Rachel Fesko: Last Minute Mom
In Episode #64, I sat down with Rachel Fesko, a full time working mom who currently serves as a content manager at a software company while simultaneously building her media company. She is passionate about helping others not make the same mistakes she has along the business path, and in her free time, she volunteers at her church.
Rachel and I discussed her two main focuses when it comes to business, life, and the church.
1. Failure as an imperative growth tool
2. The Power of Obligation and how you can live your life free of other people’s opinions.
We discussed Rachel’s childhood growing up as a preacher’s kid and the pressure to look right and act right that came along with that while she also shared with us her experience in bible college, leaving a church, and going through a church split. She took it to church in this episode while sharing her opinion on how people in the church tend to feel like they have to have it all together and are never really allowed to just be themselves. But, she says that’s not really who Jesus was anyway. He was the leader that stooped down and stopped men from stoning adulterous women. She talked about how she feels as if God is sparking a revival and is not on the mission of a cruise ship but rather a rescue boat.
Rachel went on to discuss her failures in business, what she learned from them, and her
three steps to moving on in business after failure:
3 Steps for Overcoming Failure in Business:
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Host of “The Fearless Chase” Podcast
In Episode #63, I sat down with Madison Anaya as we discussed finding your purpose, overcoming obstacles, and getting comfortable allowing ourselves to become who we were meant to be. Madison shared how she struggled with who she “should” be versus who God was calling her to be.
She also discussed how she has sought out community through social media and built a platform for impact and how it doesn’t matter whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, we were all built for community and learning from one another. Madison talks about God placing giant dreams on her heart and overcoming imposter syndrome by realizing it was more important to please Him than prove herself to others.
Madison's 5 Tips for finding Purpose Every Day
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The hubs and I recently attended our first business conference together. We loved it! There is nothing else like being surrounded by thousands of like minded individuals striving to be the best versions of themselves. I personally love conferences! But, the biggest mistake I see people make is that they don’t take action after attending. They get all hyped up and motivated but forget to utilize the conference as the tool it is.
Spoiler alert... after leaving a business conference, you should actually implement what you've learned into your business.
At the conference, you should have networked with intention. For more tips on how to network, Click Here. You hopefully exchanged business cards, phone numbers, and added each other on social media. Keep the conversation going. Stay connected with the community you have been immersed in. Whether you are attending a women’s conference, personal development conference, or business conference, these are your people. Find the ones that live in close proximity and schedule a follow up. Chances are, these people will help keep you motivated and focused. Follow the hashtag that was used for that conference in order to make sure you are connecting with others that you may have missed at the conference.
1. Go over notes: Review your information.
Now, I want to speak to those that attend Business Conferences primarily. Often times it is 100% like drinking from a firehose. All the information is given, you write furiously, and you’re so excited for the future. You go home with all your new ideas and think: Okay, I have to build an email list, create a landing page, create a giveaway for the landing page, use Canva for the giveaway, download Canva, learn how to use Canva and how to resize pics. Oh wait, I have to learn how to take good quality pics with great lighting for Instagram and post over there at least once a day. Speaking of that, I need to update my bio with my new link tree information. Oh, and I need to start writing articles on LinkdIn. But, I need to have a podcast first, so that I have information to share over there. Which reminds me that I don’t even know how to record a podcast and I need to order one of those mics which plugs into my phone. Also, I need to learn YouTube so that I can start creating some coaching videos to build out my following and create a course. Sound familiar? I have been there. In all honesty, it’s something I fight on a daily basis. All of this is important to business. All of these are crucial marketing platforms. However, as a mighty team of 1 and a part time assistant, I can personally tell you that you can not do all the things at once. You have to break it up into a plan and this goes back to what will deliver the most desired results the quickest.
TWELVE WEEK ACTION PLAN
Okay, it's a lot, I know. But, just breath. Go back to the beginning of this post and start there. Work through this step by step until you get to where you want to be.
It’s not nearly as overwhelming when you break it down into bite size pieces.
My girlfriends and I loaded up and headed to Waco, TX. We came from Austin, Arizona, Fort Worth, North Texas, and West Texas. Our itinerary was a retreat that started with brunch at Magnolia Table, followed by a visit to The Silos and Magnolia Market, capped off with a slumber party at Fixer Upper's Barndominium.
I have to be honest here. While I love decorating and shopping for home decorations, I was most excited about relaxing with my girlfriends and having girl talk. I was amongst the minority as one of the only that had not seen the episode of this renovation. If it's clean and has a comfortable bed, I'm happy. However, I was pleasantly surprised at what a great stay this provided. Not only was it absolutely adorable, it had all the creature amenities one might miss from home.
After winding your way ten miles from the silos, you arrive at the Barndominium set amongst an ideal location in a field of wildflowers alongside a lake . Sprawling patios welcome you with cushy patio furniture, a grill, mini fridge, and fire pits. Once inside, you'll find no attention to detail spared. There are five bedrooms with queen beds that can sleep up to 16 guests. The linens and pillows made for a peaceful nights sleep and did not leave me wanting. The downstairs holds a sitting room and large dining table with chairs for 12. Upstairs has the kitchen, breakfast nook, living area, and oversized balcony. The only downfalls were that there are only two bathrooms (one on each floor) and that there was not an inside area large enough to comfortably accommodate the group for lounging.
If you're considering what to bring, you seriously only need groceries and clothes. Aside from the standard amenities, there were also dishes, cooking and serving utensils, coffee maker, coffee cups, wine glasses, cork screw, ice bucket, microwave, washer and dryer, all soaps, cleaners, etc...
Time did not afford us the luxury, but there is also a 20 acre lake attached to the property where you can canoe, kayak, or fish.
We opted to bring all groceries with us rather than dine out. For dinner, we had door dash deliver pizza which took all the headache of cooking off of our little Mama shoulders. After dinner, we capped the night off with s'mores roasted over the fire pits.
If you're looking for a great property to host a girls' getaway, I highly recommended The Barn.
Dear Teen Son
I blinked and you are becoming a man.
A beautiful kindhearted Jesus loving man.
There is nothing I can do about it.
I can’t go back in time to you asking me to “put on a princess dress & come dance with you”
I can’t keep you from doing stupid things, falling in love, or getting hurt.
I can’t keep you from thinking I’m a moron or not taking my advice.
This is your journey to walk.
These are your decisions to make.
These are also your mistakes to learn from.
But, I can whisper truths that I pray you will always hear in the back of your mind.
You are loved beyond measure.
You are seen and known.
You are valuable.
You are not defined by the number of a test grade or a sports score.
Your character is not intertwined with athletic achievement or academic credit.
Your character is instilled within you and comprised of your moral values.
You are a child of God.
You are tenacious and do not give up.
You are resilient and get back up.
You are committed to your passions.
You love selflessly.
You empathize deeply.
You stand strong in your convictions.
There is nothing you can ever do to separate you from my love.
There is no mistake great enough for your Jesus to turn his back on you.
You will undoubtedly take the path least traveled as the Leader you are.
When it gets rocky and you stumble, remember that you don’t have to walk it alone.
So go now. Stand up tall. Grow into the Man God is calling you to be.
Go dance with the girls in princess dresses, remember that chivalry is not dead,
and, don’t forget to kiss your Mama!
In episode #20 I spill the beans about how to become a networking queen and dispel the myth that people are natural born networkers. Whether you are building a business, fundraising for a non-profit, or growing a ministry, networking is crucial for growth.
I will walk you through the logistics of networking and show you that it doesn't have to be overwhelming or daunting but can actually be fun.
Ten Things to Know About Networking:
1. Networking is crucial to growth and without growth, you are dying.
2. Build genuine relationships, not ones where you're only interested in how that relationship serves you.
3. Think about how you can serve this person.
4. Keep records and notes about people in the your organization system of choice.
5. Follow up with people and build your relationships deeper.
6. Attend both business and lifestyle networking events.
7. Network with intention and not just to socialize.
8. Poll your network about what they need and how you can serve them better.
9. Network across lines and connect members within your circle to one another.
10. Know that every conversation is a potential networking connection.
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There is no greater crime in all of society than that against a child.
Sex trafficking is the second most profitable illegal crime in the world, generating $32 Billion annually, topped only by narcotics. A child goes missing roughly every 44 seconds in the United States alone.
Today, on the Power Project, you’ll be hearing from my friend Jodie Webb of Colors of Hope. Jodie’s story is one of restoration and redemption. She has answered God’s call for her life and is fully living a life of purpose. By God’ s grace she has been able to transform childhood trauma into a lifelong mission that stretches across international borders to fully restore survivors and further prevent these atrocities.
Not only will you be inspired and empowered by Jodie’s mission but you’ll also hear about navigating the obstacles of starting a non-profit as well as balancing a family life while pursuing a purpose.
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THE HOPELESS PLACE
This has been a crappy week. We lost our second girl at the aftercare house in a month. She was 2 weeks from graduating the 9 month program & left. This was her second time in the program & I didn’t doubt her success for a minute. I’ve been Her spirit and brilliance radiated. I couldn’t wait to see her share her testimony and minister to other women walking through the fire.
The other one that left was in my class. She was an eager student from the beginning. She had a heart for learning and a love of people. I knew that once she found her voice and confidence, God was going to do great works through her. And then, I showed up one day and she was gone. No clue where she is now.
And so, I sit. I sit and I ask God if this is all really worth it. Is the work that he is asking me to do worth it. How can I be following his will and purpose if these people keep turning from Him. How can he be leading me away from my kids, husband, and job to do work that is fruitless? How is this truly His plan? I feel helpless today. I feel empty. I feel hopeless. I feel like the literal life has been sucked out of me. Its one thing to see people struggle, but it’s another thing to wonder if even God can pull them out of the insane state of Hell that they’re living in. It’s this crazy cycle which is a direct result of their trauma. I don’t have a license in this department. I just see the aftermath & it sure is a difficult situation for those of us trying to speak life into it.
My only saving grace is that I have to focus on God’s grace for us. All I can think is that We, God’s children, disappoint him every day. We make poor decisions and leave him disappointed. Regardless of the extreme parameters, this is the same with the people I work with. There will inevitably be more bad days than good. We just must persevere & know that above all, He is God. He is mercy, grace, and love.
THE HOPE-FULL PLACE
Ms. D: The first time I met her was when I took dinner to the house. She was quiet and withdrawn but joined us at the table. She kept her head and eyes down and only glanced up occasionally when someone asked her a question or passed a dish. After finishing her meal, clearing her plate, and thanking me for dinner, she excused herself to her bedroom for the rest of the evening. I gave her space and didn't push. My only hope was that she could eventually see Jesus through me and feel loved, welcome, and safe. Over the course of the next few months, I was able to see her blossom like a flower. Each week, she became a little more open. And, then one day when I showed up, she was sitting outside in the sun, looking radiant, and smiling ear to ear. She hugged me and told me all about her new job and how great everything was going.
Ms. A: I came to the house one Wednesday afternoon excited and anxious to be meeting two new girls that I would begin a weekly class with. I came in and sat down in the living room ready to get to know the ladies. She sat there silently drawing in her binder and not looking up. I finally asked her to tell me what she thought about the book as well as the upcoming class. Her response was "I ain't ever had no boundaries, nobody never taught me no boundaries, and I don't need to read a book about boundaries." The following week, I returned to teach the class, and after just two chapters, had a completely different student sitting before me. As I walked in, she excitedly told me "Miss Brandi, I love this book! It's changed my life. I wish I would have had it fifteen years ago!" And, she carried that excitement throughout the rest of the book!
A PLACE OF HOPE
As time went on, I built a great relationship with both ladies and relished watching their journeys unfold as God truly restored them.
Then, last night, I was able to see the beauty of God's work in action. We, celebrated their graduation from the 9 month program. The church was filled with staff members, volunteers, fellow church members, advocates, and the ladies' families that traveled hundreds of miles to be there.
We listened to their accomplishments and kind words spoken about them. We saw them fully transformed as they shared what this journey meant to them. But, the most beautiful sight I may have ever witnessed was seeing them both with arms stretched high, worshipping a God that never gave up on them. With tears streaming down their face and music playing, they praised a God that loved them and chased them before they ever knew him.
There will inevitably be more times of hopelessness along this journey. There will be more days of heartache and feeling the pain of helplessness. But, in those times, I will cling to the image ingrained in my mind of those ladies, arms stretched high praising my God and I will HOPE.
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
"The Lord is my portion," says my soul,
"therefore I will hope in him."
Last year at my company's convention, I had the privilege of hearing Kristen Brown speak about The Happy Hour Effect. Since, then, we've been "friends" on social media and she was kind enough to let me interview her for the Power Project Podcast. We followed it up with an amazing meal of charbroiled oysters at Dragos and had a great evening in New Orleans.
You're going to be inspired and motivated by what she has to say. In this episode, we hear from Speaker Kristen Brown, author of The Happy Hour Effect. She is a self-proclaimed occasional know-it-all, sometimes workaholic, and frequent wine aficionado, but more importantly, my friend & mentor. Kristen uses her world-class industry expertise and research into human behavior to motivate exceptional business leaders to elevate their brand and skyrocket their performance for maximum impact on results even during change and stress. She has shared her expertise with clients around the U.S. such as Target, Women Presidents Organization, Live with Kelly, and many more. But, today, she's sharing with us her approach for overcoming obstacles, interrupting your thoughts, and taking action in your life.
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At the Power Project, W stands for Wisdom. Wisdom is the intersection of knowledge and experience. We can have all the knowledge in the world, but it's not until until we put that knowledge to use and apply in order to gather experience that we gain Wisdom. Mattie will share with us how she organically built her community through trial and error. She not only possesses the knowledge of how to navigate You Tube and Instagram, but she also exhibits Wisdom well beyond her years.
Instead of sitting back and waiting for followers to come to her, she went out and built a community of devoted followers that engage with her. Wait... do you mean I have to go out and actively engage and build a community? You better believe it. But, Mattie can teach you just how to do that.
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Hi! I'm, Brandi, founder of The Power Project and I'm so glad you're here! I have this crazy belief that we can all do anything we set our minds to! Sometimes, you just need to hear it from a stronger on the internet. But, we're not strangers anymore. We're friends now. Welcome Friend! I hope you find some inspiration, encouragement, and empowerment here.