Episode 98: A Fond Farewell

Almost 2.5 years, nearly 100 guests, 3 major cities...what a wild ride it has been.

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Full text of this week's episode included below:

I’ve been trying to write these words for weeks now, but it’s been so difficult to try to encapsulate the journey That’s So Maven! has been in a handful of words. So much happens in two years. And so much has.

When the podcast started, I had a couple of goals: to create a community of support amongst femmes in business and leadership, and to provide a safe place to have open, honest, vulnerable conversations about what it’s like to be a femme in business and leadership.

I think that the show has reached those goals - and then some.

It has been truly remarkable to see the network - the web of femmes, if you will - grow and expand over the last two years. I’ve had the honour of connecting people, as well as watching them meet, collaborate, and kick ass at business and life together because of the podcast. I’ve had countless people tell me that this show introduced them to amazing businesses they didn’t know about, and that it gave them the courage to reach out to other femmes in business, whether for advice, collaboration, or friendship. A dear friend of mine labelled the show - and its accompanying website and blog -  an excellent “hiring encyclopedia” - a place to search for and hire people from all different industries.

Honestly, this makes me so happy I could explode. I’m so grateful I could play a small role in creating friendships, collaborations, and hopefully driving lots of customers and clients to local businesses - and beyond. (Shoutout to all of the amazing past guests on the show from Calgary and Vancouver - I see you!)

Now, as I’m sure you have gathered both from the title of this episode, and from the fact that I’m speaking about the show in the somewhat past tense, the time has come for me to close this fantastic chapter of life and move on from the podcast. I mulled over a lot of different ways of doing this, and I landed on this: an open, honest conversation about the show, the journey, and what’s next.

Now of course, being me and being human, I feel like I could never say enough, and that I may never find the right words, so here I am doing my best. I’m gonna give it a shot.

One of the things I get asked a lot about the podcast is what it’s taught me. I kind of feel like I would need 8 hours to really answer this question, but I’m going to do my best to explore some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned.

First of all, you’re not alone. That’s the biggest thing, hands down. And I cannot emphasize it enough. Imposter syndrome? Fuck yeah, we all have it (lots of us on a daily basis). Struggling to balance life and work? Yup. What does balance even mean, right? Feeling like you aren’t good enough? We’ve all been there (probably also on a daily basis). Getting caught up in the comparison game? Everybody does it. We all seem to struggle with celebrating our own successes, or speaking up about what we’re good at. Self-promotion is hard, especially as a femme. Social media is a double-edged sword - we all struggle with it. We all have a hard time taking vacation. Work is life. Lulls in business are scary. And no matter who you are or how long you’ve been in business, no one - and I mean NO ONE - feels like they have their shit together all the time.

Oh, and also, WE ALL FAIL. And failure is a good thing! There is no straight line to success. There’s no straight line in life. It’s a winding road, and the only way to learn how to pivot and adapt, to discover new ways to approach business, to carve your own path, is by making mistakes. If we never made mistakes, we’d never get better at what we do. It’s not about how many times we fall on our faces, or hit a wall - it’s about how we get up and how we move forward. Every time we get back up, every time we push on, we do so stronger, smarter, and more prepared for whatever the future may hold. Not only in business, but in life.

This has been a HUGE and amazing part of the podcast. And I know it’s been one of the biggest reassurances for everyone who listens. You are not alone. You never will be. Business is business - we all face the same challenges, and if you’re feeling it, I can pretty much guarantee you someone else has felt it, and someone else is feeling it right now.

Secondly, talking about your struggles, being vulnerable - it helps. It helps you. It helps others. It helps everyone. So we have to keep talking.

When it comes to talking, though, the last two years of this podcast have absolutely taught me (or rather, affirmed for me, because this is something I already knew) that systemic sexism is still a massive issue in all industries, because many women and femmes are still not comfortable opening up about what they go through, sometimes on a daily basis. I lost count of the number of times guests on the show downplayed their struggles and said they didn’t notice any sexism in their industry, only to open up and share gut-wrenching stories after the recorder was turned off and the mics were put away.

Don’t be mistaken: this not an attack on any of the guests who did that. I completely understand why they did. Instead, it’s an acknowledgement that for women and femmes and all marginalized folks, speaking up is a slippery slope (to put it VERY lightly). It can burn professional bridges, damage one’s position in the industry. In some cases, it can be straight up dangerous. Because when we speak up, we become “difficult,” or “man haters,” or any other of the countless names we get called. Because sometimes speaking up means naming names and society still doesn’t believe women most of the time. I’m not going to dive too deeply into this, because we all know I could rant about systemic sexism for 5 years. What I will say is this: times are changing, but they’re changing very slowly. The more we talk, the better, but there are still incredible hurdles to doing so. I am grateful for all of the folks standing up and speaking up alongside me. I’m grateful to those who say more and do more than I am able to do. And if you can’t speak up yet, for whatever reason, know that that’s okay. We’re all in this together. We all need to lean on each other as we lift each other up.

This leads me well into the last big lesson or affirmation I want to touch on, which is that we’re stronger together. The more we can lift each other up - both as business owners and as femmes - the more we all succeed.

Does that mean it’s all sunshine and lollipops? Hell no. Nothing in life is. But the more we can lead by example, find fellow good humans to collaborate and share life with, the more positive change will happen. Call me naive, call me whatever you want, but I will never, ever stop believing that kindness wins.

So, That’s So Maven! has come to an end. What’s next? Well, that’s a big question, and it’s one with many answers. First and foremost, I will continue to focus in on my own business as a professional filmmaker and photographer, and on building a life I love living. That has always and will always be my top priority. In regards to podcasting specifically, I will say this: I have a lot in the works. When new projects launch, you’ll be among the first to know. If you don’t already, I recommend following me on social media - you can head to my website, andreabeca.work, to find links to all the platforms I’m on.

How to close this final episode off? I honestly feel like I could talk forever. Don’t worry, I won’t - I don’t actually have the time and I know no one wants to hear me ramble endlessly.

I want to thank everyone who has been a part of the show. All of the guests. All of the subscribers. Everyone who tuned in to just one episode, and even those who didn’t tune in, but showed their support on social media. I want to extend a special thank you to my small but mighty group of Patreon subscribers, who generously supported the creation of the show and helped keep it going as long as it did. I want to thank Karen Unland, friend, past guest, guest interviewer, and founder of the Alberta Podcast Network, as well as ATB, for being the founding sponsor of the network. They really are more than a bank, and I’m grateful for all of the work ATB does in the city. And no, I haven’t been paid to say that.

And you know, while I’m at it, head to albertapodcastnetwork.com and check out all of the amazing content that’s being created in our province. There’s so much to listen to, there’s truly something for everyone, just go do it. Just go.

Thank you. Those words don’t seem like enough. But thank you. I’m so grateful to have been on this journey, and I’m so grateful to everyone who listened, cheered me on, and to everyone who helped spread the word about the show. I’m also so grateful to everyone who has reached out over the last two years to tell me they love the podcast, or to share the positive impact it has had on them. That has honestly made every hour of work I’ve put into this so worthwhile. It’s humbling, and amazing, and again, I’m just so grateful.

I’m also so grateful to all of the guests on the show. Thank you for giving me your time (I know how precious it is!), for sharing your stories, for challenging me, for reassuring me, for giving me (and everyone listening) great advice, for being open, and real, and making us all feel less alone. Thank you for hearing my story, too. For giving me a safe space to open up. For all the hugs and high fives. Thank you for the work that you do. And since you probably don’t tell yourself often enough, I just wanna say, you’re all amazing, kicking ass, and inspiring those around you every single day.

Almost 2.5 years, nearly 100 guests, 3 major cities…. 98 episodes. Over 30,000 downloads. Over 2,000 hours of work. Countless kilometres travelled...and a few parking tickets along the way.

Thanks for being here. Thanks for listening. Thanks for sharing in this journey. Let’s please keep lifting each other up. I’d say goodbye, but let’s be real - we’ve all become friends, and I know I’m gonna see all of you very soon.

Well, that’s it, that’s all, folks. My name is Andrea Beça, and it’s been an absolute honour to host That’s So Maven!, a podcast by, for, and about femmes in business and leadership.

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Episode 97: Andrea Beça, Two Years Later

Yes, it's true - after two years, I, Andrea Beça, am back in the hot seat to talk about my own business. In just two years, so much has changed about what I do, from the services I offer to the boundaries I set, the way I build my schedule, what I'm striving for, and beyond. I thought it would be really cool (and hopefully useful and educational) to talk about how business evolves, and what I've learned along the way. 

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And who better to pull in as my special co-host for this episode than past guest and founder of the Alberta Podcast Network, Karen Unland?

Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!

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All photos by Jillian Schecher.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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Thank you so much for tuning in to the show this week. The next episode is a special one, but that's all I'm saying for now!

See you in a couple weeks!

Andrea

Episode 96: A Deep Dive into Mental Health and WABIY with Blake Loates

This week, I sat down with my dear friend Blake Loates to have a no-holds-barred conversation about...well, a lot of things! Mental health, entrepreneurship, collaboration over competition, making big decisions to build a better life, and so much more. 

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We also talked a lot about We All Believe In You. (More on that in a second...)

Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!

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All photography by Andrea Beça.

Now, let's talk about We All Believe In You (WABIY) for a second, because I have pitched to Telus STORYHIVE to make a 20-minute documentary about Blake and WABIY. But in order to make it happen, we also need YOUR help.

We need you to go to STORYHIVE.COM every day from July 30 to August 2 to vote for We All Believe In You to help us win the funding we need to make this documentary a reality. The winning projects will be announced later in August, and I am so, so hopeful that our project will be one of them! 

Thank yo so much for your support of this project. You can also follow We All Believe In You - The Documentary on Facebook and Instagram for updates, behind the scenes, and voting reminders!

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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Thank you so much for tuning in to the show this week. I'm still working on lining up our next guest, so stay tuned to the podcast's social media channels for the announcement at a later date!

See you in a couple weeks!

Andrea

Episode 95: Nicole Bird

This week, I sat down with Nicole Bird of RSVP Design. She started in her industry when she was a teenager, and never dreamed of being her own boss. Now she's in the midst of her entrepreneurial journey in an incredibly male-dominated space, one year into a large new location in Edmonton, Alberta, and ready to keep moving forward.

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!

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All photography by Andrea Beça.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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Thank you so much for tuning in to the show this week. I'm still working on lining up our next guest, so stay tuned to the podcast's social media channels for the announcement at a later date!

See you in a couple weeks!

Andrea

Episode 94: Meaghan Nolan

This week is a special replay of my live episode recording with Meaghan Nolan, co-founder of Mikata Health, which took place at Podcasts Connect, part of the Inventure$ Conference in Calgary earlier this month. Since this wasn't a typical recording day for me, I wasn't able to snap photos of Meaghan like I usually do, so here's a beautiful provided photo:

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!

I'd like to give a huge shoutout to Kyle Marshall of Media Lab YYC for recording this episode for me (and for you)! Please check out his work and hire him for all your Calgary audio needs!

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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Thank you so much for tuning in to the show this week. I'm still working on lining up our next guest, so stay tuned to the podcast's social media channels for the announcement at a later date!

See you in a couple weeks!

Andrea

Episode 93: A Deep Dive into Spirituality and Woo with Kelsey Dalziel

This week, I sat down with Kelsey Dalziel, medium, Tired Ass Mom, and owner of Eleven Eleven Holistic Community Collective in Sherwood Park. She returned to the show a year after her first interview to take a deep dive with me and talk about spirituality, meditation, trusting your gut, and all things "woo."

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!

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All photography by Andrea Beça.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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On today's episode of the show, you'll hear about The Rotary Club of Edmonton West's upcoming conference, which you can learn more about at conference5370-2018.ca.

That's So Maven! is not a paying job, but is something I devote a ton of time, money, and energy to alongside running my business because I see the importance of it, the need for it, and the incredibly positive impact it has on the community.

If you love what I do with this podcast, please consider becoming a patron of the show by pledging as little as $1USD/month. You can get behind-the-scenes access and cool That's So Maven! swag for doing so!

Learn more and become a patron today on Patreon

Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of That's So Maven! Our next episode will be from our live recording at Podcasts Connect (part of the Inventure$ Conference) in Calgary, where I interviewed Meaghan Nolan of Mikata Health

See you in a couple weeks!

Andrea

Episode 92: Chantelle Beasley

This week, I sat down with Chantelle Beasley, owner of Aradia Fitness, which has four locations in and around Edmonton, and offers pole fitness, as well as other fitness and movement classes. We talked everything from busting stereotypes about pole fitness to motherhood, social work, and empowerment.

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!

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All photography by Andrea Beça.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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On today's episode of the show, you'll hear about The Rotary Club of Edmonton West's upcoming conference, which you can learn more about at conference5370-2018.ca.

You'll also hear about Podcasts Connect, an exciting event coming up where I'll be recording a LIVE episode of That's So Maven! along with three other podcasts from the Alberta Podcast Network. I hope to see you there!

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That's So Maven! is not a paying job, but is something I devote a ton of time, money, and energy to alongside running my business because I see the importance of it, the need for it, and the incredibly positive impact it has on the community.

If you love what I do with this podcast, please consider becoming a patron of the show by pledging as little as $1USD/month. You can get behind-the-scenes access and cool That's So Maven! swag for doing so!

Learn more and become a patron today on Patreon

Thank you so much for tuning in this week! On our next episode, we're taking a deep dive with past guest Kelsey Dalziel and talking about spirituality and intuition as it relates to being a business owner. (Side note: Since her first interview, Kelsey has opened Eleven Eleven Holistic Community Collective in Sherwood Park!) 

See you in a couple weeks!

Andrea

Episode 91: Justine Martinson

This week, I sat down with Justine Martinson, owner and skincare maven at Lipstick Empire Laser Spa right here in Edmonton, Alberta. We talked all things beauty, from her journey into the industry starting at the age of 12 to how much client education has changed in the age of the internet.

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!

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All photography by Andrea Beça.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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That's So Maven! is not a paying job, but is something I devote a ton of time, money, and energy to alongside running my business because I see the importance of it, the need for it, and the incredibly positive impact it has on the community.

If you love what I do with this podcast, please consider becoming a patron of the show by pledging as little as $1USD/month. You can get behind-the-scenes access and cool That's So Maven! swag for doing so!

Learn more and become a patron today on Patreon

Thank you so much for tuning in this week! Now that we're back on track after missing an episode, we're back to our biweekly release schedule. Stay tuned to That's So Maven!'s social media to find out who our next guest is...

See you in a couple weeks!

Andrea

Episode 90: Melissa Ferreira

This week, I sat down with Melissa Ferreira, the fashion designer, upcycler, and textile maven who has been running Adhesif Clothing in Vancouver for 15 years. We talked about balancing creative and business brains, how important sustainable fashion is, and what it's like to be on the cusp of motherhood as a business owner. Thrilled to have had such an in-depth conversation for the podcast's first foray into the Vancouver business scene. 

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!

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All photography by Andrea Beça.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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That's So Maven! is not a paying job, but is something I devote a ton of time, money, and energy to alongside running my business because I see the importance of it, the need for it, and the incredibly positive impact it has on the community.

If you love what I do with this podcast, please consider becoming a patron of the show by pledging as little as $1USD/month. You can get behind-the-scenes access and cool That's So Maven! swag for doing so!

Learn more and become a patron today on Patreon

Thanks so much for tuning in to this week's episode of the show! Since we had a bit of a scheduling mishap that resulted in no new episode last week, we're getting back on track with two episodes in a row. Next week, we'll meet Justine Martinson, owner of Lipstick Empire, to hear about her journey into the beauty industry. 

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 89: Kaden Ave Communications

This week, I sat down with Kady Hobbins and Avery Johnson, two friends who recently quit their full-time jobs to partner up and create Kaden Ave Communications, a social media and influencer marketing firm based in Edmonton, Alberta. 

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!

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All photography by Andrea Beça.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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I've recently encountered some frustrating changes to how my website host and podcasting fit together (or don't, really), and as a result, the costs of running my podcast are going up. 

That's So Maven! is not a paying job, but is something I devote a ton of time, money, and energy to alongside running my business because I see the importance of it, the need for it, and the incredibly positive impact it has on the community.

If you love what I do with this podcast, please consider becoming a patron of the show by pledging as little as $1USD/month. You can get behind-the-scenes access and cool That's So Maven! swag for doing so!

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Learn more and become a patron today on Patreon

Thanks so much as always for tuning in to the show! Your support means the world. The next guests on the show will be announced on social media soon, so stay tuned!

See you in a couple weeks!

Andrea