This post about the Color Full Lives podcast is sponsored by State Farm®. All opinions expressed here are my own.
As you all know, I am incredibly passionate about women of color looking good AND feeling good. I’ve also made it one of my personal missions to help positively change the perceptions of women of color in the media, so I am really happy to team up with State Farm to talk about the Color Full Lives podcast series.
So I have a confession to make. I am suddenly OBSESSED with podcasts. I started out listening to Myleik’s podcast, which I love, and from there I found more empowering podcasts that I started listening to anytime I’d hop in my car. I’ve been on a podcast kick for the last few months and I’ve learned SO much. Podcasts are such a great way to get a more intimate understanding of people’s perspectives and opinions. They’re also a great way to affirm that you’re not the only one going through some of the things we go through!
State Farm collaborated with some boss babes of color – Angela Yee, Fran Medina of Hey Fran Hey, and Tatiana King-Jones – to kick-off a podcast series called Color Full Lives, all about empowering women of color. In the last installment of the series, they discuss the importance of paying it forward, which really touched home for me. I remember a time in my early career when I was doing everything in my power to get ahead and to succeed without a clear understanding of the “why” behind what I was doing. Over time, I’ve come to realize that when you center your life’s work on helping others in some way, it ALWAYS (I repeat, always) comes back to you. When I think of living a “Full” life, I think of doing work that’s fulfilling and also purpose-driven.
In the 8th episode of the podcast, the ladies discuss everything from the keys to success, to dating outside your race. Here are just four gems I picked up about living your best life from the convo:
1. Invest in Others’ Success
I am a BIG supporter of this idea. You didn’t get where you are on your own and neither did I. I’m really committed to the idea of passing on what I’ve learned and accomplished to people who come after me. It’s one of the reasons I created the BrownGirlsLove community. It’s so important to teach and invest in others as you climb the ladder of success.
2. Always Do Your BEST
Angela Yee talks about an incredible intern she had and how she recommended her intern for a full-time job based on how she worked — how dedicated she was to learning and doing what needed to be done, even when people weren’t looking. It’s so important for you to take your personal brand seriously. You never know who is watching.
3. Don’t Underestimate Your Digital Network
Whether it’s the colleagues you meet on LinkedIn, or the fellow entrepreneurs you interact with during a Twitter chat, digital networks are more important than ever now. I’ve grown so much and had so many doors opened for me as a result of my network of fellow influencers online. Take advantage and also make sure you’re contributing to others’ successes in your network (see gem #1).
4. Get Over Your Fear of Failure
During the podcast, Angela Yee said something that really hit home for me. She said, “If you’re not failing, you’re not taking enough risks.” This is SO true. Failure is a part of the growth process. Don’t be scared of it! Embrace failure as lessons that will catapult you to your next level of success.
It was such an enjoyable podcast to listen to. I really loved it and I’m sure you will too. You can download it here: Soundcloud: http://st8.fm/x3aWA6 | iTunes: http://st8.fm/larWyW
Dress & Shoes: ASOS | Photos by Lydia Hudgens
What are you doing to live a “Color Full Life”? Any of these gems up above ring true for you? Hit me in the comments.
This post was sponsored by State Farm.