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Drop and Give Me 20

The military community is full of successful business owners, managers, and leaders across all industries, military and civilian. Time to show them off and learn from their experiences! Hear stories of active duty members, military spouses, and veterans as host Lindsey Germono shines a spotlight on their challenges, triumphs, and the insights learned through determination and best business practices. Join Lindsey and guests in insightful discussions of what it takes to be a leading military entrepreneur.
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Jan 15, 2021

Wrapping up an awesome season with Claire Yanta-O’Mahoney as a co-host. Claire has been part of the podcast as a guest and it’s been an honor to have her on. In Claire’s business, Fleur de Lis Fitness, she helps women feel that they are the bosses of their bodies. She is a trainer and nutritionist with a master of science in psychology, bringing the special sauce to the wellness world.

In this episode, Claire and Lindsey reminisce about some of the highlights from the conversations in Season 5.

Listen and enjoy!

Highlights:

  • [1:28] Claire on being part of the podcast
  • [02:53] How they came up with the theme for Season 5
  • [03:26] Some highlights of Season 5
  • [03:35] Common themes from the guests: resiliency and creativity
  • [05:05] Significance of being military affiliated on resiliency
  • [07:15] Knowing that you belong to a community
  • [07:50] Closing thoughts from Lindsey and Claire

Quote:

  • [09:36] "There's room in the sandbox for everyone to play…there are different ways that we can all find room in an audience to serve." - Claire

Links:

 

Claire Yanta-O’Mahoney

 

Germono Advertising Company on Youtube

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Jan 1, 2021

Welcome back to another episode of Drop and Give Me 20! Corie Weathers and Tammy Meyer joins us in our first episode for 2021!

Corie Weathers is a military spouse, a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a sought-after speaker, consultant and author of Sacred Spaces: My Journey to the Heart of Military Marriage. She has focused her career for the last 20 years as a counselor specializing in marriage, divorce, women's issues, PTSD, and substance abuse.

Tammy Meyer is a military spouse, a certified Life Coach, a certified Purpose Clarity Life and Career Coach, and a Health and Wellness Advocate and Educator. She helps military spouses keep their own identity, enjoy a thriving career, and pursue their personal best in health and fitness.

Highlights:

  • [02:33 Guest introductions
  • [03:35] Corie and Tammy shared how they came to know each other via Armed Forces Spouse of the Year
  • [06:35] Not needing any labels and not feeling the need to only associate with someone in the same branch
  • [08:35] Career transitions and opportunities
  • [17:29] Things from 2020 that they would like to carry on to 2021
  • [28:35] Word/mantra that they will take in to 2021

Quote:

  • [11:24] "That's the great thing of being an entrepreneur, you can be portable. You can take it wherever you want to go. You can change and shift or pause, take a break. You just have that full control and have that full creative control too of whatever you want your business to be." - Corie Weathers

Links:

Corie Weathers

 

Tammy Meyer

 

Claire Yanta-O’Mahoney

 

Germono Advertising Company on Youtube

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Dec 15, 2020

Welcome back to another episode of Drop and Give Me 20! Our friends Katy Stevick and Nadia Anac are joining us to talk about staying motivated and goal planning.

Katy Stevick is a financial advisor at Align Financial Planning and the owner of the MacPherson House. Katy was the 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year for Fort Bragg.

Armed with a law degree, a background in business entrepreneurship, and a thorough understanding of the real estate market, Nadia uses the most up-to-date tools and proven, timeless methods to help her clients navigate through the buying, selling, or investing process.

Highlights:

  • [01:40] Guest introductions – we go wayyy back
  • [07:06] Things we developed in 2020 that we want to carry in 2021
  • [14:10] On their business finances
  • [17:14] Staying motivated in a constantly changing industry
  • [24:50] Advice to those who are starting their business

Quote:

  • [18:13] “My job is to figure out what it is they want to do and how do we get them there. But I can’t really do it for them.” - Nadia Anac

Links:

Book

Atomic Habits by James Clear 

 

Katy Stevick

 

Nadia Anac

 

Claire Yanta-O’Mahoney

 

Germono Advertising Company on Youtube

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Nov 15, 2020

Welcome back to another episode of Drop and Give Me 20! Today’s episode features Michaela Rosales and Melissa St. Clair.

Michaela Rosales is a transitional life coach and the founder of Honest Talk International. She shares her experiences as military entrepreneur who is passionate about connecting, relating and encouraging women to grow in confidence.

Melissa St. Clair is a military spouse and the Chief Worker Bee at Paper Chaser, providing online office support for a variety of small businesses as a Virtual Assistant (VA). She strives to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses by taking over their tedious tasks and increasing their productivity.

Highlights:

  • [02:10] Introductions
  • [03:58] 2020 and Michaela and Melissa's businesses
  • [09:11] Biggest struggles for them and their clients
  • [12:20] Advice they would give to someone in the military who is thinking of starting a business
  • [17:00] Setting the foundation at the beginning of how you can find the moments of self-care
  • [23:04] The loneliness of entrepreneurship and ways to overcome it

Quote:

  • [09:34] "You have to remind yourself that you can't do it all, all the time," - Michaela

Links:

Michaela Rosales

 

Melissa St. Clair

 

Claire Yanta-O’Mahoney

Germono Advertising Company on Youtube

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Nov 1, 2020

Welcome back to another episode of Drop and Give Me 20! Today’s episode features two guests who have very lateral educational backgrounds!

Sally Ann Zoll is the CEO of United Through Reading. Sally serves as the chief guardian and spokesperson for the organization’s vision and mission, builds and sustains relationships with stakeholders and partners, and leads programs, finances, and internal team. Sally is an army spouse of more than 30 years and her son, an army reservist, has served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Zoie Hoffman is a passionate educator, air force wife, and the owner of Hoffman Tutoring Group. She helps students in grades K-8 get the personalized online tutoring they need by connecting them with qualified educators. These educators are able to meet your child's specific learning needs by planning instruction and learning activities.

Highlights:

  • [02:00] Introductions
  • [04:55] How 2020 has been for Zoie and Sally
  • [06:42] The status of United Through Reading during this pandemic
  • [10:00] On Sally being worried and taking care of her team
  • [11:36] How Zoie is doing and how the pandemic has affected her organization
  • [12:15] Zoie on being a new mom of twins
  • [14:40] Advice the guests would give to someone who is thinking about starting a business or to someone leading an organization
  • [17:25] Importance of patience
  • [20:18] On disconnecting

Quote:

  • [17:25] "Patience is what I tell my team is like water in a rock. It drips, drips, drips and all of a sudden you see it made an impact." -Sally

Links:

Zoie Hoffman

 

Sally Ann Zoll

 

Claire Yanta-O’Mahoney

Oct 15, 2020

Welcome back to another episode of Drop and Give Me 20! We have two very special guests in this episode, Lauren Hope and Rachel Brenke.

Lauren Hope is the owner of owner, designer, and artisan behind Hope Design, Ltd ®. As a military spouse herself, she carefully hand crafts unique, military jewelry and accessories to honor our country's service veterans and heroes. Lauren also founded the ShopMilitary Movement. #ShopMilitary is a national movement to support military spouse and veteran entrepreneurs.

Rachel Brenke is a master business coach and lawyer for photographers and online entrepreneurs (bloggers, speakers, etc.) operating the brands TheLawTog®, bloglegally, and fitlegally. She is the founder of the Business Bites podcast. She is also a mother of five, wife to an Army veteran, a practicing lawyer, an author, a cancer survivor, and a Team USA athlete.

Highlights:

  • [01:43] What to expect from the round table discussion with these military entrepreneurs
  • [02:44] How they are doing
  • [03:04] On being an entrepreneur and a parent
  • [03:34] How as military business owner you are in constant unplanned motion
  • [04:45] Reconnecting as a family through the pandemic
  • [05:15] Learning that emotions are temporary
  • [06:00] People wanting to start businesses in relationship to the pandemic
  • [11:10] A better trajectory by simplifying and focusing
  • [13:40] Their advice on new military spouses who want to start their business
  • [20:04] Be careful who you work with
  • [20:30] Information that new military entrepreneurs should be aware of
  • [30:08] Just because they wear a uniform, does not mean they are a good person.

Quote:

  • [11:22] "...Having the space to be vulnerable and surrounding yourself with the people and even within your own mind. Identifying "I have these emotions. It's temporary either I am frustrated or I am excited" and getting back to really the core of what's important. It sounds so cliche but my word for the year has been "appreciation". I've really learned appreciation but to get to that, I have to simplify the process." - Rachel Brenke

Links:

Lauren Hope

 

Rachel Brenke

 

Claire Yanta-O’Mahoney

Oct 1, 2020

Welcome back to another episode of Drop and Give Me 20! Trish Alegre-Smith and Adam Bird are our first guests for this new season.

Trish Alegre-Smith is featured as a Standout Air Force Veteran and Spouse in Military Officer Magazine in 2018 and a featured entrepreneur on Hiring America TV in 2019.

She is a professional headshot, branding, and event photographer in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. She teams with other photographers, videographers, and stylists to customize each photography session for her clients and their specific needs.

Adam Bird is an Army veteran and the founder of Heroes Media Group and co-founder of several other projects.

Heroes Media Group (HMG) is a digital media, branding, and publishing platform committed to providing a voice for community heroes and those who support them. HMG is dedicated to providing education, entertainment, and empowerment to active duty service members, veterans, firefighters, first responders, law enforcement, educators, medical professionals, and the clergy.

Highlights:

  • [00:55] Introductions
  • [01:50] This season's concept
  • [03:30] Changes on Trish's business
  • [04:19] COVID-19 impacts
  • [06:20] Adam on making pivots and transitions in business and how the military prepared him for it
  • [09:45] How both Adam and Trish are really doing with their businesses as military entrepreneurs
  • [17:50] Advice to new veterans who are thinking of starting a business
  • [23:20] Experiencing the impostor syndrome

Quote:

  • [22:59] "There are some things in life better permanent. Yes, but there are many things that aren't." - Claire

Links:

Adam Bird

 

Trish Alegre-Smith

 

Claire Yanta-O’Mahoney

Sep 15, 2020

Join us for another season of Drop and Give Me 20! In this season, Lindsey will be joined by her co-host, Claire Yanta-O’Mahoney, founder of Fleur de Lis Fitness. Both are military entrepreneurs and can’t wait to share the experiences of other military entrepreneurs with listeners.

In this introductory episode, we have a round table discussion focusing on how people are REALLY doing. We talk about how people practice self-care, how their businesses affect their lives, and more.

Highlights:

  • [01:19] Introducing Claire Yanta-O’Mahoney
  • [02:10] Claire and Lindsey’s history
  • [03:22] About Fleur de Lis Fitness
  • [04:35] How COVID-19 is affecting their businesses
  • [05:08] Connecting with other people
  • [07:00] Their concept for season 5 of Drop and Give Me 20
  • [08:20] On mental health and mental awareness
  • [12:15] What drives us to do the things we love
  • [16:30] What is a perfect day for them

Quote:

  • [05:45] "Staying connected and listening to things that are uplifting, hearing people's stories and learning from them is something that I always find important. I think more than ever, now we are looking for the stories, for the inspiration and the beautiful way humans connect and because that is what we are meant to do."

Links:

Zoom
Claire Yanta-O’Mahoney on Instagram
Drop and Give me 20 Facebook Group 

May 15, 2020

In the Drop and Give Me 20 season finale, Lindsey Germono and Bobbie Anne Williams walk listeners through the steps on running a podcast!

In part 1, Lindsey discusses the steps leading up to the recording.  Then Bobbie Anne Williams, our Marketing Assistant, shares her steps in communicating the podcast out.

Highlights:

  • [01:15] Things to think about before starting a podcast
  • [02:20] Steps in recording a podcast
  • [02:32] Finding a guest
  • [04:20] Recording and editing
  • [05:40] Publishing
  • [07:00] Marketing
  • [07:17] Distributing to all social media channels
  • [08:09] Making sure to tag guests on every platforms
  • [08:30] Partnering the podcast themes with the marketing themes
  • [08:50] Repurposing the podcast episodes

Quote:

  • [02:32] "The very first step is to find a guest. I have toyed with a couple different formats, a couple different themes over the course of the years and I think that that's a great thing to do as well. I was very nervous about changing the format in season 2 but every single seasons, I've done them a little bit different."

Links:

Zoom
Google Forms
WordPress
Libsyn

Profile:

Drop and Give Me 20 Facebook Group
Germono Advertising Company Facebook Page
Germono Advertising Company on Instagram
Germono Advertising Company on Twitter
Germono Advertising Company on LinkedIn
Drop and Give Me 20 Podcast on LinkedIn
Germono Advertising Company Youtube Channel
Drop and Give Me 20 on Spotify

May 1, 2020

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20 Season 4, Lindsey interviews Amanda Huffman. Amanda is a veteran, author, and speaker. She is also the creator of Airman to Mom and the host of Women of the Military Podcast.

Amanda served in the Air Force for six years as a civil engineer and was deployed to Afghanistan as part of a provincial reconstruction team. She traded in her combat boots for a diaper bag and stayed at home with her two boys.

Women of the Military podcast started out of the idea that women want to tell their military stories. And while there are podcasts that focus on military stories, she felt there was a missing piece as most people don’t know what it’s like to be a woman in the military.

Amanda interviews women who have served in the military or are currently serving in the military. She also shares certain aspects of her military experience as an Air Force officer, military spouse, veteran, and mom.

Highlights:

  • [01:34] How Amanda transitioned from blogging to podcasting
  • [02:10] What her blog and podcast are all about
  • [02:35] Women of the military story
  • [03:38] Categorizing her topics by different themes
  • [04:58] One of the many challenges she faced after transitioning from active duty to military spouse
  • [06:58] Opportunities that came her way because of podcasting
  • [08:25] How Amanda approached a major television station with her story
  • [09:47] Amanda's process for podcasting
  • [17:20] Amanda's advice to those who want to try podcasting

Quote:

  • [09:09] "What's the worst that will happen though? They'll say NO or they don't respond? It just takes a little bit of your time and so I just try and look at it that way."

Links:

Squadcast
Calendly
Anchor.fm

Profile:

Women of the Military Podcast
Airman to Mom
Amanda on Instagram
Amanda on Twitter
Amanda on Facebook
Amanda on LinkedIn
Women of the Military: A Compilation of Stories from American Women Service Members by Amanda Huffman

Apr 15, 2020

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20 Season 4, Lindsey interviews Pam Chavez. She is a military spouse and a certified holistic nutrition consultant.

Pam Chavez is an award-winning Certified Holistic Nutritionist who helps military spouses lose weight and uncover their deeper purpose. Her signature, down to earth approach teaches them how to prioritize themselves, discover their own personal mission, and break through the loneliness that can accompany military life.

She is the founder of Health On the Homefront, an online media and publications site which aims to help military spouses learn how to prioritize themselves, discover their own personal missions, and break through the loneliness of military life.

Highlights:

  • [1:39] Who Pam Chavez is
  • [2:30] How she started her business
  • [3:45] The gap she bridged in South Korea
  • [5:08] How she brought a group of military spouses together
  • [5:20] The impacts of a healthy diet
  • [8:03] On the concept of quality over quantity
  • [9:33] Her target audience or clientele
  • [9:59] The social media applications she uses for her business
  • [12:21] How she treats business competition

Quote:

  • [6:24] "I jut wanna empower them step up and take their health as a priority as well because I know how easy it is to just put everybody else first because the lifestyle demands us to do that.”

Links:

Military Spouse Success Facebook group
Health on the Homefront
Pam on Instagram
Pam on Pinterest

Mar 15, 2020

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20 Season 4, Lindsey interviews Raymond "The Marine Rapper" Lott. He is a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Raymond's music has been featured in different music platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Range 15 Movie Soundtrack, VET TV, and the Oscar Mike TV series on the Go90 network.

He also has 10 years experience in public affairs, marketing and advertising, community relations, entertainment business, and social media. In this episode, Raymond talks about how that experience led him towards influencer marketing and how to be authentic as an influencer.

Ninja Punch Music, founded by TMR, is an online media platform that promotes projects created by military veteran recording artists of all music genres from around the world.

Highlights:

  • [02:10] Who Raymond "The Marine Rapper" is
  • [03:00] On realizing the power of social media
  • [03:33] How Raymond started going viral
  • [05:14] Raymond started to make rap videos and decided to enroll in a music school
  • [06:52] The authenticity of his music and how people start to gravitate towards it
  • [08:15] Applied for Bunker Labs and started to have a business-mindset
  • [09:27] On influencer marketing
  • [10:35] Difference between real versus fake influencers
  • [13:00] On the validity built by different relationships
  • [14:41] Finding who you are in the business community
  • [15:42] Sharing your authentic self

Quote:

  • [23:43] "If you live your passion and you go for it, all the followers, all the influence, all the connections in the community and all the smiles will come."

Links:

Raymond Lott on LinkedIn
The Marine Rapper on Facebook
The Marine Rapper on Twitter
The Marine Rapper on YouTube
The Marine Rapper on Instagram
Ninja Punch Music

Mar 1, 2020

Gems Collins is a business strategist, entrepreneur, and military spouse. Her husband is an American service member. Gems is originally from the UK but moved to the US when she became a military spouse.

Gems helps military spouses discover their purpose and create their own businesses. In this episode, Lindsey and Gems talked about authenticity and entrepreneurship. Gems also shared her experiences dealing with authenticity in entrepreneurship, finding one's why, and many more.

Highlights:

  • [01:32] Who Gems Collins is and what her business is all about
  • [02:32] How she started her business of helping other people
  • [04:42] Her thoughts on authenticity and entrepreneurship
  • [05:35] Gem's past experience struggling with authenticity and entrepreneurship
  • [08:33] What authenticity means
  • [09:06] On focusing more on the message that you are giving people and how you want to help them
  • [11:02] Difference between being relatable and trying to change who you are
  • [12:02] On finding your tribe
  • [15:12] Learning how to cut out the noise
  • [18:30] Finding and understanding your WHY

Quote:

  • [08:35] "Authenticity to me is showing and being your true self without any concern or repercussion for what other people see than us. So, it is being comfortable in knowing who you are and sharing that with people regardless of how you think they may think about it."

Links:

Gems on Instagram
Gems on Facebook
Gems on LinkedIn
Gems Collins website 

Feb 15, 2020

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20 Season 4, Lindsey interviews Katelyn Tinsley of Homefront Room Revival.

Katelyn Tinsley is an Air Force veteran and the founder of Homefront Room Revival. This nonprofit was created to help enhance the military life cycle by creating home comfort. Katelyn is also a military spouse at Seymour Johnson AFB. She was awarded the AFI Air Force Spouse of the Year in 2019.

Homefront Room Revival is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to provide military families with creative outlets to improve resiliency and enrich the military life cycle. In this episode, Katelyn talks about the purpose and mission of their organization and how they built a community of volunteers.

Highlights:

  • [02:27] Katelyn's background and how she started her organization
  • [04:05] Dec’ the Deployment Program
  • [06:55] Importance of having a presence on base
  • [09:30] Building a community of volunteers and showing appreciation
  • [12:20] The reason she created the organization
  • [13:00] How Katelyn got key leadership spouses to support her

Quote:

  • [11:20] “ . . . it’s the sisterhood, the brotherhood, and camaraderie that comes out of the studio and out of the collaboration of the projects . . . ”

Links:

Homefront Room Revival
Homefront Room Revival on Facebook 
Homefront Room Revival on Instagram
Email Address: kate@homefrontroomrevival.org

Feb 1, 2020

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20 Season 4, Lindsey interviews Lacey Langford of The Military Money Show.

Lacey Langford is a U.S. Air Force veteran, military spouse, financial coach, speaker, and writer. Lacey is an accredited financial counselor with over 15 years of experience in financial planning, counseling, and coaching.

Lacey is also the military money expert and the founder of LaceyLangford.com, a personal finance blog specializing in the unique world of the U.S. military. She is the creator and host of “The Military Money Show,” a podcast dedicated to helping the military community with personal finance.

In this episode, Lacey shared how her interest and passion for personal finance developed, how she got frustrated and felt like she has lost her identity, and how she saves time and plans ahead.

Highlights:

  • [02:24] Why Lacey started her business
  • [03:13] On feeling like losing her own identity as a military spouse
  • [04:49] On figuring out her business and learning to blog and podcast
  • [05:53] The importance of saving time and planning ahead
  • [09:00] The process of setting goals
  • [18:35] On creating strategic partnerships

Quote:

  • [07: 35] "To get it in your budget, you need to get in their budget."

Link:

Airtable

Profile:

Lacey's website
Military Money Show by Lacey Langford
Lacey on Twitter 

Jan 15, 2020

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20 Season 4, Lindsey interviews Becky Hoy of Brave Crate.

Becky Hoy is an Army spouse and the founder of Brave Crate. She believes that deployment is one of the best things that has ever happened for the growth of her marriage and her own personal development. Brave Crate is a deployment care package for military spouses.

In this episode, Becky shared the top 3 apps that has helped her run and organize her business. She also shares how others can use the apps effectively.

Highlights:

  • [03:44] Creating systems and being efficient and productive
  • [04:21] How she got the idea for Brave Crate
  • [05:30] What the packages contain
  • [07:15] Apps that can help you run your business and stay organized
  • [08:00] On Asana, a project management and task scheduling app
  • [10:44] On RescueTime, a time management software that helps you figure out where you are spending time on the Internet
  • [13:11] On Toggl, a productivity tool and simple time tracker with powerful reports
  • [15:10] On Planoly, an app that can help users manage, plan, and schedule Instagram posts from their computers and mobile phones
  • [18:00] Platforms that provide analytics
  • [20:52] On Tiktok, a social media app that lets you watch, create, and share videos

Quote:

  • [08:50] "And I think the real gold in Asana, Trello, or any of the project management tool really is being able to pseudo-automate your tasks."

Links:

Asana
Trello
RescueTime
Toggl
Planoly
Stories edit
Coschedule
Later
Hootsuite
Facebook for Creators 
Canva
Tiktok

Profile:

Brave Crates
Brave Crate on Facebook
Brave Crate on Instagram

Jan 1, 2020

Drop and Give Me 20 is in it's 4th season!

Today, I am very excited to be joined by Adam Bird. Adam is an Army veteran of 9 years and now an entrepreneur. He started his company, Heroes Media Group, about 4 years ago.

Heroes Media Group (HMG) is a digital media, branding and publishing platform committed to providing a voice for our community heroes and those who support them. HMG is dedicated to providing education, entertainment, and empowerment to active duty service members, veterans, firefighters, first responders, law enforcement, educators, medical professionals, and the clergy.

Highlights:

  • [02:54] On starting podcasting and making a book
  • [04:45] On meeting new people at events
  • [05:37] On feeling reserved and being in the army
  • [08:59] Tips to those people who might be introverted
  • [14:05] Veteran community versus the military spouse community on entrepreneurship
  • [18:35] On not being afraid to ask for help
  • [19:20] On worrying about the business and not worrying about other things
  • [22:00] Determining people who should be in your network
  • [26:29] On growing your business through LinkedIn

Quote:

  • [05:13] "When you go to an event, step out of your box and get to know as many people as you possibly can. It's not always what you know but who you know.”

Links:

Heroes Media Group
LinkedIn
Adam on LinkedIn
Adam on Facebook
Adam on Instagram

May 1, 2019

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20 Season 3, Lindsey invited Jessica Bertsch, founder of Powerhouse Planning.

Jessica gave us updates on what's going on with her business right now. You will also hear some messages from people she has made an impact on.

Highlights:

  • [02:06] What's new with Jessica
  • [03:18] The testament to being a business owner
  • [04:56] The other element for this podcast
  • [05:30] First letter for Jessica
  • [07:13] Who Randy is
  • [07:59] Second letter for Jessica
  • [08:27] The top 10 things that the messenger love about Jessica
  • [12:03] Third letter for Jessica

Quote:

  • "Non-profit certainly need help."

Links:

014: Powerhouse Planning 
Powerhouse Planning

Apr 15, 2019

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20 Season 3,  Lindsey invited Elizabeth Boardman, the Chief Dreamer and founder of The Milspo Project. 

Elizabeth gave us some updates on what's going with her business since the last time we spoke to her. You will also hear messages from people she made an impact on.

Highlights:

  • [01:00] The tendency to not hear feedback when working alone and not having someone to report to
  • [03:33] What's new with The Milspo Project
  • [04:11] What The Milspo Project is
  • [06:50] Redefining their mission
  • [09:45] First letter for Elizabeth
  • [12:45] On navigating fundraising
  • [14:10] Second letter for Elizabeth
  • [17:00] Stepping back and working on things when running a business

Quote:

  • "Elizabeth owns everything she does and doesn't do. That doesn't mean that every interaction is perfect and every decision is the exact right one. And I'd always, every time, rather work for someone who owns up to mistakes and loses and not just wins."

Links:

001: The Milspo Project
Milspo Project
Milspo Project on Facebook
Milspo Project Membership

Apr 1, 2019

In this episode, Lindsey's guest is Kathy Stoddard Torrey. In today’s show, you’ll hear about Kathy's life now, the people who are always there to support her, and letters from her loved ones.

Topics:

  • [02:30] What Kathy has been up to
  • [05:41] On whether or not she’s still taking clients
  • [07:50] The people who are always there to support to her
  • [11:43] Letter from her youngest son
  • [14:08] Letter from her friend
  • [17:44] Letter from her sister
  • [25:42] Lindsey's failure with employees
  • [31:33] How to connect with Kathy

Quote:

  • "I couldn't just toss everything over to somebody."

Links:

Mar 15, 2019

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20 Season 3,Lindsey's guest is Claire Yanta-O'Mahoney. Claire has been a guest in season 1 of the podcast.

She is the founder of Fleur de Lis Fitness. Lindsey read letters from Claire's loved ones and Claire shared her thoughts on them.

Highlights:

  • [2:36] What is new with Claire and Fleur de Lis Fitness
  • [4:43] The first letter for Claire
  • [6:02] Claire’s sister's response to Lindsey's question
  • [7:18] Third letter for Claire
  • [9:16] Claire's thoughts on the emails
  • [9:48] How Lindsey and Claire met
  • [10:34] Lindsey's two cents for Claire
  • [13:02] Purpose of season 3

Quote:

"Successful entrepreneurs only sight failure as one of their most stabilising steps on the path to success."

Link:

013: FLEUR DE LIS FITNESS
Fleur de Lis Fitness

Mar 1, 2019

In this first episode of Drop and Give Me 20 Season 3, Lindsey visits with Katie Christy. Katie was a guest in Season 1 of Drop and Give Me 20.

Katie hears how she has made an impact on those around her, listen as Lindsey reads these letters!

Highlights:

  • [03:44] The reason Katie wasn't able to continue her business
  • [07:33] Katie's mom shares how her daughter has inspired those around her
  • [11:09] Josh's replies to Lindsey, but Lindsey screws this up
  • [14:28] Abi's words of reflection about Katie
  • [17:55] Tips to listeners

Quote:

"It's so easy for us to shy away from our natural strengths because they come naturally to us, right? We think everyone's good at because we're good at them. And so I think one of the things that we really deny ourselves is that ability to accept praise to refill that tank..." - Katie Christy

 

Link:

006: [MINI-SERIES] ACTIVATE YOUR TALENT with Katie Christy 

Nov 15, 2018

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20, Lindsey interviewed Dan Dwyer, the founder of Vet2BizLife, and Amy Uptgraft, a playwright who wrote the play "I Will Wait" and the founder/artistic director of The Veteran's Spouse Project.

Dan Dwyer is a U.S. Army Veteran of 22 years, a husband, father, leadership coach and veteran entrepreneur. Dan's Vet2BizLife Podcast is dedicated to the boots to the business advancement of all veteran entrepreneurs.

Amy is a proud military spouse. Her husband, LTC Jamie Uptgraft is the commander of 1-501 INF (ABN) out of JBER, AK and is currently deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Resolute Support. Amy is actively involved in various Army volunteer organizations. Amy's play focused on stories of veteran spouses across generations. She aims to give voice to the experiences of military spouses across the generations using music, drama, dance, and expressive arts.

Important topics they discuss:

  • [01:48] Who Dan is and the kind of business he has
  • [03:18] Who Amy is
  • [04:38] How Amy came up with the idea for the Veteran's Spouse Project (VSP)
  • [05:02] How Dan came up with his business
  • [05:49] How Dan helps people who seek his business advice and guidance
  • [07:29] What authenticity means for Amy
  • [08:57] On turning down opportunities/relationships from others that doesn’t feel right
  • [15:49] Their advice to the listeners

Quote:

"I think authentic people are high-character individuals that don't just talk the talk, they also walk the walk." - Dan Dwyer

Social:

Dan Dwyer -
Vet2BizLife's website
Vet2BizLife Podcast on iTunes
Vet2BizLife Podcast on Google Play
Vet2BizLife Podcast on iHeartRadio
Vet2BizLife Podcast on Stitcher
Dan on LinkedIn
Dan on Facebook
Dan on Instagram
Dan on Twitter
Dan's Email Address: dan@vet2bizlife.com

Amy Uptgraft -
Amy's website
Amy's Facebook Page

Nov 1, 2018

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20, Lindsey interviewed Stephanie Lincoln, the owner and CEO of Fire Team Whiskey Military Health and Fitness and Charlynda Scales, a speaker, mover and shaker, and the founder of Mutt's Sauce.

Fire Team Whiskey­® is the vision of Former Army Captain Stephanie Lincoln. She was inspired by her work with the Florida Army National Guard Wellness Program and also her many years working with Military Medical. She observed the steady decline of the fitness and health of Military Service Members over the last 10 years. CPT Lincoln created and published a unique eating plan, a specialized line of nutritional shakes, bars, and other performance supplements and a fitness program that requires no equipment and minimal time. Fire Team Whiskey® encompasses all of those intangible things that a Military Member and First Responder is driven by: Duty, Comradery, and Mission.

Charlynda Scales is a Tennessee native who spent 11 years active duty in the U.S. Air Force. While still on active duty a few years ago, Scales founded a Dayton-based business called “ Mutt’s Sauce,” producing an all-purpose sauce based on a family recipe her late grandfather bequeathed to her.

They talked about how they started their businesses, their products, tips on making products at home, how they help other people, and many more. This episode is a must-listen, so don’t miss it!

Important topics they discuss:

  • [01:49] Charlynda's background and how she came up with the Mutt's Sauce business idea
  • [02:47] Stephanie's background
  • [05:30] How Charlynda started her business
  • [06:16] How Charlynda found a company she first ordered from
  • [07:38] Stephanie’s products
  • [11:03] Mistake Stephanie made
  • [11:51] Charlynda’s take on co-packaging
  • [13:04] Mutt's Sauce recipe's consistency and how it almost got ruined
  • [14:58] Inventory of their products
  • [17:18] On people who make products from home
  • [20:40] How long they have been established

 

Quote:

"I would encourage you to talk to somebody who is maybe two or three steps ahead of you. And in this business maybe start it out at home and kind of work out from there so you can kinda not make all the mistakes that I did." - Stephanie Lincoln

Links:

SCORE
Amazon
Fisher House

Social:

Stephanie Lincoln -
Fire Team Whiskey
Fire Team Whiskey on Facebook
Fire Team Whiskey on Twitter
Fire Team Whiskey on Instagram
Fire Team Whiskey on Youtube
Fire Team Whiskey on Amazon

Charlynda Scales -
Mutt's Sauce Website
Mutt's Sauce on Facebook
Mutt's Sauce on Instagram
Mutt's Sauce on Twitter

Oct 15, 2018

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20, Lindsey interviewed two of her friends, Dianna Flett of Girl Smarts and Carl Churchill of Alpha Coffee. 

Dianna Flett is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and has served 21 years in various positions as a military intelligence officer. Girl Smarts is a series of workshops designed to give our young girls motivation and skills to move forward with confidence and strength in the years ahead.

Carl Churchill is the Co-Founder and Chief Coffee Officer of Alpha Coffee. Carl is a combat veteran with 21 years of service as both an enlisted soldier and officer. Alpha Coffee is a veteran and military-spouse co-owned and operated company dedicated to offering our customers amazing coffee, promoting the warrior lifestyle, providing the highest levels of service, and giving back to our military and veterans.

They're going to talk about their backgrounds, Carl giving bag of coffees to deployed service members, managing employees, and more. Tune in and enjoy!

Important topics they discuss:

  • [01:24] Diana and Carl's background
  • [04:24] For every bag of Alpha Coffee purchased, a cup goes to deployed service members
  • [05:56] Tips for those who have employees
  • [10:59] What After Action Review (AAR) is
  • [15:01] What gave them an opportunity to learn as a leader

 

Quote:

"Sometimes I think people who have their own business has stopped working on their own leadership, and we can't do that, we have to stay keen on our own leadership skills." - Dianna Flett

Links:

Deputy

Social:

Carl's Alpha Coffee
Carl's Email Adress: carlc@alpha.coffe.com

Dianna's Girl Smarts
Dianna's Email Address: info@girlsmarts.com
Dianna's Facebook Page

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