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The Are We There Yet Episode

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Another season is officially wrapped, and this one comes with some real reflection on where Babe Cave goes next.

It’s that phase where you’ve done a bit, but aren’t quite “there” yet. If anyone even knows what “there” means or where it is.

When I started Babe Cave, I didn’t know what the next step was, but I trusted that my intuition would get me there—-that somehow, the path would unfold for me, and it has.

But I would be lying if I said that I haven’t been impatient.

After so long, you expect something to happen—-your website to wildly be selling your products, finally getting that promotion, the love of your life walking up to you in the grocery store, or being financially free to take a three month sabbatical.

And while things are happening, it may not be the things you hoped for—-the points of recognition that let you know you’ve “made it”.

Been there? Hate that feeling?

Sit next to me, friend because you’re in good company.

This Season 2 finale is chocked full of exploring:

  • whether or not we’ll ever feel like we’ve crossed a finish line

  • Julia Child’s 8+ year journey of creating her first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking and how every step and delay was necessary for her success

  • the magic of waiting aka marinating

    We’ve made it this far. Might as well keep going.

    Welcome to The Are We There Yet Episode.


The Reincarnated Book Tour: A Reading by Yours Truly

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We’re wrapping up the Reincarnated Book Tour with a reading from Chapter 1 of Reincarnated: How lost dreams, jobs and loves set me free by yours truly.

Of all of the selections I could have chosen, I wanted to leave you with a pivotal moment, early in my journey. When I first moved to L.A., I knew that it was my place—-the putting roots down, chase my passion, find my people and saying vows in a steeple kind of place. No matter what did or did not happen, I was staying.

But that’s not true for everyone, and so many of us create artificial timelines for life, love and happiness and hurting ourselves in the process.

Maybe, the path doesn’t turn out how you thought it would when you started out, but no matter where you, that’s exactly where you should be.

Welcome darling, to The Reincarnated Book Tour: A Reading by Yours Truly

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The Reincarnated Book Tour with Sasha A. Ali

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I’m calling in reinforcements for this episode of the Reincarnated book tour with the first guest of Babe Cave, actress and comedian, Sasha A. Ali.

The first read for a lot of my work, Sasha’s truth is that breath of fresh air whether you want it or not, but the one you desperately need.

This casual conversation leads to some deep places as we share the:

  • power of knowing you suck and how essential honesty is when giving feedback

  • curse of being a loud audience member who your friends count on

  • lie we weren’t “actors” even after moving to L.A.

  • reason why we’re terrible at cold call networking and how we don’t care

Welcome to the Reincarnated Book Tour with Sasha A. Ali Episode.

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The Reincarnated Book Tour Q&A with Moi

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It’s time for me to answer all of your questions around Reincarnated: How lost dreams, jobs and loves set me free.

If I was doing a traditional book tour, there would be a Q&A at the end where people could ask the nitty and gritty, or they would just snag it on Amazon. But that’s not how this girl rolls.

Any time that I’ve told someone about my book, they have the same questions:

  • What’s it really about?

  • How long did it take to write?

  • Where can I get it?

I’m keeping it short and sweet this week, as I share how I came to write this particular story, why I chose to self-publish and future plans for this book.

Welcome to The Reincarnated Book Tour Q&A with Moi.

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The Reincarnated Book Tour: 3 Things with Ann Taylor Pittman

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When I decided that I wanted to have a virtual book tour for Reincarnated: How lost dreams, jobs and loves set me free, one of my first thoughts was, “I have to have Ann Taylor Pittman on the show.”

Ann and I worked together at Cooking Light, her as an Executive Editor and I as a fellow. Something about Ann’s generous spirit made it easy to gravitate towards, even with her big title. I don’t know how it started, probably because I would deliver her mail, but I would often go into her office to tell some crazy story or to just vent.

When my contract wasn’t renewed at Time Inc., she was one of the first people I told. After the print side of the magazine folded, her Instagram bio read, “Currently, working on Plan B.” As someone who was so much the heart and soul of a singular publication, I knew I wanted her to share her story with the Babe Cave community.

That is until technology really was not on our side. After two separate occasions to record interviews, which had audio mysteriously cut out entirely, recorded what wasn’t supposed to be recorded, didn’t record when it clearly said it was recording, and then files didn’t save all together through a web-based recording site that will remain nameless.

I’m going to be honest, I felt defeated and embarrassed that I had spent so much of Ann’s incredibly precious time on something that wouldn’t bear any fruit. Ann joked that this just meant that she probably shouldn’t be on my episode.

AU CONTRAIRE.

If nothing else, this made me even more determined to share Ann’s story. So, I chose the tidbits and larger pieces that made me fall in love with this magazine veteran, cookbook author and James Beard award-winning writer all over again.

We’ll dive into the importance of starting at the bottom and working your way to the top, how one phrase from an elementary kid sent Ann halfway around the world, and the passionate commitment that comes from serving a dedicated readership for 20 years.

And I promise, that this will not be the last time you hear the words of Ann Taylor Pittman on Babe Cave. I owe her a bottle of bourbon and all of the thanks in the world.

Welcome to The Reincarnated Book Tour: 3 Things with Ann Taylor Pittman.

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The Reincarnated Book Tour with Jacque Osborn

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In case you missed it, I wrote a book , “Reincarnated: How lost dreams, jobs and loves set me free”. This is memoir came out of another book, which I still very much believe in, but I realized that this was the story I was always meant to tell; the journey I was always meant to share. And I knew that I wanted to share the stories of other women who helped me in my life and how they themselves have been reincarnated in their personal and professional lives.

So, I’m continuing The Reincarnated Book Tour with my oldest friend and fellow new business owner, Jacque Osborn.

We get deep into realizing that sometimes you’re the reason your job is terrible, the pressure and power of making it official with your business dreams and how to be inspired by others while staying original.

Welcome to The Reincarnated Book Tour with Jacque Osborn.

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The Reincarnated Book Tour with Allison Andres

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In case you missed it, I wrote a book , “Reincarnated: How lost dreams, jobs and loves set me free”. This is memoir came out of another book, which I still very much believe in, but I realized that this was the story I was always meant to tell; the journey I was always meant to share. And I knew that I wanted to share the stories of other women who helped me in my life and how they themselves have been reincarnated in their personal and professional lives.

So, I’m kicking off The Reincarnated Book Tour with my girl Allison Andres. We met when we were wee babes of just 17 and have been each other’s cheering sections through moves, weddings and little ones.

This chat had me nodding my head yes so many times, and I know that you’ll also be able to resonate with the feelings of imposter syndrome and how to find your true way when you’re already halfway down the path.

Join me for some quality time with Allison as she talks about quitting her corporate job to start her own photography business and the pivots that come with major life changes, how talent doesn’t correlate with success, and the power of connecting with clients to differentiate yourself from the competition.

Welcome to The Reincarnated Book Tour with Allison Andres.

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The Yes Episode

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If you want a change in your life, some new energy flowing, it’s probably time to say yes to something. It’s not about agreeing to do any and everything, but it is about allowing yourself some space to manifest some new magic.

This week, I’m getting real about the power of intention, why sometimes you have to play someone else’s game, and how to stop shutting ourselves off from the good stuff.

Welcome to The Yes Episode.

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The Regret Episode

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Maybe the biggest lie that someone could tell you is that you have time. You don’t have to start that project or business right now because there will always be tomorrow. There’s no need to take a leap of faith and go after what you really want. That’s just too scary.

But what if you keep wishing and pushing your true desires until tomorrow and the day after until there are no days left?

This week, I’m getting deep into the longing of life never fully lived, why we should learn from other people’s mistakes and how to move forward so we never look back.

Welcome to The Regret Episode.

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The Rejection Episode

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I don’t know anyone who loves rejection.

It’s probably one of the biggest fears of most of us. Given the chance, we’d rather avoid putting ourselves out there than to risk any possibility that someone could say, “No thanks.”

But who ever got everything they wanted? And if those people exist (which deep down, we know at least one), they surely have some disconnect with reality because the world never told them no.

The problem with rejection is the power we give it. That’s not to say that it can’t rip your heart right out of your chest when someone breaks up with you or the job you would be a great match for goes to someone else. What I am saying is that when you hear no, at least you know that you were trying. When other people were just dreaming and wishing of doing things that are a little scary, you put yourself out there. There’s always a 50/50 chance that things could work in your favor, so why not see if you’re worth your salt——falling flat on your face or not. There’s only one way to find out.

That’s why I’m diving into the power of trying in the midst of self-doubt, why there’s no time like the present and the necessity of falling flat on your face.

Welcome to The Rejection Episode.

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The Imposter Episode

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I’m a sucker for authenticity. The second I find out something is a façade, I’m out. But for some reason, I’m afraid of being found out.

I don’t know if it’s the critic that loves to live inside of me, but my greatest fear is some sort of global agreement that I am not truly good at what I believe I am good at.

It’s easy to believe that other people in other places doing other things never have this fear, but talk to anyone with any kind of responsibility or success, and they would probably tell you that their scared.

We coat our social media profiles with pictures reassuring ourselves that maybe we do actually have our shit together. But as soon as we take the masks off, we see how we’re all just barely held together at the seams.

This week, I’m exploring the danger of trying to prove our worth to the world, how there is no “arrival” moment for any of us, and why there’s safety in numbers.

Welcome to The Imposter Episode.

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The Let It Go Episode

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The final installment of my accidental series has arrived. We’ve talked about life-changing events and assuming the best of ourselves and others when shit hits the fan. Now, we’re moving on.

It’s one thing to acknowledge major changes and issues, but quite another to fully be free from things and people who are not serving you.

So, I’m diving into the pain of holding onto people and situations for too long, why it’s essential that we figure out how to control our reactions to others and then lastly, giving you permission to be free.

Welcome to The Let It Go Episode.

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