Messy & Magnificent with Karlee Fain


Are You Sabotaging Your Career By Over-Working? 6 Ways to Get Better Results In Less Time.

Ep. 43

You're working hard, putting in your time and energy and resources, day in and day out. Why aren't you experiencing the same results you'd like to be getting then? 

There's a myth in our society that good work is the same as hard work, but the truth is that this isn't always the case. At some point, the "I will do all the things" mentality that once helped spur some growth will become the same thing that roadblocks you from getting to the next level. Eventually, your metaphorical blade will dull, and you'll need to take some time to sharpen it again.

In this episode, Karlee breaks down The Law of Diminishing Returns, demonstrating how spending all your energy and resources is not always the best strategy to keep moving forward; instead, you may be accidentally sabotaging your best work. She also provides simple and doable strategies for "sharpening your blade" to be clear, focused, and operating at your best in small moments throughout your day.

Tune in to learn how you can strategically get more work done in less time, without spending all your energy in one place.

In This Episode You Will Learn: 

  • What is the Law of Diminishing Returns? (6:28)
  • How to prevent accidentally sabotaging your best results by overworking and over thinking . (12:49)
  • What Karlee’s personal Daily Thrive Practice looks like. (14:18)
  • The 6 Pillars of Working Hours. (16:01)
  • How to incorporate the different types of working hours into your weekly routine to hone your focus and joy. (25:24)


The Reclaiming Time Studio: Karlee's Private Group for Women That Run Their Own Business Who Are Done With Burnout

Episode 36: Reopening Gently: A Simple Practice to Process What Just Happened and Move Forward with Wisdom and Grace

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Masterful Storytelling: How to Share Your Stories to Transform and Engage with Others with Dr. Maria Sirois

Ep. 49
You are a living breathing archive of hard-won wisdom and experience. On purpose or not, you've been collecting valuable lessons in your personal and professional life, and some people would be in awe to learn from you.But how do you share your story in a way that captivates and motivates those listening, and how do you know which stories to share in the first place?Human beings are hard-wired to engage deeply with story. Storytelling is more than entertainment; when done well, it opens the door to the best of what is possible for us next. If you are game to inspire, connect with, and motivate others in transformative ways, masterful storytelling is an essential business tool; the impacts are endless.In this episode, Karlee has the pleasure of welcoming back Dr. Maria Sirois to the podcast. She is a master teacher, facilitator, author, speaker, and positive psychologist focused on the resilience of the human spirit. Throughout their conversation, Maria shares the research behind why Storytelling is such an impactful mode of communication, what elements make up a Story that lands well with the audience, and some of the most common mistakes accidentally cause an audience to zone out so you can be sure your stories landed well.If you, a human and professional woman in this world, are looking to amplify your voice and share your experiences in a way that opens the doors of possibility for you and all those you connect with, this is the episode for you.Some Questions Karlee Asks:Why does Story matter? (8:15)What's an example of Storytelling being used particularly well in a professional capacity? (10:09)Why is Storytelling such a compelling way of gathering people around an idea or concept, versus the facts and data? (16:56)What's a question for someone to ask themselves to begin sharing Story?What Storytelling practices don't work? (25:28)How do you practice sharing a Story? (27:52)Who gets a seat on the life raft in your life? (36:36)In This Episode You'll Learn:How Stories expand the realm of possibilities in life. (8:18)What makes Story work? (12:48)The 3 layers that make Storytelling the most impactful way of communication. (17:39)How to know which Stories you should share. (19:40)The 2 most common mistakes people make around Storytelling. (27:11)About Maria's next project:What to Remember. (32:42)What elements Maria consciously leaves off her life raft. (43:18)Connect with Maria Sirois:Maria Sirois' WebsiteContact Maria SiroisResources Mentioned In This Episode:What to Remember: FREE Video Series by Dr. Maria SiroisNavigating a Peaceful Transition with Dr. Maria Sirois & Karlee Fain

Rising Together: Hear Revolutionary Career-Driven Women Share Their Wits & Wisdom Inside Our Podcast Pajama Party

Ep. 48
In less than a year, the Messy & Magnificent podcast has reached 10,000 listeners all over the world, it's time for celebration! While it sure feels like magic, there is method that Karlee employes to get these kinds of results. Hint: it's not about working super hard or being some type of genius. So to mark this milestone, and share what's working, Karlee sent out an invitation to everyone who listens to the podcast around the world to join her (and previous podcast guests!) for a cozy hour to gather. Within just a few minutes, the women who joined in began sharing immensely powerful experiences, opening up to offer some insights they’ve gained over the last six months, share their successes and the challenges they’re still up against.In your PJs or not, this episode will give you a cozy sense of what happens when professional women gather to nourish themselves and each other. And you'll learn what specific practices Karlee attributes to the success of this podcast and her coaching practice. Some Questions Karlee Asks At the Party:If you had a warning label, what would it say? (13:09)What’s something from the podcast that’s stuck with you? (14:56)What does it physically feel like in your body when something’s right? (21:48)What are you letting go of that’s not working for you? (37:40)What’s one thing you know to be true? (55:56)In This Episode You Will Learn:The myths that restrict the professional growth of driven women. (3:10)How life can shift when you start taking time for yourself. (15:26)How upgrading your language to say “and” rather than “but” can be a game-changer. (18:15)How to tap into your "Holy Knowing". (22:58)How your epigenetics may influence how you interact with the world around you. (28:00)Karlee’s Culmination Practice: How we dare to pause and gleam the best wisdom about what just happened. (32:25)Why it’s not necessary to “stay busy.” (41:20)The greatest gift that this podcast has given Karlee. (52:52)People Mentioned:Dr. Maria SiroisGinni SaraswatiLakshmi VoelkerShavawn BoyerSuzi Banks BaumDr. Valerie ReinResources:Get the Culmination Mastersheet Karlee Mentions In This Episode For Free BelowEpisode 6: Feeling The Holiday Stress? Here’s a framework for more ease during full times with Maria SiroisEpisode 15: Building the Habit of Courage: How to Stop Enduring What Drains You with Dana LemayEpisode 21: Creating the Career & Life You Want: Even if Others Disagree or Don’t Get It with Ginni SaraswatiEpisode 22: Patriarchy Stress Disorder: Removing invisible barriers to your joy and fulfillment with Dr. Valerie ReinEpisode 24: Hearing the Answers Within You: How Lakshmi Voelker Re-invented Her Business and Our WorldEpisode 26: Self-Sacrifice is Not the Future of Business or Medicine with Shavawn Boyer, RNEpisode 35: Trust Your Knowing: How Women Rise from Doubt to Leading Themselves Forward with Suzi Banks BaumPatriarchy Stress Disorder by Dr. Valerie Rein

Single Mom Strong: How Our Body Leads Us Into Courageous Activism for Ourselves and Others with Lanna Brown

Ep. 47
Authenticity is the buzzword on social media in the business world right now. But there is a difference between authenticity and "polished vulnerability" or just plain oversharing.A few months ago, Karlee noticed Lanna Brown shift the way she shows up on social media, and the immediate outpouring of support and engaged she created - connecting with people in meaningful ways and bolstering her community. She has rucked up the courage to demonstrate what sharing your can look like, and the ways it's been therapeutic to set herself from the confines of "having to say things just right".In this episode, Karlee interviews Lanna Brown, a personal fitness trainer and coach in the Berkshires. Lanna shares about the personal revelations that have made her "Single Mom Strong" and how taking a chance to speak up gave her power, clarity, and passion to move forward.Tune in to be inspired by Lanna’s journey and learn how to start including your voice in the global conversation happening online in a way that true and unique for you.Some Questions Karlee Asks Lanna:What made you decide to turn up the volume on your social media posts? (6:07)How is physical well-being and activism connected in your world? (12:54)How can somebody begin to reconnect to their body? (16:30)What are you noticing about speaking up more? (20:56)What’s one thing that surprised you about the experience of sharing more of how you think and feel in the world? (24:58)Tell us a little bit more about what you’re working on. (35:59)In This Episode You’ll Learn:What it means to be “single mom strong.” (11:16)How Lanna practically prioritizes her physical health in her day to day life. (13:04)How speaking out is liberating Lanna. (21:05)How share our voice leads to more authentic connections. (25:30)Why Lanna chose to start speaking up now. (28:31)How Lanna moved away from living to meet someone else’s expectations. (34:42)People Mentioned:Terry Tempest WilliamsSuzi Banks BaumBrené BrownConnect with Lanna:Coaching with LannaInstagramFacebookFacebook Fitness Community