“Perfectionism” no longer applies when you’re living in a world where the news of the day has you asking WTF. According to leadership mentor and award-winning event planner, Carrie Abernathy, now is the best time to start ditching the concept of perfection and start putting out what you can the best you can.When burnout started to affect Carrie she knew something had to change. She took to the internet and created her own blog to encourage other women to be more gracious with themselves and realize that perfection is BULLSHIT.Carrie and I chatted about:Being a recovering perfectionist.Starting a blog during a pandemic.Why women give so much but need to give to themselves.Having a woo-side is a good thing.Why stepping away from social media can actually help you discover who you areResources mentioned in this episode:Carrie’s Website: https://www.awomanwithdrive.com/Carrie’s Talk Show: https://www.crowdcast.io/eb2wAbout Carrie AbernathyCarrie Abernathy CMP, CEM, CSEP is a 15-year events industry veteran and a blogger, speaker, coach and industry leader. Carrie Co-Founded the Association for Women in Events in 2015 and runs the blog: A Women With Drive--a nod to her love of golf and leadership.Carrie is also a full-time meeting planner with Altria Group Distribution Company.  She has been named a Top 25 Industry Influencer by Successful Meetings Magazine and was nominated for Meeting Planner of the Year by PCMA. She was recently inducted into the Smart Meetings Magazine's Smart Women Hall of Fame. Carrie resides mostly in Radford, Virginia with her dog, Ginger.This episode has a moderate F-Bomb Factor. 
Less than 6 months ago she was fighting for her life, thinking she was going to die from a strange illness she had developed. The stress put her over the edge and she checked herself into a behavioral center.  Now, Claudia Zapata is taking on the world in her journey to congress.Claudia and I chatted about:Why mental health needs to be discussed MORE in politicsWhat inspired Claudia to run for officeThe importance of asking for helpHow she is sharing the real-life  stuff behind her journey of politicsResources mentioned in this episode:Claudia's Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/whatareyourunningfor/Running for Office Podcast:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/running-for-office/id1533043443 About Claudia ZapataClaudia has a passion for politics but not in the suit and tie, climb to the top  manner you might think of. She  is raw, real, and ready to bring change to the office. Her journey hasn't always been her focus though.  In the middle of a pandemic, Claudia developed a vocal cord illness that left her mentally struggling for her sanity. She's using her experience to bring light and awareness to everyone she meets. Claudia is also sharing her behind the scenes journey on her podcast - Running  for Office.This episode has a boatload level of the F-Bomb Factor. 
When you’ve been dubbed a bitch because you’d rather be efficient than chatty it’s time shed that role and do you! It’s time to get real when it comes to showing the world who you are and my guest, Shari Hoffman is a shining star when it comes to ditching the bitch title and creating an empire of her own while raising two smart and opinionated girls.Shari and I chatted about:The moment she realized corporate life was not for herHow she disassociated with phrases like “mompreneur” and even “entrepreneur”Why being authentic is more than just a trendThe scary leap Shari took as a business ownerWhy women have to stop apologizing all the timeResources mentioned in this episode:Shari’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neon.collectiveAbout Shari HoffmanShari is a Branded Merch Curator with her own branding agency. She’s a mom, a business owner, and a badass. She’s a leader that empowers people on her team to feel like owners of the company. Shari has not only created a brand that is unapologetic but she has allowed herself to show up unapologetic and unfiltered throughout her life. This episode has a high to out-of-control F-Bomb Factor.
This episode takes a hard look at the challenges women of color are facing as mothers. Now more than ever, mothers are scared for their children to walk down the street simply for being a person of color. Hanifa and I discuss how the current affairs of the country and the world are changing the conversations she’s having with her family and her friends.  She’s an amazing businesswoman who brings light and wisdom to the show about this myth of balancing motherhood, being a wife, running a business, and now hosting her own podcast - Disrupting Balance.Hanifa and I chatted about:Why communication with your partner is more than just talkingRaising a family during a pandemicHow embracing the imbalance makes you better at feeling balancedThe eye-opening events that made us change how we are discussing the world with our children How conversations with friends and co-workers is evolving (in a good way)Resources mentioned in this episode:Hanifa’s Website - Disrupting Balance: www.disruptingbalance.comMy episode on Hanifa’s podcast - https://disruptingbalance.fireside.fm/003About Hanifa BarnesHanifa is a speaker, decision strategist, and seasoned executive with over 15 years of experience in personal and professional change management. She has a Law Degree AND an MBA but she Hanifa believes the most impactful experiences she has comes from living in constant pursuit of purpose. She takes joy in her ability to understand herself and embrace her unique imbalance. Hanifa is a Master Imbalancer..This episode has a low to moderate F-Bomb Factor. 
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May 26th, 1978
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America
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