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Co-hosts Kristina Stykos and Emily Howe debrief their week with humorous banter and philosophical musings related to the ups and downs of being artist-types trying to make ends meet in rural Vermont. Poking fun at themselves all the while, these unlikely friends bridge a 20 year age gap to share their unique perspectives on life, the pursuit of creative self-employment in small town America, and the week’s best misadventures. Each episode includes interludes of homegrown music from Kristina ...
 
It's time for you to embrace your God-given gifts, skills, and passions and lead with confidence. Host Esther Littlefield is a pastor's wife and business owner, and she is joined by co-host Holly Cain. They discuss issues related to leading as a Christian woman, and they also interview other women who share their leadership journeys. Through this podcast, Esther and Holly offer encouragement, tools, and resources to help you live out your unique calling as a leader.
 
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Have you ever considered how much power your thoughts have over your emotions and your actions? It may be more than you think, but the good news is that we have the ability to change our thoughts and thus change how we experience our lives. In this conversation, Holly and I speak with Emily Vermillion about the power of our thoughts. Emily shares h…
 
Do you ever feel ashamed or guilty for needing help when it comes to your parenting? And how can you get the support you need in all areas of your life? In this episode, I’m bringing you a special conversation that I had with Abby Turner as part of my Faith & Business Series I’ve been sharing on the Christian Woman Business Podcast. I chose to shar…
 
What does it mean to have a ‘Biblical mindset’ and why is this vital for Christian leaders and business owners? And how can we discern between true Biblical mindset approaches vs. those that sound spiritual but may not align with God’s word? In this conversation, I’m talking with messaging strategist & Biblical mindset coach Veronica Hoddenbagh. Yo…
 
Money isn’t always easy to talk about, but it’s a necessary part of life, leadership, and business. So it’s vital as Christians to address the topic of money rather than avoid it. In this conversation, I’m interviewing Holly about the common mistakes Christians make when it comes to money and how we can avoid these mistakes. Holly brings a wealth o…
 
Have you ever wondered if you’re qualified to do what you are doing in your leadership or business? Maybe you’ve questioned if you’re actually cut out to do this or whether anyone will take you seriously. If you’ve ever struggled with self-doubt, feeling like a fraud, or wondering if you’re on the right track, you’re not alone. As a Christian woman…
 
Have you ever considered working from home with your own business? Or perhaps you’ve considered hiring someone to work virtually for your own ministry or business, but you’re not sure what that would actually look like. In this episode, Holly and I talk with Alyssa Avant, virtual assistant and coach, about her leadership journey. We dive into what …
 
Entrepreneurship can be lonely, and even more so in the past year during the COVID pandemic. But it is possible to create community and connection with others in business. In this episode, Holly & I are diving into talking about entrepreneurship, which we haven’t covered much recently. And while this episode has a business focus, a lot of what we s…
 
Why is it vital for leaders to care for those they lead? How can churches develop effective care ministries that don’t burn out their leaders? In this episode, I talk with guest Laura Howe about the importance of care ministries in churches. You’ll find out why a care ministry shouldn’t be solely dependent upon the pastor, how meeting people’s need…
 
What does it look like to thrive instead of just survive as a mom of multiples, wife, and leader? And how can we discern the difference between shame and guilt? In this episode, our guest Andra Erickson shares her insights into how she has learned to thrive rather than just survive as a mom of multiples. She shares practical tips on how we can take…
 
Come behind the scenes with Holly and I as we go off-script and share a bit about how we met, what our lives look like, and answer some fun and random questions. On today’s episode, Holly and I are not covering any serious leadership content. Instead, we’re having fun and sharing some parts of our lives that we don’t usually chat about on the podca…
 
Have you ever felt like it’s impossible to slow down as a leader? Do you feel constantly pulled in a thousand directions because of everyone who needs you? In this episode, Holly and I talk with our guest Jenn Clauser as she shares her journey of learning the importance of slowing down and finding true rest. As the director of communications for he…
 
Do you ever feel like listening to another perspective means you have to agree with that perspective? Or do you sense you might be unfollowed or criticized if you share a differing perspective to the one that is the ‘norm’ in your current context? Hearing or seeing other perspectives does not come naturally to me, and I love being right. But over t…
 
How do you know if your dream is from God or just your own idea? And what if your dreams and ambitions for the future don’t line up with the season God has placed you in? In this episode (part 2 of 2), Holly and I continue our conversation with Christy Wright. We dive deeper into the topics of Christy’s devotional, “Living True: 40 Days to Get Back…
 
What is the most important aspect of developing your message as a leader? Is it possible to grow in self-awareness without becoming focused on self? And is it okay to follow people if you don’t agree with them? Christy Wright has developed an influential message and platform as a business leader, and she has recently expanded into focusing more on …
 
As leaders ambition is often a trait we come by naturally. The world praises us for getting the job done or for creating jobs or for climbing the success ladder. But is this what God calls us to? In this episode of the leadership traits series, Holly and I are exploring the concept of what we are calling ‘surrendered ambition’ and how we can develo…
 
Do you ever struggle to get into God’s word? Do you find that your full schedule, your work and family commitments, and the distractions of life sometimes make it difficult to spend time reading the Bible? If we’re honest most of us would say yes, that at least at some point in our lives, we have struggled with being consistent about getting into G…
 
Do you have multiple businesses or lots of business ideas? Are you struggling with figuring out how to focus when you are multi-passionate and enjoy many different types of endeavors? Have you ever gone on a trip and felt like there’s no way you could do all the activities you want to do in the time you’re there? This is similar to how we often fee…
 
Do you want to be a leader who others can rely on? Would you like to be trustworthy and dependable? One of the best ways to become a trustworthy leader is to be a consistent leader. Consistency is not one of the most exciting traits to talk about, but we want to include it in our leadership traits series because it can have a massive impact on your…
 
The church is not immune to the problem of domestic abuse. But what can we do as women and as leaders to recognize and overcome it? All of us have people in our lives who are experiencing abuse of some kind, whether we recognize it or not. In this episode, I’m talking with Charlene Quint about domestic abuse and how it is happening within the Chris…
 
Encouragement is a powerful thing, and it’s not really an optional part of life and leadership as a Christian. Scripture shows us that we should be encouraging one another, but what does this look like practically and how can we find our unique ways of offering encouragement? In this episode, Holly and I speak with Kari Bartkus of Love Does That. K…
 
What does it really mean to embrace your gifts? Are we making it harder than it has to be? The mission of this podcast is to help you embrace your gifts and lead with confidence. But do you know what it looks like to do this? In this episode, I’m sharing a personal update along with some thoughts on how you can start to truly embrace your own gifts…
 
The statistics show that a lot of kids leave the Christian faith when they become teens and young adults. Is there anything that adults can do to help change this pattern? In this episode, our guest Lee Ann Mancini shares with us about her passion for helping parents develop a solid faith foundation in our children. She believes that, when parents …
 
Good leaders are good communicators. But how can you become a better communicator, and is there one aspect of communication that is vitally important? As leaders, we can always be learning and growing, and while there may be some innate leadership qualities in some of us, much of leadership is about developing skills. So in this episode of our lead…
 
Have you ever struggled to navigate the workplace or even the church as a female in a male-dominated environment? In this episode, Holly and I chat with Tammy Birklid about her leadership journey and how she transitioned into her role as owner of a construction company. She shares about her experience as a female in the construction industry and ho…
 
What do we do with the goals and plans that did not come to fruition as we had hoped? And how can we learn from this year as we prepare for the coming year? In a year when it feels like we had more unfulfilled plans than ever, it can be easy to skip over celebrating the wins and finding the good. But it’s vital that we do this, just as we also spen…
 
This year has brought a great deal of grief and loss, both individually and collectively as a nation and world. In addition, leaders have seen more division and criticism in their organizations and churches than they may have in decades or even their lifetime. And this impacts one of the most important aspects of our lives as leaders: our relations…
 
How do you handle it when things don’t go as planned? What about when a whole year doesn’t go as planned? As we wrap up 2020 here on the podcast, Holly and I decided to do a 3-part Reflection Series with you. During this series, we’ll walk through some of the questions that Sandy shared with us on Episode 128, plus throw in some of our own question…
 
It’s the Christmas season, which means you should be celebrating and experiencing love, joy, and peace, right? But what if you don’t feel peaceful? How can you experience the peace of God during this time (and always)? In this special episode for the Christmas season, you will hear from Holly Cain. She is sharing a message to encourage you and remi…
 
Is your heart tired and worn out from all that 2020 has brought us? Perhaps you’re not interested in processing or reflecting on the year, and you can’t wait for 2021 to show up. Although 2020 has felt challenging on many levels, Holly and I did not want to skip over reflecting, and we also didn’t want to count it out as a horrible year. We know th…
 
Have you ever considered starting a podcast, but you’re not sure if it would be worth it? There are 9 key benefits that I’ve experienced from starting this podcast, and I’m sharing them here. Podcasting can be a powerful way to share a message with the world, but it can also feel overwhelming and scary. However, it has been one of the best decision…
 
How can you thrive in your work and your personal life when you have a demanding career? And how can you transition from employee to entrepreneurship if you have a dream you want to pursue? If you work full-time, have your own business, or have a maxed out schedule as a female Christian leader, you know staying healthy and making time for what matt…
 
Most leaders have some kind of message they want to share with the world…. Something God had put on your heart, taught you, or just something you have learned and want to pass on. The problem is, many of us don’t know where to start when it comes to sharing a message. We often are waiting to be asked, but the reality is many people won’t know you h…
 
How do you trust God during devastating losses and seasons of challenge and uncertainty? And how do you uncover and begin using the experiences and gifts God has given you? Almost no one’s leadership journey is a straight and easy path, and Misty Phillip’s experience is no exception. In this episode, Misty shares some of the challenges she faced wh…
 
Have you ever found yourself trapped in an unhealthy pattern or addiction, but you’re not sure how to break free? The answer often involves breaking free from lies and replacing those lies with the truth of God. In this episode, Holly and I speak with our guest Britney Thompson who vulnerably shares her story of breaking free from an eating disorde…
 
What does it look like to be an effective leader? As Christians, we want to follow the example of our leader Jesus Christ. So what did his leadership look like, and how can we emulate this? In this episode, Holly and I continue our leadership trait series as we dive into an aspect of leadership that is firmly grounded in our faith. While some of th…
 
The difference between who we say we are and how we actually live impacts not just us personally, but also everyone we lead. But how can we learn to identify this gap and begin shrinking it? In this episode, Holly and I talk with our guest Terra Mattson, about this issue, which she calls an integrity gap. We dive into what this means, common sympto…
 
Vulnerability isn’t just a “nice to have” trait for leaders; it is essential to being an effective Christian leader. But why does it matter and how can we practice it in our everyday lives? In this episode, Holly and I are kicking off a new series about traits we need to develop as Christian leaders. We originally shared a list of things we felt le…
 
Are you a parent, grandparent, mentor, or leader of teens? Or do you want to gain leadership insights from parenting teenagers? In this conversation, Holly and I talk with Connie Albers about thriving while leading and parenting teens. She shares many insights from her experience raising 5 teenagers as well as other lessons she has learned on her l…
 
Have you heard podcast guests who are living out leadership and thought, “Yeah, but I couldn’t do that”? Or perhaps you’ve thought about joining the Confident Leader Catalyst but you’re not sure if it’s right for you. In this episode, you’re going to hear from 3 women who were members of the very first round of the Confident Leader Catalyst program…
 
Have you ever struggled to discern the voice of God amidst all the other voices, including your own? Do you have trouble making decisions and feeling confident that they are in line with God’s will? As leaders, hearing the voice of God is of utmost importance, not just for our own lives, but also as we lead others. But sometimes it can be difficult…
 
What do you need to be an effective and confident leader? What traits will set you apart and help you lead well? In this solo episode, I want to share with you 3 traits that every leader needs. These 3 traits are not an exhaustive list by any means, but they are characteristics that will help you lead more effectively. Before we dive into the 3 tra…
 
Have you ever felt like your past disqualifies you from stepping into a leadership role? Do you ever appear confident to others but truly struggle with feeling that way? In this episode, Holly and I talk with our guest Chelsey DeMatteis about her leadership journey and how she has overcome guilt and shame about her past and stepped into leadership.…
 
Have you ever struggled to find the right ministry role for yourself--a place where you can use your gifts and skills to benefit God’s kingdom? In this episode, Holly and I chat with Gena McCown about her leadership journey which includes transitioning from the marketplace to the church world. She shares insights on the differences between the two …
 
Our culture and our world sets us up to believe that the value of what you do in life is related to the size of what you do. Therefore, leadership can often be seen as ‘unimportant’ if it’s on a smaller scale or with small numbers. But we believe that “leading small” is an important opportunity and can have a big impact. In this episode, Holly and …
 
Christian leaders are often passionate about what they believe. But they do not always share their personal convictions in ways that are healthy or productive. There is real danger when Christian leaders use their personal convictions as a mandate for how others should live. Doing this tends to lead towards legalism and away from discernment. But w…
 
How do you trust God when your entire world is turned upside down? And how do you cling to truth when you’re the target of criticism and doubt? Amanda Florczykowksi joins me for this episode to share her story of a first-hand encounter with a sex trafficking attempt, her decision to go public with the experience, and the resistance she ran into as …
 
Do you have a dream or an idea about something God is calling you to do, but you’re not sure how to step out into the unknown? Often we sense God calling us to something new, something different… but we are afraid to take those first steps, especially when we don’t know what the outcome is going to be. In our final episode of our Summer Throwback S…
 
What are some of the best and most unexpected things to come out of 2 years of the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast? In this episode, Holly and I are celebrating our two year anniversary by answering some of your questions about the podcast. We’ll share what we’ve learned, favorite guests, best things to come as a result, and much more. Plus, we …
 
How do you respond when you meet resistance to using your gifts as a female Christian leader? What about when you face criticism and challenges to what God has called you to do? All of us will experience resistance, criticism, and challenges as Christian leaders. It’s how we respond and handle these situations that really matters. In this episode o…
 
Do you ever struggle to identify, embrace, or use your gifts with confidence? You’re not alone, and this episode will help you reframe your thoughts about embracing your gifts. As Christian women leaders, it’s important for us to embrace our gifts--but how exactly do we do this? In the first of our Summer Throwback Series episodes, we’re sharing cl…
 
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