Episode 38: Life and Work as a Freelancer with Abigail Murrish

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Have you ever considered going into business for yourself? Have you considered migrating specifically into freelance work? Abigail Murrish has a degree in agricultural communications and before starting her own freelance company worked for the Indiana state agriculture department.  She has conducted freelance work for many companies as well as non-profit organizations.

In this episode with Abigail we sat down and discussed some common questions and problems that freelancers face.  From how to overcome the fear of being unqualified, to how we should respond when faced with ‘no’ after ‘no’. To top this discussion off how do you stay current in an ever changing market?   From the heart-warming moments, to the scary unknowns, we dive into some raw and honest discussion on how to best propel ourselves forward.

Recourse Mentioned: 31 Beginner Baby Steps

“No one defines the path you are on.” @AbigailMurrish #SharpenPodcast

Questions asked:

What led to your decision to work for yourself?

What are some common challenges freelancers face?

How do you move forward when you are met with “no”?


Topics covered:

How to deal with friends needing help when you freelance.

The benefits of holding a job before freelancing.

How to look for needs and fill them.


Quotes from the Show:

“No one defines the path you are on.” @AbigailMurrish @KirbyOGreen #SharpenPodcast Click to Tweet

“Look for the needs and step into them.” @AbigailMurrish @KirbyOGreen #SharpenPodcast Click to Tweet

“Be confident in who you are as a person versus what you can do.” @AbigailMurrish @KirbyOGreen #SharpenPodcast Click to Tweet


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Episode 37: The Why with Marcus Hall

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How do values and mantras fit into building your business?  Can you actually implement a vision that goes deeper than sales and still have a profitable company?  If those are questions you’ve struggled with, then this week’s guest, Marcus Hall will help you sift through this challenging element to building a purpose driven (and profitable) business.

Marcus is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for California Closets where they design, manufacture, and install custom storage solutions for homes and businesses. In this interview we discuss real life stories of how implementing values into your business can not only help you generate income but also change the lives of your customers and employees. This episode is both practical and encouraging for young professionals wanting to make an impact through their careers.

“If we want to grow we have to get uncomfortable.” @MarcusHall

Questions asked:

How do you design better lives and live out a tagline?

How did you implement your “why” into your everyday business?

How has focusing on creating better lives impacted your team internally?


Topics covered:

Creating better lives through your business.

How to impact clients through normal business.

How you can help create meaning in a job you currently hold.


Quotes from the Show:

“Desire to improve every day.” @MarcusHall @KirbyOGreen #SharpenPodcast Click to Tweet

“How can we support our client’s stories?” @MarcusHall @KirbyOGreen #SharpenPodcast Click to Tweet

“Asking for feedback can be intimidating.” @MarcusHall @KirbyOGreen #SharpenPodcast Click to Tweet

“We as millennials are proud that we want to know ‘why’.” @MarcusHall @KirbyOGreen #SharpenPodcast Click to Tweet


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Episode 36: The After Party

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This week’s show is a little bit different. I had the pleasure of interviewing some amazing people at the EdgeX 2018 after party, including super bowl winning coach Tony Dungy and Newt Crenshaw the CEO of Young Life as well as some other powerful leaders.  

As a former mentee of Edge, it was awesome reconnecting with some old friends from my Edge group, as well as being a mentor now within the program. My personal connection to the Edge has given me an inside perspective on just how effective the teachings coming out of these events are, and this is evident through the powerful nuggets of truth laid down by the leaders I had the privilege of interviewing. So get ready for inspiring wisdom on leadership as we dive into this week’s episode!

“We need someone to believe in us enough to say ‘you can do this’” - Newt Crenshaw

Topics covered:

People centered leadership.

Stepping into leadership in your company.

What does it look like to serve in  the workplace?

The power of recognition.

How to step into the life you imagined.

The power of culture.

The power of helping others.

Quotes from the Show:

“God doesn’t expect our faith to be perfect.” - Newt Crenshaw Click to Tweet

“He’s doing unimaginable things in me even when I am not aware.” Newt Crenshaw Click to Tweet

“Take the time to get to know the people you work with.” - David Novak Click to Tweet

“Everything boils down to relationship.” - David Novak Click to Tweet

“The best cultures are those owned by everyone.” - Scott Dorsey Click to Tweet

“Take initiative in the spirit of wanting to learn.” - Scott Dorsey Click to Tweet

“Never think you are not qualified to help others.” - Tony Dungy Click to Tweet

“Don’t think you know everything.” - Tony Dungy Click to Tweet

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Episode 35: The Waterwheel of Relationships with Jill Woolworth

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As a young professional, it may be difficult to prioritize your personal relationships. So much of your time and energy is already being invested in your career and it may be difficult to balance all of the demands at work without neglecting the people who are the most important to you. In today’s episode of Sharpen, we are joined by marriage and family therapist, Jill Woolworth.

Jill is a fountain of wisdom on the topic of relationships and very openly shares with us what she has learned as a wife of over forty years and as a therapist who has sat with countless clients struggling with their relationships. She believes the essence of her career is being an “untangler of relationship knots”. Today, she helps us to understand how to create balance between ambition and relationships. This is a powerful episode for those who may struggle with having to “balance it all”.

“Treasure the people closest to you.” @JillWoolworth

Questions asked:

What does “relationship health” mean? Why should we talk about it?

What practical wisdom do you have for young professionals who are starting their careers and families?

Topics covered:

How to balance “pouring out” to others and being “poured into”.

How to allow yourself to be truly seen in an intimate relationship.

Quotes from the Show:

“I've never met an over-appreciated spouse.” @JillWoolworth Click to Tweet

“Pay attention to the things that nurture you.” @JillWoolworth Click to Tweet

“Not being offended is a sign of mental health and spiritual growth.” @JillWoolworth Click to Tweet

“Be intentional about kindness.” @JillWoolworth Click to Tweet

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Jill’s husband Rick’s Organization: Telemachus


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Episode 34: Real and Known with Irene Little

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This week I am so excited to introduce to you Irene Little, the Executive Vice President of Grey Group, a top-ranked advertising and marketing organization in New York. In this episode, Irene shares a personal story about a tragedy that reshaped the way she looked at relationships, work, and life.

Growing up with strong roots in Texas, it was never Irene’s plan to move to New York and work full time in advertising. Through a series of events Irene found herself in a place that she did not expect but also learned valuable life lessons that she openly shares with us. In this powerful episode we talk about how to handle the curve balls that life throws our way with grace and lean into the power of community in our darkest hour.


Topics covered:

Learning the difference between personal growth and perfectionism.

Being open to help in times of tragedy.

The importance of sharing your story and inviting others in.


Quotes from the Show:

“You’ve got to have a plan.” @IreneLittle

“During all the messiness, love poured in.” @IreneLittle

“Embrace the life that we have.” @IreneLittle

“We are made to connect deeply.” @IreneLittle

“I’ve learned to make space for me.” @IreneLittle

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