The Real Female Entrepreneur


G&G 071: Figuring Out What Works For You, Speaking Up, & Finding Happiness with Phyllis Sa

Season 2, PopularLauren FrontieraComment

Episode Sneak Peek:

"It's such a fine line between being busy and happy and just being busy and sad or angry or overwhelmed."




What's In This Episode:

Figuring out what works for you and finding happiness is a life-long process.

In today's episode, I'm sitting down with Phyllis Sa, branding + web designer, to dive into her story and ALL the good stuff. Really, you should just stop reading and go listen. But in case you want the cliff notes version before you dive right in, here goes:

Phyllis shares about how becoming a mother for the first time changed everything for her, including work. She goes on to share about her big career transition and the hardest lessons she's learned about herself over the past few years. We also talk about setting healthy boundaries as a people-pleaser and why it's important to make mistakes rather than looking for a shortcut every time.

At the end of our conversation Phyllis shares about her fears about speaking up and voicing her thoughts/opinions, which led to us discussing how difficult this is right now amidst politics and the divisive state of our country. It's such an interesting conversation to have as business owners, and Phyllis shared about the difficulties for her as an introvert, while I shared about the difficulties for me as an extrovert.

This conversation is full of so much goodness and I could go on and on for days about all of the amazing topics we touch on, but just grab your headphones and listen. It'll be way more fun!


"When I was with my family, I never felt like I could leave the work behind, and when I was with my work, I never quite could leave the family behind."


"I had a lot of time to do all of the things I wanted to do and when I wanted to do them, and once I had a baby, I could not define those things for myself anymore."


"Success is not one size fits all."


Links From This Episode:

"The Nightingale" by Kristen Hannah

Phyllis on Instagram and Facebook

Lauren on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

G&G 068: Finding Passion & Purpose Amidst Pain & Suffering with Ruthie Lindsey

Popular, Season 2Lauren FrontieraComment


"The depth that we know pain is the depth that we can know joy."


with Ruthie Lindsey



"The depth that we know pain is the depth that we can know joy." If ever there were a shining example of this truth, it is Ruthie Lindsey.

Ruthie is the human embodiment of the greatest joy amidst the greatest pain. After spending nearly a decade in bed with chronic pain, Ruthie found herself single for the first time in almost a decade, scared out of her mind. Without the luxury of fear, and surround by a community of people who believed in her before she believed in herself, Ruthie turned her passion into career.

Today, she speaks to groups across the country, styles events for big-name brands like Free People, Williams Sonoma, and West Elm, and (exciting) is now writing a book. In this episode, we dive into Ruthie's career journey - the good, the bad, the fears, and the hard parts of growing a business while living with debilitating chronic pain.

Ruthie quite literally is the human embodiment of sunshine. Everyone - every stinkin' one - needs to listen.



"Tiny Beautiful Things" by Cheryl Strayed

G&G 065: Learning As You Go with Rachel Allene

Season 2, PopularLauren FrontieraComment

Episode Sneak Peek:

“There are things that people are super good at that I’m not. If we’re continually telling people we have it all together, there’s no way for us to help each other.”




What's In This Episode:

There can be this pressure to have it all figured out before you begin. Sometimes, though, the best thing you can do is to just start and learn as you go.

In this episode, I sit down with Rachel Allene to hear her story. She shares about how feeling unfulfilled in her career after college led to her quitting her job with no plans other than to start a business. With no business plan, no business bank account, and nothing "official", she set up office at her dining room table and got to work.

In a short amount of time, Rachel went from photographing weddings to running a successful product-based business. We talk about separating your worth from the numbers, giving yourself grace on the hard days, and learning as you go. Rachel also recently announced that she was pregnant with her and her husband's first child. So, we talk about the fears and uncertainty around this new chapter of her life and her plans for business in the coming 9 months.


“It can be really hard when you put your heart and soul into an item, and then you launch it and you hear crickets.”


Rachel shares the un-pretty realities of...

  • Struggling to find a job in a small town and not knowing what she wanted 
  • Starting a business without a business bank account or a plan
  • Panicking about unhappy clients, broken products, and shipping
  • Launching new products and getting no response or sales

And the crazy, inspiring ways she...

  • Re-discovered her love of lettering
  • Learned as she went and built a successful business that she loves
  • Lives her mission to empower women through coaching
  • Realized that it’s okay to rest as an entrepreneur

“When you can be intentional with your business, people are drawn to that because they want to see realness.”


Share your favorite inspiration from this episode on social media and use #GritandGlitterPodcast.


“I’m more than a business owner. In my resume of roles I fill, it’s actually on the bottom.” 


In this episode, you'll learn the GRIT + GLITTER of...

  • Managing the hard parts of a growing business
  • Dealing with heartfelt launches that aren’t successful
  • Finding your worth outside of your business
  • Giving yourself grace as a business owner
  • Preparing for maternity leave as an entrepreneur

Links From This Episode:

Rachel on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest

Lauren on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook