How to Fail!
By Kristin Vermilya & Justina McMasters
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How to Fail is a podcast about struggling, making mistakes, doubting yourself, feeling like you’re faking it, and wishing more people opened up about this too. Tina & Kristin host a light-hearted talk about failure with creative women so we can all fail forward together.
||Explicit#39 - What If We Don't Put Our Worth on Our Size? (Part One) // Christina Montalvo||In this first episode of our two-parter with body image coach Christina Montalvo, we talk about the failures of something else: the diet culture industry. Christina shows us just how ingrained dieting is in our lives and mindsets - and we ask some big questions about emotions, labeling, and comparison when it comes to our bodies and our food. Stay tuned for Part 2! Find Christina: The Confidence Project Podcast | Instagram | Facebook Group Read the show notes and learn more about Christina by heading to howtofailpodcast.co/episode39!||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#38 - It's Worth It to Love Loudly // Kristin & Tina's 1st Birthday Episode!||IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY!! Well, technically the podcast turns one on September 15th. But this is the closest Wednesday to that so... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, US!! It's been an amazing year talking to you about failure - we're beyond moved by all the conversations we've had and all the people we've met since starting How to Fail!. This special birthday episode features us talking about how the new Mister Rogers documentary - Won't You Be My Neighbor - affected us as individuals and as podcasters. We talk about feelings and how they are "mentionable and manageable," we get to the bottom of puppetry, we ask what it takes to be brave enough to admit our emotions, and we come to the conclusion: it's worth it to love loudly. Listen until the end for a special surprise! We'd love to hear what you think of this episode! Share a screenshot of you listening via your podcast app and tag us on Instagram - @howtofailpodcast ! We'd also love it if you'd leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher - that's the best way to get the show out there. Thank you so much for supporting us and sharing your stories with us this past year! We're humbled and excited for what's next. PS: Wanna support the documentary? Rent or buy it on iTunes!||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHROWBACK: How to Fail! x Misses Ambitious||In honor of our friends over at the Misses Ambitious podcast coming back from a break with their new branding and new episode, we wanted to revisit our interview on their show! About Misses Ambitious Kiley and Blaine are best friends and small business owners! Every Tuesday they chat with a #magicalunicornladyboss guest and ask questions that are meant to inspire, motivate, and pump up their community! Listen to this podcast if you want inspiration, real talk, and honest opinions and experience! Podcast | Instagram||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#37 - You Can't Edit Out the Humanity // Danielle Spurge||Whether talking about failure, the internet, or hard work, Danielle makes it clear in this episode that you can't edit out the humanity from what you do. Our humanity is what connects us and our humanity is what fails us. Danielle gives us a bit of tough love during our conversation and reminds us that starting where we are with whatever we have is the best course of action. Oh, and she to this day takes very good care of her American Girl Dolls. To read more about Danielle and check out the show notes, head to howtofailpodcast.co/episode37! About Danielle: Danielle Spurge is an ice coffee lover, pop music fanatic and a craft business consultant, podcast host, and owner of The Merriweather Council. Based on her own experience of growing her hand embroidery business from $8,000 in its first year to $74,000 in its second and beyond, Danielle teaches creative people how to turn their crafty tendencies into profits. On her blog and podcast, Danielle aims to inspire and support makers in business and share insights from her eight years of experience selling handmade work online. Danielle believes in celebrating the reality of gainful self employment through craft and wants to help more artists, crafters and designers share their work with more confidence. More info can be found at merriweathercouncil.com and merriweathercouncilblog.com Listen to the Merriweather Council Podcast!||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#36 - If Your Heart's Not in It, You Don't Have to Do It // Britt & Kelsey of Launch Your Daydream||Launch Your Daydream founders Britt & Kelsey join us on the podcast today to bring the kind of content our listeners want to hear: what it was like to meet and hug all five of the Backstreet Boys. We also talk to them about what it's like to work with a partner (we can relate) and how to let your failures show you that you don't have to force yourself to do what your heart doesn't want. To read the show notes and check out more about Britt & Kelsey, head to howtofailpodcast.co/episode36! About Britt & Kelsey: Britt and Kelsey are Biz BFFs who launched a business together while living states apart. They can't live without the Backstreet Boys, pizza, and reruns of The Office. Launch Your Daydream provides photographers and wedding professionals with a comprehensive one-on-one branding + website design experience, targeted educational tools + a supportive and engaging creative community. LYDD Website | Instagram (@launchyourdaydream) | Facebook | Spotify playlist||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#35 - A Staircase of Wedding Stress // Kristin & Tina (Pillow Talk #02)||In our second installment of Pillow Talk with Tina & Kristin, we get our pillows out and chat about Kristin's wedding stress (she has a lot of complaints) and, relatedly, the Netflix true crime docu-drama The Staircase. A few things Kristin complains about include: gift registries, bridesmaid dresses, feeling like no one cares, the dowry issue, and how expensive weddings are. Tina indulges and talks about how much she loves showering. If you want to give advice on the wedding side or conspire about The Staircase, message us on Instagram! We're @howtofailpodcast. If you want to check this episode out on our website and read the show notes, head to howtofailpodcast.co/episode35!||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#34 - The Feelings vs. the Facts // Jen Hatzung||Jen Hatzung joined us on the podcast to talk something woo: affirmations! We chat with Jen about the power of words, how something failing doesn't make you a failure as a person, and noticing if your feelings about something match up with the facts. By the end of the episode, Jen may have even turned Kristin into an affirmations believer. Read the show notes at howtofailpodcast.co/episode34! - Find Jen: Abundantaffirmations.com Instagram - @abundantaffirmations Facebook||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#33 - Pulling That Second Arrow // Cher Hale||In this episode, Cher Hale - publicist and Italian immersion tour leader - chats with us about something most of us have experienced: being dumped and the aftermath. In Cher's story, the relationship was short but the rejection affected all aspects of her life and led to a few failures that still sting. Check out the show notes at howtofailpodcast.co/episode33 and find out more about Cher below! _ Find Cher: CherHale.com Instagram Facebook About Cher: Cher Hale is a publicist who helps authors, activists, and artists tug at more heartstrings + get more eyeballs on their work. She specializes in writing cold (but heartfelt!) pitches and has landed interviews on outlets like The Unmistakable Creative, goop, and NBC. When she’s not writing emails, you can find her re-watching Remember the Titans, playing with her cat Totoro, or hiking somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#32 - You're Allowed to Be Whatever You Are // Kristin + Tina||In Episode 32, we talk about the idea of "niceness" - whether we were considered nice or not growing up, what niceness even means, and how terms like it are not nearly descriptive enough to get to the core of what a person is like. We get into the nitty gritty about how what we tell ourselves, our friends, or our children can impact them for a long time after. Moral of the story: you are not defined by how nice you are and there is no one thing that describes your whole self. To read the show notes, head to howtofailpodcast.co/episode32!||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#31 - Your Own B******t Story // Maggie Frank-Hsu||In Episode #31, we talk to Maggie Frank-Hsu of Blogs to Riches about the stories we tell to convince ourselves we aren't good enough. She tells us everything from her job with Gourmet magazine to her brush with communism in Hungary - and reassures us that nobody's path is a straight line. To read more about Maggie and check out the show notes, head to howtofailpodcast.co/episode31!||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#30 - Fail Forward, Fail Fast // Devon Smiley||In this episode, we chat with negotiation consultant Devon Smiley about some hefty topics: value and worth, gender stereotypes around negotiating, and pre-Drake Degrassi. Devon talks to us about asking for what we need and going after the 'no,' because it means you're pushing far enough. You can find Devon on Instagram @devonmsmiley or at devonsmiley.com. For show notes and more about Devon, head to howtofailpodcast.co/episode30!||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#29 - Pillow Talking // Kristin & Tina||In this very special episode, we try something new! This just-Tina-and-Kristin episode is about failure of another kind: failure in our personal lives. Namely, dating. Listen as we talk about our worst ever dates - and watch the video on Patreon! You can sign up to be a Patreon member at patreon.com/howtofail.||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#28 - Just Jump In // Kyla Neill||This week, Tina + Kristin chat with Kyla Neill of Succeeding in Heels about her transition from working woman to working mom and what it looks like to move from Australia to Dubai and start a new career in the process. Kyla shares that anyone can achieve what they want to achieve - you just have to jump in and get started! To read more about Kyla and check out the show notes, go to howtofailpodcast.co/episode28!||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#27 - Are We There Yet? // Kristin + Tina||In this solo (duo?) episode, we talk about the idea of fame, wanting to be famous, and whether it's bad to want that. To read the show notes, head to howtofailpodcast.co/episode27 !||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#26 - Love Yourself at Every Point // Keneshia Raymond||This week, we chat with Keneshia Raymond - wedding creatives educator and founder of Curvy Unicorn Bridal - about her why: why not? Keneshia is full of so much hard-earned wisdom, but the question she asks herself, "Why not you? Who else is going to do it if you don't?" sticks with us hard. She is a fierce body positivity advocate and doesn't love the idea of a romper, so of course this episode is one to play on repeat. To learn more about Keneshia and read the show notes, go to howtofailpodcast.co/episode26 !||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOur 25th Episode! (Part Two // Guest Host Alyssa Nutile)||As part of our 25th Episode (Part 2!), we're hosted by illustrator and designer Alyssa Nutile, who has been a listener since the first episode! We're so happy to have Alyssa on the show to ask us all the terribly difficult and probably overly personal questions we ask our guests every week. Thank you for listening and for supporting this podcast for 25 episodes! To read the show notes and learn more about Alyssa, go to howtofailpodcast.co/episode25-2 !||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOur 25th Episode! (Part One // Kristin + Tina)||On today's episode (the first of a two-parter!) Kristin + Tina chat solo about how their ideas of failure have changed since starting the podcast. They talk personal failures, what they'd like to see happen with the podcast, and Kristin tells Tina how to correctly pronounce Ben Affleck's name. Stay tuned next week for part 2!||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#24 - Give Yourself a Chance - Leslie Wong||This week we chat with Leslie Wong, cofounder of self care-focused (and sizing inclusive) lingerie brand Burgundy Fox Co, about that moment when you first truly feel weird in your body and how life is made up of a lot of little failures. She shares so much wisdom on how your numbers on the scale don't mean anything of value and don't tell you the kind of person you are. We loved talking with Leslie and can't wait to potentially partner in the future with Burgundy Fox Co! For show notes and to read more about Leslie, head to howtofailpodcast.co/episode24||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#23 - What Haven't You Decided Yet? // Danielle LaRock||Danielle LaRock has done Eat, Pray, Love. She's done Wild. She's gone on every adventure that has a book written about it (basically), so talking to her about her idea of practical magic was illuminating and so much fun. We love how Danielle considers failure just another adventure - and we definitely think she should have her own podcast. Learn more about Danielle and read the show notes at howtofailpodcast.co/episode23.||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#22 - Showing Up Is Brave // Lucy Dunne||Lucy Dunne is so cool. She's inspirational, super friendly, and from Australia - so that tells you everything you need to know. Lucy talks with us this week about when she wanted to quit, what it means to find what's right for you (not what looks right for everyone else online), and how showing up is the bravest thing you can do. Learn more about Lucy and read the show notes at howtofailpodcast.co/episode22.||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Fail! x Misses Ambitious Crossover||Awhile back, we were interviewed for the Misses Ambitious podcast and had a great time! Hear about our failures, why we started the podcast, and our lightning round answers to a few of our favorite things. Thanks, Kiley and Blaine! Check out the Misses Ambitious podcast and subscribe!||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21 - A Love Letter to Failure // Sharon Hadden||On today's episode, we talk to Sharon Hadden - social savvy and subscription maven. We can't even describe how much fun it was to talk to Sharon - she's got a lot of wisdom and she's got a lot of heart. Our favorite thing we learned? That there is no substitute for the healing power of noodles. To learn more about Sharon and check out the show notes, go to howtofailpodcast.co/episode21. And to use your 15% off discount for headphones, go to Sudio.com and use the code HOWTOFAIL.||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#20 - You Are Not Alone // Lindsey Smith||In this episode (number 20!!), we talk to Lindsey Smith, Pittsburgh's own Food Mood Girl, about guilt, anxiety, the feeling of being alone, and treating your body with respect because it loves you. To read the show notes and find out more about Lindsey - ahem, go buy her book! - go to howtofailpodcast.co/episode20. Also, if you love the podcast, check us out on Patreon! Even contributing $1 spreads the message that failure is cool - and gets you access to secret content nobody else sees. Head to patreon.com/howtofail !||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#19 - "Cool Girl-ing" This Whole Failure Thing // Lisa Aihara||In this episode, Lisa Aihara of Fiber & Dye (our graphic designer!) talks about how she was "cool girl-ing" failure and treating it like it wasn't a big deal - while also not being vulnerable enough to express how special her business was to her. There are a few tangents and we dip into film criticism so if you like that kind of thing, you'll love this episode! To read the show notes and learn more about Lisa, check out howtofailpodcast.co/episode19.||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18 - What Are You Making It Mean? // Ashley Gartland||Kristin + Tina chat with Ashley M Gartland - former food writer turned coach for creatives. Ashley shares what it was like being rejected over and over in the magazine industry and how we determine what our failure means to us. To read more about Ashley and check out the show notes, head to howtofailpodcast.co/episode18.||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#17 - Make Your Voice Louder Than Failure's // Dannie Fountain||This week, we talk to new Googler (Noogler) Dannie Fountain about how she has been fired three times in her career so far and she's only 23! She also chats burn out, living like a nomad, and how failure never goes away - but for Dannie, she makes her voice louder than failure's dull roar. We found her super inspiring and also super down-to-earth - and she even put up with Kristin's endless Google wordplay. Don't miss this episode! To read the show notes and find out more about Dannie, go to howtofailpodcast.co/episode17.||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16 - Failure Gives You More Than It Takes // Ashley Beaudin||In what is technically our second time recording with Ashley, we talk to the Imperfect Boss movement maker about confidence, whose feedback to take, and what the capital of Canada actually is. Spoiler: we were way off. To read more about Ashley and see the show notes, head to howtofailpodcast.co/episode16.||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15 - You Are Lovable and Capable // Reina Pomeroy||In our first episode of the new year, Tina + Kristin talk to Reina Pomeroy (Kristin's business coach!) about feeling vulnerable and validated - and about how Reina fell down the stairs at the Louvre. Reina has so much heart and also gets down to business - this isn't an episode you'll want to miss. To read more about Reina and see the show notes, go to howtofailpodcast.co/episode15.||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14.5 MINISODE - Do People Really Think We Know What We're Doing? // Tina + Kristin||For Thanksgiving, Tina and Kristin chat together about how the podcast has been going so far, what they're thankful for, and how they've failed as podcasters. To learn more about Tina and Kristin, go to howtofailpodcast.co/about.||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14 - Are you 'Should-ing' on Yourself? // Meg Smiley||In this episode, we talk to Tina's good friend Meg Smiley - graphic artist and new author! Meg is a joy to listen to; despite living with a chronic illness, she loves what she does and loves connecting with the community she is building. At the end of this conversation, you'll be left with one major question: how close should you be with your second cousin? To read more about Meg and check out the show notes, go to howtofailpodcast.co/episode14.||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13 - Okay, on to the Next Thing // Krista Miller||This week we talk with Krista Miller of KristaRae.co about her motivation to move on after failure. Her attitude of "okay, now on to the next thing" is definitely inspiring and a refreshing take on failure. To read more about Krista and check out the show notes, head to howtofailpodcast.co/episode13!||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12 - You Aren't Just One Thing // Lauren Ibach||Lauren's creative path is a winding one - she started out writing and performing Christian music and along the way realized she loved hand-lettering. But the thing about being multi-passionate: we aren't defined by the one thing we choose to pursue at a time. Lauren shares her adorable wisdom with us in our first Halloween episode! To read more about Lauren and check out the show notes, go to howtofailpodcast.co/episode12.||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#11 - Clearing Out Clutter and Guilt // Kyrsten Sherwood||Talking with Kyrsten on this episode about minimalism and intention was so refreshing! Not only is she a friendly, soothing presence, she also encourages us all to make space for what we love by clearing out the clutter. It’s a lesson so worth learning, and one we had fun delving into. To read the show notes and learn more about Kyrsten, go to www.howtofailpodcast.co/episode11||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10 - You Win or You Learn // Sharon Kim||When Sharon reached out to us about sharing her story on the podcast, I was both excited and terrified. Her product, CanPlan, has such a personal connection to her and to me – we both lost our mothers to breast cancer at a young age. In this episode, we talk grief and pain – but we also talk healing and turning trials into triumphs. If you don’t mind getting a bit heavy, there is a lot of wisdom to be learned from Sharon. Content warning: cancer, abusive relationships, alcoholism. To read the show notes and learn more about Sharon, go to www.howtofailpodcast.co/episode10||10/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#09 - Fail at Something, Then Pivot // Trena Little||There’s a lot of vulnerability in being in the spotlight of your business – whether that’s on a podcast or on camera – and Trena talks to us about what it’s like to balance your personality with your business persona. She also preaches pivoting! It’s all about failing at something and figuring out where to go next with your newfound knowledge. It was so much fun talking with Trena and we can’t wait to keep stalking her on YouTube! To read the show notes and learn more about Trena, go to howtofailpodcast.co/episode9 .||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#08 - Finding Your Community, Whatever It Looks Like // Brooke Saxon-Spencer||We have to admit – we were fan-girling over Brooke this entire episode. Brooke was such a great conversationalist; we could have talked to her for hours (after she felt more comfortable being an introvert on Skype) about anything and everything. This episode is about finding your community, whatever that looks like, and not being afraid to ask questions or reach out for help. To read more about Brooke and see the show notes, go to howtofailpodcast.co/episode8||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#07 - Be Friends with Your Failures // Kiley Bennett||We had such a good time talking to Kiley – it was like the podcast gods aligned. When Kiley reached out to us about feeling like a failure when it came to having 30,000 Instagram followers but not meeting her income goals, we knew that her struggle was one so many people needed to hear. Fast forward one toaster oven disaster later, and Kiley’s episode is one we’ll be listening to again and again. To read the show notes and learn more about Kiley, go to howtofailpodcast.co/episode7.||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#06 - Breaking Up with Failure // Kelly Parker Smith||You probably have already heard of Kelly Parker Smith - but if not, here's what you need to know: she's bold, she's fearless, and she's full of positivity. When we chatted with Kelly, we wanted her take on failure from an optimist's perspective. And what we learned? Failure happens, even for optimists, but you accept it and move on. This is such a good episode, especially if you're looking for a dose of positivity in your life. To find out more about Kelly and read the show notes, go to howtofailpodcast.co/episode6||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#05 - Being Yourself on Social Media // Nicolle Soto||Probably less than five minutes into recording with Nicolle about being yourself on social media, we knew we had made a friend. She was such a fun person to talk to and get to know! We’re definitely going to watch the Stranger Things Season 2 premier together over Skype, so if that doesn’t give you an idea of how our conversation went down then I don’t know what will. To see the show notes and read more about Nicolle, check out howtofailpodcast.co/episode5||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#04 - Learning to Say No // Katie Williamsen||In this episode, we talk to Katie Williamsen - web strategist and designer - about learning to say no to non-ideal clients and situations. Katie also talks to us about running her own business while living with narcolepsy - her sweetness and determination are inspiring! To see the show notes and read more about Katie, check out howtofailpodcast.co/episode4||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#03 - Quitting Your Business Addiction // Morgan Anderson||We had the pleasure of chatting with Morgan about what it’s like to be addicted to the hustle of running your own creative business. She gets exactly where we and so many others are coming from and she offers advice on how to serve yourself better so you have more to offer in your business. If you’re looking for some Chicken Soup for the Soul, this is your episode. On top of that, Morgan is so sweet and comforting – and we asked her to be our friend (she said yes!). To see the show notes and read more about Morgan, check out howtofailpodcast.co/episode3||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#02 - No Shame in Self-Care // Nicke Minder||This week, we talked the ear off of Page 261’s Nicke Minder – sarcasm queen and shop boss. Sometimes you talk with somebody and know right away you want to be friends forever – that’s how we felt with Nicke. In this episode, we get into being relatable and how important it is to help those who can’t speak for themselves. I felt so emotional during this interview – and also couldn’t stop laughing. To see show notes and read about Nicke, go to howtofailpodcast.co/episode2||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#01 - The Bigger, Grander Scheme // Caroline Hull||In episode 01, we talk with Caroline Hull, maker behind Caroline Creates and the Creative Biz Rebellion podcast, about how to know when to quit vs. when to keep going. Caroline gets personal and tells us how she learned to analyze the roadblocks in her business and shares how her family pulled her through a dark time. To see the show notes and read more about Caroline, go to howtofailpodcast.co/episode1||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#0 - Let's Start Failing! // Kristin + Tina||Hi and welcome! On this intro episode, Kristin & Tina talk about why they wanted to start this podcast and what it will look like moving forward.||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Creating a new Paradigm!
How to Fail starts the conversation about how to deal with things in our lives and businesses that don't go according to our best laid plans. It is encouraging to hear the stories of people who have experienced the mess and are able to share about their struggles.
This show is SO needed, I'm obsessed!
Listening to Tina and Kristin's first few episodes have brought me so much joy! I love how down to earth they are and the fact that they are celebrating failures! I've never hear of someone doing this before and I think it is so encouraging for everyone who faces failure. Keep it up ladies!
Charming and refreshing <3
Just two episodes in and I'm already in love with this podcast. Kristin and Tina have such a fun chemistry, I'm constantly laughing through the episodes. It's so refreshing to hear people talking about failure for once, rather than trying to tell us how to succeed the "right" way. Thanks for the new take, ladies!
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