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Live To Thrive podcast

By Lizzy Koetsier

This show is here to prove to all POC who have been bogged down and underestimated by life - that their story is still unfolding. We magnify POC ambition and success to create more POC victories. You will find infectious and inspiring stories from people who were exactly where you are, and they will tell you how they made it through to the top despite the odds. Entrepreneurs, changemakers, and innovators join the show to share anecdotes of how they’ve bet on themselves and adopted resilient mindsets to create a thrilling and thriving life.
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S7 Episode 6 | Rosilynn Yoon
Nov 09, 202341:47
S7 Episode 5 | Switching your mindset

S7 Episode 5 | Switching your mindset

Things I do to keep my mental health strong: I realize that my personality is intense, and I tend to have more negative thoughts than positive ones. I often criticize myself over unimportant matters and care too much about what others think, basing my self-worth on external validation!

What I have learned, and what I continue to learn, is that nobody really cares. Validating yourself is the first step in the right direction.

Understanding that negative thoughts will always be present, but choosing how you react to them is the key to overcoming them. I like to imagine negative thoughts as passing clouds, observing them, reflecting on why I feel that way, and then letting them float away.

In addition, engaging in activities that make you feel better, promote health, and provide grounding can greatly contribute to mental stability.

My personal tools include waking up, making my bed, and going to the gym to move my body. This routine grounds me and reminds me that I am in control of my own life. I choose to wake up and move my body. I also avoid using phrases like 'I have to' because they make me feel like I have no choice in the matter.

Anyways, I hope you find peace in this chaotic world and discover things that bring you happiness.

This week's podcast will focus on leveling your mind and exploring ways to thrive better.

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Nov 02, 202326:42
S7 Episode 4 | Mia Perez
Oct 26, 202350:18
S7 Episode 3 | Imposter Syndrome

S7 Episode 3 | Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is a common experience characterized by feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt, despite external evidence of success. It can manifest in various aspects of life, particularly in professional and academic settings. While it's not a recognized mental disorder, it can significantly impact one's confidence, motivation, and overall well-being.

Overcoming imposter syndrome requires a multi-faceted approach that involves recognizing the issue, challenging negative thoughts, and building self-efficacy. Here are some key strategies to combat imposter syndrome:

  1. Acknowledge and Normalize Imposter Feelings: The first step is to acknowledge that imposter syndrome is a common experience, even among highly successful individuals. Recognizing that you're not alone in these feelings can help reduce the stigma and shame associated with them.

  2. Challenge Negative Thoughts: Imposter syndrome often stems from distorted thinking patterns. Challenge these negative thoughts by examining the evidence for and against them. Often, you'll find that your accomplishments far outweigh your perceived shortcomings.

  3. Focus on Your Strengths and Achievements: Instead of dwelling on perceived weaknesses, shift your focus to your strengths and accomplishments. Make a list of your successes, no matter how small they may seem. Regularly remind yourself of your capabilities.

  4. Seek Support and Mentorship: Surround yourself with supportive individuals who can provide encouragement and guidance. Seek mentorship from people you admire, and learn from their experiences and insights.

  5. Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself and recognize that everyone makes mistakes and experiences setbacks. Instead of harsh self-criticism, practice self-compassion and understanding.

  6. Celebrate Your Successes: Take the time to acknowledge and celebrate your achievements, both big and small. Allow yourself to feel proud of your accomplishments and recognize your hard work.

  7. Focus on Continuous Learning: Embrace a growth mindset and view challenges as opportunities for learning and development. Seek out new knowledge and skills, and view setbacks as stepping stones to improvement.

Remember, overcoming imposter syndrome is an ongoing process, not a one-time event. It requires consistent effort and self-awareness. By implementing these strategies, you can gradually build self-confidence, silence your inner critic, and recognize your true worth.

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Oct 19, 202326:42
S 7 Episode 2 | Lerato Music

S 7 Episode 2 | Lerato Music

Lerato is fun and vibrant! Faith is what keeps her grounded. Many young people are ashamed to show that side of them, but for her, if you were to have any encounter with her, she would hope you walk away seeing the evidence of God working in her life.

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Oct 12, 202326:42
S7 Episode 1 | Hello its me again

S7 Episode 1 | Hello its me again

Episode Description:

Welcome to season 7 of Live To Thrive podcast! We're so excited to be back with a brand new season of interviews and conversations with inspiring and thought-provoking guests.

This season, we'll be diving into a wide range of topics, including self-discovery, personal growth, and the pursuit of happiness. We'll also be talking about the challenges and opportunities of the modern world and how we can all create a better future for ourselves and for each other.

In this season, we'll be exploring the theme of self-discovery. We'll talk about what it means to know yourself and how to start living a more authentic life. We'll also share tips on how to overcome self-doubt and fear and how to embrace your true potential.

We have an amazing lineup of guests lined up for this season, including authors, speakers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders from all walks of life. We can't wait to share their stories and insights with you.

So stay tuned for an exciting season of Live To Thrive Podcast! We're so grateful to have you along for the ride.

Oct 05, 202310:48
S6 Episode 8 | Tameka Anderson
Apr 12, 202331:02
S6 Episode 7 | Sherrie Robinson
Apr 06, 202322:40
S6 Episode 6 | Lizzy Koetsier

S6 Episode 6 | Lizzy Koetsier

A little catch-up and update! If you ever want to be on Live to thrive podcast, make sure you email me at or reach out to me on Instagram @livetothrivepod

Mar 23, 202307:05
S6 Episode 5 | Jacqueline Staton
Mar 16, 202340:06
S6 Episode 5 | Donny Johnson
Mar 09, 202316:37
S6 Episode 4 | Kutloano Skosana

S6 Episode 4 | Kutloano Skosana

Kutloano Skosana has a podcast called Shades and Layers where she focuses on black women entrepreneurs from across the globe. It is a platform for exploring issues and challenges around business ownership, representation and holistic discussions about the meaning of sustainability in an increasingly complex global context. Conversations are wide- ranging and serve not only as a Masterclass in Entrepreneurship but also provide wisdom and tools for Successful Living. It is a space for intelligent conversation, a place for black women to be fully human and openly share their quirks and vulnerabilities. Season 5 shines a spotlight on Mission/Purpose driven entrepreneurship.

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Mar 02, 202332:15
S6 Episode 3 | Minyoung Lee

S6 Episode 3 | Minyoung Lee

Hi, I’m Minyoung

It's sounds much like mignon from filet mignon but with less of the French accent. My parents thoughtfully picked out my name to carry the purpose of uplifting ("young" = to uplift) others ("min" = a nation) and for that reason I hope that our interaction can be one in which you feel happy, welcome, and safe to express yourself as you are.

My background in Acupuncture & Integrative health inspire my love & curiosity of the human experience. Over the last eight years photography & videography have become my go-to tools to create purposeful content that uplifts, educates and empowers people to take the front seat of not only their healing but a life that only they are capable of creating.

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Feb 16, 202344:44
S6 Episode 2 | Sydney Swonigan
Feb 09, 202335:19
S6 Episode 1 | Intro

S6 Episode 1 | Intro

Happy 2023! Look at us! another year another podcast. This podcast is a little intro to season 6 and what's to come. 

If you would like to be on the podcast make sure you email me at 

Feb 02, 202312:16
S5 Episode 7 | Krystle Farmer Sieghart

S5 Episode 7 | Krystle Farmer Sieghart

Krystle Farmer Sieghart (she/her/her) is a mother, wife, Black femme, a grassroots activist, a womanist, and a liberation consultant. Krystle is a co-founder of Healing Justice Santa Barbara and has served more than 10 years as an experienced community organizer, facilitator and mentor, with a demonstrated history of working in higher education, underserved communities, tech, and the non-profit industry. Krystle is skilled in public speaking, social media, teaching, social justice advocacy, cultural competency, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and community outreach. She is a strong community and social services professional, currently holding a Bachelor of Science – B.S. in Organizational Leadership.

Krystle has committed her career to amplifying marginalized voices, and building community to work towards collective liberation. Krystle was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, with family roots in Louisiana and Virginia as well, and from those deep ancestral roots is where she learned the importance of the preservation of Black legacies and understanding the history of people that came before her.

Krystle believes that in order to be whole, you must be your authentic self, radically, and you must strive to live a life that follows your spiritual purpose here on earth and honors those that have come before us.

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Nov 24, 202240:45
S5 Episode 6 | Ty McCollum
Nov 17, 202239:22
S5 Episode 5 | Nthabi Mushi

S5 Episode 5 | Nthabi Mushi

Nthabi Mushi is a lover of people with a passion for sports. When she’s not writing about sports, she’s talking about it through various mediums. A creative who works in marketing, Nthabi loves Jesus and bringing people together. You’ll find her DJing or exploring different creative avenues when she's not on the grind.

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Nov 11, 202224:37
S5 Episode 4 | Lizzy Koetsier

S5 Episode 4 | Lizzy Koetsier

I launched LTT Podcast with the intention of podcasting each week. However, life changed, and my goals had to be redirected when I started the new Job, I had to focus on my role and put podcasting aside because I felt drained and unmotivated. 

But I'm back and ready to elevate BIPOC communities and grow with all of you! Listen to the changes, and let me know what you think.

Nov 04, 202210:10
S5 Episode 03 I Simone Akila

S5 Episode 03 I Simone Akila

Simone Alkila Is one fantastic woman. She tells us about her early life and dives into some history about her family and Sanat Barbara. This conversation was educational and filled with good nuggets to take home with you. Learn more about Simone by listening to this episode.

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Jun 01, 202252:48
S5 Episode 02 | Alexia Barlow

S5 Episode 02 | Alexia Barlow

Kicking off the Live to Thrive podcast is Alexia (Lex) Barlow! We dive Into Lex's life and learn more about her. This was a fun and light-hearted podcast to get the flow going. Join me, and let's get thriving!


May 25, 202234:21
S5 Episode 01 l Lizzy Koetsier

S5 Episode 01 l Lizzy Koetsier

This show is here to prove to all POC who have been bogged down and underestimated by life - that their story is still unfolding. You will find infectious and inspiring stories from people who were exactly where you are, and they will tell you how they made it through to the top despite the odds.

This episode is a short intro to the vision of the podcast and a little history about me as a host. 

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May 17, 202216:45
S4 Episode 02| Catch Up With Sam Bearman

S4 Episode 02| Catch Up With Sam Bearman

Samantha Bearman, more affectionately referred to as Sam Bear, hails from the riviera of the west coast, Santa Barbara, CA. She has traveled the world, competed for Jimmy Kimmel’s Funniest College Student in America, and was a semi-finalist in the 2019 Ventura Harbor Comedy Festival, and the 2020 Laughs Unlimited Comedy Competition. She launched Comedians in YOUR Kitchen during the pandemic and has explored cooking with university students and corporate audiences to facilitate confidence and community through cooking and comedy. She works to ensure all meals look restaurant ready and promote sustainable cooking practices.

She has also used comedy as a way to bring the community together for a cause, producing sold out comedy and variety shows that raised money for organizations including the Alzheimer's Association, Planned Parenthood and the American Heart Association. She now has her own monthly virtual room (and can’t wait to return to a live stage), Bear Cave Comedy in Santa Barbara.


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Jan 22, 202123:47
S4 Episode 01 | Ray Camacho

S4 Episode 01 | Ray Camacho

Aligning with her health has taken years and she has learned so much through the process. Her goal and mission are to share her story and process to empower people that they can do it too!

Personal Trainer and Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Entrepreneur, and Co-Founder of SBFITT Ray's purpose and business are based around helping people connect to their vitality through custom training programs and one on one coaching. Helping people acquire balance in their lives starts with the body and mind


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Jan 16, 202126:21
S3 Episode 12 | Sandra Daniele
Dec 25, 202031:45
S3 Episode 11 | Alisa Wilcox - Business Success Coach

S3 Episode 11 | Alisa Wilcox - Business Success Coach

Alisa Wilcox is a ten-year vet of the online business world, running her business coaching business from her trusty laptop.  Specializing in creating full automation and lots of passive income for her clients, Alisa loooves helping her clients design digital courses that create six figures with ease.   Creating freedom of time and money is her passion and she’s here to spill all the goods on the money mindset and how to create your next digital course!   

Dec 18, 202033:35
S3 Episode 10 | Self Love and Development

S3 Episode 10 | Self Love and Development


1. Create a Mantra: A mantra is usually one sentence that you memorize and recite to yourself our out loud when your inner bitch starts to run her mouth.  "I am strong, my body is spectacular, I love every part of me." Choose something that resonates with you and even better if it's the exact opposite of what that bitch is saying! Pick a time of day to recite  (I like getting out of the shower when I'm buck naked) and flex that new habit muscle!

2. My Best Friend: Talk to your body like you would your best friend (assuming you're nice to your bestie lol). You wouldn't tell your bestie she's a pudgy, unmotivated loser, would you?!So how come those types of conversations come up privately, within you?? Your mantra will come in handy here.  Keep in mind this is a practice and it will take a bit of work to strengthen your self love muscles. Be patient and be KIND.  The next time you hear your inner bitch being well, bitchy, combat the dialogue with a conversation that you would have with your best friend and feel the negativity dissolve. 

3. Name Your Bitch: This one is so fun. I know it sounds a little nuts when I say "having a conversation with yourself," but I can assure you that your body and your mind work in VERY different ways. Your brain is the problem solver, the conscious, the logic and the reasoning. Your body is a part of the subconscious that is responsible for innate activities like breathing, heart rate and emotions. Your inner bitch is your conscious critic, and she's full of shit. What she says isn't real. Try to separate this negative, internal chatter from what actually IS, your body. To do this, pick a name you dislike for your inner bitch. Every time she pipes up (in the mirror, before bed etc.), say her name and tell her to shut the fuck up. I also find it useful to make fun of her, like "you know nothing and you're an idiot because my body is absolute perfection." Over time, she'll quiet and bonus points when she becomes kind and complimentary! 

4. BODY TEMPLE "What would I do if I were to treat my body like a temple? Think of all the gorgeous, vast and intricate temples around the world (Taj Mahal, Parthenon etc,) people take pretty darn good care of those right? So take 20 minutes and make a HUGE list of all the ways you could take PERFECT care of your beautiful bod. This could be anything from sleeping 10 hours a night to a yoga retreat in Panama. Get really creative and consider the things that make you feel amazing!

5. BODY STRONG. Take another 20 minutes and write down all the amazing things your strong, beautiful body allows you to do.  Even if you're not well or have an injury, you'd be amazed at how your body supports you throughout the hours.  Think morning, noon and through the night and all of your social activities, work, play and down time. 

6. The Love List Take 20 minutes to make a list of all the things you love about yourself. What do people compliment you on? What do you think when you say "I really have that going for me." Start at the VERY tippy top of your head and work your way down to your toes. You can say things like: "I love that I have all 20 fingers and toes" or "I love the color of my eyes" or "I love the way ankles are shaped." Get SUPER specific!

7. Self Care List Take 10 minutes and write down a few habits you could create to take extraordinary care of yourself.  Remember the Body Temple journal exercise here and work some of these in. For each habit you write down, make a note of when you can do them and how often.  I will not take "I don't have time" as an excuse.  When self care comes first, the rest of life will fall beautifully into place and you can exhibit your best work. 

Dec 10, 202026:51
S3 Episode 09 | Lizzy and Lauren

S3 Episode 09 | Lizzy and Lauren

Welcome to the personal development theme of season three! In this episode, Lauren and Lizzy talk all things goal setting and Lauren shares her 7 steps of goal setting that’s helped thousands of women achieve their most passionate goals!   

Dec 05, 202024:34
S3 Episode 8 | Petra Beumer, Mindful Eating Institute

S3 Episode 8 | Petra Beumer, Mindful Eating Institute

Petra Beumer is the founder of the Mindful Eating Institute in Santa Barbara. She holds a master's degree in psychology from the University of Hamburg/Germany and has helped thousands of clients make positive lifestyle changes. Petra has dedicated herself to empowering clients in taking better care of themselves, both physically and emotionally.

Petra’s specialty areas are weight management, emotional eating, and self-care, and in her work, she combines cognitive-behavioral therapy with mindfulness strategies. Her “prescription” for wellness is: To love yourself deeply, to honor your needs, and not ignore messages from your body. The goal is to set an intention for finding inner peace and treating yourself with love and self-compassion.

She is very passionate about teaching a daily practice of self-nurturing and not using food as a mood regulator. Her focus is on creating new healthy rituals that are sustainable in everyday life.

Nov 27, 202034:21
S3 Episode 7 | Meal prepping with Lauren
Nov 19, 202035:09
S3 Episode 06 | Melissa Petitto
Nov 08, 202042:50
S3 Episode 05 | Kara Pearson
Oct 29, 202035:13
S3 Episode 04 | Acrive Wear

S3 Episode 04 | Acrive Wear

In this episode with Lizzy and Lauren, they dive into their favorite activewear brands. Make sure you give it a like and a rating! Please, share it with your friends. 

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Oct 22, 202022:11
S3 Episode 03 | Fashion With Lizzy and Lauren

S3 Episode 03 | Fashion With Lizzy and Lauren

Lizzy and Lauren take a deep dive into what fall fashion is, what it looks like for them and how they’re making changes to their wardrobe as were heading out into the world just a little more (and safely!).

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Oct 15, 202028:50
S3 Episode 02 | Erica Brown Owner of Dylan Star Boutique
Oct 08, 202041:18
S3 Episode 01 | Intro to Season 3 with Lizzy and Lauren
Oct 02, 202023:26
S2 Episode 17 | Evan Elizabeth Schoolnik Berger

S2 Episode 17 | Evan Elizabeth Schoolnik Berger

Evan was born and raised in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. She has always loved all things food, feeding people, and Santa Barbra. She also loves to introduce everyone to everything she loves. Along with SB food, Evan adores her kids, dogs, husband, and all things sparkly. 

Jul 24, 202025:23
S2 Episode 16 | Leah Wasuta

S2 Episode 16 | Leah Wasuta

Leah is the owner of Sirena. An approachable, luxurious boutique for California beach girls with taste. She’s also a professional makeup artist and focuses on making women feel their best on special days. She talks about thriving in Covid with a brick and mortar, how she harnesses her flawless eye for style and how she loves being a part of the funk zone community

Jun 26, 202033:30
S2 Episode 15 | Krystal Sieghart

S2 Episode 15 | Krystal Sieghart

Krystle Farmer Sieghart, SB local activist, womanist, and consultant. Attended SBCC majoring in Sociology and Black Studies, and now attends LAPU, as a senior, and majors in Organizational Leadership. While at SBCC she served on the SBCC ASG and on the SBCC Board of Trustees. Former Umoja employee at SBCC, then later worked at Girls Inc. for the Teen Center. She is a proud wife and mother of two, and now is building her own consulting business with other femtors.

Jun 04, 202033:37
S2 Episode 14 | Lizzy Koetsier and Lauren Bragg
May 21, 202033:24
S2 Episode 13 | Kayla Johnson Neal

S2 Episode 13 | Kayla Johnson Neal

The purpose is the embodiment of Kayla Johnson Fitness.

Beginning with a disciplined dance background, Kayla Johnson-Neal went full force applying her strength and grace towards the fitness industry 24 years ago. Wellness, health, and leadership have always been the center point of her life, and dedication to achieving her own personal fitness goals has given her the desire and fortitude to help others attain theirs.

A NASM Certified personal trainer, Kayla’s experiences range from one on one personal training, group training, instructing popular group exercise classes,  running departments of high volume national fitness chains, owning and operating fitness companies and now owner, of Santa Barbara’s StarCycle.  Kayla’s passion drives her clients to find their own happiness coupled with mind/body harmony.   She facilitates accomplishing goals and increasing fitness aptitude and ability - promoting long term, permanent results.  In short, encouraging fitness as a lifestyle and not a short term “fix."

Married to the love of her life, Mike Neal, together they have six children.  Three off at College and three on their way!  Life is good and full!

May 15, 202047:55
S2 Episode 12 | Katie Grimes

S2 Episode 12 | Katie Grimes


May 05, 202043:21
S2 Episode 11 | Allison Zeager

S2 Episode 11 | Allison Zeager

With the belief that fashion should not take precedent over our care for the environment, Allison utilizes discarded leather samples from the fashion industry (which would have otherwise ended up in landfills) and recycles the scraps into one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry and accessories.

Apr 24, 202039:32
S2 Episode 10 | Bonnie Mcvee

S2 Episode 10 | Bonnie Mcvee

Bonnie is a life coach and she knows that you’ve got a lot of changes going on in your life right now. It can be frustrating and scary, or you might be excited about what you are creating in this next season of life. Either way listen to the podcast and say goodbye to what was and create a life that lights you up with Joy!

Apr 17, 202030:34
S2 Episode 9 | Lauren Wood
Apr 09, 202032:57
S2 Episode 8 | Michael Brookins (Age Management Institute Santa Barbara)

S2 Episode 8 | Michael Brookins (Age Management Institute Santa Barbara)

Age Management Institute Santa Barbara (AMI), an integrative health and wellness organization that emphasizes the enhancement of health over the treatment of illness. AMI is focused on prevention and wellness, resulting in a more dynamic life through middle age and beyond.

Apr 03, 202046:08
 S2 Episode 7 | Lizzy Koetsier

S2 Episode 7 | Lizzy Koetsier

Born and raised in South Africa, I moved to California in 2012 and I found myself hustling to make ends meet. I recall working so hard that I forgot to create ANY downtime for myself.

After that rather dark period, I began working tirelessly for a business that didn’t value me, my talent or my time. But it paid the bills. Much to my distress, I knew that my visa time was running out in the USA and I was SO tired of making everyone else money! Also, it was crystal clear to me that I was intolerant of a life living paycheck to paycheck.

You know that saying “time is money?” Well, I learned it and I felt it and I came to the realization that I had to become the master of my destiny! No one was coming to save me, no one is coming to bail me out, this is a quest of my own.

FINALLY, I stepped into my power, realizing that I have SO MUCH offer and it was going all to waste on these futile projects.

I decided to do side hustles, this included podcasting and social media services and help local business owners grow their online presence. Im here to show you that if you are like me and want to connect with people and build your brand and grow as a person I am here to help you in all aspects of social media, from building your following to creating your own podcast, I’ll give you tips and tricks on how to monetize your platforms.

My ideal client needs to have a go-getter attitude that wants to learn but is also a self-starter. If you do not have those aspects this course is not for you

Mar 26, 202019:39
S2 Episode 6 | Lauren Bragg

S2 Episode 6 | Lauren Bragg

Co-host Lauren dishes some SERIOUS details and secrets about her life. Talk about getting real real! Listen to learn some of her juiciest tips and life hacks. You don’t want to miss this!!

Mar 19, 202037:24
S2 Episode 5 | Monica Ballon-Kalinowski

S2 Episode 5 | Monica Ballon-Kalinowski

Monica is a Latina twin mama coach with a windy, unexpected life path like most of us: Scientist to educator, autoimmune complications, infertility, successful IVF, surprise non-IVF twins, and then first time entrepreneur at 40. 

While wrangling a preschooler and infant twins, she coaches on all things life and career and advocates for safer personal care products as a director with Beautycounter.

Mar 14, 202052:07
S2 Episode 4 | Natalie Puglisi

S2 Episode 4 | Natalie Puglisi


You know it’s important to legally protect your business but it seems overwhelming, expensive and super intimidating!

We all get lost in the legal jargon and convince ourselves that we can “figure it out” ourselves in order to save some money. We convince ourselves that by hiding, ignoring and not dealing with them, they will eventually work themselves out.


I’m here to help you CHANGE THE WAY you set up your business and empower you to setup into a business that is legally protected. My goal is to give back control over the legal base for your business.

Let’s get down to business! I’m here to help you get your business legally sound so you can grow your business without worry or fear.

Mar 09, 202051:56