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The Anxious Entrepreneurs

The Anxious Entrepreneurs

By Stacey Sorgen
Let’s meet up and have a chat where our passions, our careers, and our anxiety all meet up.
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Kristen Westcott: creating systems to support growth and scalability, while parenting midpandemic
Kristen Westcott is a business growth & systems strategist and founder of Kristen Westcott & Co who has spent the last decade in the legal and education fields supporting leaders and students in the areas of goal setting, productivity, and project management. After recognizing her true passion lies in serving entrepreneurs, Kristen honed her skills as a Director of Operations. She quickly noticed that what was holding many business owners back wasn’t a lack of drive or ability, but a lack of foundational systems that could support the day-to-day operations of a scaling business. These days, she spends her time helping online coaches, copywriters, and creatives scale without the frustration that massive growth often brings. Links: Website: Group program: >> launching end of August 2021 Facebook: Instagram: Email:
August 09, 2021
Kristina Johnson: She paved her own way, investing, day trading, and creating generational wealth
Kristina Johnson paved her own way - learning how to invest, day trade, and create generational wealth - and now she helps others, too! Think of Kristina as your personal market strategist. A few years ago, Kristina decided she wanted MORE time to do the important things in life. She knew investing was her way out of the hustle and struggle of a corporate schedule. So Kristina took serious action and invested in the best coaches, learned the fundamentals, chart analysis, technical analysis, and used her 14 years of experience as a Business Coach and Analyst to develop her Special Sauce for the Stock Market — a stable strategy to earn great returns from low-cost trading. Kristina has worked in the finance industry for over 14 years as a Coach/Trainer and Business Analyst. She has Master’s degrees in Business Administration, Health Service Administration, and Technical Informatics. Kristina has trained with the best and has spent years honing her skills - so she can now support, educate, and help others. In her program Trading Made Simple, Kristina helps you learn how to grow your income with low-cost stock trading. Kristina doesn’t believe you need to sacrifice money you don’t have, skip important expenses, or go into debt to make impressive returns on stock investments. TRADING MADE SIMPLE is Kristina’s 3-month Digital Program to take you from Stock Market Beginner to Expert. Her course is set up to help you start trading right away with safe, real-world strategies you can implement in your portfolio right away. Kristina wants to help you smash your financial goals by simplifying the stock market. Enroll now into the Program💻 Visit:
August 05, 2021
Jake Anderson: Leading With Heart, Knowing When To Sell Your Business, And Teaching By Doing
In this episode, Jake Anderson gets really REAL about a near bankruptcy, what covid did to his plans, and how he metaphorically rose from the rubble. We get into how the art of podcasting, knowing when to sell your business and the importance of having an exit strategy, and how Jake manages anxiety through the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. Jake Anderson is the founder of TriPod - a podcast solutions company that gives entrepreneurs more control over their content by removing chaos and complexity. He does this through his 3S Method for podcast management which covers creative strategy, end-to-end systems, and a hybrid staffing model. A seasoned podcaster himself, Jake is the host of Podcast Marketing Radio where he provides strategic insights for business owners on how to get started marketing in your Business with a podcast. He also shares stories of how some entrepreneurs have been able to grow their revenue and income by using podcasts to expand their network, build trust, improve brand awareness, and increase sales. Jake is also the host of the Introspective Podcast which has evolved from interviewing a wide range of highly successful entrepreneurs to now providing a documentary style format that gives his listeners deeper insight into the painful lessons and breakthrough moments associated with his journey of business ownership. A family man with 2 boys, Jake values meaningful relationships and human connection as top priority for success in both life and business. Links Get started with TriPod: Subscribe to Podcast Marketing Radio: Subscribe to Introspective Podcast: Connect with Jake on Instagram @jakeandersonlive Follow PMR on Instagram: @podcastmarketingradio
July 29, 2021
Steph Gaudreau: A Resignation Letter, Imperfect Action, Joy & Unknown of Going After Your Dreams
Steph Gaudreau, NTP, is a nutritional therapy, intuitive eating, and strength training expert helping women who lift weights fuel themselves better so they get stronger, increase their energy, and perform better in the gym. In her best-selling book, The Core 4, she details a four pillar approach to getting stronger, embracing your body, and owning your power. Steph is trained in biology and human physiology and is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, and USA Weightlifting Sports Performance coach. Her weekly podcast, the Listen to Your Body Podcast, has 3.7+ million downloads. She’s an international speaker that has been featured in Outside, MindBodyGreen, SELF, and ESPN Radio.
July 19, 2021
Stacey Engle: Finding purpose, showing up on social, and living and leading with authority
Stacey Engle recently launched her company,, to share tools and opportunities for individuals, leaders, and entrepreneurs to elevate their careers and businesses for greater impact. Specialties are building brand and industry authority for leaders and organizations, pivoting in times of change, and tapping into new levels of leadership and possibility. Growth is achieved through facilitated experiences, consulting, and leadership coaching. She has created a newly incubated flagship experience for business owners and entrepreneurs called Authority Lab™. Prior to her entrepreneurial ventures, for over ten years, Stacey Engle was a key driver and senior leader in double-digit growth with Fierce Conversations, a global training and leadership development company that works with organizations of all shapes and sizes, including Capital One, Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, and Verizon. Her leadership was instrumental in busting many glass and revenue ceilings in the industry, notably increasing the company’s sales by 30% in 2018. Over the years, she helped land the company on Inc.’s 5000 list and received consecutive Best Places to Work & Design awards. At 33 years old, after building go-to market strategies, she was selected as the company’s President where she led cultural and digital transformation efforts to prepare the company for its next chapter. She is a sought-after expert on a myriad of issues that affect the workplace today and her ideas and opinions have been featured in Forbes, Fortune, CNBC & Fast Company, among other outlets. Stacey understands the need to invest in your team and yourself to make a lasting difference. As a leader, she encourages genuine connections and brings a people-first mentality to every interaction. Stacey’s passion extends beyond the workplace, serving on community boards and offering pro-bono work with the University of Washington, various arts organizations, and community initiatives. She has been awarded the Outstanding Alumni Mentor Award from the University of Washington with her work in founding a professional development board that connects students with transformational experiences from workshops to global opportunities. She currently serves on the board of Take the Lead, a national nonprofit/social organization, that develops and inspires women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025
June 21, 2021
Katie MacMaster: Managing anxiety, online communities, & stressful life transitions - by connecting
Big life transitions, building online community, and finding what’s ACTUALLY helpful for anxiety! Join Katie MacMaster, owner/operator of Main Connects, for a talk about the secret sauce of online communities. How she’s making her way through tough times - one step at a time, and what’s been helpful.
June 07, 2021
Anxiety. Entrepreneurship. My *BIGGEST* mistakes and shame. All in one episode.
I’m anxious about releasing this episode because my anxiety is so evident within. Anxious about my past and what you’ll think of it. Anxious of the present and how you’ll perceive my experience. Anxious about releasing this episode and how you’ll view my fear of it. You, meaning just people, and letting you into the world of mistakes, shame, missteps, acknowledgement, struggle, etc. I will continue to fail but I hope I always listen to my own deep knowing and that I continue to fail forward. In entrepreneurship, in anti-racism work, in showing up with transparency and decency, as a member of the LGBTQIA community, as a sister, as a daughter, as a wife, as a human, in making mistakes and owning them. I’m a constant student and this episode is just part of what I learned so far. I offer it here in case it can help you, too. To not feel alone. To know that you’re seen. To know that you’re supported. Even when you make mistakes, even when you’re anxious, even when you mess up. We can do hard things.
May 24, 2021
Nikita Burks-Hale: Jumping into Entrepreneurship, Podcasting, and the Art of Adult Coloring Books
Nikita Burks-Hale is the CEO and Head Creative of JourneyGurl Magic Productions, a podcast production company that supports and empowers Womxn of Color as they bring their unique voices to the masses through podcasting. Nikita is also the host of 2 podcasts, The JourneyGurl Magic Podcast, and The Podcaster’s Journey (launching April 2021). Nikita is a journeyer in every sense of the word and truly believes that life is a journey and you must be open to its endless possibilities. Her coaching and personal beliefs are centered around living your imperfect journey to the fullest by: Showing Up Being Vulnerable Practicing Gratitude Be A Badass And Enjoying the Ride When Nikita is not coaching, producing, or journeying, you can find her Netflix bingeing classics with her wife Jessica and enjoying family time with her toddler son Adonis and newborn Remy.
May 10, 2021
Marley Blonsky: Cycling While Fat, Challenging the Status Quo, and Chasing Dreams by Bicycle
Marley Blonsky is a Fat adventure cyclist, working to make cycling more inclusive for people of all body sizes, especially people in larger bodies. She is one of the subjects of the Shimano Film, "All Bodies on Bikes", that explores her relationship to her bodies on bicycles and follows her on a bikepacking trip through Oregon. Marley is based in Seattle, where she is a mom to two rescue dogs. You might see her around town on her cargo bike or out bike camping as soon as the weather gets nice. Marley is also a new entrepreneur, working to make her love of bicycling into a career. She is teaching classes, offering workshops to companies, and hoping to build All Bodies on Bikes into a successful brand. Marley's website: All Bodies on Bikes May Ride: May 15th, 11am, Seattle Center Fountain Film:
May 03, 2021
Valerie Shike: Childhood dreams, big leaps, and a home bursting with costumes and love...
Valerie Shike is a woman on a mission! Her dreams started as a child, watching television and dreaming about - puppets! Her dreams and drive continued into her teen years and have come full circle. Now a mother of two, a wife, a volunteer, a friend to many - she can also add ‘entrepreneur’ to the many hats she wears, and let me tell you, she has a LOT of hats. Valerie is the proud new owner of “Those Funny Little People”! Those Funny Little People is a one-of-a-kind entertainment company with life-sized puppets who dance, sing and make people laugh. The Chicago based company has been providing Midwest and national entertainment for corporate events, community events and family events such as weddings, birthdays and kid's parties since 1979. For more information about this unique and incredible company, for booking, and for information about a career please visit and and and soon on TikTok
April 29, 2021
D’Arcy Harrison: Artistry, Advocacy, and Surprise Entrepreneurship with “The Vocal Cosmetologist”
D’Arcy Harrison has been a licensed cosmetologist for over 18 years and a self-employed entrepreneur since 2012. In addition to her extensive background in creative & performing arts- D’Arcy is owner of Emerson Salon on Capitol Hill in Seattle where she specializes in haircuts, natural texture, balayage and vivids. D’Arcy believes your hair is an essential component of confident soul expression and approaches client work with acceptance, patience and understanding. She is best known as, “The Vocal Cosmetologist,” due to her impactful grass roots & marketing focus as a leader in the Personal Services trade association “Cosmetologists of Washington United.” D’Arcy’s efforts to protect small business independent contractors in the State Legislature led to Emerson Salon receiving the 2019 “Washington Advance Award” from The Association of Washington Business. You can learn more about D’Arcy or her salon at: or Follow Emerson Salon on: Facebook Twitter Instagram Check Out : D’Arcy’s Youtube
April 19, 2021
Susan Palmer Wood: The Transition from Corporate Life to Entrepreneurship and Personal Wellness
Susan Palmer Wood found herself working 80+ hours a week, sick, and consistently putting herself last. She talks about her wake up call, how she changed her life, and how she helps other women to change and improve their lives.
April 13, 2021
Pamela Brown: Leaning into Her Gifts & Intuition and Healing With Purpose
Pamela Brown is a gifted and certified shamanic practitioner and Reiki master. She specializes in assisting trauma survivors on their healing journey as well as guiding highly sensitive people (HSP) and Empaths to an empowered state of living. In this episode, Pamela shares about her journey and path, her gifts, and about her healing, especially after experiencing domestic abuse. I love that she shared about her healing and how her faith and beliefs, and the work she now does, help her to heal with intention. Pamela’s office is at the Apothecary Wellness Center & Spa located in Burlington. DM Pamela Brown via Facebook for booking info.
April 05, 2021
Stacey Sorgen: A vulnerable episode.. about Loss, Change, and Hope
Where were you in life and business one year ago? I share with you in this episode what I experienced and how I processed loss, how I responded and what I changed, and why I have hope for the future. I hope this episode might bring you a little hope - at the very least, I hope it helps remind you that you’re not alone.
March 30, 2021
Heather Smith grew up in Omaha, feeling like the odd one out... until she forged a path for herself
Heather Smith is a great mix of many many things. Humor and intensity. Drive and ease. She’s paving the way for herself as an employee of a major news channel - and in all the heaviness that comes with being in the media. Learn in this episode how Heather learned to become an Intrapreneur- creating a career she’s proud of and constantly building. She’s creative, inventive, passionate, and no-nonsense. I hope she inspires you as much as she inspires me.
March 22, 2021
Natalie Siebert: How she took the leap; with faith.
Meet our incredible guest, Natalie Siebert. Natalie is the owner of Shine Your Light Design. In today’s episode we talk about the “what if’s”, the leap of faith it takes to get started as an entrepreneur, and about Natalie’s deep and lifelong passion for art. She’s inspiring another generation to express themselves through art, while also bringing beauty to our communities, homes, and businesses.
March 15, 2021
Debbie Rosemont: Organization and Time Management Systems for Anxiety
Debbie Rosemont, CPO® and Productivity Consultant, started Simply Placed in 2003. Debbie teaches habits for productivity and organized systems that allow us to maximize our email, time, tasks, teams and workspace, resulting in improved client service, employee retention, revenue and reduced stress. Debbie is an engaging speaker, an effective consultant and trainer. She is also the author of the book Six-Word Lessons to Be More Productive, co-author of 1 Habit for a Thriving Home Office and the creator of several information products. I mention in this episode that I met Debbie at a seminar named “MultiTasking Makes you Stupid” and I noticed in her most recent email that she is teaching this class virtually on March 11th and it’s only $14.99 to attend. Run to her website. Just run. It’s amazing. Simply Placed, and Debbie Rosemont Additional Resources mentioned in this episode: •6-Month Productivity Transformation package – solid strategies, established habits, sustainable results •It’s About Time virtual productivity program •Free Resources: Rock Your Work from Home guide and our Blog •Books: 1 Habit for a Thriving Home Office book and Six Word Lessons to Be More Productive book Stop feeling overwhelmed and disorganized and finally have time for your priorities. •Schedule a Free Discovery Call to explore working together: •Special for our listeners: (For $97, about $50 off regular price): Organize to Optimize mini-course and Productivity Task Master Bundle
March 06, 2021
Surviving and Thriving with Katie MacMaster
This episode we’ll meet and learn about Katie MacMaster, owner of MainConnects. She’s a brilliant Virtual Assistant who started her business with resourcefulness, anxiety, and a fire under her booty. Check out why she chose the entrepreneurial path, how she manages the anxious moments, and what she’s learned about herself in the process.
February 28, 2021
Welcome To The Anxious Entrepreneurs!
Here’s a little love letter..... to you, fellow anxious humans. Making a podcast is something that I’ve wanted to do for so long - but perfectionism stopped me. Until...... my desire to connect, support, and unite became stronger than my fear. So, I present, my perfectly imperfect starting point, in all of it’s anxious, awkward, wobbly glory. I invite you to come along on this journey with me ... one tiny step at a time.
February 28, 2021