Is it a coincidence that our first podcast birthday (!) falls super close to another favorite day of ours, International Women’s Day? We don’t think so! And we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate both than inviting two of Team Simplified’s leaders on the show: our COO Brittany Werth and Creative Director Whitney Hawkins! Emily, Brittany, and Whit share about the women who inspired them and showed them how to work hard, dream big, and lead families and businesses with creativity and compassion. They talk about some of their proudest moments at Simplified, what they’re excited about for the future, and how they’re helping their littles—girls and boys—recognize the grit and grace that women of all ages and walks of life bring to the world.
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“You were made on purpose for a purpose. It might take you a long time to figure out what that is, but when you feel like you've figured it out, do it. Don't let anybody hold you back.” – Emily Ley
“There was a local design firm, and I idolized these women. They are so talented, and I shot them an email, and I was like, "Hey, you don't know me. I don't really have any skills. I am completely brand new with this, but I really want to learn. And if you guys are looking for an intern, I would do literally anything you need to watch you work and learn how you do this thing that I think is really cool." And they said, "Yes," and I got to go and watch these two insanely talented women . . . and it was so insanely inspiring to watch these women learn and hustle and handle it and do this thing. I didn't even know you could just make your own business. How cool was that?” – Whitney Hawkins
“When I was a kid, I really looked up to my mom because when I was growing up, she was a single mom. She owned a couple of different, small businesses that were wildly successful in our little town. When she was scrappy, she worked entire and chore so hard, both professionally and then to take care of our family, to run our house, to do all the things that you have to do when you're a small business owner and female and mom. So I like to think that I get like my work ethic and my gumption and a little bit of grit from her.” – Brittany Werth
“I feel like we're all drawn to women who have that grit and gumption that they pushed boundaries and they wanted to make a new way almost, outside of what the world was telling them life had to look like.” – Emily Ley
“We're a really united team, and really unified, and we have such a great bond already, and helping to foster that on a daily basis was really profound for me.” – Brittany Werth
“It's okay to ask for help. And you don't have to carry it all. And if you're feeling like you're carrying it all and you don't like that feeling, then say something and change it.” – Whitney Hawkins
“I like what I like, and it makes me happy embracing that. You don't have to follow trends. If you want to be like me and read fantasy books about dragons, that's fine. If no one else is going to read those books, that's okay. Own it. Love it. And do what makes you happy.” – Whitney Hawkins
“I really hope to teach my boys and instill in my daughter that she can do anything. Girls can do anything and be anything. And that's not to be a feminist rally cry. It's a reality.” – Brittany Werth
“I want to raise my kids with the mentality of: we uplift women and we give them equal opportunities to pursue things in life that they historically haven't always had." – Brittany Werth
A Blessing for Your Week
May you honor the bold and brilliant women who have carved a path before you.
May you reach for the courage to keep carving that trail each and every day.
And may you remember that you are inspiring generations of women coming after you, and that every ounce of your effort has purpose.
Simplicity Tip of the Week
Think about a woman from history you admire. I want you to go learn more about her. Check out a book about her from the library. Do a deep-dive on Wikipedia. Think about the circumstances she was born into, and how society felt about a woman’s place in the world when she was growing up. Did she follow those expectations, or did she blaze a trail all her own? Was she a kind friend, a loving mother, a great partner? Did she have business savvy you’d like to emulate, or courage you want for your own life? Did she have a sense of humor that kept her going?
You can never learn too much from the women who have gone before you. I one-hundred-percent guarantee you’ll be inspired after learning more about your heroes.
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