Episode 107: June Energy Reading

Episode 107 June Energy Reading. 3 tarot cards next to a deck and a cup of black coffee. tarot for business. soul centered business

What if failure weren’t an option? What if all outcomes were neutral? What if you got up off your sad butt and rode off into the sunset? No, June’s energy reading isn’t telling you to pick yourself up by your bootstraps, but it is telling us that we need to check our attitude.

Summer is said to be easy, but this month the cards are pushing us hard into introspection and accountability. Y’all, this is a reminder that humans are meaning-makers. That is our magic. It can be beautiful and rich, but it can also be limiting.

This month, the cards are asking us to take up the reins of our brains. What meaning are we giving to situations? Are these the stories we want to be living in? Are these the mindsets that allow us to live our dreams? How can we better love ourselves?

But it isn’t all down to us. We don’t live in a vacuum (even if sheltering in place might have made it feel that way); there are people ready to hold us. What if we stopped trying to have all the answers? Yes, even us bossy business owners who feel like we have to have it all together! What would it mean to hold the vision instead of doling out the solutions? 

Meaning is what we make of it, and when we give ourselves permission to take accountability instead of control, we make space for magic.

And speaking of: make sure to catch the first few minutes of this ep to hear all the deets about my new upcoming free training with Ren Zatopek: How to Craft a Magical Business.

Tune in this week to pick yourself apart and set yourself free! Fuck the platitudes! Ride off into the sunset on a horse (or vehicle of your choosing)! Meet you there.

Show Notes:

2:44– Energy of the Month: 3 of Swords. Radical accountability for your perceptions.

12:23–Action of the Month: 2 of Cups reversed. Hold all of yourself.

14:34– Release Work of the Month: King of Swords reversed. Ask for help.

20:01–Outcome of the Month: Knight of Swords reversed. Fuck platitudes– just do it!

Free Training: How to Craft a Magical Business with Sarah Chappell and Ren Zatopek
Episode 97: Soul-Centered Business Magic with Ren Zatopek

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Episode 106: Anti-Capitalist Abundance with Sarah Gottesdiener

What does business success mean when you are an anti-capitalist feminist? Those things so often seem in direct opposition, right? We know that we live in a system that benefits a few people over many others. We know that so many people are exploited and harmed so that a handful can hoard. We know that the structures used to create and keep wealth are so often used to do so at the expense of others. So, if our values oppose that systemic violence, what does it say about us if we try to Be Successful? What does it mean if we decide that we don’t just deserve to survive, but to thrive?

Oh my Gottess, y’all (the joke is building, are you ready?). I feel that! I have been there! And I am so excited to be talking all about it with the divine Sarah GOTTESdiener.

If you somehow don’t know who Sarah is, she is the witch behind Modern Woman. You may know her as the publisher of the Many Moons workbooks, but she does so much more. She is a teacher, writer, tarot reader, and YES the owner of a product-based business that makes apparel, potions, calendars, and more.

In this episode, Sarah and I go deep and hard on our values as feminist business owners and all the work we have done on ourselves to be able to do work that aligns with our values. 

We talk about redefining abundance as a feminist act to oppose capitalism and how undervaluing and underselling ourselves isn’t serving anyone. We talk about disentangling the reality that many people have to work for less than they are worth because we live in an unfair world from deserving to work for less than you are worth because you are afraid of abandoning your values.

Right??? Okay but how DO we work in alignment with those values? 

Sarah tells us how she has structured and shaped her business to actually serve her community. She shares her tithing practices and how they work both as accountability to her privilege as a white, cisgender business owner AND create some real money magic. We talk about how to center our values, as we define what success and abundance means for us.

Y’all, I can’t even summarize this, so you’ll have to hop on over to your favorite podcast app and tune in for the whole thing. Get ready to get over your fear of success, without compromising what really matters. 

Show Notes:

2:46– No Niche! Diversifying your business to stay in your values

13:36– How are your business actions shaped by your feminist values?

21:12– How has healing your relationship with money enabled you to serve your community and live your values?

30:00– Anti-capitalist business practices

40:47– How are you looking at stability ahead?

Prosperity without Growth by Tim Jackson

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Episode 105: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Money

So You Wanna Be a Witch Episode 105: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Money. Sarah Chappell smirking at the camera.

If you’ve been with me for a while, you know that I love pushing social convention to talk about money. It’s one of the first manners that we learn as children, right? Don’t ask people how much money they make (it’ll embarrass them), don’t tell people how much our family makes (it’s tacky), don’t ask for money (it’s humiliating), don’t do things “just” for money (it’s shallow), don’t talk about how much things cost (it’s awkward), but you better have a fool-proof budget in your pocket when you stumble out of the nest and off into the world—oh my gosh, no wonder it brings up feelings of fear, guilt, and shame for so many of us!

Now, y’all know I’m not a financial advisor or an accountant, but I do have a lot of opinions when it comes to money and business (are you surprised?). I also have the experience of working with hundreds of small business owners and guess what I’ve learned? You can’t expect to run a business and avoid talking specifics about money. 

So, this week I am dedicating the podcast to five questions for you to explore and improve your personal and business relationship with money. These five questions get at the root of our behavior and invite us to choose how we want to act, and thus what success we are open to. I include some practical tips for investing, risk-taking, and returns. I also wax poetic about some software that makes me weak in the knees and why to tell your money to get a goddamn job already!

Tune in this week for my soap box about social media ads and my regular mixing bowl of metaphors (wait—is it regular? Guys, is this A Thing?).

Show Notes:

0:49– What do you believe about money?

2:33– How are you paying yourself?

8:33– How quickly do you want to grow?

12:07– What is your relationship to risk?

17:22: What spending is valuable in your business?

Episode 79: The #1 Thing Preventing Your Business Growth

Episode 75: Business on a Budget

The Become Pillar in the Holistic Business Academy

Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

Liz Melville: Facebook Ad Strategist

YNAB (You Need A Budget)

Missive

ClickUp

Convertkit

ActiveCampaign

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Episode 104: Sex and Money with Dr. Carolyn Elliott

Carolyn Elliott looking at the camera and smiling. existential kink. shadow work.

Did you know that you have a desire to fail? A desire to be rejected? A desire for scarcity? What would happen if you allowed yourself space to… enjoy them? I know that might sound crazy to us when we are hustling like mad to make rent, to grow our business, to reach our lofty goals—these are the very things we are working against! But hang on for a minute.

Dr. Carolyn Elliott is an alchemist of the psyche. She works with people to integrate their unconscious and conscious by transmuting fear and pain into joy and bounty. She is a coach, online program creator, and the author of Existential Kink: Unmask Your Shadow and Embrace Your Power. This week, I am thrilled to be breaking taboos to talk about some shadowy shit! Yes, sex and money: the two things keeping you up at night. 

(A quick CW for folks, especially to you parents stuck at home with your young children: this episode does contain explicit references to sex, BDSM, and your deep discomfort with the idea of wealth.)

Carolyn’s work centers on the understanding that suppressing desires creates harmful patterns in our lives, as those desires try to sneak their way into being satisfied. Much like folks involved with BDSM create a safe container to fulfil a desire that seems dangerous, so does creating a container for these taboo life experiences allow us a place to be satisfied by them. Allowing our conscious mind to accept our unconscious desires and motivations allows our unconscious mind to accept and hold our conscious desires. We can succeed only when we do both!

Discussing discomfort with desire means we have to spend a lot of time talking about money. Carolyn breaks down the origin of money and our validly complex feelings around it. She disentangles the power of money from abuse of power and reminds us of the ways that money is actually a revolution for the people! Whoa. 

Tune in this week for some sexy talk and secret desires, but like… mostly about the contents of your wallet.

Show Notes:

2:21– What is Existential Kink and why that name?

16:46– Sex and Money: transmuting discomfort into pleasure and making space for both

26:09– Practical tools and common blockages

34:14– Check your resentment: Seeing money as play, rather than debt

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Money: The Unauthorized Biography by Felix Martin

Existential Kink: Unmask Your Shadow and Embrace Your Power

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