#174 -Girl Boss Chat with Lara Casey

#174 -Girl Boss Chat with Lara Casey

Let’s take a look at what it means to be a girl boss! I’m talking to some of my favorite girl bosses to find out how they got started, what their everyday lives actually look like, how they make money, and how they stay healthy in the hustle.

I’m kicking off this series with a girl boss I’ve admired for awhile – Lara Casey. Lara has honestly done it all. She is the CEO of Cultivate What Matters, runs her business out of her home, employs 9 women, homeschools her oldest child, and lives full-time mom and wife life. Lara draws intentional boundaries around her time and priorities so that she can consistently grow her business AND be available to her family. I learned a lot from Lara about what it means to enjoy  life because she genuinely enjoys hers, even though she has multiple irons in the fire.


Lara and I chat about her journey from musical theater in NYC to personal training to producing a wedding magazine to teaching business classes to publishing her own books. From the outside, it may look like Lara has a superpower for “getting things done” that the rest of us don’t. But Lara has done what any of us can do – determined what is most important to her and chased after it.

I learned so much from our conversation, and I know you will too!

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Integrating faith and business
  • Working from home
  • Determining how much to charge
  • Knowing when to grow your business
  • Tending to yourself first so you can tend to your business


Resources From Today’s Show 

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Are you a Girl Boss or want to be a Girl Boss? What’s your big dream or goal? What’s one step you can take this week to get closer to that goal?
  2. How long have had this dream? What’s holding you back from just going for it? Is that a valid reason?
  3. Who is a Girl Boss that you know and look up to? Shoot her a text and take her to lunch this week! Bring specific questions and pick her brain.
  4. Share a song that makes you feel like a girl boss!

Connect with me…

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By |2018-06-07T08:54:10+00:00June 5th, 2018|Faith, Focus, Podcast|39 Comments
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  1. Gina Fox June 6, 2018 at 5:06 am - Reply

    The song that motivates me is Warrior by Hannah Kerr.

    • Chrystal Hurst June 6, 2018 at 8:17 am - Reply

      Can’t wait to check it out!

    • Amy Johnson June 14, 2018 at 10:36 am - Reply

      That is my song too. It always gets me pumped up. I love the words.

  2. Paula F Kessler June 6, 2018 at 5:26 am - Reply

    I am always super inspired, charged and empowered when I hear Superwoman by Alicia Keys, Just Fine by Mary J. Blige and Miss Independent by Neyo.

    • Chrystal Hurst June 6, 2018 at 8:17 am - Reply

      I think I have two out of three of your recommendations on the list!

      • Paula Kessler June 6, 2018 at 11:28 am - Reply

        And I love that you did:) Awesome songs that always make me smile:)

  3. Laura Allman June 6, 2018 at 5:49 am - Reply

    Thank you for this podcast! Very encouraging.

    • Chrystal Hurst June 6, 2018 at 8:17 am - Reply

      Thank you for listening!

  4. Becky Andreas June 6, 2018 at 6:04 am - Reply

    Meghan Trainor’s song “No Excuses” gets me in the Girl Boss mood!

    • Chrystal Hurst June 6, 2018 at 8:16 am - Reply

      Yea… Meghan’s music gets me in a Girl Boss mood too!

  5. Kayechamp June 6, 2018 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Do Something by Matthew West is a rally song because it provides no excuses for the thoughts and ideas that I have any given day. The song says Do Something, Now. For every problem God has allowed me to see, He’s also provided me as part of the answer. So go on and implement that business idea.

    • Chrystal Hurst June 6, 2018 at 7:59 am - Reply

      I already have “Hello, My Name Is” on the playlist! Will have to check out Do Something!

  6. Susan June 6, 2018 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Me, Myself and I by Beyonc’e is my Girl Boss song! When I need a more mellow tone, I Need You to Survive by Hezekiah Walker. Balance is a must in this thing called life…

    • Chrystal Hurst June 6, 2018 at 7:56 am - Reply

      I agree!

  7. Dot June 6, 2018 at 7:50 am - Reply

    God of the city, because that is my continued prayer.

  8. JODIE PETERSON June 6, 2018 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Song for me is Roar by Katie Perry

  9. Debbie Taglieri June 6, 2018 at 8:44 am - Reply

    This Is Me – from The Greatest Showman!!

    • Chrystal Hurst June 6, 2018 at 9:26 am - Reply

      It’s on the list!👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽

  10. Veronica Cross June 6, 2018 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Katy Perry – Roar and Firework. After hearing these songs I am rocking and rolling for the day.

    • Stephanie Evans June 9, 2018 at 7:01 am - Reply

      Let me say I NEEDED this podcast because at this time because I am working on the Girl Boss in me. My secular song is Fighter by Christina Aguilera . And my gospel song is You are My Strength sung by William C. Oatman Jr and Union Missionary Baptiat Church Music Ministry.

      Thank you so much for the podcasts and your ministry. As a wife, mother of transitioning kids and only kid caring for aging parents, you podcasts have been encouragement when I felt low and discouraged, laughs /smiles when I needed them and love when I needed to feel God’s love. Blessings to you and your family.

  11. Ana Brower June 6, 2018 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Zach Willimas “Old Church Choir” because “They ain’t NOTHING gonna steal my JOY!!!” <3

  12. Tala King June 6, 2018 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Unfinished by Mandisa “♪♪ But I picked myself back up,And I started telling me,No, my God’s not done,Making me a masterpiece,He’s still working on me ♪♪ ♪♪ “

  13. Sherry June 6, 2018 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Patti LaBelle’s New Attitude always gets me going.

  14. Heidi June 6, 2018 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Miss Independent makes me feel I can do anything!

  15. Julie Cuplin June 6, 2018 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    I agree with Katy Perry’s Roar!

  16. Nadia Quainoo June 6, 2018 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Steven Curtis Chapman – Warrior and Seasons by Hillsong United

  17. Heather June 8, 2018 at 1:53 am - Reply

    How do I find it on Spotify??

  18. Calvonia Radford June 8, 2018 at 7:32 am - Reply

    I have so many but Hillsong’s “What a beautiful name” gets me out of any funk I’m in. .

  19. ALB June 8, 2018 at 8:34 am - Reply

    This was another awesome podcast! I am a Girl Boss, and in my career I have reached the status of partner. I find it a struggle to not want to run away from the “hard stuff” and making hard decisions. There were so many great nuggets in this podcast! Thank you for the encouragement, and I am writing two phrases on notecards: ““It is out of the hard things that good things grow.” and “Life is too short not to give it a try.” There’s a Girl Boss in my community whom I greatly admire and we recently met for lunch so that I could “pick her brain.” That was a great opportunity to learn even more! Thank you for the life lessons!❤️ My Girl Boss songs – “I Choose” by India Arie, “Not the time, not the place” by Marvin Sapp, “Hate on Me” by Jill Scott, “Just Fine” by MJB, “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

  20. Christy June 8, 2018 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Mandisa’s “Overcomer”

  21. Kimbalie Noyles June 8, 2018 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    I have to agree that Just Fine is my work jam. I like my girl Beckah Shea’s Life too. Get the focus & upbeat. I love her songs when I’m struggling spiritually, there’s a song for most of my issues. When I was just visualizing my ideas, my go to song was Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield. That still hits the right points for me. Playlist is a great idea. Thanks

  22. Jamie June 9, 2018 at 1:02 am - Reply

    Fearless by Jasmine Murray! It’s upbeat with solid Biblical truth reminding me what God has given me, declarative, and a prayer for God’s help all in one.

  23. Micaela June 9, 2018 at 11:24 am - Reply

    I am a Girl Boss in Training. I currently work in Higher Education as an administrator but for years God has been trying to pull me in another direction. I am finally listening but it is hard work to make the transition because it is all out depend on God to make it work faith. I have more than a mustard seed so I am headed in the right direction.

    My songs are: Deitrick Haddon – Love Him like I do ft. Ruben Studdard & Mary Mary and God in Me by Mary Mary

  24. Susan June 11, 2018 at 6:53 am - Reply

    The Girl Boss song that motivates me is “The Voice of Truth”. When I am at work and trying to make many decisions quickly as employees come into my office all day long, I remember the voice of truth tells me a different story, the voice of truth says do not be afraid, the voice of truth says this is for God’s glory. So out of all the voices rattling around in my head all day long as my day moves at warp speed, I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth. It gives me courage to NOT listen to that voice that says You’ll never win. You’ll NEVER WIN!
    Thank you for you website. I have been looking for a site that addresses christian current topics for women in the workplace for a long time, Susan

  25. Naomi Kossie June 11, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Girl boss songs are I’m walking and God in me by Mary Mary, keep it moving by Jessica Reedy, Reppin my God by Kierra Sheard and Won’t He do it by Koryn Hawthorne!

  26. Penny June 11, 2018 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Fearless by Jasmine Murray. I listen to it every day! Absolutely loved your talk with Lara Casey! Where has she been all my life? LOL

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  28. Alanna Jefferson June 13, 2018 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Move by MercyMe

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