under 30” Honorees in 2017 by Ink Magazine.  

Along with these honors, Jasmine was honored as this year’s Young Advertising Professional of the Year at the Journey Awards, hosted by the American Advertising Federation of Kansas City. Additionally, she was honored as City of Truth Church’s Salt & Light Award for her infectious joy and positive attitude. Jasmine regularly hosts networking brunches, known as “Brunchin’ with Jas” for young professionals in Kansas City. Over the past two years, she has hosted over 250 young professionals and was featured on the cover of Ink Magazine’s Brunch Edition last summer. 

I’m so excited for Jasmine as she continues to walk in her purpose as a wife and business owner and to see what else she has up her sleeve! 

During this episode, Jasmine discussed:  

  • How looking for something to do after a breakup in college led her to where she is today
  • How she didn’t let a lack of resources stop her from pursuing blogging 
  • Insecurities that she has had to overcome along the way and how 
  • Her struggle with post-grad depression
  • The My Girl Stories Movement
  • Her transition into being a new wife
  • Some of the things she’s passionate about right now

And so much more! Tune in now to hear how Jasmine juggles it all with style. 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 

Follow Jasmine on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thejasminediane/

Follow My Girl Stories on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mygirlstories

Check out Jasmine’s blog and other resources: https://www.jasminediane.com/

Check out the My Girl Stories Movement and Shop: www.mygirlstories.com

Jasmine Diane’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thejasminediane/

Jasmine Diane’s Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/thejasminediane/

Jasmine Diane’s Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/thejasminediane/

I’d love for you to leave a review and stay connected with me @kristinsuttonlpc over on Instagram! www.instagram.com/kristinsuttonlpc

Have any questions for me or just wanna show me some love? Send me an email: hello@kristinsuttonlpc.com