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Episode 41: Finding Connection and Support as an Entrepreneur with Liz Applegate and Julie Houghton


This week’s episode is really special to me. Talking about finding connection and support as an entrepreneur is a topic that hits home, AND, I couldn’t be happier to share this conversation with you because Julie Houghton, Liz Applegate and I are in a mastermind together. We had chatted a bit about sharing some of what we’ve learned from each other, and support and connection came up as some of the top challenges we faced (and face) as entrepreneurs. Julie Houghton is a career coach, and Liz Applegate who works with women to redefine midlife.

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Julie and Liz and I met in coach training and I feel so lucky to have gotten to know them both better, and find it to be truly inspiring to be in a mastermind group with them. I think you’ll love this episode if you’re someone considering making the jump to becoming an entrepreneur, if you’re already an entrepreneur and wonder how to deal with the isolation that can come with working from home, or if you are a coach of any sort. We laugh all the way through the interview and share a lot of knowledge. I hope you love meeting Julie and Liz!

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In this episode we talk about:
4:00 intros and our earliest sparks of joys as kids
5:00 Liz talks about making houses for small backyard animals like lizards
6:35 Julie talks about how she looked for joy as a kid in elementary school by creating a “grape community” and making magazines for her dog
8:15 We address the question of “Can dogs read?”
8:55 Paula discusses making a “Smurf Village” in her friend’s side yard
10:15 Julie and her best friend used to write each other notes and bury them in the yard
12:45 Julie talks about how she started following her dreams after being in a corporate job for 15 years
15:00 Julie’s work with clients, who sometimes feel like they need to be “sure” of their decisions or path before taking a first step.
17:00 how to move forward with a career change or move even when you’re not sure of the next steps
17:30 how to consider financial implications of changing careers
18:10 finding a part time job to help supplement income (and how the mind can play tricks on you that you’ll “never find part time work”)
19:30 Liz’s path to becoming an entrepreneur – working full time and building a business at the same time.
20:27: how fear can paralyze you when you’re a new entrepreneur and how Liz works through the fear (by understanding her own process)
22:00 listening to what your body needs, and working with it
24:00 how starting a business is very ebb and flow, and Liz’s reflections on how to work through the first year
25:15 getting support through a mastermind to remind yourself that things will get better
27:10 how we organize our mastermind, using Voxer and what kinds of things we talk about with each other
28:00 how becoming an entrepreneur can be isolating
29:00 how long each of us has been on our own as a coach (Julie almost three years, Liz 18 months, and Paula 6 months)
31:00 how each of us has found local support to help keep the isolation of working from home at bay; Liz shares ideas on how to find that kind of support)
34:35 Julie shares about her fear of loneliness being one of the things that kept her stuck in her corporate job
35:00 Julie talks about how she intermixes in person connections with talking with others online to stay feeling in touch with other people
37:30 Paula talks about making a point of getting together with another local entrepreneur, and other times, her best friend
37:10 Julie talks about meeting an entrepreneur friend in a coffee shop to work at the same time
38:40 Liz and Paula on what accountability means in our group (no task masters!)
39:35 Julie reflects that sharing ideas with each other means that we’ve made ourselves accountable for the item, and that we each remind each other of what we’ve said we want (and ask each other why we may have changed our minds
42:00 Liz is starting a podcast! Midlife Schmidlife
43:05 Julie offers a free ebook on her site: 5 simple steps you can do today to find work that feeds your soul
44:30 How to bring your dream into action: take a step, and do one uncomfortable thing each day, don’t wait to be fearless, see the wisdom in your fear
49:00 how fear can take many shapes, and surprise you
52:00 our ideas on how to bring joy into your life

Finding Connection and Support as an Entrepreneur with Liz Applegate and Julie Houghton

Resources for this show:
Julie Houghton’s Website
Liz Applegate’s Website: Midlife Schmidlife
Voxer: Our favorite App

Finding Connection and Support as an Entrepreneur with Liz Applegate and Julie Houghton
What kind of support has been helpful to you as you’ve embarked on new journeys in your life?

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  • Lisa @ Fun Money Mom
    June 7, 2016 at 5:00 am

    What a great resource for those interested in becoming an entrepreneur! I love how you have a list of what time you cover what topic so that if I don’t have time to listen to the entire show, I can skip to the parts most relevant to me.

    • Paula
      June 7, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks Lisa – and thank you for listening! I love adding the time stamps for just that reason. 🙂

  • Liz Applegate
    June 7, 2016 at 8:47 am

    So much fun! Thanks for having us on the show, Paula. <3

    • Paula
      June 7, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      You know I love you! I’m so glad we got to do an episode and can’t wait to do another 🙂

  • Kait
    June 7, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I love that part of this included how fear can sometimes be a GOOD thing. If it scares you, it might just be exactly what you need. As always, I find your podcasts inspiring and uplighting. XO

  • Rachel
    June 7, 2016 at 11:39 am

    I love hearing from strong a successful women who have been in my shoes and have made it. Their advice is priceless and the stories so inspiring!

  • Ana De- Jesus
    June 7, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Liz is a great speaker, to me this is an empowering podcast and a celebration about the strength of femininity. They and yourself are very inspirational.

    • Paula
      June 7, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you, Ana! That means a lot to me, as I see you as a powerhouse and admire your strength and vulnerability as well.

  • Amber Nelson
    June 7, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Now this is inspirational. I love hearing different viewpoints and experiences from my fellow women entrepreneurs.

  • Rose Sahetapy
    June 8, 2016 at 1:49 am

    It’s a wonderful thing when women inspiring and encouraging other women in loving and postive way. I love the way you interview your guest, you sound relax but your question are represent really what people want to know.

  • Heather
    June 8, 2016 at 7:16 am

    One of the biggest reasons I started blogging back in 2007 was because I was searching for community – people that had the same views and life goals as I did. Finding that support has been instrumental in me continuing what I am doing with my blog.

  • Kori
    June 8, 2016 at 7:35 am

    I have a smallish blogging tribe that I started and I also belong to a few larger blog related groups. However, joining the Female Entrepreneur Association for the knowledge has been incredibly helpful. Once I’m ready to diversify, I’ll reach out through there for an accountability partner.

  • Kiwi
    June 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    I love the breakdown of this podcast for entrepreneurs! I can relate to the 12:45 mark and thats why I work for myself today. Sorry corporate America is a form of jail, stifles creativity and takes time away from personal goals. So happy you all were able to talk in detail about this.

  • Amanda Love
    June 8, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Support means so much and just not for entrepreneurs but it sure makes it easier for everyone. What an inspiration they all are.

  • Sarah
    June 9, 2016 at 8:08 am

    LOVE the podcast. It can definitely be difficult to find community and support as an entrepreneur. I don’t know anyone in real life who does what I do, so the friendships I make online are so important.

  • Robin Ruehrwein
    June 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I love listening to podcasts like this! All three of you ladies are so inspirational to me.

  • Toughcookiemommy
    June 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I agree that support definitely makes a huge difference when it comes to your success as an entrepreneur. We all benefit from having our tribe around us.

  • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson
    June 11, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Taking your first step, and figuring out the second as you go, really speaks to me. I feel like that’s how I’ve always lived my life. Even when my second step is “planned” it always ends up being different. I really believe in moving forward no matter what, thanks for the reminder.

    Be the author of your own story,
    Rebecca Kelsey Sampson