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Raise Your Standards

Raise Your Standards

By Autumn Odean and Hannah Overbye
Tangible takeaways from meaningful conversations focused on career, relationships, and faith. Hosted by two girls with Midwestern roots now living and working (most of the time) in California. Raise Your Standards is a podcast focused on relatable and thought-provoking topics that challenge listeners to live a more intentional life.

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2.4: How to Find Jobs & Interviewing

Raise Your Standards

2.6: Summer Review!
Autumn and Hannah take this episode to discuss their summer adventures. They will cover their favorite places they traveled, tips for avoiding the DMV, and how to navigate your faith during a busy season. 
September 8, 2021
2.5: How to Smart a Small Business
From being a Brand Designer, to running a small business, Greycen does it all! Greycen will cover:  Road to being a Brand Designer  How she started her own business, Atelier Grey  Her love for women owned businesses 
August 11, 2021
2.4: How to Find Jobs & Interviewing
Are you looking for a job for the first time? Trying to pivot to a new career? In this episode Hannah and Autumn cover:  Tips for finding a new job  How to interview: successes & fails 
July 21, 2021
2.3: Mid-Year Reflection
Hannah and Autumn provide updates on how the first half of 2021 is going for them. They will cover questions such as:  What were some of your goals at the beginning of the year, how have they changed? What have you really enjoyed doing this year? What have you tried that just hasn’t worked out? What have you found that does work? Now is a great chance to assess how your own year is going and make pivots if needed for the second half of the year! 
June 23, 2021
2.2: Eating Healthy
Let's talk food! Eating healthy does not look the same for everyone and does not mean dieting. Food should serve as fuel to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Autumn and Hannah will cover topics such as: What is eating healthy?  Why we eat healthy  Challenges with eating healthy / how to combat these challenges Navigating allergies (i.e. Autumn's dairy allergy)  Typical diet  Three takeaways Take time to develop a balanced grocery list and stick to that while shopping Get an Instapot -- such a lifesaver! Listen to your body, if it's hungry feed it something healthy -- like an apple :)
June 9, 2021
2.1: Budgeting
Let's talk money! Hannah and Autumn kick off season 2 with all things budgeting. In this episode, they will breakdown questions such as:  What is a budget?  Why should you budget?  Simplest ways to start budgeting Three Takeaways Set up your direct deposit to be split up between expenses (rent, etc.), spending money, and savings Prioritize expenses and think “how many hours of work would it take to purchase this item?” Budget template: track your expenses -- am I saving more than I am making? They hope this episode and takeaways will give you practical ways to jump-start a more stress-free financial life! 
May 26, 2021
21: Looking Ahead to Season 2 & Introduction
Autumn and Hannah revisit the purpose of Raise Your Standards, how it got its name, and where this podcast is headed in Season 2. 
May 5, 2021
20: March Madness - broken bone, Kenny Smith, & cardboard cutouts
Autumn and Hannah recap the positive and negative craziness this past month has brought. From finding out about a broken bone, doing a meet and greet with Kenny "the Jet" Smith and winning a sweepstakes to the Final Four -- it's been a whirlwind! Enjoy this laid back episode as they update you on the highs and lows of life! 
April 14, 2021
19: Politics, faith and a pandemic
Tune in this week to hear from Kristen Kurtz, one of Hannah's friends from college! Kristen gives us an inside look at how faith and work life intersect; especially during an intense time in our country.  Takeaway #1: get to know people and their jobs Takeaway #2: wake up at 5 am - Hannah and Autumn will modify to 7 am ;) Takeaway #3: get some awesome friends / community in the church and outside of the church 
March 26, 2021
18: Brain Surgery Robots, Spotify Artist, & Podcast Audio Editor
Russell works with brain surgery robots, is a Spotify artist, and edits the audio for our podcast -- the man does it all! Hear about Russell's experience with how getting rejected from PT school lead to the most incredible journey he gets to call life.  His favorite verse is:  "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2 Key Takeaway #1: Don't stress about finding a career. God will orchestrate it. Key Takeaway #2: Go where you feel God calling you Key Takeaway #3: Find time for a creative outlet to express yourself/reflect
March 10, 2021
17: Journey to Impossible Foods
This week Autumn and Hannah have a fellow Midwestern on the podcast! Myra is now living and working in California as a Senior Graphic Designer at Impossible Foods. Listen to this episode to hear about:  Experience prior to Impossible Foods  What a typical day looks like as a Senior Graphic Designer Advice for anyone looking to land a similar role  You also won't want to miss what Disney Channel star she met while living in New York City...
February 24, 2021
16: Life at Google
Are you curious to know what it is like to work at one of the largest companies in the world? Interested in learning about how to get a position in marketing? Want to learn what it is like to work in a massage chair or bring your dog to work? In this episode Autumn covers in detail her career path, dealing with imposter syndrome, and what her day-to-day responsibilities (including the fun responsibilities!) look like as a Marketing Manager. 
February 11, 2021
15: Life at Stanford
In this episode, Hannah and Autumn discuss Hannah's job at Stanford, planning for graduate school, and how she got to where she is now! You will want to listen if you are at all interested in learning what it is like to work at a top university. Additionally, if you are in the process of making a career pivot, looking to go to school, unsure of the next step you want to take in life -- this will be great encouragement for you! 
January 28, 2021
14: Books
In this first episode of 2021, Autumn and Hannah talk about books! In need of book suggestions? From books on travel to the history of the United States, Autumn and Hannah's differences in preferred genres will most certainly provide a plethora of recommendations for any type of reader. Have any recommendations for us? Please send them to our Instagram @raiseyourstandardspodcast Hannah's Recommendations:  Top Recommendation The Emergence of Sin: The Cosmic Tyrant in Romans  Current Reads Bearing God's Name: Why Sinai Still Matters  These Truths: A History of the United States  How to Win Friends and Influence People Non-Fiction for Adults The Age of Surveillance Capitalism Range  Plagues and the Paradox of Progress Books for Young Readers Little House on the Prairie Series  Cat in the Hat Autumn's Recommendations: Top Recommendation Girl, Wash Your Face Current Reads Swipe to Unlock Thinking, Fast and Slow Designing Your Life Books for Christian Women Live Original Live Fearless  Live  Own Your Everyday  Boundaries in Dating Books about Romance What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir In Five Years Books for Young Readers Nancy Drew Series  The Boxcar Children Series Junie B. Jones Series  Goodnight Moon Be sure to follow @autumnodean and @hannah_overbye for more book recommendations!
January 13, 2021
13: Goals
Merry Christmas! On this episode Autumn and Hannah interview Cammi who is a part of the Raise Your Standards team! They will discuss goals from 2020 and planning ahead for 2021.  Key Takeaways: 1. Finding an accountability partner  2. Look at things that scare you or you have been avoiding (do something every day that scares you)  3. Set a goal that  makes you happy, is simple, fun, and easy to accomplish  Reach out to us @raiseyourstandardspodcast with any questions or if you need an accountability partner! 
December 24, 2020
12: Gifts
It is the season of giving! Giving can be related to presents, but it can be also related to things that aren't material items. You can give your time, praise to others, happiness, and so much more. In this episode you'll hear about:  Best Christmas presents received Worst Christmas presents received How to give in ways that aren't material items  Key Takeaway #1: give people praise Key Takeaway #2: take notice of people Key Takeaway #3: do your Christmas shopping / watch Christmas movies
December 9, 2020
11: Gratitude
Happy Thanksgiving! This week Hannah and Autumn talk about gratitude. What is gratitude? Why is it important? You will also hear some of their fun Thanksgiving traditions and their plans for 2020.  
November 26, 2020
10: Dating Stories
Girl talk episode! Learn about Autumn and Hannah's dating lives. Hear about their dating history, best dates, funniest dates and everything in between. Grab your wine or coffee and enjoy this lighthearted episode! 
November 11, 2020
9: Fears Part 2 - How to Face Your Fears
In this episode, Autumn and Hannah build off last episode's discussion. Autumn will share 9 steps of fear from John Maxwell, one of her favorite authors. John Maxwell is also a pastor and has been named the most popular leadership expert in the world. Hannah will challenge these tactics and as always, brings her fun sense of humor to the table. :) Key Takeaway #1: Spend time identifying your fears and recognize that the majority of fears will never come to fruition Key Takeaway #2: Anything of value coincides with fear and risk, the more you do something the less intimidating it becomes Key Takeaway #3: Accomplishments don’t equal happiness
October 22, 2020
8: Fears in Career, Relationships, and Faith
For the start of October -- it's spooky season! -- during this episode Hannah and Autumn discuss fears in career, relationships, and faith. How do you acknowledge your fears? How do you conquer your fears? Listen to this episode to learn about their experiences, tips, and tricks to face your fears.  Key Takeaway #1: No knowledge or experience is wasted Key Takeaway #2: Everyone has fears -- you are not alone Key Takeaway #3: Share your fears with others
October 7, 2020
7: Leap of Faith
During the seventh episode of Raise Your Standards, Autumn and Hannah will talk with Autumn's friend Hannah Henson! They will be discussing Autumn and Hannah Henson's recent skydiving experience. Expect to learn about why they decided to skydive, the overall experience, and lessons they learned.  Key Takeaway #1: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do” - Eleanor Roosevelt Key Takeaway #2: Faith over fear Key Takeaway #3: Decide the why before the what
September 23, 2020
6: Answering God's Call
This week, Hannah and Autumn will be talking with their friend, Tannor, about what it means to answer God’s call. Originally from the great state of Missouri, Tannor is a Graduate Assistant Basketball Coach for Santa Clara University. They will be discussing: What is a vocation? What does it look like to be a Christian working for a D1 sports team? How do you know when it’s time to act on God’s calling? Key Takeaway #1: No matter who you are talking with, you can find a way to connect and be able to "speak the same language"  Key Takeaway #2: Act on whatever God has called you to do next -- obedience is key  Key Takeaway #3: Enjoy where you are at right now
September 9, 2020
5: Success with Strengths
Learn how to get the job, promotion, or relationship that you are looking for while utilizing and communicating your strengths.  Recently Autumn took a Stanford Continuing Studies course called Strengths Based Leadership focusing on how to increase impact in your day to day life. In this course, one of the main focuses was assessing strengths based on the CliftonStrengths Finder assessment which is focusing on measuring and sorting your talents. Additionally, this report helps individuals focus on achieving goals at work and in relationships.  Key Takeaway #1: Communicate with your partner, boss, or any relationship in your life what your strengths are, when you show up best, and when you might show up your worst. In order to be successful in the relationship, you need to be able to communicate your needs.  Key Takeaway #2: Take CliftonStrengths Finder Key Takeaway #3: Do the Best of Me Exercise and then share with a boss, partner, or friend 
August 26, 2020
4: Homeschooling
Being in a global pandemic has affected every part of our daily life including how we learn. In this episode, Hannah and Autumn talk about Hannah's experience being homeschooled growing up. Whether you are a parent homeschooling your kids, working with your children who are doing distance learning, are in college and now doing school online, or are a working professional needing tips on how to structure your day -- this episode is for you!  Key Takeaway #1: Give yourself grace and realize that this season of doing school at home will not look the same as other years -- don't forget to have fun!  Key Takeaway #2: Know why you are doing what you are doing and be open to making innovative solutions Key Takeaway #3: Grades are not a reflection of who you are Music by Russell Aaron Mendonca:
August 12, 2020
3: First Year Out of College
In this episode Autumn and Hannah share about their first year out of college including how they moved from the Midwest to California. Expect conversation related to how to build community in a new place and how to surround yourself with people who encourage you.  Key Takeaway #1: You can’t expect things of value to come into your life, you have to pour your life into things to make them have value Key Takeaway #2: "You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with" Key Takeaway #3: "It’s not about finding the right person, it’s about becoming the right person"
July 29, 2020
2: How We Got Our Jobs
Tangible takeaways from meaningful conversations focused on career, relationships, and faith. Hosted by two girls with Midwestern roots now living and working in the heart of Silicon Valley. Raise Your Standards is a podcast focused on relatable and thought-provoking topics that challenge listeners to live a more intentional life. This episode Autumn and Hannah talk about how they got their jobs at Google and Stanford. Key takeaways from the episode include:  Key Takeaway #1: When in doubt reach out!  Key Takeaway #2: More than anything, what matters most is your character. Key Takeaway #3: “Because so often when we say we’re unqualified for something, what we’re really saying is that we’re too scared to try it, not that we can’t do it.” You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero Music & Audio Editing: Russell Mendonca ( Logo Design: Myra Pervez (
July 15, 2020
1: Introduction
Welcome to the Raise Your Standards Podcast featuring Autumn Odean and Hannah Overbye - two girls with Midwestern roots now living and working in Silicon Valley. This episode focuses on getting to know your hosts, why they are starting this podcast, and why you should listen! 
June 30, 2020