Joy Found Here

Welcome to the Joy Found Here podcast, hosted by Stephanie Martinez Rivera. Join us each week while we have real talk with inspiring women about life,balance, grace and permission to step off the ride. Listen in as we he

Making The World Our Classroom with Lainie Liberti

Ep. 63
What alternative education options have sparked your curiosity? Some of the best learning experiences can only happen when we step outside of the conventional classroom.In this episode, I am so excited to be joined by the captivating Lainie Liberti. Lainie is a best selling author, international speaker, teen mentor, alternative education advocate, and mother to her son Miro. She has chosen to educate Miro through a concept she called “worldschooling”, turning rich experiential learning, cultural immersion, volunteering and leadership into his school. Liberti has spoken about worldschooling on the TEDx Edu stage in Amsterdam, published her book Seen, Heard & Understood, Parenting and Partnering with Teens for Greater Mental Health, and has co-foundered Project World School with Miro along with additional courses and programs.Throughout this episode, Lainie and I have a wonderful conversation about her journey and experience parenting Miro through worldschooling. She talks about her former career at a successful branding agency and the series of events that led her to dive headfirst into worldschooling Miro. Lainie also shares the changes she made to her parenting when Miro became a teenager, how the pandemic taught her to be more intentional, and what is coming up next for Project World School.Tune in to Episode 63 of the Joy Found Here podcast to learn all about worldschooling from Lainie!In This Episode, You Will Learn:About Lainie’s former career at a branding agency (3:35)How Lainie had to reprogram the parenting style she had learned (16:07)About the traveling lifestyle Lainie and her son have pursued (18:43)The parenting pivot Lainie made when her son became a teenager (24:15)How Lainie became intentional about launching courses during the pandemic (31:06)About the exciting upcoming projects Lainie is working on (40:34)Connect with LainieTEDx talk - Making The World Our ClassroomBook - Seen, Heard & Understood, Parenting and Partnering with you Teen for Greater Mental Health!Transformative Mentoring for TeensThe Partnership Parent MovementProject World SchoolProject World School Family SummitWe Are WorldschoolersLet’s Connect:Website

Living a Life that Lights Your Soul on Fire with Kait Marie

Ep. 62
Are you looking to change your career? This is one of the scariest decisions for most people. That’s because of the uncertainty that comes with being jobless or failing to land a job that is as good as the one you are in.In this episode, I am so excited to be joined by Kait Marie, Speaker, Career Pivot Champion,and Recruiting Strategy Consultant. She is a dynamic and engaging professional who is best known for her bold leaps of faith in the career world. She is passionate about helping people find a career that they can be great at and excited about. She does that by challenging the traditional idea of professionalism and encouraging everyone to live a life that lights their soul on fire.Throughout this episode, Kait Marie talks about the different jobs she held before landing her current job. She also shares with us the benefits of working in the tech world and what you need to succeed in it. Additionally, she explains how working remotely has benefited her and why she encourages people to consider applying for remote jobs.Tune in to Episode 62 of the Joy Found Here podcast to learn about Kait’s leap of faith and how it landed her a great job!In This Episode, You Will Learn:Kait’s childhood experiences and aspirations (03:24)How Kait’s short visit to the doctor’s office left her devastated (13:21)How she got her job with a SaaS (Software as a Service) company (18:50)Why it is important to believe that you can learn anything (25:54)How working remotely benefits Kait (44:51)Connect with Kait MarieLinkedInEmailLet’s Connect:Website

The Realities of Running a Small Business with Nicole Chenault

Ep. 61
Do you want to monetize what you are passionate about? In this internet age, it’s possible to create a thriving business without any business premises or a team of employees.In this episode, I am so excited to be joined by Nicole Chenault, founder of Fbombs & Booze. Nicole quit her job after 17 years to start a business that adds unique messages, for different occasions, on drinkware. She’ll share with us her experience running a business that’s heavily reliant on customers acquired online.Throughout this episode, Nicole and I have an amazing conversation about what motivated her to start the business, Fbombs & Booze, and the role her support systems played in the initial stages. Nicole also shares with us some of the challenges that businesses that are heavily reliant on online orders face. Additionally, you’ll hear about some of her aspirations and what she is doing to make them come true.Tune in to Episode 61 of the Joy Found Here podcast to learn from Nicole Chenault about the realities of running a small business.In This Episode, You Will Learn:Why and how Nicole started her business (02:41)Where you can find her products (16:56)How she got her first wholesale customers (21:08)What she plans to do and achieve for the rest of 2022 (29:09)The impact that reviews have on online businesses (38:15)Connect with Nicole ChenaultWebsiteEtsyFacebookInstagramPinterestTikTokLet’s Connect:Website

Learning to be Intentionally Selfish with Naketa Thigpen

Ep. 60
When was the last time you were intentionally selfish? We are programmed to think that being selfish is always a bad thing, however when we allow ourselves to be selfish when needed, it soon becomes self care.In this episode, I am so excited to be joined by the amazing Naketa Thigpen. She is the Co-founder and CEO at ThigPro Balance and Relationship Management Institute, author of Selfish: Permission to Pause, Live, Love and Laugh Your Way to Joy, and podcast host of Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women in Business. Within her role at ThigPro, Naketa helps entrepreneurs to become intentionally selfish about their boundaries, and self-care before they pour selflessly into their partners, families and others.Throughout this episode, Naketa talks about how she turned her personal goal to become intentionally selfish into a business that helps countless other entrepreneurs to do the same. She shares her personal growth journey, detailing the trauma work that she focused on healing, why she had to “divorce herself”, what the mission is with her business ThigPro Balance and Relationship Management Institute, and so much more.Tune in to Episode 60 of the Joy Found Here podcast to learn from Naketa on how to become intentionally selfish!In This Episode, You Will Learn:What being intentionally selfish means to Naketa (3:01)About Naketa’s personal growth journey (8:26)Why Naketa says she had to “divorce herself” (20:35)About Naketa’s business, podcast, and her book (30:01)How Naketa focuses on the positive effects of her childhood trauma (43:22)Connect with NaketaLinkedInInstagramWebsiteBook - Selfish: Permission to Pause, Live, Love and Laugh Your Way to JoyPodcast - Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women in BusinessLet’s Connect:Website

The Reality of Raising Kids In the Year 2022 with Dr. Ashley Funk

Ep. 59
Are you a parent? If so, how has our world of increasing technology and repercussions of the global pandemic impacted your children?In this episode, I am so excited to be joined by Dr. Ashley Funk, a Licensed Psychologist. She is the Owner and Founder of Paradise Psychology in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Funk specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and helping caregivers manage unwanted behaviors displayed by their children. She is also passionate about helping her clients improve their relationshipsthrough open, effective communication and healthy boundaries.Throughout this episode, Dr. Ashley talks about her work with children to help them navigate the crazy, modern world of overstimulation, technology, and life after a global pandemic that uprooted their sense of normalcy. She shares what she has seen as the lasting impacts of the global pandemic in children’s behavior, how to set effective boundaries and consequences as a parent, how children learn from parents, and so much more.Tune in to Episode 59 of the Joy Found Here podcast to learn from Dr. Ashley Funk about the reality of raising a child in 2022!In This Episode, You Will Learn:Why parents come to Ashley seeking help (3:57)Ashley’s reflection on the lasting impacts of the global pandemic on children (9:16)How to set effective boundaries and consequences as a parent (18:20)The importance of monitoring your child’s stimulation (26:54)The mistake that Ashley sees first time parents make (37:42)Connect with Dr. Ashley FunkLinkedInLet’s Connect:Website

Writing Stories of Healing & Hope with Susan Cushman

Ep. 58
The one thing that connects us all is stories. Learning the experiences of others reminds us that we aren’t alone, no matter what we are going through.In this episode, I am so excited to be joined for a second time, by author Susan Cushman. Susan first appeared on Joy Found Here on episode 20, so if you haven’t listened to that episode yet I highly recommend going back to learn about her book John and Mary Margaret. However, Susan is back this time to talk about her newest book, Pilgrim Interrupted, which is a collection of essays about her life. Through her writing, Susan beautifully shares her pilgrimage with readers and reminds us all that healing is possible.Throughout this episode, Susan talks about her new book, Pilgrim Interrupted. She shares the topics that the collection of essays covers and what inspired her to write this book, after just coming out with her book John and Mary Margaret a year ago. Susan also talks about why Alzehimers will continue to be a theme in her writing, how she chose what essays to include in Pilgrim Interrupted, what her next book will be, and more.Tune in to Episode 58 of the Joy Found Here podcast to learn about Susan’s latest book Pilgrim Interrupted!In This Episode, You Will Learn:About Susan’s new book, Pilgrim Interrupted (6:37)Why Susan is passionate about writing about Alzheimers (15:56)Why Susan decided to make the format a collection of essays (19:40)About Susan’s next book contract (33:50)Resources Mentioned:StoryworthConnect with SusanWebsiteBooksFacebookLet’s Connect:Website