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If you’re an empath or highly sensitive entrepreneur, odds are you’ve struggled with building a thriving business and amassing wealth because you don’t know how to charge a premium rate for your services without compromising your own values and beliefs. You’re committed to your clients and serving them well, but you’re still looking for the sustainability and balance that you need in order to impact more of the clients that you love.

Catherine Wood, Master Certified Coach and Founder of Unbounded Potential, has been exactly where you are. Each week on The Prosperous Empath® Podcast, she will be sharing stories and interviews that support and inspire heart-centered entrepreneurs just like you in growing a scalable and impact-driven business on your own empathic terms while prioritizing living a joyfully aligned life. It’s time to claim your self worth to own your net worth in order to have the life and career you deeply desire.
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On this solo episode of the Prosperous Empath® Podcast, I want to share with you the messy middle of this season of life & business. I’ve been in the world of personal development for the past decade, and I often see high-level coaches and leaders zoom in on the big transformations and results they’ve achieved without revealing the breakdowns, breakthroughs, and learnings they experienced and overcame along the way. As I’m recording this episode, I’m 27 weeks pregnant and recovering from COVID-19, which has been an interesting experience in surrender and allowing myself to receive more meaningful support from the people around me. I’m also reevaluating how I market my business, getting clear on how & where I want to show up for my community, and navigating moving into a new home as a minimalist. Tune in if you’ve been yearning for more humanity & meaningful conversations lately!   Topics:   Behind the scenes of the changes & personal evolutions I’ve experienced over the last few months Recovering from COVID-19 while 27 weeks pregnant and how it allowed me to open myself up to even more support and community Figuring out what I want my maternity leave to look like & letting go of the non-essentials in business The experience of purchasing a new home: how we did it on our own timeline and found the right place for our growing family Episode Resources: Join us on Monday, August 5th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empathpreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Community for deep connections and meaningful support. The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection by Michael A. Singer Connect with Catherine: Apply to join the free Unbounded community, a vibrant group of empathpreneurs who are passionate about supporting each other on our entrepreneurial journeys. Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here .   Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here .   The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
Growing up in a Bed & Breakfast, I’ve always had an appreciation for a neat and organized space. It’s one of the reasons why I’m so excited about my conversation with Rebecca Jo-Rushdy, a KonMari® consultant who guides sensitive souls on transformational journeys by decluttering their homes, hearts, and minds into sanctuaries that spark joy and flow. As a fellow empath, Rebecca understands that the practice of decluttering your home is not about just freeing up the physical space. It’s also an emotional experience woven with our cherished memories, relationships with our loved ones, and our own evolutions as human beings. From cultivating awareness to setting goals that don’t upset your nervous system, you will walk away from this episode with newfound clarity and wisdom on creating a mindful environment that sets you up for success.   Topics   Decluttering 101 and how creating a mindful home environment can help you become the best version of yourself as an empath Conscious consumption: how to stop feeding into the scarcity mindset and start spending in a way that truly brings you joy Navigating different phases of life, such as welcoming a new baby or moving, without overspending on things you don’t *actually* need The art of intentionality and how to sort through sentimental possessions, especially as a highly sensitive person How to start decluttering your space without overwhelming your nervous system   Episode Resources: Join us on Monday, July 15th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empathpreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Community for deep connections and meaningful support. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo The KonMari Method The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley The Go-Giver by Bob Burg The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger   Connect with Rebecca: Website Instagram: @ sparkjoyandflow LinkedIn Facebook   Connect with Catherine: Apply to join the free Unbounded community, a vibrant group of empathpreneurs who are passionate about supporting each other on our entrepreneurial journeys. Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here .   Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here .     The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
I’m beyond honored to have Bob Conlin and Alex Terranova, co-founders of The Alchemy of Men, on the show today. In their work, they’ve created a community and path to support men in discovering their authentic selves, evolving from boys to men, becoming more self-expressed, and building lives they can be proud of. Alex, Bob, and I used to be leaders together in Accomplishment Coaching, where we all individually trained as coaches together, served in different roles, and partnered in many different ways. We have a lot of experience knowing one another in multiple capacities, and I hope this is evident throughout the episode. I ask them a lot of deep questions about their work as it’s so important and needed in today’s world. In their work, Alex and Bob are cracking the door open for men to show them what is possible if they can tear down their walls. They know that getting men to show up to their retreats is the hardest part – because they have found that once they are there, it’s easy for the facades to fade and allow a new version of masculinity to appear.  I can’t wait for you to tune in and find your own favorite takeaways.    Topics: Believing that we get to choose who we are and how we see the world, and for men, trusting that the definition of traditional masculinity can be changed and improved upon The transformation that Alex and Bob themselves have gone through, how it’s impacted their own friendship, and the lessons they now take into their work with their clients    How Alex and Bob support their clients in facilitating breakthroughs in their lives, knocking down walls, and opening their hearts during their retreats, especially as it’s brand new territory for most  The power of letting go of your ego and surrendering to what you don’t know, and why it’s probably easier than you believe it is  Letting go of everything you may think about what it means to be a man to create the space for reinvention and undoing to flow through  How we can create safe space in supporting our partners to ask for help, create an equal relationship, and rewrite the norms of power dynamics    Episode Resources: Join us on Monday, July 15th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empathpreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Community for deep connections and meaningful support.  The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle The Imago Theory Thomas Huebl   Connect with Alex & Bob: Website  Instagram: @thealchemyofmen    Connect with Catherine: Apply to join the free Unbounded community, a vibrant group of empathpreneurs who are passionate about supporting each other on our entrepreneurial journeys.  Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here.    Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here.   Visit this episode's full show notes page here ---------------- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
If you’ve historically found it challenging to express yourself powerfully as an empath, this episode of The Prosperous Empath® is for you. Dr. Susan Laverick is a sought-after communications consultant with a background spanning Citigroup and the BBC in London to the international sector of Geneva. She trains peacebuilders, NGOs and future leaders to become effective communicators and speak with gravitas. Do you feel that you have a lot to say but find it difficult to figure out how to actually articulate your thoughts (or believe that your message is worth sharing)? By the end of this episode, you’ll feel motivated to embody who you are and communicate your essence with conviction so you can have a deeper impact on your community and become a better leader.    Topics: Susan’s story of reinventing herself after unexpectedly losing a career - harnessing her love of language, leading to a doctorate in English, and eventually establishing a Geneva-based communications consultancy for the peacebuilding and NGO sectors. The importance of self-actualization and claiming your value, instead of modestly ignoring it, through giving to others most in need of the professional support you alone can provide. Understanding your ethos, "the real you", becoming proud of this, and conveying this confidence and authenticity to an audience How body language enhances audience connection and reflects a speaker's individuality. The importance of becoming audience-centric, rather than speaker-centric, to spark audience engagement, and how to keep it alive it with strong, and compelling messages   Episode Resources: Join us on Monday, July 15th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empathpreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Community for deep connections and meaningful support.  The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton  Connect with Dr. Laverick: Website  LinkedIn    Connect with Catherine: Apply to join the free Unbounded community, a vibrant group of empathpreneurs who are passionate about supporting each other on our entrepreneurial journeys.  Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here.    Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here.    Visit this episode's full show notes page here ---------------- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
If you had a month off of work, what would you do? Maybe you’d take the opportunity to work on your side business to increase your income to possibly leave your 9-5. Maybe you’d focus solely on healing your nervous system from endless burnout. The opportunities are endless – enter mini-retirements. Over the past 20 years, Jillian Johnsrud and her husband have taken a dozen mini-retirements while also paying off their debt, buying a home with cash, adopting four kids (and having two biological kids), buying rentals, traveling to 27 countries, and living abroad. In our conversation today on The Prosperous Empath® Podcast, she shares what exactly a mini-retirement is, how they can serve as a catalyst for major change, and how she helps her clients prepare for them. When you listen all the way through, you’ll feel like your biggest desires and dreams are that much more accessible (with action steps to make them happen).    Topics: How Jillian defines a “mini-retirement” and how this can look whether you work in a 9-5 job, or if you’re a business owner The different ways a mini-retirement can give you a runway to imagine new possibilities, heal from burnout, and buy back time  How Jillian supports her clients in preparing for a mini-retirement, especially around the feeling of time and energy scarcity  Being comfortable with sitting in the space or void to reconnect with what you want to design on purpose  The four steps of considering a mini-retirement: set an intention, negotiate employment, create a budget, navigate burnout    Episode Resources: Join us on Monday, July 15th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empathpreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Community for deep connections and meaningful support.  Dopamine Nation by Dr. Anna Lembke The Hoffman Process   Connect with Jillian: Website Instagram: @jillianjohnsrud  LinkedIn    Connect with Catherine: Apply to join the free Unbounded community, a vibrant group of empathpreneurs who are passionate about supporting each other on our entrepreneurial journeys.  Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here.    Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here.    Visit this episode's full show notes page here ---------------- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
I’m so excited about this episode of the Prosperous Empath® Podcast because I’m sitting down with Rebecca Arnold,  certified coach, colleague and longstanding member of the UNBOUNDED Mastermind, to talk about her debut book, The Rooted Renegade. Years in the making, this book helps ambitious professionals reach holistic success and overcome imposed pressure and external expectations that many empaths struggle with, such as perfectionism, people-pleasing, overwork, and difficulty with boundaries. If you feel that your nervous system is tapped out (or getting close to it), listen to this episode to start healing and embodying a more nurturing relationship with yourself.    Topics: Rebecca’s experience with deep burnout after leaving what she had thought was her dream job and how she healed her nervous system after falling apart emotionally and physically  The importance of grounding your body, lighting your soul, and building healthy relationships with other people  How Rebecca stopped holding anger and disappointment in her body and processed her difficult relationship with her father  Learning to trust your body and becoming attuned to its needs instead of always pushing through     Episode Resources: Join us on Monday, June 10th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empathpreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Community for deep connections and meaningful support.  The Rooted Renegade by Rebecca Arnold  The Rooted Renegade Free Book Giveaway!   Connect with Rebecca: Website  Facebook  Instagram: @rootcoach  LinkedIn    Connect with Catherine: Apply to join the free Unbounded community, a vibrant group of empathpreneurs who are passionate about supporting each other on our entrepreneurial journeys.  Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here.    Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here.    Visit this episode's full show notes page here ---------------- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
If you often struggle with trusting yourself and taking risks in entrepreneurship, you’re going to take away a lot from this week’s episode of the Prosperous Empath®. I’m sitting down with Lindsey Epperly, CEO of Jetset World Travel which she has scaled from a one-person operation into a team of over 90 dedicated members in the unlikeliest of times - the COVID-19 pandemic. When the world shut down in March 2020, Lindsey was 5 months pregnant with her first child and her husband had recently quit his job in finance to integrate into her business. As travel restrictions were being put into place, Lindsey had to choose between betting on herself or succumbing to fear and uncertainty. Tune in for an insightful and motivational conversation on turning obstacles into opportunities, overcoming imposter syndrome, and being a light in a dark time.    Topics: Lindsey’s story of scaling her travel agency while navigating her industry’s greatest crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic How to improve your relationship with fear as an entrepreneur and become a resilient risk-taker Battling with your inner critic and overcoming imposter syndrome so you stop being your own bottleneck  Giving up on the illusion of control, hiring a team, and realizing that your way is not the only and best way How Lindsey navigates working with her husband as her business partner and figuring out the boundaries of personal and professional life   Episode Resources: Join us on Monday, June 10th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empathpreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Community for deep connections and meaningful support.  The Setback Cycle: How Defining Moments Can Move Us Forward by Amy Shoenthal   Connect with Lindsey: Website  Who Made You the Boss? Instagram: @lindseyepperly LinkedIn    Connect with Catherine: Apply to join the free Unbounded community, a vibrant group of empathpreneurs who are passionate about supporting each other on our entrepreneurial journeys.  Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here.    Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here.    Visit this episode's full show notes page here ---------------- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
I’m honored to have someone who I care deeply about on the podcast today, Matt Maxwell. He is dedicated to freedom, joy, connection, and stewardship of the earth. Beyond that, Matt is also the author of How to Hold a Cockroach and leads Hearthstone Coaching, where he helps individuals, teams, and organizations clarify and create what matters most to them. At the time of recording, Matt joined me from his car as he’s traveling across the country to move back home to have more support from his family as he navigates the effects of long COVID. Throughout our conversation, we touch on holding grief, giving ourselves the permission to receive, and how Matt is gracefully and intentionally coming to terms with his new reality. If you’ve listened to my past solo episode on receiving and the recent episode with Jenn Andreou on embracing grief, Matt’s episode will feel like a big picture moment on how the two are interconnected and aligned. If you’re in a period of transition, especially if it’s one that’s hard to grapple with, I hope you find some relief in this episode.   Topics: Matt’s experience with long COVID, what it looks like for him and others, and how this has been the catalyst for a major pivot in his life and business The idea of breaking free from “stupid” to allow ourselves to freely and confidently try new things How Matt has learned to hold grace for himself and surrender who he was before COVID to come to terms with his life now Learning to receive more in life while honoring the way we can be of service, companionship, and partnership to other people How Matt has learned to redefine success and find a new way of working with his new cognitive threshold More on Matt’s book, How to Hold a Cockroach, and the lessons on fear and the stories we tell ourselves Matt’s guidance for helping others through chronic illness or holding their own cockroach Episode Resources: Join us on Monday, June 10th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empathpreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Community for deep connections and meaningful support. Listen: Expanding Your Capacity to Receive in Business, Life, and Love Listen: Embracing Grief: Healing in a Culture that Avoids Sorrow with Jenn Andreou Connect with Matt: Hearthstone Website How to Hold a Cockroach Instagram: @mattymaxwell LinkedIn Connect with Catherine: Apply to join the free Unbounded community, a vibrant group of empathpreneurs who are passionate about supporting each other on our entrepreneurial journeys. Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here .   Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here .   Visit this episode's full show notes page here ---------------- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
Trigger warning: This episode may contain triggering content for some listeners affected by child loss; please review the show notes to know if this episode is proper for you now.   As an empath, it can often feel like we’re living in a world that’s grieving hardship and heartbreak. This is why I’m grateful to sit down with Jenn Andreou, an Actualized Living Coach and Grief Recovery Method Specialist. In her work, Jenn helps grievers who feel stuck in the pain of their losses to move through grief and take action to regain their wellbeing. Throughout the episode, we talk about living with grief and allowing yourself to feel pain, sadness, and sorrow instead of fixing or bypassing them. After living through two tragic losses, it took Jenn seventeen years to truly begin to heal and find her way back to joy. Why? Because while grief is emotional, we as a society often intellectualize it and don’t allow ourselves to truly embrace and process our feelings. Jenn joins me for a heartfelt discussion on taking action (not the kind you may think), becoming more honest with yourself, and embracing the idea that it’s okay for things to not always be good so you can heal and move forward.   Topics:   How to use the Grief Recovery Method to embrace and process grief instead of waiting for time to heal your wounds Uncovering the fact that society discourages us from feeling bad and normalizing the idea that it’s okay to not always be okay How to make grief a more welcomed topic in your community and practice bringing curiosity instead of knowing, fixing or bypassing The simple ways in which you can become disconnected from yourself and how to connect more routinely with your inner world Insights on how to help your loved ones grieve and become a heart with ears   Episode Resources: Join us on Monday, June 10th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empathpreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Community for deep connections and meaningful support.   Connect with Jenn:   Website Instagram: @msjennaoconnor Facebook LinkedIn The Grief Recovery Method   Connect with Catherine: Apply to join the free Unbounded community, a vibrant group of empathpreneurs who are passionate about supporting each other on our entrepreneurial journeys. Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here . Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here .     Visit this episode's full show notes page here ---------------- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
In this episode of the Prosperous Empath®, I’m jumping back into the mini-series on mindset blocks and obstacles that empaths and HSPs often struggle with on their entrepreneurial and leadership journeys. By nature, empaths are often people-pleasers and permission seekers. We tend to ask other people for their blessing before we make big decisions and even tame our dreams when they make our loved ones uncomfortable. In this conversation, I’m sharing insights and practical strategies on how to cultivate self-trust and start enrolling others into your vision instead of asking for their permission so you can own the full expression of your desires and dream bigger.   Topics: Catherine’s journey with permission-seeking and how she cultivated breakthroughs and self-trust How to own your potential and start trusting yourself without having proof or guarantees that you’ll achieve your vision How to make choices for yourself based on where you desire to be and speak from that place of already knowing who you’re capable of becoming Enrolling others into your vision and how to start seeking participation instead of permission   Episode Resources: Join us on Monday, June 10th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empathpreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Community for deep connections and meaningful support. Read the blog: Are you seeking permission (or approval) to do your next big thing? Read the blog: How to enroll others behind your plans   Connect with Catherine: Apply to join the free Unbounded community, a vibrant group of empathpreneurs who are passionate about supporting each other on our entrepreneurial journeys. Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here .   Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here . Visit this episode's full show notes page here ---------------- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
I am putting a brief pause on the series on challenges that empaths and HSPs often face this week to bring you a special, emotional & deeply personal episode. I’ve just returned from a spending over the last two weeks in Europe celebrating a milestone birthday - I just turned 40! I’m also officially more than halfway through my pregnancy, and it feels like a beautiful moment to pause and honor all of the becoming that it has taken me to get to this point in life. So, I decided to write a love letter to the baby in my belly to honor the version of me I am today and what I hope for them. Somehow, it also ended up being a love letter to myself and all of YOU as I reflect on learning important life lessons, finding answers to some big questions, and learning to deeply love myself along the way. I hope you find something meaningful and of value for yourself in this vulnerable episode!   Topics: Catherine’s reflections on turning 40 and getting ready to welcome her baby this fall  Learning to love yourself for being you vs. basing your value on your accomplishments and what you do for other people  The importance of finding the answers to big questions such as “What do I want?” and “What do I love?” Essential mindset shifts Catherine has learned over her journey & what she wants to pass down to her child and you   Episode Resources: Join us on May 13th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empath Entrepreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Community for deep connections and meaningful support. Living Nonviolent Communication: Practical Tools to Connect and Communicate Skillfully in Every Situation by Marshall Rosenberg   Connect with Catherine: Apply to join the free Unbounded community, a vibrant group of empathpreneurs who are passionate about supporting each other on our entrepreneurial journeys. Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here .   Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here . Visit this episode's full show notes page here ---------------- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
In this episode of the Prosperous Empath® Podcast, I’m continuing the series on challenges that empaths and HSPs often struggle with and sharing practices, mindset shifts, and tips on how to overcome them. The topic of this episode - expanding your capacity to receive - has been one of the greatest transformations for me over the last decade and it’s something I routinely explore with clients. In life, there is an inherent polarity between givers and takers, and the majority of empaths and HSPs overidentify as givers. There are amazing benefits to being a talented giver (which is why many empaths thrive as service providers), but it can also be hard to allow yourself to receive and have your needs met, whether it’s in business partnerships or romantic relationships, to name just a few. In this episode, you’ll learn why empaths often struggle with giving too much of themselves, the consequences of this tendency, and how to nurture your ability to receive more and better. Topics:   Catherine’s personal experience with expanding her capacity to receive in business, life, and love & how growing up in a bed-and-breakfast disconnected her from her own needs Digging deeper into why empaths often struggle with people-pleasing, high-achieving, excessive caretaking, and authentically expressing their emotions Uncovering how you may be creating dynamics in your business, relationships, and life that set you up for giving too much and how to re-train the people in your life on what they can & can’t expect from you How to prevent burnout, misaligned relationships & partnerships, and stop giving from an empty love tank Nurturing more intimacy in life & business and learning how to lean in to nonviolent communication Episode Resources: Join us on May 13th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empath Entrepreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Community for deep connections and meaningful support. Living Nonviolent Communication: Practical Tools to Connect and Communicate Skillfully in Every Situation by Marshall Rosenberg Connect with Catherine: Apply to join the free Unbounded community, a vibrant group of empathpreneurs who are passionate about supporting each other on our entrepreneurial journeys. Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here . Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here . Visit this episode's full show notes page here. -- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
Today I’m kicking off a series of episodes on the Prosperous Empath® Podcast where I will dig into some commonalities that empaths and HSPs experience in entrepreneurship and leadership. In my years of working with empaths from all walks of life, I’ve noticed that we often share similar struggles and obstacles that we need to overcome to thrive and prosper. In this solo episode, I’m talking about the power of manifestation and the process of reconnecting with your dreams, desires, and creativity. To tell the truth, I have a love/hate relationship with the word “manifestation” - even though I have manifested many things in my life and business. If there’s a logical part of you that resists the concept of manifestation, you’ll resonate with this episode! I’m sharing nuggets of wisdom on how to become intentional with your thoughts and beliefs as well as my favorite manifestation practices to try.      Topics: What manifestation is (and isn’t) and the idea that every result is the consequence of a previous thought and belief  Identifying self-abandonment and the vulnerable practice of reconnecting with your dreams and creativity 8 manifestation practices that helped Catherine open her heart, trust her intuition, and start dreaming big again  Reconnecting with your inner capacity for joy, finding your embodiment practice, and co-conspiring with the universe to create an aligned life  The power of “acting as if” and embracing your skepticism to get out of your comfort zone and connect with the longings of your heart      Episode Resources: Join us on May 13th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empath Entrepreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Community for deep connections and meaningful support. The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron The Success PrinciplesTM: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield  E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout Worthy: Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth by Nancy Levin Blog: Where Are You Headed?     Connect with Catherine: Apply to join the free Unbounded community, a vibrant group of empathpreneurs who are passionate about supporting each other on our entrepreneurial journeys.  Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here.      Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here.      Visit this episode's full show notes page here. -- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
If you want your website to rank high on Google but have always been intimidated by the concept of SEO, this episode of the Prosperous Empath® is for you! I’m sitting down with Kelsey Flannery, a Google Certified Expert and CEO of KaeRae Marketing, and UNBOUNDED Mastermind member, to talk about the basics of search engine optimization and how to approach it in a way that aligns with your values as an empath. Kelsey quit her job at a big marketing agency to develop an innovative Google marketing framework that allows you to authentically share who you are while strategically using SEO to your advantage. We’re digging deep into how Google really works, breaking down common SEO terms that may have overwhelmed you in the past, and sharing easy steps you can take right after listening to this episode to improve your rankings and visibility. While Google may appear like the cool kid that’ll never talk to you, it actually wants to be your best friend. In this conversation, Kelsey and I will equip you with the understanding and tools you need to start making Google your best friend as an empath.    Topics: Humanizing SEO and the idea that while it can be intimidating, Google is an introvert’s best-kept secret in marketing and can be used in empathetic and values-aligned ways The difference between hunting-based vs. harvesting-based marketing and how SEO can help you educate,grow and attract your target audience Basic SEO terms (search engine optimization, Google Analytics, conversions, and keywords),what they actually mean and why they are a game changer in the online business world Easy steps you can take right now to start growing on Google and when to consider outsourcing to a marketing team      Episode Resources: Join us on May 13th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empath Entrepreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Mastermind Community for deep connections and meaningful support. Google My Business     Connect with Kelsey: Website Facebook Instagram: @kaeraemarketing LinkedIn     Connect with Catherine: Apply to join the free Unbounded community, a vibrant group of empathpreneurs who are passionate about supporting each other on our entrepreneurial journeys.  Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here.      Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here.      Visit this episode's full show notes page here. -- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
I’m ecstatic to sit down for this insightful conversation with Isabelle Griffith, the Founder of The School Of Somatic Leadership For Women™, on this episode of the Prosperous Empath®. Isabelle is a Somatic and Embodied Feminine Leadership coach. Her life’s work is to help women break the internalized narratives that are keeping them feeling stressed, depleted, burnt out, and doubting their worth. After spending 20 years in the corporate world and having two beautiful children, she found herself severely burned out - although her seemingly perfect life “ticked” all the boxes. For Isabelle, experiencing burnout was a doorway to reconnecting with her feminine essence and discovering that a completely different way of life and leadership was possible. Many women live in their masculine energy by default, not tapping into the part of them that’s cyclical instead of linear. Through our conversation, Isabelle and I uncover how to find a renewed sense of inner authority, regulate your nervous system, and, most importantly, what it means to be an embodied feminine leader. Topics: Isabelle’s story of following the blueprint for the perfect life yet feeling completely broken and self-critical and how burnout was her doorway to transformation and change Recognizing where you’re living in your masculine and embarking on a tender journey of reclamation of your feminine The idea that conventional leadership is portrayed in a very masculine way (a man in a suit) and what it means to become an embodied feminine leader Becoming attuned to your body’s wisdom, emotions, and fluctuations, and regulating your nervous system to improve and expand your quality of being Learning how to trust yourself and the natural unfolding of life instead of being too attached to your goals and certain outcomes   Episode Resources: Join us on April 15th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empath Entrepreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Mastermind Community for deep connections and meaningful support. Maureen Murdock’s Heroine’s Journey Human Centric Systems with Amy Mitchell Dismantling Internalized Capitalism Living a Non-Linear Life while Following Your Intuition with Jill Ferguson   Connect with Catherine: Apply to join the free Unbounded Mastermind community, a vibrant group of empathpreneurs who are passionate about supporting each other on our entrepreneurial journeys. Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here.    Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here.  Visit this episode's full show notes page here. -- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
If you’ve been a part of my community for a while, you know that intuition is one of my favorite topics to discuss. This is why I’m so excited to sit down with Jill L. Ferguson, serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, and international speaker, to talk about embracing your intuition and following a non-linear path in business and, perhaps even more importantly, life. Jill started her first business at the age of eighteen and has been in-and-out of self-employment ever since, authoring dozens of books and exploring different passions, from painting & photography to consulting & coaching. She learned early on that there’s no straight path to entrepreneurship, but along the way she has learned the importance of following your gut, saying yes to opportunities, and learning to trust yourself. Jill believes that all of us - especially Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) and empaths - were born with divine creativity within us. Yet, in a world that’s so focused on “staying on track,” cultivating a strong sense of self and giving yourself permission to explore is no easy feat. Jill and I have a vulnerable and insightful discussion today about unpacking people-pleasing, taking creative action, and living authentically. If you find it hard to give yourself permission to do things your own way, you’ll undoubtedly learn a lot and walk away inspired from this episode.    Topics: The idea that we’re put on a linear path as small children and that even though many linear notions are ingrained in our brains, entrepreneurship, life, religion, education, relationships - none of it has to be linear  Recognizing when you’re making choices to fulfill other people’s expectations vs. your own and learning to trust yourself  Giving up on the notion that you have to run your business a certain way to be successful and building processes that feel authentic to you  Living as a human being, not a human doing, and embracing passion, openness, and creativity  Learning to block out the noise around you, connect deeper with your intuition, and approach life playfully     Episode Resources: Join us on April 15th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empath Entrepreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Mastermind Community for deep connections and meaningful support.   Connect with Jill: Website  Facebook  Instagram: @ferguson4473 LinkedIn     Connect with Catherine: Apply to join the free Unbounded Mastermind community, a vibrant group of empathpreneurs who are passionate about supporting each other on our entrepreneurial journeys.  Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here.    Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here.    Visit this episode's full show notes page here. -- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
In this episode of the Prosperous Empath®, I’m sitting down with financial advisor and UNBOUNDED Mastermind Alum, Cris Caruso to talk about a phenomenon that many people have experienced in recent years: lifestyle creep. Cris has been in the financial services industry since 2004 and a financial advisor since 2008. Beyond that, she has pursued additional education in understanding how our behaviors shape financial outcomes by earning the Behavioral Financial Advisor designation from Think2Perform. She also earned the Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor credential prior to 2015 as a way to support her LGBTQIA+bclients and continues to use this knowledge to work with unmarried couples and non-traditional families. You’ll appreciate her unique experience throughout today’s episode as she speaks on lifestyle creep, or lifestyle inflation, which is overspending on things that you don’t actually need as your income increases. When you’re early in your career, your spending habits focus on must-haves like housing and groceries. But as your income increases, it’s easy to lose track of what is a necessity and what are simply too many luxuries, and to just keep buying more. Cris and I discuss both values-based and practical strategies on how to identify the areas of your life you should spend generously on and where to be more mindful to reach your long-term goals. How do you live in alignment with your money, especially as an entrepreneur and an empath? You’ll get an answer to this question as you listen to our thought provoking conversation on purposeful spending, the importance of allowing yourself to have fun & fabulous experiences, and more.   Topics: Understanding lifestyle creep and how to identify and avoid meaningless overspending  The importance of spending generously on things that truly satisfy you and how to identify what they are  Recognizing how perfectionism, scarcity mindset, and societal expectations are contributing to your relationship with money  Finding the right balance between lifestyle creep and mindfully increasing your spending as your income grows  Navigating financial planning as an entrepreneur with a fluctuating income that often grows quicker than expected  How to start investing in a way that is aligned with your values and vision    Episode Resources: The Millionaire Next Door The Next Millionaire Next Door We Should All Be Millionaires  BottomLine  Join us on April 15th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empath Entrepreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Mastermind Community for deep connections and meaningful support.   Connect with Cris: Website  Facebook  Instagram: @savoirefinancial  LinkedIn    Connect with Catherine: Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here.    Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here.   Visit this episode's full show notes page here. -- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
Disclaimer: This episode could be hard for some listeners to hear, especially if you’ve been struggling with conceiving. I’ll share that we are pregnant, and we have been blessed to have NOT had any miscarriages.    On this week’s episode of the Prosperous Empath®, I’m continuing to authentically share the behind-the-scenes of my pregnancy journey and the lessons I’ve learned along the way. Be sure to listen to last week’s episode if you haven’t already! In the beginning, the process was incredibly challenging for me because I went into it attached to a certain timeline in my mind - getting pregnant immediately - and it just didn’t happen that way for us. Instead, I had to stop trying to control the journey, trust the process, and discover ways of getting support that I hadn’t considered before. From seeing alternative healthcare providers and sharing my struggles more openly with family and friends to considering IVF and getting a medical procedure that finally helped us conceive naturally, I’m sharing all the details in today’s episode. If you’ve been struggling trying to conceive or know someone who is, I hope that my experience helps you feel less alone on your journey and more empowered to trust your instincts.    Topics: The idea that how you show up or get blocked in one area of your life (for example, business) can be applied to other areas of your life (in this case, conception) Letting go of unfulfilled pregnancy expectations and surrendering to the process and my intuition instead of holding onto a rigid timeline How openly sharing my struggles and getting support, encouragement, and blessings from others created an energetic shift for me Working with an acupuncturist + a chiropractor and getting a medical procedure (HCG) to increase our chances of conceiving naturally How my habits have (and have not) shifted during pregnancy, from morning routine to cold plunging Episode Resources Dr. Debra Ramsay at Alignment Chiropractic Center Kate Zeigler at Tidewater Acupuncture Mount Auburn Center for Women in Cambridge Unbounded Mastermind Join the Private Unbounded Community on Mighty Networks   Reflections, Ahas and Lessons Learned on Hosting the First Unbounded Mastermind Retreat Connect with Catherine: Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here.    Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here.   Visit this episode's full show notes page here. -- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
Disclaimer: This episode could be hard for some listeners to hear, especially if you’ve been struggling with conceiving. I’ll share that we are pregnant, and we have been blessed to have NOT had any miscarriages.  I’ve been looking forward to recording this episode of the Prosperous Empath® for months now. I’m so excited to share that I’m pregnant! Yet, my journey to conception has been long and full of challenges. In this episode, I’m going to get vulnerable about my experience because there is so much information I wish I had known before my husband Parth and I started trying to have a baby. I mistakenly thought we’d get pregnant immediately, but it took us almost a year to conceive. Over that year, I learned the importance of managing unfulfilled expectations, self-advocating for my wants and needs, breaking down in order to break through, and many other things that I simply wasn’t ready for at the beginning of my conception journey. When you want something so deeply, it’s really hard to surrender - yet that’s just what I had to do. Whether you’re thinking about pregnancy or already trying to conceive, I hope that this episode helps you feel more supported as you navigate your own journey.  Topics: Going into the conception process thinking that I’m going to get pregnant immediately and working through the heartbreak of unfulfilled expectations  The importance of self-advocating for yourself, working with empathic medical professionals, and leaning on the practitioners you trust  How the personal development work I’ve been doing over the last decade has helped me during my conception journey Episode Resources Mount Auburn Center for Women in Cambridge Learn more about the Emerge Mastermind, doors are now open! Unbounded Mastermind Join us on March 11th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empath Entrepreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Mastermind Community for deep connections and meaningful support. Join the Private Unbounded Community on Mighty Networks     Connect with Catherine: Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here.    Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here.   Visit this episode's full show notes page here. -- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
As I’m recording this solo episode of the Prosperous Empath®, I’m enjoying a week with no client calls & focusing entirely on working on my business instead of working in it. I block off my calendar like this every last week of the month and instantly feel more spacious and creative. This got me thinking about one of the most popular topics I discuss with clients: Becoming the architect of your ideal schedule. When you’re a 9-5 employee, being busy is celebrated as a sign that you’re a hard worker or an overachiever, while embracing leisure is frowned upon. When you transition into entrepreneurship and become the CEO of your own schedule, the “busy” mindset has to shift. Why? Because as an entrepreneur, so much of your success is who you’re being and how you’re showing up - instead of how booked your schedule is. In this episode, I’ll unpack the idea of transforming your relationship with time as you grow & evolve and how it’s one of the most challenging (and necessary) mindset shifts to make as an entrepreneur. You’ll walk away with practical strategies on how to lean into CEO thinking, change your perspective, and master your time.   Topics: How to shift your mindset from being a 9-5 employee to becoming the architect of your ideal schedule as an entrepreneur How to create energetic space in your calendar & mind to allow for big, intuitive, and courageous thinking to emerge Exploring the idea that your ideal schedule as an entrepreneur is going to evolve & look different depending on the season of business that you’re in  Looking at time management as self-management and allowing yourself to invite more leisure, idleness, and pleasure into your life How to build a schedule that works for you & prioritizes your energy instead of the energy of other people    Episode Resources: Unbounded Mastermind The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey Join the Private Unbounded Community on Mighty Networks Learn more about the Emerge Mastermind, doors are now open! Join us on March 11th at 12pm ET for our monthly Non-Networking Power Hour for Empath Entrepreneurs with our UNBOUNDED Mastermind Community for deep connections and meaningful support.   Connect with Catherine: Website LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Sign up to receive my weekly digest on empathic entrepreneurship and hear from voices committed to spreading this message, sent straight to your inbox every Friday since 2016, here.    Work with Catherine: Interested in working 1:1 with a certified coach on Catherine’s team, or joining her in one of her premium mastermind programs? Schedule a low-pressure call to begin the conversation here.   Visit this episode's full show notes page here. -- The Prosperous Empath® Podcast is produced by Heart Centered Podcasting.
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