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BIG GIRL PANTS is a podcast featuring raw discussions between two friends around the real-life challenges of raising kids, building careers, and staying healthy all while attempting to stay sane. It’s about cutting yourself some slack because we can’t be all things to everyone. April Melton and Kimberly Shapiro met while working together in the recruiting industry and instantly became friends. After many deep office discussions around the challenges of raising a family while working hard to build a career and trying to find the time to stay healthy, they realized that most women are struggling with the same things. They also realized, most feel isolated and completely alone as though every other woman on the planet has it together but them. This podcast is about empowerment! It’s about encouragement! It’s about uniting as women and lifting each other up. You are not alone. We are all in this together. April and Kimberly will talk about tips on staying healthy, balancing work and kids, managing your finances, and putting on your Big Girl Pants. This job of being a woman, isn’t for the faint of heart.We hope you join us!
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The house that built me

The house that built me


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This episode was recorded back in January. April's grandmother had just turned 90 and being the podcaster she is - she just hit record and went! This was a truly beautiful conversation with both her Grandmother, Josie Ann Marie Groh Libby and her Grandfather, Charles William Libby. You will hear her mom and brother Jeffery, too. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed making it. Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your family, while you still have them! 
Dr. Don Wood developed the Inspired Performance Institute after spending years researching how trauma affects our minds and our lives. Dr. Wood began to understand that events and experiences throughout our lifetime continue to play a role in how we experience life in the present. He also realized that there was a better way of treating the issue. “Teaching people to live with, manage and cope with the daily stress doesn’t fix the problem. The solution comes from understanding it’s source and providing a long-term permanent solution”.Dr. Wood’s background experience has come from spending time in the for profit and non-profit world. This combination provided a unique perspective on problem solving. He used these skills to develop the Inspired Performance Institute and the NEURO XP program.Dr. Wood has written two books about his research including the science about how our minds work and why we experience our own unique perspective of the world. Both books are focused on how we can all make the desired changes by allowing our mind to reset and reboot. He has spoken on these topics domestically and internationally.Join us for this amazing episode. Dr. Don has helped so many people to rewire their thinking to change their lives!
Join April and Kim as they spend time with Wally Wyatt,  an inspirational author, minister, Evangelist, and dedicated youth volunteer.  His story of transformation and how true focus and dedication can alter the course of your life will inspire and warm your heart.   Minister Wallace E. Wyatt, III is the firstborn to Wallace Wyatt Jr. and Palarcus Standley of Orlando, FL. His early childhood was spent living and growing up with his father’s family where he learned the importance of God, Family, and Education. After graduating with an honors diploma from Jones High School (Orange County, FL.), he started his collegiate career at Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach FL. While there, he studied Business Education 6-12 and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, and minors in Business Administration and Public Administration. Upon which, he began his Graduate Studies at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Since 2015, he has served under the leadership of Bishop Quan Miller and Dr. Patricia Miller at Christ Dominion Church Orlando. Through his speaking engagements, work with After-School All-Stars, and being a published author, Wallace believes he has been called by God to provide a safe, loving, and encouraging environment that promotes positive change, and inspires people to live in their God-given purpose!
Join April Melton as she interviews Jeremy Jenson - the CEO and Founder of Encore Search Partners in Houston, Texas! Jeremy actually didn't even have history in staffing - but once he found out how lucrative the industry was, he decided to become an expert! Please join us as we talk entrepreneurship, raising kids, and how COVID-19 has effected business! You can find Jeremy Jenson on LinkedIn and more information about Encore Search Partners at
This conversation continues! April and Kim with guest, Alletrice Guyton continue the conversation around Black Lives Matter, White Privilege, and so much more. 
Morris “Mo” Brossette has been in the health and fitness industry for over 24 years, and is the Director of Mindset at The Adaptive Training Foundation, a Dallas based non-profit that leads disabled military veterans and civilians through a 9-week mental and physical training program called “Redefine”. Through this unique program, Mo helps these adaptive athletes overcome physical, emotional and mental pain, fear, and self-doubt.  Mo is a Keynote Speaker on Fear and an expert in human behavior, mindset and language. He is the Founder of Hunt and Prosper, a leadership and self development company that teaches clients and Executive teams to go after what they want with a greater sense of self-awareness and self-confidence, while learning stress management and problem-solving techniques to overcome obstacles and roadblocks in both their personal and professional lives.  If you want it, go get it, hunt for it.
Jake Thompson is back with Big Girl Pants Podcast to talk about his new book Compete Every Day.   This is a performance-based, empowering book with the seven key choices that leaders make to enhance their focus and increase their levels of success.Jake Thompson is a professional speaker and the Chief Encouragement Officer at Compete Every Day, a brand he started in 2011 by first selling t-shirts out of the trunk of his car.Jake works with organizations and individuals around the country, teaching how they can develop accountability, mental resilience, and leadership skills in order to make bigger impacts in their careers and in their life. It’s through his experience and research that he’s discovered how people who harness a competitive mindset against themselves can reach their goals, commit to action over motivation, and step into the leader they were created to be. 
Join Kimberly and April as they discuss the road map to career happiness, whether you are just starting your career or trying to launch a new career mid-life, this episode is for you.   We hope you join us!Carol Maloney-Scott is the founder and CEO of Career Happiness Map Coaching, a practice dedicated to helping professional women who feel stuck in the wrong career create a path to a happier and more fulfilling work life. Carol is also the author of the Smart Chick’s Guide to Career Happiness, a system for discovering your career passions and manifesting them into reality, and 8 fiction books under her Fun Feminine Fiction imprint. She holds an MS degree in Career Development, has over 20 years of experience in corporate and agency talent acquisition recruiting, training and coaching, and is a Certified Career Coach (CCC) with the Career Coach Institute (CCI). When not inspiring women to achieve their career happiness, she lives happily ever after in Richmond, VA with her husband and miniature dachshunds, known affectionately as the Wiener Wonder Twins. 
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!  It's been two years (4th of July, 2018) since we first launched BGP Podcast.   It's been our pride and joy, our therapy, education, and so much more.  Thanks to the listeners who've hung in there with us all this time.   We love you!
Join us as we spend an hour with the FABULOUS Stacey and Sasha of Franki Ray.   If you haven't seen these luxury bags, the time is now.  They are gorgeous, leather, handcrafted unique conversation starters that every professional wanting to make a statement must carry.   Check them out at and of course - right here on Big Girl Pants Podcast!  "WE ARE NOT JUST WOMEN — WE ARE LIONSFIERCE, COURAGEOUS, AND CONFIDENT!"   - Stacey & Sasha of Franki Ray Our beautiful friendship began in kindergarten, and since then it has inspired an adoration for life that shines the brightest when we are together. In 2017, we followed our dreams and landed exactly where we were destined to be, masterminding for Franki Ray! Franki Ray is a celebration of all things wonderful, as it has been cultivated from the muse of our imaginations. And how marvelous it has been for us to be able to manifest our friendship into something we can share with the world!FUN & DANGEROUS 
Join April and Kimberly as they speak with Shemora Roberson in response to the civil unrest in our communities following the murder of George Floyd.  We discuss the important issue of racism and where we go from here.   Change starts with great conversations.  Change starts when tolerance ends.  Help us stand with our friends in the black community!  #blacklivesmatter 
READ THIS BOOK!  And listen to this podcast (of course).   Jake Thompson nails it with his 7 key choices competitors make in life to WIN.    I (Kimberly) read it in a day and bought a copy for my entire team.   #competeeveryday What if the key to reaching your full potential wasn't about what talents you were born with, but something more? In this brand new book, author Jake Thompson shares the seven key choices Competitors make every day to win their career & life.About Compete Every Day:Compete Every Day® (CED) has grown from its humble beginnings as a small t-shirt brand sold from the back of my car behind a gym in 2011 into the lifestyle brand it is today. Seeing a need to help leaders make a bigger impact in their professional and personal lives, I began creating resources and content designed to help ambitious people grow their:MindsetFocusInfluenceOur team brings this vision to life by providing:Educational content on leadership, grit, & mindsetKeynote speakingMotivational apparelCompetitor University coaching program* (coming 2020)In-person events + workshopsWe believe that every day is a competition - against your pride, comfort zone, fear, complacency, snooze alarms, bad habits, bad relationships, and more.It's not about you versus them. It's about you versus you.We are a brand for the ambitious, those people willing to compete every day to become the type of leader their work, family, and life needs. "Good enough," isn't, because a Competitor pursues greatness.Your best life awaits. Compete for it.
April and Kim discuss how selling has changed during COVID-19, the COVID 20, working remotely, and more.
Join Kimberly and April as they talk about what's in our beauty and household products.  Do you even know?  Check out this episode.  Jana Madson - BIOHi. 👋 I'm Jana Madsen. Did you know that in the United States, 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men will develop cancer in their lifetime? Scary, right?!? I'm the ONE in "1 in 2 women."At age 36, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and 6 months later, thyroid cancer. Talk about a 1-2 punch! 🥊With no family history and no DNA anomalies, I've spent the last 7 years trying to figure out why I got cancer. 🤷‍♀‍ I can't exactly put my finger on it, but the short answer is "environmental factors."Since that a-ha moment, I've been cleaning up my life. "Control what you can control" is not just a catch-phrase, it's the way I live my life now. I started with food and then moved on to household items and personal care products.🤔 Did you know that your pressed powder might contain asbestos-contaminated talc?💄Or that 60% of lipsticks test positive for lead?🚫 That parabens (a common ingredient in lotions and body care products) have been found in breast cancer tissue?😲 Or that 80% of the ingredients in our personal care products have never been tested for safety?It's true‼️ Your skin is your largest organ, absorbing up to 60 percent of what you put on it.I've made it my personal mission to share what I've learned so others can clean up their act too. One year ago, I decided to partner with Beautycounter, a clean beauty brand, who's mission is remarkably similar to my own.I can't wait to give you the tools you need to shop for safer products and introduce you to my favorites.
Join Kimberly and April as they talk to Christiana Yebra, CEO of Vouch App - a dating app where you can have your friends and family "vouch" for you! Christiana Yebra is the CEO of Vouch, a Dallas-grown dating app and owner of Currently Events, a photo booth technology company. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a degree in biology, she helped to launch and sell Texas’ first on-demand urgent care app. Christiana would go on to join a California-based med tech startup where she designed and implemented the company’s first multi-market consumer campaigns. After co-founding Millennial Clubs in 2016, a service and networking organization, Christiana has been consistently recognized as a thought leader in millennial business and culture by companies such as Red Bull, Startup Grind, and SXSW. She is passionate about many causes and places a special emphasis on empowering young girls to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.You won't want to miss this episode! 
April and Kim meet TJ and Gabbie Abounader, fitness gurus, and gym owners in the Virgin Islands.   They did what many of us dream of; leave the city and start a business on a remote island in the Caribbean.  They did it and life is good.  This is their story.Abounader Fitness is the premier training facility located on the East End of Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands.Whether you are visiting on vacation or reside on the island, we offer the highest quality environment to achieve any of your fitness goals, at any level. We are also family-owned and operated.
April and Kim talk about our new normal and our predictions for what's to come.  We discuss healthy eating and the impact on our immune system, the debate on opening the economy, and so much more.  Hope you join us! 
Our conversation was cut short last week, hope you're ready for Part 2.
April and Kim interview Dallas Yoga Girl, Amanda Shapiro.   Amanda's story of moving from her family's small hometown of Bloomington, IN to the Dallas metroplex at 18 to build a life of her own is inspirational and heartwarming.    We hope you'll join us.***Apologies for the abrupt cutoff at the end of the episode.  Zoom cut us off, please join us for Episode 78 - Part 2. 
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