Embark on a transformative journey with us as we sit down with the inspiring Lindsay Bednar, founder of Rodney K Press, to uncover the profound impact of mindfulness on entrepreneurship. Through Lindsay’s personal evolution from teacher to entrepreneur, we uncover the undeniable power of meditation in discovering one’s true calling. Her story is a beacon for anyone seeking to tune into their inner voice, urging listeners to embrace their desires and the bravery needed to pursue a path aligned with their soul’s purpose.

As a fellow writer grappling with the maze of unfinished manuscripts, I invite you on a candid exploration of the creative struggles we face and the unconventional methods that can reignite our passion for the written word. We discuss how accountability, be it through your audience or a creative partner, can be the catalyst for completing your work. Discover how embracing presence, whether through meditation, journaling, or other artistic endeavors, can unlock a torrent of ideas and guide you down the path of storytelling.

Concluding this episode, I share a tapestry of insights into the magic of personal memoirs and their capability to add a unique essence to one’s brand. We touch upon the power of platforms like YouTube in amplifying our collective stories and the promising growth that awaits in realms like real estate investment. As you navigate your entrepreneurial journey, remember to trust the wisdom within and the guidance of the universe. Until we meet again, may you find inspiration in your own narrative and the entrepreneurial magic that’s woven into the fabric of your business and life.

Mentioned in this Episode:

  • Book a free discovery call with Lindsay to discuss your book and learn more about Lindsay’s process.
  • Listen to Episode 24 of the Business Psychic podcast featuring Lindsay’s sister Kristin Rowell here!

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Amber Annette:

Welcome to the Business Psychic Podcast, the show that helps you ignite your soul’s purpose, turn up your creativity and activate sales and marketing magic. I’m your host, amber Annette, and I’m thrilled to be here with you today to explore the depth of what it means to be a woman in business. I believe that business is more than just making money. It’s about making a difference and making your mark. So sit back, get present and let’s dive in and uncover the secrets to building a business with soul, purpose and magic.

Amber Annette:

Welcome back to another episode of the Business Psychic. I’m Amber Annette, your host, and I am thrilled to be introducing you today to Lindsay Bednar. She is the founder of Rodney K Press, a company that specializes in book publishing and consulting. She is a writer, an author, coach and the podcast of Storytelling with Lindsay Bednar. Lindsay is passionate about helping people bring their stories forward to educate and inspire the world. Girl, I am so happy you are here with me today and I just want to give a quick shout out. So Lindsay is actually the sister of one of my past guests on here, kristen Wawle, so make sure you go listen to episode 24, the Energy of Entrepreneurship, because you guys are, which is amazing. She that you guys are both. You guys have both been on here now, so welcome.

Lindsay Bednar:

Yeah, thank you. That was such a good episode. So, yeah, I was beyond excited to connect with you and come on today, so thank you for having me.

Amber Annette:

Yeah, well, just kind of like bring us up to speed. So I know you used to be a teacher, so now you’re like full-time entrepreneurship, you have this incredible company and like a really successful podcast. So just kind of bring us up to speed here, like what made you take the leap here?

Lindsay Bednar:

Yeah. So I think I have to go back to what was it 2015, 2016, really when I had my first meditation session with an intuitive and I think for the first time since I was probably a child, I reconnected to self and I let go of you know, at least for the hour that we were in there, let go of any of the programming and all the things that are learned throughout your life, and just got back to like little Lindsay and who I was designed to be and who I wanted to be. And, of course, it’s difficult to stay in that place all the time, because then we go out into the real world or we’re going to our job and we have all these different roles and the way that people have grown to see us over the years. And so from that point to the span of the next couple of years, I adopted a meditation practice and really focused on connecting with self.

Lindsay Bednar:

Every single day, I would drive my half hour commute to the school and the first thing I would do is I would shut my door and I would meditate, and then I would journal, and I knew that I wasn’t going to stay teaching forever and I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do, but it was something that just this awakening that I had, that I knew I had to just stay at that self discovery phase and one of the things that came through was writing my own book, and so I did that. I was looking for publishers and really how to put it out, and there’s so much online as to the different avenues you can take to bring a book forward these days. Yeah, it was also overwhelming, and so I ultimately decided to work with some consultants to create my own company, and once I started that, everything kind of started to shift.

Amber Annette:

Yeah. So a couple of things as you’re talking that come up. Number one is I always say meditation is an activation and I think that people think it’s like you just sit there and you try to quiet the mind, but it’s so much more Like. For me it is like the place where I get to go, I get to be connected, I get to see a vision, I get to just be immersed in all of my senses. It’s the only time that you’re ever fully present and the first time that I ever meditated.

Amber Annette:

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that my psychic gifts came online. So I don’t know if you’ve ever heard me tell the story about the very first psychic reading I ever had. She basically was like you’re supposed to do what I do and I instantly it was like an activation. I left her office and I went and meditated for the first time and literally have been psychic ever since. So like it was. I mean and I think that’s like probably the extreme right, which definitely matches who I am on all levels I’m like I exaggerate like 500% of the time, you know, but I mean at the same time, I believe there’s so many gateways and pathways and opportunities indoors that are just waiting for us to explore inside meditation. So it’s so much more than just like sitting quietly Like it is. I mean, it’s my church, you know.

Lindsay Bednar:

Yeah, it’s at 100% like my church, and I think one of my favorite quotes is we’re all so busy being a human, doing instead of a human being, and, especially in this day and age, like we have everything that is pulling for our attention. You know we’re holding our phone. I just listened, I just heard this crazy statistic on another podcast the other day that the average person looks at their phone 350, sometimes a day. That’s crazy, and I know, I know. And so you think about how much you get pulled out of present time and how much you are living in a constant distraction. It’s like, well, no wonder so many people live in an unhappy, unfulfilled life because they don’t get quiet enough to figure out what do I actually want.

Lindsay Bednar:

Because so many of us go on this path and it’s recommended to us by family members or by society or teachers or counselors what avenue we should go into. And so we go on this path and years go by and if we don’t stop to think, well, is this actually my path, did I choose this, or is this one that was just kind of laid out for me? Then we’re just going to kind of keep, I think, living in that groundhog’s day. So yeah, the meditation for me was everything I needed to give me the clarity as to what I always wanted to do, which was really to be an entrepreneur, and I’m finding more arms of that, which is really cool.

Amber Annette:

And I think the other thing that I was hearing when you were talking my favorite book it’s actually, if you ever get in my car with me, it’s usually always almost unaudible. I listen to it all the time and it’s the alchemist, and there’s this part it’s like my favorite part of the book where he meets the king and he says the favorability, like the path of favorability, the universe wants you to win and the path of favorability will just start to unfold for you. And when you’re talking you’re like it just started unfolding and like I got some consultants and before I knew it I had my own company. But I think we got to look for more of those paths of favorability. When the doors start opening and the paths start being laid out for us and it’s like that red carpet, those are the signs that it’s time to go on in.

Amber Annette:

And I get it. I think, and maybe you probably get this too there’s so much fear in entrepreneurship Should I or shouldn’t I, and what if it doesn’t work, and how. Like I work with women all day long and like that’s like the common thing is I want to, but I’m scared to. Do you, how does that? How do you see that showing up in your business too?

Lindsay Bednar:

Well, I was just going to talk about fear. I think, honestly, one of the things that has always worked in my favor is I was never a perfectionist as a kiddo, like not a type A person. My family even joke that I’m like type C, just very laid back, kind of go with the flow. And I think sometimes with like highly successful people who are really smart in school and they’re perfectionists and they’re used to getting everything right, it can be more difficult to step into entrepreneurship because they’re afraid of making mistakes.

Lindsay Bednar:

I was so used to making mistakes, honestly, that it was like, okay, well, I know that I don’t have this all figured out, but I’m also comfortable with learning along the way, and I think that is what holds the average person back from really fulfilling what they want to go after is just that like fear of failure. It’s like, well, failure is inevitable and you’re going to get back up and you’re going to figure it out.

Amber Annette:

And I like to think of failure, not even like I don’t even use that word. I use the word data Like this is like my personal data to tell me now I get to analyze this what worked and what didn’t. You know. I mean, that’s what you know and I don’t know about you, but mistakes make really good stories. Oh, my God they do.

Amber Annette:

Yeah, you know, I mean and sometimes those, like you know, and the miss, whether you want to call it a mistake or an error, it is all just trial and experiment in entrepreneurship. It really is. I mean, and that’s where you grow and that’s where you learn, and I mean some of those things, those, those are the things that lead to new ideas. That’s what you know opens up more opportunities, or it’s you know, every, every time I have failed, I’ve also like I’ve failed forward.

Lindsay Bednar:

You know, I really have Absolutely yeah, and I mean I can’t count the number of like missteps I’ve had along the way, but I, if I were not to have had any of those, I wouldn’t have seen the better path. That, like, makes my business more efficiently, or you know so many things I think of, like the initial oh my gosh, this is terrible and everything’s falling apart and whatever it’s like. No, this is cropping up because your system isn’t running the way that it should be and here’s a better way. And I wouldn’t have gotten to that if I was complacent and everything was going well. And I think that’s true with anything Like there. Those aren’t negative things and it’s all in how we respond to them. And I definitely have grown from you know. I think whenever you start a new venture, you have this pressure to feel like you have it all figured out and that’s how you want to present to everybody and you are the expert and you know you.

Lindsay Bednar:

You quickly get over that because you’re humbled a million times, yeah, but you also recognize that there is such beauty in the process and that you just get more comfortable being like aware, like oh, I haven’t encountered that before, but we’re going to figure it out, you know. So I think that amount of humility just comes with experience.

Amber Annette:

Yeah, I mean after doing this for gosh, I mean almost 10 years. You know, when I start to work with you know a newer to business entrepreneur, I usually say something along the lines of girl, you better buckle up, because entrepreneurship is a lot like a roller coaster, you know, and you have. You know, as much as you appreciate those highs, I’ve learned to appreciate the lows as well, because it’s in those like valley moments Right, it’s in those kind of like dark shadows that I appreciate the light so much more. I appreciate those highs so much more, and it’s when I’m there that I can also. I know my client’s going to be at a point like that at some point and I can meet her where she’s at because I’ve been there and I think it just makes you so much more relatable and it makes you know, like the content that I put out, I mean I have like it makes it so much people can feel it. They know there’s truth to it and an entrepreneurship.

Amber Annette:

I don’t think that there’s anything more important than authenticity and I mean you’re in the books, like you’re you. You help people write books. So I mean, if you, I again I can’t think of another industry besides writing a book that there has to be so much authenticity in that. So how, how tell me a little bit about your process and like how that shows up for you?

Lindsay Bednar:

Yeah, when I first started my company it was I was putting out my children’s books, and so those were the books that the projects that were starting to come to me first, and I love that at the, you know, and especially at the time my kids were two and four when I put out my first children’s book and so I was living in that world very much. And then, as time went on, I started getting more projects, you know, photography and so on, cookbook and memoirs. And memoirs are where I’ve really just fallen in love with this process. It’s so different from you know, there’s so much, so much joy in the children’s book process. It’s kind of like a rinse and repeat process. However, every story is so different, every author is so different, so I get that out of it. But then with memoirs, like, it’s so personal and there are tears and laughter and I get to connect with these people on such a deep level.

Lindsay Bednar:

And really when I was, I was a high school teacher for 12 years teaching English and my favorite project I did with them were when the students would write their own memoirs. And I taught in the alternative school realm and so a lot of my students were. They had tough backgrounds. You know they had had substance abuse at home there was, you know, could be as simple as divorce, but a lot, of, a lot of adversity that they were facing and so these stories were gripping. And watching these kids come to school every day and still like smile and engage and stuff, I was just so amazed by the resiliency of humans.

Lindsay Bednar:

And so when I started getting more into bringing forward more memoirs, with publishing and hearing people’s stories, that’s where the idea for the podcast was born. But really it is a love of just hearing people’s perspectives, where they get to see what they’re doing and so what they come from, what makes them have the lens of the world that they do. There’s nothing more fascinating to me than sitting down, having a heart to heart with someone and understanding why they see things the way that they are. And if the whole world approached one another like that, I feel like there would would not be any division. That’s beautiful.

Amber Annette:

Thanks. I think writing a book is the hardest damn thing I’ve ever done in my life. I have. I don’t know what it is about. Like I am a I’m a pretty talented writer, like I mean I’m sure you can see behind me here Like I am not short on words to write what to say, and there is just something about writing a book that I I don’t know, I girl, I must have. If you saw my Google docs, like I have probably four or five different versions of books in there, in fact.

Amber Annette:

I started reading my most recent book that I’m writing in my podcast because I was like, well, if I start reading this book, like I started reading chapter one, I started reading, I started reading chapter two, I think I made it to chapter three and I only I think I probably have probably three more chapters left to right. And I was like, well, if I start doing this as podcast episodes, like I have to finish this damn thing, because now my podcast listeners are going to be like we need the final chapters here and it is the heart I like it there. So tell me about this, tell me like I don’t know, all of a sudden you’re going to be my psychologist here.

Amber Annette:

I have a hard time finishing a book. I will get to the point where I only have maybe one or two chapters left and then I abandoned the project, I quit, I like won’t finish it. And then about a year later I’ll start a whole new book and I’m telling you like I have books I have like that are like. I have the business psychic book. I have this new one that I’ve been writing for about the last year called. You already know a couple other ones, one called heart and sold Like. All of them are like spiritual entrepreneurship books. And then I probably have three or four more that are kind of in that like it’s they’re all fiction and they’re more kind of like supernatural fiction books Same thing. I get almost to the end and I won’t finish it. You tell me, like, what am I supposed to do with like 10 unfinished books with my like? What is wrong with me?

Lindsay Bednar:

Well, the first thing you need to know is that is super common oh interesting. Yeah, I’m guilty of it myself. Actually, before I got married, before I had children, I have a manuscript that’s like this thick that I have not finished. And part of that is because I’m not in the same place where I when I wrote it, so I yes, yes, I have.

Lindsay Bednar:

I would be very different. Yeah, but the other part of that is I don’t have a me. I don’t have a, an accountability partner, who I meet with frequently to bounce ideas off of each other, to create synergy. There is so much magic that happens in those meetings and sometimes, honestly, I feel like I’m just holding space for the other person. It’s a vibration that we are holding together and they are able to sometimes come up with the ideas on their own that they have been stewing over the since we had met the two weeks prior, and then it’s just, you know, a couple of questions and it’s like poof, they come up with it.

Lindsay Bednar:

Interesting, yeah, it by no means are. Is there anything wrong with your process? That is so normal? And I just it helps to have somebody. Just like when you’re trying to solve your own problems and you have somebody just sit and hold space for you and ask you questions to lead you to your own solution. Like you don’t want anybody to solve them for you. You don’t need somebody’s opinions, but if they can ask the right questions and get you to come to your own answer, that was already within you, it’s like, oh yeah.

Amber Annette:

That would be a great. If you do any type of I’ll just start doing a business reading here for you right now, no problem. That would be a great lead magnet for you. Or a great like writer’s workshop of like the top 20 questions to ask to move forward in your book writing process, that would be a great lead magnet.

Lindsay Bednar:

Brilliant yeah.

Amber Annette:

First of all, like that I think alone could lead to like people opting in growing your audience, growing your list. If people are listening to your podcast like girl, like that’s a great one, by the way what about the creative? Like I’m always, I think it’s probably one of the most common questions I ask on my podcast is about the creative process. Like for me, I call it coffee with the universe.

Amber Annette:

Where I sit, actually, you can kind of see our listeners can see what you can see because we’re on zoom but I sit on this couch, I look out at the lake, I have my coffee and that’s like my meditative space, right. And that’s when you know, like these divine downloads, just they’ve, they just come, they’ve just dropped into my body, they just literally, it’s like they come through the top of my head and they land all the way in my heart where I just can’t not take action on whatever that idea is. That’s just landed and that’s a really common way for me to start getting into some type of inspired writing project. Another way for me this one is probably the most common is through some type of creative process of like coloring or painting.

Amber Annette:

I was painting the other day and the words came out of me like creativity is a calling to become present, and I was like oh my gosh, yes, like, yeah, right, Like that came to me because I was present with like this, just the color, and like the, I didn’t know where the paintbrush was going and I start to write in the in that space. So do you see how, like, a meditative state is linked to that creative writing process?

Lindsay Bednar:

Yeah, absolutely. What works best for me is to meditate and then journal, and sometimes I’m journaling in the first person. Sometimes I’m very much like talking to my guides and I feel like my writing is just naturally third person. They’re talking to me, yeah, so it kind of depends on what you know, what mood I’m in or what the guides are working with me on what comes out of it. But usually that is one of the ways that I can declutter the mind and generate ideas. The other way for me has always been walks, moving meditation. Yeah, yeah, I started walking. I was a heavy teenager. Started walking an hour a day at that time was purely to lose weight, for cosmetic reasons. But of course, like anything, when you start adopting a healthier habits, then you get all these other benefits from it, and so one of those for me was just getting very clear on ideas. I had creatively ideas for the future. Yeah, very cool.

Amber Annette:

Well, I could go on and on, but I really want to dive in because I have all these things coming up for you and your business that I just want to get into, like this business reading. Are you ready? So ready, I’m so excited. Okay, so I don’t know if you already do some of these things in your business. If not, a I would strongly encourage you to maybe implement them or try them this year. I’m super grateful that you know. Also, your sister was on here and some of the things that I said to her in her reading have already happened, and she was just on in like November, I think, wasn’t it? I think what were some of the things that I said to her? I don’t even know. I know I said she’s going to be moving and she moved the move yes, yeah, the move was a big one and she is.

Lindsay Bednar:

They found their retail place where she’s not retail. They’re building where they’re doing her gym and so, yeah, it’s like becoming really real now, and at that time that wasn’t as much on the radar.

Amber Annette:

So it was secret. Yeah, she didn’t even say it in the podcast and she was like how did you know that? Yeah, that was pretty cool, yeah. So you know, like the things that I see in here, like they’re pretty, they’re pretty accurate, all right, so let’s get into it. So I don’t know if you already do this, but I kept hearing throughout our entire call the memoir mastermind.

Amber Annette:

Have you ever hosted any type of group experience like that for people to come together that are wanting to write a memoir, that could be in a group space like that, talk about the challenges that are coming up for them writing their memoir, talk about it in a group format, give some like group consulting, group coaching and then maybe even give them, you know, as part of their overall experience, either a a retreat and or B some private coaching with you or one of your, one of your, one of your book coaches. I feel like this could be a signature experience that could continue to grow and flourish and just bring in just another revenue stream for you, and I feel like it’s so needed. Specifically around the memoir, though, like there’s something unique in the way that you talk about it, the way that you expressed it. It hit me in my heart. I really would love to see you create some type of container like that, if you don’t already have one.

Lindsay Bednar:

That’s beautiful. I absolutely do not have one, but I’m taking all the notes.

Amber Annette:

I think it will like and I feel like you already have an audience for it. Who are man? They’re on the, they’re on the fence about it. They want to, they’re intimidated to, they think that they’re maybe alone in that process or there aren’t other people that are thinking that way. They think it other. You know people think it’s always easier for everybody else. That’s just human nature. We think it’s easier for everybody else. Everybody else can do it. And to bring them together and have them all do it and create it together, and or you could do a collaborative memoir of maybe like women that have all gone through a similar experience and put them all together in one so that then they have the experience of starting with like a chapter versus an entire book. I know those are become really popular, but I feel like you have a different way of being able to do that, a more elegant way, telling the story differently, certainly deeper, deeper, just being able to take them deeper.

Amber Annette:

Youtube if you do not have a strong presence on YouTube right now, I don’t know what you’re doing for social media, for your business. I am going to tell you to 10X all your efforts on YouTube this year. There is something about. Honestly, I think, even just like some of what I was starting to tap into, and like these questions to ask the how to process. I am going to tell you to double down again on this, like the way that you express the energy around memoir and memoir writing, the feeling behind that, the emotion behind that.

Amber Annette:

I read a statistic once, and I’m sure you know it too it’s like 99% of the people on this planet wanna write a book and I would bet the majority of them like I bet, of those 99 probably you know 99% of those are memoirs. So double down in the YouTube space. I don’t know where you’re at now from a social media presence, but I feel like it can grow and it can grow quick, real quick. So go. If you’re not there, that feels super strong for you. Random, random thought coming in here Anything about March Madness or basketball for you?

Lindsay Bednar:

I mean nothing. Currently we’re basketball fans, I’ll say that. But no, we’ll be traveling in March baseball Okay okay.

Amber Annette:

So March feels like a significant month for you. I feel like during the travel, during this, like March Madness, where you might feel like some energy, that might feel stuck or you can’t quite piece things together, I feel like March is a transformational month and I’m gonna invite you to think about past years where you might’ve felt the same way in March. It’s a cycle for you and I don’t think that you recognized or realized that March is a cycle month for you every year, where it’s actually like it’s almost like you’re. I always tell people I’m like we all have these months throughout the year where it’s like our iOS update month and you might feel frustrated or stuck or a little irritated, but it’s like your iOS update month. That’s like you’re plugged in and you just gotta wait for the upload or you gotta wait for the, you just gotta wait for the processing time. March is a huge month for you from that perspective. So what’s gonna come after March might be the even bigger thing. You’re gonna start to create some of these things.

Amber Annette:

I feel like April is probably April’s going into May gonna be probably your biggest two months of the year, like explosive, where you’re like what just happened? How did this happen and it’s because of some of the stuff that starts to like kick in and be activated to you in March. I’m not gonna lie. So now this could be because of your sister. It might not be, but I did also see a first sale sign. Are you thinking about selling or moving?

Lindsay Bednar:

No, it has come up in several of my readings with other intuitives before. No, I mean, we have two young kids where we live in a close-knit community that we love. We’re in the process of-. Are you thinking about buying an additional?

Amber Annette:

property or anything.

Lindsay Bednar:

Well that we always plan to do so, but that always seemed years away, I guess.

Amber Annette:

Let’s not have that seem years away. Right now it feels like something both you and your partner want. I really think that this could be the year that that could happen, based off of what I’m sensing and feeling can happen inside of your business between March and June.

Lindsay Bednar:

Okay, exciting.

Amber Annette:

Feels like this could be like best year in business. All of the ghost pumps.

Lindsay Bednar:

I mean trust that those are true pumps.

Amber Annette:

Well, it’s crazy ever, because I had a reading in January and she also called out Mark, why wasn’t it with me? I’m just by the way just wondering. Just no, I was waiting, I was waiting to do it on air. So she felt something with March for you too, and yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s like I’m not sure if it’s true or not, I’m not sure, I’m not sure, I’m not sure, yeah yeah, yeah, it’s coming, girl, Like kind of like a you know, yes, that’s exciting.

Amber Annette:

A psychic, so we like to stick together. Yeah Well, awesome, I can’t wait to like have you back and hear, like what happens. Make sure you keep in touch. I have been meaning to do like a reading update episode on here of like all of the things that I’ve predicted over the last like I haven’t even had my podcast a full year yet. But it is insane how many things I have predicted on this podcast have come true. It’s amazing. I mean I shouldn’t say insane, it’s like it’s incredible.

Amber Annette:

I need to do an update episode because and I want to feature on it Cause I’m so excited for these things to happen for you and your business. I love the energy surrounding you and what you do and the work you’re doing in this world, so thank you so much for being here and being a guest.

Lindsay Bednar:

Thank you so much. I couldn’t ditto that back to you more, and I cannot wait to have you on my podcast so I can bring your gifts to my listeners and talk with you further. It’s so much fun. I can for sure talk to you all day. Sign me up.

Amber Annette:

I can’t wait to share with my listeners too. All right, until next time, go be in your magic. This is Amber Nett. I’m signing off and I will see you in the next episode. Thanks for listening to this episode. I hope it inspired and ignited your entrepreneurial spirit in terms of your intuition and trust in the universe. Make sure to check out the show notes section for access to my transformation suite All of free resources, tools and content to help you grow your business while staying true to your soul’s purpose. Until next week, go make some business magic. I’m Amber Nett. I’m Amber Nett. I’m Amber Nett. I’m Amber Nett. I’m Amber Nett. Business Magic is the only way to serve.

Lindsay Bednar

Lindsay Bednar

Founder of Rodney K Press publishing, podcast host of Storytelling with Lindsay Bednar, an author, a wife to her best friend, and mom of two incredible children.

Lindsay Bednar is the founder of Rodney K Press, a company that specializes in book publishing and consulting. She is a writer, an author coach, and the podcast host of Storytelling with Lindsay Bednar, Lindsay is passionate about helping people bring their stories forward to educate and inspire the world.

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