Unscripted Pivots: Inspiring Stories from WTF [Women That Flourish]

Danielle Sprouls

If you’re looking to find connectivity in the female experience, you’ve found the right podcast. Unscripted Pivots (UP) takes a deep dive into how women can masterfully chart their lives only to end up in the most unexpected places. "Life is what happens while we are busy making other plans" and the most unpredictable detours, our “WTF” experiences, can shape us in ways we never dreamed possible. My podcast invites women to redefine “WTF”, calling them “Women That Flourish” moments instead. I’m your host, Danielle Sprouls, and my mission is to bring you weekly interviews with inspiring stories of women empowerment, identity loss, entrepreneurship, leadership, mental health, and more. We’re here to celebrate a woman's adaptability, resilience, and perseverance. No matter our unexpected detours, we can always move UP. read less
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"Unscripted Pivots" Anniversary Special with Dani Morin
13-03-2024
"Unscripted Pivots" Anniversary Special with Dani Morin
*Trigger Warning: This episode discusses the sensitive topic of infant loss.*Welcome to a special anniversary edition of "Unscripted Pivots," where we revisit our very first episode featuring the incredible Dani Morin. Dani, a dynamic mom content creator, embraced single motherhood by choice, is a fervent child safety advocate, and the creative mind behind the breastfeeding-friendly clothing line, Zippy Mama.In this inaugural episode, Dani shares her heart-wrenching yet inspiring story of facing unimaginable loss with the passing of her baby. Through our conversation, we explore the concept of "unscripted pivots" in life—those unexpected, sometimes devastating turns our journeys take. Dani’s powerful narrative is a testament to finding a way to channel grief into a meaningful mission, demonstrating resilience and the capacity to transform sorrow into a source of strength."Unscripted Pivots" is more than a podcast; it's a community that celebrates the spirit of resilience. Together with guests like Dani, we delve into personal stories of facing life's "WTF" moments and emerging as "WTF Warriors" - Women That Flourish.Join us as we commemorate our first year by looking back at an episode that encapsulates the essence of our mission: to inspire one another with tales of resilience and the art of thriving amidst life's unpredictability.Follow Dani Morin Tik Tok Website Instagram Follow DanielleWebsiteInstagramLinkedInTikTokYouTube
Empowerment In Every Pitch: Unleashing The Sales Superwomen Within
28-02-2024
Empowerment In Every Pitch: Unleashing The Sales Superwomen Within
Summary In this episode, Danielle explores the topic of sales and its relevance to all aspects of life. She emphasizes that sales is a skill that everyone engages in, whether in business or personal situations. Danielle highlights the unique challenges that women face in the sales arena, including navigating cultural norms and battling internal doubts. She also discusses the importance of women in male-dominated industries and their role in redefining leadership and success. Danielle then introduces the five pillars for mastering sales, which include authenticity and trust, strategic communication, adaptive resilience, emotional intelligence, and community and collaboration. She concludes by encouraging women to embrace their unique strengths and contribute to a supportive network of empowerment. Takeaways Sales is a skill that everyone engages in, regardless of their field or role. Women face unique challenges in the sales arena, including navigating cultural norms and battling internal doubts. Women in male-dominated industries play a crucial role in redefining leadership and success. The five pillars for mastering sales are authenticity and trust, strategic communication, adaptive resilience, emotional intelligence, and community and collaboration. Building a supportive network of empowerment is essential for personal and professional success. Follow DanielleWebsiteInstagramLinkedInTikTokYouTube
Embracing the Fire Within: Quincy Whorf's Passionate Journey of Turning Trauma into Triumph
15-11-2023
Embracing the Fire Within: Quincy Whorf's Passionate Journey of Turning Trauma into Triumph
Danielle engages in an enlightening conversation with Quincy Whorf, a globally recognized speaker and personal development coach. Quincy shares her compelling journey through addiction and trauma, providing a raw and honest perspective on her struggles and victories. Her experiences offer profound insights into addiction's intricacies, the strength found in personal development, and the transformative impact of empathy in her work with clients. The discussion also highlights the crucial impact women have in changing societal views on mental health, trauma, and addiction. Quincy Whorf's story stands as a beacon of inspiration, filled with valuable lessons on human resilience and the journey towards empowerment.Today on "Unscripted Pivots" PodcastGrasping the Realities and Myths of AddictionNavigating Trauma and Healing for Adults and AdolescentsKey Turning Points in the Journey of RecoveryThe Influence of Women in Reshaping Recovery NarrativesThe Role of Empathy in Effective CounselingGuidance for Emerging Coaches Specializing in TraumaSubscribe to "Unscripted Pivots" for more inspiring stories and powerful insights. Share your thoughts on this episode using #UnscriptedPivots.Are you ready to elevate your leadership skills and achieve your professional goals?Schedule a free discovery call!Follow Danielle:Visit: www.unscriptedpivots.comIG: @unscriptedpivotsLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellesproulsesqTikTok: @daniellesproulsEmail:Danielle@unscriptedpivots.comFollow Quincy:IG: @quincywhorfconsultingLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/quincywhorfTikTok: @quincywhorfconsultingEmail: Hello@quincywhorf.comUnscripted Pivots is produced and edited by Podcircle. Visit Podcircle.com to learn more.
Redefining Confidence: A Conversation with Lisa Sun, CEO of Gravitas
01-11-2023
Redefining Confidence: A Conversation with Lisa Sun, CEO of Gravitas
In this empowering episode, Danielle engages in a candid and insightful conversation with Lisa Sun, CEO of "Gravitas" and author of the book "Gravitas: The 8 Strengths That Redefine Confidence".Key Points:Redefining Confidence: Lisa discusses the need to change the scorecards by which success is defined and how behaviors should be rewarded instead of asking individuals to "be more confident."The Gravitas Clothing Brand: The fashion brand which aims to catalyze confidence through clothing.The Confidence Closet: Lisa describes her pop-up shops, where women are encouraged to focus on their strengths rather than their perceived flaws.The Three C's: Lisa introduces her concept of the three C's – courage, compassion, and connection – as antidotes to self-doubt, envy, and comparison.The Journey to Writing a Book: Lisa shares her five-year journey to writing her book, emphasizing the need for a well-structured proposal, a supportive team, and persistence.The Power of Allyship: The importance of supporting and empowering other women, highlighting the impact each person can have on a community of women.------Connect with Danielle:Website: www.unscriptedpivots.comIG: @unscriptedpivotsLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellesproulsesqEmail: Danielle@unscriptedpivots.comConnect with Lisa:Website: https://gravitasnewyork.comLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/lisa-sun-793777IG: @lisalsunGet Lisa's book: Gravitas: The 8 Strengths That Redefine Confidence
Alphabet Affirmations: Navigating Life's Pivots with Every Letter
18-10-2023
Alphabet Affirmations: Navigating Life's Pivots with Every Letter
In today’s captivating episode, our host Danielle Sprouls takes us on an introspective adventure, weaving the ordinary ABCs into an extraordinary tapestry of personal and professional insights.Setting the StageDanielle opens by reflecting on the roller coaster of 2023. Amidst highs and lows, she introduces a unique compass she’s crafted – an Alphabet Association. An Unexpected ToolThe story unravels as she dives deep into her mind's quirky habit: associating feelings with alphabet letters. It's more than just letters; they're beacons of emotions and solutions.The Personal Alphabetical MapEmbark on a journey through Danielle's alphabet, where each letter opens a door to new dimensions:A for Acceptance, journeying through to Z for Zeal, with many life lessons in between.Applying the Alphabets to Work LifeDanielle draws parallels between this unique alphabet and the professional world. Through this lexicon, navigate intricate office dynamics, from the importance of Negotiation to the power of Pivots.The GiftFor the devoted listeners, Danielle unveils a digital version of this guide on her website. It’s not just an alphabet, it's a tool for life.Your Storybook of LifeConcluding the episode, Danielle reminds listeners that just as words craft stories, these keywords are stepping stones in life's journey. In every unexpected twist and turn, let the alphabets guide, inspire, and empower.Join us and share in the journey, and remember, every pivot in your story counts.Website: www.unscriptedpivots.comIG: @unscriptedpivotsLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellesproulsesqEmail: Danielle@unscriptedpivots.com
From Newcomer to Community Catalyst: Jules Wilson's Orange County Odyssey
11-10-2023
From Newcomer to Community Catalyst: Jules Wilson's Orange County Odyssey
Dive deep into the world of Orange County, its luxury market, and the essence of giving back with Jules Wilson.Introduction:Jules Wilson, the embodiment of Orange County's luxury market.Lifestyle Realtor with Seven Gables Real Estate.Tele award-winning TV host, amplifying local businesses, celebrities, and events.The Pivot from Unknown to Local Maven:Jules on relocating to Orange County with the innocence of a newcomer.The advantage of having no preconceptions and seeing everyone with a clean slate.Combining Passion and Profession:Merging love for real estate with TV hosting.Showcasing 49ers homes, their journeys, and philanthropic ventures.How the Haiti earthquake inspired her to promote philanthropy among celebrities.Philanthropy in Orange County:Danielle acknowledges Jules' impact in promoting community spirit and giving back.Jules shares her father’s mantra: "Our commission is our reward, not our reason."Generational Partnership in Business:Jules and her 23-year-old son work together, bridging the generational gap.The benefits of collaborating with younger generations on social media and marketing strategies.ImpactGiving Initiative:A women’s collective nonprofit started by women in Laguna Beach.Pooling resources to fund grants, making collective decisions on beneficiaries.Everyday Mindset:Danielle and Jules discuss daily rituals for self-improvement and gratitude.The importance of personal circumstances over market trends in real estate.Choosing Businesses to Showcase:A mix of strategic selection and serendipity.Jules' initiative during the Corona Del Mar Christmas walk, promoting local businesses with a unique touch.-----Danielle SproulsWebsite: www.unscriptedpivots.comIG: @unscriptedpivotsLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellesproulsesqEmail: Danielle@unscriptedpivots.comJules WilsonIG: @JuleswilsonrealtorYouTube: @JulesWilsonLifestyleTVHostLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/juleswilsonlifestyleWebsite: discovertheoc.com
Conquering Inner Doubts: Why Our 'BUTs' Often Eclipse Our 'Butts'
13-09-2023
Conquering Inner Doubts: Why Our 'BUTs' Often Eclipse Our 'Butts'
In this empowering episode of "Unscripted Pivots", host Danielle Sprouls embarks on a solo journey to explore the "BUTS" that hold us back in life - not the physical ones, but the metaphorical ones that reside in our minds, often stifling our ambitions and dreams. Danielle encourages listeners to confront and dismantle these barriers, fostering a community where women can flourish without reservations.Key PointsUnderstanding Our "Buts": Danielle introduces the concept of the "buts" that live inside our heads, which often manifest as doubts, fears, and excuses, preventing us from reaching our full potential.Facing the Fear of Rejection: She discusses the pervasive fear of rejection that many women face, especially in the professional sphere, and suggests actionable steps to confront this fear and build confidence over time.The Perfectionism Trap: A deep dive into how the pursuit of perfection can be a significant barrier in personal and professional growth. Danielle encourages listeners to learn and grow instead of being held back by the fear of not being "perfect".Balancing Personal and Professional Lives: Danielle explores the common struggle of balancing personal aspirations with professional responsibilities, emphasizing the importance of creating a harmonious equilibrium that allows for growth in all life facets.Strategies to Overcome Your "Buts": Danielle shares several strategies to help listeners identify and overcome their "buts", including self-reflection, seeking therapy, building support networks, skill development, setting realistic goals, and practicing mindfulness and meditation.Connect with Danielle LinkedIn: Danielle Sprouls, Esq.Instagram: @unscriptedpivotsWebsite: www.unscriptedpivots.com
Quiet Strength: Building a Real Estate Empire as an Introverted Powerhouse with Jessica Quesada
30-08-2023
Quiet Strength: Building a Real Estate Empire as an Introverted Powerhouse with Jessica Quesada
Have you ever thought that being an introvert disqualified you from your dreams? This episode is for you! This week, I sit down with the incredible Jessica Quesada, Co-Founder of the Industrial Real Estate Firm Div Industrial. Jessica shares her journey from Property Manager to VP and now co-founder as a self-proclaimed introvert. Together, we explore the incredible skills she's developed as a networker and the boundaries she's learned to set for herself to find sustainable success while cultivating lasting connections. In this episode, we discuss: [3:05] How she juggled significant personal and professional change over the last year [6:29] The pivot that led her to commercial real estate [8:57] Staying open to learning [11:47] Being a woman in commercial real estate[13:45] How Jessica has traversed the industry as an introvert [20:45] How boundaries have helped her from burning out [22:53] Managing motherhood and a career [25:05] The future of industrial real estate [26:48] The business model of Div Industrial Connect with Danielle LinkedIn: Danielle Sprouls, Esq.Instagram: @daniellesproulsWebsite: https://daniellesprouls.comConnect with Jessica LinkedIn: Jessica Quesada Website: divindustrial.coPlease rate and review the podcast! For Apple Podcasts, click here and scroll down. For Spotify, click here, and it's at the top of the page. Thanks for your support!If you have a question or would like to suggest a guest or topic, I'd love to hear from you. Email me at unscriptedpivots@gmail.com.
Redefining Beauty: Embracing Imperfections, Shattering Biases, and the Power of Self-Worth
16-08-2023
Redefining Beauty: Embracing Imperfections, Shattering Biases, and the Power of Self-Worth
Self-image is like a mirror reflecting our perceptions about ourselves. From physical appearance, emotional stability, intelligence, and even professional performance and value, what we believe about ourselves matters. As WTF women, it is within our power to do something about it. Today I'm exploring four things that impact our understanding of ourselves. Together we'll explore how to develop and maintain a positive self-image and begin to embrace our true selves, imperfections and all! In this episode, I discuss: [2:20] How beauty standards unfairly keep us from celebrating and owning what makes us unique [4:45] How motherhood can impact our self-image [6:23] The harmful impact of social media platforms and how we can use them for good [7:52] What Serena Williams can teach us about self-image and work performance [9:18] Three things to help change the narratives that hold us back around our self-image [11:02] Why we need to own our power to overcome gender bias [12:15] How organizations can fight bias [12:52] Brené Brown's book The Gifts of Imperfections and the impact it has had helping women confront perfectionism  Connect with Danielle Linkedin: Danielle Sprouls, Esq.Instagram: @daniellesproulsWebsite: https://www.nextlevelwomen.org/ Please rate and review the podcast! For Apple Podcasts, click here and scroll down. For Spotify, click here, and it's at the top of the page. Thanks for your support!If you have a question or would like to suggest a guest or topic, I'd love to hear from you. Email me at unscriptedpivots@gmail.com.
From Toxic to Transformative: Unraveling the Conscious Leadership Journey with Dom Farnan
02-08-2023
From Toxic to Transformative: Unraveling the Conscious Leadership Journey with Dom Farnan
This week on Unscripted Pivots, I sit down with the awe-inspiring business leader and exemplary human, Dom Farnan. This powerful conversation is an invitation to the power of personal and professional evolution. Dom shares the journey that she went on to revolutionize her leadership and its impact on every area of her life as she went from a toxic boss to a conscious connector. She is on a mission to create conscious workplaces and a more conscious world, and I know the interview will leave you inspired and empowered! Read Dom's new book: Now Here: A Journey from Toxic Boss to Conscious Connector.In this episode, Dom and I discuss: [5:09] The power of the pause [7:03] The interconnectedness of our personal and professional lives [11:41] Her global talent advisory company, DotConnect [14:19] The emotional process of writing her new book Now Here: A Journey from Toxic Boss to Conscious Connector[19:01] How a slow season in her business has created the space for her to be present this summer [23:25] The instrumental impact of sound baths, breathwork, and meditation in her healing journey [28:20] Her recent Ayahuasca experience [30:12] Confronting and overcoming fear and doubt [34:09] What she wants people to get out of her book [36:31] The relational and leadership tension she faced when she committed to doing personal work [38:24] Her advice for toxic leaders who want to change  Connect with DomLinkedIn: Dom FInstagram: @iamdomfarnanWebsite: https://www.domfarnan.com/ Connect with Danielle Linkedin: Danielle Sprouls, Esq.Instagram: @daniellesproulsWebsite: https://www.nextlevelwomen.org/ Please rate and review the podcast! For Apple Podcasts, click here and scroll down. For Spotify, click here, and it's the top of the page. Thanks for your support!If you have a question or would like to suggest a guest or topic, I'd love to hear from you. Email me at unscriptedpivots@gmail.com.
Surviving the Chop: A Senior Executive's Guide to Navigating the Job Market
26-07-2023
Surviving the Chop: A Senior Executive's Guide to Navigating the Job Market
Hey WTF Women, for this week's episode, let's imagine we're sitting across from one another with our favorite beverages in hand. In this solo episode, I'm sharing my most recent unscripted pivot — job transition following an unexpected layoff. Together we'll explore the six things senior-ranking women must consider when navigating the job market.  In this episode, I discuss:[1:32] Being thrust into my most recent unscripted pivot [4:09] The challenges for senior-ranking women seeking new roles [5:05] How to leverage your professional network in your job search [6:36] The questions to ask when evaluating compensation needs in a new job [8:17] How to approach work/life balance during the interview process [9:20] What to look for in company culture to match your values [10:32] How to assess growth opportunities in the interview process[11:36] How to research the reputation and stability of a company[12:56] The importance of adapting to change and resilience during a job transition I hope this episode empowers and encourages you today. If you are out there navigating a job transition, reach out, I'd love to continue the conversation and support you in any way I can! We're here for you, sister! Connect with Danielle Linkedin: Danielle Sprouls, Esq.Instagram: @daniellesproulsWebsite: www.nextlevelwomen.orgPlease rate and review the podcast! For Apple Podcasts, click here and scroll down. For Spotify, click here, and it's the top of the page. Thanks for your support!If you have a question or would like to suggest a guest or topic, I'd love to hear from you. Email me at unscriptedpivots@gmail.com.
Breaking Barriers: Pioneering DEI, LGBTQ Advocacy, and Real Estate Law with Ashley Breakfield
19-07-2023
Breaking Barriers: Pioneering DEI, LGBTQ Advocacy, and Real Estate Law with Ashley Breakfield
My guest today, Ashley Breakfield, holds a number of titles: lawyer, mom, wife, leader, and trailblazer, to name a few. She is a dedicated champion for diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the real estate world, and this conversation was so powerful. Together we explore her journey through addiction, career pivots within her law career, becoming a mother, and advocacy work as a member of the LGBTQ community. In our conversation, Ashley and I talk about: [1:12] Her impressive resume as a partner in a real estate law firm[5:41] Her struggle with drug addiction [8:31] How she went from addiction to law school [9:27] Her story of coming out and her family's response [15:27] Her law career and how it intersected with starting a family [17:27] The unscripted pivot from litigation to practicing real estate law [18:06] The landscape for real estate law in California [21:06] The proposition of nature vs. nurture when it comes to our children's personalities [23:08] Her decision to pursue sobriety from alcohol[25:06] How our authenticity and openness can give others permission to be themselves  [30:37] How we both manage sobriety in professional environments [32:34] The importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in our professional and personal lives Connect with Ashley  Linkedin: Ashley Breakfield Connect with Danielle Linkedin: Danielle Sprouls, Esq.Instagram: @daniellesproulsWebsite: www.nextlevelwomen.orgPlease rate and review the podcast! For Apple Podcasts, click here and scroll down. For Spotify, click here, and it's the top of the page. Thanks for your support!If you have a question or would like to suggest a guest or topic, I'd love to hear from you. Email me at unscriptedpivots@gmail.com.
Constructing Success: The Blueprint of Female Mentorship in Commercial Real Estate
12-07-2023
Constructing Success: The Blueprint of Female Mentorship in Commercial Real Estate
Sheryl Sandberg once said, "Never underestimate the power of mentorship; a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle." I couldn't agree more — and today on Unscripted Pivots I get to introduce you to my mentee, Natasha Campbell! Natasha and I had a fun conversation about the importance of mentorship, her challenges and success working in a male-dominated industry, and how growing up with entrepreneurial parents in Australia shaped her. (And maybe even influenced her to step into the entrepreneur realm herself!) In our conversation, Natasha and I talk about:[4:17] Her family roots in entrepreneurship   [6:52] How an unscripted pivot turned three weeks into six years for Natasha [10:65] The importance of mentorship [14:41] Two mentors have been pivotal in her career[17:14] Mentoring at any age [18:42] The impact of exuding confidence [21:36] Dealing with challenges as a woman in construction[23:07] The exciting projects she's currently working on  [26:27] Our connection and passion for CREW (Commercial Real Estate for Women)[29:06] Her newest entrepreneurial venture - Third Bottle Connect with NatashaLinkedin: Natasha Campbell Connect with Danielle Linkedin: Danielle Sprouls, Esq.Instagram: @daniellesproulsWebsite: www.nextlevelwomen.orgPlease rate and review the podcast! For Apple Podcasts, click here and scroll down. For Spotify, click here and it’s the top of the page. Thanks for your support!If you have a question or would like to suggest a guest or topic, I'd love to hear from you. Email me at unscriptedpivots@gmail.com.