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Life, Lemons & LemonDrops

Life, Lemons & LemonDrops

By Greer McVay & Whitnie Wiley
Life, Lemons & LemonDrops is about the sweet highs and sour lows and every drop of life in between. Hosts, Greer and Whitnie, along with show guests help you shake and stir your own lemons into lemon drops.
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Taking Care of Business
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, Greer and Whitnie talk about the importance of handling your business. It's easy, when dealing with the day-to-day details of life, to avoid creating a larger vision and taking a holistic approach to managing your life and business matters. But it's neither impossible nor that difficult; you just need to be determined to see your vision, set a goal, create a plan, then take action. What's stopping you? If you are like many, it's simply the thought of being overwhelmed. After this episode, walk away with the knowledge and confidence to tackle what lies ahead and some strategies to take on the big and the small.
47:01
October 15, 2021
Breaking Down Barriers
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, Whitnie shares strategies you can use to help you achieve your goals or complete projects where your inner critic is rearing its ugly head. While we tend to think of obstacles to accomplishing what we want as outside forces, most often, they are internal to us. We create the barriers by letting the negative thoughts and energy overtake us and stop our momentum. It doesn't have to be that way. Whitnie shares some strategies you can use to keep those negative thoughts and voices from entering your head in the first place, but if one gets in, what you can do to move through it.  After listening to this episode, please let us know if you've tried any of the strategies or have others you use to help keep you on track to accomplish your goals. If you could use some accountability in setting or reaching goals, book a strategy session with Whitnie today and get a free week of accountability calls as a gift.  Read an accompanying article in Brainz magazine here: https://www.brainzmagazine.com/post/breaking-down-barriers To learn more about Whitnie or to follow her on social media: Whitnie Wiley email | website | instagram | linkedin | facebook
39:49
October 8, 2021
Go The Extra Mile, It's Lonely There
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, Greer and Whitnie discuss the benefits of "going the extra mile," also considered to be exceeding expectations. Have you heard the phrase "under-promise and over-deliver?" It's a good rule of thumb to live and work by. The most successful businesses and people are the ones who give that little bit extra, setting them apart from the rest of the pack. The benefits not only inure to the benefit of your family, friends, customers, and clients but are also a boon to you. How? You are transformed by being a better version of yourself which results in increased confidence, consistency, and influence. The rewards can be financial, as well, when your boss, clients, or others notice you and compensate you accordingly. Take the time to observe how you can go the extra mile, then enjoy what you get in return, whether psychically or financially. And remember, the extra mile tends to be a lonely place because so many people just won't put in the extra effort. That is one of the reasons your hard work is seen and can pay off. Napoleon Hill: The Habit of Going the Extra Mile
29:46
October 1, 2021
Meet the Authors: Invincible Forevermore, Part 4
If you've ever felt invisible, you have a story to tell. In Invisible No More, Invincible Forever More, 29 women highlight their stories of going from invisible to invincible. In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops the fourth of the four-part Meet the Authors: Invincible Forever More series, the authors continue sharing their reasons for feeling invisible and steps they took to turn what many might find as a weakness into a strength. The other interesting aspect of this set of interviews is that while there was a hope that others would be inspired and impacted by their stories, the authors felt they grew through the process of moving from invisible to invincible. To learn more about the authors: Lynda Sunshine West email  Mary Elizabeth Jackson email Sarah Jung email Dr. Christine Sauer email
53:43
September 24, 2021
Meet the Authors: Invincible Forevermore, Part 3
If you've ever felt invisible, you have a story to tell. In Invisible No More, Invincible Forever More, 29 women highlight their stories of going from invisible to invincible. In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops hosts Greer and Whitnie continue the four-part Meet the Authors: Invincible Forever More series. In this segment of interviews, the focus is on health with the concept of shedding layers to take back control of our lives. To learn more about the authors: Forbes Riley email Paige Davidson email  Cathy Derksen email
54:42
September 17, 2021
Meet the Authors: Invincible Forevermore, Part 2
If you've ever felt invisible, you have a story to tell. In Invisible No More, Invincible Forever More, 29 women highlight their stories of going from invisible to invincible. In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops hosts Greer and Whitnie continue the four-part Meet the Authors: Invincible Forever More series. Greer opens up with a story about a car accident and the driver of the other car apologizing for not seeing her. Often our visibility is not about us not being there or even available to being seen, but the other person's not seeing at all. Then as Whitnie continues the interviews with the book's authors, the idea of invisibility as a way to protect others and their secrets is broached, along with a discussion about why it's important to step out of our shadows. To learn more about the authors: Nancy Lockhart email | website | facebook | instagram | twitter Legend email Sally Green email Delores Garcia email | website | facebook | instagram | linkedin
54:39
September 10, 2021
Meet the Authors: Invincible Forever More, Part 1
If you've ever felt invisible, you have a story to tell. In Invisible No More, Invincible Forever More, 29 women highlight their stories of going from invisible to invincible. In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops hosts Greer and Whitnie launch the four-part Meet the Authors: Invincible Forever More series. Greer opens with her change of heart about someday skydiving after sharing her experience watching Donovan jump and how engaging in such activities can help us step into our true identities. Then, you'll hear Whitnie's interviews with the authors who discuss their inspiration for contributing to the book and what it has meant to them to move out of the shadows and into their own power. To learn more about the authors: Lynda Sunshine West website | email  Pamela Gort email Mischelle O'Neal email  Cecelia Rankin email Get your copy of Invincible Forever More and read it today!
51:09
September 3, 2021
Meet the Authors: The Fearless Entrepreneurs, Part 3
In the third of a three-part series of interviews with the authors of The Fearless Entrepreneurs, Greer and Whitnie talk about purpose and how fear can keep us from living our purpose and, in turn, cheat others out of what we are here to give.  To learn more about the authors or to work with them: Amy Lee Kaiser email Sally Green email  Lois Koffi email Bhakti Ishaya website | email  Alice Pallum email  Lynda Sunshine West website | email 
47:15
August 27, 2021
Meet the Authors: The Fearless Entrepreneurs, Part 2
In Part 2 of our three-part series with the authors of the book The Fearless Entrepreneurs, Greer and Whitnie discuss the importance of growth as a benefit of moving through fear and taking action before sharing the author's interviews. When we choose, our experiences help change us into versions of ourselves more aligned with who we were created to be. Fear, mental and emotional, is a construct that stands in the way of us being our true selves. The fear may result from past trauma or experiences, but it is not always the case that what we are feeling has any connection to the current environment. The more we step into that truth, the more we can be who we are meant to be. If you'd like to learn more about the authors or reach out to work with them: Lynda Sunshine West website | email | linkedin Marilen Crump email Tanisha Coffey email Kym Glass email Missy Holder email Shanna Lee facebook | instagram | linkedin  Mark Ledlow email Andy Nam email Get your copy of The Fearless Entrepreneurs today.
45:22
August 20, 2021
Meet the Authors: The Fearless Entrepreneurs, Part 1
You've had an idea for a new product or service. You've even thought, "I could create a business out of this." But you haven't. Why not? In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, Greer and Whitnie talk about some of what gets in the way of us taking action on our thoughts and dreams. We share Part 1 of the interviews with some of the contributors to the book "The Fearless Entrepreneurs" by Lynda Sunshine West.  Lynda spent years of her life afraid, and it wasn't until she decided to be an action taker despite her fears that things started to turn around in her life and set her up for a life as an entrepreneur. The other ladies in this interview have similar stories of moving past their fears to do what they love and make an impact in other people's lives. To learn more about the authors, visit them here: Mary Elizabeth Jackson - website | facebook | twitter | instagram Mistie Layne -  Sherri Leopold - website | email  Lynda Sunshine West - website | linkedin | email Get your copy of The Fearless Entrepreneurs now.
57:06
August 13, 2021
Happy Anniversary!
OMG!! It's been a whole year since the first Life, Lemons & LemonDrops episode dropped. And what a year it's been. Undaunted by the pandemic co-hosts, Greer and Whitnie set out to create a platform to discuss the stuff that life deals us and some of the resources, strategies, and tools they and their guests have used to move through the challenges. Every experience is an opportunity to learn and grow, providing us what we need to be stronger for it. In this episode, Greer and Whitnie celebrate their accomplishment of recording and producing the podcast this past year and share highlights from some of their favorite episodes. Thank you for being a part of the LemonDrops community, and we encourage you to listen to episodes you have yet to hear and revisit ones that resonated with you. Also, in the Life, Lemons & LemonDrops Facebook Group, look out for your opportunity to win some prizes as we continue to celebrate over the next three weeks until we get to Greer's birthday.
01:07:01
August 6, 2021
Who Are You To Judge?
If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~Mother Theresa In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops hosts Greer and Whitnie are talking about judging and being judgmental. How can we be less judge-y? "Judgmental" is having or displaying an excessively critical point of view, often borne of the notion that we alone have the answers or the best approach. When others don't conform to how we think they should be or how we would be in their situation, we then are critical of what they do or don't do.  Two current hot-button issues are the increase in coronavirus cases & the continuing resistance to getting vaccinated and/or wearing a mask; and Simone Biles' withdrawal from the Olympic gymnastics team and all-around competitions. The sisters dissect both issues and our reactions to them. One of our highest callings is to love one another. When we live in judgment of others, we do so without regard often to what they are going through. That separation is helping to create the divide many are saying permeates American culture. More collectivist cultures, because they are focused on what is best for the community and not the individual, find it easier to live up to the model set not only by Mother Theresa but Jesus Christ as well. Following are a few more quotes to provide food for thought and hopefully some inspiration to be unaffected by others' judgment and to be, yourself, less judgmental and more loving: "Be curious, not judgmental." ~Walt Whitman "Never judge someone without knowing the whole story. You may think you understand but you don't." ~Anonymous "Let them judge you. Let them misunderstand you. Let them gossip about you. Their opinions aren't your problem. You stay kind, committed to love, and free in your authenticity. No matter what they say or do, don't you dare doubt your worth or the beauty of your truth. Just keep on shining like you do." ~Scott Stabile "People are quick to point out others' faults, but never quick to point out their own." ~Anonymous Learn more about Life, Lemons & LemonDrops.
01:03:12
July 30, 2021
Planning, Procrastination & Progress
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops hosts Greer and Whitnie tackle the problem of procrastination. They discuss what it is, why you do it, and how you can move past it. Procrastination is nothing to be ashamed of; it's something we all find ourselves doing from time to time. However, when procrastination prevents you from achieving your goals, you have to get a handle on it and make changes so that you can progress as you desire. Awareness that procrastination is one of your habits or patterns is the first step. You can begin to use the tools and strategies that are shared to reduce or eliminate the distractions and delays that put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Also, listen to this Ted Talk by Nic Voge, where he discusses the "Self Worth Theory" that may be the root cause of procrastination. If you need assistance with accountability and making progress toward your goals, don't delay, book a session with Whitnie today.
49:10
July 24, 2021
Up In Smoke
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, hosts Greer and Whitnie discuss how to turn a “self-inflicted” lemon into a tasty LemonDrop. The sisters dissect the very human mistake made by 100 meter specialist Sha’Carri Richardson that earned her a 30-day suspension, and ultimately, removal from the 2021 US Olympic Track & Field team. Using this very public case, they offer remedies and a path forward for anyone who finds themselves deprived of opportunities due to their own actions, but seeks a path to redemption and a roadmap for turning the experience into other opportunities that, perhaps, better align with their values and goals. If you want to get some assistance or accountability with achieving your goals, book a session with Whitnie today.
43:39
July 16, 2021
Take This Job and _____ It!
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, hosts Greer and Whitnie tackle a subject that you may have faced--not getting a job you are more than qualified for, for reasons having nothing to do with your qualifications for the job. Sometimes, it's political, sometimes it's personal, but it's always painful. However it shakes out, you have to decide how you will handle it. As a career management and transition coach, Whitnie sees all too often how job seekers don't value their worth enough to walk away from an application process when red lights are blaring. Those tell tale signs send all the messages needed to understand the the pitfalls that lie ahead. Most don't feel they can turn away any opportunity, let alone one they want, but in failing to do so, they end up subjecting themselves to something worse than if they'd simply chosen to go in a different direction in the first place. That's the choice Nikole Hannah-Jones made when she walked away from a tenured position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to instead join the faculty at Howard University.  If you've been paying any attention, you'll know that Hannah-Jones is an award-winning investigative journalist, including a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, a MacArthur genius grant and a Peabody Award. She is an alumna of the very institution, UNC, that originally punted on her tenure application, then only after mounting pressure voted 9-4 to grant tenure. Hannah-Jones would be no different than most of us if she relished the idea of turning down the job, but dreaded the hassle of doing so and finding other opportunities. Ultimately, she triumphed with her ability to see that while her eventual path may not have been your preferred one, the one she ultimately travelled will have greater purpose in the long run. Hannah-Jones' story, while the impetus of this episode, is about so much more. It's about you. It's about your choices and how you can elect to take the scraps someone else throws your way or you can stand up for yourself, defend what you believe is right and create an outcome that serves you beyond your ego and pocketbook.  To read Nikole Hannah-Jones's statement on why she decline the UNC offer, instead opting to take her talents to Howard University, click here. To read the UNC Chancellor's statement in response to the Board of Trustee's vote to offer tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones, click here, and to read about her choice to decline their offer, click here. If you need assistance with career management or a transition whether to another position or entrepreneurship, book a strategy session with Whitnie today.
57:18
July 9, 2021
Break Up to Make Up
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, hosts Greer and Whitnie discuss new love or rather renewed love. In the glow of the recently confirmed rekindled romance of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, we take a look at how you might consider revisiting a past love that may have not been right before, but for which timing makes all the difference. Whitnie shares the story of her romance and subsequent marriage to her husband Michael 30 plus years after they first met. Whether reconnecting with a past love is in the cards for you or not, may boil down to whether or not you and your former significant other have grown with the passage of time. If a name comes to you, don't just write it off as an annoyance, but explore the possibility that there could be a reason to reconnect--anything from romance, to business, to just catching up--be open to possibilities as you never know where they will take you. To work through blocks that may be keeping you from the life of your dreams, including work, business or romance, book a strategy session today to help you get clarity and create a plan to move forward. 
45:11
July 2, 2021
Bound to Be Free
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, Whitnie discusses how boundaries can help you to recover time you may feel is wasted when you are not being intentional with how you are using it. Boundary and time management are tools Whitnie added to her tool box during periods of her life when time was short and she had no choice but to use it more efficiently and effectively. These same tools help her today manage her businesses, podcasts, etc, even though she is nowhere near as pressed for time as she once was. Here are a few tips that will help you: Keep the end in mind Be intentional Plan periodically and regularly Be disciplined, yet flexible Enjoy!! If you find yourself in need of help setting boundaries, managing your time or accountability, reach out to Whitnie for assistance at whitnie@shiftingintoaction.com. Here's the link for the Wheel of Life mentioned in the episode.
32:08
June 25, 2021
Drop That Grudge
In this episode, hosts Greer & Whitnie discuss the importance of letting go of grudges, not for the benefit of the one the grudge is against, but for the one holding the grudge.  A grudge is a persistent feeling of ill will or resentment from a past hurt or injury. The problem isn't necessarily having the feeling of ill will or resentment, but holding on to it in such a way or for a length of time, that it impacts your ability to move on or let go - that's where you can go wrong. Holding on to resentments can impact your health and relationships, so you'll want to address the source of your pain as soon as you are able. But as importantly, holding on to grudges can limit your opportunities, both personally and professionally. Remember, nothing is as important as your mental and emotional health, so protecting them has to be a high priority for you. If you need assistance moving through old hurts, hang-ups or habits in order to maximize your ability to live the life of your dreams, reach out to coach Whitnie at whitnie@shiftingintoaction.com. Or seek counseling from your mental health professional.
46:25
June 18, 2021
Boundaries for Health
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, hosts Greer and Whitnie discuss the importance of establishing boundaries and how to set them for the benefit of your health. In the wake of another premium athlete, Maddie Groves, choosing to walk away from her sport as she reached the pinnacle of her career, reportedly to stand up for what is right, we are left scratching our heads and asking how far must we go to protect our mental health? Share your thoughts in our LemonDrops Facebook Group or leave a voice message on anchor.fm/lifelemonslemondrops. If you find yourself in a situation where you could use some assistance in navigating a work challenge, adding balance or harmony into your life, or needing to create boundaries, please contact Whitnie at whitnie@shiftingintoaction.com.  If this is a life threatening situation, please dial 911.
56:58
June 11, 2021
Put You First
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, a Greer-less Whitnie talks about the recent bruhaha over Naomi Osaka's decision to withdraw from the French Open after announcing she would not honor her contractual obligation to meet with the media. Osaka's actions highlight the need for us, particularly in the workplace to guard our wellbeing. Whether the way she went about communicating her decision was the best approach or not, the good news is that a spotlight has been placed on the divide between what is emotionally good for human beings and the price often paid for success. Whitnie shares her thoughts about the importance of putting yourself first so you can serve and give from a whole and healthy you. Remember you cannot pour from an empty cup and sometimes making sure your cup is filled takes drastic measures to ensure your self-care. Rather than being judgmental, we should extend empathy and grace, as we attempt to understand how to provide support in areas it is needed. If Osaka with all the resources available to her is still feeling the need to step away from her work to take care of herself, what must those with fewer resources available be going through? We welcome your contribution to this discussion. Share your thoughts in our LemonDrops Facebook Group or leave a voice message on anchor.fm/lifelemonslemondrops. If you find yourself in a situation where you could use some assistance in navigating a work challenge, adding balance or harmony into your life, or simply working toward a mindset shift, please contact me at whitnie@shiftingintoaction.com. If this is a life threatening situation, please dial 911.
50:52
June 4, 2021
Will Work for Passion
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, host Greer interviews sister and co-host Whitnie about her passion for the work she does and what drives her to do it. Whitnie shares a little about her life and how she came to care so much about helping people reach their goals, particularly as it relates to the work they do. With books, podcasts, speaking engagements and more, Whitnie is making her mark on the world in her own unique way and shares how you can do the same. More About Whitnie: After the death of her son and finding it difficult to say out loud much of what she was experiencing, Whitnie Wiley’s journey as an author, speaker and podcaster began by her chronicling her grief journey. Since those painful early days, Whitnie has shared her words on leadership and career management with hundreds of thousands of readers around the world as the author for the Lead the Way column in the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Docket magazine. She encouraged her readers to develop self-awareness and use their values and priorities to pave their path to enjoying their careers, better leadership and improved teamwork. As an in-demand coach, speaker, and mentor, Whitnie shares her wisdom from her own life experiences with grace, humility, and humor to drive change in today's business world. Combining her passions for writing, accountability and coaching, Whitnie also helps new and aspiring writers complete their writing projects and get published through her Writers Write Accountability Group and one-on-one coaching. Whitnie is a contributing author to eight books, seven of which are Amazon bestsellers, including Women Who Empower, How to Be Crazy Amazing in Difficult Times, 1 Habit for Entrepreneurial Success, 1 Habit for a Thriving Home Office and 1 Habit for Success. She is anticipating the publication of four books in 2021, including her first solo effort, The SIMPLE LeaderTM. Whitnie holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior and Leadership from the University of San Francisco, a master’s degree in Organizational Development and Leadership from St. Joseph’s University and a juris doctor from Alliant International University’s San Francisco Law School. She is a certified life coach with a specialty in career transitions and a Jack Canfield Certified Success Principles trainer. If you'd like to work with Whitnie you can reach out to her here or to purchase books visit her Amazon author page. 
01:19:11
May 28, 2021
One of Those Days
When life gives you lemons, you should make lemon drops...and sometimes you just need to go home and start all over. Life, Lemons & LemonDrops hosts, Greer and Whitnie, talk about Greer's very, very, very bad day and the steps she took to deal with adversity so she could move on. Then the sisters share practical tips on how to deal with life's little challenges when they pop up and to help you get right back on track. Don't get overwhelmed, just do what you can, don't beat yourself up and move forward. If you find yourself running into challenges and need help with a mind shift or developing a plan to get moving again, book a strategy session with Whitnie today.
35:31
May 21, 2021
Beliefs, Bias and Behavior
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, hosts Greer and Whitnie chat with guest and Chief Civility Officer, Sejal Thakkar about how the experiences of her youth, the lessons she learned from her dad and her time as an employment lawyer helped craft her current work addressing bias and diversity in the corporate world. To learn more about Sejal Thakkar or to hire her check out her LinkedIn page. Click here listen to Sejal's TEDx Talk, The Pain, Power and Paradox of Bias.
50:57
May 14, 2021
You Choose Your Reality
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, hosts Greer and Whitnie chat with guest and tech career strategist, Raj Subrameyer, about his struggle to live up to the expectations of others and his transformation after realizing that other people's expectations did not have to be his reality.  After applying for over 1200 jobs without success and suffering from an anxiety attack, Raj stopped comparing himself to others and decided he needed to live authentically and pursue his true calling. He talks about the importance of mindset, strategy and communication as the key components that helped him take control of his life and launch the career he loves - helping those in the tech space find work they love. To learn more about Raj or to work with him, contact him at rajsubra.com or on LinkedIn. Or go here to get his book Sky Rocket Your Career or to access one of the free resources mentioned in the interview.
58:10
May 7, 2021
More Wealthy Habits
In this continuation of the discussion on the habits of the rich and wealthy, hosts Greer and Whitnie, dig into the habits of setting goals, being creative, never sleeping in and more. Click here to listen to the first part of this conversation.  You can read the article in its entirety here. 
52:19
April 30, 2021
Wealthy Habits
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, hosts Greer and Whitnie discuss the habits of the rich from the Readers Digest article, "19 Things Rich People Rarely Do" by Jordi Lippe-McGraw.  One of the best ways to achieve your goals is to model those who have done what you want to do. After studying their habits and behaviors take those that worked and incorporate the ones you resonate with into your habits and routines. From never staying stuck to not watching too much TV, success leaves clues.  You can read the article here. Share with us through a voice message at anchor.fm/lifelemonslemondrops or leave a post on our Facebook Group Life, Lemons & LemonDrops your thoughts about the 19 habits and which ones you'll be using starting today! 
26:55
April 23, 2021
It's Never Too Late
In this episode, hosts Greer & Whitnie chat with guest, and military spouse, Dr. Summer Watson, about her 21-year journey to finding her passion. With assignments around the world, Dr. Watson followed her husband's career, until she reclaimed her own. Listen to her journey of self-discovery and the path she finally took to tap into her passion and the life she now loves. About Dr. Summer Watson Summer Watson the Uninhibited Military Spouse : A 21- year Journey to Finding My Passion Dr. Summer Watson is the Founder of KORE Women, LLC. KORE Women is a unique home for the hearts and souls of women, where they can Kinetically connect, Organically learn from one another, Reshape lives through diverse interaction, and Energize one another to promote change. KORE Women strives to support women through shared wisdom, kindness, mentorship, and guidance as well as the use of films, podcasts, and seminar to share their journeys, stories, and strategies to support success. Summer’s passion is empowerment coaching and, more specifically, empowering and connecting women to embrace their renewed passion for life. KORE Women is a place where women can find strength, courage, inspiration, and empowerment strategies that they can apply to their lives. She has published a phenomenological study, “Effects of the War in Iraq on Military Marriages,” in which she studied six factors that affect military marriages separated by war. She also recently published her new book, "F*ck Yeah! Get Real with Strong Language." This book is a strategic approach to understanding your personal beliefs and values. Summer holds a bachelor’s in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s in Human Services with a Specialty in Community Counseling from National University, San Diego, and a PhD in Psychology with a clinical emphasis from Saybrook University, San Diego. She also has been certified in teaching, mediation, substance abuse education and prevention, and leadership. She has served as an empowerment coach to entrepreneurs, writer, creatives, and those in both the for-profit and non-profit settings. She has facilitated communication groups, taught courses in career transition, psychology, and human services, and has served as a mentor for doctoral students. In addition, Summer has conducted both qualitative and quantitative research, hosted both in-person and virtual empowerment seminars, is host and producer of the KORE Women podcast, co-host and producer of The Life, Love & Money Show with Summer & Jen, and has produced documentary films focused on women and empowerment. “Veterans’ time in war consumes their peace,” San Francisco Chronicle (March 15, 2018) (https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Veterans-time-in-war-consumes-their-peace-12757323.php) “Strategic plan can help combat trolling, harassment, bullying,” Marin Independent Journal (February 21, 2019) (https://www.marinij.com/2019/02/21/marin-voice-strategic-plan-can-help-combat-trolling-harassment-bullying/)
01:09:60
April 16, 2021
It's Just A Process
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, hosts Greer & Whitnie continue their discussion about Greer's most recent home buying journey. For the past decade Greer had determined that homeownership wasn't a priority for her family, but a series of events prompted her to flip the script. Now she is making her way toward the purchase of a new home and managing all that encompasses. The LemonDrop Sisters discuss some of the challenges homebuyers face in general, and some specific challenges Greer is facing due to her personal situation, as well as California's scorching hot housing market. Through what Greer realizes is simply a process, she is learning some new lessons that are not only helping her navigate this journey, but can help you in yours, too, whether it's the purchase of a house or other life situations.
50:25
April 9, 2021
Move in the Right Direction
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, hosts Greer and Whitnie, chat with guest and health coach, Khieanne Dawson, about her health journey and how making small lifestyle changes helped her and will help you, too, get to the healthy body and life you desire. We tend to think of our health and changes in our lives in general as 'all or nothing' or 'black or white.' It doesn't have to be that way. Yes, you want quick wins right out the gate that will help develop the momentum you'll need over the long haul, but by being willing to redefine success your own way and accept non-traditional ways of looking at your wins, you will help yourself keep moving in the right direction. Ultimately, it is the steady movement in the right direction that enables you to achieve your desired outcome. That and persistent action. In our discussion, Khieanne shares how she trusted God for guidance, strength and wisdom and believed a solution was possible. Why it's important to take hold of the things you can control and let go of the things you can't. And how choosing to be persistent and consistent in taking action to got her through the challenges and one step at a time, she began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. About Khieanne Dawson: Khieanne is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and owner of  Abundant Life Integrative Health Coaching. She inspires, educates and motivates her coaching clients to make better health & lifestyle choices so they can achieve overall balance and embrace abundant living. She has been cooking plant-based foods for 23 years and teaches cooking classes showing how to make healthy and tasty dishes. She is currently writing a plant-based cookbook with recipes family and friends enjoy. If you'd like to learn more about Khieanne or work with her, you can find her on her Facebook business page or she can be contacted at 607-759-8219 or abundantlifeihc@gmail.com.
01:07:52
April 2, 2021
Don't Cancel Me Bro
You say something that someone sees as offensive. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. Maybe you meant no harm. Nevertheless, people start coming for you. Next thing you know, they are calling for your job. When is enough too much?  In this episode, LemonDrops Sisters, Greer and Whitnie explore the phenomenon of Cancel Culture. Is it a real thing or is it just a fancy name for accountability? Spoiler alert, we don't deliver any solutions or solve the world's problems in today's conversation, but we think it's a discussion worth having. We all can be part of a societal shift away from cancelling each other (figuratively, of course), or we can join the crowd and pile on.  We are interested in what you think as well. Pop over to the LemonDrops Facebook group to share your thoughts or better yet, drop a voice message on Anchor and maybe we'll include it in a future episode.
01:06:05
March 26, 2021
The Apology Tour - Revisited
Sorry, not sorry! It's more than a clap back from tweens and Gen-Z'ers. These words are not limited to relationships between people, they also exist in the corporate world. When you overthink your apology or focus more on mitigating your financial risk, your apology ceases being an apology and becomes a PR campaign...and the consequences can end up being worse than if you issued no apology at all. In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, co-hosts Greer and Whitnie continue the discussion about apologies by dissecting several recent events involving the apologies, or rather non-apologies, of public figures. Greer shares insights about the considerations of corporations and businesses and ways they can step up their apology game; and Whitnie offers commentary (not advice) on the legal liabilities apologies might trigger.
51:33
March 19, 2021
Forgiveness Is For Me
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, hosts Greer and Whitnie chat with guest Carla Pascoe about how she dealt with and grew from the experience of an unexpected divorce. Carla chose the route of gratitude and forgiveness, then used her education and training, as well as her ability to bounce back with grit and resilience, to share practical lessons that she's applied to her own life. With a master’s degree focused on leadership and more than 20 years hands-on experience leading teams to success, Carla is prepared to help you become the leader in your life. Her true passion is to help others to live the inspired life they have imagined. Armed with additional certification as a Jack Canfield Success Principles Trainer, she offers supplemental strategies derived from the most successful people. She has lived these practices and gained many positive outcomes as a result. Combining her knowledge in leadership and Success Principles training, Carla coaches individuals to take charge of their destiny by developing strategies to achieve their goals and dreams. If you are interested in working with Carla, you can reach her at carla@carlapascoe.com. You can also purchase her book Women Who Empower on Amazon today.
01:00:36
March 12, 2021
What's Not Being Said?
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, hosts Greer and Whitnie chat with guest Lisa Marie Runfola about her journey dealing with life, feeling "stuck" and getting unstuck. She offers remarkable insights to help you move from a rut to a strut.  About Lisa Marie Runfola Lisa Marie went from living a conventional American lifestyle to being an unconventional expatriate who has lived abroad for more than 12 years. A mother of five and a lifelong reader, she brings her poignant observations and experiences as a parent, partner and daughter into her writing. With her first book completed and currently working on a sequel, Lisa Marie’s deeply introspective style mirrors her love for adventure - which brought her through divorce, grief and many international airports. A Life Ignitor & Certified Levin Life Coach, Lisa Marie shares her wisdom, charisma, bright outlook and relatability helping other women amplify their lives with clear goals, strong boundaries, and inspires them to feel more alive in every area of their lives. Lisa Marie’s work has been featured by Hay House Radio, the Chicago Tribune, Julie Jancius’ Angels and Awakening Podcast, Wellness Radio with Dr. Jeanette, and Kelly Notaras’ Author Spotlight series. Her first book, A Limitless Life in a Powerless World: A Memoir, was released in 2019 and has been touching women’s hearts around the globe. Also available on Amazon is Lisa Marie's latest book Women Who Empower. Lisa Marie splits her time among homes in Switzerland, Chicago’s North Shore and Florida’s Gulf Coast, and she often visits her hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. To learn more, please visit www.lisamarierunfola.
01:00:16
March 5, 2021
The Apology Tour
I'm sorry! Those two words can make or break even the most solid relationships. We've all done things that we are sorry for, but how we express our feelings about our own behavior says a lot. In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, co-hosts Greer and Whitnie discuss recent media events involving the apologies, or rather non-apologies, of public figures. They explore what apologies are, why and when you should apologize, or the reasons not to apologize if you do not truly feel sorrowful. Robert Gordon, TED Talk, The Power of an Apology PCD Counseling article, The 9 Rules of a True Apologies Jeffrey Bernstein, Ph.D., The Three Parts of a Meaningful, Heartfelt Apology Life, Lemons & LemonDrops
59:29
February 26, 2021
Home on the Range
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, hosts Greer and Whitnie discuss a variety of benefits and challenges associated with home ownership as Greer embarks on the homebuying journey with Whitnie's assistance. Part of a recurring series, the sisters share insights into the decision-making and purchase process, as well as the heartache of having to prioritize key features based on budget and market conditions in the hot California real estate market.  Share the journey...and share the podcast. Listen, like and then share your own story. Visit Life, Lemons & LemonDrops.
57:05
February 19, 2021
Letting Go & Moving On
As we approach Valentine's Day (or Galentine's or Palentine's) or if you prefer, simply the day to love yourself, it's important to remember that love is the answer to much of what ails us. But how do we ensure the love in our lives is good for us? In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, Greer and Whitnie discuss some of the challenges inherent in relationships, romantic and platonic, including letting go and moving on once relationships have run their course. But how do you do that, especially if ending the relationship wasn't your idea? And even if it was, where do your start and how do you begin to put the pieces back together?  Letting go and moving on is not about forgetting, but forgiving--yourself and whoever caused you pain. Holding on to anger, bitterness or other negative emotions is harmful to your mind, body, spirit and future relationships. So do yourself a favor, get clarity on what you want in your relationships, focus on that and let the past be the past. Just remember to always cherish the lessons you've learned.
01:03:11
February 12, 2021
Growing Pains: The Next Chapter
In this second of two parts of Growing Pains: The Next Chapter, Greer and Whitnie discuss some of the options, opportunities and considerations for you as you make your transition to empty nester or other life milestones.  Do you want to travel? Take up a new hobby? Start a business? Or write the next great novel? Whatever you desire, the world is at your feet. Set aside the time to dream, set your new vision and then take action to make this chapter your best chapter yet. While you don't want to paper over any feelings you may have with your children being out of the house, it's a time for reflection and the chance for you to explore all those things you've put on hold as you nurtured your family and prepared them for their next phase. Just because your nest is empty doesn't mean your future has to be empty too. Now's the time to fill it to the brim. If you find yourself struggling with the transition, please don't hesitate to reach out to a mental health professional. If there is anyway we can be of service as you pursue your dreams related to life, career, business or relationship, we are here to help. Please reach out through the Life, Lemons & LemonDrops Facebook Page, the Life, Lemons & LemonDrops website or send an email to listenercare@lifelemonslemondrops.com.
57:22
February 5, 2021
Growing Pains: The Empty Nest
After a two week hiatus, tending to the needs of a busy working mom, Greer is back in her host seat for this week's episode, Growing Pains: The Empty Nest. Despite the differences in how they arrived at this stage, both Whitnie and Greer have or are undergoing the transition to having an empty nest and learning about what that means as a part of parenthood. They discuss some of the strategies and tools they used to successfully embrace the inevitable. Join them in this first of two parts.  If there is anyway we can be of service as you pursue work your way through transitions related to life, career, business or relationship, we are here to help. Please reach out through the Life, Lemons & LemonDrops Facebook Page, the Life, Lemons & LemonDrops website or send an email to listenercare@lifelemonslemondrops.com.
59:20
January 29, 2021
Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
Whitnie spends another Greer-less episode sharing some of her life lessons. In this episode, she tackles the topic of comfort zones and why they are not your friend. Nothing is growing in there and if the life you are living is not the life you want, what you want is outside the box you've placed yourself in. Get a vision, set a plan, take some action and just keep stepping till you get where you want to be. As an in-demand coach, speaker, and mentor, Whitnie shares her wisdom from her own life experiences with grace, humility, and humor to drive change in today's business world. Using proven strategies, she takes you through the journey of developing your best characteristics and motivates you to step into being your better self, leading by example and pulling those around you up the ladder, too. Whitnie is a six-time bestselling author, hosts several podcasts and is a frequent podcast guest. Her book The SIMPLE Leader(TM) is a compilation of her leadership column written for the Association of Corporate Counsel’s award winning Docket Magazine and the inspiration for her signature program The SIMPLE Leadership Method(TM). To learn more about how you can work with Whitnie, please send an email to whitnie@shiftingintoaction.com.
43:07
January 22, 2021
New Year, New You?
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, Whitnie who is one sister short of a full LemonDrops, explores the meaning of new year, new you and shares tools and strategies of how you can make the changes you seek to make whether you set resolutions or not. Whitnie reminds you that there is nothing wrong with you and no new you is necessary. Instead, seek how you can shed the layers of conditioning  and poor habits that have papered over the true you. You'll also learn how to change your habits through a three-step plan and by rewriting your story. As an in-demand coach, speaker, and mentor, Whitnie shares her wisdom from her own life experiences with grace, humility, and humor to drive change in today's business world. Using proven strategies, she takes you through the journey of developing your best characteristics and motivates you to step into being your better self, leading by example and pulling those around you up the ladder, too. Whitnie is a six-time bestselling author, hosts several podcasts and is a frequent podcast guest. Her book The SIMPLE Leader(TM) is a compilation of her leadership column written for the Association of Corporate Counsel’s award winning Docket Magazine and the inspiration for her signature program The SIMPLE Leadership Method(TM). To learn more about how you can work with Whitnie, please send an email to whitnie@shiftingintoaction.com.
54:36
January 15, 2021
Don't Be Bitter
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, hosts Greer and Whitnie, welcome guest Shawnte Kinney, who shares her story of pain and growth after learning her husband wanted out of their marriage without warning. Or was it?  About Shawnte Kinney Don't Be Bitter is the first book by Shawnte sharing her journey to the other side of healing after her husband asked for a divorce.  Shawnte depicts how God fed her daily from heaven along with the consistent actions she took to achieve her goal of purging the bitterness and pain from her heart. Shawnte lives in Dallas, Texas.  She is a full time litigation paralegal, bestselling author, speaker, motivator and coach.  She loves fitness and educating women on the importance of nutrition and movement.  She works with women who are in life transition and inspires them on their journey through action, support and encouragement. To learn more about or to contact Shawnte visit her website at www.shawntekinney.com or her Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/inthelookingglass. Get your copy of Don't Be Bitter at https://amzn.to/3otAbsi.
01:13:14
January 8, 2021
A Look Forward
Whew!! Hey LemonDroppers, we survived 2020 and are now in 2020Won!! That means we all won and it feels good to still be here.  In this first episode of the new year and second season of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, the LemonDrops Sisters, Greer and Whitnie, discuss whether resolutions are the way to go and how to set goals or intentions (or even resolutions) that will get you the results you seek. Greer shares of goals of finding love, a hypeman and a personal assistant to help her manage her life and business as she focuses on leveling up. And yes, the new love and hypeman can be the same dude. He does however, need to be free to share the #GreerOnTheGo experiences. Whitnie shares her continuing goals of living the laptop lifestyle and working whenever, wherever and however she chooses. So far so good!! What are some of the goals you are bringing with you into or reaching for in the new year? We'd love to hear from you!! If there is anyway we can be of service as you pursue your dreams related to life, career, business or relationship, we are here to help. Please reach out through the Life, Lemons & LemonDrops Facebook Page, the Life, Lemons & LemonDrops website or send an email to listenercare@lifelemonslemondrops.com. 
01:19:40
January 1, 2021
2020 In The Review Mirror
2020 has been a year for the ages. Whether you thought the year was the worst ever, the best ever or somewhere in between, it will not be forgotten anytime soon.  In this bonus year in review episode, The LemonDrops Sisters, Greer and Whitnie, review some of the highs and lows while reminding you that however you see what happens in life, there is always a silver lining and an opportunity to learn, grow and give.
01:06:10
December 31, 2020
Overcoming Part 8 - It’s a Wrap
In Part 8 of this 8-part series on "Overcoming," Life, Lemons & LemonDrops hosts, Greer and Whitnie, wrap up some of the lessons learned from our guests and their journeys through personal challenges. The sisters reflect on some of the highlights and offer tangible steps that can be taken to help you navigate some of your own "lemons." Sometimes practical, and sometimes powerful, the tools and strategies lie within you and are ready to be deployed when you determine your own time is right. What's held you back in the past does not have to dictate how you overcome challenges as you move into 2021.
52:09
December 25, 2020
Bonus: Overcoming - It's a Journey
As we get ready to wrap up the Overcoming series, we have one final guest to share with you. Please enjoy this bonus episode with guest, Alfia Gimenez, as she shares a bit of her story of living with negative self talks and the importance of shifting that to begin living the life of her dreams. Alfia Tomarchio is a Dual Certified Life and Health Coach who helps women to feel encouraged, empowered, and inspired. Alfia honors women by helping them create the space for themselves to tap into their own personal power all while discovering their true self-worth. No matter what spectrum of coaching she is teaching, Alfia will always support women by using her 3 Pillars: Self-Love, Self-Worth, and Self-Care. Alfia believes it is crucial for women to honor each of these pillars in their lives daily. Alfia encourages women to feel empowered by working on mindset shifting as well as helping women align with their true wants and needs. Over the last three years, Alfia has worked locally in her community to help women transform their lives through her 1:1 Coaching. Alfia leads her own Facebook Group, Aligned with Alfia, where she has created a safe space for women to connect. The site also serves as a creative outlet for Alfia. If you would like information on her coaching services, as well as her Facebook Group, send Alfia a note at Alfia_Coaching@outlook.com. Alfia is a co-author of the #1 International Bestselling book Women Who Empower available on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2K946He.
43:47
December 23, 2020
Overcoming Part 7 - Rising Above My Raisin'
In Part 7 of this 8-part series on "Overcoming," Life, Lemons & LemonDrops hosts, Greer and Whitnie, welcome guest Jan Edwards who shares her story of a plan ride that changed it all. About Jan Edwards As a young girl and throughout most of her adult life Jan “played small” (using today’s vernacular). She always started from a place of “no.” Growing up, whether family and friends realized they were doing it or not, and through two failed marriages, she heard messages that she wasn’t smart, she wasn’t flexible, she was too neat and pressed, she was unapproachable, etc., and she took those messages and many more in and owned them as her truth. Looking back, she probably was unapproachable but it was a defense mechanism. If she stayed back and stayed quiet no one would notice her real insecurities and flaws and couldn’t further pile on her. Despite how she felt about herself, Jan managed a long and successful career. At least to the outsider and until burnout appeared about 25 year into her career. She was exhausted with her schedule and the endless demands of her job. She was unhappy and unmotivated to take one more step. On a plane ride home one week Jan was at the lowest she had felt and in seat 5c, looking out the window with tears rolling down her face,  she prayed, “Lord, what do I do?” By the time her plane reached its destination, Jan knew she needed to make a change and change she did. After numerous conversations with God, time and a new lease on life, Jan began coaching and guiding women to shake off the limitations the world has imposed on them. She helps women tear down the false narratives and beliefs they have of themselves. She knows she was born to help women discover their purpose, their calling, and living in the abundance God is providing. Four takeaways from this episode: Know what you want – dream your dream, craft your vision, establish goals, and then go after them. Ask for advice if you need it, but don’t let anyone talk you out of your dream. Believe in yourself and your dream, even if no one else does. Avoid comparisons – focus on what you want to do, be, and have. Your dreams and desires are yours – not your friends, your parents, what we see on social media, etc. Speak kindly to yourself – negative brain chatter slows down your progress. Even when something doesn’t work out like you thought it would, love and praise yourself for what did go right and work on the areas that didn’t go as planned God provides - God will provide everything you need to do what He calls you to do. To learn more about Jan you can reach her at Jan Edwards, PMP, CCT, Invest in Doing You, (303)517-2435. Website: www.investindoingyou.com Jan is a co-author of the #1 International Bestselling book Women Who Empower available on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2K946He.
01:09:53
December 18, 2020
Overcoming Part 6 - More Than Mud
In Part 6 of this 8-part series on "Overcoming," Life, Lemons & LemonDrops hosts, Greer and Whitnie, welcome guest Kate Butler who shares her story of when an emergency heart procedure left her not knowing if she’d live to see the weekend, as she had planned to join a group of girlfriends for a weekend getaway. Kate went from that moment of helplessness to running a thriving book publishing company, to now, running a publishing empire, Kate Butler Books. About Kate Butler Kate Butler is a #1 International best-selling and Award-winning author and speaker. As a CPSC, Certified Professional Success Coach, she offers clients dynamic programs to help them reach their ultimate potential and live out their dreams. She does this through Mindset, Success and Book Publishing programs. Kate is also the creator of the Inspired Impact Book Series, which has published the titles: Women Who Ignite, Women Who Inspire, Women Who Influence, Women Who Impact, Women Who Illuminate, Women Who Rise, and Women Who Empower. Kate received her degree in Mass Communications and Interpersonal Communication Studies from Towson University in Maryland. After 10 years in the corporate world, Kate decided it was time to fulfill her true passion; she then studied business at Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania, and received a certificate in Entrepreneur Acceleration. Kate now brings her expertise to mainstream media where she has been featured as the Mindset and Publishing expert on Fox 29, Good Day Philadelphia, HBO, in the Huffington Post, and various other television, news, and radio platforms. To learn more about becoming an author in the Inspired Impact Book Series, or to learn how to work with Kate directly on achieving your goals, or publishing your book (including children’s books), visit her website at www.katebutlerbooks.com. You can also find Kate on Facebook @katebutler or @katebutlerbooks. Her newest collaboration book, the #1 International Bestselling, "Women Who Empower" the seventh in the Inspired Impact Series, is available on Amazon, December 16 at https://amzn.to/2K946He.
01:04:50
December 11, 2020
Overcoming Part 5 - Taking SCHAPE and Pinky Jabs
In Part 5 of this 8-part series on "Overcoming," Life, Lemons & LemonDrops hosts, Greer and Whitnie, welcome guest Khalil Sikander, who shares the story of how he maintains his dignity and moral compass regardless of his environment or circumstances. About Khalil Sikander  Khalil Sikander is native of Brooklyn, New York who now resides in Utah. He is an Afghani American who was raised in a difficult environment inside and out of the home. His love of basketball gave him a path to escape the grips of poverty. He chased his dream of playing college basketball through hard work and sacrifice and was able to make that dream come true and play at the Division 1 level. The first in his family to graduate high school and college, Khalil knows what it means to be resilient and persevere. Through the influence of many great mentors and teachers he learned the importance of education and became a high school teacher and coach. He has now turned his journey of education to the path of speaking in the world of education. Khalil shares his stories and experiences as a youth and as an educator who has endured bullying, harassment, racial injustice, and almost losing his career for saving lives.  His adversity has led him to truly find his dignity and moral compass to overcome his PTSD he continues to endured. He learned that by SCHAPEing others, it will build yours and others dignity. Khalil understands what it means to be the underdog and to never give up through his moral compass. SCHAPE is:  S-Strength in Spirit C-Courage to Communicate H-Hustle, Humble and Hungry A-Attitude and Approach P-Passion and Precision E-Energy Effort and Enthusiasm Khalil’s message of building a culture of dignity through SCHAPE ranges to all grade levels, he believes that the people that know the students best are the administrators and teachers that see them every day. Khalil approach and dialogues with school administrators about the common themes that the school is practicing so he can address and add or help improve the same positive messages that are brought by its schools leaders that the students listen to and see every day in their school. To learn more about Khalil and how you can incorporate his SCHAPE philosophy into your leadership training, visit khalilsikander.com or you can reach him at khalilsikanderdignity@gmail.com.
01:14:21
December 4, 2020
Overcoming Part 4 - The Definition of a Train Wreck
In Part 4 of this 8-part series on "Overcoming," Life, Lemons & LemonDrops hosts, Greer and Whitnie, welcome guest Christine Lavulo. Christine Lavulo is a passionate author, relationship and life coach, speaker, and trainer. Christine has been married to her husband, Clawson since 1998. Together they have five amazing sons and one incredible grandson. Her passion is truly helping women have the greatest relationships of their lives with themselves, their spouses, friends, and family, and in their businesses. Christine has worked in the corporate world and has many years as a mompreneur. She knows that the key to success starts with successful relationships.  Christine’s passion and love for helping others eventually led her to speaking and coaching. Christine loves empowering women and is a certified Canfield Success Principles trainer, John Maxwell Team member, and Certified Professional Success Coach. She loves adding to her tool belt and currently has certifications in NLP (Neuro-Linguistics Programming), Ideal Life Vision, Transformation Code and Ho’oponopono. Christine combines her personal experiences with her certifications and education to help both individuals and corporations develop better relationships and have better personal and corporate culture. Christine is available as a guest speaker for women’s retreats, conferences and to keynote at corporate events. She also does individual and group coaching. In her own words, Christine says: My life has definitely been filled with setbacks, even acknowledging at one point her life was the definition of a train wreck. One of the things I like to talk about is setbacks and failures in relationships.  I was a single mom at 18, had my son a few months before high school graduation. That was a HUGE setback and me and my son's dad did not have a successful relationship. I never like to say "failed" because I don't believe that anything is a failure, just a stepping stone or lesson to be learned. I had another son at 22, new dad, again single mom. Then I married my prince charming but just a few months after 12th wedding anniversary, I moved out and was facing the strong possibility of divorce.  The principles or takeaways in a variety of life situations are basically the same, but I think everything in life is really about relationships-with self, and others-whether bosses, co-workers, clients, family or friends. Christine wants you to walk away from this episode with the understanding that: You always have the power to choose the outcome you want by choosing the way you respond to everything that happens (E+R=O) Forgiveness is the key to living a healthy life. When you forgive and let go, (not necessarily forgetting, but learning) you rid ourself of negative emotional baggage. Forgiving is for YOU, not the person being forgiven. If you want to live an amazing life, you have to learn to ask for what you want. Talking openly about what you want or need, not with the requirement of others to meet your expectations, but with the desire to be understood. To learn more about Christine and her services, you can follow her at Christine Lavulo Coaching on Facebook. Christine is a co-author of the #1 International Bestselling book Women Who Empower available on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2K946He.
58:19
November 27, 2020
Bonus: A Different Kind of Holiday
As we prepare for a new type of Thanksgiving holiday and search for novel ways to celebrate with sequestration, curfews and families unable to visit freely, Life, Lemons & LemonDrops hosts, Greer and Whitnie, ponder answers to questions that have plagued dinner hostesses for generations.  Questions like: Can you not serve guests who arrive late? Or can you send a bill to guests who RSVP but then don’t show up? Join us for a boisterous conversation as you prepare your holiday meal or use our topics as conversation starters at your dinner table.  Just remember that Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanza are just around the corner so pace yourself and don’t let the debate get too heated. Thank you for being part of our extended family! Enjoy your holiday safely and remember, for every lemon life deals, there is a way to turn it into a LemonDrop!
01:09:41
November 26, 2020
Overcoming Part 3 - Setup for a Comeback
In Part 3 of this 8-part series on "Overcoming," Life, Lemons & LemonDrops hosts, Greer and Whitnie, welcome guest Faizun Kamal. Faizun is an award-winning franchise coach, nationally renowned public speaker, and best selling author. Her unique style of inspirational coaching coupled with swift doses of tough love encourages clients to embrace chaos, fear, insecurity and uncertainty as doorways of opportunity. Faizun’s drive to create significant life changes through entrepreneurship stems from her own personal experience as a corporate refugee. When she was an executive in the high-stakes, high-stress world of corporate America, she found herself living an increasingly unhealthy, unbalanced life with little time for family. In 2015, after almost a decade in corporate America, she got her break in the most unexpected way: by getting laid off. Instead of immediately jumping back in to the job market, Faizun began a deeply introspective journey to intentionally redesign her career, and her life. Listen as Faizun retraces her journey from the setback of being laid off to the comeback of living the life of her dreams with her husband and daughter, while running a thriving coaching business. About Faizun Kamal As CEO of The Franchise Pros, Faizun coaches people nationwide on making the transition from employee to entrepreneur. Her best selling book, “The Right Franchise for You: Escape the 9 to 5, Generate Wealth, & Live Life on Your Terms,” is the guide that thousands of clients have used to find their “perfect fit” franchise! She has helped countless individuals find their perfect fit franchise based on individualized assessments of their personal, lifestyle and income goals. She guides clients to proactively move beyond career burnout to build a sustainable career that they love! As a former Fortune 15 Executive with 20+ years of experience in entrepreneurial, corporate, multinational & nonprofit settings on three continents, Faizun tackles the topics of taking responsible risks to create career pivots and strategically making the leap from executive to entrepreneur. Her down-to-earth, self-deprecating humorous style of story-telling has made her an inspirational speaker to audiences worldwide. Her unusual career trajectory has been described by one corporate leader as “strategically coloring outside the (career) lines to leverage opportunities and maximize impact.” Faizun’s relatability and authenticity has led her to grow an engaged following of thousands on social media. If you'd like to learn more about Faizun Kamal and The Franchise Pros, you can connect with her on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/faizunkamal or to purchase her book go to https://amzn.to/3nEpbHz. Follow Life, Lemons & LemonDrops.
01:13:19
November 20, 2020
Overcoming Part 2 - From Closet to Bathroom Mirror
In Part 2 of this 8-part series on “Overcoming,” Life, Lemons & LemonDrops hosts, Greer and Whitnie, welcome guest Kristina Campos. Kristina is the founder of The Impactful Parent, an online community linking parents and caregivers with advice and resources to help make the parenting experience less difficult and lonely. Our conversation followed Kristina’s journey of losing and then rediscovering herself. As a mother of four, Kristina found herself one day with a husband who no longer wanted to be married and having to start life over again. Hear her story and the steps she took to not only get in touch with who she was and would become, but to build a business that served her newly rediscovered identity and her family. In her own words, Kristina says: I was living my dream. Stay at home mom, married, four kids, and a great teaching job. Things seemed great to me until suddenly my husband told me he wasn't happy. What!? To make matters worse, my children started acting out and my teens were getting increasingly more difficult. Then the bomb- He left. I was devastated. How was I going to do this alone? After many hours (ok- days) of crying in my closet, I had a choice. I could stay crying or I could get up and show my kids their mom's resiliency. I decided on resiliency, however the problem was I didn't recognize myself anymore. I had lived my life for everyone else for so many years that I didn't know who I was anymore. What did I like? What did I want to do? Listen as Kristina retraces her steps from crying in the closet to living a life filled with happiness along with her four children…and her ex-husband. If you'd like to learn more about Kristina Campos and The Impactful Parent, or find resources and tools you can use on your parenting journey, visit www.theimpactfulparent.com.
01:02:35
November 13, 2020
Overcoming Part I - Introduction
Welcome to Part I of the Life, Lemons & LemonDrops Podcast series on overcoming obstacles and challenges. In this first episode, hosts, Greer and Whitnie introduce you to the goals for the series and outline the concept of “overcoming.” In this eight part series, which will include six distinct episodes (covering loss, mindset, setbacks, failure, moral compass, and story), as well as this intro and a final wrap-up, you'll hear compelling stories of six guests who have overcome some of life’s most common challenges. In addition to their stories, your hosts will explore resources, strategies and tools that are available for you to address obstacles you may face in your own life. Visit the Life, Lemons & LemonDrops website.
17:07
November 6, 2020
Know Yourself
Do you take the time to understand yourself? Are you in touch with how you navigate the world and your interactions with others? In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, Whitnie navigates the discussion of self-awareness alone, as Greer is on assignment. She walks you through the importance of being and how to become more self-aware. 
21:45
October 30, 2020
Habit or Not
When you think of habits what comes to mind? Good habits? Bad? Getting rid of habits you no longer want? Or developing the habits that will help you succeed? Habits are just patterns, short cuts that your brain uses to get done something that it is already doing. You have behaviors, thoughts, words you say that you no longer think about. Those are habits. Your goal is to ask whether those habits are serving you or not. What you do when no one is looking is less important than what you do when you're not even looking. Your habits, those behaviors that come most naturally, can either help you get where you want to go, or it they can hamper your progress. Turning the negative around, to create positive outcomes is what the LemonDrop sisters, Greer and Whitnie, are here to guide you through and replacing undesired habits with goal-serving habits can be the key to your long-term success. Get in the habit of building life-changing habits. Here are some resources to help you develop the habits you want: 1 Habit for a Thriving Home Office, Steve Samblis and Debbie Rosemont 1 Habit for Entrepreneurial Success, Steve Samblis and Forbes Riley Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
57:37
October 23, 2020
The Health Muse is In
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, hosts Greer and Whitnie welcome health coach Cheryl Meyer, the Health Muse, to discuss her health and healing journey.  Cheryl’s story is all too familiar. For a time, she had horrible pain that no one understood. She woke up every morning more tired than when she went to bed. She had brain fog and required 2-3 cups of coffee to function. Every joint and every muscle in her body hurt. She was increasingly sensitive to products, including perfumes, under arm deodorant, fabric softener, even her cosmetics. She couldn’t clean without getting sick. She hated being sick all the time and just wanted to pull the covers over her head.  She was girl interrupted. Most of all, she was frustrated because no one understood. Eventually Cheryl turned from conventional medicine after the approach was to mask the symptoms with drugs and being told there was nothing wrong with her. Not wanting to live a life of pain and pills, Cheryl learned to control her stress, began eliminating toxins from her life, and found a functional doctor. But that’s not all. Years of research helped her cure herself and then she returned to school to shore up her bona fides. She is the author of award winning books including It Feels Good to Feel Good and is the host of a podcast by the same name. Cheryl is on a mission to help America become healthy again and toxin-free. You can learn more about Cheryl and her mission to clean up America's diets and cupboards at www.cherylmhealthmuse.com and listen to her podcast It Feels Good to Feel Good at https://bit.ly/cherylpodcast.
01:06:23
October 16, 2020
Shattered Together
In Cathleen's own words: My Story FROM TRAUMA TO TRIUMPH My life was changed forever when I suffered the devastating loss of my 19-year old son, Logan, from suicide. As a single mom, I had fought to build a successful career in business, politics, and government, but the death of my son cracked me wide open. My emotional well-being teetered and my life fell into disarray and despair. AT A CROSSROADS It is at this point where I faced a choice. I could live the rest of my days cloaked in guilt, pain, shame, misery, and regret, or I could begin to heal and learn how to live again. I MADE MY CHOICE I chose to become whole once more. Through the pain, I rediscovered a powerful sense of self and a connection to the divine that empowered me to wake up and redesign my life. In this episode, Life, Lemons & LemonDrops hosts, Greer and Whitnie, talk with Cathleen Elle about her journey and inspiration for writing Shattered Together.  Join us for this heart wrenching, yet hope-filled discussion of loss and healing. We remind you that if you find yourself in a place of grieving, please reach out to family, friends or professionals who can help you through the process. To learn more about Cathleen and how she can assist you, visit cathleenelle.com.  Follow Life, Lemons & LemonDrops on Facebook and at LifeLemonsLemondrops.com.
01:08:54
October 9, 2020
Shut It Off!
In this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, the LemonDrop sisters, Greer and Whitnie, discuss the importance of taking a time out when the world seems to be coming at you too fast. This year, 2020, we've seen a barrage of events globally, nationally and locally that are leaving many of us feeling as if we are at the ends of our proverbial ropes. What are you feeling? How are you managing yourself with all that is happening around you? Are you choosing to slow down or get off the treadmill altogether, or are you waiting until you have no choice? The good news is that by paying attention to how you are feeling and with some pre-planning, you can choose to take care of yourself before its too late. Here are a few strategies that will help you get on solid footing along your path to maintaining sanity and keep you from being swept away in the whirlwind that surrounds you: take breaks throughout the day take extended tech-free time give yourself permission to turn off the news  ask for help For additional help, schedule a strategy session with Whitnie to set goals that will help you minimize or eliminate overwhelm at www.goforgoalsap.com/whitnie-wiley. Check out the Capital G Podcast at www.capitalgpodcast.com. If you are in distress or fear you may harm yourself or others, help is available. Speak with a counselor today. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Hours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish. Learn more 800-273-8255
28:52
October 2, 2020
Got Passion?
In this week’s episode, the LemonDrop Sisters, Greer and Whitnie, unveil their Personal Passion series, which highlights and promotes the value of having projects in your life that you feel passionate about. After first understanding what passion means for you, you can begin a journey that will help you tap into what’s most important to you in your own life. We share an important announcement about a subject that makes Greer’s heart sing: Politics. You will discover how her passion for politics has evolved over the years and what inspired her to finally take action and bring her dream to life. The Capital G Podcast is only days from launch, and you will hear all about it here first on Life, Lemons & LemonDrops. We will return to the series over time to bring you our additional personal passions, as well as open the mic to our audience to share your own passions. Thank you for joining us for the ride. Until the launch of the podcast, for more on Greer's thoughts about politics check out her Capital G News & Opinions BLOG at greermcvay.substack.com Capital G Podcast Coming soon! Please share the passion projects you are working on or want to make happen by leaving a voice message at www.anchor.fm/lifelemonslemondrops or send an email to listenercare@lifelemonslemondrops.com.  And if you need assistance strategizing your goals or want an accountability partner, feel free to book a session with Whitnie at www.goforgoalsap.com/whitnie-wiley.
59:53
September 25, 2020
By Any Other Name
Greer and Whitnie, the LemonDrop Sisters, explore the value of having balance in your life and how it sets the stage for more productivity in all you do. They also explore the concept that balance isn't possible and that some variations on the theme are more appropriate, such as integration or harmony. Regardless of what you call it, balance, integration or harmony, it is different for every person and living day to day or vision to vision with your priorities can take different forms. Your hosts help you consider the many variables that pull your attention and give purposeful tips that will help you achieve the balance, integration or harmony you seek.  In this episode, Whitnie references an article she penned earlier this year, "So ... Now Integration" that outline some of her thoughts about balance, integration or harmony. You can access that article here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/so-now-integration-whitnie-wiley. To share thoughts about the show send your messages to: listenercare@lifelemonslemondrops.com. If you would like to reach either host for further assistance in this area or others, you can connect with each here: Greer - www.linkedin.com/in/greermcvay or gcmcvay@comcast.net Whitnie - www.linkedin.com/in/whitniewiley or whitnie@shiftingintoaction.com
57:31
September 18, 2020
So You Think You're a GAW?
The LemonDrop Sisters, Greer and Whitnie, welcome two (and a half) guests to this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops to discuss the fine line between being an adult woman who takes care of business and being a GROWN ASS WOMAN, who lives life on her own terms after a lifetime developing the wisdom needed to claim the title. Kathleen Hargan, Bobbie Lyons and Billie McVay, share insights into what it takes to achieve the ultimate level of self-actualization.  The GAW share: their definitions of GAW the place for drama and judgment what ultimately moves you from a woman taking care of business to a GAW Do you think you have what it takes? Listen to the conversation and you decide.
58:06
September 11, 2020
Bonus: Greer's Additional Thoughts on Chadwick
After we wrapped Episode 4, Always a Silver Lining, Greer shared some additional thoughts on Chadwick Boseman's legacy and what we can learn from the way he spent his final days, knowing the end was near.
04:48
September 3, 2020
Always a Silver Lining
Hosts Greer and Whitnie discuss the intersection of life and death and how reflections on our lives’ milestones impact the way we view our world. From setting the agenda for optimistic New Year's resolutions, to the bittersweet memories that help us reassess our lives, we can craft a path forward when loss and change occur.  Whether we’re collectively mourning the death of a celebrity, grieving the passing of a loved one, or celebrating a milestone event, the experience can provide the opportunity to consider and evaluate the lives we live and make the changes needed to grow. As you listen to this episode of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops, think about some of the lessons you've discovered as a result of the many milestones (happy and sad) you've experienced and what lessons you learned; certainly you've learned by now that there can be an up-side if you just look for it. BONUS: To read the article "Death's Silver Lining" mentioned by Whitnie, please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/deaths-silver-lining-whitnie-wiley/
48:56
September 3, 2020
The Empowered Consumer
In this episode, hosts Greer and Whitnie (the #LemonDropSisters), discuss both the importance of offering good customer service in your workplace, as well as  ways that you, as a consumer, can empower yourself to receive the service you want and deserve.  The wide-ranging discussion. which you may want to savor over several days, describes examples of frustrations gained and opportunities lost as a result of poor customer service. But getting and giving good customer service is easy if you care to focus on the brand promise of your business and  that of those to whom you give your money. Listen, talk with friends & colleagues and develop strategies to assert yourself in ways that improve your customer engagements...regardless of which side of the counter your find yourself.
01:18:35
August 28, 2020
Working for Impact
With a combined 80 plus years of work experience, Whitnie and Greer have learned a few lessons. To help you avoid learning many of those same lessons the hard way, the sisters share the highlights with focus on the lemons (bad bosses, colleagues stealing your ideas, low pay, no recognition) that they then turned into lemon drops. Bad bosses to self-employment Salty colleagues to productive partnerships Create your own opportunities (projects and employment)
01:06:40
August 20, 2020
Job or Jobless Market?
With COVID-19 and the continuing uncertainty about what's next, we continue to have a job market in flux, or as Greer calls it a "jobless" market in freefall. While this is a national, and to some extent global crisis, what we can do on an individual basis might not be as daunting as it seems. Getting clarity on our goals and focusing on those with laser-like precision can make all the difference. If you've lost your job there are opportunities to be had. The question remains how will you view and approach those opportunities? Do you even see the opportunities that lie before you? These questions apply even in the best of times, and how we move forward when things go awry is foundational to being resilient and resourceful…and successful.  In this episode, Greer and Whitnie discuss key points in the decision-making process, particularly as they relate to job pivots and transitions.
01:06:19
August 13, 2020
Let's Get it Started!
Every endeavor has a starting point. And this is ours. Thank you for joining sisters Greer McVay and Whitnie Wiley for this premier episode of the new Life, Lemons & LemonDrops Podcast. Today, we share with you a little bit of our origin story, who we are and how we got here. Take note, this thing called life, has not been a linear path, but we've learned to roll with it and we are here to help you do the same. Over the course of this season, we'll be sharing the mic with guests who are leaders in their fields and have mastered the art of turning their lemons into lemon drops. To learn more about Greer, you can follow her on Facebook and LinkedIn. To hire Greer for your business communication needs visit greermcvay.com. To learn more about Whitnie, you can follow her on LinkedIn and in her Facebook groups Dream Job & Career Connection and Still Standing, Still Smiling & Still Grateful. To hire Whitnie for consulting or coaching services related to creating work, workplaces and cultures where your employees love to work visit whitniewiley.com. If you liked this episode, please be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review. It would mean the world for us to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word! You can reach us directly at listenercare@lifelemonslemondrops.com. 
56:46
August 6, 2020
Hey, What's This 2
Thanks for checking out another sneak peak and Greer and Whitnie prepare to launch the first season of Life, Lemons & LemonDrops. You can find out more about us at www.lifelemonslemondrops.com or www.facebook.com/groups/lifelemonslemondrops.
02:25
July 31, 2020
Hey, What's This?
The Life, Lemons & LemonDrops Podcast is launching on August 6, 2020! Join co-hosts and sisters Greer McVay and Whitnie Wiley as they share the sweet highs and sour lows and every drop of life in between. Along with their occasional guests, they'll help you shake and stir your own lemons into lemon drops. To learn more about Greer, you can follow her on Facebook and LinkedIn. To hire Greer for your business communication needs visit greermcvay.com. To learn more about Whitnie, you can follow her on LinkedIn and in her Facebook groups Dream Job & Career Connection and Still Standing, Still Smiling & Still Grateful. To hire Whitnie for consulting or coaching services related to creating work, workplaces and cultures where your employees love to work visit whitniewiley.com. If you liked this episode, please be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review. It would mean the world for us to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word! You can reach us directly at listenercare@lifelemonslemondrops.com.
03:32
July 25, 2020